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You are cordially invited to join the unveiling of the Peace Crane sculpture and celebration of the culmination of the visionary effort to create a sustainable facility for peace, justice, spiritual growth. The net proceeds from this event will be dedicated toward the $30,000 to finish the Meeting Room and make it available for community groups.

The unveiling celebration will include brief presentations from James Hubbell and Carol Jahnkow. Light refreshments from Alchemy (a nearby restaurant/caterer focused on sustainable local food and green food service) will be served. Bring your checkbook for the fabulous items in the silent auction.

RSVP required by October 10. If you cannot attend, contributions may still be sent either online or by mail.

To register online: Please RSVP here! (right column on "donate" page)
To register by mail: Download the invitation (pdf), fill out and mail. Please include a check for $75 for each person, with their names to "Friends Center Building Fund" 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego CA 92105.

Auction items: Please contact us for the current list.

Honorary Committee: Carol Jahnkow, Chair, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Imam Taha Hassane, Lawrence and Suzanne Hess, James Hubbell, Yolanda Martinez, Nancy Neptune Nelson, Rev. Tom Owen-Towle

Unveiling Committee: Laurie Carlock, Midi Cox, Mariah Gayler, Mary Jo Housman, Byron King, Jane Krause

Facilities Management Committee: Mariah Gayler and Dick Ruppert, Peace Resource Center of San Diego; David Barrows and Karim Carlock, San Diego Religious Society of Friends; Midi Cox and Pedro Rios, American Friends Service Committee; Byron King and Alvin Stern, First Church of the Brethren of San Diego

Benefit Concert for Japan--Sat., April 2nd, 2011

featuring John Kaizan Neptune, with Reiko Obata on Koto

TWO Performances! Matinee 2:00pm (children welcome) & Evening 7:00pm
Each one hour with light refreshments

Location: Brethren Peace Park Campus
3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego CA 92105

Suggested Donation: $10+ (no one turned away)
All proceeds will benefit the victims of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

John Kaizan Neptune is widely acknowledged to be among the top masters of the Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi. Well-known in Japan, this California native is the founder of jazz shakuhachi. He is an accomplished jazz artist and composer who has gained respect in both the East and West for his versatile and technically sophisticated melting pot of sounds. He is also a master teacher, composer, author, international concert performer, bamboo instrument maker, and recording artist of 20 albums of his compositions.

Sponsored by The Friends Center collaborators:
American Friends Service Committee, San Diego First Church of the Brethren, San Diego Friends Meeting (Quakers), Peace Resource Center of San Diego

For more info email: info@prcsd.org or leave a message 619-263-9301
Help spread the word! Download the simple flyers to distribute.

Opening Celebration--Weekend of March 11-13, 2011

After ten years of planning and construction, the Friends Center dream is becoming a reality! Come celebrate a weekend of fun and community. See the building in its last stage before the groups move into the space. Enjoy music and performances, participate in activities, have refreshments, join the interfaith blessing, and more...

Friday 6:30-9:30pm
The evening will start at 6:30 with refreshments in the Friends Center courtyard. The Benefit Concert will be 7:30-9:30 in the Brethren main hall with a short intermission. The concert features John Kaizan Neptune, son of David Neptune, and the group "East West" with Reiko Obata, Bill Andrews, Russell Bizzett, and Kamau Kenyatta. $20 Suggested Donation, but no one will be turned away!

Saturday 10 am - 3 pm
Opening Ceremony, tours, entertainment, and fun for the whole family! Music performers Drew Searing, Prairie Tenor String Band, and more. “The Story of Ferdinand” Interactive Theater by The San Diego Puppet Insurgency. Activities such as Crafts for a Cause, Creating children’s room eco-rug, and Making paper cranes. Plus Building tours, Orchard tours, Refreshments, Quiet space, and Info tables with Friends Center “Green” Experts.

Sunday 10 am - 12 Noon
Interfaith Blessing: This time of blessing will represent the diversity of people, faiths, and traditions in our San Diego community. We welcome all who want to join in this spiritual blessing celebrated in a Quaker setting recognizing God’s yearning for peace and wholeness in a hurting world.

