Happy Summer! Another school year is in the “books” and now many of us can take a little time to relax and reset. For others, however, summer is anything but relaxing as they pack boxes, load up trucks and relocate to a new city. With that in mind, we publish our Annual Newcomer’s Guide each June to help new families connect better to all that the River Region has to offer!
In our guide, you’ll find details on Where to Eat, Where to Grow, Where to Learn and Where to Play. Discover pediatricians and dentists, childcares and schools, plus parks, attractions and annual not-to-miss events in the area. So we’ve got you covered from “business” to “pleasure” as your family settles in and gets to know our community!
An important part of settling in is finding a group of friends (or even acquaintances) with like-minded passions or hobbies. In Finding Your Crew, Sarah Lyons encourages stepping out of your comfort zone to begin making those connections. She advises being open and accepting, looking for common interests, giving support and also asking for the support you need. Authentic relationships are formed organically when we are authentic and real with each other. These are the friendships that bless our lives tremendously and that often last a lifetime, no matter where we live.
If you are native to the River Region or have lived here for many years, let this be the summer you reach out to a new family and invite them to dinner or even out to a local event. You’ll be giving (and receiving) the gift of friendship while introducing them to all the family fun our community offers, especially during the summer months! Check out this month’s Bits and Pieces, Family Calendar and list of Independence Day celebrations to get ideas for that first outing together!
Let’s put away the backpacks and lunch boxes, turn off the alarm clocks and get ready to enjoy the lazy, outdoor summer nights with family and friends, new and old!