Event, Organization, People

Storytelling Night and Summer Intern Reception

*cino’s staff is doubling in size as a whole new group of summer interns find their way to Three Rivers this month. In celebration, we’re throwing a welcoming party on June 12, at 7:00 pm. This will not only be a wonderful chance for local supporters and friends to meet the new interns, but it will also be the first night of our summer storytelling series. During the first part of the evening, you are encouraged to come enjoy good company and good eats. Then around 8:00, we will gather to share stories. The theme for the night will be stories about identity; this could be an amusing anecdote from grade school when you realized you were just a little bit different than everyone else in your class, the story of how you choose your career, the weight and joys of carrying your family name, your experience as a privileged or marginalized person–any story of the humor or struggles of defining ourselves. If you would like to tell a story, we ask that it be 3-7 minutes in length; however, if you would just like to come and listen, you are more than welcome to do that as well. The event will take place at the Trinity Episcopal Church Rectory (317 N. Main St., Three Rivers, MI). We look forward to seeing you there!

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Online, People, Publishing

catapult editor contributes to Comment integrity symposium

Check out the Integrity and the Entrepreneur symposium over at Comment Magazine, which features stories from people throughout the U.S. and Canada. I contributed an account of how we dealt with a theft situation from our fair trade store World Fare in 2009.

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Event, Organization, People

Practicing Resurrection 2010 – August 6-8!

This weekend, we’ll be co-hosting the biennial Practicing Resurrection conference with Russet House Farm in Cameron, Ontario. Our theme this year is “Urban Agriculture and the Peace of the City” and the event will feature keynote speakers Ched Myers and Elaine Enns, as well as a great slate of exciting workshop presenters.
It should be a refreshing and inspiring event!

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Building, Event, Fundraising, People, Video

Video update: Huss Future Festival

The first annual Huss Future Festival was a great success! Check out the video below, then read Kirstin’s overview of the event on the Imagining Space blog (with links to photos and news stories).

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Building, Event, Organization, People

Huss Future Festival – July 24!

Huss Future Festival 2010 will take place on Saturday, July 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stop by 1008 8th St. in Three Rivers to browse the rummage sale, to enjoy free coffee and live music at the bake sale and to purchase handmade art. Visitors can also learn more about *culture is not optional’s future plans for the Huss School property through tours and art exhibits, including the Tripple Ripple Community Gardens. All proceeds from the Future Festival will benefit the renovation of the historic Huss School for an off-campus program for college students and a community center. Bake sale donations, volunteers and art vendors are still being accepted; please contact us for more information about donating.

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Event, Organization, People

*cino board meeting today

The *culture is not optional board will be meeting in Three Rivers today to discuss our ongoing publishing and educational work. We’ll be talking about our publishing work, the upcoming Practicing Resurrection conference, the Imagining Space project at Huss School in Three Rivers and the necessary fundraising to sustain them all.
Your prayers for wisdom and discernment are very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Building, Event, People, Video

Video update: Englewood visitors

About two weeks ago, we had a group visit from Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, to help work at the church. Here’s a little glimpse of our day together:

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Building, Event, People, Video

Video update: Planting

Several folks got together last night at the Triple Ripple Community Gardens at Huss School to begin planting vegetables … and then it rained all day today to water everything!

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Building, People, Video

Video update: Plowing

Last Saturday, Ron and Del Buckhold brought over a tractor to plow the ground for the Triple Ripple Community Gardens. While they technically used a tiller, it seems right to call turning over new ground for gardening “plowing.” Check it out below:

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Building, Event, People, Video

Video update: Garden blessing

A little over a week ago, we gathered in the backyard of the school with members of the community to bless the land designated for the Triple Ripple Community Gardens. Here are a few highlights from the event:

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