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Alternatives to the Common Core

Who: Tim Turecek turecekt@gmail.com

When: 7/10 & 7/17 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on Commons

Proponents of the Common Core always ask the question “If not the Common Core, than what?” We will put our heads together to design viable alternatives to the Common Core factory model. Where we take these alternatives- what actions we take as a result of these discussions- will be up to participating individuals and, if appropriate, the group as a whole. Please consider joining us in our pursuit of excellent education!

Astrology Learning Group

Who: Tim Turecek & Jason Seymour stars@a7xj.com, turecekt@gmail.com

When: Every Tues 6:30-8pm

Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on Commons

Open discussions appropriate for beginners to experts. Come once or every week. We start from where you are. Discover how fun, empowering, and (maybe, even) true astrology can be!

Ballet Folklorico de Ithaca

Who: Juliana Garcia jag394@cornell.edu

Where: Southside Community Center 305 S Plain St.

When: Tues 6-7:30pm 6/17 – 8/26

Ballet folklorico is a form of traditional Mexican folk dance dating back to the ancient Aztecs. Each region within Mexico prides itself on their unique, beautiful and culturally rich dances, costumes, and music. The dancers recount every aspect of life within Mexico through their tapping feet, flowing skirts or waving sombreros. You too can be a part of the stories of love, heartache, war, celebration and much more by becoming a dancer. The dances are performed in groups as well as with a partner. No previous dance experience is necessary. Immerse yourself in a new culture while getting some fun exercise! Please RSVP to join in. Classes resume in mid June.

Ballet for Beginners!

Who: Lucy “Legs” Walker 443-834-4612 lwalker2@ithaca.edu

When: Weds 7:30-9 pm and/or another day if interested

Where: contact for location

Ballet returns to the FreeSkool after a year-long hiatus! Come learn some ballet in a no-pressure environment. We start from scratch every week, so no experience is necessary, though experienced dancers are of course also welcome. And we dance to all sorts of music, so bring your tunes… Please wear comfortable clothing with dance shoes, comfy sneakers, or grippy socks.

Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Clinics

Who: Mark Thornton harmoniousdwellings@gmail.com

When: TBD  RSVP please

Where: RIBs-Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles

I’ll be hosting open shop hours and bike repair and maintenance clinics at Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles. Located on the Corner of Fulton and Buffalo. I’ll be bringing in local bike smarty pants to host clinics on particular parts of bike maintenance and to answer questions. This a BYOB (bring your own bike) event.  Space is limited so RSVP.

The Challenge of Challenge- Practical Tools for Changing your Mind

Who: Victoria Marlowe curiosity.vkm11@gmail.com

When: 6/1 and 6/7 4pm

Where: TBA

My aim in this class is for participants to become exposed to several types of positive thinking techniques. No matter who we are or what situation we are in, everyone becomes overwhelmed, or at least somehow challenged. With a shared goal of giving and receiving respect, here we hope to dig up some of our cognitive distortions and their sources which keep us from having peace.

Cheese Making: Soft Cheese & Yogurt

Who: Laura Woinoski 607-229-5081

When: 6/8 2-4:30pm

Where: 5111 Perry City Rd Trumansburg

Soft cheeses are the best way to start making your own cheese at home because they are so simple and easy! I’ve been making my own cheese for about 6 years now and continue to be amazed by the freshness and taste of homemade cheeses! I’ll walk participants through making their own soft cheeses and yogurt. We’ll make fresh yogurt, mozzarella, and ricotta! Hope to see you there!

Circus in Ithaca Play Date

Who: Ithaca Circus Community

When: Check web for updates

Where: Check web for updates

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 circusinithaca@gmail.com.

Design Workshop – Storyboarding 21st Century Experiences

Who: Xanthe Matychak xanthe.matychak@gmail.com

When: 7/12 10am to 1pm

Where: Ithaca Generator 116 W Green St.

The designer-user relationship is changing. In a hyper-connected world, technology users are much more technologically literate than they used to be. All over the web we see amateur designers making and selling logos and apps. And some of them are pretty good! So what are professional designers and developers to do? Up our game with UxD! In this workshop, we’ll discuss three concepts for understanding 21st century user-experiences: Expertise – How might we value different types of expertise in a Post-Gutenberg age? Empathy – How might we understand problems from multiple points of view? Emotion – How might we develop solutions that are not only practical but engage peoples’ emotions? After this discussion, we’ll use storyboarding techniques to put these concepts into action!

 

Electric Cargo Bikes: Introduction to the Revolution

Who: Laurence Clarkberg laurence@boxybikes.com

When: 6/20 7- 9pm

Where: Ithaca Generator in Press Bay Alley (116 West Green St.)

You take the blue pill–you stay in the world of traffic jams, road rage, oil spills, and global warming. You take the red pill–you enter the world of the electric cargo bike. A kind of bike that can carry passengers and groceries, approaching and in some ways surpassing the utility of a car, but without all the baggage. We’ll explore the history of cargo bikes, hear from a few Ithacans who ride cargos, see a few short movies, and wrap up by riding around downtown on some of Boxy Bikes’ rental bikes.

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!

Who: Your Freeskool Organizers ithaca_freeskool@riseup.net

When: 8/10 2-4pm

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.

Freeskool Potluck

Who: Your Freeskool Organizers freeskoolithaca@gmail.com

When: 7/12 5-7pm

Where: Thompson Park on Cayiga St.

Come celebrate summer and free things with the Freeskool crew. Bring a dish to pass, a plate, cup and utensils for yourself. Bring friends, strangers, toys, stories about your class experience, etc. If you’re a werewolf, it will be a full moon, so just be ready for all of that. You never know what might happen at a Freeskool potluck – really we’ve never had one before.

Guerrilla Film Group

Who: Conor Liam Bolton conorliambolton@gmail.com

When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8pm

Where; Pegasys Cable Access Studio 612 W. Green St.

Guerrilla Film Club is a free film-making workshop. Each person comes up with an idea to turn into a short film of between 2 and 10 minutes in length. Longer projects are possible. After we each decide on our own project, we assign crew. Every member of the group must work on enough projects so that all primary crew positions are filled. I will provide guidance, production experience and as much help as each project needs. I’ll be producing a project as well. I want to document the group’s experience as a cable access show. Let’s Get Started!

Healing Earth Yoga

Who: The Yoga School lennessa@gmail.com/www.yogaschoolithaca.com

When: 8/7 5pm

Where: Cascadilla Gorge (Linn St, near Court St)    Practice Karma Yoga by gathering in community to pick up garbage, share our earth-loving intentions and practice Gentle Vinyasa under the trees.  If you have  a yoga mat and a recycled bag to gather litter please bring them. If you don’t, please still bring yourself!

Israeli Folk Dancing

Who: Nomi eema.nomi@gmail.com

When: most Mondays 5:30-7pm; e-mail to confirm

Where: Downtown Ithaca; e-mail for location

Come have fun and learn traditional Israeli folk dancing!  No experience necessary.  All levels welcome.

Ithaca Fixers Collective

Who: Finger Lakes ReUse Head Fixer 257-9699

When: Thurs 6-8pm & Sats 3-5pm

Where: ReUse Center at Triphammer Marketplace 2255 N Triphammer Rd

Finger Lakes ReUse invites anyone who has things to fix, wants to help &/or wants to learn how to repair items to join the Ithaca Fixers Collective. This is an informal and fun gathering of folks who want to prolong the lifespan of items such as electronics, furniture, small appliances and more, while sharing skills and resources in a relaxed setting. Sign up is not required, just show up! A volunteer Head Fixer is present at each session, however the expertise comes from everyone present, and various fixers books and websites. Check out (and like!) our facebook page atwww.facebook.com/ithacafixers.

IthaCan BBQ

Who: Mark and Brigid 781 698 9314

When: 7/19 12pm-10pm

Where: 15 Roe Rd, Willseyville

Our annual BBQ/cookout will be held at Phase 3 Farm, the home of Mark Norton and Brigid Cassidy.  This is a family-oriented event, so bring the kids and lawn games.

Beef and Veggie Burgers will be provided, but please consider bringing something to share.

For those thinking about building their own house, Mark and Brigid will give a tour of their house under construction.  We will review planning, execution, tools needed, and problems encountered.

Jesusians of Ithaca

Who: Stuart Fegely jesusianity@gmail.com

When: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm

Where: Ithaca Friends Meeting House 120 3rd St. & Madison St.

Jesusians of Ithaca (pronounced “Je-SOOZ-i-ans”) is a new discussion group for the greater Ithaca/Tompkins County community, for anyone interested in learning about and following the teachings of Jesus (compassion, charity, forgiveness, non-violence, welcoming the marginalized of society, etc.), but who doesn’t necessarily believe the dogma associated with him (salvation, miracles, dying for sins, resurrection, the second coming, etc.)  We will view and discuss brief videos, magazine articles, columns, and blogs, and might eventually tackle a book. This group is NOT affiliated with ANY church or religious institution.  Open and welcoming to adults of any age, sexual orientation, or religious background (or lack thereof).  For more info, visitwww.facebook.com/groups/Jesusiansofithaca orwww.meetup.com/Jesusiansofithaca.

Learn to Knit Social!

Who: Laura Woinoski 607-229-5081

When: 6/21 3-5pm

Where: Location downtown TBD (mutually-agreed place downtown)

All levels welcome! Whether you’ve never handled needles or if you have been knitting for years, there’s always something to learn or teach! Come on down, supplies provided or bring your own, we will teach you how to cast on, knit, purl, bind-off, etc. If just experienced knitters show, then we can teach each other new skills or just connect and have a good time :)

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.

Lunar Roots Womyn’s Retreat

Who: Collaboration of Women  simoneclackey@gmail.com

When: New Moon, 7/26 -27

Where: Caroline rsvp for address

Gathering with intention to celebrate, heal, share, learn and strengthen as a community of conscious women.  We will mix our day together with workshops/skill shares, hanging out, circles and ceremony.  We will explore womyn’s health and well being including yoga, meditation, herbal medicine and wild crafting, fertility awareness and natural birth control, naturalist, primitive and ancestral skills,  and rights of passage and creating ceremony. We will be camping, sharing meals and enjoying each other’s company in the time of the new moon.  Please email or go to https://sites.google.com/site/lunarrootsretreat/ to learn more and register/RSVP.

One for Art and Art for All

Who: Lucy Walker and Rachael Lewis-Krisky rlewiskrisky@yahoo.com

When: 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5

Where: TBD

This class promotes collaboration and learning of any and all forms of art. Through class exercises and group projects students will partner together to create new, exciting work. Photographers and knitters; musicians and painters; poets and builders; dancers and writers will work together to transform art from separate forms into collaborative projects. Students are instructed to learn from and teach each other – a beautiful reflection of peer to peer learning. The end of the class will feature an exhibition of students’ final projects. Artist and non artists welcome. Bring all talents and discover new ones.

Park Yoga

Who: Grace Johnston  grace.johnston@gmail.com

When: 6/14, 7/20, 8/17  4-5:30pm

Where: Thompson Park, N. Cayuga btwn Farm & Marshall Streets

Relaxed yoga class or skill share by the creek! This is going to be an awesome, restorative outdoor activity. Meet at the bell in Thompson Park and then roll out on the grass for a hour and a half of yoga fun. We’ll decide to do a class format or share our practice/ take turns leading at the start of each meet up. Bring a mat if you have one (a few available to borrow).  All levels and styles of yoga welcome, LGBTQ friendly. Rain location TBD.

Pop-Up Paper Art

Who: Lily pipylotta@yahoo.com

When: 6/15, 7/13 2-4pm

Where: Owl Cafe above Autumn Leaves Books on commons

Learn how to make pop-up cards and crafts. We will use several how-to books to make creative paper art that comes off the page. Just a few creative cuts and folds, and viola! I will have some materials but do bring paper, cardboard, string, crayons, paint, glue stick, scissors etc. if you have them.

Running in Parks

Who: Lucy “Legs” Walker lwalker2@ithaca.edu 443-834-4612

When: Every Saturday or Sunday morning (read below)

Where: Parks around Ithaca

Runners of all experience levels welcome, people who love to exercise or run especially encouraged! Every Saturday or Sunday morning — we’ll pick a morning depending on people’s availability or we can alternate — we will meet up in one of Ithaca’s many wonderful parks. I’ll chart out a circular route so that people can rest or stop when they need to but we all end up together. All you need are some decent sneakers, a water bottle, and a desire to soak in a beautiful Ithaca summer.

Snail Mail Social

Who: Lauren Salzman laurenasalzman@gmail.com

When:  6/8 4-6pm, 7/12 3-5pm, 8/10 4-6pm

Where: TBD e-mail for location

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.

Spanish Conversation Hour/Una cita por una hora de conversación en español

Who: Hispanohablantes de Ithaca

When: June 4th 3-4 pm

Where: Gimme! Coffee West State Street

There is no Spanish conversation hour to be found in Ithaca. Sad day. Rectify immediately with FreeSkool class! Beginning to advanced speakers welcome. We can change place, date, or time depending on what’s best for peeps, this first meeting is just to see who shows up and discuss details. /No hay una cita para conversar en español en Ithaca. Necesitamos esta cita/clase. Por hispanohablantes de todos niveles. Podemos cambiar el día, hora, o lugar, cualquiera está mejor para las que quieren participarlo. Esta cita, vamons a decidir estas detalles. ¡Hablemos!

Tompkins Time Traders Orientation

Who: Margaret Soulstein info@tompkinstimetraders.net

When: 6/8, 7/13 & 8/3 4:30pm

Where: see http://www.tompkinstimetraders.net/join-us/

Tompkins Time Traders (T3) is a time bank where services and goods are exchanged for time. Everyone’s time is valued equally, so an hour of specialized skills (i.e. dentistry, plumbing or carpentry) is equal to an hour of eldercare, childcare or cooking. The orientation is geared toward people who have applied (sign up now at: bit.ly/joinTcubed) or folks ready to sign up. Not sure, but interested in learning more? You’re welcome to come too. Orientation 4:30-5:30pm, Potluck 5:30-6:30pm. Bring your own plates, cups, utensils to the potluck. Please RSVP to info@tompkinstimetraders.net. By being a Tompkins Time Trader you co-create a new economic paradigm that values each person and the skills that everyone has to offer.

Urban Ethnobotany

Who: Adrian Williams adrian.officinalis@gmail.com

When: 6/17, 7/1 & 7/15 6pm

Where: RSVP for meeting locations

Pestos, salves, baskets, and more, all free for the making – even in the city. Explore the uses of wild plants within Ithaca city limits. We’ll practice plant identification and then get to work with hands-on foraging, medicine preparation, and craftwork, all the while discussing the unique opportunities and challenges that wildcrafting in urban and suburban settings present. Email to RSVP or for more information.

Yoga on Grass

Who: The Yoga School lennessa@gmail.com/www.yogaschoolithaca.com

When: Weds 10:30am & Sundays 9am

Where: Washington Park (Bufflo St & Washington St)

Come breathe Ujjayi Breath, lift your Bandhas and put your Dristi on the trees and sky (or come learn what all that means)! All level yoga classes, on the grass at Washington Park.  Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, though a mat is not required. Namaste.

Feb- April 2014 Classes:
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Feb – April Calendar
Class Descriptions

A Game for You

Who: Jennifer Colt & John Reeser jenncd@gmail.com

When: 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16 1-3pm

Where: Ithaca Generator 116 W Green St

This workshop will be a supportive space for people to develop an interactive art game. No game development experience is required, we’ll help you! The game you make might help you explain or explore a personal experience, try out solutions to a problem you are having, or teach yourself or others more about a topic. We will meet four times to brainstorm, select ideas, work on prototypes, and share our games.

Art Swap

Who: Barbara Kane Lewis bkanelewis@gmail.com

When: Sundays 2-4pm 2/16, 3/16, 4/13

Where: Crows Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves

An art Swap is a fun way for creative people to share their work. Bring a small piece of your own work that you would like to share and exchange it with someone else. This is a wonderful way to learn about new techniques and to meet other creative people. You can choose to share anything you like. Some swaps I have participated in are artist trading cards, handmade greeting cards, quilt squares or small pieces of jewelry. I have proposed the above times and dates, but I want to include as many people as possible so let me know your schedule and we can plan accordingly. Everyone is welcome and all mediums: paper, fiber, wood, metal, creative writing, reclaimed materials, whatever you enjoy doing. Hope you will plan to attend!

Astrology Learning Group

Who: Tim Turecek, Jason Seymour stars@a7xj.com, turecekt@gmail.com, stars@a7xj.com When: Tues 2/4 – 4/29, 6:30-8pm

Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on Commons

Open discussions appropriate for beginners to experts. Come once or every week. We start from where you are. Discover how fun, empowering, and (maybe, even) true astrology can be!

Ballet Folklorico de Ithaca

Who: Juliana Garcia jag394@cornell.edu

Where: Southside Community Center 305 S Plain St.

When: Tuesdays 6:30-8pm RSVP for changes

Ballet folklorico is a form of traditional Mexican folk dance dating back to the ancient Aztecs. Each region within Mexico prides itself on their unique, beautiful and culturally rich dances, costumes, and music. The dancers recount every aspect of life within Mexico through their tapping feet, flowing skirts or waving sombreros. You too can be a part of the stories of love, heartache, war, celebration and much more by becoming a dancer. The dances are performed in groups as well as with a partner. No previous dance experience is necessary. Immerse yourself in a new culture while getting some fun exercise! Please RSVP to join in.

Circus in Ithaca Play Date

Who: Ithaca Circus Community

When: Check web for updates

Where: Check web for updates

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 circusinithaca@gmail.com.

Community Radio Ride Along Program

Who: Jim Murphy murphy@ithacaradio.org

When: Tues-Thurs

Where: WRFI RM. 305 – Clinton House

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. We have many volunteer opportunities, not just hosting or DJing….If you wish to present a proposal for a show contact: info@ithacaradio.org

Female Sexuality Workshop

Who: Jessie Bonney-Burrill femsexithaca@gmail.com

When: One evening a week on Sun-Wed, based on participant availability

Where: TBA

FemSex Ithaca’s nine-week workshop 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 (in downtown Ithaca) one evening a week for two hours starting in early February. The day we meet will be based on participant availability. Email for more information and an application! Workshop applications are due Jan. 25th. See facebook.com/femsexithaca for more info.

Fertility Awareness Study Group

Who: Simone Heartwood & Rachel Firak simoneclackey@gmail.com rfirak@gmail.com

When: 6-8pm 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/9, 4/23

Where: Jillian’s Drawers Community Room, 171 East State St.

Let’s celebrate our bodies, our reproductive health! We’ll come together twice monthly to explore topics in female sexual health, including: Story-sharing about our cycles, Charting and observing our fertility signs, Natural birth control without chemicals or devices, Conception support, Herbal medicine and sexual health, Support and guidance through life transitions, Using breath and movement to nourish and restore our bodies

This study group is for female-bodied folks of all ages.

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 ithaca_freeskool@riseup.net

When: 4/6 2pm

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.

Israeli Folk Dancing

Who: Nomi eema.nomi@gmail.com

When: most Mondays 5:30-7pm; e-mail to confirm

Where: Downtown Ithaca; e-mail for location

Come have fun and learn traditional Israeli folk dancing! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Ithaca Fixers Collective

Who: Finger Lakes ReUse Head Fixer 257-9699

When: Thurs 6-8pm & Sats 3-5pm

Where: ReUse Center at Triphammer Marketplace 2255 N Triphammer Rd

Finger Lakes ReUse invites anyone who has things to fix, wants to help &/or wants to learn how to repair items to join the Ithaca Fixers Collective. This is an informal and fun gathering of folks who want to prolong the lifespan of items such as electronics, furniture, small appliances and more, while sharing skills and resources in a relaxed setting. Sign up is not required, just show up! A volunteer Head Fixer is present at each session, however the expertise comes from everyone present, and various fixers books and websites. Check out (and like!) our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ithacafixers.

Jesusians of Ithaca

Who: Stuart Fegely jesusianity@gmail.com

When: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm 2/4-6/29

Where: Ithaca Friends Meeting House 120 3rd St. & Madison St.

Jesusians of Ithaca (pronounced “Je-SOOZ-i-ans”) is a new discussion group for the greater Ithaca/Tompkins County community, for anyone interested in learning about and following the teachings of Jesus (compassion, charity, forgiveness, non-violence, welcoming the marginalized of society, etc.), but who doesn’t necessarily believe the dogma associated with him (salvation, miracles, dying for sins, resurrection, the second coming, etc.) We will view and discuss brief videos, magazine articles, columns, and blogs, and might eventually tackle a book. This group is NOT affiliated with ANY church or religious institution. Open and welcoming to adults of any age, sexual orientation, or religious background (or lack thereof). For more info, visit www.facebook.com/groups/Jesusiansofithaca or www.meetup.com/Jesusiansofithaca .

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.

Pop-Up Paper Art

Who: Lily pipylotta@yahoo.com

When: 4/5 2-4pm

Where: Owl Cafe above Autumn Leaves Books on commons

Learn how to make pop-up cards and crafts. We will use several how-to books to make creative paper art that comes off the page. Just a few creative cuts and folds, and viola! I will have some materials but do bring paper, cardboard, string, crayons, paint, glue stick, scissors etc. if you have them.

Scratch Club

Who: Jennifer Colt jenncd@gmail.com

When: 1/26, 2/23, 3/30 3:30-5pm

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. Meets the last Sunday of each month. ALL AGES.

Seeing Naturally

Who: Daniel Kaiya kaiya@wildflowerfire.com

When: TBD

Where: RSVP for location

A class to heal and strengthen 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 last several years using these techniques. From -23.5 diopters in both eyes to around minus 15 now. It is an incredible and rewarding journey on many levels. Come, learn, share. Beat me to 20/20!

Self Care Spa

Who: Aislyn and Harry 831 295 2555

When: 2/4, 3/4, 4/1 6pm

Where: Our House, call for address

The purpose of this class is to get to do all of the healthy self-care things you have been meaning to do but never get around to…Self-massage, paraffin dips, contrast baths to help old injuries heal…Herbal tea’s to cleanse your liver or help you adapt to whatever is happening in your body…quiet breathing exercises, random moments of stretching…Bring whatever tools you would like to help. Call Aislyn to RSVP.

Snail Mail Social

Who: Lauren Salzman laurenasalzman@gmail.com

When: Sundays 2/16, 3/16, 4/13

Where: TBD e-mail for location

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.

Soil Science for Farmers and Gardeners

Who: Joseph Amsili joseph.amsili@gmail.com

When: 2/6 CLASS CANCELLED  but more on 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17 @ 6pm

Where: TBA

Are you a passionate gardener or farmer who wants to learn more about soil? Although humans often take the ground beneath our feet for granted, soil is fundamental to life on earth. The beginning of the course will provide an intro to soils: their composition, their diversity across the globe, life in the soil. Then we will explore the characteristics that contribute to soil health and how we can work to create healthy soils at home.

Solidarity Cafe

Who: Ryan Clover

When: 2/6, 3/6, 4/3 3-4pm (First Thursdays)

Where: Durland Alternatives Library

A letter writing group to political prisoners, open to all, hosted at the Alternatives Library—with tea of course.

Tarot & Tea

Who: Melissa Haney melissajohaney@gmail.com

When: 2/23, 3/20, 4/27 2pm

Where: TBA

Come have a cup of tea and talk about tarot in an informal class/meet up where we’ll chat about the basics: symbolism, history, and divination. Bring your deck or borrow one of mine. Learn how to read cards for yourself or swap readings with others. All levels of experience welcome.

