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Tompkins County Coalition for Families
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Tompkins County Coalition for Families

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Join with parents, volunteers and agency staff members to strengthen our community for children, youth and families! Monthly meetings focus on creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration, and exploring policy issues. All are welcome! 8:30-9:30am Coalition Meeting 9:30-...

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Advanced Compost series
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Advanced Compost series

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Go beyond the basics and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting in this three-class series: Class 1 - how it works / the composting processClass 2 - testing and useClass 3 - troubleshooting and advanced techniquesCome to one class or them all. Go home with some new ideas, and with...

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Community Café Host Training
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Community Café Host Training

Friday, September 22, 2017

2 DATES OFFERED! Learn how to host a successful Community Café, and become a leader for stronger families in our community. This facilitated training is based on World Café principles, now being used in Community Cafés held across Tompkins County.  All are welcome! Bring a friend or two ...

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CarFit for Older Drivers
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CarFit for Older Drivers

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Older drivers -- learn how to adjust your car to optimize safety and comfort!  Schedule a 20-minute CarFit appointment, between 10am-1pm on Saturday, Sept. 23.CarFit is a hands-on educational program for older drivers. A team of trained technicians work with each participant for about 20...

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Compost w/ Confidence
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Compost w/ Confidence

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting! Each class of this FREE series covers composting basics, and a different focal topic is addressed each month (see below) to help you address any compost is...

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Drinking Water Wednesday
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Drinking Water Wednesday

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Learn about the common tests of drinking water —bacteria, nitrate, nitrite, and lead—and when and how to test your private well. Ample time for questions and answers with the Community Science Institute, a water testing lab, and the Tompkins County Health Department.Additional Drinking Water...

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Parenting: The Hardest Job in the World (Ithaca)
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Parenting: The Hardest Job in the World (Ithaca)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This FREE 8-class workshop led by Edna Brown & Serena Ward will help you learn how to talk with your child (of any age) using the five communication skills: Encouragement, Can Do, Choices, Self-Control, and Respecting Feelings. Share your strengths with other parents/guardians, and learn new s...

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Take Your Recipe to the Next Level
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Take Your Recipe to the Next Level

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Let's Take Your Recipe to the Next Level!9/27: Making Sauces & Business Plan 101In this session we will discuss how to make various tomato-based sauces using a pressure canner. Master Preserver Ann Supa will demonstrate how to safely create a product using food-safety and safe food handling...

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Dividing Perennials
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Dividing Perennials

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Learn when and how to dig and divide perennial plants, plus what plants you can divide in this hands-on class with Master Gardeners on Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-7:30 pm. $5-$10/person, register online.

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Finger Lakes Cider Week
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Finger Lakes Cider Week

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Celebrate delicious hard cider, made here in our area, during Finger Lakes Cider Week, September 29-October 8, 2017.  Find places to sample and buy cider near you -- at tasting rooms, restaurants, and other venues -- in Hector, Ithaca, Lodi, Trumansburg and Watkins Glen!Visit Finger Lakes Ci...

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Food Entrepreneurship Application Deadline
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Food Entrepreneurship Application Deadline

Friday, September 29, 2017

Do you love to cook? Would you like to start or grow your own catering or food vending business? Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County announces a free program for new and emerging caterers and food vendors. We are seeking people with low-to-moderate income who want to run their own business. If that is you, then this program can provide support in terms of money for your permits, licenses and equipment, free use of our licensed kitchen, access to training, hands-on support from our staff, help with marketing and logistics, and education around business ownership. We will also arrange catering gigs for you in Tompkins County (including Cornell). These gigs will help you build your reputation and business as part of our Food Entrepreneurship Program, an educational program designed to advance just economic development and social well-being in the local area. The application is due on 9/29/17. Please email Chris Kai-Jones (chj7@cornell.edu) or Lara Parrilla Kaltman (ljp9@cornell.edu) with questions. We also are happy to meet with you before you apply to talk about your plans. We want to help you write the strongest application you can.

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Harmful Algal Blooms
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Harmful Algal Blooms

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Learn about the recent outbreak of suspicious algal blooms in Cayuga Lake.   Speakers will highlight key aspects of the ecology of toxicity of blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria), review measures taken to protect public health, and respond to questions from the audience.  Parti...

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Green Buildings Open House 2017
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Green Buildings Open House 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Visit 10 homes across Tompkins County that represent a wide variety of renewable energy and/or eco-friendly building practices. Homeowners will be on-site to answer your questions and describe their building's green features -- such as energy-efficient appliances, geothermal and air source heat p...

