The city hosted an event in our neighborhood this past weekend that they called West Fest. They had some locals provide live music and had a dozen or so booths set up with information and proposals for building up the area and making it a more desirable and safer place to live. This included a new library, lining streets with trees, bringing in safer and nicer shopping areas, cleaning up of parks and trails… that sort of thing. I’m actually really excited for some of the changes that will be taking place. I think it was smart to host an event that invited all the residence so they could be more involved and aware of the progress that will be made in our neighborhoods. Quite a few people showed up.
It doesn’t really matter what kind of music – J loves live bands.
After a while, sitting and watching just isn’t enough – he has to dance.
Jonah just so happened to bring along his harmonica. When the band saw this they adjusted their playing to the key his harmonica was in and had him play along with them. Of course his contribution was little more than the same two notes being played over and over again, but it was cute.
All that attention got him all worked up and acting silly…
The police department had a booth there as well. One officer gave Jonah a pencil and put a sticker on his chest. He just looked down at his sweater for a moment in thought, then pulled it off gently and handed it back to her… I guess he didn’t think it worked for him.
They had a kind of creepy police dog in a car that could talk and drive around. The kids loved it. Since this wasn’t really a very interesting event for kids, this and the basketball hoop were the only things that kept their attention. Heck, I think that most of the adults wouldn’t have stuck around or visited many of the booths at all if it hadn’t have been for their smart tactics. The city (or the people hosting the event) provided people with stamp cards that they could get stamped at each booth. If they turned in their filled card by the end they received a voucher for $5 toward any of the food from the food trucks. (They said food trucks as if there were actual food trucks with different food you could choose from, but it was really just three different taco stands… The west sides version of food trucks I guess).