19 10, 2017

October 25: Bella Vista Pumpkin Carving with Artist Mike Storm

9 10, 2017

October 21: 9th Street Tour: A Benefit for Bella Vista Neighbors Association

For decades, the Ninth Street Italian Market has drawn residents and visitors alike to soak in the sights, sounds, and, oh!, the smells of its fruit-laden stalls, tantalizing meat- and cheese-filled windows, and cannoli-stocked shelves. Once brimming with the foodstuffs of Italy, these days it’s also a go-to for those shopping for Vietnamese or Mexican ingredients such as lychee or taco shells.

For an inside look at all that is old — and new — in the Market, join Liana Ottaviani as she leads a walking tour on Saturday, October 21. A member of the Fante’s family, Liana is generously donating her time and knowledge as part of a fundraising effort for Bella Vista Neighbors Association, an independent and non-profit organization serving the residents of the community.

The tour meets at 9am at the Visitor’s Center and lasts for approximately 2.5 hours as walkers meander through the market. Meet the current owners of famiy-owned businesses like Claudio’s and Fante’s, learn about their histories, sample their wares, and collect discounts along the way.

Tickets are $25 and the tour is limited to 15 participants.  This is a rain or shine event. We regret that we are unable to offer refunds. If you find you are unable to attend after purchasing a ticket, please let us know so we may be able to offer your place on the tour to someone on the waiting list.

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8 10, 2017

October 13: Kids Pumpkin Painting Workshop

29 09, 2017

BVNA Sidewalk and Curb Cleaning Fundraising Initiative

We’re excited to announce that Bella Vista Neighbors Association has launched a fundraising campaign to cover the cost of paid sidewalk and curb sweeping in our neighborhood.

We recognize that many of you are already doing your part to sweep up the sidewalk in front of your home, and even pitch in to clean up surrounding blocks. Unfortunately, it is not enough – as can be readily seen on a walk through the neighborhood. There are many blocks where, for a variety of reasons, the volume of litter simply outpaces the volunteer capacity.

BVNA regularly hears from residents that litter is their primary concern. In response, we have pursued quotes from multiple organizations. We also polled our peers, and to the best of our knowledge, all surrounding neighborhood community groups already have various organized efforts in place, whereby a third party performs routine sweeping of their sidewalks and curbs.

BVNA is therefore addressing the need and undertaking this ambitious project by partnering with a community-based non-profit, Ready, Willing & Able (RWA). RWA aims to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal recidivism by providing paid transitional work, occupational training, housing, and comprehensive support services to homeless individuals. This is truly a win-win – for the neighborhood, and for the workers.

RWA will sweep Bainbridge, Fitzwater, Catharine, Christian and Carpenter streets, and the north side of Washington Avenue, from 6th to 11th. They will also sweep those numbered streets, with the exception of 9th south of Christian, as that is overseen by the Italian Market and has unique logistics and needs.

We’ve set up a fundraising page dedicated to this program. Bella Vista has approximately 3700 households. If just 500 of those are able to give $50 per year – it will fully fund the program. I hope you will strongly consider being a part of that group of 500, so that we can get started in Spring of 2018.

19 09, 2017

September 27 General Meeting