Neighborhood Party Turns 40

This photo and note came from a resident of the 3500 block of University Boulevard, where neighbors have gathered for 40 years each December to celebrate their community.

Ben and Susie Soderquist opened their home Dec. 4 for the block’s traditional annual Christmas party. We had about 60 percent of the families come this year.

Susie remembered that the block traditionally reserved the first Sunday of December for this party. In fact, we already had one family claim that they will host next year! We send out Evites to get the information out and determine who is bringing what to share for the potluck. The north side brought savory treats and the south brought sweets.

All generations are welcome for this sweet event where we can get to know each other better. Some of our neighbors have lived here for 30 to 40 years while others are newbies.

We keep and email the spreadsheet that has data for each family, with email addresses, home and cell phone numbers, and childrens’ names.

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