Recyclique/CommunEcos Calendar

CommunEcos Calendar


Fri. Dec. 2, 6:30 pmTiny House – Film and Discussion of these creative innovations in affordable living, that will consider both practical and aesthetic questions. If you know a tiny House builder, please put us in touch to invite them:  Led by Sandra Gilbert and Sandy Smith-Nonini.

Fri. Dec. 9, 6:30 pm – New film: “The Best Democracy Money can Buy” by investigative reporter Greg Palast. Also, we’ll view a recent interview with Palast who claims the presidential election truly was rigged, but in favor of Trump. And NC is one of the key states he says made the difference. [Yes, we’re talking about hacking, among other things, which raises disturbing questions about the mysterious computer problem that shut down Durham’s polls for several hours on election day!]

Sat. Dec. 10, 2-4 pmArtful Handmade Holiday Cards and Wrapping Paper – all ages welcome! We’ll supply materials –inclu: markers, paint, glue, art magazines, old cards, stamps, and more – (but feel free to bring a picture you’d like to use). Limited space. RSVP Please! $5 suggested donations (kids free w/ adult).

Fri. Dec. 16, 6:30 pmCommunEcos Solstice Party & Potluck meal. Open Mic. Bring a song, musical instrument, poem or other talent to share!  More info to come.

Fri. Dec. 30, 6:30 pmReport from Marrakech – Tom Fletcher will report on his experience attending the climate conference in Morocco, representing Unitarian Universalists.

Fri. Jan. 6, 6:30 pm –New film:  “Before the Flood” featuring Leonardo di Caprio, on climate change.

Fri. Jan. 13, 6:30 pm –  Film: The Four Horsemen  – a British documentary featuring Noam Chomsky, Joseph Stiglitz, John Perkins, and Herman Daly, which offers a critique of  contemporary banking, the debt-based economy and political lobbying by banks. The film is directed by Ross Ashcroft.

Past Events:

Fri. Nov. 25, 6:30 pm – Potluck and Survival Game – We’ll play “Worst Case Scenario: A Survival Board Game” and share a Thanksgiving leftover potluck meal.  Bring a dish to share, and your best common sense – [we’ll form teams for the game, and we may add a few climate/energy questions]. Please RSVP to if you can come – as that will help us both plan for food and how to divide into teams.

Fri. Nov. 18, 6:30 pm – Challenges and Rewards of Intentional Community: A Panel Discussion – Four panelists: Jim Senter (Pot Luck Farm), Neal Caidin (Eno Commons), Doug Jones (Earth’s Turn, a new community) and Matt Watersong (Earthaven & a 2nd new community) will share their experiences,  extensive Q&A/discussion to follow.  All panelists have experience in Intentional Community, and two are involved in forming new communities. They will talk about their motivations for involvement, hopes for the future, where they are in the building process, challenges and successes.

Fri. Nov. 11, 6:30 pm – From Standing Rock to Burning Man: Building Group Culture through Ceremony – by Pete Crispell. Temporary communities must build a group culture to ensure safe, comfortable, and effective participation of members.  Pete will share his experience witnessing effective cultural transfer at the anti-pipeline protests in Standing Rock North Dakota, as well as less successful examples from his travels.



Past Events:

Fri. Oct. 21, 6:30 pm “Complexity: New Thinking for the Anthropocene”— A primer on how concepts like emergence, tipping points and pattern lanaguages fit together — an interactive slideshow on “complex” system-thinking – a pattern-seeking, process-centered  paradigm-shift that holds promise for re-uniting our social and economic lives with the natural world, by Sandy Smith-Nonini.

Fri. Oct. 28, 6:30 pm The Emerging Integral WorldviewBy Ruth Backstrom – Some theorists believe we are moving away from our defining metaphor of “the machine age” to “the web” metaphor. With this shift in perspective, new understandings about systems are emerging, relationships are getting organized in new ways, and we our rethinking our fundamental role in the cosmos. We’ll discuss together our thoughts about what this emerging new future might look based on the changes we’ve seen so far.

