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Cascade, Humboldt neighborhood to host National Night Out

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Volunteers from last year's National Night Out event at the Cascade Campus Borthwick Mall.

This summer, for the first time, the Humboldt neighborhood and Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus are joining forces to throw a party for the people of North Portland. The two organizations are teaming up to put on the 2010 Cascade Campus Open House and National Night Out celebration, set for 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the Campus’ Borthwick Mall (705 N. Killingsworth St.), the stretch of North Borthwick Avenue – between North Killingsworth and Jessup streets – that runs through Cascade.

“Cascade Campus is one of the largest outdoor gathering spaces we have in the Humboldt neighborhood,” said Brian Murtagh, a local resident and member of the Humboldt Neighborhood Association. “We want to invite all the Humboldt residents and businesses to join us in making the National Night Out celebration our neighborhood event. I’d like to see it be like a neighborhood block party.”

The celebration has something to offer for visitors of all ages. Good stuff to eat and drink will of course be available, and for the kids, there will be fun, games, face painting and hands-on art activities. Representatives from a range of campus academic programs will be on hand with demonstrations, and musical groups from the campus’ Professional Music program will perform throughout the evening. Information will also be available for those visitors who are interested in attending classes at the campus.

In keeping with National Night Out’s theme, “a going-away party for crime and drugs,” a host of community organizations and government agencies will provide demonstrations and information on how to be safe at home and in the neighborhood. The Portland Police Bureau will be on hand to echo this message.

Staff and students from the Cascade’s emergency services programs – Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Protection Technology – will be on hand with their training vehicles and fun demonstrations.

“When people come together in a spirit of unity, it’s always a good thing for a community,” said Cascade Campus President Algie Gatewood. “I’m excited to partner with our neighbors to show our appreciation for the richness and diversity of our neighborhood.”

Participating organizations include Target, THA Architecture, Zipcar, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, the Florida Room, Eddie’s Flatiron Pizza and many more.