Shepherd Park Citizens Association: Feb. 7, 2018

Residents serve themselves food at the Shepherd Park Citizens Association Annual Community Potluck. (photo courtesy of Ralph Blessing)

The Friends of the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library Children’s Book Sale was a success!  Seven tables were reduced to two.  Organizers hope that more teens will stop by next time, because the collection of young adult books is quite good. The easy readers were a real hit. While straightening books, volunteers’ piles of books to purchase grew, adding to the final profit.

Thanks to the people who helped, including the library staff who received donations before the sale and those who aided with set-up. Another sale is planned in April. Watch for the notice!

The Shepherd Park Citizens Association Annual Community Potluck was also a success.  All the tables were filled, with some attendees sitting in chairs along the wall, talking with friends, new and old.  There was plenty of food, with some leftovers and desserts galore.

Dancers from a pre-kindergartner to a 70-plus oldster showed off their moves. New residents were recognized, as was one neighbor who came to Shepherd Park in the 1950s. Sponsors and politicians worked the crowd, listening to concerns and giving out information and service possibilities. The membership table was kept busy, answering questions and helping people fill out forms and pay their dues.

Many thanks go to Yvette Pearson and Zewiditu Ruffin, co-chairs of the event, and to the many volunteers who set up, served food, cleaned up, babysat the children, worked the membership table, provided door prizes, and took photographs. A special thanks goes to The Reverend John Molina Moore, pastor of the hosting Northminster Presbyterian Church and to the Shepherd Park business sponsors.

— June Confer