By Midge Pierce

A silver lining of the attack on Neighborhood Associations is the growing outreach to under-represented groups.

It’s not always easy, as groups that do not share language and culture may feel isolated and unwelcome, but NAs say it’s not for lack of trying.

In addition to events that encourage community mingling at summertime’s many commercial street fairs and farmer’s markets, August was filled with National Night Out neighborhood events, block parties and picnics.

South Tabor Neighborhood, is planning its 9th Annual Harvest Fest, and even boasts a tireless volunteer who brings jellies and jams to welcome new neighbors.

The adjacent Mt. Tabor neighborhood resurrected its annual picnic by extending outreach to more than a thousand apartments, homes and businesses.

A six-block neighborhood within the neighborhood near SE Madison and 57th St. has been hosting a Dessert Night for neighbors new and old for twenty-two years. What started as a way to teach bored summertime kids how to cook pies has become a highly anticipated event.

“Dessert is a great way to bring neighbors together,” says Tod Burton. Pies remain the treat of choice.