Neighborhood Huddle 2017


    Neighborhood Huddle 2017
    When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
    Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location: Sentinel Building – Community Resource Center – 320 Commerce Park Loop – Tucson
    Open Invitation to the 2017 Neighborhood Huddle
    Where neighborhood leaders can learn by sharing experiences in order to make Tucson neighborhoods better.
    “The first Huddle was held in April 2016 and attracted 40 leaders and active neighborhood people from 27 Tucson neighborhoods. Building on that success and on input received last April, this year’s event will focus on specifics and useful takeaways for spreading good ideas to more neighborhoods.
    11:00 – 11:10 Introductions – Donald Ijams, NSN Coordinator
    11:10 – 12:00 “In My Experience…” (Reports from the Field) – successful events and practices for your NA
    Beautiful Curb Appeal Contest – Patricia Martin
    Neighborhood Home Tour – Carolyn Classen
    Porchfest – Sarah Studd
    12:00 – 12:40 Networking Lunch – chat with other leaders
    12:45 – 1:45 Fundraising Ideas for Neighborhoods – Judith Anderson
    1:45 – 2:00 Closing Remarks / Feedback – Donald Ijams
    We’d love to know that you’re coming to the Huddle so that we can buy your lunch and make a name badge for you.

    Please register as soon as you know you will attend by accessing NSN website and giving us your name, neighborhood and email address.

    Please share this invitation with your association officers, board members and other active residents in your neighborhood.

    Sponsored by the Neighborhood Support Network with support from City Wards 3 & 6

    Other topics to be presented will be about the popular Porch Fests, and a Beautiful Curb Appeal contest.”[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22bookmarks%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmarks_menu%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A46%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 60 neighbors from 35 neighborhoods across Tucson were present today to hear form Patricia Martin about their curb appeal project in Peter Howell Neighborhood, five of which won prizes;then myself about our successful Sam Hughes Home Tour with sold out brochures/tickets an hour after we started the tour, making net of $27,000;then Sarah Studd about how to host a Porch Fest at Mountain/First Neighborhoods (non fundraiser) over several hours in the afternoon, with musicians only earning tips. Next Porch Fest is on Oct. 21 (see FB page). Afternoon presentation by Judith Anderson about fundraising, eliciting suggestions from various neighbors about building community, hosting events w/o a lot of expenses, etc. One comment was about trying to include poorer neighborhoods and a presentation from the Westside neighborhood projects.

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