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I Block Party
The I-Block Party, a fundraiser for Arcata's sister city, Camoapa, Nicaragua, is Los Bagels' biggest, annual community event. The first party, in 1986, funded the Duane Flatmo mural, which adorns Wildwood Music and looks over the Los Bagels parking lot.
The fundraiser was such a success that the owners of Los Bagels wanted to continue it. They decided to establish a local relief organization for victims of the war in Nicaragua, and use the I-Block Party as funding source. Thus began the relationship between the two cities, and one of Arcata's most looked forward to events.
One day each September, we close I Street between 10th & 11th Streets. Representatives from the Sister City Project are on hand to tell about their latest visit to Camoapa. There is a face painting area for the kids, beer booth for the adults, and barbecue for all. A sound stage in the parking lot gives party guests a chance to dance all day to some of Humboldt County's finest bands. At the silent auction table, you can bid on local products from a variety of local artists, restaurants and entrepreneurs such as Fire and Light, Hot Knots, Marimba One, Bubbles, Kokotat, and Wildwood Music.
Thanks to David MacCuish for the photos.