Tapas & Tango tickets, Mayor's Bike Road, Thrive Michiana project, neighborhood traffic issues and more NRC news!

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Neighborhood Resources Connection
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South Bend IN 46601

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Last-chance tickets for 2017 Tapas & Tango

The annual Tapas & Tango is set for Saturday at The Hall at St. Peter's with Spanish Heart and Tapestrie, and tickets are still available. This unique event  features delectable small plates from Tapestrie, one of downtown's finest dining experiences. These include marinated shrimp, Spanish style lamb meatballs, and the ever-fabulous roasted chorizo-wrapped medjool dates. Plus a specially brewed mango-habanero beer from South Bend Brew Werks, and sangria of course!

The night also features thrilling tango performances and flamenco music from South Bend's own Spanish Heart, including dancers Carolyn Hine-Edington and Vladimir Sorokin with music by their flamenco guitarist, Bryan Edington. Latin dance instruction, back by popular demand, is offered by Emily Tyson & Joventino Nval.

Proceeds from Tapas & Tango will help Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC) in its work with neighbors to improve South Bend neighborhoods. Working closely with community partners, NRC provides SB neighbors with tools and opportunities that will help them effect the changes they believe will improve their quality of life.

For complete details and easy online ticket orders, see the Eventbrite link.

NRC Program Notes

If you didn't get a chance to attend the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods reception and photo exhibit last week, you missed a great chance to meet South Bend students learning about themselves and their role in our community!

You're in luck, though: The EYEN program's student partners from the University of Notre Dame put together an awesome video that captures what EYEN is all about!

Just click on the photo to launch the video site and you'll learn why NRC is so proud of our students, program and partners! It's also linked here.

NRC Community Partner Corner

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The NRC Neighborhood Leadership Academy is pleased to present a Spring Workshop with South Bend Code Enforcement. That's set for 9:30 a.m. until noon on May 20 in the Seifert Gallery at the Colfax Cultural Center, and is open to the public. Come learn more about good stewardship in our neighborhoods while working with city officials to keep them attractive and safe! Call NRC at 574.287.0425 or email us at if you're interested or have questions.

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

Mike Keen is a familiar face to many in South Bend's sustainability community, but he's also a South Bend neighbor invested in his neighborhood. You'll often find Mike at The Local Cup in the Near Northwest Neighborhood, or engaged with community members in countless ways in South Bend's other neighborhoods too.

As the head of Thrive Michiana, Mike is turning toward building pocket neighborhoods and tiny houses in the NNN with a focus on community development. NRC is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the initiative, and we're looking forward to hearing Ross Chapin speak on May 24 at the Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library.

Save the date! Chapin is an architect, author of "Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World," and has developed six tiny house communities of his own. 

Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

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Warm weather is a welcome change for South Bend, but it sometimes brings very unwelcome traffic issues to our neighborhoods. Music and vehicles are louder with the windows open, and children playing outdoors are more at risk from speeding or people ignoring neighborhood stop signs.

If you have a problem with a specific neighbor that you can't resolve, the City of South Bend asks that you call the nonemergency line at 574.235.9361. But if yours is a chronic problem, there is an online form residents can use to notify SBPD. You can access that form on the city
website here.

Interested in some creative traffic calming ideas? Check out Page 2 of this guide for neighborhoods from the city of Vancouver, Washington.

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

It's almost time for the Mayor's Bike Ride on May 7! That's from 8 a.m. to noon for family-friendly fun that traces a route along the river from St. Patrick's Park, Howard Park and Central Park in Mishawaka.

“Being bike-friendly is important to all of us for mobility, health, and recreation,” says Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “The Mayor’s Ride helps us showcase the St. Joseph River Waterway with its trails and bikeways, enhancing our whole region as a great place to live or visit. “

The event is free, though a $10 per person donation is suggested to help Bike Michiana Coalition with their many education initiatives. Register online at

Community calendar events

Workers Memorial Day
Senior Wellness and Resource Fair
100 Houses in 500 Days
Unity Gardens Plant Sale

South Bend Common Council meetings
St. Joseph County Council May 9 meeting
May 9 Give Local Campaign
South Bend Code School summer camp

See more calendar events linked here.

The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.




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