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National Night Out

Jul 27, 2016 11:31AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Photo by Susan Wood Photography

National Night Out August 2


National Night Out, held annually since 1984, is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement. When law enforcement and the community work closely together, some amazing things can happen.”


Below are local National Night Out events being held Tuesday, August 2:



Martinez residents are invited to meet their neighbors and some of Martinez’s finest as part of National Night Out at the Alhambra Christmas Tree Farm at 2647 Reliez Valley Road from 6-9pm. Local realtors and Neighborhood Watch organizers Pete Sabine, Michael Moore and Lori O’Brien are partnering with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff for National Night Out.


The event is free, and all are welcome. This year the Food Bank of Contra Costa – Solano will benefit from a fundraising food drive. Attendees who bring a food donation will receive a free raffle ticket for the main event’s raffle at 7:30pm. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call Pete Sabine (925) 297-5335.


Meet local California Highway Patrol officers from the Golden Gate Division at Creekside Church, 444 Fig Tree Lane, Martinez, from 7-10pm.


Pleasant Hill

This year’s event is 6-8pm on the City Hall lawn and features free BBQ’d burgers, bouncy-house and face painting for the kids, fire truck from Engine 5, AMR ambulance, police car, and a K-9 demonstration. Police officers will be present to answer questions or just chat. Do not miss out on this great opportunity to spend a relaxing evening with your family, listening to great music and getting to know your local police officers and community members.


Walnut Creek

Neighbors throughout Walnut Creek and across the nation are asked to lock your doors, turn on your front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. Walnut Creek residents are invited to attend this family friendly annual event, 4-7pm, at Civic Park, 1375 Civic Dr. Meet Walnut Creek Police Officers, Cadets, Reserves, and the Walnut Creek Police Bomb Team. Enjoy K-9 demonstrations, Motor Units, and a variety of other vendors.