National Night Out in RP set for Aug. 5
Safety measure to be highlighted at community event
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By Kelli Davis, Teen correspondent  July 31, 2014 09:40 am

The community will be celebrating National Night Out on Aug. 5, and everyone is invited. The very first National Night Out was in 1984, when it was thought up by the National Association of Town Watch, which is a non-profit organization made for the purpose of promoting crime determent and showing people the facilities around them that are made for their benefit.

Rohnert Park’s National Night Out came back last year after a hiatus caused by lack of funding. As the event is free for everybody who wants to come and join in the festivities, the funds are provided by local companies who have chosen to donate money to the cause. The event is here for the purpose of teaching people in the city various safety measures, such as firefighting, CPR, and bicycle safety for little kids. 

During the festival, there will be a number of food options provided by places like Russotti’s Jumbo Hot Dogs, Sol Azteca, Top That Frozen Yogurt, and a local bake sale. Besides the food, there will be appearances by Sonoma County Search and Rescue Bloodhounds, representatives from the SMART train to teach about railroad safety, and a fire prevention demonstration that children will be encouraged to help with. 

There are plenty of entertainment options for any kids who attend, like a Public Safety jump house, animals from the Rohnert Park animal shelter, and fingerprinting ID kits for those kids who are interested. Public Safety officers will be there as well as firefighters who will be bringing their trucks along with them. Target will have a booth that everyone can visit, and, for the adults, there will be a demonstration done by CHP officers showing how to properly put a child seat in a vehicle.

Overall, this event is put on to show the community all of the services that are available to them. This year’s National Night Out is fully prepared for everyone who chooses to go, and has been made to inspire a sense of camaraderie in the community. Rohnert Park City Council members and other officials will be in attendance and will be doing a water balloon toss while there.

This year’s National Night Out runs from 5-8 p.m. 

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