ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
September #1 2003

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the SECOND OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,351 Ithaca area residents]

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FIFTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack), Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), Dinosaur Drygoods ($10), White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class).
WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED AT ithacanews.org Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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MAP & PHOTO OF YOUR HOUSE IN CITY OF ITHACA: 94 maps of Ithaca

MAYORAL CANDIDATES: election day 11/4.
---PAUL GLOVER & Responds to Carolyn Peterson's supporters
---CAROLYN PETERSON
---BEAU SAUL

10/10 IS LAST DAY FOR NYS RESIDENTS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN 2003 LOCAL ELECTIONS & 2004 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES. To help register voters: bo_lipari_2@hotmail.com Registration forms at Autumn Leaves Books or Board of Elections 128 E. Buffalo St.

HUNDREDS OF LOCAL CLASSIFIED ADS ONLINE at ithacanews.org/classifieds.html FREE! Spend & earn Ithaca HOURS, Sell, Buy, Swap, Give Away, Rent, Find Work, garage sales.

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NEW GROUPS FORMING

YOUNG WORKERS PROJECT tmalchi@yahoo.com organizing Cornell student workers. 917-468-2783. "Young workers under age 25 have poverty rates about twice the nation's average & are least likely to be unionized." --Tomer Malchi. See also COOPERATIVE RESTAURANT "where you can buy a meal at cost by simply putting in your volunteer hours. Other ideas for uses of the space: a bakery, local farmer food processing & canning so that we can eat local food year round!" Douglas Krisch dmk19@cornell.edu 272-6903

FOOD NOT LAWNS 9/25 at See Spot Gallery 7pm. rainbowwarrior14874@yahoo.com

OTB REFERENDUM INITIATIVE LAUNCHED: responding to the 9/2 vote of Tompkins County Legislature that brings Off-Track Betting (OTB) to Tompkins County. "The registered voters of Tompkins County [can] bring this issue to a vote if 2,800 of us sign a petition calling for a public referendum" allowing voters to "directly voice their approval or disapproval of OTB."
---"Registered voters who can help circulate petitions are needed. Petitions are available by calling the OTB Referendum Initiative Hotline at 256-8279." --Dick & Mary Lou Tenney rwt1@cornell.edu

WILLET DAIRY in East Genoa, 10 miles north of Lansing, "is raping the land & its people w/ water & air polllution from its 3,800 dairy herd. Every public official from town to state to federal, & every regulatory agency has reneged on their duty & responsibility to these folks, our neighbors." -- Jessie Lind
---1) organize a summit on CAFO's (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).
---2) organize a campaign jessielind@hotmail.com 273-0532

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FEATURED EVENTS

MUSICAL EVENING OF HEALING 9/16, 7:30pm, Cornell University Baha'i Club. "The Healing Prayer," International Lounge at Willard Straight Hall. Patrick Q. McMahon 257-7931 pqmc@aol.com

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 9/16, 7:30pm, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave. All welcome. ewb2@cornell.edu

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT "Woody Guthrie's protege, traveling companion & sidekick." 9/17, Anabel Taylor Hall, $16 advance, $18 door: Clinton House, GreenStar, Autumn Leaves Books, 273-4497 Half HOUR accepted.

"FULLY COMMITTED" comedy by Becky Mode at Kitchen Theatre Company, Clinton House. Karl Gregory portrays 37 characters. Previews 9/18 & 9/19, 8pm. Opens 9/20, 8:00pm. Sunday Matinees 4:00pm. Tickets $20.00 (senior & student discounts) 273-4497, 1-800-28-ITHACA kitchentheatre.com HOURS accepted. 272-0403 kitchenithaca@aol.com

"LESSONS FROM SUSTAINABLE SONOMA COUNTY: CAN WE DO IT HERE?" 9/18, 9am, Council Chambers, City Hall, 108 E Green St. "This California county plans its development in the context of its long-term ecological, social & economic health."

ITHACA SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS: Sunday evenings, Willard Straight Hall, North Room. Step practice & beginners instruction 7:30pm. Regular dancing 8-10pm. "No partners are necessary but soft sold shoes are essential. Live fiddle musicby Kathy Selby." 257-6017 sallycg@clarityconnect.com

LATINO HERITAGE MONTH 9/20, 7:30-9:30pm, Community School of Music & Arts, 330 E. State. RSVP 277-8699. All events free:
---9/21, 5:30 pm, Spanish Mass & Dish to Pass dinner, St. Catherine of Siena Church
---9/ 27, 3:30 pm, La Hora Del Cuento/Spanish Story Time, TCPL
---9/27, 10pm, PARTY, CSMA Auditorium: Jorge Cuevas & the Rising Sign
---10/4, 7:30 pm, Teatrotaller, Syracuse's Spanish Action League, Latino Theater Youth Troupe, Finger Lakes String Quartet, Tango Dance Performance, CSMA Auditorium.

NEWFIELD OLD HOME DAYS FIDDLERS FESTIVAL 9/20, 2-7:00pm, Newfield Central School

Farmers' Market by Marty Luster of Photo News Service

BOUND FOR GLORY SHOWS
* 9/21 EVE GOLDBERG from Toronto, "she sounds like a mountain singer... an early jazz chanteuse. "
* 9/28 SCOTT ALARIK from Minnesota, "his old time stories are legendary. "
* 9/5 MARK RUST former Ithacan, "delightful stories and songs about our town."
* 10/12 ALBUMS FROM THE STUDIOS during Fall Break
---There will be seven more live shows in the late Fall, starting 10/19.

