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This month in DIY Education: June

Workshops and News! Get involved!
June is one of the busiest months with The Anarchist Bookfair, The Village Building Convergence and Pedalpalooza all offering amazing free workshops. Read below for all those and more offered by teachers just like you! That's right, everyone has something to share so give some thought to what you could offer and contact us at  info-pfs@riseup.net or  http://portland.freeskool.org to get involved. We're especially looking for folks to offer bike skills for our booth at the Multnomah Country Bike Fair on June 27th.

You are also invited to come to our monthly Free School Orientation and Meeting June 30th at 6pm @ The Waypost Cafe 3120 N Williams Ave. Come and find out how to start a class or learn how to get involved with our organizing collective - we're always looking for more folks to join in! Feel free to come with your questions. We'll meet at The Waypost, a wonderful community cafe that supports free education and it will be happy hour! Also be sure to check out the end of this email for some recent news in empowering education!

- Workshop details, teacher contact info, and updates are online at  http://portland.freeskool.org

Workshops at the 1st Annual Portland Anarchist Book Fair!
Saturday, June 6, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, June 7, 10am - 4pm
Liberty Hall - 311 N Ivy | Portland, OR 97227
503-516-9220 |  axiom.infoshop@gmail.com
The Axiom Collective is hosting the first annual Portland Anarchist Book Fair. This two day event will feature over 20 booksellers, publishers, and zinesters offering a wide range of radical literature and art. There will be over a dozen workshops, cheap eats from the Red and Black Cafe, a rad raffle, and more! This event is FREE to attend, and childcare will be provided!
10:30-12:00 | Screenprinting Workshop | John
Join Do-It-Yourself Screenprinting author John Isaacson for an early-morning printmaking party. We will talk about building screens and exposing designs on to screens, but we will not actually expose any screens. Mostly we will cut-out stencils and print those, or print images of narwhals, hollyphants, boom boxes, flowers, and dragons from pre-made screens. You can print on whatever you want, so bring plenty of paper or fabric to print on. John will provide ink,squeegees, screens, and some stuff to print on. Bring some material to print on. You will leave the workshop with a bunch of prints you made yourself. Good Afternoon!
12:10-1:10 | Smashing Patriarchy | Cynthia King
Many people talk about overthrowing the patriarchy (the operating system for our current government, economic, and religious systems). But too often they don''t realize that in order to create truly lasting changes, we also need to work from the inside out, —starting with our own groups. We will explore how applying the "Partnership Principles" to our own group behavior can help us move from "power-over" to "power-with" interactions and build shared leadership in order to promote change and co-create a more just and equitable society.
1:20-3:20 | Participatory Economics | Robin Hahnel
Robin Hahnel is Professor Emeritus of Economics at American University in Washington DC and currently Visiting Professor at Portland State University. His most recent book is Economic Justice and Democracy: From Competition to Cooperation (Routledge, 2005). Together with Michael Albert he is co-creator of the economic model known as "participatory economics." (The Political Economy of Participatory Economics, Princeton UP, 1991, and Looking Forward: Participatory Economics for the Twenty-first Century, South End Press, 1991).
The workshop will be a discussion of exactly what "we" mean by democratic economic planning. Based on his recent contribution to the Reimagining Society colloquium hosted on ZNet (  http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle21474), Hahnel will challenge the workshop to overcome what he believes are two blind spots in Left thinking about comprehensive, democratic, economic planning. He will argue that while traditional socialists remain blind to the need to provide workers in enterprises and consumers in neighborhoods with a considerable degree of autonomy over their own behavior, anarchists, on the other hand, have been blind to the need for carefully designed procedures to help producers and consumers who should be autonomous in some regards but not in others plan their interrelated activities both equitably and efficiently.

Permaculture in an Educational Setting
Start: 06/07/2009 - 10:00
End: 06/07/2009 - 12:00
Location: Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave.
Gardens at schools are met with a unique set of design challenges. Learn about the process of designing a garden at a school in order to meet the diverse goals of engaging students, growing food for the cafeteria, and creating an area that will be easy to maintain, and sustain. Topics will include sheet mulching, herb spiral gardens, and perennial food forest gardens. Anna will talk specifically about her experience at Madison and what has worked well thus far in establishing and coordinating a garden in a high school setting.

Plaster Finishing
Start: 06/07/2009 - 11:00
End: 06/07/2009 - 16:00
Location: Sabin Village, 4013 NE 18th Ave
Learn all about how to bring color and life to your cob project. This hands-on workshop will give you experience in making and applying clay plasters using natural pigments.

