It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. We’re out more – walking, biking, playing in the park, going to festivals, or getting out of the city if we have the opportunity.
I go camping with my family at Lesser Slave Lake every summer. We park ourselves on the beach where we read, swim, paddle, and play games. My brother goes fishing and the little ones build sand castles. A fire gets lit after yet another glorious sunset, the guitar and mandolin come out . . . ah, I’m looking forward to it already!
As you’re out and about this summer in your garden, the playground, or shopping at a local business, it’s also the time to greet your neighbours, catch up with their summer plans, and wish them well. “Hello, how are you?’’ goes a long way!
Last month, Joanne shared her story of her block party and I suggested you too could host a party, however large or small. The City of Edmonton has a great how-to guide to organizing block parties. They list top 10 reasons to have a block party:
Closing off the street or back alley requires a permit from the City. Although the permit is free, it does require signatures from your neighbours to show support for the event, whether or not they plan to attend. It’s a good excuse to meet your neighbours and I can help if you are interested! Two weeks’ notice is what the City needs so they can bring the road barriers.
You can use the community league’s Block Party Kit and apply for a Revitalization Small Sparks grants of $250. If this sounds too complicated, start small – host a pop-up party in your back yard for a few neighbours. Another way to meet neighbours is to attend an event organized by others! The McCauley Garden Crawls, the Intercultural Gatherings or the Family Activities being held on Sundays at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre, the Hallelujah Garage Sale on July 7 – lots of events in the ‘hood. To find out more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun this summer!