ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: January #2 2002

LABOR, ARTS, ACTIVISM, NEWS, YOUR LETTERS, FREE STUFF!

This is the SECOND of TWO EMAILS MONTHLY sent to 5,717 Ithaca area residents. HOME PAGE

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FIVE READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON COUPONS/TICKETS FOR: Bread & Puppet Theatre at State Theatre (March), $6.00 of eats at Harvest Deli, $10.00 of eats at ABC Cafe, $10.00 of wine from Sparrow's Fine Wines.

Find out below whether your email has been chosen by our computer's random search.

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ECOVILLAGE'S SECOND NEIGHBORHOOD (SoNG) is building 30 superinsulated duplexes near the first 30 units, on the Village's 176 acres on West Hill. There are 9 units still available, and federal funds have been sought to bring the price (85k-165k) down for lower-income families.
---Several of the new passive solar units will have solar electricity, and compost toilets. Ecovillagers pay 60% less for gas & electric than most in the NE. They're consulting with Mike Carpenter of Finger Lakes Renewable Energy: 277-4204

General info: Ecovillage Liz Walker 255-8276
Subsidy info: Laura Beck

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WOMEN'S COMMUNITY BUILDING SEEKS NOMINATIONS for A WOMAN MAKING HISTORY AWARD to be presented by the City Federation of Women's Organizations:
---"The Women's Community Building annually honors notable area women during March, which is Women's History Month. This year's Women Making History Celebration, to be held 3/ 21, will again feature the presentation of this award to one notable local woman... who has made a noteworthy difference in moving the community forward.
---"Nominations are due at the Women's Community Building by 2/22, and should include a list of the nominee's achievements and a brief statement of why she is being nominated.
---In addition to the Woman Making History Award, each of the 18 organizations making up the City Federation of Women's Organizations will nominate one of its members for an Honoring Community Women Award.
-- Christine Sanchirico 272-1247

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I-TOWN RECORDS in NEW YORK TIMES Praising I-Town's compilation CD, Critic's Choice 12/27/01 said it "instantly transports the listener to a clear summer day where reggae grooves waft through the air and long-haired men dance with women in gauzy skirts. Ithaca is one city that marches to its own drum, perhaps stolen from a hippie drum circle, but nonetheless seductive in its vitality."

Luke Vitarius of Then & Now Records, 319 College Ave, says I-Town's 31 titles outsell almost anything else here, including major labels." Max 1/2 HOUR/purchase.

ITHACAMUSIC.COM is now managed by Charlie Shew Add your band to the site.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ENFIELD GRANGE
2/2 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Enfield Grange will host a Pancake Breakfast. "Enjoy freshly prepared pancakes, eggs, sausage, hashbrown potatoes and all the fixin's for $4 for adults and $2.50 for children (max 1/4 Ithaca HOUR accepted). Enfield Grange, located on Enfield Main Road in the heart of Enfield, is one of the two remaining Grange organizations in Tompkins County. Come on out and support this grand old agricultural organization as it works to remain a viable member of the community!" Info

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GOSPEL CHOIR FORMING AT ITHACA HIGH SCHOOL Wendy Guttman 274-6844

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ANOTHER SMALL ITHACA BUSINESS GOES NATIONAL
"BLACK TALK" radio show weekdays 8am-9am now heard in Ithaca on WEOS 89.7FM. Followed by "DEMOCRACY NOW!" back from exile, weekdays 9am-10am. To comment on these shows: WEOS

LECTURES ON BLACK HISTORY during the Month of February. Ken McClane, the celebrated poet and Professor of English at Cornell, Dr. James Turner, Founder of African Studies, Dr. Robert Harris, a Vice Provost at Cornell University, and various other distinguished guest speakers. All events on Saturdays at Southside Community Center. Details and lecture schedule will follow in all local media outlets.

THE BLACK WORLD TODAY: daily news

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FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES SINCE SEPTEMBER 11
1/30 at 7pm, Women's Community Building. Panelists, including Marty Luster, will focus on the Patriot Act and on the Bush Administration Executive Orders regarding the prosecution of Terrorists. 277-6625

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When geologists stroll through CASCADILLA CREEK, this is what they see.

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FREE VIDEO CLASS FOR AGES 12-17 at Pegasys Cable TV, 612 W. Green St. Saturdays starting 1/26 + 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, noon-3pm. 272-7272.

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MORE LOCAL LISTSERVS:

SIERRA CLUB, FINGER LAKES GROUP Stay up to date on local Sierra Club events and news. To subscribe to this list send the following message: sierraclub.org Message: SUB ALT-FINGERLAKES-NEWS YourFirstName YourLastName

COMMONS-L for discussion of local economic development. commons-l Send message: subscribe commons-l

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ITHACA BIRTH GROUP New Winter 2002 Series: Wednesdays 7pm 105 E. Marshall St.
* 2/6: Introduction to the Ithaca Birth Group: Your baby, your way.
* 2/13: Emotional & Physical Changes of Pregnancy
* 2/20: Postpartum: Blues or Bliss?
* 2/27: Parenting & Breastfeeding: Taking Care of Yourself & Your Baby

"All interested women, their families and friends are welcomed; it is not necessary to attend each week. Lifetime Voluntary membership in the Ithaca Birth Group $25.00. HOURS accepted." Gail Birnbaum 277-3455 or Jennifer Gray 387 6694 http://www.ithacabirthgroup.org

LISTENING TO THE BODY, An Ongoing Circlework Group for Women. Facilitated by Andrea M. Smith. "This monthly circle will explore the question of how we can open to a more sensitive listening and compassionate communication with our own bodies and experience them as vehicles for inner and outer healing. Circles will include body movement and dance, simple restorative yoga, relaxation and breath techniques, sound and toning, journaling and introspection, body dialogue, meditation and group sharing." Sunday 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16. 4-7 pm. Sunrise Yoga Center, 119 South Cayuga St., Ithaca. Pre-registration is required 277-6575.