TEEN ROOTS Radio

Who: Jim Murphy ivetsfor@gmail.com

When: Weds 4-6pm

Where: WRFI RM. 305 – Clinton House “

WRFI – Ithaca and Watkins Glen Community Radio is home to Teen Roots radio show that is produced and hosted by HS students. The students are from NRCS and 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….

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded Book Group and other tools for revolution!

Who: Aislyn 831 295 2555

When: 1st class 2/15 4pm

Where: TBD

Incite! Women of Color Against Violence put together a profound set of essays and reports showing how those of us seeking social justice can get caught up in the Non-Profit Industrial Complex- a seemingly progressive model for change that often ends up derailing radical social justice movements. The book tells the history of how powerful social movements came to be housed by non-profits, it outlines the different ways movements get trapped by non-profits, and also tells stories about innovative organizations who resisted co-optation by the non-profit model. We will read parts of this book and others to help us envision a model for radical social change in Ithaca!

Tompkins Time Traders Orientation

Who: T3 Member info@tompkinstimetraders.net

When: 2/2, 3/2, 4/6 4:30pm

Where: see http://www.tompkinstimetraders.net/join-us/

Tompkins Time Traders (T3) is a time bank where services and goods are exchanged for time. Everyone’s time is valued equally, so an hour of specialized skills (i.e. dentistry, plumbing or carpentry) is equal to an hour of eldercare, childcare or cooking. The orientation is geared toward people who have applied (www.tompkinstimetraders.net/join-us/) or folks ready to sign up. Not sure, but interested in learning more? You’re welcome to come too. Orientation 4:30-5:30, Potluck 5:30-6:30. By being a Tompkins Time Trader you co-create a new economic paradigm that values each person and the skills that everyone has to offer. Please RSVP to info@tompkinstimetraders.net The orientation is 4:30-5:30pm with a potluck 5:30-6:30p, please bring your own plates, cups, utensils.

We Need to Talk About Facebook

Who: Ryan Clover Clover56@riseup.net

When: 2/4 6-8pm

Where: TC Worker’s Center, 115 E. MLK st.

We Need to Talk About Facebook, do we not? Do you remember that science fiction distopia?… The one where social life is consolidated into an electronic data cloud owned by a powerful, military contracted corporation? For crying out loud, this sounds familiar! This workshop gives Facebook a hard look and explores alternative platforms for community and sense of place.

Web that Has No Weaver Reading Group

Who: Adrian Williams adrian.officinalis@gmail.com

When: Tues 2/11, 2/25, 3/11. 6:30-8:30pm

Where: RSVP for location

In this class we will read through Ted Kaptchuk’s The Web That has No Weaver as an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine. We’ll explore TCM’s ancient, vibrant, complex, fascinating, and holistic theory of harmony and disharmony in the human body. Kaptchuk’s book is an excellent and eminently readable introduction to Chinese Medicine and its model of understanding human health. A reading from the book will be assigned before each session. Chinese tonic herbs will also be provided for sampling. We’ll keep the reading group small, so space is limited. Please review the dates and times carefully and register only if you are committed to reading the assigned text and attending all of the meetings. To register email Adrian at adrian.officinalis@gmail.com.

Winter Survival Bags For Your Car and Beyond

Who: David Muska dmuska@live.com

When: Sun 2/2 9:30am

Where: Eastern Mountain Sports 722 South Meadow St.

Imagine you and your family on an everyday drive in midwinter to visit friends or family when your car breaks down on a country back road. You have no cell service and suddenly realize you’re 15 miles from the nearest home or business. What’s worse is that the winter storm that was to come hours from now has kept travelers off the road. What do you do?

There are countless tales of individuals and families who’ve found themselves in such situations. In this workshop we’ll review Winter Survival Bags and how to use their contents to keep you and your loved ones safe in such emergencies. We’ll also review the construction of other Emergency Preparedness Bags. There are no requirements for this workshop. Please bring supplies for note taking along with any questions. All ages are welcome.

Freeskool Classes Oct-Dec 2013

Freeskool Calendar Oct-Dec 2013

Freeskool Class Descriptions Oct-Dec 2013

Aikido Kokikai

Who: Brad Dingman bmdingman@gmail.com

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 stars@a7xj.com, turecekt@gmail.com

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 collegebeekeeper@gmail.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 circusinithaca@gmail.com.  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 murphy@ithacaradio.org

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.

Constellation Exploration

Who: Tali Fridman tali.massage@gmail.com 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 mattgordon11@gmail.com

When: 5:30 – 7pm 10/2, 10/16. 10/30, 11/13, 11/27, 12/18

Where: TBA

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 turecekt@gmail.com, dcdalton21@yahoo.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

When: TBA

Where: TBA

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

Where: TBA

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 femsexithaca@gmail.com for more information or an application for the workshop. Applications are due September 25th.

Food and Spirituality Discussion Group

Who: Anise Hotchkiss salvationoffood@gmail.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 ithaca_freeskool@riseup.net

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.

Hatha Yoga

Who: Jiling linjiling@gmail.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.hendrix@gmail.com

When: TBA

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 outreach@ithacahealth.org

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.

Scratch Club

Who: Jennifer Colt jenncd@gmail.com

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

Seeing Naturally

Who: Daniel Kaiya  kaiya@wildflowerfire.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 laurenasalzman@gmail.com

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 info@tompkinstimetraders.net

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 – info@tompkinstimetraders.net. 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 news@ithacaradio.org

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.hendrix@gmail.com

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.

Feb – April 2013

Get the PDF versions here: Feb-April ’13 cal and Feb-April ’13 Descriptions

Acro-Yoga
Who: Friede f.rica@riseup.net
Where: Jillian’s Drawers 171 East MLK St Commons
When: Weekly at end of Feb TBA please RSVP, class size limited.
Acro-Yoga is a combination of two person acrobatics, yoga and thai-body
work. It is really fun!!! Come with a playful attitude and a willingness
to fall down and get back up again. The class is open to female identified
and queer identified folks to create a safer space within the patriarchy
for us to exist. Because this class involves physical contact full verbal
consent will be practiced. Wear comfortable stretchy things and bring yoga
mats if you have them!

Aikido Kokikai
Who:  Brad Dingman bmdingman@gmail.com
When: Most Sundays 2/3 – 4/21, 7:30–9pm
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.

Alternatives Library 2013 Open House Celebration!
Who:  Ryan Clover 607-255-6486 & ryan@alternativeslibrary.org
When: 2/7 6-9pm
Where:  Alternatives Library 127 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univ
Join us in celebrating our new shelving scheme! There will be guest speakers, refreshments, and a library tour of our collection & changes.  New sections at the Alternatives Library include (in alphabetical order of course) Anarchist Studies, Asian American Studies, Community Organizing, DIY Self-Sufficiency, Food Justice, Graphic Novels, Herbalism & Plant Lore,  LGBTQ Studies, Local Recreation, Race Studies, Sexual Health, and a unique archive of people’s history posters.

Astrology Learning Group
Who: Tim Turecek turecekt@gmail.com
When: 7pm, 2/11, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe, above Autumn Leaves Bookstore on Commons
Participants will bring copies of their natal birth charts (available for free online), and we will use these to learn astrology together. Discussions will be facilitated to the extent appropriate to the group’s needs. Beginners welcome!

Body Mind Fitness
Who: Igor Shteynberg 607 269-7778
When: 2/2, 3/2, 4/6 7-8:30pm
Where: Ahimsa Yoga Studio 215 North Cayuga St.
In this class I’d like to focus on doing movement exercises that are fun and beneficial at the same time.  Rather than focusing on getting in shape, losing weight or building muscle, we’ll focus on doing physical activities that are engaging, dynamic, enjoyable and let the physical improvements be a byproducts of these activities. This is a class for people who like doing physical things but find going to the gym boring and repetitive.  Participants are welcome to contribute their own ideas.

Capoeira Basic Aerobics
Who: Ramadan, Ramadan333@hotmail.com
When: Wed 6:15 -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”.

Combat Papers
Who: Nate Lewis of Veterans’ Sanctuary 716.531.5362
When: Thursdays 2-10pm
Where: Behind Ithaca Antique Mall Howl Studios 1607 Trumansburg Rd.
Through papermaking workshops veterans use uniforms worn in combat to create  works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military.

Community garden
Who:  Veterans’ Sanctuary  716.531.5362
When: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 9am- 5
Where: 46 King Street Trumansburg
Veterans’ Sanctuary Community Garden is a space for veterans and supporters to grow food and medicine together. It’s about creating a supportive community, recreating “The Commons” and practicing permaculture with a special interest in perennials, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and trees. On the three acres of land you will find two greenhouses, garden beds, and a pond with ducks. We built a water catchment system attached to a horse shelter and the start of a straw bale cabin shed. Join us for a Monday work/fun day at the garden, help plant and mulch, and take veggies and herbs home.

Create a Community Program!
Who: Jessie Bonney-Burrill jbonney.burrill@gmail.com
When: TBD
Where: TBD
Come brainstorm, plan, and refine your community or social justice based program/project. We’ll discuss how to create your goals and objectives, consider your audience and how best to serve them, ways to advertise based on your audience, and evaluation methods. We will be going over these concepts on a fairly basic level, though this class might still be helpful for people who are familiar with program development but want help brainstorming/critiquing their project. We’ll meet for two, two-hour classes in April—days and times will be determined based on everyone’s availability. Shoot me an email by Feb. 15th to sign up!

Curious about Tea?
Who: Alexi Clinton teagirl@gmail.com
When: 2/24 1pm
Where:  RSVP for location
Tea is a nutritious, complex beverage with a long history. In this class, you will learn how tea is produced, what the different varieties are, and how to store, prepare, and taste a variety of teas. We will also review the science behind some of the health benefits of black, green, and white tea. Class will meet at the instructor’s house – details will be provided upon registration. Class size limit: 10.

Decolonization and Current Events
Who: Aislyn Colgan & Harry Pruyne 570-423-3813
When: Every 1st Weds potluck 5pm, film 6pm
Where: TBA
Film and discussion focusing on decolonization, current and existing indigenous resistance movements, and settler/white allyship. We would like this to be fairly free form starting with a potluck for anyone interested at five pm, we will pick a related film, and discussion from there…lets not go any later than 9pm ever.

DIY Home Recording
Who: Matt Gordon mattgordon11@gmail.com
When: 2/25, 3/25, 4/22 6:30pm
Where: The Crow’s Nest Cafe
Join us for this 3-class series on home recording where we’ll focus on making a lot happen with very little (mics, a basic mixer and a laptop) in your own home! We’ll look at a couple different options for cheap recording software suitable for Mac & PCs and explore some of the functions that enable us to get great sounding recordings out of really simple equipment. We’ll also look at ways of using everyday household objects in place more expensive gear and we’ll aim to clear up / avoid any jargon associated with the recording process. No experience necessary; everyone welcome!

Eco Feminism For the Masses
Who: Burdock st.colombo@gmail.com
When: 21st each month 3pm
Where: Stella’s Cafe, 403 College Avenue
Calling all grrlz, guys and zis of every color, affiliation or creed for discussion, article review, book looks and personal discovery of an Ithaca brand of feminism that can stand the 3 waves of feminism and of climate change. Topics include but are not limited to gardening, farming, food security/justice, taking back the land, women’s ways of knowing and women’s historical role with the earth. Why were women the first farmers of our time before industrialization and the first herbalists and are they gifted with properties of green witchcraft? How have female deities across religions been portrayed with relationship to or in myth and analogy to the earth — looking into the changing roles.  Do you have an answer of why we call our planet Mother Earth? Join us as we wait for the return of Persephone in the Spring and feel no fear to discuss anything you wish, as feminism is for EVERYBODY (–BELLHOOKS).  Please RSVP to receive articles to be discussed at first class.

Feminism is for EVERYBODY
Who: Vanessa vness.wood@gmail.com
When: TBA- please email
Where: TBA
A thought provoking and lively discussion for seasoned and aspiring feminists alike.  All genders welcome.  We have been reading bell hooks’ short book Feminism is for EVERYBODY and gathering to share our responses and reflections.  We have also been discussing current events, our own experiences, etc.  A cross between a (non-linear) book club and a consciousness-raising meeting in a safe and respectful environment.  Aimed toward opening minds and furthering personal and community growth.  You are encouraged to borrow or buy a copy of the book, or I can send you a link to a free PDF file.  Email me to get on the email list; we’ve been scheduling as we go to include the most people.  Also, class notes and links shared via email list.  Ongoing.

Feminist Fiction Book Club
Who: Jessie Bonney-Burrill jbonney.burrill@gmail.com
When: 2/6, 3/6, 4/3 6:30pm
Where: Waffle Frolic (if we have a smallish group)
For this book club we’ll read fun and stimulating fiction (one book each month) that focuses on feminist themes and issues. Our first book will be The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. The other books will be based on everyone’s input—ideas include The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquival, or authors such as Octavia Butler or Barbara Kingsolver. Everyone who is interested in respectful discussion/debate about feminist themes is welcome! Please email me if you’re interested in coming so I can be in touch if there are changes to where we are meeting.

Fertility Awareness & Birth Control
Who: Rachel Firak & Simone Heartwood rfirak@gmail.com simoneclackey@gmail.com
When: 2/4, 3/4 & 4/8 7:30-8:30pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers, 171 East State St Commons
We will develop a basic understanding of our fertility cycles, basics of charting your fertility and using your chart to achieve a natural method of birth control without devices or pharmaceuticals (not the rhythm method!). Based on the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Ton Weschler.

Film-making is Fun!
Who: Jeremy mod26@hotmail.com
When February 27, March 27. April 24
Where: TBA
Please come and join a class devoted to creating and sharing films. Any and all forms of filmmaking are encouraged to take part! The three dates are intende to give us a sort of structure and accountability to one another. The class can help to support both individual and collaborative films, and is presented/sponsored by Radical Film Ithaca. Ultimately we will work towards a film night to showcase our semesters work. Come learn or share, regardless your knowledge or skill. Please email for more info and meeting place!

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at http://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.

Getting Sh!t Done – Self-Organizing for the Ambitious Rebel
Who: Ryan Clover clover56@riseup.net
When: 2/11, 2/25  6-8:15pm
Where: Silent City Distro, 115 E. MLK St. (the commons above Autumn Leaves)
Using an activist interpretation of the corporate self-help book “Getting Things Done”, this workshop will give you practical tools you can start using now, to help you plan & take action. Reading materials will be provided at each workshop. Come prepared to get yourself organized!

The Herbalist Naturalist
Who: 7Song 7Songsevensong@gmail.com
When: 2/27 6pm
Where: Apothekara, 115 S. Cayuga St.
This class will cover two main aspects of being an herbalist naturalist. The first is about medicinal plants and ways to gather, prepare and use a few as medicine. The second is about the various forms of life met along the way, such as spiders, butterflies, salamanders and other critters. This class will be a slide show presentation showing both plants and animals and ways of identifying them, as well as just showing some of the beauty around us.

Improv Performance
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When:  Weds, 6-8pm
Where: TBA
Become the superstar you always knew you are! Make the crowds roar with laughter or bellow with tears!!! Perform Improv!!!!! Join Ithaca’s newest, freshest, most super-amazingestest improv performance group, “To Be Named TM” (official name pending!) This is not your grandma’s improv. Unless she did improv, in which case it might be. Experienced, and less experienced players, welcome. New to improv? Who cares, come play with us and we’ll take it from there. Write for our secret meeting location.

Improv Playdate
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When: 1st & 3rd Fridays
Where: Jillian’s Drawers (RSVP to make sure!)
Come play improv games! New to improv? No problem – this is a good-way to taste it. These sessions will include people of all levels, with games offered to suit attendants. The idea is to play freely in an open atmosphere: whatever you bring is fine, you don’t need to be an actor or comedian.  Improv is about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering where your imagination goes when you let yourself free. Try it. You’ll come back. Interested in improv class? Write to inquire. Can’t do Fridays but want to try it? Write! (RSVP to make sure it’s happening, even same day).

Introduction to Improv
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When: 2/5, 2/22, 3/28, 4/16
Where: Jillian’s Drawers (RSVP to make sure!)
Making shit up is fun! Come remember how it’s done. Long-form improvisation may just be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Forget Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Improv is about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering where your imagination goes when you let yourself free and let yourself play with other people, helping each other create together in a safe and nonjudgmental space. In this introductory session we’ll engage in fun games and exercises that help you learn some basic principles of improv and experience some of the joy of truly playing and letting yourself loose with others. We’ll learn the “yes, and” principle, offering and accepting, and, most importantly, that there are no mistakes – anything and everything is ok. Seriously. Or not. Interested in a full class or want to take an intro but can’t take these dates? Email me. Limited to 16, please RSVP.

Make A Shekere!
when: Sunday March 3rd, 9am until done!
Where: EcoVillage, Song Common House RSVP to graham@ecovillage
We have assorted prepared gourds ready and waiting, and plastic
pony beads, and braided nylon cord in assorted colors. And enthusiasm.
What we don’t have: expertise, or really even that much know-how!
This is not a class or even a workshop… it’s just getting together to make shekeres. You can come and see the process for free or bring $20 to cover the cost of materials and take one home. If you bring a nice potluck dish for lunch, well, that would be perfect. This is an all day (at least) project… lots of knot-tying! If you like, bring drums to take a little break at some point and make some music.
It would be helpful if you read up a bit on shekere-making ahead of time, and maybe come with some ideas about a pattern for the beads. Here are some interesting links:

http://www.drums.org/djembefaq/v8b.htm

RSVP to graham@ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us, the sooner the better! This is limited to ten people.
Please remember to come scent-free.
Your hosts: Graham and Otto and Dennis and Jill

Making Household Cleaners
Who:  Katrina katrina@jackknife.org
When:  2/20 6-7pm
Where: Email for location
I’ll share what I’ve learned about making my own laundry soap, all-purpose bathroom cleaner and mildew deterrent, that are cheaper and safer than commercial products.  I’ll share recipes and where to source ingredients.  Students who bring their own jars or zip-lock bags can take home samples.

Meet Swidjit
Who: Alex Colket alex@swidjit.com
When: tba
Where: TBA
Swidjit is a virtual community center designed to help you connect with your neighborhood, apartment, village, or city and easily sell, share, trade, discuss, organize and otherwise collaborate with the people around you. Swidjit is for individuals, businesses and organizations.  The three classes we are offering this semester will be aimed at teaching each of these three groups how to best make use of this technology.  Students will learn how to create/manage their accounts, add/organize content, engage socially with other users on the network, and in general, best use the network to meet their needs
3/6 Class #1: Swidjit for Individuals
3/13 Class #2: Swidjit for Businesses
3/20 Class #3: Swidjit for Organizations

Music-N-Motion: Guided Musical Play for Big -n- Small
Who: Miss Angie pachelydia@gmail.com
When: 2/6 for 10 consecutive Weds 4pm & 5pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers, the commons
Research has shown that EVERYONE is born with the potential to be “musical”.  At Music-N-Motion we create the ways and means for you to give your child the best start possible through our class that is interactive, accessible to everyone, and loads of FUN!  Our curriculum spans a variety of musical genres and traditions.  Miss Angie will lead you through movement, singing and instrument play, leaving lots of time for free expression.  Come with your young ones (up to age 5) and get ready for the joy of Music-N-Motion. Classes are 45 minutes long.  A CD of original material is included with the class.

Pen & Ink Drawing: CANCELED
Who: Ruth Lewis ruthdlewis@yahoo.com
When: Thurs. 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe above Autumn Leaves Book Shop on Commons
In this class basic drawing skills are a real plus. We will explore the differences in tools to best suit our individual needs from traditional pens with nibs to mechanic pens and the techniques from cross-hatching to stippling of this convenient, portable and low cost art and go with that.
We will also discuss the history of this rock solid art that is as old as paper. Used for 1000’s of years, it’s tonal black and white quality has clearly stood the test of time. Class size is limited to 8, please RSVP early to get a spot.

Plant Communities of the Finger Lakes
Who: Adrian Williams adrian.officinalis@gmail.com
When: 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21 2pm
Where: RSVP for meeting locations
Learn to recognize and distinguish various plant communities found in our bioregion.  Join us as we trundle through the woods talking trees and how to identify them, then linking them up in the broader context of habitats and ecology.  We’ll also explore human uses of local plants—for food, medicine, craft, and survival—and some awareness skills to deepen our connection to the natural world.  RSVP for meeting locations—a different natural area each time.

Primitive Fire, Basic and Advanced
Who: Jim Blizzard and friends fire@eastmanhill.net 607-280-9631
When: 1st and 3rd Sundays –  2/3, 2/17/, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, and 4/21 1-4pm
Where: Check http://eastmanhill.net/fire for location.
Learn to make fire without matches, and along the way learn more about nature and yourself! We start with the basics of friction fire, learning the  techniques, materials, and attitude, and move gradually toward the goal of being able to make fire with no tools and materials other than those we find in nature. For many thousands of years our ancestors used fire to purify water, cook food, stay warm and make light at night. You can learn to do it, too. No age limitations, but younger folks should be accompanied by responsible adults.

Pyszanky Making (Wax Resist Dying on Eggs) : CLASS FULL
Who: Karen Jewett-Bennett Karen@sustainabletompkins.org
When: 3/10 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Kitchen 109 S Albany St.
Learn the pre-Christian art of wax resist egg dying. Legend has it that as long as there is someone is making pyszanky the world will not end. We will learn the technique of using the tools, the principles of wax resist dying and make one decorated egg to take home. I will bring the materials and lend my tools and provide a hand out listing suppliers for the dyes and tools. Required: class participants should bring 2 emptied eggs. (Instructions for blowing eggs are available on the internet.)

Reading Radical (Hi)stories
Who: Charis Boke charis.boke@gmail.com
When: 2/4; 2/25; 3/25; 4/15; 4/29 @ 6pm
Where: N. Cayuga St (RSVP)
Want to have a group of cool, thoughtful people to read radical books with? This is your class. We’ll meet every few weeks to read and discuss selections on a theme. Themes can include (but aren’t limited to!): radical pedagogies; radical feminist writing; anarchism and science fiction; and radical writings on the environment. At the end of the semester, we’ll put together a zine with short-form reviews of the articles and chapters we’ve read and make it available for other folks to get their radical read on!

Self Defense
Who: Igor Shteynberg 607 269-7778
When: 2/9, 3/9, 4/13 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Ahimsa Yoga Studio 215 North Cayuga St.
Focus on basic self defense strategies and specific techniques. No experience necessary.

Strategy & Time Mgmt Skills
Who: Jaimi Hendrix Jaimi.Hendrix@gmail.com
When: Mondays 5pm except holidays or other mutually convenient time
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe at Autumn Leaves Bookstore, 125 The Commons
The objective of this course is to share with you some professional time management skills and practices.  Bring a 3-month project or dream to the course and I will show you step-by-step on a weekly basis how goal setting, control systems and feedback loops could be used to turn this dream into a reality.  Along the way, you will learn also about strategy making and long-term planning if you wish. For details visit http://ithacafreeskooltimemgmtskills.wordpress.com

Tobacco Cessation Support Group
Who: Kathy Eliason 607.330.1253
When: 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25 5:30-6:30pm
Ithaca Free Clinic Conference Room 521 West Seneca St, Ithaca    “Have you tried everything but end up using tobacco again? You’re not alone! Tobacco dependence is a chronic health condition that often requires repeated quit attempts. This drop-in class can help if you are ready to make a quit attempt. Come once, a few times, or every class. Kathy Eliason will work with you to determine the best way to manage cravings, minimize withdrawal symptoms, and understand your personal smoking triggers. Support is important for a successful quit. Partnership between Ithaca Health Alliance/ Ithaca Free Clinic and Cayuga Center for Healthy Living (of Cayuga Medical Center).

