March 15, 2017
Potluck: March 19
Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour: March 25
South Bay Presentation: March 26
Only 8 homes left!
If you're thinking of making your next move to cohousing, contact us to learn more about our project, while homes are still available.
Cohousing is for Introverts, too!
By Kathryn, Richmond Cohousing

This piece from a member of Richmond Cohousing in Virginia dispels the assumption that cohousing communities are best suited to outgoing people. Cohousing is remarkable in the balance it provides between privacy and community. Our group makeup is a celebration of all sorts of people, with each finding unique and important ways to contribute to our community-building process. And in fact, the overall percentage of introverts living in cohousing is higher than that of extroverts.

"Despite my need for alone time, I have come to the conclusion that living with others is essential to my happiness. It brings me joy to prepare meals and eat together, chat as we come and go in our lives, participate in household chores, share stories, laugh, and care about each other. Living with others draws me out of my internal dialogue and into the present.

The appeal of living in cohousing goes beyond my desire to share resources and live more sustainably. Cohousing is a simple and elegant way for me to have an active social life and meaningful relationships..."
Upcoming Events
Sunday, March 19th

Join us for a potluck at 6:00pm in Fair Oaks (please RSVP for address).

This will be a chance for a fun evening with the members of Fair Oaks EcoHousing. This is event is family-friendly: kids are welcome.

First-time guests do not need to bring a dish to share. Food and drink will be provided.

Can't come to this one? Join us April 30th!
Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour
Saturday, March 25th

Fair Oaks EcoHousing will be a neighborhood of 30 homes on 3.7 acres in Fair Oaks, CA, 18 miles east of downtown Sacramento.   

Come see the site and our architectural plans, and meet our members at an upcoming tour. Kids are welcome. 

Meet at 10:30am at the Fair Oaks Coffeehouse in Fair Oaks Village, at 10223 Fair Oaks Blvd, at the intersection with Park Drive. Look for us on the side of the Coffeehouse, in the patio area or in the building at the back.

We can carpool to the site. The tour will last about an hour, with an optional lunch afterwards at the Siam Patio Restaurant or the Smokey Oaks Tavern.

We're seeking the rest of our future neighbors! 

Can't join us that day?
An additional tour will be offered on Sunday, April 9th!
South Bay Presentation
Sunday, March 26th: 2-3:30pm

Imagine living in a community close to hiking, biking, nature walks, fishing and kayaking, just blocks from the American River and its miles of bike trails. Fair Oaks is in Eastern Sacramento County, with excellent connections to the Bay Area on Amtrak.

Learn more about the benefits of cohousing from future residents.

Vista Del Lago Clubhouse
151 Buckingham Drive
Santa Clara, CA
For more info, contact:
Al Lampell      
Bob Oyafuso  
Video: Hear from Conference co-chair Diana Sullivan on how designing for community builds healthy neighborhoods.
Meet Our Newest Member!
Linda Bryant was born in Long Beach. Her parents moved to‌ Avenal, CA, near the oilfields around Avenal, Taft, and Bakersfield. She came to UC Berkeley in 1960 and has lived and worked there since then. After graduating from the UC School of Public Health, she worked for the state Department of Public Health for decades, first as a microbiologist in the Microbial Diseases Lab, and later as a Clinical Laboratory Inspector for the state and federal governments.

She has two daughters: Jen, who lives in Chico with her husband and two college-age daughters, and Rebecca, who lives in Long Beach where she and her husband teach modern dance and music at Cal State University at Long Beach. Before retiring, Linda traveled to Russia and Australia and participated in Earth Watch archeology projects in England (Hadrian's Wall) and Italy (Pompeii). After retiring, she over committed to volunteer activities, but now she's settled down to observing the world around her...casual bird-watching, walking, gardening, puzzles, knitting, cooking, and lots of reading about everything. Linda says she’s delighted to start an adventure with her new extended family.
Birding at Cosumnes River Preserve
Future Resident Roslyn Eliaser is a nature guide. In February, she led a group of Fair Oaks EcoHousing members on a bird walk at Cosumnes River Preserve. Roz is the second from the right in the photo. She was joined by Justine Massey, Denise Knight, Gina Massey, and Linda Tanforan.
Roz volunteers frequently with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center to introduce youngsters to animals and plants of the American River Parkway. Last fall she earned certification as a California Naturalist. The UC California Naturalist Program is designed to introduce Californians to the wonders of our unique ecology and engage the public in study and stewardship of California’s natural communities. The program uses a science curriculum, hands-on learning, problem-solving, citizen science, and community service to instill a deep appreciation for the natural communities of the state and to inspire individuals to become stewards of their local resources.
Click here for information about the program.

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