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Cardiff

The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff

Do you want to meet new people, learn new skills or share something with others? Then pop along to Little Man Coffee, on Thursday 29th September from 6:30 - 7:15pm. We are putting on a fun, interactive session to develop the new monthly Trade School classes: we want to find out what you would like to learn, and help you discover skills that you could share. There will be teachers and participants sharing their learning and teaching experiences, their top trades, and insights on planning and running classes. This "all about Trade School" session kicks off the new term. And did we mention - new for Autumn 2016 - there are badges for participants! All welcome.

Bring one of the following:
A friendly smile
Ideas for things you could teach
Ideas for things you would like to learn
Top tips for teaching

About the teacher, Lynsey Jackson

Hello, we are Harri, Noreen, Laura, Lynsey & Becca - we are the Trade School team! We are a group of volunteers who help to organise and run TS as well as teaching the odd class.

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The Little Man Coffee Co
Little Man Coffee, Ivor House, Bridge Street, CF10 2EE
Cardiff

Something of a free-form session on how to do basic bicycle repairs. Many people are afraid that their bike will bite them if they try to perform basic repairs on it. It won't. Or probably won't. The purpose of this session is to show that most bicycle maintenance tasks are simple and can be learned by just having a go. Sometimes, this will result in broken parts. Sometimes, this will result in frustration. But you will have learned something along the way. We'll adjust the topics based on what the participants would like to learn. Feel free to bring your own bike with an issue that you'd like to solve! Possible subjects could include, in ascending order of difficulty/time: - Fixing punctures - Changing brake pads (disc or rim) - Indexing (adjusting) gears - Changing gear cables - Greasing a headset - Changing a chain - Changing a cassette - Bleeding hydraulic brakes

Bring one of the following:
A homemade cake
A houseplant
Plant pots
Some dog treats
Some vegetables

About the teacher, Andrew Shankie

I'm a web developer by day, and bike fettler by night. I like riding bikes, but can't afford to have someone else maintain them, so have become pretty handy at hitting them with hammers to beat them back into shape.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia

Yes, and...Improv! (Weekly Meet-Up)

11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Rad Storm
6050 Almon Street
Halifax

Improvisational theatre is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Improvisers will often take a suggestion from the audience, or rely on some other means of inspiration to get started. In this workshop learn the basics of improv through exciting games and exercises! In Improv anything goes- no experience is required! Audience members, actors, non-actors, all levels welcome. Ages 16 and up! Join us for some unscripted fun!

Bring one of the following:
Ideas!

About the teacher, Erica Sweett

Erica has always loved theatre, improv and everything in-between. She was living and teaching in South Korea for two years. Since moving back to Halifax she has been very involved in community organizing. She would love to see more theatre based opportunities for all levels and ages and thinks Trade School is the perfect place to start.

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A Taste of Spoken Word

7:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS

In this workshop we will explore how to tap into our inner creative flow through both writing and performance exercises. Everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals are welcome, though the course is introductory in nature. We will discuss strategies to overcome writers block, and other relevant topics throughout the afternoon. Prepare for an interactive experience in poetry!

Bring one of the following:
A ticket to an interesting event in Halifax
Any strange little knick knack
Bizarre, philosophical novel
Photographs of the teacher taken during the class
Small painting

About the teacher, Brandon MacDougall

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I started performing spoken word five years ago and since then have competed in multiple poetry slams, including two national competitions. I am passionate about topics such as the cosmos, politics, and mental health. I'm a director on the board of the non-profit Base Y Generation, which is focused on empowering youth.

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Just Us! Coffeehouse
5896 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS

Want to make use of your time while sitting in the waiting room or on a long bus ride? Participants can come to learn how to knit a basic knit stitch or come and practice skills they already have.

Bring one of the following:
Canned chickpeas
Canned Tomatoes
Dried grains and beans
Fresh or dried herbs
Pantry goods

About the teacher, Jessica Melindy

Jessica Melindy is an artist based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been knitting for over 18 years. Her favourite things to knit are fair isle mittens. With a degree in textiles and a continuous curiousity you can expect to find Jessica with multiple projects on the go. Jessica brings her knitting wherever she goes and knits whenever she can. It's easier to socialize when your hands are busy making something, and it makes for a great conversion topic too!

