Thursday, January 31, 2013

Check out all the awesome classes happening this month!

February 2013 Class Descriptions

Freedom to Build, Phase 2: phased 2 build
see for
class times, locations, and up-to-date info
A hands-on informal study of architecture history focused on the
creation, control, and usage of spaces people use + shape in New
Orleans and elsewhere... researching, discussing, and building.
When + where we meet will change depending on the topics, so
check our website for times, info, and locations.
Contact Jackson:

Change Your Oil, Change Your Life
Contact instructor for day and time
This is a class for people who want to know how cars work and
how to keep them working. The exact content will depend on
peoples interests and experience, but we’ll talk about the operating
mechanisms and major components of cars, how they work and
interact, and
how they break. We’ll also do some looking at actual
cars and identifying parts, differences between models, and
common problems. Finally we will look at the tools and
equipment used to work on cars, and then use it to work on some
cars. How hands on any given class is will be weather dependent,
so wear clothes you aren’t too attached to.

Take it to the streets:
Creating Community Art Projects in Your Neighborhood
Friday 2/15, 8 - 10 PM
Fairgrinds @ 3133 Ponce De Leon St
This hands-on workshop will discuss different ways to implement a socially-engaged art project in a community, ranging from something traditional like a mural to something more experimental like a public intervention project. Creating collaborations with other artists, community partners, local resources, and bureaucracy to get your project up and running will also be discussed.  Finally, we will brainstorm a community arts project (as a group, or solo, your choice) and work on the design and concept.  A follow-up meeting will take place (date determined by group) to discuss the progress on research and development of the projects. 

All Ages Knitting
Tuesdays 6 PM
Community Book Center @ 2523 Bayou Rd
Come learn to knit. Some materials provided. All ages and abilities
Contact Lena: 267-312-5817

Rope Bite
Monday 2/11, 2/25, 6:15 PM
Marigny area, contact instructor for location
From the ancient Japanese art of Shibari to the present and diverse
world today, we will be exploring how we can use rope for love,
lust, and a show, the bondage, the power exchange, the art, and the
flow. The first 30 minutes of every group session is for new
students to learn the basics, as well as for returning students to
warm up and review. The class will include field trips to allow for
extra learning and real-life exploration. NOLA has some great
spots for gorilla/flash tying; let's find them. Practice rope is
available, but it is recommended that you bring your own. Come to
class to learn about the different types of rope and how to select
Contact Tyrus: 816-210-4077

Empower Hour Series: Empower Your Parenting
Friday, 2/8, 11:30AM
Harmony Oaks Community Center @ 2514 Washington Ave
Today’s youth present caregivers with new obstacles and
adventures in parenting. This interactive workshop focuses on
parenting the difficult child and reclaiming your child from
negative influences.
Contact Latrice: 504-265-8960

Free GED tutoring
Tuesdays, 6 PM and Thursdays, 10AM
RAE @ 1212 St Bernard Ave
Resurrection After Exoneration is now offering free GED tutoring!
Classes are Tuesdays from 6-7:30pm (math focused) and
Thursdays from 10-11:30am (literacy focused). Attend either or
both. It's never too late to get your GED! Contact Sebastian: 504-

Book reading: Eckhart Tolle, "The Power of Now"
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM
Fairgrinds Coffee House @ 3133 Ponce de Leon
This will be a book reading/ open discussion of the Nature of
Reality. Many of us are going through our spiritual paths alone yet
it is so much easier to have a support group and a safe place to
openly discuss the often complicated path toward higher
consciousness. We will also read/discuss supporting material from
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Deepak Chopra, Rene Descartes, the Vedanta
and Upanishads. Required materials: Eckhart Tolle's, The Power of
Now. There is a free audio version online on YouTube.
Contact Leanne:

Zen Meditation Instruction
Sundays 8:45 AM
Mid-City Zen @ 3156 Toulouse
Every Sunday morning Mid City Zen will offer zazen (sitting
meditation) instruction before its usual morning meditation
program. Using the touchstones of upright posture and breath
awareness, we will acquaint ourselves with the movement of our
own minds. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

Punk Rock Takeover
Sundays 2-6 PM
The Big Top @ 1638 Clio St
PUNK ROCK TAKEOVER produces a weekly showcase of
diverse local bands from all around the Greater New Orleans area--
as well as the occasional national or international act--in order to
generate a cross pollination of musicians and fans to help foster a
more diverse and balanced music scene. All of our shows will
include bands of varying age groups and talent, bands from
different subcultural and geographical communities. All of the
proceeds from these shows will be funneled into local nonprofit
organizations, and the shows will also include speakers,
workshops, and skillshares from those organizations whenever
possible. One of our main goals with these events is to educate and
network people in a variety of ways, so they can take those skills
and create their own events or help where needed. Here's what we
can teach you: stage-managing, money-taking, sound-running,
food-cooking and -serving, flyering/promoting.
Contact Nicole:

Intro to Harm Reduction
Fridays 2:30-4:30 PM
LGBT Community Center @ 2114 Decatur St
Harm Reduction is a perspective and a set of practical approaches
to reduce the negative consequences of drug use, incorporating a
spectrum of strategies from safer use to abstinence. In this course,
we will demonstrate some of the principles of Harm Reduction.
Contact: Michelle,, 504-535-4766

Imagine the (im)Possible: Gender in Science Fiction
Fridays 6:00 PM
3111 Palmyra St.
In this class, we will explore and expand upon concepts of gender
and feminism as seen through a literary lens. We will focus on (but
are not limited to) science fiction, speculative fiction, magical
realism, and fantasy. Some authors include Karen Joy Fowler,
Nalo Hopkinson, Ruth Nestvold, Ursula LeGuin, James Tiptree Jr.,
and Octavia Butler. We will read and discuss one short story per
week. All of the readings will be posted on
Although the class is informal, it is strongly recommend to do the
reading before each class. Contact Ally:

Intimacy // In-To-Me-I-See
Friday 2/15 and Monday 2/25, 6
8 PM

Contact instructor for location
This is a discussion group born out of a couple of amazing
workshops held during Endless Gaycation. Together, we cover the
intersection between queer relationships, self-care, self-knowledge,
non-monogamy, radical self-awareness, communication, all the
social forces that press down on us, and boundary making. The
intent is to bring together and explore the many different strands
that influence our intimacies and relationships.
Contact Cordelia: 504-656-6742 ;

NOLA TimeBank Intro Workshop
Sat. 2/16, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Freret Neighborhood Center @ 4605 Freret St
Learn how the NOLA TimeBank works and how to set-up your
account. Meet fellow TimeBankers. Explore the "Community
Weaver" software that runs the NOLA TimeBank. Bring a laptop
or use one from the lab. RSVP at
Contact Gretchen:

NOFSN Organizers Meetings
Want to get involved with the New Orleans Free School Network?
Come to our weekly organizers meeting! NOFSN always needs
motivated people to help us flyer, fundraise, organize events, table
at festivals, create promotional materials and help with lots of
other fun stuff. Contact us for time and location.

For more information on the New Orleans Free School Network, please
visit our website at You can
also reach us by phone at 504- 484-9418 or by email at

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