Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Community New Year's Party

For three years, Oregon Library, Senior Center, Community Ed and Rec, and Pool have hosted a New Year's Party on December 31 from 5-8 pm. Each organization runs its free events and activities at its location. We work together to promote the event, to find volunteers, to solicit sponsors, and to find programs.

Each location usually focuses on one age group. The Library and Senior Center are right next to each other. We plan activities for children PreK to 2. Between the two buildings, we have carnival games, crafts, performers, and usually a special appearance by Oregon's own police dog Vendi. This year the Library booked a local high school band to play hits acceptable for the whole family. Community Ed does more active stuff for school-age children in one of the elementary gyms. The Pool has open swim for grades 5-8.

The event is very popular with an overall attendance of 500. Oregon is close to Madison which has loads of great NYE events. Families love that they don't have to leave town to have a nice night out, especially during the terrible winter months. The event keeps it local and helps build partnerships between four vital community resources.

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