Last night’s National Night Out event in Poinsettia Recreation Center was a huge success.
Here is a recap from Liz Sterbenz, one of the hard-working community volunteers who organized the event:
* Over 300 people turned out
* L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky kicked off the event
* City Attorney Carmen Trutanich addressed the crowd
* L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz spoke and mingled
* LAPD Wilshire Division Captain Eric Davis and Lt. Brian Wong also spoke
* Senior Lead Officer Art Gallegos closed the event and thanked the attendees for their continued support of the community
* Pink’s provided 300 hot dogs to guests
* Blu Jam Cafe provided goulash and bruschetta
* Trader Joe’s provided water
* Local band The Clash City Rockers performed to an enthusiastic crowd
* Activities for kids included face painting, photos by snapyourself.com, and a football toss
* LAPD West Traffic brought a motorcycle for guests to photograph
* The Los Angeles Fire Department brought a fire engine for kids to check out
* Million Trees L.A. gave away 80 street trees to residents
* Raffle prizes included gift certificates to the Beverly Center, the Farmers Market, The Village Idiot, The Parlor Hollywood, and Static Salon, as well as Dodgers tickets
* Community organizations had booths passing out information to interested residents. Organizations included Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch, the Melrose Avenue Merchant Alliance, Mid City West Community Council, 9-1-1, State Senator Fran Pavley’s field office, State Senator Curren Price’s field office, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Sustainable Works.
ABC7-TV came to cover the event, and carried an excellent report on its 11:00 pm newscast last night.
Here are some additional photos, taken by Sharon Lake, a member of the Mid City West Community Council’s Public Safety Committee: