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Neighborhood Ideas

What follows are fun, easy, and inspiring ideas for your neighborhood gathering, event, or project.

These are just ideas – you decide what works best in your neighborhood. The most important thing is that whatever you choose, those activities build relationships and connections among neighbors throughout the year.

There is no agenda and no prescription. Make it a party, a project or a potluck. Below are some ideas for your National Neighborhood Day gathering.

Fun Ideas:

  • Block party
  • Kids performance/play
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Kite flying
  • Games – ultimate Frisbee, basketball, four square, whiffle ball etc.

Service Projects:

  • Paint a classroom/floor/school
  • Canned goods food drive
  • Yard Cleanup -- help a senior citizen with a yard spruce up
  • Blood drive

Civic Engagement:

  • Voter Registration drive

Food and Drink:

  • Spaghetti supper
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Pizza party
  • Cocktail party
  • Stone Soup party
  • Invite the neighbors in for dessert
  • Organize a progressive dinner for people living in your apartment building
  • Picnic at the School
  • Neighborhood lemonade stand
  • Cookie Exchange

Neighborhood Beautification Projects:

  • Bulb or tree planting
  • Invasive species plant cleanup in your park
  • Fall landscaping clean-up
  • Neighborhood Cleanup
  • Bike trail repair
  • Paint a neighborhood mural
  • Help paint the fence in a community garden

Safety Projects:

  • Child seat safety inspection
  • Bicycle Tune-Up

Other Ideas:

  • Yard Sale
  • Bake Sale for Charity
  • Treasure and White Elephant Swap
  • Arts and Crafts Festival
  • Book Sale or Exchange
  • Historical Tour of the Neighborhood, School or a Landmark
  • Naturalist Walk in School Grounds or Neighborhood
  • Make a videotape of your neighborhood
  • Create a neighborhood babysitters list
  • Have a recipe exchange

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