More info: Download the detailed invite and map here (PDF)
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International Day of Peace Celebration & "Come see our progress" open house at the Friends Center--Sunday, September 21

Join us for a celebration of peace and of the Friends Center building progress! Sunday, September 21, 2008, Noon – 3 p.m. “Open House” to see OUR BUILDING PROGRESS!  Don Strandberg; Children’s Peace Activities; Visit our permaculture garden & meet Gardeners 4 Peace; Refreshments; 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105. Info:  619-263-9301 or info@prcsd.org. For more info on this event and other activities taking place onsite, please see our flier: Click here.


Friends Center Progress--August 28, 2008

Driving South on the I-15 freeway out of North Park you will see a beautiful new building on the bluff overlooking the freeway from the East side.  Instead of a shell of steel posts and beams, or curved walls constructed of straw, you may now see freshly plastered, light gray walls with inset windows and doors, and light green steel roof panels.  These panels radiate in attractive patterns to the outer edges of curved roofs where rain gutters are in place to collect all the scarce raindrops falling there.  Topping the highest point on the roof is a white, acrylic skylight which provides abundant light to those who will attend sessions in the Friends Center meeting room.

Friends Center is approaching completion on the exterior of the building, but a significant amount of work is yet to be done on the interior.  Volunteers are currently working on installation of electrical boxes and wiring for all outlets and lighting in the building.  Electrical service from SDG&E is almost ready to be brought into the building. Some plumbing work for water and sewer service still needs to be done inside the building.  Water service from the city water lines will soon be run from the street to the entry point in the building.  Trenching and pipeline installation will be done by a contractor.  A sprinkling system for suppression of any possible fires in the building will soon be installed.

Composting bins have been installed in the lower garden area by Gardeners4Peace.  These green-thumbed volunteers have started loading these bins with trimmings and other green waste for compost production.  Compost will be used in the compost garden to be established in this area.  A good harvest of fruit, mostly apples and peaches, was produced by our fruit orchards this year.  Members of the cooperating groups, as well as local neighbors, enjoyed the fruit during the summer months.  Citrus fruit is still developing and will ripen later into the winter months.
The remaining work on Friends Center will require lots of volunteer time and financial support for expensive equipment yet to be installed.  All volunteers are welcome to come and help on this project.  Various types of work need to be done by people at different skill levels.  Your financial help is also much appreciated to bring this center for peace and social justice to completion.

Help Us Raise the Friends Center Walls! Two-day Straw Bale Workshop! December 8 & 9, 2007

Come and join the fun with a Master Builder and learn "hands-on" straw bale building! Workshop leader: Mark R. Tighe. Workshop fee: $75 for new trainees; past trainees encouraged to participate, donations appreciated. Pre-registration required. Scholarships available. To register, please contact the Peace Resource Center, 619-263-9301 or info@prcsd.org. Each workshop is limited to 30 people. Additional volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to help with various tasks at the workshops. Please call for details. For a downloadable filer, click here.

Gardeners for Peace--December 8, 2007

We’ll be enhancing “waddles” in ever-hopeful anticipation of rain, on  Saturday, December 8th at 9am.

Bring your tools—rakes, wheelbarrows, and pitchforks would be good for this date—(with your name on them), gloves, some water to drink and a cheerful spirit.  Please bring some friends by copying and posting this flier widely and announcing often to groups you belong to.  The citrus are getting ripe so if you work with a group that feeds the homeless, bring some bags to harvest into.

Help Us Raise the Friends Center Walls! Two-day Straw Bale Workshops! November 3 & 4 and November 10 & 11, 2007

Come and join the fun with a Master Builder and learn "hands-on" straw bale building! Workshop leader: Mark R. Tighe. Workshop fee: $75 for one weekend; $100 for both. Pre-registration required. Scholarships available. To register, please contact the Peace Resource Center, 619-263-9301 or info@prcsd.org. Each workshop is limited to 30 people. Additional volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to help with various tasks at the workshops. Please call for details. For a downloadable filer, click here.


