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Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt!

NEIGHBORHOOD SCAVENGER HUNT!

Starting on Walk/Bike to School Day, May 5, 2021
for kids, parents, everybody… all the neighbors!

Southern Gables Biking/Walking Scavenger Hunt

Dear Neighbors,

At Green Gables Elementary School, the school, PTA, Sustainable Southern Gables, and the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association are partnering up to celebrate Bike and Walk to School Day on May 5th.  And now, we are inviting ALL Southern Gables neighbors to get in on the fun of biking and walking in our neighborhood. Join us on May 5th and throughout the month of May for a neighborhood-wide walking and biking scavenger hunt.

ALL the neighbors are invited to participate in the scavenger hunt — adults as well as families who don’t go to Green Gables, families with younger or older kids, grandmas, grandpas, singles, twins, and visiting cousins!

Green Gables students have a short scavenger hunt for families to tour the neighborhood and see some fun points of interest throughout the neighborhood.  We are offering this longer list of scavenger hunt items to the students AND to all Southern Gables neighbors. All ages, bicyclists, and walkers are welcome to participate!  Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt will be entered to win one of 4 Magill’s $10 gift certificates! ! All entries must be received by May 31 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Print this form and fill in the answers (or write them on a separate sheet of paper), then take a picture of your completed form. Email it to SustainableSouthernGables@gmail.com by May 31 and you’ll be entered to win a Magill’s gift certificate.  You can enter a form for each member of your household who participates in the scavenger hunt!

An avid Southern Gables bicyclist has noticed all of these things in the neighborhood and has compiled the list of questions on the SCAVENGER HUNT LIST. We hope you have fun finding these things!

If you need some hints, here are some of the answers you will find!

Water 9 Hero Peacock Flower Pots 2 Planters Wildlife Cat
2 Bird Wind Cactus Watering Can 2014 Deer 4 Owl

For a printable copy of the SCAVENGER HUNT LIST, click here.

Get some exercise and fresh air in the morning before school, have fun, and help improve our air quality.

Get out and RIDE!

It’s fun to walk or ride to school! Click here for safety tips.


Brought to you by Sustainable Southern Gables, The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, Green Gables Elementary School, and Green Gables PTA

Sustainable Southern Gables, Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, Green Gables Elementary School, Green Gables PTA


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A Delicate Situation

A Delicate Situation



The world has been stuck for over a year, and our little neighborhood has borne the weight of it as much as any other. Many of our friends are out of work. Some have fallen ill and died. Many businesses have struggled and some have failed, including some of our local business supporters. The most severe effects of the pandemic will last way too long. Farther down the list of losses and things missed, we have been denied socializing at our Neighborhood Night Out and monthly luncheons, and neighborly waves and hugs have been suppressed or reduced to shouting a greeting across the street.

Still, we aren’t completely isolated. With masks and social distancing, we can still make it work. With the weather warming, we might meet in driveways and parks, for example. The CDC now says that those who are vaccinated can start taking the first steps: mingle with others who are vaccinated, without masks, and friends and family members can even hug one another. So… what now, neighbors? 


Opening Day!

Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post, July 5 2020.

The Rockies are back! The season opener was last night (CR 8, LA 5) and fans were in the stands. Some fans, that is. Limited numbers, masks, social distancing. “Opening Day” wasn’t like anything we’ve ever seen. The well-known baseball fan Dr. Anthony Fauci said, in an interview on CBS This Morning, that he hopes to attend a ballgame this year. Imagine! Could anything be a stronger signal that life could return to normal? The good doctor also predicted that his favorite team, the Washington Nationals, who finished last in their division last year, will win the World Series this year. This tells us not to rely too optimistically on predictions that “everything’s coming up roses!”

Signs of Life

Still, having hope is good. Without it, we would never move forward. As the community struggles toward regaining what has been lost over this strange and challenging past year, we can consider starting back up with one of the goals of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association, encouraging neighborly interaction. The Association is slowly and cautiously planning for events to begin again, to help people get to know and appreciate each other. We will start with resuming the monthly luncheons, but in an outdoor setting. We’ll start this next month, provided the COVID guidelines at the time will allow. Then, later in the summer, instead of the big-crowd Neighborhood Night Out event in August, we will sponsor smaller “block party” type events for neighbors to gather outdoors. Same for our “Evening Get-Togethers.” These have always been outdoors in the warm months, but we haven’t had one for so long; we miss them, and resuming them will be with all the proper precautions that may be appropriate at the time.

Slowly and Cautiously

At these planned events the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association will encourage masks and distancing between parties from different households, and following the COVID rules that will be in effect at the time, with thoughtful care. That includes the CDC guidance that when all parties in a group are vaccinated it’s OK to be in contact; that is the main thing that will allow these small steps toward regaining the neighborly community feeling that we all love so much about Southern Gables.

Can We Do It?

Photo from broadcast interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci on CBS This Morning, April 1, 2021.

In his interview yesterday, Dr. Fauci set some expectations for the phase we’re approaching, with more and more of the population getting vaccinated:

“Please be careful. Don’t declare victory prematurely…. Every day that goes by, we get more and more protected. So what I say, and what [CDC Director] Dr. Walensky is saying is, just hold on for a bit longer, because every day is more and more in our favor and don’t pull back prematurely. We are gonna be able to pull back… but don’t pull back prematurely”

We’re going to be careful, hold on longer, follow the rules, and not start our gatherings rashly or prematurely. But we will begin to join in again as neighbors and friends.

Details on resuming these social events will be included in a newsletter that will be passed out to all Southern Gables and Valley View residents next week. Watch for it!