Rockin' good time
Laughter filled the air Saturday afternoon as children and their families came together for a day of fun during the fifth-annual Rock the Block celebration in Rockwood.
The day was featured with delicious food, a kids' parade, giveaways, basketball and access to important community resources. Booths were hosted by local groups and businesses, music and dancing took place on the main stage, there were bubbles and science, and attendees flocked to feed and pet the llamas dressed as superheroes from Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas.
Rock the Block was held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Rockwood Commons, 740 S.E. 182nd Avenue. This year's theme was Superheroes of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), and many people took it to heart by dressing as their favorite comic crusaders. There were kids and adults dressed as Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and many others.
The event began with the Kids Parade followed by a free lunch served by the Gresham Police Department and sponsored by SnowCap Community Charities. Every child who attended received a T-shirt, sack pack and other items from the 60 booths set up at the event.
For the adults there were emergency dental services available through Medical Teams Northwest. Other social service and government organizations provided access to resources. They had information on employment, education, clothing, housing, mental health, domestic violence resources, financial literacy and utility assistance.
Rock the Block is organized by Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center Inc. and Rosemary Anderson High School, and is supported by several community sponsors.