Block Parties

Inviting neighbors to a Block Party is a great way to kick off a new BAT, re-energize an existing BAT, or just an excuse to connect with your neighbors! Sunday afternoons are often the best time to schedule one, but we’d love to hear what’s working for you!

If you are hosting for a large number of people or having an activity that will spill into the street, closing the street for a Block Party is very easy. Simply fill out this application form and submit it AT LEAST ten business days before the event to get a free block party permit (do it as far in advance as possible so you don’t run out of time).

Fire engine visit:  you can request it from Santa Clara County Fire Dept (do it AT LEAST 2 weeks in advance).  Here’s the form or call Community Education Office at (408) 378-4010.

Police visit:  Email with the details, proposed date and time, location, group size, age range and type of topics to discuss (again, do this ASAP as they have to plan coverage depending on who is scheduled to be on shift).

Tuesday, August 6 is National Night Out (If desired, please request a police department representative EARLY!)

If your BAT is located within a Neighborhood Watch group, invite the Block Captain to share info at the party about your Neighborhood Watch program and activities, to encourage more neighbor participation. (If you don’t already have one, it’s very straightforward to set up your Neighborhood Watch!)


Sample email:

Subject: Block Party on [Day], [Month] [Day] at [Time]!

Dear neighbors in Block Action Team #XX: 
Please join us for a fun and information afternoon/evening! Everyone in the family, including kids and well-behaved animals, are invited! Please bring a side dish and a beverage to share with the rest of the neighborhood.
While our main reason to get together is to connect with everyone in the neighborhood, we’ll also be [choose from the following suggestions]:
  • Collecting Family Resource Information Forms
  • Completing information for/picking up neighborhood directories
  • Discussing emergency kits
  • Hearing from [xx], our Neighborhood Watch Captain
  • Meeting a representative from the Fire Department
  • etc.

[Other suggestions for activities: ] We will have on display a sample emergency kit for inspiration/ Come get information on staying up-to-date on City Alerts/ Hear a report from a recent City Council meeting on our request for a crossing guard/etc.

RSVP by responding to this email with the number of people from your household who will be attending.
Can’t wait to see you!
[Leader/co-leaders name and contact information]