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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Old Oakland Neighbors 3rd Annual National Night Out 8/4/09

You are invited to come out to celebrate our community and view the BEFORE Jefferson Square Park is transformed into a new dog park for next year at OON's 3rd Annual National Night Out party TODAY!

I am very proud to have highlighted Old Oakland Neighbors as a community representative for National Night Out in an Oakland Trib article as well as appearing on the Univision Ch14 talk show in Spanish, Encuentro en la Bahía, that aired this past weekend.

Photo by Silvia San Miguel "View from Univision Studio SF 41st Floor"

This interview was really exciting to do. Silvia San Miguel and I along with Oakland Neighborhood Services Coordinator (NSC) Arlette Flores-Medina went to the SF Univision studio to tape our interview a couple of weeks ago. It aired this past weekend. Fortunately, I was able to find a friend to record the program and I will post it when I get it. We were given the questions ahead of time. So in the meantime, here are the questions and my answers in English y en Español. Muchas gracias to Silvia for translating for me and for appearing on the show. Silvia helped calm my nerves. I speak Spanglish so doing an entire interview with no editing and in one take completely in Español, well I needed some help. A chica needs a cheat sheet sometimes!

What is National Night Out?

It’s a celebration of community when neighbors get together to share social time and have fun. It's also a great time to interact with public service members including police, firefighters and park rangers so everyone including our children can build a friendly relationship and community spirit.

¿De que se trata la Noche Nacional de Oakland?

Es una celebración de la comunidad donde los vecinos se reúnen para socializar y divertirse. Es también una buena oportunidad para interactuar con los miembros del servicio publico, incluyendo la policía y bomberos, de esa manera todos, incluyendo los niños pueden crear una relación de amistad y un espíritu comunitario.

What has your experience been?

The grassroots community group in my area called Old Oakland Neighbors is organizing our 3rd annual National Night Out in one of our parks. It has given all neighbors including homeowners, apartment and condo dwellers as well as business owners the chance to get to know each other in a casual festive atmosphere. I look forward to planning the party every year.

¿Cuál ha sido su experiencia?

El grupo comunitario de mi area que se llama Vecinos del Viejo Oakland (Old Oakland Neighbors) esta organizando su tercera Noche Nacional en uno de nuestros parques. Le ha dado a todos los vecinos incluyendo a los propietarios de casas, apartamentos, condominios asi como dueños de negocios la oportunidad de conocerse en un ambiente casual y festivo.

Why is it important to organize a National Night Out?

It’s important for members of a community to know each other and be friendly. For neighbors to be comfortable with each other and secure that there are eyes and ears around watching out for everyone. When neighbors know each other, neighborhoods are safer.

¿Por qué es importante organizar una Noche Nacional?

Es importante que los miembros de la comunidad se conozcan y se pueda crear una amistad. Para que los vecinos se sientan bien unos con otros y tengan la seguridad de que todos se cuidan unos a otros. Cuando los vecinos se conocen entre si hay menos crimen.

What has the public response been in Old Oakland?

Old Oakland Neighbors typically has 100 adults and children attend. Everyone brings food to share including our local co-housing development’s weekly common meal to the event. Last year there were 400 National Night Out block parties in Oakland alone.

¿Cuál ha sido la respuesta de la gente?

Cerca de 100 adultos y niños del ‘Old Oakland’ se reúnen. Todos traen comida para compartir. El año pasado hubo 400 fiestas solo en Oakland.

When is National Night Out?

Nacional Night Out is always the first Tuesday of August.

¿Cuándo se llevara a cabo esta Noche Nacional este año?

Siempre es el primer martes de Agosto.

What do you need to do to have a party?

(Registration closed for 2009)
Register your party online at, or contact Brenda Ivey with the Oakland Police Department at 238-3091. The deadline to register is 5:00 pm on Monday, July 27th. Register early to receive a visit from city staff.

¿Hay que inscribirse o algo?

Para registrar su fiesta de la Noche Nacional pueden ir a la pagina del internet, o llamar a Brenda Ivey del Departamento de la Policia al 238-3091. La fecha limite para registrarse es el lunes 27 de julio. Si se registran temprano pueden recibir la visita del un funcionario de la Ciudad.

What do you need to do to organize a National Night Out?

Talk to your neighbors, agree on what everyone is bringing and send out invitations.

¿Qué hay que hacer para organizar una fiesta esa Noche Nacional?

Hable con sus vecinos, pongase deacuerdo en quien va a traer para comer, haga folletos para invitar a todos.

Additional event details for today's Old Oakland Neighbors National Night Out are above. I hope you can join us. This event is open to residents, business owners, folks who work in our neighborhood and anyone who loves Old Oakland.

Bring something tasty to share. Don't forget your chairs and blankets for seating. Raffle prizes from Washington Inn, It's a Grind, La Borinqueña and a treat basket from Madison Park Financial (the new owners of 901 Jefferson.) OON Logo T-shirts will also be available at the event. Make a $5 donation and get a free shirt! (limited sizes and quantities available)

Come out and spend time with your neighbors!

Questions or to volunteer: or call 510/839.3854

Locally yours,

~tina tamale
OON Social Coordinator

PS Don't live/work in Old Oakland? Check out Nancy Nadel's District 3 list of parties here: The other City Council members have listings on their respective websites for other districts. There are 420 registered parties happening in Oakland this evening!

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