June

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Climate Solutions, Economic Renewal, and the Energy Transition

Over the past few years, our communities have faced the impacts of three interconnected threats - an economy that is failing people, a fragile and dangerous energy system, and an increasingly violent climate. Across the globe and here in the Twin Cities, communities are embarking on an epic journey to build solutions – a transition that will transform our energy systems, agriculture, urban structure, the global economy, and our everyday lives.

Are we ready for this challenge? As scientists struggle with technology, leaders fight entrenched political and social assumptions, economists try to rethink global markets, and everyday people prepare to adapt, we will unravel the challenge of our century.

This class is focused on providing a thorough understanding of issues surrounding creating green jobs and economic opportunity in our communities through climate and energy solutions. We will prepare ourselves with a background understanding of real and feasible alternatives to an economy dependent on energy sources facing terminal decline and a chaotic global climate.

Learning in this class is participatory – some information will be presented in a story-telling/ lecture format, but there is a very strong emphasis on group dialogue and sharing by participants about their experiences and struggles around these issues. We will make the topic personal, not just theoretical, and focus on building a community founded on personal relationships that is working together to apply the lessons learned from this class to the real world.

This class is for those seeking the links behind our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. It is for current and would-be change-makers seeking to build a community where we can learn and act together. It is for neighbors from all backgrounds who want to find ways to bring our communities together around deep solutions.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Boneshaker Books meeting room
2002 23rd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Phone: (612) 250-1621
Facilitator's experience: 
This class will be based on a program developed by the facilitator through EXCO (Experimental Community Education). Around 180 community members and students have participated in this class in several iterations between 2007-2013, and several participants have gone on to start campaigns, projects, and businesses around climate solutions. This class has been updated to account for recent events, current challenges facing our community and world, and specific solutions being developed in Minneapolis and nationally. Timothy has developed a strong background knowledge of climate solutions, the economic transition, and the energy crisis through over twelve years of following the issue. In the last five years, he has become a community organizer and innovator creating solutions that advance environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, social justice, and community empowerment together. Some of his recent ventures include: - Co-founding and growing Grand Aspirations (www.grandaspirations.org) and the Summer of Solutions (www.summerofsolutions.org) starting in the Twin Cities into a national non-profit organization supporting teams of youth creating green economy solutions in 16 communities nationwide. - Building Cooperative Energy Futures (www.cooperativeenergyfutures.com), a community energy cooperative based in South Minneapolis. - Supporting and growing the Our Power campaign (www.mnourpower.org), a South Minneapolis alliance of residents, businesses, and community groups working together for a better energy future. - Building and sustaining the coalition behind Minneapolis Energy Options and Community Power (www.communitypowermn.org), efforts to secure clean, local, affordable, reliable, and equitable energy in Minneapolis through the city's long-term energy service agreements with Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy. Beyond personal experience, Timothy believes in the power and wealth of knowledge already present in us all. As a practiced facilitator active in over a dozen groups, Timothy will facilitate by inviting leadership, dialogue, and insight from the whole group. As in past years, this class is a deeply participatory learning experience.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(612) 250-1621
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
30
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 08/04/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 08/06/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:00 - 15:00
Additional class time information: 
Mondays and Wednesdays 1-3PM starting 6/23 through 8/13
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Boneshaker Books meeting room
2002 23rd Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Phone: (612) 250-1621
We'll explore the threats our communities face from economic stagnation, energy insecurity, and climate change and local and global solutions.
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Edible and Medicinal Plants Around the City

A weekly meet-up in different parks, or other green areas, in and around the cities. Anyone is invited who knows about, or wants to learn more about the local plants, the wild edible finds and the healing uses of the "weeds" growing in your own back yard. This will be an informal class, sharing anything we know with eachother, or helping eachother find resources for where we can learn more about the plants we are interested in. Topics will be based on the groups' interests. At the end of each meet-up we will decide the meeting locaton for the next week. Bring your knowledge, stories and curiosity!!

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
Pixi is a graduate of the Holistic Health program at St. Kate's. She has also worked with several different herbalists in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has taught several classes on salve making to members of her old community garden and loves sharing any knowledge she has with anyone who is interested.
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
15
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 06/22/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 06/29/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 07/20/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 08/03/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 08/24/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 09/07/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 09/14/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Sun, 09/21/2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Additional class location information: 
Second meet-up will meet at Nokomis Beach Coffe. The location of future classes will change each week, depending on what the group's interests are.
A weekly meet-up to learn and explore the local plant life.
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Farmyard Forum

Farmyard Forum is an expierimental project of Stone's Throw Urban Farm to convene neighbors, educators, activists, practitioners, interested in discussing the intersections of agriculture and social justice.  Inspired by our own questions as a farm based in the Frogtown and Phillips neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, we hope you will join us to talk about some of the political  and social justice issues that impact the way people experience food sysems.  Topics we hope to cover include: land access, farm labor, race, class and gender. These forums will be hosted by our various farm sites in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.  We will open each forum with a pot luck, invite several pannelists to speak,  followed by group discussion.  

