Garden Grove

Drive-thru BBQ, art tribute, concerts

A DRIVE-THRU BBQ event will be held by the Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952 on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. (GG Elks photo).

By now, you should be a drive-thru expert, having bought a bunch of your meals at fast food and other “stay-at-home” affected eateries.

A new spin on that concept is scheduled for Saturday at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge #1952, located at Newhope Street and Trask Avenue. A Santa Maria-style drive-through barbecue event will be held from 11 a.m. “until we sell out.”

The Elks will be serving up tri-tip, chicken, ribs or sausage for $15 a plate. The meat dishes come with two sides.

In keeping with the measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing will be in effect and there will be no eating areas. The event is open to the public.

Heroes are honored by Garden Grove painter

NURSES and doctors a get the hero treatment at utility box near Garden Grove Hospital (OC Tribune photos).

Health care workers, firefighters and police officers are called heroes in this coronavirus pandemic, but Garden Grove resident Jody E. Williams is doing more than just talking.

Williams, 55, an artist from the West Grove area, has turned two electrical utility boxes into works of art celebrating and honoring those “first responders” and front line workers.

One is located on Garden Grove Boulevard at Palm Street, near Garden Grove Hospital. It visually honors doctors and nurses. The other is located on Valley View Street at the Orange County Fire Authority Station 84 (formerly Garden Grove Fire Station 4), south of Chapman Avenue. Firefighters (including the iconic Dalmatian dog) are depicted.

“I just wanted to show my thanks for all they do,” said Williams.

It’s not her first venture in public art. In February 2019 she decorated a utility box at Lampson Avenue and Lamplighter Street with images of neighborhood dogs and cats.

Williams donated the art at the box in West Garden Grove; the one by the hospital was funded by Councilmember Stephanie Klopfenstein and the Garden Grove Neighborhood Association.

Summer concert lineup announced

The lineup of bands for the 2020 Summer Concert Series in the parks for Garden Grove has been announced. All the concerts will be held at Eastgate Park except for the Aug. 13 event, to be held on Main Street in downtown. All are scheduled for a 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. slot on Thursdays.

If coronavirus conditions permit, here’s the schedule:

  • July 9: The Answer (classic rock).
  • July 16: Cat Reed and The Back Alley (rock and roll).
  • July 23: Highway 91 (country).
  • July 30: The Fenians (Irish folk).
  • Aug. 6: The Killer Queens (Queen tribute).
  • Aug. 13: Anything for Salinas (Selena tribute).

The concert series is presented by the City of Garden Grove and the Garden Grove Community Foundation.

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  1. Jody’s artwork pops! What lovely work and message.
    Thanks so much! Old Orange Grove, OOG EGG, 🍊🐣 hood. 😊👍❤🎨💥

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