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Look for our calendar at: Tompkins County Public Library, Southside Community Center, Gimme Coffee (Cayuga St.), Alternatives Library (Cornell), Greenstar West End and Greenstar Oasis, Autumn Leaves Used Books, The Shop, and GIAC.

Download the PDF of the calendar here:

Oct – Dec 2015 Calendar and also Oct – Dec 2015 Class Descriptions

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Advanced Medicine Making-Proportions, Ratios and Rationales

Who: 7Song

When:12/5 7-8:30 pm

Where: Bramble Herb Shop 118 W Green St

An advanced medicine making class to discuss the numbers and ratios used to put together tinctures, glycerites, teas and other medicines. We will cover types of menstruums used to prepare medicines as well what percentages of alcohol to make tinctures of fresh and dried tinctures. There will be class demonstrations for preparing some of these medicine.


A Novel Idea: Monthly Bookclub @ Argos Inn


When: 10/7, 11/4, 12/2 7-9pm

Where: Argos Inn 408 E State St

Join us at 7pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month at Bar Argos where BSB’s Asha Sanaker will lead a fun and lively discussion on a different book each month. All the while, the skilled bar staff of Bar Argos will craft you something tasty to sip. Books and fancy cocktails, just what your Wednesday needed!


Author Readings @ Buffalo St. Books

Who: Buffalo St Books

When: Dates below

Where: Buffalo St Books 215 N Cayuga St

11/8, 2–3pm – Janet McNally, 10/24, 2–4pm-Dave Hall and Jon Ulrich, 10/22, 5– 6pm – Stephen Greene, 10/17, 3–4pm – Judith Sornberger, 10/16, 5:30–6:30pm – Julia Cassaniti, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14 at 5–6:30pm- Wolfsmouth, 10/11, 2–3pm – George Drew, 10/10, 3-4pm – Caleb Rossiter,  10/8, 5–6pm – Sung J. Woo


Ballet Folklorico de Ithaca

Who: Juliana Garcia

Where: Southside Community Center 305 S Plain St

When: Mondays 7pm

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.


Blues Dancing – All Levels

Who: Howard Chong

When: 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 6-7:30pm

Where: RSVP for location,


Blues dancing is a partner and solo dance form, danced all across the US and globally. It emphasizes blues music and improvisation. My goal is to teach dance-conversation and listening to your own body. You’ll be surprised by what you find. This class is appropriate for all levels and body abilities.


Clothing Swap Blowout! – Freeskool Fundraiser

Who: Ithaca Freeskool Organizers

When: 10/18 4-6pm

Where: 514 N Aurora St  

This is going to be a big one! Clean out those closets. Find your perfect Fall/Winter outfit. Anyone is welcome -all shapes, sizes, and genders- even without any clothes to contribute. Snacks provided. $2-5 donations per person requested. Funds go to support production of Freeskool calendar and events. Let’s keep this great resource alive!


Compost w/ Confidence

Who: Adam Michaelides, 272-2292.

When: 10/31 11am

Where: Compost Demonstration site is at at the SOUTHEAST side of the farmers market pavilion, near the newly-paved waterfront trail to 3rd St

Local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting! Each class of this FREE series covers composting basics, and a different focal topic is addressed each month (see below) to help you address any compost issue you may encounter. Stop by for one or all classes, and bring your composting questions! To sign up in advance, email Adam Michaelides, or call (607) 272-2292. October 31 – “Winter Composting” – How to extend the composting season well into the cold months and the preparations necessary to ensure successful composting over the winter.


Consumer’s Rights & Responsibilities in the Marketplace

Who: Carole R. Fisher Consumer & Food Safety Educator 272-2292 ext. 144

When: 10/8 11-1pm

Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension 615 Willow Ave

In this Consumer Issues Program, NYS Assistant Attorney General Mike Danaher will discuss ways consumers can be more informed when they make their purchasing decisions. The public is invited to learn how to avoid consumer problems and what to do if a problem occurs.Following the presentation, members of the public have the opportunity to consult individually with Attorney Danaher regarding any consumer issue they have been unsuccessful resolving locally. Individuals should arrive by 12:30pm for a consultation. For more information call the Consumer HelpLine at 272-2292 weekdays from 11AM to 3PM.


Contemporary Conversation: Sexuality

Who: Johnson Museum of Art

Where: 114 Central Ave

When: 10/1 Sexuality 11/5:  Race 12/3 Gender

This free series will examine focused topics and current issues using a specifically chosen work of art on the first Thursday of the month. Each open dialogue will be led by Cornell professors, staff, and Museum professionals (to be announced).



