A Dozen Upcoming MFS Classes! – Late May/Early June 2014

The Summer 2014 quarter is off to a hot start! A bunch of great classes have already happened, from figure drawing to collecting and saving wild seed. Knowledge has been shared, community strengthened. And now there is a stellar crop of upcoming classes ready for harvest in the next few weeks. Below is a chronological list of upcoming Free Skool classes and dates, and below the Buckeye Tree is the full description of these upcoming classes, in alphabetical order. See you in class!

UPCOMING MENDO FREE SKOOL CLASSES:

Hugo Chavez and the ‘Pink Tide’ – Monday May 26

Basic Bicycle Maintenance – Tuesday May 27

Naked Eye Astronomy – Wednesday May 28

Alternative Cooking Technologies – Saturday May 31

First Gear Bike Class – Saturday May 31

UBK Refurbished Bicycle Sale – Saturday May 31

Plant Field Trip to Rickbaugh Glade, South Cow Mountain – Saturday May 31 to Sunday June 1

Drip Irrigation – Sunday June 1

Fermentation Friday – Friday June 6

Basic Bicycle Maintenance – Tuesday June 10

Fuel Load Reduction and Small Diameter Pole Building – Saturday June 14 to Sunday June 15

Greywater Seminar – Saturday June 14

Ongoing Classes: Meditation Group on Thursdays, Singing Circle on Wednesdays, Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen on Saturdays, Master Gardeners on Saturdays

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FULL DESCRIPTIONS:

Alternative Cooking Technologies 

304 N. Spring st., Sat May 31  4-6 pm

Shonduel and Lucy  707-391-0444

Explore simple alternative technologies that will increase your self-reliance, reduce fossil fuel use of your cooking and bring joy to your life. We will have hands on demonstrations and discussion about solar ovens, hay boxes, rocket stoves, and maybe more. We will eat food cooked with these technologies. This class is an opportunity for novices to be introduced and veterans to connect, learn, & refine.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance  

304 N. Spring St., Tues May 27th, June 10th  6-8 pm

Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen, ukiahbicyclekitchen@gmail.com, 707 391 0444

If you want to start taking care of your bicycle & need a little help getting started, this is for you. We will go over how to fix a flat (good to practice even if you kinda know), check your brakes and derailleurs, and clean and lube your drive train. The class will be mostly demonstration, but feel free to bring your own bike so that you can practice. Donations are not expected but are always welcome.

UBK Refurbished Bicycle Sale       

316 N. Bush St., Sat May 31st, 9 am

Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen -Ronnie, Andrew, Lucy  , ukiahbicyclekitchen@gmail.com,  707 391 0444

The Ukiah Bicycle Kitchen is having its first Bicycle Sale! We have been fixing up donated bikes, and now they are ready for new homes. Come get yourself a fine new bicycle for summer evening riding. All proceeds go towards keeping the UBK running smoothly. At 10 am, we will have a Basic Bicycle Maintenance workshop, so you can learn to take care of your ride. Also, this is a good opportunity to drop off a used bike you would like to donate to the UBK.

Drip Irrigation                                        

Vinewood Park Community Garden Sun June 1st 5-6:30 pm

Peter Reynolds              slogsdon@ncoinc.org

Learn how to install drip irrigation in your home or community garden. Class takes place at the newest community garden in Ukiah and is organized by The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities.

Fermentation Fridays                        

  14000 Tomki Rd. Redwood Valley,  Fri June 6th, June 27th, July 18th   

RSVP for times and directions

Mori Natura       morinatura@gmail.com

Come join me to play with fermentatio!  We’ll be meeting on three Fridays to discuss methods, try our hand at different cultures, and enjoy probiotic foods together.  Bring ferments you”ve made to share, paper to write down recipes, and a jar to bring cultures home. Bring a jar. RSVP for directions

First Gear Bike Class 

Public Health, 1120 South Dora St.,  Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walk and Bike Mendocino              jendalton@kitchentableconsulting.com

