Monthly Archives: September 2010

HOUSE NEWS: Family Potluck, Arts and Crafts, and new team of Cafe chefs forming

For a complete schedule of what’s happening this week, please click here.

This week, our chefs from last week are preparing the cafe meal on their own! Expect delicious Sweet Potato Chili (a cafe favorite) and fresh bread straight from the oven. We’d love for you to join us! We are also forming a new team of four chefs-in-training for the cafe in October. Let Kelli know if you’re interested.

Our dining room is transforming into a beautiful handcraft workshop; each week new things are adorning the mantel, the walls, and the various structures Kendera has creatively come up with on which to display things. The “Art for All” workshop happens each Tuesday (1-5) and Saturday (1-3). We’d love to have you join us.

Thursday we’ll be hosting the first “Thursday Family Potluck,” a break from the regular roundtable structure of presentation and discussion. Just come and hang out and eat with us. Kids are welcome! Bring something to share if you can; if not, just come anyway.

Hope to see you!

ROUNDTABLE: Dismantling Racism

You’re invited to tonight’s Roundtable, 6-7:30! Diedre Houchen and Miriam Elliot will be leading a discussion on “Dismantling Racism.” The’ll offer a working definition for racism and then describe the process used by the City of Gainesville in their current anti-racism efforts. In addition to addressing the question of whether this work is needed in Gainesville, we’ll also discuss experiences pertaining to race through the eyes of those present – and question what stories are necessary but not represented at the table.  We’ll be serving black beans and rice with peach salsa. Please bring a dish to share if you can. If you can’t, come anyway!

HOUSE NEWS: Dismantling Racism and Pickling Peppers

For a detailed schedule of what’s happening at the “Green House” this week, please click here.

If you’re new to the Gainesville Catholic Worker and want to learn more, coming to a Thursday Roundtable is a great entry point. Come share a meal, meet folks involved with the house, and discuss a timely topic with a diverse and interesting group. This week’s Roundtable is on the City of Gainesville’s “Dismantling Racism” initiative. Bring a dish to share if you can.

Kendera is busy meeting with artists and other supporters of the “Art for All” project. This week she’s continuing the origami jewelry-making and introducing beading. Future projects include painted wooden crosses, bookmarks and holiday cards, luggage tags, mosaics, and more. It’s from 1-5 on Tuesdays, refreshments are served, and all ages are welcome.  This week, she’s also adding an extra work day on Saturday, between 1 and 3 (same time as the pepper pickling below).

This still very hot weather is providing us with a bumper crop of peppers (and not much else…). We’ll be making southern hot pepper sauce (perfect on black-eyed peas and collard greens) and canning pickled jalapenos on Saturday, 1-3pm. If you’d like to learn and/or help, email Kelli – gvillecw[a]yahoo[dot]com, so we’ll know how many to expect.

Hope to see you!

HOUSE NEWS: Roundtable on immigration, art workshop update, more parking lot gardening, and cafe help

Parking Lot Garden groundbreaking

For this week’s schedule, please go here.

We had a great start to the semester last week! On Monday, yummy soup and bread was served at the cafe, prepared by our team of  local chefs in training.  On Monday night a fun, intergenerational group of knitters knitted (and talked) away. Tuesday was Kendera’s first Art Workshop; we learned to make origami Christmas decorations and made plans for future workshops.  We met some new folks at Thursday’s roundtable (who happened to be artists as well) and talked a bit about the subject we were all getting tired of hearing about: the hoopla over the qu’ran burning. Saturday, with the help of out-of-town friends from Miami and students (and SFC  staff)  here in Gainesville, we got most of the ground prepared for our new parking lot garden.  Go here for photos (I am so sorry, bush-removing manly-men, for leaving you out of almost all the photos!)

Highlights for this week:

The Roundtable on Thursday night (6-7:30) will feature guest speakers Kimberly Hunter and Vicki Mena of Gainesville’s Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice. They’ll  lead us in an interactive discussion on immigration and how it touches all of us. They will also talk about the “Dream Act” (S.729/H.R.1751), “a bipartisan proposal, which would create a pathway to citizenship [that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service] for thousands of young students who were brought to the United States years ago as children. You can read more about the Dream Act here. Bring a dish to share if you can.

Kendera’s Art Workshop (Tuesdays 1-5) needs more artists! If you are an artist and are willing to share your gift on a Tuesday afternoon, please let Kendera know (gvillecw[at]yahoo[dot]com). Kendera has plans to have an “open house” in November to display the art and offer it for purchase as holiday gifts – benefiting both the house and those who created it. This is in the beginning stages, so if you have any ideas – or know of someone who might – please connect with Kendera!

Monday’s Farmers Market Cafe can use your help in the afternoon, serving and cleaning up between 11:45 and 3 – or a portion thereof. Please email and let us know if you are coming and when so we can schedule people effectively.

And finally, we can use your help with the Parking Lot Garden on Saturday morning from 9:30 – 11. Let Kelli know if you are up for it!

Hope to see you!

ACTION: Gainesville Community Response to the Qu’ran Book-Burning

PLEASE NOTE: I made a mistake on the original post regarding the date of the event at Trinity United Methodist Church. It is on FRIDAY evening!

We are dismayed at the publicity a tiny “church” in our city has received for their misguided antics. They have fifty individuals on their rolls and fewer than 30 members attending on any given Sunday, yet the Wall Street Journal described them as a “mega-church,” and similar articles have fueled worldwide concern and protest.

