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National Night Out Fast Approaching
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With eight locations on the schedule so far, the National Night Out celebration in Escalon is again expected to be a busy evening.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 will be observed across the country as the night to 'take back' neighborhoods from crime and drugs, with neighbors gathering for community barbecues, potlucks, ice cream socials, music and more.

"People have until the end of the day today (Wednesday, Aug. 1) to sign up," said Escalon Police Services Manager Dorothy Vandagriff, who coordinates the annual outing.

Residents interested in hosting a gathering for National Night Out should contact Vandagriff at 691-7301 by 4 p.m. today to get on the list for a visit from the official city contingent the night of the event.

Running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., each neighborhood gathering receives a brief visit from a group of police, fire, ambulance and city personnel, caravanning from site to site, typically arriving on the scene with lights and sirens. Vandagriff said it's possible the group might break up into two contingents this year, so each can spend more time at the sites they visit, but that will depend on how many gatherings are on the final list.

Right now, there are several 'returning' events and a new location, with the BBVA Compass Bank on McHenry Avenue planning an ice cream social as they host a gathering for the first time. Also due are events on Mission Street, at Saron Lutheran Church, Trinity Church, Chablis Court, Colombard Court, Brayton Avenue and on Jonathon Court.

Tours of the fire trucks and police cars are typically a hit with the younger attendees at the various neighborhood events, while a variety of giveaway items from glow sticks to punch balls are also featured.

This year marks the 29th observance of National Night Out around the country, with Escalon taking part in the celebration for more than a decade.