ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
April #2 2004

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

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NOT OFFICIALLY NEWS

SUCCESSFUL BEAVER RESCUE ORGANIZED VIA LISTSERVES: Trapped beneath the Collegetown bridge, likely washed over the falls during a flood. "We were able to capture the wayward beaver with a dip net & put it in a dog carrier. It was released in the Cascadilla Creek watershed." -Paul Curtis

FREE WIRELESS INTERNET IthacaWireless.com locate free wireless hotspots in Ithaca.

POSITIVE NEWS is "free newspaper bringing hope & kindness into the world in the areas of sustainibility, social justice & education." If You are travelling or would like to distribute locally, contact 273-1779 positivenewsithaca@hotmail.com or grab a bundle at 213 First St.

TYPICAL ITHACA PARTIES: five couples waltzing in tiny kitchen to live music. At another, everyone pedals imaginary recumbent bicycles. What happened at your party?

NINE OF TWELVE JURORS VOTED TO ACQUIT THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY FOUR: Danny Burns, Peter DeMott, Clare Grady, Teresa Grady, accused of pouring their blood on Lansing military recruiter's office 3/17/04. They admitted doing so, then convinced most jurors they served higher law: story Jurors are entitled to set legal precedent rather than obey judge: see fija.org

NEW ATM AT FARMER'S MARKET by Alternatives Federal Credit Union

ITHACA OVERNIGHTS (bed & breakfast reviews)
--BROOKTON HOLLOW FARM BED & BREAKFAST: The beautiful mosaic stone walk leads to nouveau old modern chalet/cabin filled w/handcrafted cherry wood trim. While eating organic veggie breakfast, watch solar roof generate so much electricity that this inn sells juice to NYSEG. Debbie is photographer who started b&b "so we could meet people." Erick is organic grain farmer eager to grow industrial hemp. Guests can skinnydip in Six Mile Creek, stroll quarter-mile forest, even help on organic horse-powered farm next door.

CEREMONIES OF THE HEART " joyous & elegant public commitment ceremony & fund-raiser for local same-gender couples who will be challenging in court for marriage equality. "Couples do not have to join lawsuit to be in ceremony, but should be truly committed to each other for the long term & willing to acknowledge that commitment before family, friends & community allies." Ceremoniesoftheheart@yahoo.com

PEOPLE'S GARDEN PROJECT brings local farmers together w/ community members to explore how local farmers can better meet the needs of the community, specifically people w/ low or moderate incomes.
---To establish urban/rural connections in order to creat long-term local food sustainability
---To better support local farmers in their stuggle against the corporate globalization of our food supply."
---Randy Stannard 592-0196 digdadirt@yahoo.com

"BUSH MUST GO" SIGNS GONE: campaign steering has filed a formal report with police: "if you have had a yardsign stolen/vandalized" contact truthisonepathsaremany@yahoo.com
---Even Ithaca's Kids Learn that Bush Must Go: column by Elizabeth Bauchner

WOMEN'S HEALTH LIBRARY seeks donations of books: Marlo 277-5516 marloc@twcny.rr.com

FREE INSTANT CLASSIFIED ADS FOR ALL NEEDS

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FEATURED EVENTS

Cornell Events
Ithaca College Events
Ithaca Events
Ithaca Indy Media Center
Cinemapolis
Cornell Cinema

STUDENT RECYCLING PROJECT collecting student throw-aways begins early May for "Name Your Own Price Sale" in June. Volunteers needed to leaflet, collect & sort. Fern DeLise 539-6393 srpithaca.org

MEN'S FEST 4/30-5/1 by The Ithaca Men's Network .Weekend retreat "designed to create a safe, confidential, & supportive space for honest and clear communication, breaking down barriers and gender roles, challenging homophobia, celebrating mendom, & having fun." $90 fee (Ithaca HOURS accepted) no one turned away. 272-7582

FALL CREEK CLEANUP 5/1, 9-11am "Volunteers needed from the creek's source at Lake Como to its outlet at Stewart Park. Work gloves, trash bags, snack provided. Ruthanna Hawkins, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network 532-4104 or Phil Koons, Trout Unlimited: pkoons2000@yahoo.com educator@cayugalake.org

HISTORIC ITHACA'S OLD HOUSE FAIR 5/1, 10am-5pm 212 Center St. "Celebrating Salvage & Reuse"

WEED WALK: MEDICINALS 5/1, 11am, Ithaca Farmer's Market. free: Sponsored by Ithaca Health Alliance. Bee Well 387-8343

COMPOST FAIR 5/1, 10am- 4pm, Coop Extension Ctr, 615 Willow Ave. Learn to make "black gold."

ASIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION 5/1, noon-2pm, Commons.

SUICIDE SURVIVORS' DAY 5/1, 10am-noon, for those touched by suicide. Kenny Berkowitz discusses his new play "Ashes." Readings from the play by Cayuga Community Role Players. Panel of survivors. Open to public. Gathering 12:15-2:00pm of people who have experienced a loved one's death by suicide. Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service Training, 124 E. Court St 272-1505

ITHACA CHILDREN'S GARDEN CELEBRATES RETURN OF SPRING 5/1, 2:30-4:30pm, south end Cass Park. Maypoles, music, fairy houses, fairy wings, fairy dust. 272-2292 lam26@cornell.edu

"WOMYN'S WORK"-Art Opening 5/2, 8pm, ABC Cafe: Painting, Collage, Photo & Multi-Media by Ithaca artists Astra Rooney, Bridget Schoenmaker, Elizabeth E. Boze, Jessica Wolkoff, Maco Rodriguez.

THE BOOK CLUB (play) through 5/15, "The Third Thursday Book Club" has been meeting for almost fifty years. They read, discuss, argue & remember.

UNDERGROUND FILM SERIES: 5/2, 6-9pm "Can Dialectics Break Bricks" (1973). "Martial artists spout Situationist aphorisms about conquering alienation." "Tribulation 99" (1991) "A pseudo pseudo-documentary, a melange of satire, political fantasy, & black comedy." See Spot Community Artspace, 108 The Commons. 277-7560. Bring a donation.

"SOLAR & WIND ENERGY. RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW" Slide show 5/3,5/10,5/ 17, 7-9pm, See Spot Community Artspace, 108 Commons. "There are many homes in the Ithaca area using solar & wind energy. Slide-show features these homes & demonstrates you don't have to live in Arizona or Florida." Financial incentives discussed as well. Presented by Bob Nape. Donation to See Spot requested.

TOMPKINS COUNTY ANNUAL LITERATURE EXCHANGE 5/4, 10am, Cass Park pkg lot (by rink/pool) Groups w/brochures exchange them. RSVP by 4/29: Ithaca/Tompkins County CVB 272-1313.

ITHACA COMMONS BULB TOUR: 5/4, 6-8 pm "thousands of spring bulbs have been added to the planters." Meet at east end (near Simeon's). Register 272-2292.

VISUAL SUPPORT GROUP 5/4, 1-2:30pm, 215 Fifth St. Ithaca. Guest speaker, Susan Lerner: MSW "transition stages in life." Finger Lakes Independence Center 272-2433

VEGGIE COSTUMEMAKING FOR THE ITHACA FESTIVAL (ages 6-9) 5/5 & 5/12, 10:30am-noon. $20-$35 sliding scale includes materials. HOURS accepted. Learn construction basics. See Spot Community Artspace, 108 The Commons. 277-7560
---5/5 & 5/12, 1-2:30pm DRAWING & PAINTING (ages 10-14) $35-$50 sliding scale fee includes materials. Charcoal, Brush techniques (bamboo, plum blossom & peony still lifes),
---5/5, 6-9pm FIGURE STUDY, Any medium, all welcome.

FREE MOVIE NIGHT- "Banana Split" 5/5, 7 pm, "The Old Jail", 125 E Court St (east side): Documentary about the most popular fruit in America. "Takes the viewer on a journey that begins with the hustle & bustle of a fruit market & ends up with an examination of the daily challenges of life in Honduras."

PARENTING, THE HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD: Wednesdays 5/5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16. "learn to talk w/ your children using Skills Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control, Respecting Feelings. 6:30- 8:30pm, Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Ave. Free childcare. Anna Steinkraus, 272-2292

ALTERNATIVES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION'S 25TH ANNUAL MEETING 5/6, 5:30-7:30pm Good food, fellowship, awards for Volunteer of the Year, Student Volunteer of the Year, Jeff Furman Award for Social Responsibility. Joel ben Izzy, international storyteller. Womens Community Bldg

FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICE OF ITHACA RECEPTION & ANNUAL MEETING 5/6, 5-7 pm, Holiday Inn of Ithaca. Keynote Address by Stephen F. Hamilton, Associate Provost of Outreach & Professor of Family Development, Cornell. Premier of "Family & Children's Service's "Where to turn" video. 273-7494 Reservations. $8/person, 1/4 HOUR accepted. Pay at door okay, but RSVP by 4/30.

