Events observe of National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5

Four East County cities will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Started in 1984, National Night Out is an effort to promote crime prevention and to foster police and community partnerships. It also aims to send a message to crooks that neighborhoods are organized and ready to fight back.

In East County, cities are celebrating the annual night out with block parties, cookouts, games, activities for children and visits from local police and fire departments. Residents are encouraged to get outside and mingle with their neighbors.

Here is a round-up of local events.


From 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Community Park, 21600 N.E. Park Lane, across the street from City Hall, Fairview will celebrate National Night Out with free food, music, a raffle and two taser demonstrations by police.

Admission is free, but donations of school supplies to benefit Fairview elementary schools are welcome.

At 7 p.m. Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson and Sgt. Gary Kirby have volunteered to be doused with ice cold water to raise money and awareness for the Officer Down Memorial Page, an organization honoring officers that have died in the line of duty.

Four lucky residents who donate $5 and have their names drawn will get to help drench the officers.

For more information, call (503) 674-6224 or visit


From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in front of Corbett Grade School, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Corbett will celebrate the night out with free hot dogs and hamburgers, beverages and taser demonstrations by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and SWAT also will be there along with the Corbett Fire Department with its fire engines. Volunteers from Springdale Job Corps will direct parking and also perform blood pressure screenings.

NEMMCA (Northeast Multnomah County Community Association) will use event donations and proceeds to provide scholarships for Corbett students.

A $10 donation is suggested for residents or business owners with a booth.

For more information, call Ann Putnam at 503-666-9488.


From 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, celebrations will be held in neighborhoods throughout Troutdale.

For more information, call 503-665-6129, or visit


On Tuesday, Aug. 5, celebrations will be held in neighborhoods throughout Gresham.

To register your event and receive National Night Out materials, call Kelle Landavazo at 503-618-2567 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about Gresham’s Night Out, visit

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