How do you let community members know you appreciate them? With games for kids, refreshments for adults — and ice cream. Volunteers handed out ice cream treats to all attendees at the Community …
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How do you let community members know you appreciate them? With games for kids, refreshments for adults — and ice cream.
Volunteers handed out ice cream treats to all attendees at the Community Appreciation Party called a community renewal and ice cream social on July 20 hosted by the Evergreen Park & Recreation District and the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce. While children played giant Jenga and Connect Four games outside the Evergreen Lake House, adults inside enjoyed refreshments and were invited to participate in a community-renewal event.
“Attendees can learn about what EPRD offers … get to see how nice the Lake House is and get free ice cream,” said EPRD board president Monty Estis, who quipped, “There’s not much better in life.”
Nancy Judge, Evergreen chamber president, added that in addition to the ice cream, representatives from the Crystal Garden in downtown Evergreen asked attendees to release the negative from the past year and to set their positive intentions moving forward. They wrote their thoughts on paper hearts and at the end of the event, the hearts were ripped up to release the corresponding energy.
This was the first time in months that the Lake House was open to the public for an event. Parents said the party was a fun, family event as they watched their children enjoying the games.
“We’ve been (to the event) in the past, and it was fun,” said Signe Martin of Evergreen, whose daughter Sadie played Connect Four with friend Layla Beightel.
Debbie Jackson of Genesee said her family was canoeing the previous weekend when she heard about the Community Appreciation Party. Her son Waylan and his friends Tyler Ritter and William Nelson were busy coloring masks.
Evergreen chamber volunteer Philip Levy said he enjoyed the Community Appreciation Party because it brings the community together.
“I love the community,” he said. “Evergreen is so encompassing.”
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