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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News January 2018


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Items appearing in the HNA E-News are deemed to be of general interest to neighbors but do not necessarily reflect the views of Halcyon Neighborhood Association (HNA), its Steering Committee, or the Editor. The EditorÕs introductory comments express her personal viewpoint.

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1. Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck, Sunday, 1/21/18, 5:30-8:45 p.m.

2. HNAÕs Annual Fundraising Appeal!

3. Whole Foods Market News: Next Drop-in Meeting Fri., 1/19/18, 8:15-9:00 a.m.


EditorÕs Introductory Note:


Thanks to everyone who helped with or attended any of our various neighborhood events last year, from crime watch to disaster preparedness, from social potlucks and picnics to work parties in the park and surrounding neighborhood to our inaugural events for Halcyon Thrive, our newest project. We look forward to another great year ahead. As we get ready for 2018, we welcome your participation.


Happy New Year!


—Nancy Carleton, HNA Co-Chair and E-News Editor,



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1. Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck, Sunday, 1/21/18, 5:30-8:45 p.m.


EditorÕs note: Based on feedback from neighbors, the HNA Steering Committee decided to try an experiment for the progressive potluck this year by featuring three courses rather than four so it isnÕt all quite such a rush, allowing more time at each stop for neighbors to visit with one another. This is one of the most popular HNA events of the year! Join your neighbors as we progress from house to house for a fabulous multi-course dinner; feel free to attend one course or all three.


First Course: Salads, 5:30–6:35 p.m.

* Special note: Vegetarian only please!

3048 Deakin (between Prince and Webster)


Second Course: Main Dishes, 6:35–7:40 p.m.

3049 Wheeler St. (between Prince and Essex)


Third Course: Desserts, 7:40–8:45 p.m.

2329 Webster Street (two doors west of Whole Foods)


Potluck suggestions:

* J-R: Vegetarian Salad * A-I: Main Dish * S-Z: Dessert


Please bring a festive dish for 10-12, and, if possible, a beverage to share as well (it really helps if enough folks bring beverages too). Supervised children welcome. If not obvious, kindly attach a label with ingredients for your dish to alert those with vegetarian and other diets (and for Salads, please ONLY bring vegetarian offerings). Bring the item assigned for your letter to the designated household, or substitute another suggestion if you wonÕt be attending the course for your letter. In addition, if you havenÕt already donated this year, PLEASE bring along a check or cash contribution to HNA of whatever size (no amount too small or large). Or give online at THANK YOU!


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2. HNAÕs Annual Fundraising Appeal


EditorÕs note: Your contributions are crucial to realizing HNAÕs 2018 priorities! Please give generously.


HNA doesnÕt have a formal membership structure or require annual dues because we wanted to keep participation as broad as possible. At the same time, we incur various expenses during the course of a year, including:

            * Flyer production

            * Supplies for disaster preparedness drills and other special events in park

            * Supplies for volunteer work parties

            * In-fill and replacement plants for Halcyon Commons and nearby landscaped features

            * Graffiti removal peripherals


And in 2018 we have some special, one-time projects that require financial support:

            * Small projects in Halcyon Commons (including refurbishing the mural on the backside of our bulletin board, new boulders for the park and nearby landscaped features, plus adding some paver stones at common crossways into the park).


We also use the funds we raise to supplement and enhance the supplies in our neighborhood disaster preparedness supply sheds (these items are intended to benefit the entire neighborhood in the event of disaster and include first aid, search & rescue, and communications tools plus items for a command center setup in Halcyon Commons; they are not intended to substitute for individual household preparedness, but they will help us save lives and minimize disruption after a large earthquake).


WeÕre asking neighbors who appreciate all that HNA does to improve and beautify our neighborhood, to keep us safer (on both crime-watch and disaster-prep levels), and to facilitate communication and help create a more convivial place to live to give generously this year, and do your part.


(1) Make a financial contribution directly to HNA (not tax-deductible, but allows us maximum flexibility) by writing a check made out to ÒHNAÓ and mailing or dropping it off in an envelope to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705.


(2) Give to HNA online! Go to to make your contribution. (Again, contributions to HNA arenÕt tax-deductible but allow us maximum flexibility.) PayPal keeps a fee of approximately 3 percent.


(3) Make a tax-deductible financial contribution by writing a check made out to ÒBerkeley Partners for ParksÓ (BPFP, our nonprofit fiscal sponsor, which charges a 7 percent overhead fee), earmarked Halcyon, and mailing or dropping it off in an envelope to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705.


No contribution is too small (or too large!). If youÕd like to receive a copy of our year-end financial report, you can request it by writing Our neighborhood associationÕs health and vitality depend on your ongoing support! And in the event of a big earthquake, some of our lives may very well depend upon it. Please pitch in!


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3. Whole Foods Market News: Next Drop-in Meeting Fri., 1/19/18, 8:15-9:00 a.m.


EditorÕs note: News from Whole Foods Market, courtesy of Store Team Leader Hayden Richards.


Next Drop-in Progress Meeting, Friday, January 19, 2018, 8:15-9:00 a.m.

Focus on Holiday Schedule and Logistics

Whole Foods Market (check in at Customer Service)


These meetings are held at the Community Table at the front of the store or outside, and the purpose is to share our plans for ongoing changes in the store, street litter control, and progress on any of the ongoing issues we discuss with HNA reps and nearby neighbors. The Store Team Leader is usually present, and anyone is welcome to join us. Of course there will be complimentary coffee or tea. Our goal is to follow up immediately on any issues that we hear about, and to hear how the store can be a better neighbor. As always, if there are ever any urgent issues, please call the store at 510-649-1333 and ask for the shift manager on duty. We have new shift leaders being trained, so please send an email to the group below so we can follow up appropriately. Always feel free to swing by too, if youÕd like to have a word with us.


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