Freegan Events in New York

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SEPTEMBER 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, September 2nd • 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 on the outdoor steps of Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center (66th St. and Broadway). If it’s raining, meet instead at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets in Manhattan. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, September 16th •  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 at the Highline – enter at 10th Ave and 16th Street – we’ll meet just south of there along the covered section with tables and chairs. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, September 17th • 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.

Saturday, September 28th • Mending Brunch!
Part sewing workshop, part freegan feast, we’ll gather to eat good freegan (and vegan) breakfast-y type foods and then will spend the afternoon sharing skills and getting some mending done! We’ll have one machine to work with, hand sewing supplies, and some crochet and craft supplies available, as well as our combined knowledge and encouragement to keep each other going! Bring your mending or sewing projects and ideas.
When & Where?  We’ll gather at 1pm at a volunteer’s home out in the Rockaways – accessible by mass transit, (but a bit of a trek). RSVP here at least one day in advance to receive the address and directions.

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective • Thursday, September 18th
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://proteusgowanus.org/fixers-collective/ 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
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: 9/1 in Central Park, Manhattan; 9/7 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 9/13 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 9/14 in Central Park, Manhattan; and 9/27 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in CT and Westchester. 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 the wall at www.tinyurl.com/grubnyc 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 September they have swaps Saturday, Sept. 6th, 12-3pm at the Williamsburg Community Center, 195 Graham Ave (at the corner of Scholes St) in Brooklyn; Saturday, Sept. 20th, 12-3pm at MS 35 Stephen Decatur, 272 MacDonough (at the corner of Lewis) in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; and Saturday, Sept. 27th, 12-3pm at the Sea View Hospital Community Building, 460 Brielle Ave in Staten Island. 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, September 13th and 27th 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!