Freegan Events in New York

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July 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).

Monday, July 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?  7:30pm on the steps of Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY. If it rains we’ll meet inside Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, July 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?  7:30pm on the steps at Alice Tully Hall, 65th and Broadway Lincoln Center, New York, NY. If it rains we’ll meet inside the David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 W 62nd St, New York, NY. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, July 22nd • Freegan Veggie Beach BBQ!
Attendees are encouraged to participate in the Tuesday’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.
Will be held out in the beautiful, beachy Rockaways — we’ll be grilling on the terrace! Come out early or stay late and enjoy the beach!
When & Where?  It will be held at a volunteer’s home in Rockaway 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.

Thursday, July 23rd • Freegan Film Night: What a Way to Go: life at the end of empire
Join us for Freegan Film Night featuring What a Way to Go: life at the end of empire. Freegan snacks will be available. We’ll watch the movie, enjoy some food, and share our thoughts.
“Tim Bennett, middle-class white guy, started waking up to the global environmental nightmare in the mid-1980s. But life was so busy with raising kids and pursuing the American dream that he never got around to acting on his concerns. Until now. Disturbing, compassionate, sometimes humorous personal essay about coming to grips with climate change, resource crises, environmental meltdown and the demise of the American lifestyle. Friends and experts analyze historical, social and psychological factors driving us toward human extinction. Bennett’s ruthless assessment challenges the audience to face terrifying times with courage and integrity.”
When & Where?  In the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St. (off Washington Square South), NYC. Doors at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm.

Sunday, July 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 fun! For more information, or to volunteer, contact getyourfreeon@gmail.com.
When & Where?  3pm to 7pm in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St. (off Washington Square South), NYC.

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective • Thursday, July 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 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:  5:30pm
Sunday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  5:30pm. 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 East 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues at 1pm. Info: fnb@abcnorio.org or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27.
Long Island Food Not Bombs (Community Solidarity Project) 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. Info: communitysolidarity.org or info@communitysolidarity.org.

Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine.
To confirm dates/times/locations, and to register for a tour, go to 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.
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.). Check the Calender for dates, times and locations (click on individual dates for detailed information).
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. Check www.compostforbrooklyn.org (website currently expired) or facebook.com/compostforbrooklyn for schedule and more information.  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!