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ITHACA SHARKS (Coalition for Global Justice) invites you to rally against the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM in New York City, 2/1-2/2. Workshops, speakers, teach-ins and demonstrations. Reserve seat on bus from Ithaca: 273-4523. this video

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CHILD CARE CENTERS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY

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SEE-SPOT GALLERY (108 Commons) now has over 100 co-op members, and a lively calendar:
1/26 Fava Beans;
1/27 "ISLAND OF PEACE" free MOVIE & popcorn with discussion, 3pm at See-Spot, 108 The Commons. Costa Rica has no army; learn why. Sponsored by the Tompkins County Network for Peace & Justice.
2/1 Katie Sawicki 8-10pm;
2/2 OPENING February show 5-7pm;
2/8 FIVE HARDCORE BANDS 7-11pm

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BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF ITHACA AREA Send YOUR favorite Ithaca-related websites.

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TIME TO UNIONIZE! The "people who brought you the 8-hour day" welcome you to learn more about getting union protection at your workplace. Jen Bloom 277-7053 of the Central New York Labor Federation AFL-CIO works with 150 current CNY union locals and helps organize more. The Federation also helps organize political labor action, voting drives, promotion of unions, and mobilization to protect workers on strike or fired. "Workers deserve safe and healthy communities at the end of the workday, and quality standards on the job." All calls confidential.

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SOLAS-- ITHACA'S FAVORITE IRISH BAND, will be performing a benefit concert for the Ithaca Catholic Worker/SOA watch 3/17 at the grand old State Theatre. More info later.

Three Ithacans, Peter DeMott, Jessica Stewart and Linda Holzbaur, are facing federal trespassing charges for participation in the 2001 Close the SOA action at Ft. Benning Ga in November. "We are three of the 13 who were arbitrarily chosen to prosecute from about 100 protesters who crossed onto the (open to non-protesters) FT Benning Army Base."

If you would like to help with the legislative efforts to close the SOA, support HR 1810: If your representative has already co-sponsored HR 1810 [Hinchey has but Houghton has not,] please call in and thank them for supporting this important work of closing the SOA, as we struggle to stop terrorism everywhere." SOA Watch Legal Alert

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"EMILYFORCE" is the WINNER of the $10.00 gift certificate from ABC Cafe. Claim by email reply by 2/1 .

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DENTAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE has been meeting for two months to organize dental services for low-income Tompkins County residents. It's a gathering of county agencies, area nonprofits (including the Ithaca Health Fund), and private practice dentists. Options include partnerships with area dentists, publicly-funded clinic/s, member-owned clinic, or an "amalgam" of these.

ITHACA HEALTH FUND has over $100,000 in its general fund and over 400 current members receiving over $1,000,000 of health security. Beginning as a noble idea in February 1997, the Fund is now a practical cushion for everyday emergencies Payments are made anywhere in the world with any health provider, expanding as more people join. The Fund now has members from all over the country. Still only $100/year/adult, $175/year/couple, $50/year/child. Box 362, Ithaca 14851 387-8344

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* January 23, 1906: City TREE WARDEN orders police to arrest telephone employees cutting branches to string lines.
* January 24, 1804: Formation of FIRST REGULAR CHURCH organization, the Presbyterian Society, with 13 members.
* January 24, 1892: Two large EAGLES fly across lake.
*January 25, 1874: Professor Blanchard's stern lecture on SECRET SOCIETIES at Cornell is not well received. It is interrupted by sneezes, hisses, affected coughing, stamping, groans, cheers, swinging of hats.
* January 26, 1908: LAW AND ORDER LEAGUE shows its muscle, keeps all bars closed on Sabbath. No cases of drunkenness reported.
* January 27, 1917: Robert H. Treman announces plans to develop BUTTERMILK FALLS into a public park.
* January 28, 1871: One-legged soldier WALKS TIGHTROPE over State Street.
* January 29, 1935: First AIRPLANE to land here on SKIIS comes down at Municipal Airport (now Cass Park).
* January 30, 1921: DIAL TELEPHONE service begins.
* January 30, 1924: KU KLUX KLAN burns a huge cross on West Hill to celebrate formation of a new chapter here. Blaze is seen across valley. It illuminates "50 carloads" of supporters. Klan had an office at 209 E. State.
* January 31, 1936: City arranges floodlights for NIGHT COASTING at its sled-slide below Van Natta's dam. Several hundred feet of electric cord are extended up Giles St.

