Freegan Events in New York

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April 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).

Thursday, April 2nd • Freegan Film Night Featuring No Impact Man
Join us for Freegan Film Night featuring No Impact Man. Freegan snacks will be available. We’ll watch the movie, enjoy some food, and share our thoughts.
“What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile–and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.”
When & Where?    Doors open at 7, film starts at 7:30. We’ll be in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Monday, April 6th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
After brief report-backs on ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. Bring your ideas and opinions and let’s talk! 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 and tour are NOT open to media.
When & Where?    Meet at 7:30pm in the Wall Street Atrium (60 Wall Street, New York, NY). For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, April 21st •  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 upstairs seating area of Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street (between Willoughby St & Tech Pl), in Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn. Take the A, C, F or R to Jay St/Metrotech, or the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location (but probably downstairs).

Thursday, April 23rd • 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 [no texts please] for the location. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Sunday, April 18th • 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 239 Thompson Street (on the south side of Washington Square Park) 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, April 16th
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 www.facebook.com/fixerscollective 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 holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine. Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Upcoming tours in the NYC area are: 4/11 in Central Park, Manhattan; 4/12 in Rockaway Park, Queens; 4/12 in Forest Park in Kew Gardens, Queens; 4/18 in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn; 4/18 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 4/15 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in Long Island, Westchester, CT and upstate. Register and find out more at www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Grub Community Building Meal   
Grub is looking for a new home! 1st & 3rd Sunday every month. This mostly freegan dinner needs a new space! Check the wall at www.tinyurl.com/grubnyc to see if it is happening or if you can offer space to host!

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 April they have a swap 4/19, 12-3pm at Two Bridges Tower, 82 Rutgers Slip, Manhattan; 4/23, 12-3pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Jorelemon St, Brooklyn; 4/25, 12-3pm at Westchester Square, 2551 Westchester Ave, Westchester; and 4/26 11am-2pm at Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St (67th Rd), Forest Hills, Queens . For more information and calendar of events see: gwnycro.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 but their schedule has not been posted for April yet – check back at www.compostforbrooklyn.org. They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here: http://www.grownyc.org/compost/locations

Computer and Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has a whole lot of spring ewaste recycling opportunities, in addition to their permanent e-waste collection center! Details of this spring’s events can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/lesec-springewaste – there are too many to list here! The collection center 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. For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ewastewarehouse
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: http://www.grownyc.org/clothing or call 311 for more info!