Video: Night to Unite Kick-Off & Neighborhood Gatherings
The annual Night to Unite on Tues., Aug. 7 will bring Plymouth residents together in both small and large celebrations of neighborhoods and community.
Night to Unite begins with a free, community-wide kick off celebration from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N. Restaurants will be on hand again this year with free samples. There will be activities for kids and lots to see and do for all ages.
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., people will gather in their neighborhoods to enjoy a wide variety of celebrations and block parties. Some will grill out, some will share desserts and many will have games for families. Each will receive a visit from a police car, fire truck, public works truck or a North Memorial ambulance. Last year more than 150 neighborhoods held parties.
While the gatherings are just plain fun, they also have a serious purpose, according to Public Safety Education Specialist Sara Cwayna. “When people get to know each other, they create a powerful crime prevention network,” she said.
Planning an event for your neighborhood can be simple – and there still is time. Someone just needs to step forward from the neighborhood to initiate it. “All you need to do is let your neighbors know where to meet and what to bring. Is it a cookout, potluck or something else? It doesn’t need to be elaborate,” Cwayna said.
“Night to Unite is one of the best nights of the year,” said Police Chief Mike Goldstein. “Strong neighborhoods add to the quality of life and enhance safety.”
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