Tribune Opinion: Block Party is music to our ears…

Welcome back, University of Northern Colorado students. Here’s more than 40 bands as a present.

The annual Greeley Block Party, hosted by Ely Corliss, owner of the Moxi Theater, should show UNC students that downtown is a fun place to visit.

Some of those bands will appear in Greeley’s downtown establishments, as well as the 9th Street Plaza. It starts at 5 tonight and all of it is free. What better way for downtown to show off his feathers?

About 4,500 attended the Block Party last year, and it’s not just for UNC students. As a bonus, Greeley residents get to enjoy the bands, as well. Therefore, we’re all for anyone reaching out to UNC by offering a bunch of great bands. That benefits the rest of us, as well.

Get out your chalk and get ready to draw

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Greeley residents will try to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chalk art drawing on Saturday, and we hope they succeed.

But even if they don’t, that’s all right. It should be a fun event for everyone involved.

The goal of the city’s first Chalk A Lot event is a drawing 3.7 miles long. The University of Northern Colorado is providing a spot on campus, and organizers are hopeful many students will participate.

The Chalk A Lot is a great way to draw public attention to Greeley’s Creative District.

“It was cheap, free and something fun and a little out of the ordinary,” Greeley Assistant City Manager Becky Safarik said of sponsoring the event, which cost the city about $8,000.

Greeley may make the Chalk A Lot an annual event if it turns out to be popular. We hope so, because it sounds like it will be a blast.

from the Greeley Tribune, September 4th, 2014

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