Dave here with a report from our Grand Opening last weekend! I’m pleased to say that the Grand Opening of the Information Center was a great success in terms of attendance and media coverage and well as being a fun event for the community.
We decorated light standards near the Information Center and Eva brought Canada flags which we stuck in the nearby snow banks. There was a bit of a wind so the flags on the building plus the flags in the snowbanks caught everyone’s attention. Ruth brought a fire pot and firewood which proved to be a great focal point for folks gathered out of doors and contributed to creating the “crowd effect” we were looking for. The ribbon for the ribbon cutting ceremony was prominently draped across the sign with the rendering of our building. Malin came on her bicycle with her young daughter Nora in tow. Once we made a few technical adjustments for the ribbon cutting and following a brief celebratory speech, the ribbon was cut by little Nora and the enthusiastic crowd roared its approval.
All of the Prairie Spruce community members except for a few who were out of town on that day attended the event alternating between the comfy interior of the Information Center, with its hot apple cider and yummy cookies, and the warm glow of the fire outside in the fire pot. Ward from Pattison MGM was there to mix and mingle and add to the fun. Knud’s friends and former co-workers, Dale and Susan, came for a visit and to find out more about our community. Another new face, a young lady named Lindsay was excited to learn as much as she could about our project. And familiar friend of Prairie Spruce, Maureen also popped in to show her support.
We were greatly encouraged to see Heather Polischuk from the Leader Post and Wayne Mantyka from CTV representing the media. Heather interviewed Dave and Erik and captured a bit of video in the Information Center. Wayne interviewed Henning and Lois on camera as well. The resulting media reports in the paper and on the television were very positive and will greatly serve to promote our community among the general public. Henning later reported that visits to our website increased from a daily average of 20 visits to a high of 140 visits following the media coverage!
Overall it was a cool day weather wise but the warmth of our community shone through. It was another great Prairie Spruce Commons event!
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff. – Jon Katz
Are you interested in cohousing but not at a point in your life where you are ready to live at Prairie Spruce?
Cohousing groups create social and cultural opportunities that individuals themselves may not have. As we’ve done regularly over the last year, Prairie Spruce can host speakers, musicians, artists and special events. We can also engage in initiatives and lobbying for better, more sustainable communities. While our common community voice and presence is stronger than that of any one individual, our voice would certainly benefit from your additional participation and involvement. Having more “Friends” makes our voice stronger. Plus, social events are more fun with more people!
8 Benefits of Joining
We expect many of our “Friends of Prairie Spruce” may not be prospective owners at Prairie Spruce but that shouldn’t prevent you from being part of the broader Prairie Spruce community and experience. For now, being a Friend would give you access to participate in:
Workshops on group facilitation, active listening, & conflict resolution
Organized group classes (yoga, beer making, cooking, etc,)
Concerts, art shows and film screenings
Lobbying for better community
Special community potlucks
Special early access “Friends Only” tours of our new homes
Random acts of generosity, kindness and support (aka, friendship).
Plus, you’d get to meet and become friends with some of the best people I know in Regina!
Consider this your invitation to join our Friends of Prairie Spruce group. We’d love it if we could welcome you in person by joining as at our free screening of the Happy Moviethis Sunday at the Cathedral Community Centre. If Sunday doesn’t work for you, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Friends” and include your name, email address and phone number. We will create a special email list of our Friends and should you ever decide you want to be removed, you can easily unsubscribe. There will be no fee for becoming a Friend of Prairie Spruce (although there may be cost recovery fees for specific events).
Nothing says community like home baked apple pie. That’s why we’re serving apple pie (and ice cream) at our next Community Building Event and Info Session on October 1 at the George Bothwell Library. We want to show all you folks out there what Prairie Spruce is all about. We’d also love to brainstorm ideas with you about how we can effectively get the word out about our awesome community.
Why are you going to want to be a part of Prairie Spruce?
The building will designed and built with some of the newest innovations in building technology including:
In-floor cooling and heating
Solar power ready
Grey water ready
Several rooftop gardens
The location is second to none, within walking distance of parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and down town.
The shared living space gives you the community feel of a friendly neighbourhood, while your individual condo gives you the privacy you want.
Lastly we think our people are the best part about Prairie Spruce. Community is something we all strongly believe in and think we should surround ourselves with people we know, like and trust.
If you do wish to come meet a bunch of likeminded individuals who care deeply about our community contact us here and let us know that you’ll be enjoying some apple pie with us on Wednesday. We always like making new friends!