Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween Block Party!

Mark your calendar for the annual Halloween Block Party on Friday, October 30, from 3-11ish, on Madison Street (between Dodds and 907 S. Madison).

There will be fun activities for both kids & grown-ups.

It's a potluck, so feel free to bring a dish....
& it's a Halloween party, so wear a costume..... 

(Don't like cooking, don't have a costume?  Please come & hang out anyway!) 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bringing Out the Character of Our Neighborhood as a Permanent Culture

Please join us at our next neighborhood meeting, on Thursday  November 5 at 6:30 at the McDoel Gardens Baptist Church.  We will have a special guest, Rhonda Baird, who will address 
how we, as a neighborhood, can draw out a permanent sense of place and enhance it with things that really work for individuals -- like edible landscaping and home retrofits, but also communal centers for exchanging information/food/celebration/games, etc.  She will also talk about resources and also how individuals can build resilient, sustainable homes that contribute to that neighborhood health we all want when we are invested in a place. 

We will have the opportunity to brainstorm our own ideas for enhancing our community.  Some neighbors have discussed the possibility of a community garden (we are McDoel Gardens, after all), and one of our next guest speakers will be from the Green Acres Neighborhood Garden.

Bring your ideas, along with your friends & neighbors to the meeting.  We want to hear what you want to learn about in the upcoming workshops.  From your input we will schedule the next speakers.

Rhonda Baird is a permaculture designer and teacher.  She will be helping to teach a full permaculture design course over five weekends this fall and winter (beginning October 15-17).  Contact Rhonda for more info:

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Home For Sale/ Open House--more dates

Open House at 1409 S Rogers Street, Sunday, November 1st & Sunday November 8th, from 2-4 pm.

This house was the home of Eathel Elkins, a longtime McDoel resident.  Eathel lived in the house for more than 55 years and lived well beyond her 100th birthday.  Eathel was originally from Elkinsville, which was one of the towns flooded to create Lake Monroe.

The house has been lovingly restored by Bloomington Restorations, Inc. with a new kitchen and bath and new appliances.  Stop by the Open house for information, punch and cookies.