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Host a Night to Unite block party Aug. 5

How would you like to improve the safety of your neighborhood, have a fun time with your neighbors, build community and take part in a huge, nationwide program? You can do it all at this year’s Cottage Grove Night to Unite (NTU) celebration on Tuesday, Aug 5.

The Cottage Grove Police Department would like to invite you to have a Night to Unite party in your neighborhood this year. Each year we support and encourage neighbors to get together on this night, with the rest of the nation and strengthen your neighborhood and community partnerships.

If you’ve ever considered having a NTU party, but haven’t taken that plunge, here are a few reasons you should give it a try:

— It’s an easy way to get to know your neighbors.

— Your party may receive visits from police officers, firefighters, the mayor, City Council members, McGruff, our K-9 Blitz, Target team members, the Strawberry Fest Ambassadors, Greg Bonngard from Bonngard’s family meats and others.

— You’ll be able to give back to your community by participating in our donation campaigns including the “Backpack” and “Diaper” campaigns.  School supplies and diapers/baby supplies are donated to the Friends in Need Food Shelf and the Tubman shelter.

— Your donations will be picked up the following morning from your doorstep.

— You might be one of 16 lucky winners who will receive 40 hot dogs to be used at your NTU party courtesy of Bonngard’s Family Meats.

— You might be selected to be one of seven parties for the water balloon contest put on by the Cottage Grove Crime Prevention Board — with prizes.

— Sign up for a 10- to15-minute fire prevention class brought to you by the Cottage Grove Fire Department.

— You will receive a free box full of party supplies and balloons.

— Your kids have the opportunity to participate in a coloring contest sponsored by Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation Department. The winner will receive a free building rental at Highlands Park, where the splash pad is located.

— You’ll have the opportunity to lock your homes, turn on your outside lights, gather with neighbors and let criminals know you are watching and that you care about what happens in your neighborhood.

Won’t you join us for one of the best nights of the year in Cottage Grove? There’s still time to register, but don’t delay. The registration deadline is July 31. For more information on NTU or how to get involved, check out our city website at or by contacting either police officer Gail Griffith at or 651-458-6040, or Julie Berg at or 651-458-2851.