Food, games at 6th annual ‘Block-nic’ in Bancroft Park

       Westsiders will have their sixth annual chance to meet, greet and eat with their geographical cohorts Sunday, July 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Westside Picnic and Block Party (nicknamed “Block-nic”) in Bancroft Park.
       Sponsored by the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and the West Intergenerational Center, the free event will feature a barbecue, two dance groups, traditional games and face-painting. Anyone is welcome.
       “It allows you to meet people in the neighborhood,” said E.D. Rucker, West Center director. “It's worked out well. Even in bad weather, we've had good turnouts.”
       Both dance groups are organized through the center. One performs hip-hop and the other does line-dancing.
       OWN “chefs” will grill up the food, including hamburgers and hotdogs. There will also be soft drinks and side dishes. Anyone wishing to bring side dishes is encouraged to do so, but there should be plenty of food in any case.
       OWN has been the city-recognized advocacy group for the Westside since the late '70s. West is the community center, supported by the city and School District 11, at 25 N. 20th St.

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