Fall 2017 Calendar


Look for our printed calendar at Tompkins County Public Library, Southside Community Center, Gimme Coffee (Cayuga St.), Alternatives Library (Cornell), Greenstar West End and Greenstar Oasis, Autumn Leaves Used Books, The Shop, and Alternatives Credit Union. 

Get the PDF of class descriptions here:

Oct-Dec 2017 Class Descriptions

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FreeSkool Fall 2017 Calendar


Ithaca Freeskool Fall 2017 Class List


A Novel Idea: Monthly Book Club
Who: Asha from Buffalo Street Books- info@buffalostreetbooks.com
When: The first Sunday of every month at 4pm
Where: Argos Inn- 408 East State St., Ithaca
Join us at 4pm on the 1st Sunday of every month at Bar Argos where BSB’s Asha Sanaker will lead a fun and lively discussion on a different book each month.
All the while, the skilled bar staff of Bar Argos will craft you something tasty to sip. Books and fancy cocktails, just what your Wednesday needed! Check the slideshow on our homepage to find out what book we’re reading this month! https://www.buffalostreetbooks.com/

The Art of Photography
Who: Tom Fucillo tomfucillo@gmail.com
When: 10/10 6pm
Where: Newfield, just outside Ithaca (RSVP for address)
I’m a concert/festival photographer who has worked with acts like Tim Reynolds, Dopapod, The Werks, Rusted Root, etc. I’ll cover the basics for getting good shots as well as give you some advanced tips and tricks to make your photos dope. Bring your camera!

Astrology Learning Group
Who: Tim Turecek turecekt@gmail.com
When: Thursdays 10/5 – 12/21 6:30-8pm
Where: Sacred Root Kava Bar, 103 S. Geneva St.
Open, facilitated astrological discussions. Beginners are very welcome; experienced folks, too! Come when you can- start anytime.

Ballet Folklorico de Ithaca
Who: Juliana Garcia bfithaca@gmail.com
Where: Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W. State St.
When: Mondays at 7pm
Ballet folklorico is a form of traditional Mexican folk dance dating back to the ancient Aztecs. Each region within Mexico prides itself on their unique, beautiful and culturally rich dances, costumes, and music. The dancers recount every aspect of life within Mexico through their tapping feet, flowing skirts or waving sombreros. You too can be a part of the stories of love, heartache, war, celebration and much more by becoming a dancer. The dances are performed in groups as well as with a partner. No previous dance experience is necessary. Immerse yourself in a new culture while getting some fun exercise! Please RSVP to join in.

Beginner Belly Dancing
Who: Natalya (607) 857-7128
Where: Newfield, just outside Ithaca (RSVP for address)
When: Thursdays 7pm; 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23
An introduction to the art of belly dancing consisting of about an hour of stretches, basic exercises, beginner belly dancing moves, and ending in free and expressive dance. For folks of all ages and gender expressions, although typically geared more towards women, feminine energy, and the female body. Wear long skirts or comfortable exercising clothes. Coin belts available to borrow for the class!

Biodynamic Craniosacral Work- A Short Intro
Who: Gabriel G Hoff, LMT & Dana Shoemaker, LMT
Where: Finger Lakes School of Massage- 215 E State St, Suite 203, Ithaca, NY
When: Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM
Are you interested in craniosacral work? Come to this free experiential evening. This is a modality that engages with the stillness that is at the center of all living processes, thereby strengthening and unifying them, so that the body’s inherent healing mechanism is activated and health flows freely. I “tune into” the profound stillness and silence that exists “below the noise” – within and all around us, and by using a gentle touch, I can help you to do it too. What happens during a session is that parts of the body that feel separated or fragmented get reconnected with the whole. Also, energy (which we call Potency) slowly builds in the body, which then brings in subtle waves of healing sensations. This potency does the work of reconnecting and reintegrating the fragmented parts. It is the body’s natural method of healing itself when at rest (for example, this can happen in deep sleep and certain meditative states), and for that reason, we call it the Inherent Healing Mechanism – an umbrella term that covers all body-tissue healing, mind calming, and emotional balancing.

Biology of All About Us
Who: Orchi teachallaboutus@gmail.com
When: 10/15 and 11/19 12 -1 PM
Where: Alternatives Library, 127 Anabel Taylor Hall, Ithaca
Join me to learn what makes us who we are. As a human being, we have an inquisitive mind, a beating heart and the lungs that helps us breathe. But what really happens inside us every second of our lives. How does the thought process work, why does the heartbeat and how does the lungs function. If you are curious about human mind and body this class provides a beginner’s guide on how human body functions and what happens if something goes wrong. No prior knowledge/experience necessary.

Biophilia: Ithaca – The State of Ithaca’s Trees
Who: Jeanne Grace & Ithaca Children’s Garden
When: Tuesday, October 10 at 5 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W State St., Ithaca NY
Jeanne Grace, Ithaca City Forester, will share the inside scoop on what drives tree management decisions, why urban forests are important, and how Ithaca’s urban canopy stacks up against other cities. As a forester, Jeanne interacts with tree lovers and tree skeptics on issues related to nature in the city and our connection to it on a daily basis. Join us for our second Biophilia: ITHACA forum for a lively presentation and discussion. Free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. This forum is sponsored by Ithaca Children’s Garden, and the biophilia:ITHACA chapter is comprised of numerous individuals and organizations. Our mission is to strengthen human connection to nature. All are invited to attend this forum and become active with biophilia: ITHACA. Contact hnc24@cornell.edu or erin@ithacachildrensgarden.org for more information.

Book Readings at Buffalo St. Books

Where: Buffalo Street Books 215 N Cayuga St., Ithaca
When: 10/1, 10/8, 10/13, 10/13, 11/15, 12/2
Join us at Buffalo Street Books for book readings by a variety of different authors.
10/1, 1pm: Reading and discussion with Lisa Ko, author of “The Leavers”
10/1, 3pm: Reading by Sorayya Khan from her book “City of Spies”
10/8, 3pm: Linnea Hartsuyker reading from her new book The Half Drowned King. Hartsuyker expertly recreates the political intrigue, bloody battles, and fascinating characters that swirl around the ascendancy of Norway’s first king.
10/13, 5pm: The wonderful local Christine Kitano will not only be reading from her new book Sky Country, she’ll also be sharing cake with you!
10/14, 3pm: Terez Peipins is an author from Western New York where she returned after spending many years living abroad. She is the author of three books of poetry and one historical novel. She has set her first crime novel “Snow Clues” in Buffalo. Come to hear an enthralling reading and follow Dan Kiraly as he solves a mystery.
11/15, 5:30pm: Javier Zamora reading from their newest book Unaccompanied. This gorgeous debut speaks with heart-wrenching intimacy and first-hand experience to the hot-button political issues of immigration and border crossings.
12/2, 2pm: Tamora Pierce is an American writer of fantasy fiction for teenagers, known best for stories featuring young heroines. She will be at Buffalo Street Books with her new book “Tortall: A Spy’s Guide”.

Brookton’s Market Live Music Thursdays
When: Every Thursday Evening, 6pm-8pm
Where: Brookton’s Market- 491 Brooktondale Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817
Join us for a different live act every Thursday night at Brookton’s Market! Free, family-friendly, and open to the public, come join your neighbors and enjoy local musical acts while sampling local brews and food from around the area. Musicians- Interested in playing during dinner or brunch? We’d love to have you! Contact Nicole at nicole@brooktonsmarket.com

Circus Culture Performance & Movie Night
Who: Circus Culture, info@circusculture.org
When: Every first Friday of the month, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Where: Circus Culture, 116 W Green St., Ithaca, NY
Every first Friday on the month Circus Culture invites YOU to a free performance + Movie night!
Performance 7:30-8:00 pm
Movie 8:00- 10:00 pm

Compost with Confidence!
Who: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Contact: Adam Michaelides, acm1@cornell.edu (607)272-2292 to sign up
When: Saturday, October 21 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where: Ithaca Community Gardens Carpenter Circle at 3rd Street near Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Location: Compost Demonstration site is on the ‘railroad side’ of the Ithaca Community Gardens, outside the fence. The Ithaca Community Gardens is on Carpenter off the 3rd St Extension (on the way to the Ithaca Farmers Market). Local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting! Each class of this FREE series covers composting basics, and a different focal topic is addressed each month to help you address any compost issue you may encounter. October’s theme; “Winter Composting” – How to extend the composting season well into the cold months and the preparations necessary to ensure successful composting over the winter. Stop by for one or all classes, and bring your composting questions!

Cornell Cinema Presents: Six Months to Salvation
Who: Hosted by u16.co and Cornell Cinema
When: Monday, October 2 at 5 PM – 6:50 PM
Where: Cornell Cinema, 104 Willard Straight Hall, Ithaca, New York 14850
The first documentary to explore the full consequences of “voluntourism” is coming to Cornell Cinema for a one-time FREE screening, with an intro by Director Lorenzo Benitez (A&S ’19). Seven volunteer English teachers from Australia gradually confront the colonial implications of their work in rural Thailand. Over the course of six months, they contend with their inexperience as teachers, the omnipresence of Westernisation, and the ambiguity of their purpose. Directed by one of the volunteers, ‘Six Months to Salvation’ is a self-reflexive documentary about language, landscape and idealism lost.

Dacha Projects
Who: Dacha crew dachaproject@gmail.com
When: RSVP for dates
Where: Dacha Project homestead, Freeville / RSVP for location
We are a group of friends who built our own earth-bermed home, created a garden, lived off-grid for 6 years, and are still working on all kinds of homesteader projects. If you are interested in permaculture, straw bale, gardening, off-grid systems, construction or starting your own community or sustainable project – get in touch. We will be working on different things throughout the year and you can jump in. We can give you a tour and answer any questions you might have about this type of living. You can see more about us at http://www.dachaproject.com.

