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National Night Out brings neighbors together

Added on Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Roseville, Minn. – National Night Out will be celebrated in neighborhoods all over the country in all sorts of ways on Tuesday night. Salvation Army Worship and Service Centers in Minnesota and North Dakota are no exception, although the Army has its own twist on the night – and day.

“In Rochester we’ll celebrate the event as National Noon Out,” said Dave Ferber, development director for the Rochester Salvation Army. “At one location we’ll have a lunch and at the other, plenty of pie.”

The Rochester location will kick things off at their Castleview Apartments, a permanent, supportive housing complex for single adults who are low-income, chronically homeless, or disabled. A community lunch will be catered by a local business, The Bread Baker. Additionally, there will be an event at Caring Partners Adult Day Program with free pie giveaways from Baker’s Square and a pie-eating contest.

“It will definitely make for some good photo opportunities,” joked Ferber.

In Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center will host its own National Night Out event.  It will take place across the street from the shelter, which is located at 1010 Currie Ave., from 6 – 9 p.m. and include fellowship, fun and free food. Even if you don’t technically live in the neighborhood, feel free to stop by.

A bit further south in Albert Lea, National Night Out will be filled with all sorts of family activities and a great big pig roast.

“It’s huge, I could fit a couple of pigs in the roaster,” said Capt. Jim Brickson, Albert Lea Salvation Army leader. “We started roasting around 3:00 this morning.”

Brickson said he’s dabbled with barbeque before, but using the roaster that was recently donated to the Army is an entirely different operation.

“It’s not like sticking it in there and walking away, you have to keep it at a certain temperature,” Brickson explained.

Tonight’s pig roast is open to the public and, in true Salvation Army style, the meal is free. The Albert Lea Salvation Army’s National Night Out event runs from 5 – 8 p.m. and includes games, activities and treats to keep the kids entertained.

Those are just a few of the events across Minnesota and North Dakota for National Night Out. Enter your ZIP code at the top of the page to find your local Salvation Army and call to ask if there are any events in your neighborhood.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Northern Division serves more than 481,000 people a year through its local centers of operation. Annually it serves 992,000 hot meals and provides 450,000 nights of shelter. More than 80,500 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or make an online donation.

About National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It’s a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.