August 7 marks the 35th anniversary of National Neighborhood Night Out.

A program of the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual community-building initiative that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, and exhibits.

Streets all over Cooper-Young will be in on the fun to mark the anniversary. Each neighborhood celebrates in their own unique way. CY residents will celebrate with block parties hosted primarily by your friendly neighborhood block captains, which means there will be a party near everyone. There will be cookouts, games and general revelry. The police will be out visiting the different parties, so don’t miss out on meeting them and having the opportunity to ask questions and get to know those who serve Cooper-Young.

If you aren’t sure who your block captain is contact block captain chair Liz Royer at lizzyroyer@gmail.com. We can also tell you if your block captain has registered a party and give you the details. If you would you like to host a party, e-mail sheree@cooperyoung.org. We’ll even reimburse you up to $50! Just bring your receipts into our office at 2298 Young after your get-together, and we’ll get you squared away. — Sheree Stubblefield