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Live music, games in family-geared 'Fun Day' at Blunt Park May 6

April 21, 2018
       A “Westside Neighbors Fun Day” will bring a festive air to Blunt Park Sunday, May 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.
       Westside families are invited to the free event, sponsored by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and the Council of Neighbors
A three-legged race evoked merriment at the Organization of Westside Neighbors' (OWN) annual picnic several years ago. The Fun Day, a new event by OWN and the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, will be Sunday, May 6. OWN is planning its picnic this year July 15.
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and Organizations (CONO) as part of CONO's “Neighbor Up Week.”
       A grassy, 3.3-acre park with a playground and a backstop, Blunt is in the 2300 block of West Verijmo Avenue.
       “Bring the family, meet your neighbors!” an event flyer urges, listing such features as a live band (Jupe & the Gemini), a corn hole tournament, a visit from Rosco (the donkey/mascot for a Westside coffee shop), free face-painting and light refreshments.
       For those interested in talking to local politicians, the organizers say that City Councilmembers Richard Skorman and Tom Strand and County Commissioner Stan VanderWerf plan to be on hand.
       Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested for people who attend.
       OWN is a long-time neighborhood advocacy group for Westside residents. The group also organizes an annual Westside picnic, which is scheduled this year July 15. CONO represents neighborhood organizations as part of an affiliation with the city.
       Announced in February, CONO's Neighbor Up Week offered groups a chance to plan block parties or reserve parks from May 4 to 13 with city fees waived and CONO helping expedite the paperwork.
       OWN saw this as an “opportunity to highlight a local park and get diverse groups together,” OWN President Jim Thompson said.
       In case of rain, the fallback location is the Westside Community Center. For more information, call Sara Vass (a CONO staffer and OWN board member) at 471-3105.

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