Community service is an integral part of Arnold’s community atmosphere. As far back as I can remember I’ve seen the community come together to put on large events and to make things happen that otherwise could have never been anything other than imagination. From my childhood, I remember my family and their friends being part of something called the Blues Fest, which was my favorite event, and though the annual event has ended, is still my favorite. The events of Arnold have changed over the years that I have been in the town, and one of those annual events is now the Devil’s Den Bike Rally. I was fortunate enough to be able to help with the event this summer, putting in a good six hours at the community center.
When I got there, the meeting room was filled with bikers registering for the event, which included a poker run through the area, show and shine where the bikes are put on display downtown, a loudest pipes contest, arm wrestling, and a BBQ. Later that night there was also a concert with three live bands. Portions of the proceeds went to the local organization chapters of Teammates, Autism Awareness, and Out of the Darkness suicide prevention. I was able to help register the bikers and take money in the morning. In the afternoon, I ended up being one of the main food prep people, preparing food for over 100 guests from the town and from the event. It was an interesting learning experience. I can barely cook for myself, but somehow I ended up cooking about 160 pounds of meat for the crowd. I helped the servers keep everything stocked at the serving tables, and then ended the day. It gave me a lot of confidence in myself, and was really a good experience.
The next four hours of my community service will be spent at the Rialto Theater in Arnold. I’ll be helping sell concessions and tickets and then clean up after the movie. The Rialto Theater is such a good place to volunteer in Arnold, and I feel so lucky to have so many opportunities to be part of the community that helped raise me.