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YOUR LETTERS

"FYI: Cornell has another cool webcam and you can control this one." --Jordan Erenrich
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"Someone just alerted me to the fact that I won a $25 gift certificate to Greenstar. Yeah! I'll put it to good use. I'm in Guatemala now but will be back next week. Hope you're not buried in snow." --Marcie
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"I'm writing from Belgium, being here for a year on exchange, but i get the newsletter and it makes me so homesick for the birkenstock volvo alternative-ness of ithaca, and the great initiatives that come out of our town. One of these is the entirely youth-run Orange Tree Theatre Company http://www.ottc.org which i think seems to embody the spirit of youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, we cannot receive 501(c)3 status without an adult board (we're all under 18). Do you think you could send out the call for young adults or people interested in theater who would be willing to serve on a board or act as mentors to us? We also need legal advice for incorporation. --Anne Koplinka-Loehr Replies to Carter Lashley & Jessie Robertson
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"Like so many others I just appreciate that you put this together--I especially like the 'on this day in Ithaca in 1899' stuff. Thanks" --Lorraine M.
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"It was interesting to read of the vegan pit bull, but I want to make a point that was not emphasized in the piece: putting your dog or cat on a vegetarian or vegan diet is possible, but requires a lot of commitment and knowledge. Unlike humans, who are esentially herbivores, dogs and cats are carnivores, and have significantly different nutritional needs than humans. Anyone who is considering a non-meat diet for their pet needs to do the necessary research to make sure that those nutritional needs are met, and not make the switch casually. It sounds like Heidi Tremaine, a biologist and owner of the pit bull, did that research.
---"My other comment is on the wind power birdkill URL. The link cited makes some good points. It seems quite plausible that parts of the government are using concern over birds as an excuse to oppose wind power. However, as the page also notes, wind turbines, especially in the wrong places, DO kill birds. (The site also mentions my big concern: cell towers, certain of which have been well documented as bird killers.)
---"The article becomes disingenuous, however, when it falls back on a popular refrain of large industry: "well, other things kill more birds." The reality of bird kills does not mean that wind power should be abandoned as an option. We should go forward with our eyes open to the implications, and not rationalize the impacts away just because wind power is PC. We need to study and quantify the impacts, learn how to minimize them, and make objective judgements as to whether the benefits outweigh the costs.
---"And I wouldn't want those who didn't click on the URL to think it dispelled the myth of tower kills. It is real. The question is, is it acceptable? --Jim Houghton
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"Thank you! What a great email service!" --Sandy Tartowski

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POETRY SLAM 2/1 at Juna's Cafe on Commons. "We have two featured poets, Lucy and Dawn, coming from Chicago. You can check them out:"

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"CXWIDMER" is the WINNER of the $6.00 coupon from HARVEST DELI. Claim by email reply by 2/1 .

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ALTERNATIVES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION'S "TOPPING OFF" CELEBRATION "With very Alternative style, the membership will be celebrating the "topping off" of our new building on Valentine's Day. You are invited to sign your name on the beams of the new building before they are enclosed. Your name will be forever a part of our "heart"!
---"In addition there will be a little bit of very short, very warm speaking by our Staff, Board and Members. Warm beverages and food to feed the body. Hot, hot, hot music and dancing to feed the soul. Singing, hugging, well-wishing and story telling. Things for the kids to do! And of course, Previews of where everything will be when the building is finished." 2/14, 5-7pm, 125 North Fulton Street.

AVOID MONEY TRAPS "Easy money offers, quick credit fixes, high interest credit cards and rent-to-own stores are just some examples of legal ways to lose your money to predatory credit practices. Are you a victim of predatory lending? Alternatives Federal Credit Union is presenting a seminar on predatory lending to help you recognize, avoid, and recover from predatory lending." 1/31 at 7pm Alternatives lobby, 301 W State St, Fee: $5 for members and $15 for non-members, HOURS accepted. A $10 new account discount coupon will be given to non-member participants. Joseph Smith 273-3582 Ext. 840

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SEMINAR 2/12, 7:00 p.m. At Autumn Leaves Bookstore & Caf 115 The Commons, 3rd Level 273-3582 Ex. 840 TO REGISTER Joseph Smith $5 for members $15 for non-members, HOURS accepted.

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IMPROVE YOUR GRANT APPLICATIONS and review case studies, with Cassandra George and Paula Davis from Ithaca College. In addition, local foundations will discuss the kinds of proposals they will be looking for during their upcoming funding cycles. FREE 2/21, 8am-12:30pm, Holiday Inn, S. Cayuga St. Refreshments. RSVP to Anita Hall: Community Foundation of Tompkins County

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CHI KUNG - Winter/Spring classes resume at Cornell, One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Mondays & Thursdays 5 to 5:45 pm. Starts February 4, until May 2. Meditative exercises for health & well-being. Register at class. Fees charged. (5:45 Tai Chi Chuan practice, for continuing students only, Prof. Cheng Man-Ching lineage, Yang Style, Short Form.) Ithaca HOURS accepted. Ithaca Tai Chi Group, Kati Hanna, 272-3972

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FIRST FRIDAYS OF CENTRAL NEW YORK will be in Binghamton, 2/1, at the Holiday Inn Arena, 8 Hawley Street in downtown Binghamton (Directions below). Begins at 7:30 with the cocktail hour. "Enjoy the soothing sounds of a live Jazz Band and complimentary hors d'oeuvres while networking with the Southern Tier and Central New York's premier professionals of color. At 8pm, experience the art of African Mud Painting. There will be several raffles throughout the night for fun, romantic prizes (all proceeds to benefit DFS-Binghamton), To reserve a company table: ffcny@hotmail.com or Joseph Smith

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"EAHALEGROSS" and "SEVENFOLKS" are the WINNERS of the tickets to BREAD & PUPPET THEATRE at State Theatre. Claim by reply to this email by 2/1.

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NAMGYAL MONASTERY 412 N. Aurora St. One and all are invited to attend a Losar celebration, on the Tibetan New Year, February 13, 2002. The one-hour gathering will take place from 8am-9am, and will consist of prayers, a brief New Years talk by Ven. Tenzin Deshek, and traditional Tibetan tea and sweet rice. You are welcome to bring offerings of sweets, tea, flowers or other items of enjoyment for the altar."

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TOMPKINS COUNTY RECESSION detailed by Elia Kacapyr of Ithaca College

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GREENSTAR EVENTS:

1/23, Wed. * Pregnancy Support, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Pregnant women, their partners and caregivers are invited to this hands-on class. Come learn foot reflexology and acupressure points to help relieve discomfort during pregnancy, and a special set to ease labor. Cat Berry, Licensed Massage Therapist with 25 years of experience using these tools, will teach this class.

1/24, Thurs. * The Roots of Health, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Have you ever wondered how to include rutabagas, burdock, and parsnips in your diet?

