By Jon Rand
Whether you’re selling, socializing or celebrating, the Ward Parkway Homes Association has an event to suit your needs this spring. From Neighborhood Night Out to the Fourth of July picnic are several chances for the entire family to eat and meet with old friends and neighbors, as well as make new ones.
The combination of enthusiastic neighbors and enhanced promotion led to record attendance at key events a year ago and this year we expect the crowds will grow even more.
Neighborhood Night Out, our annual open house, will be held Saturday, April 18 from 5-7 p.m. on the lower level of the District.Pour House+Kitchen at 7122 Wornall Road.
This event, open to all WPHA residents, features good food and drink, camaraderie and door prizes, including tickets and gear from the Kansas City Royals.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be staged Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at Ward Parkway Presbyterian Church. The four-and-under and older children will hunt in separate shifts.
For those who are passionate about de-cluttering or picking up some extra cash, our annual garage sales will be held the weekend of May 15-16. The sales are traditionally well attended and will be advertised in the Kansas City Star, on Craigslist and on yard signs at highly visible locations.
Our biannual Garden Tour, a huge hit in 2013, will be held in mid-June. Some of our expert gardeners will show off their plants, flowers and landscaping and serve free refreshments.
Climaxing our busy spring schedule will be the annual Fourth of July picnic, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 at Hale Cook School on 73rd Street between Jefferson and Pennsylvania. Sluggerr, the Royals’ mascot, will return as a special guest to lead the youngsters in the traditional bicycle parade and entertain with his delightful antics.
There will be prizes for the best decorated bikes, as well as a raffle for all ages. The picnic also will feature games, face painting and the usual hosing down by the Kansas City Fire Department.
WPHA will provide grilled brisket from McGonigle’s Market, hot dogs, condiments and bottled water. Neighbors are invited to bring side dishes.