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Please note -- your skills as a Presenter are sought!
          Feel free to contact us if you are willing
               to share YOUR knowledge with others!
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See below for
Descriptions of Upcoming Events



INDEX OF UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

October 
scroll down for full descriptions

Route 68 Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Clean Up!
The Photography of Bruce Dana: Local Living Festival Benefit Event
National Solar Home Tour
Science& Nature on Tap - Speaker Series: Climate Change
An Introduction to Woodlot Management and Forest Stewardship   
HOME TOUR - Rocket Mass Heater Demonstration Project
Whole Health & Healing Academy: series of nine topics continues thru Dec 4
Intro to Solar Policy Workshop

Indian Dinner Benefit for the Local Living Venture
Women & Wood: How to Split and Stack Firewood Safely
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group


November  scroll down for full descriptions
Whole Health & Healing Academy: series of nine healthy topics continues thru Dec 4
America Recycles Day - LLV Textile Partnership Event
It's a Wrap! Bedding Down Your Overwintering Bee Hives
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group
Soft Cheese Making - A German Quark with Dulli Tengeler


December  scroll down for full descriptions
Whole Health & Healing Academy: series of nine topics wraps up

AND...what would YOU like to share with your community? 
   Have a skill or interest to share?  Let us know! 
     Experts not sought (though that's good too!) - we value your interest and experimentation!




Descriptions of Upcoming Workshops
(in chronological order):
see Past Events HERE






October 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears above & below the monthly listings ~




 The  Peak Moment TV  monthly schedule
on WCKN-TV Cable 30 Potsdam is available when you click here. 
To view a description of all 60 episodes, see the first Sub-Page on our Resources / Links page
Each DVD is available for direct or inter-library loan through the Potsdam Public Library.
 
Note:  If the new month hasn't been updated yet, please check back soon!
  


  • an LLV-coordinated event          
 Whole Health & Healing Academy 

   Continues most Thursdays through Dec. 4, 6:30 to 8 pm
   October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
   Potsdam Community Room, above police station, RSVP for detailed directions.

   Pre-Registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required.
   Held every Thursday - same time and location through December 4
(except 10/23, 11/20 & 27 as noted.)


The Local Living Venture is pleased to join with Paula M. Youmell, RN, MS, CHC of Hands On Health Holistic Healing in launching a Whole Health and Healing Academy for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of holistic health issues.


What's Involved
Classes are designed to enhance personal health and inspire confidence in the ability of our bodies to heal itself through good nutrition - which also means "eat yummy food!"
  This series provides a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- more on this below.

Certificate Program
"The "academy" will commence on September 25, continuing for nine sessions through the Fall semester. Attendees who successfully complete a certain number of sessions will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for your personal resume and will take advantage of this opportunity to put health and healing into your hands.

Who Should Attend?
  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health. 
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Employers themselves are welcome as well; to enhance their health, providing leadership. 
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about prevention and self-responsibility in health and healing.
Session Outlines
Please click here for full details


This series is designed to give a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" --
and with both group privileges and restrictions: there will be plenty of time for Q&A, though not in a private setting, and moderated in a fashion that flows for all participants in the classes. 

All classes in the ongoing series are 1-1/2 hours long and include a slide show that will also be emailed to all participants  as well as various  educational handouts.  Follow up information will be tailored to also address the health concerns of participants in the session.



  • Please see the Registration & Admission information -- click here for more information.
  • Email us to RSVP for your spot -- reservations are not required but are suggested.
  • Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party and we will forward you all pertinent information.  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com


  • an LLV-coordinated event        
The Photography of Bruce Dana
to benefit the Local Living Festival in 2015


Thursday, October 2, 7 pm
Sanctuary (main doors in front) of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3-1/2 Main St., Canton, NY

The next Local Living Festival is set for September 26, 2015 - let's kick off the year-long organizing season with a great event! 
All natural world enthusiasts are invited to a slideshow of Wildlife and Nature Photography with Bruce Dana, who will be sharing his stories with us!  
Free will donations accepted for the benefit of the Local Living Festival - let's kick this thing off right!  Please join us for a lovely evening of shared camaraderie and beautiful photography.
See more at:
www.sustainablelivingproject.net/workshops-groups/photography-of-bruce-dana-benefit-for-local-living-festival







“Science & Nature on Tap” Speakers Series:                       
Climate Change
                                                             (Not an LLV coordinated event)

Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm
Banquet Room of Schnitzels European Flavours, 158 Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ontario

The St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences and Transition Cornwall tackle the topic of Climate Change head on when they co-host a brand new season of “Science and Nature on Tap” at Schnitzels. 