Trauma Stewardship Book Discussion Group
Who: Friede f.rica@riseup.net
When: 2/12, 2/26, 3/5 and 3/12 6pm RSVP
Where: Buffalo Street Books
Working on social and environmental issues can feel overwhelming and hopeless at times. It’s hard work. As people dedicated to change it can be challenging to keep out of that pit of despair, often referred to as “burn-out”. In her book Trauma Stewardship, Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky,
tackles just this and offers us tools of empowerment. Please read this book with me and discuss ways that we can better care for ourselves in our lives as trauma stewards in these times. The book is divided into 4 sections. We will read the book over a month, one section a week.

Urban Homesteading Reading Group
Who: Janet Edwards edwards.rosemaryj@gmail.com
When: 2/2, 3/2, 4/6 10:30am-12pm
Where: Buffalo St. Books, Dewitt Mall, 215 N Cayuga St.
This book group is a continuation of the Urban Homesteading Reading Group held last year. Our readings this spring will focus on food systems.  We will discuss Raj Patel’s “Stuffed and Starved” in two parts and Katherine Gustafon’s “Change Comes to Dinner: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovators Are Revolutionizing How America Eats.” Anyone interested in food systems is welcome to attend (reading is optional but encouraged!). 2/2: Sections 1-6 from “Stuffed and Starved”, 3/2: Sections 7-10 from “Stuffed and Starved”, 4/6: “Change Comes to Dinner”

Very Basic Community Radio – WRFI
Who: Jim Murphy murphy@ithacaradio.org
When: 2/4 & 2/5 8pm; 2/11 & 2/12 8pm; 3/4 & 3/5 8pm
Where: The Clinton House Rm. 305
WRFI: 88.1 FM and 91.9 FM and WINO – 89.9 FM is expanding to live programming from our studio in the Clinton House. This class is for BEGINNERS that want to be part of Ithaca Community Radio and connect to others in our community. The class will begin with discussing our format for live radio and will survey participants interests. Those wishing to do docu-radio will then be offered a class that will teach the tech necessary. Following questioning techniques, we will learn basic use of flash recorders by practicing person-on-the-street interviews. Our recordings will be downloaded into computers for basic editing skill acquisition. WRFI needs a variety of skills and this is a good introduction to who we are and what we provide to this part of the Finger Lakes Region.

Warrior Writers Veteran-Only
Who: Jenny Pacanowski 570.269.7528
When: 2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24 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.

Western Political Ideas
Who: Alan Ginet alginet77@hotmail.com
When: Tuesdays 6:15-7:30pm
Where: The Crow’s Nest, Above Autumn Leaves on the Commons
How have competing political ideas evolved in the West from ancient times to the present?  Do social and economic changes influence ideas about politics and government? How have ordinary people successfully challenged dominant elites? This class hopes to encourage lively, informal discussion regarding these and many other questions. A deeper understanding of how we got into this mess may empower us to come up with better solutions to our current crisis.

Whistleblowing
Who: Jaimi Hendrix Jaimi.Hendrix@gmail.com
When: Mondays  6pm except holidays or other mutually convenient time
Where: Crow’s Nest Cafe at Autumn Leaves Bookstore, 125 The Commons
Are you a whistle blower or do you know one?  Are you considering becoming a whistle blower yourself?  In this class, we will take the activity of whistleblowing and explore it from a legal, sociological, psychological and activist angle (among others).  As starting point, we’ll read,
“Whistelblowers — Broken Lives and Organizational Power” by C. Fred Alford (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001).  The idea is to develop a whistle-blowing manual with stories from Ithaca whistleblowers. For additional details go to www.ithacafreeskoolwhistleblowing.wordpress.com.

Women-Identified Technology Workshop
Who: Lora Hine, Director of Educational Programs Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education, Xanthe Matychak, founder/educator at Make Better Stuff, a project of the Center for Transformative Action, Katie Moring, Operator at Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source xanthe.matychak@gmail.com
When: 3/12 4 – 6pm
Where: Wilson Laboratory 161 Synchrotron Dr. Cornell University
Have you always wanted to play with hobby technologies like motors and sensors and lights but don’t know where to begin? Then come to this ladies-only workshop and together we will build gadgets that light up, spin, or make noise! This workshop is for beginners but get in touch if you’d like to work on more advanced stuff (maybe we can put a class on for summer).
This event will have a bitch-n-stich vibe but we’ll be playing with technology instead of yarn. Each participant will leave with their very own tech creation!

ZINES!
Who: jeremy mod26@hotmail.com
When: February 8th, March 7th, April 18th 6pm
Where:  Workers Center above Autumn Leaves
Do you like to write poetry, stories, manifestos, recipes, travelogues, and etc?Come and make, share, read, discuss zines! Silent City Distro has a wonderful library of zines as well as materials to make and distribute them. If you have ever wanted to make a zine, DO it! So much fun! If you want to just stop and chat about zines and such that is also swell. Meet above Autumn Leaves at the Workers Center pass by the Cafe. 6-9PM.

Oct – Dec 2012

Agnes Varda Film Series   
Who:  Jeremy mod26@hotmail.com
When: 10/16, 11/6, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 7pm
Where: 514 Cliff St.
Please join us in the showings of legendary French director Agnes Varda. Her movies are documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary. They are funny, sad, sweet, and interesting. Check out trailers on Youtube! Here is the schedule: 1.Le Bonheur – 10/16, 2.Cleo from 5 to 7 – 11/6, 3.Gleaners and I – 11/27, 4.Vagabond – 12/4, 5.Beaches of Agnes -12/11 Please email if you have questions or comments!

Aikido Kokikai   
Who: Brad Dingman bmdingman@gmail.com
When: Mon 10/1-12/10, 6:15-7:30pm
Where: e-mail for location and RSVP
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.

Bikes Birds and Bullfrogs: Special Edition   
Who:  jeremy! mod26@hotmail.com
When: 11/18  11am
Where: Dewitt/Sean Greenwood Park
Join us in a special edition of BikesBirdsBullfrogs as we look to find local ecology all within the city limits on bicycle! Hot cocoa and cider will follow!

Capoeira Basic Aerobics
Who: Ramadan, Ramadan333@hotmail.com
When: Wed 6:15 -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”.

“Choices” Workshop for Women from OAR
Who: Anisa Mendizabal 272-7885 anisa.mendizabal@gmail.com
When: 10am-12 every Fri
Where: 518 West Seneca Street, 2nd Floor
A strength-based support group designed especially for women by Step by Step in Rochester and hosted by Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources of Tompkins County. All women are welcome!  (Step by Step and OAR both serve individuals whose lives have been affected by incarceration, but women need not have been incarcerated to be eligible to attend– all are welcome). What do we mean by “strength-based”? “Strengths-based” means that our purpose is for women to identify and claim their strengths, build trust and self worth, and to use these as tools going forward in life. What happens in these workshops?  Choices workshops encourage each woman to tell her story, talk about life’s challenges and victories, and widen her support network through activities that help us reflect or think about things in a new way.  Graduations happen, too!  Each time a woman completes 6 workshops within 3 months, she will be honored with a Choices graduation to acknowledge her commitment.  (Woman may graduate multiple times). No RSVP or commitment necessary.  Drop-ins welcome.  Attend one time, occasionally, or every week– whatever works best for you. Refreshments?  Yes!  Delicious and healthy refreshments provided every week.

Community Cinema    
Who: Ryan Clover-Owens 607-255-6486 ryan@alternativeslibrary.org
When: 10/12, 11/9, 12/14
Where: Alternatives Library 127 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univ
COMMUNITY CINEMA creates accessible opportunities for civic engagement & public education around important social issues with the help of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), community partners, & independent filmmakers like YOU! Oct: As Goes Janesville, Nov: Solar Mamas, Dec: Beauty is Embarrassing. To see movie descriptions visit http://www.alternativeslibrary.org/communitycinema

Crochet 101
Who: Tali Fridman  607-273-1309 tali.massage@gmail.com
When: 10/16 2:30pm
Where: RSVP for location
Just the basics, folks!  This class is perfect for anyone who doesn’t know how to crochet but wants to, as well as those who used to know how but have since forgotten. If you do know how to crochet, you are also welcome to come share your skills. Please bring: crochet hook and twine or yarn.

Crochet Your Own…Take II  
Who: Tali Fridman 607-273-1309 tali.massage@gmail
When: Tues 10/23 2:30pm
Where: RSVP for location
“Wow, nice water-bottle holder!” Wouldn’t it be nice to hear this from friends and strangers, as they admire your homemade carrier? And wouldn’t it be neat to say, “Thanks! I made it myself!” Well, come to this class and all this will happen. All are welcome (Novice crocheters – learn the basics 10/16, “”Crochet 101″”). Please bring: crochet hook and twine or strong yarn. I like hemp twine. Note: If you’re interested but the time doesn’t work for you, get in touch; we’ll find a time that does!

Drama Improv Experiment  
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When: Mon in Nov & 12/3 6-8:30pm
Where: TBD
Need more drama in your life? Great, we’re here for you. In this highly experimental, cutting-edge, avant-garde, super-exciting improv gathering, we will explore the dramatic potential of improvisation, seeing how deep we can go with the delightful game of improv. We will see what happens when rather than going for the funny we let it be real on stage, exploring the range of human emotions and relationships. Playfulness and fun still allowed (but no laughter, damnit!) Open to all levels of experience, including zero. All you need is a heart and a will to be present (rest of the body optional). Please RSVP.

Fall Tree and Plant Identification   
Who: Kenton Cobb effeminaterambo@gmail.com 614-653-8256
When: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 10 – 2pm
Where: Local Natural Areas
This class will span four Sundays, being part group-share nature walk and part botany class. We will focus largely on tree and shrub identification by looking at bark, buds and leaves and twigs, and undoubtedly herbs too. Class will be held variously near Ithaca. Please RSVP before 10/28 and I will email out locations each week. It is preferable but not required to attend all the classes. Bring: Your knowledge, tree and plant ID books (especially bud/twig/winter ID), a loupe or magnifying glass, tweezers, a knife, your light hiking needs.

Feminism is for EVERYBODY
Who: Vanessa vness.wood@gmail.com 518-542-5539
When: TBA- call or email to arrange
Where: TBA
A thought provoking and lively discussion for seasoned and aspiring feminists alike.  We will be reading bell hooks’ short book Feminism is for EVERYBODY: Passionate Politics and gathering several times to share our responses and reflections.  This will be a cross between a book club and a consciousness raising meeting in a safe and respectful environment.  Aimed toward opening minds and furthering personal and community growth. You will be asked to borrow or buy a copy of the book. Contact me for suggestions on where to find low-cost used copies.  Depending on who is interested, I will pull together a schedule and location based on when folks are free and where they can easily get to.  Please respond by mid October if possible, and you can jump in later if you miss the start.

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at http://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 Preskool  
Who: Jessica Brown nariah@gmail.com
When: Fridays 10-12pm except 11/23
Where: 1415 Trumansburg Rd
Freeskool for the 3-5 year old crowd. We’ll make music, read stories, play together with a rhythmically structured time on Friday mornings. Jessica is mother of Miles (age 3). Our house is home of dogs, cats, lizards and goats. We’re also across the street from Indian Creek Farm. Come have fall fun with us! Class size limited.

Improv Everywhere Ithaca   
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When: 11/15 7pm
Where: Waffle Frolic
Be part of Ithaca history!!! Make shit happen on the streets!!! The idea behind Improv Everywhere is to connect people and bring some color and shenanagry to the streets via ridiculous planned or improvised events in the style of Improv Everywhere (Google it). And also to have fun, and have memories to cherish for a lifetime. In this organizing meeting we will run ideas and talk about how to make it happen. Please RSVP. In fact do it now. You’ll forget later. And then feel bad about it. Let’s prevent that.

Improv Playdate  
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When: Bi-weekly Fri 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 6-8:30pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers, 171 E MLK (the Commons)
Come play improv games! New to improv? No problem – this is a good-way to taste it, and it tastes good. Real good. Sessions will include all levels, with games tailored to your individual needs. The idea is to play freely: whatever you bring is fine, you don’t need to be an actor or comedian. Be depressing for all I care. I will love you regardless, for we are all beautiful. Improv is about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering what happens when you let go. Interested in classs? Write. Experienced and want to join a group? Same.  Can’t do Fridays but want to try it? Write!

Make Shit Up: Introduction to Long-Form Improvisation   
Who: Aner Tal at425@cornell.edu
When: 10/19, 11/6, 11/22 6-9pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers, 171 E MLK (the Commons)
Making shit up is fun! Come remember how it’s done. Long-form improvisation may just be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Forget Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Improv is about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering where your imagination goes when you let yourself free and let yourself play with other people, helping each other create together in a safe and nonjudgmental space. In this introductory session we’ll engage in fun games and exercises that help you learn some basic principles of improv and experience some of the joy of truly playing and letting yourself loose with others. We’ll learn the “yes, and” principle, offering and accepting, and, most importantly, that there are no mistakes – anything and everything is ok. Seriously. Or not. Interested in a full class or want to take an intro but can’t take these dates? Email me. Limited to 16, please RSVP.

Making Vinegar!   
Who:  Rachel Firak  rfirak@gmail.com
When: 10/11 6:30 – 8 pm
Where:TBA (downtown Ithaca)
Learn to make your own raw vinegar! Vinegar making is the art and science of using beneficial microorganisms to transform fresh fruit, vegetables, or grains into a tangy and delicious health food that will store through the winter. We’ll talk about the health, science, and safety of fermentation and share some vinegar recipes. Bring a quart jar and fresh fruits or vegetables of your choice (apples, pears, pumpkins, onions, etc). Everyone will leave with a vinegar starter (“mother”) and a vinegar kit!

Map and Compass 1   
Who: Don Austin donaust@gmail.com    1
When: 10/7, 10/14, 4-6pm
Where: Dewitt Park
The map and compass are two of the oldest navigation tools in human history, yet the number of people who feel comfortable using these valuable instruments is decreasing rapidly. Backcountry navigation is a valuable skill in any type of environment! If you would like to sharpen your navigation skills, consider joining a Map and Compass 1 class this fall!  Classes are 2 hours, and highly interactive! We cover instrument terminology, function, and basic skills in operating each instrument separately and together. Map and compass are provided to the participants. Please confirm at least 1 day in advance by emailing donaust@gmail.com.

Peoples Herb School
Who: Kara Timmins 6073190188 & Greg Gregdov@gmail.com
When: 10/10, 11/7, 12/12 6pm
Where: Apothekara 115 s Cayuga st.
This will be a monthly herbal study group. All levels of experience are encouraged to attend. This group will be a venue to support our individual growth in the field of herbal medicine. 10/10 – Herbal Therapeutics and Local Plant Gathering. 11/7- Supporting the Body Organs of Elimination. 12/12–Winter Wellness supporting the body from the colds and flu and nervous system support.

Peter DeMott Film Series  
Who: Jim Murphy and Vets for Peace 319-0980 ivetsfor@gmail.com
When: 10/12, 12/14 7pm
Where: 1st Unitarian Church, 306 N. Aurora (enter on the Buffalo St.)
We are honored to remember Peter DeMott by naming this film series after him. Peter was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. After his transformation to ‘warrior for peace’ he became a Catholic peace activist who spent time in prison for numerous anti-war and human rights demonstrations and actions. Peter DeMott lived and worked with the late Phillip Berrigan and
Elizabeth McAlister at Baltimore’s Jonah House, part of the Atlantic Life Communities. He settled in Ithaca with his family and his wife Ellen Grady and her family continue with their
work to fight for human rights and equality. Oct 12 “The People Speak,” Nov 16 “Merton.”Dec 14 “The Good Soldier”

Positive Body-Image  – CANCELED
Who: Odilia 607-351-5489
When: 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16. 3-5:30 pm.
Where: Jillian’s Drawers, 171 E MLK St.
Reading group, discussion group, support group, safe-space. What it becomes depends on who shows up! Let’s start a conversation exploring how to foster positive relationships with our bodies as they are today.

Psychology & Practice of Willpower
Who: Monty Berman Mberman116@hotmail.com
When:10/3, 10/10 & 10/17 6pm
Where:LifeLong Learning Ctr., 119 W, Court St.
WILLPOWER In the book, Willpower, by a pioneering research psychologist and the New York Times science columnist, they say that the personal qualities that predict “positive outcomes” in life are two traits: intelligence and self-control. In these three sessions, in an interactive format, we’ll look at and discuss both the psychology and the research regarding willpower and, most important, how we might practice our self-control, this greatest of human strengths. It will be a great course, a great experience..

Pyszanky Making (wax resist dying on eggs)   
Who: Karen Jewett-Bennett karen@sustainabletompkins.org
When: 12/6 5- 8:30pm
Where: ST Office 109 S Albany
I will teach each participant to make their first (Pyszanky) Ukranian style egg as a holiday ornament. Pyszanky’s have been created in eastern Europe since pre-Christian times using wax resist dyeing techniques (like batik.) I will bring dyes, tools and patterns. I ask that the participants bring 2 blown eggs (I can send a link to instructions on how to do this.) I will provide sources for the tools, patterns and dyes at the workshop. The legend is that as long as someone is making pyszanky in the world, the world will not end.

Reading with Jacques Lacan   
Who: Jaimi Hendrix jaimi.hendrix@gmail.com
When: Mondays  6pm except holidays
Where: The Owl Cafe at Autumn Leaves Bookstore, 115 The Commons
How do we act as thinking, judging, and emotional subjects and what is Lacan’s viewpoint on it all? To find an answer, we’ll be reading the work of Bruce Fink on the French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, together with Lacan’s original work and anything else of interest to class participants: “A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Theory and Technique” (1999, Harvard University Press), “The Lacanian Subject” (1996, Princeton University Press), “Lacan to the Letter.  Reading Ecrits closely” (2004, University of Minnesota Press), and Elizabeth’s Roudinesco’s “Jacques Lacan” (1999, Columbia University Press).  For details, visit http://ithacafreeskoolreadingwithlacan.wordpress.com/

Reclaiming Online Privacy  
Who: Nomen Nescio   aofansome@gmx.com
When:  Saturdays 10/6-11/24 3-5pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers Community Room, 171 E MLK St
This will be a hands-on introduction to tools and strategies for protecting the privacy of one’s computer and online activity. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite. Comfort with hardware and software installation and configuration are recommended. Students may bring their computers to configure during class. I will cover: 1) installing Ubuntu with whole-disk encryption; 2) installing VirtualBox and creating VMs; 3) using VPN anonymity services and Tor; 4) buying and using Bitcoins; and 5) other relevant topics. Please see http://www.privacy4.nu for additional information. Class size is limited to 15 so RSVP if you want to ensure your spot.

Singing our Favorite Songs   
Who: Liza a_momcat@yahoo.com
When: 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12  6 – 7:30pm
Where: Jillians Drawers 171 E MLK St
As the days become shorter and bleaker, let us raise our voices against the darkness, and release those endorphins as only singing can release them! Each participant will bring copies of a song s/he particularly cherishes, and will teach the other participants to sing it.  The facilitator has the first session covered.  By the end of the semester, we will have more songs to sing than we did at the beginning, as well as more friends to sing our favorites along with us. Feel free to bring drums, guitars, bells, castinets, etc.

The Three-Worlds Ontology   
Who: Jaimi Hendrix Jaimi.Hendrix@gmail.com
When: Thurs 6:30pm except Holidays
Where: Buffalo Street Books, Dewitt Mall
Ideas are very powerful.  If they resonate, even if they are paradoxical, they can motivate millions of people for uncountable years.  Jesus of Nazareth’s message of unselfish love and Karl Marx’s analysis of the addictive qualities of power are just two examples of ideas that have woken up millions of people and shaped the life of many more.  This freeskool class covers another powerful idea: the Three-Worlds Ontology.  Since, to my knowledge, Karl Popper’s treatment of it is the most concise, we will be using his writings as a starting point for exploration.  For details, visit http://ithacafreeskoolthreeworldsontology.wordpress.com

Urban Homesteading Reading Group  
Who: Janet Edwards edwards.rosemaryj@gmail.com
When: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 10:30am-12pm
Where: Buffalo St. Books, Dewitt Mall, 215 N Cayuga St.
This book group is a continuation of the Urban Homesteading Reading Group held in the spring and summer. We will be discussing books that focus on the modern homesteading movement and homemaking. All homesteaders and persons interested in homesteading are welcome to attend, not just “urbanites”! 10/20: The Essential Urban Farmer – Carpenter & Rosenthal 11/17: The Quater Acre Farm – Jesse Pruet 12/15: Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living – K. Ruby Blume

Very Basic Radio  Production  
Who: Jim Murphy ivetsfor@gmail.com
When: Dates Changed… Session #1 Thursday 11/15 7pm Room 305 Clinton House (Use Seneca St. Entrance/Elevator), Session #2 Monday 11/19 – Same Location, Session #3 TBA
Where: 1st Session: TCWC/Autumn Leaves; Session 2-3 at ICR
Ithaca Community Radio (W201CD – 88.1 FM, WRFI – 91.9 FM and  WINO – 89.9 FM is expanding to live programming from our studio in the Clinton House. This class is for BEGINNERS that want to be part of Ithaca Community Radio and connect to others in our community. The class will begin with discussing our format for live radio and will survey participants interests. Following questioning techniques, we will learn basic use of ‘flash recorders’ by practicing ‘person-on-the-street interviews. Our recordings will be downloaded into computers for basic editing skill acquisition. ICR needs a variety of skills and this is a good introduction to who we are and what we provide to this part of the Finger Lakes Region.

Wake Up To Your Life   
Who: Alex Coventry coventry@gmail.com
When: Tues 7:30-9:30pm
Where:TBD
Are you ever frustrated about tendencies you see in yourself towards overconsumption, procrastination, aggression, or the like?  Almost all of us struggle with at least a few compulsions which seem to arise out of nowhere and serve no good purpose.In this class, we will explore how Buddhist meditation can illuminate and cut through such tendencies. Classes will be based on the teachings of Ken McLeod in his book Wake Up to Your Life and his talks at
unfetteredmind.org.  To get the most from the classes, participants will need to be able to spend at least 10 minutes a day on meditation exercises.

Whistleblowing      
Who: Jaimi Hendrix Jaimi.Hendrix@gmail.com
When: Weds 6pm except holidays
Where: The Owl Cafe at Autumn Leaves Used Bookstore, 115 The Commons
Are you a whistle blower or do you know one?  Are you considering becoming a whistle blower yourself?  In this class, we will take the activity of whistleblowing and explore it from a legal, sociological, psychological and activist angle (among others).  As starting point, we’ll read, “Whistelblowers — Broken Lives and Organizational Power” by C. Fred Alford (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001).  The idea is to develop a whistle-blowing manual with stories from Ithaca whistleblowers.  For additional details go to http://www.ithacafreeskoolwhistleblowing.wordpress.com.

