Neighborhood College

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Neighborhood College is a one-of-a-kind collaboration of workshops and hands-on learning experiences brought to you by multiple city departments.The intent of the program is to provide each participant with knowledge about the city’s programs, services and resources; the tools to access those resources; and the skills and ideas with which to build positive, sustainable communities.

Everyone is welcome!  Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned community leader or a new resident just looking to get to know your new home better, Neighborhood College is flexible enough to meet the needs of all Phoenix residents! We hope to see you at one of our many free workshops - and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Here's a look at our current class offerings.  If you're interested in a subject you don't see here, please let us know.  There are three ways to register for a workshop: 1) register online, 2) email neighborhood.college@phoenix.gov or 3) call​ 602-534-4444.  

 

Neighborhood College Workshops 

Please note: when you sign up using the form below, you WILL NOT receive a confirmation.  You only will be notified if there is a cancellation.

Upcoming Workshops​​​

JANUARY 2016

​Jan. 9
Paint Sprayer Training
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from Jan. 9, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St.  For more information, 602.534.4444.

Jan. 21
Landlord/Tenant Workshop                                                               
This free workshop offered through Neighborhood College will provide information on rights, responsibilities and guidelines of landlords and tenants under the Arizona Residential Law.  Topics to be discussed include the eviction process, security deposits, tenants in foreclosure, maintenance issues and more.  January 21, 5 to 8 p.m., South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S. 24th St. 85042. For more information, 602.534.4444.


FEBRUARY 2016

Feb. 4
Creating a Desert Oasis with Low-water-use Plants                                     
Learn how to create wonderful outdoor spaces with low-water-use trees, shrubs, succulents, cacti and groundcover that thrive in Phoenix soil and weather.  Feb. 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Palo Verde Library, 4401 N. 51st Ave. For more information, 602.534.3950.

Feb.  5
Step-by-Step Grant Writing
This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and is not just about offering more tips on writing your first grant or improving your skills. You will watch Sarah Sullivan demonstrate her step-by-step process in writing a grant: finding the important pieces of a grant application, where to store grant writing files, how to estimates the completion of an application, and more. Sarah’s technique is interactive, so we encourage you to come with questions. 
    Each round-table discussion at lunch will include a staff member of an arts organization to discuss their grant writing process. Additionally, Robin Hanson with AZ Business Volunteers for the Arts will discuss Pro Bono Volunteers, and Linda Essig, director of the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at ASU, will discuss grant writing tools and the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit. To register visit, www.phoenix.gov/arts/arts-learning/workshops-conferences

Feb. 6
Family H20 Science Labs for Parents and Kids                                           
Help your kids get ahead in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at this free, family friendly H20 Science Lab. This hands-on science lab will engage your child in learning about water cycle, groundwater flow and where we get our water here in Phoenix. Feb. 6, 1 to 5 p.m. at Ironwood Library, 4343 E. Chandler Blvd. For more information, 602.534.3950.

Feb. 11
Mandatory Contractor Orientation                                                       
Housing Rehab Section Contractor Orientation. The Housing  Rehabilitation section will host a mandatory contractor orientation. Feb. 11 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St., Suite 100. For more information or to RSVP, 602.534.4444.

Feb. 11
HOA Workshop                                                                          
Presented by Mulcahy Law Firm; this workshop will explore the top 10 things board members and owners need to know about community association law, the secrets to effective collection of delinquent assessments and how to effectively handle rental properties. Feb. 11, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave. For more information, 602.534.4444.

Feb. 13  
Pressure Washer Training                                                              ​
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from Feb. 13, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.

Feb. 20
Fundamentals of Grant Writing                
This workshop explores the fundamentals of the grant writing process. Learn the Who, What, Where and How of grant writing. Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Burton Barr Library, 1221 N Central Ave., 4th Floor Lecture Room. For more information, 602.534.4444.

Feb. 20
Landscape Watering  
Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Participants will receive a guidebook, Landscape Watering by the Numbers. Feb. 20, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Desert Broom Library, 29710 N. Cave Creek Rd. For more information, 602.534.3950.


