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          W o r k s h o p s 
&   E v e n t s


 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


July  scroll down for full descriptions
Mare's Wares Arts Festival
ReLeaf Forestry Conference for NY State
Summer Dessert Contest to Support GardenShare
Mind & Body Centered Anxiety & Stress Relief
Potsdam Summer Festival
Colton Country Days
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group
ReQueening Bee Hives for Winter Hardiness

August 
scroll down for full descriptions
Summer Institute on Using Gardens to Teach

Summer Concert Series: Danny Gotham, Paul Meyers & John Kribs
National Honey Bee Day
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group
Power & Equipment Museum ~ Old Fashioned Harvest Days


September  scroll down for full descriptions
Organic Gardening Planning & Practices:
      Tilling, Harvest, Cover Cropping & More

Cover Cropping for Garden Vitality
COMPOSTING Made Simple for Garden and Home Food-Waste
Bees & BeeKeeping Discussion Group

Upcoming!
Whole Health and Healing Academy: several iterations on different topics
Ice Cutting for Root Cellar Storage Party - unfortunately cancelled in 2014
Pellet Boiler Demo Project
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminars
Growing and Using Herbs
Build A Yurt!
Chicken Coop - Dimensional Lumber to Occupancy
"Sprouts" Summit for K-12 Nutrition & Fitness Fun!
Social Media for "Dummies"
Cover Cropping
Composting
Overwintering Herbs - Fresh & Dried!
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!



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To register for a workshop
  • 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 the exact location and any other information you may need. 
  • RSVP to (315) 347-4223 or SustLivingProject@gmail.com
    Email confirmations are greatly preferred, when possible, please. 



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!!




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




July 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears above and below the monthly listings ~
 THE Local Living Venture IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
 IS GREATLY CURTAILED EACH SUMMER BUT WILL RETURN 
 AS A NEAR-WEEKLY PROGRAM IN THE FALL. 



Mare's Wares Arts Festival - Local Living Venture outreach booth
Monday, July 1, noon to 8 pm, Morristown, NY
Join us in the booth!  Sign up for a shift or just come hang out.  Email us at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com for more information and check out this site for details on the event itself: http://www.thousandislandslife.com/BackIssues/Archive/tabid/393/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1544/Evolution-of-an-Arts-Fest.aspx




 Mind & Body Centered  
    Anxiety
& Stress Relief  

Thursday, July 10, 17 & 24, 6:30 to 8 pm
Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required


The Local Living Venture is pleased to join with
Kathy Montan, a Body-Centered Expressive Therapist in private practice near Canton, NY, in offering three sessions for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of personal holistic health issues, particularly relating to stress and anxiety. 

Kathy Montan
is registered as a Somatic Movement Therapist through ISMETA and has been giving workshops since 1994.  She has given workshops for Hospice, School Counselors of Northern NY, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University and the Office of the Aging.

Three sessions!
Pre-registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required

  "Using the Mind to Reduce Stress and Anxiety"   
Thursday, July 10, 6:30 to 8 pm, Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY

  "Body Awareness in Stress Management"   
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 to 8 pm, Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY

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Developing a Philosophy of Stress Free Living 
Thursday, July 24,
6:30 to 8 pm, Community Room, Civic Center Complex (above police station, next door to library and Village offices), Potsdam, NY

What's Involved
This is a series of three lectures using "DIY" techniques to reduce stress and anxiety -- so that you can lead a more peaceful and enjoyable life. 

Each of the three sessions are approximately 1-1/2 hours long, and are part information and part experiential.  Each lecture has a different theme and you can come to one or all of them. (Note: you will benefit most by attending all three.)

Who Should Attend?
  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health and gain some control over the stress in their lives, by using their own innate healing potential.
  • Parents who want to teach healthy mental health habits to their children.
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about calming, centering and self-responsibility in health and healing.

Session Outlines
Session One will be focused on using the mind to reduce stress and anxiety.  Learn about Guided Imagery, Self-Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Meditation, creating boundaries and controlling mental images.

Session Two is on body awareness and the role the body plays in creating and releasing stress and anxiety.  Learn about physiological responses, breathing techniques, focusing, muscle relaxation and grounding.