Why Society is Such a Mess!    
Who: Jaimi Hendrix Jaimi.Hendrix@gmail.com
When: Tues 6:30pm except holidays
Where: Buffalo Street Books, Dewitt Mall
Right now, I am reading two very interesting books on the relationship between trauma, capacity for social trust and societal violence.  Both books are by Jonathan Shay.  The first one is “Achilles in Vietnam:  Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character”, 1995, Simon & Schuster.  The second book is “Odysseus in America:  Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming”, 2004, Scribner.  The motivation for this class is to find other people interested in reading these two books with me and discuss the wider implications of the findings presented in them.  For additional details, go to http://ithacafreeskoolwhysocietyissuchamess.wordpress.com/

Write a Novel in November!  
Who: Margaret Hayertz & Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez palamporewriters@gmail.com
When: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 6-8pm
Where: Buffalo Street Books
Accept the challenge of National Novel Writing Month! This fast-paced, fun, and supportive class gives you the structure and creative community necessary to write the first draft of your novel in one month. We give you tips on how to get rid of your inner critic, step-by-step prompts, and inspiring and generative methods that will improve your technique. Bring a pencil and paper and we will supply the rest! For this class, we recommend purchasing “The Weekend Novelist” by Robert J. Ray, available at Buffalo Books.

Write a Short Story in October!    
Who: Margaret Hayertz & Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez palamporewriters@gmail.com
When: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 6-8pm
Where: Buffalo Street Books
This class uses step-by-step prompts to develop a short story from beginning to end in one month. Participants will generate, develop, and revise a complete short story. The workshops are a fun way to relax and build community. These step-by-step prompts make writing easy. Anyone is welcome to participate. Just bring a pencil and paper, and we provide the rest!

ZINES!  
Who: jeremy mod26@hotmail.com
When: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/13, 12/20 6pm
Where:  Workers Center above Autumn Leaves 115 The Commons
Do you like to write poetry, stories, manifestos, recipes, travelogues, and etc?Come and make, share, read, discuss zines! Silent City Distro has a wonderful library of zines as well as materials to make and distribute them. If you have ever wanted to make a zine, DO it! So much fun! If you want to just stop and chat about zines and such that is also swell. Meet above Autumn Leaves at the Workers Center pass by the Cafe. 6-9PM.

Winter-Spring 2012

Download PDFs of the calendar or check out the classes below (the pdfs may not be as up-to-date as the website):
Winter-Spring 2012 Front
Winter-Spring 2012 Back

All Fun & Games
Who: Jaya & Tali 607-273-5242; tali.massage (at) gmail.com
When: Sat. 4/21 noon (Rain date: Sun. 4/22)
Where: Bell Park (across from N. Cayuga St. Gimme!)
Some people call them “team building games;” some people just call them FUN! Come play in the park! Bring your friends and neighbors. If you have a game you’d like to lead, lettuce know. Suggestions: Bring a lunch (we’ll have a break). Snacks provided.

Anarchist Film Festival 2012
Who: Ryan Clover clover56 (at) riseup.net
When: 2/12, 3/11, 4/8 and 5/13 at 6pm
Where: Silent City Distro, 115 E. MLK St. (the Commons)
2nd Sunday of the Month is Anarchist Film Club by Silent City Distro. Movie & Popcorn provided. Discussion ignited. Location Changes so RSVP for details :) Visit http://www.silentcitydistro.org for information & movie lists. Do you have ideas for a movie? Want to volunteer to host a screening? Contact us: info (at) silentcitydistro.org

Aquaponics in Your Own Back Yard
Who: Steve Austin, steve_austin (at) earthlink.net
Where: Next to Collegetown RSVP for directions and to reserve a spot as space is limited.
When: 2/26 1-4pm
Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines raising fish in tanks and plants in hydroponic grow beds using the same water in a closed symbiotic environment. In this class we’ll go over basics of how to build your own Aquaponic system. I have a 100+ gallon working system in my back yard greenhouse I will use as an example of how you can quickly build your own system. The focus will be on raising tilapia with your veggies all year long. All levels welcome.

Barefoot Walking/Running Workshops
Who: Zak Kozlowski zkozlow1 (at) gmail.com
When: 4/1, 11am Stewart Park and 2pm Roy H. Park Preserve
When: Stewart Park, near Boathouse AND Roy H. Park Preserve, Irish Settlement Rd., Dryden
Barefoot travel is easier on the earth, and on the human body! Workshop will discuss the benefits of barefoot walking/hiking/running through stories (please bring some!) and exercises on safe, barefoot-friendly surfaces. There will be two meetings on the same day: A “newcomer” class at Stewart Park and a more challenging class in the woods of the Roy H. Park Preserve. 4/1 – 11:00 AM, Stewart Park, meet next to Boathouse / 2:00 PM Roy H. Park Preserve, Irish Settlement Rd, Town of Dryden.

The Big Read: Great Expectations
Who: Bob Proehl bobproehl (at) gmail.com
When: 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, 6pm
Where: Buffalo Street Books, DeWitt Mall, 215 N Cayuga
In celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, this spring’s Big Read is Dickens’ classic “Great Expectations.” The first meeting will cover book one, the second book two and the third book three.

Bike Repair Clinic
Who: Sylvie Froncek recycleithacasbicycles (at) gmail.com
When: every Sun in Feb-March
Where: Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles, 530 W. Buffalo St.
The Bike Repair Clinic is offered through Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles, a program of the Southside Community Center. The clinic will focus on a basic bike repair skills including, but not limited to: patching tubes, replacing tubes, adjusting brakes, adjusting derailleurs, lubing and greasing moving parts, etc. The class will be split evenly between lecture/demonstration time and lab time, where students will be working on their own bicycles or a bike provided by RIBs.
Class size limit: 8 people

Board Games
Who: Aner at425 (at) cornell.edu
When: Thurs March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26, 7PM
Where: Waffle Frolic (on the Commons)
Learn new and exciting board games! Know all games in existence? Just come play! Every meeting will start with teaching a new game (new one every week!) Following that we will play the new game learned as well as ones learned in previous weeks. Among the games: Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Pandemic, Carcassone, 7 Wonders. The game of the week will be announced ahead of time, though others will be available too each week. Write to join the list and be informed of what’s coming. Please write to make sure session is happening before coming, as meetings depend on sufficient interest.

Breakdancing and Hip Hop Dance
CANCELED TILL FURTHER NOTICE
Where: South Side Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.
Work on spins, stalls, and power moves or learn 3 step and other choreographed dances. Build up your core strength, work on your balance. Breakdancing is all about body mechanics, once you get that down, learning new moves becomes easy. All ages and skill levels welcome.

Capoeira
Who: Ramadan, kbaxter (at) sscc-ithaca.org
When: Wed 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, wich 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”.

Community Cinema
Who: Guerilla Griots Humans Rights Media Arts Center info (at) guerrilla-griots.org
When: 2/17, 3/16, 4/20 7pm
Where: Henry St. John Building 301 S. Geneva St. Suite 106
COMMUNITY CINEMA creates accessible opportunities for civic engagement & public education around important social issues with the help of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), community partners, & independent filmmakers like YOU! Feb: More Than a Month, March: To Be Decided, April: Hell and Back Again, May: Strong. To see movie descriptions visit http://guerrilla-griots.org/communitycinema.html

Configuring GNU/Linux for Beginners
Who: Paul Roge proge (at) riseup.net
When: 2/1, 2/15, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25 at 5:30 pm
Where: Southside Community Center Computer Lab, 305 S Plain St
GNU/Linux operating systems are accessible alternatives to closed-source operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX. This class will: discuss the significance of GNU/Linux; walk through the installation process of GNU/Linux operating systems; and configure free software for the most common uses such as browsing the internet, email, and word processing. Beginner to advanced computer users are welcome! It is recommended that participants have access to a personal computer. The time and location of meetings will be finalized based on the preferences of participants.

Creative Cardboard Puppetry!
Who; Neal & Caleb 273-5242, ithacamaybe (at) gmail.com
When: 4/15 12pm
Where: Casa Masa, 501 South Cayuga St.
Come creatively turn cardboard into big beautiful works of political street theater inspiration! RSVP.

Decolonize Discussion Group
Who: Aislyn Colgan 831.295.2555; acolgan2002@yahoo.com
When: 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30
Where: TBD
For many of us- through cycles of colonization, genocide, slavery, capitalism, and the manufacturing of race, our once inherent connection to our humanity has become warped and disfigured. The intention for this group is to open a space to talk about what it means to be a human in a colonized land. Whether you are interested in deconstructing white supremacy and the colonizer mindset, wanting to learn more about the history of the land we live on, or wanting to talk about how our civilization has arrived at our present state of ecological and economic crisis, come join us to read, write and discuss these forces that shape our lives.

Depression Support Group
Who: Andrea apostrophe (at) riseup.net
When: Weds 7-8:30pm
Where: First Baptist Church (Dewitt/Sean Greenwood Park)
An Icarus Project-inspired peer support group for people dealing with depression. Depression is a sane response to industrial civilization and the ecological destruction humans have caused, and we need to accept its existence in order to conquer its debilitating effects. In the dark winter months, let’s get together with friends and transform our depression to create positive change!

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at http://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.

Friction Fire Fiasco
Who: Simone Lackey & Victor Shelden simoneclackey (at) gmail.com
When: 2/4, 2/18, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28 2pm
Where: 214 South Albany St
Learn for make friction fire kits (bow drills, hand drills and two-person drills) and practice your friction fire skills. Some materials and tools will be provided but it would be great if you could bring your own pieces of wood, carving knives, hatchets or small axes, rope (not too thick) and tinder (dry paper birch, golden rod, dryer lint, chaga, cedar bark, etc.). Feel free to contact us with any questions, or just show up for a good time.

Grow Your Own!
Who: Jean Simmons, Kerra Quinn, and others drydencommunitygarden (at) gmail.com 607-844-3006
When: 3rd Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm
Where: Dryden Community Center Cafe, 1 Main St Dryden
Since Feb 2011 Dryden Community Garden has hosted Grow Your Own! gardening classes at the Dryden Cafe on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. A new topic is covered each class and we often recruit community members to lead. These are group discussion classes, everyone is welcome to bring their own knowledge to share and we often digress into other topics. Example topics are: no-till methods, kombucha brewing, indoor seed starting, THE FEB. GROUP SEED ORDER, pest control, companion planting, etc. We serve locally harvested herbal teas and organic air-popped corn. All are welcome and there is a play area for children.

Health and Wellness Classes at the Free Clinic
Who: Ithaca Free Clinic, 607-330-1253
Where: Ithaca Free Clinic, 521 W Seneca St
A variety of ongoing free health education classes hosted by the Ithaca Free Clinic. See ithacahealth.org/education.html for times and dates and info about upcoming classes.

Improv Long-Form: The Basics
Who: Aner at425 (at) cornell.edu
When: 2/18 – 3/17 Saturdays 3:30-6pm
Where: Big Red Barn, Cornell
More fun and games than you can shake a baby alligator at! Liberate yourself from the day-to-day by playing and creating in a free, supportive environment! Advance your playfulness, your listening skills, and your ability to play nicely with other kids. This continuation improv class is meant for people who had a taste of all improv. has to offer and want more. In this class we’ll have more improv. games and start working on putting together short scenes created on the spot with your favorite playmates. You do not need to be funny, you do not need to be an “actor”, you just need to be, and if you have problems with that, maybe, just maybe, improv can help. Topics will include character, story, escalation, finding the game, emotion and motivation.

Improv Playdate
Who: Aner at425 (at) cornell.edu
When: Fridays 2/3, 2/17, 3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 6-8:30pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers, 171 E MLK (the Commons)
Improv playdate! Come play improv games! New to improv? No problem – this is a good-way to taste it. These sessions will include people of all levels, from absolute beginners to regular performers, with games offered to suit those who come to each session. The idea is to play freely in an open atmosphere: whatever you bring is fine, you don’t need to be an actor or comedian. Bi-weekly Monday sessions may be added given sufficient demand. Write to inquire.

Intro to Fermented Beverages
Who: Rachel Firak rfirak (at) gmail.com
When: 2/9, 2/23, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 6:30-8 pm
Where: TBA, Please RSVP
Learn how to make raw, living, plant-based fermented beverages! Fermented foods have been eaten for thousands of years and are healthful, delicious, inexpensive, simple, and fun. In this class we’ll meet twice a month to study and drink low/non-alcoholic vegan fermented beverages, from ferment celebrities (kombucha, ginger beer, nut milk) to more obscure characters (boza, amazake, and tibicos). We’ll also discuss fermented food safety and regulation, health benefits, and the current literature on B12 in fermented foods. Starter cultures will be provided. This class is special diet/food allergy friendly; RSVP with dietary needs.

Juggle Gym
Who: Tali Fridman 607-273-5242; tali.massage (at) gmail.com
When: Tues in Feb. and March, 7-8pm
Where: Casa Masa, 501 S. Cayuga St.
Do you want to learn how to juggle? So do I! Come practice with me. Our teacher will be the book, ‘Juggling for the Complete Klutz.’ And each other, of course.
Suggestions: If you’ve got anything to juggle, bring it along. Call on any given Tuesday if you want to be sure it’s happening.

Knowledge Lab
Who: Valentin Vollmer vv (at) knowded.com, 518 290 0266
When: 02/11, 03/10 3-6 pm
Where: RSVP for details
Knowledge Lab is like a micro Freeskool: we learn from the people present. Everyone can offer or request a topic in the beginning of the class, we match the interests, split up and learn. It is very much like a 3 hour learning open space. Just come and be open to what is gonna happen! RSVP please since we need a minimum amount of participants. Also check facebook.com/knowded

Latin American Spring Film Series
Who: CUSLAR, Latino Studies and Latin American Studies Programs, cuslar (at) cornell.edu
When: 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27 7pm
Where: 122 Rockefeller Hall, Cornell http://www.cornell.edu/maps/interactive.cfm
Films from and about Latin America. Discussion follows. 2/9 Bajo Suelos Ricos, 2/23 La Operacion, 3/9 The Coca Cola Case, 3/30 Before Night Falls, 4/13 Real Sucio Habana, 4/27 Silent Shame. See http://www.cuslar.org for film descriptions

Learn About Gas Drilling
Ongoing educational events about the dangers of hydrofracking. Find out more at Shaleshock.org and look at “Upcoming Events” and “Regional Groups” to find the latest events in your town.

Learning Songs of Resistance
Who: Liza a_momcat (at) yahoo.com
When: 2/1, 2/22, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 7pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers Community Room (171 E. MLK, The Commons)
Are you interested in singing out against fracking? Want to ready your vocal cords for the EF! Round River Rendezvous coming to a place near you in July 2012? I have a copy of Hootenanny, and a burning desire to learn historical songs of resistance. If we put our heads together, sharing what we know and using the Internet and each other as resources, we can come out of the Freeskool 2012 spring semester with a dozen or so songs under our belts and ready to belt out at protests and marches and full moon bonfires.

Love Your Mouth!

Who: Tali Fridman 607-273-5242; tali.massage (at) gmail.com
When: Sat. 2/4, 11am-noonish
Where: Casa Masa, 501 S. Cayuga St.
What do baking soda, toothsticks, and a change in diet have in common? All these can help keep your mouth, and all the teeth in it, healthy! In this brief intro to alternative dental hygiene we’ll discuss things you can do instead of, or in addition to, using that tooth stuff that comes from a tube in the store. Requirements: RSVP. And don’t forget to floss!

Make Shit Up: Introduction to Long-Form Improvisation
Who: Aner at425 (at) cornell.edu
When: 2/18 – 3/17 Sat. 1-3:30PM
Where: Big Red Barn, Cornell http://ifd.cornell.edu/maps/BRB.html
Making shit up is fun! Come remember how it’s done. Long-form improvisation may just be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Forget Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Improv is about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering where your imagination goes when you let yourself free and let yourself play with other people, helping each other create together in a safe and nonjudgmental space. In this class we’ll engage in fun games and exercises that help you learn some basic principles of improv and experience some of the joy of truly playing and letting yourself loose with others. We’ll learn the “yes, and” principle, offering and accepting, how to start and find the “game” of a scene, and, most importantly, that there are no mistakes – anything and everything is ok. Seriously. Or not. Limited to 16, please RSVP.

Marxist Reading Group
Who: Bob Proehl bobproehl (at) gmail.com
When: 2/8 & 2/22 at 8:30 more TBD
Where: TBD
Global markets driven to the brink have a daily impact on our daily lives whether we understand them or not, and arguably no thinker has understood the functioning of capitalism as well as Karl Marx. We’ll be slowly making our way through the first volume of Marx’s “Capital”, discussing how commodities are exchanged, how money becomes the ultimate commodity, the inherent effects of capitalism’s profit motive on labor and more fun stuff like that.

Meditation Group
Who: JaYa rememberinfinity (at) gmail.com
When: 1st and 3rd Weds 7pm-8:15pm
Where: 501 S Cayuga St #2
These sessions will have a guided meditation in the beginning, then we will share in Silence. Enter deeply into yourself, finding strength in the group’s collective concentration. This time will be practical and nourishing, emphasizing self-acceptance and love, and non-duality and awareness. All traditions will be respected, even that of leaving all tradition behind. Well, especially that. Bring a cushion if you have one!

Native Plants Lectures
Who: Finger Lakes Native Plant Society info (at) FLNPS.org
When: 3rd Wednesdays 7 pm
Where: Unitarian Church Annex, Corner of Buffalo and Aurora Sts. Use side entrance.
Monthly lectures of interest to native plant enthusiasts. Third Wednesdays. 2011 Spring Schedule to include: 2/15 Bringing Nature to Your Garden; 3/21 Native Gardening Panel Discussion; 4/18 Non-native Species in Our Midst. For more information, visit http://www.FLNPS.org.

Occupy Tour
Who: Occupy Wall Street
When: 2nd week of Feb
Where: TBA
Workshops, teach ins, and presentations by folks from the frontlines of Occupy Wall Street. Learn skills and frameworks to build community and confront power. Check silentcitydistro.org for details and locations.

One World Hoop Troop
Who: One World Hoop Troop
When: Mondays 7-8pm
Where: Southside Community Center 305 S. Plain St.
One World Hoop Troop is a group of amazing hoopers committed to bringing happiness to the world, one hoop at a time. Bring your hoops out to play and hooping isn’t all that we do. We’re interested in a variety of performance art so bring your poi, your staff, baton, juggling things, or drums. It’s about building new skills, community, and most of all having fun!

Postpartum Depression SpeakEasy
Who: Yael Saar, ppdtojoy (at) gmail.com
Where: On the phone!
When: 2/14, 3/13, 4/10 at 8:30pm
Free support phone chats for those who can’t make it to morning meetings. A phone chat with mothers from near or far. It’s just what the doctor should have ordered. It’s amazing how much relief you can generate from listening to the voices of mothers struggling with the same things as you are. Each of us gets to vent and unload our burdens in good company. We nurture some, bitch and moan some, and validate a whole lot.Go to http://www.ppdtojoy.com/support/speakeasy-call/ to get the details.

Postpartum Depression to Joy (support groups for moms)
Who: Yael Saar ppdtojoy (at) gmail.com
When: 2/7, 3/6, 4/3. at 12:30pm RSVP is requested.
Where: Community Room at Jillian’s Drawers,171 East MLK St.
Call it the baby blues, hormonal imbalance, or fatigue-induced self-loathing, postpartum depression is too common to be ignored, and too awful to be facing alone. Please join us for free drop-in support groups: a safe space, where we share, vent, and learn new coping skills. Because of the drop-in nature of these groups, the amount of time dedicated to coping skills varies. Depressed moms, anxious moms, overwhelmed moms, sad moms, scared moms, incredibly sleep-deprived moms, I’m-supposed-to-be-happy-so-why-am-I-miserable moms, and those concerned for such moms. Expectant mothers welcome.

Shawn Greenwood Working Group: Race, Criminalization, and Profit-Making
Who: Shawn Greenwood Working Group occupiedithacajournal@gmail.com
When: 2/11 3pm
Where: TC Workers’ Center, 115 E. MLK, The Commons (above Autumn Leaves)
This workshop looks at the systemic factors that impacted the life of Shawn Greenwood, an Ithaca community member who was killed by Police Officer Bangs in 2010. We will explore how racism, criminalization, and poverty are tied to the expansion of policing, prisons, incarceration and profit-making. These systems are particularly harmful to the lives of communities of color but ultimately damage our collective well being. We invite those who want to learn more about the systems that affect all of us unevenly to participate and engage in this educational workshop.

The Sugarbush Experience
Who: Josh Dolan sapsquatch7 (at) gmail.com
When: Feb 25 – April 1 11-4pm
Where: Sapsquatch Sugarbush, 2247 Rt. 79, Enfield
Volunteer at Sapsquatch on weekends and weekdays (by appointment only) Feb. 25 – April 1. Learn to make maple syrup the old way over a wood fire. Hone your woodswoman and woodsman skills; chop wood, carry sap buckets, tap trees and hang sap lines, boil and bottle maple syrup, cook on cast iron and teach a class to visitors! Regular volunteers get a bit of syrup at the end of the season.

“A Racial Analysis of #Occupy Wall Street”: this workshop will delve into how can a racial analysis, and its consequent agenda, be woven into the fabric of the movement? We need to interrogate not just the symptoms of inequality—the disproportionate loss of jobs, housing, health care and more—but, more fundamentally, the systems of inequality, considering how and why corporations create and exploit hierarchies of race, gender and national status to enrich themselves and consolidate their power. We ask that members of the OWS-POC group help us facilitate this discussion and that community people of color who have been hesitant to support the #Occupy movement also attend to engage in this discussion in a safe space that allows for marginalized voices to testify on their individual behalf about their experience within or without the movement.

Urban Homesteading Reading Group
Who: Janet Edwards edwards.rosemaryj (at) gmail.com
When: 2/28, 3/27, 4/24 6-8pm
Where: Buffalo Street Books, Dewitt Mall, 215 N Cayuga St.
This book group is a continuation of the Agrarian Issues Reading Group held last fall and spring. We will be discussing books that focus on the modern homesteading movement and homemaking. All homesteaders and persons interested in homesteading are welcome to attend, not just “urbanites”! 2/27: Made From Scratch – Jenna Woginrich 3/27: Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking – Kate Payne 4/24: Grow the Good Life – Michelle Owens

Veterans’ Sanctuary: A Call to Farms!
Who: Mike Perry, 585-402-0658, mperry89 (at) gmail.com
When: Every Mon starting Feb. 20, 10am
Where: 46 King St, Trumansburg
Second year of the Veterans’ Sanctuary Community Farm! Shake off winter in our greenhouses. Learn to start medicinal herbs like tulsi and ashwaganda, and transplant hardy perennials like hazelnuts and jerusalem artichoke. No one goes home empty handed–plant with us and take home your own seedlings! For vets and non-vets alike.

Wimmin’s Drum Circle
Who: AliSun, Nikki & Yelena peace.seed (at) yahoo.com
When: 2/9, 3/8, 4/5 7pm
Where: TBD, email for location
Sisters, join us in a supportive and loving environment as we express our natural rhythms with the drum–inducing ecstasy and empowerment. Beginners to Advanced drummers are welcomed, drums will be available if you don’t have one.

