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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!
                           LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

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See below for
Descriptions of Upcoming Events



INDEX OF UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

September  scroll down for full descriptions
Early Successional Habitat On Private Lands Workshop
WPBS-TV Volunteer Phone Bank Session to benefit Local Living Venture
Oasis Permaculture Food Forest Discovery Tour
           includes Make+Take Oyster Mushroom Bag Inoculation!
Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days
Ties to the Land - Planning for the Future of Your Woodlands
Essential Oils 101:  For Your Family, Animals, and Home
Re-Stock Concert Series - Benefit for Local Food Pantries
COMPOSTING Made Simple for Garden and Home Food-Waste
Indian Cooking Workshop event at the Yoga Loft
Fed Up! Movie @ Cinema 10 - special panel discussion by GardenShare & LLV
Potsdam Museum's Sandstone Festival
World Maker Faire NY 2014
Whole Health & Healing Academy: series of nine topics kicks off
People's Climate March - Bus to
 NYC
NCPR's Field Day & Human Foosball Tournament
The Bloom is Off -- Readying Your * BEES * For Winter

           (takes the place of the regularly scheduled Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group)
Organic Gardening Planning & Practices at Martins Farm Stand Gardens
           Tilling, Harvest, Cover Cropping & more to prepare you for Winter planning season!
Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival at Paul Smith's

October  scroll down for full descriptions
Route 68 Adopt-A-Highway Roadside Clean Up!
The Photography of Bruce Dana: Local Living Festival Benefit Event
HOME TOUR - Rocket Mass Heater Demonstration Project

Whole Health & Healing Academy: series of nine topics continues thru Dec 4
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

Upcoming!
Pellet Boiler Demo Project
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminars
Kitchen Garden Indoor Herbs Make & Take
Build A Yurt!
Chicken Coop - Dimensional Lumber to Occupancy
"Sprouts" Summit for K-12 Nutrition & Fitness Fun!
Social Media for "Dummies"

AND...what would YOU like to offer to 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





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

Welcome Back Students / Faculty / Staff !



 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!
  





Early Successional Habitat
On Private Lands Workshop
                    (Not an LLV coordinated event)

Friday, September 5, 10 am 
On the Wing Grouse Camp, 775 Bigelow Road, Ellenburg, NY 12934

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Early Successional Wildlife Habitat. The workshop is being held with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Ruffed Grouse Society and Northwood Forest Improvements.

 Presentations include:
* Introduction and ownership history  (Bruce Bennett)
* Forest Management from 1990- present. (Herb Boyce)
* Natural Resource Conservation Service programs for early successional habitat (Sarah Fitzwater)
* Role of the Ruffed Grouse Society (Andy Weik)
* Technical service provider interaction with NRCS. (Tom Brule)
Followed by a Question & Answer Period

Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the conditions as we will be walking in the woods.   Bring your own snacks and beverages.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Bruce Bennett:  413-237-1054 or grouse1202@gmail.com



  • LLV Volunteer Opportunity!            
WPBS-TV Volunteer Phone Bank Session
to benefit Local Living Venture


Thursday, September 11, carpool departs Potsdam 4 pm (not 3 pm as previously reported)

We need warm bodies and willing hearts to go for this long but fun adventure to Watertown with us!  The Local Living Venture will be featured on air if we can fill the phone bank with volunteers - we need 12 people able to commit to a long shift from 6-11 pm (some folks can leave earlier, but at least 7 are needed for the duration.)

We will make carpool stops along the way as needed (please let us know if you'd offer to drive, especially if you have a large vehicle or a very fuel-efficient one!)

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can join us - the station will be recruiting their own volunteers to fill positions we can't, so they need to know.  Note that snacks are available and there is plenty of time to read, study, or watch the WPBS programming between calls!

Please call us at (315) 347-4223 (press the # key if you get the voicemail - it takes you right to leaving a message) or write us at locallivingventure@gmail.com to sign up!  Thanks so much!


  • an LLV-coordinated event          
Oasis Permaculture Food Forest Discovery Tour
includes Make+Take Oyster Mushroom Bag Inoculation!

