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A Dialogue with “Lifers"

“Lifers” is a term you normally associate with the prison system and the inmates serving a lifelong sentence for committing a serious crime. Fortunately it is also a term affectionately applied to the people who partake of the innovative learning opportunities provided by the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) through the University of Regina. Courses at the Lifelong Learning Centre are designed to be taken for personal interest and to realize the joy of learning. They are creative, intellectual and physical in nature with no formal education required. Participants get to enjoy all the fun of learning without the pressure of homework or exams.

Five members from our
Prairie Spruce Commons community presented the topic “What is Cohousing” to a large group of interested “Lifers” at the Lifelong Learning Center this past January 15th, 2015. LLC staff and volunteers did a wonderful job arranging the event, supplying top-notch audio-visual support and providing refreshments.

In typical Prairie Spruce fashion, community members warmly greeted folks coming to the presentation and made them feel right at home. This relaxed atmosphere prevailed throughout the presentation and right into the question and answer period that followed. The numerous and insightful questions suggested there was a high level of interest in cohousing among the “Lifers”. Many lingered in conversations after the session. We quickly ran out of brochures.

It felt great presenting to a large audience. This is definitely something we would like to do continue doing with the LLC and/or other organizations who may be interested. Topics can vary from “What is Cohousing”,  “Aging in Place”, or “Group Decision Making Models”, or to some other unique aspect about our cohousing community.
This section features a short project update from our Project Consultants at Connexus Cohousing Collaborative,  Jasen Robillard and Chris ScottHanson.

The first month of the New Year is a time of reflection and goal setting for many. That was certainly the case for the Prairie Spruce community as we got together a few weeks ago to organize ourselves for the opening of the onsite Information Centre and the launch of our 2015 marketing efforts. With power to the Information Centre now being delivered, the community is really excited to introduce the Prairie Spruce project to many new people.
We want to make sure that everyone in Regina hears about our sustainable, community-minded homes so we'll be ramping up our advertizing over the coming months. You'll soon be seeing ads in the Regina Symphony Orchestra programmes, and we are listing two of our available 14 units on ComFree to help spread the word. Of course, word-of-mouth tends to be the most influential when it comes to cohousing so if you know anyone who might be interested in joining the Prairie Spruce community, be sure to let them know.


Design Details

One of the features that we have tried to factor into the design of the building is use of natural daylight. The common house dining room and the craft room, as well as the exercise room, have many large windows.  At the end of the hallways we have windows facing each direction allowing light to enter in.

The entrance doors to the private units'  will have glass inserts to allow light to travel through the units into the hallway.  The units on the 2nd and 3rd floors will have Juliette bay windows that will allow light to enter into these home from three directions. Some of the private units will have windows over the sink facing the hallway to help get as much light as possible.

Our desire is to use natural light to the maximum, and at the most recent community layout exercise, where the building layout was taped on the floor, we were able to visualize that we indeed have many windows in all directions that will provide wonderful natural light to our new home at Prairie Spruce Commons.

The Valentine Solution

With Christmas fading to happy memories and the decorations carefully stowed away for next year, you turn to the next seasonal event . . . Valentine’s Day! After the chocolate orgy that surrounds the Christmas season, what can you make that is new and delicious?  And another question, are those left over candy canes still sitting on the coffee table?!  We have the answer to both your predicaments:  goodbye candy canes; hello Peppermint Bark!

Sweetheart Peppermint Bark
 * Crushed candy canes, to yield approximately 1 cup
 * 2 pounds Baker's White Chocolate
 * Peppermint flavoring, optional

Place candy canes in a strong plastic bag and hammer or rolling pin it into tiny bits 1/4-inch chunks or smaller. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Combine candy cane bits with chocolate (add peppermint flavoring at this point if desired). Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment or waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until firm. Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces (like peanut brittle).  

• White chocolate may burn quicker than traditional chocolate.  If using the microwave, keep the heat setting lower than normal and stir frequently.

• Many stores have boxes of Christmas candy canes on sale.
• If your cookie sheet has sides, you can grease it lightly and omit the  parchment or waxed paper.
Monday February 16

Grand Opening of the
Prairie Spruce Information Centre

 On Family Day,
 Monday, February 16th,
1 to 3 p.m

1641 Badham Boulevard
One block East of the Naked Bean Coffee Shop,
(The Naked Bean is on the corner of Broad St. & Badham Blvd.)

Light Refreshments and Hot Cider
(Dress for the weather)
For more information, contact: or
(Dave) 306-586-1363

Everyone Welcome!
Murray and Warren
 making the Information
Centre winter ready
 February 18th

Information Session & Prairie Spruce Sales Event

 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the United Way Building, 1440 Scarth Street, Regina

Join us for a short formal presentation from 7:00 to about 7:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity to meet over coffee with some of the community members who will make Prairie Spruce their future home.

This is a great way to become more familiar with the project. Everyone is welcome.
If you haven't yet taken the opportunity to fill out our short survey, we would greatly appreciate if you took a minute to do this.

We have already received valuable information and feedback and cannot wait to hear from more of you!
Over half of the people who completed the survey say they first heard about Prairie Spruce Commons through friends and family.
This shows us how important "word of mouth" is when it comes to raising awareness and sharing information about our project!
Please continue to help us spread the word about Prairie Spruce Commons and the benefits of cohousing by sending this newsletter to everyone you think would be interested!
The Information Center on Badham Boulevard
will be open every Saturday and Sunday

 from 1  to 4 p.m.,
 or by appointment by calling (306)-586-1363
The Time is Now
Don't wait for spring, now is the time to act.

Have you been watching, waiting, and thinking?

"What a great location."

"Underground parking - no more scraping windshields."

"I really like their green design and commitment to the environment."

"I would love to live with community minded people."

"Exceeds standards for soundproofing."

"That unit would be perfect for me/us.

 Now is the time to learn more and decide if Prairie Spruce Commons is really for you.

We are in the last stages of negotiating with our developer, Fiorante Homes and Commercial Ltd.

Our Information Centre is now open and people are expressing their interest in the design, the community, and specific units.

We are looking forward to seeing YOU!
We look forward to growing this vibrant community with you!

You can connect with us anytime through e-mail, or any of the links below.

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