1/30, Wed. * Kundalini Yoga, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Jennifer Crimi is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Certified YogaInstructor, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for 6 years.

2/6, Wed. * Taoist Meditation: An Introduction to the Healing Tao, 7 - 8:15pm. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Deborah Jeanne Dover is an Associate Instructor of the Healing Tao and a Certified Teacher with the Nines Gates Mystery School.

2/7, Thurs. * Quick and Easy Grains, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Including whole grains in your diet can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

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TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY:

NEW BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR ADULTS: 1/29, 7-9 pm: Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster." Borg Warner Room of Tompkins County Public Library. Pre-registration required: at the Adult Services Reference Desk, or call 272-4557 ext. 255, or online BYOBook. Sarah Glogowski at 272-4557 ext. 255.

ITHACA SHORTS is an exciting new series of dramatic readings of new and classic Short Stories bringing the written word to life especially for adults. 2/11: "When in Doubt" by Paul Gallico read by Rosemary Smith "Heartburn" by Hortense Calisher read by Gary Weissbrot "She Unnames Them" by Ursula LeGuin read by Karen Anderson "Red the Rat Man" by Bailey White read by Barbara Mink

LA HORA DEL CUENTO
La Biblioteca del Condado de Tompkins anuncia que La Hora del Cuento/Storytime in Spanish continuara en las dias listados abajo. El programa sera solamente en Espanol y tendra lugar en el "Thaler/Howell Program Room" 3:30- 4:30pm, Domingos: 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 5/19
---Aunque los cuentos que se van a leer seran para ninos de 2 a 7 anos, ninos de todas las edades estan invitados a participar. La Hora del Cuento necesita voluntaries. Quien este interesado en leet cuentos en Espanol, por favor, llame a Bonnie Wojnowski o envie un mensaje a

Marcelle Toor, curator of the art exhibit ITHACA DESIGNS 2002 An Exhibition of Graphic Design, which is on display at Tompkins county Public Library through March 2002, will present a one-hour workshop "Looking Good in Print and on the Web" 2/2 at 2:00pm

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AUTUMN LEAVES USED BOOKS: Events: 115 The Commons 273-8239
1/19-26 Tompkins County Network for Peace & Justice Anti-Racism Art Show.
1/24 - Jug Jango (Aceto Bros, et al) 7-9pm
2/7 - The Barnburners (Avant-Garde Bluegrass) 7-9pm
2/10 Reading of a new work: Bad Dog Productions: George Sapio 274-9265

This is a large space for events, meetings, art shows, dance, etc: contact L'Aveggio 272-7299 Autumn Leaves invites people to begin accepting Ithaca HOURS, by selling their books.

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"TRICIA_ETH" is the WINNER of the $10 gift certificate from Sparrow's Fine Wines. Claim by reply to this email by 2/1 Sparrow's: 726 W. Green St. 256-7145

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BOUND FOR GLORY at Commons Coffeehouse, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell. The nation's oldest continuous live folk radio broadcast-- 35 years. Sunday nights from 8 to 11, with live sets at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30. Admission in the live audience at the Cafe at Anabel Taylor Hall is free. Kids are always welcome. Phil Shapiro 844-4535

1/27 AKIRE BUBAR. There's a wonderful revival of traditionally oriented folk music going on beneath the radar among younger folk performers. Akire Bubar brings a beautiful voice and a charming approach to her music, and her songs, old and new, are strong and worthy. This will be a fine Bound for Glory debut.

2/3 DELANEY BROTHERS BLUEGRASS. There's a lot of bluegrass in this part of the world, and the Delaney Brothers are by any measure at the top of the pyramid. Their music is part way between traditional bluegrass and newgrass. Their harmonies and instrumental abilities are superb. Best of all, though, they're a lot of fun.

2/10 LES SAMPOU. Welcome back Les Sampou. Les has gone back to her blues roots on her most recent album, and she's got the chops to pull it off. She is also a fine songwriter, and we'll have an exciting evening, full of contrasts, from this rising star of the folk world. Don't miss her.

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BABYSITTING and HOUSECLEANING, xlnt refs, plus health food cooking, nutritional counseling, personal growth. Here 2 Help Service: 277-0694 HOURS accepted.

CREATIVIZE your birthday parties, events, day care: turning ordinary situations into something fun which brings out creativity-- music, voice, dance, drama, improv, adventure. Joey Steinhagen 227-6997. HOURS accepted.

EARTHSONG GARDENS Community Supported Agriculture at Catharpin Farm now offering Ground Hog Day Savings @ $75 per Member Harvest Share in our 2002 season. Sign up & reserve your membership by 2/14 to enjoy these sweet savings! We accept Ithaca HOURS. Pick up our CSA brochure at Tompkins County Public Library, AFCU or Greenstar." 533-4385

ACUPUNCTURE & Chinese medicine: PULSE DIAGNOSIS detects illness before symptoms appear: Brandt Stickley 532-8503 HOURS accepted.

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MASTER COMPOSTERS NEEDED for Master Composter Volunteer Training: ten Wednesdays, 2/20 - 4/24, 6:30- 8:30pm, Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue

"The Master Composters are an enthusiastic group, committed to promoting responsible composting. The program covers all aspects of composting, including: the basic science of compost, systems and methods for indoor and outdoor composting, troubleshooting, how to assess and use finished compost, and diverse methods of outreach. This year's Master Composter training begins on February 20th and continues for ten consecutive Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in protecting the environment, improving your own and other people's gardens, reducing waste, and having fun with a lively group of volunteers, then consider joining us!" Application Deadline 2/1. Application packet: Adam Michaelides, 272-2292 ext. 124

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS: January #2 2002

LABOR, ARTS, ACTIVISM, NEWS, YOUR LETTERS, FREE STUFF!

