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Cohousing group reaches out with free craft activities for kids

COURTESY PHOTO - The single-family home currently on the site of Green Grove Cohousing will eventually serve as a common house for all community members and for activities such as meetings, dinners and celebrations. The individual homes will be built in a field on the other side of this home.The teachers and arts-lovers who belong to the Green Grove Co-Housing Community are hoping pine-cone bird feeders and other holiday crafts will help attract attention — and possible residents — to their developing community.

From 3 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 4, the six current co-housing members will host a booth featuring eco-friendly holiday craft activities at the Harvey Clarke

Elementary School Holiday Bazaar, 2516 B St.

It’s the group’s second awareness-raising event — the first being a multi-square creation at September’s Chalk Art Festival. The members’ chalk depiction of their planned cohousing community drew lots of comments and questions from people passing by, both acquaintances and total strangers, said Linda Taylor, a Forest Grove librarian and Green Grove co-founder.

The Harvey Clarke Bazaar — which will also feature a children’s store and book fair; local artisans and businesses; photos with Santa; and dinner (for purchase) — seemed like the perfect place for the group’s next outreach effort.

“That’s our local school,” said Taylor. “We just thought it was a great way to reach people with young kids.”

Located on Thatcher Road, the cohousing community is designed to be both intergenerational and sustainable and Friday’s craft activities will reflect that. In addition to creating pine-cone bird feeders, children will be able to recycle old Christmas cards, sheet music and other materials into holiday jewelry, garlands, banners, gift boxes, cards and evergreen ornaments.COURTESY PHOTO: - Pine cones, fresh evergreen boughs and old Christmas cards are a few of the materials children will use to make crafts at the Green Grove Cohousing booth during the Harvey Clarke holiday bazaar.

Green Grove Cohousing will comprise nine houses on five acres with a view of Mt. Hood. It’s currently in the planning and building phase, including a remodel of Taylor’s home, which will become the community’s “common house.” Construction of individual homes ranging from 900 square feet to 1,400 square feet will begin next spring. For more information, contact Taylor at 503-359-4690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..