Fall is block party time in Minden and all citizens are encouraged by local officials and law enforcement to schedule a party on their block in observance of National Night Out. Registration is at Minden City Hall through Oct. 9 with Oct. 13 as National Night Out.

District B Minden City Councilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert said moving NNO from August to October has encouraged more participation with cooler temperatures.

“Fall is a beautiful time of the year in Minden and a great time to head outdoors and socialize with your neighbors,” Kennon-Gilbert said. “I encourage all citizens to make note of Oct. 13 and make plans with your neighbors to host a block party on your street.”

And while partying is all about fun, NNO has a serious side to it.

“National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,” she pointed out. “It also generates support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. We want to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

During NNO, from 6 until 9 p.m., officials and law enforcement – city and parish – will be dropping by block parties for citizens to get to know the persons they rely on for their safety.

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