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Sep 25, 2014 Thursday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Want to advocate for the common good? Want to influence public policy for a better world? Convinced no one can do anything to make a change? Well, that's simply not true! There are things everyone can do right now to raise a voice and influence the decisions related to topics around the world. You can be an effective voice for real change. This class will offer background information and a few practical starter tips to help you on your way. Keep in mind that the focus of the class will be on influencing Congress, but the practical tips you learn will be applicable if you're influencing the statehouse or even the township council! Don’t have a specific topic in mind? I will offer examples about my work in global poverty for you to practice with. You are encouraged to bring a topic - including background information - you would like to advocate on so that you can be coached on writing a letter to a member of Congress or to an editor.

Bring one of the following:
two canned goods for a food pantry housed at LYN House community center in the Windsor Park neighborhood

About the teacher, Lisa Marchal

Lisa Marchal is the Senior Global Grassroots Associate with RESULTS, a grassroots advocacy group committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. She has been with RESULTS since 2008.

Sep 26, 2014 Friday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

This is a class for the kitchen novice who would like to learn how to start on the road of creating delicious homemade recipes for their family and friends. In this class you will learn which kitchen tools are essential, which are not, how to clean and process your mise en place and be able to participate in a hands on demo of how to prepare some fruits and vegetables that will ultimately be made into a fresh salsa! Please bring the knife you use most often for chopping in the kitchen and a whole onion so you can practice chopping an onion in class. If you would like to bring your onion home, please bring something to place it in as well. After class we will enjoy the fruits of our labor and eat the delicious salsa that was made.

Bring one of the following:
a 6 pack of Indiana craft brewery beers (I would love to try your favorite)
a cute or interesting apron (if you sew, all the better)
any jar of Fermenti Artisan fermented vegetables
Artisano's olive oil, balsamic vinegar or fluer de sel
local unpasteurized honey
organic produce such as heirloom tomatoes, greens, herbs, squash, etc.
plush dog toys for a medium dog
red barn natural bully slices for dogs

About the teacher, Lori Weiss

Lori is a 30 year home chef that has a passion for cooking and teaching people to get back into their kitchens. She has won awards for her recipes and was featured on WISH-TV's Indy Style demonstrating her winning recipe. Lori is also an experienced professional baker with 25 years experience in baking and cake decorating and teaching and training other bakers. She is currently retired, but makes Jewelry in her spare time. Cooking IS her passion and creating fun and new recipes is what keeps her fresh and creative.

Sep 28, 2014 Sunday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Do you want to know more about money - your money? This class will show you how to budget, how to plan for your retirement and how to achieve your financial and life goals. This is for financial beginners - no money knowledge necessary! This class will be heavily Q&A and go off specific examples and unique situations. We will be drawing up potential budgets, so bring a list of expenses, debts and incomes! Think about what changes you want to make and any other financial questions you might have. Please bring a writing utensil and something on which to take notes.

Bring one of the following:
canned organic soup
canned tomatoes
cans of ginger Ale
coffee - brands like Seattle's Best and Eight O'Clock are good (no Starbucks please)
pasta in various shapes/forms
pimm's liquor
sewing or jewelry craft supplies
whole milk
your favorite bottle of Moscato or Pinot Noir wine
your favorite stout, porter or brown ale beer

About the teacher, Zina Kumok

Zina Kumok is a Memphis transplant, by way of Ukraine. Her love of personal finance came from listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio while driving with her mom. She's passionate about teaching personal finance because she's seen how it can empower people and help them improve their lives. When she's not playing with her calculator, she likes walking her dog, shopping at Trader Joe's and watching documentaries. She also enjoys making collages, exploring the city and planning her latest European adventure.

