NRC 2015 Block Party Grants, SB150 Gnome Adventures, Neighborhood Happiness event, NLA classes and more NRC News!

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South Bend Animal Care and Control will offer free pet microchips to the first 300 South Bend residents only, who participate on July 19. The event is co-sponsored by Pet Refuge and will be held at 10 a.m. at the SBACC shelter, 521 Eclipse Place in South Bend. This is a safe and effective way to make sure your lost or injured pet can be identified and sent back home! Full details 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 August 4 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 80 South Bend residents join us for NLA and welcome you to grow  too!
South Bend Things To Do and See

Our next NRC summer raffle drawing is August 7. We'll have early-bird prize drawings during the "Arts Alive" DTSB First Fridays event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Michigan St., with ticket sales the first hour and drawings beginning at 7 p.m. Our prizes in August include a getaway stay at the Doubletree, original artwork from Peter Ringenberg, a $50 Bruno's Pizza gift certificate and more. All winners remain eligible for the Martin's Super Market groceries and other grand prize options we're excited about too! 

Our July early-bird raffle winners included Barbara Adams, who won the 
DTSB Wine Walk tickets, and Kim McKinnies, who won the $50 Fiddler's Hearth gift certificate and Miss Saigon tickets from South Bend Civic Theater. Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting the NRC's work in our South Bend neighborhoods!

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 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 17    The Getdowns perform from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. as Fridays by the Fountain continues the summer lunchtime series. That's at Jon Hunt Plaza in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center. See more details here.
July 18     It's time for Keller Park Neighborhood Association's block party, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Good Place, between Culver Place and Riverside Drive. See below for 2015 information on NRC Block Party Grants for your own neighborhood too!
July 18     The Urban Garden Farmer's Market opens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its new location across from the Amtrak Station on W. Washington St., just west of Meade St. The market features Bendix Coffee and Jimmy Mac's Rib Shack. Other local food markets include Purple Porch Co-op, South Bend Farmer's Market, and Monroe Park Grocery Co-op in South Bend. Granger Farmer's Market also is open this weekend at the Good Shepard UMC campus on Elm Road. 
July 18     Don't forget the West Washington neighborhood block party -- and a time capsule! -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. 

July 20     East Bank Village Partnership meets at 6 p.m. at  Zion United Church of Christ, 715 E. Wayne St. For a current list of neighborhood meeting times and locations, check the NRC website here
July 22     Meijer stores is hiring 100 employees for local stores, and plans a job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Goodwill Community Career Center, 3420 Grape Road. For more info on this free event or other center offerings, call Nick Pittman at 574.968.0640.
July 25     Urban Adventure Games takes to the streets of South Bend, with check-in beginning at 6 a.m. at Potawatomi Park. This scavenger-hunt fun race begins and ends there, with event routes a secret until the games begin -- so watch for bike riders participating in the games from 8 a.m. to noon. Late registration is still open, but closes at midnight on July 23. See details here
July 27     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 28     There's a picnic in South Bend's City Cemetery, and the community is invited! The local Twigs from the Tree of Life genealogy group will discuss local history while enjoying the cemetery picnic tradition of the Victorian era. Meet at the front gate at 6 p.m. to attend. RSVP to Lisa Ellam at 

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. You'll also find grant application information.

Congratulations to Jillian Joaquin, Laurie McDonel Sipe, Steve Clauson, and Elizabeth Hasse. 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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