MARCH 2016

​March 1 
Landscape Watering    
Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Participants will receive a guidebook, Landscape Watering by the Numbers. March 1, 7 to 8 p.m. at South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S. 24th St. For more information, 602.534.3950.

​March 1 
Talking Trash Tour and Class                                                           
Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage and recycling once it's picked up? It's actually a complex process managed by the hardworking Public Works staff.  This workshop consists of a tour of the city's Transfer Station to experience firsthand where our garbage and recycling are sorted and processed.  You'll also learn the tips to recycle more to gain a better understanding of how you can produce less garbage, which means a cleaner, more beautiful Phoenix. March 1, 9 to 11 a.m., North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N.  Black Canyon Hwy.  For more information, 602.534.4444.

March 7- 9 
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training                                      
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations and terrorism awareness.
​     ​You must register for any class you want to take by sending an e-mail to don.L.peyton@phoenix.gov, or call 602-261-8038.  If you do not register for a class and it is cancelled you will not be notified. If you register for a class you are responsible to let us know if you are unable to attend. Class is March 7 and 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, 3300 East Sky Harbor Blvd.​. The CERT training is a FEMA certified course, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 20 hours of training. 

March 10
Landscape Watering                                                                    
Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Participants will receive a guidebook, Landscape Watering by the Numbers. March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. For more information, 602.534.3950.

March 11
Building Ideas: From Studio Concept to Public Art
This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and offers a detailed overview of making the professional leap from studio to public art. Featuring artists, arts professionals and step-by-step examples of turning concepts into major projects. Topics will include developing strong submittals and proposals, budgeting, digital design, team collaboration, selecting and working with fabricators, and project management. To register visit, www.phoenix.gov/arts/arts-learning/workshops-conferences

March 11 - 13   
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training                                      
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations and terrorism awareness.
    ​You must register for any class you want to take by sending an e-mail to don.L.peyton@phoenix.gov, or call 602-261-8038.  If you do not register for a class and it is cancelled you will not be notified. If you register for a class you are responsible to let us know if you are unable to attend. Class is March 11 from 6 to 10 p.m.; March 12 and 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Phoenix Fire Admin Building, 150 S. 12th St. The CERT training is a FEMA certified course, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 20 hours of training. 

​March 12
Paint Sprayer Training                                                                
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from March 12, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.

March 16
3R's of Volunteering Management              ​                                          
Interested in learning the basics of how to organize a neighborhood cleanup?  Need to know how to recruit, retain and reward neighborhood volunteers?  Then THIS workshop is for you!  Facilitated by NSDs Volunteer Coordinator, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make your next volunteer based project a success. March 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. For more information, 602.534.4444.

​March 24
Rain Gardens                                                                           
Learn from a certified water harvesting practitioner how to design an earth-friendly yard using simple earthworks and planting to passively cool your home. March 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. For more information, 602.534.3950.


APRIL 2016

April 1
Marketing- Social Media, Websites, and the Press
We will dig into your questions about how to make the most out of your social media accounts, the importance of having a website and high resolution photos, and effective ways to get the press to notice your work. This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To register visit, www.phoenix.gov/arts/arts-learning/workshops-conferences

​April 2
Family H20 Science Labs for Parents and Kids                                           
Help your kids get ahead in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at this free, family friendly H20 Science Lab. This hands-on science lab will engage your child in learning about water cycle, groundwater flow and where we get our water here in Phoenix. April 2, noon to 4 p.m. at Harmon Library, 1325 S. 5th Ave. For more information, 602.534.3950.

​April 9
Landscape Watering                                                                     
Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Participants will receive a guidebook, Landscape Watering by the Numbers. April 9, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Juniper Library, 1825 W. Union Hills Dr. For more information, 602.534.3950.

​April 9
Pressure Washer Training                                                               
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from April 9, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.

April 14
HOA Workshop                                                                           
Presented by Mulcahy Law Firm; learn about what boards should do to assure that the association's business is conducted in an efficient manner and the legal duties of the board of directors. Also learn about the code of conduct for the board of directors and the basics of self-managed associations. April 14, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library Auditorium, 1221 N. Central Ave. For more information, 602.534.4444.

