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MARCH 2014 FREEGAN CALENDAR
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Monday, March 3rd • 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? Meet at 7:30pm inside the Wall Street public atrium (60 Wall Street, Manhattan). Take the 2 or 3 to Wall Street or the J to Broad Street. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.
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. See here for more information.
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, March 20th
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. See here for more information.
When & Where? 1:30 to 5pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month 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.
Wednesday: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm
NOW ON THURSDAYS: 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: email@example.com 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: 3/9 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 3/15 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 3/16 in Central Park, Manhattan; 3/22 in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan; and 3/30 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 both 21 Clinton Avenue, 2nd floor, by the Brooklyn Navy Yards; and 689 Flushing Ave, apt. 1F in BedStuy, Brooklyn – 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 March they have a swap Saturday, March 22 in Staten Island: 12-3pm, Sea View Hospital Community Service Building, 460 Brielle Avenue. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 during its open hours every Thursday from 1-3:30 pm through the end of March and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month through the end of March. 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 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
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect Program in partnership with Dell Computers.
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 26 Greenmarkets in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. See the list here!