Successful National Night Out in the Northside

The Northside hosted a fun night out on Tuesday, with a free screening of Toy Story 3 and a bunch of other entertainment, too. Face painting, with subjects ranging from butterflies to Jolly Rogers, was a big hit with the younger kids. A flotilla of gourmet food trucks, including Mogo BBQ, House of Siam on Wheels, and Treatbot, added spice for the grown-ups.

Musical group Cuatro con Tres put on a fine show, mixing latin canciones with American rock favorites. I was impressed with their cover of Van Morrison’s “Brown-eyed Girl”, which they gave just enough of their own flavor that you didn’t miss Morrison’s characteristic voice.

The event was put on by the North 13th Street NAC (neighborhood advisory committee or neighborhood action committee, depending who you ask), the Northside Neighborhood Association, and the Luna Park Business Association, with help from neighbors in the Julian/Saint James and Hensley neighborhoods. In past years, the NAC has had substantial help from city staff in staging this event. This year the staffer who had assisted in the past had been re-assigned to new duties, and was only able to assist with event permits and put in some of her own volunteer time flyering; otherwise the group was largely on its own. Despite the new reliance on volunteers, they managed to get the word out with fliers, book the band, and bring in the trucks to provide food. As in years past, Riverview Systems donated the equipment to present the movie on the big screen.

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