This is the SECOND of TWO EMAILS MONTHLY sent to 5,717 Ithaca area residents. HOME PAGE

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FIVE READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON COUPONS/TICKETS FOR: Bread & Puppet Theatre at State Theatre (March), $6.00 of eats at Harvest Deli, $10.00 of eats at ABC Cafe, $10.00 of wine from Sparrow's Fine Wines.

Find out below whether your email has been chosen by our computer's random search.

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ECOVILLAGE'S SECOND NEIGHBORHOOD (SoNG) is building 30 superinsulated duplexes near the first 30 units, on the Village's 176 acres on West Hill. There are 9 units still available, and federal funds have been sought to bring the price (85k-165k) down for lower-income families.
---Several of the new passive solar units will have solar electricity, and compost toilets. Ecovillagers pay 60% less for gas & electric than most in the NE. They're consulting with Mike Carpenter of Finger Lakes Renewable Energy: 277-4204

General info: Ecovillage Liz Walker 255-8276
Subsidy info: Laura Beck

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WOMEN'S COMMUNITY BUILDING SEEKS NOMINATIONS for A WOMAN MAKING HISTORY AWARD to be presented by the City Federation of Women's Organizations:
---"The Women's Community Building annually honors notable area women during March, which is Women's History Month. This year's Women Making History Celebration, to be held 3/ 21, will again feature the presentation of this award to one notable local woman... who has made a noteworthy difference in moving the community forward.
---"Nominations are due at the Women's Community Building by 2/22, and should include a list of the nominee's achievements and a brief statement of why she is being nominated.
---In addition to the Woman Making History Award, each of the 18 organizations making up the City Federation of Women's Organizations will nominate one of its members for an Honoring Community Women Award.
-- Christine Sanchirico 272-1247

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I-TOWN RECORDS in NEW YORK TIMES Praising I-Town's compilation CD, Critic's Choice 12/27/01 said it "instantly transports the listener to a clear summer day where reggae grooves waft through the air and long-haired men dance with women in gauzy skirts. Ithaca is one city that marches to its own drum, perhaps stolen from a hippie drum circle, but nonetheless seductive in its vitality."

Luke Vitarius of Then & Now Records, 319 College Ave, says I-Town's 31 titles outsell almost anything else here, including major labels." Max 1/2 HOUR/purchase.

ITHACAMUSIC.COM is now managed by Charlie Shew Add your band to the site.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST AT ENFIELD GRANGE
2/2 from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Enfield Grange will host a Pancake Breakfast. "Enjoy freshly prepared pancakes, eggs, sausage, hashbrown potatoes and all the fixin's for $4 for adults and $2.50 for children (max 1/4 Ithaca HOUR accepted). Enfield Grange, located on Enfield Main Road in the heart of Enfield, is one of the two remaining Grange organizations in Tompkins County. Come on out and support this grand old agricultural organization as it works to remain a viable member of the community!" Info

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GOSPEL CHOIR FORMING AT ITHACA HIGH SCHOOL Wendy Guttman 274-6844

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ANOTHER SMALL ITHACA BUSINESS GOES NATIONAL
"BLACK TALK" radio show weekdays 8am-9am now heard in Ithaca on WEOS 89.7FM. Followed by "DEMOCRACY NOW!" back from exile, weekdays 9am-10am. To comment on these shows: WEOS

LECTURES ON BLACK HISTORY during the Month of February. Ken McClane, the celebrated poet and Professor of English at Cornell, Dr. James Turner, Founder of African Studies, Dr. Robert Harris, a Vice Provost at Cornell University, and various other distinguished guest speakers. All events on Saturdays at Southside Community Center. Details and lecture schedule will follow in all local media outlets.

THE BLACK WORLD TODAY: daily news

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FORUM ON CIVIL LIBERTIES SINCE SEPTEMBER 11
1/30 at 7pm, Women's Community Building. Panelists, including Marty Luster, will focus on the Patriot Act and on the Bush Administration Executive Orders regarding the prosecution of Terrorists. 277-6625

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When geologists stroll through CASCADILLA CREEK, this is what they see.

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FREE VIDEO CLASS FOR AGES 12-17 at Pegasys Cable TV, 612 W. Green St. Saturdays starting 1/26 + 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, noon-3pm. 272-7272.

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MORE LOCAL LISTSERVS:

SIERRA CLUB, FINGER LAKES GROUP Stay up to date on local Sierra Club events and news. To subscribe to this list send the following message: sierraclub.org Message: SUB ALT-FINGERLAKES-NEWS YourFirstName YourLastName

COMMONS-L for discussion of local economic development. commons-l Send message: subscribe commons-l

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ITHACA BIRTH GROUP New Winter 2002 Series: Wednesdays 7pm 105 E. Marshall St.
* 2/6: Introduction to the Ithaca Birth Group: Your baby, your way.
* 2/13: Emotional & Physical Changes of Pregnancy
* 2/20: Postpartum: Blues or Bliss?
* 2/27: Parenting & Breastfeeding: Taking Care of Yourself & Your Baby

"All interested women, their families and friends are welcomed; it is not necessary to attend each week. Lifetime Voluntary membership in the Ithaca Birth Group $25.00. HOURS accepted." Gail Birnbaum 277-3455 or Jennifer Gray 387 6694 http://www.ithacabirthgroup.org

LISTENING TO THE BODY, An Ongoing Circlework Group for Women. Facilitated by Andrea M. Smith. "This monthly circle will explore the question of how we can open to a more sensitive listening and compassionate communication with our own bodies and experience them as vehicles for inner and outer healing. Circles will include body movement and dance, simple restorative yoga, relaxation and breath techniques, sound and toning, journaling and introspection, body dialogue, meditation and group sharing." Sunday 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16. 4-7 pm. Sunrise Yoga Center, 119 South Cayuga St., Ithaca. Pre-registration is required 277-6575.

