Use as a Press Release or as a Special Story from Cookie Powell, Dixon Family Services
March 7, 2014
19th ANNUAL DIXON COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 10AM-2PM
WOMEN’S IMPROVEMENT PARK, NEXT TO DIXON LIBRARY
Dixon Family Services Planning 19th Annual April Event in Park
Dixon Family Services Block Party committee members are planning The 19th Annual Dixon Community Block Party to promote awareness of child abuse prevention as well as provide health and safety information to the community of Dixon. The non-profit social services organization choose the theme “30 Years for Safe & Healthy Kids” to highlight the fact that Dixon Family Services has been providing services and programs for 30 years to help in keeping Dixon’s children safe, healthy and active.
April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and the agency uses the Annual Community Block Party to encourage parents to involve their children in safe and healthy activities that are available in our community. Youth organizations, youth sports, scouts, gymnastics, karate, afterschool programs and others will be on hand to assist parents in signing up. Dixon Youth Soccer, for example, has been using the Block Party as their first sign-up event each season for many years.
Each year many local youth groups participate in the Block Party in order to raise funds, entertain the crowds on stage and perform community service. The Block Party committee recommends that booking is done early, as the concessions will not be duplicated. All food and drink items intended for sale are on a first-come, first-served basis. This is done so no group will be in competition with others for sales.
Admission to the community Block Party is free and so are the activities. The day will be fun, interesting, and entertaining for everyone. Many organizations give out free gifts to party go-ers, such as balloons, prizes and other items.
Each year several youth-related businesses and groups provide free craft making, face painting, live animals to pet, youth entertainment and other fun activities throughout the day. Organizers expect that to happen again this April 26. One group that is always welcomed and enjoyed by kids, big and small, is the Solano County Sherriff’s Posse.
Our event is usually scheduled for the same day as the Winters Youth Day Parade and after they trot down the streets of Winters, several of the beautiful horses and their handlers come and spend several hours at the Block Party. They are always a big hit with everyone at the Block Party. Many “Kodak Moments” have occurred thanks to those horses, as well as the big fire trucks kids are allowed to climb up on.
Block Party organizers welcome sponsorships from local businesses, service organizations and individuals. Sponsorships help organizers defray the expenses of stage rental, portable bathrooms and other miscellaneous essential costs of coordinating the large event.
S&J Jumps has been donating a huge bounce house for kids to enjoy free of charge during the event for the last 3 Block Parties and owner Sam Lopez has indicated they will do so again this year. Currently we are still seeking help from the community.
Organizers ask that youth groups wishing to perform call Dixon Family Services as early as possible, for stage scheduling.
Local youth provide live entertainment with singing, gymnastics, dancing and karate, to list some of the acts. Last year we went ahead without a stage to save money, but it just isn’t the same for the youth entertainers to perform on the ground verses a stage. We are hoping that someone will read this article and offer to rent a stage for us.
This is a highly anticipated spring event and the show (event) will go on. We advertise all sponsorships on our flyers, posters, programs and on our DFS website. It would be excellent PR for any community business or organization that could pay for our stage rental, helium balloons or even the portable toilets.
Dixon Family Services is also looking for volunteers to help organize, help set up the party, monitor the jump house and other tasks. Those who wish to help in any manner are encouraged to call Cookie Powell at 678-0442.
All Dixonites are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for a free, fun, and safe family day right here in our own community park. Families from out of town are also welcome.
Block Party organizers welcome more participation and anyone interested should call Dixon Family Services. There is also a list of suggestions for concessions and activities for those who wish to get involved but don’t know how. Those interested should call 678-0442 and ask for Cookie or leave a message on extension 102.
Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Cookie Powell, Thank you.
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PRESS RELEASE February 19, 2014
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- April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the Month of the Child.
- It is time again for the Dixon Advocates for Children and Youth (DAC) Logo Contest.
- DAC is a committee of Dixon Family Services and at their last meeting the Advocates agreed on a theme for 2014 – “30 Years for Safe & Happy Kids”.
- The theme for this year will bring more attention to the fact that Dixon Family Services has been working for 30 years to keep this community’s children safe and healthy as well as to reduce incidences of child abuse/neglect.
- The contest is open to all Dixon youth, from preschool to high school seniors.
- In keeping with the theme, young artists who participate in the logo contest might imagine and draw a scene in which they are doing something safe or healthy.
- DAC encourages artists to use bright and bold colors in their drawings as it needs to look good on a T-shirt. The Grand Prize winning artwork will be used to decorate Dixon Family Services/DAC 2014 T-shirts.
- Each year the Logo Contest is held in the months of February and March to find creative artwork for DAC T-shirts that will go on sale in April to increase awareness of the needs of Dixon’s youth.
- T-shirts will also be sold at the Dixon Community Block Party, scheduled for Saturday, April 26 at the Women’s Improvement Park.
- Entries are available at Dixon Family Services, 155 North Second Street. Parents or youth interested can request an entry form via email email@example.com, on the Dixon Family Services website www.dixonfamilyservices.org or by stopping by the DFS front desk during business hours. Download here: Logo Contest 2014 Entry Form
- Last year the grand prize winner was Tremont Elementary School 6th grade student, Valerie Ruiz, who was 12 years old. Her artwork depicted a scene supporting the 2013 theme “Fun Can Be Free”.
- First, Second, and Third place winners will be chosen in several different age groups and prizes will be awarded to them all.
- The Grand Prize winner will receive a T-shirt with his or her design, and a gift certificate for dinner for the entire family.
- This is the 19th year for this contest. 2014 marks 30 years that Dixon Family Services has been in the business of improving the lives of children and their families.
- Each year Dixon Family Services sponsors this logo contest as part of their campaign to promote health and safety for the children of this community.
- Anyone wishing to see all the winning logo T-shirts can do so by visiting Dixon Family Services. There is an entire wall of framed shirts from all years past.
- The Grand Prize winner will be announced at an April Dixon City Council meeting, which is also broadcast on local cable TV.
- Deadline for turning in entries is Thursday, March 20th. Entries dropped off after the end of that day cannot be considered.
- Turn in all entries to Dixon Family Services, 155 North Second Street.
- Questions: Please call Dixon Family Services at (707) 678-0442.