EYEN Youth Art Exhibit, Community Forum Workshop, Gnome T-shirts, NRC Raffle Grand Prize Winner and more NRC news!

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Congratulations to Mike Kruk, our grand prize winner in the 2015 NRC Raffle! Mike is active in Kankakee Wetlands Organic Gardens and the west side community served by the gardens. The NRC appreciates the longtime support of South Bend community members like Mike, and thanks to all of our raffle participants, prize donors and neighborhood associations for making the inaugural raffle a success and building up SB!

The South Bend Museum of Art features a photo exhibit that showcases the work of "Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods" participants, a program of NRC and the University of Notre Dame. The photos reflect the mission of EYEN, to promote community engagement and relationship in South Bend youth through the arts, dialogue and service. Learn more here. An Oct. 2 gallery celebration is planned.

A Patriot's Day Remembrance Day ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Friday at the 9/11 Memorial at St. Patrick's Park, 50651 Laurel Rd. The annual ceremony commemorates the Sept. 11 attacks, and honors U.S. military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. South Bend, Mishawaka and Clay fire departments, Firefighters Local 362 and Salvation Army Unit 511 invite the public to attend. 
South Bend Things To Do and See

Sept. 11     The League of Women Voters welcomes Laura Chodacki Baker, executive director of Reading for Life, to discuss this local alternative juvenile justice program based on exploring literature and the virtues reflected in them. The event is free and open to the public, and begins at noon at South Bend Chocolate Cafe, 122 S. Michigan St. Lunch is available to order beginning at 11:30 a.m. More details available on Facebook
Sept. 12     Community Forum for Economic Justice holds a daylong workshop, "Break the School to Prison Pipeline," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at IU South Bend's Weikamp Hall. Registration for this free program begins at 8:30 a.m., although RSVP is preferred by calling 574.310.7677 or email to Topics include "Unleashing the Power of Parents" and "Restorative Justice Works." See more details here
Sept. 12     It's ZooBrew time from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Potawatomi Zoo, 500 S. Greenlawn Ave. Enjoy this local craft beer event while strolling through the zoo for a behind-the-scenes look with friends. Tickets and details available here
Sept. 13     The History Museum holds its Oliver Old Time Fair from noon to 4 p.m., featuring carnival games, live music and garden tours. For details and admission prices, see the link

Sept. 13     Join the Historic Preservation Commission for a South Bend Heritage Tour, a 90-minute  guided bus tour through South Bend’s neighborhoods that highlights their architecture, history and unique contribution to the city. This historic district tour begins at 4 p.m. Hurry, these tickets go fast! Details and orders available online here
Sept. 13     A blessed and happy new year to our Jewish South Bend neighbors as they celebrate Rosh Hashanah! To learn more about the city's vibrant Jewish community, the High Holy Day season, adult learning classes, upcoming arts events and more, see the website of the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. 
Sept. 14     Northeast Neighborhood Council meets at 5:30 p.m. at the neighborhood center, 803 N. Notre Dame Ave. The Kelly Park project, October back-to-school picnic and Eddy Street Phase 2 improvements will be discussed. For a current list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here
Sept. 14     South Bend Common Council meets at 7 p.m. in the 4th Floor Chambers at the County City Building, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd. For meeting and committee info, see this link
Sept. 16     Want to welcome more birds to your yard? Unity Gardens offers a free class on "Birds and Your Garden" at 6 p.m. at the main LaSalle Square garden, 3701 Prast Blvd., featuring Jan McGowan of Wild Birds Unlimited. For details and other class options, see this link. Save the date for the October 22 annual Harvest Celebration fundraiser too!
Sept. 18     Come celebrate the first birthday of South Bend Brew Werks, beginning at 5 p.m. with cake, live music and more. This is a great opportunity to connect with Brew Werks and meet the community partners of #Beer4Good, the Brew Werks donation program that has raised nearly $25,000 for local causes that include the NRC. See details here
Sept. 20     It's the best of both coffee worlds! Come celebrate local coffee with Shaun Meyens and Zen Cafe while supporting The Well community coffeehouse in River Park. This Zen pop-up shop experience features espresso-based drinks and a Skype conversation with Rudy Carcamo, the Honduran farmer who grows the beans. Zen will donate 20 percent of all sales to The Well, so stop by from 4 to 8 p.m. at 2410 Mishawaka Ave. See details here.
Coming Up:
Sept. 26     Join South Bend author Gabrielle Robinson for the book launch of "Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage." This story of South Bend's west-side heritage and the first African-American building coop features local residents who created a vibrant community, with guests from all over the country returning for the event. That's at 3 p.m. at IU South Bend Weikamp Hall. See more details here
Sept. 28     South Bend Science Cafe returns at 6 p.m. at Fiddlers Hearth, 127 N. Main St. This months' topic is "Genetic Testing: What’s true, false, and why I should care?” from Dr. Amy Stark, Director of the DNA Learning Center at the University of Notre Dame. Learn more here
Each year, the University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns awards three Seed Grants to support community-based projects in partnership with faculty and students. These Ganey grants are designed to provide positive impact in South Bend, while creating learning and research opportunities. To learn more about the application process, see the link here. Deadline for application is January 11. 

Our new gnome T-shirt winners now include Mara Trionfero, Chris Kubisiak Wilson and Brad Donath! Gnome neighborhood sightings continue on Facebook, where the first correct photo location guess wins. T-shirts also are on sale for $10 from NRC, and available for order online for $14. Thanks to Rich at Eco-Owl Press for the T-shirt design, and sponsors from Fast Signs, Artcraft Printers and River Park Business Association!

Be sure to contact us at or call 574.287.0425 if you want to volunteer or sponsor an event or program. As always, stop and say hello to NRC at community events we support or projects in which we're engaged! Like NRC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @NRCNeighbors, and support us online at this link
Community Homebuyers Corporation Homeownership Assistance Program: The Homeowner Assistance Program is the result of six local financial institutions joining with the City of South Bend to help people get a good home at an affordable price.  For those who qualify and meet some simple ongoing criteria, grant money is available as a forgivable loan equal to 20% of the purchase price based on household income.  See
Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601


The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is a member of the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, and 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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