It's time to get out and meet those neighbors who you've just given a casual wave to since they moved in.  It's the 31st National Night Out next Tuesday, August 5th.  It will be celebrated across the nation, and Cedar Rapids residents will be taking part for the 15th time.

The whole idea is to get out and meet those that live around you with a special get-together.  It can be done with a dessert night, a barbecue, or anything else you can think of.  Be creative and grab the bag chairs for a relaxing evening outdoors.

The Cedar Rapids Police and Fire Departments will also be going out to visit participating neighborhoods.  Register you neighborhood here.

The 2014 theme is one I love:  "Give Neighborhood Crime And Drugs A Going Away Party."  Amen.  And together, your neighborhood can help make that happen.