By Michaela Ludwig
For Rimbey magazine
Rimbey FCSS’ fifth annual block party will have special significance this year – the event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
FCSS, which stands for Family and Community Support Services, works as a social safety net for the community. Through a contract with Alberta Health Services, FCSS provides personal care or home care to residents; home support, such as light housekeeping, which helps seniors stay in their homes longer; a volunteer visitor program, which assists community members who are isolated due to age or medical condition; and nutrition programs, such as the Cultivated Chefs Program, which showcases newcomers to the Rimbey area and the delicious dishes they love to cook in their home country.
The block party, which will take place Thursday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rimbey Lions Playground #1, began as a community building idea.
“At the time, we had heard about these kinds of events and wanted to try it out,” said Peggy Makofka, Rimbey FCSS’s managing director.
“We have seen the value of neighbors and friends getting together and having fun. We want our community to feel safe and people to feel included.
The block party, which is coordinated by Davita Roseboom, a summer student with Rimbey FCSS, will include a free barbecue, with treats and popcorn for everyone. Local volunteer groups have also been invited to set up a booth, so that locals attending the barbecue can see the opportunities the city has to offer.
On The Mark Productions will DJ the event and Rimbey Public Library will bring games. Attendees will also have the chance to meet this year’s Rimbey Rodeo Royalty, which will be stopping by.