Mayor David Bieter today announced the launch of a new initiative to highlight Boise’s vibrant neighborhoods and the residents who support them. Called “Boise Celebrates Good Neighbors,” the initiative joins existing events such as National Night Out with a series of new community activities designed to bring neighbors together and honor individuals who have made significant local contributions.

“Great neighborhoods are the cornerstones of a livable city. Boise is fortunate to have a thriving network of active neighborhoods in all parts of the city,” Mayor Bieter said. “I hope this new initiative will further strengthen the ties between Boise residents, establish new connections within our community and honor those residents who set an example of how good neighbors can improve and enhance our lives.”

The program begins with National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, followed by a series of neighborhood block parties in August at the city’s three new community recreation centers; a Neighborhood Summit on September 10, where residents can learn strategies to improve their communities; and National Good Neighbor Day on September 28, when Mayor Bieter will present Good Neighbor Awards to individuals nominated by their fellow residents for outstanding service to their neighborhoods.

All Boise residents are encouraged to nominate neighbors who have gone out of their way to help those around them. To nominate a local citizen for a Good Neighbor Award, visit goodneighbors.cityofboise.org or contact Charlene Miller at (208) 570-6070. Nominations are due by September 11, 2011.

Schedule of events

National Night Out — Tuesday, August 2, 2011

America’s Night Out against crime. Plan a block party as a stand against crime and as a way to celebrate your neighborhood spirit while strengthening police-community partnerships. For more information, contact Charlene Miller at cmiller@cityofboise.org or (208) 570-6070 or go to boisepolice.org.

Community Centers Host Good Neighbor Block Parties in August

Join us for old-time family fun and games at Good Neighbor Block Parties hosted by three Boise Parks & Recreation Community Centers in August. Admission is free. Block Parties will be held Fridays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the following dates and locations.

  • · August 5 – Morley Nelson Community Center, 7701 W. Northview Street, 854-4917
  • · August 12 – Grace Jordan Community Center, 6411 W. Fairfield Avenue, 854-4910
  • · August 19 – Whitney Community Center, 1609 Owyhee Street, 854-6625

At the block parties, families are invited to participate in sack races, a balloon toss, 3-legged races, penny scrambles, capture the flag and dodgeball, all coordinated by the Mobile Recreation Van staff. Bring a picnic; the city will provide fruit and other healthy snacks.

The community centers are operated in partnership with the Boise School District. For more information, see www.cityofboise.org/parks.

Neighborhood Summit—Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., DoubleTree Riverside, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd.

Join other neighborhood leaders throughout the Boise Valley to become inspired and learn about strategies to improve our communities. Highlights include keynote speaker Jay Waljasper, author of The Great Neighborhood Book; workshops and roundtable discussions; breakfast and lunch – all for only $15/person! For more information or to register for the Summit, visit www.idahocrimeprevent.org/training/ or contact Charlene Miller at cmiller@cityofboise.org

Library! Neighborhood Programs — Various

Visit your local branch library during August and September for storytimes about neighbors or to browse our collection of books about neighbors and community. For more information visit the calendar page at www.boisepubliclibrary.org/.

National Good Neighbor Day — Wednesday, September 28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

A celebration of good neighbors. Mayor David H. Bieter will meet with Boise residents nominated for being exemplary neighbors and for going the extra mile for their communities. Beverages and light snacks served. For more information on nominating a good neighbor, go to http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Mayor/goodneighborday.aspx

### Adam Park Communications Director Office of The Mayor, City of Boise O:208-384-4402 C:208-514-9487 F:208-384-4420 apark@cityofboise.org P.O. Box 500 Boise, ID 83701-500

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