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ITHACA SHARKS (Coalition for Global Justice) invites you to rally against the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM in New York City, 2/1-2/2. Workshops, speakers, teach-ins and demonstrations. Reserve seat on bus from Ithaca: 273-4523. this video

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CHILD CARE CENTERS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY

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SEE-SPOT GALLERY (108 Commons) now has over 100 co-op members, and a lively calendar:
1/26 Fava Beans;
1/27 "ISLAND OF PEACE" free MOVIE & popcorn with discussion, 3pm at See-Spot, 108 The Commons. Costa Rica has no army; learn why. Sponsored by the Tompkins County Network for Peace & Justice.
2/1 Katie Sawicki 8-10pm;
2/2 OPENING February show 5-7pm;
2/8 FIVE HARDCORE BANDS 7-11pm

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BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF ITHACA AREA Send YOUR favorite Ithaca-related websites.

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TIME TO UNIONIZE! The "people who brought you the 8-hour day" welcome you to learn more about getting union protection at your workplace. Jen Bloom 277-7053 of the Central New York Labor Federation AFL-CIO works with 150 current CNY union locals and helps organize more. The Federation also helps organize political labor action, voting drives, promotion of unions, and mobilization to protect workers on strike or fired. "Workers deserve safe and healthy communities at the end of the workday, and quality standards on the job." All calls confidential.

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SOLAS-- ITHACA'S FAVORITE IRISH BAND, will be performing a benefit concert for the Ithaca Catholic Worker/SOA watch 3/17 at the grand old State Theatre. More info later.

Three Ithacans, Peter DeMott, Jessica Stewart and Linda Holzbaur, are facing federal trespassing charges for participation in the 2001 Close the SOA action at Ft. Benning Ga in November. "We are three of the 13 who were arbitrarily chosen to prosecute from about 100 protesters who crossed onto the (open to non-protesters) FT Benning Army Base."

If you would like to help with the legislative efforts to close the SOA, support HR 1810: If your representative has already co-sponsored HR 1810 [Hinchey has but Houghton has not,] please call in and thank them for supporting this important work of closing the SOA, as we struggle to stop terrorism everywhere." SOA Watch Legal Alert

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"EMILYFORCE" is the WINNER of the $10.00 gift certificate from ABC Cafe. Claim by email reply by 2/1 .

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DENTAL SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE has been meeting for two months to organize dental services for low-income Tompkins County residents. It's a gathering of county agencies, area nonprofits (including the Ithaca Health Fund), and private practice dentists. Options include partnerships with area dentists, publicly-funded clinic/s, member-owned clinic, or an "amalgam" of these.

ITHACA HEALTH FUND has over $100,000 in its general fund and over 400 current members receiving over $1,000,000 of health security. Beginning as a noble idea in February 1997, the Fund is now a practical cushion for everyday emergencies Payments are made anywhere in the world with any health provider, expanding as more people join. The Fund now has members from all over the country. Still only $100/year/adult, $175/year/couple, $50/year/child. Box 362, Ithaca 14851 387-8344

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY!

* January 23, 1906: City TREE WARDEN orders police to arrest telephone employees cutting branches to string lines.
* January 24, 1804: Formation of FIRST REGULAR CHURCH organization, the Presbyterian Society, with 13 members.
* January 24, 1892: Two large EAGLES fly across lake.
*January 25, 1874: Professor Blanchard's stern lecture on SECRET SOCIETIES at Cornell is not well received. It is interrupted by sneezes, hisses, affected coughing, stamping, groans, cheers, swinging of hats.
* January 26, 1908: LAW AND ORDER LEAGUE shows its muscle, keeps all bars closed on Sabbath. No cases of drunkenness reported.
* January 27, 1917: Robert H. Treman announces plans to develop BUTTERMILK FALLS into a public park.
* January 28, 1871: One-legged soldier WALKS TIGHTROPE over State Street.
* January 29, 1935: First AIRPLANE to land here on SKIIS comes down at Municipal Airport (now Cass Park).
* January 30, 1921: DIAL TELEPHONE service begins.
* January 30, 1924: KU KLUX KLAN burns a huge cross on West Hill to celebrate formation of a new chapter here. Blaze is seen across valley. It illuminates "50 carloads" of supporters. Klan had an office at 209 E. State.
* January 31, 1936: City arranges floodlights for NIGHT COASTING at its sled-slide below Van Natta's dam. Several hundred feet of electric cord are extended up Giles St.