Fri. Nov. 4, 6:30 pm – Film: Nikola Tesla’s Life – The dramatic story of a modern Prometheus, a genius who invented scores of electrical devices – including use of AC current  to light cities, wireless communications for radio and TV, the remote control, neon and fluorescent lighting, x-rays and guided missiles, yet others took advantage of his work, using his ideas to start massive corporations, while Tesla himself faded from the history books.



Fri. Sept. 23, 6:30 pm — Community-Supported Hemp for Solar Energy!  by Paul Tedesco.  New research shows that low-cost waste from hemp farms outperforms graphene as a nano-conductor that can be used in solar panels, batteries and other electronics. And the timing is right: North Carolina’s new hemp commission is finally funded to design the rules for agricultural hemp in our state. Paul will draw on internet visuals to explain the new developments and make the case for hemp farming for solar as the future of community-supported energy.

Fri. Sept. 30, 6:30 pm – “Baraka” a non-verbal, visually rich film, shot in 25 countries on six continents.  Baraka brings together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on humanity.” The goal of the film is “to reach past language. nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer,” says producer Mark Magidson.

Fri. Oct. 7, 6:30 pm  Creating Durham’s “GoldleafCo-op – a behind-the-scenes look at the building of an exciting new worker-owned commercial cleaning co-op in Durham, inspired by the Cleveland Evergreen and Mondragon models, by Ruth Backstrom.

Fri. Oct. 14, 6:30 pm “Devil’s Advocate” a film about a Georgia country lawyer who is recruited to work for a big international New York City law firm. His new life rapidly becomes morally complicated, putting his marriage and identity at risk. The ending will knock your socks off! Stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino and Charlize Theron.



Fri.  Aug. 26, 6:30 pm “Promised Land” a film starring Matt Damon as a gas company salesman who takes advantage of hard economic times in a small town by trying to buy drilling rights for fracking from residents.

Sat. Aug. 20, 2-4 pm“Of Hopeful Green Stuff Woven:” Fall Vegetable Gardening Made Easy, led by Harry Phillips.

July 2016 events:

Fri. July 8, 2016,  6:30 pmThe Story of Terra Preta – A series of short films that take us from The Search for El Dorado, the lost city of the Amazon, to the discovery of Terra Preta, known to organic farmers as “biochar,” a remarkable substance offering longterm soil fertility, which also locks away carbon in the soil that would otherwise enter the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

Fri. July 15, 2016, 6:30 pmClimate Change and Congress – How to unleash your Personal Political Power Come join Donald Addu, the Mid-South Regional Coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby, for an interactive discussion on Carbon Fee and Dividend and the the methodology to empower citizens to engage their government. Learn how to become a citizen lobbyist and ignite your own political power. Donald founded the first Citizens Climate Lobby group in North Carolina 5 years ago and currently coordinates over CCL 30 active groups throughout the region, all on a volunteer basis.

Fri. July 22, 2016,  6:30 pmScreening of Michael Moore’s new film “Where to Invade Next?” — on the prospects for the US “invading” other countries to steal their good ideas — such as free college education, worker benefits, regulated banks, free family planning and sex education, collaboration with workers and consumers in running corporations, and crazy things like that!

Former Events:

Fri. Feb. 19, 6:30 pmOffshore Drilling: Politics and Prospects in North Carolina, by Sue Sturgis.

Fri. Feb. 26, 6:30 pmRe-establishing an Ethic of Caring, by Ruth Backstrom, cofounder of Transition Durham. Second in a new lecture series on Conscious Democracy.

Fri. Mar. 18, 6:30 pmAsking the Hard Questions About Light Rail Transit in Durham by Dr. Robert G. Healy.

