Community Solutions to Loneliness

It’s so exciting that Phoenix Commons is on the cutting edge of seeking solutions to some of society’s modern challenges.

 

Event: “Community Solutions to the Loneliness Epidemic

Wed, April 10th, 6pm, at SFSU’s Holistic Health Institute

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Don’t Miss Our First Open House for Phoenix Commons!

Save the date for Saturday, May 30th, for our very first open house! Come and meet the community members and development team, learn more about the building design and how it encourages a cohousing lifestyle, and take a guided tour of the construction site. Food and refreshments will be provided by Phoenix Commons. To RSVP and find out the meeting location, contact us at info@phoenixcommons.com or call 510-217-8527.

Come find out what sets us apart from every other 55+ community in the Bay Area!

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PC May 30 Flyer

Phoenix Commons Supports Bay Area Culture

With its location in Oakland’s Jingletown Art District, and right on Alameda’s doorstep, Phoenix Commons is a haven for lovers of art and culture. Even though the building is still months away from completion, the community is already making connections with local artists and institutions. One of these is Rhythmix Cultural Works, a nonprofit artist collective that hosts a wide variety of performances, classes and events, just a few hundred feet away from Phoenix Commons.

A few of our members recently attended a baroque flute concert at Rhythmix, with works by Boismortier and Haydn performed by five flutists of global fame. Not only were they able to listen to rare baroque flute pieces, they also spent some time with the musicians in a special meet-and-greet session before the concert  (see photos below). For the many art and music fans joining our community, it’s exciting to know that world-class cultural events will be available within a five minute walk from their new home!

Phoenix Commons is also supporting Alameda Theatre with a special marketing campaign featuring a 30-second video advertisement that will be shown in between all shows. If you’ve never been to the historic Alameda Theatre before, now’s a great time for a majestic cinema experience that will take you back to the 1930s!

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Feb. 18: Free Educational Seminar on Hearing

Unlike many communities with a predominantly 55+ population, Phoenix Commons advocates a philosophy of conscious aging, in which community members openly acknowledge the issues associated with their aging and find ways to support one another as they grow into elderhood. Education is a crucial component of this approach to aging, as it raises awareness of the issues and allows us to prepare for various scenarios.

Phoenix Commons is pleased to announce a free educational seminar sponsored by its nonprofit partner, Elders Village. Dr. Garr Crookston, Au.D., will provide an overview of age-related hearing issues, diseases and conditions that result in hearing loss, why certain sounds are harder to hear, and how to best preserve your hearing. The seminar will be held at the Alameda Free Library (1550 Oak Street) on Wednesday, February 18, 1-2 pm. Please spread the word about this free educational seminar, attendees may RSVP by calling Samantha at 510-217-8527 or emailing samantha@aecliving.com

Saturday, August 16, 2014: Meet Our Members Across the Bay Area

As exciting as it is to see the physical construction of Phoenix Commons, the true heart of the community is its members. With over 34% of the future households already signed up, we have quite a few members on board and they’re making their presence known! In addition to business meetings, committee meetings, and a monthly social, members of Phoenix Commons are often present at Bay Area fairs and meetups dedicated to healthy aging in community. They contribute their time and energy, not just to promote Phoenix Commons, but also to just talk to folks in general about the benefits of aging in an intentional community and to make connections with like-minded peers in the region.

This coming Saturday, August 16th, Phoenix Commons will have its own table at the 6th Annual Lamorinda Aging Symposium, held at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church from 8 am to noon. Admission is free, so come and learn more about the Bay Area’s most exciting senior housing project from the folks who could be your future neighbors!

Eyes, Vision, and Aging

Come to this FREE educational event presented by Dr. Meredith Whiteside, from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry, and learn how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Everyone’s vision can change with age, some changes are normal, but losing vision is not a normal part of getting older! Older adults are at higher risk of developing several age-related eye diseases and conditions.

Peet’s coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Location: Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St.

Date: March 19, 2014

Time: 1 – 2 pm

To RSVP, or if you have questions about the seminar series, please call Samantha at 510-217-8527 or emailSamantha@aecliving.com.

This free educational event is sponsored by Elders Village an Alameda based 501(c)(3) with funding provided by AEC.

Groundbreaking for Phoenix Commons

On a bright, crisp Thursday morning, dozens of people gathered on the Oakland waterfront to celebrate a major milestone for our community. Phoenix Commons, the Bay Area’s first cooperative lifestyle community for seniors aged 55+, officially broke ground, coming one step closer to spearheading an exciting, new trend in senior housing in the Bay Area.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and City Councilman Noel Gallo were among the many public officials, community supporters, senior housing advocates, and future community members in attendance. As guests examined a 3D model of the building, enjoyed the property’s view of the estuary, and enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres, there was a sense that the future is bright for senior housing in Oakland. Mayor Quan summed up the potential impact of the project beautifully when she said, “I think we will redefine retirement and how people live as seniors.”

Coverage of the event can be found in the Oakland Tribune, and other local publications around the East Bay.

Elders Village Talk on Safety Coming Up on Nov. 6th

Elders Village, a non-profit dedicated to educating seniors, hosts an ongoing monthly series of talks on various topics of interest to older adults. This month, the Elders Village Talk on Safety will be held at the Alameda Elks Lodge (2555 Santa Clara Ave.) on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 pm.

There will be a panel of experts discussing Senior Safety:

  • Dena Aindow, Alameda County District Attorney’s office, will discuss scams and fraud
  • Capt. Michael DeGrano, Alameda Fire Department, will discuss disaster preparedness
  • Dale Woolley, DPT, Alameda Elder Services, will discuss home and physical safety

The Elders Village Talks are free and open to the public, so grab your friends and come learn all about senior safety! To ensure a seat at the event, please RSVP at 510-217-8527. Be safe, everyone!

From Oakland to Grass Valley, Cohousers Unite!

This past Monday, a contingent of future members and support staff from Phoenix Commons hit the road and traveled up to Grass Valley, an hour north of Sacramento, where they met with fellow cohousers at Wolf Creek Lodge. Conceived in 2006 and built in 2012, Wolf Creek Lodge is home to a community of active seniors (age range: 56 to 91) living cooperatively in 30 units and extensive common areas.

As the 4th senior cohousing community in the nation and the first in California, the folks at Wolf Creek Lodge are living proof of the vibrancy and sustainability of a cohousing lifestyle for seniors. As the first senior cohousing community in the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix Commons believes it’s important to forge connections with sister communities such as Wolf Creek Lodge, so that together we can all educate the world about the benefits of cooperative aging.

For more information about Wolf Creek Lodge, visit their website at www.wolfcreeklodge.org, and don’t forget to tell them we sent you!

White Elephant Sale Returns to Jingletown

Come down to Jingletown this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd, for the White Elephant Sale.  The sale is just down the street from the Phoenix Commons property at 333 Lancaster Street. In fact, we donate our lot to the Oakland Museum volunteers and the Jingletown Arts and Business Community for parking at the event.

Known community wide as a not-to-be-missed event, the legendary Sale has become a destination for both collectors and bargain hunters. With all Sale proceeds benefiting the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), shoppers can take pride in knowing that their purchases help support OMCA educational programs, galleries, collections, exhibits and more.

The sale takes place in a huge warehouse located on the Oakland Estuary, 17 unique selling departments provide an extensive offering of quality used Vintage clothing, fine jewelry, Asian collectibles, tools, furniture, sporting goods, and more. For a representative list of what you may find at the sale click here.

  • Sale hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days.
  • Admission is free.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information click here.  Hope to see you there!