Look for our calendar at: Tompkins County Public Library, Southside Community Center, Gimme Coffee (Cayuga St.), Alternatives Library (Cornell), Greenstar West End and Greenstar Oasis, Autumn Leaves Used Books, The Shop, and GIAC.
Freeskool Classes Oct-Dec 2013
Who: Brad Dingman firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 9/29, 10/27, 11/24 6:30-8pm
Where: AHIMSA Yoga Studio, http://www.ithacayoga.org, Dewitt Mall 215 N. Cayuga St.
Aikido Kokikai is a way to develop greater inner peace, unify your mind and body, help you to be more calm and relaxed, realize your full potential, and maybe even enjoy life a bit more. It just happens to be disguised as a martial art. Most of us understand two ways of dealing with conflict: we either fight, or we run. But, in today’s modern world, these two options just don’t work. Kokikai is a gentle art of self-defense that relies on mind-body coordination and thus can be effective regardless of age, size, speed, or gender.
AcroYoga Beginner/Intermediate Intro Class and Jam
Who: Raven, Hannah 9178483769
When: 10/4 6pm, 10/20 1pm
Where: The Triangle Park, Stewart Park, Indoor Location if it’s cold
AcroYoga is a practice that builds trust, communication and loving kindness between human beings and is a lot of fun to play with! The class will begin with some group activities then we will split off into groups of three to learn a few beginner AcroYoga poses. Hannah and I have been practicing together for some time now and will give some demonstrations for everyone to see. We are still pretty new to Acro but are excited to share what we know with whoever is interested. We welcome beginners as well as intermediate more advanced practitioners of AcroYoga to come learn and help us guide people. Come solo or with someone you’re excited about learning with as a partner. After the class we will have time/space to explore and play more with new friends and knowledge. Please try to bring a mat or thick blanket.
Astrology Learning Group
Who: Jason Seymour; Tim Turecek email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 6:30-8pm 10/1, 10/15, 11/5, 11/19
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on Commons
Open discussions appropriate for beginners to experts. Come discover how fun, empowering, and (maybe, even) true astrology can be! (Free astrological charts are available at http://www.astro.com. Click on “Free Horoscopes,” then click on “Horoscope Drawings and Calculations,” then click on “Chart Drawing, Ascendent,” and follow the simple directions from there).
Beekeeping Basics- inspecting the colony
Who: Michael Smith email@example.com
When: 9/30 5:30pm (cancelled if rain or below 10C)
Where: Freese Rd, Ithaca
During this class, we will inspect a colony, to see what we can see. We’ll be going for the basics: how do I inspect the colony, and what should I be looking for? This class is for anyone who is interested in bees and/or beekeeping, whether they have bees or not. No previous experience required. Please wear light colored clothing, closed toed shoes, and long sleeves. We can provide veils, but only up to 15 participants.
Capoeira Basic Aerobics
Who: Ramadan, Ramadan333@hotmail.com
When: Weds 6:30 -7:15pm
Where: City Health Club 402 West Green St.
Capoeira is best described as “a dance like a fight, a fight like a dance.” An Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance, it was created in Brazil by slaves brought from Africa. This class is an introduction to the basic movements, music, and culture of capoeira, with a focus on the “Sequences of Mestre Bimba” – attack and defense training combinations developed by the capoeira master who is considered the contender of modern “capoeira regional”.
Circus in Ithaca Play Date
Who: Ithaca Circus Community
When: Saturday 4-6pm
Where: Triangle park next to gimme Cascadilla
Step right up for Ithaca’s regular Circus skills play and share, Juggling, hooping, acro, poi, slackline etc etc etc. Bring equipment to play with and share, if you have it. All skill levels welcome. For updates join our facebook group “circus in ithaca”, and/or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. People do meet up casually on saturdays but as it gets colder we might come up with another place/space/etc!