ITHACA'S INTEGRATIVE COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER (IICWC) Community social & membership drive 9/23, 7-8:45pm. Wownet Cafe, 111 N. Aurora.

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE: Principles & Creativity, 9/24, 7-8:15 pm, Greenstar. "Permaculture is a garden-based, home-scale system for living, within a cultivated ecosystem. Stephen Gabriel is certified in permaculture & farms locally." Free.

WOMEN'S NETWORK FAIR 9/24, 11am-2pm, Women's Community Bldg. "Last year's event involved over 130 women who live or work in Tompkins County. This year we will have room for even more groups & businesses that offer services for TC women." Gay Huddle 272-1247 ActForChange.com click the New Actions button.

LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE public meeting 9/24, 6:30-8:00pm. TCPL Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC)

DRAG KING & DRAG QUEEN CONTEST 9/28, 9:00pm, Castaways. 18 yrs+ $ 5.00. 1st-2nd-3rd prizes. BYO music 8:45pm. Sign up at door. Must be in drag to perform. wemoonsarmyandfringe@yahoo.com

ITHACA HOURS ANNUAL MEETING & DESSERT BASH 10/8, 7pm, GIAC. ithacahours@ithacahours.org

FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM (Kol Haverim) High Holy Days events:
---Rosh Hashanah 9/26, 7pm "adult-oriented humanistic service w/ a potluck" Senior Citizens' Ctr, 119 W. Court: $10/ members, $15 non-memb. HOURS accepted. Joan Joseph 257-5225 jejoseph105@yahoo.com
---Rosh Hashanah Family Service 9/27, 10:30am. children 3+: Burtt House, 227 N. Willard Way. Caren Cooper cbc25@cornell.edu 257-4231. RSVP w/ the number adults/children
---Yom Kippur 10/6, 7 pm: "time for reflection & discussion followed by potluck meal: RSVP Harry Segal hgs2@cornell.edu

JODY KESSLER 10/3, 9-11PM, Moosewood Cafe. W/ Rich DePaolo & Charlie Shew. Admission $5, free w/ purchase of new CD; HOURS accepted. 273-9618.

FINGER LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 10/ 3-9: More than 30 films, most include discussion w/expert on the film's topic.

GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE 10/4, noon-4pm

CONTEMPLATIVE SHABBAT SER VICES 10/4, 11/22, 12/20: "Experience & express the peace, joy, & renewal of Shabbat with meditation, chanting, singing, movement, interactive Torah, & communal ritual. No knowledge of Hebrew or meditation necessary. Led by Mona Sulzman. Call for location 277-7553 mona@lightlink.com 277-6442.

PUNK MUSIC LISTINGS MOVIE LISTINGS ITHACA EVENTS

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

"THE GROWING MENACE OF LEFT-WING ANTI-SEMITISM," 9/18, 7-9pm, Women's Community Bldg. --Jeremy/Nobody radio@lightlink.com

CELEBRATING PEACE ACTIVISM FESTIVAL 9/19, 7-9:00pm, First Baptist Church Dewitt Park, "Spoken Freely: Words & Music in Celebration of Peace Activism: Yi Ping, Ogaga Ifowodo, Michelle Berry & the Hippee Harlems, & Wimmin in Black.
---9/20, 2:30-6:30, Cornell Arts Quad "AN AFTERNOON OF ART, MUSIC & INFORMATION." Bread & Puppet Theater [to perform: Bria bcm25@cornell.edu], Michelle Shocked, Hank Roberts & Wiggy Dog Boy, Stephan Smith, Radio London. Volunteers needed: akw7@cornell.edu Your group may table: Marcie Ley 592-9763 ML279@cornell.edu
--- "THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE" 9/20, 11:30am, Uris Hall, documentary of the 1999 anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.
---"THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE: IS VOTING ENOUGH?" 9/20, 1-2:30pm Uris Hall Auditorium. "A round table debate on the effectiveness ofdirect & voting in political discourse. Participants: Dr. James Turner, Irene Stein, Mark Finkelstein, Dr. Jennifer Daniels, the Audience.
---DAN BERRIGAN SPEECH 9/20, 7.30-9:30pm, Barnes Hall, "Reflections on Peace Action." Berrigan was Catholic Chaplain at Cornell 30 years ago, major antiwar activist, one of America's 10 most wanted 'criminals' who spoke at Barton Hall before thousands & escaped.
---SERMON BY FR. DANIEL BERRIGAN 9/21, 11-12am Sage Chapel, Cornell.
*Look for Fr. Berrigan's poetry on posters & the Peace Activism Mural
* "Activism in Ithaca" slide show at Cornell & Robert Purcell (featuring Amazing Ithaca history)
* Fr. Berrigan's books available at Cornell Store and The Bookery
* Olin Library display of the Berrigan years at Cornell

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT $87 billion to control Iraq or $87 billion for strengthening the USA

PAUL GLOVER'S 9/11 BUFFALO SPEECH: on-line: eriecountygreens.org/glover.mpa Download: Paul_Glover_in_Buffalo_NY_9-11-03.mp3

THEY PAID NO TAXES 1996-1998: AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squib, Chase Manhattan, Enron Corp., Exxon Corp., Pfizer Inc., Mobil Corp., General Electric, Microsoft Corp., Philip Morris, Walt Disney Co. and World Com Inc. publiccampaign.org

ACTIVIST KNITTING CIRCLE Thursday nights 8:30pm, Watermargin Co-op. Activists from Cornell or Ithaca discuss socio-political issues."

