Residents Encouraged to Enroll in Free Upcoming Neighborhood College Workshops

Neighborhood College LogoAug. 23, 2013

The city’s Neighborhood College continues its series of instructor-led, highly participatory workshops and hands-on learning experiences with several workshops this fall.  Neighborhood College is for all residents, from seasoned community leaders to new residents looking to get to know their neighborhood better.  Workshops are offered at multiple times and locations to give residents the opportunity to attend when it fits their schedule

Upcoming workshops for the remainder of August and September include:

  • Fundamentals of Grant Writing
    10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 24, Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St.
    Learn the who, what, where and how of grant writing.
  • Destination Downtown (Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors)
    6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Downtown Phoenix Information Center, 101 N. First Ave.
    Tour Downtown Phoenix’s attractions with an Ambassador, learn about the area's development and why a strong downtown hub is important for your neighborhood.
  • Code Compliance 101
    6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St.
    This workshop will help you understand how to keep your properties blight-free.  You will learn how to report blight, understand the code compliance process and about the city’s volunteer programs.
  • Social Media and You/Safer Social Networking
    6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
    Are you lost when people refer to tweets, hashtags or “like me”/ “follow me” on Facebook and Twitter?  Are you concerned about your privacy and safety online?  Then this workshop is for you!  Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone and learn from the pros.
  • Paint Sprayer Training
    8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, NSD West, 3325 W. Flower St.
    Learn how to keep your neighborhood graffiti-free by using a paint sprayer (which you can use for free after completing the workshop), tour the warehouse and see other tools and supplies available to residents.  Participants are advised to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting paint on as it’s a hands-on training class.
  • Business of Community Associations
    6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave.
    Learn about the structure of a community association and get a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors, members, manager, committees and the architectural committee.  Additionally, attendees will learn how protect board members from the threat of a lawsuit.  A question-and-answer session by an attorney from Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C.  For more information, contact Michael Pinder at 602-495-0380.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program Homebuyer Information Session
    10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Deer Valley Community Center, 2001 W. Wahalla Lane
    Learn how to qualify for $15,000 in down-payment assistance and how to purchase a newly renovated home through the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
  • Blight Busters Volunteer Orientation
    6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St.
    Learn about the city’s Blight Buster Volunteer Program. If you are 18 years or older, come find out how to address graffiti and a variety of blight-related issues; from back-alley cleanups to illegal signs in public rights-of-way.  Those who complete the training receive an identification badge, uniform and resources to help carry out their volunteer assignments.  
  • Is Your House Healthy and Energy Efficient?
    6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center, 2405 E. Broadway Road
    This class will introduce you to the seven healthy homes principles.  Along with giveaways, you will receive energy-saving and weatherization tips to help you save money.  Bring a Google Earth printout of your home and a recent city services (water/trash) bill.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, visit or call 602-534-4444.

Media Contact: Stephanie Ribodal Romero, 602-261-8512