|East Bay Cohousing Update: Tours, Sites, Talks, Trips, and More||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (rc3-coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:22:14 -0800 (PST)|
Dear Bay Area (Northern California) cohousing seekers and co-curious folk, Here's what my wife, East Bay Cohousing (EBCOHO) lead organizer Betsy Morris, just sent our over-1,000 members: It's been a fantastically fruitful week at East Bay Cohousing, with lots of great connections, potential sites, new ways of communicating, and more. Last Saturday, my husband and fellow Cohousing Coach Raines and I went to the South Bay with Cheryl Honey, nationally recognized inventor of Community Weaving, an organizing method of great power and impact that Raines has studied. What a smart cookie she is, integrating technology and community! We got to visit the site and observe a meeting of Mountain View Cohousing, an active-adult neighborhood near downtown, the first new-build cohousing community on the Peninsula/Silicon Valley, on its way to opening in 2012. Sunday, I toured a 17-bedroom former group house on Dwight Way near downtown Berkeley that's now on the market - and we're hosting some open houses and seeing if a group can come together around it. Monday we met with the board of the Northern California Land Trust (NCLT) to talk about potential collaborations to create permanently affordable sustainable community. We've gained access to a new meeting and office space in South Berkeley, near Ashby BART, and are gearing up for more activity than ever. We've upgraded the EBCOHO website to better reflect current activity (as well as created a companion site for the whole state, Cohousing California, at www.CalCoho.org ), to make it easier to see multiple upcoming events and other people's RSVPs and comments. We are partnering with green architects and developers to offer mini-tours to potential cohousing sites in the area. And that's just the beginning - we want you to find or co-create the community that's right for you, so we're working hard to make it easier for you to get there. We'll do our best to keep you from getting too many emails by using regular summaries like this and providing you with the tools to choose what you want to receive. Betsy (and Raines) East Bay Cohousing community organizers http://www.ebcoho.org/ ________________________________ EBCOHO Upcoming Events -- THIS WEEK Feb. 25 Thursday 6-8pm. Dine and tour the Cooperative Grocery (CoG) in Emeryville with lawyer Janelle Orsi, co-author of the Sharing Solution. Kids welcome! Free - RSVP Also tonight: A free community workshop on reducing your ecological footprint, in North Berkeley. This Friday, Feb. 26, 5-6pm. Tour 1545 Dwight Way in Berkeley, a huge, historic, and funky house for sale - formerly the commune known as The Ark. 17 bedrooms! Raines and EBCOHO supporting member/buyers' agent Mickey Tenenbaum will be on hand - Please do RSVP "No" (via our MeetUp-based website) if you want to come to this free event but can't make it, so we can know of your interest and include you on follow-up. Several EBCOHO members have expressed interest, so Raines and I are planning a special get-together this Sunday for folks who would like our help in putting together a bid as a group, starting with putting in money for a refundable option. Thanks to EBCOHO member Lotus Allen, we've talked with two different socially conscious housing advocates who may be able to help financially, for the right kind of group. Be sure to RSVP for one of the open houses to get on the list for this. Feb. 27, this Saturday 9:30-12:30, tour and discuss potential cohousing in El Sobrante, with a green developer and the architect of the Waldorf School there, Greg Van Mechelen. Great multi-generational and senior cohousing opportunity! $30/adult (just $20 for EBCOHO Supporting Members - have you upgraded your membership yet?) Get your ticket on our website. And Saturday evening, there's a Common House Concert at FrogSong in Cotati that we're hoping to make - find details on the Cohousing California website. Feb. 28, this Sunday afternoon, the Elders' Guild meets at the North Berkeley Senior Center. This group is laying the social groundwork for senior cohousing, among other things. ________________________________ Even more events next week and beyond Next Friday, March 5, join Dancing Rabbit EcoVillage founder Tony Sirna for lunch at Gather Restaurant in downtown Berkeley, with a conversation about sustainable community living. We may also get him to do a talk or host a reception in the early evening - stay tuned for details. March 6, next Saturday, join us for another mini-tour: a trek across the Bay for a half-day visit to an approved-for-development site and discussion of potential cohousing on Potrero Hill in San Francisco with the developer (who co-owns the site) and Greg. $30/adult ($20 for Supporting Members). That Sunday, March 7th, the 611 EcoVillage will open up for an afternoon tour of this urban sustainable community, now with rent-to-own options. Saturday, March 20, 8-5pm, Bus Tour of East Bay Cohousing with Coho/US (run by EBCOHO member Neil Planchon, national tours coordinator, Raines' Swan's Market Cohousing neighbor -- has it really been a decade since they moved in?). Get your ticket through EBCOHO with discounts for regular and sustaining members - the best way to see cohousing in the area. Saturday, March 27, 5-9pm; and Sunday, March 28, 9-5pm - The Cohousing Timeline Game: Get a first hand introduction to the cohousing development process by working with others in this innovative experiential workshop. We trained in and licensed The Timeline Game from our friends and fellow cohousers at the Cohousing Collaborative in Washington, DC. You can read this message with embedded links to details/RSVP pages for the above on the EBCOHO announcements message board on our website: http://www.ebcoho.org/messages/boards/thread/8648160/
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