Session Three will be about developing a philosophy of stress free living. This includes changing your self-talk, becoming your own best friend, spirituality, seeing the larger picture, acceptance and connecting to yourself and others.


Admission & Series Details
There is a $15 general admission for overhead/material fees and to benefit Local  Living Venture workshop creation. 

A discount price of $40 total for all three sessions will be offered for attendees who register for the full series.  Checks can be sent
(at least one week in advance) to:
Local Living Venture at PO Box 736, Canton, NY 13617.

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




 Potsdam Summer Festival      Local Living Venture outreach booth
Friday July 11, noon to 8 pm & Saturday, July 12, 10 am - 6 pm
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!  More detail on the overall event (starts Thursday, runs through Sunday) is available HERE.




NY ReLeaf Logo

 22nd Annual  Re  Leaf  Conference for NY State 
 July 17-19       (not an LLV-coordinated event)
Hofstra University, Hemstead, New York
 Topics and tours to include: NYS Invasive Species Update, Alternatives to Invasives, Trees for the Urban Landscape, Landscaping with Native Species, Missouri Gravel Beds, Hofstra Arboretum Tour, and Tanners Pond Environment Center/Hempstead Plains Preserve Tour. 
 
Keep an eye on the NYSUFC website for Registration information





 Desserts to Support GardenShare! 
Sunday, July 13, 12 noon - 3 pm (not an LLV-coordinated event)
Potsdam Food Co-op, 24 Elm St., Potsdam
The Potsdam Food Co-op is replicating their winter baking contest and silent auction that supports the Neighborhood Center -- to support GardenShare in the summer!  More information available here.  Get bakin'!



 Colton Country Days    Local Living Venture outreach booth
Saturday, July 19, 9 am to 3 pm
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!  More detail on the overall event is available HERE.



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, July 30, 7 - 9 pm
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room
80 E. Main Street, Canton
(next to Best Western, across from Price Chopper) 

Join us for this 
informal monthly gathering of bee enthusiasts - a chat fest of beekeeping information!
The Bee Discussion Group is an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month.  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!



ReQueening Bee Hives
for Winter Hardiness
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Training session $10 per person, queen cells $10 each
156 Newton Rd., Potsdam, NY (near Southville Corners, off Rt. 11B, directions below)
Marbees's Avatar    (Yes, it's a hornet's nest, not a bee hive. But it's cute and fun!)
After a harsh winter last year, local beekeepers from the Bee Discussion Group gathering that meets monthly in Canton, NY are looking for ways to make their hives more resilient for the next cold season.  One excellent method for doing so is to "re-queen" a bee hive with hardier stock.

The Local Living Venture is pleased to partner with Luke Martin in presenting this training and educational session focusing on the use of locally-bred queen cells to "re-queen" a bee hive, rather than importing fully raised queen bees from another source.

Luke is a long time homesteader whose large extended family operates many farm-related business concerns in the Southville area just east of Potsdam.  He is a local beekeeper who has been breeding northern-hardy and naturally (chemical free) mite-resistant bees for 45 years, the last 23 years here in Northern New York. 

This training session will share techniques to introduce a queen cell to a "nuc" as an example of  how it can easily be done by the participants in their home bee yards. 

Martin will demonstrate the removal of the queen cells from the hive, how to create a nuc on top of it and give pointers as to timing and follow-through for successful integration of new queen stock.

A donation of $10 per person is requested of participants in this training exercise, to benefit the Local Living Venture's non-profit programming. 

Martin's stock of Russian hybrid queen cells will also be available for sale that evening for an additional fee of $10 apiece.  They can be purchased on site, first come first served, or can be ordered in advance to ensure availability.  The queen cells have been bred to be mite resistant and winter hardy, without chemicals.

Walk-in's are welcome, though reservations are appreciated and may be desirable if interested in purchasing queen cells. 
All are welcome to attend and share their questions.

The event will be held rain or shine, under temporary shelter in event of rain. 

WHEN / WHERE
Thursday, July 31, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Martin homestead, 156 Newton Rd., off of Rt. 47 near Rt. 11B in Southville (6 miles east of Potsdam via Rt. 11B and 1.5 miles north of Parishville, NY via Rt. 47.) 
There will be orange lawn signs noting "Workshop Site" to guide attendees from Rt. 11B.  


