More than 100 neighborhoods throughout the county will hold block parties Tuesday to celebrate National Night Out, and larger parties have been organized by several cities.
The city of Modesto’s event will be held at the Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event, like all of the others, is free and one of about 120 neighborhood block parties around Modesto.
The block parties provide an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and learn about the importance of Neighborhood Watch. The goals of National Night Out include building neighborhood spirit and unity in support of anti-crime programs, heightening awareness of crime and drug prevention, and strengthening police and community partnerships.
The city of Modesto’s event will include a barbecue and refreshments and provide musical entertainment, as well as performances by Folklorico Iscali Aztec Dancers, the Dream Catchers Drill Team, Grupo Folklorico dance group, God’s Men at Work, Victory In Praise, Aciemarie and the duo Faithful.
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Among others events in Modesto will be Centenary United Methodist Church’s huge gathering for the surrounding neighborhood. The church, at McHenry and Norwegian avenues, will hold its celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. and will feature – all free – a barbecue, bounce houses, an outdoor movie, music and games.
The National Night Out event in Ceres will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ceres Community Center.
It will include food, activities for children, health screenings, safety and Neighborhood Watch information, a forum to speak to local elected officials and information on volunteer opportunities.
Nine block parties held in Riverbank from 5:50 to 8 p.m. will get visits from Riverbank Police Services, including police dog Rocky; Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District; and Oakdale Animal Control, which will have adoptable pets.
The block party in the 3300 block of Santa Fe Avenue will serve as a remembrance for homicide victims Scott and Janet Pettit. Scott Pettit owned and operated a karate school on the block and was active in National Night Out events.
Turlock’s big party will be in Columbia Park at 600 Columbia St. There will be representatives from the police and fire departments, a DJ, and arts and crafts.
The pool will be open from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., as well as the water spray park.