Neighborhood Connection block party thanks

Friday, November 4, 2011

An estimated crowd of 450 people gathered for the eighth annual Neighborhood Connection block party held on Oct. 15.

Games, food, face painting, fire trucks, pony rides and the DARE car were the order of the day. An extra special addition this year was books furnished by Beth Shaw, the daughter of Bill and Marion Green. Shaw is from California, and the books were given to the children and were age-appropriate. Aunt Linda and Uncle Randy demonstrated their crafts and some instruction on how to create them.

The Southeast Missouri food bank was sponsored by The Security Bank, Christ Episcopal Church and individuals from the neighborhood. Some 150 families were given food for a week by the volunteers who manned the food bank truck.

Food for the picnic was provided by Cup 'N' Cork, Socials, Broussard's, Port Cape, Burritoville and Schnucks, which supplied the hot dogs, buns and chips. Fred's Dollar Store supplied all the paper goods. Also, thanks to the volunteers who cooked and helped with the food.

Tracker from the Southeast Missourian and Ellen Dillon the clown patrolled the area providing high fives and smiley stickers to everyone while Joey Paris provided guitar and vocal music.

Special thanks to the River Radio Group, KZIM and the Southeast Missourian for helping to promote the event and their help in making it such as success.

Neighborhood Connection is a volunteer organization serving to make Cape Girardeau a wonderful city to live and to work in. For more information, contact me or the Rev. Bob Towner at 335-2997. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau.

Joan Jones is a Cape Girardeau resident.

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