Tacoma, Pierce County plan National Night Out events

Thousands of Pierce County residents will attend evening block parties today during the 27th annual National Night Out. As of July 29, 109 parties were registered with Safe Streets. A Night Out event sponsored by the Pierce County Blue Light Coalition begins at 5 p.m. at Forza Coffee, 1401 Steele St., in Parkland. On this night, people can help fight crime by getting outside and meeting their neighbors. Law enforcement representatives, the fire department, and costumed mascots will visit various parties. The event at Forza Coffee will feature music, food, children’s games and giveaways. The Blue Light Coalition’s National Night Out party brings further community healing to the site of the Lakewood police shootings. “Events of the past year have once again made it very apparent that getting out of our houses and making connections with friends and neighbor is more important than ever,” says Mike Wilson, Safe Streets’ National Night Out organizer and a lead member of the coalition. A list of local National Night Out parties is available on Safe Streets’ Web site at http://www.safest.org .