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NAMI-DC and JAK’s Place Newsletter, Feb. 2012

January 30, 2012 • JAK's Place

It’s time for the biggie again, with the JAK’s newsletter included in the larger NAMI one. The biggest news is the Sixth Annual Love Festival Concert. Yessiree, the sixth! JAK’s Place’s most fun and flamboyant annual fundraiser continues its great tradition with local musicians and cool door prizes. The concert will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:00, at Bay View Lutheran Church.

We also have new activities and minor schedule changes in the news, and a sample of poetry by a member of Ed DeMaio’s Journalling Poets Group.

Newsletter:
Large size file for quality printing:
NAMI Doorways 01-2012 – to print (PDF)
Smaller file for slow connections, or just to view:
NAMI Doorways 01-2012 (PDF)

Calendar:
February 2012 Calendar (PDF)

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December newsletter and Calendar

November 26, 2011 • JAK's Place

The holiday season — prime time for depression. It’s not just the long nights, the cold, and the cloudy days. It’s unrealistic expectations and the stress of trying to meet them. The great Christmas Shopping Manic Panic. What was once a happy celebration has been perverted into a painful ratrace.

Families get together not because they want to, not out of love, but because an unwritten law says they should.  The dinner table becomes a battlefield. Mothers, worn out from cooking a huge, unhealthy feast and coping with all the other extra chores, feel inadequate. The day after, there’s nothing but bitterness; after all the yearning and anticipation nothing has changed for the better.

You do have a choice. You can opt out of the ratrace. If you can’t get away from it entirely, you can at least take it less seiously. The world is not going to end if everyone doesn’t get a Big Perfect Present.

And you know what? Presents don’t matter. People matter.

Editor’s rant over. 😉

Here are the monthly goodies. Note that again, we have two Packer Parties at JAK’s this month, and of course there’s the CSP Holiday Party. See the sidebar for details.

There will be a Yoga class on Dec. 12, 5:00 to 5:45, with Anne Miller. Starting in January, it will be held on 2nd and 4th Mondays at that time. Bring a mat or some kind of cushion if you can.

So here’s the newsletter already:

December Newsletter (PDF)

And the calendar:

Dec. 2011 Calendar

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Yule, and, if you like, have a whoopin’ great Saturnalia.

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July Newsletter and Calendar

June 29, 2011 • JAK's Place

No fireworks, but a lot of work going on around JAK’s these days. The landscape is getting chewed up by big machines, and our “little house” is preparing to move.

Lots more to read about in the newsletter, not the least of which is the annual NAMI Picnic, Monday July 11 at Otumba Park. Gathering at 5pm; bring a dish to share.

July newsletter (PDF)

July calendar (PDF)

Trencher - closeup

Trencher - closeup

This is what they used to chew a narrow trench in the grond — rocks and all — to bury a new gas line. It was kind of scary to see it rip up and spit out dirt and broken rock.

Trencher by sign

Trencher by sign

No, it didn’t eat our sign — or our garbage can! 😉

Notice the flourishing garden beds just out of reach of the earth-eating monster. There’s a lot more construction destruction to come, but our flowers and veg will survive.

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