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Thousands turn out for Harlandale's National Night Out

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Thousands turn out for Harlandale’s National Night Out

Everywhere you turned, you saw them: families walking from table to table picking up information on city services, health and money management; families checking out all the hot rods lined up along 94th street; families in line getting their free hot dog, soda, chips and watermelon slices; families playing frisbee; and, families having fun together in a safe environment. That was exactly the point of Harlandale’s National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2.

An estimated 2,000 people stepped outside their homes and onto the grounds of Harlandale Memorial Stadium for the annual event. It was the largest turnout in recent history and Mother Nature had a lot to do with it. A day after rain fell across San Antonio, the skies cleared up and cooler weather moved in, making for a perfect night out.

Volunteers with Southside United Against a Violent Environment (SUAVE) organized the exhibits, car show, food, performances and skits. It was enough to keep families entertained for hours but it wasn’t all fun and games. Students helped put together short plays that touched on some difficult issues, including teen dating violence.

According to, National Night Out is a “unique crime/drug prevention event.” It helps neighbors get to know each other and empowers them to fight back.