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Mar 28, 2015 Saturday
(Full)

Water Bath Canning

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Indy's Kitchen
Indy's Kitchen at 2442 Central Ave
Indianapolis US

Water bath canning is the perfect beginner's canning method that you can use to can fruits, jams, pickles and more. In this class, you'll gain an understanding of the basic water bath canning principles and tools while enjoying a hands-on opportunity to learn how to make some deliciously simple strawberry jam!

Bring one of the following:
a good cookbook
family canning recipes
various canning jars with unused lids
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)
your expertise & help starting my own compost (must schedule with me after class)

About the teacher, Kathy Eisan

Kathy is a technologist that loves the old school methods of cooking. Her cooking methods revolve around going back to the basics of producing your own food. She is the proud mother of two daughters and surprisingly never liked to cook until she discovered canning! Kathy has been canning for over seven years now, creating new flavors in recipes from salsa to jams to pickles to pie filling. In her spare time, she loves to read and sew.

Mar 31, 2015 Tuesday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Apply the tools of hip-hop in your writing! “Sampling” techniques such as cutting and pasting, collage and programming invite us to rethink authorship and the way meaning is made. This class will follow Kenneth Goldsmith, popularizer of “uncreative writing”—a fresh way of making literature in the digital age. We will practice "making" collaborative literature from existing texts on the computer, highlighting the authorial decisions involved at each step. By constructing texts entirely out of other works, we will bump into our own inevitable creativity; for in appropriation, even the simple act of retyping a work is an artistic gesture.

Bring one of the following:
a homemade or handmade surprise!
beeswax candles
dark chocolate bars - favorites are ginger & orange or hazelnut
dark unflavored free trade coffee
fancy salt (kosher or not) or pepper (ground or peppercorns)
small unsalted sunflower seeds for my chickens (shelled or unshelled, just not huge)
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Jessica Reed

Jessica is a maker and celebrator of things superbly made. She loves the clean lines of physics, mathematics and philosophy as well as pastiche in art forms ranging from jazz to collage to experimental literature. She is a writer and science appreciator, having formally studied physics, poetry and philosophy. Jessica is also passionate about sustainable living and lives in the country with her husband, gardens, composting worms, and seven chickens!

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Apr 11, 2015 Saturday
(Full)

At Home Cheesemaking

11:00a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Blessed are the cheesemakers! There is no better cheese than the kind you make yourself and we'll prove that by showing you how to make Fromage Blanc (Chevre), Ricotta and a 30 minute Mozzarella. The basics of sanitation, milk handling, and equipment will also be covered. Although most of the class is demonstrative, you'll leave with some homework to finish fromage blanc at home. If you want to participate in the after class homework, please bring a gallon jug of milk! All cheese enjoyed in class will be made using goat milk.

Bring one of the following:
antique hand tools for the garden, kitchen, or home
cast iron in any condition but broken
desirable native plant starts
elderberry starts
garden/orchard baskets
hand knit wash cloths
stainless steel bowls
started grape vines
unusual seeds or plants for herbs, vegetables, or flowers
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Melody DeLury

Melody is a local homesteader who is passionate about all things handmade and homegrown. She is a mother of 2 young children, a wife, a wanna-be farmer, an at-home cheese maker, a soap maker and a maker of just about everything else!

Apr 14, 2015 Tuesday
(Full)

Hemming & Hand Sewing

6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Learn the basics of sewing by hand stitching a hem! Have a pair of pants or a skirt that are either too long or too short? Bring it in and learn how to take out the existing hem, how to lengthen or shorten, and then get to practice hemming. You will benefit the most if you bring an item of clothing from your personal closet to hem, matching thread (always go with a color darker than your garment), a size 10 needle and small sharp scissors. If you don't have an item but would like to practice, we will have example projects you can work on.

Bring one of the following:
a cupcake!
a fat quarter
metallic thread
various buttons
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Ann Luther

Ann is an engineer, athlete, pet owner, prolific art quilter, fabric artist, beader and an organizer with a passion for color, texture and design. She has been sewing since she was 9 and quilting since 1994. Her engineering expertise and tools such as a compass, French curves and graph paper give her unique ways to execute and design fabric art she features in various galleries around town!

Apr 18, 2015 Saturday

Visual Storytelling

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

This interactive workshop will show you the skills needed to analyze, critique, and re-imagine works of visual media such as television, film, photography, etc. We'll focus on language, concepts and standard techniques used to tell stories and convey meaning in various genres and formats. You can use these skills to better understand how writers, directors and producers use coded language to communicate with audiences of any visual media! Please bring a print ad from a magazine, newspaper, or mailbox flyer for an in-class exercise.

Bring one of the following:
fresh herbs
freshly baked goods
packaged local coffee or tea
various cat or dog supplies (food, litter, toys, leashes, collars, etc.) to donate to FACE on Mass Ave
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Sheila Plank

Sheila believes in changing the world - one conversation at a time, and in "being the change you hope to see." She is a communicator, a liaison and an artist who enjoys storytelling, the craft of filmmaking, documentaries and empowering others to find their own authentic voice.

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Apr 21, 2015 Tuesday
(Full)

Mending & Hand Sewing

6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Learn basic sewing while making a repair! Have an article of clothing languishing due to a rip, tear, missing button, or something else? Bring it in and make it look brand new again! You will benefit the most if you are able to bring in an item of clothing that needs mending, matching thread (always go with a color darker than your garment), a size 10 needle and small sharp scissors. If you don't have an item but would like to practice, we will have example projects you can work on.

