Peace Party 2011: Homegrown Community

Dear Community of Friends and Supporters…

As we greet September, I am reflecting on our heritage here at the peace center. It was with a few interested folk wanting to gather, discuss and create a peace community that the peace center began. It was a grassroots gathering and over the years we have become a vital and visible place and vision in Missoula. Now, after 25 years, we not only want to remember, but celebrate our beginning and our community.

So this year’s theme is “Homegrown Community”. The Peace Party is scheduled for:

  • Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 4:30 – 8 pm in Caras Park.

In keeping with our theme and celebrating community we want our silent auction to reflect our commitment to community with donations that are home-made or services that can be provided. For instance, if you can put up preserves, mow a lawn or sew a garment, then together we celebrate and showcase the many talents of our community. How about a gift certificate for a pumpkin pie in November, or one for walking a dog or gifting flower seeds for spring planting. The ideas are as diversified as our community and surely items we might all find useful. I look forward to hearing your ideas and ways to make this a Homegrown Silent Auction.

Please don’t hesitate to call the Peace Center (543-3955) to discuss your ideas and questions, or to arrange a pick up for your donation. Also, remember tickets for the Peace Party are available at the peace center. Stop in, call us or download the forms for mailing at And let us know by tomorrow if you’d like to volunteer at the party.

I am looking forward to all the preparations as well as sharing the celebration with you.

Peace and blessings,

Carel Schneider, Coordinating Council Chair