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Free Skool Olympia's February Calendar out now!

The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!

Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.

This month features classes on:

  • Algebra
  • Art and Activism
  • Book Binding
  • Computer Security
  •  Freestyle Rap
  • Haiku & Asian Poetry
  • History
  •  Knot Tying & Climbing
  • Media
  •  Musical Saw Playing
  •  Mycology
  •  Peace Psychology
  • Really Really Safe Sex
  • Self Defense
  • Sign Language
  • Stick 'N' Poke Tattoos

As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!

All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!

Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.

To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net

Be The Change Contest Awards Cash Donations to Your Favorite Charity

OLYMPIA- The Volunteer Center and Olympia Federal Savings are pleased to announce the Be the Change Contest. Volunteers and volunteer groups will have a way to “Pay It Forward” by first volunteering in the community to assist the causes they care about and as a result of that volunteerism, winning the opportunity to designate a cash award for the charity of their choice.

One group will win a year of free Web site hosting. The contest is part of the Volunteer Center’s Summer of Service inspired by Pres. Obama's United We Serve initiative. A list of Summer of Service opportunities and events can be found at www.volunteer.ws. Project ideas must be submitted to frieda@volunteer.ws by Sept. 11, 2009.

Prizes will be awarded based on creativity, innovation, and community engagement as decided by a panel of community members. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

First Prize: Community Changers: Awarded to the group with the biggest community impact, winners of this award must explain how their project made a difference. Winner receives $250 toward their favorite nonprofit organization’s NEXT project

Second Prize: Group Dynamics: Awarded to group that engages the largest number of volunteers. Winner receives Web site hosting for a nonprofit organization from GCI Ad Agency.

Third Prize: Building Bridges: Awarded to the group that engages the most volunteers of diverse backgrounds i.e. age, race, socio-economic background. Winner receives $100 donation to favorite nonprofit organization.

Fourth Prize: We Are Family: Awarded to most creative volunteer project involving family members. Each of three winners will receive prizes of $50 donated to their favorite charitable organization.

What’s a creative idea? Want some thoughts on how to be innovative? Need a jumpstart for your community building brainstorm sessions? Consider these ideas:

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