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Cherrywood Art Fair

Cherrywood Art Fair

Cherrywood Art Fair

The Cherrywood Art Fair started in 2002 with a small group of involved neighbors who wanted to showcase local artists and their wares in a down-home communitiy environment. Now it’s one of the top three art events in Austin that is held during the Christmas season. This year, 2010, the show will be held on December 11-12 at Maplewood Elementary right here in the middle of the neighborhood.

 

 

 

Fourth of July Parade

Cherrywood July 4th Parade

Cherrywood July 4th Parade

The Annual French Place Fourth of July Parade is an opportunity to meet and greet neighbors and friends. It started with fewer than 10 adults, kids and dogs walking up and down two blocks. Now scores of people and pets, bicycles and strollers march the parade route from 28th Street, down French Place along Kern Ramble to Cherrywood Green. Lots of neighbors come out of their homes and cheer on the marchers. Volunteers supply watermelon, lemonade, cookies and treats for all.

 

Halloween Party and Parade

Cherrywood Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

Cherrywood Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

Four years ago, Cherrywood residents began a new tradition and that is the annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest! The parade starts at 5:15 at 28th and French Place and travels north to the Cherrywood Green park. There are contests for Best Child’s Costume, Best Adult Costume, Best Pet Costume, and Best Group Costume. The grand finale is the mini-pumkin hunt at Cherrywood Green. Everyone, including your pets on lease, are welcome!

 

Plant and Book Swap

Cherrywood Plant & Book Swap

Cherrywood Plant & Book Swap

The Cherrywood Plant and Book Swap is a biannual neighborhood event where everyone benefits from the bounty in their yards and bookshelves. Held in both the spring and fall, it is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, get organized, go green and it’s free. Join us at Cherrywood Green (located at Cherrywood and E. 34th St.) to trade your hardy plant for Thomas Hardy. You don’t have to bring a plant or book to participate.

 

 

National Night Out

National Night Out was started by the crime prevention nonprofit group National Association of Town Watch in 1984 as a way for residents to get to know the police officers in their neighborhoods. It is held annually in the fall. Austin Police Department officers, firefighters and Austin City Council members attend neighborhood parties throughout Austin and participate in a neighborhood walk. It is an opportunity to heighten awareness of drug and crime prevention efforts; generate support and participation in crime prevention efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations; and send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Cherrywood’s National Night Out events have been a huge success and a lot of fun. To get an application to hold a block party, go to the Austin Police Department Web site at www.ci.austin.tx.us/police/nno.htm or call the Community Liaison Office at 974-4900

Neighborhood Tree Planting

Cherrywood Tree Planters

Cherrywood Tree Planters

This annual event takes place in October or early November. To date more than 300 trees have been planted by neighborhood volunteers and some of the early trees are rather large now. The cost per tree runs from $15- $20, and normally we have a selection of Chinese Pistache, Burr Oak, Red Oak, Live Oak, Cedar Elm, Crepe Myrtle, or Redbuds. These trees range in height from 6 to10 feet, and if larger trees are desired, normally they can be provided at an additional cost. Neighborhood volunteers plant the trees and we have people experienced in the best places to plant them, so all you have to do is sign up.