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Two Carlisle organizations will team up Saturday for community events at and near Biddle Mission Park.

But the relationship goes well beyond just a single day.

The East Side Neighbors Association (ESNA) and the Carlisle Area Sertoma Club joined forces recently to revamp the East North Street park.

"It's a key partnership," said ESNA President Curtis Hetrick of the bond between the two groups.

On Saturday, they'll join up for a yard sale and a community day.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., ESNA will hold its second annual community yard sale at the parking lot of Carlisle Alliance Church. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Sertoma Club will host its second Community Day at the park.

So far, said Jessica Case, an ESNA member, 15 vendor spaces have been rented for the yard sale but additional spaces are available. Proceeds from the $10 space charge will go towards the project.

A number of ESNA members who sell items during the yard sale donate all or part of the profits to the project, Hetrick said.

Last year, Hetrick added, he contributed about $60 from the sale.

At noon, ESNA, Sertoma and the Downtown Carlisle Association will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the P.A.T.H. project.

Moving along

P.A.T.H. stands for Park Access To Health, Hetrick explained, and is an initiative started by ESNA to revamp the park. Other area organizations quickly jumped on the board.

Borough council, during a meeting Thursday, entered into an agreement with ESNA that will allow the association to adopt the park.

Some council members and Mayor Kirk Wilson are slated to attend the groundbreaking.

Plans for the park include a 5-foot-wide, nearly half-mile-long, crushed-stone walking path that would run the perimeter of the park; parking lots at the Carlisle Area Sertoma Club building on East North Street and at Penn Street; park benches; three dog waste plastic baggie dispensers; and landscaping improvements.

So far, Giant Foods has donated two park benches made of recycled materials to ESNA and a $100 gift card to buy food, which will be sold during the event to sponsor the project.

The cost of the project, which is being funded by donations, is roughly estimated at $25,000 to $30,000, Hetrick said.

Saturday's groundbreaking is ceremonial, Hetrick said, with construction officially set to begin next spring.

The Sertoma Club contributed $1,000 this year toward the project and will likely allocate another $1,000 in its 2010-11 budget, Doug Gale, the club's president, has said.

At the Sertoma event, the club will offer free hearing screenings and a free craft table for children.

"The kids can make crafts for their fathers for Father's Day," said Maureen Royer, Sertoma's board chairwoman,

The Mechanicsburg Hearts-n-Hands, which was started by a Carlisle Sertoma member, will hold a book sale and a Sertoma member will sell flowers and produce to benefit the club, Royer said.

A last-minute feature added to the event will allow children to paint a mini-van.

According to Royer, Cumberland Valley Motors will donate the use of a van that children can fingerpaint for a small financial donation.

"It's about getting your hands gooky," she said.

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