Anthem resident

Anthem is hosting an in-person resident town hall at the civic building on July 28 with light refreshments in an informal and laidback atmosphere. 

The event gives new residents the chance to meet their neighbors, discuss upcoming community events, ask questions of the Anthem Community Council and homeowners association and learn about community center and dog park memberships.

“We have had a lot of new people move into Anthem over the last year and we had some closures due to COVID, so we haven’t been able to connect with everybody,” said Kristi Northcutt, senior director of community relations for Anthem.

“We’re having this new resident town hall to invite anyone who’s new to the area who hasn’t had a chance to come to the civic building or meet our staff and board members, to just come in a casual, laidback way to meet everyone and interact. Any Anthem resident is welcome to attend, but it will be geared especially to new residents.”

The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with Phoenix Councilwoman Ann O’Brien giving a brief welcome and introduction. Then, residents can mingle and browse through various tables around the building that provide information about places like the community center, dog park and Veterans Memorial. 

Residents can also purchase pavers to be placed at the dog park or Anthem Veterans Memorial if they would like.

While memberships for the community center and dog park can’t be done on site, due to the length of time it takes, all necessary forms and paperwork will be available. Attendees can even speak with the membership specialists and schedule an appointment to make arrangements. 

An informal Q&A session will start at 6 p.m., where residents can ask questions to the board members. Northcutt said there are a few questions they get regularly and are happy to explain, such as the difference between Anthem Community Council and the HOA or upcoming community events.

The night will end with the official monthly board meeting at 6:30, for which residents are welcome and encouraged to stay. Light refreshments and free child care will be provided.

Northcutt said prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community held a new resident town hall twice a year.

“This event on July 28 is a way for us to get back into that routine and connect with our residents on a more one-to-one basis,” Northcutt said. “It will be interesting to meet residents, whether they’re new or they’ve been here a while and we just haven’t had a chance to meet them.”

The event’s goal is not only to inform and meet new residents, but, according to the Anthem Community Council’s website, to also uphold one of its strategic priorities: to continue to provide high-quality customer service, facilities and programs that enhance quality of life for Anthem residents.

“I hope people feel very proud to be Anthem residents, that they’re excited to live here and to be part of our community and to feel like the board and staff are accessible, and that we want to hear from them,” Northcutt said.

“We want to hear their ideas. We want them to be involved in this community, and there are so many ways to do that, this is just one. I hope they leave having met people and taking informational materials that keep them coming back for many years to come.”