Sep
12
3:30 PM15:30

Forest Work & Potluck

Come join our Land Committee members as we enhance the woods and whistle while we work!


We have a good start on the work. Yes, there is physical activity such as cutting and pulling invasive vines and plants, but you can also help plan what kind of native trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses we should purchase. We are planning to start a nursery, protect our new plantings from the deer, organize educational discussions about forest preservation and/or tours. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers, hand saws, and boots – or we can supply some of these.

This is the first of several fall work parties. If you cannot make this one, please put in your calendar:

  • Saturday, Sept 28th, 9 am – 12pm (hosted by Dave and Sue next door at 2233 Kimberton Rd.)

  • Thursday, Oct 10th, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  • Saturday, Oct 26th, 9 am – 12 pm

We will gather in the back of 2237 Kimberton Road. Please RSVP if you would like to join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the land, meet some of our future residents, and find out about our project.  Please bring a potluck dish to share for a meal after we work a couple of hours.  Park at the Village Parking Lot at 18 Prizer Road, walk up to the Kimberton Road intersection, then up the hill six houses.

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Aug
18
4:00 PM16:00

Designing the Common House!

Common House Discussion


Want to participate in a discussion about programming a community building? Want to learn what it takes to provide an example of a "green building?" Altair EcoVillage is starting to think about the "centerpiece" of its project and would love community input!

Sunday, August 18

Orientation at 3:30
Discussion from 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Potluck Dinner starting at 5:30 pm
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Please RSVP for this one so we can send you some homework!

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the land, meet some of our future residents, and find out about our project. Please bring a potluck dish to share for a meal after we work a couple of hours. Park at the Village Parking Lot at 18 Prizer Road, walk up to the Kimberton Road intersection, then up the hill six houses.

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Aug
8
3:30 PM15:30

Forest Work Party!


Come join our Land Committee members as we cull the invasives, enhance the woods, and create bird habitats and pollinator gardens.


We have a good start on the work. Yes, there is physical activity such as cutting and pulling invasive vines and plants, but you can also help plan what kind of native trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses we should purchase. We are going to start a nursery, protect our new plantings from the deer, organize educational discussions about forest preservation and/or tours. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers, hand saws, and boots - or we can supply some of these.

Thursday, August 8th 
5:30 to 6:30 Potluck Meal

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the land, meet some of our future residents, and find out about our project. Please bring a potluck dish to share for a meal after we work a couple of hours. Park at the Village Parking Lot at 18 Prizer Road, walk up to the Kimberton Road intersection, then up the hill six houses.

We will gather in the back of 2237 Kimberton Road.
Please RSVP if you would like to join us.

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Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Walk the Woods with the Forester!

Walk the Woods with the Forester!

Monday, July 22, 2019
12:30 to 2:30 pm
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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JOHN NISSEN is the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forester for Chester County, and he is coming to look at the two acres of woods on our land.  John is an expert advisor on how to enhance the valuable resources we have.  We'll look at habitats, native and non-native plants, wetlands, wildlife, the edges of the woods as they meet the meadows, and we'll try to develop a Master Plan for the future health of our land.

We will gather in the back of 2237 Kimberton Road.  Please RSVP if you would like to join us. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the land, meet some of our future residents, and find out about our project.  We have a Business Meeting following, then a potluck at around 4:30 or 5 pm. Please bring a potluck dish to share for a meal after we work a couple of hours.  Park at the Village Parking Lot at 18 Prizer Road, walk up to the Kimberton Road intersection, then up the hill six houses.

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Jun
23
3:30 PM15:30

Discussion: Portland Cohousing Conference!

National Cohousing Conference Reports

Sunday, June 23, 2019
3:30 pm to 5:15 pm, followed by a potluck dinner
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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Altair EcoVillage member Mary Selman went to Portland, OR and is pleased to report some of
what she learned.


Besides your getting an update on our site and our work with the Township, 

This should spark discussions about "All Things Cohousing."  And what might those be?

1) Key Professional Roles in Cohousing Development
2) Cohousing Financial Development Scenarios
3) Cohousing Development Process and TimeLine
4) Design Process
5) Financing of Development Costs
6) Ownership Structure
7) Process Flow, Meetings
8) Consensus/Sociocracy
9) Organizational Structure/Committees
10) Marketing Cohousing
11) Levels of Membership
12) Who we are - an in-house questionnaire
...among other topics...
 

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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Bluebird Box Workshop!

Come work with us and with Marilyn Michalski of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania at our EcoVillage site!

