Glendale began hosting a city-organized event several years ago. Last year, however, officials decided to open it up and encourage residents to host their own events.
To expand participation this year, Glendale police launched its first website — glendalenno.com — allowing residents to connect with one another and find neighborhood events.
Glendale police officials and residents have been preparing for today's events for several months, and have met every week the last three weeks to discuss plans, Zakarian said.
Sycamore Woods resident Julia Leeper helped organize an eight-block event, allowing residents to sample potluck food items and collect stamps to participate in a raffle, she said.
Following in the tradition of potluck dinners, Riverside Rancho resident Lisa Herron is allowing neighbors to use her front yard and barbecue.
"I know a lot of the neighbors don't know each other," Herron said.
Local businesses have donated prizes and gift certificates for the event's raffle, she added.
Forming a watch group in her Crescenta Highlands North neighborhood on the 3500 block of Santa Carlotta Street is what prompted Julie Richards to host a dessert event.
She invited residents living from New York Avenue to Dunsmore Avenue to participate in the event, she said.
"We are really hoping everybody comes out and gets to know their neighbors," Richards said.
National Night Out community events, which typically start at 6 p.m.
•Crescenta Highlands North, 5000 block of Lauderdale Avenue in La Crescenta.
•Crescenta Highlands North, 3500 block of Santa Carlotta Street in La Crescenta.
•Quail Canyon, 5300 block of Quail Canyon Road in La Crescenta.
•Crescenta Highlands North, 3200 block of Los Olivos Lane in La Crescenta.