Freegan Events in New York

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JANUARY 2015 FREEGAN CALENDAR

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If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954 (no texts please).

Tuesday, January 20th •  Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Help make freeganism happen in NYC! At our organizational meetings we discuss and decide on future activities and group direction. Participants are encouraged to step up and introduce new freegan projects with the support of the group or take roles such as facilitating meetings or bottom-lining events.  We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time!  At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.  After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on  the reasons for such waste. The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where?  Meet at 7:30pm in the seating area of Panera Bread at 120 East 86th Street, between Park and Lexington in Manhattan. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, January 21st • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meals we make together with love, mostly using food we rescued from the trash. We share meal planning, cooking, and other food prep skills, tell stories and jokes, meet new people and reconnect with old friends, and generally unplug from the current world order as we build community. If you are not a skilled cook, it is OK! If you are, that’s great! You can plan a dish or two from the ingredients we have on hand, and get help if you want it. All participants should plan to help in some way, even if other commitments prevent you arriving on time. Media WILL be welcome with appointment, but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
When & Where?  It will be held at a volunteer’s home accessible by NYC Transit. RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Sunday, January 25th • Really Really Free Market
The Really Really Free Market is a bazaar & celebration, where we discard capitalist notions of interaction and have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect and share free food, skills, clothing, books and fun! For more information, contact getyourfreeon@gmail.com . If you’d like to help freegan.info and others gather and prepare food, contact ask@freegan.info
When & Where?  3-7pm at Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South in Manhattan. They won’t be letting folks in early, unless you are signed up ahead of time to volunteer – so either show up at or after 3pm, or contact them at getyourfreeon@gmail.com to sign up to help set up!

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective • Thursday, February 19th
Third Thursday of every month. A social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. Bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration. The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. A $5 donation is suggested, but no one turned away. Check them out on facebook to confirm the time and date, and for more details.
When & Where?  7-10pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St. at Nevins, Brooklyn, R, F, G to Union or Carroll

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up  
More info at www.times-up.org
MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS at ABC No Rio, at 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side.
Monday:  Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm
Thursday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at the Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  6:30pm
Sunday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.

Food Not Bombs 
Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 3:30pm in Tompkins Square Park. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 E. 1st St. btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves. at 1pm. Info: fnb@abcnorio.org or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27
Long Island Food Not Bombs currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins (NW corner of Lafayete Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share. For more info check out www.lifnb.com or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com

Wild Food Tours  
“Wildman” Steve Brill tours are on hold until springtime! In the meantime, find out more at www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Upcoming in January they have swaps Sat, Jan. 17th, 12-3pm at Westbeth Artists Housing Community Room, 155 Bank St, between West St and Washington St in Manhattan; and Sun. Jan. 18th, 11am-2pm at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. in Manhattan. For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap.

Composting 
Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.). at Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat. 8am-5pm) or drop off at the center on E. 7th St. btwn. Aves. B & C on Sundays, 8am – 5pm. They are also offering compost dropoff for commuters: 1st Ave. & Houston St, M-F, 8am-11am; Clinton & Grand, Mon. & Fri, 8-11am; East Broadway & Rutgers, Wed. 8-11am; and West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue, Tues. & Thurs, 8am-11am. For more info see www.lesecologycenter.org
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: compost drop-off at garden, 880 W. 181 St; Washington Heights
The W. 124th St. Community Garden has compost drop-off at the garden on W. 124th St. between 5th and Lenox in Harlem. More info and hours: communitygardenwest124st@yahoogroups.com
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps Saturday, Jan. 24th from 11am-1pm; Sunday, Jan. 18th from 2-4pm; and every Thursday, 2-4pm. They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn. See www.compostforbrooklyn.org
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here.

Computer and Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has a permanent e-waste collection center! It is at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) nearest the Union St. D,N,R station and is open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. They also have a number of e-waste collection events this month: 1/17, Bronx Zoo, Crotona Ave. btwn. Bronx Park South and Southern Blvd, Belmont; 1/18, Prospect Park, Prospect Park West and 3rd St, Park Slope; 1/24, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd, parking lot 6, Manor Heights; 1/25, McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. north of N 12th St, Williamsburg, 1/25, West Side YMCA, W. 63rd St. btwn. Central Park West & Broadway, Manhattan – all events are 10am to 4pm. See the details and download flyers and maps here!
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.

Textile Recycling  
Of course, the best thing to do with clothes and other textiles is to reuse them! BUT, if you have scraps that can’t be used even one more time, there is textile recycling! There are textile recycling collections now at 36 Greenmarkets in all five boroughs! See the list here: www.grownyc.org/clothing or call 311 for more info!