TOPPENISH, Wash. — Neighbors will have a chance to meet one another at the local Community Safety Network’s annual barbecue Wednesday night.

The potluck barbecue will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lane Park at 810 E. Toppenish Avenue. Hot dogs, chips and water will be on hand and residents are asked to bring a side dish.

The gathering is intended to have residents know one another in hopes of making the city a safer place. The Toppenish-based group, along with the help of the local Hope For the Nations Church, has organized projects to paint out graffiti and form neighborhood block watches.

The group that promotes a safer, cleaner community began in April 2009, a month after 17-year-old Estevan Silva Jr. and 20-year-old Israel Diaz were gunned down near the railroad tracks just east of Buena Way.

The group is made up of local school and church officials, Toppenish City Council members, residents, police and members of the Yakama Nation. Toppenish is on the Yakama reservation.