Fri. Jan. 1, 6:30 pm – The Outer Banks: Protean Past and Uncertain Future, by Jim Senter – a look at new research on sea level rise and implications for the NC coast. —————————————————-
Fri. Jan. 8, 6 pmDurham Farm and Food Network Kick-Off event to discuss the start of a community food council for Durham County, at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, 504 W Chapel Hill St, Durham. ——

Fri. Jan. 15, 6:30 pm “Hazel Shaw, Dust Bowl Survivor:” Dramatic enactment of an Oklahoma pioneer woman, who will describe how her family endured this man-made disaster of the 1930s. Costumed re-creation by Dr. Sally Ann Drucker, who has presented historic figures at Chautauquas in 11 states. ———–

Fri. Jan. 22, 6:30 pmBig Oil’s Campaign for Off-Shore Drilling in the Mid-Atlantic. by Sue Sturgis, of the Institute for Southern Studies, based on her recent investigation, which also revealed widespread public resistance to their plans. ————————————————————————————————————————
Fri. Jan. 29, 6:30 pm – Centering: The search for a shared collective vision, an interactive discussion/presentation format with questions for us to grapple with collectively. by Ruth Backstrom, of Transition Durham. First in a new lecture series on Conscious Democracy. ——————————————————————————————

Sat. Feb. 6, 2–3 & 3-4 pm Air Plant and Succulent Terrarium Workshops by Aisha Sanders – (Back by popular demand!). It’s BYOV: Bring/Buy Your Own Vessel; Workshop with demonstrations, care sheets, and terrarium bar: $25. More details to come. RSVP: ———————————————–


Nov – Dec 2015 Events–

Fri. Nov. 20, 6:30 pm Out on the Edge of Empire, by Pete Crispell. When you live on a tiny island at the intersection of empires you start to see the world from a different perspective. Join us for a brief history of colonialism in the Western Pacific and its repercussions on modern issues that threaten all of us, from global warming to militarization, and from trade policy to sweatshops, casinos and sacred lands. Pete lives part of each year in the US territory of Guam, but returns in the fall to Durham.
Sat. Nov. 28, 2-3 pm Natural & Non-toxic Skin Care 101 – By Brooke Mariani. Find out why it is so important to choose skin care products that are free of harsh chemicals and other nasty ingredients, get tips on how to read those confusing labels to find high quality skin care that is safe. Brooke is the owner of Earth Girl Beauty, in the front room on the east side at Recyclique. Refreshments will be served!

Fri. Dec. 4, 6:30 pm Transition Towns: Finding the Future Together– We’ll view a “Green Interview” segment on Rob Hopkins and other clips about the Transition movement, a viral idea that has been called “the biggest urban brainwave of the century” – a visionary, practical blueprint of community-based designs and approaches to moving away from fossil fuels and toward a rich, sociable, locally focused way of life. The Transition movement has spread to more than 400 towns globally, in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Italy, and Chile. Co-sponsored by Transition Durham.
Sat. Dec. 12, 2-4 pm Build your Own Living-Art Terrarium. Join designer, Aisha Sanders of Urbane Terrain as she demonstrates how to create personalized air plant terrariums using glass vessels, shells, driftwood, and unique planters. Learn about plant varieties, specialty food, design techniques, and care tips. They make delightful gifts! The $25 fee includes: Glass vessel or natural planter (driftwood, shells), air plants, decorative items, and a care sheet. Limited to 12 participants. Please RSVP:
Sat. Dec. 19, 6 pm, Annual Solstice Party, Sponsored by Recyclique & Transition Durham. Featuring potluck meal and creative sharing around a fire circle (weather permitting). More detail to come – Save the date!


Fall 2015 events

Fri., Oct. 30, 6:30 pm “Hunger in a Foody Culture: Attitudes and Policies that Foster Food Waste and Food Insecurity” by Betsy Crites.

Hunger is complex, but some of the solutions are not. Come learn how much can be done to address the problem through food waste recovery. Betsy led an “Ending Hunger in Durham” initiative last summer that fostered several productive collaborations to help get fresh food to those who need it most. At Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd. $5 suggested donations, no one turned away.
Hey event goers: Come at 6 pm for snacks and time to shop with a 10% discount on purchases!

Tues. Nov. 10th 7 pm Triangle Premier of “This Changes Everything” (film) at the Varsity Theatre, on Franklin St. Chapel Hill.

