UND Center And Grand Forks Mayor’s Urban Neighborhood Initiative Focus On Neighborhoods TODAY; Luncheon Starts At 11:30

The public is encouraged to join in the discussion at “Neighborhood Initiative,” an afternoon workshop focusing on Grand Forks neighborhoods, TODAY from 1:30 – 4 p.m. in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. The event is sponsored by a partnership between the UND Center for Community Engagement and the City of Grand Forks Mayor’s Urban Neighborhood Initiative.

Jay Clark, director of the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, will lead a conversation about how Grand Forks might envision the community from its neighborhoods up.

The Neighborhood Initiative workshop will be preceded by the Center for Community Engagement’s annual Stone Soup Awards Luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m., TODAY, with  music by the UND String Quartet.  Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND First Lady Marcia Kelley will serve a special stone soup, accompanied by American Indian fry bread and a special Icelandic dessert.

During the awards program, community-university civic engagement awards will be given to outstanding faculty, students, and community partners, and special recognition will be given to the community of Mountain, N.D., which hosted the Center’s fourth annual Community Connect Forum last April.

Reservations for the workshop and luncheon can be made by contacting the UND Center for Community Engagement at (701) 777-0675. There is no charge for the workshop, and luncheon tickets are available at $10 for students, and $15 for general admission.