April 13, 2017

In February, we made an investment in Capital Public Radio - that is, providing financial support in return for gaining announcements of our upcoming events.
It has made a huge difference. We're thrilled by the turnout to our recent site tours and anticipate the same reception for Katie's Urban Cohousing Presentation on April 19th. At our last site tour, we gained 3 new "Explorer" members!

About 25 joined us on the land and a few for lunch afterwards at Burgers & Brew (nearly opened). We discussed the path to membership and most especially our Explorer option of $250. This gives you a chance to deepen your sense of the project while holding your place in priority for unit selection. More details below.  

Please join us at our April 15th site tour as we show you around our property.

Then, hear from Expert Katie McCamant at our April 19th Urban Cohousing Presentation at the Sac Coop. Please RSVP in advance here.

Come meet each other at our April 22nd potluck, and stop by our table at the Sacramento Earth Day Festival in Southside Park on April 23rd.

Many California cohousing communities will open their doors April 29th for Cohousing Open House Day, don't miss out! And there's still time to register for May's National Cohousing Conference. 

We encourage you to attend multiple events with us to further your understanding and explore the concept with new people at the table.

Keep up to date on our project through our Website, Facebook and Meetup.
Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone who you think may be interested. 
Considering cohousing? Don't miss this opportunity! 
Cohousing Presentation by Katie McCamant 
Wednesday, April 19th at 6pm
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op: 2820 R St, Sacramento, CA

NOTE: You need to reserve a spot in advance. See below.
Join us for a presentation
by national cohousing expert, Katie McCamant of CoHousing Solutions. Katie's designed and developed dozens of communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband, Chuck Durrett, introdu ced cohousi ng to North American with their book Creating Cohousing: Building Sust ainable Communities. After living in Doyle Street Cohousing in Emeryville, CA, for 12 years, Katie now lives at Nevada City Cohousing.

Katie will focus on urban cohousing in walkable neighborhoods, and the many benefits of projects like ours. This is also an opportunity to learn from an expert
, ask questions about our project and meet current members.
Spotlight: Path to Membership
Are you considering cohousing, ready to learn more about this exciting urban community, and want to hold your spot in Washington House unit selection?

Take advantage of our $250 Explorer option, which gives you a chance to deepen your understanding of the project while holding your priority for unit selection.

And ask yourself, "what's stopping me from making this decision?" Then talk to us at an upcoming event or via phone/email, to cohousing expert Katie (at April 19th's presentation), to your financial advisor and to each other to help you prepare for taking the next step with our community's development process.

Once you've come on with us as an explorer, we ask that you become a full member within 60 days in order to maintain your "spot in line." Remember, your contributions will be credited toward your final payment for your home, dollar for dollar (and with incentives for early capital outlay).

Are you ready to take the next step with us?

Site Tour and Neighborhood Walk  
Saturday, April 15th at 11am  
4th & G Streets, West Sacramento

J oin for a site tour to learn about the latest progr es s creating Washington House Cohousing . Come visit the neighborhood, and see ho w close we are to the Sacramento River, Raley Field, Old Sacramento and downtown.

Then we'll go to a nearby spot for a bite to eat and further discussion. Get to know each other, and explore the cohousing option more deeply .

RSVP to Alex at akelter.home@gmail.com.

Can't join us this time? Attend our next tour on Sunday, May 7th! 

Cohousing Potluck 
Saturday, April 22nd at 5pm 
This will give us time to meet each other, break bread, and talk more about what we want in our community. We hope you'll join us for this fun social event.

To receive the address, RSVP to Anne at abgwalks@gmail.com.

Can't come? Our next potluck will be Saturday, May 27th! 
Sacramento Earth Day 
Sunday, April 23rd from 11am-4pm
Southside Park: 2115 6th St, Sacramento, CA 
Washington House Cohousing will be tabling at Sacramento's Earth Day event, as will Fair Oaks EcoHousing.

This year's theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a vast array of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier and more sustainable way of living.

Stop by our table to say hello!  View Flyer here. 
National Cohousing Open House Day
Saturday, April 29th
Locations All Across California!

This annual event was launched in 2016 to great success (96 communities participated nationwide, and hundreds of new people were introduced to the concept).

The day is a great opportunity to tour and talk with residents of those nearby cohousing communities open to the public.

Southside Park Cohousing (Sacramento): 10am - 2pm
Nevada City Cohousing (Nevada City): 10am - 2pm
Wolf Creek Lodge (Grass Valley): 1 - 3pm
Several cohousing communities in the Bay Area are open as well 

Join Us in Nashville for Cohousing's Big Weekend!
Alex Kelter and Anne Geraghty plan to attend and would love to have you join them. Take advantage of the discounted rate through April 15!
Noteworthy News
Momentum, and Sailing Too 
Our community is gaining momentum - things are speeding up. We're working assiduously toward gaining the membership needed to move ahead. Interestingly for me (Anne), this is both exiting and a little scary. It means we're really serious, looking for those ready to join in this creative, adventurous journey. 

Momentum is a powerful energy and we don't want to waste it. I'm reminded of sailing, where gaining the momentum of the wind brings movement and the possibility for efficient travel. When I first learned to sail, the fast movement was scary and I wanted to stop. Now, in this endeavor, I have wonderful partners and I know that we can move forward effectively toward our goal.    

Come join with us and be part of this design process!

And, if you have any interest in sailing, West Sacramento has a wonderful club on Lake Washington, a shallow delta lake that was used to create the Port of West Sacramento. The Lake Washington Sailing Club has its open house with free sailing on April 29th from 10:30am - 3:30pm ( flyer here). It's a great family-oriented club and the afternoon delta breeze is great for sailing.
Morning Collaboration at Carol's 

Every week, on either a Monday or Tuesday morning, we (Alex & Anne) meet at Carol's, a longtime favorite coffee shop across from City Hall. Carol's opened in 1988, just one year after the incorporation of the City of West Sacramento. We love their generous breakfasts. We've come to know each other (one of the benefits of cohousing) as we build the foundation and set priories for our cohousing endeavor.

Recently, I (Anne) parked at our site at 4th & G Streets and walked to Carol's (1201 West Capitol Ave) to see how long it would take. I clocked in at about 16 minutes. This means Carol's could be a great spot for breakfast when we're living in our new community. We invite you to join us if you're in the neighborhood. 
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