Marilyn is an expert on “cavity-nesting” birds. She says: “We would want to complete 1-2 large nesting boxes (for kestrels and screech owls) and 1-2 small boxes for bluebirds, tree swallows, and chickadees. We will need to use a power tool or two. Materials needed:  good lumber - white pine - 6" wide x 8-10 feet long.  Also, we will need 8" wide lumber (white pine) - two lengths of 8 feet each.  Also plenty of 1 1/4" wood screws (like deck screws/non-rusting) and 1 3/4" wood screws. Ideal for installing them would be some re-bar, 1 1/2” pvc tubing, and strapping.”

We’ll meet at the back of 2237 Kimberton Road, work for a while, then have a potluck lunch together. Bring whatever materials you would like (or we have them), bring the whole family, and meet some of our EcoVillage community.

Please RSVP Joel at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com. Parking is available at “Village Parking,” 18 Prizer Road, just down the hill and around the corner.

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May
9
3:30 PM15:30

Forest Work Party!

Come join our Land Committee members as we cull the invasives, enhance the woods, and create bird habitats and pollinator gardens. Come to the back of 2237 Kimberton Road at 3:30 pm to organize!


We have a good start on the work.  Yes, there is physical activity such as cutting and pulling invasive vines and plants, but you can also help plan what kind of native trees, bushes, flowers, and grasses we should purchase.  We are going to start a nursery, protect our new plantings from the deer, organize educational discussions about forest preservation and/or tours. Bring gloves, clippers, loppers, hand saws, and boots - or we can supply some of these.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the land, meet some of our future residents, and find out about our project.  Please bring a potluck dish to share for a meal after we work a couple of hours.  Park at the Village Parking Lot at 18 Prizer Road, walk up to the Kimberton Road intersection, then up the hill six houses.

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May
5
2:00 PM14:00

How a Community Organizes

EXPLORE THE THREE-FOLD CONCEPT

Our EcoVillage is part of a larger community of folks who have a lot of experience conceptualizing how we should organize our neighborhood to get things accomplished and build relationships in freedom.

Come to 2237 Kimberton Road around 2 pm for a brief orientation and overview of Altair EcoVillage, then hear speakers discuss the philosophical basis behind how we choose to organize our Committees. We plan on breaking around 3:30 pm and have a brief snack and socializing, before the members need to discuss some things among ourselves starting around 4 pm.

Hope you can join us! Please RSVP with Joel at 610-220-6172 or email at altairecovillage@gmail.com.

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Forest Work Parties!

Come join our work parties! We meet in the back of 2237 Kimberton Road around 9 am.

A group of us are grabbing the gloves, the loppers, the saws, and the boots, and diving into Altair’s 2 acres of woods to cull invasives, help create habitat, clear areas for future activities, and generally get out into nature, get some exercise, and also get to know one another.

Our next session coincides with National Cohousing Open House Day, so we’re on the radar as a forming community welcoming visitors. If you are not familiar with the site or our project, we’ll be glad to tell you about it. Bring a potluck dish or beverage to share. We’ll work for a couple hours, then break bread and socialize.

Save the dates for future work parties:

  • Thursday, May 9th, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

  • Saturday, May 25th, 9 am to 12 noon

  • Thursday, June 13th, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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Mar
17
3:30 PM15:30

Non-Violent Communication


Come hear Katie Tandon talk about ways we can relate together.

We are so lucky Katie has offered to work with us!  She recently presented a 9-week training course from the great work of the trans-personal psychologist and writer Marshall Rosenberg. So, this will just be a taste!  Katie says: "This work is wonderful, but a radical way of thinking, so many questions will arise!"

The work of Marshall Rosenberg, author of Non-Violent Communication, changed the world of negotiations between governments, and between governments and terrorists, as well as in business and personal lives. This brilliant work grows emotional intelligence and empathy, while teaching us to understand our own and others’ motivations and ask for what we want in a way that is more likely to succeed.

Inspired by Mahatma Ghandi, Rosenberg believes we can create a more peaceful and compassionate world by bringing empathy into our everyday communications. Rosenberg created a form of communication that honored his spiritual intentions and worked from his doctorate in psychology. 

For social change agents, as well as those who would like to improve relational communications, this is excellent work. We will use Rosenberg's training curriculum and discuss empathic principles offered by the work. 

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Feb
17
3:30 PM15:30

Birds and Bees!

Birds and Bees!

