NRC News: Next week is Trivia, NLA Workshop, and Community Partners' Happy Hour! Plus: Downtown gets organized; Monroe Park cleanup; Kennedy Park elections; and more.    

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Join NRC for “Trivia Around the Bend” Friday, Nov. 16

Next week! Join us Friday, November 16 at The Hall at St. Peter’s for “Trivia Around the Bend,” an evening of fun and fun facts about South Bend and other topics. The event will feature cash prizes for the winning table, a cash bar with beer/wine (including brews from South Bend Brew Werks), a snack bar, a gift card tree raffle, and more.

Advance tickets are going fast -- sign up as an individual, a couple, or form a table of up to 8. Admission is just $10/person ($12 at the door). All proceeds from tickets, food/bar sales, and raffles support South Bend neighborhoods through the work of NRC.  Read more: Facebook event  |  Eventbrite tickets.

Thank you, Trivia Sponsors!
Thank you, Parkwood Auto Spa, Charles A Reger & Associates Professional Hearing Solutions, and Creative Financial Planning Advisors, Inc.! NRC appreciates the support of these Event Sponsors, as well as our Round Sponsors and donors of gift cards for our gift card tree raffle: Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, Tapastrie, Gary Benedix, Nick Pittman, Noreen Deane-Moran, Breanna Allen, Ron Silverman, Pam Meyer, Don Sporleder, and Father Charles Zawitowski. 

Free NRC Workshop: the Alphabet Soup of Community Development, Thursday, Nov. 15

Interested in how neighborhood improvement programs are funded? The Neighborhood Resources Connection’s 2018 Neighborhood Leadership Academy Workshop series continues with a workshop on The Alphabet Soup of Community Development. Learn about Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, what Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are and how they differ from neighborhood associations, and how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can benefit your local community.

Note: this is the rescheduled workshop originally planned for September. Thursday, November 15 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the LaSalle Branch Meeting Room, SJC Public Library, 3232 W Ardmore Tr. More information: Webpage  |  Facebook event  |  RSVP.

South Bend Brew Werks' Community Partner Happy Hour - Wed., Nov. 14

Check out the October donation results! NRC is grateful to be one of the three Community Partners that South Bend Brew Werks' Beer4Good program supports. The Community Partners' Happy Hour is the public's chance to come learn more about NRC and how we put those donations to good use helping South Bend neighbors build better neighborhoods. The next one is coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Come out to SBBW from 5 - 6pm to have a good time with fellow neighbors, and learn about how the Community Partners are making a difference in our community!
Neighborhood Updates:

Monroe Park completes second neighborhood cleanup of 2018

“Once a year, twice a year, it’s a good thing to do,” said MPNA President Mike Coman back in June when neighbors completed their first neighborhood cleanup of the year. Thanks to the commitment of MPNA leaders and the help of St Joseph County Habitat for Humanity, they've done it again. Last Saturday, neighbors in this historic neighborhood just southeast of Downtown collected more than 2,300 pounds of garbage, trash, and tires. Thank you Monroe Park neighbors for keeping South Bend neighborhoods beautiful! Thanks also to South Bend Code Enforcement for providing supplies and personnel (and for hauling all that trash away!). If you and your neighbors would like to organize a cleanup with Code Enforcement for your neighborhood, call 311 to get on their schedule. Hint: they get busy again in April, so don’t wait too long.

Downtown neighborhood association organizers get underway

NRC was excited to help Downtown residents get together and take their first steps toward starting a neighborhood association. On Oct. 29, NRC met with a half-dozen Downtown residents at South Blend Cafe to chat about what an association can do and what actions they might take on behalf of their downtown constituents. Guests Milt Lee, Executive Director of Downtown South Bend and David Hurley with the City of South Bend’s Economic Empowerment and Engagement team also shared how their respective organizations stand ready to help. What’s next? The core organizers plan to take some time to get the word out, find out what Downtown residents want for their neighborhood, and reconvene soon. If you live Downtown and would like more information, please let the organizers know here.

River Park Neighborhood Association plans 2018 Holiday Party for December 9

Just when most neighborhoods are packing away the BBQ grills and cornhole games, members of RPNA’s Events Committee are putting their plans together for this year’s River Park Holiday Party. See video of last year’s event. NRC was pleased to attend their meeting last night and provide details on our Block Party Toolkit, which is available for use at more than just typical block parties. If your neighborhood organization is hosting a neighborhood-wide event (or attending a public event) for the purpose of growing your organization, you too can borrow our pop-up tent, portable tables, yard games, and more. River Park residents, save the date -- your 2018 Holiday Party is scheduled for Sunday, December 9. Watch RPNA’s Facebook page for details.
City of South Bend Updates:
ReLeaf program continues through November 27

The Fall ReLeaf program is underway and will run through Tuesday, November 27. City crews will make two passes to collect leaves from neighborhoods, street by street based on the schedule. Read more at 311.
Big changes underway at South Bend Parks

Good news for dog owners on South Bend's southwest side - the new dog park at Rum Village is now open! Story from South Bend Tribune. Also, residents of the Howard Park neighborhood have certainly noticed big changes underway at their namesake park. See the WNDU story or keep up with these and other parks projects at

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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.