The Fifth Season – Sci-Fi Book Club
Who: Ithaca Generator
When: Monday, October 9 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Where: Ithaca Generator, 116 W Green St, Ithaca, NY
Join us to discuss “The Fifth Season” (2015) by N. K. Jemisin:
“This is the way the world ends…for the last time. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester…This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. ” This group is open to the public — no I.G. membership is required.

Finger Lakes Toy Library
Who: FLTL http://www.fingerlakestoylibrary.org
When: Fall Hours: Mon 3pm-7pm, Tues 9:30am- 11:30am, Wed 9:30am-11:30am, Thurs 3pm-7pm, Sat 9:30am-11:30am.
Where: 609 W. Clinton St. Suite 106 Ithaca,NY
Come visit and play! Membership is open to all, regardless of ability to pay. Start borrowing toys today! FLTL lends high-quality toys primarily geared at children ages 0-7. We also have an all ages puzzle and board game collection! Check out our website and Facebook for information about our Playtime events!

Fire Cider Celebration and Fall Market!
Who: Hosted by Amanda David Rootwork Herbals
When: Sunday, October 8, 11am-4pm
Where: Bramble, 118 W Green St., Ithaca, NY
Bramble is hosting its 3rd annual fall farmer’s market in Press Bay Alley featuring local farmers who lovingly grow everything you need to make your own fire cider!! fire cider making demos will occur throughout the day and various recipes for this traditional tonic will be available. there will be fire cider making stations set up with everything you need (cutting boards, knives, food processor, etc) to make your medicine among friends! jars will also be available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own jars, ingredients, and equipment if you prefer!

First Friday Gallery Night
Who: Downtown Ithaca Alliance ithacafirstfriday@gmail.com
When: First Friday of the month 5-8pm
Where: Downtown Ithaca area
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance welcomes you to Gallery Night Ithaca, a walkable tour of art openings and other special cultural events in and around downtown Ithaca taking place from 5:00-8:00 PM on the first Friday of every month. With upwards of twenty venues to visit to explore each month, there is sure to be something that will catch your eye, whether you’re a seasoned collector or a first-time browser.

Food Not Bombs!
Who: Ithaca FNB 339 0330 foodnotbombsithaca@gmail.com
When: 12 – 2 p.m. every Saturday
Where: Shawn Greenwood Park, otherwise known as Dewitt Park
Free Meal, Everyone welcome! We also meet on Fridays 4-4:30, to plan meals. Call to get involved.

Free Food Preservation Workshops
Ongoing with IthaCan, check in at http://www.ithacan.ning.com, workshops posted throughout the season. IthaCan is a web-based social network where home food preservers in Tompkins County organize food preserving events and share information.

Freeskool – Be An Organizer!
Who: Your Freeskool Organizers freeskoolithaca@gmail.com
When: Get in touch anytime!
Where: Worker’s Center above Autumn Leaves Bookstore in Commons
Come be part of the behind-the-scenes of Freeskool. We’re looking for organizers to help find teachers, make art, distribute calendars and all the other Freeskool goings-on. Being part of the team means getting to know the community, making posters, being creative and radical. Come get a sense of what it’s all about. Get in touch and we can figure out a good time.

Greater Ithaca Art Trail Open Studio Weekends
Who: Hosted by Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County
When: October 7th, 8th, AND 14th, 15th from 11am- 5pm
Where: Thirty artist studios all across Tompkins County
Go to ArtTrail.com, print a map, visit studios, have a BLAST!. Some studios are in downtown Ithaca, while others are along rural roads with hayfields as neighbors. Some are in cozy living rooms and some spaces are as interesting as the work itself. Chat with the artists, see their work, their materials, and their inspirations. Use this opportunity for your holiday shopping! Explorers will find painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, fiber artists, potters, makers of fine furniture, weavers, digital artists, a blacksmith, and a glass blower! From scraps of paper and shards of glass to an unfinished canvas or the smell of wet clay, an artist’s studio contains countless clues as to what lies beneath an artist’s work. Visit ArtTrail.com for more information and print out the map/brochure! Or e-mail programs@artspartner.org to find out where you can pick one up.

Green Drinks Ithaca
Who: Green Resource Hub, http://www.greenresourcehub.org
Contact: events@greenresourcehub.org
When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Where: TBA, often times Ithaca Beer Company; 122 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca, NY
Green Drinks Ithaca is an open social for the sustainability-minded to gather without a particular agenda – to enjoy a fun and refreshing mix of people, stories and ideas. Anyone is welcome – entrepreneurs, activists, business owners, educators, citizens, students, retirees, government officials, kith and kin. Whether you’re a sustainability leader or completely new to the movement, we’re excited to get together. Any Ideas? Share them!
Sustainability is Good
Cocktails are Good
Sustainability + Cocktails = Better
We can save the world one sip at a time 🙂

Harmonic Temple
Who: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
When: Every First Saturday of the month from 9:00pm to 1:00am
Join us for a monthly excursion into harmony and movement with SolarLion and DJ Nataraj. Video artistry provided by Julian. Beginning at 9pm, Nataraj will be spinning a spectrum of styles with influences spanning the globe. Participants are encouraged to bring percussion instruments or other noisemaking devices to join in the celebration. After 10pm SolarLion will take over trading beats and melodies in his characteristic tribal bass style moving from prayerful meditation to a climactic interactive drum and percussion explosion.
Who: Howl Studios & Way Papa Muse
When: Saturday, October 14th, 1pm- Sunday, October 15th, 1am
Where: Howl Studios, 1607 Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca, NY
You’re invited to a showcase of Howl Studio musicians and artists at a celebration of the fall harvest and sustainability. This a block party to include Regional Access, Stick and Stone Farm, Renovus Solar, Indian Creek Farm, and the Namaste Montessori School.
We will have great musical performances by Angie Marion, Arthur B and the Planetary Mix, Auto-Piranha, Cosmic Theo, Dapper Dan, My Evolution, Vee Da Bee, Palleon, Illium Works, Vinegar Williams, and Papa Muse. There will also be a fire and hand drumming, an art gallery, late night DJ sets from MyEVO and 185668232, and food provided by The Piggery and others TBA. Visual Art displays by Jill Hoffman, Ashley Click, Jill Leichter, Randall Blyler, and Annette Roberts. This event is FREE but donations are always appreciated. We’re still planning this event and need your involvement! We need parking assistants and lots of help with promo among other things. Reach out to Howl Studios or Papa Muse on Facebook to get involved!

Intergenerational Irish Session
Who: Kava Bar & Tea Lounge, 103 S Geneva St., Ithaca, NY
When: Every Tuesday, 7-9pm
ALL ages, ALL stages, fiddles, flutes, whistles & pipes, mandolins, and accordions- this session focuses on intermediate Irish session playing. All are welcome to come and share tunes!

Introduction to Permaculture Design
Who: Chrys Gardener, CCE-Tompkins Commercial & Community Horticulture Educator
Contact: cab69@cornell.edu
When: Thursday, October 12, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY
Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a popular and ancient system of growing food that minimizes labor by using perennial plants, which come back year after year. Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres (edibleacres.org) for an evening introduction to the basic concepts of permaculture. We’ll look at living examples of plant guilds, polycultures, and shed light on some of the concepts that inform permaculture ethics and design in gardens and beyond. (*$5-$10 sliding scale) Contact your Ithaca Freeskool organizers at freeskoolithaca@gmail.com if you are having trouble with the class fee- we have scholarships available.

Israeli Folk Dancing
Who: Nomi eema.nomi@gmail.com
When: Most Mondays 5:30-7pm; email to confirm
Where: Downtown Ithaca / RSVP for location
Come have fun and learn traditional Israeli folk dancing! No experience necessary. All levels welcome.

Ithaca Art Drop
Who: Aaron Newport, Leah Armstrong, Jackie M, contact: freeskoolithaca@gmail.com
When: 24/7
Where: In and around the City of Ithaca, NY
Inspired by Jake Parker’s National Art Drop Day, we present Ithaca Art Drop!
Calling all artists! Students and professionals, painters and cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators, animators, photographers, and printmakers.
> Here’s how it works:
1. Draw some art / paint a picture/ sculpt a masterpiece, and hide it somewhere around the City of Ithaca for a stranger to find. Take a photo of either the art or the hiding spot or a combination of both. Post your hint with the hashtag #ITHartdrop.
2. Somewhere on the art, write a message along the lines of; “CONGRATULATIONS, you have found FREE art. Give this to someone you love, or take it home and put it on your wall. Post a picture of your find with #ITHartdrop.”
3. Take a hike, and hope someone finds it! OR hang around and meet your new friend.
That’s it!
Feel free to spread the word! Reblog it, retweet it, facebook it, or even tell someone in person!

Ithaca Fixers Collective
Who: Finger Lakes ReUse Head Fixer 257-9699
When: Saturdays 3-5pm
Where: ReUse Center at Triphammer Marketplace 2255 N Triphammer Rd
Finger Lakes ReUse invites anyone who has things to fix, wants to help &/or wants to learn how to repair items to join the Ithaca Fixers Collective. This is an informal and fun gathering of folks who want to prolong the lifespan of items such as electronics, furniture, small appliances and more while sharing skills and resources in a relaxed setting. Sign up is not required, just show up! A volunteer Head Fixer is present at each session, however, the expertise comes from everyone present, and various fixers books and websites. Check out (and like!) our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ithacafixers.

Ithaca Folk Song Swaps
Who: Eric Songswap2@ericlerner.net 273-1154
When: 2-5pm 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Where: 115 The Commons Upstairs from Autumn Leaves Books
Let’s get together and sing. We’re looking for people in the Ithaca area who want to get together to lead a folk song and join in on others’ songs. We’ll welcome traditional ballads, chanteys, & songs, as well as contemporary songs with traditional roots. Bring your acoustic instrument or sing a cappella. We’ll take turns going around the circle to lead or request a song. One person guides the turn-taking, encourages beginners, discourages noisy side conversations, and generally tries to keep things on track. Let’s build a stronger Ithaca-based network of folksingers. Come sing us a song!http://www342.pair.com/elerner/Songswap/

Ithaca Generator
Who: Makers & Shakers of Ithaca, NY
Where: Press Bay Alley, 116 West Green St, Ithaca, NY
We are Ithaca Generator, a 501(c)(3) public charity, and a community of inventors, crafters, designers, engineers, and artists. Join our membership-supported makerspace in downtown Ithaca. We have a talented pool of instructors and volunteers who are available to create demos and workshops for small and large groups. Topics include 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, Electronics, Welding, Woodworking, Design Software, Design Methods, and more! We are happy to work with you to find something that’s appropriate for your group and within your budget. Check out our website (ithacagenerator.org) and Facebook page for upcoming FREE events including game nights, generator tours, open houses, and board meetings open to the public!

Ithaca Red Tent
When: October 8th, 10:00am – 2:00 pm
Where: Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar,103 S Geneva St, Ithaca, NY
Ithaca Red Tent is a place for women, created by women, where we can explore all that it means to be a woman. Ithaca Red Tent seeks to help you find the answers to your questions and strives to BE that place for you: a place for ALL women, a place of safety and empowerment which is co-created by the women who enter the sacred space beyond the folds of the Red Tent. Come join us as we manifest this transformative place where women can speak and be heard, weep and be held, laugh and be celebrated, give of themselves and have their sharings be received. This October we will feature our beloved co-host and facilitator – Jhenah Telyndru! Jhenah Telyndru is an author, teacher, and Priestess. Founder of The Sisterhood of Avalon, she presents Avalonian Training Intensives and facilitates Pilgrimages to UK sacred sites.
*We will break for lunch so please bring a dish to share*

Ithaca Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Who: SURJ members ithacasurj@gmail.com
When: 3rd Monday of the month 6-8:30PM
Where: Quaker Meeting House, 120 3rd St. Ithaca
SURJ is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, Ithaca SURJ supports white people to act for racial justice with passion and accountability. There are four open working groups, Steering Committee, Outreach, Action, and Education and lots of ways to plug in. Contact us at ithacasurj@gmail.com for more info or find us on Facebook.

Karaoke w/ DJ Dale
Who: Lot Ten Bar & Lounge
When: Every Thursday 10pm-1am
Where: Upstairs at Lot Ten, 106 South Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY

Kite & String Debut Party
Who: Hosted by Finger Lakes Cider House
When: Saturday, October 7th 11am-6pm, & Sunday, October 8th 11am-5pm
Where: Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickok Rd, Interlaken, NY
Join us in celebrating the full release of the Kite & String 2016 vintage! During these two days, we’ll be touring Good Life Farm, pairing our ciders with FLX cheese (Engelbert Farms, Crosswinds Farm & Creamery, Lively Run Dairy, Muranda Cheese Company, Northland Sheep Dairy), cooking out with Van Noble Farm and BiciCocina, and reveling in the sights, sounds, and tastes of autumn in the Finger Lakes!
FAMILY FRIENDLY! Drop in anytime we are open for a FREE family-friendly day full of fun, kites, cider, and farm!

Live Music in Ithaca
Who: Curt Bayer curtbayer3@gmail.com
When: Nights- mostly weekends
Where: Ithaca & surrounding areas
Interested in learning more about the live music scene in Ithaca? Want to explore new bands and genres of music (Jazz, folk, classical, jam) ? I can help you navigate the scene in town and meet great people along the way. Reach out for more info.

Loaves and Fishes
Who: Loaves and Fishes 272 5457 info@loaves.org
When: Mon, Wed, Fri 12-1pm Tues, Thurs 5:30-6:30pm
Where: 210 North Cayuga St
Free nutritious meals & advocacy services provided Monday through Friday throughout the year. All are welcome. Come join our table. For 30 years, we have been building a caring community by sharing hospitality and friendship while enjoying free delicious meals. Great volunteer opportunities available – help cook for your community.www.loaves.org

Longform Improv
Who: Matt Guttentag mattguttentag@gmail.com
When:10/3, 10/19, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Jillian’s Drawers 171 E. State St.
Ever seen improv comedy and thought “I’d like to try that, but it seems too hard”? Never seen improv but interested in honing some new skills in a fun environment? Then this is the class for you! Come and learn the surprisingly accessible and transformatively fun practice of longform improv. You’ll be creating whole worlds on the spot from nothing, using only the incredible powers of listening, support, and saying “yes”. The class will start with various activities and games to build skills and then move towards creating full scenes. It is taught by Matt Guttentag, a former cast member of Washington Improv Theatre. No experience is required — only a positive attitude.

Native Plants for Pollinators
Who: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Contact: Jennie, jrc10@cornell.edu
When: Wednesday, October 4, at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Tompkins County Public Library 101 E Green St, Ithaca
Attractive plants that support native pollinators add another dimension to gardens and landscapes. Native plants, in particular, are great for our native pollinators. There are pollinator plants suited to hot, dry sites, clay or sand, even dry shade. Learn how to diversify your plantings to support pollinators throughout their life cycles. Free & open to the public.

Natural building- Strawbale
Who: Rena Guinn renajael@gmail.com
When: Saturday, Oct 7th 9am – Sunday, Oct 8 7pm- drop in anytime!
Where: 62 Harvey Hill Rd Ithaca, NY
Come learn more about straw bale building and using natural materials to create your home! We will be working with our hands on my little straw bale cottage. We will mostly be doing stucco work. Playing with lime stucco and clay stucco, adding the final coats to the building. Dive in and learn hands on! See a straw bale home up close and learn what it’s all about. Come join a community as we have fun and turn work into play! Absolutely no experience necessary! Dates may change so reach out to confirm!

“NY Votes for Women” Launch Party & Reading
Who: Hosted by The History Center in Tompkins County
When: Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Where: The History Center in Tompkins County, 401 E State St, Ithaca, NY
What was it like for courageous women in New York State to fight for the vote? What parts of our heritage – history and herstory – have we never heard before? And, one hundred years later, what other issues of equality are renewing the pull that many feel to speak out? In “NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology,” twenty-one women explore these questions in a variety of engaging memoirs, stories and poems. Join Cayuga Lake Books, the Anthology editors, and readers on October 26 at 6:30 PM and hear readings from the following contributors: Carol Kammen, Gaia Woolf-Nightingall, Lisa Harris, Nora Snyder, Sarah Jefferis, Yvonne Fisher.

Open Mic
Who: Lot Ten Bar & Lounge
When: Every Tuesday, 9pm
Where: Upstairs at Lot Ten- 106 South Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY

Open Mic Comedy
Who: Lot Ten Bar & Lounge
When: Every 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month
Where: Upstairs at Lot Ten- 106 South Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY

Permaculture Potluck
Who: Mr. Juniper Juno Jones- freeskoolithaca@gmail.com
When: Saturday, November 4th, 6pm-?
Where: Newfield, Just outside of Ithaca (RVSP for address)
Bring a dish to pass and your permaculture thinking caps. Join us for a social evening of brainstorms, discussions, sharing articles and books, and meeting new people in the community who are excited about permaculture! If inspired, we may jump into one of our ongoing projects including but not limited to; winterizing the garden, building a composting toilet, outdoor shower, cob oven, hempcrete structures, rainwater harvesting systems. Bring a new project or just come to eat and play!

Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Who: freeskoolithaca@gmail.com
When: TBD
Where: Newfield, RSVP for address
Improvised musical collaboration. Reach out for more info.

Potluck Pickin’ Circle
Who: Rob rblackm1@gmail.com
When: Alternating Thursdays 6pm (10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30)
Where: Newfield (RSVP for address)
A musical jam in the woods of Newfield, right outside of Ithaca. Bring a dish to pass, or come early to cook. All styles of music playing welcome but preferences are given to acoustic/ stripped down music.

Press Play at Press Bay
When: Saturday, October 14th, 12pm-5pm
Where: Press Bay Alley 118 W Green St., Ithaca
Join headliner Mosaic Foundation together with the Fall Creek Brass Band, True Sadat, and the New Roots Charter School Steel Drum Band on the Leslie Puryear Community Stage to come together and raise awareness of local issues.

Restaurant Startup Basics
Who: Michael Clouser michael@thestartuprace.com
When: Oct 2, October 16, October 30th 6pm
Where: TBA; Local restaurants and hotels that will comp space
Learn the basics of starting a restaurant including conceptualizing, recruiting, training and motivating staff, marketing, structuring the organization, legal issues, and financing new ventures.

Rev Ithaca Startup Works
Who: http://www.revithaca.com
Where: 314 E State St., Ithaca, NY
Rev: Ithaca Startup Works is a business incubator and workspace in Ithaca, NY. We offer business mentorship, workspace, and startup resources for any new or growing business that will create jobs in the community. Rev was created by a partnership between Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins-Cortland Community. The Presidents of the three schools realized that the Ithaca community needed a resource for new and growing businesses that was open to all, and which would offer support to student-founded startups after graduation. We believe that more innovative companies offering more jobs in more fields enriches our local economy and improves life for everyone. Check out our website to see monthly dates for free events including guest speakers, business meetups, and networking events.

RIBs Open Shop
Who: Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles Greg.ribs@sspride.org
When: Sat 11:30-5 & Tues/Thurs evenings
Where: RIBs 530 w Buffalo St., Ithaca, NY
Recycle Ithaca’s Bicycles is open! Fix your bike, build a bike, learn, volunteer… Open shop is a free loosely structured bike repair clinic. We provide tools, expertise, and some parts but you do your own work, help each other, and learn.

Rocks, Fossils, & Flying
Who: Rocky Racoon curtbayer3@gmail.com
When: TBA; Afternoons- based on interest
Where: Cayuga Lake shoreline
Finding fossils and rocks, learning to make them fly in new ways, and rock appreciation. Exploring Ithaca’s gorges, creeks, and waterfalls while together learning the history of the land we walk on every day.