Wildlife Habitats in the EcoVillage

Sunday, Feb 17th, 2019
3:30 to 6:30 pm
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Discussion Group and Potluck

Come hear Mason Vollmer talk about
ecologically-sound ways of managing our site
to promote birds, bees, and other wildlife.

We have many micro-climates on our nine-acre site, from woods to active play areas, borders, community garden, front and back yards, and more. In keeping with our proposed EcoVillage Ordinance, we have a lot to learn as a community as to the best way to approach our work. We've also heard that East Pikeland would like to be a "Bird Town" and want to have a pollinator demonstration site.  We can help, so let’s get started!


We will gather at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm.

A good will donation is requested for this talk - $5 or so...

Bring a potluck dish to share for a dinner around 5:00 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses, across the street.


Mason Vollmer
Horticultural Educator

Mason, a former gardening teacher at the Kimberton Waldorf School, and Director of Nantmeal Nursery at Camphill Soltane directs you to his website: http://www.thesocialgardener.net.

"The Social Gardener" - a website for sharing experiences in gardening. If you run a horticultural program for children, seniors, or people with differing abilities, then you may find some helpful ideas here.

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Nov
18
3:30 PM15:30

Lessons Learned: Reports from the Cohousing Conference


2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Discussion Group and Potluck

Come hear four of our Members tell you what they learned at the Amherst, MA Conference Sept 21-23!

Here are just a few of the topics we covered:

"Replacement Reserves: Taking the Worry out of your Community's Financial Future"
"A Taste of Dynamic Governance"
"If It Doesn't Work Socially, Why Bother?"
"Meals Three Times a Week"
"Age-Friendly is Human Friendly- the Appropriate Environment Supports Purposeful Living"

We started the weekend with a toast to our two new members Steve and Victoria! Then, we danced, networked, toured Cohousing communities, ate well, and explored!  


We will gather at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm.

Bring a potluck dish to share for a dinner around 5 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses across the street.

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Sep
16
3:30 PM15:30

Netherlands Cohousing

Come share Joel's travelog and interviews from his recent trip to the Netherlands, home of over 300 various Cohousing and intentional community projects!

  • Visit the largest EcoVillage in the Netherlands - Kersentuin in Utrecht
  • Interview one of the leading multi-family housing architects in the Netherlands, Frans Krommer
  • Explore one of the many small multi-family Cohousing developments that dot the country
  • Find out what has worked for these communities and what we can learn from them

This will be a far-reaching discussion, as well as a chance to get out of our box and see what is going on in another part of the world to model sustainable neighborhoods.

We will start the presentation and discussion around 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm.  Bring a potluck dish of your choice for a community meal starting around 5:30 pm.
Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses across the street.

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Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Native Plants

Come hear Altair members describe the Native Plants they found on Altair's site. We will discuss why Native Plants are so important for our well-being.


Note: You are welcome to join the inventory on August 8th. Contact us for more information.

We have many micro-climates on our nine acre site, from woods to active play areas, borders, community garden, front and back yards, and more. In keeping with our proposed EcoVillage Ordinance with the Township, we have a lot to learn as a community as to the best way to approach our work.  Native plants are key to our success. Let’s get started!
 


We will gather at 3:00 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's site – we are offering a tour around 2:30 pm.

Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses across the street.


Bring a potluck dish or pizza toppings to share for a dinner at Kimberton Community Supported Agriculture on Seven Stars Road (across from the Waldorf School) around  5:30 pm. We'll be joining the Phoenixville Area Time Bank and the members of the CSA - there will be music, a pizza oven, fun and games. We'll carpool.

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Jun
17
3:30 PM15:30

EcoVillage Ithaca - Case Study

Come hear Altair Members Andy and Sally Benton share their direct personal insights into this vibrant model community!

Altair calls itself an “EcoVillage.” What do we mean?  Ithaca can help us understand this… Come share our experiences with one of the most sustainable developments in the US. 

  • Ithaca is on the international circuit of EcoVillages (Global Ecovillage Network)
  • They built three very different Cohousing communities 
  • Andy and Sally visited recently and will share slides and talk about their experience
  • Zoom with Liz Walker, Executive Director and author of the book Ecovillage Ithaca and her colleague and developer Rod Lambert.
  • We will gather at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm.

    Bring a potluck dish to share for a dinner around 5 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses across the street.

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May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Hike in Valley Forge!

Altair member Holly Alden will lead a hike in Valley Forge National Park. Here’s a chance for you to get to know some of our Altair members and get some exercise as well! 

