Neighborhood Night Out

The Southern Gables Neighborhood Night Out attracted over 600 people this year, a new attendance record for the annual event. The reviews were enthusiastic, with perhaps the best example having been heard at the bedtime immediately following, “I wish Neighborhood Night Out could be every week.” The mom who reported this assessment also told us that the young evaluator, who can sometimes be quite the critic of adult endeavors, said this was “the most fun one yet.” We agree. The DJ kept up the beat, and the hot dogs and lemonade brought people together in discussions of fine quality dining. Our local business supporters kept the action moving with games and treats as neighbors went in and out among the many tents and booths. The Community Garden was open to visitors as well, and attracted admirers. Groups of neighbors sat and chatted, faces got painted, and some people — mostly kids — danced.

Winner of the bonus prize, seen here with grandfather Mike Huckaby, is thrilled at her prize but momentarily preoccupied.

One highlight of the evening was the drawing for prizes. Neighbors were given free tickets as they entered the grounds, and at the appointed time the DJ called out numbers for five Visa gift cards valued at $100 each. As if that wasn’t enough, the drawings closed out with a bonus: a free photo session with Alex Hearn Photography. Wouldn’t you know, the winning ticket for that one was held by a contender for the “cutest baby” title, so we know it will be well appreciated.

The other winners seemed to be just as pleased at their good fortune, and one even said “but I never win anything!” We offered to take it back but he decided to let the new winning streak get off to a good start.

$100 prize winner Ryan Peterson accepts the prize from Southern Gables Board member Zack DeMeola

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Prizewinner Clint‘s smile tells it all

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Winner Kate seemed pleased and surprised, and shared the podium with her friend.

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Winner Alysha accepts her prize with a smile. There were lots of smiles all around on Neighborhood Night Out.

Drawing Winner, Southern Gables NNeighborhood Night Out

Fifth and final winner of the $100 Visa cards was Nathan Hayes, a Green Gables fan.


The Best-Laid Plans

We like our Tote Bags!

The Southern Gables Neighborhood Association likes to encourage residents to do business locally, with the idea of neighbors helping neighbors and strengthening community ties. One of our projects involves collecting information and promotional items from our Local Business Supporters, assembling them into a collection in our distinctive Southern Gables green tote bags, and delivering them to all the neighbors. For the last few years the students of the Carmody Middle School National Junior Honor Society have eagerly taken on the project of assembling and distributing the bags, earning money in the process for their club. It’s a real win-win, and always a treat to work with the young people.

This year they ran into a snag and although they could do the tedious work of getting all the bag contents together they couldn’t do the distribution. Panic! That’s over a thousand bags, each one lightweight but put them all together piled high and wide, and think of the size of our neighborhood with about nine miles of streets to walk, and you can see it’s a formidable job.  We looked around for other groups or organizations who might do it, and came up dry. But hey, how about neighbors?

Doug Whitten, Association President, had the crazy idea that within our Southern Gables community there might be enough helpful folks who would volunteer to do the job. No club affiliation, no bonus, no payment, just helpful people. And what do you know, it worked! Doug wants to extend a big THANKS TO EVERYONE who pitched in to help.

Volunteer Peggy Goold and her expert distribution crew

  • Frank Bontrager
  • Barb and Russ Bromby
  • Tom and Billy Cummins
  • Brian and Wendy Diamante
  • Ken Fischer
  • Peggy Goold and two granddaughters
  • Bruce Loftis
  • Deb Martin and daughter
  • Glen McCarthy and Justina Walls
  • Bruce and Stormy McDonald
  • Samantha Monell
  • Monica Norval
  • Karen Purtell and daughters
  • Sandy and Dick Roark
  • Dale Trone and Kathy Baird
  • Judy Whitten

View our website,, to see some of our Selected Business Partners. And by the way, Doug says that if you DID NOT get one, you can call him at 303-986-7157, email, or use our Contact Form and he will get it to you.

You can meet Doug, and other neighbors, at the annual meeting of the association on Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 at the school. We will have Mayor Adam Paul, our Ward 5 City Council representatives, and representatives from the Police Department to update us on issues of concern to the community, and, as always, a chance to socialize with Southern Gables neighbors. More info here.

Doug says the Tote Bag delivery went the best he has ever seen. There’s something about neighbors pitching in that’s good to see, and in our Southern Gables community that’s what we like. Hope to see you soon!