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For immediate release '
March 13, 2003
People's Food Co-op: ?Grand Opening Celebration March 22 - 29, 2003
A celebration of sustainability, community, and delicious foods
People's Food Co-op, a member-owned health food cooperative at 21st and SE Tibbetts, will be celebrating its Grand Re-opening from 3/22-3/29. The city's oldest food co-op is now two and a half times the size of the original space thanks to significant efforts by the community both physically and financially. Moreover, People's received two grants from the city's Office of Sustainable Development and a grant from the Community Watershed Stewardship Council. The building is a premier model for green building. Efforts to alleviate environmental burdens include, but are not limited to: recycled and certified wood, passive air exchange, groundsource heating/cooling system (coupled with a radiant floor system), two living eco-roofs, cob walls and benches, and rainwater collection. The expansion has been featured in several media venues including: The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, Southeast Examiner, Willamette Week, OPB Radio, and Natural Home magazine.
The theme of this event is Sustainability, and it will last for eight days beginning on Saturday March 22, and continuing through March 29. ? Everyday there will be free yoga classes at 9 am, free samples, and raffles. Everything at our Grand Opening will be free and open to everyone. The schedule of daily events is as follows:
Saturday March 22 - Celebration
- 1:00- RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: Celebrate the power of community and the fulfillment of our co-op vision! Speeches, unicyclists, flower planting ceremony, and more - Everyone is invited.
- 2:00- FREE Concert by local reggae band, Earthforce
Sunday March 23 - Personal Health and Well-Being
- 10:00-12:00- Herbalist Consultation
- 11:00- 12:00- Kid's Yoga
- 11:00- 1:00- Massages
- 1:00- Free Concert by local band The Elf Kings
- 1:00- 3:00- Acupuncture Information session
- 2:00- 4:00- Massages
- 4:00- 6:00- Forum/Panel: Perspectives on Personal Health -- Interactive discussion with a variety of health practitioners on personal health issues. Panelists include a Naturopathic Doctor, a Homeopathic Doctor, a Massage Therapist, and an Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist
Monday March 24 - Green Building
- 12:00- 3:00- Free Massages
- 3:00- 6:00- Tabling: City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development, Ecoroofs Everywhere (including a display about our eco-roofs), Environmental Building Supply, and more'?
- 3:00- 6:00- Cob Workshop: a hands-on introduction to building with cob (an earth, sand and straw mixture)
- 3:00 & 6:00- Tours of People's Green Building Features, led by Dave Wadley, People's building designer
- 6:30- Presentation: The Village Building Convergence- a ten-day event (May 9-18, 2003) of daytime and evening educational, inspirational, and celebratory activities surrounding the transformation of five neighborhood intersections into public squares.
Tuesday March 25 - Conservation
- 3:00- 7:00- Tabling: SCRAP, Cascadia Forest Alliance, The Dirt!, Flexcar, City of Portland: Transportation Alternatives, Tri-Met, CityBikes, Seven Corners Bike and Fitness, Campaign to Label GE Foods, Siskiyou Project, BARK
- 3:00- 7:00 - Free bike repairs and safety checks
Wednesday March 26 - Sustainable Agriculture
- 10:00- 2:00- Tabling: Organically Grown, Oregon Tilth, Growing Gardens, Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
- 12:00- 2:00- Gardening Class: Get 'Start'ed for Spring, Dean Simpson from Wildcat Mountain Farm in Sandy
- 2:00- 7:00- Farmers' Market
- 6:30- Panel Discussion: Sustainable Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities. Learn about issues facing local farmers and what is being done to strengthen the sustainable agriculture movement. Panelists include Harry McCormack (Organic farmer, Co-Founder of Oregon Tilth, OSU professor), and Debra Sohm (Ecotrust Farmer-Chef Connection program).
Thursday March 27 - Community
- 3:00- 6:00- Tabling: DivisionVision, Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood Association, SE Uplift, 7 Corners Localization Initiative, and more.
- 5:00- 7:00- Organic Wine Tasting and music
- 6:00- 8:00- Neighborhood Social
Friday March 28 - Local Economy
- 11:00-12:00- Kid's yoga
- 2:00- 6:00- Tabling: Chinook Book, ReDirect Guide, Uncle Zach's, Resource Conservation Federal Credit Union, and more'?
- 2:00- 6:00- Crafts & Goods Bazaar: Local Artists' Show
- 4:30- 6:00- Music: Down Owen's Lane
- 6:30 - Presentation/Discussion: Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) '" BALLE is a national network of businesses and individuals working to support healthy, sustainable local economies.
Saturday March 29 - Cooperatives
- 2:00- 6:00- Tabling and Information from local cooperatives '" find out what a co-op is and who they are in Portland, including CityBikes, Resource Conservation Federal Credit Union, and more.
- 6:00- ?SQUARE DANCE: come cap off the week with community-style dancing -- fun for the whole family! If you've never done it, you're in for a real treat!
The themes for each day reflect many of the values that People's promotes, advocates for, and works toward as it walks the walk toward a safer, healthier, and more joyous world.
Please check our website for updated schedules. If you have any questions, please contact Erica at the Co-op.
People's Food Co-op
3029 Southeast 21st avenue
Portland, Oregon 97202
Telephone: (503) 232/9051
Fax: (503) 236/5388
Open Everyday from 9am to 9pm
Since 1970: Food for People, Not for Profit