WEAR / BRING
  • Participants are advised to wear protective bee gear (at least a veil) and to bring extra gear to share if possible. 
  • It is advisable to wear light colored clothing, no wool, and no perfumes or strong scents.
  • Anyone interested in purchasing queen cells that evening will need to be keep the queen cells at 91 to 96 degrees Farenheit while being transported and stored, prior to installation in the hive. 
  • A cooler with a thermometer, towel, and empty hot water bottle inside would be one good method for transport. Hot water will be available for water bottles.

SUGGESTED DONATION / PURCHASE COST
$10 suggested donation for the training session, free or free-will donation basis for Bee Discussion Group members.  We can accept cash or by check to Local Living Venture.
$10 purchase cost per queen cell.  Cash preferred, or by check to Local Living Venture.

To sign up, contact LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot. Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party for an email containing all pertinent information.   Many resources are available at the Bee Discussion Group web page at www.SustainableLivingProject.net/bees-beekeeping.

PHOTO CREDIT: NY Bee Wellness.org
The Local Living Venture (LLV) Bee Discussion Group participates in statewide educational events such as this one where beekeepers gather around a hive during a NY Bee Wellness workshop.



August 2014
~ information on how to register for an LLV event appears above & below the monthly listings ~
 THE Local Living Venture IN-HOUSE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 
 IS GREATLY CURTAILED EACH SUMMER BUT WILL RETURN 
 AS A NEAR-WEEKLY PROGRAM IN THE FALL. 




 Build a Yurt!  
A full weekend of camaraderie, Date To Be Announced. 
UPDATE:  T
echnical difficulties seemingly will prevent this event from happening this summer, but if you indicate interest, you'll receive any updates right away!
Come help make this thing happen!  You will learn about the history, uses and realistic expectations for yurt living, and "how-to" build one yourself! 

There are lots of projects that need helping hands - planning, building, decorating (beautiful arts project for Mongolian designs!) and much more. 

Join us to create beautiful, sustainable, and move-able housing we can all love! 

Construction Supervisor is master yurt builder Steve Reed of Surely Yurts
Two levels of participation: 
Camping on site, meals provided: $TBD
Day Tripper rate: $TBD

Please indicate your particular skill level with construction, arts, etc. (all levels welcome!) and your dietary and camping preferences.

PHOTO: Surely Yurts


 Summer Institute on Using Gardens to Teach 
August 6-8, Poughkeepsie, NY

Please join the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies for three days of hands-on learning on how to integrate gardens in your classroom or educational setting. We will cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, math, and nutrition, as well as build our own knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening principles. You will be able to earn 21 professional development hours.  Here is a printable flyer (Note: it is missing the date!): https://farmproject.org/sites/default/files/Using_Gardens_to_Teach_2014_flier.pdf.  For more information and online registration, please visit: https://farmproject.org/content/using-gardens-to-teach or contact Jamie Levato,Education Manager, Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 845-475-2734, Jamie@farmproject.org, www.farmproject.org.



 Summer Concert Series 
 Danny Gotham, Paul Meyers & John Kribs 

Two Shows, Two Venues 
Saturday, August 9, 7 pm
Edwards Opera House,
161 Main St, Edwards NY

$10, $5 for ages 6 -12, under 12 are free

Sunday, August 10, 2 pm
House Concert at Robin McClellan's home, 465 Old Market Rd,Potsdam, NY. Near Sandfordville.

$10 at the door.

Back in the day when the Wild Oat was young, these three young guitarists were just starting their careers in music in Potsdam. It was a heady time for music in the North Country with local bands like the St. Regis River Valley String Band, Double Axel, and Wally Seibel's All Star Big Band starting on their long local incarnations. Favorites like Dave van Ronk played the Oat, Roy Bookbinder graced Giant Steps, Little Feat played at least once a year at SLU, Fairport Convention at Clarkson (who knew the Clarkson/British Folk Revival connection?!), James Cotton, and Eddy Shaw and the Wolfpack rocked Django’s, and Rene Fleming was singing jazz in Alger’s. All of this was going on as Paul and Danny played as a duo and John, Danny and Michael Hadfield played as the Raquette River Rounders.


