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DECEMBER 2013 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).
Monday, December 16th • Freegan Meeting and 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 end our organizational meeting and have a brief introductory discussion about freeganism. Newcomers are always welcome and encouraged to attend our full meeting, but if you just want an introduction to freeganism, you can come just for the Freeganism 101 discussion. 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 by appointment.
When and Where? We’ll meet at 7:30pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets in Manhattan.
Wednesday, December 18th • Freegan Feast
Participants are encouraged to participate in Monday night’s Trash Tour to help rescue food to use for our Freegan Feast.
A FREE and mostly vegan community meal we make together with love using rescued food. We’ll meet new people, reconnect with old friends, tell stories and jokes, and generally unplug from the current world order as we explore creative, alternative ways of being. Plan on lending a hand in some way even if other commitments prevent you from arriving on time. Media are welcome with appointment but they will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
Special this month, we will have a no-pressure freegan gift exchange in conjunction with our feast. Bring any wrapped items (newspaper wrapping is fantastic!) that you may have and not want and could be of use to someone else. These items can also be found from other places as well. If you have a surplus of items, feel free to bring more than one so that those who come to the feast can participate even if they did not bring anything.
When and 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 (no texts please). We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.
ONGOING SUSTAINABLE AND MUTUAL AID EVENTS
In a society of massive overconsumption enormous quantities of usable resources go to waste. Through dumpster diving, squatting, guerrilla gardening and other strategies, Freegans transform waste into resources to meet real needs allowing us to live our values of sustainability, cooperation and sharing while reducing our contribution to capitalism’s abuse of humans, animals and Earth.
Flatbush Mutual Aid No Sweat Sewing Workshop
Second and fourth Saturdays of each month. If you want to learn sewing skills, teach others, or simply work on your own sewing in a community space, then please join us. Bring a garment or two that need to be repaired, updated or re-purposed and we will help with ideas and instructions. More info here.
When & Where? 1:30 to 4pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month in the basement of Flatbush Reformed Church House, Kenmore Terrace entrance off 21st St. between Albemarle and Church Avenues.
Fixers Collective • Thursday, December 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 http://fixerscollective.org/ 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
Flatbush Mutual Aid Bicycle Rescue Workshops
We have ongoing do-it-yourself bike repair workshops every Tuesday evening. We have tools, some parts, and varying degrees of know how! You bring your bike and tell us what needs fixing, and we will teach you how or help you figure it out. More info here.
When & Where? 6 to 9pm every Tuesday in the basement of Flatbush Reformed Church House, Kenmore Terrace entrance off 21st St. between Albemarle and Church Avenues.
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.
Tuesday: Women & Trans Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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: 11/2 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 11/9 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 11/10 in Central Park, Manhattan; 11/16 in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan; 11/17 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 11/23 in Marine Park, Brooklyn; 11/29 in Alley Pond Park, Douglaston, Queens; 11/30 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; and 12/1 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in CT, Westchester and upstate. Get more info and sign up at www.wildmanstevebrill.com
Grub Community Building Meal
1st & 3rd Sunday every month. A mostly freegan dinner for strangers and co-conspirators in a relaxed environment. There is no charge but donations are requested. Doors at 6:30 PM; dinner at 7, come as early as 3:30 to help cook. Grub has recently been at 21 Clinton Avenue, 2nd floor, by the Brooklyn Navy Yards. – but check here to confirm the location!
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 November they have swaps Saturday 11/16 in Queens – 12-3pm, The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Avenue in Glendale; and 11/23 in Manhattan – 2-5pm, Westbeth Housing Community Room, 155 Bank St (between West St & Washington St) in the West Village. For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap.
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. 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: email@example.com
6/15 Green is a public compost site where the general public is invited and encouraged to add compostables during open hours: Saturdays 12-1pm or whenever the gate is open. At the Green Community Garden at 6th Ave. & 15th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn – see www.615green.org for details.
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps at it’s Fall Open hours every Thursday in November and Saturday November 9th and 23rd. They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn. See here for info.
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. More info.
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.
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 19 Greenmarkets in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. See the list here!