February 2, 2017
Invitation to the 2017 National Cohousing Conference
Germantown Commons in Nashville, TN is hosting the 2017 National Cohousing Conference this coming May. View their invitation on cohousing.org here.

The Conference program offers a diversity of session choices led by cohousing professionals, with something for everyone. "The National Conference will change your life - showing you a new possibility for living & connecting you to people who want to make it happen."

Fair Oaks EcoHousing members have attended past Conferences and found the information, networking time and chance to meet cohousing enthusiasts from around the country to be an invaluable experience.  Hope you'll join us in Nashville on May 19-21!

The early bird registration deadline ends February 28th. Click the link below to learn more.
Welcome to Our Newest Member!
Jane Burton grew up in Dallas, Texas and after high school went to college in California. She studied philosophy and graduated in 1959 from Stanford University and went on to graduate school. For a brief period she was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University.  Having children interrupted this career. For a large part of the time when her two children were growing up, she lived in a community in New York State called Gate Hill Coop. The coop was much like cohousing and she found it to be the ideal living situation: a close-knit community but a private home - a wonderful way to raise kids.

She and her family moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1975 and lived in a somewhat communal arrangement till the children were grown. During that time, she got her law degree and practiced law. For a number of years after retirement from law, she worked part time in the Oakland office of the California League of Conservation Voters, an environmental lobbying organization.

Jane lives in Oakland and has a son who lives in Sacramento. She's looking forward to seeing him more often after she moves to Fair Oaks. Her interests include gardening, cooking, music, travel, and literature.  
Spring 2017 Construction Date Anticipated

With Jane joining Fair Oaks EcoHousing, there are now 20 committed households, out of 30 total.  We need 21 households to start construction, so we're very close!

We're still welcoming additional neighbors, so please consider attending one of our upcoming events to meet our members and learn more about the project.
Upcoming Events
Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour
Sunday, February 12th

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 Saturday, February 25!
Nevada City Cohousing Tour
Sunday, February 12th
Nevada City Cohousing was designed by Chuck Durrett, who is also our architect. You will have an opportunity to see the common house and homes with sizes and floor plans similar to Fair Oaks EcoHousing.
Meet at 8:45am at the Fair Oaks Coffeehouse in Fair Oaks Village, at 10223 Fair Oaks Blvd. We'll arrange carpools and request passengers chip in $10 for gas.
The 10:30am tour will be led by Katie McCamant, our Development Consultant with CoHousing Solutions. She is both founder and 10 year resident of Nevada City Cohousing. After the tour, we'll have lunch in town.

Please join us for an informative visit to a beautiful cohousing community in the Sierra Foothills. This tour is reserved for people who have already attended a Fair Oaks EcoHousing site tour.
Sunday, February 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.

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

Family-friendly: kids are welcome.
Berkeley Cohousing Presentatio n
Sunday, February 5th: 1-3pm

Join hosts Raines Cohen and Betsy Morris for an in-depth interview, presentation, and conversation with Fair Oaks EcoHousing developers - soon to be California's 35th cohousing neighborhood!

Meet members of the community who live in the Bay Area. Find out how to help grow the cohousing movement in California.

Berkeley Cohousing
2220 Sacramento St. (near University Ave)
Common House - Unit G
Berkeley, CA

Bay Area Presentatio n
Sunday, February 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 information, contact:
Al Lampell
408-896-1562 alampell@hotmail.com
Bob Oyafuso
916-365-6428 boyafuso@sbcglobal.net
Want to Learn More About Fair Oaks and Sacramento?
Click below for useful links, there's a lot to keep us busy here!
Pictured: Fair Oaks Village, Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, Floating the American River.
Fair Oaks EcoHousing | www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org