Tonight is National Night Out

More than 1,000 block parties planned in Minneapolis

Tens of thousands of Minneapolis residents were expected to attend block parties and community gatherings for the 25th Annual National Night Out Tuesday night.

The annual event brings community members together as a way to raise awareness of local crime-prevention efforts and strengthen community relationships with local law enforcement. Minneapolis set an all-time record for participation in 2007, when an estimated 62,891 people attended 1,117 National Night Out events, the city reported.

Sponsored since 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out was celebrated in all 50 states last year, involving an estimated 35.4 million people in more than 11,000 communities, the organization reported.

To find a block party in your neighborhood, visit the National Night Out section of the city website at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/.

One neighborhood has also made it a night to further expose its residents to composting.

Linden Hills, fresh off of a “zero waste” festival that led to just two bags of trash, has at least 17 blocks committed to producing low or no waste tonight. In coordination with nonprofit Linden Hills Power and Light, neighbors are being encouraged to:

— Choose paper over plastic when it comes to disposable plates and cups.
— Use actual silverware — no plastic — and reusable containers.
— Avoid juice boxes, as they’re not recyclable or compostable.
— Bring along paper bags or recycling bins to collect such things as cans, plastic bottles, aluminum foil and glass.

To help with the efforts, the city of Minneapolis is providing the neighborhood with an organics-only dumpster.

To learn more about Linden Hills Power and Light’s composting efforts, click here.