Important National Night Out registration deadlines are approaching

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 4 and there are some important registration deadlines approaching on July 14 and July 21! If you’re planning a neighborhood gathering for National Night Out and want to qualify for the prize drawings you must register your event by July 14. And if you wish to register your event and request that street closure, the deadline to submit a free application for street closure is July 21.

Use this checklist to plan your National Night Out celebration and bring your neighbors together:

_____ Register your event (see how to below) by Tuesday, July 14 if you wish to enter the drawing for door prizes donated by a variety of Minneapolis businesses. Each event organizer will receive Mystery Point Passes for Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America and vouchers (each good for 2 tickets) for Minnesota Twins games to use as door prizes. Each Mystery Point pass is worth either a single ride, a day of rides or a whole season of rides.

_____ Register your NNO event. There is a single online process to register your NNO event and apply to close your street. If you want to close your street for your event, street closure is free if you apply by Tuesday, July 21. You need permission of 75 percent of your neighbors to be approved for street closure—please have their names and addresses with you when you apply. (You do not need their signatures.) Get started at National Night Out. If you don’t have Internet access, you can register your event and apply for street closure by calling 311 (or (612) 673-3000).

_____ Want a police officer, firefighter, or canine officer and dog to visit your event? Because demand can be very high for visits, we can’t promise that one will be available, but feel free to request a visit when you register by calling 311 (or (612) 673-3000) to put your name on the list. Sorry, we can’t take requests for mounted patrol.

_____ Make rain plans. Decide if your event will go forward if it rains, or be rescheduled for another time. If you apply to close your street, you’ll have a rain date of Wednesday, August 5 unless you decline it during the application. If you don’t close your street, you can choose any date that works for your group.

Events can be as simple as neighbors sharing food and conversation on a front porch; or as elaborate as getting large numbers of neighbors together and closing off streets, providing music, face painting, chalk art, potlucks, dancing, games, and piñatas. So plan ahead and join the celebration.

July 13, 2009

Published Jul 13, 2009