PHOTOS | National Night Out highlights in the Twin Cities

MSR News Online

On Tuesday, August 2, community members across the nation gathered for another National Night Out (NNO). Celebrated the first Tuesday in August each year, NNO encourages residents to get to know their neighbors by holding block parties to increase community awareness, aid in crime prevention and improve police-community relations — a very timely issue considering the civil unrest across the nation over recent police shootings.

Below are images from the NNO gathering on 36th & Portland Ave. in South Minneapolis, which was attended by residents in the area and nearby organizations and businesses, including Sabathani Community Center and the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

See more scenes from the 36th & Portland Ave. gathering in the slideshow below (click on a photo to begin the slideshow).

Scroll down to the Storify below for more scenes from National Night Out celebrations in the Twin Cities (refresh your browser if the Storify doesn’t appear).