Building a Worm Bin
Start: 06/08/2009 - 09:30
End: 06/08/2009 - 11:30
Location: Mountain Valley Community School, 1181 SE 85th Ave.
Join us at this family-friendly workshop to learn about how to build a worm bin, how to compost with worms and how to collect the castings for use as the best garden fertilizer ever!

Making Seed Balls
Start: 06/09/2009 - 22:30
End: 06/09/2009 - 23:30
Location: Mountain Valley Community School, 1181 SE 85th Ave.
Join us for this family-friendly workshop about how to make seed balls. Gardening couldn't be easier! With the right ingredients, your seed balls will grow into mini polycultures. All you have to do is throw them!

Heart of Now Introduction
Start: 06/10/2009 - 13:00
End: 06/10/2009 - 17:00
Location: Awakenings Wellness Center, 1016 SE 12th Ave.

At Heart of Now, we support each other to delve into the present moment. We look at ideas that run our lives, ones that are helping and ones that no longer serve us. We practice honesty: looking deeply inside for what is true about us, our feelings, messages from our body, and what we are thinking. From there, we create opportunities to interact with each other in ways that move us toward our vision: how we really want to be in the world. Come to a Heart of Now intro to have a taste of what we offer... and if you have already been to Heart of Now, please come to connect with our community.


Raw Gourmet 101
Start: 06/11/2009 - 14:00
Location: Food Front Co-op, 2375 NW Thurman St.
Join raw chef and author Gabrielle Chavez in a tasty and informative workshop exploring the joy of not cooking. She will disarm the skeptical by demonstrating how to turn avocados into a decadent (but healthy) cacao mousse and nourish more practiced raw foodists with a wild green smoothie.

Natural Building with Light Straw Clay and Earthen Plaster
Start: 06/12/2009 - 10:00
End: 06/12/2009 - 15:00
Location: Tryon Life Community Farm, 11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd.
Join us as we near completion of retrofitting our 1930's era barn with light straw clay—an insulating technique—and apply earthen plaster on the walls that have already been insulated. There will also be opportunities to work in our gardens! A bus shuttle will be provided between TLC Farm and Peoples Co-op on 3029 SE 21st Ave. Pick-up will be at 9:30 and drop-off at 3:30. Visit us online at tryonfarm.org for more info!

Fermentation and Food Preservation Forum
Start: 06/12/2009 - 12:00
End: 06/12/2009 - 16:00
Location: 831 N Russet St.
Let's hang out and have a big potluck or home fermented or preserved foods and discuss the methods we used for our different ferments. This could include vegetables, dairy, grains, meat, fruit...
Sauerkraut, Kim chi, lacto-fermentated stuff, sourdough, cheese, kefir, wine, beer, amasake, miso, tempeh, kombucha, yadda yadda...

Cob Oiling and Waxing Workshop
Start: 06/12/2009 - 12:00
End: 06/12/2009 - 15:00
Location: Sabin Village, 4013 NE 18th Ave
Shine your way to cob heaven! Learn and practice finishing, maintenance and upkeep of all things cob. If you have a cob project, this is a good workshop to learn how to keep it looking great throughout the years.

Grease Car Conversion & Filtration Methods
Start: 06/12/2009 - 15:00
End: 06/12/2009 - 16:00
Location: The Nest, 6814 N. St. Louis St.
Our resident mechanic will invite participants under the hood and into the trunk of a custom converted 1980 Mercedes 300SD and filter some oil from fryer grease to fuel stage. Other methods of conversion and filtration will be discussed. Come see what the financial and mechanical realities of running on WVO.

Noobs on Unicycles
Start: 06/12/2009 - 18:00
End: 06/12/2009 - 20:00
Location: Salmon St. Fountain, SW Salmon St and Naito Pkwy
"Hey Look! A unicycle convention for people who can't ride unicycles!" Ever wondered what it was like to ride a uni? Think you've got the balance for one wheel? Come on out and give it a try. Unicycle instruction and unicycles will be provided.
Nipple, nipple at insubordinate daht nett, Unicycle Bastards

Make your own Top Bar Beehive
Start: 06/13/2009 - 10:00
End: 06/13/2009 - 11:30
Location: 9803 N. Hudson St.
Learn about the difference between a top bar beehive and conventional beehives and learn how to build one yourself!