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Indianapolis

Fall Class Launch Event

3:30p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Trade School Indy @ Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St
Indianapolis

Want to meet our teachers and learn more about Trade School? Want to check out our venue Rabble Coffee? Want to find out what classes will be offered this fall? Join us for a special Fall Class Launch at our new space with our teachers and YOU! This is a no cost event - but we are 100% supported by your 'Pay-What-You-Can' memberships! If you are able to offer something from our barter item list below, we sincerely THANK YOU for your help in making Trade School Indianapolis a success! We look forward to seeing you!

Bring one of the following:
* a pay-what-you-can membership
* a pledge to volunteer by facilitating a class (we'll send you info!)
* just YOURSELF, along with your enthusiasm & smile!
8 oz. (mini) bottles of water
8-12 oz. eco-friendly paper cups for us to serve tea with during classes
eco-friendly disposable plates & silverware, paper towels, plastic table cloths, or parchment paper for cooking classes & socials
homemade or local treats to share with the group
nonperishable food items for Trade School

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

We are members that love and organize Trade School!

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Los Angeles

Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Tap into your intuition, drop down out of your thinking mind and create and dialogue with (at least!) two SoulCollage® cards. From the images you choose (or do they choose you?), begin to discover what your soul wants to tell you. If you can use scissors and a glue stick, you can do SoulCollage® -- no art experience or artistic skill is needed. All supplies will be provided. Class will be three hours.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of sparkling water (such as Perrier, Pellegrino)
a small, round wooden bowl
Bookbinding thread
Roasted cashews
Tomatoes (home grown or store bought)

About the teacher, Laureen Lazarovici

I've been a word person all my life--a journalist, writer, editor--and now it's time for some pictures! I became trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator in October 2015 and love bringing this gentle, creative, relaxing practice to new audiences. For those of us who live in our heads most of the time (like me!), SoulCollage® is a great tool to access our intuition, "gut feelings" and other non-brain parts of ourselves.

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Writing your L.A. story

3:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a vast, sprawling city with vibrant Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Persian, African American, etc. communities, that create a rich tapestry of cultures and an extensive shared history. Away from the city’s common literary narratives, who are these people? How do they—bus drivers, liquor store owners, social workers, etc.—live their lives here in Los Angeles? What is their history and their history in Los Angeles? What makes them human? You are one of these people. It is your story that expands the narrative of what L.A. is. In Your Story: Los Angeles, writers of any level will explore L.A’s history through: short articles and photos; some of its literary history and literary traditions; what outsiders and some of the city’s best writers say about and how they depict the city, through the use of videos and class discussions. With this info forming the foundation, through fiction, nonfiction or poetry, you pen the beginnings of your L.A. story. Your truth. **Accessibility: This class venue is accessible by wheelchair or walker.

Bring one of the following:
A healthy snack
A surprise
Your favorite L.A. author
Your favorite L.A. story
Your favorite piece of L.A. history

About the teacher, Brian Dunlap

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño and continues to live in Los Angeles. He writes and explores the city from a native’s point of view, working to capture the city’s stories that fall through the cracks. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State and a BA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, both in fiction. He has been published in Angel City Review, Muse, and CCM-Entropy. Brian is currently at work on a chapbook exploring L.A. many communities and its history, tentatively titled Beyond Palm Trees and Sunshine. He runs the blog site losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.

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DIY Soap Making

6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
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main st
LA

Making your own hand/bath soap is really FUN! And makes a great gift your friends & family will appreciate. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, and have found that using handcrafted soap makes a BIG difference. You'll have the experience of making a batch during this 2 & 1/2 hour workshop and you will take home about 6 bars of soap. Please bring one of the following supplies: bottle of olive, coconut, or essential oil. Workshop will be held in my home that is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is plenty of street parking. Location is near USC. Details on parking & location will be sent via email.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treats (not rawhide)
jar of local honey
pair of woman's wool socks - shoe size 8
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering.

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Intro to basic photography

10:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
Teacher's Home in Burbank
Near intersection of Providencia Ave & Kenneth Road
Burbank

This class is an introduction to basic photography principles and techniques. It will cover areas such as composition, aperture, shutter, and ISO. Understanding these basic rules and uses will start you on the path to a more enhanced photography experience while thinking about some of these choices. We will chat a little, shoot a little, open that bottle of wine and chat and shoot some more. What you will learn from this class: how depth of field, shutter speed or selective focus can be used as a creative tool to evoke emotion or aesthetic design of a photograph. *** NOTE *** students must bring a DSLR camera that functions in a fully manual mode (Focus, aperture, shutter, & ISO) and the knowledge to use it. A 35mm film camera may also be used, but obviously, results can not be viewed in class. Class will be held at instructor's home in Burbank. We will be outdoors for some of class as well.