Warrior Writers – for Veterans of All Wars
Who: Veterans’ Sanctuary veterans.sanctuary (at) gmail.com Nate 716-531-5362, Jenny 570-269-7528
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6-8pm
Where: The Owl Cafe, Above Autumn Leaves on the Commons
This writing workshop is for military veterans to express their ideas, feelings and creativity. Writing can be a part of the healing process. This is a safe environment to discuss all subjects and meet new veterans with similiar experiences. You are not required to share or participate if it is not comfortable. All veterans of all ages WELCOME. For future dates and more info, check warriorwriters.org

Fall-Winter 2011

Download our PDFs of the calendar below or look at the classes here (pdf not as updated as the text, by the way);
Fall-Winter 2011 Front
Fall-Winter 2011 Back

Agrarian Issues Reading Group
Who: Buffalo St. Books bobproehl@gmail.com
When: 10/11, 11/8 & 12/13 6pm
Where: Buffalo St. Books, Dewitt Mall
10/11: Radical Gardening by George McKay, 11/8: Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners & Smart Cookin’ Mamas by Mark Winne, 12/13: Replenishing the Earth by Wangari Maathai

Aquaponics, Intro
Who: Steve Austin, steve_austin@earthlink.net
Where: Next to Collegetown, Ithaca RSVP
When: RSVP
The technique, known as “aquaponics,” integrates fish farming (aquaculture) and hydroponics agriculture within a closed, symbiotic loop—the fish waste provides the fertilizer where as the plants act as water purifiers. The idea is to maximize food production while curtailing environmentally harmful and potentially polluting outputs—a sustainable way to provide a continuous supply of healthy, fresh food. In this class we’ll go over basics of how to build your own Aquaponic system from a 10 gallon Aquarium to a 1000 gallon raceway. I have a 100 gallon working system in my back yard greenhouse as an example of how you can quickly build your own system. We will also look at slides of some systems that I have visited over the years. There will be plenty of time for discussion and perhaps some help with your own design ideas. All levels welcome.Class size is limited. Please RSVP via e-mail for the location.

Beat Making
Who: Unity Studio 607-273-4190 ext. 227
When: Tues 9/19 -12/2 4:30-6pm
Where: UNITY STUDIO at the Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.
Learn to create your own instrumentals and beats. We will be using Garageband and/or Reason. Start with the basics and then run wild!

Belly Dance
Who: Amanda aclcarpenter@aol.com
When: 10/22, 11/19, 12/17 2pm
Where: TBA
Learn the basics of bellydance! From hypnotic hips to percussive shimmies and fluid isolations. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to move in the most bewitching ways!

Breakdancing and Hip Hop Dance
Who: Ramadan, kbaxter@sscc-ithaca.org
When: Thursdays 6:30-8pm
Where: South Side Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.
Work on spins, stalls, and power moves or learn 3 step and other choreographed dances.  Build up your core strength, work on your balance. Breakdancing is all about body mechanics, once you get that down, learning new moves becomes easy.  All ages and skill levels welcome.

Break Yourself Free: Intro to Long-Form Improvisation
Who: Aner Tal, at425@cornell.edu, 919-699-4148
When: Fridays 6-9 pm, 11/4 – 12/9
Where: TBA, RSVP limited spots
Long-form improvisation may just be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Forget Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Improv is not about show (though it can be), it’s not about being funny (though it can be), it’s about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering where your imagination goes when you let yourself free and connect with other people, helping each other create together in a safe and nonjudgmental space. In this class we’ll engage in fun exercises that help you learn some basic principles of improv and experience some of the joy of truly playing and letting yourself loose with others. We’ll learn the “yes, and” principle, offering and accepting, how to start and find the “game” of a scene, and, most importantly, that anything and everything is ok. Seriously. Or not. Leave your inhibitions at home. Please RSVP.

Building Cold Frames
Simone Lackey, Samuel Bosco, simoneclackey@gmail.com, 917-209-9439
When: Saturday, October 8
Where: 415 Elm St.
We will be building a couple simple cold frames to grow greens and vegetables over winter.  Gather and bring materials to make your own or just come help out. Material list: storm window, 4 boards that are 12”/1’ wide and match the dimensions of your storm window. We will have some screws, nails and tools, and would appreciate if anyone else wanted to bring what they have as well.

A Call to Farms!
Who: Veterans’ Sanctuary; Mike Perry, mperry89@gmail.com, 585-402-0658
When: Every Monday 9-5pm with break for lunch
Where: 46 King St, Trumansburg
Autumn is exciting at the Veterans’ Sanctuary Farm. Our hands-on workshops will cover raised bed preparation, double digging, sheet mulching, winter greens production, and harvesting jerusalem artichokes. We’ll also build a chicken coop and rainwater catchment system, using locally harvested black locust trees. Bring water.We’ll provide lunch, but feel free to bring a dish to pass. All good company are welcome.

Capoeira
Who: Ramadan, kbaxter@sscc-ithaca.org
When: Tuesdays 5-6:30pm
Where: South Side Community Center, 305 S. Plain 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, wich 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”.

Coconut Cracking 101
Who: Maija Cantori, soupervegan@yahoo.com, 607-216-2652
When: 11/20, 2pm
Where: RSVP for location
Coconut water is all the rage and coconut milk is just plain good. But aren’t you tired of food from cans? And what exactly is in those cans? Bring a coconut or two and learn the simple yet feared art of safely opening a coconut. Bring a white (Young, Thai) coconut for the popular coconut water or a brown coconut for coconut milk (or one of both!) and a couple of containers to carry the resulting liquid/solids home. Children are welcome to come, but only adults will be cracking coconuts.

Community Recording
Who: Unity Studios, 607-273-4190 ext. 227
When: Thurs & Fri 9/19-12/2, 4-7pm Call ahead to make appt.
Where: UNITY STUDIO at the Southside Community Center 305 S. Plain St
High quality, professional and free recording services for Tompkins County Residents. Come on in to record your new album or demo. All members are given 8 free hours of recording. We will engineer, mix and help you through the whole process. If you still need time and you’re 8 hours is up, we charge $25 an hour. Each session must be scheduled with a $10 deposit, which you will get back upon completing your session.

Consciously Connecting (to Ourselves, with Others)
Who: Jaya, rememberinfinity@gmail.com, 607-339-7179
When: 10/9 & 11/6 3-6pm RSVP
Where: 501 S Cayuga St #2
Through games, meditation, and various exercises we’ll explore self awareness and community building. A space for freedom, and safety will be created… please come with such intentions. Come to one or both, rsvp only please!

Craft Circle
Who: Simone Lackey, simoneclackey@gmail.com, 917-209-9439
When: Tuesdays 6-8pm, 10/4, 10/18, 10/31, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29 and 12/5
Where: 415 Elm St.
Bring materials you want to use or share, projects you are working on, or just yourself and gather as a group to work on art and craft projects (knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, jewelry making, drawing, painting, etc.).

The Critique of Domination: Critical Theory and “the Will to Power”
Who: Mustafa Seven Ali, BA in Anthropology & African Studies, MA in Psychological & Psychoanalytic Anthropology, 607.342.6656, ali.mustafaa@gmail.com
When: Sundays 1-4pm 10/2-12/18
Where: TBA (downtown Ithaca)
In this seminar, we combine the disparate intellectual traditions of Marxism, psychoanalysis, and feminism to create a provocative unified and tightly woven perspective that is at once critical and self-critical. The elaboration of connections among this trio of critical theories is the primary preoccupation of this seminar, while the development of a critical theory of the gendered subject is its political and theoretical project. Specifically, an attempt will be made to redefine “woman” as the subject of her own desire. Requirements: Pre-registration and brief consultation (via phone or email) with facilitator.

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at http://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.

Hand Health in the Electronic Age
Who: Ron Floyd, LMT,  handsonron@gmail.com
When: Wed Oct 19, 6-8pm
Where: Ithaca Free Clinic, 521 W Seneca St
The techniques learned in this class may be helpful for neck & shoulder tension, increasing range of motion, carpal tunnel symptoms, and reducing the effects of stress. A great maintenance program for those who use their hands and arms for: data entry, typing, carpentry, and any repetitive work with your hands. Most of our doing is done with our arms and hands, we manipulate our world, reach out both to give and receive, we both embrace and repel with our arms. We will learn to balance the strength and flexibility in our forearms; an imbalance here often contributes to carpal tunnel symptoms. Tension in the arms can migrate to the shoulders and neck. We will learn simple ways to maintain these all-important tools using therapeutic movement, stretching and self massage techniques.
You must RSVP through the Free Clinic at 607-330-1253

Health and Wellness Classes at the Free Clinic
Who: Ithaca Free Clinic, 607-330-1253
Where: Ithaca Free Clinic, 521 W Seneca St
A variety of ongoing free health education classes hosted by the Ithaca Free Clinic. See ithacahealth.org/education.html for times and dates and info about upcoming classes.

Herb of the Month Club
Who: Greg, Gregdov@gmail.com, 631-745-9486
When: 1st Tues of each month 5:30pm
Where: 513 Spencer Rd
Each class we will do a blind tasting of a plant and share the ways our individual bodies experience it.  Upon learning what plant we just tried we will segue into a materia medica and discuss where it was found, how to identify it, what the preparation was and the plant’s medicinal uses.

Improv Everywhere
Who: Aner Tal, at425@cornell.edu, 919-699-4148
When: 11/5 5pm RSVP!
Where: Bandwagon Brewpub, 114 N. Cayuga St.
Come be part of Ithaca’s new Kultural revolution. Meet like-minded people who want to add more color to our streets with flash-mobs, zombies, and various other shenanagry. In this organizing meeting we’ll discuss different events the newly instituted Improv Everywhere Ithaca can stage and start planning! Check out our patron saints and inspiration, the NYC Improv Everywhere. If you’d like to be part of this, all that’s needed is ideas and/or motivation to create these random acts of distraction. No acting skills necessary, it’s not about acting, it’s about having fun together and making other people enjoy a random splash of surreal color. Let’s make Ithaca happen!

Improvisation: Elements of Scenework
Who: Aner Tal, at425@cornell.edu, 919-699-4148
When: Thurs 6-9pm 10/20-11/24
Where: TBA
More fun and games than you can shake a baby alligator at! Liberate yourself from the day-to-day by playing and creating in a free, supportive environment! Advance your playfulness, your listening skills, and your ability to play nicely with other kids. Eat cookies! (Ok, you don’t really have to eat cookies. But I strongly encourage it, and yes, they can be local organic kale cookies if you absolutely have to). This continuation improv class is meant for people who had a taste of all improv. has to offer and want more. In this class we’ll have more improv. games and start working on putting together short scenes created on the spot with your favorite playmates. You do not need to be funny, you do not need to be an “actor”, you just need to be, and if you have problems with that, maybe, just maybe, improv. can help. Topics will include character, story, escalation, finding the game, emotion and motivation. Requirements: prior experience with improvisation, familiarity with “yes, and”, listening, etc. Write me if you’re not sure.

Ithaca Zombie Lurch/Barcrawl
Who: Aner Tal, at425@cornell.edu, 919-699-4148
When: 10/28 8-11pm
Where: Starting point TBD, contact me.
Come meet like-unminded undead in the First Ithaca Zombie Lurch (FIZL)! Dress up like a zombie!! Stumble down the streets of Ithaca preying on innocent bystanders!!! Drink in its fine watering holes with other zombies!!!! Eat brains!!!! If you haven’t experienced the liberating joy of zombie afterlife, this is your opportunity to learn how to be in the moment by not being. Yay

Latin American Fall Film Series
Who: CUSLAR, Latino Studies and Latin American Studies Programs, cuslar@cornell.edu
When: Wed 10/5, 10/19. 11/2, 11/16, 7pm
Where: History of Art Gallery (Goldwin Smith Hall basement, Cornell)
Films from and about Latin America. Discussion follows. 10/5 The Take, 10/19 Memorias del Desarrollo, 11/2 Even the Rain, 11/16 Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) see http://www.cuslar.org for film descriptions

Learn About Your Environment
Who: Maija Cantori, soupervegan@yahoo.com, 607-216-2652
When: 10/9, 2pm
Where: RSVP
Learn what all that stuff outside IS! From how old our rocks are and why to local plant identification and more! RSVP for the location of a hike in any type of weather. Children and other knowledgeable ‘teachers’ encouraged.

Let’s Learn French!
Who: McKenzie Jones-Rounds, grasswriter@gmail.com, 717-903-4871
When: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13 7pm
Where: Depends on number of attendants, please RSVP
Parlez-vous Francais? Ever wanted to? I do! Well, un peu. I took lessons with a French woman when I was a child and have not practiced much since then, except for a short trip to Paris four years ago. Now I am itching to re-learn the language. Please be a part of this very casual conversational group so that we can practice our dialogue together. I have a Living Language set that we can use as a guide, but I welcome other learning devices and methods. If you are a novice, you might learn a little. If you are an expert, please help facilitate! I hope that this will be a fun and productive class. Let’s learn French, s’il vous plait! Requirements: Any experience or materials you have. Something with which to take notes.

Moving Your Body With Joy on the Earth
Who: Kate, Kateabatewheelie@gmail.com, 203-525-0066
When: Saturdays 9:30-10:30
Where: 480 Lansingville Road Apt 3, Lansing
Learn about W. African Dance Movements and Beats, Share your dance style. All levels(children) welcome. Musical Percussionists most welcome.

Natural Combatives Training Group
Who: Evan, ems358@cornell.edu
When: Mondays 9-10am & Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm CANCELED on Oct 10 and 11.
Where: the old City Cemetery off University Ave
We will practice drills from Japanese ninjutsu and Russian systema designed to develop natural movement, increase instinctual awareness, and cultivate effective fighting ability.  This will be pragmatic, realistic, and fun.  All adults welcome. Class will happen in all weather conditions.

Non-Fiction Reading Group
Who: Buffalo St. Books bobproehl@gmail.com
When: 10/12, 11/9, & 12/14 6pm
Where: Buffalo St. Books
10/12: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin 11/9: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot,12/14: The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn

Postpartum Depression SpeakEasy
Who: Yael Saar, ppdtojoy@gmail.com
Where: On the phone!
When: 8:30pm
Free support phone chats for those who can’t make it to morning meetings. A phone chat with mothers from near or far. It’s just what the doctor should have ordered. It’s amazing how much relief you can generate from listening to the voices of mothers struggling with the same things as you are.  Each of us gets to vent and unload our burdens in good company. We nurture some, bitch and moan some, and validate a whole lot.Go to http://www.ppdtojoy.com/support/speakeasy-call/ to get the details.

Postpartum Depression to Joy (support groups for moms)
Who: Yael Saar ppdtojoy@gmail.com
When: 11:45am to 1pm. 1st and 3rd Tues of each month. Ongoing. See the website for dates: http://www.ppdtojoy.com
Where: Community Room at Jillian’s Drawers,171 East MLK St.
Call it the baby blues, hormonal imbalance, or fatigue-induced self-loathing, postpartum depression is too common to be ignored, and too awful to be facing alone. Please join us for free drop-in support groups: a safe space, where we share, vent, and learn new coping skills. Because of the drop-in nature of these groups, the amount of time dedicated to coping skills varies. Depressed moms, anxious moms, overwhelmed moms, sad moms, scared moms, incredibly sleep-deprived moms, I’m-supposed-to-be-happy-so-why-am-I-miserable moms, and those concerned for such moms. Expectant mothers welcome.

Preparing Wild Foods
Who: Danny, 607-280-3989
When: TBA
Where: RSVP for address (downtown)
Wild foods are extremely nutritious and healthy. In this class we’ll learn to prepare some simple vegan dishes.

Preparing Vegan Whole Foods
Who: Anastasia St. John, 607-793-3645
When: November 6 from 3-6 p.m
Where: RSVP for address
Join us for an introduction to vegan whole foods preparation.  This is a delicious and nutritious way to eat!  We will discuss a well-stocked vegan whole foods kitchen, some meal ideas, and prepare a whole foods vegan meal.  The class will then enjoy the prepared meal.  Copies of the book, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health- which features some recipes by the instructor- will be available for sale. Requirements:  Donations for ingredients will be accepted but are not required. This class is free.

Pro Tools Audio Recording
Who: Unity Studio 607-273-4190 ext. 227
When: Mondays 9/19 – 12/2, 4:30-6pm
Where: UNITY STUDIO at the Southside Community Center 305 S. Plain St.
Pro Tools is the industry leading software in recording and editing audio. Learn how to get professional sounding recordings of you or your friends.

Radio Production
Who: Jim Murphy, 607-319-0980 & cell 845-270-0439
When: TBA begins Oct
Where: TBA
I will be facilitating a class that involves audio interviewing techniques for radio broadcast followed by the learning of audio editing utilizing shortcut editors (have 4 stations). Final product would be to PSAs and a 59 minute edited topical radio presentation. Class would be limited to 4-6 students. This class would be in collaboration with ICR (88.1 FM). Participants will hopefully reflect varied community action groups.

Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles Classes & Open Shop
Who: RIBs Staff, recycleithacasbicycles@gmail.com, 607-373-4190
When: Classes Tues & Thurs 5:30-8:00 & Open Shop Sat 12-4
Where: RIBs, 530 W Buffalo St.
Basic and advanced Bicycle Maintenance will be taught by RIBs Mechanics. The classes will be part of the newly formatted “Earn a Bike” program. Students will gain valuable experience while repairing & building a bike they will be able to keep upon completion of the course. Open Shop offers an opportunity to fix your own bike with the assistance of shop mechanics and proper tools.
Pre registration is a requirement for classes but not for Open Shop.

Share Tompkins Open House
Who: Marina, Danny and Ari, ari@shirari.com, 607-821-0654
When: Sat. 11/19, 2-4pm
Where: Workers’ Center, 115 MLK St., above Autumn Leaves on the Commons
Share Tompkins (a local mutual aid network formed in May 2009) wants to share what we’ve learned so far! Come talk with us about free local resources, how to trade goods and services equitably, and how bartering can help us save money and make connections. More info: sharetompkins.wordpress.com

Soul Milk
Who: Kate, Kateabatewheelie@gmail.com, 203-525-0066
When: Tues and Thurs in Oct and Dec, 9-10am
Where: 480 Lansingville Road Apt 3, Lansing
Each morning begins with a song or chant followed by a meditation. The second part of this morning class focuses on learning to connect and work with dimensions beyond the sense perceptive world.

The Universe Around Us
Who: Adam Paul Tagliamonte, w.meltingrock@gmail.com, 607-387-9158
When:
 TBA according to RSVP’s and interest.  sunset, clear evenings, sunrise
Where: Alpine Children’s House Montessori, 4367 SR 228 Alpine and/or will meet at Searsburg Rd. entrance of Finger Lakes National Forest,  Hector
We will be viewing and learning the stars, constellations, planets and deep sky objects available for the time of year, observing at special times, ie. eclipses, heliacal risings/settings, crescent moons, new moons. Students will learn how to use a telescope and sight phenomena after consulting a map. Through reading we will explore civilizations of the past to view the sky as our ancestors did.
Requirements: binoculars/skymap/telescope helpful but not necessary. Please RSVP

Warrior Writers – for Veterans
Who: Veterans’ Sanctuary veterans.sanctuary@gmail.com Nate 716-531-5362, Jenny 570-269-7528
When: Fri 10/14, Wed 10/26 more TBA. 6pm
Where: The Owl Cafe, Above Autumn Leaves on the Commons
This writing workshop is for military veterans to express their ideas, feelings and creativity. Writing can be a part of the healing process. This is a safe environment to discuss all subjects and meet new veterans with similiar experiences. You are not required to share or participate if it is not comfortable.  All veteran of all ages WELCOME. For future dates and more info, check warriorwriters.org

Weekly Warm Up
Who: Unity Studios, 607-273-4190 ext. 227
When: Weds 9/19-12/2 4:30-5:30
Where: UNITY STUDIO at the Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St
Feel like singing but don’t know where to start?  Perfect.  Come learn about your voice through a series of warm up exercises designed to strengthen and stretch the voice.

Winter Solstice Puppet Extravaganza!
Who: Friede Rica, oliveteatree@gmail.com, 218-310-6410
When: Brainstorm sessions: 10/11, 10/16, 10/21 at 7pm. Builds: TBA, decided by folks in the brainstorm sessions, The Show 12/ 21 (rain date 12/22) dusk in an as of yet undisclosed outdoor location
Where: Brainstorm Sessions at Ghost Cat Collective House
Come one come all and be a part of the 1st. annual It’s a Riot Puppet Theatre’s Winter Solstice Puppet Extravaganza! IF you are interested in theatre, puppets, painting, creating, lighting, organizing, story boarding, working collectively, designing, arguing, writing, laughing and all other sorts of human creative group project gaiety please join us for Brainstorming Sessions (where we will come up with the story, map it out, decide what puppets to make, where and when to make the puppets, where the production will take place, who is in charge of what,etc.), Puppet Builds (where we will create the beasts for the show) and THE SHOW (where we will perform our creation. (Note:if you would like to come to the builds but not the brainstorms send me an e-mail and I will let you know when and where)

Yarning and Darning
Who: Tali Fridman, tali.massage@gmail.com, 607-273-5242
When: 12/4, 1-3pm
Where: 501 S. Cayuga St.
Crochet, knit, darn… Come play with yarn, learn some fun skills, make something new or fix something old!  Novice and experienced yarn folk welcome.  There may be snacks, too.
Any requirements for students: RSVP.  Bring any projects you want to work on, or come and use the yarn, needles, hooks etc. provided.

Summer 2011

Check out the PDF of our Summer Classes: Summer Class Descriptions

Acting 1
Who: Tim Hanna 310.916.9846 timhanna1@gmail.com
When: 6/1, 6/15, 6/24, 6/29, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers Community Room, 171 E State Street
A beginning (or continuing/renewal) acting course for students ages 16 – 70 who are interested in acting as a performance art form. Also useful for those interested in public speaking, confidence-building, or just to engage in serious play and fun..! Requirements: A willing spirit and ability to move your body with light yoga and/or kickboxing exercises in addition to finding proper costumes and props for scene work (no money need be spent). Please RSVP intentions by June 1, 2011.

Beatbox for Peace!
Who: Jaya Garafola 607 339 7179 rememberinfinity@gmail.com
When: Sundays 7pm
Where: Commons, East Side
Keep It Real and Lyricize in the name of LOVE. Come correct and with respect to the Commons to bless up some freshness with us. Beatboxers, freestylers, percussionists, b-girls n boys all welcome. learn, jam, listen, watch. “Ya’ll rhyme about being hardcore, be HEARTcore, what is it that we do art for?!” Saul Williams

Beginning Photography
Who: Aner Tal, 919-699-4148, at425@cornell.edu
Where: Buffalo Street Books 215 N. Cayuga St.
When: Thursdays, 6-8pm, 6/9-6/30
In this class we’ll go over basic issues in photography, such as choosing your subject matter, camera settings (setting your exposure, focus, etc.), lenses, basic lighting issues, developing your photographic eye and, most importantly, basic composition. We’ll get exercises from class to class and students will critique each others’ work and get critique from the instructor. Requirements: Must have a camera, ideally a dSLR. If you do not have a dSLR, write me to tell me what you have and we’ll see if that works. Please RSVP.

