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Neighborhood Night Out 2021

Neighborhood Night Out 2021


As we come out from under the difficult circumstances that have kept us apart from each other, so much has changed but we still long to resume our neighborly ways. We step carefully into the future knowing that many people will need to avoid being close to others, at least indoors or without masking up, and we are aware of necessary precautions. Last year we skipped the annual Neighborhood Night Out, but people still need people in a healthy community. We recently sponsored individual block parties, and they were friendly gatherings with some neighbors seeing others they had not seen in years, in an open-air environment safe for all. So we thought, “Why not… ?” 


With the success of our block parties, we decided that we could do a larger outdoor event with plenty of room where our Southern Gables neighbors can interact at the distance that is right for them. The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, in cooperation with the Green Gables Elementary School and PTA, is going to have a Neighborhood Night Out on September 24, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM on the campus of Green Gables Elementary School. All Southern Gables residents are invited.

We will have free hot dogs,* chips, and drinks. Magill’s Ice Cream will be giving out servings of their delectable treats.  There will be face painting artists, a bouncy house for the kids, and a DJ playing party music, just to name some of the activities for the night. Our last Neighborhood Night Out in 2019 was attended by over 600 participants. We want our neighbors and students to feel we all are “back” after the past 18 months. We are hoping to have good attendance at our September 24 Night Out, and we are encouraged by the fact that the event is always outdoors so there is plenty of room for each individual to maintain whatever personal distance makes them feel comfortable and safe.

We have asked many of our Selected Business Supporters to participate on the September 24 Neighborhood Night Out. They will be setting up booths with games and activities which are family appropriate, and will have prizes or handouts. To see a list of the selected Business Supporters of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, click here. Many have struggled to keep going through the past year and a half, and we like to encourage doing business with our neighbors in whatever ways we can.

We hope you will come and be a part of this festive activity, as we work to bring neighbors back together in a feeling of community and neighborly spirit.

Sincerely,

Doug Whitten
President, Southern Gables Neighborhood Association

  • * P.S. The hot dogs will be provided by Joy’s Kitchen. By the way, if you want an opportunity to do some good for the world, that opportunity is right here, right now, right in the neighborhood. Review the article we wrote about Joy’s, and consider volunteering: Doing Good.

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Host a Block Party!

Host a Block Party!


How about hosting a party with your neighbors? Potluck, outside in your driveway, yard, or cul-de-sac. You set up and provide the basics. The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association will help with the costs of hosting to the tune of $50. $100. It’s all about strengthening community spirit, for mutual benefit. Details… 


Due to COVID, the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association was forced to suspend the ever-popular Neighborhood Night Out held at Green Gables Elementary the weekend before Labor Day.  However, the Association is encouraging neighbors to organize and participate in block/street parties, which could consist of pot-lucks, barbeques, food-trucks, etc.  The intent is to get families who live within a few blocks of each other to get together, reaffirm friendships and meet new neighbors.  The Neighborhood Night Out would have been August 20, 2021 this year, so we are sponsoring Block Parties on that date instead.

2019 Southern Gables Neighborhood Night Out

2018 Neighborhood Night Out

Begin with a Block Host (s).  This person (s) would be responsible for inviting all of the neighbors on the block, primarily going door-to-door with a party invitation as to where, what to bring, etc.  In addition, the Block Host (s) would follow up with the neighbors several times before the party date to get confirmations, what neighbor is bringing to the party, etc. (don’t forget tables and chairs).  The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association will provide each Neighborhood Block Party Host (s) with $50.00. $100.00. This stipend to the Block Party Hosts will help defray the costs for food, paper goods, operating a grill, etc.  Block Hosts can set a time for their individual parties, say 5:30 or 6:00 PM. The Association will invite the Lakewood Police Department and West Metro Fire Department to attend as many of the parties as their staffing permits.

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Some of our Southern Gables neighbors are Neighborhood Watch Captains.  Perhaps you already-designated Captains can see this as an opportunity to have your already-determined members to be part of this celebration by sending/delivering invitations for August 20, 2021.

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Those neighbors who want to volunteer as a Block Party Host, please contact SGNA.Lakewood@gmail.com, as a first step to determine neighborhood participation.  You can download an example “invitation” and modify it to pass out to your neighbors: Click here. For questions, please contact Doug Whitten at whittend@comcast.net or 303-986-7157.

Let’s all continue to make Southern Gables one of the nicest neighborhoods in all of Lakewood. Our neighbors make the Southern Gables neighborhood GREAT!