April 19
Rain Gardens                                                                           
Learn from a certified water harvesting practitioner how to design an earth-friendly yard using simple earthworks and planting to passively cool your home. April 19, 7 to 8 p.m. at South Mountain Community Library, 7050 S 24th St. For more information, 602.534.3950.

April 20
Talking Trash Tour and Class                                                    
Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage and recycling once it's picked up? It's actually a complex process managed by the hardworking Public Works staff.  This workshop consists of a tour of the city's Transfer Station to experience firsthand where our garbage and recycling are sorted and processed.  You'll also learn the tips to recycle more to gain a better understanding of how you can produce less garbage, which means a cleaner, more beautiful Phoenix.   April 20, 9 to 11 a.m., North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N.  Black Canyon Hwy.  For more information, 602.534.4444.

​April 21
Landlord/Tenant Workshop                                                               
This free workshop offered through Neighborhood College will provide information on rights, responsibilities and guidelines of landlords and tenants under the Arizona Residential Law.  Topics to be discussed include the eviction process, security deposits, tenants in foreclosure, maintenance issues and more.  April 21, 5 to 8 p.m., Washington Community Center, 2240 W. Citrus Way. For more information, 602.534.4444.

​April 23
Landscape Watering                                                                     
Learn how to properly water your landscape to save time and increase the health and beauty of your plants. Participants will receive a guidebook, Landscape Watering by the Numbers. April 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Cholla Library, 10050 Metro Parkway. For more information, 602.534.3950.


MAY 2016

May 6
Should you be a non-profit, LLC, certified B Corps, or…?
Having an idea, gathering some collaborators, gaining resources, then becoming a non-profit seems like “the path”, but what if this traditional model doesn’t fit your organization? Or you’re unsure if it does? These workshop will allow you the time to ask questions of speakers who discuss the pros and cons of their decision. This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To register visit, www.phoenix.gov/arts/arts-learning/workshops-conferences
May 13 - 15
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training       ​                              
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations and terrorism awareness.
    ​You must register for any class you want to take by sending an e-mail to don.L.peyton@phoenix.gov, or call 602-261-8038.  If you do not register for a class and it is cancelled you will not be notified. If you register for a class you are responsible to let us know if you are unable to attend. Class is May 13 from 6 to 10 p.m.; May  14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Phoenix Fire Admin Building, 150 S. 12th St. The CERT training is a FEMA certified course, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 20 hours of training. 

​May 14
Fundamentals of Grant Writing                                                          
This workshop explores the fundamentals of the grant writing process. Learn the Who, What, Where and How of grant writing. May 14, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Burton Barr Library, 1221 N Central Ave., 4th Floor Lecture Room. For more information, 602.534.4444.

​May 14
Paint Sprayer Training                                                         
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from May 14, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.

​May 27
Should you be a non-profit, LLC, certified B Corps, or…?
Having an idea, gathering some collaborators, gaining resources, then becoming a non-profit seems like “the path”, but what if this traditional model doesn’t fit your organization? Or you’re unsure if it does? These workshop will allow you the time to ask questions of speakers who discuss the pros and cons of their decision. This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To register visit, www.phoenix.gov/arts/arts-learning/workshops-conferences


JUNE 2016

June 15
3R's of Volunteering Management              ​                                          
Interested in learning the basics of how to organize a neighborhood cleanup?  Need to know how to recruit, retain and reward neighborhood volunteers?  Then THIS workshop is for you!  Facilitated by NSDs Volunteer Coordinator, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make your next volunteer based project a success. June 15, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the NSD West Facility, 3325 W. Flower St., Suite 100. ​For more information, 602.534.4444.


JULY 2016

July 8 - 10
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training                                      
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations and terrorism awareness.
     ​You must register for any class you want to take by sending an e-mail to don.L.peyton@phoenix.gov, or call 602-261-8038.  If you do not register for a class and it is cancelled you will not be notified. If you register for a class you are responsible to let us know if you are unable to attend. Class is July 8 from 6 to 10 p.m.; July 9 and 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Phoenix Fire Admin Building, 150 S. 12th St. The CERT training is a FEMA certified course, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 20 hours of training. 