Gardeners 4 Peace--October 20 and 27, 2007

Help create a peaceful, organic, permaculture garden at the Friends Center! On Saturday, October 20th there will be another 7am gardening with David in the lead. These early work parties are perfect for those of you who want the rest of your Saturday for something else! Then on Saturday, October 27 th, we’ll do a 9am till noon work party. Perhaps we’ll start laying out water-saving swales! Bring your tools (with your name on them), gloves, some water to drink and a cheerful spirit. For more info please contact Ava at gardeners4peace@hotmail.com

Gardeners for Peace! Join us November 11 and December 2, 2006

Help create a peaceful garden at the Friends Center Project. Our Gardening Volunteers will be weeding and mulching around the fruit trees on Saturday, November 11th and Saturday December 2nd from 9 to 11am.  Bring your tools (with your name on them), some water to drink and a cheerful spirit.  Bring some friends! For more information e-mail Ava at gardeners4peace@hotmail.com

October 28, 2006 Work Party Report and Gardeners for Peace

It was a beautiful day at the building site for today's work party. We were there primarily to dig irrigation lines for our soon-to-be-planted West Orchard on our newly placed slope. But Ava was there with her Gardeners for Peace group and most everyone decided to work with them caring for the East Orchard. However, Patrick, Lennox (first-time volunteer) and I got the main feeder line dug down the new slope. To see pictures of today's work, our new West Orchard slope, and the latest building progress, go to: http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center/ and click on "Irrigation Lines 10-28-06".

Gardeners for Peace Report from Ava: Today there were seven Gardeners for Peace mulching the fruit trees. It went SO FAST with many hands sharing the work.  We were fortunate to have the help of the Peace Corps Association.  We have about 40 more trees to weed-cloth and mulch and we will be doing this again on Saturday November 11th and Saturday December 2nd from 9 to 11 am.   Please announce this wonderful volunteer opportunity to everyone you know.  The more people we have, the sooner this garden will be a functioning source of food for the hungry. Also, Linda, one of our tree goddesses, has offered to donate $100 toward more weed-cloth if we get $100 in matching donations.  Make your checks out to the SD Friends Center and write WEED CLOTH in the memo line and mail to: 3850 Westgate Place, SD 92105. Thanks SO MUCH to Linda & Bill, Lisa, Ben, Rudy and Patrick for your wonderful help today

October 2, 2006

Great News! Our two new employees started today and they're really good workers. We got a lot of roof rafters installed on our building today. To see pictures of Kevin (the big guy) and Mark, and the work they did for us today, go to http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center/ and click on "New Employees Begin!" In addition to most of the roof rafters now being in place, I'm happy to announce that the Friends Meeting Room is now completely framed. See above for the picture. We will begin putting up the roof decking--beginning with the Friends Meeting Room--soon. Our fancy roof decking--Homasote--arrived last week. This board is made of recycled newspaper.
In other news, an excavation contractor is building a new slope for us to the north of the building site. This new gentle slope will be the home of our West Orchard just across the road from our existing East Orchard. The contractor will finish his work soon and we are planning a work party with the S.D. Peace Corps Assoc. for Saturday, October 28, starting at 9:00 am, to dig holes for the trees (which we already have in plastic containers) and trenches for the irrigation lines. Please come out!

September 16, 2006: Painting Party! Gardeners for Peace Report

We're having a panel painting party Saturday, September 16 starting at 9:00 am. We will paint FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified OSB (oriented strand board) panels. We will use these 4' x 8' x 1/2" sheets on the four shear panels in the main building and sheathing for the solar panel shed. The paint is for weather protection as the panels will be out in the sun and perhaps some rain for a while before being covered by the roof. Be sure to wear clothes that you won't mind a little white paint on. We have 75 panels to prime and paint on both sides, so.....we hope you can help!

Gardeners for Peace Report: Our first Weeding 4 Peace went delightfully well.  Ten people spent two hours weeding around the fruit trees and got an amazing amount done.  People had wonderful ideas about what needed doing next and some folks with special expertise have already improved the life of the fruit trees. So please, if you can, join us again on Saturday October 7th from 3 to 5 pm (in the cool of the day) for more weeding.  By then I hope to have some weed cloth and mulch so we can protect the trees from further incursions of weeds. If you have a sprayer, please bring it so we can coat the bermuda grass with vinegar again.

