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Community Block Party Thursday

Members of the University of Jamestown's freshman class appear to be having a good time as they get free T-shirt to add to a bag of other goodies received in 2016 at the Community Block Party. John M. Steiner / Sun file photo

The 11th annual Community Block Party Thursday will help introduce around 340 new University of Jamestown students to the community to make them feel more at home, according to Katie Roehm, event organizer for UJ.

This block party will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30, with activities along First Avenue South that will be closed to traffic from First Street Southwest to Third Street Southwest. The event is free and open to the public and is meant to welcome and familiarize students with local businesses and organizations, with booths giving away food, drinks, games and prizes.

"So far I have over a hundred organizations and businesses signed up with more to put on my list today," said Roehm, who is also the staff development and resident director for Kroeze and Watson Hall at UJ. "I believe we will be at about 110 booths when I'm finished."

At the start of the event the new UJ students walk into the event together wearing matching orange "Jimmie" T-shirts. They are joined by other students and many Jamestown residents for a welcoming event that encourages continued interaction and community, she said.

The UJ Big Orange Pep Band will be performing around the time the students arrive, she said.

"This event is such an important part of our welcome week for the new students because it allows them to network and get to know not just the university community but the Jamestown community as a whole," Roehm said. "They can build relationships with different organizations around town that will be beneficial to them as they continue on their journey to success."

The event is in collaboration with the Jamestown Downtown Association, the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring businesses.

Lynn Lambrecht, president of the Jamestown Downtown Association, said she is always thrilled to be a part of the block party. She said the organization will have its Pig Race board with prizes.

"We look forward to meeting the new UJ class and also to seeing so many community members come together," Lambrecht said. "And we're especially happy that this year we can include activities in the Hansen Arts Park as well."

The service organizations and churches in the area will be present with gifts, support programs and volunteering opportunities. Area residents come to enjoy an evening of fun, food, entertainment, fellowship, giveaways and specials at Main Street businesses.

For more information or to register a booth, contact Roehm at 252-3467, ext. 4107, or email katie.roehm@uj.edu.

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