Join Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage members in the making (and eating) of fabulous flavors of ice cream with fresh fruit or chocolate swirls. Bring your instruments to join in the music-making fun. Kids, bring your sweet tooth and your tambourines. This event will take place Sunday, Aug. 8, from 2-4 p.m. at the site of Belfast Cohousing’s future neighborhood, 45 Edgecomb Road,  and is free and open to children and adults of all ages.

Also at this gathering, Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage welcomes ice cream connoisseurs and music-makers wanting to learn more about their multi-generational Cohousing community: tour the Ecovillage site, meet kids and adults from the community and visit the energy-efficient prototype house.

Members of the community will be available to share their experience of developing this community and share their views on the many bonuses of living in a supportive, family-centered neighborhood. This relaxing afternoon is ideal for the family looking for a lifestyle that offers deeper connection to an intergenerational, supportive community along with an opportunity to live close to the land.

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage has room for a few more families. This community of 36 households expects to break ground by spring 2011 to build an old-fashioned neighborhood of tightly clustered houses on five of their 30 acres surrounded by rolling farmland two miles from downtown Belfast. Residents will own their own homes and share with their neighbors a barn, wood shop, and large common house.

On the second Sunday of every month from 2 to 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