March #1 2004


[This is the FIRST OF TWO MESSAGES MONTHLY sent to 7,416 Ithaca area residents]


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ITHACA MEETING PLACE "is a bulletin board and chat room where people can post about or discuss anything Ithaca. For community news, services, meetings, special events, equipment or volunteer needs."

ITHACA FILM FESTIVAL now accepting entries for 2004 mid-July festival. Deadline 4/15. Entry form Free zine--IFIRE Magazine. To get bundle or advertise: [email protected]

ITHACA OVERNIGHTS: Lake House Bed & Breakfast 607 243-5637
Perched above Seneca Lake's west shore, six miles above Watkins Glen, down in the woods, well-rested visitors sun on a broad porch eating custom breakfasts, after early morning tea. Hostess Susan Lewis is a former restauranteuse and masseuse whose gracious service inspires repeat visits.
--Birds and birders enjoy this Victorian cottage. At night the telescope is brought to the porch. It's a quiet place: rooms are free of TV and telephone. We hear just wind in trees.

ITHACA HEALTH FUND RAISES OVER $250,000, ADDS MORE COVERAGE. For the same $100/year fee as 1997, Health Fund members have more coverage than ever for common emergencies & some dental. BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTIONS SOON: contact the Fund to become a candidate

THE DOMINION OF ITHACA now links to 123 domain names containing "ithaca." Send your Ithaca domain to [email protected]

BIKE LANES TO BE PAINTED THIS SUMMER by bicyclists who do not believe the City intends to enact its 1975 bike plan. To help: Michelle Menter 256-9093, who says "It's getting stupider & stupider in carville. People treat driving like it's a videogame." New construction downtown & on Rte 13 will make traffic jams even more impossible, without space for alternate mobility.

HOUR TOWN 2004 lists thousands of ways to spend Ithaca HOURS. Find copies at GreenStar, Autumn Leaves, Viva, elsewhere. [email protected] 272-3738

SPRING COMES SEVERAL TIMES YEARLY TO ITHACA. Glorious sunny warm days are followed by snow or dank biting chills, that yield again to soft air. Grey noons become preludes to brilliant weeks.

EARTH DAY MAY BE GLORIOUS: April 25 event needs your participation: Wally Woods 272-1312

STUDENT RECYCLING PROJECT organizing for 2004 sale: Fern Delise 539-6393



SHOULD GREENSTAR PURCHASE OASIS NATURAL GROCERY? ---GreenStar members are millionaires-- co-owners of nearly $1,000,000 liquid assets. They can vote (until 3/30) to use this power to purchase Oasis, or to accomplish other things. Although opening a satellite store downtown is a good idea, five GreenStar council members have recommended that members vote NO to purchase of Oasis for the following reasons:
---The Oasis location lost money as a general food retailer after the public library moved three blocks south.
---Council has not required that 'GreenOasis' supply a specialty niche (such as bulk, organic or vegan) which could cause shoppers to seek this location.
---The expansion would distract from implementation of product line & member labor reforms.
---Council has not required that the new store be operated in a manner distinct from the current store (such as directly member-managed/operated). GreenStar sells multinational corporate brands w/GMOs, more sugar than ever, even containing ingredients which are carcinogenic or teratogenic.
---Council has not required that current Oasis employees (some with 20 years experience) be retained.
---GreenStar's wealth could be applied instead to meeting urgent community needs: starting a food processing center (to strengthen regional agriculture), a dental clinic, a food buying club, etc.
---The purchase process violates the co-op principle that members be fully informed of the financial impacts of such expansion. Even the Finance Committee was not involved in planning.
---The voting process does not conform to the requirement for a minimum 3 weeks voting. The rush is not democratic. For more info: Elizabeth Salon 277-2201
---[Votes may be cast at the store or by mail or at 3/30 meeting at Women's Community Bldg. Votes my be changed by so noting on the second vote submitted.]

