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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:

Summer Calendar 2015 and also  Class Descriptions Summer 2015


Alternatives Library 40th Anniversary Dinner & Open House

Who: Alternatives Library

When: 7/1 5-9pm

Where: Alternatives Library 127 Anabel Taylor Hall Cornell University Campus

Come celebrate the Alternatives Library’s 40th Anniversary! Throughout its years, the Alternatives Library has expanded to become a multifaceted organization–supporting innovative programs in arts, education, and social change. This event is free and open to the public. With food, music, presentations, and activities for kids – now’s your chance to visit the Alternatives Library! (free parking after 5pm)


A Novel Idea: Monthly Bookclub @ Argos Inn


When: 6/3, 7/1, 8/5 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!


Art Journaling

Who: Jeni

When: 6/7, 7/12, 8/23 2-5pm

Where: My House RSVP for location

Art Journaling; learn how to bind your own journal, what supplies to use (mediums), techniques,and design theory. Purchase of supplies may be required for the class. Some supplies provided. RSVP – limited space.


Art Force Five   

Who: Art Force Five

When: 7/16 1pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room

Art Force Five, the art heroes group from Alfred University’s Drawn to Diversity program, will perform an interactive presentation at the Library for children & young adults! The program will include: a one-hour interactive ‘creativity over conflict’ workshop; two craft stations: clothespin superhero construction and a make-a-cape station; and a comic exhibit highlighting the history of comic books with parallels drawn to the civil rights movement. Support for the Summer Reading Program comes from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation thanks to funding from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks Family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.


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.


Bike Mechanic Basics

Who: Greg  631-745-9486

When: 7/12 1:30-3:30pm

Where: Press Bay Alley

Demystify your bike! We won’t be doing much actual repair but rather going over basics.  We will focus on; bike anatomy, thinking about systems and what they do, diagnostics and basic repairs.  Please bring a bike and a multi-tool if you have them.  No experience required!


Bike Repair   

Who: Quinn Kelly

When:Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:30pm, Sat 11-1pm

Where: Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles 530 W Buffalo St

Do you like bikes? Do you know about bikes? Do you want to learn about bikes? If you answered yes to ANY of those questions you should consider volunteering at Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles. We are a community bike shop that has been helping people to repair their bikes since 1991. If you would be interested in spending a couple of hours helping people in your community, improving your mechanical skills, and getting your hands greasy please contact Quinn Kelly with your availability. Mechanical skills are helpful but not necessary.


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


Compost with Confidence

Who: CCE Adam Michaelides 272-2292

When: 6/27, 7/25, 8/29 11-12pm

Where: SOUTHEAST side of the farmers market pavilion

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 special topics are added each month from June through October will help you address any compost issue you may encounter! Take one or all classes! Bring your composting questions! To sign up in advance, email Adam.


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 summer 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


Digital Autonomy 101

Who: Cameron

When: RSVP for details!

Where: RSVP for details!

What do you imagine when you think of The Internet? When you text or email a friend, how does your message make it from inside your head onto the screen of their phone— and who else might be able to see it? This one-off, crash-course workshop aims to empower you to make more informed decisions about the technologies you use and implicitly trust every day. Learn, via play and experimentation, how technologies such as the Internet, wireless devices, and cryptography work— and don’t work— so that you can maintain autonomy, security, and privacy. All experience levels welcome!


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


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 Fundraiser

Who: Freeskool Organizers

When: 8/15 7-9pm

Where: CommonSpot 126 ¾ The Commons

Get to know the people behind Freeskool: the teachers, the artists and the fun-doers! Enjoy snacks, button-making, screen-printing, awesome raffle prizes and more. Come mingle and play with the people from the community! Free hair cuts!


Gardener’s Pot Swap Recycling Event

Who: Monika Roth 272-2292 ext.126

When: 6/19-6/24 9-6pm

Where: CCE-Tompkins Education Center 615 Willow Avenue

This is a FREE opportunity for gardeners to recycle their plastic plant containers instead of throwing them away. You may take away as many pots as you can use, too!


Guardians of the Galaxy      

Who: Regina DeMauro

When: 6/26 6pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library

Kick off our super hero-themed teen summer reading program with a free showing of Guardians of the Galaxy. This event is geared towards people entering grades 6-12 in the fall.

Support for this event comes from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation thanks to funding from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks Family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.


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: 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


Ithaca Folk Song Swaps

Who: Eric 273-1154

When: 6/21, 7/26 2-5pm  Aug 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!


Kamana Naturalist Study Group

Who: Simone Lackey @ Regenerate Wild 607 229 2644

When:  6/4, 6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27 6-9pm

Where: 484 Bailor Rd. Brooktondale

A study group guided by the Kamana Naturalist Training Program.  We will be practicing naturalist skills, sharing & expanding our geographical, climate/weather, plant, animal and ecological awareness, mapping and documenting our studies and sharing & supporting each other’s process. Potluck at 6, study group at 7.

