Light up Riverdale for the holidays on December 7th!

Light up Riverdale for the holidays on December 7th!

Council Member Kelly Krell has been hard at work assembling a team and coordinating what appears to be a new, holiday tradition in Riverdale.

Please join your friends and neighbors at Riverdale City Hall on Saturday, December 7th, at 4pm as we light up for the holidays. Music, refreshments, kids’ activities, good cheer and even the possible appearance by a jolly, old elf are expected.

The event is scheduled to run from 4-6pm.

Watch our website and the Riverdale Residents page on Facebook for more details!

The event is free to residents of Riverdale and their families.

Trick-or-treating tips for a blustery (and chilly) Halloween in Riverdale.

Trick-or-treating tips for a blustery (and chilly) Halloween in Riverdale.

It looks like a chilly night for trick-or-treating – so if your kids are going out, be sure they’re bundled up. And if some chilly, little spooks come to your house, please make sure they’re out of the wind while they’re digging through your candy bowl.

Council Member posted this handy little graphic to the Riverdale Residents’ page on Facebook today and we thought we’d share (for those without a Facebook account, especially).

We also want to share a few cold-weather tips for kids (and adults) hitting the streets of Riverdale between 5 and 7pm tonight:

1.  Add a layer. Kids (especially the young ones) don’t tolerate the cold as well as adults. And since most Halloween costumes are built for cold-weather situation (unless you’re dressed as a Tauntaun), it’s good to make sure everyone has an extra layer (or two) under the costume.

2.  Make sure you’ve got traction. It’s snow boots rather than tennis shoes tonight.

3. And while you’re at it, gloves or mittens and a hat may be required as temperatures drop. Kids can always pull off the stocking cap and put on the mask for pictures (and remember, we want photos).

4.  Keep things bright. Don’t forget to make sure everyone in your Halloween party can be seen when things get dark. Sunset is at 5:58 tonight, so at least one hour of trick-or-treating will be happening as the sun comes down and night falls.

5.  Limit your time outside. Remember, little bodies get cold faster – so you would best be served by breaking your trick-or-treating into a series of smaller expeditions rather than one marathon.

6. De-ice your driveway, sidewalk and front step. Be a good neighbor (and don’t play a trick on the kiddos) by making sure you’ve reduced the slippy-slidy ice and snow from the approach to your home. After all, the little goblins will be thinking about candy and treats and not the ice and snow that lies in their way. (Check out this post on the best ways to remove snow and save your back in the process.)

7. If a trick-or-treater is a funny color, make sure it’s their costume. If you notice a child’s skin turning red, get them inside and warm them up.

Let’s keep an eye out for the littlest ones to make sure they have a fun and safe experience this Halloween.

And, seriously, if you can, please share pictures of your favorite tricksters when they come to your door tonight. You can post them to the Riverdale Resident’s Facebook Page or share them with us here by using this form.

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

Purple Bull 5k was a run-away hit!

A great time was had by all at this year’s Pete the Purple Bull 5k and Fun Run – held in Riverdale. This is the second year in a row the event has been held in our city and, this time, the City of Riverdale provided a free pancake breakfast in the Community Room at City Hall and the Riverdale Fire Department displayed the  US Flag and gave kids a chance to check out the fire trucks.

Thanks to City Council Member Kelly Krell, incoming Council Member Kevin Adams and Caroline Bawden for cooking food. Thanks also to Chris Bernard, Adrian Castillo and other members of the RVFD who helped hoist the flag, roll out the trucks and keep a particularly attentive turkey away from the festivities.

Special thanks also go out to the HABLO (an employee resource group at Arconic) and to MY PLACE in Riverdale for being sponsors of the event which helps QC United raise money to deal with bullying in our schools.

Check out all the great pictures (provided by HABLO, Kelly Krell and Kevin Adams)!

Don’t forget … the bulls will be running on Saturday morning!

Don’t forget … the bulls will be running on Saturday morning!

Just a quick reminder … the Pete the Purple Bull 5K Run and Kids’ Fun Run will be taking place in Riverdale tomorrow morning from 7:30 to 11:00 am. If you are driving through Riverdale, please be on the look out for guests who may not be aware of the traffic around them.