ORGANIC & NATURAL PRODUCT COMPANIES ASSOCIATED WITH MONSANTO: Arrowhead Mills, Bearitos, Breadshop, Cascadian Farms, Celestial Seasonings, Earth's Best Baby Food, Garden of Eatin, Health Valley, Imagine Foods, Small Planet Foods, Terra Chips, Westbrae, Millina's, Mountain Sun, Muir Glen, Shari Ann's, Walnut Acres, more.

WORKSHOP/RESOURCE FAIR FOR FARMING OPPORTUNITIES "Have you thought of starting a farming enterprise or considering ways you might use your land to help pay for taxes? Is your current farming enterprise not producing the returns you would like & you are wondering what options there might be to diversify?" 3/27, 9am-4pm, Boynton Middle School. $15. Registration required. 272-2292 [email protected]

THE ORGANICXCHANGE "brings together the buyers & sellers of organic goods."

"CAYUGA LAKE WINE COUNTRY: ROAD TRIP" selected for New York Independent Film Festival Award. The film, available on DVD, "combines breathless scenery with interviews w/15 vineyard owners." 45-minute "road trip" through the Cayuga Lake Wine Country. DVD available at most Cayuga Wine Trail wineries, area bookstores, gift shops.



SEE SPOT ART GALLERY EVENTS 108 The Commons. Ithaca HOURS accepted. 277-7560
*3/19- "Yes, We're All Human!"- An Evening Of Performance Activism. 7:30-9pm. "In observance of the war on Iraq, join us for a powerful, thought-provoking experience in dance, theatre and music! Information tables, food and friends!" Free!.
* 3/19- Sculpting w/ Clay, 1-3pm. Ages 6-12. $8/class or $20 for 3 remaining classes.
* 3/20- The Ambient Takeover (NJ, rock/indie/punk/grunge, Still Contagious Records), North Star Infinite (Philly, Still Contagious Records), Scream! Hello (NJ punk,, Eyepatch (CT, Experimental Electronic). 7pm. rock/indie/punk/grunge. $5.
* 3/21- The Fallout Project (Quebec hardcore), Selador (local indie), Bastard Eyes (late 80s norwegian metal), Rabbit, Rabbit. 7pm. $5.
* 3/22- Sculpting with Clay, 1-3pm. Ages 6-12. $8/class. 277-7560.
* 3/24- Figure Study, 6-9pm. $5.
* 3/26- None The Less (local hard rock,, TheVanburen Crises (philly hardcore), My Last Letter (alternative). 8pm. $5.
* 3/26- Sculpting with Clay, 1-3pm. $8/class.
* 3/27- I Spoke (Toronto DIY hardcore, more TBA. 7pm. $5.
* 3/31- Figure Study, 6-9pm. $5.
* 3/31- The Degenerates (local punk, Envy Of Angels (Florida), Never In Red (Florida), Clear As Day (Owego punk). 9:30pm. $5.

SOLAR ENERGY EVALUATION AT A HOME IN TRUMANSBURG. 3/20, noon, 4348 Swamp College Road, Trumansburg. "Did you know that enough solar energy falls on New York in ONE DAY to power the state for ONE YEAR? For a limited time, the Government is willing to pay for 40-60% of the cost for YOUR solar electric system!" SunSlates, Solar shingles & PV laminates. Directions: From Ithaca, Rte 96 N to Jacksonville. After the gas station in Jville, second left onto Swamp College Road, drive 1.5 miles; house is on right. Annie Koreman 592-2886.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (free Hangar Theatre performance) 3/20, 3pm at TC Public Library. Performed in English & ASL.