Bring one of the following:
A funny story
A Surprise
Bold roast organic coffee
Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir
Handmade soap
Scented candles

About the teacher, Rob LaRussa

Rob is an Aquarius who enjoys long walks on the beach and early sunsets. When not daydreaming about the perfect cucumber salad, he is a Cinematographer by trade. Shooting network promotions and high end corporate films. His still photography consists of sports, people, landscapes, & architecture that has evolved since he picked up a camera at the tender age of 12.

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Kombucha

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Karen's House in Echo Park
165 N Toluca St
Los Angeles

Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic, slightly sweet, effervescent, tea drink made using a SCOBY, or a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. It's an ancient drink that Wikipedia traces back to 5,000 years ago in China that may or may not (jury's still out pending further peer-reviewed scientific studies) have significant health benefits. Also, if you haven't noticed, it's super trendy right now. Regardless, it tastes great and is super simple and fun to make. Supplies needed for this class: A gallon or half gallon glass mason jar with a screw top lid. You can get these at hardware stores, amazon, or even dollar stores. You will take home your SCOBY in this jar to start making delicious drank!

Bring one of the following:
Biodegradable dish soap
Bottle of wine (red or white)
Ceramic plant pots
Cool plates or bowls (like a garage sale/Goodwill gem)
Fresh produce (any kind)
Homemade loaf of bread
Indoor/outdoor plants (ornamental or edible)
Package of toilet paper
Six pack of beer (nothing light please)
Something made by you or someone you know
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

I'm a policy analyst from Michigan. I came to LA for the weather and the adventures. I like backpacking, drawing, and learning how to do/make things. I also host a bi-monthly figure drawing workshop.

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Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles

For decades, human-centered design has been used to create solutions, services, products, experiences and social enterprises for many types of challenges. In this context, the term "design" does not apply to one medium - it simply refers to creating a solution to a problem. You'll be able to take and repeat the steps you learn in class in any scenario you'd like. In this workshop, we'll first spend time learning the fundamentals of Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking. Then, we'll look at a few examples of people, products and solutions who have used these methods to innovate and create. Finally, we'll experience it hands-on by solving a problem using the processes we just learned. You'll leave with a new vision on how to approach problem-solving, and with a list of free resources for continuing your experience in the world of human-centered design.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
hanging basket for plant
potted plant
snack to share with group (enough for 6)
topo chico sparkling water (3 or more sm. bottles)

About the teacher, Leanne

Leanne started Trade School LA in May 2014 and it continues to be one of the best decisions she's ever made. In addition to running TSLA, she also works as a freelance graphic designer and a fitness instructor.

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DIY Recycle/Upcycle Broken Bling

3:00a.m. to 5:30a.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Breathe new life into your old and/or broken costume jewelry by harvesting parts and using some simple jewelry making skills to create something new and stylish to wear. Bring your broken bling and select from the following choices what kind of finished product you would like to make: 1. Mixed chain bracelet (works well if you have lots of chain based necklaces or bracelets or even belts or purse chains) 2. Earrings using harvested parts and/or new beading hoops (works well if you have a beaded piece of jewelry where you like the beads) 3. Tassel or Upcycled focal necklace

Bring one of the following:
Beads (glass or stone)
Organization help
Unwanted gift card(s)
Vaccum my apartment (takes approximately 30-45 minutes)
Ziplock bag of unwanted/broken jewelry

About the teacher, Jasmine S.

Self taught jewelry designer Amateur photographer Taught jewelry class and started upcycling jewelry as a volunteer at the Downtown Women's Center

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Make Books NOW!

8:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles

Scrapbook meets book binder! This is an entry level class. Come learn how to make and take two simple handmade books: Saddle Stitch and Japanese Stab Binding. You will also learn the basics of book binding, from signatures to various book binding tools. Please bring your photos to decorate your new books with! We are going to have a blast! Sign up and bring your happy memories (photos) to share.

