South Bend Code School, 2016 Budget Hearings, Read to a Canine, 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 Jim McKinnies, Patti Jasso and Susan Zawistowski! All winners remain eligible for the grand prize options we're excited about too! The $25 raffle tickets are still available, so please consider supporting NRC now! 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!

September South Bend Three Degrees meetup begins with networking at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County, 502 E. Sample St.  This monthly entrepreneurial group will hear from Alex Sejdinaj on his work teaching code to area youth, whose summer projects developed through a Robinson Community Learning Center pilot program can be seen here. The public is invited. 
South Bend Things To Do and See

Aug. 27     It's the last week for live music at Seitz & Sounds, downtown in Seitz Park. Features Doug Harsch at 7:30 with the full lineup from 6 to 10 p.m. More details online here
Aug. 29     If you're going to ArtBeat -- and why wouldn't you be at this vibrant annual downtown arts celebration? -- 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. Don't forget the Rain Barrel Ball Auction at the Greening the Bend booth too, and take home a barrel for your garden!
Aug. 29     If you've never seen South Bend Roller Derby, here's your chance: The South Bend Roller Girls take on Lake City Roller Dolls at 7:30 p.m. at Century Center downtown. Tickets and info available here. These rollers exist to empower female athletes and benefit the South Bend community through fundraising and volunteer work, so check out this last bout of the season! 
Aug. 30     Sunnymede Neighborhood Association will host their annual community picnic from 1:30. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 1232 E. Bronson St. Bring a side dish to share! See details here. 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. 30     Chapin Park holds its neighborhood Summerfest from 3 to 6 p.m. in Leeper Park. Neighbors are invited, and encouraged to bring a side dish. Meet by the tennis courts for this picnic. 
Aug. 31     Community members interested in the 2016 budget for the Department of Community Investment, which includes Neighborhood Engagement funding, are reminded that this budget hearing begins at 5 p.m. on the 4th floor of the County City Building, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd. Learn firsthand how the budget will impact neighborhoods and businesses!
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
Sept. 7     Happy Labor Day! A reminder that the NRC office will be closed, along with most other offices in South Bend. This includes the St. Joseph County library system, but they'll be back open bright and early Tuesday morning. Fans of the Read to a Canine program for children ages 5-11 are invited to do just that at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the German Township branch, but please RSVP to 574.271.5144 to participate with trained therapy dog Chance. Details at this link
Sept. 7     Historic East Wayne Street neighbors celebrate Labor Day with the annual Ice Cream Social, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. East Wayne neighbors interested in attending, please contact the neighborhood group at
Sept. 8     
St. Joseph County Council meets at 6 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. 9     Miami Village Neighborhood Association meets at 6 p.m. at Tutt Library Branch, 2223 Miami St. Guests attending this newly active neighborhood meeting include NRC Executive Director Diana Hess, and SBPD Uniform Division Chief Scott Ruszkowski. For a current list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here
Coming Up:

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     
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

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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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