The music, loud and happy, could be heard at least a block or two away from Green Gables Elementary on the evening of Aug. 25.
If that wasn't enough to let the casual passer-by know something was going on, the parked cars spilling from the school …
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If that wasn't enough to let the casual passer-by know something was going on, the parked cars spilling from the school lot into the neighborhood were a definite sign.
All the hubbub was due to the third annual Southern Green Gables Neighborhood Night Out, which brought the entire Southern Green Gables neighborhood to the school for food, music, games and neighborly fun.
"Every year, they add more and more things, so it's fun to come see everything," said resident Sandy Roark, who stopped by the event with her husband, Dick. "Plus, I didn't feel like cooking tonight."
Roark helped the school to setup its community garden facility, and was pleased to see it flourishing.
"A lot of people don't have places to do any planting," she said. "Kids can get a great education in the garden, and they've already got all kinds of stuff planted."
While a DJ played fun pop music, children tossed around footballs, played on the playground, or had their face painted in one of the nearly two dozen community booths spread out over the field.
"This whole event was started as a way for neighbor to get to know neighbor," said Doug Whitten, president of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association. "It's one of the only events we have where neighbors see each other, and that's important, because if you know your neighbor, you're more likely to look out for them, and vice versa."
Teenage members of Moth Contemporary Circus Center delighted children and adults alike, and lively conversation was had around picnic tables between bites of hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches.
For Suanne Hawley, principal of Green Gables, not only is the event fun for everyone, but it allows the students to see their school as a community center.
"I love that the kids see everyone coming together at their school," she said. "It's really makes the school feel like a hub for everyone in the community."
And as the music kept playing, more hot dogs hit the grill, and the sun started to sink behind the mountains, it was hard to find anyone who'd disagree that a big party isn't a bad way to end the first full week of school of the year.
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