ELYRIA — The second annual community block party in South Elyria on Saturday afternoon will include a thanks to the community.
Five community members and organizations will be honored for their efforts to improve South Elyria. The plaque ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Medals will be given to other community members and groups deserving of recognition, said Brenda Warren, director of Southside Neighborhood Network.
Organized by City Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, and community members, the party will be noon to 4 p.m. at Thomas Shores South Park Recreation Center. The South Side Neighborhood Network will partner with El Centro De Servicios Sociales, and the Ohio Neighborhood Engagement (ONE) Lorain for the event.
It will feature games, live entertainment, raffles, a job fair and a chance for residents to connect with the new principal at Franklin Elementary, Jodie Johnson.
“It’s just a time for the community to come together and become better acquainted and acknowledge that we’re all part of the process,” Warren said. “We want to come together and realize that together we are strong and together we can get to know each other.”
The recipients to be recognized are Ross Johnson, a 5th Ward resident; Second Baptist Church, with Pastor Carl Small accepting on behalf; Elyria Mini Pioneers youth football team; Keandra Book, a 5th Ward resident; and St. Mary’s Church, with Pastor Charles Diedrick accepting the award on its behalf.