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11/18: Greater Ithaca Skill Share organized by Transition Tompkins

In the spirit of increasing community resilience White Hawk Ecovillage is hosting the “Greater Ithaca Skill Share” on Sunday, Nov. 18th!

The event is free and activities for children will be available and supported.

It will be semi-structured and will offer a morning session of predetermined skills and an open-space afternoon session to let our community members share a skill they love. So come prepared to learn and if you’ve got a skill to share come prepared to teach!

If you do come please make sure to bring:
– weather appropriate clothing (some activities will be outdoors)
– a water bottle
– a dish to pass
– eating ware and utensils
– cloth or clothing of natural fabric to dye (if you’re interested)
– a skill to share, if you’re feeling inspired

There is a hope to make this a recurrent event (seasonally, semi-annually or annually) and if you’re interested in seeing some other skills represented that weren’t or want to help organize future Skill Share events we’ll be gathering names and ideas for the future.

Please feel free the forward on the poster to other friends, family and listservs, there are paper copies posted around Ithaca, Danby, and Brooktondale/Caroline, also our website is updated with the event

We hope to see you for all or part of the day and if not, sometime soon down the road!

Best wishes, “Skill On, Wayne”. “Skill on, Garth”
Sam and Simone
Transition Tompkins

11/10: Fixers Collective Planning Meeting

Finger Lakes ReUse invites anyone who has things to repair, wants to help fix items, or wants to learn how to fix items to a planning meeting for our new fixers collective on November 10th at the ReUse Center at the Triphammer Marketplace, 2255 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca. The fixers collective is open to anyone who wants to prolong the lifespan of items such as home electronics, furniture, small appliances and more. The planning meeting will be 3pm to 4pm, followed by a fixer lab from 4pm to 5pm. Please fill out the fixers collective survey to let us know if you are interested in attending or in learning more.

We will meet in the Furniture Overflow Showroom (the storefront to the right of the ReUse Center) at Triphammer Marketplace.

Bring your ideas – this will be a collaborative and evolving effort and will be guided by those who are actively participating – so your thoughts and input at this first meeting will be very important, but there will be lots of opportunity to grow and improve the collective! We hope to start small but really grow this event into a vibrant community experience. One of our largest current challenges is that we have zero storage space, so projects will need to be portable – in and out each time we meet. We can offer a heated space, large work table, an assortment of tools, and internet access to research fixes, but we’ll have challenges with projects that may take more than a couple of hours to fix, etc. Feel free to bring along tools and an item that needs to be fixed. We’ll leave the last hour for repair attempts – although no guarantees that we’ll have the skillset, tools, or time to tackle your project. We’ll see! Let’s meet and talk from 3pm to 4pm, and have a fixer lab from 4pm to 5pm. Future meetings (time and frequency) will be discussed at the meeting, but will hopefully continue to evolve and expand – we’ll continue to publish updates to the full email list.

There was some interest in the initial survey responses in paying a fee to have items fixed – so one of the topics we will be considering is some sort of sliding-fee structure which will support this effort. We can give you an update on FLR job training programs and initiatives to support underserved individuals in Tompkins County.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!

Diane

Diane Cohen
Executive Director, Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc.

12/18: 3rd Annual Craft Swap and Really Really Free Market

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 2-4pm
The Space @ Greenstar
700 W Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY

Mark your calendars, get out your knitting needles, brush off your art sets! Bring arts, crafts, food, and anything to swap or give away. Tell your friends, tell your families, tell your former enemies!

To get involved or for more information, contact Danny Bowers at dannybowers@gmail.com.

More details coming soon…

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Press: Share Tompkins in Tompkins Weekly Article about Economics of Happiness Screening

On April 27th, we were invited to speak about Share Tompkins as part of the panel discussion following the community screening of the film The Economics of Happiness.

The event was featured in an article by Eric Banford in the May 2-8 issue of Tompkins Weekly. You can read the full article on the Sustainable Tompkins site and here are some key excerpts:

Share Tompkins has been hosting monthly swaps and “Really, Really Free Markets” and co-founder Shira Golding said they
have received email from all over the U.S. and as far away as the UK,
asking how to start similar ventures…

Shira Golding and McKenzie Jones-Rounds of Share Tompkins talked about real life swap examples fostered through swap meets. Jones-Round swapped for a cello that wasn’t being used for a year of
guitar lessons. She shared that, “It’s not just about the stuff we keep out of the waste stream or save money on, it’s also about instilling in the kids in the community the value of who they are and what it means to be part of something bigger than themselves. It’s good to be someplace where people aren’t just willing to share their things, but they share themselves too. We are building a resilient, self-reliant, non-monetary based economy through this.”

April 27: Economics of Happiness Screening and Community Conversation

Wednesday, April 27, 7-9:30pm
Cinemapolis
120 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY
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Sustainable Tompkins is hosting a community conversation on sustainable economy at Cinemapolis. We’ll be screening the Ithaca premiere of The Economics of Happiness – a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick and John Page, and a project of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC). Former Ithacan and LACS graduate, Kristen Elizabeth Steele of the ISEC will be here to introduce the film.

Relocalization of our economy is essential if we are to buffer ourselves from speculative bubbles and escalating food and energy prices. How can we transform our personal household economies to build in long-term resiliency and well being? How can we work together to design a local economy that works for everyone and takes advantage of the power of entrepreneurship, sharing, self-provisioning, and local investment? What principles should guide us?

After the first screening, a panel of local community leaders from Sustainable Tompkins, Southside Community Center, Share Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Tompkins County Workers Center, Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, and Tompkins Workforce NY will outline our progress in creating a more sustainable local economy and suggest opportunities to pursue in the next few years.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their ideas and to share news on other local initiatives. Tickets are offered on a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door, or can be purchased in advance by contacting elizasalon@yahoo.com. A second screening at 9:30 will be at standard prices.

Co-sponsored by Sustainable Tompkins, Green Resource Hub, Sustainable Enterprise & Entrepreneur Network, Share Tompkins, Local First Ithaca, Tompkins County Workers Center, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Social Ventures, Southside Community Center, Tompkins Workforce NY, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative, Interfaith Action for Healing Earth and Ithaca Hours.

April 23: Clothing Swap-O-Rama presented by Local First Ithaca



Local First Ithaca
presents
the 1st Annual
Take Off Your Clothes For Earth Day
Clothing Swap-O-Rama!

Saturday, April 23, 10-6pm
The Space @ Greenstar
700 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY

Suggested donation = $10 and a bag of clothing

Proceeds to Benefit Sew Green & GIAC’s Teen Program Poppin’ Collars

Clean out your Closets for Earth Day! Learn to upcycle old clothes into fabulous, new garments, quilts, toys, purses, etc. Attend one of the cool workshops – learn how to silkscreen, use a sewing machine, make a headband, buttons and more…

Keep clothing out of the waste stream, learn a new skill and create community. Stitch n’ Bitch, here we come!

Co-sponsored by Share Tompkins, Greenstar, Ithaca Times, Finger Lakes ReUse and Tompkins County Solid Waste

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Photos: Really Really Free Market at the Congo Square Market

On Friday, June 25th, we joined forces with the weekly Congo Square Market at Southside Community Center to offer our second Really Really Free Market to the community. There was a great turn-out, tons of stuff was given away and we all had a great time listening to live music and chowing down on the fresh fruit and yummy cooked food from the vendors at the market. We’re hoping to do more events at Southside in the future!

Share Tompkins Inspires Sharing Across the Atlantic

Check out this email from Andy in the UK!

Hi Share Tompkins People,

OK and very big hello from Malvern in the UK, I’m Andy and I’ve been very inspired by your local community group ( I’ve even quoted it in my dissertation) and have taken a great deal of inspiration from your site in setting up my own similar project where I live. The difference is mine is an experiment which although part of a degree course is still something I’m very much into. It’s based on just one small street where I live and seeing if a sense of community and neighbourly interaction can’t be given a boost. It’s a friendly enough place but nowadays people tend to keep themselves to themselves and it like were all afraid to mix for some strange reason.

And so the idea is to foster and grow a sense of community spirit , it’s only a little tiny thing in this big old world but I’m hoping it grows, point is I wanted to thank you for the inspirational site and things you get up to out there in Share Tompkins land.

It would be lovely to hear from someone as getting this community going is a bit like getting blood from a stone…Funny lot the English I think I’m an aberration from the norm!!

Cheers,
Andy Jones
Malvern, UK

…Onwards and Upwards

PS I’m the one with the big ears!

Check out the “Our Street” website.

Sean’s New Water Catchment System Video

Check out the video and stay tuned for a water catchment Ithaca Freeskool class by Sean in the coming months…

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