EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – In Easthampton Thursday, the annual cookout with a cop event returned.

The Easthampton Police Department served hot dogs and hamburgers on Williston Avenue from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents stopping by got the chance to mingle with members of the department, check out police equipment, and catch a demonstration by K-9 Gino and his friends.

“Every year we’ve got bigger and bigger and its just a great event to get kids, adults and the elderly out together to celebrate being a community,” said Easthampton Police Sergeant Chad Alexander.

Individuals or businesses interested in making a donation or contribution to the next event can call Alexander at 413-527-1212.

Another event is being held for community members and city employees hosted by the People’s Institute. The 3-day workshop will be held on September 16, 17, and 18 called “Undoing Racism” which will analyze class, power, and institutional/individual relationships to and within communities and how people have been socialized and conditioned to think about race and racism.

Registration is required by September 9th for the first 35 people and is being held in the Blue Room at City Space located at 43 Main Street in Easthampton.