Fourteen Lake Oswego neighborhoods have already registered with the city to hold National Night Out parties on Aug. 5, which means they’ll get a visit from firefighters or police officers bearing raffle gifts and pies.

National Night Out is a nationwide initiative to promote public safety and community partnerships in addition to neighborhood camaraderie. Neighbors gather in driveways, front yards, cul-de-sacs and local parks for barbeques, potlucks, ice cream socials and – in Lake Oswego this year – a special surprise.

The first 20 neighborhoods to register with the City will receive a visit by a fire truck or police squad car – and maybe even a K9 unit. In addition, first responders will bring a gift to be raffled off and a pie to be shared.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together, have some fun and learn more about public safety,” said Ed Wilson, Lake Oswego’s fire chief.

Police Chief Don Johnson agreed.

“Getting to know your neighbors not only brings your neighborhood closer, but it can be helpful in so many ways, especially if an emergency or disaster occurs,” Johnson said. “Plus, this is a wonderful chance for residents to meet the first responders that serve the city.”

To register for one of the City’s six remaining National Night Out spots, go to For more information about the celebration, contact Ian Davidson at 503-675-2543 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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