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

15th Street Farm
2820 15th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
Phone: (925) 451.2819
Facilitator's experience: 
Stone's Throw Urban Farm is a production- based urban farm that cultivates vacant and underutilized spaces throughout the Twin Cities. Farming in the city for the past three years has catalyzed a number of questions around the convergence of agriculture and social justice. We will bring our on the ground experiences of farming the city and invite practitioners, activists, educators, and community members to come together and discuss these issues.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(925) 451.2819
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
200
Time/Location
Additional class time information: 
forum dates to be solidified
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
15th Street Farm
2820 15th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407
United States
Phone: (925) 451.2819
Additional class location information: 
We will be hosting these forums on urban farm sites around the cities
Community- based forums around the intersections of agriculture and social justice
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Ride in the Street (or on the trail)

We have been riding together this spring and found we are mostly sharing routes with each other and making small connections from places we know how to get to, to places we've never been. Now that the weather is better and the light lasts longer, we will be doing some longer rides. Participants suggest routes and destinations and we figure out how to get there by sharing knowledge & using maps. Sometimes we stop for food but not always and no spending is expected. If you need a bike or gear we may be able to help you find some you can afford.

Every Thursday, 6pm, location changes each week. People who are not signed up are welcome to come along, including kids, but if you sign up you will be sure to get an email with the next week's location.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
I have been bike commuting in Minneapolis since 1999, and have ridden with a child through the stages of trailer hauling, cargo bike backseat, and now guiding an elementary schooler on their own bike on & by city streets.
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
15
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 06/12/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 06/19/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 06/26/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 07/10/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 08/21/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:00 - 19:00
Additional class time information: 
Location will change each week and people will be notified by email or text.
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Additional class location information: 
location will be different each week.
A weekly group bike ride for people who are confident riding a bike but maybe slow, nervous in traffic, or worried about navigating.
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Your Body's Internal Healing Mechanisms: Oxidative Stress and the Nrf2 Factor

Objective: Students will understand key mechanisms in the body which, when activated via holistic processes, restore balance and eliminate disease. 

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

-Oxidative Stress

-Healing Herbs

-Nrf2 Activation, the Latest Anti-Aging Discovery 

-Repairing Damaged DNA

-Restoring Chemical Imbalances in the Brain

 

 

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
[email protected]

Location

Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Jennifer Lang, B.A., B.M., is native to the Twin Cities and co-author of the upcoming book The Mental Calorie: 7 Roads to Wellness in the 21st Century. A classical violinist by training, Jennifer experienced a stress injury while living abroad which prevented her from performing. This led her on a journey seeking alternative ways to restore her own health. During this process, Jennifer became passionate about wellness leading her on a path toward certification as an Urban Farmer with the Permaculture Research Institute in Minneapolis. She currently serves as Administrator for the Green Lake Music Festival while actively contributing as a board member with Cooperative Energy Futures, a Twin Cities-based energy cooperative. Jennifer has 10 years' teaching experience to include private violin lessons and English/French language instruction. She is co-owner of Global Wellness Strategies, L.L.C., and serves on the Board of Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
6123001417
6123001417
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
12
Time/Location
Class times: 
Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:00 - 20:30
Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:00 - 20:30
Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:00 - 20:30
Additional class time information: 
Please arrive 5 minutes early so that we can get started right at 7:00p.m.
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Address: 
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Open Enrollment
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FRESH: Film and Discussion

A screening of the film FRESH, a documentary about the Food Movement, directed by Ana Sofia Joanes.

This is a class offered through EXCO and the Local Food Resource Hubs program, which is coordinated by Gardening Matters. If class capacity is an issue, Hubs members will have priority to attend. To become a member visit www.gardeningmatters.org/hubs.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Riverview Library
1 E George St
St. Paul, MN 55107
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Discussion facillitator
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
100
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 06/23/2013 - 10:00 - 12:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Riverview Library
1 E George St
St. Paul, MN 55107
United States
44° 55' 47.5932" N, 93° 5' 5.2944" W
Additional class location information: 
The room is on the first floor. We will enter through the West door (push the wheelchair access button) - the door facing Humboldt Street.
A screening of the film FRESH, by Ana Sofia Joanes.
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The Sociological Imagination: Introduction to Sociology

