Block party: 'Showcase what the Whiteaker has to offer'

      EUGENE, Ore. - The 7th annual Whiteaker Block Party is Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

      There will be food carts, bands, a beer garden, street performers, raffle, and fun for kids.

      The party is run solely by volunteers.

      Chris Gadsby, one of the event's founders, encourages people to come to the event.

      "What we originally thought of with the block party was to showcase what the Whiteaker has to offer," Gadsby said. "It is not just one person, but a group of people."

      Although getting people to come to the popular event in the Whiteaker is easy enough, cleaning up poses a challenge.

      During the last cleanup of the neighborhood in June, over 200 needles were found.

      Volunteers are concerned that with an increase in people, the number of items posing a risk to the community will be even larger.

      The HIV Alliance, a group that supports people living with HIV and tries to prevents new infections, was involved in the cleanup last year, and will assist the group of volunteers this year in making the neighborhood pristine.

      "Our biggest concern is we want to make sure we get the syringes picked up because that is a medical biohazard," said Scott Davis with the HIV Alliance.

      Those interested in contributing to the clean up should show up at Ninkasi Brewery any time Sunday after 8 a.m. or send an email to

      All volunteers will receive a free shirt and beer ticket for their efforts.