National Night Out: Neighborly gatherings building unity with police

August, 2016 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

Stayton, Sublimity and Aumsville are all planning  activities for National Night Out Aug. 2.

Block parties hosted by the Stayton Police Department.

“We host it each year at the four parks and always have a great time cooking and talking with citizens,” said Sgt. Danielle Wetzel with the Stayton PD.

“We as a department feel this is a great opportunity to build unity with your neighbors and local law enforcement.”

Police Chief Rich Sebens and other officers believe it is everyone’s responsibility to take ownership in the community they live in, which can be accomplished by getting to know neighbors and reporting suspicious activity.

“Through participating in events like National Night Out, we believe you will become more comfortable with law enforcement and your neighbors,” Sebens said.

The Stayton Police Department block parties run 6 to 8 p.m. at Pioneer, Quail Run, Santiam Station and Westown parks.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, but the department requests a donation of a store-bought item per neighbor to add to the barbecue.

Neighbors who are planning additional block parties can contact Officer Meeker to ensure a visit by a police officer at 503-769-3421 or by e-mailing

Sublimity’s National Night Out barbecue will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Church Park as part of the First Tuesday in the Park events.

Vendor booths open at 5 p.m. and include:; Thirty One Gifts; Everything Rustic Home Décor; Scentsy; Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America; Tupperware; Younique-ly Made in Oregon; Mid-Columbia Bus Co.; doTerra; Break the Chain; Luke’s Lemonade Stand; LuLaRoe; Sweet Dreams Kettle Korn; It Works Global; and Rodan + Fields.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be serving barbecued hot dogs, and neighbors are asked to bring a store-bough potluck item to share. Music will be provided starting at 6 p.m. by the Rock N Roll Cowboys. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and kick back for a good time.

Aumsville’s National Night Out will run 6  to 9 p.m., with several neighborhoods throughout the city hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, barbecues, and visits from the police and fire departments.

Neighborhood locations this year are: Mill Creek Estates, near the park; Windemere Meadows Park; Wildwood Park on Fifth Street; Panther Park on N. 10th Place; and at the fire department between 4th and 5th on Church.

Reserve officers and volunteer citizens will barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs, and will supply the meat, buns and condiments. Neighbors are asked to bring their own table service, drinks and “extras” to share to make it a picnic.

“It will be a great evening for each family to encourage your police and fire departments and network with the whole neighborhood,” organizers said. “Enjoy eating, visiting with your friends and neighbors, and possibly even meeting new people.”

The Aumsville Police Department is also sponsoring a children’s coloring contest, and color sheets can be picked up at the department. Prizes will be awarded.

To host a neighborhood event, call Community Resource Officer Kevin Gollinger at 503-749-2188.

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