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DIY Education for February

Hello again from your local free school! A new month is upon us and with the snow gone you've got no excuse to get out there and learn something new! Thanks again for everyone who came out to December's Fermentation Festival. Read on for upcoming classes and check the bottom of the post for recent free school news.

This month's calendar is also available online at our website:  http://portland. freeskool. org with more details and often with new classes or updates so make sure to check there too.


"How can I start a class" you ask? Well, its easy! You can teach something that you are passionate about, or maybe start a group to discuss something you'd like to learn more of. It can be in your living room, a park, or any other community space. We have lots more resources for starting a class and finding a space on our website.
Read below for some fine examples of grassroots education happening this month:

Guerilla Gardening
February 9th, 4:33pm - 5:36pm
email  johndoe91269@yahoo.com for location
Unofficial spring is almosr here. why not help start some raised beds and plant some seeds and transplants. we will be skill sharing, each one teach one, various permaculture knowledge. if you know alot thats great, if your thumbais black thats great too, we'll make it green.
Suggested Materials: something to plant, something to plant in, something to plant with, something vegan to share

Basic Midwifery Concepts: 5
February 10th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Townsend Tea House Alberta street
Basic midwifery concepts for free to whoever in the community is interested. My idea is to start with the very basics about the wise woman way, menstrual cycles, hormones and charting fertility, and then, depending on who attends and what everyone is interested in learning, perhaps branching out into more advanced midwifery concepts/skills.
Suggested Materials: Paper or notebook Pen or pencil

Care Crisis, Economic Crisis and the Struggle for a New World
February 10th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
In Other Words Women's Books & Resources 8 NE Killingsworth
Join the Dicentra Collective for a discussion and presentation on current economic crisis, the current crisis of care and how these are intertwined. The event will begin with substantive presentations from Silvia Federic and George Caffentzis of the Midnight Notes Collectives, who for the past four decades have been involved in radical struggles against capital and research into the conditions of the working class and women. A discussion will follow the presentations.


Writing Workshop
February 10th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Laughing Horse Books, NE 10th Ave and Burnside
We are an audacious little pack of writers who not only meet to critique each others' work, but also scheme on ways to steal experience from the jaws of banality, get it down on paper, and get it back off the page and into the world where it will run amok. Although, we are primarily a group that meets to share and critique each others' writing, everyone will be asked to contribute in any way they can to make this not only a daring experiment in creativity, but also an endeavor in trust and honesty; as we grow, so will our abilities. Suggested Materials: Pieces of writing for critique. Make five to ten copies to pass around, if possible. We typically e-mail each other our work before meeting. Please contact Mike K to be added to our listserv.


Anti-Racism
February 12th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
City Repair, 3125 E Burnside
With Randy Blazak, PSU Department of Sociology. Develop your awareness and sensitivity to cultural diversity.


Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Safe Space Policies: Dialogue and Exploration - Part 2
February 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
In Other Words Books and Community Resource Center
Join the Dicentra Collective for its second of a two part series discussing the impact of sexual assault, domestic violence and safe space policies on our lives and our communities. Building on the discussions and points from the previous event, Dicentra is planning and event that addresses the needs of the community.


Bicycle Commuting Workshop
February 13th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bike Farm 305 NE Wygant St
Learn the skills one needs to safely commute to work or school on a bicycle for FREE with Evan Ross, of Portland Bicycle Tours. Hosted by the Bike Farm, a local non-profit, bicycle tool library and learning resource. Build your confidence, learn the rules of the road, traffic dynamics and essential bike handling techniques! This one hour workshop is a great first step towards bike commuting, as well as a way for intermediate commuters to learn more and share what they know. Contact  bikefarm@bikefarm.org or  portlandbicycletours@gmail.com if interested

Guerilla Gardening
February 16th, 4:33pm - 5:36pm
email  johndoe91269@yahoo.com for location
Unofficial spring is almosr here. why not help start some raised beds and plant some seeds and transplants. we will be skill sharing, each one teach one, various permaculture knowledge. if you know alot thats great, if your thumbais black thats great too, we'll make it green.
Suggested Materials: something to plant, something to plant in, something to plant with, something vegan to share

Applying sustainable concepts to daily living
February 18th, 4:33
Location TBA
You want to live in a green world, but dont think that recycling is enough. this course will be a skill share for people to come together and share their ideas about simple living. there will be room for discussing ideas and creating the tools by which to implement green living.


Urban Farming
February 18th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
People's Food Coop Community Room, 3029 SE 21st
Meet farmers that are changing Portland's urban landscape as they grow food in all kinds of places. Learn about their methods, philosophies & where we're going with urban farming. Q & A discussion panel with farmers, land-lenders, CSA subscribers, community organizers, and others working to create an urban foodshed in Portland.
If you want to:
* Become more independent in your food choices
* Get more involved with local food
* And find out what's happening with urban farming

Emitting wholistic remediation through the rapid dispersal of seeds
February 19th, 4:15 - 5:23
email  johndoe91269@yahoo.com for location
Guerilla gardening bike "hit and run" squad. unofficial spring is almost here. why not help start some raised beds and plant some seeds and transplants? we will be skill sharing, each one teach one, various permaculture knowledge. if you know alot thats great, if your thumb is black thats great too, we'll make it green. Suggested Materials: something to plant, something to dig with, something to plant in, soome water to drink, something vegan to share and eat.


Anti-Patriarchy
February 19th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
City Repair, 3125 E Burnside
With Christine Haboush, Siren Nation, http://www. sirennation. org/
Envision a society in which men and women can work together as equals, where gender plays no role in success or discrimination.


Guerilla Gardening
February 23rd, 4:43pm - 5:36pm
email  johndoe91269@yahoo.com for location
Unofficial spring is almosr here. why not help start some raised beds and plant some seeds and transplants. we will be skill sharing, each one teach one, various permaculture knowledge. if you know alot thats great, if your thumbais black thats great too, we'll make it green.
Suggested Materials: something to plant, something to plant in, something to plant with, something vegan to share

Basic Midwifery Concepts: 6
February 24th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Townsend Tea House Alberta street
Basic midwifery concepts for free to whoever in the community is interested. My idea is to start with the very basics about the wise woman way, menstrual cycles, hormones and charting fertility, and then, depending on who attends and what everyone is interested in learning, perhaps branching out into more advanced midwifery concepts/skills.
Suggested Materials: Paper or notebook Pen or pencil

Writing Workshop
February 24th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Laughing Horse Books, NE 10th Ave and Burnside
We are an audacious little pack of writers who not only meet to critique each others' work, but also scheme on ways to steal experience from the jaws of banality, get it down on paper, and get it back off the page and into the world where it will run amok. Although, we are primarily a group that meets to share and critique each others' writing, everyone will be asked to contribute in any way they can to make this not only a daring experiment in creativity, but also an endeavor in trust and honesty; as we grow, so will our abilities. Suggested Materials: Pieces of writing for critique. Make five to ten copies to pass around, if possible. We typically e-mail each other our work before meeting. Please contact Mike K to be added to our listserv.

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Cop Watch Training
February 25th, 6:00pm
Black Rose Infoshop, 4038 N.
Mississippisi

Emitting wholistic remediation through the rapid dispersal of seeds
February 26th, 4:33
email  johndoe91269@yahoo.com for location
Guerilla gardening bike "hit and run" squad. unofficial spring is almost here. why not help start some raised beds and plant some seeds and transplants? we will be skill sharing, each one teach one, various permaculture knowledge. if you know alot thats great, if your thumb is black thats great too, we'll make it green. Suggested Materials: something to plant, something to dig with, something to plant in, soome water to drink, something vegan to share and eat.


Public Speaking
February 26th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
City Repair, 3125 E Burnside
With Courtney Dillard, Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies, Willamette University and Mark Lakeman, The City Repair Project. Increase your confidence and expand your capabilities in front of larger audiences.


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Submit your December classes by the end of this month so they make it into our print edition and this email announcement!
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Free School News

Callout for Workshops: Earth First! Trans and Womyn's Action Camp & Round River Rondezvous
A member of Cascadia Earth First! who is working on the workshop schedule for the Earth First! Trans and Womyn's Action Camp (TWAC) from June 19-June 27th and the Round River Rondezvous (RRR) 2009 from June 27th-July 6th, recently sent out a request for workshops.
You can read her request below:
I'm writing to see if you would be interested in participating this year by hosting a workshop. We are looking to offer a wide range of direct action, forest issues, eco-centrism, and Western Oregon Plan Revision (WOPR) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) specific trainings and workshops. We would also really like to see environmental justice and anti-oppression workshops, etc.

Another centric view we are looking for are real life skills, including canning, camping skills, urban gardening, grey-water, etc. especially focusing on urban energy/ conservation alternatives.

Please let me know if any of this sounds interesting to you, and if you have plans of attending this years EF! TWAC and RRR.

If you already have workshops in mind, please send me the following things:
* The title of your workshop
* Your name and brief description of group represented (if
applicable)
* The length of your workshop
* What days you'd prefer to do each workshop
 stephanie@RisingTideNorthAmerica.org
www. RisingTideNorthAmerica. org

City Repair Begins Community Organizing Workshop Series
The City Repair Project is hosting a series of ten workshops designed to assist all you organizers out there in working more cohesively, effectively and inclusively. If you are looking to build your skills around facilitation, community engagement, public speaking and a host of other activities, join us! These workshops will be useful to anybody interested in building a better world, so don't let thoughts of a lack - or an abundance - of experience stay your hand. The workshops will run every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at City Repair Head Quarters, 3125 E Burnside. We ask for a sliding scale donation of $5-$10 per workshop, or $40-$75 for the whole series, though no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. To register, please contact Maralena at  volunteer@cityrepair.org, or call 617.406.8299.
More info at www. cityrepair. org

KBOO Youth Collective Show on Skillshares
Recently the KBOO Youth Collective hosted a show on sharing skills and they interviewed one of our organizers, Liz.
You can listen to the audio here: http://kboo. fm/node/11823

Free School Portland
 http://portland. freeskool. org
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