Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage will host free family events Sunday, April 11, starting with “Building a Treehouse in a Day,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Belfast Cohousing dad and master home-builder Alan Gibson will lead kids with tool-wielding ability and their parents in assembly, construction and decoration of one sturdy treehouse at 45 Edgecomb Road, the Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage site. Kids and parents will learn location selection techniques, explore design ideas, and work with their hands to build a fine treehouse. Those attending should bring lunch and their tool(s) of choice — a hammer, saw or paintbrush.

Younger children and adults of all ages are also invited to build fairy houses with Emily Gable, mother of two and expert fairyfolk housing specialist, starting at 2 p.m. “Using bark, moss, leaves, sticks, seeds and whatever else we may find, we will create homes for our fairy friends of the land,” said Gable. This activity is fun for all ages. Participants should feel free to bring treasures from their own land or seashore. For more information and to RSVP for these two free workshops, call: 338-9200 or send an e-mail to: Parent involvement is welcome.

The Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is building houses of its own. Learn more about this project by visiting the site at 45 Edgecomb Road in Belfast at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11 to tour the Ecovillage site, view the prototype house and meet future cohousing residents.

Located in the Midcoast, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage’s 28 households expect to break ground this spring. They will soon be living in an old-fashioned neighborhood of tightly clustered houses on 30 acres surrounded by rolling farmland two miles from downtown Belfast. Residents will own their own homes (as duplex condominiums) and share with their neighbors a barn, wood shop, and large common house.

The common house accommodates overnight guests, children’s play space, community meals (optional), celebrations and organically grown provisions. The community’s mission is to be an environmentally sustainable, affordable, multi-generational cohousing community that is easily accessible to Belfast, includes land reserved for agricultural use and open space, and is an innovative housing model for rural Maine.

On the second Sunday of every month 2-4 p.m., the community holds free, family-friendly events open to the public at their temporary common house — a farmhouse on neighboring land. For more information call 338-9200 or visit