Thursday, December 13, 2018

SODA December Potluck

Please join us for our annual SODA December Potluck

December 13th
6:30 pm
Whitmore-Bolles Cafeteria

SODA will provide the main dish.
Please RSVP so we can estimate how much we need for the main dish.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sing with SODA

Come and sing karaoke with your SODA neighbors.

December 19, 8:00 pm
Confetti Liquor Box
3932 Pelham St, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125

Not a singer? No problem; come hang out, encourage your neighbors; cheer them on, have a great time!

- Adults only social event
- Free to sing
- No pressure to perform
- Have Fun!

Monday, November 26, 2018

SODA Fundraiser @ On The Border

SODA Fundraiser @ On The Border

November 26th 2018

Bring a copy of the flyer and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood Association.

Funds will be used to help offset the cost of our events like the Track or Treat.

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
3310 Fairlane Dr., Allen Park, MI 48101

Download, Print, and bring the flyer with you:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Business Member Dues Increase

SODA members have voted to increase the SODA Business Membership from the current $15 per year to $25 per year starting in 2019. 
(Regular Memberships remain $15 per year) 

All current SODA Business Members will be allowed a one time renewal of their 2019 dues payment at the current $15 rate.

Do you have a local business and would like to support our neighborhood and the activities SODA provides for our residents? Sign up Now before the rate increase.

Find out all the benefits of being a SODA Business Member

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

**REMINDER** November SODA Meeting

We need as many SODA Members as possible tomorrow at the November SODA meeting. We need your voice and input! We will be continuing our discussion on raising the SODA Business Member dues rate.  Regular Members in good standing with their yearly dues will be asked to vote on this discussion.

Also come hear from our Nov. guest speaker The Dearborn Agency

Please join us Nov. 8th, 7:00 pm at Whitmore-Bolles 

Friday, November 2, 2018

We Need Your Input!

SODA Members we need your voice and input! We will be continuing our discussion on raising the SODA Business Member dues rate. Please join us Nov. 8th, 7:00 pm at Whitmore-Bolles for discussion and vote on this topic. We need as many Regular Members as possible that are current on their yearly dues to vote on this decision.

The current proposal is to raise the Business Member dues rate from $15 per year to $25 per year. Current Business Members would be allowed to renew their next dues payment at the current $15 level for one time.
Regular Member dues would remain $15 per year per household.
Member Dues help support the many activities the association provides including monthly News Letter mailing, Easter Egg Hunt, Track or Treat, numerous meetups, Summer Picnic, and many more community activities like the building of flower boxes at the parks for example.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Track or Treat Table Display Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Track or Treat table display winners: 

Ginny Russell and family

Stacy and Anne / Wizard of Oz

Redeemer Community Church

Jeffrey Hassell and family

The Dearborn Agency

Andrea Fitzgerald, Century 21 Curran and Oberski

Rain or Shine it's Track or Treat time

Rain or Shine it's Track or Treat time!!

Thanks Dearborn! 
Thank you to all our awesome treat station sponsors for braving the rain.
Thank you to everyone that donated or helped with the event.
Thank you to all the kids and families that came out to have fun with their neighbors! #SODATrackOrTreat 🎃

Huge shout out to Sarah Ford for all her hard work organizing, contacting treat station sponsors, gathering candy donations, and dealing with logistics at the event! We couldn't do it without you!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

SODA Halloween Decorations

Each year SODA awards several homes in our neighborhood with a certificate and window sticker for their outstanding Halloween displays. If you know of any that deserve that honor this year leave a comment with address on our Contact Us page.

Check out the video and article below from FOX2 news about two of our past SODA Halloween Decoration winners.

DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) - Ghost and goblins are haunting neighbors in one Metro Detroit neighborhood. The two homeowners behind the spooky display are going all out for a good scare.

Hundreds of people a day are stopping by the two homes every day on Grindley Park in Dearborn. Skeltons, spiders, plenty of clowns and even a T-rex help spook visitors.

One of the homeowners says he just loves Halloween and enjoys watching the scares.

"People love it. People always say it's a great job and thanks for me doing it and they appreciate it. I just love the little kids how they react," says Ray Stachurski.

This is Ray's eighth year setting up the display.

Ray says it takes him about two weeks to set up, and it gets bigger every year. He also changes things around to keep it fresh. This year, he says one of his different decorations is a skeleton scene where they're fighting dragons.

But Ray's not alone. On the corner is the Grindley Park Haunt, run the by Romanchuk family.

Savanna Romanchuk says the family has been doing their Halloween display for about five years in Dearborn but it's tradition that stretches back 30 years to when the family lived on Detroit' west side on Mansfield.

Savanna's mom's brother started it but died when he was just 28. Her mom picked up the tradition and, about three decades later, it's now in Dearborn with the Romanchuk family.