The race route will begin and end at City Hall and runners will be running on the MRT to the college drive, up the drive to Belmont Road, then turn around and return the same way.

Pancakes, sausages and other food will be available at 8:30 in the Community Room following race registration (which runs from 7:30 to 8:30am).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Fall Fest washed out by the weather.

Fall Fest washed out by the weather.

Fall Fest was cancelled Saturday afternoon (October 5) due to in climate weather – but not before we were able to take a few sad shots after everyone had gone home and site clean-up was underway.

Special thanks to City Council Member, Kelly Krell, for all the hard work she put into lining up vendors, recruiting student helpers, setting up and tearing down (in the rain).

We’ve also added some pictures Kelly took before the rain hit.

Who’s on to help with Fall Fest 2020? Let us know if you can help.

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

(Updated) Be sure to come to Riverdale Fall Fest on October 5th!

Plans continue to develop for this year’s Riverdale Fall Fest at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 5 (2-4pm). If you’re interested in lending a hand in this new, city tradition, you can let us know by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page and sending us a message through the website.

Be sure to save the date on your calendar and make  your plans to attend and enjoy:

  • Food from the Hy-Vee Grill (burgers, dogs, chips and drinks)
  • Ice treats from Kona Ice
  • A bounce house obstacle course
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Magic by RJ Regul
  • Live music from QC Vinyl

All of this is free to residents of Riverdale and their families.

Don’t forget, for future updates on plans, activities and events, you can check back here (on the City’s website) or on the Riverdale Residents Facebook Page.

Fall Fest 2018 wrap-up meeting today at 6pm

Fall Fest 2018 wrap-up meeting today at 6pm

UPDATE (10/02/18):
The final 2018 Fall Festival meeting was held last night at City Hall and there were a number of suggestions as to how the event can be even better next year. You’ll find them in the minutes of the meeting, posted here.

A survey of feedback from attendees was also reviewed at that meeting. The findings of the survey are summarized in this slide show (for more details, we suggest joining the 2019 Fall Fest Committee for next year’s event (you can do that by sending us an email).

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The final meeting of the volunteers and organizers for the 2018 Fall Festival will be held today in the Community Room at City Hall, starting at 6pm. The meeting is intended to be an opportunity to say “thanks” to everyone involved and to review the results of the satisfaction survey conducted following the event.

There’s even the “rumor” going around that Council Member Kelly Krell will be trying to line up volunteers to work on Fall Fest ’19 for next year.

Come down to City Hall, have fun and join in the celebration!

What did you think of Fall Fest? Let us know.

What did you think of Fall Fest? Let us know.

2018 Fall Fest Chairman Mark Griswold and Council Member Kelly Krell have closed the final chapter on this year’s event and are now asking residents of Riverdale to participate in an online survey to provide feedback that will be considered for next year.

You can complete the survey below:

Create your own user feedback survey

Additional sponsors sign on to Riverdale Fall Fest

Just a few more volunteers needed for upcoming Fall Fest!

 

According to Council Member Kelly Krell and event chairman Mark Griswold, just a few more volunteers are needed to make sure the 2018 Fall Fest goes off without a hitch on September 15th at 1pm. If you’re willing to volunteer, please click here.

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Even though the event doesn’t kick off until 1:00 pm, the day promises to be loaded with fun and entertainment. A parade will kick things off at 1pm, followed by free food, games, bounce houses, face painting, music and more!

 

Riverdale Fall Festival announces sponsors

Riverdale Fall Festival announces sponsors

 

2018 Fall Fest Chairman Mark Griswold and Council Member Kelly Krell have announced corporate sponsors for this year’s 2018 Riverdale Fall Fest (scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 pm). This year’s sponsors include:

  • MSA Professional Services
  • BLPR

The City offers a sincere thanks to those companies who are supporting our community-building efforts – by supporting this upcoming event as well as other events and activities throughout the year.

Additional corporate sponsors will be announced before festivities kick off on September 15th.