The Big Read: The Brothers Karamazov
Who: Bob Proehl, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books 215 N. Cayuga St.
When: 6pm 6/2 (Part 1), 7/7 (Pt 2), 8/4 (Pt 3), 9/1 (Pt 4)
Not to overstate things, but The Brothers Karamazov is quite possibly the best book you will ever read. Dostoevsky’s final novel deals with issues of morality, free will and religion through a deftly constructed family drama. Not exactly light reading, but we’ll be working our way through it over the course of four months in bite-sized chunks. Big bites.No need to RSVP. Just get yourself a copy of the book, preferably the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation.

Biodiesel Work Parties
Who: Jamie Jones-Rounds urthbound@gmail.com(717) 805-5947
When: Sundays 2pm
Where: Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative, 211 Gray Road, Ithaca
Learn how to turn waste vegetable oil into fuel for your car, tractor, or generator! Ithaca Biodiesel Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative that provides straight vegetable oil and biodiesel fuel. Learn about the process from start to finish and help get the biodiesel message out there!
Requirements: Please RSVP to confirm work party each week. Check out http://www.ithacabiodiesel.orgfor more info.

Breakdancing and Hip Hop Dance
Who: Ramadan, kbaxter@sscc-ithaca.org
When: Thursdays 6:30-8pm
Where: South Side Community Center, 305 S. Plain St.
Work on spins, stalls, and power moves or learn 3 step and other choreographed dances.  Build up your core strength, work on your balance. Breakdancing is all about body mechanics, once you get that down, learning new moves becomes easy.  All ages and skill levels welcome.

Break Yourself Free: Intro to Long-Form Improvisation
Who: Aner Tal, 919-699-4148, at425@cornell.edu
Where: TBA RSVP please
When: Tuesdays, 6-9pm, 6/7-7/12
Long-form improvisation may just be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Forget Who’s Line Is It Anyway. Improv is not about show (though it can be), it’s not about being funny (though it can be), it’s about letting yourself be in the here and now and discovering where your imagination goes when you let yourself free and connect with other people, helping each other create together in a safe and nonjudgmental space. In this class we’ll engage in fun exercises that help you learn some basic principles of improv and experience some of the joy of truly playing and letting yourself loose with others. We’ll learn the “yes, and” principle, offering and accepting, how to start and find the “game” of a scene, and, most importantly, that anything and everything is ok. Seriously. Or not. Leave your inhibitions at home. Please RSVP.

Capoeira
Who: Ramadan, kbaxter@sscc-ithaca.org
When: Tuesdays 5-6:30pm
Where: South Side Community Center, 305 S. Plain 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, wich 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”.

Creative In Nature
Who: Maija Cantori soupervegan@yahoo.com (607)216-2652
When: 6/11 2-4pm
Where: Freeville location, RSVP for details.
Interdisciplinary Art exercises in the woods. Explore creativity, the natural world, interact with the environment and other people. All ages welcome/encouraged.
Requirements: Proper attire for weather/wet woods and light hiking, respect for nature, drawing pad, pencil or pen.

Dance Workout Party – 1980’s Style
Who: McKenzie Jones-Rounds, grasswriter@gmail.com, 717-903-4871
When: Saturdays, 6/11 & 7/30, 3 – 4:30pm (more times possible if there is interest)
Where: The Nest: 713 N. Cayuga St.
Feel the burn! Get out your short shorts and spandex to dance to the likes of Madonna, Bon Jovi, Prince, and other favorites from the decade of excess. We’ll be doing playful and energetic dance moves to fun and exaggerated music, sure to get you sweating and ready for the dance floor. Participants are welcome to share their favorite dance moves, and we might even watch clips from some timeless workout videos. Please try to RSVP. 80’s workout clothing is optional but seriously recommended.

Darning Party!
Who: Tali Fridman, tali.massage@gmail.com, 607.273.5242
Where: 501 S. Cayuga St.
When: Sun. 7/17, 1-3pm.
Do your beloved socks and sweaters have holes in them from last winter? Come learn how to darn (aka fix) those holes so that you’re warm and ready when next winter comes!  If you already know how to darn and just want some good company in which to do it, come on over as well.  For that matter, feel free to bring any patching projects, knitting etc. Requirements: Bring any hole-y garments to fix. Some needles and string will be provided, but if you have your own please bring it with you.

D.I.Y. Movie-Making IV – The Musical
Who: Shira Golding, shiragolding@gmail.com, 607-821-0654
When: Shooting this summer
Where: Multiple locations
We’re making a musical film and you can be a part of it! The makers of 2009’s enviro-zombie-thriller Frac Attack are working on a new feature-length eco-themed project called We Can’t Stop and there are tons of ways to get involved. Contact us if you want to help in any way – singing, dancing, acting, make-up, choreography, food, costumes, publicity…All skill levels welcome, no $ or materials needed. Join the Facebook group to get updates: facebook.com/group.php?gid=99887877920

DIY Power Plant
Who: Dacha Project crew dachaproject@gmail.com
When: 6/26 2pm
Where: The Dacha in Freeville (RSVP for directions)
Come see our converted diesel generator that gives us fossil free energy regardless of wind and sun conditions. Joe Fisher will talk about the benefits of veggie power, the potential of long term energy security, and bio-fuel basics. Joe will take us back to 1912 when diesel motors were designed to run on veggie! There will be a demonstration and explanation of this (relatively) low cost system.

Earth Crafts and Medicine
Who: Simone Lackey (and anyone else that wants to join me, just contact me), simonelackey@gmail.com, 917 209 9439
When: 11-2pm, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 8/2,  8/9
Where: RSVP for location, varies depending on project
Family friendly and geared towards all generations, the goal of this class is mainly to have fun outside. We will be gathering materials and doing arts & craft projects (basket making, cordage, natural dyes, crown making, drawing, collaging, etc.), gathering plants for making medicines, and anything else participants are interested in. Please RSVP (by phone or email) to see what we will be doing each week and what materials (if any) are needed.

Editing Wikipedia for Activists, Academics, and Everybody Else
Who: Carl Gelderloos carl.gelderloos@gmail.com\
When: 6/8, 6/22, 7/6, 7/20 @ 8 pm
Where: TBA
Ever wanted to modify, fix, or create a Wikipedia article? Wikipedia is a great way to modify and create content on one “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” yet most people treat it as a strictly one-way communication. This course will teach you the basics of Wikipedia article creation, editing, and policy so that you can engage actively with this resource. Whether you’re interested in challenging corporate propaganda on articles related to fracking, adding critical views to entries on political topics, fixing factual inaccuracies in an article on your obscure artist of choice, or just correcting annoying typos and appalling prose, this course will equip you to become an active participant in one of the most interesting, important phenomena on today’s internet. Requirements: Easy access to a computer and the internet a must, laptop preferable. Attendance at all four classes requested.  Please RSVP by emailing me by May 27. Limit of 10.

Enneagram Explorations..and Eating!
Who: Jaya Garafola 607 339 7179 rememberinfinity@gmail.com
When: 6/11, 7/9 & 8/6 1- 4pm
Where: Dewitt Park
We’ll share in a Potluck picnic , then learn about the 9 personality types. I’ll guide the group through some ice-breakers/games, a thorough self test and an explanation of each of the 9 types and some of the basics of this ancient and helpful tool for self-awareness and emotional and spiritual growth. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. Note: This is a one day scenario and NOT a 3 part wksp, FYI.

E.V.E. Empathy, Vulnerability, Evolution
Who: Jaya Garafola 607 339 7179 rememberinfinity@gmail.com
When: 1st and 3rd Tues (except July, not 5th but 12th) 7-9:30pm
Where: TBA
An amalgamation for aspiring all-stars. The power of Presence, Non-Violent Communication, radical honesty and acceptance- this is a workshop for us to practice, learn and embody “Peace in Oneself, before Peace in the World.” Please RSVP- note: come to any or all.

Fixed Trapeze
Who: David Gallahan davidgallahan[at]yahoo[dot]com
When: Weather dependent, scheduling will be arranged in communication.
Where: Spencer Road
An introduction and chance to get familiar with working on a fixed trapeze. Fixed is as compared to the flying trapeze (which this is not, the apparatus is not a swing). Trapeze world is fun, I would love to share it with a few other explorers. Some upper body strength required.

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at
http://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.

From Postpartum Depression to Joy (support groups for moms)
Who: Yael Saar ppdtojoy@gmail.com
When: 11:45am to 1pm. 1st and 3rd Tues of each month. Ongoing. See the website for dates:www.ppdtojoy.com
Where: community room atJillian’s Drawers,171 East State St.
Call it the baby blues, hormonal imbalance, or fatigue-induced self-loathing, postpartum depression is too common to be ignored, and too awful to be facing alone. Please join us for free drop-in support groups: a safe space, where we share, vent, and learn new coping skills. Because of the drop-in nature of these groups, the amount of time dedicated to coping skills varies. Depressed moms, anxious moms, overwhelmed moms, sad moms, scared moms, incredibly sleep-deprived moms, I’m-supposed-to-be-happy-so-why-am-I-miserable moms, and those concerned for such moms. Expectant mothers welcome.

Got Living Wage?
Who: Becky Bowen and Diana Ceja, beckybowen27@gmail.com
When: 6/11 1:30 – 3pm; 7/12 5:30-7pm; 8/20 10:30am-12
Where: Tompkins County Workers Center (Above Autumn Leaves)
Short discussion-based workshops with the goal of educating the community about a Living Wage. We will aim to answer these questions and others: What is it? Why should I care? Do I deserve it? How does this impact our community? What does this have to do with sustainability? Can I be a part of the movement for a Living Wage? RSVP would be helpful, snacks will be provided.

Hula Hoopla
Who: Lily pipylotta@gmail.com
When: 6/15, 7/13 & 8/10 6pm
Where: The Dacha in Freeville (RSVP for direction)
Come learn to hula hoop, show off your tricks and even make a hoop of your own. I will demonstrate how to make a hoop, and show you a few basic tricks. Then we can play around, share what we know, and wonder about setting our hoops on fire? Indoor and outdoor space available. I’ll put the kettle on for tea. Bring your hoops if you have them, bring your hips if you don’t.

Laughter Yoga
Who: Marina and Katrina, gershonster@gmail.com, 848-391-5535
When: 6/23 6pm, 7/9 11am
Where: Jillian’s drawers Community Room 171 E. State St.
Laughter Yoga is a deceptively simple, yet very powerful form of exercise that anybody can do anytime, anywhere; either alone or in a group of complete strangers. The secret of laughter yoga is that our bodies are hardwired with some surprisingly powerful natural reactions to extended hearty laughter. You don’t need a reason to laugh and still be able to get the health benefits that range from strengthening the immune system to the release of endorphins. So come to the class and join us in unconditional laughter.

Local Potluck and Sing
Who: Tali Fridman, tali.massage@gmail.com, 607.273.5242
When: 7/30, 4pm Sing, 6pm potluck
Where: Stewart Park, somewhere near the water – look for guitars (Rain location 501 S. Cayuga St.)
Come at 4pm to sing songs.  What we sing will be determined by who shows up – everyone picks a song (or two or more).  Stay for the potluck at 6pm! Requirements: For the sing you’re invited to bring your voice, song lyrics (ideally with copies to share), the book ‘Rise Up Singing’ if you have it, and musical instruments.  For the potluck please bring your own dishes and utensils, plus a dish to share made with as many local ingredients as possible (well, at least one).  It’s summertime and things are growing out there – be creative!

Moon & Planets
Who: David Gallahan davidgallahan[at]yahoo[dot]com
When: Meet at sundown, weather dependent, scheduling will be arranged in communication.
One class each month.
Where: Spencer Road
Lunar phases and planetary movements are only moderately complicated, but somehow my formal schooling never got around to explaining it. We got to figure it out instead, cause once you see it it’s so obvious. Then, just look at the sky & it makes sense. And this season we get beautiful view of Saturn (through 4″ telescope).

Mushroom Inoculation Work n’ Learn
Who: Steve Gabriel, steve@workwithnaturedesign.com
When: 6/12 & 6/19, 12 – 4pm
Where: Buck Hill Rd, Schuyler Co (10 miles West of Ithaca)
Help us get our mushroom enterprise off the ground while learning about the inoculation of shiitake mushrooms into hardwood logs. The entire session will be hands on and discussion based. We’ll also have some experiments with Oyster and Stropharia going on for folks to see. Free snacks and drinks to all who join in the FUN! Please RSVP via email for directions. Requirements: Please bring sturdy shoes/boots, work gloves, and a water bottle.

Mushroom Hunt
Carl Whittaker, ombuct@yahoo.com
Where: Meet in the Owl Cafe
When: Aug 7, 2pm
Wild mushroom walk with identification discussion afterwards walk from two to four and then return to town for discussion. Requirements: Bring Basket or paper bags for collecting mushrooms.

New Fiction Reading Group
Who: Bob Proehl, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 6pm 6/15, 7/20, 8/17
This reading group will be reading three novels that were released last year. The books discussed will be The Privileges by Jonathan Dee (June), an examination of the attitudes and personalities that lead to the financial collapse, Room by Emma Donaghue (July), a critically-acclaimed novel of a young boy and his mother who live their entire lives as captives in one room and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob DeZoet by David Mitchell (August) an amazingly well-written story set in Hiroshima just as Japan opens itself to trade with the west. Each meeting will be self-contained, so you can choose whichever books you’d like to show up for. Requirements: No need to RSVP, please have read the books by the time of the meeting.

New Moon Yoga and Celebration Potluck
Who: Caitlyn Hatzell, caitlyn.s.hatzell@gmail.com or 484.557.5166
Where: The Nest: 713 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca
When: 6/1, 5-7pm yoga, 7pm potluck (people welcome to attend at any time, for any portion)
New Moon Yoga is an opportunity for us to come together and practice being in our bodies and breathing a little more and welcoming the next cycle of the moon, exponentially reinforcing whatever positive change we may wish to bring into creation. In Kundalini yoga, practicing a meditation, or kriya, for 40 days been found to be helpful in creating/facilitating some healthful change. There will be an option for those who choose to continue to gather at various points of the 40 days and practice together. Requirements: We will be practicing outside, if possible, so bring a blanket(s). Dress comfortably with layers. Children, instruments, and songs welcome!

One World Hoop Troop
Who: One World Hoop Troop
When: Thursdays 6:30ish -8ish
Where: Park next to Gimme Coffee on N. Cayuga St.
One World Hoop Troop is a group of amazing hoopers committed to bringing happiness to the world, one hoop at a time. Bring your hoops out to play and hooping isn’t all that we do. We’re interested in a variety of performance art so bring your poi, your staff, baton, juggling things, or drums. It’s about building new skills, community, and most of all having fun!

Postpartum Depression SpeakEasy
Who: Yael Saar ppdtojoy@gmail.com
Where: On the phone!
When: 2nd Tues of each month @ 8:30pm
Free support phone chats for those who can’t make it to morning meetings. A phone chat with mothers from near or far. It’s just what the doctor should have ordered. It’s amazing how much relief you can generate from listening to the voices of mothers struggling with the same things as you are.  Each of us gets to vent and unload our burdens in good company. We nurture some, bitch and moan some, and validate a whole lot.Go tohttp://www.ppdtojoy.com/support/speakeasy-call/to get the details.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading Group
Who: Chris Moriarty, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 6/28, 7/26, 8/23 at 6pm
This reading group will be discussing books in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. The group will be reading the science fiction novel Grey by Jon Armstrong (June), the fantasy novel Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (July) and another science fiction novel still to be determined in August. The group will be facilitated by Chris Moriarty, a Philip K. Dick Award-winning science fiction author (Spin Control, The Inquisitor’s Apprentice). Please read the book before the discussion meeting.

Self Defense and Combat Arts Training Group
Who: Evan, evan ems358@cornell.edu
Where: TBA
When: TBA
Based on the success of last semester’s Ninja Self Defense class, this will be an ongoing group practice based on training methods from Japan’s ancient shadow warriors and the Systema fighting system of Russia’s elite combat troops.  All adults are welcome; this probably won’t be the best group for kids. RSVP for time and location.

What does it mean to be an environmentalist?
Who: Chris, chris.costello2@gmail.com
Where: 202 Pleasant St., Ithaca, NY
When: Bi-monthly starting week of 6/6, exact day and time tbd by participants, email if interested.
There are a lot of ways to interpret ‘environmentalism.’ The meaning varies with time and culture and rarely means the same thing to two individuals. This class will meet to discuss essays from differing viewpoints in order to gain a deeper understanding of how people define their relationship with nature and technology. Currently the reading list includes (roughly in order I’d like to read them; my apologies for the abundance of white male authors): Marshall Sahlins – “Original Affluent Societies” (in Limited Wants, Unlimited Means, ed. John Gowdy); Arne Naess – “The Basics of Deep Ecology”; Murray Bookchin –  “The Concept of Social Ecology” (in The Ecology of Freedom); John Zerzan – “Future Primitive” (in Limited Wants, Unlimited Means); Paul Hawking, Amory Lovings, L. Hunter Lovins – The Next Industrial Revolution (in Natural Capitalism); Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus – “The Death of Environmentalism: Global Warming Politics in a Post-Environmental World”; Bjorn Lomburg – a reading from ‘The Skeptical Environmentalist’ tbd. Copies of readings will be provided. Participants are also welcome to suggest readings.

What is Meditation? Really…
Who: Jaya Garafola 607 339 7179 rememberinfinity@gmail.com
When: Wednesdays in June, on-going depending on interest. 7pm
Where: TBA
A practical discussion- followed by a semi-guided, semi-silent session. or vice- versa. Maybe we’ll sing some songs, do walking meditation, learn some pranayama (yogic breathing), read from a few books and so on. An OPEN session- we’ll see what the group is feelin’ like… besides of course, BEING here now :)

Who Put the Culture in Agriculture? Reading Group
Who: Rebakah Daro Minarchek, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 6/7, 7/5, 8/2 6pm
This reading group will be discussing classic books in the history of environmentalism, including Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (June), The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry (July) and The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoaka (August). The group will be facilitated by Rebakah Dara Minarchek, a graduate student in Cornell’s Department of Developmental Sociology. All meetings are free and open to the public.Please read the book before the discussion meeting.

Your First Herb Garden: How to Plant, Maintain, and Make Medicine
Who: Aanna Mecklenburg.angel@gmail.com, 703-999-8758
Where: The park between the old Northside P&C and the Sciencenter, and between Alice Miller Way and Cascadilla Creek (outside, please dress appropriately)
When: 7/3, 12-3:30pm, raindate: July 10, 12-3:30pm
This class will introduce students how to plant, cultivate, and make the most of a small herb garden.  We will discuss seeding techniques specific to a handful of herbs, how to recreate their native habitats in the garden, and finally how to harvest and preserve these herbs for prolonged use in the kitchen and medicine cabinet.  Beginning gardeners and herbalists welcome! Please RVSP!


Winter-Spring 2011

Download a PDF of the front of the Feb-April 2011 Calendar
Download a PDF of the back of the Feb-April 2011 Calendar

Agrarian Issues Reading Group

Teacher: Joyce Carman Lovelace, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 2/15, 3/15, 4/19 at 6pm
We will be discussing books that deal with issues of farming, environment, conservation and consumption. Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below and are available at Buffalo Street Books with a Reading Group discount. There will be snacks. 2/15 Consulting the Genius of the Place by Wes Jackson, 3/15 Water Wars by Vandana Shiva, 4/19 Food Rebels by Mark Winne.

Anatomy & Physiology: for Beginners

Teacher: Delilah at (518) 641-2776
When: alternating Mondays, begins Feb 21 6pm Where: 213 Center St.
A class that covers the organs and systems of the human body. Classes will be short lecture format with lots of time for questions and exploration. We’ll draw, watch videos, or make models to grasp the concepts and information. If you’re gearing up to go to herb school, massage school, or perhaps always wondered what’s going on in that body that you walk around in every day this is the class for you! Eastern theories and energy systems are acknowledged and covered

Basic Radio – for members of community organizations from Ithaca Community Radio (ICR 88.1)

Teacher: Jim Murphy, 607-319-0980 & cell 845-270-0439
Location: Rm 305 of the Clinton House corner of Cayuga and Senaca (Use elevator at Senaca St. entrance)
When: Feb 14th,16,17, 21 & 23rd 7-9pm
2nd Group: Mar 7th, 9, 14th, 16th, & TBA
Basic survey of interviewing skills, basic recording using flash recorders and basic editing on Shortcut 360s +
Requirements: Ideally students will represent different progressive community groups… 1 or 2 per group. Class size limit is 8.

Beginning T’ai Chi

Teacher: Bethany Schroeder 607-882-9060 (w) director@ithacahealth.org
Where: Ithaca Health Alliance & Free Clinic 521 West Seneca St.
When: 4:30-5:30pm 2/23, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/13
In these six sessions students will learn opening exercises and the first several postures of the short form, t’ai chi, Yang style (National form). T’ai Chi is often referred to as a form of walking meditation. The practice of this ancient art promotes reduced stress, improved
digestion, and increased stability of the body’s bones and muscles.
Requirements: Wear comfortable clothes and socks or soft shoes. *Class is limited to 5 students.* Please RSVP.

Be Your Own Boss:
Freelancing & DIY Cottage Industry

Teachers: Shira Golding & Ari Moore, info@shirari.com or 607.821.0654
Where: The House of Right Livelihood, 212 N. Plain St. #1
When: We will find a date and time that works for those who RSVP (class will only meet once, for 2-3 hours)
If you’re unemployed, underemployed, bothered by your current job, already excited to go independent, or just interested in alternative ways to make a living, this workshop is for you. We’ll talk about how to decide what kind(s) of work to do and how to market and build your business, how to deal with bookkeeping, legal, and tax issues, health insurance and other benefits available to independent workers, and how to make your venture sustainable by forming partnerships and bartering. We’ll also talk about how transforming the way we work can help us to transform our economic systems and our world.

BitTorrent FTW

Josh & Melanie 607 351 4396,
joshuajon@gmail.com
Where: The Blue Canary (1012 N. Cayuga St.)
When: Tue, Feb 8th, 7-8:30pm
BitTorrent is a way to share files (books, music, movies, software) on the internet. Come learn how to use it to find something you want and share things you’ve created. Its an elegant process: sharing at it’s finest! It’s really easy once you’ve seen it done, and it can change your life.

Capoeira

Teacher: Ramadan, kbaxter@sscc-ithaca.org
When: Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm
Where: South Side Community Center, 305 S. Plain 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 founder of modern “capoeira regional”.

Cloth Diapering Basics

Teacher: Mckenzie Jones-Rounds, grasswriter@gmail.com, 717-903-4871
Where: The Nest, 713 N. Cayuga St.
When: Mon, Feb 7, 5:30-7:00 pm
Learn some helpful tips about cloth diapering in the 21st century from a mama of two exclusively cloth diapered boys. Diapering options, cleaning, and pros and cons of styles will be discussed, as well as alternatives such as going diaper free and early potty training. Current and expectant parents and caregivers are invited to share in this hands-on workshop about an environmentally friendly aspect of raising children.
Requirements: Space is limited, so please try to RSVP. If you have a favorite diaper or any advice, bring it along to share!

