Block Party 2020 UPDATE

Block Party 2020

Like so many things in 2020, the ELNA Block Party will look very different this year.  We simply can’t safely gather, but we still want to connect with our neighbors.  We still want to share food, to hear our neighbors play music, and to have a raffle.  We still want to get out and enjoy a fine fall evening in our beautiful East Lawrence.  We don’t want to give up our favorite parts of the ELNA Block Party, so we’re finding a way of doing things differently.

This year, ELNA is partnering with the Rebuilding East Ninth Project for our Fall Party.  East Ninth is coming to a close and needs a final event, and ELNA needs a party.  A match made in heaven.  Think of it as a sort of masked, physically distant, very small groups only, Art Walk.   

Saturday October 3rd, 5-10pm, rain date October 10th

Here are the details.  You can find out more about each site and notices as we have them on our Facebook event.  Just search for the event as ELNA + E9th Fall Event.  


The evening will start off with a Community Meal at the Sunrise Project, served from 5-6pm. Much like the Community Meals To Go the Sunrise folks have served each Wednesday this summer, you’ll be able to drive up (or walk or bike)  to the Sunrise site at 1501 Learnard.  Wear masks, please!  A volunteer will then greet you and take your order — meat or vegetarian and how many you need.  Your greeter will then bring your meals back to you, and you can find a lovely place to picnic it, or consume it as you go along visiting the other sites in the artwalk. The menu for our event is burgers, both meat and vegetarian, prepared on site, a side dish created by Rebuilding East Ninth Together grant recipient Epicenter, plus a dessert.  This Meal is Free!  And open to all!  But your donations to Sunrise that evening would be accepted and welcome. And please let us know if you require delivery of a meal. We have delivery drivers on hand to bring meals to folks who can’t make it to the Sunrise site. Along with each meal, you’ll get a free raffle ticket and a map of the event.  We’ll serve meals as supplies last, and will stop serving at 6pm.  


Many East Ninth artists and East Lawrence artists and musicians are planning super fun things for you to see and do!  At the Community Meal, you’ll get a map of sites along our Art Walk.  We’ll have someone moving through the neighborhood with extra maps too, and we’ll put out some signs so you’ll know what’s where.  Attractions WILL continue to be added, and there WILL be sites all throughout the neighborhood, but here are a few highlights:

Hobbs Park Learning Garden — seed bomb making and rock painting, 5-7pm, at Hobbs Park

Sounds of East Lawrence — music and film projection, 6-10pm, Van Go parking lot, 715 New Jersey St. 

Wishing Bench Film — outdoor screening of a short film, screenings at 7, 7:30, and 8pm at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St. 

East Lawrence Family Tree Project — projections of portraits done for the project, 5-10pm, at Art Emergency at 721 E9th St.

901 Pennsylvania Concerts — perennial Block Party favorites, Byron James and band will play the porch at 901 Pennsylvania St. time tbd.


You’ll get one free raffle ticket with each meal.  The raffle items will be listed on the Rebuilding East Ninth website  The raffle will be open for a whole week, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets before the drawing concludes. 

***At all sites along our ELNA + E9th Fall Event Art Walk Party Thing, please be mindful of the safety and well being of our friends and neighbors.  Stay home if you are sick or under quarantine orders.  Wear your mask correctly.  Respect at least 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and other attendees whenever possible.  Please refrain from gathering in large groups.  Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer when you can.  We want to see you, but we want to be safe! 

With Questions and to Volunteer — email Lane at  



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