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Oct 4, 2014 Saturday

Homemade Baby & Kid Food: Purees

12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m.
Indy's Kitchen
Indy's Kitchen at 2442 Central Ave
Indianapolis US

Come learn how to make healthy, interesting, and tasty food at home to feed your children. We will discuss three types of purees: first foods, a basic prepared fruit, and an intermediate stretcher. It is my distinct opinion that if you stretch your child's palate when first introducing food, they are vastly more likely to like a wide variety of interesting food as they grow. For the class purposes, we will prepare either avocado or banana puree as an introductory first food. Then, we will prepare a mixed fruit puree. This can be blended into dry cereal or eaten alone. Lastly, we will look at simple vegetable pairings. I found that following a few guidelines enabled me to expose my kids to a wide variety of vegetables that are often presumed unpalatable to small children! Learn fun ways to inspire your children to try new foods and build their palates from the very beginning. Please bring at least three clean pint-sized ball jars so that you can take home some of what we learn to prepare if you wish to.

Bring one of the following:
a unique artisinal, homemade good
anything from Smoking Goose
anything from Traders Point Creamery
Capriole cheese
jars of tomatoes from Local Folks Food
pint or pint-and-a-half wide-mouth ball jars
wooden toys for my kids (son is 4, daughter is 2)

About the teacher, Keri Geiger

Keri is an avid cook and gardener. She is the mother of two hilarious kids (they are 2 and 4), that she loves to cook for and hopes to inspire as the next generation to love food in her family. In the meantime, she enjoys tempting the palates of her friends and family with everything from bowls of simple homemade pasta to elaborate paired dinner parties. In a past life, Keri catered for weddings and parties, and was a private chef from time to time. While her real job these days is managing data and building reporting infrastructures as a Business Intelligence Consultant around town, food is her passion.

Oct 18, 2014 Saturday

Vegan Cooking 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

Are you a new or aspiring vegan who's never really learned your way around the kitchen? Do you have vegan loved ones you're not sure how to feed? Do you sometimes find yourself asking vegans the question, "So...what DO you eat, anyway?" This class is for you! We will cover the basics of vegan cooking and baking, make a few different kinds of delicious vegan treats, and discuss the art of veganizing your favorite recipes.

Bring one of the following:
a book that changed your life (tell me why)
a heirloom recipe
a surprise!
art by you
your favorite poem

About the teacher, Alena Jones

Alena started cooking when she got bored one afternoon and decided, at age five, to make some popovers while her mum was napping. Her adventures in cooking have gotten progressively bigger and more complicated since then. Feeding people is one of her favorite things, and she especially enjoys the challenge of and experimentation involved in making vegan versions of all kinds of food. Her motto (stolen wholesale from Penzey’s): “Love people. Cook them tasty food.”

Oct 22, 2014 Wednesday

Listening to JAZZ!

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Chatterbox Jazz Club
Chatterbox Jazz Club at 435 Mass Ave
Indianapolis US

Indianapolis is blessed with an amazingly rich and vibrant jazz scene, scores of live venues and some truly talented jazz musicians. Live jazz performances can be a dense and sometimes incomprehensible experience. In this class we will learn how to take the mystery away, leaving only raw enjoyment of America's art music by illuminating the jazz approach to music-making and give you some listening tools that will help make sense of the experience. Then, you can put your ears to work by checking out a live jazz performance afterwards. Bring questions about jazz music and a friendly reminder you must be 21+ to attend. Staying for the jazz performance afterwards is optional and will be from 8-9 PM.

Bring one of the following:
a package of organic whole bean coffee to get the creative juices flowing every morning
a spiral bound notebook of staff paper to write new musical ideas on
an album/CD that inspires you as a musician! (I love hearing new music. What band or album ALWAYS gets you musically inspired?)
dark organic chocolate for those raging chocolate cravings
heirloom seeds for my garden (I try to spend an hour a day tending my garden)
wide mouth canning jars - quart or pint - for canning (I’m known to bring canned salsa & pickles to potlucks all year round!)

About the teacher, Sophie Williams

Sophie Faught is a human being who fervently believes in the power and importance of true CRAFTSMANSHIP. The first craft she devoted herself to was the playing of the saxophone. To that end, she has performed jazz music in New York City and other locations around the country and world (not to mention around town here in Indianapolis!), and is eager to help build appreciation for jazz music wherever she goes. More recently, she has become enamored with the crafts of knitting, crocheting, fine tailoring, and garment design. She makes most of her own clothes and wears a custom creation every day! She believes that nearly every facet of life can be enhanced by CRAFTSMANSHIP... cooking, eating, writing, conversing, BEING. Whatever you do, do it with devotion and love and freely share the beauty you create with your fellow human beings!