September 9, 2006: Weed for peace! (The verb, not the noun)

Join other weeders on Saturday September 9th from 9 to 11am at the Friends Center site (map attached) to weed around the fruit trees. We will also start a
compost pile and plan our next weeding date. Bring gloves and any tools you'd like to use (mark them as yours), and wear a hat and sunscreen so your peace efforts don't hurt you. Also bring drinking water. If you have a pump sprayer, please bring it as we'll also be spraying
vinegar on the Bermuda grass. For more information please contact Ava at gardeners4peace@hotmail.com

August 28, 2006

Today we completed the clerestory walls in both wings of our building. The clerestory walls are curved and run down the middle of both wings holding the high ends of the roof rafters. I just put up the pictures for you to see. They clearly show the openings for the office doors, the transoms over the doors and the windows at the top of the walls. Also, you can see that the Friends Meeting room has been completely framed in (except for the front entrance doors). Go to: http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center/ and click on "Clerestory Walls Done 8-'06". As an added attraction, don't miss the picture of the problem-solving curved, cantilevered truss designed by yours truly (and approved by the structural engineer yesterday). We started today on our next task of putting up the roof rafters. Things are really moving along briskly now.

Join Us July 22, 2006

Our bi-monthly Peace Corps Assoc. work party will be Saturday, July 22. Everyone is, of course, welcome to participate. We need a volunteer to help put together and over-see a Grounds Committee. Our permaculture plantings need someone to coordinate regular care and maintenance. We now have two fairly large sections planted with fruit trees, and by the time the Friends Center is completed we will have about double that amount. A committee of people who like to garden can have a great time working together. Let us know if you can help!

June 24, 2006

Our yearly Work-A-Thon yesterday was a huge success both financially (benefiting Project YANO [Youth And Nonmilitary Oportunities] and the PRC [Peace Resource Center] and for the Friends Center. We had four work crews. One worked on the new east orchard spreading mulch and weeding. Another dug water line trenches and installed pipe for the up-coming west orchard. A third worked on the south orchard, adjacent to the building pad. (All three of these orchards are Permaculture projects currently bringing us peaches, plums, apples, citrus, etc.) The fourth crew put up the framing for the walls and roof of the solar panel shed, next to the main building. The panels that will be mounted on the roof of this 8' x 32' shed will heat a fluid that will be pumped through tubes cast into the floor slab creating the radient-floor heating system that will keep us warm in the winter. Through a heat exchanger, this fluid will also heat the water for the building's sinks and showers. You can see pictures of 28 volunteers working hard for peace and social justice by going to: http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center then click on "Work-A-Thon 6-'06."

We're also pleased to announce the completion of the roof framing for the round Friends Meeting room. Some of the above pictures show the complicated design of the rafters for this conical shaped roof.

COMING! JUNE 24, 2006

Join us on Saturday, June 24 for the ANNUAL WORK-A-THON FOR PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE! This annual event, organized like a walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon, is cosponsored by the Peace Resource Center of San Diego and Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities. For the third year in a row, volunteers will donate a day of labor to help construct the new Friends Center, an energy-efficient building that will be a center for peace and social justice activity in San Diego. The work on June 24 will include installing landscape irrigation lines, preparing components for wall framing, weeding and adding new plants to the permaculture landscape. Check-in time is 9-9:30 a.m., work will continue until around mid-afternoon. For more information on this event contact: Work-a-thon 2006, c/o PRC, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105; phone 619-263-9301 or 760-634-3604; email prcsandiego@igc.org or ProjYANO@aol.com.

For a downloadable flyer, including signup form, click here.

May 27, 2006

We had a great work party today! The San Diego Peace Corps Assoc. and the Choice Program turned out over twenty participants who all had a great time learning to use new tools and techniques and helping to build the Friends Center. Most of the activity centered around fabrication and installation of roof rafters for the Friends Meeting Room. This involved cutting complex angles and shapes in the ten-inch light-gage steel beams with power shears and saw, and then installing them over seventeen feet off the ground. We installed about 40% for the lower rafters, but all were fabricated and will be put up next week.

We also fabricated lots of steel "clips" which hold different steel components together. This involved the use of power shear, saw, punch and bender. Others cleaned out and relabeled electrical conduit lines (installed under the slab) with compressed air. The conduit ends were then re-capped with tape to keep water and foreign matter out.

