This year’s National Night Out — that time when residents across the U.S. express solidarity against crime — will move beyond barbecues and carnival games in Glendale.
Think outdoor movie screenings, food trucks and other fare. In short, this is not your mother’s National Night Out.
Residents have begun creating fliers, securing food trucks and rallying their neighbors in preparation to host community events for the citywide event on Aug. 7.
Police officials are hoping participation and turnout increases this year as it has for past years. Last year’s annual event drew 44 community-organized festivities, nearly double the 25 gatherings in 2010, Glendale Police Sgt. John Gilkerson said.
The community events are “a big priority for the city,” he said, adding that even City Council cancels its weekly meeting that day to attend the festivities.
As the number of events have increased, so has the complexity and entertainment value.
Residents in the Royal Boulevard neighborhood are booking two food trucks — one serving savory treats, the other dishing up desserts.