MOTHER'S DAY WOMEN"S RETREAT WEEKEND 5/7-9 (Saturday Day Only option too) "Pamper yourself! Wonderful vegetarian food! Yoga, dance ,massage,art projects. $150 (Sat only $70/$90) work exch available, HRS accepted. Lake Owasco Girl Scout Camp. Sigrid Kulkowitz 272 -0407 dancing.fool2@verizon.net
---KRIPALU DANSKINETIC DANCE CLASSES Adult & Child/Parent classes, Sigrid Kulkowitz

GALLERY NIGHT 5/7, 5-8pm, 8 galleries on the Commons. New: SHANGRI-LA, 156 E State 272-6156 "Dancing w/Colors" by Elisabeth Gross-Marks through 6/28

JANIS IAN 5/7 8:00pm, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, $22.50 advance/$25.00 door. Clinton House Ticket Center 116 N. Cayuga St 607-273-4497. One HOUR/ticket accepted. info@outtasightevents.com

http://www.slopeday.cornell.edu">SLOPE DAY ACTIVIST DRUM CIRCLE 5/7, noon

POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC 5/7, to qualify for Indie Nationals, Juna's on Commons, 8pm, Andy Doyle

years!'TURN BEAUTY INSIDE OUT' 5/8, 1-4pm: All Area Middle & High School Girls: Free Leadership Conference: "national campaign to redefine beauty. Beauty does not have to be determined by the physical features that we inherit. Beauty can be about the quality of our character, the force of our actions, & our ability to care enough about the world to work to transform it. Leadership is beautiful." Human Services Bldg, 320 W. State. Talk w/local female elected officials. Caren Cooper cbc25@cornell.edu 257-4231

ITHACA FAIR TRADE FAIR 5/8, 12-5pm on Commons, by Ithaca Fair Trade Coalition on World Fair Trade Day, a celebration of Fair Trade internationally. Musicians, dancers, speakers.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR 5/8, 10am-4pm TCPL

UNITY WALK 5/8, 6pm from Calvary Baptist Church on Albany St. At 7pm, Mayor Peterson will "throw out the first note" pre-concert community-wide from Calvary Baptist to St. Paul's. Anticipation mounts prior to the third annual "Lift Every Voice, Tear Down the Walls" concert at St. Paul's. Proceeds from concert go to Village at Ithaca, which is dedicated to raising achievements of black & Latino students in ICSD.
---Each May, members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church & Calvary Baptist Church hold a fund-raiser for community projects. "Lift Every Voice, Tear Down the Walls," features youth & adult choirs, music from bluegrass to gospel, jazz to classical. Donation $8, students K-12 free. rlg2@cornell.edu

ALL MOTHER SENTIENT BEINGS DAY 5/9, 11-1:00pm, Foundation of Light, 391 Turkey Hill Rd. The Lake Moon Dharma Foundation invites Buddhist groups & individuals to inter-denominational ceremony & silent meditation, followed by potluck. 277-0516 Whiterainbow2@yahoo.com

UNDERGROUND FILM SERIES: 5/9, 6-9pm "Not My President!" Voices from the Counter-Coup (Independent Media Center, 2001) . "The untold story of the 2001 Presidential inaugration counter-demonstration. ---"Breaking The Spell: Anarchists, Eugene, & The WTO" 2001). See Spot Community Artspace, 108 The Commons. 277-7560. Bring a donation.

ITHACA HEALTH ALLIANCE HEALTH FUND ANNUAL MEETING & DESSERT BASH 5/11, 7pm, GIAC. Mayor Peterson speaks, declares May 11 "Ithaca Health Fund Day." Meet board candidates. Doorprize: free membership. To become a board candidate: paglo@lightlink.com

CHILDREN'S MOVEMENT & EXPLORATORY ART CLASS 5/11, 10-11am, ages 2-3 & 4-5 and their parents. Children play cooperative games & do guided & improv tumbling exercises. Children explore freely w/water, clay, paint. Claire Hope Fox clairehopefox@hotmail.com See Spot, 108 Commons, $3.

WARM WEATHER ANIMAL TRACKING 5/12, 7 pm, "The Old Jail", 125 E Court St (enter east side),

MEN'S GRIEF GROUP beginning 5/13 for 6 Thursdays 5:30pm-7:00pm, Hospicare Center. Pre-registration required: Donna George 272-0212 dgeorge@hospicare.org Free but donations accepted.

