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Information Centre Arrives at Site
 
On December 19th, 2014 the portable office that we will be using for our Information Centre arrived at the future building site of Prairie Spruce Commons. We are currently anxiously awaiting power to the Information Centre so that we can open it to the public.
 
Once we launch the Information Centre, our hours of operation will be from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment. Appointments outside of normal hours can be made by calling (306) 586-1363Our grand opening of the Information Centre will be announced at www.prairiespruce.com.
 
Make plans to visit us at the Information Centre: the tea pot will always be on and we would love to see you!
 



Prairie Spruce Commons Wants Your Feedback!

We are seeking your help in finding out current perceptions regarding Prairie Spruce Commons, cohousing and the importance of community for long term health and happiness. So, we’ve come up with a short survey and we’re asking anyone and everyone to fill it out.

The purpose of the survey is to explore the public’s awareness of, and interest in the Prairie Spruce Commons cohousing project. Your feedback will help us understand how you to relate and perceive the Prairie Spruce Commons project and community. Based on your responses and new ideas, we want to plan events that will reach people in Regina and encourage them to think about the benefits of community life, including the cohousing option. We are also interested in hearing what barriers keep people from becoming members in Prairie Spruce Commons.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and it is completely anonymous unless you choose to add your name and contact information. We really value your participation regardless of your interest or knowledge about the project. We would also greatly appreciate if you could help us spread the word about the survey and our project.

The survey can be reached at the following link: surveymonkey.com/s/W6LVLHP

And please forward the link to anyone who you think would be interested!

Thanks for your help and participation!
Another Movie Night: January 18

In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational movie about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is about how groups around the world gather to build community in response to challenges such as costly energy resources, financial instability and environmental change.



The movie was made by the Transition network, which is a British organization that has inspired thousands of initiatives around the world. The organization’s mission is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organize to build community, local resilience and to foster a sustainable lifestyle.

You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food in every possible place, localizing their economies and saving local grocery stores from closing down. The movement is also about encouraging people to form local networks, for neighbours to get to know each other, and for people to take pride in their own neighbourhoods. Learn more about the movie and the movement at the Transition Network.

You are invited to join us for a screening and discussion of this movie on Sunday January 18th in the Cathedral Neighborhood Centre. An optional community potluck starts at 5:30pm and the movie starts at 6:30pm.
COMING EVENTS
January 15, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
What is Cohousing?
Presenter: Dave Lareau

Lifelong Learning Centre
College Avenue Campus
Gallery Building 106

Cost: $5; pre-registration is not required
Everyone is welcome! 
Prairie Spruce Games Night
January 24, Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Games for ages 6-90 yr
Bring your own beverages and snacks

United Way, 1440 Scarth Street
Free!  Everyone welcome!

 
SHOUT
OUT!
To Murray, Faye, Jean, Dave, Warren & Ruth
This friendly group brought their shovels and removed snow and ice from the side walk in front of the Information Center on Badham Blvd!  Great future neighbours!
TIDBITS
The area where Prairie Spruce Commons will be built was formerly used by the Qu’Appelle Anglican Diocese property for a school and nunnery. The diocese was established in 1883 and became a strong community of parishioners who provided ministry through major trends and events such as drought, immigration and settlement, war, and the Great Depression. In 2005 20 acres of the land was sold to Fiorante Homes and Commercial Ltd who will create a high-quality residential development that will respect the former Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle buildings’ provincial heritage designation.

The actual street, Badham Boulevard, is named after Mike Badham.  Mike was passionate about Regina and he was committed to making Regina a better place for everyone. He was an educator for most of his career. Later he was a city councillor. Mike died in a tragic accident in 2006. Throughout his life he was a community volunteer who served his community with pride. In respect for all he had done for Regina, a park and this street was named in Mike’s honor.

 
PUTTING DOWN ROOTS
This section features a short project update from our Project Consultants at Connexus Cohousing Collaborative : Jasen Robillard and Chris ScottHanson.

In our final month leading into the New Year, the Prairie Spruce community (or "elves" as we were calling each other last month) have put a lot of effort into coordinating the imminent launch of the Information Centre. Marketing materials have been updated, street signage has been ordered and the sidewalks have been cleared once or twice for good measure! The final piece of the puzzle is getting power to the site. The community is eager and excited to begin marketing the project AT the site. With the sign, and the portable office on site, it's all becoming very real.

As part of the next phase of the project, I'll be joining the community in mid-January to plan out the community events and marketing for 2015. These weekend brainstorming sessions are a great way to observe and experience the existing talents within the community but also to further develop skills that the community will tap into after move-in. Chris next plans to be in Regina in February, as part of a design review workshop with PMGM Architects. While we're in town, we both would welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone who has questions about the project so don't hesitate to get in touch!

Jasen
THE COMMONS
Thirty-five Pounds of Potatoes, Friends and Family
(a blogpost written by community member Joanne)

 
I have fond memories of making perogies with my mother and grandmother and being amazed at how perfect grandma’s perogies were. They were all the same size and were perfect half moons. The ones I made usually looked like a blob or a skinny chicken.

The very best times were getting together with all the neighbour ladies to make perogies for someone’s wedding. There would be 15 or 20 women in the kitchen rolling dough, pinching perogies, cooking perogies and laughing. Much advice would be shared with the bride and many stories would be told about married life. I look forward to moving into cohousing and finding my home community again.

Before Christmas, I tried perogie making with cohousers. Together with Eva and Knud, Murray and Lois, Henning, and Erik, I folded and pinched enough perogies to use up the 55 lbs of filling that Henning and I had made. Combined with much conversation and laughter, we worked together as a well-oiled machine. We finished in later afternoon with a cup of tea and the good feeling of a job well done.
  
We have a well-tuned perogie making process. As we move into cohousing, this process will be expanded and changed to accommodate greater numbers, but we are sure that the camaraderie and the laughter will always be a part of our little perogies productions.


Editor note: for more on this story and others visit our blog
http://www.prairiespruce.com/blog/
 
CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE IN PRAIRIE SPRUCE COMMONS
 
We look forward to growing this vibrant community with you!

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