Sat. Nov. 14th 2 – 4 pm, “Creating a Permaculture Food Forest” by Liane Salgado. The Piedmont wants to be a forest, so local efforts to inhabit permaculture landscapes are leaning towards creation of many food forest systems. Learn the basics of how forest systems work, and how to create small scale forest installations. We’ll discuss, soil, water, plants selection and how to get started. Liane consults on permaculture projects locally, and has created a 2 acre food forest in Orange County. At Recyclique, $10, limited space, please RSVP to


Fri. Sept. 25 –6:30 pm – Join us for a workshop on climate action featuring a video on the upcoming global climate talks and planning for educational and mobilization events this fall during the count-down to the Paris climate conference. Someday your kids will ask you what you did to stop the fossil fuel destruction. The time is now. And we are the people who will stand in the gap. At Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd. Suggested donations: $5, no one turned away. Drinks/snacks on the house.—————————————————————————————–

Fri. Oct. 2 – 6:30 pm – Screening of A FIERCE GREEN FIRE -a new film telling the story of the history environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. Directed by Mark Kitchell, an Academy Award-nominated director, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival. —————————————————————————————

Fri. Oct. 9 – 6:30 pm Lies My Doctor Told Me, a talk by Howard Jacobson, Ph.D. We don’t have a healthcare system; it’s a “medical management of disease” system. Discover how to get off the treadmill of tests and drugs and procedures and achieve real wellness. Howard is a Durham-based health educator and ecological gardener. He was a contributing author (w/ T. Colin Campbell) to Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition and he has recently been writing a book on our addiction to protein.


Former events:

Fri. Sept. 18 – 6:30 pmHow Social Movements Transform Politics and People: A Comparative Look at “Davids” that Somehow Won – by Sandy Smith-Nonini, PhD, A slideshow based on fieldwork in El Salvador & the NC farm labor movement that emphasizes lessons learned from “new” social movements that have reshaped political realities. Sandy teaches anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the author of Healing the Body Politic (2010) and is now writing a book on the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) movement in North Carolina.

Fri. Sept.11, 6:30 pm Screening of
Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science (2014). A candid and intimate portrait of the global research community that is racing to understand our planet’s changing climate. Filmed by Geologist Simon Lamb who accompanied scientists at work at sites all over the world over a 3-year period. by Green Planet Films. Stay tuned for more in our series on climate change this fall!

Fri. Sept. 4, 6:30 pm Join us for a screening of
“Sir, No Sir” – on the war inside the war. This important film tells the suppressed story of the role the GI movement (inside the armed services!) played in ending the Vietnam War, and building the veterans’ peace movement. Co-sponsored with Veterans for Peace.

Fri. Aug. 28, 6:30 pmThe True Cost a documentary film that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, Features interviews with Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, and Vandana Shiva.

Saturday, Aug.22, 8am–1pm Pop-up Flea Market! — multi-party sale in the our front yard at Recyclique. Vintage! Furniture! Jewelry! Art! Crafts! Kitchenware! Clothes! Dozens of unique items! Lots of bargains! At 2811 Hillsborough Rd.

Fri. Aug. 14, 6:30 pm “Eat Vegan: Big Benefits for your Health and the Planet” Learn why a low carbon diet is also the healthiest kind. Plus tips on cooking w/ tasting of vegetarian dishes before and after. By Jonathan Sheline, Board-certified family physician in private practice in Durham. Location: Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Lakewood Shopping Ctr. Co-sponsored with Transition Durham.

Unless otherwise noted, events are at Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham 27705. Most educational events have suggested donations, usually $5, or as noted. Park in rear or next door in the Food Lion lot.
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Past Events:

Join us this Fri. May 29, 6:30 pm for “GMO Foods – Beyond the Hype” by Hope Shand.

Sat. June 6, 10am -5 pm Art & Craft Fair (sale & demo) in our front yard as part of our 4th anniversary celebration! Crafters, artists and upcyclers are invited to set up exhibits – Email: to reserve your spot.

Fri. June 12, 6:30 pm Join us to watch Greedy, Lying Bastards, a film that tracks the climate denial funding streams back to their sources. 2nd in our upcoming new series on climate change!

Fri. June 19, 6:30 pm Film: “A Place at the Table” on hunger and food security in America, with demo by Lloyd Schmeidler, coordinator of Bread for the World. Location: St Phillips Episcopal Church, 403 E. Main St. Refreshments served. Kick-off of a Transition Durham series on Ending Hunger in Durham.

