We currently have four public events on site each month, usually on Sat. afternoons or Friday nights. Themes tend to include environmental education, alternative economics, skill-shares or How-to workshops, and culture and history. [We tend to hold lectures, films and slide-shows on Fridays, 6:30-8:30 pm; and how-to/skillshare events on Sat afternoons, usually in the 2-4 pm time slot]
See the banner on left hand side of our Home page for upcoming events or check out our communecos events calendar page!
Our events are sometimes free, or they use a suggested donation system, usually in the $5-15 range, and no one is turned away from an event for inability to pay, as long as there is room. A few workshops have set fees, and RSVP is needed for some due to space limits, for more info: email: Sandy at yikes.contact @ gmail.com.
A sampling: Past events include: the film “What’s on Your Plate?” on school lunches and health; Intro to Aquaponics, (Piedmont Aquaponics team); Urban Chickens (by Bob Davis), Grey-Water Guerrillas (by Anthony Watts), Sewing skills (by Lakrisha Mauldin) Bee-keeping (by Dave Fruchtenicht), “The Inside Job” - film on the financial melt-down, talk by Jeff Ensminger on NEEM and the Cuba garden model, slides on the SEEDS community garden project, and How Bamboo will Save the World and “The Global Gardener” film on permaculture. Workshops in the last year have included the hazards of natural gas fracking, vermicomposting, film on the mortgage foreclosure crisis, how to grow and breed heirloom tomatoes, talk by Stephen Hren on his “Sustainable Underground” book, dramatic enactment of “Rosie, the Riveter” by Sally Drucker, municipal energy retrofit programs for households, concentrated solar thermal, solar oven making, the “Garbage Warrior” — a film on sustainable building with tires and earth,
In spring and summer 2012 we held a series of six Saturday afternoon workshops on rain barrel painting (co-sponsored with Living Social). Other how-to workshops (usually on Saturdays) have included rain barrel making, jewelry upcycling, mask-making, crocheting with plastic bag material (PLARN), aromatherapy and essential oils, composting, pranic healing, journal making, paper-making, a solar oven cook-off, crocheting with T-shirt yarn (TARN), and African drumming.
We also do rain barrel making/painting and water-saving workshops for special groups. These are fun and educational — a great way to introduce sustainability themes to young people.