Thursday, August 04, 2011

NWGNA July Friends & Neighbors Meeting

Your North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association held its most recent Friends & Neighbors Meeting on July 26th. If you missed it, you missed a great Powerpoint presentation by Master Gardener Debbie Rice. She spoke to attendees about the ins and outs of growing fall vegetables and how to plan your fall garden. It was great to learn about the incredible variety of vegetables we can grow in our climate and the best ways for doing so. There was a lively Q&A period after the presentation that yielded even more great tips.

Our councilman Pierluigi Oliverio attended the meeting and took the floor to discuss what's going on with city government. Of course it's not all rosy there these days with budget issues; a great reason to build a strong neighborhood association, right?

We discussed board elections which will be held at our next meeting on September 27th. All positions are open and we'd love to have some new participants on the board. Depending on the position, time commitment can be relatively small. The board meets monthly to discuss what we can do as an organization to help improve our neighborhood. Over our term we have initiated a number of events; The Produce Share, summer parties, garage sales, maintenance, etc. If you have any tips or suggestions, let us know. And if you'd like to spearhead an activity and need our support, we're here to help. We're a friendly bunch, trust me.

Speaking of summer parties, this year's Party in the Park will be August 13th from 5:00-8:00pm at Hummingbird Park. We'll be serving food and snacks and have lots of activities for kids and adults alike. We'll even have dance lessons! So come and hang out with your neighbors, get some food, cut a rug, and celebrate the waning days of summer before the kids head back to school. Or possibly celebrate the fact they're going back to school! Am I projecting here?

Our neighborhood maintenance day was July 31st. If you couldn't make it, that's okay, there will be three to four of them throughout the year. There's a lot that the city doesn't do for our neighborhood. It looks as good as it does largely due to the diligent work of a handful of our neighbors. The more of us that can pitch in, the faster it goes and the better our little area looks. The parks got a lot of attention from our crew last weekend. Check them out! We'll announce our next work party so you'll have plenty of time to plan for it. Any time you can contribute is a huge help. We can all spare an hour right?

As you may have read, the Produce Share has really taken off lately as we are experiencing a huge influx of homegrown goods: even baked goods and recipes get exchanged. Other neighborhoods in our area have taken notice and they're starting their own shares. How awesome is that?

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you missed last week and what you'll be missing in September if you find yourself somewhere other than the Word of Faith Church on the 27th. See you there!

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