Tonight: National Night Out events in Menlo Park and Atherton


Atherton and Menlo Park are among communities throughout the country planning events Tuesday, Aug. 4, for National Night Out, a program that promotes neighborhood and police relations.

Atherton's event will be in Holbrook-Palmer Park, while Menlo Park has events registered in eight neighborhoods.

Atherton plans an old-fashioned night of family activities, including a barbecue, games, face-painting and music, as well as a helicopter landing, in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

In Menlo Park, the largest events are at Hamilton Park in Belle Haven and at Cafe Zoe in the Willows. Other block parties are smaller and the city says they have been announced on in neighborhoods including Flood Triangle, the Oaks, Sharon Park and Allied Arts and a second Belle Haven location.

The free Menlo Park events will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. and city employees and members of the Menlo Park Police Department will also attend.

National Night Out events are designed to strengthen neighborhood and police relations, and let criminals know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, said Atherton Police Chief Ed Flint.

"Atherton residents are asked to turn on their outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police at Holbrook-Palmer Park," Chief Flint said.

Members of the Atherton Police Department, Menlo Park Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol and Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team will be on hand to discuss neighborhood watch programs, crime prevention and other neighborhood issues.

Tug-of-war and sack races will be led by police personnel and there will be prizes and handouts, balloon makers, snow cones, cotton candy and a jumpy house.

Go to to make reservations, which are encouraged but not necessary for admission.

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Posted by Water
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Water is a registered user.

Just curious as to why NNO events aren't being held in the actual streets of Atherton, as is done in many, many communities?

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Posted by Got Jealousy?
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

No, sorry Whatever. It's because unlike those communities where you have dozens of families on a single block, our properties are just so large that there aren't enough people on a single block to make a good sized party.

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