Scarecrow Jubilee
Who: Ithaca Children’s Garden
When: Saturday, October 14 at 1 PM – 4 PM
Where: Ithaca Children’s Garden, 121 Turtle Lane, Ithaca, NY
Fall is one of the most magical times in the Garden! Enjoy an afternoon at ICG celebrating scarecrows and everything autumn. Enjoy a performance by LilySilly Puppet Theatre at 1:30pm and then 6 Mile Creek Boys perform from 2:00-4:00. We have all the supplies you’ll need to build a scarecrow and friendly volunteers to lend a hand. Hands-on harvest activities for all ages. Pumpkins available for sale. Carving station will be available. Leave your goop with us! Puppet making with LilySilly will also take place from 2:30-4:00. Bring some pocket money for treats, snacks, and pumpkins. This family-friendly event is a seasonal favorite, open to all. The festivities will be held rain or shine with a suggested $5 individual or $15 family donation. Sponsored by Cayuga Landscape.

Science Cabaret
Who: Ithaca Science Cabaret http://www.sciencecabaret.org
When: 10/3 & more dates on website
Where: Coltivare 235 S. Cayuga St
One Tuesday a month Science Cabaret mixes science, art, and audience participation in an exquisite cocktail. Ithaca’s Science Cabaret was inspired by the Cafe Scientifique movement, which started in Europe in the late 1990’s and has spread rapidly. Cafes Scientifiques are informal talks in bars, cafes and other public venues that give like-minded people a chance to discuss current and sometimes controversial topics in science. The Ithaca Science Cabaret is organized by local professors, graduate students and members of the Ithaca community.

Seed Saving 101
Who: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
When: Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca
Learn to save your own flower and vegetable seeds for next year’s garden and to share with others! In this hands-on class, participants will learn the basic principles of seed saving such as which home garden species you can save seed from, how to harvest, clean and process, and how to store them for the next year. Learn the basics of saving wet seeded crops such as tomatoes and peppers.We’ll spend some time outside harvesting different types of vegetable and flower seeds from the CCE gardens, then we’ll clean the seeds using different techniques and tools. Pre-registration is required. Register online, or call 272-2292 to register and pay by phone. *This class is $5-$10 sliding scale. Please contact your freeskool organizers at freeskoolithaca@gmail.com prior to this event if you are having trouble paying the class fee. We got you covered.

Spirit Speaks
Who: Sacred Root Kava Bar & Tea Lounge 103 S Geneva St., Ithaca, NY
When: Every Thursday 8pm
Music that engages, inspires, and touches the soul! Spirit Speaks … listen!

Starting a Triple Bottom Line B Corporation
Who: Michael Clouser michael@thestartuprace.com
When: October 3, 10, and 17
This class is for entrepreneurs or those contemplating the possibility who want to build organizations that will benefit community, environment, employees, and contractors, as well as make a financial profit. Specifically, we will cover the basics of the B Corporation registration and community of B Labs, including the benefits, drawbacks, and “hows”.

Swing Dance at Lot Ten
Who: Lot Ten Bar & Lounge
When: Every Wednesday 6-9pm
Where: Lot Ten- 106 South Cayuga Street Ithaca, NY
Swing dance event with Djug Django that is largely free though tips are encouraged. Audience members can join the band as guest vocalists during the second set.

Tee Time
Who: Cady Shack- freeskoolithaca@gmail.com
When: Sundays 2pm; 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
Where: Newfield (RSVP for address)
Come practice your disc golf and ball golf skills on our homemade course in Newfield. All ages, all skill levels welcome!

The 12-Hour Dance Out Fundraiser
Who: Hosted by Press Bay Alley, Ithaca Generator, & Remanu Panther
When: Friday, October 6 at 10 AM – 10 PM
Where: Press Bay Alley, 118 W Green St., Ithaca, NY
Join us in a dance marathon, with 3 different dance events all in one day!
DANCE-A-THON (~10am-6pm)
Join the dance marathon! How long can you dance? Dance for more than one hour and win a coupon! Dance for eight hours and win a gift certificate! Register here https://goo.gl/forms/Una09lWMmwdTVsA32
You must have at least one pledger (sponsor) to enter the Dance-A-Thon.
🌊Dab, dine, or dash over to Community Art Studio for Open Art Hive’s art-making Gallery Night activity.
Vote for your favorite dancer. 8 Dancers take turns in the spotlight on the Leslie Puryear Community Stage, interacting with audience or other dancers. Dancers can win prizes like “Longest Lasting Mover”, “DJ Pick of Best Dance Moves”, “Crowd Favorite”, and “Game Winner”.
There will be three circles of movement, one for Acro, one for Yoga, and one for Dance! To apply, send proof of your acro, yoga, or dance experience to 12hourdanceout@gmail.com or text it to 607-592-2944.
DJ LINEUP:DJ CLover, Thaelo, DJ Leon, Neko Three-Sixty, DJ Mike Judah, DJ Hotpants, DJ ha-MEEN – Ithaca, NY
FOOD VENDORS: OmNomNomelettes, Ithaca Congo Square Market
VISUAL ARTISTS: Gabriel Carraher, Jessie Perry, Michael Sampson
This is a substance free, all ages, family friendly community event open to the public. The event is a fundraiser for the Ithaca Generator, a community of inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists, located in Press Bay Alley and raising funds to move into a new space. Ithaca Generator is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
To learn about the Ithaca Generator visit: https://ithacagenerator.org/

