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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Council Roundup: Picnic to top off community building efforts

An effort by the city this summer to engage neighborhoods in activities that both strengthen community connections and help local families cope with the recession has been a success, staff reported to the City Council Monday.

"Neighborhoods throughout Bellevue have accepted the city's challenge to partner in activities that strengthen community solidarity and help families in need," Cheryl Kuhn, Neighborhood Outreach manager, noted in a brief to the council.

Neighborhood associations, businesses and church groups launched more than a dozen food drives and tried new ideas, including a dinner for tent city residents and fund-raising jazz concerts. Through the "Neighbor Link" program started in June, the city pledged support and resources for service projects and community-building efforts.

The program's success will be highlighted and amplified with a picnic for the community Thursday. Free dinner from Whole Foods Market Bellevue and a concert by local blues band Two Scoops Combo will be 6 to 8 p.m., on the plaza lawn at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.

Neighborhood groups who came up with especially creative and/or beneficial projects will be honored at the picnic.

Bellevue residents are encouraged to bring a bag of food for Hopelink.

Feedback: Julie Ellenhorn, Neighborhood Outreach, 425-452-5372, jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov

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