Freeganism 101: mtg & trash tour

Date: 
Monday, August 2, 2010 - 7:30pm
Location: 
MTG: 7:30pm at Whole Foods, 97th St. & Columbus in dining area near exit; TOUR: 9:30pm at northwest corner 96th & Broadway
Contact: 

http://freegan.info (646) 288-1123 ask@freegan.info or maybe (347) 724-6954

Subject: [freegannyc-events] August freegan events

August 2010 Freegan Events in New York

If you come to an event & can’t find us, call Janet: (347) 724-6954 unless another contact number is listed in the event details.
More info? ask@freegan.info * www.freegan.info

Monday, August 2nd • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour
Join us for an organizational meeting to report on working group activities and discuss and decide on policies and activities. Meetings are for freegan.info volunteers and people interested in volunteering. At 9pm, we will end our business meeting, and have a brief introductory discussion about freeganism. Newcomers are always welcome and encouraged to attend our full meeting, but if you just want an introduction to freeganism, you can come just for the Freeganism 101 discussion. 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 the tour WILL be open to media that has scheduled in advance.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm in the food court at Whole Foods, 97th St. and Columbus Ave. in Manhattan. We'll be in the dining area near the exit. You don't have to make a purchase, just enter the store and walk right past the checkout counters.To come just for the tour, meet us at 9:30pm at the northwest corner of 96th Street and Broadway. If you arrive late and cannot find us, call Annie at (646) 288-1123.

Wednesday, August 4th • Freegan Bike Workshop Organizers' Meeting
Join us for an organizers' meeting for the Freegan Bike Workshop! On the agenda for this meeting are a new space and moving, fundraising, and Bike Bike! International.
When & Where? Meet at 8pm - location is TBA. Check with stephane.barile@gmail.com for more details.

Wednesday, August 11th • Trash Tour
We will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods, and gather food for our freegan feast on Friday. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. Media WILL be welcome with appointment.
When & Where? Meet at 9pm on the northwest corner of Court Street and Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights (Borough Hall stop on many subway lines).

Friday, August 13th • Freegan Beach Party and Vegetarian BBQ
Come on out to Rockaway Park for a FREE and mostly vegan community meal made with love from the discards of our wasteful society. 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. We'll be grilling outside, so we're starting earlier than normal for a bit of beach time and some daylight - come out early or stay late to visit the beach as well! Media WILL be welcome with appointment.
When & Where? RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the exact location. Meet at 3:13pm to take a swim! Come later to help cook and around 8pm to help eat (and to stay for cleanup)! We generally all start heading for home around 10:30 pm or so.

Monday, August 16th • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour
Join us for an organizational meeting to report on working group activities and discuss and decide on policies and activities. Meetings are for freegan.info volunteers and people interested in volunteering. At 9pm, we will end our business meeting, and have a brief introductory discussion about freeganism. Newcomers are always welcome and encouraged to attend our full meeting, but if you just want an introduction to freeganism, you can come just for the Freeganism 101 discussion. 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 at the Sakia public atrium, 150 Park Ave. at 42nd St., right across from Grand Central train station in Manhattan. To come just for the tour, meet us at 9:30pm at the northwest corner of 38th St. and 3rd Ave.

Tuesday, August 24th • Freegan Film Night - Food, Inc.
Join us for a free film screening! Drawing on Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, director Robert Kenner's Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry's detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E. coli outbreaks. We may screen another short film as well, if time allows. A moderated discussion will follow the film.
When & Where? 7:30pm at Bookthug Nation ( www.bookthugnation.com ) at 100 N. 3rd St. between Berry St. and Wythe Ave. in Williamsbug, Brooklyn. Take the L train to Bedford Ave.

Thursday, August 26th • Freegan Reading Group
Our book group reads and discusses books on topics relevant to freeganism; this is a great way to learn about social and ecological issues related to freeganism. We’ll be discussing Garbage Land: On the secret Trail of Trash by Elizabeth Royte. Many copies of this are available in the New York public library system - please read before you attend.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm at the Sony Public Atrium, 550 Madison Ave. between 55th and 56th Streets in Manhattan.

Sunday, August 29th • 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, 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 55 Washington Square South in Manhattan. 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!

Freegan Bike Workshop and Sewing Workshop temporarily on hold!
Sadly, because of a eviction of the 123 Community Space, the bike workshop and sewing workshop will not be regularly scheduled while they search for new locations. Check back to see future workshop plans! If you know of a cheap Bed-Stuy basement for rent, let us know!

Ongoing Sustainable and Freegan Events

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. from 8am-5pm), or drop off at the center on E. 7th St. btwn. Aves. B & C on Sundays, 8am - 5pm. For more info (and summer composting workshops) see www.lesecologycenter.org
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project has compost drop-off at the garden at 880 W. 181st St. in 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
6/15 Green is a public compost site where the general public is invited and encouraged to add compostables during open hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm, Thursdays 6-8pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm, and Sundays 4-8pm, or whenever the gate is open. At the Green Community Garden at 6th Avenue & 15th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Per Scholas is a recycling facility in Hunts Point that allows individuals to drop off residential computer & electronic equipment. They accept equipment Mon. to Fri. 9am-4pm at 1575 Bronx River Ave. in the Bronx. For more information, see www.perscholas.org

Plastics Recycling
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), and clear plastic film only. All 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. See: www.foodcoop.com/go.php?id=112
Whole Foods now accepts #5 plastics and Brita filters (bagged after being allowed to dry out for 3 days) at their stores at Union Square, Columbus Circle, Greenwhich St. Columbus Ave, 7th Ave, and Houston St.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up - NOW ALL AT THE BROOKLYN LOCATION!
Times Up! bike repair workshops are now ALL located at the Times Up Times Up Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue! See www.times-up.org for more info.
MONDAY: Women & Trans Bike Repair Workshop: 6:30pm. No previous experience required.
TUESDAY: Bike Repair Workshops: 6:30pm. Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
WEDNESDAY: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Share skills and fix up your own bike.
THURSDAY: Fix Your Bike Workshop: Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Share skills and fix up your own bike.
SUNDAY: Bike Repair Workshops: Lessons from 4-6 p.m., Open Workshop from 6-8 p.m.
The Monday, Tuesday and Sunday Bike Repair Workshops will all follow the same schedule for instruction:
1st Sunday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Sunday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Sunday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Sunday- Wheels and Spokes

Sunday, August 21 • Sewing Rebellion
The Sewing Rebellion is a protest in the form of a skill share, where participantsare invited to emancipate themselves from dependence on the global garmentindustry by learning (and sharing) the skills to produce, alter and mend their own garments.The Sewing Rebellion encourages the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique clothing tailored to individualtastes and body shapes. For more info, see http://sewingrebellionnyc.wordpress.com
When and Where? From 4 to 6:30pm at Spacecraft, at 355 Bedford Avenue, between South 4th and South 5th Streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – take the L to Bedford or the J train to Marcy.

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 (see www.cenyc.org/clothing for more info):
Fridays: 8am-2pm at the 97th St. Greenmarket, 97th & Columbus in Manhattan
Saturdays: 8am-6pm at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan;
8am-4pm at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn;
8am-3pm at the Inwood Greenmarket on Isham St between Seaman & Cooper in Manhattan;
8am-3pm at the Fort Greene Greenmarket in Washington Park at DeKalb in Brooklyn; and
8am-2pm at the McCarren Park Greenmarket on Bedford & Lorimer in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Sundays: 8am-4pm at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket, E. 7th St. & Ave. A; and
8am-3pm at the Jackson Heights Greenmarket, 34th Ave. between 77th and 78th Streets.
Mondays: 8am-6pm at the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan

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 ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. btwn. Clinton & Suffolk at 1pm. More info: fnb@abcnorio.org or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27
Bed-Stuy Food Not Bombs is currently looking for other cooking spaces after the eviction of the 123 Community Space but continues to serve food every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.). For more info email bedstuyfnb@gmail.com or see bedstuyfnb.org
Bushwick Food Not Bombs prepares food Thursdays at 10:30am at the 1st floor of 13 Thames St. (L to Morgan) and serves at 1pm at Maria Hernandez Park, formerly Bushwick Park, at Knickerbocker Ave. & Starr St. in Brooklyn. For more info email fnbbushwick@gmail.com or call (972) 743-5669. All are Welcome!
Bronx Food not Bombs serves food on Sundays at 3:30pm on the west side of St. Mary's Park at 148th St. and St. Ann's. For info: bronxfnb@yahoo.com or call Rebecca at (914) 323-6687.

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: 8/1 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 8/7 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 8/8 in Central Park, Manhattan; 8/21 in Central Park; 8/28 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 8/29 in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan; plus walks in Connecticut and upstate. Get more info and sign up at www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Grub Community Building Meal - NEW LOCATION!
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. Grub has temporarily CHANGED LOCATIONS, and will be held at 136 Lawrence Street, 2nd floor, between Fulton & Willoughby in Brooklyn. Doors at 6:30pm; dinner at 7. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=80510307592

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