Fri. July 10, 6 pm – Full Spectrum Food Activism –3rd Action Forum on Ending Hunger in Durham – 6 pm Dinner/ networking, 6:30 Talk by Prof. Donald Nonini on connecting local hunger with policy issues; Intro to the new Durham Farm-Food Network & collective mapping of food security activity in Durham. Location: Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Lakewood Shopping Ctr. Free, but we’ll pass the hat for donations. Co-sponsored by Transition Durham, Recyclique/CommunEcos, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Durham CAN, Urban Ministries, Triangle Land Conservancy, Bread for the World, & Durham Co-op Market.

Fri. July 17, 6:30 pm Join us to watch “Shadows of Liberty,” a bold documentary by Jean-Philippe Tremblay that reveals the censorship, cover-ups and corporate control behind the scenes of the American news media. Features interviews with renowned journalists who give insider accounts of a broken media system that has sacrificed public expression for private profit. At Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Rd. Suggested donations of $5, no one turned away.

Fri. July 24, 6:30 pm “My Lai and Why It Matters” – A talk by journalist Ron Ridenhour, recorded on the 30th anniversary of the My Lai massacre at Tulane University. While serving with US forces in Viet Nam, Ridenhour blew the whistle on the massacre and destroyed the Pentagon cover-up with a dossier sent to the Congressional Armed Forces Committee (later used by Seymour Hersh who broke the news story in 1969). Ridenhour places this event in the larger context of US imperial wars.

Fri. Aug. 31, 6:30 pm Sleep Dealer film showing.

Fri. Aug. 7, 6:30 pm Thinking outside the Fossilized Box: How do we get to a renewable energy economy? Discussions of moving to renewable energy often assume we are looking for a “drop-in” replacement for the current system with a little energy savings thrown in. This talk will explore energy use and production from a systemic point of view and look at what may be possible if we stop limiting ourselves to the old paradigm. By Steve Mann. Co-sponsored with Transition Durham.


Winter 2015 CommunEcos Calendar:

Fri. Jan. 2nd, 6:30 pm “Lessons from the Mondragón Worker Co-ops” A slideshow by Sandy Smith-Nonini

Sat. Jan. 10th, 6:30 pm “Heating with Wood: Change your Inefficient Fireplace into a Great Heat Source for your Home,” by Jonathan Sheline.

Fri. Jan. 16th, 6:30 pm “The Ecological Footprint of Recycling” by Max Rice.

Sat. Jan. 24th, 2-4 pm Tour of Sandy Demeree’s Green Community House, near Durham’s DIY district, combining green architecture, permaculture, community gardening & service to disabled citizens.

Fri. Feb. 6, 6:30 pm, Open Mic  Night -Music and Poetry with Tom Clark and Zach Mercer playing guitar. Come share your stuff or just sing along!

Sat. Feb. 14,  1-3 pm & 3-5 pm Shrinemaking for Lovers, DIY art project with reused/found objects, led by Charron Andrews

Fri. Feb. 20, 6:30 pm, Co-ops, B Corps, and Nonprofits: The Law & Organizations Dedicated to Doing Good, by Catherine Phillips & Thomas Beckett

Fri. Feb. 27, 6:30 pm, Sustainability & Cooperatives: How sharing & cooperation can save the planet, by Catherine Phillips.

Fri. Mar. 6, 6:30 pm Repowering Schools with Solar, by Carolyn Hansley (location TBA)

Sat. Mar. 14, 2 pm, Keeping Backyard Chickens, by Lissa Lutz, a Durham Master Gardener.

Sat. Mar. 21, 2 pm “Art for the Creeks” Kickoff event at Durham’s Central Park, sponsored by the Ellerbe Creek Assn. (Carpooling from Recyclique.)

Fri. Mar. 27, 6:30 pm The B-Corporation Alternative, by Christina Smith

Sat. Apr. 4, 2 pmPlanting Spring Vegetables, by Harry Phillips. RSVP required. (we may schedule a 2nd session in same afternoon if there is sufficient demand). RSVP:

Fri. Apr. 17, 6:30 pm Solarize Durham – 2015 Edition. This year will likely be your last chance to install solar photovoltaic on your house and take advantage of NC tax credits. Come learn how it works and sign up for an assessment. Sponsored by NC WARN and Transition Durham. Location TBA.




