Sunday, October 30, 2016

3rd Annual SODA Track or Treat

Sunday, October 30, 2016
5:00 pm
3rd Annual SODA
Penn-Vassar Park

A fun evening in the park for the whole family.
Kids "trick or treat" around the track at Penn-Vassar park and collect candy from decorated treat stations.

Prizes Best Candy Station

You do not have to be a SODA member to have a treat station or volunteer.
If you are interested in having a treat station, donating, or volunteering for this event; email Sarah Ford

Printable Flyer

Highlights from Track or Treat 2015

Monday, October 24, 2016

Loose Leaf Collection 2016 *VIDEO*

Loose leaf collection begins this week.
Week of Oct. 24

Put your leaves in paper yard waste bags or proper containers for curbside pickup every week.

Collection of leaves that are raked into the street is scheduled to begin the week of Oct. 24 and end the week of Nov. 28, with the last pick up on Friday, Dec. 2. Weather conditions may alter that timeline.

Leaves raked into the street are not picked up every week.

Crews aim for two pickups during the season in every neighborhood.

Leaves in the street will be picked up on non-recycling weeks, starting on Oct. 24 in “B” districts.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October SODA Meeting

October SODA Meeting
Thursday October 13th @ 7:00pm
in the auditorium at Whitmore-Bolles Elementary
21501 Whitmore St, Dearborn, MI 48124

Special Guest
Teddy Shaskos
City Aquatics Supervisor

Win Prizes At The Meeting
Member Raffle - Free for any paid Regular Members in attendance.
Attendance Raffle - Free for ANYONE in attendance.
50/50 Raffle

The only requirement for winning is attending the association meeting. For the Member Raffle we pull names from the entire member list until we pull the name of a paid regular member in attendance. For the Attendance Raffle we draw names of anyone that signed in when attending the meeting. You must be present to win.

*All prizes are donated by our supporters and business advertisers.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Yes, Sally, there is a Great Pumpkin!

Yes, Sally, there is a Great Pumpkin!
But don't miss out on Trick-or-Treating!

Track-or-Treat has become a huge success with last year attracting over 500 people. But Track-or-Treat is just and extra fun event to get the neighborhood and families out together.

Trick-or-Treating is definitely happening on Halloween!

A couple things to note about Oct. 31st Halloween Trick-or-Treaters:
  • Trick-or-Treaking Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm or until your candy runs out
  • Turn ON your porch light to let the kids know you have candy
  • Turn OFF your porch light when you'tr done, otherwise you'll have knocking well past 8:00pm
  • Later in the evening (or even earlier) you may see a car load of kids come around. It's OK. Not every neighborhood does Trick-or-Treating, and/or not every neighborhood is a place where kids can feel safe. Be happy that these families are out enjoying Halloween together, and take pride in the fact that our neighborhood is a safe place for them to enjoy it.
  • The group of almost adult, half costumed, pillow case carrying teens; they know their childhood is almost over, don't make them feel worse for it. Give them a piece of candy with a smile. They will all to soon be an adult, let them have some fun while they still can. recently ranked the City of Dearborn 8th in the entire nation for the Best Places To Trick-Or-Treat. While some of that ranking was due to "Hallowe'en in Greenfield Village", it should not be overlooked that it's also due to the many houses that give out candy, the short distances kids have to travel, and community safety.

Also the Dearborn Police have put together a list of Halloween Safety Tips:
  1. Parents should help their children pick out a costume that will be safe. The costumes should be fire resistant, masks should have eyeholes large enough to allow for good peripheral vision and the costume should allow free movement.
  2. If your child will be carrying a prop such as a pitchfork or sword make sure the tips are flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Of course, never carry real weapons of any kind.
  3. If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that children’s costumes will not accidentally be set on fire. Better yet, use battery operated pumpkin lights.
  4. Make sure you know the route your children will be taking for trick or treating, if you are not going with them.
  5. The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with the children during trick or treating. If you cannot go with your child see if another parent or a teenage sibling can.
  6. Children should stay together as a group if going trick or treating without an adult.
  7. Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars. Tell your children to only cross streets at cross walks.
  8. Instruct your children never to go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  9. Make sure you set a time for your children to be home and stress the importance for them to be home at that time. Finally, instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
Halloween is one of my personal favorites, and as my birthday is only 4 days before Halloween it has always felt like an extended birthday party. Although I may not dress up and go out tricking for treats anymore, I still enjoy taking my own kids around on the 31st and decorating our home for the fun frightful night. More and more residents in the neighborhood are decorating their houses for Halloween, and SODA will be announcing decoration awards at our November 10th General Meeting for the best Halloween decorations.

From myself and the rest of the SODA board,
have a safe and fun time Trick-or-Treating!
Happy Halloween!!

Timothy S. Harrison
SODA President

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SODA on City of Dearborn Calendar

SODA meetings and events can now be found on the City of Dearborn Calendar!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Healthy Dearborn Walk n' Roll - Oxford Park

Ok SODA Walkers and Rollers, one more try in our neighborhood. The weather looks like it will be perfect!

Oxford Park
Wed. Oct. 5th
Meet 5:45 pm - Roll/Walk 6:00 pm.

Please note the earlier start time due to it getting dark sooner.