July 11- 13
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training                                      
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations and terrorism awareness.
   ​You must register for any class you want to take by sending an e-mail to don.L.peyton@phoenix.gov, or call 602-261-8038.  If you do not register for a class and it is cancelled you will not be notified. If you register for a class you are responsible to let us know if you are unable to attend. Class is July 11 and 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, 3300 East Sky Harbor Blvd.​. The CERT training is a FEMA certified course, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 20 hours of training. 

​July 21
Landlord/Tenant Workshop                                                               
This free workshop offered through Neighborhood College will provide information on rights, responsibilities and guidelines of landlords and tenants under the Arizona Residential Law.  Topics to be discussed include the eviction process, security deposits, tenants in foreclosure, maintenance issues and more.  July 21, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., St. Mary's Food Bank, 3030 W. Thomas Road. For more information,602.534.4444.


AUGUST 2016

Aug. 11
Talking Trash Tour and Class                                                           
Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage and recycling once it's picked up? It's actually a complex process managed by the hardworking Public Works staff.  This workshop consists of a tour of the city's Transfer Station to experience firsthand where our garbage and recycling are sorted and processed.  You'll also learn the tips to recycle more to gain a better understanding of how you can produce less garbage, which means a cleaner, more beautiful Phoenix.   Aug. 11, 9 to 11 a.m., North Gateway Transfer Station, 30205 N.  Black Canyon Hwy.  For more information, 602.534.4444.


SEPTEMBER 2016

Sept. 9 - 11 
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training                                      
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders and community members who have completed a CERT train-the-trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI), located in Emmitsburg, MD. CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations and terrorism awareness.
​    You must register for any class you want to take by sending an e-mail to don.L.peyton@phoenix.gov, or call 602-261-8038.  If you do not register for a class and it is cancelled you will not be notified. If you register for a class you are responsible to let us know if you are unable to attend. Class is Sept. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m.; Sept. 10 and 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Phoenix Fire Admin Building, 150 S. 12th St. The CERT training is a FEMA certified course, in order to receive a certificate of completion you must attend all 20 hours of training. 

Sept. 10
Paint Sprayer Training                 
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from Sept. 10, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.

Sept. 14
3R's of Volunteering Management              ​                                          
Interested in learning the basics of how to organize a neighborhood cleanup?  Need to know how to recruit, retain and reward neighborhood volunteers?  Then THIS workshop is for you!  Facilitated by NSDs Volunteer Coordinator, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make your next volunteer based project a success. Sept. 14, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center, ​2405 E. Broadway. ​For more information, 602.534.4444.


OCTOBER 2016

​Oct. 8
Pressure Washer Training                                                               
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from Oct. 8, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.

​Oct. 20
Landlord/Tenant Workshop                                                         
This free workshop offered through Neighborhood College will provide information on rights, responsibilities and guidelines of landlords and tenants under the Arizona Residential Law.  Topics to be discussed include the eviction process, security deposits, tenants in foreclosure, maintenance issues and more.  Oct. 20, 2016, 5 to 8 p.m., Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel Ave. For more information, 602.534.4444.


NOVEMBER 2016

​Nov. 5
Paint Sprayer Training                                                            
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from Nov. 5, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.


DECEMBER 2016

​Dec. 3  
Pressure Washer Training                                                               
Learn how to use the city equipment and then use it to improve areas in your neighborhood. Each workshop will be on the dates below from Dec. 3, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Neighborhood Services Department West Facility at 3325 W. Flower St. For more information, 602.534.4444.​

Dec. 7
3R's of Volunteering Management              ​                                          
Interested in learning the basics of how to organize a neighborhood cleanup?  Need to know how to recruit, retain and reward neighborhood volunteers?  Then THIS workshop is for you!  Facilitated by NSDs Volunteer Coordinator, you’ll learn tips and tricks to help make your next volunteer based project a success. Dec. 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cholla Library, 10050 Metro Parkway East. ​For more information, 602.534.4444.


Neighborhood College is made possible through a partnership with the Phoenix Public Works Department.

 





 

 

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