Ronald Commons Community Block Party attracts 400 guests for a day of fun

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Rotarian checks in with the Easy Company Band

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

If you were close to Shoreline town center on Saturday and wondering where the amazing live music was coming from, it was the third annual Ronald Commons Community Block Party!

In addition to the upbeat, energetic tunes from the Easy Company Band, approximately 400 guests enjoyed hot dogs, fresh fruit, cotton candy, sno-cones and more.

The kids enjoyed the bouncy house

Kids and adults were treated to carnival games, activities, swag and information from local service providers. When they weren’t slurping Italian sodas or munching on popcorn, children kept lining up for the bounce house, face painting by staff from Echo Tattoo and an opportunity to climb aboard the big rig with the Shoreline Fire Department.

Lollipop-a-palooza - guess the number of lollipops
in the jar and the closest number wins a prize.
Prizes were awarded hourly.

Dozens of door prize winners left with gift cards to local restaurants and businesses, luxury hair products, toys and more. The League of Women Voters signed up several new voters. A resident of Ronald Commons passed out samples of food offered by her new Filipino catering business. Several of our elected officials stopped by to visit with neighbors and enjoy the fun.

Dale Turner Y had a booth, along with
two dozen other service agencies

Twenty-four community partners, including service agencies, community organizations, local businesses and churches, hosted booths at the event, providing information about their programs and/or fun activities for kids and adults.

Who better to do face painting than a tattoo artist?

Another twenty-two businesses, faith communities and organizations provided help with the event. This amazing outpouring of support and enthusiasm for the block party by the community made it possible to offer this event at no cost to participants.

Everything, yes everything, was free.

LFP Rotary was there, cooking hot dogs

Many thanks to all who helped make this event a success, including the hosts: Ronald United Methodist Church, Hopelink and Compass Housing Alliance. The event is a celebration of the unique partnership that continues to be a model for other faith communities and service providers across the country.

And with all that, some kids still
preferred the regular playground.

The partners offer their immense gratitude to Sheri Ashleman for stepping up to coordinate the event this year.

It was exciting to see people having fun together, building relationships and connecting with the community at large. Hope to see you there next year!


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