Come join the party
Enjoy music, food and crafts at Our Blocks Rock Party with free admission
OUR BLOCKS ROCK PARTY
WHERE: Hard court at Velocity@Novena Square
WHEN: Today, 4pm to 10pm.
TICKETS: Admission is free
Have a fun-filled family event at the hard court of Velocity@Novena Square.
From 4pm to 10pm today, Toa Payoh East-Novena residents are invited to the seventh installation of Our Blocks Rock Party - a hip and vibrant party jointly organised by People's Association Panel of Activists for Community Engagement (Pace) and The New Paper.
If you fancy having your name written on a painted bookmark, Madam Saripah Abu Bakar may just do one for you - at no cost.
She has painted about 300 bookmarks with various designs for today's block party, and will write visitors' names on the spot.
Madam Saripah said: "I just want to make people happy. If you think of art, you don't think of any negativity."
Being wheelchair-bound has not stopped the 64-year-oldfrom painting and she roves island-wide to sketch and show her art pieces.
COMMUNITY ART: Those at the party can get personalised bookmarks from artist Saripah Abu Bakar, soak up music by community band Novo Winds (above), and learn how to make key chains from clay. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION
The commission from her art pieces is used to fund her hand and spine therapy.
At 6pm, the brass ensemble from community band, Novo Winds, will grace the block party, playing a mix of oldies and popular tunes, like Sugar by Maroon 5, a theme song from Avengers, and Oteyawarakani - a popular Japanese disco pop song from the 1970s.
COMMUNITY ART: Those at the party can get personalised bookmarks from artist Saripah Abu Bakar (above), soak up music by community band Novo Winds, and learn how to make key chains from clay. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION
The music interest group from Toa Payoh South Community Club is a regular at community events since 2010, and holds concerts annually.
Novo Winds' president, Mr Ayden Oh, 25, said: "After secondary school, many people may not have the opportunity to play in bands anymore, and this gives them an opportunity to continue their passion."
COMMUNITY ART: Those at the party can get personalised bookmarks from artist Saripah Abu Bakar, soak up music by community band Novo Winds, and learn how to make key chains from clay (above). PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION
Residents can also try their hand at making keychains and rings from clay.
Madam Chiam Miau Cheng, 57, who oversees Toa Payoh East Women Executive Committee (WEC) Clay Art interest group, said: "I hope visitors can learn a new skill, and (I hope this) makes them happy. If they're happy, I'm happy."
And if you're just looking for something to fill your stomach, there is always the fruit-based ice cream from Scoopz, which retails at $3.50 per cup, or frozen yoghurt from Coolgurt, at $2.50 per cup.