Learn to be safe and secure on the road. Lead Trainer Erich Sommer will review what to watch for from drivers, and how to ride so you stay safe. Classroom and brief time on the bike you bring. The 2-hour May 22nd class will provide a quick overview and for a more thorough training, the May 31st class will be re-introduction for adults who know how to ride a bike but haven’t ridden in a long time or would like to learn more about riding safely and comfortably. Space is limited. To register: contact Jen Dalton at  Jendalton@kitchentableconsulting.com

Fuel Load Reduction & Round Pole Building

Greenfield Ranch, off Orr Springs Rd

Sat June 14, 2 pm – Sun June 15 6 pm

Earthcycles and Cloud Forest Institute – Govinda, Jen B., and Lucy,   391-0444

Join us in exploring reciprocity, forest restoration and stewardship. As a result of logging and fire suppression, Mendocino’s forests are overgrown with young Douglas Fir trees. By taking care of the forest, the risk of catastrophic fire is reduced, and many your building needs can be fulfilled. This is a very hands on workshop. You will learn native stewardship practices, pole building for housing, gazebo, shed, furniture, etc., recognize stands of trees that need thinning, how to fell, de-bark and mill trees, how to build using whole logs, how to engage in a reciprocal relationship with the forest and earth. We will camp out together on the land Saturday night, share meals, and work in the forest and on building structures. Space is limited to ten participants. Registration is required. Contact Lucy to register. We are also seeking a videographer to participate.

Greywater Seminar

Mendocino College, Little Theater,  Sat June 14, 9:00 am – Noon

Anna Birkas,   joe.scriven@mcrcd.org

Greywater systems send the water from your house to your yard and plants. Anna Birkas – founder, designer and installer of Village Ecosystems – shares her knowledge of and experience with greywater systems. Learn what greywater is, how it can be applied, what is allowed in Ukiah. This seminar is organized by Mendocino College and the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District.

Hugo Chavez  and the “Pink Tide”                   

304 N. Spring St., Ukiah,  Mon May 26th, 6-8 pm

Chris Jackson,  revolutionarygringo@gmail.com

A closer look is needed for such a controversial figure as Hugo Chavez and I’m just the gringo for it!  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of Chavismo and the Bolivarian Revolution as well as take a critical look at the “leftist/socialist’ governments that have swept through Latin America in the past decade.

Naked Eye & Binocular Astronomy 

Vinewood Park  (between Pine and Elm st.)

Wed May 28th,  9-10:15 pm  (if cloudy, reschedule to Weds June 4th)

Bill Taylor, (707) 272-1688,   edibleland@earthlink.net

Take a tour of the night sky, seeing wonders from a light hour to millions of light hours away.  Identify constellations, learn how to tell the time by theirr positions, and discover how our solar system and other stars and galaxies are moving in time.  Bring binoculars – the larger the aperture the better.  Bill is a farmer and life long sky watcher and has been in love with the night sky since he was 8.  

Plant Field Trip to Rickbaugh Glade, South Cow Mountain                     

 contact for details, May 31 – June 1

Kerry Heise, Peter Warner,  kheise@copper.net

This is a California Native Plant Society field trip. This may be a camping optional trip for those interested in exploring the wider area of South Cow Mountain.  We’ll continue our efforts to compile a thourough inventory of the plants in the Rickabaugh Glade area, a diverse upland wetland amidst chapparral and woodlands.

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Summer 2014 Calendar Release!

The Summer 2014 Calendar is now out in the community!

The summer quarter runs from May 4 – July 31, and if a quarter full of classes that will help you inhabit your life and place, take on drought, get back on your bicycle, connect with community, become more self-reliant, and much, much more. Many thanks to all the teachers who are giving their energy to make this quarter happen.

To check out the Summer Calendar, visit our ‘Calendar‘ page to see it digitally, or keep your eyes peeled to pick up a beautiful paper-copy around town.

See you in class.   : )

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Entries for Summer Free Skool Classes!

Ever wanted to get involved with Mendo Free Skool!?

Now’s your opportunity to be involved and help promote community based alternatives to our educational system by teaching this spring/summer! It’s fun, easy, and you def have the skills to do it. Class submissions can be submitted here and don’t forget to have them in by April 17th.