Meet at the Visitors Center parking lot and look for the group. The hike will be adjusted for the easiest level of the participants. Contact Holly at ride711@gmail.com or 610-220-4566.

Hope you can come!

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May
13
3:30 PM15:30

Biodynamic Gardening

We have two wonderful speakers lined up for Mother’s Day! Come join us for a Discussion of an environmentally-friendly way to replenish our soil, and prepare the ground for our community garden, our public and private yards, and the surrounding borders and woods.

We will have a site tour at 3:00 pm and a community pot luck at 5:15 or so. Please RSVP at altairecovillage.com or 610-220-6172 (Joel).

More information to follow!

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Apr
22
3:30 PM15:30

Trails 101

 

Professionals from the Township,
the Region, and the County

Trails 101  

Come hear several talented and knowledgeable folks from our area who have experience with trails - what they are, their history in the region, where they are now, what trails are planned, how trails get built, and, finally, what Altair EcoVillage can contribute to the trails in and around Kimberton Village.

We hope to bring our members, prospective members, and the greater community up to speed on what is a vital and complex topic - part of the current sustainability plans contemplated at the Township, Regional, and County levels.

We will start the program at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see our site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm. Bring a potluck dish or beverage to share for a dinner around 5:15 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses across the street.

 
Contact Joel Bartlett at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com.

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Mar
18
3:30 PM15:30

Two Echo Cohousing Community

A Visit to Two Echo Cohousing in Maine


Sunday, March 18, 2018
3:30 to 6:30 pm
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Discussion Group and Potluck

Come hear Helen Williams, who helped create Two Echo Cohousing Community in Brunswick, Maine.

Helen is back in our region and very interested in joining our EcoVillage.  She has offered to do a "show and tell" about the creation of this New England village - its ups and downs, its people.  As Treasurer of the community for several years, she has a keen insight on the formation of a community around financial issues. Gentle and friendly, Helen will tell us her story and draw us out to tell ours (and help with our future story!)

We will also provide an update on Altair's current status and have a question and answer session to add to the conversation.  Come meet some of our members and some of our professionals.

We will gather at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's proposed site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm. Bring a potluck dish to share for a dinner around 5 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill four houses across the street.

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Feb
18
3:30 PM15:30

Maintaining our EcoVillage

For our next Discussion Group, we are beaming in Jerry Koch-Gonzalez. Jerry is a founding resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing, a 26 year old community in Amherst, MA that has been successfully using Dynamic Governance for the last few years.  Jerry will tell us how this well-established community maintains their Common House, gardens, and grounds and the system they use to make decisions.

Jerry is a consultant and certified trainer in both Dynamic Governance/Sociocracy and Compassionate Communication (NVC), with a focus on governance, decision making, communication skills, and conflict resolution. He is the director for Sociocracy For All, a project of the Institute for Peaceable Communities and is the CEO of The Sociocracy Consulting Group, itself a sociocratic limited liability company run on cooperative principles. Several of us worked with him at the national Cohousing conference in Nashville last spring.

Several issues we will touch on (though we certainly won't hit them all!): 

-Forming Task Circles: for Altair currently, it's site development, legal/financial, membership, outreach/PR, hospitality/childcare, healthy green living, sustainability, site maintenance, and steering (agenda for our member meetings).

-Developing the Home Owners Association: we told the Township we would maintain the site, share cars, educate the public, have integrative design workshops, have a community garden, have a long-term conservation plan, and report any demographic changes.  We will need to start on the HOA documents earlier in the building/approval process than usual.

-Systems to get the "work" done: it really shouldn't be called "work," but shall we mandate a certain number of hours a family needs to put in, shall we record our hours, can we use Time Banking, how should we do Common House meals, what are the consequences if a family does not participate fully, and can families pay instead of do community tasks?

-What should be in the HOA dues?: taxes, utilities, maintenance, per cent for capital improvements, paid vs volunteer tasks, costs over and above the home and the percentage of the common buildings and grounds such as Storage, Offices, Shops.

We will gather at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's proposed site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm. Bring a potluck dish to share for a dinner around 5 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill four houses across the street.

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Jan
14
3:30 PM15:30

Clearing Clutter and Living an Intentional Life

Clearing Clutter and Living an Intentional Life


Sunday, January 14, 2018
3:30 to 6:30 pm
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460

Discussion Group and Potluck

Come hear Katya Wieber, Clutter Clearing Practitioner, kick off a discussion near and dear to all of us, whether or not we're planning to move into the EcoVillage.  


