National Night Out deadlines approaching

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July 6, 2009 // UPDATED 12:29 pm - July 13, 2009
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas
National Night Out is still about three weeks away, but deadlines for registration and street closings are fast approaching.

The annual event brings together citizens and police in support of efforts to combat crime and illegal drugs. The 26th Annual National Night Out will be celebrated Aug. 4 with block parties, barbeques and other community gatherings across the U.S.

The city waives street-closure fees for National Night Out community gatherings to all groups that apply by Tuesday, July 21. Applicants must have permission from 75 percent of neighbors when they apply for a street closure.

National Night Out block party organizers each receive a Mystery Point Pass for Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America and vouchers for two tickets to a Minnesota Twins game that may be used for door prizes at their neighborhood gatherings. Those who register their block’s event by July 14 will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes provided by Twin Cities businesses.

To register your event, visit the National Night Out section of the city’s website (www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno) or call 311.