The young members of the North Woodside Roots & Shoots group so much loved creating the neighborhood Thankful Tree in the fall that they wanted to do a similar participatory community art project every season.
It remains to be seen if the group can reach that ambitious goal, but they are now halfway there with the unveiling of the Neighborhood Valentine Tree (aka Community Tree).
Roots & Shoots members invite all neighbors to visit the Community Tree Triangle*, reflect on what they love about the neighborhood, and add a heart to the tree.
Extra hearts and markers for writing are in a plastic box under the tree. If the extra hearts run out, feel free to write on the backside of hearts already hanging on the tree.
The Neighborhood Valentine Tree will be on display through the end of February.
More Fun: Go on a Neighborhood Heart Scavenger Hunt! In addition to the hearts decorating the Neighborhood Valentine Tree, 30+ hearts have been placed throughout the neighborhood. There is at least one along every street in the neighborhood, including along most, but not all, blocks. How many can you spot?
Many more hearts have popped up around the neighborhood this past week. Can you find the ones below? Hint: All are nearby the intersection of four neighborhood streets -or- along a particular neighborhood street that starts with the letter “G.”
What do you love and appreciate about your neighbors? Take some time today to reflect!
We’re almost two years into the pandemic, the peak of the omicron wave just went through, the parameters for safe socializing tiringly keep changing, the national and international news remains depressing, it’s cold again but there’s no snow,…and well, it feels like time for another neighborhood scavenger hunt, a heart-themed one!
Want to contribute? Display one or more hearts on your front door, windows and/or yard. Can be big or small, any color, drawn, painted, or whatever you happen to have around that’s heart-shaped or has hearts on it (pillow? flag? sign? stuffed animal holding heart? etc). Check out this link for lots of heart-themed coloring pages, if you want to go the print-out-and-color-and-tape-on-door route.
Hearts are already starting to pop up around the neighborhood. Here are a few of them. Can you find them?
All neighbors are invited to add to these! In the heart of this winter, let’s show some love to neighbors, postal carriers, package deliverers and all those who pass through the neighborhood, and add some little bursts joy and color to these gray days.