Today we celebrate Neighbor Night. Not to be confused with National Night Out, Neighbor Night celebrates your neighborhood. Some people say the month of August is one big party. Everyone seems to be on vacation, and the days are hot and dry. The warm evening weather is spectacular, perfect for Neighbor Night. Make plans to enjoy a pleasant evening with your neighbors. You just might enjoy it so much that you schedule a Neighbor Night every few months.

Having good neighbors is an important ingredient to a happy and fun-filled life, Holiday Insights says. We often don’t realize how important good neighbors can be. But like any relationship, you’ve got to nurture friendships with your neighbors. Neighbor Night is the absolutely perfect way to party “hearty” with them. If you already have good neighbors, Neighbor Night will reinforce and grow the friendship. If you don’t know your neighbors, use this day to get to know them. Chances are, you’ll be glad you did. If you don’t get along with a neighbor, break the ice and be the first to hold Neighbor Night in your “hood.” It will be fantastic to turn an adversary into a friend. On this hot summer evening, you are going to just love your neighbors.

Ah, the memories you are about to make tonight! Hosting Neighbor Night on this hot summer evening is easy. “Casual” is the operative word. Start with a gathering in the backyard on your patio or deck. Your neighbors will ask what they should bring. Have each neighbor bring drinks and an appetizer to share. As the sun goes down, a campfire is a great focal point (but not essential) for the party. Make dinner for the group and keep it simple: Use paper plates and plasticware for easy cleanup. The evening will be filled with conversations and good humor. You can laugh and make as much noise as want well into the night. Your neighbors won’t complain, because they will be there. You can even serve the s’mores I wrote about in last week’s column. Enjoy!

OK! School has started for most of us, and it seems to be going pretty well, considering high school students begin a half an hour later, at 8:30 a.m., even though they are still arriving at 7:15 a.m.-7:30 a.m. because that is the time their parents drop them off. For some funny reason no one gave those parents an extra half-hour in the morning, and their work hours didn’t change. We’ll see where it leads. And if it evens out, that will be great. After all, it has only been the first eight days of school. Remember to keep an eye out for students walking, biking or boarding to school. We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely as well as on time.

The volleyball and football seasons have started. So, if you are looking for something to do during the week, volleyball games are on Monday and Wednesday, and football games are played on Fridays. Go out and enjoy watching our high school athletes perform.

Flower of the day: Gerber Daisies

Recipe of the day: Friendship Cake

Dates to remember:

Aug. 18 — Oak View Elementary starts school

Sept. 5 — Labor Day — the last 3-day weekend of summer

Sept. 11 — Patriot Day

Sept. 22 — Autumnal equinox

Until next week — Be strong, be courageous and make a memory