As neighborhoods around the country prepare for National Night Out on Tuesday, a Falls Church community is preparing to observe the event with a block party.
Residents in the Fairfax County neighborhood are invited to the free event that will include a fire truck from Fairfax County Fire & Rescue, food and family fun for all.
“We need events like this to bring everyone together,” said Jorge Fernandez. “It should be fun.”
Residents are invited to the intersection of Rogers and Elmwood roads (near Arlington Boulevard) between 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. for the community block party Tuesday for one of many area National Night Out events. Residents are invited to turn on their porch lights and mingle as part of National Night Out.
Already, more than 100 communities in Virginia are registered to participate. The idea behind the event is that if residents get to know each other better, they will be more likely to work together to help keep their neighborhoods safe.
This nationwide event began in the 1970s as a way to get people out of their homes and meet each other with the common purpose of making communities safer by raising crime prevention awareness.
For more information on National Night Out, go to www.natw.org/nno.
-- Patch’s Adam Swart and Joan Dentler contributed to this report.