Here’s how Norfolk’s annual Neighborhood Expo is bringing communities together

(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

NORFOLK — Grab your red sweater, the city’s annual Neighborhood Expo is coming up and it’ll be “a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”

The eighth annual Norfolk Neighborhood Expo will be on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Military Circle Mall Food Court.

This year’s theme: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

“We want to highlight what it means to be a part of a community,” said Nikki Southall, neighborhood relations manager for the city’s department of Neighborhood Development.

Every year the city puts on the event to push the many neighborhoods together, working on neighbors helping neighbors, she said.

This year’s theme is an ode to the 50th anniversary of the Mister Rogers Show airing on PBS, Southall said.

In addition to reminding residents what it means to be neighborly, the expo is designed to broaden civic engagement and foster positive relations among the city’s residents and community leaders.

“We find that residents don’t know what’s happening,” Southall said.

Over 40 exhibitors will participate in the expo. This includes representatives from city agencies, city partners and civic leagues.

Additionally, people will be able to enjoy music and entertainment, door prizes and giveaways and refreshments, Southall said.

The events show people how they can get involved in the community and it also shows people what diverse communities surround them.

“There’s a mesh of people coming into the city and people who’ve been living here for generations,” she said.

The neighborhood expo is just a yearly way to get them all together.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this year’s expo, call 757-823-4217 or email neighborhoodengage@norfolk.gov.

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