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE CONSOLIDATED SERVICES & County Comprehensive Youth Services Plans for 2004 -2007. Children & Family Services, Child Protective Services, Adoption, Foster Care, Day Care, Domestic Violence Services, Runaway & Homeless Youth Services, Non-secure Detention, & Protective Services for Adults. 3/25, 2pm, Human Services Bldg, 320 W State. Kathy Schlather 274-5678, Kris Bennett 274-5310

NOCHE LATINA BENEFIT LATINO DINNER DANCE 3/26, 6pm-12:30am, La Cocina Latina Catering & the Ithaca Catholic Worker & CUSLAR in support of the St. Patrick's Day 4 trial & local efforts to stop war. Women's Community Bldg. TICKETS -$10 ** Call for Family Rate** at Small World Music , CUSLAR @ Anabelle Taylor Hall,, Autumn Leaves Books. 273-7437 HOURS accepted.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REDISTRICTING: ICSD's Craig Evans will describe where the district stands at this time. "The school district wants to hear from the community before any final decisions are made so come let your voice be heard." 3/24, 7- 8pm, ACS gym.

DISCUSS SUSTAINABILITY AT COFFEEHOUSE SALONS: Six-week series held in coffeehouses & restaurants around Tompkins County. Sponsored by Sustainable Tompkins, the salons are "community conversations on sustainability as a framework for decision-making about energy, housing, health care, infrastructure, & other choices we can guide as a community."
---Rogue's Harbor, Lansing, 5:30 -7 pm Mondays, 3/29 -5/3
---Gimme Coffee, W. State Street, Ithaca, 5:30 -7 pm Tuesdays, 3/30 -5/4
---Juna's, Ithaca Commons, 5 -6:30 pm Wednesdays, 3/31- 5/5
---WowNet, N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, 7 -8:30 pm Thursdays, 4/1 -5/6
---Simply Red, Trumansburg, 7:30 -9 pm Thursdays, 4/1 -5/6 Pre-registration not necessary.

"HOW WELL IS YOUR WATER?" a free, two-hour educational program on drinking water wells. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants receive bottles to collect water samples, which they return the following morning. A certified laboratory will then process the water samples for bacteria & nitrates. Those attending receive bacteria & nitrate tests for only $9. [email protected] 532-4104.
---Newfield: 3/23, 7-9 pm High School; Ithaca: 3/25, 7-9 pm Town Hall; Lansing: 3/30, 7-9 Town Hall

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT FOR MENOPAUSE seminar 3/27, 2-3pm, Women's Community Bldg.

SMART GROWTH: MORE CHOICES, BETTER PLACES: speaker Lynn A. Richards, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. EPA, 3/31, 7:30pm, Ramada Inn. Author of "Alternatives to Subsidizing Edge Development: Strategies for Preserving Rural Landscapes in Terrain," & "Getting to Smart Growth: 100 policies for Implementation." Free. CARDI

CURB YOUR CAR COALITION 3/31, 3:30pm, OLD JAIL [email protected]

HOMELESS & HOUSING TASK FORCE 4/7 1011:45am, Mental Health Services Bldg, 6th fl, 201 E. Green

KOL HAVERIM PASSOVER SEDER 4/10, 3pm, Kendal in Ithaca. "Participatory family service, traditional & non-traditional songs, live music by Trovalla. For children: supervised crafts, story telling, dress-up musical parade as the "wandering tribe," more. Gourmet buffet dinner. Kendal residents $25; Non-members $30,$15 children 3-18. College students $15. Kol Haverim members free. Reservations: Kol Haverim, Box 68, Ithaca, NY 14851 by 3/27. Mark Silverman 277-3345

BOUND FOR GLORY Anabel Taylor Hall 8-11pm.
---4/4 SMALL POTATOES. "close harmonies, & amazing hot licks."
---4/11 DULCIE TAYLOR "country flavor sometimes w/bluesy flavor."

CONTRA DANCE & CAKE AUCTION 4/24, 7-10:30 pm,Willard Straight Hall, $5/person; $10/family. Ithaca Hours accepted. All dances taught; No experience or partner needed! Benefit for Ithaca Quakers.

LIVING WITH GRIEF-- ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: Teleconference 4/28, 1:30pm-4:00pm, Cooperative Extension. Panel discussion 4:00-4:30pm. Register: Donna George, Hospicare 272-0212

KITCHEN THEATRE COMPANY The Book Club (world premiere play) by Rachel Lampert 4/24- 5/15. "Words rising from the pages of great novels & the minds of two aging friends fuel this new play about memory, love and time." Ithaca HOURS accepted.



