Monthly Meetings

  • May 2016 Monthly Meeting

Next meeting: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 from 6pm-8pm at Family of Faith UMC (800 East Market Street). Dinner and childcare provided!

Dates, Times and Location

Neighborhood Network Monthly Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from 6pm-8pm at Family of Faith UMC. To get updates on the agenda and share meeting information with friends and neighbors, be sure to follow Neighborhood Network on FACEBOOK.


2020 Monthly Meeting Schedule and Topics

  • January 7th: Hear from community organizations like the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer program, help plan out the next year’s monthly meeting topics and participate in the Community Marketplace Game
  • February 4th: University Park Neighborhood Plan final community meeting – come see the draft plan and vision for the neighborhood and how YOU can be involved in the work moving forward
  • March 3rd: Planning a Party – learn all you need to know to throw a block party this summer and brighten up your windowsill with a new plant – green thumb not required
  • April 7th: Hope & Healing Sexual Assault Awareness Month community resource presentation while you paint rocks to raise awareness
  • May 5th: Let’s make Middlebury and University Park Dementia Friendly Communities and learn about other community resources that may just save someone’s life!
  • June 2nd: Guided neighborhood pride painting activity (outside if the weather behaves!) – get crafty with a take-home community pride project
  • July 7th: Garden harvest potluck at a local community garden TBD (with backup plan for rain date/location), tie dye your community pride t-shirt and register to vote while enjoying a fresh and healthy locally grown dinner!
  • August 4th: Night Out Against Crime – check out Neighborhood Network’s and the many other community organizations’ booths for community resources – stay a while to tie dye your community pride t-shirt and enjoy dinner, games and networking with your neighbors.
  • September 1st: Trolley tour of Middlebury and University Park – jump on the trolley to explore some Akron history and mystery
  • October 6th: Still On The Table small group discussions (topics TBD) – your voice matters! Have a topic suggestion? Email
  • November 3rd: Open House meeting with AxessPointe providing health insurance open enrollment assistance along with stress relieving activities – be sure to vote before you come out to the meeting!
  • December 1st: Updates on the Middlebury and University Park Neighborhood Plans and neighborhood pride activity to celebrate 2020!

2019 Monthly Meeting Schedule and Topics

  • January 1st: NO MEETING
  • February 5th: Akron Police Department Run, Hide, Fight Training
  • March 5th: Middlebury Walk Audit rollout, Safe Routes to School and Great Streets Information, Safe Mobility Project
  • April 2nd: United Way of Summit County Family Resource Center and Community Health Assessment Table Talk
  • May 7th: Community Gardens/Food System and Table Talk
  • June 4th: Celebration/Party and Walking Tour down East Market
  • August 6th: Middlebury/University Park Night Out Against Crime CANCELLED due to rain
  • September 3rd: Middlebury/University Park Night Out Against Crime RESCHEDULED
  • October 1st: University Park Neighborhood Plan Community Meeting #1 and On The Table Discussion
  • November 5th: Creation of neighborhood vision time capsule and Middlebury and University Park history information (Middlebury Story Map created by Summit County GIS Department)
  • December 3rd: University Park Neighborhood Plan Community Meeting #2 and Middlebury Neighborhood Plan Annual Report from What’s Next Committee

Neighborhood Network Monthly Meeting Handouts/Presentations

Click on the link to view the materials and PowerPoint associated with each meeting (as available)



Parking is available in the Family of Faith UMC parking lot. Residents are encouraged to carpool, walk to the meeting or ride the bus. The nearest bus stop is at the East Market and Carroll Street intersection.

I have an idea for a meeting topic, Can I present during the meeting?

If you have an idea for a meeting topic or would like to present, please contact Marissa Little (Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator) at or 330-745-7734 ext. 202. To respect everyone's time, we ask that you contact Marissa to get on the agenda at least two weeks before the meeting. At most meetings we will host the "Community Market Place" activity where everyone will have the opportunity to make an offer, request or declaration for up to 60 seconds.

Is dinner provided? What should I expect?

Sue Hazelet from the NN Core Team prepares a hot dinner for each Neighborhood Network Monthly Meeting. We've enjoyed taco bars, salads, lasagna and everyone loves Sue's brownies! We normally eat right at 6:00pm after a brief welcome. If you have food allergies please connect with Sue before the meeting in the kitchen to discuss what ingredients were used.

Can my children attend the meeting?

Absolutely! We welcome youth participation in the neighborhood revitalization process. We realize too that sometimes kids just want to play! That's why we have two-three babysitters (through Family of Faith UMC) at each meeting. For more information please contact Pastor Ron Shultz at

Will you ever cancel a meeting?

We normally don't cancel our meetings due to weather. However, if severe weather is predicted (tornado, flooding, etc.) we will cancel the meeting and notify the community via our email listserv and Facebook page. In the event the NN Monthly Meeting were to fall on a holiday (ex: New Years Day) we will not have a Monthly Meeting for that month and will notify the community via our email listserv, Facebook page and at the prior Monthly Meeting.

Why isn't there a July meeting?

We take July off because it is a month already filled with family vacations, community events and Neighborhood Reborn projects - the first Tuesday of July also falls particularly close to the 4th of July.

What happens in August?

In place of our August Monthly Meeting, Neighborhood Network participates in the National Night Out Against Crime - coordinated through the City of Akron Mayor's Office - which always falls on the first Tuesday of August. We will post information about the Night Out event on our Facebook page and website and send out a listserv email as a reminder.