Archive for July, 2012

Mayor’s Night Out

South Bend residents, don’t miss this opportunity to have one-on-one time with Mayor Pete Buttigieg during Mayor’s Night Out. Tonight’s event will be at O’Brien Center (321 E. Walter) from 5:30 to 7pm. Common Council member Dr. Varner is also expected to be in attendance. Representatives from various departments will be available to assist with questions and concerns that you may have. Time with Mayor B is limited and you must sign up when you arrive. But if you have any suggestions or concerns, this is a great way to begin the process with the Mayor, so take advantage of it! I would love to hear about your experience at this event and also what great ideas you are sharing with Mayor B!!


July 25, 2012 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

Put Your Thinking Caps On

Ever want to experience Enshrinement? Well now is the time, since the College Football Hall of Fame will soon load up its truck and move to Beverly… (um, Atlanta). As usual, our town is filled with new celebrity faces and downtown is all abuzz. It’s pretty exciting. Check out CFHOF’s website to find an activity that interests you (see ribs cook-off in previous post – yum!!):

While there has been controversy surrounding the CFHOF, I think most would agree that it has been a fun stop for families on various occasions (from Enshrinement to Football Fridays to special events and more). Personally, I hope there is a way for some of those activities to stick around.

If money were not an issue, how would you like to see the CFHOF building used? Here’s a couple of my ideas:
1. Full-service shopping mecca with specialty boutiques, bridal boutique, restaurant, and grocery store (a need for those that live downtown).
2. Community center with theatre, rooms for programs/classes, meeting space (Okay, I know this is a real stretch, but it could be fun).

What are your ideas? Share them here!

July 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm 5 comments

Downtown Block Party

Did someone say Ribs Cook-Off? Yes, the Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event is back again this year. Of course, that means it must be Enshrinement Weekend, which is bittersweet for us locals, as the College Football Hall of Fame will not be here much longer. So take advantage of the festivities on the Hall of Fame’s Gridiron Plaza. There will be live music, family-friendly activities (inflatables and face-painting), plus interactive activities.  The fun begins at 11am. Word of warning, don’t wait too long to get ribs… some places run out fast (yes, they are just that good). Take your family and friends for a fun day, afternoon, evening. Fireworks display at the end. Nice!


July 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Luau Today

Unity Gardens is holding their 3rd annual LaSalle Square Luau today from 11am to 2pm. At 3701 Prast Blvd, you’ll find a cookout (meal is $10), activities for children and adults, cooking demonstrations, and much more. Consider taking the whole family. More info at their blog:


July 14, 2012 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Action

Have you heard about the couple that grilled hot dogs to share with anyone that wanted one, no charge? How cool is that? Dog, chips and water. Well, color me inspired! A shout-out to Glenda and Clifford – way to go!! Here’s the WNDU story:


July 13, 2012 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Stay-cation Ideas

Everyone’s still talking about stay-cations, and for good reason… there is plenty to do in and around South Bend. Why not take advantage of some of those things? Now whether you’re planning to pitch a tent and roast hot dogs and s’mores in the back yard, or scheming the best movies for a two-day film fest, or bringing the coast to your door with a crab boil, there is something to be said for a stay-cation. Whatever your plans, consider including some of South Bend’s gems to the list of activities (and add your ideas to this list, please). Here’s some of our favorites:

  • Catch a Silver Hawks game at The Cove
  • Tour the Oliver Mansion
  • Check out the classic Studebaker collection
  • Enjoy the chocolate smells during a tour at South Bend Chocolate Factory (on Sample)
  • Trek around the College Football Hall of Fame (Enshrinement is just around the corner)
  • Journey through Potawatomi Zoo
  • Stretch your legs at HealthWorks! Kids Museum
  • And, of course, a little ways from South Bend… a dip into Lake Michigan is always splashy

For more ideas, check out the State of Indiana’s website (where you can pick activity type and location):

Be sure to post additional ideas here to share!


July 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm 1 comment

Just Grow It

Have you heard about Unity Gardens? They strive to improve community health and build community within the structure of gardens. Not only are they about growing and harvesting healthy food, but also educating the public, from the Growing Summit to weekly Jr. Master Gardener classes. What a great activity for families. You should check it out. Those weekly classes are held on Saturdays at the LaSalle Square Unity Garden (3701 Prast Ave) from 10 to 11:30am.

The network of gardens are all over town, so find a location near you to volunteer and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Take advantage of this great resource and tell your neighbors. Also, look for vacant properties near you. Perhaps we could open more of these gardens soon. Let’s plan to clean out potential land during The Weekend Project on October 6th and 7th. Post here if you’d like more info on The Weekend Project.

By the way, they also have a new shirt available for purchase. It’s really quite clever. Pick up your new Unity Gardens shirt at the Urban Garden Market (on Bendix just south of Lincolnway) from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Check it out:

For more on Unity Gardens, check out their facebook page or read their blog (here’s that link):


July 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

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