TOMPKINS COUNTY PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER Renting space to progressive organizations, above Autumn Leaves Books. Pete Meyers 269-0409

TRIAL OF THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY FOUR (4/6 first day jury selection 9am) contines for 5-7 days. Tompkins County Court,320 N. Tioga St. Howard Zinn & Ramsey Clark are among those expected to testify. "The death toll in Iraq continues to mount daily. Violence only begets more of the same. As further revelations concerning the lies & deceptions used to drum up support for the war become exposed, we hope our trial will draw attention to the criminal activity of our leaders." [email protected]

ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION & JAIL EXPANSION in Tompkins County: "Where Do We Stand In 2004?" 3/22, 7-9pm, Human Services Bldg., 320 W. State, Libby deProsse 257-6678

---3/31, 4:30-6:00pm, Goldwin Smith Hall: Sex Education and the First Amendment's Religion Clauses; "What the Religious Right and the Secular Left Don't Get: Reflections on Free Exercise, Vouchers"
------7:30-9:00pm, TCPL, Rob Boston, "Knocking Down Jefferson's Wall: The Ongoing Assault on the Separation of Church and State"
---4/1, 4:30-6:00pm, Anabel Taylor Hall, "The Rise of the Religious Right in the Republican Party" Joan Bokaer, Director, TheocracyWatch,
------7:30-9:00pm, 165 McGraw Hall, "The Godless Constitution and the Public Voice of Religion" Larry Moore, Director of the American Studies Program; The Fuss over God in the Pledge of Allegiance, Issac Kramnick, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Professor of Government.
------9:45pm "Onward Christian Soldiers: "This documentary traces the phenomenal growth & influence of the Christian Coalition, not only on American politics and diplomacy, but also on American culture." Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight, free.
---4/2, 7:30-9:00pm, "Legalizing Same Sex Marriage: A Civil Rights Issue for the United States," Lecture Hall D, Goldwin Smith Hall, Gary Buseck, Legal Director, Lambda Legal Defense.
---4/3, 1:00pm, "Battle for the Minds." Film documents the rise of fundamentalism in the largest Protestant denomination & the impact of that rise on women." Center for Natural Sciences 112, IC.
------ 2:15pm, Profile of a Pentecostal church in Texas that uses a Halloween haunted house, complete with fire and brimstone, to scare teenagers about issues such as AIDS, abortion, and school shootings. Center for Natural Sciences 112, Ithaca College Hell House
---4/4, 11:00am-noon, Service with sermon by Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, Sage Chapel.
------1:00pm, "Liberty and Justice for Some." Film by People for the American Way, documentary about the creation of the Moral Majority. Cornell Cinema. free.
------2:30pm, "Saints and Sinners" film about a Catholic gay couple who want to marry; calmly & gently demolishes every possible argument against the subject of gay marriage. Cornell Cinema, free.
---4/5, 4:45-6:00pm, "Prophetic Politics in an Election Year" Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel.
---6:00-7:15pm, "Going to the Chapel" by Joan Bokaer, a fun interactive performance with special appearances by Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft, Tom DeLay, and more of your favorite characters, Common Ground, Pre-show dinner from the menu, with specials* ** *Menu prices as marked** $5 Donation

"We have to start paying attention to alternatives that are out there to alleviate a lot of the poverty in the world, and one of those options is fair trade coffee which guarantees the farmers who grow coffee a living wage," COLA member Tomer Malchi '04 said. Pura Vida fair trade coffee at Okenshield's. North Star, Risley, J's Express, Jansen's, Robert Purcell Marketplace. This follows a campaign by Cornell Organization for Labor Action, Roots & Shoots, the Greens, Cornell United Students Against Sweatshops, Society for Natural Resource Conservation.


