Brentwood-Darlington "Night Out" features big barbecue
The Brentwood-Darlington Community Center was alive with activity, the sound of childrens laughter, and the smell of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, on the evening of Saturday, August 8.
Were celebrating National Night Out Against Crime with a community dinner, explained Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) Chair Eric Wikoff.
Its where neighbors can meet one another, learn about local businesses, and find out more about our all-volunteer neighborhood association, Wikoff told THE BEE.
BDNA provided the burgers, sausages, and soft drinks; Cartlandia on S.E. 82nd contributed salads; and Voodoo Donuts brought lots of their trademark pink boxes filled with treats. And many neighbors toted in side dishes and desserts to share.
Portland Nursery donated plants for a raffle, Wikoff said, And, we have representatives here from our Brentwood Darlington Farm Stand, a collaboration between the neighborhood and the Learning Gardens Lab.
While kids played games in the park just outside the community centers back fence, adults talked, browsed the raffles, brought and took items from the free swap area, and met local businesspeople.
Its worth the effort, Wikoff reflected, because this is a collaborative, roots-driven method to help people get to know one another, and create a good small-business environment where people want to come and enjoy our goods and services they can't find anywhere else.
Great results can come from this kind of collaboration, he added. When you know your neighbors, on a first name basis, it creates a better living environment. Thats what were striving for here in Brentwood-Darlington.
Learn more about BDNA online: brentwooddarlington.wordpress.com