We will gather at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see Altair's proposed site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm. Bring a potluck dish to share for a dinner around 5 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill four houses across the street.

“... We want to simplify our lives and try to get rid of some of the clutter that distracts us from living a more fulfilled life. Our housing can play an important role in our quest both for more simplicity and more engagement in things which interest and stimulate us. This is where the EcoVillage offers a lifestyle option that is much more than just a change to more suitable housing.  With shared common facilities and well-designed compact living units, it provides the advantages that come from having a new and better suited place to live.  But, it also provides an opportunity for a deeper, more stimulating, and healthier social environment. It does this better than nearly any other housing alternative for downsizing and aging households.”

~ Premier Cohousing Developer Jim Leach,
Wonderland Hill Company in Boulder, Colorado


About Katya Wieber:

  • Katya is a clutter clearing practitioner, certified in 2014 by Karen Kingston, internationally known author, teacher, and world leader in clutter clearing. (Wrote Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui ). She has ongoing education and yearly testing to make sure she is up to speed with her skills and knowledge.
  • Katya is also a Feng Shui Consultant in functional feng shui, certified in 2013 by Cathleen McCandless. She has taken classes in home staging, creating a beautiful and clutter free atmosphere which helps the home sell quicker. (A quick fact - 60% of home staging is clutter clearing.) She was an licensed Architect, mostly in corporate interiors,but gave that up to be an at-home Mom.
  •  Besides most recently running a green cleaning business for 8 years, Katya lives  clutter-free, and teaches others how to do the same.
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Dec
3
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Party!

Join us for a festive
party and sing-along and Altair is invited!

On SundayDecember 3 from 5:00 to 8:30 pmPhoenixville Area Time Bank is having a holiday potluck at the Riverworks Apartments45 N. Main Street in Phoenixville.  Come celebrate the holiday season with old and new Time Bank friends and family!

Please bring an appetizer, main dish, or beverage to share, and join the fun. No RSVPs necessary, just come!

Riverworks is a new apartment community located on the east side of Main St, north of Bridge St and French Creek in Phoenixville.  Come in the main entrance and go straight, following the signs to the Club House, which is the third left.  The Club House is at the end of a central north-south boulevard, and you can park anywhere near it unless the spot is marked “reserved.”  Come in the main entryway to the Club House, and follow your nose and ears to the big room straight ahead.

Info:  pa.timedollar@gmail.com 610-608-9281

 

Phoenixville Area Time Bank
PO Box 964
Phoenixville, PA 19460

 

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Nov
19
3:30 PM15:30

Saving Money by Sharing Resources!

ALTAIR DISCUSSION GROUP AND POTLUCK

Let's talk about how it will be to live together and how we can conserve, share, and, in turn, live for less!  We'd like to have a round robin discussion with everyone participating.  We'll write down your ideas and distribute them to everyone thinking about joining our community. We'll start around 3:30 and go until 5:00 (unless things are still "hot!"), with our usual fabulous potluck around 5 or 5:30 pm.

If you haven't already seen the site, let us know and come earlier for a site tour.  Come meet our members and some of our professionals.  Bring a favorite dish or beverage to share!

Place: 2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville

Park: Kimberton Arts Building, Kimberton and Prizer Roads; then walk up the hill four houses across the street.

RSVP: Joel Bartlett, 610-220-6172, altairecovillage@gmail.com

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Oct
22
3:30 PM15:30

Grid Planning for EcoVillages!

Join us to talk to energy managers, who will tell us about "the grid," and how Altair EcoVillage can take advantage of our numbers, earn incentives, and direct our other professionals to a more energy-efficient community!  

John "Skip" Trimble has over 30 year's executive experience in power markets.  His main focus is on markets (supply, capacity, energy efficiency, demand response, and Renewable Energy Certificates), modelling, Peak Load Contribution forecasting, and innovative options (Solar RECs, capacity, etc.).   

Skip's experience base includes: systems development, wholesale markets, regulatory testimony, retail markets, capacity and energy markets, credit markets, risk management, generation optimization, as well as the advanced use of technology.

Dennis Rowan is VP of Marketing for VSG Energy Network. VSG Energy integrates electric vehicles and solar energy to optimize Distributed Energy Resources and maximize savings for customers. VSG Energy's work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the PA. Dept of Environmental Protection. Under a DEP grant, VSG Energy is integrating Electric Vehicles with the grid in a managed charging network.                                         

Together, we will look at minimizing the costs and Optimizing the value of Ecovillage energy efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

We will follow our 3:30 pm Discussion Group with a potluck at 5:30 pm.  Come to 2237 Kimberton Road, Kimberton - gateway to the site, but park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads.  Bring a dish or drink to share, and bring your questions and comments about our project.  RSVP to Joel at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com.

