June 2018 | Washington Commons
Do your summer plans include creating community? Join us in this adventure!

Quick look at upcoming events...
June 5 & 19 at 11am - Coffee Tuesdays at Capitol Bowl
June 9 & 23 at 9am - Saturday Site Tours & Neighborhood Walks
June 21 - Creating a Culture of Cohousing, Evening Discussion
Come bike with us! Join the Washington Commoners Team, Sacramento Century Challenge - October 6, 2018
Join us at an upcoming event
Come out and see the site!
Site Tour, Neighborhood Walk & Talk
Saturdays mornings, June 9 & 23 at 9am*
Meet at 4th and G Streets, West Sacramento
* please note the earlier "summer time"
A Saturday morning site tour is a great way to see our special location and envision the kind of structure and community that we will be creating together. It’s also a great way to meet others and through questions, answers and discussion get a better idea of what it is like to be “in community”. We will outline the development process, the estimated costs and how to become a member and get involved. It is a great time to get your questions answered.

On June 9th, our neighborhood walk will be along the Sacramento River to the Crocker Museum where we will continue the discussion of what’s involved to make this happen.

On June 23rd , we will walk along the Sacramento River and then drive to a nearby cafe to continue our discussion.
Coming from out of town? 
Make a weekend trip of it!
Come for the tour and explore the Sacramento area. There are numerous places to stay, some within walking distance of our site including two on the Sacramento River: Embassy Suites, 100 Capitol Mall, the Delta King in Old Sacramento, and in West Sacramento, Rodeway Inn at 817 West Capitol Avenue. 

The Sacramento area was just featured in the New York Times,“ 36 Hours in Sacramento .”
Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento | Credit Drew Kelly for The New York Times
The Shady Lady Saloon, with its red velvet curtains, pressed tin ceilings, horseshoe-shaped wooden bar and live music, is great for post-theater cocktails.| Credit Drew Kelly for The New York Times
Join us for a Thursday evening discussion
Creating a Culture of Cohousing:
Coming to Consensus – and Celebrating our LLC!
June 21 from 6-8pm
Light refreshments provided
Consensus decision-making is used by most cohousing communities. Many wonder how this is done. We know that it involves being clear on our purpose and listening to each other as we develop solutions to meet our needs. It takes time but it is time well spent as the decisions take into account the needs of the total group. Come join in an examination and discussion about consensus. We will also celebrate our decision to adopt our community's LLC. Our Limited Liability Corporation sets forth the framework for our financial agreements and decisions. We will be signing it together on June 21.      
Our evening discussions have been enjoyable and informative. We have learned from and gotten to know each other. Come be a part of the dialogue!
RSVP to Maggie Borowiak at  maggie1000@gmail.com  or on Meetup.
Coffee AND Cohousing? Yes, please!
Coffee Tuesdays at Capitol Bowl
June 5 & 19 at 11 am
Capitol Bowl: 900 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
Join us for a late coffee or an early lunch at two upcoming Tuesday mornings on June 5 and 19 from 11:00am – 12:00pm at Capitol Bowl at 900 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento. 

We’d love to meet you! This is an opportunity for one-on-one conversations -- for us to learn about your specific interests in cohousing and Washington Commons -- and to help you get a better idea of who we are, what we are proposing and how you can become involved to help us create Washington Commons. 

We will be picking different coffee houses in Downtown Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis in the months ahead. If you have favorite one you’d like us to visit, let us know
Farmers Market on Capitol Mall
June 7, 11am-1pm
We'll be handing out flyers at this Thursday's Farmers market on Capitol Mall at 5th Street (June 7). 

Come out and get the wonderful early summer fruits and vegetables and say hello! 

We'll be there from 11:00 - 1:00.
West Sacramento News
Streetcars are coming to West Sacramento
The project team for the Downtown Riverfront Streetcar is nearing completion of the final design. The Riverfront Joint Powers Authority, a partnership between the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento, will be hosting an open house on June 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Sacramento’s Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento. The open house will continue online from June 14 – 29 providing access to view the presentation information and provide input.
The streetcars will stop at Raley Field as well as other West Sacramento locations (just 2 blocks from our site) connecting to Sacramento downtown locations!
Kaiser opens new downtown Sacramento medical facility
We are excited about Kaiser Permanente’s Downtown Commons Medical Offices on 501 J Street that opened June 1. Now people living in this area will have close-in access to clinical care in this new state of the art facility. This is the initial presence of Kaiser in the urban core. Kaiser is also planning a medical center including a hospital on 18 acres in the nearby Sacramento Railyards.
Both of these facilities will provide great health access for Washington Commons residents.
Come ride with us through the Delta!
Join the Washington Commoners Team
Sacramento Century Challenge - Oct. 6, 2018
Come ride from Sacramento, through West Sacramento and into the Delta with our team -- the Washington Commoners . All levels are welcome from a 15-mile fun ride to a full 100 mile Century. Go to www.SacramentoCentury.com to learn about the Sacramento Rotary’s Century Challenge event on October 6, 2018. 

When you register, scroll down the list of teams to “Washington Commoners”. We will be raising money to support the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery Program. No need to be a member of Washington Commons to be part of our team. Stu Pettygrove is our team captain! Watch for future training rides.
What do you need to know to take your next step?
Come to a site tour. Come join us for coffee Tuesday mornings. Come to our Culture of Cohousing evening discussion June 21. Ask your questions and get answers. Read about cohousing's many benefits!

Become an Explorer member and dig deeper. This will give you the opportunity to become involved, participate in our business meetings (as a non-voting member), get to know the group and see how we work together. You’ll be given a binder of our materials including an extensive preliminary budget and other information about the development process. 

Additionally, you will receive a copy of “ Creating Cohousing written by our expert consultant Katie McCamant in partnership with Chuck Durrett. We will brief you on these materials. Explorer membership is $250. If you become a full member within 6 months the $250 will be deducted from your initial membership investment of $2,000.

If you have been thinking like we have about the importance of community and about the potential of being part of the first cohousing community in West Sacramento – Now is the time to get involved!
Mark your calendars for July
Washington Commons Business Meeting, July 9, 2018
(Open to Members & Explorers)

Site Tours & Neighborhood Walk, July 14

Coffee Tuesdays – Site to be determined

Hope to meet you at an event soon!

- Washington Commons Core Group: Anne, Maggie, Loretta, Stu & Janet, Stu & Willa, MaryAnn & Herb, Polly & Steve
For more information on Washington House Cohousing, please visit our website and check out our meetup page .