Fall/Winter 2014 Calendar

Fri. Nov. 28, 6:30 pm, Film: “Leave it to Beavers” –by PBS, followed by discussion of the intelligence of animal systems and significance for environmental management, led by Harriet Whitehead.

Fri. Dec. 5, 6:30 pm, “Participatory Budgeting: the Greensboro Experience” What if people had a say on local spending? By Vincent Russell.

Fri. Dec. 12, 6:30 pm, “A Short History of Co-operative self-help: 250 Years and Going Strong” By Jim Senter.

Fri. Dec. 19, 6:30 pm “Annual Solstice Potluck and Creativity Slam” – Bring a talent or favorite poem/song, etc. to share along with a dish. Free event.

Fall 2014 Calendar:

Fri. Sept. 5th at 6;30 pm Screening of Disruption, a new Climate Change film from

Friday, Sept. 12, 6:30 pm “Renewable Energy Technology & ‘Rural Economic Zones’ – A way forward for Nepal and Others”

Fri. Sept. 19 6:30 pm showing of the award-winning film: Chasing Ice on a photographer’s quest to document climate change on glaciers worldwide.

Fri. Sept. 26th join us at 6:30 pm for “What’s Up with Solar in North Carolina?” by Nancy LaPlaca.

Sat. Oct 4th, 2-4 pm – Bring the kids to see Athena the barred owl, a box turtle, a snake and a silky dove and learn lessons from Piedmont Wildlife Center.

Friday. Oct.10, 6:30 pm “Bringing it Home,” a film about a father’s search for healthy building materials that led him to industrial hemp

Friday Oct. 17, 6:30 pm “Double Bucks” at the Farmers Market! Jenny Elander, director of Durham Farmers Market and Elizabeth Zander of the South Durham Farmers Market will be there to fill us in on how it works.

Fri. Oct. 24th, 6:30 pm “The Future of Recyclique: Towards an Eco-Education & Community Center?” A potluck dinner meeting to seek your input and participation as we discuss buying the house and rethinking our vision of what we want to become.

Sat. Oct. 25, 2-4 pm Lamp Repair Workshop, by Nathan Swanson

Sat. Nov. 1, 2-4 pm–“Projects and Practices to save Households Money on Energy & Water” by Patricia Murray & Julie Moore

Sat. Nov. 8, 2-4 pm -“Changing” the World One Cloth Diaper at a Time! – A Class for New Parents, by Andrea Davis

Events – Spring -Summer 2014:

Fri. May 23, 6:30 pm “Tales from the Black Latrine:  Humanure & Black Soldier Fly Larvae” by Max Rice and John Mattox.

Sat. May 31, 12 noon – 6 pm Fieldtrip to the Piedmont Bioregional Festival at Camp New Hope (PBF Print Flyer or see link above). Discount entry: $10-20 suggested donations, For more info or RSVP:

Sat. June 7, Our Third Anniversary Celebration!! Yeaaa!! Multiple events!
2 pm Making yogurt from starter culture, with Pradeep Gajjar, followed at 3:30 with an informal session of Spin to Unwind, by Julie Moore. And at 4:30 we’ll car pool to the fun-filled Beaver Drag Pageant in Duke Park to benefit Ellerbe Creek Watershed Assn .

Fri. June 13, 6:30 pm Solar Hot Water for NC Households, by Sandy Smith-Nonini. Slides from a UNC-funded project on DIY & professional installations examining types of systems, efficiencies and projected savings.

Fri. June 20, 6:30 pm – Gleaning for Food Security, by Rebecca Page, of the Society of St. Andrews Gleaning Project.

Sat. June 28, 2-4 pm – DIY Lamp Repair, Rewiring & Upcycling Workshop, taught by Sharon Jamison. Bring your lamp to fix! $5-10.

Fri/Sat July 4th-5th – 10am – 6 pm Eno River Festival -Visit or volunteer with our booth by the river for Rain Barrel Painting and Solar Thermal Demos of a solar oven and box heaters. Co-sponsored by Transition Durham. Volunteers get free entry tickets – First come, first serve for 3 time slots per day –morning, early afternoon and late afternoon.