Who: Marietta Synodis  

When: 10/14, 11/11, 12/9 5:30-7pm

Where: RSVP for location

Come practice your español in a safe, nurturing environment. Please note: this is not a Spanish-language class. The goal for these gatherings is to practice your conversation skills.


Cover Crop Workshop for Organic Vegetable Growers

Who: Paul Salon 562-8404

When: 10/16 9:30am – 3:30pm

Where:USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center 3266 Route 352 Big Flats, NY 14814

Learn how cover crops can benefit your vegetable farm. This day-long workshop will include presentations by staff from Cornell University and NRCS. Schedule: Registration 9:30 am – 10 am, Indoor presenters 10:00 am – 12:15 pm, Lunch 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm, Cover Crop and Reduced Tillage 1:15 pm – 3:30 pm. Check here for more info:


Dacha Projects

Who: Dacha crew

When: RSVP for dates

Where: Dacha Project homestead, Freeville RSVP for location

We are a group of friends who built our own earth-bermed home, created a garden, lived off-grid for 6 years, and are still working on all kinds of homesteader projects. If you are interested in permaculture, straw bale, gardening, off-grid systems, construction or starting your own community or sustainable project – get in touch. We will be working on different things throughout the fall and you can jump in. We can give you a tour and answer any questions you might have about this type of living. You can see more about us at


Feral Fitness

Who: Brad Dingman

When: Mondays 10/5—11/30, RSVP for time

Where: various locations

Being fit means to be well adapted to a given environment.  But we are primates whose bodies evolved to move to meet our needs within wild habitats – not sit, be sedentary and indoors behind screens.  Let’s get together and explore some natural movements.  Train for the zombie apocalypse, crawl, jump, squat, climb, etc.  For beginners, but participants should be able to run (or at least walk/run) one to two miles.  


Fermentation 101: Sauerkraut

Who: Silas Conroy 814-380-0963

When: 12/1 6pm

Where: Crooked Carrot Kitchen, 1230 Danby Rd

Come to the Crooked Carrot kitchen to learn the basics of vegetable lacto-fermentation from some of Ithaca’s professional “pickle-whisperers”: basic techniques, history, health benefits, politics, and more! We’ll taste ferments from finished barrels, have a discussion, and then make a batch of sauerkraut together to demonstrate basic techniques of cabbage processing, correct salting, pounding/abrading, packing, and setting up for fermentation/aging.


First People’s Festival

Who: Fabina Colon Diversity & Inclusion Educator 272-2292

When:10/3 10-5:30pm

Where: Dewitt Park

The First Peoples’ Festival is a celebration of Indigenous peoples of New York State with traditional music, crafts, displays and foods. We provide an educational opportunity for the public to learn more about the traditions and unlearn the stereotypes connected with Indigenous cultures. The First Peoples’ Festival is in Dewitt Park in partnership with Ithaca’s Apple Harvest Festival.


Free Food Preservation Workshops

Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at, 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

When: 12/6 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.


Herbal Approaches for Colds and Flus   

Who: 7Song    

When: 12/4 6-8pm    

Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar 139 W State St  

This is a class for anyone interested in learning how to use herbal medicines to help prevent and treat colds and flus. The class will cover the differences between these two common respiratory viruses and as well as various treatment strategies. By the end of the class, participants should have practical new ways for helping get through these conditions.


Herbal Presentations

Who: Northeast School of Botanical Medicine

When: 10/10 & 10/11 10-5pm

Where: Ithaca Free Clinic, 521 West Seneca St  

Each year, the students of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine present 30-minute lectures on topics surrounding health, herbalism, first aid, and more.


Introduction to Basic Auto Maintenance: Checking Fluids & Doing Oil Changes

Who: Rose Nuffer

When: 10/17 4pm

Where: Parking Lot of Neighborhood Pride, 210 Hancock St

Come prepared for hands on learning! If you’d like to change your oil, bring the appropriate oil filter and oil, which you can ask for and purchase at any auto store such as Auto Zone, Advanced Auto, or Napa. Tools will be provided. This will be a safe space for all individuals to learn/share info.