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


Medicinal Plant Walk

Who: Greg  631-745-9486

When:  7/25 1:30pm

Where: Farmers Market (Behind Eve’s Cidery)

Lets go for a walk and talk about  plants.  We will ID some things, cover uses, talk about medicine making… Feel free to bring ID books if you want to.  No experience necessary!


Preskool Teacher/Early Childhood Educators & Caregivers 1st Annual Song-Share

Who: Grace; 203-915-0529

When: 8/23, 2-3PM

Where: Tompkins Park, North Cayuga Street near Cascadilla (in Ithaca)

“Old McDonald” wearing you out? “You Are My Sunshine” making you blue? Build or refresh your repertoire of songs to sing at circle time, or anytime! Bring a simple or not-so-simple song to share. Open to anyone who regularly cares for children aged 0-6 years old, and to children of all ages. Contact Grace with any questions.


Poetry and Technology

Who: Liza Flum and Maggie Jack

When: 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23 7-8pm

Where: Tompkins Public Library study room

Please join one technologist and one poet in an interdisciplinary class exploring the intersections between poetry and tech. The class will involve writing and reading poetry, and also working with technological tools to create, analyze, and publish poems. We will tailor the class to students’ interests. The capstone will involve publishing poetry either in text online or in sound on the air.


Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) monthly meeting


When: Monthly on the 1st Monday 6:30-8pm

Where: Buffalo Street Books backroom 215 North Cayuga Street

SCBWI is the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. It’s an international organization with local affiliates. Locally, we are primarily a group of aspiring authors and illustrators with a couple of pros tossed in and the meetings either feature a guest speaker  or a writing/illustrating exercise.


Super Game On Summer!  

Who: Regina DeMauro

When: Mondays 7/6-8/24 3-5pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library

Join us every Monday afternoon for superhero-themed RPGs, Marvel’s Legendary, and many other awesome games. Snacks and refreshments are provided. We meet in the Borg Warner West Community Room.


Teen Summer Reading Challenge       

Who: Regina DeMauro

When: 6/29-8/29

Where: Tompkins County Public Library

For teens entering grades 6-12 in the fall. Receive a free book with registration! Read at least 20 minutes a day to earn raffle tickets and other great prizes. Receive a free water bottle when you turn in your game board. All materials can be found at the Tompkins County Public Library or online at


Tomp-con Mini Comic-con   

Who: Regina DeMauro

When: 8/29, 12-5pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library

Couldn’t get out to San Diego? Get your Comic Con experience closer to home with panels, art alley, cosplay show, Smash Bros. tournament, and more!


Tompkins Time Traders Orientation   

Who: Margaret Soulstein

When: 6/7, 7/12,  8/2

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.


Unmask: Discover the Writer Within   

Who: Katharyn Howd Machan

When: Tuesdays 7/7-8/25 12:45-2:45pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library, Thaler/Howell Room

This series of 8 writing workshops for teens entering grades 6-12 in the fall will focus on heroes and the hero’s journey. Participants will have the option of submitting work to be printed in a book of collected works. Registration is preferred but drop-ins are welcome; contact 272-4557 ext. 274 or


Unmask the Elemental Power Within  

Who: Regina DeMauro, Joah Tang

Who: 7/29, 3pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Community Room

Uncover your inner ‘bender’ with elemental exercises, play a game of Pai Sho, check out martial arts demonstrations, and connect with other fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.


Unmask: Super Teen Trivia   

Who: DJ Bob

When: 8/12 6pm

Where: Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner East

Ithaca’s premiere teen trivia night! Bring a team of friends together to compete for glory and great prizes.


Update on Consumer Frauds & Scams

Who: Carole Fisher 272-2292 ext. 144

When: 7/9 11-1pm

Where: CCE-Tompkins Education Center 615 Willow Avenue

In this Consumer Issues Program, NY State Assistant Attorney General, Michael Danaher, will discuss current consumer frauds and scams, the warning signs, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you become a victim.


Vinyasa Yoga   

Who: Emily Healy (603) 866-9685,

When: Tues 8:45-10am

Where: Dewitt Park, weather permitting

I just completed my first 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training with Siddhi Yoga in Rishikesh, India. I’m offering free yoga classes to hone my teaching skills and spread the joy of yoga to as many people as possible! I tend to teach Vinyasa Flow style, but am also trained in Ashtanga, Hatha, and Therapeutic Iyengar styles, as well as Thai massage and dance, so my classes could be a combination of any of these things and will be totally geared towards student interest.  All levels of experience welcome!


WRFI Community Radio Trainings

Who : Volunteers at WRFI

When: visit for training announcements

Where: RSVP for details

Interested in radio? WRFI Community Radio is offering trainings throughout the summer. Topics include audio production, voice trainings, news writing, podcasting, and guest interviewing. Whether you currently have a show, want one, or simply love radio and are excited to learn – everybody is welcome! Space is limited, so please register in advance.


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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