Friday, December 31, 2010

HOLIDAY VACATION

The Ann Arbor Free Skool is taking a short vacation for the next two weeks.
Stay tuned for our January/February calendar.

We look forward to seeing you in 2011!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December Calendar- Keep warm with the Free Skool

December may be cold, but there are lots of classes and events planned to keep things warms. Click the calendar above to print your own December Calendar and make sure to always check the Google Calendar for the most up-to-date information on all classes, events, and shenanigans.

Wondering what the Free Skool experience is like? Check out photos of past classes, events, and DIY Fests at our flickr photo albums. And, Yes! We have video too! You can watch us on YouTube. Just type in "Ann Arbor Free Skool" in the search.

Check out what is cookin' this December:


DIY Fest

Saturday, December 4th at 2pm- ? at Luther Cooperative (1520 Hill)

A full day of workshops, classes, live music, fabulous free store, all-day

potluck, and closing bonfire. Bike Winterizing, Soap Making, Capoeira,

Lucid Dreaming, Massage, and many many more! Live Performances by

Scissors Now, Honey, The Rainbow Vomit Family Band and puppet show

by Patrick Elkins!


Recycled Card Making

Saturday, December 11th at 1pm, Basement of Cafe Ambrosia (326 Maynard)

Do you love the ritual of Holiday Greeting cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Solstice,

but hate the idea of adding to the landfill? How about using recycled materials to create the holiday greetings? Don't know how? Come for an afternoon of fun turning recycled materials into fun greeting cards. You can use these ideas for birthday cards, thank you cards, and whatever else you want a card for.


How to Manage Your Own Band

Monday, December 13th at 7pm at Cafe Ambrosia (326 Maynard)

Join Matthew Altruda, music management guru from the Macpodz for

a journey through the world of Indepenent Music Management-

Promotion, Booking, General Management and much more.


Documentary & Discussion- Food Inc.

Wednesday, December 15th at 8pm- Digital Ops (525 Liberty)

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry,

exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from

the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory

agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with experts as Eric

Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma,

In Defense of Food) and other forward thinking social entrepreneurs,

Food, Inc. reveals the truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we

have become as a nation and where we are going from here.


Reflexology 1.1- Hands

Every other Thursday at 7pm at

ICC Educational Center (1520 Hill behind Luther Cooperative)

Basics of Reflexology and Hand massage. Work at a computer? Text way too much?

Sometimes feel like hitting inanimate objects? This class could be for you.

Come down and learn some basic hand routines and often used reflexology points.

Email us beforehand to receive class info to get practicing. Bring a friend and turn

your hands into hands again.


Simply Cooking

Every other Sunday at 1pm at Luther House Cooperative (1520 Hill)

Simply Cooking is a series of free bi-weekly culinary demonstrations.

Local chefs Aren Stobby and Connor Otto will teach the fundamentals of cooking

and share their knowledge about culinary arts, nutrition and sustainable practices.

Check out the blog: http://simplycooking-a2.blogspot.com

December 5th- Hearty Soups

December 19th- Dips and Condiments


Stone Tortoise Tai Chi Community

Every Monday at 8:30pm at

ICC Educational Center (1520 Hill behind Luther Cooperative)

Jeff Blu teaches fundamentals of tai chi, including stretching, breathing, light

calisthenic exercises, moving meditation, and simple self-defense techniques.

This is a group for the sharing and exploration of practical skills to reduce stress,

enhance health, and to progressively develop ones mental/physical capabilities.

Beginners welcome.


Food Not Bombs

Every Sunday: Preparation at 1:30pm- Far House (2606 Packard)

Dinner served at 4pm- 6pm in Liberty Plaza

Food Not Bombs believes that food is a right, not a privilege, and that poverty

is a form of violence. We provide free meals as a way to protest poverty, war and

violence while advocating for peace, love and freedom; come lend a hand to prepare

and serve these meals. Contact Joe at: jvarilon@gmail.com


Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to teach? Have a space for classes?
Drop us an email- a2freeskool@gmail.com

See you soon- Ann Arbor Free Skool

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December DIY Fest- This Saturday!


Special Reminder!
THIS SATURDAY is DIY Fest!
December 4th, 2010: 2pm-? at Luther Cooperative House (1520 Hill)


Here is a peek at what you can look forward to:

A day full of skill shares and workshops!

  • Over 18 workshops and skill shares such as Bike Winterizing, Soap Making, Capoeira, Lucid Dreaming, Massage, Knitting, Spontaneity, Simply Cooking will be doing Hearty Soups, Tai Chi, Book Making and many more...
Live Music and Performances All Day Long!
  • We have never had so many live performances! The Appleseed Collective, Honey, The Rainbow Vomit Family Band, Scissors Now! and a LIVE Shadow Puppet Show by the Infamous, Amazing, Handsome Patrick Elkins!
The Free Store!
  • Give your old bronzed walnut-shaped walnut cracker a new place to call home at the Free Store.
    Bring whatever you have that you think someone else would like (clothes, knick-knacks, food, art, tools, books - anything) and pick up some jazzy "new" treats for yourself. You'll be amazed at what you'll take home.
Live Silk Screen Printing!
  • Change your boring old t-shirt, pants, socks, g-string into a work of art! Modati Studios will be doing live silk screen printing with original Ann Arbor Free Skool designs! Donations appreciated. Check them out at: http://www.modati.com/
Community Potluck, Bonfire, and Surprises!
  • Don't forget to whip up your favorite dish to pass for The Shared All Day Potluck. We need your help to make this happen. No food = No potluck.
  • Yeah. There will be fun surprises. Nope we won't spill the beans. You have to come and see.
Come play out of the Cold.
  • This is an all indoor event with enough space to fit most of Ann Arbor. Hot beverage and food will be served all day long.
As always, there is no cost.
Just bring yourself, friends, a dish to pass (if you can), and a thirst for knowledge.