To see lots of pictures of great volunteer work, click on  http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center  and then on "Peace Corps Work Party 5-'06."     Folks, if you like to build stuff or put things together with power tools, the work we're doing now is really fun! Come and help us when you can, because....


May 18, 2006

Exciting news! For the last month Ken and Alvin (with the help of a lot of volunteers) have been digging a French drain system around the foundation of our building. This will ensure that rain water will drain away from the slab and help us achieve a long life for the foundation/slab. While they've been doing that, Hal has been llearning to build the steel posts with our new equipment and fixtures. On May 10, they started putting up the posts and connecting them across the top with the beams. (These beams are what the roof rafters will eventually sit on.) To see lots of pictures of great volunteer work, click on  http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center and then on "Steel Framing Going Up - 5-11-06.

The other exciting news is that on May 27th the Peace Corps Association will host another work party. As usual, everyone is invited to participate. There will be lots of steel framing work to do, and remember, we still have another orchard to plant. So if our fill dirt has arrived, we can start digging irrigation lines and holes for planting the trees.

May 1, 2006

In solidarity with the May 1 Boycott, we will not work at the site today. We encourage people to attend the many events planned in the community and to support the economic boycott by not purchasing anything. For event info, please see the Peace Resource Center Web Calendar

April 22, 2006

We've scheduled a work party for Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will be finishing the drainage line around the building. And second, all of the steel for framing our building will be arriving next week. We can get started putting up the Friends Center as soon as that drainage line is finished. So bring your friends and family!

April 21, 2006

FRIENDS CENTER IN THE NEWS! The Friends Center was one of the projects described in an article on the FRONT page of today's Union-Tribune! Two photos of the Friends Center and volunteers working was part of the article! Click here to see the article on Green Building Projects!

April 17, 2006

Great news! Waiting for us as we got to work today was two huge flat-bed trucks with 75,100 lb of light-gage construction steel! That represents all the remaining structural elements required to complete the Friends Center. If you'd like to see pictures of Ken unloading the steel, click on  http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center and then on "Steel Arrives! 4-'06." We're very much indebted to NUCOR Steel for donating all the galvanized coil steel, and CEMCO, in City of Industry for manufacturing the light-gage structural members from those coils.

March 13, 2006

Work Party Scheduled for Saturday, April 1! Sponsored by the San Diego Peace Corps Association and open to participation by all. Work will include finishing a recycled concrete retaining wall along the parking area and installing drainage lines all around the building pad slope. 

March 6, 2006

We have two pieces of good news! Volunteers spent much of the day today hauling thirteen exterior doors to the building site--donated by the same contractor that gave us the 36 interior doors some time ago. These are great, steel-clad doors from a building in downtown S.D. that doesn't want them any more. A little paint and they'll be perfect. Another big "Thank You!" to EVI Services. Getting the light-gage steel for the structure of our building has been a long delayed process due to the needed coordination of five different companies--all donating their materials and services. Our construction has been held up about four months now. However, it appears the log-jam has been broken and we expect the raw sheet-metal steel to ship from Indiana to our steel stud makers next week. We;re hoping to have all construction studs and track in our yard within three weeks. The standing-seam steel roof will take a little longer, but we won't need that for quite a while.

January 21, 2006

Work Party! The San Diego Peace Corps Association will hold another work party helping to plant the trees that are part of our permaculture project. See entry below for more info!

January 14, 2006

Join us for a work party! We will be chipping three large brush piles with a rented 6" chipper, in prepartion for tree planting the following Saturday, January 21. This is part of our permaculture project. The mulch we create with the chipper will be spread over the ground, under and around the trees, to enrich the soil and prevent erosion. Thanks to a lot of hard work by Ken Aeschbacher and Alvin Stern, the holes are all dug for the fruit tress, the dri irrigation lines are all in and the drainage lines have been completed!

November 19, 2005

We're please to announce another Saturday work party sponsored by the San Diego Peace Corps Association! All are welcome to participate.