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GREATER ITHACA ART TRAIL OPEN STUDIO WEEKENDS, a self guided tour of 51 artists' studios. Buy local art! 10/11, 12, 18, 19, noon-6pm

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AMAZING ITHACA

* September 16, 1905: Fierce fight between two old bulldogs, their usual greeting.
* Septermber 17, 1832: Chang & Eng, the original SIAMESE TWINS, are exhibited at Clinton House.
* September 18, 1942: Jud Tupper celebrates his 89 birthday by picking 83 bushels of apples. "It got dark, so I had to quit before I picked 89."
* September 19, 1884: Enfielder catches live EAGLE, 6.5ft wingspan, intends to kill & stuff it.
* September 20, 1950: FLAMING DUMP TRUCK is driven to fire station & soaked half an hour.
* September 21, 1892: A wife-beater named LOVE is jailed.
* September 22, 1905: Mary Moffat visits scene of her 100-ft tumble into Fall Creek, 60 years later. "They said my hoopskirt opened to parachute me safely down, but that was just a yarn. I fell headfirst."

SPECTACULAR IROQUOIS BEADWORK EXHIBIT Begins October, DeWitt Historical Society, several hundred pieces of beautifully handcrafted beadwork created by Iroquois Indians over the last two centuries." http://www.tompkinscountyhistory.org

"CLASSICAL ROOTS: CLASSICAL ELEMENTS OF LOCAL ARCHITECTURE" 9/22-10/31, DeWitt Historical Society's photographs. Available for purchase after the exhibition.

AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY CALENDAR 2004 now also sold at GreenStar's front desk.

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FRIEND OF LABOR AWARD 9/1/03 to TIM JOSEPH: excerpts from statement by Carl Feuer: "Possibly no one else has been as perceptive & eloquent and prolific as ascribe of letters & opinion pieces on the themes of economic & social justice in the Journal & elsewhere during this time. But he has been more than a writer. Much more.
---"From the inception of the living wage movement here in Ithaca he was an active & effective participant. In 1997 he played a critical role in winning passage of ground-breaking legislation which ensured that all human service workers then laboring under County contracts would be paid a living wage - & over 20 workers did receive raises. Most important, in my opinion, he did this not only as a member of the County Legislature but also & primarily as an unabashed member & activist with the Living Wage Coalition. Too many of our friends are elected to office & then forget their organizational roots in the movement for egalitarianism and fairness. He didn't.
---"In 2002 when over 500 of us and 50 organizations holding their banners high marched through the streets of Ithaca demanding a living wage for our hardworking school paraprofessionals he was there leading the delegation of local legislators.
---"And this year, again, when we moved to seek passage of a County living wage resolution, he was there, and drafted the resolution that was eventually passed."

DON'T GO BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC held recently by Fingerlakes Unschoolers' Network (FUN).

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY seeks volunteer tutors. Meet 2 hours/week. Please commit to 15 hours of training in late September & early October. TOMPKINS COUNTY 2004 BUDGET

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YOUR LETTERS

"I've just moved to Ithaca from the NY metro area & would appreciate receiving your newsletter. It is required reading for anyone interested in what is going on in town." --Barbara Wagner
---- "Hello! I have recently moved out of state but I want to keep informed of things going on in Ithaca. Can you please add my name again? Thanks so much!" --Anne-Marie
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"I'd like to pay my son's allowance in HOURS, but I don't know how to start. Can you help?" --Judy Swann
---[REPLY] You can buy HOURS from GreenStar & accepting HOURS as change, which helps circulate them. Your son can spend them w/ anybody in the HOUR Town directory, or listed at ithacanews.org/classifieds.html --or anyone else willing to accept them.
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"Please do add me to your listserv. I am an activist now doing human rights work in Guatemala. At the end of this year I will be back in the U.S. & am very interested in the Ithaca area." --Tony Banout
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"On 8/30 the Ithaca Journal ran a long article which showed just how serious a problem the lack of affordable housing is in this county. The article had data showing that the % of people paying more than 35% of their income for housing averaged 42.8%, ranging from 51.6% in the City of Ithaca (distorted by students) to 22.3% in Groton. Danby & Enfield were both over 40%. If the Journal had used HUD's 30% of income as the index point, then the numbers lacking affordable housing would have been greater still!
---"Anybody have any ideas how we can organize to lower rents?" --Carl Feuer
---[REPLY] Whenever the City gets its hands on properties these should be removed from the speculative market by conversion to limited-equity co-housing for low-income residents. Disincentives should be imposed on absentee landlords. Superinsulation tax credits (particularly for glazing) should be provided to landlords who cut fuel bills & pass savings to renters. Mutual aid systems & buying clubs for food, fuel & health care will likewise cut the cost of living & build the equity for ownership.
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"Chuck Nocera (of the Tompkins County Red Cross) & I have floated the idea for years of local governments offering tax incentives to landlords who provide affordable housing or rent to identified groups of people, which could include low income people. But in this climate of federal & state budget squeezes, that's really unlikely.
---"Another idea is that any housing development that uses public funding (CDBG, tax abatements, etc) should include some housing units that are required to remain at an affordable level for X number of years. I think we need to recognize the reality of housing in this market.
---"Energy costs & property taxes are high, & students are using dorm prices as a standard, & are willing & able to pay much more than working families can afford. Limited housing options mean that working people will live further away from their jobs, & have the additional expenses of maintaining & insuring cars, paying for gas, etc. Obviously, we need higher wages & better mass transportation as well as more affordable housing." --Deirdre Silverman deirdre@alternatives.org
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"I know you are interesting in cycling & thought you might like this site: Cyclists in Love" cyclists.perfect-match.co.uk/register.php --Dave
---[REPLY] It's a beauty-- We can get one started here, unless you add more nations & cities to your menu. NYS bike maps: dot.state.ny.us/pubtrans/bphome.html
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"Have you noticed that 'Ithaca is Gorges' T-shirts are suddenly trendy attire for college students? They're everywhere! (Plus I saw one in Portland OR this summer. ) I'm wondering whether you or your News readers could shed any light on why the familiar design has caught on this particular year. Were they given away at orientation? Has there been a marketing blitz? Are they available in new locations convenient to students? I'm tickled at seeing so many students proclaim their admiration for their temporary home, rather than just complaining about the cold winters. While we're on the subject, do you know who created the original design, & when?" --Robinne
---[REPLY] Howard Cogan, local radio ad crafter, wrote the slogan. There's recently been more of an effort to orient new college students to their new home. Hopefully that will bring them downtown.
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"Can we, here in Washington, REALLY join Ithaca Health Fund? How do we approach physicians w/ this plan, if they're not already informed? Must they be members? I've read almost your entire site & it sounds much like what we'd like to do. I'm impressed. We need these grassroots programs around the country. Is there any way we could set-up a separate, local plan (may we?) or set-up a 'branch' of Ithaca Health Fund locally?" --Kelly
---[REPLY] Yes, the Fund has members in 21 states. We make payments anywhere in the world w/any health provider. Members either have the bill sent to us or send it to us for reimbursement. We're hoping to inspire the formation of independent affiliated health funds. You can join us at this stage, then spin off when you prefer.
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"I imagine you're familiar with The Onion & their particular brand of humor -- in light of the impending arrival of Wal-Mart in Ithaca, I thought readers of the ICN might get a chuckle (of course, under the humor lurks the sad, sad truth) out of this article:" theonion.com/3935/opinion1.html --Kristie Snyder
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"Let me first say how great I think this newsletter is & how glad I am to receive it. Your recent announcement that you are running for mayor seems to be a very logical step for someone like yourself who plays such a large role in our community.
---"What is your position on alternative personal transportation? And how do you see the city accommodating individuals who wish to embrace ne transportation technologies?" --Tom
---[REPLY] I met Segway's inventor this year at the Sciencenter & rode one at a Chamber Mixer.
---"I've specialized in ecological urban design & find these a good fit. Like bicycles, the cleanest personal vehicle, they should be provided more roadway. Dean Kamen's invention should be permitted on sidewalks.
---"To the extent we have local authority to declare these roadworthy, I'd seek to do so."
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"Some kind of transit rail system for this town, even from the big box/ falls area to Stewart Park, & one line up to Cornell would be incredible. Would it be feasible? We are running ON HEALTH CARE SERVICESŲł 9/17, 12:30-1:30pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building, Health Dept, Health Planning Council.

"ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS TO PREGNANT WOMEN, INFANTS & THE ELDERLY." lecture by Sandra Steingraber 9/18, 7:00pm, Park Auditorium, Park Hall, Ithaca College. "The environmental links to late life dementia such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's."

LEAD PAINT - TESTING, SAFETY MEASURES, REMOVAL 9/25, 7-8pm, Significant Elements, 212 Center St: "personal protective, equipment, government regulations, lead-safe work practices, safely stripping paint. Pre-registration: Significant Elements 277-3450.

ITHACA HEALTH FUND is now the most transparent health plan in the world: each receipt 1997-2002 is on the web Still $100/year for emergency coverage.

ITHACA BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE FALL CLASSES: Breast Cancer 101: Register: 277-0960
* Monday, Oct. 6 & 13; register by noon Fri., Oct. 3rd
* Monday, Nov. 3 & 10; register by noon Fri., Oct. 26th
* Monday, Dec. 1 & 8; register by 9 a.m. Mon., Dec. 1st.

ACUPRESSURE FOR BEGINNERS Level 1: Thursdays 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 7-9:30pm, Sliding Scale $50-$100, HOURS accepted. TREAT YOUR FEET! (Reflexology): Tuesdays 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 7-9:30pm; ACUPRESSURE FOR BEGINNERS Level 2: Thursdays 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, same. Cat Berry 256-7070

ITHACA T'AI CHI GROUP, Anabel Taylor Hall, One World Room 9/2-12/4: Register at class.
Tuesdays 5 pm, Chi Kung; Tuesdays 5:45 pm, Beginning Tai Chi Chuan, new class
Thursdays 5 pm, Chi Kung; Thursdays 5:45 pm, Advanced Tai Chi Chuan, for those who completed form. Kati Hanna, 272-3972, ksh28@cornell.edu

MEDITATION SERVICES AT FOUNDATION OF LIGHT Sundays 10:30am-noon. "The wisdom of all the major world religions is studied & honored." 391 Turkey Hill Rd. 273-9550

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Thanks to Homer & Jane at LIGHTLINK for reliable internet services.

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
September #1 2003

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the SECOND OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,351 Ithaca area residents]

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FIFTEEN READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Ithaca Fine Chocolates (4-pack), Gimme! Coffee (1# coffee), Oasis Grocery ($5), ($6), Sparrow's Wines ($10), Ten Thousand Villages ($10), ABC Cafe ($10), Acorn Designs ($7.50), Toko Imports ($5), Dinosaur Drygoods ($10), White Lotus Home ($10), Surya Incense (pkg), The Yoga Corner (free class).
WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED AT ithacanews.org Winners reply sending their mailing address.

