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NNN Arts Cafe, Halloween events, NRC grant applications, Election Day, Fall Leaf Pickup and more NRC news!

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Tonight is tasty! It's the annual autumn Taste of Unity Harvest Celebration and Unity Gardens welcomes you from 5 to 8 p.m. at Palais Royale for tapas offerings from local chefs, silent auction and more. Javier's Bistro, The Skillet, Four Winds Casino and The Emporium are among 17 participating chefs in this fundraiser to support a sustainable community. For last-minute details and ticket info, see this link

NRC is offering up to $1000 in funding through our Technical Assistance Grant Program. Two will be awarded in the Fall 2015 cycle, with applications due to NRC by November 5. For details, see the website or call 574.287.0425. NRC grants are designed to help South Bend neighborhoods build identity and capacity through signage and communications, establishing nonprofit status, or specific technical tasks.

Near Northwest Neighborhood Arts Cafe runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along California Avenue at Portage. Join NNN neighbors for this 12th annual celebration of community, with local artisans, musicians and food. Tour some lovely homes that the NNN has worked on rehabilitating this season in a great South Bend location! Be sure to see The Local Cup coffeehouse, and the NNN Art Gallery too. Details here
South Bend Things To Do and See



Oct. 22     Potawatomi Zoo celebrates Halloween with an adults-only party after hours at the zoo. Includes costume contests, door prizes and a prize for best carved pumpkin! For details and $20 tickets, see this link. And don't forget the beloved Zoo Boo event for the little ones begins Friday and runs through October 25! Details about Zoo Boo here. South Bend's official trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 7 p.m. on October 31. See below for the October 28 SBPD event info, and don't forget the SBACC Howl-O-Ween Adoption Special all this month too! 
Oct. 22
   South Bend's 2nd District candidates debate tonight at 6 p.m. at the Civil Rights Heritage, 1040 W. Washington St. The public is invited to the debate between Henry Davis Jr. and Regina Preston-Williams, which will be moderated by Darryl Heller, director of the IU South Bend heritage center. 

Oct. 23     "Everybody Has a Story" returns for its second year to celebrate local voices, music and more. This year's event features Curtis Lord and Friends, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Moreau Center for the Arts on Saint Mary's College campus. The concert benefits Reading for Life and the Franz Danzler Fund. Learn more here
Oct. 24     The book club at Notre Dame's Center for Arts & Culture meets to discuss "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros, a story of self-discovery told in a series of vignettes written from the perspective of a young Latina growing up in Chicago, also used in the NRC "Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods" program. A book panel discussion is planned for November 1. Contact the center at (574) 631-3249 for details.

Oct. 25     Near Northwest Neighborhood Arts Cafe runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along California Avenue at Portage. Join NNN neighbors for this 12th annual celebration of community, with local artisans, musicians and food. Be sure to see The Local Cup coffeehouse, and the NNN Art Gallery too! Details here
Oct. 26     Fall leaf pickup begins for South Bend residents. For maps and details, see this link
Oct. 26     
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
Oct. 27     Near Westside Neighborhood Organization meets at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, at West Colfax and LaPorte Ave.  For a list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here
Oct. 28     Visit the South Bend Police Department for Treat Night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the South Bend Police Department Garage, 701 W. Sample St. The SBPD welcomes costumed children and their families for safe Halloween fun. 
Nov. 3     This is Election Day! For information on City of South Bend voting, including Saturday early voting on October 24 and October 31, see this link

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The Department of Community Investment invites residents to participate in the Neighborhood Quality of Life Survey intended to measure the opinions of residents living throughout South Bend. The survey contains 22 questions, and takes roughly 10 minutes to complete. A hardcopy of the survey has also been mailed to a sample of South Bend residents in areas with limited access to the internet. To take the survey, visit this link. Responses will be collected until Friday, November 20.
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Through November 15, South Bend Museum of Art features the "Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods" photo exhibit. The next EYEN youth program, free to eligible South Bend students, begins January 20. Contact NRC if  interested in this community engagement program centering on the arts, dialogue and service. EYEN is offered by NRC and our Notre Dame partners. For more program details, see here
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In honor of South Bend’s 150th anniversary, the SB150 committee announces a competition for a new flag design for the City of South Bend. The deadline to submitconceptual designs is Monday, November 15. Submissions can be emailed to flag@sb150.com or delivered in person or by mail to Downtown South Bend, Inc., 217 S. Michigan Street. Design competition FAQs and tips for success can also be found at http://www.sb150.com/flag.
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NRC, along with Music Village and La Casa de Amistad, are South Bend Brew Werks community partners who appreciate your support! The generosity of #Beer4Good participants has helped NRC to continue key programs for neighbors and youth, upgrade our office computer, and support operational needs. Thanks Brew Werks for your commitment to South Bend neighbors!
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NRC gnome T-shirts are on sale for $10, and available online for $14. Thanks to Eco-Owl Press for the T design, and our sponsors from Fast Signs, Artcraft Printers and River Park Business Association!
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Welcome Miami Village, SOAR and other emerging South Bend neighborhood groups! A new NRC map, designed with neighborhood identity and engagement in mind, is now available on the NRC website. The interactive map features photos, info links, popups, and more flexibility to add fun data. If you don’t see your own neighborhood, call NRC at 574.287.0425, and learn more on connecting with neighbors!
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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. 
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Be sure to contact us at nrcneighbors@gmail.com 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
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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 www.AHomeAllMyOwn.org
Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601
574.287.0425
nrcneighbors@gmail.com
http://www.nrc4neighborhoods.org
 


 



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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