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FIRST FRIDAYS hosts a cookout this month for black professionals and their families, this Saturday 6/9 at the Hangar Theatre (which accepts a Half HOUR per ticket) after the performance of "Having Our Say." 5-7:30pm. Info: 272-7301

"NAME YOUR OWN PRICE" GIANT YARD SALE at Gun Hill parking lot (Lake Street) on Saturday and Sunday, 6/16 and 6/17. The STUDENT RECYCLING PROJECT collected tons of good stuff from departing Cornell students-- SHOES, CLOTHES, KITCHENWARE, AND SO ON!

BROOKLYNITES IN ITHACA PICNIC, June 21st at Stewart Park'S Small Pavillion 5:30 - 8:30 pm. "Bring a Brooklyn dish to pass. Ted Bronsnick will be back with his fabulous authentic egg creams this year. The Good Humor Man has been contacted and we're hoping he and his truck will return." More info: Here's a list of the 500 AREA BUSINESSES accepting Ithaca HOURS: If you'd like to be added to the list, just reply to this message. How HOURS BENEFIT BUSINESSES

- Babbage's Basement: used computers at Sciencenter [email protected]
- veterinarian: non-emergency housecalls; 100% HRS Susan Begg [email protected]
- gifts: Diaspora: African & African-American: Taughannock Blvd
- dentist: Joseph Piskorowski
- flowers: delivery to businesses: Business is Blooming: Sara Culotta 273-1287 [email protected]
- photocopies (color/bw), business cards, postcards, t-shirts, etc: Artbear Pigmation (Bill & Colleen Davis) [email protected] 277-1151
- lawyer: Henry Theisen 272-3442
- computer tutoring: Brenda Warner 838-0302
- massage therapy: Patty Flavelle (Health Fund discount) [email protected]
- dance lessons: ballroom/swing/latin: Nancy Chapman
- soaps: handmade: Gentle Earth Soaps: 105 W. State: Katherine Aelias 256-5421

Have a look at the next several days (June 7-12) of local history

The CAYUGA BIOREGION SITE encourages living better ecologically, locally. Solar power, for example:

"TOMPKINS COUNTY SHINES" when the public library celebrates the new solar electric system (partly paid for with HOURS) Friday 6/8 at 12:30pm. Tour the system at 1pm. There are more events that afternoon and Saturday.

Also on Friday 6/8 at 1pm: VIGIL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE IN THE MIDDLE EAST on The Commons. "All are welcome. Please wear black."

Also on Friday 6/8 at 7:30pm: SOUTHWEST PARK BONFIRE AND PRIMAL DRUM CIRCLE. Across from Buttermilk Park. "Life is more valuable than money."

Perhaps you've never heard of the GRANOLA MEMORIAL PICNIC. The theme of this 19th annual gathering of countercultural activists is "2001: A Granola Odyssey." Volleyball, bocci, veggie BBQ, hoops, etc. Dish to pass. Saturday 6/9 at Lower Robert Treman State Park, 2:30pm-dark. Rain date Sunday. Info: 387-9498.

"STORE WARS: WHEN WAL-MART COMES TO TOWN" on PBS-TV Thursday 6/7 at 10 pm.

Ithaca's Smart Growth movement hosted a speech by Rochester's mayor William Johnson Jr. two years ago, and he returns to speak at the Ramada Inn 6/14 at 7:30pm: [email protected]
Now the 2001 Planners Network National Conference Voices of Change: Lessons from CITIZEN PLANNERS (founded by this reporter in 1978) will be held June 21-24 in Rochester.
"The conference will explore the critical role neighborhood activists and citizen planners are playing in organizing local communities; rebuilding urban neighborhoods; and promoting progressive local, state and national urban policies. Workshops include affordable housing production, community-based planning/development, environmental racism and sustainable development."
More info: Michelle Andrews at 607.255.4331 or [email protected]. Smart Growth

ITHACA'S INTEGRATED COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER hosts its Quarterly Meeting 6/12 at Egbert Student Lounge at Ithaca College, 7pm. They are dedicated to "integrating healing options and offering training in a vast array of healing modalities..." [email protected] 274-1735

ITHACA HOURS IN HINDI-- We're looking for translations of the HOUR introductory article into more languages-- Russian, Swahili, Hungarian, Arabic, etc. to add to those on the home page

The NAMGYAL MONASTERY Institute of Buddist Studies at 412 N. Aurora Street will host the Ven. Geshe Lobsang Donyo, the Abbot of the Serajay Monastery, for a free weekend teaching, June 15th, 16th and 17th. Friday 7pm to 8:30pm; Saturday 9am to noon with a two-hour break for lunch, and then resume 2 to 5pm. Sunday 9am to noon. Free and open to all, but a donation is suggested. RSVP: 273-0739 or [email protected]. More info:

The world's first LOCAL CURRENCY TOURIST BROCHURE is now available wherever tourist brochures are found. Beautiful job-- produced by Margaret McCasland and Jim Houghton with support from advertisers and a Tompkins County Tourism Development Grant.

ITHACA HEALTH FUND HAS BROUGHT IN OVER $97,000 and paid out $6,881.08. The balance creates a cushion for hundreds of residents, for an ever-expanding variety of health needs, and for starting a dental clinic.

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