From Ecoroof to Rain Garden
Start: 06/13/2009 - 10:00
End: 06/13/2009 - 12:00
Location: Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave.
Ecoroofs and rain gardens are two living systems we can use to lessen the impact of urban stormwater on our watershed and use it instead to provide wildlife habitat, cool the city, create place and grow food. Drawing from experience managing Ecotrust's ecoroofs and bioswales, restoring wetlands in Washington County, and designing rain gardens on a residential scale, Michael will discuss the different strategies, materials and plants available as we build our own system at Madison High School.

Destination DIY Bike Ride
Start: 06/13/2009 - 12:00
End: 06/13/2009 - 15:00
Location: Starts at IPRC, 917 SW Oak St, #218, then we ride around town!
Take a meandering ride around town to visit locals who embody the do-it-yourself spirit. Grassroots media organizer Marc de Giere and Destination DIY radio/podcast producer Julie Sabatier will introduce you to Food Not Lawns, zinesters, backyard chicken coops, foraging with Urban Edibles, how to make tinctures & infusions, and where to find art in strange places.

City Repair Site Tour
Start: 06/14/2009 - 11:30
End: 06/14/2009 - 13:30
Timezone: Etc/GMT-8
Location: Starts at New Day School Annex, 1847 SE Clinton St
Urban permaculture, cob benches, intersection paintings, oh my! Come join the City Repair Project crew in a tour of various VBC sites around town from this year and years past. We will gather at this year's Village Building Convergence venue at 11:30 and ride at noon, ending in time to go to one of the afternoon rides and possibly connecting with one of them.
Deepak Saxena, dsaxena at plexity daht nett, The City Repair Project, 503-957-8596

Psychogeographical Tour of Portland
Start: 06/15/2009 - 15:30
End: 06/15/2009 - 17:30
Location: Starts at Ladd Circle, 1600 SE Harrison St

What did the 1950s group Situationist International have to do with a bike ride in Portland in 2009? Find out as we attempt to "dérive" (drift) through Portland, incorporating game-like rules to guide us, breaking from motive or destination. Maybe we will even make a map of our ride, in the Situationist style. No philosophy homework or essays to write, as fun will be had and nothing will be taken too seriously. French wine and baguettes optional. Ride will likely last 1.5-2 hrs.

Bike Touring Workshop
Start: 06/15/2009 - 18:30
End: 06/15/2009 - 20:30
Location: Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Are you a regular bicycle rider but have never taken a bicycle tour? Now that summer is around the corner, are you itching to hit the open road once the weather gets nicer and explore nature in a way you haven't yet? Then join us to learn more about Self-Supported Bicycle Touring. We'll be discussing equipment, planning, and cost as well as day-to-day life on the road. We'll also have a few loaded touring bikes to check out. PART OF PEDALPALOOZA

Start: 06/16/2009 - 19:30
End: 06/16/2009 - 21:30
Location: Skidmore Bluffs, 2299 N Skidmore Ct, Portland
Afraid of muggers, bike thieves, and hooligans after your bike and/or hide? Learn the art of bicycle self defense and awareness. Helmet, bike light and U-lock required. Wear comfortable clothes. This is a sober class.
Nature Boy, natureboy444 at yahoo daht comm, 503-816-1747

Bike Camping 101
Start: 06/17/2009 - 18:30
End: 06/17/2009 - 20:30
Location: Col. Summers Park, SE 20th Ave and Belmont St, (Near the Shelter) Do you like camping? Do you ride a bike? Have you ever thought about combining the two? You don't need tons of gear to go camping by bicycle. Let Cycle Wild teach you the basics of how, where, and when to go camping by bike! Free workshop, 2 hours. Matt Picio, matt.picio at cyclewild daht oh are gee, Cycle Wild

Edible Garden and Urban Farm Tour
Start: 06/20/2009 - 11:00
End: 06/20/2009 - 13:00
Location: Starts at O.G. Urban Farm, 4633 SE Taylor St
This ride will meander from Sunnyside to the Cully, taking in half a dozen gardens on the way. We'll get a short permaculture primer, learn about raising chickens and keeping bees, see methods of grey water recycling and composting toilets, and witness the abundance of food that can be raised on an urban lot. Come and learn how to grow your own food.
Jacqueline Authier, jacqueauthier at gmail daht comm
Requires bicycling

Dead Freeways Ride
Start: 06/21/2009 - 15:00
End: 06/21/2009 - 17:00
Timezone: Etc/GMT-8
Location: Starts at New Seasons-Arbor Lodge, 6400 N Interstate Av
What if...Portland built all the freeways it planned? This ride will follow the routes of several highways that never made it off the drawing board, such as the fabled Mt. Hood Freeway, some that did but were later removed, and also some freeways that currently exist. We'll start off Sunday Parkways and cover some areas untouched by previous rides. There will be a break mid-way, bring a snack or cash for food/beverage.
Shawn, urbanadventureleague at scribble daht comm, urbanadventureleague.blogspot.com
Requires bicycling

