Poster for the Summer Sidewalk Jam. (Contributed)

Hope’s first-ever Sidewalk Jam arrives Friday

A free, family-focused event, the Jam will have food and entertainment

Typically associated with the realm of horror, this Friday the 13, Hope will be anything but scary as its downtown core becomes a temporary hub of family fun and entertainment with the kickoff of the Summer Sidewalk Jam, which is all in the name of community connection, says Harry Pete, an outreach support worker at Reins of Freedom.

“With the recent opening of our program, Reins of Freedom, I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the community together in a celebratory way for the summer,” Pete continued. It’s a great way to “not only … enjoy live entertainment and food, but (it’s a prime opportunity) to build meaningful connections with the services available to the community.”


Located at 895 3rd Avenue is Hope’s support services building, “which houses a number of incredible support services behind its doors, but from the street it can be hard to tell what all is available,” Pete explained.

So the Sidewalk Jam is a way to introduce the entire community to the tenants of 895 3rd Ave. without having to pass the threshold.

“Our services often compliment each other well and we work closely together at times, so we thought (this event) would be a great way for the community to get to know us all,” added Pete.

Although small, Pete says Hope is mighty in terms of services offered, but the community can only access those services if they know they’re available.

“The Summer Sidewalk Jam allows us to build those community connection in a meaningful, personal way. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a fun, summer sidewalk party?”

Hosted by Reins of Freedom, the Read Right Society, Ann Davis Transition Society, and WorkBC, the Summer Sidewalk Jam will be on Friday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. ‘till 2 p.m., at 895 3rd Avenue. There will be free hot dogs, live entertainment, book- and puzzle swaps, as well as rock painting, and prizes.

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