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Forest Work Party!

Now is a good time to complete what we started last year - freeing our trees from strangling grape and poison ivy vines!  We have about three acres of woods on the Altair site, and two sections we haven't even started.  We're looking to cut vines and root out choking multiflora (wild roses).

Sign up to get some exercise and help beautify our site.  We'll supply gloves, cutters, etc, you bring long-sleeved shirts, long pants, water, some food or drink to share, and a good appetite.  We'll work a while then have a pot-luck lunch together.  Meet at 2237 Kimberton Road, and please park down the block at the Kimberton Arts Building. Contact Joel at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com.

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Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The East Pikeland Planning Commission elected to ponder our EcoVillage Ordinance one more time.  They want to know about our traffic and our effect on the school system, so we will be showing them our impacts compared with a project that could be built on our land using their current Zoning.  We will be asking for bonuses for having more open space, less impervious paving, following LEED Site guidelines, and reducing parking, among other things.  We are hoping they will recommend approval of the Ordinance to the Supervisors.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT THIS MEETING.  We want the Planning Commission and the Supervisors to know that there are many in the Kimberton area who would like to see an energy-efficient development that honors the land and offers clustered affordable down-sized homes to people who manage the site - not a typical car-oriented old style suburban  project. Kimberton should be proud to host a vibrant environmentally-friendly model community that will help enliven businesses and cultural activities in town, and foster Walkable Kimberton!

Let us know if you can attend and speak up.  For questions and comments, contact Joel at altairecovillage@gmail.com or 610-220-6172.  Our neighbors will be there, will you? 

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Aug
27
8:45 AM08:45

Group Tour of Mr. Cuba Botanical Center

The next Altair EcoVillage Discussion Group is a tour of Mt. Cuba Botanical Center in Hockessin, Delaware, about an hour drive from our Kimberton site.
 
Mt Cuba specializes in native plants, and will show us forest paths, meadows edge plantings, and a beautiful natural pond.  Altair would like to use some of the Mt. Cuba ideas as we plan to restore the 2-3 acres of woods on our site, plant buffers, and work with our wetlands and meadows. The gardens are one of the natural wonders on the East Coast, and definitely worthy of our attention!

We plan to meet in Kimberton around 8:45 am, Sunday, August 27th, and carpool to Mt Cuba.  The tour will be from 10-12, and then we will gather for lunch.  Each attendee will contribute $12 to pay for the expert Mt Cuba docents leading the groups of 10-12.  We need to know how many people are coming, so would you please get back to us by August 12th?  We will pre-pay and you can reimburse us.  

Go to their website for a glimpse of the beauty: http://mtcubacenter.org.  More details to follow. 

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Jul
30
3:30 PM15:30

Medical and Therapeutic Initiative

Please join us for a conversation with Melissa Greer, DO and Raphael Knauf, MD about

Carah Medical Arts

individual • community-supported • wholesome

 

  • A new community-supported medical-therapeutic non-profit initiative

  • Opening in November 2017 in the area Kimberton/Phoenixville, PA

  • Integrative medicine for the whole family

  • Striving for long-lasting, trusting relationships

  • Economics based on caring for each other

 

Unfolding a vision of patients, doctors, nurses, therapists and supporters working together in a healing space

Let's talk about how this relates to the EcoVillage!

Meet our members, professionals, and community friends.  Get an update on the project and share a meal.  Please park at the Kimberton Park, Kimberton and Prizer Roads, and walk up to Joel & Margo's, at 2237 Kimberton Road.

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Jul
9
3:30 PM15:30

Lessons Learned, Part II

Seven of us went to the Nashville National Cohousing Conference.  Four of us presented on June 4th, but three of us have more to share: 1) Site Design Workshop, 2) Sociocracy (a form of governance), and 3) Mortgages - the latest updates on financing your home.

Come to 2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenxville, gateway to the land we own and meet us!  After our presentations, we will tour the site, then get to know each other better around a potluck supper.  We start at 3:30 pm and end around 6:30 pm.  

We ask that you park down the block at the Kimberton Park parking lot at Prizer Road and walk up the hill 3-4 houses across the street.

Please RSVP with Joel at altairecovillage.com or 610-220-6172.

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