Monday, December 6, 2010

Create a joyful and pleasant experience in the main business district | Pepsi Refresh Everything

Imagine the possibilities! The Classic Car Cruise is in full swing and the do-wop music is playing in the background, audible all along Lincoln Avenue.

Raffle tickets winners are thrilled to hear their name broadcast over the speaker system. The wandering kids are instantly reunited with their parents.

In case you're wondering, my name is Michele. I'm the one on the right with Jim Viscuisi, at the South gate of the 2010 Classic Car Cruise sponsored by Classic Chevrolet.

I am the administrator for Enjoy Bellevue, the creative community collaborative, founded in 2008, for the purpose of connecting you with your community. We submitted this grant application to Pepsi Refresh to obtain $25K to restore and expand the now defunct speaker system on Lincoln Avenue. The intent is to make it available to community groups and organizations for broadcasting during activites and events in Bellevue. The base equipment is to be located in the Borough Hall.

Think of it! Music and announcements able to be heard throughout the business district during the Classic Car Cruise, the Summer Solstice Spectacular, the 5K Walk/Run Race and the annual Sidewalk Sales and "Here Comes Santa Clause" as the jolly old elf rides in for the Bellevue Holidays Celebration!

The grant depends on you! Voting determines who receives the support from Pepsi. A few minutes of your time is needed to make this dream a reality! Text* 104353 to Pepsi (73774) *Standard text messaging rates apply or sign-up online for this valuable community benefit. Together we can do it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nativity Walk-Nationality Trees 2010

Karen Rubolino is a wife, mother, physical therapist assistant, homemaker, Catholic and Bellevue resident who had an idea for a fundraising event for her daughter's school. Planning began in June as she searched for trees, lights, ornaments and recipes to represent various nationalities of our world. Her energy and enthusiasm for the project gained momentum and she enlisted the support of Principal Miller to facilitate student involvement in signage and participation in the event. Assumption teachers, Mrs. Heinle, Mrs. Schmitt, Mrs.Taylor and Mrs. Spindler are deserving of  a very special thanks for their involvement and support.

Volunteers Karen Lawrence, Rose Meacci, Dana Vargo, Ann Restraine, Eileen Quolke, Claudia Babicz, Dee Soost, Michele Smith, Rose Mary Flynn and Brian Lawrence, an 8th grade student, assisted with decorating the halls and providing for the guests in preparing and dishing out the delectable foods of the nations. Long noodles with mandarin oranges, Ravioli in tomato sauce, German potato salad, Oplatek with honey, Taquitos, Corn Dogs, Hoppin' Jack, Herb stuffing, Irish soda bread and scones topped with jam and clotted cream and Bûche de Noël were served. The community responded with donations of hundreds of sweet treats for dessert. An adorned "beany baby" tree was awarded to the winner of the raffle.

The Assumption Angels, Alley, Anna, Claire, Elana, Isabella, Margaret, Olivia S, Olivia V and our Littlest Angel Skylar were ever-present guiding visitors from one floor to the next to enjoy the displays in the halls of Assumption School.

The "West Winds" performed a selection of holiday melodies in the transformed gym and Ms Sharon, our former Cultural Director at Bayne Library presented the story time tales in the manner we have all come to know and love.

The Nativity Walk was a splendid display of precious scenes provided by devotees for this one-night event. The trees which are decorated in the country of origin tradition, will remain throughout the holiday season. Visitors are welcome to view the trees during school hours. Access is by way of the main office at the rear of the parking lot on N Jackson Avenue.

We are most grateful to all those who actively participate in promoting the community and in this case, the spotlight is on the Rubolino family for their exemplary effort! Thank-you!