September 20, 2010

On the street where we live

University, community enjoy Convergence 2010

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the university hosted its sixth annual community block party, known as Convergence, for its Charles Village neighbors. Expanding from a modest start in 2004 with only 12 people in attendance, the event this year drew an estimated 1,000 JHU affiliates and neighbors of the Homewood campus, who came together on the 3200 block of St. Paul Street to celebrate their community together.

Attendees were treated to free hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy; face painting by the JHU women’s lacrosse team; and popular activities such as the moon bounce, carnival games, chess and checkers, and prize giveaways, and were also given the opportunity to meet exhibitors from local nonprofits, civic organizations, city schools and Charles Village shops, as well as university and student groups.

Convergence is sponsored by the JHU offices of Homewood Student Affairs and Community Affairs, and the Charles Village Business Association, with leadership from Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins.

JHU groups that offer opportunities to the local community and are interested in free exhibitor tables at the 2011 Convergence should e-mail or call 443-287-9928.

Photos by Will Kirk/Homewoodphoto/