National Night Out set for Aug. 7

Hundreds of communities across Eastern Iowa will unite to make their neighborhoods safer as a part of the 35th annual National Night Out

The nationwide initiative takes place on Aug. 7. 

The event started as a way for neighborhoods to build positive partnerships with police. Today, the goal remains the same: to get people out of their homes and interacting in their communities. 

In Waterloo, UnityPoint Clinic will have an open house from 5-7 p.m. at their new location at 2140 Logan Ave. Families can enjoy food, rigs from Waterloo Fire and Rescue, activities and prizes, and have the opportunity to learn more about health care in the community. 

Waterloo Mayor, Quentin Hart, will also travel by bus with city council members to 10 neighborhoods across the city. Felicia Smith, Waterloo Neighborhood Services Coordinator, said this tour is a way for city officials to reach people in their own neighborhoods. Mayor Hart will begin his visits at 4:30 p.m. 

In Iowa City, police officers will attend various parties to interact with neighbors, enjoy activities and hand out special gifts to children. Herky and McGruff will attend various parties throughout the city. 

The Dubuque Police Department will also celebrate National Night out for the ninth consecutive year. The department is hosting a free event at Comiskey Park, including: food, games, and a showing of the movie "Coco." 

According to their website, 38 million neighbors in 16,000 communities across the nation take part in National Night Out. 

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