November 4, 2005

We had a wonderful turnout at the October 29 celebration of the completion of Phase One. We have now put up all of the Hardy Frames--these are pre-engineereed frames installed on the slab and attached to the frame of the building to resist the seismic loading of earthquakes.

October 29, 2005

TIME TO Celebrate! Join us Saturday, October 29, 1-4 p.m. for a party at the building site to celebrate the completion of Phase One of the project. This will also be a Volunteer Appreciation Party. So, if you're one of the wonderful people who has helped move this project forward, please come and receive our heart-felt thanks. There will also be a continuous slide show chronicling the construction so far and light refreshments and snacks. And, even if you've never been to the building site before, we'd love to have you!

October 21,2005

Phase One of Building Project completed! We're happy to report we had an excellent turnout for Monday's last concrete pour which went very well! Now it's on to Phase Two!!

October 14, 2005

We received our final inspection for the foundation today, and so are good-to-go for our final slab pour. However, we've had to change the date to one day earlier--Monday October 24 begining at 7:30 am. Because this is a relatively large pour (three trucks) we have to be sure we have enough volunteers to work the concrete to a finished state before it gets too hard. (In warm weather this happens more quickly.) So please confirm your intentions of participating by a message to hbrody@sbcglobal.net  ( If you can't get there by 7:30 am, it's OK to arrive later. We'll need people to help "finish" the concrete until the mid-afternoon.) If you can't be sure of your participation, it's OK to just show up. (But if we don't get enough people replying, we'll have to cancel.)

Then it will be time to celebrate! The following Saturday, October 29, 1:00 to 4:00 pm, we will have a party at the building site to celebrate the completion of Phase One of the project. This will also be a Volunteer Appreciation party. So if you've ever helped move our project forward, please come and receive our heart-felt thanks. And even if you've never been here, we'd love to have you! We hope to have a continuous slide show chronicling the construction so far. We'll have light refreshments and snacks.

October 6, 2005

We had another great work party this past Saturday. Seventeen people came to help us get the last of the slab work done before pouring concrete (on Tuesday, Oct. 25--a week from this coming Tuesday). They leveled sand, laid visquine and insulation, more sand and all the rebar. They even got a good start attaching the hydronics tubing. (That work is now completed by the in-house crew of regulars.)

Our first "Final Inspection" was aproved last Thursday. "Underground Plumbing" both supply and drain, were approved by the city inspector. That was made possible by the many hours of volunteer work (on Saturdays and after his regular job during the week) by journeyman plumber Karim Carlock. We couldn't have done it without you, Karim. Thanks.

We decided our project needed more visability and so had a banner made that directs people to our website. We hung the banner (32 feet long!) from the structural steel forming the Friends Meeting Room and facing Hwy 15 trafic going south. To see a picture of it go to  http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center  and click on "Banner 10-'05." While you're there, you might check out the new photo I just up-loaded to "Choice Program Work Party 8-'05."

 Our final concrete pour is Tuesday, Oct 25 starting at 7:30 (but we'll be glad to see you whenever you can get there) Please plan to come out and help if you can because....WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!

September 21, 2005

On Saturday, Sept. 10, The S.D. Peace Corps Assoc. held their second work party at the Friends Center. Thirteen volunteers worked on the foundation laying sand, visquine (vapor barrier plastic sheet) insulation, more sand, and rebar. They did a lot of work for us and we are really grateful. To see pictures, go to  http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center  and click on "Peace Corps Work Party 9-'05."
We've scheduled another work party for anyone and everyone! It will be on Saturday, Oct. 1 starting at 9:00 am. Here's a Saturday opportunity for those who've been asking for it. We will be continuing the work on the slab in preparation for our last pour (see below).
Yesterday, we poured the slabs for the Children's Room, the apartment and the large, meeting room for the PRC. We got a late start as our concrete supplier got hit by lightning earlier in the morning. But the job went well and we have three beautiful slabs! This is the second to the last pour to complete the foundation. Our final pour (for the entry, men's and women's bathrooms, kitchen and AFSC meeting area) will be Tuesday, Oct. 25. Please mark your calendars and plan to come and help, because.....


