The Next Ten Years

Did you know Urban Neighbors, your one and only downtown neighborhood association, has been around for 10 years!?!

As first reported by The Oklahoman’s Steve Lackmeyer, just over ten years ago, we were getting our start. We could write a pretty extensive post about what we’ve done over the last ten years, but instead, we’d like to talk about what we’re going to do the NEXT ten years, and how you can help.

The first way you can help is by joining us at our 10th Birthday Party, on September 14th. See the Facebook Event and Google Calendar event for the particulars.

How does attending help? Well, our birthday bash will be a charity event benefiting Positive Tomorrows, so the more that attend, the better. There will be cash raffle drawings for prizes donated by our gracious downtown business community, and all raffle proceeds go to our charity. The first 100 guests to RSVP AND attend will receive a special gift. Everyone else will have to “settle” for cake, FREE beer and wine! The event will be held in the Broadway Wine Merchants Tasting Room (NOT the retail store) on Automobile Alley. If you or your organization would also like to help us with raffle prize donations, it’s not too late, so please contact us!

For the Next Ten Years, Urban Neighbors is re-focusing its mission. We’re still your neighborhood association, and we will continue to foster quality residential living in downtown Oklahoma City. But more than ever we’ll be dedicated to civic advocacy, charity, and community involvement. You’ll see this reflected more in our events, in the speakers we select, and in the organizations we support. Please join us, and not just by attending socials, but by contributing your time to help make these next ten years more successful than the last.

Neighbors Night Out – Picnic in the Garden

Join us in the Urban Neighbors Community Garden on Tuesday, September 12th for Neighbors Night Out, a community event celebrated by neighborhood associations on this day across the country. Each neighborhood celebrates differently, and we choose spend time in our garden with our neighbors. Bring picnic items, pot luck style, and enjoy a community meal in a community space.

Check out the Facebook Event or add this event (from our Events Calendar) to your personal calendar.

Neighbors Night Out 2016

July Social Speakers: Twisted Spike and the Oklahoma City Action Center

Thanks to those that joined us at Twisted Spike last night, we had a good turnout. Bruce and Donna Sanchez, owners, were our first speakers, and told the story of how they came to be. Watch the video here:

We also had the manager of OKC’s Action Center in attendance, to inform us all about the various ways our neighbors can benefit from using the service. Here’s the video:

June Social at Manhattan

Join your neighbors as we visit downtown’s newest neighborhood bar, the Manhattan, located “under the raven” (210 Park Avenue, Suite 150) in the central business district. Complimentary refreshments and cash bar will be provided. Our speaker this month will be Kelley Barnes from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Check out the Facebook Event or add this event (from our Events Calendar) to your personal calendar.

May Social Speakers: Anna Mains and OKC Volunteers

We had an excellent turnout at the May social, nearly 30 people! Thanks to all that came, but in particular thanks to our speakers. Anna Mains, owner of Dekora, talked about her vision and the origins of the Dekora brand. It was very informative! Watch the video below.

Also, Cayla Lewis, Executive Director of the Plaza District, introduced us to her new initiative, OKC Volunteers.

If you’d like to get more involved with getting involved, find OKC Volunteers on Facebook and Twitter, but most importantly, subscribe to their mailing list to get updates on volunteering opportunities near you!