When it was suggested to borrow Joe Liotta’s name for Paul, Danny and Dick Stephan’s show on Norwood Green—Guitar Legends of the North Country- Danny said,
I'd say just call it ‘three good guys and their music’ or something like that. I sure as hell am no ‘guitar legend,’ I’m just a regular Joe. Sheez.”
Well, maybe not in his own eyes, but in many others, these guys are the stuff of legends and their music has brought great joy.

There is no reserved seating but no one will be turned away. Please arrive before the start of the show.

For more about these fine fellows, click on the links below:
John Kribs
Paul Meyers
Danny Gotham





Saturday, August 16, 2014
Do your part to help our pollinators!



 Bees & BeeKeeping 
   Discussion Group  
Wednesday, August 27, 7 - 9 pm
EJ Noble Center, second floor, Betty Evans Community Room
80 E. Main Street, Canton (next to Best Western, across from Price Chopper) 

Join us for this informal monthly gathering of bee enthusiasts - a chat fest of beekeeping information!
The Bee Discussion Group is an informal monthly get together held on the last Wednesday of each month.  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!



 Power & Equipment Museum 
 Old Fashioned Harvest Days 

Friday & Saturday, August 30 & 31, Madrid, NY
     (outreach tabling event - not LLV-coordinated)
Join us at our outreach booth at this fun and traditional event!



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



  Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival     (not an LLV event)
at Paul Smith's Visitor's Interpretive Center (VIC)
Saturday, September 27, 9 am - 4 pm
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!


 Organic Gardening Planning & Practices 
  Tilling, Harvest, Cover Cropping & More

Saturday, September 27, 2 - 4 pm
With Daniel Martin of Martin's Needham Farm Stand near Potsdam / Southville. 
More details forthcoming!




  COMPOSTING Made Simple 

 for Garden and Home Food-Waste 
Saturday, September 27 (tentative date,) 10 am - 12 noon, Potsdam, NY
Now in it's fifth season, we offer what is always our most popular workshop of the summer! This event will be have a reprise later in the season as well.

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 4-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 perennial garden landscape 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!
There is a suggested donation of $15, $5 student.   Scholarships are available when you RSVP.  Email us to RSVP for your spot -- include your phone number(s) and number in your party -- and we will send you the exact location and other 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!  Vermi-composting is raising worms for the purpose of converting organic waste products into nutrient rich soil amendments – often referred to as “black gold.”   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.  See more information below!

 
North Country Crawlers and VermiComposting!
Three kids from Parishville, NY - with some help from their dad (their mom wanted nothing to do with it) - have started raising worms. Vermiculture and vermicomposting are two practices for raising earthworms. The first is geared at maximizing earthworm reproduction for sale primarily as bait.
Vermicomposting is raising worms for the purpose of converting organic waste products into nutrient rich soil amendments – often referred to as “black gold.”
Madison, Cody, and Kennedy Yette, ages 12, 10 and 7 respectively, are someplace in between the culture and compost practice. With the help of their dad Jeff, they have purchased two varieties of earthworms known for their composting capabilities, but that also work well as fish bait. Red Wrigglers are a smaller variety that are quick composters and are also commonly sold as Trout Worms. European Nightcrawlers, which are larger than trout worms, but still smaller than Canadian Nightcrawlers, are hardier than their Canadian cousins and are more tolerant of higher temperatures. Because of this, European nightcrawlers typically do not require refrigeration as bait except in extreme heat. They are a “lively” worm and make excellent bait. In addition to the purchased worms, the kids have been harvesting “night crawlers” the traditional way – with a flashlight at night after a good rain.






   Upcoming Events Planned  
Bees & Beekeeping - seasonal "hands-on" and "classroom" sessions
Hands-on Beer Making
Pellet Boiler Demo Project
Nutritious Delicious! Cooking Seminars
Growing and Using Herbs
Garden & Home Food Waste Composting - "How To"
Chicken Coop - Dimensional Lumber to Occupancy
Social Media for "Dummies"
"Sprouts" Summit for K-12 Nutrition & Fitness Fun!





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!!



UPCOMING
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YEAR-ROUND
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 the link below for details .

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Local Living Festival
at the Canton Village Green on 
April 25, 2015
or on
September 26, 2015
if we have our own land by then!