Local journal features Huss stories play

Christina Binder, one of our summer 2011 interns, is working on an oral history play that will gather and tell some of the stories of the historic Huss School. Local journalist Bruce Snook recently published a great story and interview about her project in the River Country Journal. Christina is a theatre student at Calvin…

The totally true story of 2009-2010 at Huss School

Once upon a time in a land not so far from here, a FOR SALE sign appeared. Now, this FOR SALE sign wasn’t just any old FOR SALE sign. It was planted deep in the frozen ground in front of Huss School, a 27,000 square foot building built in 1918 on four acres of land…

Reason #22: Shared interests lead to unlikely friendships

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on… Reason #22: Unlikely friendships can form around shared interests like music and crafting. When I was 21, I took a master gardener class through my county…

Thank you for promoting and voting!

Thank you to River Country Journal and Three Rivers Commercial-News for publishing stories about *cino’s Refresh Everything campaign, as well as the countless individuals who have been voting and spreading the word! We have been holding steady around 150. If we can get into the top 100, we’ll automatically get another chance to gather votes…

Reason #6: Art cultivates local character

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on… Reason #6: Local art can preserve traditions that provide a community with its particular character and identity. In 2003, Rob and I helped start a fair…

Reason #4: Providing a revenue stream

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on… Reason #4: This renovation will provide an income stream through facility rental. At 27,000 square feet with no functioning heating system, Huss School is going to…

Reason #3: Kindness across boundaries

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on… Reason #3: An all-ages art venue will help unite members of our community across racial, economic, age and other social barriers. Kindness trumps greed: it asks…

Reason #2: Preserving a meaningful historic space

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on… Reason #2: Huss School is a meaningful, historic space for Three Rivers; renovating the space and bringing it back to life is important to the community….

Reason #1: Imagining new possibilities

*cino needs YOU to vote each day in December to help us win a $50,000 grant to renovate the old kindergarten room at Huss School! Why vote? Read on… Reason #1: This project will be a big step toward a thriving community center that will empower young people and community members to imagine new possibilities…

Re-imagining the Kindergarten Room

You may have read somewhere already that *cino is going for a $50,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project, which is giving away $1.3 million each month to organizations selected by popular vote. So what are we going to do with $50,000? Well, here’s what we’re thinking. We’re big believers in the idea that new…

Jamie Oliver inspires Triple Ripple Community Garden organizers

We had a great dinner with some of the main volunteers from the community garden at Huss School last weekend. They’re such an energetic bunch with lots of ideas–it was hard to keep up sometimes! We’re really looking forward to seeing how they continue the past season’s success and grow in the future. Part of…

Triple Ripple Community Gardens celebrates with harvest potluck

On Sunday evening, a group gathered to celebrate the closing of the harvest at Triple Ripple Community Gardens at Huss School. While the kids (and some of the young-at-heart) played kick ball and whiffle ball, adults from the garden volunteers and the Three Rivers Area Sustainable Food Group met each other and chatted about future…