Bring one of the following:
a cupcake!
a fat quarter
metallic thread
various buttons
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Ann Luther

Ann is an engineer, athlete, pet owner, prolific art quilter, fabric artist, beader and an organizer with a passion for color, texture and design. She has been sewing since she was 9 and quilting since 1994. Her engineering expertise and tools such as a compass, French curves and graph paper give her unique ways to execute and design fabric art she features in various galleries around town!

Apr 23, 2015 Thursday

The Amazing Honey Bee

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Honey bees are amazing little creatures that get a bad rap because of their, seldom-used, ability to sting. Without them we would be living on mostly rice, wheat and corn products. Pretty bland, huh? Times are tough right now for the honey bee and it's through no fault of their own. By gaining a better understanding of the life of a honey bee, you can learn what you can do to make their lives better even if you don't have plans to have a hive of your own. We will also discuss beekeeping for those who are interested in starting their own hive!

Bring one of the following:
bags of sugar
permanent markers, clipboards or bug boxes for Avon's Outdoor Learning Center
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Terry Plank

Terry is a passionate beekeeper and voice for our friends the pollinators. He hopes to make his part of the world a better place than it was before he arrived by taking actions on improving and protecting the pollination process. He aims to protect, improve and perpetuate the life of the pollinators - specifically honey bees!

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Apr 24, 2015 Friday

Apparel Sewing Pattern Swap!

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Indy Reads Books
Indy Reads Books at 911 Mass Ave
Indianapolis US

The best way to refresh or clean out your apparel pattern stash is to swap patterns with people who love sewing clothes as much as you do! You’ll make new friends and exchange patterns you can’t use for patterns you can. Patterns will be divided into 3 categories -- children’s, menswear, and women’s -- allowing you to swap like patterns for like. To participate, you must bring a total of at least 3 patterns from any category, but no more than 15. A pattern is only eligible for swapping if it contains all the pieces and the full instructions. Please only bring patterns you hope to give away. Bonus points if you bring or wear the garments made from the patterns you're swapping. After the swap, we can talk sewing til' the cows come home!

Bring one of the following:
a healthy-ish beverage to share with your new swap friends for about five people (more if you'd like! tea bags are preferred as we have an electric kettle)
a healthy-ish snack and appropriate serving ware to share with your new swap friends for about five people (more if you'd like!)
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true craftsmanship. She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by the art of craftsmanship - whether it’s cooking, eating, writing, conversing or simply BEING. Sophie is an improviser, composer and bandleader with a desire to inspire others to appreciate jazz music. She's also become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring and garment design and has made most of her own clothes!

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Apr 28, 2015 Tuesday
(Almost full)

Gap Year Planning

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

A gap year is a structured period of time away from school or work, and more and more people are interested in taking one. Gap years can take place domestically or abroad, and can be a powerful time of personal growth and exploration. We'll be talking about planning for a gap year after high school, college, or even in between jobs as well as discussing the benefits, drawbacks, and resources available to make a gap year affordable. While class is most beneficial to secondary students, college students and their families, all are welcome to learn more!

Bring one of the following:
a copy of your favorite book
a promise to email me from your future gap year! (will be given after class)
gourmet chocolates
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)
your bucket list

About the teacher, Amy Conrad

Amy is a lifelong learner and teacher by profession who's interested in a little bit of everything. She hopes to encourage people to get out and go on the adventures that scare them. Her best thinking happens on trains and buses, and she tries her best to take her own advice. While teaching, traveling and reading are her passions, she also likes to cook, bake, hike and learn new languages!

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Apr 29, 2015 Wednesday

Garage Sale Do's & Don'ts

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Garage sales are perfect for not only selling your items, but for finding unique and inexpensive goods. We'll learn how to conduct a successful garage sale, from advertising, to setting up, to pricing, to dealing with leftovers, and everything in between. To really get a feel for hosting your own garage sale, we will put on a mock sale during class! Bring 5-10 small items you want to “sell” using pretend currency (provided). When the “sale” is over, you can trade with or give away to your classmates anything you don’t want to take home. Another option will be to donate things to various suggested fundraisers!

Bring one of the following:
pet supplies (canned food, liquid laundry detergent, bleach, papertowels, or scrubbie sponges) for the Southside Animal Shelter
unusual alphabet books (I already have Chicago, Elvis & Dinosaurs - no A is for Apple please!)
unusual tea strainers (no ball-shaped please!)
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Petra Ritchie

Petra strongly believes in sharing, whether it's knowledge, or assets, or belongings. As long as someone needs something she has, she'll share. She has an innate ability to proofread and edit the writings of others and her favorite things include taking an active part in whatever she gets involved in, whether it's church, a club, her condo complex, or a large variety of activities with her friends.

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Jun 13, 2015 Saturday

Teacher & Volunteer Info Session

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Learn more about Trade School, teaching classes and what it means to be a part of our co-op. Our info sessions are about sharing information, having fun and creating connection & camaraderie among our teaching community. You must attend an info session before you can begin teaching and/or volunteering with Trade School. We look forward to seeing you!

Bring one of the following:
a smile & a high-five
your enthusiasm

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

Trade School Indianapolis is part of an international collective of alternative, self-organized schools that run on barter. Take a class in exchange for goods or services rather than money! 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. We believe that everyone has something to offer, and that paying for services isn't the best way to build community. With mutual respect, anything is possible.

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