Dreaming Big at Imagine Cherrywood Happy Hour

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

Ten neighbors met up at the Imagine Cherrywood Happy Hour held at in.gredients on September 14 to enjoy the afternoon and dream up ways to make the neighborhood events planned for this fall bigger and better.  We talked about  how we could help the people organizing events already on the horizon, and came up with a new one. Here’s what Cherrywood has to look forward to this fall, and how you can get involved.

National Night Out (October 7 @ 5:30, Cherrywood Green). This one’s easy, just show up with a beverage or refreshment to share and hang out with neighbors. RSVP or check for updates here.

22nd Plant and Book Swap (Oct. 10 @ 9am, Cherrywood Green). Volunteers needed to set up and cleanup and this beloved neighborhood event. More info here.

Fall Tree Planting (Oct. 17, throughout the neighborhood). Mike Damal has led this effort and planted almost 600 trees in the last 18 years. To buy a tree or volunteer to plant some, email Mike. This is not hard work, and no experience is necessary.

Pumpking Decorating Party (Oct. 25 @ 3pm, Patterson Park). This was an fun BYOP (pumpkin) event held for the last two years. Just bring a pumpkin and the organizers will have googley eyes, feathers, markers, stickers, & more. Bonus points for coming in costume!

Halloween Costume Contest and Parade (Oct. 31 @ 6pm, 29th & French Place). We spent some time talking about how we can give back to the amazing neighbors on French Place who are so generous to neighborhood kids and families from all over East Austin. Since many of us don’t get much trick or treating traffic because all the action is focused on French Place, we thought about how to redistribute the candy wealth. Servant Church agreed to host a candy donation drive on on Sunday, October 25 and Saturday, Oct. 31, and volunteers will drop candy off to neighbors on French Place who express interest in receiving some. To find out more, email Kristen or check back. (Also, if you like wrangling goblins and don’t live on French Place, feel free to set up trick or treating station on the curb. The more the merrier as far as the kids are concerned.)

Also, the Halloween Costume Contest of years bast is back! The Kapasi family is coordinating a pre-parade contest for 1) Best Homemade Costume, 2) Best Family (or group) Costume, 3) Best dressed pet, and 4) Keep Cherrywood Weird.

East Austin Studio Tour rest stop (Nov. 13-14, 20-21 @ Asbury Servant Church). The 78722 Business Association will host a kick off party for neighbors participating in the tour on  Nov. 10, and Servant Church has agreed to serve as a rest and warm-up stop during the two weekends of the tour. There will be hot chocolate and a place to put your feet up if it’s cold.

Lastly, we talked about cleaning up and improving the two islands along 38 1/2 St., which are filled with weeds and trash. Cara will be organizing a flash mob cleanup crew when the weather improves in a few weeks, and mosaic artist Pascal Simon has agreed to lead a workshop creating an art installation.

It was both fun and inspiring to brainstorm with neighbors about what we can do for our community, and we look forward to another meetup soon!

Imagine Cherrywood 15sep15. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

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