PEACE POTLUCK first Saturdays by Perry City Friends (Quakers) 11/1 at Perry City Meeting House, Route 227 in Perry City. Dish to pass 5:30pm; discussion 7pm. 387-9046 WALKING MEDITATION EVERY SATURDAY noon-1pm, Cornell Plantations, Pergola on the Pond. "A quiet, slow walk, for finding peace within one's self & in the world. Children welcome." THE OTHER PEACE VIGIL, Commons at Aurora St, Wednesdays 8-9am. Bring a sign. [email protected]



DID YOU CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR AND TELL THEM TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE? If you live in Ithaca (city and town), Enfield, or Newfield call Senator Randy Kuhl (776-4111 or 18 Buell, Bath NY 14810). If you live in Lansing, call Senator Mike Nozzolio (315/568-9816 or 119 Fall Street, Seneca Falls NY 13148). If you live in Caroline, Danby, Dryden or Groton call Senator Jim Seward (432-5524 or 41 Main Street, Oneonta NY 13820)
---Please consider joining us in tabling encouraging people to write letters & make phone calls--from the table! Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm on The Commons; Fridays 1-3pm AFCU; Saturdays 12-2pm GreenStar. [email protected]



DeWitt Historical Society Opens New Enlarged Research Library at the Tompkins County Museum, 401 East State. 273-8284

The Amazing Ithaca History Calendar 2004 is still available at Autumn Leaves Books-- now $2.00 ea.



"I've missed my Ithaca Community News e-mail. Have I gotten myself unsubscribed by mistake? Please re-subscribe me if so. Thank you, thank you!" --Kathryn R.
---[REPLY] All emails have been retained. ICN has been on vacation since November 2003.

"Are you still doing the Ithaca Community News electronic newsletter? I just realized it's been a while since I received it at work; they've put new spam filters on & some things that aren't spam are being blocked."
--Kris Bennett --------

---"It was great to read the short article/interview about you in the Journal last week [REPLY: Michael Serino's column explained why Ithaca Community News has been on vacation]
---"I wanted to mention to you that I'm working on two long term health-related projects. One is educationally based, & is what I'd sort of call an initiation & reawakening of "modern folk medicine". The aim being to empower & enlighten individuals to provide their own health care, & to serve them when utilizing the system. I hope some day to have enough weight to influence K-12 curricula to expand well beyond the "don't have sex, don't do drugs" agenda, to a real awareness, understanding, & appreciation of the body as the miracle I believe it to be.
---"The second project is one even nearer to my heart, & which I have already met some considerable resistance from even those I agree with most. Personally, I don't want to see the holistic, compassion based healing arts gain such mainstream popularity that they are hijacked by the profit generating powers, as they have already done with the allopathic models. Too often 'alternative' healers have a chip on their shoulder, & speak with a defensive attitude, & are ready to take whatever crumbs the Western mainstream wil toss them. I wonder, why would we want to enter a system that is so obviously broken? Not when we have such profound strength to effect possitive change, in health care & society. I would like to create a compassion based system that gains so much popularity, that doctors bail on their present mode of operation & join US.
---"My own plan to help initiate this at the moment is to promote a dialogue between providers & patients that seeks to bring about a standard of evaluation. This question of "evaluation" is one I see many people struggling with, & I think the imposition of standards from the outside is often one of the most direct avenues of control. My thought is that healers who are clear of their own standards, who are able to communicate them to the public through an open & dynamic dialogue, will in effect be creating their own system. One based on their own principles ofcompassion. I think it will empower them to meet hostile, external forces that seek to systematize through economic commercialization." --Uriel Carpenter


GODDESS YOGA CLASSES for feminist spirituality. Tools forWOMEN & TEEN girls to live a fearless life!" 272-3814 Sandy Wold

PLANTS FOR LIFE NEEDS NEW VENUE for annual sale to benefit Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance (IBCA), has lost its home in Bartels Hall at Cornell & seeks donation of large space (7000+ sq ft) for late August or early September. Please contact Cindy Nicholson 539-6923


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