Freegan Events in New York

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OCTOBER 2014 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, October 7th • 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. This month we’ll discuss ideas on housing in a mutual-aid based society, with a discussion of practical solutions for housing in our current urban climate. 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 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 just the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, October 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 the Whole Foods on Houston at Chrystie in Manhattan.  For just the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, October 22nd • Freegan Film Night screening Trashed
A free film screening featuring the documentary Trashed, featuring actor Jeremy Irons. “Trashed” is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture the disposal of what our society defines as “waste.” It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, “Trashed” examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually. There will be a discussion following the film. Freegan snacks will be served!
When & Where?  7:00pm at Judson Memorial Church in the Assembly Hall, enter at 239 Thompson Street, just south of Washington Square Park in Manhattan.

Thursday, October 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 for the location. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Sunday, October 26th • 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 for this month, Halloween fun (costumes welcome)! 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 the south end of Washington Square Park in Manhattan – entrance is at 239 Thompson Street. 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, October 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 http://www.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.

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.
NEW DAY! Tuesday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  6:30pm.
Wednesday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  6:30pm.
Thursday:  Women & Trans Bike Repair Classes: 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: 10/11 in Central Park, Manhattan; 10/18 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 10/25 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in Long Island, Westchester, upstate, PA and CT. 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 is seeking locations, so check the wall at www.tinyurl.com/grubnyc to confirm that it is still happening and the location (or to offer a 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 October they have swaps Sat, Oct. 4th, 12-3pm at Two Bridges Tower, 82 Rutgers Slip in Manhattan; and Sat, Oct. 11th, 12-3pm at Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street (b/t Queens Blvd and 43rd Ave) in Queens. 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 Avenue and Houston Street, M-F, 8am-11am, and West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue, M-F, 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, October 11th and 25th from 11am-1pm. They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn. See www.http://compostforbrooklyn.org.
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 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 very full schedule of fall ewaste recycling events, with 21 events across the 5 boros: see the list here! http://tinyurl.com/fallewaste2014.
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!