Sat. July 19, 6:30 pm – Durham’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan: Progress & Challenges, by Tobin Fried, of the Durham Sustainability Office. A Transition Durham energy committee event.



Early-Mid  Spring 2014 events

Sat. Mar. 22, 2-4 pmVegetable Gardening Workshopled by Harry Phillips. Learn what to plant when, and how to make it thrive!  $5-8 suggested donations.

Fri. Mar. 28, 6:30 pmRe-Imagining Communityfinal session in the popular series by Ruth Backstrom & Kay Joyner. A Transition Durham event.—-

Fri. April 4, 6:30 pm “Pranic Healing:  A Primer and Demonstration” Bring your aches and pains. Meditation session will follow healings. $10 suggested donation; Please RSVP:

Sat. April 12, 2-4 pm “How to build a Solar Thermal Space Heater in your Garage”by Daniel Bossut. $10 suggested donation, Please RSVP:

Fri. May 2, 6:30-8:30 pm Tilthy Rich: The journey of a bicycle-powered compost companyBy Chris Russo.

 Fri. May 9, 6:30-8:30 pm The Amazing Story of the Durham Skywriter, by Patricia Murray.

Fri. May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm“Are We Wired for Violence or Cooperation? – Evidence from the Human Genome”  By Mort Malkin.

Sat. May 17th, 2-4pm Spin To Unwind– Meditation while Spinning Organic Cotton”  Participants take home organic cotton seeds and raw cotton; andlearn to make a spindle. $10.  By Julie Moore of Fiberactive Organics.  RSVP:

Winter 2013-14

Sat. Dec. 21, 5 pm – 8 pm, “Solstice Creativity-Slam Potluck”(BYOB) for friends of Recyclique/CommunEcos & Transition Durham . Bring a trick, poem, song, special skill or other creative thing to share!  Prizes!

Fri. Dec. 27, 6:30 pm, “Oil and Money” (on why new oil discoveries will not restore the US economy) by Sandy Smith-Nonini,  Anthropology Dept., UNC.

Sat. Jan. 4, 2-4 pm, “Raw Food – Winter Treats”– by Chef 7 Star, back by popular demand!

Fri. Jan 10, 6:30 pm“Solarizing Durham & New Renewable Energy Activism” by Nick Wood, NC WARN.

Fri. Jan. 17, 6:30 pm “Articulating New Collective Narratives,”by Ruth Backstrom and Kay Joyner, of Transition Durham.




Recyclique/CommunEcos Calendar –Fall 2013

Fri. Nov 15, 6:30 – “Green Burials” w/ Dyanne Matzkevich, a representative of the Green Burial Council.

Sat. Nov. 16, 2-4 pm “Upcycling Jewelry for Holiday Gifts(pending)

Fri. Nov. 22, 6:30 – Film: “No Impact Man” a humorous account of Colin Beavan’s year of greening his consumption, dragging his reluctant wife and child along for the ride.  (based on his book by the same title).

Fri. Nov. 29, 6:30 – “Abrupt Climate Change: How the world we know could change in decades, not centuries”by Vasu Kilaru, Physical Scientist with the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory, RTP facility.

Fri. Dec. 6, 6:30 –“Reimagining Peace on Earth,” by Betsy Crites, a longtime peace activist, formerly with NC Peace Action.



2013 CommunEcos Calendar: Spring-Summer

Sat May 4th from 2-4 pma “make-your-own-rain barrel” workshop (where you can take it home for a discount) at Recyclique

Mon. May 6th  7:30 pm — showing of the film “Shift Change” on the cooperative workplace movement, at FullSteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee St., Durham, w/ Suman’s Indian food, co-sponsored (w/ Transition Durham)  (see flyer)

Fri. May 10th – 6-8 pm – NC School of Science & Math students will present their sustainability fair projects – inclu. one team which debuted at the White House environmental fair last Monday and already has 11K in grant funding to manufacture a new ozone detection system! Also, solar battery charger, rain gardens, and more . .

