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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

December  scroll down for full descriptions
Holiday Shopping at Indoor Farmers' Markets
Giving Tuesday

Whole Health & Healing Academy: Divine Weight Loss
Whole Foods Baking / Beat the White Sugar Blues
Making Home Made Bread: On The Rise!
Sugar and Spice Gingerbread Contest
17th Annual Holiday Baking Fest and Silent Auction
Community Contra Dance
Bees & Beekeeping Discussion Group on hiatus in December

January  scroll down for full descriptions
Clarkson University Annual Wellness Fair
Small Scale Food Processing Workshops


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



Volunteer with us!
Click here for current opportunities





December 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!
  






HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT INDOOR FARMERS’ MARKET      (Not a LLV coordinated event) 


Farmers’ Markets in Potsdam, Canton and Ogdensburg have moved indoors and are offering a bumper crop of items!
 


The Potsdam Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday, from 8:30 am to 12 pm in the front lobby of Cheel Arena on the Clarkson University Campus.  This market will continue throughout the winter months and into early spring.

 

The Ogdensburg Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays (First Presbyterian Church, 423 Ford Street, from 9 am to 1 pm) until December 13 AND on Thursdays (in the cafeteria of Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, from 2- 5 pm) until December 11th.

 

New this year! Canton’s Farmers’ Market will be held inside the Canton Presbyterian Church on Fridays 9 am to 2 pm. This market ends on December 19th.

 

For Thanksgiving, shoppers can purchase various types of produce, freshly made baked goods (including gluten free options), eggs, hormone - free meat, and locally produced wine and maple products.

 

Don’t forget about the market for holiday gift shopping! “Local Saturday” is recognized as the Saturday following the “Black Friday” shopping frenzy. Farmers’ markets are a great place to find unique North Country gifts and decorations like wreaths, garland and centerpieces!



Giving Tuesday                                                                 (not a LLV Coordinated event)
Tuesday, December 2

We have a day for giving thanks; we have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
On Giving Tuesday charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.  Check out the short YouTube video!


  • an LLV-coordinated event          
 Whole Health & Healing Academy 
 Session 9 * Divine Weight Loss * Thursday, December 4 
Wellness for weight loss in food choices, crowding out mindless eating, adding in healthy options.

  Join in any one session or take them all!
  Continues m
ost Thursdays through Dec. 4, 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 - same time and location through December 4



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       
    Nutritious Delicious!   Cooking Seminar

   Learn How to Bake (and Convert  
       Your Favorite Recipes!) to Whole Foods 
 


Wednesday, December 10, 6 - 8 pm
Knapp's Station (near Norwood), NY


YES, YOU CAN

   Learn how to convert your classic holiday baking recipes into healthy whole grain and whole foods treats -- that taste great, but are good for you as well!  Whole sugars are real food, too -- you will learn more about what they are and how to cook with them.  Paula will also give you fuel to kick the refined sugar habit.  We all love our sweets, but being aware of what we're eating is a positive way to be in charge of your holiday treats menu!


         For more details check out this event page!
RSVP is necessary due to limited space availability.
There is a suggested donation of
$22 general public, $40 couple, $10 student to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation - scholarship/reduced rate available upon request. 
Please Email LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the exact location near Canton and other information you will need. 
Please include your phone number when reserving.


Coordinated by the Local Living Venture
Presented with Hands On Health Holistic Healing
Sponsored by the Potsdam Food Co-op - open to the public!



  • an LLV-coordinated event       

 Nutritious Delicious!   Cooking Seminar
  How to Bake   
    Delicious Homemade Bread:  
      On The Rise!
   


Saturday, December 13, 1 - 3 pm, Canton, NY
Presented in partnership between Birdsfoot Farm and the Local Living Venture with Sponsorship by the Potsdam Food Co-op.



Home Made Bread * On the Rise workshop, presented by Christoff Bemis of Birdsfoot Farm, will cover the basics of making a whole grain bread recipe or two - including fun extras you can employ like nuts and oats!

Making your own bread is easy -
for more details check out this
event page!



RSVP is necessary due to limited space availability.
There is a suggested donation of
$22 general public, $40 couple, $10 student to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation - scholarship/reduced rate available upon request. 
Please Email LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com to RSVP for your spot -- we will send you the exact location near Canton and other information you will need. 
Please include your phone number when reserving.


Coordinated by the Local Living Venture
Co-presented with Birdsfoot Organic Farm
Sponsored by the Potsdam Food Co-op - open to the public!





2014 Sugar & Spice Gingerbread Contest                             (Not a LLV coordinated event) 
The TAUNY Center, Canton, NY
Entries are due Thursday, December 4th
 
 
TAUNY invites community members of all ages to participate in the 2014 Sugar & Spice Contest. This year's theme is "Local Landmarks" with a  focus on TAUNY's Register of Very Special Places (RVSP).

The Register of Very Special Places celebrates local and regional landmarks that are meaningful to communities around the North Country. The register can be found at NorthCountryFolklore.org/rvsp.

In addition to the prizes for the best entry in four age group categories and a “People’s Choice” award, a prize will be given to the person who best represents one of the sites on the RVSP. Any local landmark is eligible for the contest, however.
 For more information visit TAUNY.org or contact TAUNY at programs@tauny.org or 315-386-4289.






The 17th Annual Holiday Baking Fest and Silent Auction     (Not a LLV coordinated event)
Sunday, December 7, 12 - 3:00 pm.
The Carriage House Bakery (located behind the Potsdam Food Co-op at 24 Elm St., Potsdam, NY)

 

This fun and friendly event invites all bakers to take part and invites the community to participate.

On this day the bakery is transformed into a holiday cafe. Pile your plate with an assortment of home-made cakes, cookies, pies, and savory treats. Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or hot cider and visit with neighbors and friends while you decide which treat gets your silent vote as the “best”.
Vote with your dollars by participating in the Silent Auction. Bid on the uncut duplicate of your favorite entry to take home and enjoy.

OR

Participate as a baker. Enter by baking two of your favorite recipe. One is put on display for the Silent Auction, the other is cut up and served to the hordes of hungry people who stop by to enjoy a fabulous assortment of baked goods, visit with friends and neighbors, cast silent votes for their favorite entries, and raise money for a good cause.
Entries in the following categories are encouraged: Chocolate, Fruit, Savory, and Special Diet (Gluten-free, Diabetic-friendly, and Vegan). There will be a $25 Co-op Gift Certificate awarded to the people's choice winner in each of these categories.

Sponsored by the Potsdam Food Co-op to benefit the Potsdam Neighborhood Center.  

Baker's registration forms are available at the Co-op and on-line at www.potsdamcoop.com.
For more information, contact Lynn at 265-4630 or
lynn@potsdamcoop.com.  




Register Now for the 
North Country Jr. Iron Chef
                 
(Not an LLV coordinated event) 


 The 3rd
Annual Competition is March 14, 2015
at A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, NY

Form teams of 3-5 middle or high school age youth.
Create healthy recipes using a combination of local foods and USDA commodity foods.
Compete against teams from St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, and Hamilton counties.

For more information go to www.ncjrironchef.org






TAUNY & SLU Contra Club's                                     (Not an LLV coordinated event) 
Community Contra Dances 
Saturday, December 13, 7 pm  
Sykes Formal Lounge, SLU, Canton, NY


Monthly Community Contra Dances will be called by Beth Robinson and accompanied by a Tune School band which meets weekly at The TAUNY Center to prepare.

Originally brought to the area by settlers from New England, contra is a style of folk dancing similar to square dancing but danced in long lines, a form that makes the dances more accessible to beginners. These community contra dances are lead by a caller and easy to learn. They are open to everyone in the community regardless of age or experience, and provide a wonderful opportunity for people to come together for a community activity that carries on the tradition of country barn and social dances. The dances are also a great workout for anyone who wants to put a little extra spring in their step.

These dances are free and open to the public, but donations of $5-10 are appreciated at the door.

Musicians interested in playing at the dances are encouraged to join the Tune School on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center. Contact TAUNY at programs@tauny.org or 315-386-4289 with any questions.



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

Will resume in January
For details, check out  "The BeeHive", our Resource Page!






 January 2015

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Small Scale Food Processing Workshops              (Not a LLV coordinated event)  
A three-part series teaching the basics of starting a small scale food business.
Presented by
NY-SSFPA. Each session can stand alone, or attend all 3.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
NOFA-NY Winter Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY


Get Ready: Turning Your Passion for Food Into Making Money,  8 - 9:15 am
Everything you need to know to start a business - from forming a legal entity, to getting insurance required by law. Presented by
NY-SSFPA. Part 1 of 3.

Get Set: Outgrowing your Home Kitchen--The Next Steps in Small Scale Food Processing, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Manufacturing from your home kitchen has limitations including the types of products, customers, and revenues. Your next step in growth could be a shared-use-kitchen (a.k.a. Kitchen Incubator). Where to find them and which one is right for you. Presented by
NY-SSFPA. Part 2 of 3.


Get Going: Bringing your Product to Market, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Develop an action plan to successfully market your products. Learn to create an identity, to use packaging and branding to set yourself apart from your competition. Presented by
NY-SSFPA. Part 3 of 3.

Small Scale Food Processing Association (
NY-SSFPA) Annual Meeting
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Grab a plate for this lunchtime working meeting -- join us as we discuss our goals for 2015. We have lots of exciting things planned.  If you're at the NOFA Conference already, or have just come for the day to participate in the three Small Scale Food workshops we are presenting (see above), your input is valuable!  New ventures and new Board/Committee members sought.  For more information, contact Small Scale Food Board member Chelle Lindahl at 
the LLV.






Clarkson University Annual Wellness Fair              (Not a LLV coordinated event)                                 
Tuesday, January 27, 10 am - 2 pm







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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Local Living Festival
at the Canton Village Green

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




 
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