Roger Pilkenton raised his hands jokingly as police officers pulled up to his neighborhood in Orchard Court.
As part of the annual National Night Out event, police and firefighters visited multiple block parties around the city to talk about crime prevention and neighborhood safety.
"It's kind of a good thing to get to know people," said Mary Pilkenton, who helped organize the Orchard Court block party.
Farther west at the Braemore Road potluck, organizer Bob Steinman was just glad for the breeze. Steinman has coordinated the National Night Out event for about 10 years, he said.
Others kept cool with a sprinkler in the middle of the street at the Alexander Avenue block party. Children ran and cartwheeled through the spraying water in the evening heat.
For Pilkenton, his event brought a chance to bring two halves of his neighborhood together. His neighborhood is somewhat divided by a small hill, he said.
"Today, I want folks from one side of the hill to meet folks from the other side of the hill," Pilkenton said.
Seven of the nine houses on Pilkenton's block showed up to the party. "I think it turned out really well," he said.