Third annual Tree Streets celebration set for June 15

Courtesy photo Participants from a previous Tree Streets block party toss bean bags toward a corn hole board.

NASHUA — Plenty of activities are planned for the third annual Tree Streets block party, which celebrates the diversity and energy of the neighborhood.

From 2-7 p.m. June 15, Ash Street, from Central to West Hollis streets, will be an attraction for residents living in and around this downtown neighborhood. This year, there will be a special concert with Jamaican-born, Boston-based reggae artist Mighty Mystic.

Registration and further details on the concert are available online at, http://downtownnashua.org/tsbp/.

Nashua Alderman Tom Lopez is the lead organizer of this annual gathering. He said residents of the Tree Streets area can complete a survey online for a free pass into the concert, as well as a free T-shirt and ice cream. Those T-shirts are limited, and will be gifted until they are gone. Moreover, VIP entry to the concert is available to purchase on that website.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring people together to get them to meet their neighbors, socialize and see their neighborhood in a different way,” Lopez said.

Three years ago, when he started the block party, the city was having some problems. Lopez said his neighbors needed a pick-me-up, and thought they needed to be reminded that they are all in this together.

“I started it really to build a stronger sense of community,” Lopez said.

This year, in partnership with Neighborworks, Great American Downtown and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, the event grows into another year. Aside from the reggae concert, the event will also feature charity carnival games organized by Nashua Public Library and Nashua Police Athletic League and touch-a-truck featuring the Ruff Ryders.

“It won’t be a normal touch-a-truck,” Lopez said. “It will be Tree Streets style.”

Moreover, there will also be ice cream by Hazy Ice, a community barbecue presented by Revive Recovery Center, Los Amigos cultural festival, presented by New Fellowship Baptist Church, and a Merchant fair to benefit Harbor Homes Inc.

Additionally, the best rice on the block rice tasting competition returns, hosted by the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Lopez said rice is something a lot of cultures share, so attendees will have to turn out to see who makes the best rice on the block.

As far as the neighborhood in general goes, Lopez said it consists of people working hard and raising families. He said it is a place where some of the best nonprofit organizations can be found in the city, if not the country.

“It’s full of opportunity and full of people working to seize those opportunities,” Lopez said.