Below is a summary of events which we typically hold annually; often additional events are included throughout the year. Please be sure to check the current calendar for up to date event information as some events and details may change from year to year.
Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Egg Hunt is traditionally held at Droster Park the Saturday before Easter at 9:30am SHARP. Don’t forget your basket and camera! All ages are welcome and treats are provided. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny!
Fourth of July Celebration
Spend the day with neighbors and friends! Traditionally held on July 4th at Elvehjem Park, the Annual Fourth of July Celebration has included The Firecracker 5K Race and 2 Mile Walk, bike parade, picnic lunch, activities, kids games, raffle, and silent auction, live music, and free ice cream.
Neighborhood Week Night Out, 1st Tuesday in August
Inspired by the National Night Out campaign: http://natw.org/about/. In the Elvehjem Neighborhood, individual residents or businesses host events at their homes, parks, parking lots, etc, with the goal of getting outside and meeting your neighbors! Creativity is encouraged. Examples of past events include ice cream socials, BBQ’s, toddler time at the park, stroller strolls, chicken coop tours, and more.
Taste of Elvehjem, mid-September, Community Gardens at Elvehjem Park
A potluck and social celebrates the harvest from Community Gardens. Attendees bring a garden-fresh dish to pass and enter the healthy(er) recipe contest. Past activities included story time in the kids garden, face painting, scavenger hunt, rock painting and a bicycle powered blender!
Halloween Decorating Contest
Neighbors celebrate the season by decorating their homes and yards in Halloween splendor. In 2015 we tried out an online format where contestants submitted pictures of their decorations which were then posted on Facebook and all neighbors were invited to vote. Winners received gift certificates to local establishments and were be featured on Facebook and in the Echo Newsletter.
A fun night of tricks and treats is topped off with a bonfire, hot cocoa, fun with neighbors, and a jack-o’-lantern contest on Halloween Night at Elvehjem Park from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Turkey Trot 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk
Neighbors join together on Thanksgiving Day for a little pre-feast exercise starting at Droster Park. We partner with Second Harvest Foodbank to help those in need so participants are asked to bring a shelf-stable food item or non-food consumable for donation on race day. Thank you to our outstanding volunteers who make the event possible!
Holiday in the Park – First Saturday in December
On the first Saturday of December, neighbors from Elvehjem and East Buckeye join together for a memorable evening celebrating the holiday season at Orlando Bell Park. Many people arrive early and anxiously await Santa’s exciting arrival on a fire truck from our very own Station 5. Santa visits with many adoring children while giving out gifts and lots of hugs. Meanwhile, neighbors enjoy rides on a beautiful horse drawn carriage provided by Rocking L Acres. The roaring bonfire keeps us warm as we chat with each other, sipping hot cocoa and munching homemade treats.
Holiday Lights Contest
Neighbors celebrate the season by decorating their homes with lights and Holiday décor. In 2015 we tried out a new format where contestants submitted their addresses which were then posted on Facebook, everyone in the neighborhood was encouraged to check out the decorations in person then vote for their favorite online. Winners received gift certificates to local establishments and were featured on Facebook and in the January/February issue of the Echo Newsletter.