West Hill Community Association Loves a Summer Block Party

  Community Interest    Event

by Devin Chicras

Urban Family held their annual Summer Block Party at Creston Point on Saturday, and West Hill Community Association jumped at the opportunity to get in on the fun.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

We spent the day connecting folks to their neighbors, getting everyone excited for Skyway Outdoor Cinema and sharing a bunch of laughs and high fives with the coolest of kids.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

And doing additional important things like connecting people to their favorite DumDum flavor (what even is that Mystery Flavor all about??).

Devin Chicras at Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

Meanwhile, there was an incredible carnival assortment of entertainment for kids. We’re not really sure how you could pick what to do first.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

There were dexterous dodgeball battles in the bouncy castle.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

Epic, swashbuckling adventures in the pirate ship.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

A game of skill to knock levitating planets out of orbit.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

And a sight that could have been a mirage to those of us baking in the sweltering heat: a giant waterslide.

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

Lions, tigers and quite possibly the odd bear emerged from the face painting tent. OH MY!

Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

Master of ceremonies Paul Patu kept everyone constantly entertained, from talent shows to hot dog fishing (with feet only – you had to be there).

Devin Chicras and Annie Patu at Urban Family Summer Block Party at Creston Point

Annie Patu masterfully kept things running smoothly at all times. Did we mention that in addition to working with kids at Urban Family, she also serves the community as a whole as the newest West Hill Community Association board member?

Skyway Outdoor Cinema Donations

We’ve gotta share one last story with you. At our booth, we had our trusty donation box sitting out on the table. While we’ve tried not to be all in your face about donations for Skyway Outdoor Cinema, even though we really really need your support, we’ve had about 9 donors so far, for a total of about $600 (still about $2700 to go before August!). Our 10th donor was absolutely unexpected. While all the kids were lining up for the waterslide, or the bouncy castle, or getting cotton candy and hot dogs – one little girl went out of her way to come right up to us. She was excited about Skyway Outdoor Cinema (as are we). As we went to get the bucket of candy to give her some, she instead lifted up her tiny red sequined purse and emptied the whole thing on the table. “Do you take donations?” she asked. And while we were taken aback, and sputtered something about how she really didn’t have to donate, she began dropping every single coin she had into the box, one by one, undeterred. She gave us ALL of the money she had. Fifty-two cents. Rain, if you’re out there, please know that what you did means the world to us. We’ve got a free popcorn waiting for you this August.

If you’d like to follow in Rain’s brave footsteps, and directly invest in YOUR community, please consider looking in your tiny red sequined purses for some loose change, and donate here. Thanks again, Rain.

And thanks to Urban Family, for making this wonderful community party happen in the first place. We can’t wait till next year!

Photo credit: Mary Goebel