MLCA Summer 2023 Newsletter

Membership Drawing Winners!!!

Congratulations to Sandra Archuleta, Greg Rish, Hue Tran, and Art & Michelle Kraus for winning a $25 gift card for early dues payment!

It is not too late to pay your dues and help support the annual picnic, tree lighting, and other community events.


Annual Neighborhood Picnic in August!

Join your neighbors Sunday, August 27th at Meadowlark Park, starting at 5pm. There will be fun events for the kids (bounce
houses! face painting! a sidewalk chalk art contest!), music, lawn games, and prize drawings for all MLCA members.

You can pay
your membership dues at the picnic to be eligible for a prize! Please bring a side dish to share, and the Mid-Lakewood Civic Association will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the fixings. Don’t forget your chairs & blankets!

The picnic has become a Zero Waste Event, thanks to the efforts of our South of 6th Sustainable Neighborhood, and the City of

Lakewood. Consider bringing your own washable plate, cup/water bottle & utensils.

RSVP! Volunteer!  All neighbors are welcome!!!

Annual Meeting in October!

Join your neighbors Thursday, October 5th at Lakewood United Church of Christ at 100 Carr St. for our Annual Meeting, starting at 7pm. We will have candidates for the November elections attending to introduce themselves and answer your questions. We also will elect a new slate of members for the MLCA Board.


Park Improvement Grants Approved!

The Lakewood Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP) offers grants of up to $60,000 for qualifying physical improvement projects that residents believe will make a difference in their neighborhood. MLCA applied for grants earlier this year, and in late May two of our applications were approved! The approved projects are for the following improvements to Meadowlark Park:
· Installing two chess tables and seating at the park, and
· Installing two charcoal grills near the pavilion!
We will be working with Lakewood Parks on the next steps to have these upgrades installed! We will keep you updated on the progress!


 Community Garden at South Lakewood Elementary

The new community garden at South Lakewood Elementary is growing strong! There are many events happening at the garden that are open to everyone including a  FREE concert on August 12 at 5pm. If you're interested in the garden events or a plot for next year, check out their website.


Early Event Successes!
MLCA has organized some great events so far this summer! Our new community bike ride was a fun early June event for many. Also in June, it was another good year for the garage sale, with lots of households selling their no longer wanted wares. Many people have been enjoying the Tuesday evening food trucks at Meadowlark Park too—see calendar for the remaining August dates! Thanks to everyone who has participated! See you again soon!

2023 MLCA Events


Tuesday May 2nd 2023 — MLCA Board and Members Meeting, 7pm at Lakewood Church of Christ 100 Carr St

Thursday May 11, 2023 - SLE Community Garden Grand opening 4- 6pm.

Saturday June 3rd, 2023 — *New* Community Bike Ride! Meadowlark Park, 9am

Friday June 9th, 2023 — Pay your household annual dues by this date to be entered to win a gift certificate to a local business!

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, June 9th, 10th, 11th, 2023 — Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale, 8am — 4 pm

*Every Other* Tuesday in June, July, and August — *New* Food Trucks at Meadowlark Park, 5pm—7pm (June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22)

Saturday August 12, 2023 - FREE live concert at the South Lakewood Elementary Community garden, 5pm - 7pm.

Sunday August 27th, 2023 — MLCA Annual Picnic, Meadowlark Park, 5pm

Tuesday October 5th, 2023 — MLCA Annual Meeting, Lakewood United Church of Christ, 7pm

Sunday, November 26th, 2023 — Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Meadowlark Park, 7 pm

Letter from the President

          We are in the middle of the summer heat! And we are midway through what is shaping up to be a great year for MLCA! We are doing well so far on our theme for the year - growth. As part of this we organized some new events for that were very successful:
       · The Community Bike Ride in early June was a great way to learn about bike safety and have some fun around the neighborhood!
       · The Summer Food Trucks at Meadowlark Park have been a fun event *every other* Tuesday for neighbors to get some food and socialize at Meadowlark park. I hope to see you at the last two!


       Also new for this year is our application to the Lakewood Neighborhood Participation Program for grants to make improvements to Meadowlark Park. In late May we learned that two of our applications were approved! We will be working with Lakewood Parks to have two chess tables and two grills installed at Meadowlark Park!


       We have more events coming for the late summer and fall! Please mark your calendars for the annual Neighborhood Picnic which will be on Sunday August 27th, and the Tree Lighting which will be on Sunday November 26th. The MLCA Annual Meeting will be on Thursday October 5th. We will host a Candidates Forum with candidates for Mayor and City Council in attendance to answer your questions. We will also be voting as an organization on whether to expand the boundaries of MLCA, and voting on the MLCA Board members for the next year.


       It is a great year so far, with more great things to come! Please send in your dues today to help make it all possible!

Chris Gibbons, President

South of 6th Sustainability

In 2016, the South of 6th Neighborhood was officially recognized as a Lakewood Sustainable Neighborhood. The South of 6th group hosts opportunities for engagement with your neighbors around all topics relating to conservation, community building, and overall sustainable practices.

South of 6th Sustainable Neighborhood has a website!

Check it out for upcoming gatherings and events -

Email us at with questions about planning get-togethers.

Upcoming South of 6th Events!

  • April 1st — Seed Swap at Meadowlark Park 1pm — 3pm Bring any extra seeds you don’t plan to plant and swap with neighbors!
  • April 22nd — City of Lakewood Earth Day Celebration, Belmar Park
  • May 6th — Backyard Compost Workshop. Check website for updates on time and location details
  • May 11th — Community Garden Grand Opening! South Lakewood Elementary, 4pm — 6pm
  • August 12th - Concert in the South Lakewood Elementary Community Garden, 5pm - 7pm
  • August 27th - Annual picnic zero waste
  • September 30th - Energy Fair at South Lakewood Elementary, 2pm - 4pm
  • October 14th - Fruit gleaning from neighborhood trees
  • November 4th - Leaves and pumpkin recycling
  • December 10th - Christmas light recycling
  • January 7th - Christmas tree recycling

MLCA has a number of ways you can get involved:

  • Attend the annual meeting on October 5th
  • Work with the committees for the Picnic and Tree Lighting events
  • Volunteer for another committee of MLCA
  • Consider serving on the Board of Directors for MLCA  

MLCA is seeking new business sponsors!

Sponsors help MLCA in a variety of ways and we are so grateful to them! They donate funds, gift cards, equipment, time, and space so that the Mid-Lakewood Civic Association can provide fun events and meaningful projects for our residents. Without them, we would not be able to do everything that we do. Check out the businesses who support our organization on our business sponsor page! 

Do you own a local business that could support the Mid-Lakewood Civic Association? Please contact us below!

2023 Mid-Lakewood Civic Association Board of Directors

Chris Gibbons, President
Cassie Kotter, Vice President
John Hunter, Treasurer
Matt Teeuwen, Secretary
Board Members:
Ed Black, Carol Cook, JoeDan Hite, Tina Klismith, [Vacant]

Contact us: