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Wednesday, May 29th • Freegan Film Night: Living Without Money
A free film screening featuring the documentary, Living Without Money, about, “the life of 68 year old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. She cancelled her apartment, gave away all of her belongings and kept nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. This was a decision that changed the entire outlook on her life dramatically. Today, after 14 years, she is still living almost without money and claims she is feeling more free and independent than ever. The film follows Heidemarie in her day to day life and shows the challenges she meets by living an alternative lifestyle.” More info at LivingWithoutMoney.org.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm in the Assembly Hall of Judson Memorial Church at ?239 Thompson Street. If you have trouble finding us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954.
Ongoing Sustainable & Freegan Events
*FIXERS COLLECTIVE • Thursday, April 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.
When & Where? 7-10pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St. at Nevins, Brooklyn, R, F, G to Union or Carroll. Check www.fixerscollective.org for more info and to confirm!
*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 Workshop: 6:30pm
Wednesday: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm
Sunday: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.
NEW!!! * BIKE & CLOTHING REPAIR BY FLATBUSH MUTUAL AID *
No Sweat Sewing Workshops • learn sewing skills, teach others, or simply work on your sewing in a community space.
When? 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, 1:30 to 4pm
Bike Clinic • work on your own bicycle, help others fix theirs, share parts, tools and expertise.
When? Every Tuesday, 6 to 9pm
Where? Both at Flatbush Reformed Church Gym – use Kenmore Terrace entrance, off East 21st St between Church Avenue and Albemarle. Coming by subway? B or Q to Church & E 18th, walk east; 2 or 5 to Church & Nostrand, walk west.
Spring Bike Tuneup • Every Sunday 10am-2pm, Cortelyou Road Farmers Market, Q to Cortelyou & E 16th
* 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 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. Fee is $15 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Upcoming tours in the NYC area are: 4/13 in Central Park, Manhattan; 4/21 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 4/27 in Central Park, Manhattan, plus tours in CT, NJ, 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. Grub is scheduled to be at 427 Hart St, Brooklyn, (near the Myrtle-Broadway JMZ train stop), but check on Facebook for latest info.
* COMPOSTING *
Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit and vegetable peelings, cut flowers and similar organic material). LESEC has drop-off bins at the Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat.. 8am-5pm), or drop off at E. 7th St. between Aves. B & C on Sundays, 8am – 5pm.
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project has compost drop-off at 880 W. 181st St. in Washington Heights.
The W. 124th St. Community Garden has compost drop-off on W. 124th St. between 5th and Lenox in Harlem.
6/15 Green is a public compost site where the general public is invited and encouraged to add compostables during open hours: Tues-Fri. 4-8pm, Sat-Sun. 10am-8pm or whenever the gate is open. At the Green Community Garden at 6th Ave & 15th St in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
GrowNYC has expanded compostables collection. 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 here. They also have spring e-waste recycling events – 10am to 4pm each day:
4/14 Landmark Courthouse, 3rd Ave & Brook Ave, Melrose, Bronx
4/14 Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway btwn Manhattan College Pkwy & Post Rd, Bronx
4/20 Old Stone House, 5th Ave btwn 3rd & 4th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn
4/20 Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Ave (btwn 92nd St & Poly Pl), Brooklyn
4/20 St. George Day, Victory Blvd & Bay St, St. George, Staten Island
4/21 Amsterdam Ave btwn W 74th & 75th Streets, Manhattan
4/27 P.S. 101Q, Standish Rd btwn Slocum Crescent & Childrens Lane, Forest Hills, Queens
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.
Park Slope Food Co-op accepts many plastics for recycling that are NOT collected by the city. They accept: #1 and #6 transparent plastics (but NOT bottles, which NYC recycles), #5 plastics (remove any paper labels), & clear plastic film/bubble wrap. Plastics must be CLEAN AND DRY. They’re open every month on the 2nd Sat, 10am-2pm; the 3rd Thurs, 7pm-9pm; & the last Sun, 10am-2pm. The co-op is at 782 Union St. (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.) in Park Slope. Details here.
Whole Foods now accept #5 plastics & Brita filters (bagged after being allowed to dry out for 3 days).
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 collections at greenmarkets all around the city – Wednesday through Monday in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. See www.grownyc.org/clothing/recyclinglocations for details.