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“Evergreen with Abundance”
I’ve spent more time than usual in churches this past month. I’ve spent some of the extra time in my “home” church, some of it in a church in our ‘hood, and some in a church I don’t normally attend just because the spirit moved me. Regardless of your spiritual foundation, we are approaching a time that many people use to reflect, to give, and to give thanks. It’s that or be bombarded with endless holiday music and “specials” that have already invaded the airwaves!
Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours at my home church in midtown volunteering at a community outreach ministry because, quite honestly, I was in need of some “feel-good”. Just prior to this, I attended a meeting hosted by long time Evergreen good neighbor Trinity United Methodist Church. More on that meeting in a moment.
|Read "The Old Forest," October letter from Rob Clark, President of the Board for Evergreen Historic District Association.|
And don't forget... There are free Old Forest Nature Hikes on the second Saturday and last Sunday of every month, rain or shine, from 10 - 11:30 AM. Kids are always welcome. Meet at the east end of Old Forest Lane near Overton Bark, the dog park at Overton Park.
Welcome to the dog days of summer which have finally arrived! The heat can slow us down but it can't stop the seemingly endless opportunities we have in our neighborhood to enjoy each other's company whether it's a night at the Levitt Shell or a jaunt down to Overton Square.
I would like to briefly update you regarding a couple of meetings I attended this week.
11th annual Faith/Labor Picnic
Mon, Sep 2, 2013, 11 AM - 2 PM
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway
You're invited to celebrate the true meaning of Labor Day with Workers Interfaith Network (WIN) at the 11th Annual Faith and Labor Picnic. The picnic is the “ultimate party with a purpose” according to many of our participants. It is also WIN’s annual fundraiser, and this year we celebrate 11 years that you have been making it possible for us to advocate for living wages and workers’ rights. Don't stay at home come out and enjoy a beautiful family fun day with us, purchase yourtickets in advance online today.
Your ticket covers all food and beverages, live music and dance performances, a Moon Bounce and face painting for the kids, and the chance to win door prizes. TIckets will be available at the door.
Entertainment this year will be The Danza Azteca, the EarthQuakers, Magician Johnny Magic, Sibella, and many more. There’s plenty of shade, but you probably want to bring your own blanket or folding chair. We hope to see you on Labor Day, September 2nd from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway Ave.
Fee: $ At door: $12 adults/$6 kids ages 5 - 12/$35 families.
Sun, Aug 25, 10-11:30 AM
OLD FOREST NATURE HIKE
Citizens to Preserve Overton Park offers a free nature hike through the Old Forest State Natural Area on the second Saturday and last Sunday of every month. Walks happen rain or shine, and kids are always welcome.
Meet at the east end of Old Forest Lane, near the Overton Bark dog park, for a guided 1.5-mile walk through the Old Forest State Natural Area. Questions? Email Naomior call 901.27
Tuesday August 6th was a great National Night Out in the Evergreen neighborhood. Thanks to Anna Rich for her leadership in organizing the event and for all the Block Captains and others who hosted their neighbors for the celebrations.
The original goal of National Night Out, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was to "take back" neighborhoods from criminal elements one block at a time. It fostered dialogue between law enforcement and citizens about the best ways to keep their neighborhoods safe and free from crime. Neighbors watching out for one another and keeping police informed is still as important in 2013, and National Night Outs are also great opportunities for neighbors to get to know one another and to spend time with each other.
We had 21 block parties planned from one end of Evergreen to the next. My goal was to make all of them, but alas, I gave out at 13. But they were 13 quality gatherings and after spending a wonderful evening with some of my neighbors I've compiled a few thoughts (and the blocks in which they were inspired). So in no particular order, I think.....
- ice cream socials are neighbor magnets and I'm glad I got to hear the legend of Jeff "Bundy" Warren (200 block of Buena Vista).
- seeing one neighbor haul a grill over to another neighbor's house reminds me of some of the great block parties I had growing up as a kid (400 block of Stonewall).
- there is a chicken explosion in Evergreen and the University of Alabama appears to be doing a better job than Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at recruiting prospective students (200 block of N. McLean).
- one of the benefits of living on a block with a teenager is the proximity to good babysitting (1700 block of Forrest).
- Evergreen parents are concerned about their teenagers spending too much time on Instagram (1700 block of Carruthers).
- the MPD deserves a big thanks for participating and showing up for so many of our parties (all over Evergreen).
- it's great that new neighbors who are moving into the 'hood are wanting to get involved (1800 block of Forrest and 300 block of N. Avalon).
- coconut poke cake is about one of the best things I've ever eaten (300 block of N. McNeil).
- it's great that we have a good cadre of seasoned neighbors who remember how things "used to be" (1700 block of Beard).
- when Jimmy Sanford offers you a hamburger you better be one of the first in line because they go quick (1600 block of Overton Park).
- there's nothing that says "come on over" better than people throwing a Frisbee in their front yard (400 block of N. Willett).
If I didn't make it to your party then it's my loss. As the Chicago Cubs are fond of saying....."there's always next year"!
See you around the neighborhood,
When Evergreen was first being built out, the home builders all planted deciduous shade trees in the lawns of the newly built houses. While there may have been many reasons for that, of key importance in that age was the significant benefits on summertime comfort through shading and evaporative cooling.
Today, we cool our homes with electric air conditioning. However, while most of us can get comfortable, the cost of that comfort can be significantly decreased by having shade trees. They also serve as an air and noise pollution reducer.
Evergreen's original-development tree canopy has been disappearing over the last few decades. The "holes" in the shade not only detract from our shady summer walks, but they add to the amount of electricity we use to keep our homes cool.
EHDA wants to replace that canopy.
Our new tree program is a "pay what you can" program. If necessary, EHDA will fund 100% of the approximate $150 cost to plant each tree. This will be a turn-key installation of a front-yard shade tree for any EHDA member with a suitable location. You get to pick from a list that includes black gum, red maple, tulip poplar, or one of about 7 varieties of oaks. The best time to plant will be in the early winter after the first really cold spell, so we want to line up a bunch of locations now to plant trees. So, if you would like a tree in your front yard, or you know of a spot in a nearby yard where the neighborhood would benefit from a well-placed tree, reply to this email with location and your contact information. We would expect the first batch of trees to be planted in late November or early December.
As the Chinese proverb goes, "One generation plants the trees: another gets the shade." Help EHDA pay it forward by allowing us to plant a tree in your yard.