An extravaganza celebrates children in Tioga

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Children frolicking in at the 2009 Block Extravaganza on Venango Street.

In a celebration of the work of children in a summer enrichment project, a nonprofit community outreach center in Tioga is hosting a "Block Extravaganza," featuring a water slide, a moon bounce, barbecue and face painting.

On Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, will host the event in the 1900 block of Venango Street. Executive Director Sister Ann Provost, said the fourth annual celebration is a way to honor the 190 children in the group's summer enrichment program, their parents and the Tioga community.

"The Block Extravaganza is for our children, for our families and for our neighborhood, an opportunity to come together to support the children and to have a positive experience for our neighbors and our seniors," said Sister Ann. "It's a family event in one way in that a lot of parents will come out. They know it's a fun day for their children. Our neighbors come out."

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries operates, the Mercy Family Center, which provides educational programs and day care for children, adults, and seniors, in a renovated warehouse at 1939 W. Venango St., which has been converted to a "green building." It's goals are to meet the needs of the poor in the community, especially women, children, and those with special needs.