Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hello Dear Friends and Family of Fireweed Universe City!
It is with our great pleasure that we announce that we have applied and been accepted as a 501(c)3 non-profit!
What does this mean? --
As an officially recognized 501c3, we can now begin to organize, and formalize a structure to help facilitate donations, apply for grants, and continue to provide more resources, and opportunities for the community.  If you have projects within the community, and you need help with planning, fund-raising, and volunteer coordination please get in touch with us!

Our Current (ongoing) Community Projects:

The Boys with a haul of wood

Wood Collection An activity that Unites our Neighbors! Wood collection for firewood, building materials, and mulch is an ongoing project. If you have donations, we can pick them up! If you are in need up supplies, contact us for more information.

Free Store:
Garage sale over?  Unsold stuff?Don’t trash it; Don’t stash it! Give it away!Warm clothing (coats, socks, boots) are priority inventory. Our item donation program is taking place at 159 W. Goldengate. All items donated and distributed freely.

Gardening Planning/Seed Banking:

We are currently collecting seeds! After last

Michael happy as a clam on Christmas

weeks meeting of neighbors, we have plans for 4 gardens this spring. Crops grown and distributed will include Onions, tomatoes, various herbs, potatoes, grapes, corn, and other delicious vegetables.

Food Distribution:
We have been working within the community to coordinate a mass food distribution. So far it has been a collaborative effort with much success! (Meaning within a week of the proposed project, we were able to cook and distribute 50lbs of hot soup, for free). We would like to expand this project and make it a regularly scheduled, weekly event.
Bicycle and Gardening Youth Programs:
We are expanding our youth program.  As well as bike workshop days  that are currently ongoing sunday 10a-2p, we would like to include art and gardening programs.  Art supplies are needed, and we have been asking the kids at the bike workshop days to draw a picture of themselves on a bike anywhere they can possibly imagine. Donations for bicycle components and art supplies can be dropped off at any time by contacting us.

Shane hard at work as usual

We have also been keeping a list of kids that are interested in having/maintaining a singular tomato starter plant that they will be able to grow in  a small raised bed at their home. Eventually, these seedlings will be planted in our youth gardening space this spring right here on Golden Gate.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kids Bike Workshop Days

Join us the next two Sundays from 12-3 for hands on bike workshops! 

In efforts to get kids bikes out for the holidays, we are asking for volunteers that may be able to assist in a quick push to get as many bikes out before the 25th!We are a DIY bikeshop, so tools are not mandatory but helpful. **TRAINING WHEELS NEEDED**All donations are greatly appreciated.All skill levels invited and encouraged to come.Join us after the workshop for our weekly community potluck! Bring a dish to pass but most importantly bring yourself.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meet Mary, and her daughter Claire.  Longstanding members of the Fireweed community, Ms. Mary is working hard to be able to purchase the home of her dreams in the Detroit tax auction.  If you are inclined to donate to this cause please visit the link below.  Ms Mary GoFundMe

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ten houses in the community use wood stoves to keep warm. In order to prepare for winter each household must have a steady supply of wood harvested and stored in a dry place. We are seeking donations of logs as well as materials for insulating the homes. If you would like to learn more about heating with wood or making your home more energy efficient please come down and investigate the community for yourself.  

Over the summer the Bike COOP's home was stolen from the community by ruthless speculators. The building has been boarded up and all murals have been painted over in drab grey only to be graffitied over again. Many people put in hard work to make this space happen and we thank you for your brilliant efforts. WE have moved the remaining bikes to a garage in the community and are still in need of tubes, tires, training wheels and tools. The current incarnation is a DIY setting with BYO Tools and KNOW HOW. We would love for someone to become the new BIKE MECHANIC and BOTTOM LINE the project.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Help Save The Red Planet Bike Co-op

By cleaning up and utilizing an otherwise unoccupied and possibly dangerous building, we have improved the neighborhood and it's surroundings.  This is more than just a Bike COOP issue, this is a Detroit issue.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Transforming a neighborhood, one house, one person, one family at a time..."
Hello Fireweed friends and family,
How are you?  We have missed you. Sorry for the long absence, but alas, we have survived the long winter. Spring is finally upon us! We are so overjoyed.  And we wish you to join us in our many projects now that the weather warrants it.  Here is an update of upcoming events if you would be so kind as to help us spread the word.  Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.   We thank you for your continued support of the Fireweed Universe-City. We love you all so very much.
  • VOLUNTEER WORK DAY - Every Saturday from Noon until 5 p.m (or really Sunrise to Sunset). As Shane would put it "Many Hands Make Light Work."  Projects for the volunteer work days are unlimited.  What ever you want to imagine can be accomplished.  Priority projects include:
  • GROWING FOOD (weeding, composting, planting seeds, tilling soil) 
  • BULK PICK UP DAY is this TUESDAY APRIL 8th.  We need to get he garbage collected off the side of the streets and collect bulk items out of potential houses to occupy. 
  • GARDENING WORKSHOPS. Exchange ideas for gardening, seeds and tips.  Learn about different forms of gardening and composting, particularly urban farming.  
  • FULL MOON FUNDRAISER DANCE PARTIES.  The Red Planet collective is located across the street from the Innate Healing Center and Cafe.  In the past it has served as a community bike shop, but we are working to create a true community center.  Every full moon we throw a dance party which we run off of a gas powered generator. This is an effort to raise money for Fireweed's efforts to become a 501(c)3 registered federal non-profit.  A variety of artists and collaborations, the Red Planet has come a long way and has much potential on where it can go.  Please spread the word to artists of any sort that may be interested in performing, painting, collaborating, hosting workshops of any sorts! NEXT FULL MOON: Tuesday April 15. $1 suggested donation. 
  • STORIES AFTER MIDNIGHT - Tommy Spaghetti presents an interactive black light active puppet show.  We will be hosting workshop days to make our own puppets, and we will be having fun with home made pizza, Kava Kava and PUPPETS.  Tuesday Nights.
  • MOVIE NIGHT AT THE RED PLANET - Dates TBA.  Also ran off our gas powered generator, we view a variety of films.  Screened in the back of the Red Planet next to the wood burning stove, we are looking for volunteers to help run the snacks and drinks, and advertise with hand made flyer's. 
  • Fireweed Universe-City and Intergalactic Art Movement present: The Gates of RA! An art show inspired by ancient Egypt. Art Show, Psy-Fly Space Pharaoh Yoga, Sacred Wave Gong Immersion, Sacred Breathwork Experience. Saturday May 3rd at the Tangent Gallery (715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit). Art Show at 6pm (all ages, free). Dance party at 9pm (21 and up, $10 presale).

"Greetings earthlings
We still need to gather wood and prepare the garden beds
And there's lots of trash that can be dragged to the curb to be picked up on the next bulk trash day.
The zombie apocalypse is here now.
Trun off your tv's and computers, 
Come help rebuild Detroit one street at a time.
You can help by donating time, clothes, food, construction items and of course money on the websites Fireweed pay pal.
Love and light