Council Bluffs likes to party.

A year-long goal for neighborhoods and companies to hold 100 block parties to foster more community pride and to create new friendships was announced just a few weeks ago.

As of Monday, 33 such parties have been held.

“We’re already a third there. It blew my expectations out of the water,” said Kelsey Johnson, multi media coordinator for the 712 Initiative. “And, I’ve had 10 to 15 phone calls in the last week asking for information on it. People are wanting to get involved, and that’s the point here, to get out and meet new people.”

The effort, called 100 Block Parties, is what residents suggested in surveys during the past year, said Mayor Matt Walsh at the official announcement on Sept. 28.

“You told us you wanted more opportunities to connect and celebrate with your neighbors,” Walsh said. “The 100 Block Parties is about celebrating the people, the places, the history and the happenings that make us proud to live and work in Council Bluffs.”

It’s part of the city’s new image motto, “Unlike Anywhere Else on Purpose,” Walsh said.

Besides neighborhood groups getting involved, companies like the Edwards Auto Group and Google have held parties.

City employees also recently held a party that attracted some 250 people.

People all over town are excited about this fun way of meeting their fellow residents, said Michelle Bandur, communications director for the city of Council Bluffs.

“It’s something the community has been craving, to find ways to get together,” she said.

Those who host a block party will receive free items, including free T-shirts and a block party toolkit.

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