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Sharon Heights home is a safe place to discuss current events, local topics

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Dave and Joyce Jones, who hold neighborhood parties, outdoor movies, happy hours and Cinnamon Roll Sundays in their yard, are seen at their residence Monday, July 18.

It might be where Dave and Joyce Jones live, but by and large, they consider their house a community space.

The couple regularly invites nearby residents over for “Cinnamon Roll Sundays” and “Wine Wednesdays” to discuss current events and neighborhood topics, such as what’s to be done with the deer that inhabit their Sharon Heights neighborhood, a bedroom community south of Morse Road in the Clintonville area.

“Our door is always open,” Joyce Jones said.

Dave Jones said the community gatherings started when the couple would sit out front and wave at passersby.

More and more people stopped and started a discussion. That led to scheduled theme nights, including “driveway movies” held outdoors throughout the summer. Sometimes, visitors pick up acoustic guitars and perform impromptu mini concerts.

“Our neighborhood is a fabulous neighborhood,” Joyce Jones. “By nature, they’re lively, interesting and educated.”

Dave and Joyce Jones have created community spaces in their yard for neighborhood parties, outdoor movies, happy hours and more.

Partisan politics are rarely discussed, but contentious current events are.

However, seldom do they devolve into an argument and even less often do visitors leave with hard feelings, Joyce Jones said.

On Wine Wednesdays, some guests participate in food exchanges.

“People have formed new relationships as a result,” she said.

At times, individuals drop by for advice or share a personal situation.

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