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Path to Freedom Events and Announcements

Path to Freedom has alerted us to several events on their June calendar which may be of interest:

Sunday, June 5, 2005: Cob Oven Building Workshop

Fun with mud! Sunday, June 5, 2005 from 10:00am until 6:00pm. The cost is $65.00. Space is limited, so reservation and registration is required. (Register by May 31 and save $15.00.) Reservations can be made on the PTF event page.

Learn how to build a simple fully functioning sculpted bread oven from cob in one day. This earthen sculpture will be built using inexpensive materials: sand, clay, straw, and water. (See additional details by clicking on the “continue reading” link, below.)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005: Knit-Together (Crochet, too!)
Cast-away with yarn enthusiasts on Tuesday, June 14, 2005 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. The event is free for knitters and crochetters and includes a potluck, so please snacks or drink to share.

“Creativity, spirituality and meditation are all linked.” ~ Peg Butler ~

Join us for our monthly knitting circle gathering. It’s the perfect way to relax, meet others, practice your technique and skills, share favorite patterns or show off your latest creations.

Sunday, June 26 2005: Bike Summer @ Path to Freedom: The Arroyo Seco Eco Ride
Cities, community coalitions ,groups and individuals are working hard to make Los Angeles and surrounding cities more livable and sustainable places. On this ride, 7 miles, Class C, we will travel from North East Los Angeles to Pasadena. Cost is a suggested donation of $5.00-$10.00, and $1.00 for the Audobon Center. (See additional details below.)

Sunday, June 26, 2005: Screening of The Future of Food
Join Path to Freedom for a screening of The Future of Food with their special guest, Deborah Koons Garcia, widow of Jerry Garcia and the director, writer, and producer of this provocative documentary.

“My goal was to make a film that gave the average person a clear understanding of how genetic engineering works, from the cellular level to the global level. I’m hoping this film can be a combination of SILENT SPRING, and THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. Once you see it you’ll feel compelled to act, even if that means just changing the the kind of food you eat.” ~ Deborah Koons Garcia ~

The screening will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2005 from 4:00pm until 9:00pm. The cost is $15.00 (or $5.00 for the 7:30pm discussion). Space is limited, so please reserve at the PTF event page to ensure your seat.

Vegan/Vegetarian food will be provided (some from our organic garden!). To make this a “green event,” please bring your own plates, cups and utensils if possible.

Many thanks to our friends at Path to Freedom for sharing their calendar with us.

More information about the Cob Oven Building Workshop:
You will learn about materials selection and evaluation, mixing and cobbing techniques, and designing. Cob has been used for millennia. With recent rises in the price of lumber and increasing interest in natural and environmentally safe building practices, cob is enjoying a renaissance. This ancient technology doesn’t contribute to deforestation, pollution or mining nor depend on manufactured materials or power tools. Earth is nontoxic and completely recyclable.

The workshop will be a mix of hands-on (and feet in!). Please wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind gettting dirty. Plan to use muscles you haven’t flexed in a while.

BRING: A hat, suntan lotion, towel, slip-ons, perhaps a change of clothes. Also bring your own bag lunches and beverages. We will provide light snacks and water.

INSTRUCTOR: Ray Cirino, of Cobanation, is an experienced and innovative cobber. He will share his love and enthusiasm of cob, demonstrating his own unique and whimsical design.

More information on Bike Summer:
We will meet at the Heritage Square/Arroyo Gold Line station (3545 Pasadena Ave. Los Angeles 90031). A short ride to the base of Flat Top for an overview of open space issues with the North East Los Angeles Open Space Coalition. We will continue to the one of the greenest buildings in the nation, the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Riding up the Arroyo Seco Bike Path, we will head to a location where the City of Pasadena is conducting stream restoration activities. We will ride to Path To Freedom, an urban homestead, located in Pasadena. This will be the final stop, where we will take a tour and have a chance to have lunch (Please bring a lunch). We will meet at the Heritage Square/Arroyo Gold Line station (3545 Pasadena Ave. Los Angeles 90031). Ending at Path To Freedom (631 Cypress Ave, Pasadena 91103).

This easy ride will be about 7 miles from end to finish. We will ride at a moderate pace, and stopping along the way (Class C). We will ride on streets, bike paths and bike lanes. Please bring a lock, as we will walk to the Arroyo Seco restoration site.

Although this is a free ride, the Audubon Center and Path To Freedom do rely on donations to keep going, so feel free to bring some money along to give to these causes. Suggested donation to Audubon Center is $1. Suggested donation to Path To Freedom is $5-10 for the tour.
For more info visit the Bike Summer web site or contact Jeffrey Chapman at corvus6775 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

More information about The Future of Food screening
The film screening will be followed by a short discussion with guest speakers Deborah Koons Garcia (Lily Film); a representative of the Organic Consumer’s Association, and Jules Dervaes (Path to Freedom).

FILM DESCRIPTION: There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America–a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. For more information visit the film’s web site.

4:00pm: Welcome
4:30pm: Film, The Future of Food
6:30pm: Food & Entertainment (vegan/vegetarian faire will be provided)
7:30pm: Guest Speakers, featuring Deborah Koons Garcia
9:00pm: End

SPECIAL GUEST: Deborah Koons Garcia fell in love with filmmaking when she first picked up a Bolex while a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1970. She was the instigator and chief Creative Consultant for Grateful Dawg, a documentary about the musical friendship between her husband Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Grateful Dawg premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to a lively run in film festivals, in theaters and on television. The Future of Food was shown over a dozen times as a work in progress in Mendocino County, California before the March 2004 election and was the primary element in passing Measure H which bans the planting of genetically engineered crops in the county. It is the first time U.S. citizens have voted on this very important issue. All the people who worked on The Future of Food are proud that our efforts have had a real impact in the real world.