So you've lived in the Treasure Valley for months - even years - and you couldn't pick three of your neighbors out of a lineup.
Tuesday is your chance to mix and mingle with all those folks on your street and in your 'hood who you want to know a little better. There will be National Night Out parties all over the Valley, including about 30 in Boise, 21 in Meridian and 12 in Nampa.
National Night Out happens on the first Tuesday of August each year. The goal is to reduce crime by improving neighborhood awareness and strengthening partnerships with law enforcement.
As it turns out, it's also just a lot of fun. Block parties will be held in a variety of locales - yards, cul-de-sacs and other common areas.
Boise's Morris Hill neighborhood has arranged to hold its party at the Sonic at 851 N. Orchard, and the Cloverdale neighborhood will gather at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N. Cloverdale.
The parties are organized by neighborhood groups, including Neighborhood Watch. Many have planned barbecues and ice cream socials.
Festivities at Hillside Estates in Star will include lawnmower races, a water slide and tug-of-war contest (possibly deputies vs. firefighters).
In Boise, Grenadier Way neighborhood is planning a salsa contest (the dip, not the dance, we presume). Big Sky is planning a bicycle parade, while Boulder Creek hopes to have a bounce house for kids.
The block parties are as fun and creative as the residents want to make them. They typically run from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., but some start earlier and go later.
"It's their party. We don't direct their party," said Carrie Demirelli, Boise's Neighborhood Watch director. "We support it, but we don't control it."
The city distributes National Night Out materials to neighborhood groups, and raffle items from local businesses.
Boise officials typically attend a few parties. This year, Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson plan to drop into parties in Green Meadows, Borah and Lake Rim neighborhoods. Council members will circulate at other parties.
McGruff the Crime Dog may be a no-show if temperatures are in the 90s. It can be too hot with all that fur, though police K9 dogs will be attending some parties, Demirelli said.
Ada County Sheriff's Office hopes to have representatives, including property crimes detectives and K9 handlers, at each of seven block parties planned in Star and other parts of the county.
"The SWAT team will show off their gear and the Reva - the SWAT team's armored vehicle," said Lauren Hooker, new community relations officer at the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Here's a list of the National Night Out Parties in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Star and Ada County. These lists were provided by law enforcement and city officials. There may be other parties not included on this list.
Source: Boise Police
- Big Sky Neighborhood, 6-8 p.m.
Corner of Columbine Street and Wildrose
BBQ, bike parade (possibly 7-8 p.m.)
- Boulder Creek Park, 7-9 p.m.
1835 S Doe Creek Place
Bounce house, ice cream social
- Hobble Creek Park, 6-8 p.m.
W. Woodspring / Andrus Elem Pk Root beer
- Grenadier Way 6-8 p.m. 2850N Grenadier Way Salsa contest
- Parks Estates 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3373 Tumbleweed / side yard Block party
- Anthem Subdivision 6:30-8 p.m. 3316N Lancer Ave/Comm Park Block party
- Princeton Place Subdivision 5:30-8 p.m. Culdesac, end of W.Granger St. Barbecue
- Cloverdale Area - Funeral Home 6-9 p.m. 1200 N. Cloverdale Road
- Granger Mobile Home Pk 7-8:30 p.m. 10030 Dewitt Ln Senior Center Root beer & bingo
- Glenwood Rim Sorrento Circle (Mtn View) 4811N. Wedge St. Ice cream social
- Cornwall Subdivision 8760 Cornwall Potluck, parade, silent auction
- Borah 6-9 p.m. Borah Park, 7131 Brentwood Dr
- Beach Street, 6 p.m.-dusk 1900 N. Beach St Dorothy Barbecue
- The Meadows, 6:30 p.m.-? Cole Road Barbecue 7183 W. Cascade Dr.
- Joretta Subdivision, 6 p.m. 2421 Joretta Potluck and rootbeer floats
- Green Meadows, 5 p.m. - ? Currier Circle/Center Island 5520 Sites Dr. Barbecue
- Irving. 6-8 p.m. 4311 Irving St Hot summer fun
- Heatherwood Retirement, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 5277 Kootenai St.
- Morris Hill, 6-8 p.m. Sonic - 851 N. Orchard St.