Initially, they were told they wouldn't get more than 60 kids trick-or-treating. The first year, they said they had 1,300 kids.

They even set up a Facebook page that reached all the way to the west coast, bringing a woman from California just to see their exhibit.

Track or Treat Donations

We're still accepting candy donations for this year's SODA Track or Treat.

If you are interested in having a treat station, donating, or volunteering for this event; email Sarah Ford:

You do not have to be a SODA member to have a treat station or volunteer.

The 5th Annual SODA Track or Treat is October 28th, 5:30pm at Penn-Vassar Park

Friday, October 12, 2018

Questions For Dearborn Public Works

Our January guest speaker will be Eric Witte, City of Dearborn - Deputy Director of Public Works.
In order for Mr. Witte to give informed answers to resident questions, he has asked that we submit any specific questions we may have so that he has time to find the accurate information.

Please fill out the form below to submit your questions.

The January SODA meeting will be Jan 10th 2019, 7:00 pm at Whitmore-Bolles. We hope you will be able to join us.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

5th Annual SODA Track or Treat

Sunday, October 28, 2017
5:30 pm

5th 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:

Highlights from Track or Treat 2017

Friday, September 21, 2018

Join SODA!

"Why should I pay $15 for a membership? I get everything for free."
We hear that a lot. But without the support of our Association Members we would not be able to put on the great events we do for the neighborhood. Your support of $15 helps us reach more than just your family, helps us build community, helps us support our residents, businesses, and city. Please consider joining today and help us build an even better neighborhood. 

Unsure about what SODA actually does with your $15?

Here's a list of just our 2017-2018 Calendar Year events:
Weekly - SODA POP Trivia Team (Tuesdays)
March 9th - SODA General Meeting
March 25th - Spring Meetup
April 13th - SODA General Meeting
April 15th - Easter Egg Hunt - Approx 200 kids - Over 300 people attended
May 11th - SODA General Meeting
May 19th - 21th SODA Neighborhood Garage Sale - 14 sale locations
June 4th - Park Cleanup - Summer Stephens Pool
June 10th - SODA Summer Saturdays
June 14th - Taste of Dearborn - SODA Meetup (Adult social event)
July 22nd - Whitmore-Bolles Splash Pad Grand Opening (SODA Water Bottles)
August 12th - SODA Summer Saturdays
August 15th - Ten Eyck Floatie Night - SODA sponsored drinks
September 7th - SODA General Meeting
September 10th - Member Picnic
September 16th - SODA Members cleaned out the flower box at Penn-Vassar Park
September 22nd - SODA Summer Beautification Awards
September 23rd - 3nd Annual Movie Night in The Park - Approx 100 people
October 1st - Nov 3rd - Fall Adopt -A- Tree Well on Michigan Ave.
October 12th - Dearborn Candidates MEET & GREET
October 13th - Free SODA pop for Whitmore-Bolles Fall Fest
October 29th - 4th Annual SODA TRACK or TREAT - Over 3000 people
October 31st - SODA Halloween Decoration Awards
November 3rd - Dedication: Whitmore-Bolles Park Playground Equipment
November 9th - SODA General Meeting
December 18th - Annual SODA December Potluck Dinner
December 31st - SODA Holiday Decoration Awards
January 11th - SODA General Meeting
January 16th - Burgers & SODA event at Fall Sport Lounge
February 8th - SODA Annual Meeting
February 16th - Hawks' Nest Food

Monday, September 17, 2018

SODA Business Member Dues

At last month's meeting we discussed raising the dollar amount for SODA Business Member dues.
We will discuss this issue again on Oct. 11 and propose a vote on a possible change.
Your input is needed!

(Regular Members Dues will remain $15 per year / per household)

Vote free polls

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Meeting Change Notice

Due to personal scheduling issues we're not going to be presenting to the Master Gardner Association of Wayne County meeting tonight. We'll post information for a future meeting when we will present our completed flower box project. Sorry for any inconvenience 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Traffic Commission & Master Gardener Association of Wayne County

There are two important meetings next week.
Please see the dates, times, and related information below:

Traffic Commission Meeting 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:00 pm

Dearborn Police Department
Check in at the visitors desk in the lobby

*Proposal to remove 15 minute parking signs on Monroe.
Questions regarding traffic safety proposals to remove several neighborhood stop signs.

Master Gardener Association of Wayne County
Thursday, September 13, 2018
7:00 pm

University of Michigan Environmental Interpretive Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

The Environmental Interpretive Center is located on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn).

The Center is on the corner of Fair Lane Drive and Monteith Boulevard.
Visitor parking is available in the third level of the Monteith parking Structure adjacent to the Center. There is a $0.50 per hour parking fee payable at the self-serve kiosk on that level. There is a bus drop-off/pick-up area in front of the Center.