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YOUR LETTERS

"FYI: Cornell has another cool webcam and you can control this one." --Jordan Erenrich
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"Someone just alerted me to the fact that I won a $25 gift certificate to Greenstar. Yeah! I'll put it to good use. I'm in Guatemala now but will be back next week. Hope you're not buried in snow." --Marcie
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"I'm writing from Belgium, being here for a year on exchange, but i get the newsletter and it makes me so homesick for the birkenstock volvo alternative-ness of ithaca, and the great initiatives that come out of our town. One of these is the entirely youth-run Orange Tree Theatre Company http://www.ottc.org which i think seems to embody the spirit of youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, we cannot receive 501(c)3 status without an adult board (we're all under 18). Do you think you could send out the call for young adults or people interested in theater who would be willing to serve on a board or act as mentors to us? We also need legal advice for incorporation. --Anne Koplinka-Loehr Replies to Carter Lashley & Jessie Robertson
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"Like so many others I just appreciate that you put this together--I especially like the 'on this day in Ithaca in 1899' stuff. Thanks" --Lorraine M.
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"It was interesting to read of the vegan pit bull, but I want to make a point that was not emphasized in the piece: putting your dog or cat on a vegetarian or vegan diet is possible, but requires a lot of commitment and knowledge. Unlike humans, who are esentially herbivores, dogs and cats are carnivores, and have significantly different nutritional needs than humans. Anyone who is considering a non-meat diet for their pet needs to do the necessary research to make sure that those nutritional needs are met, and not make the switch casually. It sounds like Heidi Tremaine, a biologist and owner of the pit bull, did that research.
---"My other comment is on the wind power birdkill URL. The link cited makes some good points. It seems quite plausible that parts of the government are using concern over birds as an excuse to oppose wind power. However, as the page also notes, wind turbines, especially in the wrong places, DO kill birds. (The site also mentions my big concern: cell towers, certain of which have been well documented as bird killers.)
---"The article becomes disingenuous, however, when it falls back on a popular refrain of large industry: "well, other things kill more birds." The reality of bird kills does not mean that wind power should be abandoned as an option. We should go forward with our eyes open to the implications, and not rationalize the impacts away just because wind power is PC. We need to study and quantify the impacts, learn how to minimize them, and make objective judgements as to whether the benefits outweigh the costs.
---"And I wouldn't want those who didn't click on the URL to think it dispelled the myth of tower kills. It is real. The question is, is it acceptable? --Jim Houghton
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"Thank you! What a great email service!" --Sandy Tartowski

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POETRY SLAM 2/1 at Juna's Cafe on Commons. "We have two featured poets, Lucy and Dawn, coming from Chicago. You can check them out:"

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"CXWIDMER" is the WINNER of the $6.00 coupon from HARVEST DELI. Claim by email reply by 2/1 .

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ALTERNATIVES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION'S "TOPPING OFF" CELEBRATION "With very Alternative style, the membership will be celebrating the "topping off" of our new building on Valentine's Day. You are invited to sign your name on the beams of the new building before they are enclosed. Your name will be forever a part of our "heart"!
---"In addition there will be a little bit of very short, very warm speaking by our Staff, Board and Members. Warm beverages and food to feed the body. Hot, hot, hot music and dancing to feed the soul. Singing, hugging, well-wishing and story telling. Things for the kids to do! And of course, Previews of where everything will be when the building is finished." 2/14, 5-7pm, 125 North Fulton Street.

AVOID MONEY TRAPS "Easy money offers, quick credit fixes, high interest credit cards and rent-to-own stores are just some examples of legal ways to lose your money to predatory credit practices. Are you a victim of predatory lending? Alternatives Federal Credit Union is presenting a seminar on predatory lending to help you recognize, avoid, and recover from predatory lending." 1/31 at 7pm Alternatives lobby, 301 W State St, Fee: $5 for members and $15 for non-members, HOURS accepted. A $10 new account discount coupon will be given to non-member participants. Joseph Smith 273-3582 Ext. 840

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SEMINAR 2/12, 7:00 p.m. At Autumn Leaves Bookstore & Caf 115 The Commons, 3rd Level 273-3582 Ex. 840 TO REGISTER Joseph Smith $5 for members $15 for non-members, HOURS accepted.

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IMPROVE YOUR GRANT APPLICATIONS and review case studies, with Cassandra George and Paula Davis from Ithaca College. In addition, local foundations will discuss the kinds of proposals they will be looking for during their upcoming funding cycles. FREE 2/21, 8am-12:30pm, Holiday Inn, S. Cayuga St. Refreshments. RSVP to Anita Hall: Community Foundation of Tompkins County

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CHI KUNG - Winter/Spring classes resume at Cornell, One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Mondays & Thursdays 5 to 5:45 pm. Starts February 4, until May 2. Meditative exercises for health & well-being. Register at class. Fees charged. (5:45 Tai Chi Chuan practice, for continuing students only, Prof. Cheng Man-Ching lineage, Yang Style, Short Form.) Ithaca HOURS accepted. Ithaca Tai Chi Group, Kati Hanna, 272-3972

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FIRST FRIDAYS OF CENTRAL NEW YORK will be in Binghamton, 2/1, at the Holiday Inn Arena, 8 Hawley Street in downtown Binghamton (Directions below). Begins at 7:30 with the cocktail hour. "Enjoy the soothing sounds of a live Jazz Band and complimentary hors d'oeuvres while networking with the Southern Tier and Central New York's premier professionals of color. At 8pm, experience the art of African Mud Painting. There will be several raffles throughout the night for fun, romantic prizes (all proceeds to benefit DFS-Binghamton), To reserve a company table: ffcny@hotmail.com or Joseph Smith

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"EAHALEGROSS" and "SEVENFOLKS" are the WINNERS of the tickets to BREAD & PUPPET THEATRE at State Theatre. Claim by reply to this email by 2/1.

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NAMGYAL MONASTERY 412 N. Aurora St. One and all are invited to attend a Losar celebration, on the Tibetan New Year, February 13, 2002. The one-hour gathering will take place from 8am-9am, and will consist of prayers, a brief New Years talk by Ven. Tenzin Deshek, and traditional Tibetan tea and sweet rice. You are welcome to bring offerings of sweets, tea, flowers or other items of enjoyment for the altar."

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TOMPKINS COUNTY RECESSION detailed by Elia Kacapyr of Ithaca College

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GREENSTAR EVENTS:

1/23, Wed. * Pregnancy Support, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Pregnant women, their partners and caregivers are invited to this hands-on class. Come learn foot reflexology and acupressure points to help relieve discomfort during pregnancy, and a special set to ease labor. Cat Berry, Licensed Massage Therapist with 25 years of experience using these tools, will teach this class.

1/24, Thurs. * The Roots of Health, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Have you ever wondered how to include rutabagas, burdock, and parsnips in your diet?

