One Lakewood independent living community got a much-needed injection of color, life and frivolity amidst the isolation of the pandemic on Friday thanks to a man in a raincoat and a giant …
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One Lakewood independent living community got a much-needed injection of color, life and frivolity amidst the isolation of the pandemic on Friday thanks to a man in a raincoat and a giant squid.
The people who live at the Residences at Creekside, which is located near the West 40 Arts District, watched from windows, balconies and even came out into the street to watch the members of the Handsome Little Devils performance group parade by in colorful costumes.
It was called a “joy bomb” and it was a joint effort by the devils, the city of Lakewood (which received a grant from AARP for the event) and the West 40 Arts to bring joy to the residents of the community.
Cole Hauling, who is one of the leaders of the Handsome Little Devils, describes the event as part spectacle and part dance party. Among the elements the group brought with them included a stage built into a truck, driving bathtubs and a 16-foot-tall inflatable squid that Hauling describes as “the most eye-catching part of the production.”
“Everybody was just having fun and really happy,” said Hauling.
In addition to their performance, the members of Handsome Little Devils also brought with them paint by number kits that will be painted by the residents and installed into a temporary art installation near 17th Street and Pearce Streets in the next two weeks.
“It's fun to have something come and make them smile and be silly but then also have something hands on that they can do because people are really isolated right now,” said Daniela Dillon, a resident services supervisor at Metro West Housing Solutions, the agency that manages the Residences at Creekside and other similar properties.
After stopping at the Residences, the joy bomb continued on to Lamar Station Crossing, a multifamily Metro West property.
“The kids could come out and see the bubbles blowing and have a little bit of excitement,' said Dillon. “The kids and the families have been having a hard time also.”
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