LION Bash looks to foster community in State College

Living In One Neighborhood (LION) Bash, a block party and resource fair, will return again for its third year Tuesday, August 29th in downtown State College.

The event will have over 80 interactive engagement booths where participants can learn more about services, ordinances and local businesses in State College along with food from local eateries such as Rita’s Italian Ice, ElGringo Taco Truck, and Ye Olde College and live entertainment.

Some of the acts set to perform include Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, The Adorabulls, Velveeta, and Penn State students.

“This will be a great opportunity to become informed residents and learn about everything that State College has to offer”, Douglas Shontz, a communications specialist for the Borough of State College, told RISE Magazine. “The goal of all the engagement stations is to help LION Bash attendees maintain a high quality of life and safe environment in the areas they reside.”

LION Bash stems from conversations from campus and community members who wanted to organize more events that brought together both the campus and residential community. LION events have happened annually for over ten years, but Shontz says that this year will be the biggest LION Bash yet.

“This year we’re combining the LION Bash with the Community Resource Fair, which was another educational opportunity for residents to learn about local services and ordinances that impacted them,” Shontz said.

Having a good relationship between the borough and the university is vital, because the borough plays a big part in the student experience at Penn State.

“When students arrive to State College they are becoming Borough residents. We want those individuals to feel a sense of community and be informed residents. Having a positive Town-Gown relationship is favorable for both communities,” Shontz said. “If we don’t foster that sense of community between all residents (temporary student residents and permanent residents), then there is a greater chance of dissonance among temporary student and permanent residents.”

LION Bash will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. August 29th on the 100 and 200 blocks South Allen Street. Partners for the event include Penn State, the Downtown Improvement District, Neighborhood Associations and the Borough of State College.

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