Dancin’ In The Streets

If you’re a teenager and looking for a big end of party summer, Warren Main Street has an opportunity for you.

In conjunction with several youth organizations, a teen block party will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Liberty Street, between Second Ave. and Third Ave., in Warren.

Any money raised from the event will be donated to the John Check Scholarship Fund, a scholarship awarded through the Community Foundation of Warren County for Warren County high school seniors planning to major in education, music, music education or the performing arts.

Event organizer Julie Labesky explained that the day will start with an emphasis on young kids and families before transitioning to a street dance in the evening.

Some of the events include storybook characters, games and a costume parade and the organizers encourage all kids to dress up, and to dress up their bikes and scooters as well.

A band will provide live music at the event and a dj will be on hand in the evening, according to Labesky.

She also said that they are hoping to have some kind of inflatable “bounce house” and a dunking booth, for which they are seeking principals and teachers to volunteer to participate. The event will also feature “lots of good eats” including pizza, popcorn, cookies, and soda.

“Some kids are doing crafts to sell,” she added, noting that the proceeds from those sales will also be donated to the scholarship fund. “The jist of what we’re trying to do (is host a) end of summer bash that is affordable.”

Most of the items for sale will cost no more than $1.

Charmaine Check, speaking on the scholarship named after her late husband, said that he was “very involved in Warren Players and theatre” and started the Youth Connection and All-County Musical.

“He was very, very geared to the kids and youth of the community and all of the arts,” she added.

Main Street President Dan Ristau said that he hopes enough money can be raised to give out more than one scholarship annually.

Ristau also said that the goal for the event is to have the costs covered by sponsors to ensure the proceeds go directly to the scholarship.

“(We) want kids to express themselves,” Labesky said, hoping that this event can serve in part as an “artistic outlet.”