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

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.

Transit Fare Study

Today, Urban Neighbors representatives attended an Embark public listening session about the transit agency’s efforts to simplify its fare system in the lead up to the implementation of the streetcar, now under construction in our downtown neighborhoods. If you didn’t have a chance to attend one of the sessions, please consider taking this brief fare study survey. Even if you aren’t presently a transit user (though you should be), odds are in the next few years you will be, so this public input could directly impact you!

Children’s Gardening Workshop

Looking for an Earth Day learning activity for your child? Then please register for the Urban Barefoot Gardeners Program, A Children’s Gardening Drop-in Workshop, taking place at our community garden this Saturday! Kids can get their hands dirty, learn about urban gardening, composting, and plant their own tomato seedling to take home! This is a free event, but spots are limited, so please register! The event has been made possible by the ARC Foundation.

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

Streetcar Construction Tracking

Neighbors, it’s an exciting time in Downtown OKC with the streetcar construction underway. Your UN representatives attended the Downtown BID (business improvement district) Board meeting last week, and we learned that by this time next year (April 2018, construction delays notwithstanding), you’ll see streetcar vehicles making test runs on the Bricktown loop. We also learned that the city is providing an excellent way get weekly updates on construction progress. If you’d like to know exactly when roads will be closed, sign up for this mailing list to get those updates and plan your daily commute around that pesky traffic!