Join the fun and host your own neighborhood block party on Night to Unite, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

Annually, on the first Tuesday in August, neighborhoods across the nation celebrate, get to know one another and help keep their community crime-free with Night to Unite parties. Plus its a fun way to get to know your neighbors!

You get to decide how to celebrate. Some neighborhoods have potlucks, barbecues, pizza parties, kids' games, ice cream socials, music, or simply sit on the front porch and visit with one another.

The Police Department, the Fire Department (and McGruff the Crime Dog!), elected officials and city staff visit many gatherings as part of this crime prevention event.

The event is sponsored by the Cottage Grove Department of Public Safety and the Cottage Grove Public Safety Board. 

Please contact Officer Adam Pelton at 651-458-6035 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional questions on Night to Unite.

Registration Information

Download the Night to Unite Registration Form (PDF),  complete and return by July 25, 2017

Please contact Officer Adam Pelton at 651-458-6035 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Night to Unite Purpose

Night to Unite is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
  • Generate support for and participation in anti-crime efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
  • Send a message to criminal letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

Night to Unite Block Party Ideas

Planning a Night to Unite party?  Here are some tips and ideas to help you have a successful party.

Block Party Planning Tips

Activity Ideas

Planning worksheet

Night to Unite Coloring Contest

Cottage Grove Park's and Recreation is sponsoring a coloring contest.  The winner receives a free reservation of the Highlands Park building next to the Splash Pad.

Download the 2017 Night to Unite Coloring Contest Page 

Submit entries to City Hall or the Recreation Department/Ice Arena by Monday, Aug. 2, 2017.  Questions: 651-458-3400

Paper Product Donations and Fill the Backpack Campaign

Paper Product Donations
An important part of our Night to Unite celebration involves giving back to our community.  In addition to our ever popular Backpack Campaign we are encouraging citizens to donate paper products which will be donated to the Friends in Need food shelf (FIN).  Paper products can include such things as: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, diapers, etc. FIN is always in need of items like this and this donation will be much appreciated.  We will pick up the donations from your doorstep the morning after your Night to Unite party and we'll deliver them to the Friends in Need food shelf.

Fill the Backpack Campaign
We are also encouraging participation in the Fill the Backpack campaign.  The idea behind this campaign is to provide needed school supplies to our area children.

The Cottage Grove Public Safety Board will donate a school backpack to each Night to Unite block party that chooses to participate in this campaign.  You are all encouraged to bring school supplies to fill the backpack.  Backpacks will be picked up the following morning and donated to the Friends in Need food shelf.  The school supplies will then be distributed to local families in need.

Together we can make the start of the school year an exciting one for all students!


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