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Recyclique/CommunEcos Calendar

CommunEcos Calendar:

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: yikes.contact@gmail.com 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.
Unless otherwise noted, all 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.


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: yikes.contact@gmail.com.

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 350.org.

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: yikes.contact@gmail.com.

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: yikes.contact@gmail.com

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: yikes.contact@gmail.com

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: fiberactive@earthlink.net.

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.