Seattle Night Out and we had excellent turnout for our block party. We've been doing this now for 9 years and it is really fun to hang out in the middle of the street and chat with the neighbors. We have actually lived on the block now 17 years and that puts us among the oldtimers!
I got asked a lot about running because of course the neighbors see me coming back from my morning runs and are curious. There is an aspiring runner on the street too who wants it to be easier. I've had this discussion quite often with very new runners and they are always surprised to hear that cardio fitness takes years of consistent training to develop. It's not something Americans are used to hearing or experiencing. Instant gratification works so well most of the time!