National Night Out festivities

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August 2, 2004 // UPDATED 2:50 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Loring Park, Elliot Park and the North Loop will host neighborhood parties for National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 3.

In Loring Park, organizers invite people to bike, walk or bus to the park, 1382 Willow St., for festivities, 5:30-8 p.m.

The Red Gallagher Band will perform in the park, and Friends of Loring Park will lead a Victorian gardens tour at 6:30 p.m. Other activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and shuffleboard.

The neighborhood group Citizens for a Loring Park Community (CLPC) and the Minneapolis Park Board will provide watermelon and popcorn.

In the North Loop, community organizers will have more than 1,000 hamburgers and 2,000 hot dogs, along with tons of catfish, on hand for the event, said National Night Out organizer Sue Jahn.

The neighborhood block party will be held near the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Ave. S., along the riverfront, 6-9 p.m.

Jahn is arranging for several performers to play at the event, including James "Cornbread" Harris on the piano and the Club 3 Degrees band.

In the event of rain, the North Loop party will be held under the Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

In Elliot Park, National Night Out festivities will take place throughout the neighborhood, but details have not been firmed up. Selected streets will be blocked off from traffic.

The Minneapolis Police Department's Community Crime Prevention/SAFE division organizes the annual event to encourage neighbors to get to know one another and work together on security issues.

The Minneapolis Public Library has partnered with Police on National Night Out and plans to hand out library cards.