Thank You to all who have served!
Thank You to all who have served!
Fire prevention week means open houses at the local fire departments. Tonight was our local department's turn. This is such a great community outreach! The fire station was overrun with children and their parents this evening, enjoying a chance to see the equipment up close, and to 'play' firefighter in the games they had set up.
In addition to the fun and games, the community was treated to free hot dogs and multiple crock pots of chili! As I looked around, there was family after family I recognized. Our neighbors on both sides of us were there, families we know from soccer, and from school. There is such a sense of community in Sharonville!
Thanks again Sharonville Fire Department for opening your doors and inviting us in. It was a blast.
The Sharonville Fine Arts Center is many things. There is an art gallery on site. On a somewhat monthly basis it serves as kind of a community family room where everyone can enjoy a kids movie in an inexpensive an relaxed atmosphere. It has also become a community live theater, with a few children's productions under it's belt now.
The most recent production was The Sound of Music. It was the most ambitious of the productions so far, but the kids seemed to rise to the occasion and it seemed to have some of the best performances as well.
This is not the Children's theater at the Taft. This is a non-profit organization whose real value lies beyond the entertainment of the evening's performance. My daughter has now been in all of the children's performances they have put on, as have many of her friends. In most cases the casting has found a way to include most everyone who had the courage to try out. While that fact may be in part due to the business model, it also results in the true value of what this program offers.
The courage of these kids has been rewarded with an opportunity to step on stage and perform in front of a crowd. For some, it might be simply an accessible way to try something they've never done. For others, it provides an outlet to chase a passion and gain experience. For all it gives a taste of the arts, which will hopefully stick with them for the rest of their lives.
For most towns across America, the 4th of July is a time to gather up the family and head down to main street and watch the fire trucks, politicians, bands, and everyone from town who's not watching the parade, march by waving flags and throwing candy. We made the yearly journey to our main street, with our oldest marching with her cheerleading class.
Sharonville is a great little town that's not really so little. You go to the parade and you see the same families you've seen on the sidelines of the soccer fields, the t-ball fields and the side of the pool at swim meets. It's the families you shared cookies and kool-aid with as you picked up your kids from VBS.
It's that family atmosphere that translates into what the 4th of July strives to be. The focus is to be a family friendly celebration of the 4th of July as a community. After the local parade there is a festival, which this year did not include pouring rain, but did include inflatable slides and obstacle courses, a free hot dog lunch, and t-shirts and face painting, and balloon artists, etc.
It was definitely an enjoyable way to celebrate, and spend some quality time with our family, and our Sharonville family.