NORTHBROOK – The Northbrook Community Relations Commission will host a combined Welcome to Northbrook and Flamingo Friday event on Friday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Northbrook Village Hall.
The annual Flamingo Friday and Welcome to Northbrook lawn party is scheduled just in time to kick-off summer fun. Representatives from the Village, Public Library, Park District, Police and Fire Departments as well as the Northbrook Historical Society, Northbrook Chamber and North Suburban YMCA and others will be in attendance to help new and seasoned residents learn about services in the Village of Northbrook. Refreshments will be served. Stop by and meet your neighbors and public officials.
Residents are encouraged to participate in the Community Relations Commission’s popular Flamingo Friday “meet your neighbors” program. Flamingo Friday participants will be able to pick up their neighborhood’s plastic pink flamingo at the May 19 event.
The Northbrook Community Relations Commission sponsors Flamingo Fridays to promote neighborliness, public safety and just plain fun for all ages.
What are Flamingo Fridays? Flamingo Fridays provide a way to connect with neighbors in a completely casual atmosphere. It is a well-established fact that when neighbors get to know each other and their children, an improved sense of support, understanding, well-being, and safety are the result.
How does it work? Every Friday evening, starting around 6 p.m., from Memorial Day through Labor Day, a neighborhood gathering will be held in someone’s driveway. The host provides the driveway. Everyone brings their own lawn chairs, beverages, kids and snacks, if desired. Gatherings last 30 minutes or several hours, depending on the group assembled on any given Friday evening.
Where do the flamingos come in? Whoever volunteers to host the Flamingo Friday gathering, obtains a plastic lawn flamingo from the previous host and displays it on their lawn starting the Monday or Tuesday before the weekend event. No fuss, no RSVPs, no pressure, no strings. Attend once, twice or as often as you please. Each neighborhood needs only one flamingo, as it is passed from driveway to driveway each week.
Where do I get the flamingos? Pink flamingos can be obtained from the Village Hall, along with a how-to-get-started information sheet. Or, download the info sheet and a flyer at www.northbrook.il.us/flamingo
Flamingos will be available to residents free of charge at the Flamingo Friday event on the lawn of Village Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 19.
Submitted by the Village of Northbrook