National Night Out: A Photo Essay

National Night Out, what a turnout this year! There were so many in the Clinton/ Bella Vista area I barely scratched the surface going to the three you see here. I started at Bella Vista Park, which featured a jumper, a book giveaway, and a potluck. Later on, my family joined me at the 11th Avenue Shrine for live salsa music and a Zumba dance class. Before the evening ended, I got a chance to check out a  BBQ on 9th Ave and E. 18th, which featured cars blasting funk music and kids setting off firecrackers right in front of the police.
What is National Night out? It started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch as a means of meeting neighbors and law enforcement, and preventing crime. It takes place the first Tuesday of August every year.

 

Zumba demonstration at National Night Out

Zumba demonstration at National Night Out

Gathering around the food table on 11th Avenue

Gathering around the food table on 11th Avenue

Gathering to chat with neighbors

Gathering to chat with neighbors

11th Ave. shrine

Shrine’s-eye view of the live music setting up for National Night Out

Skater kids enjoy Bella Vista park early in the evening.

Skater kids enjoy Bella Vista park early in the evening.

A jumper near the playground at Bella Vista.

A jumper near the playground at Bella Vista.

People gather at the potluck tables, offering conversation and a breather.

People gather at the potluck tables, offering conversation and a breather.

Books laid out for the taking  at Bella Vista park, from the elementary school

Books laid out for the taking at Bella Vista park, from the elementary school

A barbeque on 9th Ave, hosted in a garage draws a talkative crowd

A barbeque on 9th Ave, hosted in a garage draws a talkative crowd

chalk games are laid out for family fun at the 9th Ave. BBQ

Chalk games are laid out for family fun at the 9th Ave. BBQ

Getting the steps right at Zumba on 11th Ave.

Getting the steps right at Zumba on 11th Ave.

 

2 Comments

  1. Martin Reynolds

    Very nice photo essay, Sara!!

  2. Jackie Mayfield

    Sara,
    I really enjoyed your portrait of Oakland community vitality.

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