Tuesday marks the 29th nationwide National Night Out, an evening to bring the community together to increase crime awareness and keep their streets safe. Neighborhood Council Valley Village (NCVV) will be hosting a free event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Valley Village Park – 5000 Westpark Drive, Valley Village, 91601. The park is located just west of the 170 Freeway between Magnolia Boulevard and Riverside Drive.
There will be plenty of food and drinks, music provided by Jimmy Dale, Art by Karina face painting, and a roulette wheel with questions about preparedness and prizes given to those who answer the questions correctly. Members of the community are invited to meet LAPD officers and LAFD firefighters and learn first-hand about safety in Valley Village.
Guests have the chance to race each other on tricycles wearing goggles that simulate what it is like to be drunk. LAPD cadets will be monitoring the event to prevent any actual accidents. Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase custom Valley Village T-shirts, sweatshirts and leather wraps that were popular sellers at the Colfax World Fair and the Valley Village 4th of July parade. There will be tables providing information about Congressman Howard Berman, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, Voter Registration, American Red Cross, Neighborhood Watch, Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the upcoming elections for the vacant NCVV and Valley Village Homeowners Association (VVHA) seats.
District 2 Councilmember Paul Krekorian will be participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of Valley Village Park renovations (only the picnic shade structures have yet to be installed). Members of NCVV, Valley Village Homeowners Association (VVHA), Recreation and Parks, and Valley Village Boy Scout Troop 311 will also be attending. Councilman Krekorian will be honoring NCVV President Tony Braswsell, VVHA President Peter Sanchez and Executive Vice President Breice Reiner, as well as NCVV Projects Committee members Suzanne Lewis, Ginny Hatfield, Steven Stokes, Dorothy Apple, and Cathy Flynn. Speeches will be given by Krekorian, Braswell, Sanchez, Lewis, and General Manager of Recreation and Parks Jon Kirk Mukri.
The evening will conclude in a group neighborhood walk by flashlight, so make sure you have one for every member of your family. Leave your porch light on to show support.