Oct 23, 2014 Thursday

Screenplay Basics: Getting Started

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

This class will give you a firm sense of how to get started on that screenplay idea you've been wondering what to do with. We'll start with how a screenplay looks on the page and then examine the elements of structure, tone, character, etc. that comprise a successful screenplay. We'll also look at movie clips as examples and discuss what role the screenwriter played in making them work. Bring an idea you'd like to develop - whether it's an original or an idea based on an adaptation of an existing book (or short story, or song, or poem, etc.).

Bring one of the following:
a 16" x 34" coffee table top
a bottle of tempranillo or zinfandel (red)
handmade soap or bubble bath
homemade or artisan loaf of bread
homemade or artisan preserves

About the teacher, Kellie Dawson

Kellie Dawson is currently working as a scholarly and freelance editor. Her undergraduate degree is in creative writing with a minor in film writing from the University of Southern California. She has worked as a freelance story analyst, evaluating screenplays for such clients as Sundance. She is far from Los Angeles now and still feels fairly new to Indy, so she's looking forward to meeting others interested in writing screenplays and talking about how films work.

Oct 28, 2014 Tuesday

Making Broth with Whole Chickens

6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Store bought stocks and broths are often high in sodium and have other additives, but you can produce an even better tasting result at home using real chicken! This class presents you with the most economical way to buy chicken: purchasing a whole bird, making stock out of it, and leaving you with plenty of cooked chicken for easy meals. We will discuss options for buying chickens and the differences, from grocery store to farmers market. This class is for anyone who has basic comfort in the kitchen, no advanced background or skills are required. As long as you are comfortable using the stove top or crockpot, and handling onions, carrots, and celery, you will be making your own stock in no time. We will end the class with a classic but simple soup recipe.

Bring one of the following:
‘Dancing Elephant’ coffee beans from Bee Roasters
a home baked item + a few family or your favorite recipes (don’t have to be baking)
a low maintenance plant or potted herb for indoors
anything from these local businesses: Fermenti Artisan, Tulip Tree Creamery, Best Boy & Co, Simply Divine, Chocolate for the Spirit, Wilks & Wilson, Amelia’s
Artisano’s unflavored olive oil or balsamic vinegar
fresh herbs or local lettuces
mixing bowls you no longer want or need
packaged natural dog treats with no sodium (e.g. chicken jerky, bully sticks, dog bakery items)
Trader's Point yogurt or cheese

About the teacher, Rob Gaston

Rob is the executive director of Dig IN, serves on the board of Slow Food Indy, and maintains entrepreneurial pursuits. Rob participated in culinary training at Ivy Tech Community College, and with his background in hospitality management, became the coordinator or purchasing and lab operations. He believes that food is a connector and community builder, and that as we learn to cook and eat together again we will benefit as a society. Through his work and volunteer efforts, Rob advocates for the use and availability of local foods.

Nov 16, 2014 Sunday
Trade School Indianapolis
95 Barter Ave
Indianapolis US

Trade School is an all-volunteer effort and will be closing unless we receive your support. After two years of all-volunteer work, we've grown to the point where we have real monetary costs and need extra hands to continue running our school. Trade School is currently organized by co-founder Brittany West with the help of Jenn Baumgartner and Ben Turney. You will never have to pay money to attend Trade School classes...but we do require support to be able to successfully organize our school. We are looking for 250 founding members by November 16th! This is a yearly fee & exchange that will support Trade School operations and keep our all-volunteer school open. Please note that this is simply a pledge and you are not paying anything at this time. Please visit our Memberships page above for more information.

Bring one of the following:
35 volunteer hours in exchange for a Teaching Fellowship for 2015
40 volunteer hours in exchange for a Student Membership for 2015
a $20 Teacher Fellowship for 2015
a $25 Student Membership for 2015
a $40 Student Membership for 2015 (includes t-shirt)
other: I would like to donate to your cause but wouldn't benefit from a membership

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

Trade School Indianapolis is part of an international collective of alternative, self-organized schools that run on barter. The Indianapolis branch launched September of 2012 and in 2014, became a coordinator for Trade School Everywhere, helping new Trade Schools open all over the world! Our mission is to provide non-traditional education focused on mutual aid and respect that makes ideas, skills and resources available to the creative community. We are actively working to create safe spaces for people and ideas, and our organization is always learning and evolving.