Eastside Neighborhood in Oceanside hosted their second annual National Night Out 2009 on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009, with lots of fun activities and for the first time, in the history of the neighborhood, a movie night at Joe Balderrama Park at 709 San Diego Street, in Oceanside, CA. Other activities included affordable food vendors; face panting, resource tables from local crime, gang, drug, alcohol and tabocco prevention organizations.
The now popular national night out has been celebrated for decades in many communities across America on the first Tuesday in August as a symbol to fight against crime and the Eastside Neighborhood in Oceanside has taken it very seriously. "The members of Eastside Neighborhood Association (ENA) decided that it was a good opportunity to introduce activities like a movie at the park that would help generate and foster neighborhood relationships" said ENA's project coordinator, Carmela Muñoz. "This group of volunteer residents is very committed to improve the quality of life of their community and promote healthy activities for youth."