Celebrate National Night Out in West Hollywood on Aug. 1

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On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, West Hollywood residents will gather in neighborhood streets in a show of unity against crime as the City of West Hollywood once again celebrates the annual National Night Out.

Neighborhood Watch Groups, in coordination with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department as well as City officials and staff, will hold evening events and social gatherings in neighborhoods throughout West Hollywood.

Events will include block parties, barbecues, live entertainment, movie night in the park and dancing.Nearly 2,000 West Hollywood residents are expected to participate.

“National Night Out is a wonderful event that brings neighborhoods together,” said Mayor John Heilman. “It’s an opportunity for residents to make new friends, socialize, and meet representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, our local L.A. County Fire Stations and City Hall, and it’s wonderful to see neighborhoods come together and take a firm stand against crime.”

As part of the City’s National Night Out events this year, there will be a free family-friendly movie night featuring Finding Dory at 8 p.m. at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, hosted by the City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division. Community members are invited to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a movie under the stars.

There will be several street closures during National Night Out; these will occur on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include the following locations:

  • The cul-de-sac at Sherbourne Drive and Ashcroft Avenue, with closures at San Vicente Boulevard and Ashcroft Avenue, and Ashcroft Avenue at Sherbourne Drive;
  • N. Kings Road between Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Street;
  • N. Kings Road between Waring Avenue and Willoughby Avenue;
  • Harratt Street between Palm Avenue and Larrabee Street; and
  • North Poinsettia Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Avenue

Six Neighborhood Watch groups along with West Hollywood Gateway, the Russian Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Recreation Services Division, will be participating in National Night Out with a total of 9 separate events throughout the City.

Additional events that do not require road closures will take place in Plummer Park and at the West Hollywood Gateway. A complete up-to-date list of events, times, and locations is available on the City’s website at www.weho.org/nno.

National Night Out began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, law enforcement and community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime. Nationwide, more than 35 million people in neighborhoods across the country gather outdoors to celebrate their unity and their successes in the fight against crime. Celebrating National Night Out has been a tradition in West Hollywood since the City’s inception.

National Night Out 2017 participants include members of the West Hollywood City Council, Neighborhood Watch groups, the West Hollywood Gateway, the City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division, the City’s Public Safety Commission, and the City’s Russian Advisory Board. Events are held in coordination with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and City of West Hollywood officials and staff members.

For more information, please call Lily Campbell in the City’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6831 or at lcampbell@weho.org, or Janet Jimenez, Assistant to the City Manager at (323) 848-6376 or jjimenez@weho.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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Forrest Leo is an LA-based writer and photographer. His first novel, The Gentleman, was published in 2016 by Penguin Press.
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