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Fifth annual Rock the Block event brings out the heroes.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Multnomah County Commissioner and Gresham resident Lori Stegmann marches in the 2017 Rock the Block parade Saturday along with members of dance group Ballet Folklorico. The event was held at the Rockwood Commons this year, in a departure from its past home at the nearby Plaza del Sol.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.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Ivana Horvat of Metro East Media feeds a carrot to Smokey the llama Saturday at Rock the Block.

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.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Shannon Joy of Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas shows off the popular llamas Rojo (front) and Smokey as a crowd of children gathers around during Rock the Block on Saturday.

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.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Former Portland Trail Blazer great Brian Grant laughs as he and David Lucas, son of former Trail Blazer legend Maurice Lucas, prepare to read Shel Silverstein's 'The Giving Tree' Saturday at Rock the Block 2017.

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.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Members of Danza Azteca perform Saturday at Rock the Block at the Rockwood Commons.

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.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Oregon Zoo's collection of animal skulls and pelts was a popular attraction Saturday for children and parents at Rock the Block.

Rock the Block is organized by Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center Inc. and Rosemary Anderson High School, and is supported by several community sponsors.

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