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Feb – April 2016 Classes are Here

freeskool art by liCheck out our most recent calendar of free classes!

We have broken our own record with 45 classes for the semester! What?! Yes, since 2007 we’ve been churning these out. And we’re still here. Help support us by shopping with your own bag at Greenstar (learn more). Or just pick up a calendar and come to class!

Download PDF of class descriptions here:

Class Descriptions Feb – April 2016

Download PDF of calendar side here:

Class Calendar Feb- April 2016

Thanks community, you make it happen.




Support Freeskool by Bringing Your Own Bag to Greenstar!

Support Freeskool by bringing your own bag to Greenstar! So easy…just bring your own bag when you shop, grab a wooden token and drop it into the Freeskool box on your way out. And then you’re on your way to that free French class, right? Merci! You rock, and we get funds to print more calendars of classes.

Yes, Freeskool greenstartoekenshas been chosen as one of the non-profits for Greenstar’s “Bring Your Own Bag, Use it For Good” program January-March. This program is designed to encourage shoppers to reuse bags by providing them with wooden tokens worth 5 cents to donate to a local non-profit for each bag they reuse when they shop at GreenStar.

More info here. 

Thanks, community.

Teach for Feb-April Semester!


The Ithaca Freeskool is accepting class submissions for our Feb – April semester. There are a billion reasons to teach. Here are a few of them:

Meet your community, make sweet friends!
Share your skills with people – you like to share.
Try out a hobby with a group of others. Way less boring, more motivation.
Test out your teacher self. When you teach, you learn.
Make time to do the things you love.
Empower the community. You don’t have to be an expert. We’ve all got something valuable to give.
Freeskool is cool. Even though it has a “k” in it. You need to be cool, right?

You’re convinced? Oh, good. We’ll be taking submissions now till January 3rd 2016. The Freeskool is a flexible, informal platform for teaching – get on it.

The next semester will begin February 1st and go until the end of April. We are looking forward to your class submissions. To submit please fill out the form on our site at:

Anyone can be a teacher! You don’t have to be an expert! So get in touch.
Thank you,
Freeskool Organizers

The Big Dip-off!

It’s the Big Dip-off – a dip competition from your local Freeskool!
Bring a dip, we’ll bring the chips!
Winner gets $50 Certificate to Moosewood Restaurant and a signed Moosewood cookbook! 2nd place wins 2 sundae gift certificates from Purity Ice Cream. 3rd place wins $5 gift certificate to The Shop Cafe.
When: Aug 15 7-9pm
Where: The CommonSpot 126¾ The Commons.
20120624-130312We will also have:
Raffle Prizes
Button making
Screen printing

Come support your local Freeskool! All monies made will go directly into printing calendars of free, free, classes for our community.

Class Updates


Poetry and Technology – Location change!

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.


Ithaca Folk Song Swaps – new date for July!

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!


Be An Organizer

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Upcoming Meet: Freeskool – Be An Organizer! Your Freeskool needs your help. Come out and see what we do and how you can join in.

Who: Your Freeskool Organizers

When: 4/26 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.

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