National Night Out 2009

CVSSNA's Night Out Against Crime (Who knew fighting crime could be such fun?!?)

On Tuesday, August 4th, from 6-8pm, at the Star Bar, the CVSS neighborhood participated in National Night Out. Designed by the National Association of Town Watch to promote anti-crime and drug prevention efforts, our National Night Out also allowed more than 150 neighbors to get to know one another and have a good time. In addition to helping us strengthen our sense of community, National Night Out also allowed us to show the rest of Little Rock just how fantastic our neighborhood is! Our very own CVSSNA president, Becca Gardner, was interviewed by Channel 7's Jessica Dean to talk about the event and the wonderful things happening in our neighborhood. Andy Davis, from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, attended as well, and wrote up a great article about our event.

The festivities started with live music by neighborhood resident, Cara Hays-Chapman and her band. A variety of food was provided by Star Bar, The Station, and Pizza D. Just for attending, everyone was entered into a door prize drawing for gifts that included: gift cards to Oyster Bar, Pizza D, and Sandalwood Forest; free oils changes from Jett's; a mani/pedi from LadyFingers; a bicycle maintenance kit and T-shirts from Orbea; honey from Woodruff Gardens; and free classes at Unity Martial Arts. Every adult was also given a free compact fluorescent light bulb to use as their energy and cost-efficient front porch light. Statistics show that well lit neighborhoods are safer neighborhoods! And it's good to be green in the process! Children were also given an opportunity to get fingerprinted by Little Rock CSI. Thanks to Barefoot Studio, free child ID kits were given out to every child in attendance!

City officials and local officers were there too and participated in a BIG way! Our very own Sergeant Snook was put in the neighborhood jail; between his arrest money and his bail, he raised $40 for our neighborhood association! Our beautiful pageant queen wardens arrested people all night long and raised a total of $193 to help our neighborhood do more fun events like National Night Out.

Throughout the night, Unity Martial Arts wowed everyone with impressive demonstrations and even taught some handy self-defense moves to the crowd! Kids played games, jumped in the bounce house, and got their faces painted, while the adults mingled, listened to music by the band Big Tree, and learned from the many tables of information about all the things our wonderful neighborhood has to offer.

The highlight of the night was the watermelon eating contest, sponsored by The Station. Nine kids and eight adults participated, but fun was definitely had by all! The crowd screamed and cheered while the participants devoured the juiciest watermelon you've ever seen. Four winners were crowned with cool National Night Out baseball caps. As the evening came to a close, neighbors from throughout Capitol View-Stifft Station were encouraged to look out for one another to help make our neighborhood a safe one! Together we can make a difference, and we will!