ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: July #1: 2001

[this is the first of two messages sent monthly to 4,130 Ithaca area residents]

TWO PICNICS AT STEWART PARK THIS WEEKEND:

* July 14: THE GREAT ITHACA INTERNET PARTY OF 2001-- noon until late. "Bring food to share for everyone, cold or hot food, BBQ's are fine, cold, or hot drinks, anything but alcohol. Rain or Shine.
"This party is for anyone who shows up, in particular we want any internet user in Ithaca and the integrators in town and their staff.
"It will be a good time to schmooze with people and make good contacts. http://www.comp-gurus.com/party
Thanks to Homer and Jane at Lightlink for hosting.

* July 15: GREENSTAR'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY begins at 11:30am with a bike parade from GreenStar to the park. Then food, fun, games, music from noon to 3pm. "Bring a salad or dessert to pass." BYO tableware. "You Belong Here."

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100 HISTORIC PHOTOS OF ITHACA are found at Type search: ITHACA NEW YORK

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FILMS at MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER: "Sankofa-- an African filmmaker's powerful tale of slavery, resistance & redemption" Wednesday nights starting July 11, 7-9pm 210 West State St. Free. youth4mumia@hotmail.com

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July 14: WATER BEAR plays original JAZZ-FOLK MUSIC based on people's names. Members Hank Roberts, Ruth Roland, Tim Reppert, and Mer Boel were last seen at the Ithaca Fest under the alias "Open Strings." Upcoming performances:
July 14, 10pm, ABCafe; August 12 & 19, 7pm at Kitchen Theatre. Water Bear's song "Ithaca" even mentions Ithaca HOURs. Come hear it!

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Many of Ithaca's most beautiful waterfalls are rarely visited. You'll need a topographic map of West Ithaca (sold at Bookery II which accepts 1/4 HR w/$10 purchase) to find COY GLEN. Here's a visit by George Bragdon from 1866.

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NEWEST ART GALLERY: The SEE-SPOT displays ultra-avant, fun, political, nonsense paintings, sculpture, photos, weavings, videos, installations. 108 The Commons. HOURS accepted for refreshments at their OPEN MIC Wednesday July 11 (maybe every Wednesday) at 8pm. CONCERT: Gabe Tavares of Plastic Nebraska July 13 at 9pm.

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GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL starts next week: July 19-22. One HOUR accepted for weekend ticket, at GreenStar, Ithaca Guitar Works.

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HEALING WORKSHOP on Saturday, July 14th, noon - 6pm at Tiamat Studios, 139 The Commons. Fee $60 with some flexibility. HOURS accepted. Says Beauty (Henry Peterson), "The workshop is comprised of ancient teachings which were designed to clear and empower people, but which have been laid aside in this hustle- bustle world." 273-5879 or Circlesofbeauty@yahoo.com

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ITHACA HOURS AT HARVARD: "Community Financial Institutions & Microfinance in Theory and Practice" features Ithaca HOURS, at JFK School of Government.

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LOCAL ECONOMIC FIGURES (provided by Elia Kacapyr) are found at: "Tompkins County does not have the reputation for being a retailing center. See the figures that support this contention and checkout how the local economy did in May 2001."

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Public comment regarding drilling for oil and gas in the Finger Lakes National Forest HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO AUGUST 1. Schuyler County has voted NO on drilling. Letters to: FLNF, Attn: Oil and Gas, 5218 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841
Also to: Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer, State legislators. The letter should refer to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and explain reasons why you oppose the drilling. Good reasons are provided by the FINGER LAKES FOREST WATCH CONGRESS

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The WORKING FAMILIES PARTY and the GREEN PARTY will both provide candidates for local elections this year, in City, Town and County races. Their presence gives voters a broader range of choices, and stimulates full discussion of issues.

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Here's why ITHACANS PRINT THEIR OWN MONEY

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ITHACA ARTISTS MARKET 2001 SUNDAY, JULY 22nd The Ithaca Artists' Market, an open-air juried show and sale featuring artists from the Finger Lakes region and beyond showing paintings, photographs, prints, collage, and more, from 10am to 4pm at the Ithaca Farmer's Market.
"Don't miss this opportunity to spend the day with talented artists in a beautiful lakeside setting amidst the food, music, crafts, and other vendors of the Ithaca Farmer's Market! The Ithaca Artists' Market is sponsored by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

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MINI-EDITORIAL

The Ithaca Journal's editorialist is upset (7/11/01) that Janet Steiner, director of the county's public library, has sent an email to "countless" residents sharing her concern that an inter-city bus station across the street could damage library utilization.
The editorial characterizes Steiner's email as "inappropriate" and an "unfortunate lobbying effort" by the "golden child [TCPL] who is accustomed to getting his or her own way."
The Journal needs to be reminded that, thanks to email lists, effective conversations about public issues are shifting beyond its pages.
Steiner's email is a timely and responsible assertion of concern, by someone more familiar with library operations than the Journal editor. **************************************************************************

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OF ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS:

"Thank you. I appreciate being part of the 4,114! Keep the news coming!!!" -- TB at Ithaca College

"Thanks, Paul, for listing Educate the Children! Perhaps we'll get some volunteers from that! Take care, Susanna"

"Thank you very much for sending so much information about Ithaca, it is really interesting to know what is going on. My name is Maria and I am from Madrid, Spain. My husband and I will stay in Ithaca for a long while and I miss more cultural events from Europe. If you go to the movies there are always movies from the United States. I have lived in several countries in the world and even while Ithaca is quite plural, still not too many people speak another language and are not too open to the rest of the world.
"Ithaca is always very pro-environment but I have not heard of any movement against the NO sign campaign to the treaty of Kyoto by the Bush administration.
"The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population and produces 25 percent of the carbon dioxide. Emissions from the United States power plants alone exceed the total emissions of 146 other nations combined. But this country is just getting ready to build lots of new plants to meet the energy needs.
"I wish my job will consist in teaching people how this world is a wonderful place that everybody needs to explore. I have encountered some people that did not even know where Spain was-- they situated my country in the south of Venezuela. I heard that Ithaca has good school system....
"I am ready to make a difference! Lets teach! Best Regards, Maria"

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