Saturday, September 13, 3 - 5 pm, near Canton, NY
Workshop attendees will explore the function of underutilized fruits, nuts and perennial vegetables in a food forest setting.  The tour of this young food forest will include plant propagation techniques and profiles of some of the north country's favorite "permaculture plants." 
Edible forest gardens are edible ecosystems that mimic the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products.  Get a glimpse into the planning and design that goes into creating low maintenance food producing landscapes.  Rain date Sunday, Sept. 14.

The tour will showcase multiple mushroom production techniques and a sense of how to integrate them into an edible forest garden. 

Matt Bowman of Oasis Edible Landscapes is a certified teacher of permaculture and a twice certified permaculture designer who has been farming and gardening for the last seven years. He hopes to assist in the transformation of St. Lawrence County by increasing ecological function and food production.

Registration & Donation
  • An RSVP is necessary due to limited attendance and the need to purchase materials. 
  • 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 other pertinent information.
  • There is a suggested donation for this unique event of $27 general, $50 couple (with one mushroom bag), $15 student to cover our material costs and to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.
  • Workshop income is the sole current source of support for our small, hardworking staff who are managed by full time volunteers. Your contributions are much appreciated!  We are dedicated to sharing resourceful living skills with the community in symbiotic ways.
  • Partial scholarship (not including material costs) is available when you RSVP and no one would be turned away for lack of funds. 
  • Please note if you are a friend of Oasis when you register so your contributions can be routed appropriately.



 


Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day    (Not an LLV coordinated event)

Saturday, September 13, 9 am – 1 pm (rain or shine)
Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority Industrial Park, Rt 37 & Bridge to Canada Rd, Ogdensburg , NY

For the list of hazardous waste items see this page. Other items accepted for recycling at this event include:

Electronic Equipment:
TVs, VCRs, Computers, Monitors, Printers, Fax Machines, Scanners, Keyboards, Computer Mice, Small Scale Servers, Portable Digital Music Players, Digital Converter Boxes, Cable/Satellite Receivers
Electronic or Video Game Consoles.
Batteries: Rechargeable Batteries such as Nickel-Cadmium, Lithium Ion, Sealed Lead Acid, Nickel Metal Hydride
Single Use Batteries such as Alkaline and Lithium
Pharmaceuticals

Check the link above for details about items accepted or not.
Open to Residential Households Only - From Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties

Sponsored by the Development Authority of the North Country, St. Lawrence County and NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
For more information call (315) 661-3234 or visit www.NorthCountryRecycles.org





Ties to the Land -                                      (Not an LLV coordinated event)
Planning for the Future of Your Woodlands                       

Saturday, September 13, 8:30-2:30                                                                                          
Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, Canton,NY 


Succession Planning Workshop for forest landowners presented by Dr. Shorna Allred and others.  Landowners will learn about effective legal planning tools families can use to direct the future of their land and  maintain family ties to the land. Includes discussion and Q&A with Lynn Fountain and Tom Langen.
Registration is $20, which includes lunch and extensive take-home resource materials. To register, please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County at (315) 379-9192, or email ph59@cornell.edu.




  • an LLV-coordinated event           
 Essential Oils 101 
 For Your Family, Animals, and Home 


Thursday, September 18, 6:30 - 8 pm
Potsdam Community Room, Civic Center, 2 Park Street, Potsdam, NY

Essential oils are adaptable, effective, and valuable when trying to maintain a chemical free, healthier lifestyle.  This applies to you, your home, and even your animals (dogs, cats, horses, and much more).

  This class is a beginner’s look at the
     holistic uses of essential oils
,
        presented by Michelle Young.