Tompkins County Coalition for Families
Who: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Contact: ams69@cornell.edu, Anna Steinkraus, Family & Community Development Coordinator
When: Third Thursday of each month
Where: CCE 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Join with parents, volunteers, and agency staff members to strengthen our community for children, youth, and families! Monthly meetings focus on creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration, and exploring policy issues. All are welcome!
8:30-9:30am Coalition Meeting
9:30-10:00am Informal Networking
*sorry no childcare available during these meetings
10/19, Finger Lakes Independence Center (FLIC) with Rachel Ferrara
11/16: To Be Determined
12/21: To Be Determined

Tompkins Time Traders Orientation
Who: info@tompkinstimetraders.net
When: TBA 4:30-5:30
Where: See http://www.tompkinstimetraders.net/join-us/
Tompkins Time Traders (T3) is a time bank where services and goods are exchanged with time as the only currency. Everyone’s time is valued equally, so an hour of specialized skills (i.e. dentistry, plumbing or carpentry) is equal to an hour of traditionally undervalued labor (i.e. eldercare, childcare or cooking). The orientation is geared toward people who have applied (www.tompkinstimetraders.net/join-us/) or are ready to sign up. Not sure, but interested in learning more? You’re welcome to come too! By being a Tompkins Time Trader you co-create a new economic paradigm that values each person and the skills that EVERYONE has to offer. RSVP to info@tompkinstimetraders.net

WAASR (White Allies Against Structural Racism)
Who: WAASR members rit & Jeri Gallucci 277-4936 Anne Rhodes 844-9550
When: 2nd Thursday of each month 6-8pm
Where: Quaker Meeting House, 120 3rd St., Ithaca
WAASR is a group of local people committed to raising awareness about and supporting actions to dismantle local structural racism. We facilitate a monthly drop-in in session, on the second Thursday of the month, for white people to learn, think, and plan together. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive place for any white person to process their experiences of being white, confront any fears or misinformation, think and learn about what it means to be white, confront the nature of white supremacy, and test their thinking about what actions they might take, personally or collectively. We see our work in conjunction with and in support of people taking actions in the community through SURJ, Black Lives Matter and other groups. Sessions will be loosely structured and guided by Talking Circle graduates and facilitators. We will bring snacks to share.

We Are Ithaca Portrait Sessions
Who: Produced in collaboration with Community Arts Partnership, project director/photographer Robyn Wishna, and The Park Foundation
When/ Where: 20 sessions around Ithaca, Sept-Nov, for locations and times visit http://www.weareithaca.org
We Are Ithaca is a portrait project designed to take a snapshot of Ithaca. The goal of the project is to celebrate our uniqueness and diversity through portraits, stories and conversation. Through Nov. there will be about 20 portrait sessions around Ithaca and everyone is invited to come and have their portrait made. It’s fun, quick and all portraits will be on the website available for a free download. Everyone is asked to bring an object that helps describe who they are.

Welding Metal Art
Who: Jake Haire (816) 778-1912
Where: Newfield, NY (rsvp for address), and Ithaca Generator in downtown Ithaca
When: Tuesdays 6pm 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
Anyone can learn to weld at this beginner’s level class on Welding Metal Art. Classes will be held with up to 10 students in each class, so RSVP ASAP to reserve a spot! Held in a unique setting in the woods of Newfield, get ready to hone a new, exciting craft. Gloves & safety protection provided, please wear closed toed shoes.

16 Years After Afghanistan: Veterans Speak Out Against U.S. Wars
Who: Hosted by Christohper Hanna & Louie DeBenedette
When: Friday, October 6 at 5 PM – 6 PM
Where: Dewitt Park- Corner of N. Cayuga and E. Court St., Ithaca, NY
The U.S. military invaded Afghanistan 16 years ago, starting what has become a ruinous, permanent and forgotten war. As the Senate passes a $700 billion “defense” bill and the “War on Terror” decimates communities from Yemen to Somalia, it is important that we demand an end to U.S. involvement in imperialist wars everywhere. Join us at 5pm for a veteran speak-out and community gathering in Shawn Greenwood Park (Dewitt Park). There will be food (provided by Food Not Bombs Ithaca), remarks, and a chance for all to speak. Speakers include Louie DeBenedette (Vietnam veteran) and Harry Pruyne (Iraq veteran).
This event was inspired by calls by grassroots anti-war leaders to stage anti-war actions during the week of the 16th anniversary of the Afghanistan invasion: http://notowar.net/no-to-war-call-to-action/


Freeskool is run by an all-volunteer staff. We can always use your help if you can give it. We accept donations online at www.ithacafreeskool.wordpress.com and are always looking for organizers. Thanks, community!