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Civic Center Block Party returns with food, fun and music

Civic Center Block Party returns with food, fun and music

Family fun, a rockin’ good time and a big, professional fireworks show return to Clark Avenue and the Lakewood Civic Center on Saturday, June 30. The Lakewood Civic Center Block Party begins at 4 p.m. with the Family Fun Zone activity area for kids and families and the always popular "Taste of Lakewood.” Live entertainment from classic rock band The Answer starts at 5:00 p.m.

Family Fun Zone 4–9 p.m.

Located in the parking lot south of the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library, the Family Fun Zone will feature carnival games and amusements for kids and families, including a including a mechanical bull, giant slide, adrenaline obstacle course, bouncers, joust war game, rock climbing wall, pirate ship, mechanical cars and trackless train. No tickets for the Family Fun Zone will be sold after 8:00 p.m., and all activities will stop at 9:00 p.m.

Taste of Lakewood 4–8 p.m.

Lakewood restaurants and specialty food purveyors will be offering great food at affordable prices. The Taste of Lakewood is sponsored by the Friends of Lakewood Libraries and helps support the purchase of books and materials for the Iacoboni and Nye libraries.

Taste of Lakewood presale tickets--always a good idea for avoiding lines--are available at Lakewood libraries in packs of 10 for $10. Single tickets are not available for presale. Payment can be made with cash or checks made payable to the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries. Sorry, credit cards are not accepted.

On the day of the event from 4 to 8 p.m., the same multi-ticket packs as well as single tickets for $1.50 each will be available. No tickets will be sold after 8 p.m. and food will not be served after 9 p.m.

Adult Beverage Garden 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For event participants age 21 and over, a cash bar offering beer, wine and specialty drinks will be sold at the Beverage Garden located on the Maple Room patio of The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. The Beverage Garden is the only place adult beverages may be consumed as well as purchased. An array of finger foods will also be sold. A live video feed of the main concert stage will be viewable on screens throughout the Beverage Garden.

Live entertainment 5–9 p.m.

The Answer will rock Clark Avenue and the Civic Center starting at 5 p.m. with a variety of classic rock hits and patriotic music. Concert seating will be on Clark Avenue in front of city hall. Pre-show activities begin at 4 p.m. It’s festival seating, so bring your low-back chair or blanket.

Fireworks show 9:15 p.m.

See a really spectacular, safe and legal display of professional fireworks capping off a wonderful day and evening at the Block Party.

Driving & Parking  

The Block Party will stretch from the Civic Center parking lot (at Hardwick Street) southbound along Clark Avenue to Del Amo Boulevard. Clark Avenue will be closed from Candlewood Street to Del Amo Boulevard before the start of the Block Party. Use Civic Center Way to access free parking behind city hall and The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. Plan ahead as parking for RVs and recreational trailers will not be available at Lakewood City Hall or Lakewood Center mall.

For information call the Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771, extension 2408.