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Updates & Neighborhood News – May 2018

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Sign Up for the 2018 Neighborhood Thrift Sale (May 19)!

HEY, NEIGHBORS! The Eastside Hill’s neighborhood-wide thrift sale is coming up on Saturday, May 19. If you’d like your (yard/garage/thrift/lawn/whatever) sale to be listed alongside your neighbors’, just fill out the submission form right here: http://eastsidehill.com/events/thrift-sale-may-19-2018

May 12: Eau Claire School of Music Celebration

The Eau Claire School of Music at 1620 Ohm Avenue welcomes you to celebrate the buying of their building with a Saturday afternoon (1-4pm) of music, activities and food. Outdoors unless rain forces it inside. The Locavore food truck will be there from 2 to 4. And Nelson Cheese is just a block away! Facebook event. Read more: http://volumeone.org/articles/2018/05/08/23897_eau_claire_music_school_shows_gratitude_with

May 20: Spread the Word – Spread Mulch

On Sunday, May 20, 9 AM, we need a few hands to apply mulch to the spectacular perennial garden that embraces the Boyd Park Shelter. For several years one Neighbor, with help from her friends, has planned, maintained, and enhanced this celebration of color and texture. If you can help with the mulching call Mark at 839-7949 for info on tools to bring. Our Neighborhood runs so much more smoothly when one or a few take ownership and accountability for a task and year after year guarantee it will be done.  Clearly this is true with this garden. It is equally  true for all the individuals who “volunteer” to create loving households for their families in their own creative way who improve this Neighborhood. Thank you all!

May 24: Bluegrass On Badger Returns

Those Rissos sure know how to throw a party! Their second annual porch offering of Bluegrass Music promises to be even better, it that’s possible, than the scorching one last year. It is replete with Kubb and other yard games for all ages, Food Trucks, street shut down. Bring a blanket or chair. Their intimate and welcoming concert last year is still being talked about as the way to celebrate the talents and uniqueness of our Neighborhood. Thank you Nicole and Josh!

>> Thursday, May 24 • 6-8 PM • 1903 Badger Avenue • Facebook event

ALSO! Near the west edge of Badger look for a creative display of the Bluebird Experience that initiated the Bluebird houses on the edges of Forest Hill Cemetery.

June 3: Larry’s Legacy Bike Ride

Larry Everson is a local legend. For 20 years we have seen him bicycling in our Neighborhood with frequent tours of Forest Hill Cemetery. Through pledges he earned thousands of dollars for Feed My People Food Bank. Larry’s health now has him sidelined but in his honor St. John’s Lutheran Church is having its third annual Legacy Ride, a fundraiser for the food bank. Here are the details: http://eastsidehill.com/archives/4829

WE NEED YOU: Take the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Survey!

Hey! Neighbors and visitors! The Steering Committee of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association wants your help to improve this Neighborhood we call home. We want input from neighbors and those who live elsewhere. The overall purpose of this survey is to get broad feedback about issues and opportunities you want the Steering Committee to focus on. Your responses to this survey will be anonymous! DEADLINE: May 31

Take the survey here: https://uweauclaire.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEJixaxUfF8ayq1

Paper copies are available to fill out in most of the Little Libraries in our area and at the bulletin board at Boyd Park. With questions or other help contact Mark Ruddy at 839-7949.

Our Neighborhood Association to Apply for 501(C)(3) Status

Neighbors voted overwhelmingly at our Annual Spring Meeting of April 19th to amend our by-laws to conform to federal standards for those applying for Federal Non-Profit status. The second vote to apply for this Non-Profit status was greeted with the same level of support. Steering Committee Member Eric Anderson has drawn up our application and will submit it very soon. The application process costs $275.

The Steering Committee sees these benefits: It allows us to fundraise directly versus going through the Parks and Recs non-profit status. Such status can be a sign of commitment and strength when viewed by grantors of funds; it “gives us status”. This position makes us eligible to solicit potential grants that often are only given to those with this status. We believe we have had a strong fundraising history and can use this quality to effectively raise funds in the future for improvement projects with our Neighbors.

As an Association we value our Neighbors’ trust in us.

Double Your Money with a SNAP Card

From June to September people who are food insecure can use their SNAP card to purchase tokens that double their purchases, up to $10, at the Downtown Farmers Market. SNAP was formerly known as Food Stamps. This is a unique way to access local, healthy food to your family’s diet. Find out more at www.ecmarketmatch.wordpress.com.

Spirit Lutheran has Faith in EHNA

The Mission and Outreach Committee of Spirit Lutheran Church gifted our Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association with $200 as part of its commitment each month to “lift up a local mission”. Spirit acknowledged our commitment to the community of Eau Claire. They recognized the significant impact we have on so many lives and they would like to help us continue this important work. They believe we will use this money to continue to uphold the quality care and assistance we already provide. Those are the words of Spirit Lutheran. We as a Neighborhood Association thanks them for the trust in us now and in the future.

St. John’s Lutheran Summer Activities

One activity is their “Summer Stretch” program that has helped our Neighborhood’s perennial gardens on Margaret Avenue. Six time during the summer they do service projects in the mornings and go on til 4 PM with more-fun activities. It is open to all regardless of any church affiliation. It includes middle school students and high school/college mentors. The day starts at 8:15.

Take a look at St John’s  full summer schedule at www.stjohns-ec.org.

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