We encourage folks NOT to protest the planned book burning on the church grounds, but to attend alternative gatherings offered this weekend – a very family-friendly “Gathering for Peace, Understanding, and Hope” on FRIDAY at Trinity Methodist Church, and “A Day of Peace and Unity” sponsored by the Gainesville Muslim Initiative at the Downtown Plaza (see below for details).

Maybe there will be enough of us at these peaceful, productive gatherings to lure the press in a better direction.

A Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope

Friday, September 10, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
@Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, on 53rd Avenue next to 43rd St.
Hosted by the Gainesville Interfaith Forum
The Trinity United Methodist Church along with the support of the Gainesville Interfaith Forum, will be hosting a Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope. We will have activities for children of our different faiths to play together, arts and educational crafts, cultural displays, foods from various regions of the world, and a time of prayer.

Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Unity hosted by Gainesville Muslim Initiative

Make a stand for peace and unity between the different religions, cultures and ethnic groups that make up the fabric of the American society. We believe in the right of people to be different, and we believe in the right of people to be respected for their difference. Why should we focus on our differences while there is so much we can do together to overcome our challenges as the human race? Let us all make a stand together for charity by feeding the homeless , for compassion by donating blood, and for tolerance by lighting a candle .

Program: Saturday, September 11, Downtown Plaza

5:00 to 6:00 pm:
Project Downtown Gainesville will be feeding the homeless. Food will be provided by local families but if you want to help setting up the tables and serving the plates, please come by 4:30 pm.

5:00 to 7:00 pm:
Blood Drive: Help save a life by donating blood and encouraging your friends to do the same. Life South will be present at the event with two buses. Our local hospitals are in dire need of blood and our objective for the evening will be 60 donors.

Book Drive: When books are being burnt, knowledge is being lost. In this day and age, we should be expanding our knowledge or at least preserving it. The Gainesville Public Library, will be present at the event with a wish list of books. Please stop by their booth and contribute however much you can to fulfill their need. Also, if you have a collection of books that you would like to donate they will be more than willing to have it.

Food Drive: Feeding the homeless one meal is a good thing, but making sure that that a system is in place for them when they will need another meal is even better. We will be collecting non perishable food items during the whole event. Everything collected will be given to local charities that provide weekly meals to the homeless people.

7:00 pm: National Anthem

7:05 to 8:00 pm: Brief declaration by community leaders

8:00 to 8:15 pm: Candlelight Vigil

8:15 to 8:16 pm: One minute of silence will be observed

8:16 to 9:00 pm: Resume the blood, book and food drives

HOUSE NEWS: Fall 2010

It took some extra discernment this time around to figure out how to proceed while taking into account work schedules and a limited budget.  But proceed we are, to the best of our ability, and with great hope that this semester will be a good one for all who come to the house.

As always we try to match the skills, resources, and passions of folks who have those to give with the needs of impoverished people in the community. Our highest hope for the house is that it will be a “meeting place” for people who might not otherwise get to know each other – a place that is comforting, challenging, interesting and engaging.

For those of you who have been active in the past, you will notice a few big changes in the schedule. The most painful change for us was to eliminate the venerable, ten-year old Breakfast Brigade. While this has been a wonderful connection with folks who work at the labor pools and a fun way to gather together in the wee hours to bake bread and share it with some very appreciative folks, it is very draining of resources, both financial and leadership-wise. That, in combination with the fact that day labor itself is dwindling due to changes in the economy, make this a project that we’ve decided to end in order to free up time, energy, and resources for other projects.

The Café will continue but move to Monday in order to keep fresh the veggies we get from the Farmers Market on Saturday. The logistics of finding cool storage for the abundant produce was daunting; this will help a lot. In addition, we are going to shorten the actual serving time to 12-2. We are also hoping to make the preparation time an actual opportunity for people to learn to bake bread and prepare soup and other dishes from local food. To that end, we are asking for four people to sign up for a four week stint of food preparation, at the end of which we hope you might  feel confident enough to take a leadership role at a future cafe :-). To sign up for the month of September, just shoot Kelli and email: gvillecw[at]yahoo[dot]com. Servers and clean-up help can sign up on a weekly basis as usual.

On Tuesday afternoons, Kendera will host an Art Workshop from 1-5. Local artists will teach participants how to create beautiful items from recycled materials. Participants will be invited to sell their creations at the house on consignment if they wish.  A portion of the proceeds will go toward helping support the house, and a portion to the creator.

The Roundtable and Potluck Dinner will continue as a weekly event. We have some ideas for speakers and plan to have a monthly mass as well. There will also be some dinners that will simply be a chance to share a meal and discuss a timely topic. We will let you what’s planned on a weekly basis by email.

Saturday will be a day for group projects like hosting football game parties (when there is a Gator games on a channel we get) , gardening projects, and food projects like preparing produce for Monday’s café, canning and freezing excess, and distributing anything we can’t use to folks who need it.

Monthly we will host a Knitting Circle at the house – 1st Monday (this Monday!) –for folks who know how to knit or crochet and for those who have skills to share. Come work on your own project or knit warm things for folks who will be out in the cold in the winter. We have some scrap yarn for practicing (or for hats and scarves), but you will need to bring your own needles.  Crocheters welcome too!

Take a look at our general weekly schedule at the bottom of this page for an idea of how things will go from week to week. Most importantly, check out the “This Week” tab for specifics on this week of new projects and old, including Dorothy’s Cafe, the first Knitting Circle, the first Art Workshop, a Roundtable on our community’s response to September 11 anniversary, and Community Gardening.

We are looking forward to seeing you this semester!