Events

We currently have four public events on site each month, usually on Friday nights, or sometimes Sat. afternoons. Themes include environmental education, community economics, social justice, & 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 list of sample past events below! Or email yikes.contact@gmail.com to get on our newsletter list for upcoming events.

Our events are sometimes free, or they use a suggested donation system, usually in the $5 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, generally in the $10-20 range, 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 “Panama Papers: Secrets of the Super Rich,”  tours of Pickards Mtn. Eco-Institute and Orange Co. Solid Waste/RecyclingDIY Organic Starter Plants, Building a DIY Greenhouse with Used Windows,  screening of “What’s on Your Plate?” on school lunches and health; Intro to AquaponicsUrban 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. Other past workshops have  included the hazards of natural gas fracking, vermicomposting,  film on the mortgage foreclosure crisis,  how to grow and breed heirloom tomatoes,  dramatic enactments of “Rosie, the Riveter” and a 1930s Dustbowl Survivor 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,

We also sponsored two book groups in the spring and fall of 2015: one on “Take Back the Economy” by JK Gibson-Graham, and one on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything.” We also sponsored a theatre showing of the film “This Changes Everything” in Chapel Hill.  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.