Oct 4, 2014 Saturday

Homemade Baby & Kid Food: Purees

12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m.
Indy's Kitchen
Indy's Kitchen at 2442 Central Ave
Indianapolis US

Come learn how to make healthy, interesting, and tasty food at home to feed your children. We will discuss three types of purees: first foods, a basic prepared fruit, and an intermediate stretcher. It is my distinct opinion that if you stretch your child's palate when first introducing food, they are vastly more likely to like a wide variety of interesting food as they grow. For the class purposes, we will prepare either avocado or banana puree as an introductory first food. Then, we will prepare a mixed fruit puree. This can be blended into dry cereal or eaten alone. Lastly, we will look at simple vegetable pairings. I found that following a few guidelines enabled me to expose my kids to a wide variety of vegetables that are often presumed unpalatable to small children! Learn fun ways to inspire your children to try new foods and build their palates from the very beginning. Please bring at least three clean pint-sized ball jars so that you can take home some of what we learn to prepare if you wish to.

Bring one of the following:
a unique artisinal, homemade good
anything from Smoking Goose
anything from Traders Point Creamery
Capriole cheese
jars of tomatoes from Local Folks Food
pint or pint-and-a-half wide-mouth ball jars
wooden toys for my kids (son is 4, daughter is 2)

About the teacher, Keri Geiger

Keri is an avid cook and gardener. She is the mother of two hilarious kids (they are 2 and 4), that she loves to cook for and hopes to inspire as the next generation to love food in her family. In the meantime, she enjoys tempting the palates of her friends and family with everything from bowls of simple homemade pasta to elaborate paired dinner parties. In a past life, Keri catered for weddings and parties, and was a private chef from time to time. While her real job these days is managing data and building reporting infrastructures as a Business Intelligence Consultant around town, food is her passion.

Nov 16, 2014 Sunday

2015 Membership Pledges

12:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
Trade School Indianapolis
95 Barter Ave
Indianapolis US

Can you help us keep our school open in 2015? We’re asking the community to become one of at least 250 founding members who can either volunteer their time or pay a yearly membership fee to help keep us going! This is a yearly fee & exchange that will support Trade School operations and keep our all-volunteer school open. Memberships will also allow us to organize MORE on-going & consistent classes with our fellows, fund class supplies, host events, keep the website running and pursue our big dream of operating a space to organize year-round classes in! Regretfully, if we do not reach our goal by November 16th, we will be going on a hiatus while we consider other ways to sustain our school. Until then, we're still planning classes for the rest of 2014 so don't fret! We are deeply committed to the membership funding model because we believe it keeps us accountable to the people who believe in the Trade School mission, and because we also believe that it validates our existence; our financial and volunteer support comes from the group of people who believe that there should be educational opportunities available such as Trade School. Without it, Trade School ceases to exist. With the membership model, we will also be creating a new structure for teachers we’re calling the Trade School Teaching Fellowship. We created this as a way to give us the opportunity to form lasting relationships with our teachers while giving students the best opportunities to learn a new skill throughout the year. To read more about membership information + perks, please visit Please note that this is simply a pledge. Everyone who pledges will not pay their yearly membership fee until mid November/early December, granted we reach our goal, and will be able to pay by PayPal, cash or check.

Bring one of the following:
35 volunteer hours in exchange for a Student Membership for 2015
35 volunteer hours in exchange for a Teaching Fellowship for 2015
a $20 Teacher Fellowship for 2015
a $25 Student Membership for 2015
a $40 Student Membership for 2015 (includes t-shirt)
something else: I am not interested in a membership but would love to donate to your cause!

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

Trade School Indianapolis is an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter. The Indianapolis branch started September of 2012. Our mission is to provide non-traditional education focused on mutual aid and respect that makes ideas, skills and resources available to the creative community. Trade School is a learning experiment where teachers barter with students. We place equal value on big ideas, practical skills, and experiential knowledge. Trade School runs on mutual respect. We are motivated by integrity, not coercion. We are about relationships of trust and mutual aid: the voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. We are organized without hierarchy. We share power and information. We are actively working to create safe spaces for people and ideas, and our organization is always learning and evolving.