See map at:

*Representatives from SODA will provide an update on our neighborhood beautification

Healthy Dearborn Walk n' Roll - The Mighty Oak Cafe

Healthy Dearborn Walk N Roll

The Mighty Oak Cafe
20219 Carlysle St., Suite D, Dearborn, Michigan 48124

Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00 PM

WE WALK n ROLL at promptly at 6:30p

The Mighty Oak Cafe & Bistro is a SODA Business Member in the old Adray Appliance building in the SODA Neighborhood. They will have some treats for us to try before we Walk n Roll. Everyone is welcome!!

In past years, Healthy Dearborn Walk N Roll has met at a different park each week. This year, they are not only meeting at some of the more obscure parks in the city, but also at some of their favorite small businesses throughout the city.

2018 has been a fun year as they explore the city and the small businesses that it has to offer, and Healthy Dearborn Walk N Roll continues through the end of October.

Check out to additional locations and times

*Rollers: Be sure to do regular maintenance and safety checks on your bikes, pump your tires, bring along an extra tube, lights, and water. Helmets are strongly recommended. Routes will be approximately 6 miles long.

*Walkers: Bring your best walking shoes and water. Routes will be approx 2-2.5 miles long.

**All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

No walker or roller left behind! We are a no drop group that will ride/walk at a pace comfortable for all in attendance. We encourage all ages and skill levels to join us!
Be sure to join our Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll group to ask questions and post pictures from the Walk n Rolls that you attend!

Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll is a collaboration between the Healthy Dearborn Coalition (Beaumont Health, City of Dearborn Government, and Dearborn Public Schools) and Bike Dearborn While City of Dearborn supports our efforts, the Healthy Dearborn Walk n Roll runs independent of the City of Dearborn and its services.
**You are responsible for your own well-being while participating in a roll or walk.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

September SODA Meeting 2018

SODA is kicking off our 2018/2019 calendar with our September General Meeting September 6th!

Special Guest:
Jim Thorpe
Dearborn Public Schools
School Board Trustee

Thursday Sept  6th @ 7:00pm
in the auditorium at Whitmore-Bolles Elementary
21501 Whitmore St, Dearborn, MI 48124

Win Prizes At The Meeting:

- Member Raffle for any paid regular members in attendance.
- Attendance Raffle 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 Regular 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.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Completed Flower Boxes

Our flower box project is officially complete with grant recognition plaques. Huge Thank You to Master Gardner Association of Wayne County for grant funding, Dan Featherston for building the boxes, and to all our Members and neighbors than have helped plant, water, and weed them.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Save The Date - ToT 2018

So Fun It's Scary - Save The Date

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SODA Summer Saturdays - August

August 25th
12:00 pm

Whitmore-Bolles Park

Bring a lunch to the park and visit with your neighbors.
Bring the whole family. Stay for the Splash Pad.
FREE Lemonade 

SODA does not have general meetings during the summer months.
Come out and visit in the park.

4th Annual SODA Movie Night in The Park

SODA is proud to present:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

4th Annual
SODA Movie Night in The Park
When: September 22nd
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Penn-Vassar Park
What To Bring: Chairs & Snacks
Cost: FREE

Come out for this family friendly event!
Enjoy a movie under the stars with your neighbors.

Due to the cost of the movie viewing licence any donations to help offset that cost are greatly appreciated! If you would like to donate to support more community events like this one, please Contact Us.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

2018 SODA Member Picnic

2018 SODA Member Picnic *Take Two*
Calling all SODA Members!

July 28th 2018
1:00 pm
Whitmore-Bolles Park
(Rain-out Makeup)

SODA is supplying Hot Dogs, Chips, Lemonade, and Dessert
Please bring appetizers or salads to pass.

Not yet an association member? Come join us and sign up!
Bring bathing suits for the little ones so they can enjoy the splash pad.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

SODA Neighborhood Garage Sale 2018

July 20th - 22nd   -    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Download Yard Sale Treasure Map app
You will be able to see sale locations the day
of the sale with the free version of the app



Monday, June 25, 2018

Dearborn School of Music *New Business Member*

SODA welcomes our newest business member

Dearborn School of Music
22031 Outer Drive
Dearborn, MI 48124

The Dearborn School of Music was founded in November, 2012 by David Petrie. Petrie, having over 18 years of teaching experience, noticed that many of the music schools around Detroit operate
within a music store. Disliking the commercial atmosphere, Petrie sought to open the Dearborn School of Music. With his highly qualified staff, Petrie hopes to make the Dearborn School of Music a welcoming and family atmosphere where staff and students can share a love for music and creativity.

Find out more about 
Dearborn School of Music at