Bring one of the following:
1/8" ribbon any color (for teacher not class)
Composition/journal book with student's original art on cover
Gently used or new shoes for children's orphanage
Glitter or other paper decorating materials to share with class
Pretty hair accessory (like a flower pin)

About the teacher, LaQuesha Wiley

LaQuesha is a student of life constantly discovering new cultures and creativity. She enjoys sharing what she learns and encourages others to break free from stereotypes and generalities. She lives to discover and relate to life's experiences for herslelf. She celebrates the opportunities to be fearless and try new things. LuckWeSha is her craft business making crochet earrings and other knit and crochet warm and fuzzies. During the day she is a book maker and framer at a photo lab.

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DIY Christmas Ornaments

6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA

Learn a few simple stitches: a blanket stitch to use around the edges of the ornaments and a French knot to secure sequins. Please bring some cotton embroidery floss (2 of your favorite colors), a package of embroidery needles and a small pair of sharp scissors, if you already have them. If you’d like to learn how to add beads to your blanket stitch (not pictured), bring some beads that one of your embroidery needles will fit through. I’ll bring a variety of embroidery floss colors, sequins, rick rack, ribbon, beads, felt and extra scissors. I will also bring pre-cut felted wool & fabric circles and cotton batting. These would be great to adorn gifts, your tree or strung together as a garland. To view examples of the ornaments go here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5z_SxspLlbIN01oV0ZNcEMwUDA/view?usp=sharing Workshop will be held in my home that is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is plenty of street parking. Location is near USC. Details on parking & location will be sent via email.

Bring one of the following:
cabernet sauvignon wine
olive oil
pinto grigio wine
salted cashews
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie & Chris

About Kathie: I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering. About Chris: I love meeting new crafters. I'm a member of a monthly craft club. So far, I've led 4 book making sessions. Other things I do: I make cards that are designed to be re-used. I make bird pins out of felt & fabric scraps and sew them together by hand. I love to find old pots in thrift stores to make arrangements with succulent cuttings from my garden. My latest new thing is mosaics. I cover cinder blocks with broken plates to make planters in the garden. When I'm not crafting, I'm reading. I was a Librarian for 33 years. Now I volunteer with the library Friends Group. I also volunteer with Piece By Piece, a non-profit organization that "provides low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life".

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Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA

COPY A GARMENT AND CUSTOM SIZE IT FOR YOU. Learn how to use a clear ruler, tracing wheel & a notcher to make your own tee shirt pattern. You will learn how to make a “industry” style pattern on soft dotted paper that’s similar to a Vogue pattern with grain lines, notches & sewing instructions that you can use over & over w/ info on yardage needed for your fabric buying needs. •Please bring a tee shirt or something very simple like a A line skirt to start plus pencils, ruler, tracing wheel, scissors •We will provide pattern paper, envelope, other tools if you don’t have them. Workshop will be held in my home that is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is plenty of street parking. Location is near USC. Details on parking & location will be sent via email.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
organic olive oil
organic peanut butter
rye flour
unsalted cashews

About the teacher, Kathie Adams & Shishido

Bio for Sandy Shishido i’ve always loved making things as a kid and continued my passion for sewing and creating by taking tons of art courses in high school and college. with the popularity of “diy” movement and my monthly craft club i’ve learned how to make soap, toothpaste, candles, paper, books and more while always on the hunt for new classes. i worked as a pattern maker and apparel designer in the fashion industry for many years and currently design a women’s wear line “mi so happi” that is marketed through trunk shows, house parties and craft fairs. my kitchen wear line is on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/misohappi Bio for Kathie Adams I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have a retired from a career in engineering.

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Loughton

Learn Photoshop

2:30a.m. to 4:30a.m.
Ongar Library
High Street
Chipping Ongar Essex CM15 9AB

Free entry-level classes led by our friendly volunteer! Learn the basics of this powerful image-editing program. You'll learn skills such as: Loading images and photographs - Navigating the interface - Working with layers - Colour Correcting - Adding words and text. Pop-down and learn a valuable new skill - for free! You will need a laptop or MacBook loaded with Photoshop ( not Elements). You can download a free 30 day trial.

Bring one of the following:
A keenness to learn
A willingness to share any knowledge learned
Ability to spread news about the class
Creative ideas to share
WIne gums to aid concentration!