 Fri. May 17th – 6-8 pm – Panel on Voluntary Simplicity, featuring Chris Russo, Jen Walker and Joshua Runnels, and the folks from EcoHouse. Discussion to follow.

Fri. May 24th –6-8 pm – GoMarket! Eric Bowen will introduce us to Durham’s new online CSA — Order your veggies/beer/coffee etc online, pick up at LocoPops!

Fri. May 31st, – 6-8 pm,  Japan’s Stone Gardens, a slide presentation by Dr. Norris Brock Johnson.

Sat. June 1, 5-7 pm, Saving money & energy with solar lights, by Patricia Murray.

Fri.  June 7, 6-8 pm, Film: ShiftChange

Sat. June 15, 2-5 pm, Carpool to Makers Faire

Fri. June 21, 6-8 pm — Film showing: “Kilowatt Ours”

Fri. June 28 , 6-8 pm –  How we got Tourism on the Outer Banks, by Jim Senter

Thur. July 4th & Sat. July 6 , 10-6 pm – Festival for the Eno – Rain Barrel painting booth, by the river near the dam.

Sat. July 13th – 2-4 pm – Custom DIY Buttons and Magnets with Brian John Mitchell

Sat. July 20,  2-4 pm – Lamp Repair workshop, by Nathan Swanson

Sat. July 27, 1-3 pm –Terrarium-making workshop, by Aisha Sanders

Fri. Aug. 2,  6-8 pm — Introduction to Bee-keeping, by Dave Fruchtenickt

Fri. Aug. 9, 6-8 pm — The Next American Revolution, by Ruth Backstrom

Sat. Aug. 17 – 6-8 pm – Public Banking, by Steven Peterson w/ panel.

Sat. Aug. 24,  2-4 pm – Keeping Backyard Chickens, by Lissa Lutz, Master Gardeners

Fri. Aug. 30,  6-8 pm – Genetic Modification and Food Safety, by Renee Maas, of Food and Water Watch

Fri. Sept 6, 6-8 pm – Film: Journey of the Universe, with Introduction by Herman Green of the Center for Ecozoic Societies

Fri. Sept. 13, 6-8 pm – EcoHouse: An Experiment in Sustainable Urban Living, by Gatlin Rowe

Sat. Sept. 14, 2-4 pm – Terrarium-Building Workshop, by Aisha Sanders, of Urbane Terrain

Fri. Sept. 20, 6-8 pm – Re-imagining Our Power – How to analyze and understand power and begin to use it wisely, w/ video, by Ruth Backstrom

Fri. Sept. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm – Film: Passive House: A Building Revolution, with folks knowledgeable on passive solar to lead the discussion.


Previous  Events in 2013  (not a complete list)

Fri. Jan. 4th – 6-8 pm – Earth-Wise: Thoughts & Action on Climate Futures – CommunEcos & Transition Durham members

Sat. Jan. 5th – 5-7 pm- Reception to honor our volunteers,  reflect on the last year’s  accomplishments and plans for 2013.

Sat. Jan. 12th – 2-4 pm – The Art of Caning Chairs, — Amy Todd

Fri. Jan. 18th, 6-8 pm – Building Deconstruction and Recycling – Rick Morgan

Fri. Jan. 25th, 6-8 pm –Self-Help Credit Union & Local Lending– Kristin Cox

Fri, Feb 1,  6 – 8 pm: Creating a Viable Future through Solidarity Economies by the Solidarity Economies Working Group of Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro.

Sat, Feb 9,  2 – 4 pm: Building Upcycled Cold Frames — Jacob Lewis

Sat. Mar. 23 – 2 pm  – Making Bottlecap Jewelry –a Repair Café event

Fri. Mar. 29 – 6 pm  – Science and Politics of  Natural Gas (Hydraulic) Fracturing in NC – by Bronwyn Fadem

Sat. Apr. 62 pmGetting your Spring Vegetable Garden Underway – with Harry Phillips, of NC WARN

Sat. Apr. 13 – 2 pm Shitake Mushroom workshop, by Dr John Mattox

Fri. Apr. 19 – 6 pm –Constructed Climate –Urban Ecologies, by Will Wilson


For events held in 2011-12 – See the About Our Events page.