|Night Out Block Party||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fleck (foam4uworldnet.att.net)|
|Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 11:58:26 -0700 (PDT)|
FYI: August 1st (or every first Tues in August) is National Night Out Against Crime. It's a Take-back-the-street thing. At Jackson Place Cohousing (very urban) we've made this an annual potluck block party. The city waves the fee for closing our street for 4-5 hours and sometimes the fire dept. stops by with a truck for the kids to look at. (one year the ladder truck ran the ladder completely up w/ a firefighter 60 feet in the air!) We draw a huge checkers board with chalk on the street and people are the pieces (consensing on moves is interesting). Since we're on a bike route things get a little crazy, too, with our kids riding all over the place. We put out tables and chairs, stick a few balloons on orange cones at the block corners, crank up the BBQ (which was "borrowed" by the local homeless guys 2 weeks ago AND returned the next day when we went and asked for it back) and invite the neighbors and old members and folks involved with the community council. It's a lot of fun and something you might consider doing next year in your neighborhood. Great way to build community. We do salmon burgers, veggie burgers, and beef burgers and dogs for the kids. This year we'll have produce from our P-Patch gardens. So stop by if you're in town and bring a salad. RSVP. Anne Fleck JPC - Seattle
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