1/30, Wed. * Kundalini Yoga, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Jennifer Crimi is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner and Certified YogaInstructor, and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for 6 years.

2/6, Wed. * Taoist Meditation: An Introduction to the Healing Tao, 7 - 8:15pm. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Deborah Jeanne Dover is an Associate Instructor of the Healing Tao and a Certified Teacher with the Nines Gates Mystery School.

2/7, Thurs. * Quick and Easy Grains, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Free. Call GreenStar at 273-9392 to register. Including whole grains in your diet can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

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TOMPKINS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY:

NEW BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR ADULTS: 1/29, 7-9 pm: Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster." Borg Warner Room of Tompkins County Public Library. Pre-registration required: at the Adult Services Reference Desk, or call 272-4557 ext. 255, or online BYOBook. Sarah Glogowski at 272-4557 ext. 255.

ITHACA SHORTS is an exciting new series of dramatic readings of new and classic Short Stories bringing the written word to life especially for adults. 2/11: "When in Doubt" by Paul Gallico read by Rosemary Smith "Heartburn" by Hortense Calisher read by Gary Weissbrot "She Unnames Them" by Ursula LeGuin read by Karen Anderson "Red the Rat Man" by Bailey White read by Barbara Mink

LA HORA DEL CUENTO
La Biblioteca del Condado de Tompkins anuncia que La Hora del Cuento/Storytime in Spanish continuara en las dias listados abajo. El programa sera solamente en Espanol y tendra lugar en el "Thaler/Howell Program Room" 3:30- 4:30pm, Domingos: 1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28, 5/19
---Aunque los cuentos que se van a leer seran para ninos de 2 a 7 anos, ninos de todas las edades estan invitados a participar. La Hora del Cuento necesita voluntaries. Quien este interesado en leet cuentos en Espanol, por favor, llame a Bonnie Wojnowski o envie un mensaje a

Marcelle Toor, curator of the art exhibit ITHACA DESIGNS 2002 An Exhibition of Graphic Design, which is on display at Tompkins county Public Library through March 2002, will present a one-hour workshop "Looking Good in Print and on the Web" 2/2 at 2:00pm

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AUTUMN LEAVES USED BOOKS: Events: 115 The Commons 273-8239
1/19-26 Tompkins County Network for Peace & Justice Anti-Racism Art Show.
1/24 - Jug Jango (Aceto Bros, et al) 7-9pm
2/7 - The Barnburners (Avant-Garde Bluegrass) 7-9pm
2/10 Reading of a new work: Bad Dog Productions: George Sapio 274-9265

This is a large space for events, meetings, art shows, dance, etc: contact L'Aveggio 272-7299 Autumn Leaves invites people to begin accepting Ithaca HOURS, by selling their books.

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"TRICIA_ETH" is the WINNER of the $10 gift certificate from Sparrow's Fine Wines. Claim by reply to this email by 2/1 Sparrow's: 726 W. Green St. 256-7145

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BOUND FOR GLORY at Commons Coffeehouse, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell. The nation's oldest continuous live folk radio broadcast-- 35 years. Sunday nights from 8 to 11, with live sets at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30. Admission in the live audience at the Cafe at Anabel Taylor Hall is free. Kids are always welcome. Phil Shapiro 844-4535

1/27 AKIRE BUBAR. There's a wonderful revival of traditionally oriented folk music going on beneath the radar among younger folk performers. Akire Bubar brings a beautiful voice and a charming approach to her music, and her songs, old and new, are strong and worthy. This will be a fine Bound for Glory debut.

2/3 DELANEY BROTHERS BLUEGRASS. There's a lot of bluegrass in this part of the world, and the Delaney Brothers are by any measure at the top of the pyramid. Their music is part way between traditional bluegrass and newgrass. Their harmonies and instrumental abilities are superb. Best of all, though, they're a lot of fun.

2/10 LES SAMPOU. Welcome back Les Sampou. Les has gone back to her blues roots on her most recent album, and she's got the chops to pull it off. She is also a fine songwriter, and we'll have an exciting evening, full of contrasts, from this rising star of the folk world. Don't miss her.

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BABYSITTING and HOUSECLEANING, xlnt refs, plus health food cooking, nutritional counseling, personal growth. Here 2 Help Service: 277-0694 HOURS accepted.

CREATIVIZE your birthday parties, events, day care: turning ordinary situations into something fun which brings out creativity-- music, voice, dance, drama, improv, adventure. Joey Steinhagen 227-6997. HOURS accepted.

EARTHSONG GARDENS Community Supported Agriculture at Catharpin Farm now offering Ground Hog Day Savings @ $75 per Member Harvest Share in our 2002 season. Sign up & reserve your membership by 2/14 to enjoy these sweet savings! We accept Ithaca HOURS. Pick up our CSA brochure at Tompkins County Public Library, AFCU or Greenstar." 533-4385

ACUPUNCTURE & Chinese medicine: PULSE DIAGNOSIS detects illness before symptoms appear: Brandt Stickley 532-8503 HOURS accepted.

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MASTER COMPOSTERS NEEDED for Master Composter Volunteer Training: ten Wednesdays, 2/20 - 4/24, 6:30- 8:30pm, Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue

"The Master Composters are an enthusiastic group, committed to promoting responsible composting. The program covers all aspects of composting, including: the basic science of compost, systems and methods for indoor and outdoor composting, troubleshooting, how to assess and use finished compost, and diverse methods of outreach. This year's Master Composter training begins on February 20th and continues for ten consecutive Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in protecting the environment, improving your own and other people's gardens, reducing waste, and having fun with a lively group of volunteers, then consider joining us!" Application Deadline 2/1. Application packet: Adam Michaelides, 272-2292 ext. 124

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