National Night Out (or Night To Unite, depending on who’s asking) was this past Tuesday, Aug. 2, and communities all over Anoka County got out onto the streets to brave the heat (the heat index stated it felt like temperatures were in the triple digits) and meet their neighbors and first responders. Live music was a common sight about Anoka, as were the Beatles with covers from the Liverpool Quartet ringing out across town. Power of 10 Rocked the Riverfront Memorial Park with decades of pop hits, including the Beatles’ “Got to Get You Into My Life.” A mere three blocks away and 10 minutes after, Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul could be heard playing the exact same track, donning the uniforms of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. With 27 registered block parties in Anoka, more than 90 in Coon Rapids and more county wide, neighbors connected with one another and their local police and fire departments. Officers and firefighters met residents outside their homes in cruisers and fire engines, offering many local kids the chance to sit in one themselves. Nights like Tuesday can’t help but make one recall the words of the late Beatle John Lennon:

“Imagine all the people, living life in peace.”

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