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MAP & PHOTO OF YOUR HOUSE IN CITY OF ITHACA: 94 maps of Ithaca

MAYORAL CANDIDATES: election day 11/4.
---PAUL GLOVER & Responds to Carolyn Peterson's supporters
---CAROLYN PETERSON
---BEAU SAUL

10/10 IS LAST DAY FOR NYS RESIDENTS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN 2003 LOCAL ELECTIONS & 2004 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES. To help register voters: bo_lipari_2@hotmail.com Registration forms at Autumn Leaves Books or Board of Elections 128 E. Buffalo St.

HUNDREDS OF LOCAL CLASSIFIED ADS ONLINE at ithacanews.org/classifieds.html FREE! Spend & earn Ithaca HOURS, Sell, Buy, Swap, Give Away, Rent, Find Work, garage sales.

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NEW GROUPS FORMING

YOUNG WORKERS PROJECT tmalchi@yahoo.com organizing Cornell student workers. 917-468-2783. "Young workers under age 25 have poverty rates about twice the nation's average & are least likely to be unionized." --Tomer Malchi. See also COOPERATIVE RESTAURANT "where you can buy a meal at cost by simply putting in your volunteer hours. Other ideas for uses of the space: a bakery, local farmer food processing & canning so that we can eat local food year round!" Douglas Krisch dmk19@cornell.edu 272-6903

FOOD NOT LAWNS 9/25 at See Spot Gallery 7pm. rainbowwarrior14874@yahoo.com

OTB REFERENDUM INITIATIVE LAUNCHED: responding to the 9/2 vote of Tompkins County Legislature that brings Off-Track Betting (OTB) to Tompkins County. "The registered voters of Tompkins County [can] bring this issue to a vote if 2,800 of us sign a petition calling for a public referendum" allowing voters to "directly voice their approval or disapproval of OTB."
---"Registered voters who can help circulate petitions are needed. Petitions are available by calling the OTB Referendum Initiative Hotline at 256-8279." --Dick & Mary Lou Tenney rwt1@cornell.edu

WILLET DAIRY in East Genoa, 10 miles north of Lansing, "is raping the land & its people w/ water & air polllution from its 3,800 dairy herd. Every public official from town to state to federal, & every regulatory agency has reneged on their duty & responsibility to these folks, our neighbors." -- Jessie Lind
---1) organize a summit on CAFO's (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).
---2) organize a campaign jessielind@hotmail.com 273-0532

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FEATURED EVENTS

MUSICAL EVENING OF HEALING 9/16, 7:30pm, Cornell University Baha'i Club. "The Healing Prayer," International Lounge at Willard Straight Hall. Patrick Q. McMahon 257-7931 pqmc@aol.com

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 9/16, 7:30pm, Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Ave. All welcome. ewb2@cornell.edu

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT "Woody Guthrie's protege, traveling companion & sidekick." 9/17, Anabel Taylor Hall, $16 advance, $18 door: Clinton House, GreenStar, Autumn Leaves Books, 273-4497 Half HOUR accepted.

"FULLY COMMITTED" comedy by Becky Mode at Kitchen Theatre Company, Clinton House. Karl Gregory portrays 37 characters. Previews 9/18 & 9/19, 8pm. Opens 9/20, 8:00pm. Sunday Matinees 4:00pm. Tickets $20.00 (senior & student discounts) 273-4497, 1-800-28-ITHACA kitchentheatre.com HOURS accepted. 272-0403 kitchenithaca@aol.com

"LESSONS FROM SUSTAINABLE SONOMA COUNTY: CAN WE DO IT HERE?" 9/18, 9am, Council Chambers, City Hall, 108 E Green St. "This California county plans its development in the context of its long-term ecological, social & economic health."

ITHACA SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS: Sunday evenings, Willard Straight Hall, North Room. Step practice & beginners instruction 7:30pm. Regular dancing 8-10pm. "No partners are necessary but soft sold shoes are essential. Live fiddle musicby Kathy Selby." 257-6017 sallycg@clarityconnect.com

LATINO HERITAGE MONTH 9/20, 7:30-9:30pm, Community School of Music & Arts, 330 E. State. RSVP 277-8699. All events free:
---9/21, 5:30 pm, Spanish Mass & Dish to Pass dinner, St. Catherine of Siena Church
---9/ 27, 3:30 pm, La Hora Del Cuento/Spanish Story Time, TCPL
---9/27, 10pm, PARTY, CSMA Auditorium: Jorge Cuevas & the Rising Sign
---10/4, 7:30 pm, Teatrotaller, Syracuse's Spanish Action League, Latino Theater Youth Troupe, Finger Lakes String Quartet, Tango Dance Performance, CSMA Auditorium.

NEWFIELD OLD HOME DAYS FIDDLERS FESTIVAL 9/20, 2-7:00pm, Newfield Central School

Farmers' Market by Marty Luster of Photo News Service

BOUND FOR GLORY SHOWS
* 9/21 EVE GOLDBERG from Toronto, "she sounds like a mountain singer... an early jazz chanteuse. "
* 9/28 SCOTT ALARIK from Minnesota, "his old time stories are legendary. "
* 9/5 MARK RUST former Ithacan, "delightful stories and songs about our town."
* 10/12 ALBUMS FROM THE STUDIOS during Fall Break
---There will be seven more live shows in the late Fall, starting 10/19.

ITHACA'S INTEGRATIVE COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER (IICWC) Community social & membership drive 9/23, 7-8:45pm. Wownet Cafe, 111 N. Aurora.

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE: Principles & Creativity, 9/24, 7-8:15 pm, Greenstar. "Permaculture is a garden-based, home-scale system for living, within a cultivated ecosystem. Stephen Gabriel is certified in permaculture & farms locally." Free.