Community Radio: 1st Taste
Who: Jim Murphy email@example.com
When: 1 visit: 10/8 -12/19 7am
Where: WRFI Clinton House 305
This is an one-shot invitation to visit the Ithaca Watkins Glen Morning Show, 7AM Tues.-Thurs., to see if you are a possible community radio volunteer. Sit in, I’ll make the coffee and you watch the process. At 8AM we will listen to Amy G. and discuss all of the possibilities. Only one visitor per day so you will have undivided attention to ask your questions. This offer is ideally for those of you that have no experience but have some radio concepts that you would like to explore.
Who: Tali Fridman firstname.lastname@example.org 607.793.1429
When: 11/6 & 11/20 7pm
Where: Near downtown Ithaca (RSVP for exact location)
Storytime, beneath the stars! Dress warmly and come enjoy the evening looking up at the sky while you learn to identify some constellations and hear stories about them. If you already know sky stuff, come share what you know! Or research a new-to-you constellation and then share your findings with the class while we gaze upwards. Bring your own mug – hot tea will be provided!
Experiments in Recording
Who: Matt Gordon email@example.com
When: 5:30 – 7pm 10/2, 10/16. 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 12/18
This is a project-based class. Beginning with certain prompts we’ll each work independently, or in small groups to record “songs” that incorporate experimental modes of sound-making/capturing. A number of shorter exercises will build toward a final recording project. Along the way, we’ll meet to share what we’ve been working on, to talk about our processes and to get new ideas circulating. Lots of room for creative interpretation. Requirements: access to some means of recording sounds (handheld tape recorder, computer, mic, handheld digital recorder, phone, multitracker) and either knowledge of how to use your chosen device or willingness to experiment.
Exploring Oracle Arts
Who: Diane Dalton, Tim Turecek firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
When: 6:30-8pm 10/8, 10/22, 11/12, 11/26
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on the Commons
Open-ended facilitated discussions, following the interests of the group, drawing on traditions of Tarot, Sabian symbols, Medicine Cards, Runes, Dowsing, etc. Appropriate for beginners, skeptics and experienced practitioners who are invited to bring along your favorite decks, divination tools and books to share if you like.
FemSex Ithaca Adult Class
Who: Jessie Bonney-Burrill FemSexIthaca@gmail.com
FemSex Ithaca is a nine-week female sexuality workshop that aims to explore aspects of female sexuality through peer-facilitated workshops. Femsex is open to people of all genders, sexes, and sexualities! Topics include: identity, gender, sex, sexuality, desire, relationships and communication, violation of boundaries, empowerment, and more. The workshop will meet one evening a week for two hours starting the first week on October. The day we meet will be based on participant availability. Email for more information and an application! Workshop applications due Sept. 25th.
FemSex Ithaca Teen Class
Who: Jessie Bonney-Burrill FemSexIthaca@gmail.com
When: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 6:30-7:30pm
Are you interested in talking about female sexuality and everything that comes with it? Are you curious about topics like relationships and communication, body image, hook-up culture, sexuality and gender identity, and safer sex practices? Join FemSex Ithaca’s workshop (offered in partnership with PPSFL) for young women ages 13-17 to discuss all of these topics and more. The workshop will run for eight classes starting Oct. 10th (no classes 10/31 or 11/28) from 6:30-7:30pm. There is limited space in the workshop. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or an application for the workshop. Applications are due September 25th.
Food and Spirituality Discussion Group
Who: Anise Hotchkiss email@example.com
When: 10/06, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15 4-6pm
Where: RSVP for lo
This class is an opportunity to share the deeper meaning of food with others. In it we will look at the following topics through the lens of spiritual practice and experience: growing food, cooking, life cycles, eating and sharing, and community. Short readings will be assigned before each discussion. Participants are not required to actively be pursuing any spiritual or religious practice; only to have a love for food and inquiring mind towards the deeper meaning of life and interconnectedness of things. Because of space and in the interest of active participation, the # of participants will be limited. FB group https://www.facebook.com/events/227895000698367/
Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in athttp://www.ithacan.ning.com, workshops posted throughout the season. IthaCan is a web-based social network where home food preservers in Tompkins County organize food preserving events and share information.