Meet guest speaker Gary Nielsen, Climate Change Project Coordinator, for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and hear his practical advice with respect to addressing the challenges of Climate Change in eastern Ontario.

The Science & Nature on Tap Speakers Series sessions will be held the first Wednesday of the month in a casual café style atmosphere.

The series is free of charge but space is limited. For reservations or for more information please call (613) 936-6620 (ext. 229) or e-mail Karen Douglass Cooper at kcooper@riverinstitute.ca.




  • an LLV-coordinated event       
 Route 68 Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Clean Up!   
Saturday, October 4, 2 - 4 pm
Meet in Canton (or elsewhere by arrangement -- expect approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours of clean up, plus travel time of about 20 minutes each.)  WE NEED YOU!!!

Join us for this roadside clean up on Rt. 68 from just past the Hardscrabble Rd., through Flackville and on down the road for a mile and a half total.  We need your help!

Hard hats, vests, and gloves are provided for this event. If we get ten or more people it should take an hour or less, plus travel time! Willing volunteers can sign up for an afternoon of camaraderie and doing a good thing -- cleaning up the  roadside!  Please sign up now so we can get a count of how many hard hats to obtain. Invite your friends and family too; the more workers, the faster it goes.

If you are interested in helping out Email us or call: 315-347-4223 for more information. That day call that number before 1pm and 315-261-1926 after that if needed.


RAIN DATE!  The next day, same time.






An Introduction to Woodlot Management
and Forest Stewardship
                                      (Not an LLV coordinated event)

Saturday,
Oct. 4,  10 am
State Rt. 11B in Dickinson Center, NY (Look for signs or call for directions)


This meeting will look at forest management and timber stand improvement practices that are planned by the landowner with several goals in mind, including recreation, wildlife habitat enhancement, and long-term production of high-quality, high-value crop trees. Private forest landowners, people considering purchasing forest land, and anyone who would like to learn more about forest stewardship practices and long-range conservation planning are encouraged to attend.

Please bring a brown bag lunch, come dressed for the weather, and be prepared to hike.
This free educational outreach opportunity is a collaboration with a committed forest landowner member of the Northern Adirondack Chapter (NAC) of the New York Forest Owners Association (NYFOA) and Cornell Cooperative Extension. 
Registration, Information,and Directions:
Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County at
518-483-7403 or email  rlg24@cornell.edu.




 National Solar Tour 

October 4 - 5                                                                                            (Not an LLV coordinated event)

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) sponsors its 19th annual National Solar Tour!  Homeowners and businesses in neighborhoods across the country open their doors and show what they’ve done to slash utility bills and help cut pollution from electric generating plants.  The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving about 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar-energy sites nationwide.
It offers the opportunity to informally tour innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. The tour hopes to inspire people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.
This is a chance to see affordable and practical technologies, in your neighborhood, that benefit the environment and are part of the solution to our nation’s energy problems. If you are considering solar energy, please consider visiting a business or resident participating in the National Solar Tour to learn more.Find a tour near you!
Unfortunately, since the Local Living Venture did not choose to participate this year by organizing the local solar homes to join in, there are no other homes in the St. Lawrence River Valley on this tour in 2014, except for our Rocket Mass Heater tour - actually, being held the following weekend.  There is a nice grouping near Albany and in other more sub- and urban areas withing driving distance, if you're truly interested!  Or wait for us to sponsor the regional organizing initiative again next year, as a follow-up 1 or 2 weeks after the Local Living Festival, being held on September 26th, 2015.



