Ocean Avenue Halloween Block Party, Ethnic Toy Drive This Saturday

The Ave Bar will be holding its annual ethnic toy drive on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Courtesy photo

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Time to put on your Halloween costume and raise a glass to the coming holidays.

Ocean Avenue Halloween Block Party

The stretch of Faxon Avenue between Ocean and De Montfort will be decked out in orange and black for Halloween this Saturday.

The OMI Cultural Participation Project will be hosting the Ocean Avenue Halloween Block Party this month. There will also be candy bags, mini pumpkins, arts and crafts and a bouncy house, according to an announcement.

“Community members of all ages are invited to participate in carnival activities, trick or treating and a costume contest — for humans and pets!”

The block party is free and open to the public. All COVID-19 precautions will be observed. 

For more information, contact Maurice Rivers via email at jumpstreet1983@gmail.com.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.

Location: Faxon Avenue between Ocean and De Montfort avenues

Admission: Free 

Ethnic Toy Drive at the Ave Bar

The Ave Bar is holding its annual Ethnic Toy Drive on Saturday. 

“With the holiday season approaching, it’s a great time to come together and help the many deserving families in our community that may not be able to afford gifts for their children this Christmas,” according to an announcement. “Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate and get in on our drink specials.”

The Ave Bar’s owners Lucia Fuentes Zarate and firefighter Bomani Caungula began hosting the toy drive at their tavern in 2010 in an attempt to improve young girls’ access to dolls that look and dress like them.

The ethnic toy drive is sponsored by Block Firefighters, Ocean Ale House, African American Early Childhood Educators, The Good Rural, OMI Community Collaborative and the OMI Cultural Participation Project.

All COVID-19 precautions will be observed. 

Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 

Time: 4 to 8 p.m.

Location: The Ave Bar, 1607 Ocean Ave.

Community Clean Up

Neighborhood artist Neil Ballard will lead his monthly community trash pickup on Saturday. He asks that volunteers bring their own trash grabber tools.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Meet at Unity Plaza (near Philz Coffee, 1110 Ocean Ave.)

Bring: Yourself and your own trash grabber tool