       

Attendees will gain valuable information about:
      
  •  What are essential oils 
  •  How to start incorporating them into your life
  •  How essential oils are manufactured 
  •  Why essential oils are powerful 
  •  Effectiveness vs. therapeutic value 
  •  Application techniques and uses for humans, dogs, and horses 
  •  Essential Oils you cannot do without
  •  Live demonstration
  •  Reference materials
Michelle Young, owner of Natural Horse Lover Farm, has been involved with horses for over 35 years.  She has sought to find alternative and holistic methodologies for her equine partners in many forms including natural horsemanship training, to natural and holistic health care options, and natural nutrition. She is an academic library director and associate professor by profession and is always seeking new education and information. As part of her quest for never‐ending self‐improvement, she successfully uses therapeutic essential oils as part of her repertoire in the barn and in the home with her family and pets.

naturalhorseloverfarm.com

naturalhorselover.blogspot.com

facebook.com/naturalhorseloverfarm



  Registration and Donation  
  • Pre-registration is recommended but not necessary.  Walk-in's are welcome on a first-come first-served basis. 
  • There is a suggested donation of $20 general, $35 couple, $10 student to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP.
  • Workshop income is the sole current source of support for our small, hardworking staff who are managed by full time volunteers.  Your contributions are much appreciated!   We are dedicated to sharing resourceful living skills with the community in symbiotic ways.
  • 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 any pertinent information. 




RE-Stock Concert Series
                                         (Not an LLV coordinated event)  
House Concert to Benefit Local Food Pantries
Featuring music by Rick Bates (aka Tas Cru) & Mary Ann Casale                       

Friday, September 19, 7pm                       
At Robin McClellan's
 House in Sanfordville, NY
    
September is Hunger Action Month!          

For the third year, Mary Ann and Rick are doing a RE-stock concert series to benefit local food pantries and the opening date is at Robin McClellan's Sanfordville home. It will be an opportunity to hear great music and give to a worthy cause. It's harvest season and a time to share. Relieving hunger here in our own back yard not only helps individuals, it enhances the community and reminds us of our good fortune. Please come and give what you can. Suggested donation is $10 and/or non-perishable food items.                      

For more information click here to go to Robin's website where you will find directions.



  • an LLV-coordinated event         
COMPOSTING Made Simple 
 for Garden and Home Food-Waste 

Saturday, September 20, 10 am - 12 noon, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's fifth season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer!

As part of our series of Beginning Gardener Workshops, Janet Lomastro, the doyenne of decomposition, will dig in the dirt once again to show you her unique and sensible 3-bin composting system, in Potsdam, NY.



You will leave with a very clear understanding of how to run the simplest, yet high-performing, compost pile with the least amount of effort involved. The group will be versed in the "makin', bakin' and takin'" of yard waste and food scraps, and will create a working pile that you can visit the next week to check on, to see how it's heating up!



PHOTO CREDIT: Local Living Venture, first ever Composting Workshop (and only the second workshop ever coordinated by the LLV!) June 19, 2010.


A tour of Janet's wonderful riverside landscape garden is included.  This has been our consistently best workshop in terms of attendee evaluations and attendance.

Reserve early!
  • Attendance is limited to 12 and it fills up!  RSVP is necessary due to limited session size.
  • There is a suggested donation of $17 general, $30 couple, $7 student to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.  Scholarships are available when you RSVP. 
  • Workshop income is the sole current source of support for our small, hardworking staff who are managed by full time volunteers.  Your contributions are much appreciated!   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.

BONUS SESSION ON WORM COMPOSTING
Stay a little after noon for an added bonus -- Jeff Yette and his three kids from Parishville, NY will give  presentation on vermi-composting!  The Yette family will share the benefits of two different varieties of earthworms known for their composting capabilities as well as what they are fed and how to start and maintain the “bedding” for the worms.





Indian Cooking Workshop
event at the Yoga Loft
(not an LLV event)    
Saturday, September 20, 2 - 4 pm
Register by September 18



















(see also October 18th if you love Indian cooking!)



Potsdam Museum's                                                  
(Not an LLV coordinated event)
 Sandstone Festival 

September 18 - 21, various events
Saturday, September 20, 11 - 4
Snell Lawn, across from Library and Village offices between Main & Elm Streets, Potsdam

Join the many events of this fun and historic event!  Walking tours of Potsdam's historic downtown, Trinity Church, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, the First Presbyterian Church, Bayside Cemetery and graveyard, Old Main and Old Snell Hall (part of Clarkson University's downtown campus), a  demonstration using mortar for historic structures, lectures and NEW this year...a boating tour of the remains of the Hannawa Falls Railroad beginning at Ives Park in downtown Potsdam, (bring your own personal water craft), plus a tour of the Red Sandstone Trail in Hannawa Falls.
potsdampublicmuseum.org

Check out our booth at this fun event!  Volunteer to help out too; write to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Thanks!



