Why do you love the neighbors on your block?
Everyone is very approachable and friendly. Neighbors share decorations during holidays, share books in the free little library and stop by during their walks to chat with one another.
Why do you think it is important to know your neighbors?
Safety and community are driven by getting to know one another, and being there to support one another in good and challenging times. When everyone brings their individual stories together, we all better build our relationships and come together to make the best moments on our block.
Why are you excited to host a Jacaranda Fest on your block?
Before the pandemic, we were trying to activate a safety community watch group, all our efforts came to a stop. This event centered around our Long Beach jacarandas if the perfect opportunity to bring everyone together for the 1st time since we went on lockdown!
What are some fun activities you and your neighbors are planning to bring your block together?
Ice breaker games, cultural food, crop swaps, show & tell…
What’s one purple food and/or drink you look forward to enjoying at Jacaranda Fest?
Purple Jamaica, blueberries, eggplants, purple potato, purple cauliflower…
Any encouragement or advice to anyone who is on the fence about hosting their own Jacaranda Fest?
It’s very fun and I think as hosts we put more pressure on ourselves then we need to. Most people just want a space to gather, all the other details really do fall into place. It’s a great experience being able to bring neighbors together. This is how we met our neighbors, who we’ve become so close with that our kids call them grandma and aunties.