WOMEN'S NETWORK FAIR 9/24, 11am-2pm, Women's Community Bldg. "Last year's event involved over 130 women who live or work in Tompkins County. This year we will have room for even more groups & businesses that offer services for TC women." Gay Huddle 272-1247 ActForChange.com click the New Actions button.

LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE public meeting 9/24, 6:30-8:00pm. TCPL Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council (ITCTC)

DRAG KING & DRAG QUEEN CONTEST 9/28, 9:00pm, Castaways. 18 yrs+ $ 5.00. 1st-2nd-3rd prizes. BYO music 8:45pm. Sign up at door. Must be in drag to perform. wemoonsarmyandfringe@yahoo.com

ITHACA HOURS ANNUAL MEETING & DESSERT BASH 10/8, 7pm, GIAC. ithacahours@ithacahours.org

FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY FOR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM (Kol Haverim) High Holy Days events:
---Rosh Hashanah 9/26, 7pm "adult-oriented humanistic service w/ a potluck" Senior Citizens' Ctr, 119 W. Court: $10/ members, $15 non-memb. HOURS accepted. Joan Joseph 257-5225 jejoseph105@yahoo.com
---Rosh Hashanah Family Service 9/27, 10:30am. children 3+: Burtt House, 227 N. Willard Way. Caren Cooper cbc25@cornell.edu 257-4231. RSVP w/ the number adults/children
---Yom Kippur 10/6, 7 pm: "time for reflection & discussion followed by potluck meal: RSVP Harry Segal hgs2@cornell.edu

JODY KESSLER 10/3, 9-11PM, Moosewood Cafe. W/ Rich DePaolo & Charlie Shew. Admission $5, free w/ purchase of new CD; HOURS accepted. 273-9618.

FINGER LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 10/ 3-9: More than 30 films, most include discussion w/expert on the film's topic.

GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE 10/4, noon-4pm

CONTEMPLATIVE SHABBAT SER VICES 10/4, 11/22, 12/20: "Experience & express the peace, joy, & renewal of Shabbat with meditation, chanting, singing, movement, interactive Torah, & communal ritual. No knowledge of Hebrew or meditation necessary. Led by Mona Sulzman. Call for location 277-7553 mona@lightlink.com 277-6442.

PUNK MUSIC LISTINGS MOVIE LISTINGS ITHACA EVENTS

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

"THE GROWING MENACE OF LEFT-WING ANTI-SEMITISM," 9/18, 7-9pm, Women's Community Bldg. --Jeremy/Nobody radio@lightlink.com

CELEBRATING PEACE ACTIVISM FESTIVAL 9/19, 7-9:00pm, First Baptist Church Dewitt Park, "Spoken Freely: Words & Music in Celebration of Peace Activism: Yi Ping, Ogaga Ifowodo, Michelle Berry & the Hippee Harlems, & Wimmin in Black.
---9/20, 2:30-6:30, Cornell Arts Quad "AN AFTERNOON OF ART, MUSIC & INFORMATION." Bread & Puppet Theater [to perform: Bria bcm25@cornell.edu], Michelle Shocked, Hank Roberts & Wiggy Dog Boy, Stephan Smith, Radio London. Volunteers needed: akw7@cornell.edu Your group may table: Marcie Ley 592-9763 ML279@cornell.edu
--- "THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE" 9/20, 11:30am, Uris Hall, documentary of the 1999 anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.
---"THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE: IS VOTING ENOUGH?" 9/20, 1-2:30pm Uris Hall Auditorium. "A round table debate on the effectiveness ofdirect & voting in political discourse. Participants: Dr. James Turner, Irene Stein, Mark Finkelstein, Dr. Jennifer Daniels, the Audience.
---DAN BERRIGAN SPEECH 9/20, 7.30-9:30pm, Barnes Hall, "Reflections on Peace Action." Berrigan was Catholic Chaplain at Cornell 30 years ago, major antiwar activist, one of America's 10 most wanted 'criminals' who spoke at Barton Hall before thousands & escaped.
---SERMON BY FR. DANIEL BERRIGAN 9/21, 11-12am Sage Chapel, Cornell.
*Look for Fr. Berrigan's poetry on posters & the Peace Activism Mural
* "Activism in Ithaca" slide show at Cornell & Robert Purcell (featuring Amazing Ithaca history)
* Fr. Berrigan's books available at Cornell Store and The Bookery
* Olin Library display of the Berrigan years at Cornell

NATIONAL PRIORITIES PROJECT $87 billion to control Iraq or $87 billion for strengthening the USA

PAUL GLOVER'S 9/11 BUFFALO SPEECH: on-line: eriecountygreens.org/glover.mpa Download: Paul_Glover_in_Buffalo_NY_9-11-03.mp3

THEY PAID NO TAXES 1996-1998: AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squib, Chase Manhattan, Enron Corp., Exxon Corp., Pfizer Inc., Mobil Corp., General Electric, Microsoft Corp., Philip Morris, Walt Disney Co. and World Com Inc. publiccampaign.org

ACTIVIST KNITTING CIRCLE Thursday nights 8:30pm, Watermargin Co-op. Activists from Cornell or Ithaca discuss socio-political issues."

