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“Rock the Block” a positive, fun event for north end

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer –

MASON CITY – Something positive was happening on the north side of Mason City Saturday afternoon.

There was a big event called Rock the Block put on by Rhythm Church at Monroe park between one and four o’clock. There was free food, a live band, inflatables, and prizes, including kids’ bikes and backpacks with school supplies.

(PHOTO: Tyler, Sarah, Sandy and Janet pose at their water tent.)

There were hotdogs, cooked up by Bryce from Hy-Vee; free water given away by Sandy Shonka, Sarah Beth Wunderlich, Tyler Anderson and Janet Koller; and free Kraft Jello and Girl Scout Cookies to name a few of the free items.

The dunk tank, body painting, prizes and inflatables were a big hit with the children.

Sam Overbeck, son of Deidra Overbeck, and Cameron Demaris, son of Tara Demaris, were having a good time in the Rock and Roll. The moms were having a good time watching them and taking their pictures.

The Jones family (pictured, seated) took a minute and posed for the camera. The children wanted to go have more fun on the playground.

Koller and the gang that was giving away free water wanted people to know that there is going to be another event coming up called “FreeMarket”. This will be Saturday August 25th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at 440 N. Illinois Avenue.

Just like it sounds, Everything is Free, clothes (all ages and sizes), furniture, appliances, kitchen items, toys, books, decorations and much more. “Have something to donate?” they asked. “Bring it with you!”

This event will be put on by the Grace E-Free Church, phone number 641-423-9401or email


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