Israeli Folk Dancing

Who: Nomi

When: Most Mondays 5:30-7pm; email 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: Saturdays 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


Ithaca Folk Song Swaps

Who: Eric 273-1154

When: 10/25 2-5pm, Nov and Dec dates TBA

Where: Crow’s Nest Café 115 The Commons Upstairs from Autumn Leaves Books

Let’s get together and sing.  We’re looking for people in the Ithaca area who want to get together to lead a folk song, and join in on others’ songs.  We’ll welcome traditional ballads, chanteys, & songs, as well as contemporary songs with traditional roots.  Bring your acoustic instrument or sing a cappella.  We’ll take turns going around the circle to lead or request a song.  One person guides the turn-taking, encourages beginners, discourages noisy side conversations, and generally tries to keep things on track. Let’s build a stronger Ithaca-based network of folksingers.  Come sing us a song!


Loaves and Fishes

Who: Loaves and Fishes 272 5457

When: Mon, Wed, Fri 12-1pm Tues, Thurs 5:30-6:30pm

Where: 210 North Cayuga St

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. Great volunteer opportunities available – help cook for your community.


Phoenix Vinyl

Who: galileo copernicus st. clara

When: 10/15 7pm

Where: Clinton Building (New Roots)

Learn to clean vinyl records! Bring back your favorite singer from beyond the grave. Beneath dirt, fingerprints, and dustbunnies is a groove just waiting to be uncovered by a diamond in the rough like you. You might be surprised at how a crackling, popping haunted icy blizzard will be transformed into a gentle ghostly serenade by the campfire. Practice on some free records so that when you finally find that rare copy of Sgt. Peppers in the trash, you can skip right over it & grab that sadly neglected masterpiece by Yoko Ono, listened to just once & abandoned to the sands of time. Until now, the phoenix rises. Supplies provided. Take home a record of your choosing!


Science Cabaret
Who: Ithaca Science Cabaret
When: 10/6, 10/27, 11/10, 12/15 7pm
Where: Coltivare 235 S. Cayuga St & The Space @ Greenstar 700 W. Buffalo St.
One Tuesday a month Science Cabaret mixes science, art, and audience participation in an exquisite cocktail. Ithaca’s Science Cabaret was inspired by the Cafe Scientifique movement, which started in Europe in the late 1990’s and has spread rapidly. Cafes Scientifiques are informal talks in bars, cafes and other public venues that give like-minded people a chance to discuss current and sometimes controversial topics in science. The Ithaca Science Cabaret is organized by local professors, graduate students and members of the Ithaca community. 10/6 – Gavin Sacks and Autumn Stoscheck return for Cider & Science. Special Location: The Space @ GreenStar. Join us for the science of Cheese & Cider pairings. In collaboration with Finger Lakes Cider Week. 10/27 – Your Finger Lakes Neighbors Role Play Climate Science. Join us for an interactive & entertaining evening part of “Seal the Cracks” Local Carbon Offset Week. 11/10 – David Kilpatrick – Psychology faculty at SUNY Cortland – on Magic & Deception. 12/15 – Cornell Plant Scientists Shawn Kenaley & Ally McLean discuss holiday parasites (mistletoe and poinsettias).


Skill Share at the Ithaca Community Garden

Who: Chrys Gardener Commercial / Community Horticulture Educator 272-2292

When: 10/10, 10/22 10-11am

Where: Ithaca Community Gardens Carpenter Circle at 3rd Street near Ithaca Farmers’ Market

Join us for an informal skill share at the Ithaca Community Gardens, held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, and the second Saturday of the month from 10-11 am. At each skill share we will discuss a seasonal gardening topic, walk around to look at successes and challenges in the garden plots, and do some planting, pest control or harvesting in the demonstration plot. Meet near the gate into the south section of garden plots. Saturday, October 10, 10am – Planting Garlic and Seed Saving, Thursday, October 22, 6:30pm – Cover Cropping


Sonic  Ark

Who: Genesis P. Sega

When: 12/03 RSVP for time

Where: TBA / RSVP

Gather together folks! for an abstract musical free improv. Some instruments will be provided, and you’re welcome to bring your own but keep in mind that this event is hoping to veer away from loud amps and drumsets, and “rock” music in general. Screeching & screaming is by no means prohibited, but keep in mind that some of the instruments will be acoustic. Listening is as vital to playing, as the silence between notes is to the melody. Musical backgrounds of all levels of experience welcomed. Discover that the power is already within you to play and create.


