Neighborhood Night Out a Huge Success


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, 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:





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3 Responses to Neighborhood Night Out a Huge Success

  1. thanks to all who made this event possible. I went with my family and had a great time. I got an apple tree from one of the vendors which I will plant in my yard. Go Melrose Village!

  2. It was a huge success! My dog CocoPuff and I had a great time and enjoyed Jam’s soup. Sad I couldn’t carry a tree home. The Fire Department official offered to drive it home for me – how nice is that?

  3. Marty says:

    Thanks for emailing the flyer. I put some 15 up but was hoping to make copies and drop it at each house on 10-14 blocks–never got the chance.

    Next year, if you split the neighborhood and get more volunteers, I am interested and will cover my cost.

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