LION Bash Block Party Aims to Connect Penn State Students, Local Community
STATE COLLEGE — Members of the Penn State and State College area communities can mingle at a block party-style event Tuesday along the 200 and 300 blocks of South Allen Street State College.
The LION (Living in One Neighborhood) Bash will offer food, entertainment and other stations from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s also a place for students to find local resources to help meet their needs while they study at Penn State, learn about community organizations they can get involved with during their time in the community and receive information about local ordinances.
Last November the LION Bash and Dash 5K events won an award for outstanding collaboration from the Association for Orientation and Transition Retention in Higher Education.
Barry Bram, senior director of Penn State Student Affairs, said he hopes students and the community take advantage of the event to engage with each other.
“Building off of the recent success of co-hosting the 2019 International Town and Gown Association conference, Penn State and the borough are excited to continue our collaborative efforts to make our community welcoming, safe, and vibrant,” Bram said. “We hope that both long-term residents and students will attend LION Bash and learn more about what is happening here, engage with one another and have a great time.”
Organizers said this year’s bash will feature more than 150 stations for music, games, engagement and education. The onstage entertainment will be a little different this year, with acoustic performers dispersed throughout the event instead of on a central stage.
The event will feature entertainment for all ages including a live B94.5 broadcast, balloon twisting, massages, hoop skating, caricature artist, a strolling magician, and acrobatics. There will also be plenty of food for purchase from establishments such as Brazilian Munchies, Duck Donuts, Kader's Kona Ice, Mad Mex and Canyon Pizza.
Planning for LION Bash was a cooperative effort by Penn State Student Orientation and Transition Programs, Student Affairs, University Police and Public Safety and Off-Campus Student Support; along with State College Borough Police, Public Works and the Community Engagement Office; as well as Downtown State College Improvement District.
“This event will offer a fun venue to foster a greater sense of community among all residents, both temporary student residents and permanent residents,” wrote Douglas Shontz, communications specialist with the borough. “This would not be able to be accomplished without the partnership and collaboration with Penn State University. We hope everyone that attends LION Bash has the opportunity to win some prizes, eat some great food, and learn how to build a stronger community.”
Organizers said that while last year’s LION Dash 5K event was successful and generated plenty of interest, there were scheduling difficulties this year and they hope to continue the event in 2020.