NeighborFest Is This Sunday!

Good afternoon,

Omaha NeighborFest is just 3 days away! The event is from 2pm to 10pm this upcoming Sunday, September 2nd. We wanted to take a moment to share the full program schedule with you ahead of time so you can plan your day around your interests. Below is a list of activities, times, and descriptions. You can also check out our Facebook events for these activities here. Stop by the One Omaha tent to get a schedule, a map, and all of your questions answered. See you Sunday!


NeighborFest Workshops, Tours and Activities

Good afternoon,

Omaha NeighborFest is just 4 days aways! The event is from 2pm to 10pm this upcoming Sunday, September 2nd. We wanted to take a moment to share the full program schedule with you ahead of time so you can plan your day around your interests. Below is a list of activities, times, and descriptions. You can also check out the Facebook events for all of these activities here. Stop by the One Omaha tent to get a schedule, a map, and all of your questions answered.  See you Sunday! 

-Mike 

1. People

Out of the box –- Designing the Best Neighborhood Ever! 3-6pm 

Out of the Box is an interactive workshop that will allow participants to create a fun, safe and friendly neighborhood. They get to decide what it should include, how it could be built and who will  help make it happen. Using paint, markers, cardboard boxes and other craft supplies participants of all ages will build, design, and activate the people, places and spaces. Come on! Let’s make it happen.

“Writing Ourstory” Verse Inc. Poetry Workshop  2:30-4pm
Telling your story in poetry can be complicated. You must know your voice, pick the topic that best tells the story, use poetic language and paint a picture in words. Today, we want you to have fun painting that picture of ‘neighborhood.’ What does that idea means to you? It will be a poem that comes from your soul because you everyone belongs to a neighborhood.  It will be a poem that evokes the most emotion from you.  It can be a joyous or questioning, tragic or hopeful, mundane or cosmically explosive. What is ‘neighborhood’?  Come share your vision, your energy and let’s discover something awesome. The session will be led by Michelle Troxclair of Verse Inc with the help of some poets from the neighborhood.

Pop-up Arcade   2-9pm 
Sometimes building community is just about having fun. With this in mind, The Study will be hosting a pop-up arcade and game night. Everyone is invited to play board games, card games, and of course video games.

Block Connector 2-3:30pm
While neighborhood associations can be effective structures in bringing a neighborhood together, most of our neighbors will never attend an association event or meeting. Block Connecting is an asset-based strategy for reaching out and connecting our neighbors beyond the neighborhood association level. Attendees of this workshop will leave with the practical tools they need to effectively do Block Connecting within their own neighborhood. Hosted by Christian Gray, InCOMMON.

Listening Project  4:30-6pm
The most powerful way to identify the assets of our community is simply through sitting down with our neighbors and listening. The Listening Project is an asset-based exercise that helps identify resident and neighborhood gifts, local leadership, and promising ideas for making their community even better. Workshop attendees will leave with the practical tools they need to effectively conduct listening sessions within their own neighborhood.
Hosted by Christian Gray, InCOMMON.

2. Places

Streets as Places Workshop  2:30-3:30pm and 6:15-7:15pm
Streets are a place for people, yet the way some are arranged, they don’t always feel like it. Car-centric design can make spaces less walkable and comfortable. In this workshop we will tour the entirety of NeighborFest, observe how the streets are utilized, and discuss what qualities make for ideal places. Attendees will leave with an overview of the festival and useful tips for making their neighborhood streets a place to be. Hosted by Dawaune Hayes, NOISE @ The Study.

The Deuce – North 24th and Lake Walking Tour 5-6pm 
Jewish settlers began to populate the area in the 1890s, calling the stretch between Cuming and Lake the “Miracle Mile.” For African Americans who called North Omaha home in the early 20th century, it was known as the “Street of Dreams.” 24th and Lake emerged as a bustling district of theaters, restaurants, retail shops and music clubs like the Dreamland Ballroom, McGill’s Blue Room, and Allen’s Showcase. Tour goers can explore the rich history of this street, a current arts vibe,  and experience new development happening today.  Restoration Exchange Omaha is proud to recognize this important historic commercial district. Hosted by Restoration Exchange Omaha’s Vince Furlong.

Storytelling at Carver Bank 2-4pm  
Your voices and stories are needed to help preserve the rich history of the North 24th Street corridor during Neighborfest on September 2. At the Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., we will make video and audio recordings of what you remember about growing up along the North 24th Street corridor. All recordings from this workshop will be donated to the Great Plains Black History Museum archives and used in a future public presentation. This event is presented in partnership with the City of Omaha Neighborhood Planning Division, Great Plains Black History Museum, Making Invisible Histories Visible, North 24th Street Corridor Alliance, ONE Omaha, The Raleigh Science Project, and UNL History Harvest.

How to Start a Neighborhood Association 3:30-4:30pm
Neighborhood Associations form for all kinds of reasons. They have started to advocate around development concerns, in response to ongoing safety issues, to create new community programs, or just to find ways to make their neighborhoods better. This workshop will help you identify the initial steps you need to take to develop a team of neighbors and create a better quality of life in your neighborhood. Hosted by Julie Smith, One Omaha.

3. Spaces

Lowland Excursion- Bike Tour 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30pm
The Atlanta Beltline, New Orleans’ Lafitte Greenway, but what about Omaha? Other cities have found that multimodal corridors can provide transportation options, recreation space, access to nature, economic development, and improve quality of life. This Bicycle tour will explore the bicycle friendly topography of North Omaha and trace the route of a potential bicycle and pedestrian trail that is being explored by the City of Omaha Neighborhood planning division and the National Parks Service. The tour will be a modest 30 minute ride and the route will consist of neighborhood streets, hidden pathways, and bridges along highway 75. Bikes from Heartland Bcycle will be provided. Regular cycling experience is recommended. Hosted by Manne, The Study.

Tour de Garden 3:30-4pm & 5:30-6pm 
The North 24th Street Corridor has experienced a boom in community gardens over the last few years. This bike tour will visit three nearby gardens, the Union for Contemporary Art’s Abundance garden, Sustainable Spaces Pocket Park, and the Global Leadership Group’s Abundance garden. This will be a shorter ride on neighborhood streets. Bikes from Heartland Bcycle will be provided. Hosted by Lasha Goodwin, Global Leadership Group and Goodwin’s Barbershop.

The Future of individual Mobility, E-Scooter Demo Workshop  2-9pm
Cities around the country and around the world are experimenting with new personal transportation technology. Lucky for us, Heartland Bcycle has our back and has a few electric scooters, e-bikes, and b-cycles ready for a test ride. Hosted by Ben Turner, Heartland B-Cycle.

Let us know if you have any questions!

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