  • an LLV-coordinated event        
HOME TOUR - a 22 year tradition in the North Country!
Rocket Mass Heater Demonstration Project
Saturday October 11, 1 - 3 pm



Mass Heater Rocket Stove - High-efficiency, positive draft or "convection heat pump" method; super safe wood mass heater with warming bench. 
Home environs: Primitive living, but in style -- "walking" water instead of running water, beautiful composting toilet outhouse featured in TAUNY Homesteaders display,
100% off-grid solar DC power, local building materials plus the rocket mass heater addition built in September, 2012
Home built by owner, and in part by Schulze Construction.     

This is a special event - we will open up the barrel, inspect it for damage and really get a good look at the "innards," and then fire it up for the first burn of the season!  This is not an opportunity that comes around often. Local craftsmen and rocket stove enthusiasts will be on hand to share information as well.

Due to limited space, you will need to RSVP on a first-come first-served basis.
     
Reserve early!
  • Attendance is limited to 20 and it fills up!  RSVP is necessary due to limited space.
  • There is a suggested donation of $10 per person to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.
  • Note that this income is the sole current source of support for our small, hardworking staff who are managed by full time volunteers.  We are dedicated to sharing resourceful living skills with the community in symbiotic ways.
  • Email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to RSVP for your spot -- include your phone number(s) and the number in your party -- and we will send you the location and directions as well as any other pertinent information.



Intro to Solar Policy Workshop                                                              (Not an LLV coordinated event) 

Friday, Oct 17, 9 am - 1 pm
SUNY Canton, Canton, NY

This  free workshop is designed to give local policymakers the strategies and best practices for developing a regulatory framework that supports local solar market growth. Over the course of the 4-hour workshop, participants will learn about the economic development opportunities created through responsible solar development.
In addition, the workshop will cover: national planning and zoning best practices, strategies for reducing administrative burdens by implementing transparent and streamlined permitting, and financing options for building cost-effective solar projects.  Sponsored by NYSERDA NY- Sun PV Trainers Network

For more information visit:  https://training.ny-sun.ny.gov/

To Register for the SUNY Canton Workshop: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-solar-policy-workshop-tickets-13167052007





 Indian Dinner Benefit 
   for the Local Living Venture

Saturday, October 18
     

Pre-paid seating times
5:15 pm
6:15 pm
7 pm is ad hoc dining (as available only, pay at the door, take your chances!)

First Presbyterian Church, on the wedge between Rt. 11 (Lawrence Avenue) & Rt. 11B (Elm Street) - park on Elm St.

The Indian Dinner Benefits are always a favorite of North Country folks - we hope you can join us and share in this always wonderful meal!  This event is to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation - and we appreciate the support! 

In order to simplify planning, we have opted to try a new thing - doing three seating times, the first two are reserved in advance with the third time being on a first-come, first served basis of what's available.  Hopefully plenty will be, since we'll be able to know approximately how many meals to prepare!

BE SURE TO CHECK BACK HERE - FINAL MENU POSTING COMING SOON!

Tentative Menu:
Fried Rice
Moong Daal (Yellow Lentil Soup)
Mixed Vegetable Curry
Potato Curry
Cucumber Raita (Yogurt and Cucumber with exotic spices)
Halwa (Sweet Grain Pudding)


Get Your Tickets!

$12 per person suggested donation, children 12 and under half-price, under 5 free.
Prepaid seating is reserved in advance by mail (if received before October 10) or by using PayPal.

Please mail contributions to:
 
  Local Living Venture   PO Box 736  Canton NY  13617

Please note the * preferred seating time * number in your party, including children * email address.
OR  Click here to use a bank card or bank account  NOTE: Choose to use your PayPal account OR Bypass PayPal -- on the page that opens when you click on the link above, look on the bottom left for the option titled:
Don't have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account.

IMPORTANT regardless of payment method:
  • Please note the seating time you desire (5:15 or 6:15 pm.)
  • Note the number in your party -- and either give us all names or inform them it will be under your name if you do not arrive together please. 
  • Be sure to include children in your count, in order to not exceed our dining capacity.
  • Please include your email address for confirmation, we are just unable to confirm to 200+ people in other ways -- and in the very unlikely event of postponement or other unknown situations, you will be "in the know!"
  To volunteer or for questions please contact us at  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!