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GREATER ITHACA ART TRAIL OPEN STUDIO WEEKENDS, a self guided tour of 51 artists' studios. Buy local art! 10/11, 12, 18, 19, noon-6pm

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AMAZING ITHACA

* September 16, 1905: Fierce fight between two old bulldogs, their usual greeting.
* Septermber 17, 1832: Chang & Eng, the original SIAMESE TWINS, are exhibited at Clinton House.
* September 18, 1942: Jud Tupper celebrates his 89 birthday by picking 83 bushels of apples. "It got dark, so I had to quit before I picked 89."
* September 19, 1884: Enfielder catches live EAGLE, 6.5ft wingspan, intends to kill & stuff it.
* September 20, 1950: FLAMING DUMP TRUCK is driven to fire station & soaked half an hour.
* September 21, 1892: A wife-beater named LOVE is jailed.
* September 22, 1905: Mary Moffat visits scene of her 100-ft tumble into Fall Creek, 60 years later. "They said my hoopskirt opened to parachute me safely down, but that was just a yarn. I fell headfirst."

SPECTACULAR IROQUOIS BEADWORK EXHIBIT Begins October, DeWitt Historical Society, several hundred pieces of beautifully handcrafted beadwork created by Iroquois Indians over the last two centuries." http://www.tompkinscountyhistory.org

"CLASSICAL ROOTS: CLASSICAL ELEMENTS OF LOCAL ARCHITECTURE" 9/22-10/31, DeWitt Historical Society's photographs. Available for purchase after the exhibition.

AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY CALENDAR 2004 now also sold at GreenStar's front desk.

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FRIEND OF LABOR AWARD 9/1/03 to TIM JOSEPH: excerpts from statement by Carl Feuer: "Possibly no one else has been as perceptive & eloquent and prolific as ascribe of letters & opinion pieces on the themes of economic & social justice in the Journal & elsewhere during this time. But he has been more than a writer. Much more.
---"From the inception of the living wage movement here in Ithaca he was an active & effective participant. In 1997 he played a critical role in winning passage of ground-breaking legislation which ensured that all human service workers then laboring under County contracts would be paid a living wage - & over 20 workers did receive raises. Most important, in my opinion, he did this not only as a member of the County Legislature but also & primarily as an unabashed member & activist with the Living Wage Coalition. Too many of our friends are elected to office & then forget their organizational roots in the movement for egalitarianism and fairness. He didn't.
---"In 2002 when over 500 of us and 50 organizations holding their banners high marched through the streets of Ithaca demanding a living wage for our hardworking school paraprofessionals he was there leading the delegation of local legislators.
---"And this year, again, when we moved to seek passage of a County living wage resolution, he was there, and drafted the resolution that was eventually passed."

DON'T GO BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC held recently by Fingerlakes Unschoolers' Network (FUN).

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF TOMPKINS COUNTY seeks volunteer tutors. Meet 2 hours/week. Please commit to 15 hours of training in late September & early October. TOMPKINS COUNTY 2004 BUDGET