About the teacher, Adam Hart

Hi, I'm Adam, a forward-thinking, enthusiastic and self-motivated Motion Graphics Designer with over 10-years industry experience. Currently freelancing around London. Having a passion for moving image, music and audio production, coupled with a background in digital design has enabled my career to transition organically into motion graphics.

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Norwich

Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

4:00a.m. to 5:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Staghorn Sumac Tree sapling or viable cuttings

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

4:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure. To collect your cold smoked items from me, I will be in the Playhouse Bar & Garden all afternoon on Sunday 9th October (after 3.00pm) running Norwich AlleyCat.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit... surprise me!
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

4:00a.m. to 5:00a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Bag of plain Rawhide chewsticks.
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Secret family recipe
Staghorn Sumac Tree sapling or viable cuttings

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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How to Wire a Plug

6:00a.m. to 7:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Most people don't know how to do simple electrical tasks, such as wiring a plug. With this lesson not only will I show you how, I will show you how to make an extension lead and cover any little electrical queries you may have. From safe isolation to a few do's and dont's. Some basic tools will be supplied for use, but if you have a screwdriver and pair of pliers or cutters feel free to bring them along. All materials will be supplied depending on the amount of participants.

Bring one of the following:
Anything Marvel or Star Wars
Homemade Wares (cakes, jams....)
Something Funny
Something Unusual
Unusual Plants or Seeds

About the teacher, Owen Bishop

I'm a local electrician with over 20 years experience, involved with the trade since before I left school.

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Freedom: A Philosophical Enquiry

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Have you have ever wondered “does God exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. Roughly speaking, it can be distinguished from science, which works with empirical evidence, and religion, which relies on mystical revelation. We will take the topic of "freedom", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Elderflower cordial
Nothing that is large and heavy
Some homemade jam
Your thoughts and attention

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy masters student and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in primary schools.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

A basic introduction to tools, materials and techniques for making your own bead necklace and earrings. We'll have a choice of wood, glass, plastic and ceramic beads.

Bring one of the following:
Art and/or poetry books
Flowers
Hand tools
Home made soap, candles, beer or wine
Honey

About the teacher, peter Myerson

I've been making bead jewellery for about 18 months now and have lived in Norwich since 2014. I also enjoy eco building and Permaculture

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Introduction to Felt-Making

5:00a.m. to 6:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

Learn the technique of wet felt-making using colourful and natural wool fibres. Felting is a technique that has been used by humans for practical and decorative use for thousands of years. In this session, you can learn the basic technique of how to create a piece of felted wool, which can be the basis for your own artwork in the future or simply to try out this historic craft. Bring a plastic bag or tupperware box to take away your piece of felt as it will need drying at home. We will be using soap so if you have sensitive skin please bring your own plastic gloves.

Bring one of the following:
Cotton or linen fabric (any size, including remnants) preferably in white, cream or natural colour
Craft/textile books
Deep box picture frames
Embroidery hoops (any size)
Houseplant cutting
Organic herbal teas
Organic squash or cordial
Organic wholewheat pasta
Pure lavender essential oil
Textile bits & bobs, such as ribbons, needles, buttons, embroidery threads, zips (5", 6" or 7") etc

About the teacher, Genevieve Rudd

I'm an artist, maker and facilitator living on the Norfolk coast. I make artwork using mixed-media techniques inspired by the natural world, combining textiles, photography, drawing and printmaking. Since 2010, I've been involved in running participatory arts workshop with community groups.

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Spanish Conversation

6:00a.m. to 7:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

A chance to practice or learn some Spanish. Not too intense but I hope interesting. I have lived and worked in Spain over the last 25 years so happy to share my knowledge with you.

Bring one of the following:
A plant or cutting
A surprise
Biscuits for the class
Eager to become involved
Help in the garden

About the teacher, Heather Hand

I am now retired but lived and worked in Spain over many years and have a love of the language, culture, food and the people which I hope to share with you

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The Psychology of Memory. Part I

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich

An interactive talk about why we remember some things and not others. Light hearted quizzes to show how memory works. I've called it part I as there is so much to cover and could easily do another.

Bring one of the following:
A cheesy joke
Honey
Some art that you've made
Something I can plant in my garden
To take a photo of you talking about something special

About the teacher, Stuart Hellingsworth

I graduated in psychology last year after six years of study with the Open University. I want to both share what I've learnt and not forget it.

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