We sponsor 4-5 events each month on site. Most are enviro-ed or alternative economics events, including films and cultural events that take place on Friday nights 6:30-8:30 pm, and we also do how-to or skillshare events on Sat. afternoons 2-4 pm.
See the panel on left hand side of our Home page, or go to the Recyclique/CommunEcos calendar page (under Events) for info on upcoming events. The Events calendar page also has a list of events held in 2013-14.
Our educational events rely on suggested donations, usually $5; no one is turned away for inability to pay, as long as there is room. Sometimes –esp. for how-to events– there are set fees (eg. $10-25) when we are paying an instructor and/or must purchase materials – sometimes participants take home projects they make at these. RSVP is sometimes needed for these or for popular films or speakers, due to space limits; for more info: email: Sandy at yikes.contact @ gmail.com.
We partner with Transition Durham to sponsor educational events on sustainability themes at other local venues. Past events of this kind have included the showing of Shift Change, a film on cooperative workplaces (May 2013 at FullSteam), the showing of “Within Reach: Journey to Sustainable Community” (July 2013, at Motorco), the showing of “Chasing Ice” (Oct. 2013, Motorco), and an event Celebrating local food activism with Ubuntu Marimba Band (Dec. 2013, at Motorco), and a Solarize Durham event with NC WARN at Motorco.
Events held at Recyclique this year have included: Solar Hot Water at Your House, Planting Winter Vegetables, Projects and Practices to Save Water, Energy & Money, the film “No Impact Man,” a lamp repair workshop, a film on industrial hemp, a presentation on renewable energy in Nepal, a talk on the co-op culture of Mondragon, and many more.
Previous events have included: the film “What’s on Your Plate?” on school lunches and health; how-to sessions on Aquaponics; Urban Chickens, Grey-Water Guerrillas, Sewing skills, Bee-keeping, showing of “The Inside Job” – a film on the financial melt-down, talk on the Cuba garden model, slides on the SEEDS community garden project, how-to event on How Bamboo will Save the World and “The Global Gardener” film on permaculture, hazards of natural gas fracking, vermicomposting, film “We All Fall Down” on the mortgage 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.