September 14, 2005

We have rescheduled the pouring of slabs for three different sections of our building for Tuesday, 9-20 if we can get enough volunteers committed to help. Concrete trucks begin arriving at 7:30 am. This will be the second to last pour to complete our foundation. But we need your help. Please check your calendars and, if you haven't already, let me know if you will be there. Without a minimum number, we will have to cancel. Thanks in advance for your help.
We have completed the first phase of our straw bale test wall. Go to  http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center/  and click on Straw Bale Test Wall. The last three pictures are new and show volunteers appling adobe plaster to the bale wall, the plastered half-wall, and the tests of oxide colorants mixed in lime wash covering the adobe.
While you're there, click on Choice Program Work Party and see a picture of a small group of young people attaching hydronics tubing to rebar. The Choce Program works with at-risk youth and we're promised future participation with larger groups. My experience giving young people some meaningful work to do is, you'd better get out of their way, because their enthusiasm can be overwelming! We are looking forward to greater participation by the Choice Program, because...

August 9, 2005

We would like to pour the slabs for three different sections of our building on Tuesday, August 23. This will be the second to last pour to complete our foundation. But we need your help. Please check your calendars and contact Hal Brody at hbrody@sbcglobal.net if you will be there. Without a minimum number, we will have to cancel.

July 28 and 29, 2005

On July 29, we had a successful concrete pour finishing up our footings. On Saturday, July 30, eighteen members of the San Diego Peace Corps Association held a work party for us and completely stripped off the form-work. Thank you, S.D. Peace Corps Association! They’ve also volunteered to come back and do work parties for us on a regular basis! Their next date will be sometime in September.

June 4, 2005

Our Work-A-Thon was a great experience! Thirty-three people participated and got a lot of work done. The preparation is complete for next Tuesday's Peace Resource Center office slabs concrete pour, and the remaining footings of our foundation have been dug. We even started putting up the form work. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this work day a success!

May 29, 2005

Major Work Party to be held: On Saturday, June 4, there will be a major work party for the Friends Center. For the second year, the Peace Resource Center and Project YANO (Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities) will hold their annual Work-a-thon for Peace and Justice at the Friends Center. The work will include completing work on the PRC office slabs, digging the last of the footings and weeding the permaculture plants planted during the first work-a-thon at the building site last July. To see a flyer about the event, please go to www.prcsd.org and under the Events section, click on “ Peace Resource Center.” All are invited to participate!

May 28, 2005

Latest Photos! Our latest photos show volunteer Ken Aeschbacher about 30 feet up into the structural steel painting the weld joints for corrosion protection. Both he and volunteer Alvin Stern have spent the last few days building up the scaffolding and preparing the steel for painting. You will also see the beginnings of the last of the footings showing the perimeter of the front of the building, showing the size and shape the building is going to be. Go to http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center

May 10, 2005

Peace Center footings poured: Congratulations to the Peace Resource Center! The footings for their office wing were poured (concrete) today as scheduled! The footings and slab of the separate solar panel shed were poured today as well. Pictures can be seen at the shared web space on our listserv. You can see them by going to http://lists.riseup.net/www/d_read/friends-center and clicking on “PRC Office Forms.”

You can also see pictures from different work parties, the setting of the large steel columns, placing the hydronics tubing in the slab and more!

May 9, 2005


Our normal hours of work are M-F 8:30 to 3:30. There will only be Saturday work when announced. It would be helpful if you could let us know (via e-mail) if you're planning to come, and if you're unsure, it's perfectly OK to just show up. Please contact Hal Brody, Volunteer Coordinator, hbrody@sbcglobal.net to volunteer or for more information. For address and a map please go to www.sandiegofriendscenter.org/contact.htm

Please bring what you need for your comfort, like food (lunch) water, sun protection, gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, etc. If you want to bring your favorite tools, please be sure they're clearly labeled as belonging to you.

It's interesting, rewarding work. You'll learn as you go. No need for special skills as we have experienced people to supervise. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out there!



Up-to-date news on construction progress, with links to pictures of recently competed tasks and work parties. Watch the building grow by keeping up with this page.


Once the Friends Center is up and running, check here for recent activities, programs, gatherings, workshops, presentations, open houses as well as discussions about new concepts of operation, additional systems we are acquiring or considering, new volunteers coming on-board and technical details about the operation of our building.