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Save the date: community block party

Save the date: July 23 What is it? A free, block party in the Cariboo Heights neighbourhood, hosted by Rosanna and Jonathan Chan on Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the east cul-de-sac in front of Lakepark Village at 8580 Cumberland Pl.
Sapperton Block Party
Fun and games: Teya Porter gets her face painted at a recent block party in Sapperton. The Vancouver Foundation provided funds for the small grants program, which was administered in New Westminster by Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

 Save the date: July 23

What is it?

A free, block party in the Cariboo Heights neighbourhood, hosted by Rosanna and Jonathan Chan on Saturday, July 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the east cul-de-sac in front of Lakepark Village at 8580 Cumberland Pl. Highlights include: Free hotdogs with a halal chicken dog option, popcorn, face painting, balloons, games, a bouncy castle, refreshments and mingling with neighbours. It’s a potluck, so bring a dish to share. Cutlery and plates will be provided.

Why you can’t miss it:

The main reason you should go is to meet your neighbours. The Vancouver Foundation conducted a well-known study in 2011 and found the most pressing concern among Lower Mainland residents was a growing sense of isolation. When you get out and meet your neighbours, you contribute to a sense of belonging and your own wellbeing.

Who’s coming:

Local businesses and representatives from the police and fire department have been invited, and there will be a police and fire truck on site. Burnaby MLA Jane Shin and MP Peter Julian should be there, too.

Who’s pitching in:

The Burnaby Neighbourhood House is supplying free hot dogs, with a halal chicken dog option, and drinks. Shin is providing fun features for the kids: a bouncy castle, face painting, balloons and games, and Julian is supplying a popcorn machine. Choices Market is donating gift certificates for the draw prize.

To sign up:

For more details orRSVP at www.cumberlandplaceparty.eventbrite.ca or call 778-773-2552 or email jonathanlkchan@me.com.