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From car shows to grill-outs, block parties run the gamut on Night To Unite

Jamie Kujawa, who partners with the Bechers to feed the neighborhood on Night To Unite each year, almost had an unfortunate accident last year (with flames reaching 7 feet high over his grill). He got up the nerve to grill once again this year. (Bulletin photo by Mathias Baden)1 / 4
Kathy and Mark Becher, who live on Highpointe Road, joined with the household across the street to provide 144 hamburgers and 96 hot dogs, to feed the neighborhood on Night To Unite. (Bulletin photo by Mathias Baden)2 / 4
Steve Mears, left, of Woodbury, Bruce Larsen of St. Paul, Dan Spilde of Woodbury, Dale Wendorff of Hudson, Wis., and Carl Schmeckpeper of West Lakeland Township enjoy ice cream at Stonecrest Senior Living on Night to Unite. They are members of teh 3M Rod & Custom Club, the organization that puts on Woodbury Days' car show. (Bulletin photo by Mathias Baden)3 / 4
Vi Sveen, left, and Tenny Raschke of Woodbury examine the classic cars at a show at Stonecrest Senior Living on Tuesday, during the annual Night to Unite event. (Bulletin photo by Mathias Baden)4 / 4

Night To Unite brought perfect weather and a lot of neighborhood grilling last Tuesday. There were barbecues, bouncy houses, picnicking, meeting neighbors and more during festivities at the annual event.

In Woodbury, public safety officials visited nearly 70 block parties. Public safety's belief: if you know your neighbors, you're more likely to look out for each other. And they beefed up the effort this year, nearly doubling the number of events they attended, compared to the last two years.

For the first time, Stonecrest Senior Living residents received a visit from the 3M Rod & Custom Club car show, which put on a small car show and partook in an ice cream social to kick things off a little early that day.

For one, the Overlook Pointe neighborhood carried on the second year of tradition by grilling 144 hamburgers and 96 hot dogs to feed the neighborhood. Mark Becher and Jamie Kujawa manned dual—not dueling—grills as prime time for parties began.

Night To Unite started about half-dozen years ago. It's the free version of National Night Out.

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