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!


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