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Getting Together in Alexandria

Residents celebrate community spirit at National Night Out.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, second from left, with APD Capt. Shahram Fard, and Lawhorne’s daughters Megan and Mallory during National Night Out Aug. 6 at Charles Houston Rec Center.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, second from left, with APD Capt. Shahram Fard, and Lawhorne’s daughters Megan and Mallory during National Night Out Aug. 6 at Charles Houston Rec Center. Photo by Jeanne Theismann.

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Sheriff’s Department Capt. Craig Davie with 5-year-old Kylie at the Aug. 6 Potomac Yard National Night Out celebration.

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Celebrating National Night Out at the Ruby Tucker Family Center at Tancil Court are (from left) Chief Chandra Callicott from the Sheriff’s Department, with ARHA staff Kevin Brown and Gaynelle Diaz and attendees Sade Affini, DJ Ledbetter and Nialah Jones.

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Police Capt. Shahram Fard with aspiring police officer Antoine, 8, during National Night Out Aug. 6 at Charles Houston Rec Center.

Neighborhoods across the city showed their community spirit August 6 with celebrations featuring cookouts, block parties and games as part of the nationwide National Night Out law enforcement-community partnership campaign.

“This is our second year participating in National Night Out,” said Joanne Bump, treasurer of the Potomac Yard Civic Association. “We have games and things for the kids, like a balloon artist and face painter, and were fortunate to have the Washington Nationals donate two game tickets that we will be raffling off at the end of the night.”

Now in its 35th year, more than 30 Alexandria neighborhoods participated in National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Members of the Alexandria Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office and other public safety personnel toured neighborhoods, staged special demonstrations and met with residents as part of the effort to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and communities across the city.

“I want to grow up to be a police officer,” said 8-year-old Antoine, who asked a flurry of questions of APD Capt. Shahram Fard at the Charles Houston Rec Center event.

Held each year on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out gives residents the opportunity to get to know their local law enforcement personnel as well as build community spirit.

“We’re still a young organization,” said Bump of PYCA, who held their event at a park on Main Line Blvd. “This is a great way to get to know your neighbors.”