Previous classes include Native Plant ID, Tending the Valley, Salve and Soap Making, Games Night, Meditation, Films, Bike Repair, Solar installation, Grey Water, Drumming, Astronomy, Permaculture, and more!! There is also a primer of what to expect for teaching a class of the Teach page.

Please comment with any questions you may have. Thanx and we’re looking forward to a great summer in education Mendo style!

-C

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Class Submission Deadline!!

Hey all,

Just a reminder that class submission deadline is approaching soon.  Please have your submissions in by April 17th by visiting the “teach” page here!   If you have any questions please write us at MendoFreeSkool@gmail.com.  Thanx!

Ps… If your new to Free Skool check out some of our past classes here to get a good idea of what goes on.

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Winter-Spring Quarter Kick-Off Party on Jan. 26th, Ukiah

Mendo Free Skool’s latest quarter kicks off with a potluck at Spring House! Please bring a dish and your own sturdy, reusable dishes (if you don’t have a chance to prepare a dish, don’t let it dissuade you from coming).

We have lots of amazing classes lined up for the quarter that runs from Feb. 1st to April 20th, including: Native Plant Identification, drumming, local geology, astronomy, Tending the Wild, Eco Resistance Movements Discussion Group, documentaries, motion theater, salve making, Intro to Weston A. Price, bike skills training, Oak Woodlands Study Group, and much more.

Meet the teachers, grab a calendar, learn more about the classes, and share delicious food in a mellow, fun, and nurturing social environment!

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New Quarter Coming Up — Class Submission Deadline is Jan. 14th

Free Skool’s newest quarter kicks off on February 1st and goes until April 21st.  You, too, can teach a Free Skool class! This project is set up so that people are empowered to share themselves in a non-hierarchical setting; you don’t have to have some sort of special certification or be an expert on a subject to convene a Free Skool class.

The deadline to submit a class is January 14th! Click here for the submission process.

In the recent past, we have had classes in applesauce canning, meditation, permaculture, pruning, fermented foods, movie viewing and discussion, radical local history, watershed tours, non-violent communication, holistic perspectives on autism, creative writing, primitive skills, plant walks and plant identification, community sing-alongs, gardening, the Ukiah Bike Kitchen, and lots of others. These are just examples!

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MENDO  FREE  SKOOL        presents

Fall Calendar Kick-off Party

and mini-SKILL  SHARE

Sun.   Sept. 22   2 PM  till 9:30 PM         304  N. Spring St.   Ukiah

4 Skills will be taught starting at 2:30 pm

v Plant Identification    2:30 with Rain Tenaqiya  This popular tour of Ukiah’s diverse and abundant cornucopia will wind through the asphalt jungle identifying and sampling whatever is in season, from weedy greens and flowers to succulent sweet fruits.  Rain is a permaculturalist living outside Ukiah.

v Ecstatic Dance    2:30 with Oly Vincent-dePaule   Dance has been a vehicle in many cultures for reaching an ecstatic state, a state of heightened awareness and trance.  Our brain can entrain to the beat and fire in synchronicity with it, and our bodies move with innate physical and emotional wisdom.  Oly has been dancing ecstatically for over 20 years and lives in Ukiah.

v Ukiah Valley Radical & Forgotten History Tour  4pm  w/Will Parrish
Explore the forgotten and suppressed histories that have been crucial to shaping the Ukiah Valley, with a focus on the experiences of trees, creeks, rivers, and mountains, as well as the working class, people of color, and indigenous people. Will Parrish is an investigative journalist who lives in Ukiah.

v Gardening by the Moon and  Rocket Stoves 4pm with Ziggy D. Learn some theory and practical tips to get your garden into harmony with the moon.

 

POTLUCK meal @ 5:45 Bring your own sturdy, reusable plates, &  silverware.

Hear a short description of the Free Skool classes being taught this fall and get a new Mendo Free Skool calendar.  Classes begin on October 1.

The band  SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESIES  at  7PM

Mendo Free Skool events are FREE, but donations are always welcome.

For more info, call  235-9080 or check http://mendofreeskool.wordpress.com                                           Facebook at http://facebook.com/mendofreeskool

 

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