Homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, beverages and dessert will be served up along with a side of opportunity -- an opportunity for community members to see and have their say about preliminary plans for Parker Park's proposed Community Center.

Homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, beverages and dessert will be served up along with a side of opportunity -- an opportunity for community members to see and have their say about preliminary plans for Parker Park's proposed Community Center.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Northridge Primary in Alexandria.

Cost of the dinner is a donation, with all proceeds going toward repair of storm damage at the park and other upcoming park projects.

With public and corporate support growing for the community center project, the Parker Park Board is hoping for a big turnout. Park Board trustees will be on hand to discuss preliminary draft plans and listen to comments and suggestions concerning the center.

"People in the community initially approached us with the idea of a Park Community Center, and have continued to make good suggestions as we have researched size, location, and construction," said Naomi Compton, park chairperson.

"We've already made several changes to initial plans based on public input," she said. "That's why we hope lots of folks attend the dinner. Public input created Parker Park in the first place, and public input and support is how we can move ahead with this project."

Park trustees continue to work closely with the publicly-steered Community Center Development Committee toward final development of plans and initiation of fundraising efforts, Compton added.

Newark Wal-Mart, Heath Giant Eagle, Newark Meijer and New Albany Kroger have donated goods for the fundraising dinner.

Questions about the dinner fundraiser or Community Center Project can be directed to 740-924-4855 or by e-mailing ncompton@alexandriaoh.org.