World Maker Faire New York 2014             (Not an LLV coordinated event)
New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
Saturday, September 20, 10 - 7
Sunday, September 21, 10 - 6


The World Maker Faire New York 2014 will be featuring these selected makers to showcase their awesome projects, talents, and DIY ingenuity. This year's event will host over 700 makers with more than one third of them being first -time exhibitors. You will also find many of your favorite makers, performers, and attractions returning to the Faire. There is something for everyone at the World Maker Faire New York 2014!
Click on the link above for more information and tickets.






People's Climate March in NYC       (Not an LLV coordinated event)
Get on the Bus!

Sunday, September 21
Join the 55 passenger Bus leaving at 5 am from Paul Smith's College
Carpools being assembled from Canton/Potsdam area to get there before 5am departure, returning LATE Sunday Night.
Join North Country 350 Alliance and thousands of other concerned citizens to demand policy changes for a sustainable future for you, your children and generations to come. 
Demanding change to sustainable policies for clean air, water & energy and clean politics.
For local information email pondysh@gmail.com.   PeoplesClimate.org
The
cost for the bus from Paul Smith's is $50 round trip and must be paid in advance to reserve your seat.
 




    

 NCPR  Field Day                                        (Not an LLV coordinated event)
 and Human Foosball Tournament                                           

Sunday, September 21, 11 am - 4 pm
Bend in the River Park in Canton, NY


NCPR has a great day planned including music from your favorite NCPR DJs,  human foosball,  carnival games for adults and kids, Zumba & Piyo, cool NCPR gear, prizes, food, concessions, a bake sale and more!
Come Have Fun, Volunteer and Support NCPR's fall fundraising campaign!
Visit NCPR 's
Facebook page for more information. 

The rain location for the event is Leithead Field House at St. Lawrence University.




  • an LLV Partnership event with GardenShare & Cinema 10         
Fed Up! Movie
Cinema 10 - special panel discussion by GardenShare & LLV


Monday, September 22, 7:15 pm, followed by panel discussion at 8:45
Roxy Theater, Main Street, Potsdam, NY

Fed Up is a documentary by Katie Couric that explores why, despite media attention and government policies to combat childhood obesity, generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents.

Director Stephanie Soechtig follows a group of children for more than two years and documents their struggles with childhood obesity. In riveting interviews with the country's leading experts, Fed Up lays bare a decades- long misinformation campaign orchestrated by Big Food and aided and abetted by the U.S. Government.

The screening will be followed with a panel discussion including community members who work closely with these issues on a daily basis. Panelists include:
Dr. Nick Knowles (family physician),  Linda Caamaño (Health Initiative and Diabetes Prevention and Management),
Paula M. Youmell (Hands On Health Holistic Healing), and Daisy Cox (Potsdam Neighborhood Center).

Tickets are $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and students.



  • an LLV-coordinated event           
 The Bloom is Off  
 Readying Your * BEES * For Winter 
 

Wednesday, Septe
mber 24, 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)

Overwintering feed, colony weight and general health, last minute mite load check are just a few items we'll discuss in the Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group gathering, as ever 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.



  • an LLV-coordinated event          
   Whole Health & Healing Academy 

   Kicks off  Thursday, September 25, 6:30 to 8 pm
   Potsdam Community Room, above police station, RSVP for detailed directions.
   Pre-Registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required.
   Held every Thursday at the same time and location through December 4 (excepting 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



Look for another healthy healing series in the Spring!
Feminine Health & Healing Academy
Two examples:

Healing the Feminine Divine
Holistic health from the Wise Women’s perspective around menarche, infertility, fertility, birth control, menstrual products, female sexuality, pregnancy, breast feeding, peri-menopause, and menopause and the Wise Women Crone. Workshops are created for the unique needs of the group around these feminine divine topics.


Maternal Child Nutrition and Health
How to best holistically care for mom and babe during pregnancy and beyond.






  Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival  (not an LLV event)

     Saturday, September 27, 9 am - 4 pm

     at Paul Smith's Visitor's Interpretive Center (VIC)

September 2014 is the third annual International Homesteading Education Month. To once again mark the event, the Paul Smiths VIC is hosting a second iteration of their celebration of rural skills; showcasing the talents of a bygone era with a distinctly Adirondack flair. Exhibitions include logging and farming with draft horses and a demonstration of competitive lumberjack sports by the Paul Smith's College Woodsmen's Team .
Workshops appeal to a wide range of interests, such as canning, cider making,
woodworking, renewable energy, cord wood construction, small-scale farming, heating with firewood, and primitive skills.
$5/person or $10/carload. Free for the Paul Smith's College community -- and LLV working volunteers!

Check out our booth at this fun event!  Volunteer to help out too, write to LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com!  Thanks!


  • an LLV-coordinated event         

Martin Family Farmstand Gardens
Organic Gardening * Planning & Practices
 
 Tilling, Harvest, Cover Cropping & more to prepare you for Winter planning season! 


Saturday, September 27, 2 - 4 pm

With Daniel Martin of Martin's Needham Road FarmStand near Potsdam, NY.

Walk the fertile fields at Daniel and Mendy Martin's farm while Daniel tells his story "about a bit of what I have learned about weed management, cover crops, and tillage" on their Mennonite farmstead.  As we walk he would also show some of the equipment that is used on the farm, explain how they work and why they use them. There will be time to answer questions as we move about also.  There aren't too many more successful market gardeners than Daniel Martin - we will all surely take away knowledge from this session to last a lifetime!


The farmstead businesses are managed by Daniel and Mendy Martin. Stop by and visit them May – November, Monday – Saturday, between 10am - 6pm. You will find a large, ever changing, selection of chemical-free produce when it is in season.  In addition to their farm stand, they established an online market to offer their customers another option in finding fresh, locally grown produce.

Registration and Donation

  • There is a suggested donation for this unique experience of $17 general admission, $30 for a couple, $7 student, to benefit Local Living Venture workshop creation.
  • Workshop income is the sole current source of support for our small, hardworking staff who are managed by full time volunteers. Your contributions are much appreciated! We are dedicated to sharing resourceful living skills with the community in symbiotic ways.
  • Registration for this informative workshop is recommended in advance at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com
  • Please include the number of people in your party and the best phone number(s) to reach you at that day if needed.
  • Walk-in's are welcome on site at 1:45 pm at the Needham Road Farm Stand, just off of Rt. 11B (4 miles east of Potsdam) at 11 Needham Rd. - there is plenty of directional signage for the "Martin's Needham Road Market." 
  • In the event of a rain date or postponement, we will notify pre-registered attendees of the changes. 
  • Dress for the outdoors, bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses as needed, and wear shoes that are okay for walking in the fields and furrows.






Volunteer with us!
Click here for current opportunities





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 
Every Thursday in October, 6:30 to 8 pm
EXCEPTION: October 23 location TBA
Potsdam Community Room, Potsdam Civic Center, 2 Park St., Potsdam
Park in back lot on Main St., enter next to fire station.
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required.
Sessions held every Thursday at the same time and location through December 4.



  • 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.

BruceDanaPhotography.com
LocalLivingVenture.org



  • 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 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.





 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)
Kheer (Rice 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






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        
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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Many thanks to our Workshop Presenters
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!!



ARE YOU ON OUR MAILING LIST?

YES?   Please "white list" us in your spam filter and/or add us to your contacts list / address book. We mail to well over a thousand people at a time so this will ensure that our (at most, weekly) mailings aren't eliminated as Spam before you ever see them!

NO??   If you would like to be on our mailing list for notice of these events please write us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.  When you do that, please also "white list" us in your spam filter and/or add us to your contacts list / address book.  We mail to 3,000 people at a time so this will ensure that our (at most, weekly) mailings aren't eliminated as Spam before you ever see them!




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OUTREACH TABLING EVENTS


Look for our informational tables at local events! 
We welcome volunteers to join us as well
- please reply here if that is of interest to you!

See this link for details

For general Volunteer Opportunities, see this link please

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 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Local Living Festival
at the Canton Village Green

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




 
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