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National Night Out against crime brings neighbors together

Tuesday is the annual “Night Out” against crime, where neighbors all across the country have block parties to get to know each other better.
The city of Seattle has a map of registered block parties (you can check it out by neighborhood). Those block parties will close off streets using garbage and recycling cans, or whatever else is handy. So, drivers be warned that you may have to take a circuitous route to get where you’re going. And block parties must quickly move those barricades if an emergency vehicle needs to come through.
In Lower Phinney/South Greenwood (for lack of a better term), neighbors of “Our Park” at NW 76th Street and 6th Avenue NW will be rocking out at the 7th annual Greenwoodstock, from 5-9:30 p.m.. Three bands will play, chef Tibero Simone will be grilling pizzas, and people will be square dancing in the streets. Everyone is invited to bring their entire block party, or just drop by after their own gathering.

This year’s theme is Americana music, with square dancing led by caller Sherry Nevins. Pre-recorded music will play from 5-6 p.m. while neighbors gather. Pickled Okra takes the stage from 6-7 p.m., Hot Cider String Band plays from 7-8 p.m, and The Grandtours play from 8-9:30 p.m.

Bring along your beach blanket or folding chairs for an evening of fun. The event is family, kids, neighbor and pet friendly. Don’t forget your applause, smiles, and tips for the wonderful bands that have offered up for free their time and talents. Stephen McClelland has again kindly shared his courtyard for the bandstand. Chef Tiberio Simone will be making his famous pizza again!
It is Night Out Against Crime/Block Party Night so bring your whole block party along. Mayor Mike McGinn, Council Members, and the media will make a guest appearance aboard the Family and Education Levy “Party Bus.”

Just north of Greenwood in the Broadview/Bitter Lake neighborhood, there’s a big party at Bitter Lake Community Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 13035 Linden Ave. N., with free hot dogs and ice cream, a bouncy toy for kids, carnival games, free giveaways, and a drawing for a $50 gift.

The Broadview/Bitter Lake/Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan is undergoing an update, and neighbors can see exhibits, participate in exercises, and stop by one of the booths and talk to City staff about how they use their streets and what types of businesses and services they would like to see in the Bitter Lake Urban Village. For more information on the update, please go to:

Please send us photos of your block parties tomorrow night and we’ll publish as many as we can.