Freeskool – Be An Organizer Meet
Who: Your Freeskool Organizers firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 10/23 6:30 pm
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe above Autumn Leaves Bookstore in Commons
Come be part of the behind-the-scenes of Freeskool. We’re looking for organizers to help find teachers, make art, distribute calendars and all the other Freeskool goings-on. Being part of the team means getting to know the community, learning programs like InDesign, making posters, being creative and radical. Come get a sense of what it’s all about. Can’t make the date? Get in touch and we can figure something out.
Who: Jiling email@example.com 626-344-9140
When: Thurs 10 – 11:30am RSVP please
Where: Foundation of Light (397 Turkey Hill Road)
Breathe deeply, feel fully, relax completely, emerge radiantly. Yoga is prayer, a movement meditation for inner and outer peace. Yoga is life; Hatha yoga includes breath, movement, chanting, and meditation practices. We emphasize breath, body, and mind awareness, through balancing mobility, stability, and effortlessness. This class mostly covers basic to intermediate Hatha/ vinyasa yoga, tailored for individual students’ needs. All ages and experience levels, and drop-ins welcome. Namaste.
Healthcare-for-All Radio Show
Who: Jaimi Hendrix Jaimi.firstname.lastname@example.org
Where:Clinton House, Seneca St
Join a team of dedicated healthcare activists to produce a local radio show about single-payer healthcare on WRFI. No prior experience required as long as you are passionate about the topic. We’ll teach you all the skills you need, one show at a time. Learning what’s involved in producing a radio talk show has never been this easy!
High School Radio
Who:Jim Murphy 319-0980
When: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 4pm
Where: WRFI Clinton House 305
On Wednesday 10/02 at 4PM, we will form an on-going HS Teen radio show that will be produced and hosted by HS students. NRCS is involved and LACS has been invited as has IHS. Any students that wish to part of this production through June 2014 needs to be in contact ASAP. Steps: Learning recording and editing; Topics for discussion, selecting guest experts, creating talk show formats. The studio tech: running the board, integrating music and pre-recorded segments etc. Important: FCC regulations: Languages and discussion limitations etc. All this and more….
Loaves and Fishes
Who: Loaves and Fishes
When: Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 12-1pm Tuesday, Thursday 5:30-6:30
Where: 210 North Cayuga Street
Free nutritious meals & advocacy services provided Monday through Friday throughout the year. All are welcome. Come join our table. For 30 years, we have been building a caring community by sharing hospitality and friendship while enjoying free delicious meals.
Quitting Tobacco Support
Who: Ithaca Free Clinic 330-1253 email@example.com
When: 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 12/12, 12/19 5:30-6:30pm
Where: Ithaca Free Clinic 521 West Seneca St, Ithaca
Free support & info! Are you thinking about OR trying to quit tobacco? Walk-in (no appointment needed). Kathy Eliason, Registered Nurse & Tobacco Specialist, can help you: manage cravings, minimize withdrawal, understand your smoking triggers, prevent relapse, & provide continuous support. As a former tobacco user, Kathy understands the challenges involved in making significant lifestyle changes. Come once, twice or every time! Offered through a partnership between Ithaca Health Alliance/ Ithaca Free Clinic and Cayuga Center for Healthy Living of Cayuga Medical Center.
Who: Jennifer Colt firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 10/27 and 11/24, 12-2pm
Where: Ithaca Generator 116 W Green St
Discuss and share your Scratch projects while learning from others! People making games, animations and art in Scratch are all welcome. Open to all ages. This is a club and while there will be demos and presentations, it is not a class. It is helpful if you have a laptop to bring so you can work on your projects during the club. Learn more about Scratch here: scratch.mit.edu
Who: Daniel Kaiya email@example.com
When: first and third friday of the month
Where: RSVP for location
A class to heal and stengthen vision. Share still and moving meditations to center a positive attitude and feel tensions unwind. Learn simple techniques to move our eyes and release excess strain. Do away with the need for corrective vision and move the eyes beyond normal awareness levels. My name is Daniel Kaiya. I have healed my vision one third of the way to normal in the past several years using these techniques. From -23.5 diopeters in both eyes to hovering around minus 15 now. It is an incredible and rewarding journey on many levels. Come, learn, share. Beat me to 20/20!