  • an LLV-coordinated event        
Women & Wood
How to Split and Stack Firewood Safely

TENTATIVE DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 25, 10-noon



  • an LLV-coordinated event           
 Bees & BeeKeeping  
 Monthly Discussion Group 
 

Wednesday, October
29, 7 pm
Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group gathering
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room
80 E. Main Street, Canton
(next to Best Western, across from Price Chopper)

All are welcome to the Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group gathering, almost always on the LAST Wednesday of each month. Join us for this informal monthly gathering of bee enthusiasts - a chat fest of beekeeping information!  All are welcome! 

"Bee" on the lookout for more in our series of beginner to advanced workshops.

"Bee" in touch -- join us!  Email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to receive notice of workshops and events.  Also, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!

The Discussion Group is on a pass-the-hat, free-will donation basis to support the club and the Local Living Venture workshop programming.






Volunteer with us!
Click here for current opportunities






November 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears above & below the monthly listings ~




  • an LLV-coordinated event          
 Whole Health & Healing Academy 

   Continues most Thursdays through Dec. 4, 6:30 to 8 pm
   November 6 and 13, then two weeks off for holidays
   Potsdam Community Room, above police station, RSVP for detailed directions.

   Pre-Registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required.
   Held every Thursday - same time and location through December 4
(except 10/23, 11/20 & 27 as noted.)


The Local Living Venture is pleased to join with Paula M. Youmell, RN, MS, CHC of Hands On Health Holistic Healing in launching a Whole Health and Healing Academy for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of holistic health issues.


What's Involved
Classes are designed to enhance personal health and inspire confidence in the ability of our bodies to heal itself through good nutrition - which also means "eat yummy food!"
  This series provides a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- more on this below.

Certificate Program
"The "academy" will commence on September 25, continuing for nine sessions through the Fall semester. Attendees who successfully complete a certain number of sessions will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for your personal resume and will take advantage of this opportunity to put health and healing into your hands.

Who Should Attend?
  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health. 
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Employers themselves are welcome as well; to enhance their health, providing leadership. 
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about prevention and self-responsibility in health and healing.
Session Outlines
Please click here for full details


This series is designed to give a solid overview of the many topics Paula may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" --
and with both group privileges and restrictions: there will be plenty of time for Q&A, though not in a private setting, and moderated in a fashion that flows for all participants in the classes. 

All classes in the ongoing series are 1-1/2 hours long and include a slide show that will also be emailed to all participants  as well as various  educational handouts.  Follow up information will be tailored to also address the health concerns of participants in the session.



  • Please see the Registration & Admission information -- click here for more information.
  • Email us to RSVP for your spot -- reservations are not required but are suggested.
  • Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party and we will forward you all pertinent information.  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

  • an LLV-coordinated event        
Soft Cheese Making
Hands-on Making German Quark
Date & Time To Be Announced




  • an LLV Partnership event      
DONATE YOUR OLD, YOUR (not too) WORN, YOUR TIRED
America Recycles Day - Textile Recovery Program

Saturday, November 15

The New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) is spearheading a Textile Recovery Campaign to promote awareness about reusing or recycling textiles.  This is a statewide educational campaign that will be rolled out on America Recycles Day, with various partners such as the Local Living Venture.  Textiles include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, towels, draperies and stuffed animals.  In the US, approximately 85% of unwanted textiles are land-filled - only 15% are donated to thrift stores.  The average US citizen throws away approximately 70 lbs of textiles per year for a total of 21 billion pounds.

Join in and gather your goods to donate on that day (or in some cases the week leading up tot he date as well.)  More details coming soon to our Thrift Map page...please bookmark it and check back in as the event develops!






Volunteer with us!
Click here for current opportunities






To register for an event
  • Please note the names in your party and contact information
    (home and cell phone numbers, if applicable, as well as email addresses)
  • We will send a confirmation reply within 24-48 hours generally, including any necessary information you may need. 
  • RSVP to (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com
    Email confirmations are greatly preferred, when possible. 

  • Thank you and we look forward to meeting you in person
    at one of these fun and educational events!




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who donate their time to raise funds for our Project while sharing
their skills with you and the community at large...

...we couldn't do it without them!!



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- please reply here if that is of interest to you!

See this link for details

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Local Living Festival
at the Canton Village Green

unless
we have our own land by then!
September 26, 2015




 
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