A year nearly behind us, a future beckons

It has been said that time accelerates as you grow older, and this is certainly true in my case.  Not only am I shocked–shocked!–to find that March is nearly upon us, but I am also astounded to realize that we are nearly at the anniversary of our first Transition Houston meeting, held on March 18, 2009.
 
What an amazing first year it has been.  We’ve formed physical and virtual communities, obtained our official Transition Initiative status, held potlucks, participated in a number of activities to progress community resilience, held a Training for Transition Training with instructors from Transition US, and started to build community awareness of both Transition and the critical issues the movement addresses. 
 
And we are just getting started!  This year we have already seen the formation and engagement of a number of Work Groups (or Action Groups, as we prefer to call them).  We are continuing to expand our connections with other individuals and organizations working to address climate change, peak oil, and economic instability.  We will soon begin to Permablitz backyards to transform them into food gardens and demonstrate what individual resilience might look like.  Several of our members are very involved in the planning of a local business conference, with the aim of initiating an alliance of local and independent businesses to provide community and mutual support.
 
Transition Houston monthly meeting March 1
You can hear about these topics, and more, at our Transition Houston meeting on Monday, March 1.  We will be meeting at Urban Harvest, 2311 Canal St., in classroom 124 at 7PM.  Details can be found on the Transition Houston ning site:  http://transitiontexas.ning. com/events/transition-houston-monthly-6.  We are pleased that Sara Cotner of the Heights Time Bank will be a speaker, so that we can learn about time banking and how we can implement it in our neighborhoods.
 
Transition Handbooks
If you would like to purchase the Transition Handbook from a local book seller (and we hope you do!), Brazos Bookstore is offering a 10% discount.  Please tell them that you are from Transition Houston to obtain the discount.
 
Mark your calendar
You’ll want to make sure to set time aside for these upcoming events:
 
Westbury Garden Workdays
Ray Sher has been busy with a major project to build resilience in his community, and he sends this news about opportunities to join in the work:
The Westbury Community Garden is a project of lots of enthusiastic people who live in Westbury, surrounding communities, and businesses and people who just want to make this garden a reality. We plan to build 32 24′ x 5′ adult beds and 8 24′ x 4′ youth beds, a learning center, compost bins, handicapped beds, chicken coops, a large habitat area, fruit tree orchards, ornamental entry way, a driveway and parking area, water catchment cisterns, and more. The garden beds and habitat build will be in early March, with the rest to follow in a few months. We have alliances with HISD for elementary schools to use the youth beds and teachers to teach curriculum. 

We will appreciate all the help we can get to stake and build the garden. Following are the main build dates. RSVP to westburycommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 27th, at 2 p.m., we plan to stake and string the garden and habitat areas.

Sunday, February 28th, at 2 p.m., will will complete what was not done the day before.

Saturday, March 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., we will build the garden. Lunch will be provided if we receive an RSVP.

Wednesday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., we will hopefully finish building the garden.

Wednesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a media celebration with the Mayor of Houston, Council Person Clutterbuck, officials from National Wildlife, 150 students and teachers/principals from 3 area elementary schools, and people from many more supporting organizations.
Transition Houston Permablitz March 27
Our first Permablitz will be held on March 27 in west Houston.  More details to come, but please save the date!
  
Training for Transition in Austin March 27-28 
If you wanted to attend our T4T in November but couldn’t here is another chance! 
This is a transition town training to better educate people about how to ease through the challenges facing communities today such as peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis.  It is a positive approach of focusing on solutions that lead to a more satisfying life.
This training will follow the transition model in paying attention to both the outer work and the inner work necessary for a successful transition process.  This will be a participatory process, with participants invited to share their own experience and learn from the many different transition initiatives represented at the course.
The trainers are David Johnson and Maggie Seeley.  The location is the Capital Area Food Bank, 8201 S. Congress Ave., Austin (Map).  
For more information, contact Tom Davis at training@TransitionAustin.org  or Maggie Seeley at maggiheart@aol.com.

Thank you for your interest and support of Transition Houston, and for Transition in your local neighborhood.  We hope to see you at the Transition Houston meeting on Monday!

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