Fall NLA applications, SBSO performance, MLK Senior Men's Picnic, SB150 Gnome T-shirts, NRC Raffle Tickets and more NRC news!

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Our 2015 grand prize raffle drawing is September 4! Congratulations to our August winners including Elonda Wilder-Hamilton, Susan Zawistowski, Jim McKinnies, Dea Andrews and Patti Jasso! All winners remain eligible for the grand prize options we're excited about too! The $25 NRC raffle tickets are still available. Check online to download a ticket voucher and see complete contest details. 

Gnome T-shirt winners now include Sara Lundberg, Jillian Joachim, Kerry Foley and Rolanda Hughes! Gnome neighborhood sightings continue on Facebook, where the first correct photo location guess wins. T-shirts also are on sale for $10 from NRC. Thanks to Rich at Eco-Owl Press for the T-shirt design, and sponsors from Fast Signs, Artcraft Printers and River Park Business Association!

Applications are open until August 20 for the Fall 2015 session of Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Classes begin September 17. This eight-week program, offered by NRC in partnership with the South Bend Heritage Foundation, is designed to develop strong neighborhood leaders. We’ve had 84 South Bend residents join us for NLA and welcome you to grow  too! Download an app at the link.
South Bend Things To Do and See

Aug. 13     The Well in River Park plans a back-to-school party beginning at 4 p.m. at the neighborhood coffeehouse, 2410 Mishawaka Ave. Pizza, crafts and some school supplies are part of the fun. Free haircuts too! For more information about The Well, its River Park neighborhood vision and Third Thursday events, please see Facebook
Aug. 13     Monroe Park residents interested in helping with this Sunday's neighborhood block party are asked to attend a 7:30 p.m. planning meeting at That Church Downtown, 540 Carroll St. As a reminder to all of our NRC neighbors, any South Bend neighborhood association registered with NRC is eligible for the 2015 Block Party grants, each $150 in honor of SB150 and designed specifically to help build neighborhood identity and relationships! Existing or emerging neighborhoods are invited to complete a voluntary registration form available on the NRC website here. Check the NRC website for neighborhood associations and map boundaries too!
Aug. 15     The Martin Luther King Jr. Senior Men's Club will host their annual community picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the MLKJ Recreation Center, 1522 W. Linden Ave. Food, music and dancing helps to celebrate summer with health, wellness, public safety, back-to-school and other info from vendors. Free and open to the public.
Aug. 15     Merriman's Playhouse welcomes Detroit artist Tia Imani Hanna at 8 p.m. Hanna, a jazz violinist and vocalist, performs as the jazz series continues at Merriman's 1211 Mishawaka Ave. See ticket info and other details here
Aug. 15     There's a citywide prayer event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Four Winds Field. A
ll South Bend residents and denominations are invited to attend. For complete details about the daylong activities and evening service, see the Revive Indiana link here
Aug. 18     August South Bend Green Drinks meets at the Near Northwest Neighborhood offices this month! BYOB to 1007 Portage Ave. and hear more about the community development work in the NNN, and check out the new neighborhood coffeehouse space there. Learn more about this monthly meet-up with a sustainability focus at the link. 

Aug. 22     Do you play the viola or bass? The Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi Park welcomes the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for this 7 p.m. performance, along with some special guests -- because community members have registered to play along with the orchestra during the closing Verdi selection. Registration to play is closed, but they still need viola and bass players. Learn more about the event here and contact Laura at 574.232.0041 if you can help! 
Aug. 24     South Bend's 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
Aug. 25     Near Westside Neighborhood Organization meets at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, Colfax and LaPorte. For a current list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here
Aug. 29     If you're going to ArtBeat -- and why wouldn't you be? -- check out the pet-friendly garage sale to benefit South Bend Animal Care and Control's Emergency Veterinary Fund. You'll find all kinds of good stuff at the corner of Jefferson and St. Peter St. during the downtown South Bend annual arts celebration. 
Coming Up 

Sept. 2     Celebrate SB150 with $1.50 tickets at Four Winds Field! The South Bend Cubs invite residents to the SB150 Celebration Game during this final home series with the Dayton Dragons. See details here

Follow the SB150 Gnome on Facebook! 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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