Make Thursday Night Community Potluck Night
Make Thursday Potluck Night. Invite friends, neighbors and even strangers to join you at a local park for a potluck dinner. No rules - just show up with what every you can muster that day. Sometimes you'll be inspired and cook something amazing and other times just getting there with stale chips and bottle of wine is all you can manage. This creates a welcoming atmosphere with lots of authentic laughter, conversations and connections.
And if you say - "Wow - that sounds great but every week?!? That is too much commitment" then I say "But you have to eat and food always tastes better out doors with friends." Yes inertia is a bitch sometimes and can be hard to break once you get home after work or pick up. But once you get there and let the kids run free you will love having that first glass of wine and an actual adult conversations.
Plus they are so easy to start - just find a park, invite people, make food and show up. Repeat the last three steps every week. Make it community based and not just for a school or a class so that everyone can invite their friends and neighbors. You will be amazed how powerful and enjoyable the simple act of eating together can be.