Dallas Celebrates National Night Out Citywide

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s office estimated there would be more than 250 National Night Out Events celebrated on Oct. 1.

This year, the city made it even easier to find them all.

By encouraging various communities and neighborhoods to register their events early, an interactive map on the city’s website was robust. There were plenty of options for residents looking for their opportunity to meet neighbors or fellow community members, as well as first responders.

By the time registration ended on Sept. 17, more than 250 block parties, festivals, cookouts, and other events were mapped out. The events also frequently offer safety demonstrations, seminars, or exhibits.

The Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association met in Preston Hollow Park, where the event also served as the annual neighborhood association meeting.

While NNO is celebrated all over the country, the official national date is typically in August. Thanks to the heat, Dallas gets a pass and is allowed to celebrate in October, when the weather could still be a balmy 90 degrees or a chilly 60 — or both in the same week.

NNO began in 1984 to promote police and community partnerships, as well as build stronger neighborhoods in the hopes that it would make them safer places to live.


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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, former Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy.

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