NRC First Fridays Raffle Night, 4-H Parade and July 4 events, Neighborhood Happiness event, NLA classes and more NRC News!

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The St. Joseph County 4-H Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown South Bend. The parade, part of the 4-H Fair week that runs from July 3 through July 11, begins on Lafayette Boulevard at Four Winds Field before heading west on Colfax Avenue and back down William Street to the stadium. See details here. See a list of fireworks and other Fourth festivities here

Want to create happiness in your neighborhood? Howard Park neighbor and Happiness Coach David Eastman will share thoughts on happiness in South Bend neighborhoods, and the happy city of South Bend, from 6 to 7 p.m. on July 21 at the Main Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main St. Contact Dave for more at or see the Facebook link here.

Applications are open until July 31 for the Fall 2015 session of Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Classes begin September 17. This eight-week program, offered by NRC in partnership with South Bend Heritage Foundation, is designed to develop strong neighborhood leaders. We’ve had 80 South Bend residents join us for NLA and welcome you to grow  too!
South Bend Things To Do and See

July 3     
Our next NRC summer raffle drawing is July 3. We'll have prize drawings every 30 minutes during the "As American As" DTSB First Fridays event from 5 to 9 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Michigan St. Our July early-bird raffle includes great prizes donated by DTSB Wine Walk ($105 value), Fiddler's Hearth and South Bend Civic Theater (Dinner and Miss Saigon tix) and more  -- with the Martin's Super Market groceries and other grand prize options we're excited about too. Raffle tickets are just $25 each with information here, and earn money for your neighborhood association by selling them too. Call 574.287.0425! 
July 9     Monroe Park Neighborhood Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at  the Salvation Army Building, 540 S. Carroll St. For a current list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here.
July 10     This is the application deadline for artists seeking a commission for the SB150 gallery show to be held October 25 during the annual Northwest Neighborhood Arts Cafe. Artwork will be on semi-permanent display at the NNN community space, 1013 Portage Ave. Artists, musicians and food vendors for the event also are invited to apply. Learn more about the event and its opportunities at this link
July 12     The Valleyaires perform from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chris Wilson Pavilion in Potawatomi Park, 500 S. Greenlawn Ave. For a list of summer concerts here and at Seitz Park, see the South Bend Parks website

July 13     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
July 13     The TRiO Educational Opportunity Center invites the public to attend a 2 p.m. session on how to complete your GED or return to college, held at the Goodwill Community Career Center, 3420 Grape Road. For info on this free event or other center offerings, call Nick Pittman at 574.968.0640.
July 14     St. Joseph County Council meets at 6 p.m. in the 4th Floor Chambers at the County City Building, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd. For council information, see this link
July 14     Take a stroll through time in downtown South Bend with The History Museum. The "Walking Through History" tour is offered at noon and at 5 p.m. for just $3 per person. Call 574.235.9664 for info about this guided tour. 
July 16     St. Mary's Parish, 1601 W. Sample St. in the Oliver Gateway Neighborhood, invites South Bend residents to the SB150-themed "Luminaries and Prayers" event. Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the church will light 150 luminaries as prayers are read. A rain date is July 23. for more details, see the St. Mary's website
July 18     It's time for the West Washington neighborhood block party -- and a time capsule! The party features local businesses, artisans, food vendors, dance teams and musicians from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with artwork on display from neighborhood students and the chance to add items to a new SB150 time capsule. The party is sponsored by Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture in collaboration with the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center. Call 574.360.1038 for info. See below for information on NRC Block Party Grants for your own neighborhood too.

All South Bend neighborhood association groups that have registered with NRC are 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

Congratulations to Glenda Lamont, Kim Davis, Therese Dorau and Larry Clifford! They're among our latest T-shirt winners in theSB150 Gnome contest! Find the gnome near your home as he wanders South Bend, learn about the city in the process, and win a Gnome T-shirt when you’re first to correctly guess where he is! Be sure to like NRC on Facebook, where we'll post 150 different gnome photos this year, and get all that NRC Gnome news and more. 
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
Stories for Peace invites you to share your story of peacemaking in South Bend, for a collection of 150 essays, no more than 500 words each, by the August 15 deadline. This effort of the Community for Peace and Nonviolence is looking for "stories about people choosing love over anger, dialogue over violence, forgiveness over vengeance" in creating community and reconciliation. Submissions may include captioned photographs, video and audio, or requests to be interviewed rather than writing your submission. Contact for complete details or submissions.
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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