June 1, 2017

Nevada City Cohousing Tour: June 4
Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour: June 10
Potluck: June 11
7 Ways to Get Happy - Without Costing the Planet
By Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine
"The good news for our world is that sustainable happiness doesn’t mean we have to use up and wear out the planet in a mad rush to produce more stuff. We don’t need people working in sweatshop conditions to produce cheap products that feed an endless appetite for possessions.

When our families, our neighbors, those we meet on the street, and the creatures of the natural world are doing well, their happiness contributes to our own. Trust and well-being become a generative cycle. Sustainable happiness in one realm fosters well-being in all the other realms of life. Interconnectedness—love, even—is unleashed."
Community News
Cohousing Conference Report
Three members of Fair Oaks EcoHousing went to the Cohousing Conference in Nashville: Anne Birchfield, Marty Maskall, and Kathy Burleson, as shown above. They appreciated the amazing variety of Conference Sessions. The 50+ topics included Facilitation, Conflict Resolution, Power & Leadership, Marketing, Nurturing Community Bonds, and more. They enjoyed making new friends, renewing old friendships, and Nashville music.

Marty said: I particularly liked the keynote address by Sarah van Gelder, editor & co-founder of YES! Magazine. Sarah was also a founding member of Winslow Cohousing in Washington State. I was pleased to hear her talk about the many benefits of living in community and how that is a springboard to becoming an advocate for the common good, not just for ourselves.   
This Land is Now OUR Land!
Fair Oaks EcoHousing members are proud to announce they completed the purchase of the 3.7 acres at 4025 New York Ave in Fair Oaks. The bank loan has been paid off, and the land is now owned free and clear.

In the photo to the left, Marty Maskall proudly points to the new banner on the sign - only three homes left! Available homes include four-bedroom townhomes and a two-bedroom upstairs flat. Stay tuned for details on the construction loan, hopefully coming soon. 

The group hopes to break ground in July!
Upcoming Events
Nevada City Cohousing Tour
Sunday, June 4th

J oin us for an informative visit to a cohousing community very similar in design to ours.

Nevada City Cohousing includes many sustainable features and offers intriguing architecture. It was designed by Chuck Durrett, who is also our architect. See the Common House and homes with sizes and floor plans very 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 leave by 9am.

The tour will begin at 10am at Nevada City Cohousing. After the tour, we will have lunch in historic Nevada City.

Fair Oaks EcoHousing Site Tour
Saturday, June 10th

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 and a half, 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, July 8th!
Sunday, June 11th

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 July 16!
Want to Learn More About Fair Oaks & Sacramento?
  Fair Oaks EcoHousing | www.FairOaksEcoHousing.org