Block Party brings fun, games and food to North Bend

Block Party brings fun, games and food to North Bend
News from SnoValley Star:

July 24, 2014

By Sam Kenyon

The crowds rocked. Children bounced on a giant blow-up structure, they worked their way up a climbing structure, and then rode ponies and cuddled rabbits and guinea pigs. Chess players battled one another on an oversized board that required two hands to move a piece. Elvis appeared. Elvis left.

And everyone, it seemed, ate their way through the Sixth Annual North Bend Block Party July 19.

The party extended from Bendigo Boulevard to Ballarat Avenue on North Bend Way. Booths were lined up in the middle of the street.

You could learn about recycling, purchase home accessories or a t-shirt that read, “North Bend 98045.”

“It’s about building community here with the block party,” said Ben Cockman, the owner of Mount Si Sports and Fitness. “All these local businesses, we try to work together.”

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Middletown groups join forces for back-to-school block party
News from Hamilton Journal News (subscription):

The Community Building Institute is joining forces with local partners to hold a “Back-To-School Block Party” on Aug. 9 at Douglass Park.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to dusk and will feature free food, a senior’s VIP tent with bingo and a bake-off, a three-on-three basketball tournament, corn hole, bounce castles, inflatables and a dunking booth, organizers said. Five hundred book bags will also be given away to local students.

“We’ve heard really loud and clear that (community members) want to see more fun activities for people who can come, and may not be able to afford something else,” said Karin Maney, executive director of CBI. “This is a way CBI can give to the community what they want, which we’ve heard is fun activities not far from home.”

CBI, which is the operating entity for the Robert “Sonny” Hill Jr. Community Center, hosted a back-to-school give-away last year, but Maney said the organization wanted to partner with other area agencies to host a full-day community event this year.

“We had so many partners that wanted to join with us that we felt we could make it a full-day event that would allow the community to gather … not only to receive school supplies but to also have fun and create better quality of life,” she said. “We want to build bridges in the community, and we felt that a block party could help do that.”

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