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'National Night Out' is celebrated across the USA. In Brentwood-Darlington, they do it with hotdogs

DAVID F. ASHTON - BDNA Board Member Gail Kiely plates up jumbo gourmet hot dogs for dinner at the neighborhoods afternoon National Night Out celebration on August 4. It was a fun, and delicious, afternoon for families – when the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) celebrated "National Night Out" while the sun was still shining, on Saturday, August 4.

"This free, family-friendly event was organized to encourage neighbors to get to know each other in a fun atmosphere," smiled BDNA Board Chair Chelsea Powers, as the party was getting underway.

The aroma of jumbo hot dogs filled the Brentwood Community Center as volunteers opened food steamers, and began to set up a buffet centering upon beef, chicken, and veggie sausages for all to enjoy. Many neighbors brought salads and other side dishes to complete the meal.

"This is our fourth 'National Night Out' that I've attended; the first one is where I found out about, and decided to become involved with, our neighborhood association!" Powers told THE BEE.

Out in the yard, Meg and Albert had set up a canopy at which both adults and kids were encouraged to make "fence signs", promoting neighborliness.

The lively beat of Reggae music and Jamaican oldies filled the air, thanks to "IMPACT! Sound", featuring DJ "The Grand Yoni", while parents conversed and kids had fun with a miniature bouncy house and played games.

"We're giving a special 'thank you' to Advantis Credit Union, Woodstock New Seasons Market, and our neighborhood Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, for donating to this party," Powers remarked.

All of this, plus a hula dancer, provided for a fun and neighborly afternoon in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood.

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