Grafitti by Bike
Start: 06/22/2009 - 18:30
End: 06/22/2009 - 20:00
Location: Laughing Planet, 3765 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
Graffiti is all around you. In various manifestations it covers signs, trashcans, building, billboards and more. Learn to identify the various manifestations and develop an eye for picking it out as you ride. (Note: This will cover alot of the information from previous Graf Rides, however the Graffiti is constantly changing.)
MJFreshyfresh, mjfreshyfresh at gmail daht comm

2nd Annual Yoga by Bike
Start: 06/24/2009 - 17:15
End: 06/24/2009 - 19:15
Location: Col. Summers Park, 1800 SE Taylor St
Meet us at 5:15pm at Colonel Sumner Park on the corner or SE 18th and Taylor with your bike and your yoga mat (or a towel, we don't care) to take a fun, easy ride thru four SE Portland's parks on the way to The Bhaktishop for some awesome outdoor yoga! Tasha leads the second annual Pedalpalooza event, celebrating all things bikey with a fun ride, ending at the Shop with treats and music. All are welcome!
Tasha, tashama at gmail daht comm, www.thebhaktishop.com/
Part of Pedalpalooza
Requires bicycling

Portland Red Ride
Start: 06/24/2009 - 18:30
End: 06/24/2009 - 21:00
Location: Starts at Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy St, Portland Take Trimet
Portland's a great union town with co-operative bike shops, a bike messenger collective, union organizers and folks otherwise standing up to the boss every where you look. Roll up your sleeves, dud up your best Rosie the Riveter bandanna or Utah Phillips overalls, if you like, and be a part of the collective fun!
Saul Alinsky
Requires bicycling

Healing Workshop, mind/body connections, music, herbal medicine and other forums
Start: 06/26/2009 - 06:00
End: 06/26/2009 - 09:00
Location: SEA Change Gallery
This Public Social University event is a holistic exploration of healing. We will have forums on pain, herbal medicine, sound healing, partner yoga and body work, healing the earth, meditation and forgiveness. Food will be provided upon donation. Collaborative zine-making and experimental music and fun at the end of the workshop.

Workshops at the Multnomah County Bike Fair
Start: 06/27/2009 - 14:00
End: 06/27/2009 - 18:00
Location: Col. Summers Park, SE 20th Ave and Belmont St
We'll be having a Free School space set up for workshops at the Multnomah County Bike Fair. Stay tuned for more details or contact us if you'd like to share some bikey skills or knowledge! MCBF is the catastrophic culmination of 2+ weeks of Pedalpalooza bike fun.

Food Preserving 101- Making Jam!
Start: 06/28/2009 - 15:30
End: 06/28/2009 - 17:30
Location: My house- 704 NE Going St
Making Jam! is the first class in a food preserving series. Once a skill only represented by grandmas (not that grandmas aren't cool), food preserving has become increasingly popular as people are deciding to take back their food system and eat locally. Preserving food allows you to store local foods for winter months and often has a rather delicious outcome. In Making Jam! we'll learn to use a water bath canner, food safety, and will...well...make jam! This will be a hands-on class where we'll learn by doing.
Suggested Materials: No materials are necessary, but feel free to bring mason jars if you have them. I'll have recipes for take home, but if you want to read up ahead of time  http://www.powells.com/s?header=Search+Form&kw=ball+preserving.

Free School Orientation / Meeting
Start: 06/30/2009 - 18:00
End: 06/30/2009 - 19:00
Location: The Waypost Cafe 3120 N Williams Ave
Our monthly orientation to the Free School - come and find out how to start a class or learn how to get involved with our organizing collective - we're always looking for more folks to join in! Feel free to come with your questions. We'll meet at The Waypost, a wonderful community cafe that supports free education and it will be happy hour!


Teach English at the Worker's Hire Site
The Worker's Hire Site is starting a new English Curriculum, and we need teachers and volunteers to help - you don't need any experience, but we'll take it if you got it. Classes are everyday (except Thursday) from 10am to noon. This new curriculum has four-week sessions with a different theme each day. Make connections in your community, practice your spanish, and give something you got that don't cost you nothin' but is valuable to someone else. On Saturdays, we need conversation partners - english and spanish speakers will teach each other their languages, intercambio style.

homepage: homepage: http://portland.freeskool.org