Community Cinema

Teacher: Guerilla Griots Human Rights Media Arts Center
Where: Henry St. John Building 301 S. Geneva St. Suite 106
When: 3rd Fri of each month 7pm
COMMUNITY CINEMA creates accessible opportunities for civic engagement & public education around important social issues with the help of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), community partners, & independent filmmakers like YOU! Feb Pushing the Elephant, March tba, April Welcome to Shelbyville. To see movie descriptions visit http://www.guerrilla-griots.org/communitycinema.html

DIY Bike Tune Ups

Teachers: Carl Gelderloos carl.gelderloos@googlemail.com & Greg Rothman
When: First two Sundays in April, 11-3
Where: Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles (520 W Buffalo)
Flat tires, worn breaks, rusty chain? Want to get that old bike in shape as soon as the snow’s gone? Interested in brushing up on basic bicycle maintenance skills or learning some new tricks? Have some bicycle know-how that you’d be willing to share with others? Have some useful spare bike parts (breaks, tubes, cables, etc.) that you don’t need and others might? Come join us for a skills and parts exchange! We see this as a forum where people can learn, or teach, basic bicycle maintenance and swap parts and gear. We want to show that keeping your own bike in shape is relatively easy, and fun – and, of course, to get as many healthy bicycles on the streets as quickly as possible!
Requirements: Bring tools if you have them and parts if you need them. Come the first week if you aren’t sure.

D.I.Y. Movie-Making IV

Teacher: Shira Golding, shiragolding@gmail.com, 607-821-0654
When: Ongoing
Where: Contact Shira
We’re making an eco-musical & you can be a part of it! The makers of last year’s enviro-zombie-thriller Frac Attack are working on a new project & there are tons of ways to get involved. Get in touch if you want to help in any way – singing, dancing, acting, music, editing, casting, make-up, choreography, food, costumes, publicity, producing…All skill levels welcome, no $ or materials needed. Join the Facebook group to get updates: facebook.com/group.php?gid=99887877920

Dog Behavior & Training

Teacher: Apple
ameliaearhartpubz@gmail.com
Where: Tutelo Park (off 13A)
When: Feb 5, 2 pm RSVP please
There are many different styles of dog training, and we will be discussing how to communicate effectively with our dog pals. Listening and understanding dog behavior, pack mentality, body language and mutual respect will be a main focus. We will troubleshoot different scenarios, share stories, and talk about how alpha roles influence training and obedience. We will do some pack-building exercises, and will go on a walk afterwards. There will be a time for Q and A, and everyone is encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge at the discussion. You should also bring your dog partner, as long as they do not have any dangerous behavior patterns. Please bring a leash for your dog, dress for the weather, bring a pen and a notepad.

Drawing & Painting in Nature

Teacher: Maija Cantori (607)216-2652 soupervegan@yahoo.com
Where: Buttermilk Falls, swimming area
When: March 26th Start hike at 2-5pm
Drawing, sketching or painting nature on-site. Sketch out and paint landscapes, draw plants for better recognition or identification at a later point. Capture the moment of growth and the re-birth of the season through your own creativity.
Requirements: Respect of nature, appropriate attire for outdoors/light hiking and sitting or standing. Some materials will be provided, but please bring drawing/painting supplies to use/share. Children under 12 welcome, but must be interested, engaged and supervised.

Eating & Identifying Wild Plants

Teachers: Maija and Irja Cantori (607)216-2652 soupervegan@yahoo.com
Where: Indigo Hill- RSVP for additional info
When: April 23rd 11am-2pm
Walk through the fields and woods, learn to identify various plants, some edible, some not. Get recipe ideas, dorky nutritional facts, and take home some of your very own wild harvested goodies.
Requirements: Basket or bag, appropriate clothing and footwear for swampy woods (rain or shine!). Respect for nature- watch for what or who you are stepping on. Outhouse only.

Family Friendly Hikes

Teacher: Mckenzie Jones-Rounds, grasswriter@gmail.com, 717-903-4871
Where: Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
When: Sundays, March 13 & 27, 2:00 pm
Bring the whole family for a walk through sapsucker woods. The terrain is great for kids and everyone can enjoy some bird
and animal watching. The Lab of Ornithology is fun to explore, too.
Requirements: Please RSVP for a rough head count. Meet outside the front entrance of the lab by 2:00. Call if you arrive late, or just come find us on one of the trails.

Firearms 101:
What, Why, When and How

Teacher: James Brown, nariah@gmail.com 607-342-3037
Where: RSVP for address
When: Feb 12th 1-3pm
Have you thought about learning to use a gun but not sure if it’s a good idea? Scared of or intrigued by guns? In this course long-time gun owner and hunter will discuss his experiences and demonstrate what would go into gun ownership. This is not a gun safety course but a discussion of why one might decide to own a firearm, the process of getting one, how they are cared for. A demonstration will be included. Bring hearing/eye protection if you have it.
Requirements: RSVP

Food Preservation Workshops

Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at
http://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.

Graphic Novels Reading Group

Teacher: Bob Proehl, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 2/8, 3/3 and 4/12 at 6pm
This group will serve as a sort of introduction to graphic novels, while also providing a forum for more advanced ideas about the genre. Using works that are both accessible and technically accomplished, we will be looking at what makes the graphic novel a unique form of expression, fundamentally different from other forms of literature and visual arts. 2/8 Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco, 3/3 Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, 4/12 Cages by Dave McKean.

Hard Cheese Making

Teacher: Josh, Dean,& Jeci, nariah@gmail.com 607-342-3037
Where:1415 Trumansburg Rd.
When: March 5th 12-5pm
Come learn to make hard cheese! We built our own press and have been making cheese for a couple of months. We look forward to showing others how to do it, too! If you want to build a press, email for how-to. We can help during the downtime in the workshop.

Health and Safety: For Direct Action

Teacher: FLAME
Gregdov@gmail.com, 631-745-9486
Where: RSVP for location
When: March 26th 1-4PM
Safety at large mobilizations or smaller direct actions is based on the ability to make healthy decisions. If you are interested in being involved in the IMF World Bank Protest, (April 16th-17th) the week of action against fossil fuels, (April 18th-22nd) or any future civil disobedience/protests this is an opportunity to learn what to expect, how to prepare, and ways to stay strong and keep fighting.

Herbal Study Group

Teacher: Amanda David, 607.592.0196 rootworkherbals@gmail.com,
Where: rsvp for location
When: 1st. Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm
Each month our study will focus on one herb. Using our senses and simple energetic assessments we will deepen our relationship with the plants while learning actions, properties and uses. readings, recipes and remedy making, too.
Requirements: Pre-registration!

Know Your Trees:
Free Monthly Tree Walk Series

Teacher: Akiva Silver, Akivasilver@yahoo.com 607-272-2292
When: 2/19, 3/19, 4/9 2:15-4:15
Where: Eco Village,, meet @ Song common house
Join Akiva Silver, tree lore raconteur extraordinaire, and kindle your own passion and appreciation for the world of trees. If you want to go beyond simple identification to learn their edible, medicinal and utilitarian uses then this is the walk for you.
RSVPs Appreciated

Learning the Ropes

Teacher: Greg Gregdov@gmail.com,
Where: The Farm House, 513 Spencer Rd.
When: Feb 12th, & 19th 1pm-4pm
Being able to comfortably handle rope is both useful and fun. In class we will discuss advantages and disadvantages of different types of rope, learn to coil and throw line, and practice both basic and more advanced rope working techniques.
Requirements: Please bring enough rope to practice coiling and throwing. (40-100 ft)

Local Authors Reading Group

Teacher: Bob Proehl, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 2/22, 3/22, April Date TBD at 6pm
Ithaca is teeming with talented writers. This spring, we’ll be bringing four of them into the bookstore to discuss their work. These are not readings, they are more like facilitated question and answer sessions about works, with the expectation that all participants have read the book in question. There will be snacks (and probably some wine). 2/22 Castle with J. Robert Lennon, 3/22 Bodega Dreams with Ernesto Quinonez, April Date TBD The Tiger’s Wife with Tea Obreht.

Maple Sugaring with Sapsquatch

Teacher: Josh Dolan sapsquatch7@gmail.com, 280-8498
Where: Sapsquatch Sugarbush 2947 Mecklenberg Rd. (SR79), 79West, 7 miles past Ithaca, 1/2 mile past blinking light at Enfield Corners,1st drive on left after bridge.
When: Feb. 13 & 27, Mar 13, 11-4, Maple Wkend Tours & Tastings, Mar 19-20, Mar 26-27, all day, Equinox Celebration Mar 20 5pm
Preparations for sugaring season include wood chopping, gravity line maintenance, tree tapping and more! Once sugaring begins in LateFeb./early March, help boil down all that sap into maple goodness! Learn some of the exciting history and lore of maple syrup and maybecatch a glimpse of Sapsquatch Himself!

Memoir Reading Group

Teacher: Heather Furnas, bobproehl@gmail.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 2/10, 3/3, 4/14 at 6pm
This reading group will be discussing memoirs dealing with various subjects. Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below and are available at Buffalo Street Books with a Reading Group discount. 2/10 Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne, 3/3 Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, 4/14 What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami.

Ninja Self Defense Class

Teacher: Evan ems358@cornell.edu
Where: TBA
When: 2nd Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Come learn practical, effective and modern self defense techniques based on ancient ninja martial arts. All ages, genders, physiques encouraged to attend. Email Evan at ems358@cornell.edu if interested.

Open Mic Poetry

Teacher: Jessica Brown, nariah@gmail.com 607-342-3037
Where: The Shop Ithaca 312 E Seneca St
When: Second Fridays 7-9pm
Inviting all poets to come spill your guts to friends and strangers. Sign up when you get there, read your own or your favorites. Great mic practice! Or, come just to listen, fall in love, or be inspired.

Origami Night

Teacher: Heather Heatherdengler@gmail.com
When: Thursdays at 7:00-11:00pm
Where: 515 S. Cayuga St. (door left of the front porch)
Great at origami? Terrible at it but inclined anyway? Come hang out and fold little pieces of paper. Bring paper! Or instructions! Or share my instructions! If you make something good I may try to eat it. Other general craftiness is also welcome!

Regenerative Descent-
Integrating ideas to create a movement

Teacher: Simone Lackey, simonelackey@gmail.com 917 209 9439
When: 3/7 and 3/14 6pm
Where: 415 Elm St
The class will be a mixture of presentation on ecological (and social) design, systems thinking and other supportive theories and models as well as some discussion, brainstorming, mind mapping and design practice.

Ryan’s Eye for the DIY –Horizontal Home Organizing

Teacher: Ryan Clover clover56@riseup.net
Where:
When: Feb 3 at 6:30pm
It’s not just about building shelves. It’s about building spaces where we can be creative and effective and focused. I’ve been pouring through organizing books and translating this executive culture to low-budget, DIY folks (like me ‘n you) who could use a boost in our personal performance. Let’s turn it up a notch shall we?

The Dacha Drawing Academy

Teacher: Kevin Mayer 607-898-4704 kevinmayer3@gmail.com
When: Thursday evenings 7pm-9pm, beginning April 7th.
Where: The Dacha 700 N. Wood Rd Freeville
The Dacha Drawing Academy is an ongoing, weekly gathering of lovers of the fine art of drawing… as a means to an end or an end in itself. It’s a place to share drawing skills, explore ideas and techniques, receive criticism and instruction. It is a place to draw, to learn drawing and to be drawn, if you wish. It is open to all levels of experience. It is what you want it to be. Specific class activities will be determined by the needs/desires of the participants. Bring your own drawing materials. About the teacher: Kevin Mayer has been teaching all levels of drawing at SUNY Cortland since 2007. Other teachers are encouraged to participate!

Traditional & Experimental Animation

Teachers: Erica (ekemeyer@gmail.com) and Kaleb (khunkele@gmail.com)
Where: 144 E. Spencer St.
When: Every Wednesday, 7-9pm
A survey of experimental and traditional animation techniques. Workshops and exercises on various processes ranging from camera-less animation to stop-motion. If enough interest, possible collaboration on one piece. Send us an email if you are interested/need more information.

Words and Music

Teacher: Shaun and Amanda Lalonde -
shaun.lalonde@gmail.com or amanda.lee.lalonde@gmail.com or 607 339 8107
Where: To be announced
When: 6 Bi-weekly classes, 1 hour each (to be announced pending availability of interest.)
The course examines the relationship between music and words in the history of western art. Topics include the relationship between musical and poetic forms and genres, the setting of preexisting words to music, and the tension between meaning and feeling in artworks with both music and lyrics; texts to be discussed include the poetry of the troubadours, the art songs of Schubert, and
20th century pop music. Students will be asked to have read short texts distributed at the previous class and come prepared to discuss them.
Requirements: Please RSVP

YOGA Class

Teacher: Liz Falk vidayoga@gmail.com http://www.vidayoga.org
Where: Fine Spirit Studio
When: Friday evenings start January 21st. Check web site or contact Liz for time. Mixed level Vinyasa flow yoga class.
Requirements: Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle and a mat if you have one. Mats will be available for rent for $1.

Young Adult Fiction Reading Group

Teacher: Jennifer Groff jengroff40@yahoo.com
Where: Buffalo Street Books
When: 2/16, 3/16, 4/20 at 6pm
This reading group –open to adults and teens 14 and up — will discuss how identity is explored in recent young adult fiction (novels written for teens, but also enjoyed by adults). Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below & are available in paperback at Buffalo St. Books with a Reading Group discount. 2/16 – Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, 3/16 – Liar, by Justine Larbalestier, 4/20 – The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, vol. 1: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson


FALL-WINTER 2010 (October-December)

The full text of the calendar follows:

Adobe Illustrator Basics
Facilitator: Please RSVP to Ari Moore, ari@shirari.com, 607.821.0654
Date: Dec. 1, 6-8pm
Location: The House of Radical Geekery, 212 N. Plain St., 1st Floor (bottom buzzer)
Adobe Illustrator is software that can be used to create vector graphics – useful for logos, diagrams, & other visuals. It can even be used to paint & draw, & to design posters. We’ll look at a variety of sample files, talk about graphics tablets & other ways to make the most of Illustrator’s capabilities, & discuss the differences between Illustrator & its more well-known cousin, Photoshop. No experience necessary, though some familiarity with Apple computers may be useful.

Animals & Our Actions
Facilitator: Please RSVP to Ari Moore, ari@shirari.com, 607.821.0654
Date: Dec. 13, 6-8pm
Location: Cats Vs. Humans House, 212 N. Plain St., 1st Floor (bottom buzzer)
Come get a quick overview of the history of animal rights theory & action around the world. Learn the reasons why people go vegan, & get your questions about this lifestyle answered. This class will be a safe, non-judgmental space; we will explore many viewpoints & approaches, leaving you to draw your own conclusions. While we will discuss various forms of animal exploitation, we will not be viewing any photos or videos of violence against animals. (I can provide visual references & resource recommendations for those who want them.) There will be a dorky but illuminating Powerpoint presentation, & there will be vegan cookies.

Bad Romance Dance Academy
Facilitator: Mels therealitybusters@gmail.com
Date: Oct. 25th, Nov. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. Dec. 6th, 13th: 7-9pm
Location: TBA (suggestions welcome!)
Learn the dance moves to popular music videos. Dance at your own level. This could be practice for f-mobs & radical musicals, or you know, just plain fun!
Requirements: Wear clothing you can comfortably dance in. Snazz it up if you feel like it!

Bikes, Birds, & Bullfrogs
Facilitator: Jeremy! jjg32@buffalo.edu
Dates: Oct. 2, Nov. 13. 9AM til…
Location: DeWitt Park monument
Exploring the ecology of the city of Ithaca, all by bicycle. This fall class will mostly consist of birding, but hopefully we can share knowledge of other autumnal finds.
Requirements: Bring along binoculars, but some extras may be available. Field guides will also be provided. And bring along a smile!

Burial Grounds of Tompkins County: Preservation Basics Series
Facilitator: Historic Ithaca Kristen Olson kristen@historicithaca.org, (607) 273-6633
Date: Oct. 16th 1pm-2pm
Location: 212 Center St., Ithaca NY
From family plots on the farmstead to landscaped gardens of the Victorian era, see examples of gravestone art through the centuries & learn about the resting places of famous (& infamous) locals. Advanced registration is appreciated but not required.

Community Cinema
Facilitator: Guerilla Griots Human Rights Media Arts Center
Date: 3rd Fri of each month 7pm
Location: Henry St. John Building 301 S. Geneva St. Suite 106
COMMUNITY CINEMA creates accessible opportunities for civic engagement & public education around important social issues with the help of the Independent Television Service (ITVS), community partners, & independent filmmakers like YOU! Oct: Deep Down. Nov: The Calling.Dec: For Once in My Life. To see movie descriptions visit http://www.guerrilla-griots.org/communitycinema.html

D.I.Y. Movie-Making IV – The Musical
Facilitator: Shira Golding,
shiragolding@gmail.com, 607-821-0654
Dates: Ongoing
Location: Contact Shira
We’re making an eco-musical & you can be a part of it! The makers of last year’s enviro-zombie-thriller Frac Attack are working on a new project & there are tons of ways to get involved. Get in touch if you want to help in any way – singing, dancing, acting, music, editing, casting, make-up, choreography, food, costumes, publicity, producing…All skill levels welcome, no $ or materials needed. Join the Facebook group to get updates: facebook.com/group.php?gid=99887877920

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at
http://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.

Genres in Literary Fiction Reading Group
Facilitator: Bob Proehl,
bobproehl@gmail.com
Location: Buffalo St. Books 215 N. Cayuga St.
Date: 10/12, 11/9, 12/14 at 6pm
We’ll be discussing four literary novels that utilize & explore the conventions of what are normally considered “genre fiction”, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery & western. Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below & are available at Buffalo St. Books with a Reading Group discount. There will be snacks. 10/12 – The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. 11/9 – Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst. 12/14 – Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Getting Found on Google
Facilitator: Please RSVP to Ari Moore, ari@shirari.com, 607.821.0654
Date: Dec. 7, 6-8pm
Location: The House of Radical Geekery, 212 N. Plain St., 1st Floor (bottom buzzer)
Have a website but no visitors? Join us for a discussion of how to improve Google search rankings, ethically & for free. We’ll also take a look at Google Analytics, a free web stats program that can help you improve your website & build traffic at the same time. All skill levels welcome – if you know more than I do, please share your knowledge with us!

Hard Cheese-Making Workshop
Facilitator: Laura Woinoski, 607-229-5081, info@whitehawk.org
Date: Nov. 6th, 1pm
Location: White Hawk Ecovillage, 6 miles south of Ithaca on 96B
Part of our “Sustainability Series.” Come participate in & observe a hard cheese-making workshop! You’ll learn the techniques, tips, & procedures to make your own hard cheese at home. We’ll start with fresh milk & end with a Farmhouse Cheddar cheese wheel. During break there will be a tour of the village for those interested.

Historical Mysteries Reading Group
Facilitator: Sue Perlgut,
Buffaloevents@hotmail.com
Date: 10/19, 11/16, 12/21 at 6pm
Location: Buffalo St. Books 215 N. Cayuga St.
This reading group will be discussing mystery novels set in particular historical eras. Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below & are available at Buffalo St. Books with a Reading Group discount. 10/19 – Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. 11/16 – A Play of Isaac by Margaret Frazer. 12/21 – TBA.

Homegrown Healthcare with Herbs
Facilitator: Aanna
mecklenburg.angel@gmail.com
Dates: Every other Sun, 10/3 – 11/14, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Location: RSVP for location
Join FLAME (Finger Lakes Action Medics & Educators) in building an educational–& useful!–community herb garden plot. We’ll be planting, weeding, & creating educational & decorative signs while closely observing & getting to know the many medicinal plant allies growing in our plot. We’ll become familiar with the identification, harvesting, processing, & preservation of multiple medicinals so we can fortify the health & independence of our community. RSVP well ahead of time for location.

Learn How To Knit!
Facilitator: Laura Woinoski, 607-229-5081, info@whitehawk.org
Date: Dec. 4th, 3pm
Location: White Hawk Ecovillage, 6 miles south of Ithaca on 96B
Part of our “Sustainability Series.” This is an entry-level class for learning the basics of knitting. We’ll cover: needles, yarn, notions, how to cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, & how to bind off. “Getting Started” kits available for $3 per kit, but not necc. as we have plenty here for you to use while visiting. Please RSVP if you would like a “Getting Started” kit to take home afterward.

Literature of Constraint Reading Group
Facilitator: Stephen Frug, sef23@cornell.edu
Location: Buffalo St. Books 215 N. Cayuga St.
Date: 10/20, 11/17, 12/15 at 7pm
We will be discussing novels written with self-imposed constraints, such as Georges Perec’s A Void, which entirely omits the letter E. Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below & are available at Buffalo St. Books with a Reading Group discount. There will be snacks. 10/20 – A Void by Georges Perec. 11/17 – Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish. 12/15 – Cigarettes by Harry Mathews.

Memoir Reading Group
Facilitator: Laura Illiano,
l.illiano310@gmail.com
Location: Buffalo St. Books 215 N. Cayuga St.
Date: 10/14, 11/11, 12/9 at 6pm
This reading group will be discussing memoirs that deal with the prison system, spirituality, alcoholism & the loss of a loved one. Each session will be self-contained; participants need not attend every session to participate in the discussion. The books being discussed are listed below & are available at Buffalo St. Books with a Reading Group discount. 10/14 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. 11/11 – Dreaming Me by Jan Willis. 12/9 – Lit by Mary Karr

Moving Stories
Facilitator: Friede Rica Nashiluni@riseup.net, 218-310-6410
Date: Thur 11/4 12 -2:30pm, Fri 11/19 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: 207 First St.
Come play & learn an improv technique that uses body movement to inspire storytelling. Two workshops to start, more can be scheduled depending upon interest.
RSVP Required, each session is limited to five participants.

Music Theory Camp 1
Facilitator: Melanie Daniels & Sean Rillera therealitybusters@gmail.com
Date: Oct. 10,12,14,17,19, & 21 6:30-8:30pm
Location: The Blue Canary 1012 N. Cayuga St.
Intensive 2 week course. Understanding tones & rhythms, written & aurally.
Requirements: Please RSVP so that materials can be provided. No knowledge necessary.

Music Theory Camp 2
Facilitator: Melanie Daniels & Sean Rillera therealitybusters@gmail.com
Date: Nov. 7,9,11,14,16, & 18th 6:30-8:30pm
Location: The Blue Canary 1012 N. Cayuga St.
Intensive 2 week course. Continuation from MT1. The focus will turn to composing & performing.
Requirements for students: RSVP. Some knowledge or Camp 1 completion.

Nonviolent Communication
Facilitator: Jaya Garafola
rememberinfinity@gmail.com 607-339-7179
Date: Tues 11/9, 11/16, 11/23 7-9pm
Location: 107 E. Lewis St
In this workshop we’ll practice building empathy and learning how true vulnerability (transparency) is a tremendous source of strength. We’ll look at the main reason we communicate as sharing “what’s alive in us”. And we’ll go over the 4 steps of NVC: observation, feelings, needs and requests.

Open Meditation
Facilitator: Jaya Garafola
rememberinfinity@gmail.com 607-339-7179
Date: Every Wed 10/6 – 12/29, 7:30-8:30pm
Location: 107 East Lewis St
So you’re radical? Explore radical non-dualism (the Oneness. the Silence. the Now.) Make sure to bring both awareness & love. Clarity & charity… and a Keep it Real mentality.