SPRING GARDEN FAIR & PLANT SALE 5/15, 9am-1pm, Ithaca High School

ANIMAL TRACKING FIELD TRIP 5/15, 10:00am, Cayuga Inlet shoreline & in Larch Meadows. Meet at parking pull-out on Rte. 13N of Rtes 13/13A. Linda Spielman 844-8522 Lminkspiel@aol.com

PLANT EXCHANGE 5/16, noon-4pm, Danby Fire Station, Rte 96B. Swap, donate, try new perennials, houseplants, seedlings, anything garden related. Not necessary to bring a plant to get a plant. Dan Klein, 272-7582 ENERGY TOWN MEETINGS start 5/19, provide energy efficiency tips. First, 7-8pm, is Energy-Efficient Lighting, at Cornell. Cooperative Extension 272-2292 crf11@cornell.edu to register. free

FIGURE STUDY 5/19, 6-9pm Any medium. $5. See Spot Community Artspace, 108 Commons. 277-7560.

CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY 5/20, 7:30pm, 925 N. Tioga St. This 501c3 umbrella for several local groups seeks new board members. Wally Woods 272-1312

Public comment until 6/4 on DRAFT TOMPKINS COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN planning@tompkins-co.org

FALL CREEK WATERSHED COMMITTEE: volunteers test water: George Patte george.patte@verizon.net

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

SMART RADIO: no rants or ads, great info & world music: www.kpfk.org LOCAL SMART RADIO: www.ithacaradio.org

ITHACANS STAND W/MORDECHAI VANUNU as he's released from jail 18 years after revealing that Israel has nuclear weapons (Grace Ritter & Lisa Guido)

FOOD NOT BOMBS (FNB) free meals, DeWitt Park, Saturdays 1pm. Volunteers needed: fnb-ithaca@hemidemisemiquaver.org

WHY I REFUSE TO PAY FEDERAL TAXES: Pete Meyers truthisonepathsaremany@yahoo.com
---"I have been a 'war tax resister' for 15 years now. Every April 15th, I send [my] letter to the IRS. I also [encourage others to such resistance]: National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee ithacawartaxresisters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
---[Excerpt from a long & eloquent letter] "I cannot, in good conscience, pay the tax money that is demanded of me by the I.R.S. & the United States government. My principles dictate, as well, against the spending of my life energies for the express purpose of creating war. I cannot, in good faith, support the building & selling of weapons all around the world, often to dictatorial regimes, when there are so many starving children in the world. Many people in our very own country suffer for lack of adequate education, health care, housing, justice. Way too much of our tax dollars, I believe, are going to uphold the interests of the wealthy.
---"By this action of refusing to pay my taxe & subsequently redirecting them I hope to affirm a deepening of my country's democratic traditions. In my vision, we would expand beyond a representational democracy to more of a participatory democracy. I've come to believe that it takes a lot of money to even become a representative in the U.S. government. I have seen too many times throughout the history of this country that the government primarily defends the interests of the more privileged. I believe that our budget should be focused on helping those at the bottom of the economic ladder, rather than those at the top.
---"Here is the breakdown of how I actually redirected the tax money that is demanded of me: $340.98 Samaritan Center, $7.50 United Way of TC, $579.58 TC Living Wage Coalition/Workers Rights Center, $60 TC Network for Peace & Justice, $67.77 Ithaca Catholic Worker, $140.53 The Luminary News, $35 War Times http://www.war-times.org $30.57 TC Bill of Rights Defense Committee, $10 Ithaca Indymedia, $25 Community Dispute Resolution Center, $10 Ithaca Fair Trade Coalition, $40 Education for Peace in Iraq Center, $42 Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations, $74.29 Ithaca 2004 Campaign for Peace, Justice, & Participation, $18.03oWar Tax Resisters Penalty Fund, $14 Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance, $20 Buffalo Street 25 Defense Fund, $15 Durland Prison Project, $50 Ithaca Community News, $75 Free Speech TV http://www.freespeech.org ---"$1,655.25 Grand total of tax money redirected.