Wondering what the Free Skool experience is like? Check out photos of past classes, events, and DIY Fests at our flickr photo albums. And, Yes! We have video too! You can watch us on YouTube. Just type in "Ann Arbor Free Skool" in the search.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November Classes, Events & More
























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The November Calendar is ready for your knowledge-hungry pleasure! You can find the flyer above and find the most-up-to-date electronic version here (Click it! It's our google calendar.) Or cut and paste this! http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=a2freeskool%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

Wondering what the Free Skool experience is like? Check out photos of past classes, events, and DIY Fests at our flickr photo albums. And, Yes! We have video too! You can watch us on YouTube. Just type in "Ann Arbor Free Skool" in the search.

This Halloween Weekend- Look for the Free Skool Monster Bus cruising around town.You can't miss it. Join us for a dance party inside or a trick-or-treat surprise!

Here is a quick peek at this months classes, workshops, and events:

Tai Chi
Every Monday 8:30pm-10pm at the ICC Educational Center (1520 Hill Street behind Luther Co-op)

Jeff Blu teaches fundamentals of tai chi, including stretching, breathing, light calisthenic exercises, moving meditation, and simple self-defense techniques. This is a group for the sharing and exploration of practical skills to reduce stress, enhance health, and to progressively develop ones mental physical capabilities. Beginners welcome.

Heal Your Digestive System, Heal Your Life
Wednesday Nov 17th, 6:30pm- 8:30pm at the Aprill Wellness Center (107 Aprill Drive, Suite 4)
A healthy digestive system is essential to a healthy life. This workshop will explore the basic strategies of healing our digestive and immune systems. Topics of discussion will include the use of digestive enzymes, healthy eating life styles, probiotics, essential fatty acids, vitamin D as well as methods of testing for allergies and gluten intolerance.


Reflexology 1.2
Every Other Thursday (4th and 18th) 7pm- 8:30pm at the ICC Educational Center (1520 Hill Street behind Luther Co-op)
This class will go over the basics of reflexology. This system of massage works on areas of the feet that are correlated with internal and sensory organs other parts of the body. You will learn a basic 15 minute massage routine with some specific points on the feet, such as the heart and shoulder points, brain points and the wondrous insomnia point. Bring a partner or come by yourself and be ready to confront your fear of toes.

Simply Cooking
Every other Sunday 1pm at Luther Cooperative House (1520 Hill)
Simply Cooking is a series of free bi-weekly culinary demonstrations open to all who would like to learn. Local chefs Aren Stobby and Connor Otto will teach the fundamentals of cooking as well as more advanced techniques. They will display various cooking techniques as well as share our knowledge relating to culinary arts, nutrition and sustainable practices. Check out the blog: http://simplycooking-a2.blogspot.com
November 7th- Sushi November 21st- Thanksgiving Fixings


Documentary & Discussion Series- Garbage Warrior
Wednesday, Nov 10th 8pm at Digital Ops (525 E Liberty)
For 30 years New Mexico-based Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" by building self-sufficient off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony.

Kombucha Speakeasy & Potluck
Sunday, November 21st 7pm at the Far House
(2606 Packard)

Come and peacefully subvert authority in our underground Kombucha Brewery. Classy attire and a(easy) password required. Bring a healthy dish if you like to share. Live music, a variety of kombucha and delicious food will set the mood.

Critical Mass
Every last Friday of the month at 5:15pm at N. University & State
Join us as we assert our rights as bicyclists to the roads and create awareness of biking and bike rights! The pace of the group will be set wherever applicable to ensure that everyone can keep up. So come flex those hot bike muscles and take back the streets!

Food Not Bombs

Every Sunday: Preparation- 2:00pm at the Far House (2606 Packard); Serving Dinner-4pm at Liberty Plaza
Food Not Bombs believes that food is a right, not a privilege, and that poverty is a form of violence. We provide free meals as a way to protest poverty, war and violence while advocating for peace, love, and freedom; come lend a hand to prepare and serve these meals.

Woah! Come on out! Spread the word and let's spread the good times.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

October Calendar of Events and Classes!

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Check out the 'MENU' list on the upper right hand corner of this page to access the other sections.

Where can you learn about all the awesome October Classes and Events? Click right here to access The Ann Arbor Free Skool Google Calendar- where you can find the most up-to-date and detailed information and descriptions on all A2 Free Skool happenings. Join us this month for:
Check out the event flyers below!










Friday, October 22, 2010

October DIY Fest & events!

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DIY Fest This Saturday October 2nd at 2pm- ?
at Black Elk Cooperative (902 Baldwin.)


Come join us this early October for DIY Fest! 18 free amazing workshops, live music, fabulous free store, community Halloween costume making workshop,
potluck dinner, and closing bonfire.
Live Performances by Honey, Manhood, & Why I Oughta.

October Calendar is almost here!!!

Here is a little sneak peak of some new adventures....

A Conversation with Legendary John Sinclair
Saturday, October 9th at 7pm- 9pm at Luther House Cooperative (1520 Hill)

Reflexology 1.2
Every other Tuesday at 7pm at
Body Mind Spirit Wellness Center (1785 W Stadium Blvd)

Documentary & Discussion- The Garden
Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm- Digital Ops (525 Liberty)

Tongue Ticklers’ Fun Time Parade Potluck
Friday, October 15th at 7pm at 433 Huron View Blvd

....... just a little bit- No bein' greedy....

Drop us an email is you have any questions! a2freeskool@gmail.com
See you Saturday!!!