Our annual BWNA August picnic enjoyed a larger turnout than had been experienced the last few years, even had us running out for a few extra hotdogs to make sure everyone had enough to eat – and that was a good thing! While the food line stretched out for a 10-15 minute wait at times, musical entertainment from the talented Scott White made the time pass quickly. Requests for some 60’s music from a few of us who grew up with vinyl were well covered, along with some original songs from Scott.
The pleasantly cool evening air caused a few sweaters to be donned; but kept the dedicated grill crew a bit more comfortable. It sure didn’t detract from the water balloon fun near end of evening, where “kids” big and tall got into the act. Treasure bowls of prizes allowed all the “wee” game participants to walk away winners.
Of course, neighborhood safety is always the main theme of the evening, and visits by two police units (including a K-9 team), along with fire truck and crew (including the Fire Chief, Mike Myers), offered neighbors the opportunity to personally thank them for their service in keeping Beaumont Wilshire such a secure and safe place to live and raise a family. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) Crime Prevention group supplied a variety of information pamphlets along with “Portland” wrist bands to help build community that is essential to any neighborhood’s fight against crime. The picnic also presented a first look at the “Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood” patch that BWNA will be selling as a fund raising activity at meetings and future events.
The continued generous support of local businesses to this key neighborhood association event cannot be overstated –from ice and beverages donated by Beaumont and Everest M markets and wonderful dessert cake provided by Whole Foods of Hollywood; to the many gift certificates given in support our picnic raffle — our whole-hearted thanks goes out to all. Contributors included: Foot Traffic, Green Dog Pet Supply, Yo Choice, Alameda Brewhouse, The Arrangement, Beaumont Florist, Batter, Fire on the Mountain, Pips, Blackbird Wine Shop and Fire&Stone. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the ongoing help of BSA Troop 107 for transporting the extra chairs and tables loaned by the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship in support of our picnic, great group of young men and adult leaders.
So once the trash was bagged, picnic areas picked-up and to returned original condition, leftovers donated, grill and park keys returned and unused materials placed back in inventory — The BWNA Board could breath a sigh of relief and enjoy a sense of satisfaction for another successful picnic – don’t miss next year’s !