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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 , email@example.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.
Vinewood Park Community Garden Sun June 1st 5-6:30 pm
Peter Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.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.
14000 Tomki Rd. Redwood Valley, Fri June 6th, June 27th, July 18th
RSVP for times and directions
Mori Natura email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mendocino College, Little Theater, Sat June 14, 9:00 am – Noon
Anna Birkas, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.