- Sunrise Rim Subdivision 6:30-9 p.m. 2504 Sunrise Rim Road Ice cream social
- Coventry Manor, 7-9 p.m. Outlook Cul-de-Sac 5043 N. Hertford Wy
- Gary Lane Meadows, 7-8 p.m. Gillis/Glencrest Park 6432N. Rumford
- Gekeler Farms, 7-9 p.m. 3218 S. Gekeler Way
- Lake Rim, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 350 E. Lake Rim Ln Dinner
- Pier Pointe, 6:30-8 p.m. 1478 E Seaside Ct Neighborhood park Ice cream
- Harris Ranch 5:30-8 p.m. Mill District Clubhouse 5235 Barber Station Wy
- Promontory Ridge Sub., 6:30-8 p.m. 951 Rubicon St./Clubhouse Ice cream social
- Saratoga Dr , 7-8:30 p.m. 1111 E. Saratoga Dr. Ice cream social
- East Meadow Park, 7-8:30 p.m. 3780 S Maze Pl Ice cream social
Source: Meridian Police Department
- Baldwin Park, 1360 W. Monument St., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Bear Creek Park, 2400 S. Stoddard Road, 4-8 p.m.
- Brenda Estates, W. Brenda Lane & N. Interlachen Way, 6-8:30 p.m.
- Champion Park, 3430 N. Troxel Way, 6-9 p.m.
- Crossfield; N. Linder Road & W. Ustick Road, 6-8 p.m.
- Hartford Estates; N. Pampas Ave. & W. Wilder St. 6-9 p.m.
- Havasu Creek; E. Ustick Road & N. Locust Grove Road. 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Lakes at Cherry Lane; N. Turnberry Way & W. Moon Lake St. 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
- Macaile Meadows (common area); E. Belfast Bay Dr. & N. Stolle Way, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Meadow Lake Village (park); 4037 E. Clocktower Lane, 7:30-10 a.m.
- Packard Estates; 2361 N. Hickory Way, 6-8 p.m.
- Paramount, Crosby Dr. & Dietrich Ave. 6-8:30 p.m.
- Raven Hill, S. Tagish Way & E. Blue Tick St., 6-9 p.m.
- Red Feather (club house), 2850 N. Grenadier Way, 5-9 p.m.
- Saguaro Canyon Pool, N. Red Horse Way & E. Joshua Tree Dr., 6-9 p.m.
- Sienna Creek, N. Anfield AVE. & W. Ashby Dr., 6-8 p.m.
- Solitude Place (neighborhood park), N. Meridian Road & W. McMillian Road., 6:30-8 p.m.
-. Tully Cove Park (big pavillion), 2449 N. Tully Cove Way, 6-8 p.m.
- Tuscany (Renaissance Park); 4155 S. Genoard Ave., 6-8:30 p.m.
- Tustin; N. Starry Night Ave. & E. Comisky St., 6:30-9 p.m.
- Vienna Woods (common area park)
STAR / ADA COUNTY
Source: Ada County Sheriff's Office
Pinewood Lakes Subdivision (Star) 6:30-8:30 p.m., Estimated 150+ people to attend.
Hillsdale Estates (Star) 4-8 p.m., Estimated 250-300 people to attend.
Devonshire Subdivision (South County/Boise) 6:30-9 p.m., Estimated 200 people to attend.
Hidden Springs (North County) will have four block parties scattered throughout their subdivision. They run from 6-9 p.m. They are estimating about 265 people in attendance between the four of them.
Source: City of Nampa
- Crestwood Neighborhood Watch off 55, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Pelican Butte / Karcher Community Park
- Middlecreek Neighborhood Watch, 6-8 p.m.
Spruce Creek Loop Park, off Orchard and Middleton
- Westminster, 6:30-9 p.m. Westminster
Commons area on Fitzwilliam Loop
- Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Watch, off Roosevelt, 7 p.m.
Lancaster & W. Washington Community Park
- Lotus Springs Neighborhood Watch, off Orchard, 7:30-9 p.m.
Serenity Park at Lotus Springs and Camelot
- 13th Ave. S., 6-9 p.m.
Corner of 14th Ave. and 12 St. S.
- Royal Meadows Neighborhood Watch, off Greenhurst, 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. bike parade
7 p.m. self defense demo
water bottle rocket
expo cub scouts
- The Islands, 6:30-9 p.m.
- Creekbridge Apts, 6-9 p.m.
2131 3rd St. N.
- Gateway Neighborhood Watch, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
- Resk Country Estates, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
922 S. Camas St.
- Stoney Meadows. No info available.
Katy Moeller: 377-6413