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Residents dance together during National Night Out Tuesday at Whitney Park in Fairfield, Aug. 2013. Nation Night Out is on Tuesday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Commune with neighbors on National Night Out

By From page A4 | August 02, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Children’s TV icon Mr. Rogers sang about neighbors.

Americans are invited Tuesday to get to know their fellow area dwellers during National Night Out, celebrating its 31st year, which encourages Americans to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and windows and step outside to meet their neighbors.

“This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” said Matt Peskin, National Night Out project coordinator, in a press release.

“National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation. On National Night Out, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and ‘give crime a going away party.’ ”

Local National Night Out celebrations include:

Vacaville: The event gets underway at 5 p.m. and should end about 9:32 p.m.

More than 50 neighborhood groups have signed up to have the Vacaville police and fire departments, City Council, city staff, the California Highway Patrol and local mascots stop at their parties, according a press release from the city.

For more information, call Gretchen Ash at 449-5432.

Suisun City: The night kicks off at 5 p.m. at Hall Park, at the corner of Pintail Avenue and East Wigeon Way.

The Kroc Center and Suisun City Police Department are joining forces for three hours of live entertainment, free hot dogs, fitness demonstrations, games and the California Highway Patrol Air Ambulance. There will also be law enforcement and community booths.

For more information, call 439-7882.

Fairfield: Events are planned between 5 and 9 p.m. City staff, including Police and Fire departments, will visit registered events, according to the Fairfield Police Department website.

For more information, call Jeff Conner at 428-7673.

The first National Night Out drew about 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities in 23 states. More than 37.8 million people in more than 16,000 communities participated in 2013. That included all 50 states, United States territories and military bases worldwide.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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