VIGIL AGAINST DEATH PENALTY 5/1, 12:30 - 1:30pm, Buffalo/Tioga Streets

PEACE POTLUCK 5/1 Perry City Meeting House, Rte 227. Dish to pass 5:30pm; discussion 7pm. 387-9046

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

The HISTORY CENTER IN TOMPKINS COUNTY www.TheHistoryCenter.net programs : Student Historians Initiative, Eight Square Schoolhouse Living History Program, History Links Kits curriculum tools for K-12 teachers and students, Exhibitions and public programs, Research Library & Research Services, Historic photograph collections and reprints, DeWitt Historical Society Imprints ^ books published by The History Center, Map, scrapbook, diary, & manuscript archives, Object & painting collections,Volunteer & intern programs.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Could you add this to your list of ithaca domains? www.kiev.ithaca-ny.com ithaca's own highschool rock band kiev!" --Noni
---[REPLY] Will do. See full list at ithacanews.org/domains.html
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"The Ithaca domain project is a fun one. There's a wonderful, fairly comprehensive list of Ithaca sites (though not necessarily with Ithaca in the name) maintained at ithacanet.org Click on any of the directory choices to discover all kinds of local places & groups you didn't know existed. You may want to mention it in the next ICN (& generically thank the many folks who maintain it)." --Robinne
---[REPLY] IthacaNet was the first Ithaca web intersection. It's been maintained by dedicated volunteers for at least ten years, & is still a growing resource. It's linked from ICN homepage. See also newcomer IthacaDirectory.com
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"Paul & all my friends in Ithaca: How glad I am when the newsletter arrives. I miss home a lot. Although I live in a progressive area in California now, nothing compares to the activism & energy of the community back there! Getting the newsletter makes me feel like I never left & I can pass it on to my colleagues here, to show what a fine, progressive place Ithaca is. They are tring to establish an alternative currency in Sonoma County & it is not taking off. All I have to do is say that I am from Ithaca & everyone nods knowingly. Ithaca HOURS is famous out here & I have shown my Ithaca HOURS currency to many. Keep up the wonderful activity. I miss you all alot." -- Elaine Leeder
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"Not sure if you can help me or not-- I'm aware you're not necessarily the "Info Center" for Ithaca, NY ---but I'm on a kids/family event producer--including for a very popular series called Cool Kids (in four locations in Upstate NY PLUS I book LOADS of kids/family events all over for schools, festivals, communities---but not quiiiiiiiiiiiiiiite Ithaca yet) & am searching for "Compost Theater" --- to connect about Eco-events programming! " --Steve Appleton, Generation Cool http://www.generationcool.biz
---[REPLY] Reach them via Coop Extension 272-2292 or John Sullivan 589-7269
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---"Please send me this newsletter via email! I love it!" --Chris
---- "Thank you for all your work on ICN. I hope your subscribers are lending their support to this wonderful community service." Pamela W.
---- "Keep up what you're doing. Don't know how you do it!" --Emmy
---- "I'm not computer literate but my wife is so I get to read your newsletter. I appreciate it." --Gary J.
---- "Please put me on the e-mail list for Ithaca Community News. I used to get it but changed my e-mail address. I miss it." --Tommie B.
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"I'll be traveling to Israel this summer & the group I'm going with required that I have health coverage. (Being unemployed now, traditional health coverage is a luxury, that's why I'm so glad I found out about the Ithaca Health Fund!) Hopefully, I won't need to use this coverage while I'm overseas, but I was unsure how the claims process works, especially when in another country?" --Gilana
---[REPLY} The Fund makes payments anywhere in the world w'any health provider. Send the bill or have the health provider send. If it's a category the Fund covers then it will be paid overnight.
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"I wanted to let you know that our locally produced film, "Water Rituals" has been accepted for exhibition at the NY Independent Film Fest in NYC, the largest indie fest in the world." --Mark A. Naples Stressmedicine@aol.com
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"As a community-living activist, I've been a long-term admirer of the Ithaca HOURS system & (more recently) what I've heard about the Ithaca Health Fund. It seems that the fund is wanting to attract subscribers from outside the Ithaca area, & I'd be a good person to help spread the word (& the free literature) if I could understand the system to confidently & enthusiastically recommend it. I'm definitely among the many who are working to spread the vision of a universal health care system for the USA & beyond. I have perused the IHF website & am still puzzled about how the system works." --Geoph
---[REPLY] Subscribers pay $100 a year ($175 for partners, $50 for a child) to receive coverage for a variety of medical needs: We're unique
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I'm very interested in finding ways to invest locally, so any suggestions would be appreciated. It's been bugging me lately that my lover & I are part owners of Evil Inc-- we have tens of thousands of dollars in a generic citigroup mutual fund.. (i don't know exactly who they invest in, but you know, probably pfizer, coke, mcdonalds, microsoft). Here we are trying to change the world, yet somehow perversely we're part owners of the corporations who are destroying it. " --mungojelly
---[REPLY] The Whole Ithaca Stock Exchange intends to gather investment capital to create local jobs ecologically. Bringing the concept paper to life will require much funding itself. Contact Money with a Mission: 257-8042. Buying local also invests in community-- yielding long term benefits that are grater than dollar wealth. Purchase Ithaca HOURS at GreenStar & spend them through the HOUR Town directory found there.
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"I love the analysis you did on Los Angeles, especially as I was recently living there. In many instances, people are pursuing these visions but I don't know if so many people know your website-- I want to pass it along: ithacahours.com/losangeles.html Now I am in Ithaca & I would love for a chance to talk with you or whoever you might recommend about how Ithaca HOURS is going these days, as well as the other projects. Next week I am moderating a study group on economic cooperation at a conference in Buffalo called Freecooperation: networks, art, & collaboration http://www.freecooperation.org It would be great to learn more. hope to hear from you." --Sarah Lewison
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"I just wanted to thank you for your site corporganics.org which is incredibly informative
-- although scary. I am tempted to grow my own food exclusively!" --Shel Sherman
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"Here is a small check to help with your publication, which I always find informative & properly provocative. Do keep up the good work." --M. L.