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YOUR LETTERS

"I've just moved to Ithaca from the NY metro area & would appreciate receiving your newsletter. It is required reading for anyone interested in what is going on in town." --Barbara Wagner
---- "Hello! I have recently moved out of state but I want to keep informed of things going on in Ithaca. Can you please add my name again? Thanks so much!" --Anne-Marie
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"I'd like to pay my son's allowance in HOURS, but I don't know how to start. Can you help?" --Judy Swann
---[REPLY] You can buy HOURS from GreenStar & accepting HOURS as change, which helps circulate them. Your son can spend them w/ anybody in the HOUR Town directory, or listed at ithacanews.org/classifieds.html --or anyone else willing to accept them.
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"Please do add me to your listserv. I am an activist now doing human rights work in Guatemala. At the end of this year I will be back in the U.S. & am very interested in the Ithaca area." --Tony Banout
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"On 8/30 the Ithaca Journal ran a long article which showed just how serious a problem the lack of affordable housing is in this county. The article had data showing that the % of people paying more than 35% of their income for housing averaged 42.8%, ranging from 51.6% in the City of Ithaca (distorted by students) to 22.3% in Groton. Danby & Enfield were both over 40%. If the Journal had used HUD's 30% of income as the index point, then the numbers lacking affordable housing would have been greater still!
---"Anybody have any ideas how we can organize to lower rents?" --Carl Feuer
---[REPLY] Whenever the City gets its hands on properties these should be removed from the speculative market by conversion to limited-equity co-housing for low-income residents. Disincentives should be imposed on absentee landlords. Superinsulation tax credits (particularly for glazing) should be provided to landlords who cut fuel bills & pass savings to renters. Mutual aid systems & buying clubs for food, fuel & health care will likewise cut the cost of living & build the equity for ownership.
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"Chuck Nocera (of the Tompkins County Red Cross) & I have floated the idea for years of local governments offering tax incentives to landlords who provide affordable housing or rent to identified groups of people, which could include low income people. But in this climate of federal & state budget squeezes, that's really unlikely.
---"Another idea is that any housing development that uses public funding (CDBG, tax abatements, etc) should include some housing units that are required to remain at an affordable level for X number of years. I think we need to recognize the reality of housing in this market.
---"Energy costs & property taxes are high, & students are using dorm prices as a standard, & are willing & able to pay much more than working families can afford. Limited housing options mean that working people will live further away from their jobs, & have the additional expenses of maintaining & insuring cars, paying for gas, etc. Obviously, we need higher wages & better mass transportation as well as more affordable housing." --Deirdre Silverman deirdre@alternatives.org
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"I know you are interesting in cycling & thought you might like this site: Cyclists in Love" cyclists.perfect-match.co.uk/register.php --Dave
---[REPLY] It's a beauty-- We can get one started here, unless you add more nations & cities to your menu. NYS bike maps: dot.state.ny.us/pubtrans/bphome.html
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"Have you noticed that 'Ithaca is Gorges' T-shirts are suddenly trendy attire for college students? They're everywhere! (Plus I saw one in Portland OR this summer. ) I'm wondering whether you or your News readers could shed any light on why the familiar design has caught on this particular year. Were they given away at orientation? Has there been a marketing blitz? Are they available in new locations convenient to students? I'm tickled at seeing so many students proclaim their admiration for their temporary home, rather than just complaining about the cold winters. While we're on the subject, do you know who created the original design, & when?" --Robinne
---[REPLY] Howard Cogan, local radio ad crafter, wrote the slogan. There's recently been more of an effort to orient new college students to their new home. Hopefully that will bring them downtown.
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"Can we, here in Washington, REALLY join Ithaca Health Fund? How do we approach physicians w/ this plan, if they're not already informed? Must they be members? I've read almost your entire site & it sounds much like what we'd like to do. I'm impressed. We need these grassroots programs around the country. Is there any way we could set-up a separate, local plan (may we?) or set-up a 'branch' of Ithaca Health Fund locally?" --Kelly
---[REPLY] Yes, the Fund has members in 21 states. We make payments anywhere in the world w/any health provider. Members either have the bill sent to us or send it to us for reimbursement. We're hoping to inspire the formation of independent affiliated health funds. You can join us at this stage, then spin off when you prefer.
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"I imagine you're familiar with The Onion & their particular brand of humor -- in light of the impending arrival of Wal-Mart in Ithaca, I thought readers of the ICN might get a chuckle (of course, under the humor lurks the sad, sad truth) out of this article:" theonion.com/3935/opinion1.html --Kristie Snyder
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"Let me first say how great I think this newsletter is & how glad I am to receive it. Your recent announcement that you are running for mayor seems to be a very logical step for someone like yourself who plays such a large role in our community.
---"What is your position on alternative personal transportation? And how do you see the city accommodating individuals who wish to embrace ne transportation technologies?" --Tom
---[REPLY] I met Segway's inventor this year at the Sciencenter & rode one at a Chamber Mixer.
---"I've specialized in ecological urban design & find these a good fit. Like bicycles, the cleanest personal vehicle, they should be provided more roadway. Dean Kamen's invention should be permitted on sidewalks.
---"To the extent we have local authority to declare these roadworthy, I'd seek to do so."
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"Some kind of transit rail system for this town, even from the big box/ falls area to Stewart Park, & one line up to Cornell would be incredible. Would it be feasible? We are running out of road." --Brian
---[REPLY] The Ithaca Downtown Partnership is seeking funds to do a feasibility study. If there's enough determination, it can be done. heritagetrolley.org
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"Let me know how I can donate to ICN. Thanks for a very useful newsource & tool. I rely on it. --Margot B.
---[REPLY] Donations to this newsletter are welcome: ICN, Box ---, Ithaca, NY 14851
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"I am thrilled to learn that you are running for mayor. I believe the other three candidates are fine people who would each do an adequate job of running the city, but they all lack your creativity & vision for this community. Please let me know what I may do to help." --Adam Chandler
---- "I love your mayoral campaign platform-- practical, social & fun." --J.L.
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"Just wanted to drop you a note to say that I really enjoy your bi-monthly Ithaca updates. I live in Washington, DC now, but it gives me a great connection to home. Keep up the good work." --Susannah
---- "Please add me to your list. It is a continual source of inspiration & innovation!" --Shannan Sullivan

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ITHACA HEALTH NEWS

TOMPKINS COUNTY PROPOSED BUDGET: POTENTIAL EFFECT ON HEALTH CARE SERVICESŲł 9/17, 12:30-1:30pm, Rice Conference Room, Biggs Building, Health Dept, Health Planning Council.

"ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS TO PREGNANT WOMEN, INFANTS & THE ELDERLY." lecture by Sandra Steingraber 9/18, 7:00pm, Park Auditorium, Park Hall, Ithaca College. "The environmental links to late life dementia such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's."

LEAD PAINT - TESTING, SAFETY MEASURES, REMOVAL 9/25, 7-8pm, Significant Elements, 212 Center St: "personal protective, equipment, government regulations, lead-safe work practices, safely stripping paint. Pre-registration: Significant Elements 277-3450.

ITHACA HEALTH FUND is now the most transparent health plan in the world: each receipt 1997-2002 is on the web Still $100/year for emergency coverage.

ITHACA BREAST CANCER ALLIANCE FALL CLASSES: Breast Cancer 101: Register: 277-0960
* Monday, Oct. 6 & 13; register by noon Fri., Oct. 3rd
* Monday, Nov. 3 & 10; register by noon Fri., Oct. 26th
* Monday, Dec. 1 & 8; register by 9 a.m. Mon., Dec. 1st.

ACUPRESSURE FOR BEGINNERS Level 1: Thursdays 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 7-9:30pm, Sliding Scale $50-$100, HOURS accepted. TREAT YOUR FEET! (Reflexology): Tuesdays 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 7-9:30pm; ACUPRESSURE FOR BEGINNERS Level 2: Thursdays 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, same. Cat Berry 256-7070

ITHACA T'AI CHI GROUP, Anabel Taylor Hall, One World Room 9/2-12/4: Register at class.
Tuesdays 5 pm, Chi Kung; Tuesdays 5:45 pm, Beginning Tai Chi Chuan, new class
Thursdays 5 pm, Chi Kung; Thursdays 5:45 pm, Advanced Tai Chi Chuan, for those who completed form. Kati Hanna, 272-3972, ksh28@cornell.edu

MEDITATION SERVICES AT FOUNDATION OF LIGHT Sundays 10:30am-noon. "The wisdom of all the major world religions is studied & honored." 391 Turkey Hill Rd. 273-9550

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