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Apr 28, 2015 Tuesday
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Gap Year Planning

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

A gap year is a structured period of time away from school or work, and more and more people are interested in taking one. Gap years can take place domestically or abroad, and can be a powerful time of personal growth and exploration. We'll be talking about planning for a gap year after high school, college, or even in between jobs as well as discussing the benefits, drawbacks, and resources available to make a gap year affordable. While class is most beneficial to secondary students, college students and their families, all are welcome to learn more!

Bring one of the following:
a copy of your favorite book
a promise to email me from your future gap year! (will be given after class)
gourmet chocolates
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)
your bucket list

About the teacher, Amy Conrad

Amy is a lifelong learner and teacher by profession who's interested in a little bit of everything. She hopes to encourage people to get out and go on the adventures that scare them. Her best thinking happens on trains and buses, and she tries her best to take her own advice. While teaching, traveling and reading are her passions, she also likes to cook, bake, hike and learn new languages!

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Apr 29, 2015 Wednesday

Garage Sale Do's & Don'ts

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

As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Garage sales are perfect for not only selling your items, but for finding unique and inexpensive goods. We'll learn how to conduct a successful garage sale, from advertising, to setting up, to pricing, to dealing with leftovers, and everything in between. To really get a feel for hosting your own garage sale, we will put on a mock sale during class! Bring 5-10 small items you want to “sell” using pretend currency (provided). When the “sale” is over, you can trade with or give away to your classmates anything you don’t want to take home. Another option will be to donate things to various suggested fundraisers!

Bring one of the following:
pet supplies (canned food, liquid laundry detergent, bleach, papertowels, or scrubbie sponges) for the Southside Animal Shelter
unusual alphabet books (I already have Chicago, Elvis & Dinosaurs - no A is for Apple please!)
unusual tea strainers (no ball-shaped please!)
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Petra Ritchie

Petra strongly believes in sharing, whether it's knowledge, or assets, or belongings. As long as someone needs something she has, she'll share. She has an innate ability to proofread and edit the writings of others and her favorite things include taking an active part in whatever she gets involved in, whether it's church, a club, her condo complex, or a large variety of activities with her friends.

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May 7, 2015 Thursday

Your First Adult Bicycle

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

May 15th is Bike to Work Day! Want to start cycling? If you haven't ridden a bicycle since you first got your Driver's License or don't know where to start, come learn how to select a bike that's perfect for the riding you'd like to do! We'll take the intimidation out of bike shops and make all the choices seem less daunting. You'll learn about the different types of bicycles and their primary differences, bike resources, basic tips on sizing and adjustments, cool accessories and leave with some insider jargon you can use around cyclers.

Bring one of the following:
a great board game
a pinochle lesson (to be scheduled after class!)
craft beer (porters or stouts)
dark chocolate
fresh vegetables
freshly roasted coffee beans
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Damon Richards

Damon is a cyclist and runner that enjoys reading, golf, public speaking, coaching and every now and then, juggling! He loves living a full life filled with friends old and new and is always looking for unique learning experiences, even if they only end up being one time activities.

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May 13, 2015 Wednesday

Bicycle Commuting Basics

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

Bike to Work day is May 15th! With the new Cultural Trail and Indy's Bikeshare program, there's no better time to pick up bicycle commuting than now! Bike commuting may seem impossible, but anyone can do it if you have the right gear and the desire to try. We'll have an open discussion about the pros of cons of commuting while learning about Indiana bicycle laws and checking out the bicycle I commute with on a daily basis. Please note I will only cover commuting in Summer, Spring & Fall but am happy to discuss Winter as best I can. After about an hour of discussion and pending weather, you're invited to take a short ride along the Cultural Trail with us! If you'd like to participate, please bring your bicycle or you are welcome to rent one from the Bikeshare program.

Bring one of the following:
a bottle of wine
an email or tweet of a picture of yourself on your first post-class bike commute! (will send my info after class)
anything bicycle themed (art, photography, wearable pieces)!
milk-free dark chocolate
soy candles (no vanilla please)
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)
wheat grass seeds
written suggestions of great places to bicycle in the state with photos if you have them

About the teacher, Meredith Jones

Meredith is an avid, lifelong cyclist addicted to bike commuting and encouraging more people to ride. She believes that even small changes have a big impact and tries her best to make the Earth a better place by being passionate about activities that benefit both individuals and the community. She's also a vegetarian, animal lover and tree hugger that loves seeing Indy become a more bike-friendly city!

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May 16, 2015 Saturday

Visual Storytelling

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

This interactive workshop will show you the skills needed to analyze, critique, and re-imagine works of visual media such as television, film, photography, etc. We'll focus on language, concepts and standard techniques used to tell stories and convey meaning in various genres and formats. You can use these skills to better understand how writers, directors and producers use coded language to communicate with audiences of any visual media! Please bring a print ad from a magazine, newspaper, or mailbox flyer for an in-class exercise.

Bring one of the following:
fresh herbs
freshly baked goods
packaged local coffee or tea
various cat or dog supplies (food, litter, toys, leashes, collars, etc.) to donate to FACE on Mass Ave
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)

About the teacher, Sheila Plank

Sheila believes in changing the world - one conversation at a time, and in "being the change you hope to see." She is a communicator, a liaison and an artist who enjoys storytelling, the craft of filmmaking, documentaries and empowering others to find their own authentic voice.

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May 20, 2015 Wednesday
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country but don't know the language? Did you take Spanish classes in high school, but ʺforgot everything you learned"? Not to worry! Come learn some basic phrases and words to help you navigate in a Spanish-speaking country like how to introduce yourself, find the restroom, ask for (and understand!) directions, order food and coffee, and more! Basic knowledge of Spanish, especially gender and tense, is helpful, but not required!

Bring one of the following:
a book of yoga poses
a bottle of wine (Spanish wine not required ;))
a journal or notebook
burlap fabric or ribbon
green smoothie recipes
organic or local cheese
organic, local and/or fair trade coffee
used wine corks or empty coffee tins (vintage or steel preferred)
volunteer hours for this class as a facilitator (must be an approved TS facilitator)
your favorite book

About the teacher, Danni McPherron

Danni is a writer, musician, yogi and environmentalist with a firm belief in trying new things. She dabbles in DIY decorations, gardening and blogging and wishes to help others find their voice and become more connected with the Earth. Whether it be traveling to a new place, making music, cooking, writing or saving the world, she believes in doing what makes you burn with passion, not anger.

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Jun 13, 2015 Saturday

Teacher & Volunteer Info Session

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center at 727 N. Oriental St
Indianapolis US

Learn more about Trade School, teaching classes and what it means to be a part of our co-op. Our info sessions are about sharing information, having fun and creating connection & camaraderie among our teaching community. You must attend an info session before you can begin teaching and/or volunteering with Trade School. We look forward to seeing you!

Bring one of the following:
a smile & a high-five
your enthusiasm

About the teacher, Trade School Indianapolis

Trade School Indianapolis is part of an international collective of alternative, self-organized schools that run on barter. Take a class in exchange for goods or services rather than money! 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 believe that everyone has something to offer, and that paying for services isn't the best way to build community. With mutual respect, anything is possible.

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