September 2020 Newsletter
Together, we will create a vibrant, intergenerational cohousing community in Novato, California where we know our neighbors well and live more sustainably.
“Fill your house with stacks of books—in all the crannies and all the nooks!”
-Dr. Seuss
One thing C Street Village co-founder Judy Slater is looking forward to in this intergenerational cohousing community is being able to read some of her favorite children's books to new generations. “I’ve got boxes of books waiting to be shared when we move in!” says this pastor, youth leader and bibliophile. She now sends “birthday books” to six grandnephews and -nieces each year, and regularly supplies a friend’s family in Thailand with new books to meet the needs of four young readers.

And recently, when one of our C Street moms lamented during shelter-in-place that the library wasn't open and she couldn't get any more volumes for her young and inquisitive daughter, Judy was thrilled to share some of her favorites. Unable to stop at one or two, she ended up offering two boxes full for selection.
Seeing the boxes come in, the lively three-year old wanted them all right now!!! Mom and daughter have been happily reading through the pandemic and it turns out that many of the books Judy gave them were Mom’s childhood favorites. From Judy, to mom, to a future reader, memories shared, a tradition begun.  We’ve got room for story circles of all ages from picture books to tweens! Judy’s collection numbers almost 3,000 and there’s always someone available at C Street Village when your child says, “Read to me!”
Meet Our Community Member
Lynn Lohr
Lynn Lohr
Lynn’s roots make her a natural for cohousing. Growing up the youngest on a South Dakota farm and then moving to the county seat, population 1,500, a stand-in for Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” life was all about celebrating and working alongside neighbors. A career in the professional theatre started in St. Paul, Minnesota at the History Theatre (now in its 42nd season) Lynn co-founded with her late husband, playwright Lance Belville.
She continues to direct, produce, and act when she isn’t “wrangling” stories for charitable foundations. She is proud to be known as the “cool aunt” in an extended ecosystem of nieces, nephews, and their progeny.
Mark Your Calendars for
These Upcoming (Online) Events

Webinar for Prospective C Street Village Community Members
Wednesday, September 16th from 8:00 to 9:00 pm
C Street Village Cohousing is continuing a monthly webinar on cohousing and what’s happening in Novato specifically. We are targeting new and prospective members. John Caye, our project manager, will be presenting. There will be time for questions. The webinars will be on the third Wednesday of every month from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.
Please RSVP/Email to obtain the link to our online meeting room. In your email, please state which event you would like to attend. COME JOIN US!!

Virtual Family Playdate
Saturday, September 26th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Begin with singing, storytelling and fun! There will be time for parents to ask questions too. Bring a snack!

Please email marincohousing@gmail by Thursday, September 24th to RSVP and receive the link to our online meeting room. In your email please state which event you would like to attend.

Virtual Potluck
Saturday, September 26th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
It's your turn to join us and share your favorite meal via our monthly virtual potlucks. So grab your dinner and join us online for a virtual meal and nourishing conversation from your home. Ask us your questions and get to know the members.

Please RSVP/Email to obtain the link to our online meeting room. In your email, please state which event you would like to attend.

Family Zoom Call Meeting
Wednesday, October 7th, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm
Join other C Street members with children under 18 years old in discussing issues related to children. Our topic this month is “Extracurricular activities.”

Please email to obtain the link to our online meeting room. In your email please state which event you would like to attend.
Have You Seen Our Community Plans?
Elevation of Private Homes / Architecture by McCamant & Durrett Architects.
In cohousing, one receives the benefits of living a connected life, while maintaining a private sanctuary in your own home. The private homes in C Street Village will have open floor plans and are designed to be filled with natural light, built with sustainable materials, advanced sound-proofing techniques, passive cooling and heating, front porches, and more. There are thirty two private homes with two, three, and four bedroom options available. There will also be 8 one bedroom and studio rental units (carriage units).
Building Momentum for Cohousing in Marin
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more or reserving your home, please contact us at You can follow us at our website Growing awareness is essential, but what we really need are future neighbors seeking to live in community in the 2021 timeframe. We understand that commitment takes time. So please join us at an upcoming meeting as we continue the momentum toward securing our site and designing our community. We are in contract on land and making progress.
We can only do this together. Please join us…and send us your thoughts!
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