Snail Mail Social
Who: Lauren firstname.lastname@example.org
When: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 4pm
Where: TBD e-mail for more info
Did you ever have a pen pal? Do you lament about the the loss of personal feeling in electronic communications? Do you long for the romance of the US Postal Service and more intimate/creative/expressive communication with far-away friends? Come spend some time decorating letterhead, crafting postcards, creating envelopes and writing to the people in your life that you hope will write back to you! Some information, stamps and materials will be provided. Please bring the address of the lucky recipient(s) of your written affection! Everyone is welcome, RSVP for location information.
Tompkins Time Traders
Who: T3 email@example.com
When: 10/6, 11/3, & 12/1 4:30-5:30 followed by a dish to pass dinner 5:30-6:30
Where: 10/6 at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, other dates TBA
Time Banking is a way to get the things you need by sharing the skills you have. Each person offers their skills and time into the network and in return they request services and skills that they want or need. Everyone’s time is valued equally. Time is exchanged, money is not. We hold monthly orientations and folks wanting more information are welcome to attend. Please remember your place settings for dinner and let us know if you plan to come – firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info and orientation locations visit, www.tompkinstimetraders.net
Warrior Writers Veteran-Only
Who: Jenny Pacanowski 570 269 7528
When: Weds 10/9, 11/13, 12/11 6:30-8pm
Where: TC Workers Center 115 The Commons above Autumn Leaves Books
Veterans can heal together through the process of expressing themselves with spoken or written word. Each week there are different writing prompts on veterans’ issues and everyday struggles such as
interpersonal relationships, addiction, loss, grief and suicide. Veterans can share their experiences from the military or what they do on any particular day of their life coping with the transition from military to civilian life. No writing experience needed. Veterans have the option to share their work with the group. Editing and collaborating is encouraged to complete the work for publication, poetry readings, or to keep for themselves.
Wine 101 – Introduction to Wine – Q&A
Who: Rachel 607-379-1087
When: First class – Oct 1 6-8pm
Where: Buffalo St. Books 215 N Cayuga St
Rachel, your instructor, is an experienced industry professional. She has worked at wineries, wine stores, and now works for a distributor and importer – she has nearly 10 years of experience and 3 1/2 years with her European importer. Her passions include, of course, local Finger Lakes wines. She also has much experience and knowledge in French, Italian, and Spanish wines as well. Though she has immense knowledge, she tries to help everyone understand wine in the simplest way possible. Depending on the levels and interest, this class can be 101 even up to advanced. All questions will be answered. There is NO AGE REQUIREMENT for this class, as WINE will NOT be TASTED in the class. However, “field trips” as in local tastings or wine tours will be available for those of legal age. For example, great hang time tastings on Thursday evenings at Red Feet will be suggested “homework”.
WRFI Community Radio News Service
Who: Chris Knight email@example.com
When: Thursdays 5:30pm
Where: WRFI Studios – Room 305 Clinton House – 116 N. Cayuga St
WRFI Community Radio News offers a flexible non-competitive news production internship to members of our community with a passion for independent media and community service. Participants in our program are given the opportunity and capacity to produce their own radio journalism pieces and news stories with a common purpose. Finished productions will be aired to our audiences in Tompkins and Schuyler Counties as well as online at http://www.wrfi.org. There is no application process. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this unique experience in independent media. We have a small dedicated team of local volunteer writers, producers, and hosts. We focus our programming on local issues of social justice, environment, government, and mass-media / propaganda.
Žižek’s Cabaret – Reluctantly
Who: Jaime Hendrix Jaimi.firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Monthly – TBA
Where: A Coffee Shop – TBA
Join 3 friends who meet for coffee monthly to experience the beauty of philosophy while talking about life in general. We reflect on the relation between thinking, writing/reading, talking/listening and experiencing/living/deciding. To join our conversation, we expect you to read and reflect on at least one philosophy book of your choice. If you have never read philosophy, we’ll assign you something interesting.
Freeskool is run by all-volunteer staff. We can always use your help if you can give it. We accept donations online at http://ithacafreeskool.wordpress.com/donate/ and are always looking for organizers. Thanks, community!