The Cal Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) and Roxanne’s Lounge will host a free public event called Wardlow Strip to thank the organization’s volunteers. According to John Royce, president of CHNA, the event is being organized to show the volunteers appreciation “for their ongoing efforts to clean up litter and graffiti, plant and care for trees to create a more welcoming atmosphere, and promote the future viability of this once forgotten local business corridor by hosting a fundraiser in their honor.”
The event celebrates the fourth anniversary of CHNA’s weekly Clean Streets activities and seeks to help recover the costs of the organization’s 2013 Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) effort last May in Minneapolis, where The Heights neighborhood newsletter took top honors, “Gold Level of Excellence in Neighborhood Newsletters,” on the heels of their national “2012 Neighborhood of the Year” award at the NUSA conference the year prior in Indianapolis.
Two live bands will perform at the event, and there will be food from Blackbird Café, Roxanne’s new Latin menu and Baskin Robbins. Wardlow Strip will offer attendees the opportunity to meet local artists and representatives from the emerging business community along the Wardlow Strip, including Bouffant Salon, Maria Weston health and wellness services, Orange Avenue Salvage, Surrender Salon and the Vintage Emporium. There will also be an opportunity drawing and silent auction. For children, shaved ice will be provided, and Averyboo Arts will offer face-painting. On site, Red Eye Media will print the first official Cal Heights T-shirts since the Cal Heights mural commemorative tees in 2004.
Roxanne’s Lounge will debut its new outdoor patio and the secret Speakeasy Room, which is open to guests age 21 and over at 7pm.