The goal of Rock the Block is to bring neighbors together, get them connected to each other and to community resources, and celebrate a safe summer.
Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) June 23, 2014
Rock the Block was first held in May 2013 as a grassroots show of pride in Rockwood. After attracting more than 1,000 people last year, the event is back – and it’s bigger and better. More than 60 community agencies, 20 entertainment acts, and many sponsors will be represented at the two-day festival, to be held at the freshly painted Plaza del Sol at 18535 SE Stark Street in Gresham. The event is free and open to all.
Friday’s entertainment runs from 3-8 p.m., and features a free “Feast of Nations” community meal at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday’s activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a kids’ parade at 11 a.m. and a free lunch that begins at 11:30 a.m.
Throughout the weekend, community members can make arts and crafts, play basketball, and enjoy acts that include stand-up comedy, soul music, and Aztec dance. Attendees can receive free health and dental screenings from Mobile Dental Clinic and The Wallace Medical Concern, and get plugged into free or low-cost services that range from bus passes to art classes. More than 60 government, non-profit, and business groups will provide giveaways, enroll residents in services, and answer questions about everything from how to find affordable housing to where to find the nearest farmer’s market.
“With exciting development and a lot of neighborhood pride, Rockwood is on the rise,” said Brooke Crews, who is planning the event for Pathfinders of Oregon. “The goal of Rock the Block is to bring neighbors together, get them connected to each other and to community resources, and celebrate a safe summer. The weekend is about fun.”
Rock the Block is organized by Pathfinders of Oregon, with sponsorship support from the City of Gresham, MetroEast Community Media, Multnomah County, SRM Architecture and Marketing, TriMet, and Wells Fargo.
For more information, please see http://www.rockwoodnation.org.
ABOUT PATHFINDERS OF OREGON
Pathfinders of Oregon is a 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to break the cycle of criminality. Pathfinders has taught programs within the Oregon Department of Corrections for more than 20 years. In the community it offers programs to families impacted by the criminal justice system and youth at risk for gang involvement through its Center for Family Success in Rockwood.