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DECEMBER 2014

WINTER PLEASURES


I know many of my friends are shy of winter. Okay, some despise it. But I have come to deeply appreciate the solitude and quiet, the opportunity given by short days and long nights for reflection and most importantly the telling of stories and the chance to dream of the upcoming year.

Winter lends itself to dreaming, and here at Echo Valley we work hard to make our dreams reality. Once again in 2015 we welcome you to work towards a peaceful and sustainable world and to participate in our monthly peacemaker gatherings. Our outdoor concerts will continue, as will our efforts in sustainability. Making a masonry stove, an underground greenhouse and a drying shed are all on our wish list for the upcoming year.

We will celebrate Peace First and Ending War – within and around us – and we welcome you to post your activities there.

We will continue to “grow our souls,” celebrating and cutting a path for all the good that is possible. To urge us on, look forward to our 2015 showings and discussions of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs.

Most importantly, we will appreciate the joy and the laughter, the struggles and the victories that will surely come. And you are welcome!





WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE SMILING?

They are helping to plan Peace Week Milwaukee - 2015, a celebration of peace and sustainability. All organizations, faiths and businesses are welcome to host an event towards peace and sustainability during the week of August 16 through 23. Choose the type of event you want to offer: music, art, panel discussions and guest speakers are a few possibilities…and of course great food. This will be an opportunity to learn about each other’s efforts and to raise the voice of peace. We are currently welcoming art that depicts this question: 
What does peace in Milwaukee look like?
Chosen submissions will help us get the word out about Peace Week, and will be highlighted with all participating organizations on our website debuting January 1.

Want to be part of the fun? Our next planning sessions will be December 13 and 14, location in Milwaukee TBA. For more, email dena@peaceweekmilwaukee.org.




UPCOMING EVENTS & CLASSES

Cordials & Elixirs
December 12 & 13, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

with Carol Jacobs, Coulee Region Herbalist

Festival of Light at Echo Valley
December 20

A Peacemaker Gathering with Galynne Goodwill
Drop by or come for the weekend!

Peacemaker Gathering:
TBA at Echo Valley
January 17

Felting Wool
January 24, 10:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

with Jan Kenyon

Peacemaker Gathering:
TBA at Echo Valley
February 14

Garden Dreaming and Seed Swap
February 28, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Weaving Classes will be scheduled by request.
Please contact Jan at 608-337-4578. 

Galynne
Galynne Goodwill



PAYING ATTENTION

Let the PSC Know Where You Stand on the High Transmission Lines
The final public hearings on the Badger-Coulee transmission line will be held on the following dates.
Members of the public can submit spoken or written testimony.


Monday, December 8, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Waunakee Village Community

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Town of Holland Town Hall

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Cashton Community Hall

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Three Bears Lodge

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.
Kalahari Resorts, Suite A

Web Comment due by January 5:
Go to http://psc.wi.gov, and click “Public Comments” button on the menu bar.
Select “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 5-CE-142.

Mail Comment by January 5:
Include “Docket 5-CE-142 Comments” in the heading, and send to:
Docket 5-CE-142 Comments
Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854

Friends of Grace Lee Boggs: Request for Support
Grace Lee Boggs is now 99, and has devoted her life to the struggle to stretch our humanity.
Here is an opportunity to offer your support.

And in case you missed it, a very succinct and affirming call to action:
Citizens of the Earth (TPRF)





ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

Advancing sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 educational and charitable organization working to raise the voice of peace, bringing people together, celebrating diversity and respecting the Earth. 

Thank you to all who support our efforts. Your help is welcomed.

Echo Valley Hope is looking for volunteers. We are planning peace activities and cultural exchange throughout Wisconsin in 2015. Have time and passion? Get in touch.

Click on the button above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a monthly supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable living and promotes initiatives of peace.

To make a tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651



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