In this course you will develop a sociological perspective that allows you to recognize how society impacts the actions, thoughts, and feelings of the individuals within it.  You will analyze crime and deviance, gender, sexuality, globalization, social inequality, race and ethnicity, politics, family, religion, and education using structural-functional, social-conflict, and symbolic interaction social theories.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave 1st Floor Common Area
Minneapolis, MN 55408
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
PhD, Sociology Community Faculty, Metropolitan State University Adjunct Instructor, University of Kentucky Adjunct Instructor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College Teacher, Boston Public Schools Teacher, The Blake School
Facilitator phone number(s): 
309.453.8805
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
15
Time/Location
Class times: 
Wed, 06/26/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Wed, 07/03/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Wed, 07/17/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Wed, 07/24/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Wed, 08/14/2013 - 15:00 - 16:00
Additional class time information: 
No Class: July 10
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Calhoun Square
3001 Hennepin Ave 1st Floor Common Area
Minneapolis, MN 55408
United States
44° 56' 49.8768" N, 93° 17' 49.9812" W
Additional class location information: 
Class will meet indoors in the public seating near Jimmy John's and Kitchen Window.
This group is for students in The Sociological Imagination
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Our Shared Table and the Future of Food, Seed & Biodiversity

A hands-on workshop designed for communities to explore the global food economy

 

No matter what passport we carry or heritage we claim, we all depend on food.

Protecting seeds and agricultural diversity remains an enduring global concern with economic and ecological implications for every local community.

For thousands of years and until recent decades all food was produced organically. In landscapes across the globe, farming communities adapted seeds to local ecosystems and generated a wealth of vital agricultural diversity.

In today’s food economy 1.5 billion small-scale farmers rely on farm saved seed and provide 70 % of the world’s food.  Since 1960, they have contributed 1.9 million varieties of plants to the world’s seed banks. (In 2007, records attributed 72,5000 plant varieties to industrial agricultural research-40%of these are ornamentals (flowering plants).

Despite their proven leadership as custodians of biodiversity, small- scale farmers are struggling to retain access to land and the right to food and seed sovereignty in a global economy shaped by the organizing principles of the agribusiness’ approach to agriculture. With growing concerns about climate change, small -scale, ecologically sound cultivation remains critical for the future of food.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

St. Francis Cabrini Church
1500 Franklin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Our Shared Table and the Future of Food, Seed and Biodiversity was designed by Marita Bujold in conjunction with a thesis for Augsburg College Master of Arts in Leadership program.
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 06/09/2013 - 15:00 - 18:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
St. Francis Cabrini Church
1500 Franklin Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
United States
44° 57' 52.5276" N, 93° 13' 4.3248" W
A hands-on workshop designed for communities to explore the global food economy
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Career Skills

Tired of applying for jobs and never getting an interview? Join this class!

We will...

  • Develop your resume to best present your background and skill set
  • Practice writing cover letters specific to certain jobs
  • Learn how to interview effectively
  • Investigate employment resources and opportunities  
Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
I took several business classes at the University of Minnesota. I taught English in South Korea for two years. I've helped many of my friends and family members find great jobs.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-205-6131
Class minimum size: 
3
Class maximum size: 
7
Time/Location
Class times: 
Tue, 06/25/2013 - 20:00 - 21:00
Tue, 07/02/2013 - 20:00 - 21:00
Tue, 07/09/2013 - 20:00 - 21:00
Tue, 07/16/2013 - 20:00 - 21:00
Location Accessibility: 
No, but willing to find an alternate location if necessary.
Address: 
Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States
44° 57' 44.8092" N, 93° 14' 21.9012" W
Career Skills
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Raising Chickens in the City

This is a class offered through EXCO and the Local Food Resource Hubs program, which is coordinated by Gardening Matters. If class capacity is an issue, Hubs members will have priority to attend. To become a member visit www.gardeningmatters.org/hubs.

This class will explain the steps you need to take to set up your own small laying flock in the city. We'll cover how to negotiate the permit process in St. Paul and Minneapolis, how to set up a coop and a henyard, where to find chickens, how to feed and care for chickens, and how to deal with common problems. Raising chickens can be done by anybody, and a coop and henyard can be constructed from mostly salvaged materials.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Doyle Household
1788 Hubbard Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 612-710-6482
Facilitator's experience: 
The teacher for this course has raised chickens in rural Vermont, Minneapolis, and St. Paul.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-710-6482
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sat, 06/01/2013 - 10:00 - 11:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Doyle Household
1788 Hubbard Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
United States
Phone: 612-710-6482
44° 57' 54.8964" N, 93° 10' 33.2544" W
Local food hub members have priority.
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