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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 24, 2012

City promotes block parties, neighborhood bonds

Recognizing that block parties are one of the best ways neighbors get to know each other, the city is offering assistance with organization and resources this summer.

In a separate promotion, some neighborhood groups will be given guided tours of the city's sculpture exhibition opening in July.

Bellevue's Neighborhood Outreach team helps organize block parties and offers the guided tours as part of its Neighbor Link program, intended to bring neighbors and families together in a spirit of community service and celebration.

Help with block parties
There are many creative ways to plan a block party or -- even better -- combine it with a service project, and Neighborhood Outreach is happy to help. Staff can design and print flyers and an outdoor party banner.

Residents who combine a food drive or other community service project with their block party will also receive four Seattle Mariners tickets to give away at their event. Block parties must take place between June 1 and Sept. 15 to qualify.

Guided Sculpture Exhibition tours
Bellevue's popular biennial sculpture exhibition, featuring sculptures and installations at City Hall and Downtown Park and points in between, will open on July 13. The exhibition, "Bellwether 2012: reGeneration," will feature works that reflect Bellevue's emergence as a multicultural community with a dynamic, high-rise downtown.

Tours led by city arts specialist Mary Pat Byrne are being offered to a limited number of neighborhood groups. The 90-minute tours, on weekdays between July 15 and Oct. 1, are available morning, mid-day or at 5 p.m. for groups of six to 12 neighbors. Prior to each tour, the neighborhood group will be invited to a complimentary coffee at Vovito Caffé and Gelato.

Advance reservations are required, and tours will fill quickly. For more information or to make your reservation for a Neighbor Link block party or art tour, contact Julie Ellenhorn in Neighborhood Outreach, 425-452-6836 or jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov.

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Contact Information

Neighborhood Outreach
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Phone: 425-452-6836
E-mail: neighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov


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