Dilemma of New (Updated with Times and Locations)

I’m a bit surprised at some of the exchanges on Meet Your Neighbors. But perhaps I should not be.
Like most things rolling out for the first time, they are imperfect and unproven thereby subjecting themselves to criticism for those very reasons. This is a classic dilemma with anything new. Yet I think it is essential to experiment and even fail if that means pushing the envelope in terms of community building efforts or most things really. Regardless of how this turns out, it’s important to recognize the volunteer efforts to make this happen and even if turnout is low, that does not mean it is a failure or not worthwhile, just a first step. So next year the event can be tweaked from the lessons of this year.
PS I’d always spelled ‘dilemma’ as ‘dilemna’ but apparently ‘dilemna’ is not correct. Curiously from Google searching, I’m not alone with this mistaken belief. Curious if anyone knows why this is so prevalent other than my own ignorance apparently.
As posted by Mayor Thane’s blog (here):
La Cucina from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rebecca Persico and Karl Baia. Pizza, pastries and appetizers.
West End Memorial starting at 6 p.m.
Hosted by Debbie Baranello and Karin Hetrick.
Cake, candy, a caricature artist, face painter, T-shirts made with the new city logo, balloons, and raffles of donated goods from various West End businesses. Money raised will go toward planting tulips in the neighborhood.
Corner of Union and Orange Streets from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hosted by Kevin Phelps. Music and APD canine demonstration.
McDonald’s on Market Street from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Hosted by Paul Malmborg. Free soda and coffee.
St. Stanislaus Church parking lot from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hosted by Phil Lyford and Diane Hatzenbuhler. There will be refreshments served.

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3 Responses

  1. Karin says:

    Thank you, Flippin.
    This party is a first time event. If all goes well with it, we will most likely try it again in the Spring. Maybe we can encourage more reseidents to participate in the next one so that no one will feel left out.
    Besides, we are all neighbors in this city, it doesn’t matter which party go to tonight, just go. Everyone is welcome to each. Hope to see everyone out and being neighborly tonight!

  2. Diane says:

    Thank you for the correction.
    Diane Hatzenbuhler

  3. bethany says:

    The west end event was great! Lots of people, clowns, face painting and balloons! My 9 month old, Dani, had lots of fun. I was disappointed we couldn’t stay for the whole thing, but it was baby-bedtime. I hope more events like this are planned for the future.

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