Thursday, September 30, 2010

Eat breakfast with the heroes

Don’t Miss Connecting the Dots IV-the Neighborhood Celebration of the Year!

October 2, 2010; 8:30 AM to Noon at Clyde Iron Works

Join your friends, family, neighbors, local businesses, organizations, and leaders, for Duluth LISC and the At Home in Duluth Collaborative’s fourth annual Neighborhood Celebration on Saturday, October 2nd. The event opens at the stunning, historic Clyde Iron Works facility at 2920 W. Michigan Street in Lincoln Park, with a free breakfast from 8:30 - 9:45 AM. The event features a program starting at 10:45 AM during which five Duluth Neighborhood Heroes will be honored. Along with free entertainment, childcare and fun activities, and transportation, attendees can visit over 35 display booths offering valuable information and tips from community-minded businesses and organizations from 8:30 AM to Noon.

The public is warmly invited to this free, family-oriented event. It presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for neighborhood residents, businesses, education and community leaders and elected officials to come together in support and celebration of Duluth’s five core neighborhoods: East Hillside, Central Hillside, Lincoln Park, West Duluth and Morgan Park.

The event also honors citizens who are passionate about their neighborhood and who have taken a leadership role through the annual Neighborhood Hero Awards. Neighborhood Heroes are selected by neighborhood residents with help from community clubs and the two At Home in Duluth coordinating organizations, Neighborhood Housing Services of Duluth (NHS Duluth) and the Spirit Valley Citizens Neighborhood Development Association (SVCNDA). These Heroes selflessly volunteer their time to “get it done”. They attain real results that enrich people’s lives, and encourage others to take pride in their neighborhood and get involved. A key highlight of Connecting the Dots is honoring these neighborhood leaders!

The heroes are:

· Central Hillside: Gene Johnson McKeever

· East Hillside: Sandy Robinson

· Lincoln Park: Sandy Winklesky

· West Duluth: Sunny Helbacka

· Morgan Park: Carl Nelson

A 25 member collaborative, At Home in Duluth, has been actively working to implement positive changes in Duluth’s neighborhoods. The Collaborative is seeking new partners and additional residents to deepen its impact within these neighborhoods and is looking to engage the entire Duluth community to connect the dots on the following Quality of Life Goals:

    • Expanding capital investment in housing and other real estate
    • Increasing family income and assets
    • Stimulating economic activity, locally and regionally
    • Improving access to quality education
    • Fostering livable, healthy and safe environments &

Many organizations, public and private, will be on site to answer residents’ questions and offer services promoting strong families and neighborhoods. There will also be information on neighborhood revitalization plans, developed with extensive citizen involvement and city support. Free childcare and transportation are available by calling Duluth LISC at 727-7761. Bring a friend, neighbor, or the whole family and join us!