Phantom India – Film Screening & Discussion
Facilitator: Shira Golding,
shiragolding@gmail.com, 607-821-0654
Date: Thur, 10/7 7-9pm & Wed, 10/13 7-9pm
Location: Cinema Shack, 212 N. Plain St. #1, If you’re interested in documentary films or India, you need to see this 1969 film by Louis Malle. This is one of the movies that made me want to be a filmmaker. Malle is the quintessential unreliable narrator, simultaneously striving for objectivism while offering an unending stream of provocative commentary on India’s cultural, political & religious complexities as well as a broader critique of globalism, capitalism & exploitation. The movie is over three hours long so we’ll meet on two different nights for screening, snacks (vegan) & discussion. You will be able to enjoy the film even if you only come to one part.

Playing with Music
Facilitator: McKenzie,
grasswriter@gmail.com, 717-903-4871
Date: Weds, 10/6 – 12/15, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: 713 N. Cayuga St.
Children, their caregivers, & all people interested in watching children learn about music are invited to participate in this casual musical group for kids of all ages. We’ll sing songs, do some dances, maybe play some instruments, & discover ways that music can aid in learning & development. All participants are encouraged to share material & music.
Requirements: Space is limited, so please RSVP.

Researching Your House History (Or Your Farm or Commercial Building)
Facilitator: Historic Ithaca Kristen Olson – kristen@historicithaca.org, (607) 273-6633
Date: Dec. 18th 1pm-2pm
Location: 212 Center St., Ithaca NY
This course on researching historic architectural properties will provide you with the tools you need to assemble a complete history of your home, commercial structure, or farm building. You’ll learn about the resources available in our in-store library & elsewhere, & how to use them. What stories does your building have to share? Advanced registration is appreciated but not required.

Rise UP Burn DOWN: a class of uncompromising resistance
Facilitator: Nettles info@silentcitydistro.org
Date: Sat. 10/2 7-8:30pm Avatar at 9pm (popcorn provided)
Location:
There is always resistance to emprie. Empires are defeated, & empires fall. We will explore the narrative of resistance through people’s history, pop culture, fantasy/science fiction, & our own desires for a different world. Avatar?
A creative imagination & unforgiving passion to resist empire. And bring blankets for outdoor movie watching!

School and Community Garden Network Series
Facilitator: Liz Falk, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Location: changes each month, visit
http://www.ccetompkins/gardennetwork
Date: 3rd Tues of the month, 5:30-7pm
Oct 19: Ithaca College, Nov 16: Southside Community Center
The second annual Community & School Garden Network is for any Tompkins County resident using gardens as an educational tool when working in a community or school setting or somebody interested in this type of work. Garden types are not limited to vegetable, ornamental, container, butterfly, flowers or trees. No experience is required. You may take one class or the entire series.
Requirements: RSVP to Liz erf59@cornell.edu

Story Time with a Twist
Facilitator: Elizabeth (Liza) Cobb, 571-275-2107, e-mail a_momcat@yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 10/6, 7pm (Dates/times for later meetings will be decided here)
Location: TBD
This is a class for those who love to read, love being read to, and love the meandering discussions that a good read can incite. The idea is still evolving, but I envision weekly two-hour get-togethers that kick off with 15-30 minutes of my reading aloud from the book we are working on, followed by free discussion/conversation. I could see starting off with one of two trilogies – either the first book of the Fourth Realm Trilogy by John Twelve Hawks, “The Traveler,” set in a dystopian future with parallel universes somewhat mirroring Buddhist cosmology; or “The Golden Compass,” book one of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
Requirements: Please RSVP for location of first meeting and to be notified of dates and times of future meetings. No materials needed if participants are wholly content to be read to; otherwise, a copy of the book to be read.

Rising Shining:The Power of Presence
Facilitator: Jaya Garafola
rememberinfinity@gmail.com 607-339-7179
Date: Tues 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 7-9pm
Location: 107 E. Lewis St
A workshop (playshop) including ice-breakers, eye contact exercises, sharing feelings, observing our bodies… & radical self-awareness. Affectionate awareness! Come to any or all sessions.

Sunflower Oil Workshop
Facilitator: Laura Woinoski,
607-229-5081, info@whitehawk.org
Date: Oct. 2nd or 3rd (please check website or call), 1pm
Location: White Hawk Ecovillage, 6 miles south of Ithaca on 96B
Come learn how to press your own sunflower oil! In sync with the Green Buildings Open House tour, we are kicking off our monthly “Sustainable Series” – educational workshops on the how-to’s of sustainable living! Check www.whitehawk.org or call for date.

Tundra Basics: Igloo Workshop
Facilitator: Eugene Cain eug.Cain@gmail.com
Date: TBA (weather permitting)
Location: 13 Freese Rd. Varna, NY
Learn hands-on how to build an igloo.
Requirements: RSVP. Warm clothes. An empty recycle bin. Warm clothes. Gloves. Gloves. Gloves. Also, if you’ve got any ice picks or saws, bring ‘em.

Urban Gardening Skillshare/Ideashare
Facilitator: Gail Blake,
gail.dotsonblake@gmail.com, 607-342-8667
Date: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 5pm-7pm
Location: 212 Wood St., e-mail or call to confirm location for Oct. 13 & 20
Are you growing food in your yard, on your porch roof, on your driveway? Do you want to be? Now is the time to plan for next growing season! Come prepared to ask & answer questions about growing food in the city & creatively using space for gardening. Topics can include raised beds, container gardening, dealing with lead in soils, shade gardening, where to get materials, & others. In the first meeting we’ll look at my garden while there is light. If you have a downtown garden we can visit in later meetings, speak up now! RSVPs with a little about your needs, interests, & experience are appreciated. Folks with all levels of gardening experience, including none, are welcome.

What Style Is It? Common Architectural Styles in Tompkins County
Facilitator: Historic Ithaca Kristen Olson – kristen@historicithaca.org, (607) 273-6633
Date: Nov 20th 1pm-2pm
Location: 212 Center St., Ithaca NY
Learn to identify the most common architectural styles found in Tompkins County & see examples from the 1820s through the 1950s. Optional: bring a photo of your house, commercial building, or farm structure. A take-home identification guide is included. Advanced registration is appreciated but not required.


SUMMER 2010
The calendar below is the most up-to-date edition of the calendar. Please double-check times and locations below, as they may have been updated.

Animal Rights Sharing Circle
Facilitator: Ari Moore, ari@shirari.com, 607.821.0654
Date/Time: Tues. June 15, 7-9pm
Location: Fur People House, 212 N. Plain St. #1 (bottom buzzer)
Interested in veganism or animal rights but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for a facilitated dialogue about animal rights and how these issues relate to other struggles. This will be a safe, nonjudgmental space for us to talk about our feelings and ideas about animals, while enjoying some vegan treats. Seasoned activists / vegans welcome too – let’s learn from each other!

Basket Weaving With Willow Branches
Facilitator: Tammie O. – tammiecat06@yahoo.com
Dates /Times: Saturday June 12th @ 2PM
Location: In Stewart park on the north side of the circle
Learn how to weave baskets out of the long, slender branches of the weeping willow. Requirements: A small amount of thin string or yarn (will also be provided just in case)

Bike Class
Facilitator: Greg,Gregdov@gmail.com 631-745-9486
Dates /Times: Most Mondays 6:30
Location: RSVP for location
Come learn about bikes! Is there something you have wanted to know about your bike? Then this is the class for you. All levels of experience are welcome. We will spend time on both mechanical skills and fun activities.

City Sounds With Birds
Facilitator: David Gallahan davidgallahan@yahoo.com
Date/ Time: to be determined by weather, in communication with those that RSVP
For some years I’ve had an ongoing “project” of (mostly bike-based) whistling with the birds. I think this would be cool with a loosely connected group of people, all using the city sound space. This includes self-empowerment to be as loud with human noise as any of the machines which happen to be around.

Clunky, Funky and Awesome
Facilitator: Ethan Winn ethan@destratify.com
Dates/Times: July 13, 20, 27 @ 7pm and Aug 3rd @ 7pm
Location: 109 W. State St. 2nd floor
By maintaining, reusing and overhauling our trusty, mature computing equipment we can break free of the “timed obsolescence” scheme that drives a continual cycle of electronic consumption. We’ll go over how to strip out all the unnecessary bells and whistles that get bundled with new software, how to diagnose and fix common performance issues, and how to turn old computers into screaming machines with free, open source software.
No expenses, but feel free to bring your old laptops, computers and questions. We won’t be able to fix broken computers, but will address issues that slow down older machines.

Criminalization of Homosexuality during WWII
Film Screening: “Paragraph 175”
Facilitator: Maria 845-489-4780 maria.k.oldiges@gmail.com
Dates /Times: Thursday August 5 6pm-8pm
Location:
Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were sent to concentration camps under German law Paragraph 175 which forbade homosexual activity among men. Only 4,000 are known to have survived. “Paragraph 175” gives a vividly moving account of what it meant to be identified as LGBTQ during World War II and sheds light on one period in the history of the persecution of queers. It discusses the horrific realities of life (and death) in the concentration camps for Jewish and non-Jewish homosexual people, and the issue of homosexuality within Nazi ranks. Come learn about a little-known period of brutal queer repression. Light refreshments (homemade popcorn and cookies!) served. If you are able to, please bring your own seating (limited seating available).

NEW CLASS: d.i.t. (do it together) sustainability
facilitator: danny, danielbowers@yahoo.com
where: various locations, meet at tompkins county main library in ithaca
when: fridays at 5:20 (beginning immediately)
course description: we have the power to be what we need to survive these repressive times. but we cant do it alone, we can share our skills and knowledge about what we all can do to avoid spending all of our money at malls and expensive stores. i’ve facilitated this class in portland, oregon with wonderful success! if you are interested in engineering and designing sustainable systems (wtf?) its not as hard as it sounds. choose the opportunity and ability to be creative, similar to tjhe ways that our ancestors have for countless centuries. sustainability can be defined as many things; it is the ability to take control of our lives, ensuring the continuation of a healthy ecosystem. while we grow the future. bring vegan snacks please.

D.I.Y. Movie-Making III – The Musical
Facilitator: Shira Golding, shiragolding@gmail.com, 607-821-0654
Date/Time: Thursday, June 10, 7pm
Location: Zombie House, 212 N. Plain St. #1
We’re making a musical and you can be a part of it! The makers of last year’s enviro-zombie-thriller Frac Attack are working on a new project and there are tons of ways to get involved. Come to this meeting if you want to help in any way – singing, dancing, acting, song-writing, script-writing, editing, casting, make-up, choreography, food, costumes, publicity, producing…All skill levels welcome, no $ or materials needed, RSVP appreciated. Join the Facebook group to get updates: facebook.com/group.php?gid=99887877920

First Time Home Buyers
Facilitator: Better Housing for Tompkins County – homebuy@betterhousing.org
Dates/ Times: June 22, July 20, Aug 24 Check website for times
Location: check http://www.betterhousingtc.org
The workshops introduce first time home buyers to our guest banker and realtor and provide some preliminary information about buying and owning a home. Participants are informed about the organization’s counseling and financial assistance as well as introduced to basic process of searching for a home, what to expect, and what to look out for.

Free Food Preservation Workshops (Ongoing)
With IthaCan, check in at http://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.

Friendface 101: Intro to Social Networking
Facilitator: Ari Moore, ari@shirari.com, 607.821.0654
Dates/ Times: Mon. June 7, 7-9pm
Location: The House of Radical Geekery, 212 N. Plain St. #1 (bottom buzzer)
Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Delicious, and other social technology websites can be time-wasting replacements for human interaction – but used right, they can instead be an effective way for us to publicize events and services, share radical ideas, meet incredible people, and contribute to social change. Walking through popular sites together, we’ll talk about how to choose which ones to join, how to have fun and get results without wasting a lot of time, and how to protect your privacy and copyrights. The workshop will be tailored to the skill levels and interests of those who come.

Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine
Facilitator: Aanna, Mecklenburg.angel@gmail.com
Dates/Times: Every other Thursday, beginning June 10 4:30-6:30PM
Location: The FLAME (Finger Lakes Action Medics and Educators) Garden, downtown Ithaca
Interested in treating yourself and others with locally grown herbal remedies? In this ongoing class we’ll be outside planting, cultivating, and harvesting medicinal herbs in our new community garden plot. We’ll develop an evolving garden map and Materia Medica for every herb we plant, and become familiar with the habitat, growing cycle, and sustainable harvest of all the medicinals in our garden. Although classes are biweekly, participants are encouraged to visit their garden regularly. Beginning gardeners/herbalists welcome! Requirements: Email well ahead to get directions & rain dates.

Historical Preservation Basics Series
Facilitator: Kristen Olson – kristen@historicithaca.org, (607) 273-6633
Dates/ Times: June 19th, July 17th, Aug 21st at1pm
Location: 212 Center Street, Ithaca NY (Historic Ithaca’s headquarters)
Preservation Basics Series. June 19 Historic Ithaca presents a series of free, monthly classes on local history and historic preservation topics, called the Preservation Basics Series. June 19 “How to Research Your House History” Learn how to assemble a complete history of a residence, commercial structure, or farm building using resources in Historic Ithaca’s library and other repositories in Tompkins County. A take-home research guide is included.
July 17 “The Evolution of the Kitchen, 1790 to 2010” From cooking fires to microwaves, farm tables to granite countertops, we trace the historical evolution of kitchen fashion, technology, and sanitation in the U.S.
August 21 “The Evolution of Home and Street Lighting, 1709 to 2010” From candles and coal gas to LEDs and compact florescents, learn about the historical evolution of home and street lighting in the Eastern U.S. No registration is required, but a donation is suggested.

Ivan Illich Study Group
Facilitator: David Gallahan davidgallahan@ yahoo.com
Dates/ Times: to be determined in communication with those that RSVP.
Location: RSVP for details
This most brilliant cultural critic of the 1970s hit the nail on the head with a series of books (Deschooling Society, Medical Nemesis, Tools for Conviviality, Towards a History of Needs, & more). When the Institutional Revolution he called for hadn’t happened by the late 70s, he investigated what was in the way: “a deeper search for the submerged assumptions that had made the institutions he had tried to change so intractable.” His books (spanning 1969 to 2005) are deep and exciting, with a series of insights that await our understanding.

Hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale 101
Facilitators: Maria – 845-489-4780 maria.k.oldiges@gmail.com
& Ryan 607-592-5208 ryancloverowens@gmail.com
Dates/ Times: Thursdays July 22, July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Aug. 26 6pm-7:30pm
Location: TC Workers’ Center, above Autumn Leaves on the Commons (location may change as the class progresses)
RSVP required by July 20. Class limit 18. It’s back!! Hydrofracking 101, or Shaleshock 101, is being held again for all y’all that missed it the first time. By now you’ve probably heard a thing or two on the radio, from your neighbors, or in the newspapers about hydrofracking. This class is intended to demystify the process of hydrofracking (you don’t have to be an ‘expert’ to understand it!) and to provoke thoughts about what it means for our community. Come learn about how hydrofracking works and put it in a global social, political, and economic context. This class will be based in experiential learning and all participants are encouraged to engage in discussions.

Juggle, Spin, Hoop
Facilitators: Lily and Tori – 732 822 0415 pipylotta@gmail.com
Date/Time: Friday June 11th 6:30PM
Location: 1012 N. Cayuga St.
Learn how to make some basic toys and how to play with them. We will demonstrate assembling a set of poi spinners, juggling balls and a hula hoop. Come see how to use some simple tools and materials in a DIY style. Then learn some basic moves – play with us! We suggest bringing some balloons of different colors if you want to take something home.

Know Your Rights with Debtors
Facilitator: Jesse salaud@riseup.net
Date / Time: August 29, 3 pm
Location: TC Workers Center 115 The commons (above Autumn Leaves)
Are you or someone you know being sued or threatened because of a credit card / consumer debt? If so, you are not alone. Very many people are the victims of a powerful creditor’s oppressive collection tactics which may go beyond their legal rights. They only get away with this because people can not afford a lawyer or do not understand how to fight back themselves. While this training will not give you legal advice or make you a lawyer, it will give you some practical tools to understand the basics of the collections law, legal procedure and point you in the right direction to defend yourself (Pro se). You will also learn about how to access free resources to get legal help.

Know Your Rights Film Screening: “10 Rules for Dealing with the Police”
Facilitator: Maria K. Oldiges 845-489-4780 maria.k.oldiges@gmail.com
Dates/Times: Thursday June 3 6pm-8pm
Location: TC Workers’ Center, above Autumn Leaves on the Commons
Have you ever had an encounter with the police? What can you do if officers knock on your door or stop you on the sidewalk? By knowing your rights in any interaction with law enforcement on the street, in your home, or at work, you can avoid unnecessary stress and possibly prevent a trip to jail. If we can protect ourselves and each other by understanding our rights and having strong security culture, we empower our communities against policing and injustice. In this film by Flex Your Rights, you’ll learn exactly what you can, should, and should not do. “10 Rules for Dealing with the Police” addresses many issues facing communities of color in the U.S., and its content is intended to reflect these oppressive realities. Post-film discussion. Refreshments served.

Know Your Rights in the Workplace
Facilitator: Linda Holzbaur lindaworkerscenter@gmail.com, 607.269-0409.
Dates/ Times: June 8th 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: The Workers Center, above Autumn Leaves Used Books on the Commons
Can my boss do that? A question every person who’s ever had a job has asked. You do have some rights — and a surprising lack of them in other areas. Come to a presentation with questions, answers and conversations about wage and hours, termination, discrimination, breaks and other aspects of labor. The Workers Center seeks to uphold what is legal and pushes for what is moral: respect for all human beings in the workplace.

Literary Gathering/Talking- Reading-Writing-&-Eating- Party!
Facilitator: Emily Rand (781)-608-4388
Location: 137 Fayette st. #1 in Ithaca!
NOTE CHANGE: Date/ Time: Thursday, June 3rd 9 p.m.
A time and place to enjoy words and sentences and poems and stories and songs and plays and each others’ brains and cooking. Bring something you love that you read (from your favorite book, maybe, or the wall of a public bathroom– you don’t have to bring the wall, just the words that were on it)! Bring your latest verbal creation to share! Bring an idea for a writing exercise or game we can do together! Bring a little piece of feast! Bring one of those things or some of them or all of them. I’ll try to bring at least one of each, probably more. We’re all of us and each of us the teacher.

Origami Night
Facilitator: Heather Contact: Heatherdengler@gmail.com
Dates/Times: Tuesdays at 7:00-11:00pm (unless there is a show that night)
Location: The Shop, 312 E Seneca
Great at origami? Terrible at it but inclined anyway? Come hang out at The Shop and fold little pieces of paper. Bring paper! Or instructions! Or share my instructions! If you make something good I may try to eat it.

Play and Learning
Facilitator: McKenzie Jones-Rounds, grasswriter@gmail.com, 717-903-4871 Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Varies
Parents and caregivers of young children, expectant parents, and lovers of children are invited to meet and socialize with other families for a weekly playgroup. Gatherings will be very informal but focused on learning through play and could include discussions of parenting styles, teaching philosophies, and childhood development. Activities may include singing, reading, painting, hiking, swimming, etc. All participants are encouraged to co-facilitate playgroups.
Requirements: Please RSVP as location will vary and is subject to change depending on weather, number of participants, age of children, etc.

Pressure Canning Meat Based Chili
Facilitator: Katie Quinn-Jacobs 277-7991
Date/Time: August 21st, 8am to 12pm
Location: 52 Sodom Rd., Ithaca
Pressure canning is a more advanced canning technique that allows us to put up low acid foods. Whole meals, like stew and chili, can be preserved this way. Ready-to-eat home canned foods are great on nights when dinner is rushed or if you have unexpected guests. Simple lunch to follow. Because processing takes a long time… we will need to start at 8am sharp. Requirements:Limit 8 participants. Students must RSVP. If you have a pressure canner, please bring it. If you don’t have a canner, that’s fine too. Organic ingredients (purchased from local farmers) and jars will be purchased by Kate, then the group will split the cost.

Queer Erotica Writing Group
Facilitator: Maria 845-489-4780 maria.k.oldiges@gmail.com
Dates/Times: Wednesdays June 16, June 30, July 14 7-8:30 pm
Location: TC Workers’ Center, above Autumn Leaves on the Commons
Exactly what it sounds like! A bunch of queers write (c)literotica that is unabashedly queer or has queer themes, then come together to share our work with each other, peer-critique and peer-edit. We will generally focus on literary or drawn queer erotica (e.g. poetry, short story, spoken word) but other media are also welcome. The end goal of this group is to produce a collection of community-generated queer erotica to be compiled into a zine (although contributing to the zine is entirely optional). This group will be a SAFER SPACE and sex-positive environment. Oppressive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. People of all genders and sexual preferences are welcome. It’s time we brought sex out of the sheets and onto our pages! Participants are encouraged to come to all sessions. Please RSVP by June 12. Vegan refreshments served.

Really Easy Blogging with WordPress
Facilitator: Ari Moore,ari@shirari.com,607.821.0654
CHANGED: Dates/ Times: Thurs. July 15, 7-9pm
Location: The House of Radical Geekery, 212 N. Plain St. #1 (bottom buzzer)
Bring your own computer and follow along or just watch as we tour through a WordPress.com website – whether you have a WordPress blog already, are interested in setting one up, use a different service but want some basic tips about how to be a better blogger, even if you don’t know what a blog is yet. We’ll go over common tasks and talk about best practices. WordPress is a user-friendly open-source blogging technology people can use to set up whole websites for free. The workshop will be tailored to the skill levels and interests of those who come.

Sing-A-Long II
Facilitator: Shira Golding, shiragolding@gmail.com, 607-821-0654
Day/Time: Saturday, July 17, 7pm
Location: Jamboree House, 212 N. Plain St. #1
Do you like singing with friends?! I’ve got seven binders full of guitar chords – Tom Petty, Mirah, Cat Stevens, Gillian Welch, David Bowie, Devendra Banhart and more. Come with your voice and any instruments you want. You can also bring your own lyrics and chords to share (1 copy is fine). Vegan snacks and drinks welcome, RSVP appreciated.

Tales from the Midnight Sun: A Six Part Dialogue on the Mysterious Norse Mythology
Facilitator: David Westlake MA – (607) 262-0318 or westlake.david@gmail.com
Dates/Times: June 2,9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Location: Buffalo St. Books in Dewitt Mall
We will investigate the more popular stories from Norse mythology. While reviewing these myhts or discovering them for the first time we will also investigate possible symbolic meaning behind them. No previous knowledge of these wonderful stories is required, just curiosity and a willingness to explore imaginative realms. I. Cosmogony and Cosmology, II. Odin, the Tree and Asgaard,III. Thor and the Giants,IV. Tales of Adventure, V. Loki and Ragnorok, VI. Final Discussion and Potluck

TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release)
Facilitator: Kristin Lang, 607-220-4032
Date/Time: June 22 3pm
Location: Park across from Hickeys Music
Do you believe all living creatures including feral and stray cats deserve compassion, care and protection for their entire lives? Would you like to make an immediate difference in not only the quality of life of cats, but the people within your community? Come learn about TNR, (trap-neuter-release) the most effective way to manage healthy feral cat populations.

Your Name in Print: Press Release Skillshare
Facilitator: Shira Golding, shiragolding@ gmail.com, 607-821-0654
Day/Time: Tuesday, August 17, 7pm
Location: Media Magic House, 212 N. Plain St. #1
Wondering how to get your cool project featured on local and national TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines? It’s all about the press release! Let’s get together to share sample press releases and discuss strategies for getting covered by the fourth estate. Vegan snacks and drinks welcome, RSVP appreciated.

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