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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 14, 2011

'Sleepover' author to kick off neighborhood forums

Author Peter Lovenheim (photo by Jaime Columbus)Author and nationally recognized journalist Peter Lovenheim, who slept over at neighbors' homes in a quest to create a stronger sense of community, will be the keynote speaker at the first of installment of the Bellevue Neighborhoods Forum Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Presented by Bellevue's Neighorhood Outreach office, the two-part forum is intended to bringing residents together to learn, share and think about the future of their neighborhoods. The second installment of the Neighborhoods Forum will be May 12 at the Crossroads Community Center, with dinner hosted by forum sponsor, Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Lovenheim, who wrote "In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time," will offer a unique perspective. In the book, Lovenheim, a resident of Rochester, N.Y., for most of his life, recalls the neighborhood of his childhood, when more families were well acquainted, kids played together and neighbors looked out for each other. Flyer

Shaken by a murder-suicide in his neighborhood, Lovenheim set out to meet his neighbors and establish lasting relationships that go far beyond occasional, casual greetings. He convinced his neighbors to allow him to spend the night in their homes, share their meals and accompany them to work.

After the keynote talk, forum participants will have a chance to enjoy refreshments (courtesy of Vovito Caffé & Gelato and The French Bakery) and talk about creating their own neighborhood connections.

The second installment of the Bellevue Neighborhoods Forum will continue the theme of building vibrant and connected communities, focusing on the city's changing demographics and engagement with youth, seniors and diverse populations.

Neighborhood associations sponsoring the two-part series include the Horizon Heights Community Association, Newport Hills Community Club, Somerset Community Association, Sunset Community Association, Surrey Downs Community Club and Whispering Heights/Collingwood Community Association.

For more information on the Bellevue Neighborhoods Forum, contact Neighborhood Outreach at 425-452-6836 or e-mail NeighborhoodOutreach@bellevuewa.gov.

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Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Julie Ellenhorn
Phone: 425-452-5372
E-mail: jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov

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