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TWO NEW ITHACA HOUR BUSINESSES:
---TAXI ADS: ithacataxi.biz Ithaca Dispatch: $100/mo. large; $80/mo. small. HOURS 25%.
---GIFTS: Shangri-La Gifts, 156 Commons 272-6156 50% HRS to max 1 HR

LOCAL ECONOMY on the March in 2004. "Home sales & building permits did especially well in March:

GROW NY ENTERPRISE PROGRAM grants increase demand for NYS agriculture & forest products while creating jobs for low/moderate-income persons. nysmallcities.com $750,000/community: NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets, 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235

FREE LUNCH, FREE BREAKFAST, FREE DINNER: 1,000-1,500 lbs fresh perishable food every other Sunday. "One of FDN's free food pantries is discontinuing an alternate Sundays pantry. Food consists of assorted bread and pastries. Some dairy & deli; fresh fruit & vegetables. If you know of a church or non-profit willing to hold a pantry every other Sunday, or which can use large quantities of food on a REGULAR BASIS ONLY within 50-miles: Sara spines@ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us 272-6758

$5,000 GRASSROOTS GRANT from CU Public Service Center via CU Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. Nominate 4 local leaders: 255-1148 cupsc@cornell.edu http://www.psc.cornell.edu -- "What's New"

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EMERGING FROM CRISIS: An interactive evening for parents & youth w/special social/emotional needs. 5/3, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Cooperative Extension. "Come hear success stories, problem solve, meet other parents & youth. Anna Steinkraus 272-2292

CULTURALLY SENSITIVE PARENTING to raise proud & confident children. 5/3, 10,17, 24, June 7, 14, 21, 28. 6:30-8:30pm, Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), 318 Albany St. Free classes, food, childcare. Wilma Martin, 272-2292

SERVSAFE FOOD MANAGER CERTIFICATION COURSE 5/11 & 5/18, Co-op Extension, 615 Willow Ave: comprehensive food safety program: 15 hrs/ 2days. $125. HOURS accepted. 272-2292

"STATE OF THE HOSPITAL -CMC in 2004" 5/19, 12:30-1:30pm, Rice Conf Rm, Biggs Bldg, Health Dept

WOMEN'S COMMUNITY BUILDING (WCB) seeks volunteers for several committees: Program, Fund Development, Public Information, Membership, Building. 272-1247 amvargo@hotmail.com abonn@uwtc.org

MOTHERING MEDITATION:Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am dalyatamir@aol.com 272-0367. Sliding scale $6-$10/session, HOURS accepted.

"HOW YOGA CAN EMPOWER & HEAL WOMEN & TEEN GIRLS" free talk w/ yoga intro first Mondays, 7-8pm. Sandy 272-3814 healingthegoddess.com

EARTH CONNECTIONS SUMMER CAMP also hosts a "Summer Training Camp" for adults introducing workshops in Permaculture & Primitive Technology. Susan Rausch susan.a.rausch@verizon.net kristin.fpc@verizon.net

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