Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ways to Volunteer, National Grilled Cheese Day, and more in your Weekly Round Up!

I’m back with your weekly round up! Thankfully, we’ve seen our share of spring this week, both in sunshine and showers. Here’s hoping we’re on our way to warmer, brighter days.

Want to get involved in the neighborhood? Here’s how you can!

We’re celebrating Earth Day on April 20th by cleaning up the East Main St. corridor. We’re meeting at First English Lutheran Church at 9 AM then splitting up to pick up trash, plant community gardens, and take down overgrown brush. We always finish our clean up back at First English with a big community cookout at noon! If you’d like to help us make Main St. shine, you can sign up to be a volunteer here! Our project is listed as Beautify E. Main St.

The Harmony Project is partnering with the South Side community to paint store fronts, build a new playground at Fairwood Park, and clean up Livingston Avenue from April 22nd through the 28th. To find out more about this project visit the Harmony Project. If you’d like to help our South Side neighbors you can Sign up to be a volunteer!

Blackburn Recreation Center is under construction, but it’s still got all sorts of programs for youth and adults alike! Drop by the center and check out their weight and cardio rooms, pottery classes, and basketball leagues. Have a special talent? Sign up to teach a workshop at our recreation center. And be on the lookout for the brand new spray ground, expected to open for the summer season this year!

Finally, today is National Grilled Cheese Day! Celebrate by stopping by The Tavern  for one of their killer red masher grilled cheeses or swing by Angry Baker and try their Pepper Havarti Grilled Cheese with bacon and apple.  In a breakfast for dinner mood? Head down the street to L’appat to grab a grilled egg and cheese panini.

And for your weekly inspiration, check out this awesome art project by Candy Chang. It’s a great way to beautify an abandoned building and get people talking!

Have a great weekend neighbors!




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On restoring an abandoned space

As I’m sure most of you noticed, this blog has been “vacant” for over a year now. The original purpose of Near East Neighbors was to provide a one stop location where folks from the Near East community could discover local events, get plugged into a block watch, and find helpful resources for civic engagement.

Over the next few months, I would like to restore this abandoned space back to its original purpose. My hope is to provide you with one weekly post that will provide inspiration, local news, and resources. I will be working to draw attention to the assets of our neighborhood, promote local restaurants and businesses, and share inspiration from cities across the country.

I love being a part of this community and am constantly encouraged by the creativity, loyalty, and fierce pride of the people here. I hope to pass some of that encouragement onto all of you.

I would love to hear any ideas you might have for this space (local business feature, housing stock features, more information about what other neighborhoods are doing to build communities, etc.), so feel free to leave ideas in the comment section. If you would like to submit an event to be included on the community calendar, please send me an email at and I’ll get it up.

This site is for you all–the neighbors–so please let me know how I can make it helpful for you.

For now, here’s just a couple of things to inspire and inform.

First off, Congratulations to The Olde Towne Tavern who was voted best new bar by the readers of Columbus Alive. Check out the article on them here or visit The Tavern’s website. Better yet, just stop in. The red mashers grilled cheese is outta this world!

Next, come by your local community center, Central Community House, for their annual meeting on Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30. It’s a great way to get to know the staff and board of the center, meet your neighbors, and enjoy good food and fellowship.

On the same night, you can check out Dishcrawl’s tour of Olde Towne East. Tickets get you food at four Olde Towne restaurants. Meet your neighbors and patronize local businesses. For more information, check out the event website. Olde Towne East tour event website.

The city of Columbus is about to undertake a large scale pot hole repair project. If you know of a pothole in Columbus that needs fixed, you can either connect with them through their Facebook page or Twitter (@ColumbusDPS) with the name of the street, nearby address, direction of travel, and which lane the pothole is located in.

Finally, a note of inspiration for spring– Check out Good’s 10 Most Awesome Guerrilla Gardens From Around the World. 

Have a great weekend neighbors!


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