Tarot Mirrours sruorriM toraT

Who: Harris Aleister Smith

When: 11/10, 6pm

Where: Sacred Root

Fascinated by tarot, but don’t know where to begin? Create your own! Explore the concept of tarot as a chameleon and a rorschach, using our relationship to visual art to reveal deep inner truths and perhaps even divinations. In this class you will be selecting from elements of found objects, collage, drawing, painting, poetry, and traditional symbolism. The class is intended to help folks develop an intuitive relationship to imagery and dreaming, before we get too deeply steeped in traditional meanings and messages. Philosophizing welcomed!


Thriving With Your Spirited Child

Who: Jennifer Gray Parenting Educator 272-2292

When: 10/19, 10/26 6-8pm

Where: Newfield Elementary School 247 Main St, Newfield

Learn about your child’s temperament (and yours), how to develop effective strategies for dealing with temper tantrums, power struggles and other challenging behaviors in this FREE 7-week class series for parents and caregivers. What makes a spirited child? The key word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is “more” – more intense, more persistent, more sensitive, and more uncomfortable with change. The spirited child can easily overwhelm parents, leaving them feeling frustrated and ineffective. Workshop will focus on helping parents and caregivers: understand a child’s temperamental traits, identify cues leading up to challenging behavior, cope with tantrums and blow-ups when they do occur, develop strategies for reducing or eliminating power struggles (especially at mealtime, bedtime, dressing) Workshop is led by trained facilitators Mark Jasinski and Judy Burrill and meets on Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00pm. Free childcare is available if you register by Friday October 16. No one may join this series after Oct 26, 2015.


Tompkins Time Traders Orientation   

Who: Margaret Soulstein    

When: 10/4, 11/1, 12/6 4:30 – 6:30pm

Where: See    

Tompkins Time Traders (T3) is a time bank where services and goods are exchanged with time as the only currency.  Everyone’s time is valued equally, so an hour of specialized skills (i.e. dentistry, plumbing or carpentry) is equal to an hour of traditionally undervalued labor (i.e. eldercare, childcare or cooking). The orientation is geared toward people who have applied ( or are ready to sign up. Not sure, but interested in learning more? You’re welcome to come too! 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.  RSVP to The orientation is 4:30-5:30pm with a potluck 5:30-6:30pm; please bring your own plates, cups, utensils.


Woodcut/ Linocut Relief Print Class   

Who: Brittany Behling & James Byrne    

When: 10/3 6pm   

Where:  My house, Slaterville Rd- rsvp for exact address!    

Come learn how to make your very own prints!! Relief printing is great for hand-printing, along with being a great medium to use for patches, cards, t-shirts, posters, or just an awesome piece of art in general. We’ll supply the carving tools and ink, you just come with either a linoleum or wood block and whatever material you’d like to print on. BYOB if you’d like, just be responsible!!


WRFI Community Workshops

Who: Ryan Clover-Owens

When: 10/24 Journalism Intensive & Nov dates TBA

Where: WRFI: 103 W. Seneca St. Suite 305

It’s HAPPENING – another season of workshops for the WRFI Staff Community and beyond. Perhaps you want to hone your craft? Or maybe you want to invite someone to learn about radio and possibly use these skills in service of community journalism. Note: both the WRFI News Team, and Eco Defense Radio are accepting applications for new members. You got it, This season focuses primarily on radio journalism, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from experienced professionals! Also, if you’re new (or know someone who is) these are a HUGE opportunity to get started in radio. Oct – Radio Journalism Intensive, November – Interviewing for radio.


WRFI Community Radio Ride-Along

Who: Jim Murphy

When:Weds starting Oct. 14th  

Where: WRFI: 103 W. Seneca St. Suite 305

This is an invitation to visit the Ithaca Watkins Glen Morning Show, 7AM Tues & Weds, 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.


Why Do You Parent The Way You Do?

Who:Jennifer Gray Parenting Educator 272-2292

When: 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17  6-8pm

Where: Groton Elementary School 516 Elm St,Groton

Many factors influence our children and how we parent. Every family, every child is different and unique. Why do we do what we do? Why do we make the decisions we make?  Come together with others to share information and discuss issues that directly influence parenting and family life in this FREE 6- week series, led by Mary Hicks and Megan Redmond. Workshop discussion topics include: parenting styles and discipline, child development, cultural influences, and environmental issues. Note: Participation closed after October 20. To register: call (607) 272-2292 or email (put “parenting workshop registration” in the subject heading).  Call by Friday October 9 for free childcare.

Freeskool is run by an all-volunteer staff. We can always use your help if you can give it. We accept donations online at and are always looking for organizers. Thanks, community!


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