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Ginter Park Gazette

Thursday, March 16, 2023

A bimonthly publication of the Ginter Park Residents Association Communications Team, free to all Subscribers.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead

While GPRA’s mission is more modest than changing the world, our goals are to build connections in our community and to provide an array of services that are carried out to enhance our neighborhood and to serve its best interests. To carry out our mission and goals requires teams of volunteers.

April is National Volunteer Month, and the theme this year is “United We Serve.” Throughout April, GPRA will shine a light on our volunteers and recognize their contributions of time, energy, talents and skills to our community.They inspire us. But, it’s still March, and we are campaigning for Volunteers that are sorely need for some teams.

One team that is critical to building connections and to conveying useful information throughout the neighborhood is our team of Block Captains. Prudence Justis leads our team of District Representatives and Block Captains. Here is an important message from Prudence with a Signup Genius link to volunteer.

Calling all neighbors! Interested in getting involved but not sure how? Please consider toe role, Block Captain. It’s a fun way to get to know the people around you and it’s as easy as a click on the link below. Please signup before our next meeting which is Tuesday, April 11, 2023. You don’t have to come to the meeting but please sign up by that date. All are welcome.

Membership Announcement: Change in Dues Expiration Date

In response to so many communications of concern about confusion about Membership dues expiration dates, The GPRA Boasrd approved the following change. Effective with calendar year 2023, Membership dues will expire one (1) year from the date that you joined or renewed. Those of you who have joined or reenewed since January 1 will be due for renewal 1 year from that date. Those who currently have a June 1, 2023 expiration date are due to renew on that date. All Members will receive an automatic renewal notice by email from our website, which stores all Membership data.

You can join GPRA or renew your Membership at any time conveniently on the website. Just click on this JOIN link:

Neighborhood Activities March 16-31

Beautification Work Day, Friday, March 17, 2023, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Friday, March 31, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Meetup at the Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, to organize tasks, Gooals are to weed refresh mulch, assess plants on Brook Road. On the 31, we will meetup at Claremont and Brook Road to work on clearing some northern beds on Brook that need total re-dos.  Not a current member of the team? Join us by showing up with your gloves, favorite tools for weeding, and a smile. This is a very-good-natured group of gardeners.

Ginter Park Hosted Red Cross Blood Drive-Give the Gift that Matters!

Wednesday, March 22, 12 to 5 pm, Ginter Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  

Call today to make your appointment, details are in the image below.


It’s Garden Party Season! 

Garden Party for All!

Friday, April 14, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Garden of Robyn and Brian Bridges
1517 Palmyra Avenue

The GPRA Social Committee will host a Garden Party, Friday, April 14, 5 to 7 PM in the garden of Robyn and Brian Bridges, historic Laburnum Court, 1517 Palmyra Avenue. All are invited to this unticketed, free event!

Please bring your preferred beverage, a finger food to share, and perhaps a lawn chair. Mingle with neighbors, old friends, make new friends, and celebrate spring!

Bring some cash to buy raffle tickets, $5 each, to enter to win one of several gift baskets. Benefits go to GPRA to fund social events.

Member Appreciation Garden Party

Saturday, May 20, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Garden of Andrew Wilder and Kurt Christiansen, 3416 Monrose Avenue

Join GPRA or Renew your dues a bit early to be a guest for this special, Latin-themed event. Dues will not expire until 1 year from your join or renewal date!  Hosts will serve a signature cocktail or two and light hors-d’oeuvres. Please bring a lawn chair and a festive mood, a finger food to share, if you like.

Please R.S.V.P.for the Garden Parties  to Prudence Justis, or 804-837-6051, or see details and Register on the Event Calendar,!calendar





Special Members-Only Event, Flowers After 5 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Thursday, June 15, after 5!

 GPRA and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are partnering to host a special Membership Event, an evening in the Garden for Flowers After 5, with music, food, and special promotions for membership in both LGBG and GPRA. Those who join GPRA or renew their dues by prior to or at the event are welcome!  Stay tuned for further details, but reserve the date for this first-time-ever special event. Your GPRA Membership will entitle you to a discounted ticket for Flowers After 5 on this date.  Thank you to Mary Elfner, GPRA Member and LGBG Board Member for making this partnership come to life!  Organized by Membership Chair, Carrie Vuori, and Susan Rebillot,

Annual Picnic, Saturday, June 24, 1 to 4:00 pm, Shalom Farms Northside/Yaupon Place Park, corner of Westwood Avenue and Loxley 

GPRA hosts and provides Lee’s Chicken and necessary paper products and utentsils, non-alcoholic beverages. Guests bring dishes or desserts to share.  Family-friendly event with Jonathan the Juggler, face painting, and more.

Dates to Reserve and Details TBA

Annual Night Out, Ginter Park! Tuesday, August 1, 2023. Watch for announcements of NNO activities and gatherings thrughout the neighborhood for this annual public safety awareness event.

Annual GPRA Membership Meeting, Chil Cook-off and Board Election, Saturday, November 11, 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Annual GPRA Holiday Party, Saturday, December 2.

2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange, Sunday, December 10.

City News

Although Councilwoman Katherine Jordan represents a small portion of our neighborhood, her March 11 District 2 Newslettwer is loaded with useful northsisde and city news, plus links to resources. Just click on the link.

Ginter Park Residents Association Newsletter & Advertising

The April edition of the GPRA monthly Newsletter will arrive in your email inboxes on April 5.  Are you a business owner who would like to market your business? Please review our rates and contact Dave Foster at