Whether you called it National Night Out—or Night to Unite—Tuesday Aug. 7 was a time for neighbors to meet and get to know each other. It happens over the U.S. with Minneapolis having the highest number (1,800) of registered block parties (101 were in Northeast). St. Anthony Village had 37 and Columbia Heights had 52. Hilltop residents had one big party at their public works building with more than 100 attending.
Below, face painting and the dunk tank at the Salvation Army on Central Avenue (Lt. Aubrey Robins in the dunk tank).
Streets were blocked off so the parties had safe room for socializing, games and food. Some had bike races, basketball, water balloons and even a dunk tank. Police, fire department and city council people visited the parties, meeting residents and giving information about their areas.
In the 2900 block of Hayes St. NE Minneapolis, David Yzaguirre, Chad Trench, Ann Trench.
In the 2800 block of 34th Ave. NE, Katya Jarmulowicz and Annika Lay hang out.