APD Foothills: Ideas from July 9th National Night Out Ideas Session (NNO is on Tuesday, August 4th this year)
Here are the ideas generated at last night’s workshop:
- Food Trucks: invite, stage a Food Truck Rodeo (may need to check about permit/zoning – call “311” for instructions)
- Combine your event with other blocks/groups
- Music / other talents: Utilize the talent on your block, at your local school or worship center
- Donated food from nearby businesses/restaurants (check with Environmental Health for rules/regs, call “311”)
- Ask business to participate and bring coupons to the event
- Assign dish categories (avoid the ‘5 potato salads’ situation)
- Access local cheer squads to involve teens
- Games / fun contests / lots of activities to involve all ages
- Watermelon seed-spitting contest / watermelon eating contest
- Funny bikes (unicycles, etc.): Boy Scout organization should have info
- Sidewalk chalk invitations on driveway or path – involve children
- Build excitement: weekly emails about the event up through NNO
- Make it a ‘giving event’ with donations for a selected organization
- Have a kids parade, decorate tricycles/bicycles, have a pet parade
- Set up crafts tables for kids; use the decorations/crafts for a future event for the block (ex: Halloween party, etc.)
- Use children’s drawings to decorate the event
- Police officers like to receive children’s drawings – make it an activity at the event and present the drawings to the officer at the event
- Lieutenant Middleton has a white Tahoe SUVs and is okay with children doing practice drawings and copying them onto the SUV with dry eraser markers, using his vehicle as a canvas. As long as he can erase it when he leaves the event, he’s happy to have his SUV as a canvas for creative little ones.
- Ask City of Albuquerque departments if they can participate, for example: Rock Climbing Wall (Park & Rec), APD Specialized Units (horse-mounted unit, BAT Mobile, etc).
- If you need a permit, here are tips from Cindy & Willie J. who had a large and successful neighborhood block party:
- Start the permit process early
- Find out about the rules for music (amplified)
- Ask about whether barricades are needed and the rules/regs
- Food rules: Environmental Health can explain rules/regs
Thanks for participating and supporting my workshops!
Remember to register your National Night Out events through “311” Citizens Contact Center by July 31st.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command