Signs, social media and willing hosts made it possible to get connected. I found out one of my student neighbors was our barista at a Molino’s downtown.
Mark your calendar. Meet Your Neighbors Event October 4, 2014.
The official list of host sites for this event will be posted shortly. It’s not too late to volunteer to host. Imagine what it would look and feel like if wherever you looked, up or down your block, you could see the a neighbor hosting? Just a thought. What an appetizer crawl that would be.
We have lots of good cooks in the neighborhood and because of that, we are creating a University Neighborhood Cookbook. We are soliciting any and all of your favorite recipes. We’d like to collect the first 20 or so from the Meet Your Neighbors Event.
Appetizers, deserts or any favorite way you like to celebrate with food, will be appreciated. We will have a convenient recipe submission form for you to download shortly. Watch for it. In the meantime, start thinking about what you’d like to share (and eat) with your neighbors.
The recipe above is baked feta with capers, red onion, garlic, chili flake and olive oil. It was scrumptious!
The University Neighborhoods second “Meet Your Neighbors Event” connected over One hundred neighbors engaged into a personal inquiry into what a Neighborhood Of My Dreams looks like.
Another gorgeous day in Riverside greeted seventeen neighbor ambassadors who hosted and provided a space for their neighbors to meet each other as neighbors, and get connected.
Both long time and new neighbors easily sparked conversations about the University Neighborhood. Questions were answered, resources shared and a variety of new skills and expertise were introduced.
A deeper appreciation about the University Neighborhood was balanced with an expanded understanding of the values, standards and the contributions that arose from University neighbors and that continue to inspire a deep love of place to the present day.
Neighbors got acquainted with representatives from the UNET Police officers, UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox and his wife, Diane, UCR staff, new student neighbors and each other.
The event was so successful that it portends to be a neighborhood version of a traditional ‘pub crawl’ but taking the form of a garden tour, art walk, sequential potluck or whatever creative idea is gets generated.