Glenshire block party a blast |

Glenshire block party a blast

Renée Shadforth
Kestlie Stefanelli and Amber Corrales sing a song at the block party on Glenshire's Briar Court last weekend.

The folks on Briar Circle in Glenshire want to start a trend of community togetherness in Truckee. That’s why they held a block party on Aug. 28.”I want that challenge going out: If we can do it, you can, too,” said Laurie Stefanelli, an organizer of the party. “Truckee is a tight-knight community, but I know there are neighborhoods in Truckee where people don’t know each other.”

Sixty people from 16 of the 19 homes on Briar Circle came out for the beginning of the party to get to know one another. Then, after 7 p.m. the street was opened to friends of the residents. There were approximately 90 people in all.The idea for the block party came during an annual New Year’s Eve party at one Briar Circle residence.

“As a block, we’d been talking about it for a while,” Stefanelli said. “We wanted to get together during the summer and get to know all of our neighbors. Boy, we all know each other now.”At the party there were games for children, food, a band, an open mic session, and visits from Truckee’s police and fire departments.

Stefanelli had to get a temporary use festival permit from the town to hold the function. She said it was the first time anyone had petitioned the town to hold a block party.Now that the street is cleaned up and life is pretty much back to normal on Briar Circle, Stefanelli is already thinking about next year.”We’re definitely going to make it yearly,” she said. “We were thinking about biannual or annual, but it was such a success, we’re going annual.”