Series focuses on tips for guiding homeowner, neighborhood associations

Tempe residents who want to learn more about leading neighborhood and homeowner associations are invited to participate in the city's Neighborhood Leadership Academy.

The Neighborhood Advisory Commission is sponsoring free classes, which are open to all Tempe residents. Participants can take one or more of the following classes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.

March 22: "Leading a Homeowners Association—Tips from the Trenches," focusing on items from creating a positive relationship with members to legal do's and don'ts for community association leaders and board members.

March 29: "Leading a Neighborhood Association–Tips from the Trenches" focusing on basic organizing tactics (e.g. writing a newsletter, conducting a meeting, encouraging participation) for voluntary organization leaders.

April 12: "Crime Prevention in Your Neighborhood": City staff from the crime prevention unit of the police department will provide tips on making your neighborhood safer, including information on forming and running a successful Blockwatch.

April 26: "Town Gown Relationships": Focusing on how neighborhoods, the city and Arizona State University can work together on neighborhood issues, including rental housing.

May 10: "Neighborhoods and Community Planning"—A special class on hot topics in planning, including how the public can effectively participate in planning processes, land usage, redevelopment, zoning law and decoding planning jargon for the layperson.

To sign up for a class or for more details, call (480) 350-8234. Class is limited to 25 participants.