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The First UHL Community Skillshare Day

The First UHL Community Skillshare Day

Saturday, May 8th
2-5pm, followed by socializing over snacks and drinks (please bring something for the "snack-luck" table! Plus a potluck kit of a bowl/plate, utensil, cup...)

$5 Donation (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)

The Democracy Center
45 Mt. Auburn, Cambridge, MA 02138

Come on out for the first UHL Community Skillshare Day! The afternoon will feature skillshares by UHL members. See below for more details.

This is a great opportunity to learn some skills and to socialize with fellow members of the UHL!

Skillshare Topics:

We'll begin the day with a little movement. Abraham Dorantes will be leading a short session on Boabom (pronounced bo-ha-bom, ryhmes with rome), a system of Meditation in Movement developing Self-healing, Self-Defense(internal-external) and Self-Awareness(your body, your thoughts and the space around you). Abraham is a Student/Assistant Teacher of the Boston School of Boabom in Brookline.

Making Self-watering garden containers:
NOTE: Please bring 1 and 2 L plastic bottles.
Self-watering garden containers (aka: Sub-irrigated Planters) are a terrific way to produce huge amounts of food in small urban spaces. Most vegetable plants are happiest when they are able to “drink” whenever they are “thirsty”. A constant source of appropriate moisture is the secret to the self-watering container’s success. Learn how to make your own containers using inexpensive and readily available materials. Presented by Cornelia Hoskin, HOMEGROWN Shepherdess at – an online community of cooks, growers and do-it-yourselfers celebrating the “culture” in agriculture. Making Beef Jerky:
Chris Tolles will be demonstrating a foolproof, bootleg, almost-totally sanitary way to transform cheaper cuts of beef into delicious beef jerky with only a box fan and two furnace filters! Due to the length of time required, it won't be possible to demo the entire process, but Chris will have some of his own finished product on hand for sampling.

Making Sourdough Bread:
Rachel Ritter will demonstrate how to make sourdough bread. Please bring a glass jar if you'd like to take home some sourdough starter.

Making Cordials:
Jaime Alberts will demonstrate how to make cordials. More details TBA.

Converting a car to run on straight vegetable oil:

Pat Keaney, the proprietor of Green Grease Monkey, will be discussing how to convert a diesel vehicle to run on vegetable oil. More details TBA.

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  • Lisa Gross

    Great skillshares and a great group of people!

    May 9, 2010

  • bradfromboston

    Learned alot and hope to get all the recipes and instructions from everyone!

    May 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is the first meetup I've been to where people were so generous. I walked out the door with two kombucha mushrooms, a sourdough starter, and plenty of new ideas. Thanks, everyone!

    May 8, 2010

  • Jeff


    May 8, 2010

  • Johnn

    I'm glad we got to do this skillshare--it's very exciting to be have us to teach each other stuff & learn together. Hopefully we will have more of these.

    As a tee-totalling, vegan who never drives, unfortunately most of what was presented today wasn't particularly useful to me, but other people seemed to get a lot out of it. I really liked the Boabom demonstration and learning how to make self-watering planters, and even though I doubt I will ever be behind the wheel of a veggie-powered vehicle, the information was interesting, the presenters pointed out that biodiesel technology can be used for generating power and heating homes, and they actually advocate that people bike rather than drive.

    Here is hoping that this day is only a beginning. Thanks for organizing this.

    May 8, 2010

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