Communities celebrate National Night Out
by Elias Funez
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Sheriffs, fire, and EMS personnel fill the roadway of Yellowhammer Drive in the Heartland Ranch housing subdivision during a scheduled stop in celebration of National Night Out.  While many neighbors were drawn to the stop, others were confused of the seemingly heightened police presence and stayed indoors.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Sheriffs, fire, and EMS personnel fill the roadway of Yellowhammer Drive in the Heartland Ranch housing subdivision during a scheduled stop in celebration of National Night Out. While many neighbors were drawn to the stop, others were confused of the seemingly heightened police presence and stayed indoors.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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The 'caravan' of sheriff's, fire, and EMS providers rolls along Black Crow Lane with sirens blaring en-route to a scheduled National Night Out stop in Heartland Ranch. In its fourth year since adopting the 'caravan' style of National Night Out outreach, Patterson Police Chief Tori Huges says, "I think people are starting to grasp the concept."--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
The 'caravan' of sheriff's, fire, and EMS providers rolls along Black Crow Lane with sirens blaring en-route to a scheduled National Night Out stop in Heartland Ranch. In its fourth year since adopting the 'caravan' style of National Night Out outreach, Patterson Police Chief Tori Huges says, "I think people are starting to grasp the concept."--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Folks at the Grayson Community Center gather to watch the different performances offered for their annual National Night Out community wide block party featuring food, dancing, music, tours of West Stanislaus' engines, as well as the live performances.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Folks at the Grayson Community Center gather to watch the different performances offered for their annual National Night Out community wide block party featuring food, dancing, music, tours of West Stanislaus' engines, as well as the live performances.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Nine year old Ariana Morales gets a free face painting at Garza Park during the National Night Out celebration Tuesday evening.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Nine year old Ariana Morales gets a free face painting at Garza Park during the National Night Out celebration Tuesday evening.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Sergio Rivera and wife Silvia, work to cook free hotdogs for those in attendance of the Garza Park stop for National Night Out Tuesday evening August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Sergio Rivera and wife Silvia, work to cook free hotdogs for those in attendance of the Garza Park stop for National Night Out Tuesday evening August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Motorcycle Deputy Robert Banks shows a pair of youngsters the intricacies of his motorcycle during the H.O.S.T. house stop on South Fourth Street during Patterson's 'caravan' style of National Night Out outreach Tuesday August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Motorcycle Deputy Robert Banks shows a pair of youngsters the intricacies of his motorcycle during the H.O.S.T. house stop on South Fourth Street during Patterson's 'caravan' style of National Night Out outreach Tuesday August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Sheriff's K-9 unit "Joker" and handler Deputy Nathan Crane, meet south Patterson residents Fernanda (8) and Jasmine (5) Garcia, along with their mother Maria during the National Night Out stop at the H.O.S.T. house.
Sheriff's K-9 unit "Joker" and handler Deputy Nathan Crane, meet south Patterson residents Fernanda (8) and Jasmine (5) Garcia, along with their mother Maria during the National Night Out stop at the H.O.S.T. house.
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Balet Folclorico Anahuac dancer Jocelyn Villa leads the group of Aztec style dancers during Grayson's annual National Night Out celebration at the Grayson Community Center Tuesday evening August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Balet Folclorico Anahuac dancer Jocelyn Villa leads the group of Aztec style dancers during Grayson's annual National Night Out celebration at the Grayson Community Center Tuesday evening August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Modesto's Selena Alvarez (6) the youngest of the Modesto based Balet Folclorico Anahuac Aztec style dancers, jumps and dances to the beat of the drums during Grayson's National Night Out Celebration Tuesday August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Modesto's Selena Alvarez (6) the youngest of the Modesto based Balet Folclorico Anahuac Aztec style dancers, jumps and dances to the beat of the drums during Grayson's National Night Out Celebration Tuesday August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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At right, Grayson youth Juliana Valdez (5) shares a smile with Priscilla Saldana (7) during Grayson's National Night Out event Tuesday August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
At right, Grayson youth Juliana Valdez (5) shares a smile with Priscilla Saldana (7) during Grayson's National Night Out event Tuesday August 5th.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Sirens blared and lights flashed throughout Patterson’s neighborhoods Tuesday evening Aug. 5, as a caravan of around 20 local Sheriffs, fire, and EMS vehicles signaled their arrival to each of six predetermined locations in celebration of National Night Out.

Typically celebrated on the first Tuesday of August each year, National Night Out is an opportunity for local neighbors to connect with each other in solidarity against crime and drug use as well as meet their local law enforcement agencies, firefighters, and emergency medical service (EMS) providers.

Patterson Police Chief Tori Hughes led the entourage of vehicles in the cities’ fourth year of adopting the “caravan” style of outreach. The impressive presence of police, fire, and EMS personnel startled some neighborhood residents, while others were drawn to the neighborhood block parties sponsored by local businesses, non-profit organizations, and community members.

“This has been our best turnout,” said Chief Tori Hughes at the caravan’s last stop at a home on Yellowhammer Dr. in the Heartland Ranch subdivision. “I think people are starting to grasp the concept,”

The caravan started the Patterson neighborhood tour with a standing room only-stop to the clubhouse at the Las Palmas Mobile Estates at 6:00 p.m. before heading to the heart of the south side where members of the Helping Others Sleep Tonight (H.O.S.T.) house were busy dishing up hot dogs and providing refreshments to those in attendance.

From the H.O.S.T. house the caravan traveled north along South Third St, making its way through downtown before heading east of the tracks to Garza Park where residents formed another large neighborhood gathering and grilled hot dogs as they awaited the arrival of the law enforcement caravan.

Free face painting was provided as area youth got to pet local K-9 unit “Joker” as well as receive tours of squad cars, the Sheriffs’ motorcycles and fire trucks.

The Garza Park stop was followed by a stop at the Family Christian Center on Sixth Street, then by a stop at Aprigold Park in Walker Ranch before heading to Yellowhammer Drive.

“I was very pleased with their support of law enforcement and fire,” Patterson Police Services’ Deputy Vento, who helped organize the event, said regarding the communities’ involvement. “We were greeted with open arms.”

Beautification committee member Vivian Ratliff, who traveled to all six Patterson stops, noticed an increase in community involvement and participation in the event at each of the scheduled stops.

“Aprigold Park had a large showing,” Ratliff said. “The most kids showed up this time.”

City councilman Dominic Farinha also made it to every stop Tuesday evening.

“People have been saying that it’s nice to meet the police other than during a tragic event,” said Farinha. “They’re citizens just like us.”

Grayson Night Out

While localized block parties were encouraged in Patterson, the community of Grayson held their annual celebration in high fashion with dancers, horse and rider displays, as well as music and food all offered at the Grayson Community Center.

Children got first hand views from the inside of a West Stanislaus Fire Protection District fire engine, while approximately 300 Grayson and Westley area residents gathered around the basketball courts where the different performances occurred.

The event in Grayson culminated with tribal song and dance performances by the Balet Folclorico Anahuac group based out of Modesto. This is their fifth year providing National Night Out entertainment for the folks of Grayson and have become a highlight for the event with their colorful Aztec style regalia, elegant headdresses, and rhythmic drum beating.

Elias Funez can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext: 31 or elias@pattersonirrigator.com.
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