Monthly Archives: November 2010

HOUSE NEWS: Countdown to Open House and ART FOR ALL

Beautiful Wall Hangings available at the ART FOR ALL sale this Sunday!

We are changing up the schedule a little this week to allow for some time to organize Sunday’s Open House and ART FOR ALL sale. Instead of the Roundtable on Thursday, we’ll be pricing, tagging, moving furniture around, and doing a little more beadwork. We’d love to have your help between 6 and 7:30 on Thursday!

We’ll be at St. Augustine’s Advent/Christmas Concert on Friday night (7:30 – 9:30) with a display and “pre-sale”  after the concert.  This concert is always magnificent, and we’re grateful to be a part of it. You should come too!

Our Open House will be next Sunday, the 5th, from 1-5. Please come enjoy good company, good food, and the beautiful art created by our community. Bring some finger food to share if you can!

While we are engaged already in the hustle-bustle of this time of year, we struggle to find ways to still ourselves during the season of Advent – to “wait for the light.”  Pax Christi has some wonderful online Advent resources to help provide inspiration and focus. May you and yours find ways to connect to the beautiful season of Advent, a real gift during a busy time.

Beaded bracelets

House News: Fruition!



Brussels sprouts and broccoli coming up in the traffic-calmer garden

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

So many of the things that were in our heads as mere hope in August are coming together out here in mid-November. The parking lot gardening is miraculously growing  – despite the sandy soil, heat wave, and almost no rain to speak of.  One of the pleasant side effects of hauling water has been to talk with people cycling, walking, and rolling down their windows as they drive by the former “traffic calming” area on 2nd Avenue. Everyone wants to know what’s growing and several have offered advice for cooking it once it’s arrived! There’s a nice community feel to watching something grow together.




Another thing growing is the amount of beautiful art in our dining room. We’ve finally just given over that room to art, it is all so lovely. Kendera and Elizabeth will be leading the “Art for All” group in finishing up a few things this week before shutting down and preparing for the show and sale. Please mark Sunday, December 5, 1-5, on your calendar – the afternoon of our holiday party and craft sale!

Plus, we mailed out our newsletter today (It’s only been about 15 months since the last one…)! If you are want a hard copy, please send us your address. For an electronic copy, click here: GCW November 2010 Newsletter.

In this newsletter, you’ll find:

  • a short update regarding the life of the GCW
  • an article on the parking lot garden transformation
  • a reflection from CW co-founder Dorothy Day
  • the tentative schedule for next semester
  • and most importantly, all the information on our Holiday Open House, set for Sunday, December 5, with an arts and crafts display and sale from our Art for All project!

And, one last thing: Check out our Roundtable this week! Alvarez Caron will be carrying forth our earlier discussion on racism with her talk on “Whiteness.” Details on the “This Week” page.

Hope to see you this week!

HOUSE NEWS: What Have We Here?

For a complete schedule of activities at the Green House this week, please click here.

We are excited this week to welcome back Scott Robertson to Thursday’s Roundtable and Potluck, 6-7:30.  As a follow-up to our discussion about the various benefits of and barriers to community sustainability, join us for a brainstorming session on how we might make small changes that create greater waves. We will consider how we can mirror the patterns of nature in our own lives and community. As a project in local abundance, we will inventory our varied talents, shareable assets, and blocks of free time– with this we can start a local network to buffer against emergencies, reduce our consumption of resources, and get to know each other better. If you have any interest at all, please come! Mimicking nature, the more diversity in our community, the greater our stability.