It is summer and time for outdoor music. It is also the beginning of First Fridays — a concert series hosted by the local community ministry, Reason 4 Hope.
On June 7, Sodium For Him, a local four-piece band consisting of musicians from Stroh and Fort Wayne, played their music. They entertained the crowd from their stage under the LaGrange courthouse gazebo, surrounded by blankets, parked cars and scampering children.
Across the street, in the storefront of the LaGrange Christian Fellowship, volunteers were serving snacks and beverages to the evening pedestrians enjoying the music. Besides the First Friday series, Reason 4 Hope also serves food and fellowship in that same storefront every Thursday afternoon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are staffed by volunteers and their food and drink is donated by local people, businesses, foundation grants and churches.
Their next scheduled First Friday evening program will be July 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. In the meantime, their summer Block Party series is set for July and August. To run all of these programs, Reason 4 Hope needs monetary and volunteer support. Block party volunteers serve food, set up and clean up, hand out school supplies, play games or face paint with kids. They need 10 volunteers for each event. People of all ages and denominations are invited to volunteer.
To volunteer or donate, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org; call Jamelle at 260-499-0909 or Holly at 574-850-4101. To donate food, notebooks, school supplies and or money, contact the group by mail at P.O. Box 174 Howe, IN 46746 or go to its website: http://www.thereason4hope.com/donate.
2013 HOPE Tour
Block party schedule
All block parties are from 5 to 7 p.m.
July 20 — Stroh Town Park
July 21 — Topeka Town Park (east side, by the sale barn)
July 27 — Stone Lake Area, Lakeside Manor trailer park
Aug. 3 — Howe, Pioneer Estates trailer park
Aug. 4 — Wolcottville Taylor Park
Aug. 11 — LaGrange Town Park (at the southwest pavilion)
Aug. 24 — Angola, Northlake Manor Apartments