BELLINGHAM - Neighbors from across Bellingham will be out in force Tuesday, Aug. 5, to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime.
Every year on the first Tuesday of August, National Night Out gives neighborhood communities the opportunity to come together and strengthen relations with local law enforcement agencies.
More than 27 neighborhood associations and private parties have requested speakers from the Bellingham Police Department for this year's event, according to Crime Prevention Officer John Courtney.
On Friday, Aug. 1, Bellingham Police will be hosting a kick-off event from noon to 6 p.m. at 505 Grand Ave. Free hot dogs will be available for those who attend.
A night of live music and family-friendly games and activities will be held at Maritime Heritage Park Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Mayor Kelli Linville and city staff will be holding an open discussion on ways to improve the park.
Participants can bring their own picnic meals or buy food from local food vendors in attendance.
The Maritime Heritage Park night out is a collaborative effort of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership, the city of Bellingham and the Lettered Streets Neighborhood Association.
A good number of other neighborhood associations have events planned. A cake and ice cream social, supported by the York Neighborhood Association, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lincoln Square.
Roosevelt Neighborhood Association will be hosting a barbecue and picnic at Roosevelt Park from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
A barbecue at Elizabeth Park supported by the Columbia Neighborhood Association starts at 6 p.m.
For events in other areas contact your neighborhood association or city. For more information about National Night Out or for help organizing an event, go to natw.org or see the event's Facebook page.