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In the recent times, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites

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October 17, 2016: In the recent times, people with busy scheduled life and nuclear families have isolated themselves from the rest of social activities. To them, being social is only limited to facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites. In this world of increasing loneliness, community events have become a must for the society. They help people in getting to know each other and also to spread awareness about various social issues. Here are 10 ways to have community gatherings that also happen to be extremely fun.

  • Throw a street party, less talk and more action!

Street parties also known as ‘block parties’ have a long history. They first originated in New York at the beginning of World War I.

Whole blocks were sealed in order to hold a parade and patriotic singing to honour the warriors of that particular block. In the UK, street parties began taking place in 1919 in the form of ‘Peace Teas’ after the war. They were thought of as a treat for children who had struggled in those hard times. These parties were formal events.

Since then, street parties were regularly held in England and Wales on national days of celebration, such as  the wedding of Diana and Charles in 1981.

Today Street parties are held at any time, for all age groups, in order to build community relations at the local level. They are a fun and friendly affair where people bring a dish to share.

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Party. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a film screening: Serious or Funny, people will have a good time!

Everyone enjoys a great movie on a big screen with yummy popcorn. You could plan a film screening at a public place such as  local school, or even in the open, under the sky. You can  Choose to screen a recent blockbuster or if you want to deliver a certain message, you can play movies related to it. For instance, you could choose ‘Fault in Our Stars’ if you want to spread awareness about cancer. However, under UK copyright law, you require a licence to do screen films outside your home.

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Watching movies. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Have a pub quiz: Get Mind boggling questions to engage all!

A quiz game with questions related to general knowledge  can be fun for a broad audience. You can also focus on different groups by having questions on topics such as music, sports etc. To make things more interesting, you can have a theme quiz with matching decorations and costumes.Writing questions for the quiz is a very important and also difficult task. Use help from the internet, library or buy a ready-made quiz book.

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Quiz. Gif source: Giphy

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  • Relax and Go for Gardening!

Gardening is one of the most peaceful and relaxing activities that is also quite fun. Find a green area in your locality that in not in the best condition and try to restore it with your community members. Removing weeds, picking out litter, and growing flowers will transform it into a beautiful recreational spot. You could also try turning unused land into vegetable patches. Holding vegetable growing competitions would also do the trick!

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Gardening, Giphy
  • Organize a swap shop, offer a helping hand!

Organising a swapping event will lead to both social and environmental advantages for the community. It will minimise the magnitude of junk filling up the landfills. This activity will also help the poor as they would be able to get items that they need.

  • Bring out the talent! Organise an arts & crafts festival

Artists and craft enthusiasts are present in every community. Having your own crafts and art festival would be fun. You can have stalls selling hand-made craft items such as jewellery, decorations etc. Street art would be a great way to attract the younger generation. You can also have an auction for charitable causes.

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Drawing, Giphy
  • Have a Theme Day: Look for weird Costumes!

There are a lot of themed days you can organise. Take help from the internet to select a fun theme that would interest all age groups. A good way to involve the community is by asking them to dress up as particular. You can also call local or even famous writers who are related to your community. You can have story writing and poetry competitions.

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Theme parties may turn as hilarious as this. Gif Source: Giphy
  • Organise a performance for multi-talented people!

Everyone Performances by artists are a wonderful community event. You can organise live performances by dancers, singers martial artists etc. For example, you could have a live theatre  performance for your community.

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Dance, Giphy

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  • Plan a  Food Fest and make Foodies happy!

Everyone loves delicious food with irresistible aroma! Food fests are a great way of highlighting  the local producers, sellers and chefs of the community. People will get to eat amazing local food while socialising among themselves. You could also donate the profit made for some charitable cause.

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Foodie, Giphy
  • Fireworks always attract Crowd!  

Fireworks always attract a crowd. People are amazed by the glowing and sparkling sky. Add a bonfire and you have an amazing community event. Serve delicious food to make the night even better.

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Firework. Gif Source: Giphy

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British Campaigner Sues Facebook Over Fake Ads

British campaigner to sue Facebook over fake ads

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British consumer campaigner Martin Lewis is suing Facebook for defamation after dozens of fake advertisements bearing his name were published on the social media platform.

The founder of MoneySavingExpert.com — a British consumer finance information website — said that at least 50 fake ads bearing his name appeared on the social media platform, causing reputational damage to him, BBC reported late on Sunday.

Lewis is due to lodge court papers at the High Court for a defamation case against Facebook on Monday. He is seeking damages but pledged that the money would go to anti-scam charities, the report noted.

Several advertisements allegedly show his face alongside endorsements that he has not made.

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“These adverts tout schemes with titles such as Bitcoin code and Cloud Trader which, according to Lewis, are fronts for binary trading firms outside the European Union (EU),” BBC said.

Binary trading is a form of financial transaction which British financial regulatory body Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned consumers against.

According to Lewis, a woman had spent 100,000 pounds ($140,000) in “a binary trading nightmare” that had attached his name to its advertising.

“I get about five messages a day from people saying, ‘I’ve just seen your Bitcoin ad and wanted to check it.’ If that is the number who get through to me, how many more must be just taken in?” Lewis was quoted as saying.

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He said Facebook had failed to stop the adverts despite his complaints and action.

“It is consistent, it is repeated. Other companies who have run these adverts have taken them down. What is particularly pernicious about Facebook is that it says the onus is on me, so I have spent time and effort and stress repeatedly to have them taken down,” he said.

Meanwhile, Facebook said the misleading ads are not allowed and any reported are removed.  IANS