LITTLE ROCK, Ark — We usually meet our neighbors when we are first moving in, or when they are unbearable! (Think late night party that sounds like it’s in your living room.) However these days, when we are all stuck at home, neighbors are taking on a larger role than ever in our lives.
One Little Rock neighborhood is taking advantage of that, encouraging you to get out and get to know yours.
If it's a nice day out, there is a good chance you'll find Nicole Ellis and her family out on the front porch of their Stifft Station home.
“This is our favorite place to be right now. There is so much coming and going on the corner and we love to wave at the buses as they go by,” said Nicole Ellis.
Ever since the pandemic began, they have been appreciating what their little historic neighborhood, minutes from downtown Little Rock has to offer, including the people.
“Once quarantine started back in March, we noticed a lot more people walking in the neighborhood and its helped us meet more of our neighbors and make new friendships with people in the neighborhood,” said Ellis.
On Saturday, Ellis is organizing the Stifft Station Summer Stroll, an event aimed at encouraging people in the Stifft Station and Captiol View neighborhoods to get out and meet their neighbors.
“We are going to have music at our house. There will be a space-themed stop over on Booker,” said Ellis.
Ellis started the event last year, creating a map of homes that you could stop by and listen to music, eat ice cream or simply say hello to someone on the front porch. However, this year, she says is more important than ever because of the pandemic and protests.
“We’ve been here four years, but now more than ever this is the right time to get out and build that community with our neighbors,” said Ellis.
Ellis said there will be social distancing rules in place, including wearing a mask, but the goal remains the same.
“We have young children and we want to show them, through our example, that it doesn’t matter race or age or anything like that. We need to show kindness to our neighbors and be friends with them,” said Ellis.
The Summer Stroll is Saturday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
There will also be bingo cards where you can complete activities on your walk in order to win a prize.
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