Hill Events Planned for National Night Out

Posted August 3, 2007 at 3:42pm

D.C. will participate in Tuesday’s National Night Out, a program in its 24th year that celebrates neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Events will be coordinated across the city by the Metropolitan Police Department. The main celebration for the 1st district, which covers Capitol Hill, is at the Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G streets Northeast.

The free event, which goes from 5 to 9 p.m., will include a moon bounce, disc jockey, face painting, basketball, other games and free food. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D), Council Chairman Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) are scheduled to deliver remarks at about 7 p.m.

The main 1st district event is in Police Service Area 102, but satellite celebrations will be held at various times in each of the district’s other six PSAs, including a baby parade in PSA 105 (the MPD 1st district substation at 500 E St. SE) and “Play Street” in PSA 106 (Potomac Gardens at 12th and G streets Southeast).

A neighborhood walk to the Sherwood event will begin at 6 p.m. at the outdoor patio of the Argonaut, 1433 H St. NE. Residents will walk down H Street toward the recreation center.

The point of the walk, according to Dave Klavitter, volunteer citizen coordinator for PSA 102, is “to support the H Street businesses, to say we’re all about safe, clean, bright, conversational communities.”

MPD 1st district Cmdr. Diane Groomes will be at the event, as will other MPD officers.

More than 34 million people participated in National Night Out last year, according to the program’s Web site, including representatives from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.

“This event unites the community and brings everybody together for a celebration,” Klavitter said. “We get together all the time to problem-solve, and this is to say we can also get together to celebrate.”

More information is available at mpdc.dc.gov/nno.