Back by popular demand: “Beyond Meetings: Tips and Tools for Better Community Outreach”

Brian Blackford standing behind a podium in a blue sweater. He is gesturing as he explains something at the IDEA 2023 conference.

RESCHEDULED: October 17, 2023
@ E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center
(400 W. Minnetrista Pkwy)

Headshot of Brian Blackford

Brian Blackford’s presentation at the 2023 IDEA Conference was so well received we’re bringing him back to share “Beyond Meetings: Tips and Tools for Better Community Outreach” with the NLC.

Engaging community members is more important and more challenging than ever. Simply hosting a town hall or settling for insights from the usual suspects is no longer sufficient. During this interactive session, participants review why community engagement matters and consider creative ways to make it more practical, productive, and meaningful.

Food will be provided! Check out and share the FB event page.

2023 $2 Tour of the Village is back!

Header Image for the event that gives the event details written out below and shows a man giving the peace-sign after getting dunked last year

Looking for something fun to do or just want to see what the Village has to offer? 

When: August 26 from 4-8 PM
Where: The Village in Muncie

2023 $2 Tour flier (pdf)

Live music and huge discounts on items ranging from FREE to just $2!

The Riverside-Normal City neighborhood association is excited to host a $2 tour of the Village! Participating Village merchants will be offering $2 items that range from an Art Mart goodie bag to a hard-shell taco at Chavas or a $2 t-shirt from Screenbroidery. Live music will begin at 4:00 PM on a stage at the intersection of Dill St and University Ave.

This event will showcase local village businesses while promoting the Riverside-Normal City neighborhood and its unique features, like the neighborhood’s prime location between Ball State, downtown Muncie, and Minnetrista!


  • The first 500 attendees will receive a Village Passport.  Collect 5 stamps to be eligible for prizes donated by participating Village merchants.
  • The first 100 attendees will receive a $2 bill!


This free event is sponsored by Ball State University, Ball Brothers Foundation, Muncie Action Plan, Muncie Map Company, and the Riverside-Normal City Neighborhood Association.