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Sep 13, 2014 Saturday

Tree Planting Basics

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

In this class, you will have a chance to learn the proper techniques of planting a tree in a hands on, interactive way. All too often, trees are planted incorrectly, but trees die slowly, so not many people notice. Add years to your tree's life span with a few simple planting tricks and tips. Please bring something to write with. We will start by learning how trees grow, discussing how to select the right tree and finish with a demonstration of planting a tree.

Bring one of the following:
a homemade snack for the class
properly planting a tree after class and emailing us a picture
sharing your knowledge and teaching someone else
volunteering at least once with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (

About the teacher, Kumari Ratnayke & Rachael Mathews

Kumari is inspired by building community and believes creating a sense of place through nature can play a critical role in this endeavor. Her love of learning and nature has led her to become a Master Gardener and Tree Steward. Trade School Indy has provided an amazing avenue for sharing this passion. Rachael grew up around all sorts of green things, but never really started her own planting until Kumari offered to share her awesome green know-how to help Rachael start her own veggie bed. Now she spends much of her time in the garden, and loves helping others discover their own green thumbs, most recently as a Master Gardener, and now with Trade School Indy. Rachael is thrilled to be assisting Kumari is this awesome class about tree planting!


Beginning Knitting

12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Indy Reads Books
Indy Reads Books at 911 Mass Ave
Indianapolis US

Learn how to do a simple cast-on and knit stitch and get started knitting! This class will cover the basics of getting started, share some basic patterns that can be made with just the knit stitch, and give some additional resources. Students will start a scarf or cowl in class, and a handout explaining the bind off will be distributed. You will need a pair of size 8 knitting needles (made of any material) and one skein of a solid color worsted weight yarn, should be a light color so you can see what you are doing! Recommended brands to start with are Red Heart Super Saver, Lion Brand Wool-ease, Berroco Vintage, and Cascade 220.

Bring one of the following:
artwork (pottery, ceramics, photography, prints, need not be own)
beer or wine
Doctor Who books or collectibles
yarn for knitting and yarn bombing

About the teacher, Cara Moczygemba

Cara is a clay artist and knitter. She started knitting 9 years ago and now her daughters introduce her to friends by saying that she "knits all the time". She does not knit while sleeping or driving. She has yarnbombed a stone turtle, makes ceramic "knit" mugs, and otherwise tries to bring the joy of yarn everywhere she goes.

Sep 14, 2014 Sunday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Has using Twitter to grow your business or personal brand been on your to do list for quite some time? Time to break out the hashtags and learn how to make this social network work for you. In this class you'll learn the basics of using Twitter to market yourself and/or your business, from Twitter chats to using lists to finding content to share. For this class, please bring a laptop, phone or other device you can access Twitter, as well as any materials you'd like to use for taking notes. You should have a Twitter account set up prior to attending, whether personal or for business, and a very basic understanding of how it works.

Bring one of the following:
items for Teachers' Treasures (
items for the Madison County Humane Society such as Purina dog food, Purina puppy Chow, Purina cat food, Purina kitten chow, large trash bags, or paper towels
volunteer at your local animal shelter and tweet me a photo
volunteer one day at Teachers' Treasures

About the teacher, Sarah Eutsler

Sarah Eutsler is a writer & designer who works with small business owners and non-profits to get snazzy communications into the world. She's also the founder & editor of twentysomething Indy, an online magazine for the young professional set in Indy. A life-long writer, she studied English Writing and was a Media Fellow at DePauw University, where she graduated in 2011. When she's not working, she's reading magazines, blogging, watching too many movies, and perfecting her cat entertainer skills.

Sep 25, 2014 Thursday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Want to advocate for the common good? Want to influence public policy for a better world? Convinced no one can do anything to make a change? Well, that's simply not true! There are things everyone can do right now to raise a voice and influence the decisions related to topics around the world. You can be an effective voice for real change. This class will offer background information and a few practical starter tips to help you on your way. Keep in mind that the focus of the class will be on influencing Congress, but the practical tips you learn will be applicable if you're influencing the statehouse or even the township council! Don’t have a specific topic in mind? I will offer examples about my work in global poverty for you to practice with. You are encouraged to bring a topic - including background information - you would like to advocate on so that you can be coached on writing a letter to a member of Congress or to an editor.

Bring one of the following:
two canned goods for a food pantry housed at LYN House community center in the Windsor Park neighborhood

About the teacher, Lisa Marchal

Lisa Marchal is the Senior Global Grassroots Associate with RESULTS, a grassroots advocacy group committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. She has been with RESULTS since 2008.

Sep 26, 2014 Friday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

This is a class for the kitchen novice who would like to learn how to start on the road of creating delicious homemade recipes for their family and friends. In this class you will learn which kitchen tools are essential, which are not, how to clean and process your mise en place and be able to participate in a hands on demo of how to prepare some fruits and vegetables that will ultimately be made into a fresh salsa! Please bring the knife you use most often for chopping in the kitchen and a whole onion so you can practice chopping an onion in class. If you would like to bring your onion home, please bring something to place it in as well. After class we will enjoy the fruits of our labor and eat the delicious salsa that was made.

Bring one of the following:
a 6 pack of Indiana craft brewery beers (I would love to try your favorite)
a cute or interesting apron (if you sew, all the better)
any jar of Fermenti Artisan fermented vegetables
Artisano's olive oil, balsamic vinegar or fluer de sel
local unpasteurized honey
organic produce such as heirloom tomatoes, greens, herbs, squash, etc.
plush dog toys for a medium dog
red barn natural bully slices for dogs

About the teacher, Lori Weiss

Lori is a 30 year home chef that has a passion for cooking and teaching people to get back into their kitchens. She has won awards for her recipes and was featured on WISH-TV's Indy Style demonstrating her winning recipe. Lori is also an experienced professional baker with 25 years experience in baking and cake decorating and teaching and training other bakers. She is currently retired, but makes Jewelry in her spare time. Cooking IS her passion and creating fun and new recipes is what keeps her fresh and creative.

Sep 28, 2014 Sunday
(Almost full)
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Do you want to know more about money - your money? This class will show you how to budget, how to plan for your retirement and how to achieve your financial and life goals. This is for financial beginners - no money knowledge necessary! This class will be heavily Q&A and go off specific examples and unique situations. We will be drawing up potential budgets, so bring a list of expenses, debts and incomes! Think about what changes you want to make and any other financial questions you might have. Please bring a writing utensil and something on which to take notes.

Bring one of the following:
canned organic soup
canned tomatoes
cans of ginger Ale
coffee - brands like Seattle's Best and Eight O'Clock are good (no Starbucks please)
pasta in various shapes/forms
pimm's liquor
sewing or jewelry craft supplies
whole milk
your favorite bottle of Moscato or Pinot Noir wine
your favorite stout, porter or brown ale beer

About the teacher, Zina Kumok

Zina Kumok is a Memphis transplant, by way of Ukraine. Her love of personal finance came from listening to Dave Ramsey on the radio while driving with her mom. She's passionate about teaching personal finance because she's seen how it can empower people and help them improve their lives. When she's not playing with her calculator, she likes walking her dog, shopping at Trader Joe's and watching documentaries. She also enjoys making collages, exploring the city and planning her latest European adventure.