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Treasure Hunt on the Reuse Trail
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Treasure Hunt on the Reuse Trail

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Take a stroll on the Reuse Trail during the whole month of October, solve a puzzle, and enter a raffle to win prizes of $40, $80, $120, and $200 in gift cards from participating stores. Free and no purchase necessary (but participants do get a 10% discount). Solve the bonus question to win a cust...

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Native Plants for Pollinators
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Native Plants for Pollinators

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Attractive plants that support native pollinators add another dimension to gardens and landscapes. Native plants in particular are great for our native pollinators. There are pollinator plants suited to hot, dry sites, clay or sand, even dry shade. Learn how to diversify your plantings to ...

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Seed Saving 101
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Seed Saving 101

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Learn to save your own flower and vegetable seeds for next year’s garden and to share with others! In this hands-on class participants will learn the basic principles of seed saving such as which home garden species you can save seed from, how to harvest, clean and process, and how to store them ...

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Board of Directors Meeting
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Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The CCE-Tompkins Board of Directors usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca . Meetings begin at 5:00pm and typically end by 7:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Note: November meeting coincides wit...

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Advanced Compost series
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Advanced Compost series

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Go beyond the basics and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting in this three-class series: Class 1 - how it works / the composting processClass 2 - testing and useClass 3 - troubleshooting and advanced techniquesCome to one class or them all. Go home with some new ideas, and with...

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Take Your Recipe to the Next Level
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Take Your Recipe to the Next Level

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Let's Take Your Recipe to the Next Level!9/27: Making Sauces & Business Plan 101In this session we will discuss how to make various tomato-based sauces using a pressure canner. Master Preserver Ann Supa will demonstrate how to safely create a product using food-safety and safe food handling...

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Consumer's Rights & Responsibilities in the Marketplace
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Consumer's Rights & Responsibilities in the Marketplace

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In this Consumer Issues Program, NYS Assistant Attorney General Mike Danaher will discuss ways consumers can be more informed when they make their purchasing decisions. The public is invited to learn how to avoid consumer problems and what to do if a problem occurs.Following the presentation, mem...

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Introduction to Permaculture Design
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Introduction to Permaculture Design

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Join Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres for an introduction to the basic concepts of permaculture at this class on Thursday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm at CCE-Tompkins. Fee; register online.

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Parents Apart®
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Parents Apart®

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Parents Apart® is a six-hour workshop for parents who want to learn how to help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce. The workshop is taught by therapists and attorneys and focuses on how children react emotionally to their parents' separation or divorce, and what pa...

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Beautification Awards Nomination Deadline
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Beautification Awards Nomination Deadline

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Help us to recognize those who contribute to beautification efforts in rural towns and villages and in the City of Ithaca. The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program is seeking nominations for outstanding examples of local beautification made by businesses, civic associations, an...

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Impacts of Invasive Plants on People and Wildlife
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Impacts of Invasive Plants on People and Wildlife

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This class "Impacts of Invasive Plants on People and Wildlife" on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6:30-8pm will look at how plants become invasive, their uses, and impacts. With Akiva Silver from Twisted Tree Farm. Fee; register online.

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Tompkins County Coalition for Families
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Tompkins County Coalition for Families

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Join with parents, volunteers and agency staff members to strengthen our community for children, youth and families! Monthly meetings focus on creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration, and exploring policy issues. All are welcome! 8:30-9:30am Coalition Meeting 9:30-...

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Winterizing Your Garden
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Winterizing Your Garden

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The key to great spring gardening is winter preparation.  Lean how to prepare and protect you soil from winter cold and spring rains, and how to ensure optimal nutrition and soil tilth for great growing when spring rolls around.  This slide show will guide you through the process of win...

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Standards of Quality Certification Training
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Standards of Quality Certification Training

Friday, October 20, 2017

How can we work with families most effectively? What does it mean to be a quality Family Strengthening and Support Program? How can managers, direct service staff, and families work together to develop and sustain quality programs? The “Standards of Quality for Family Streng...

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Compost w/ Confidence
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Compost w/ Confidence

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Local composting experts provide information and give hands-on demonstrations to help you set up and manage a compost system in any setting! Each class of this FREE series covers composting basics, and a different focal topic is addressed each month (see below) to help you address any compost is...

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4-H Fall Festival & Chicken BBQ
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4-H Fall Festival & Chicken BBQ

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Giant Pumpkin Weigh In and AwardsChicken BBQ - Served at 11:00am til goneLive Animal DisplayFun Activities and MoreSee samples of 4-H'ers exciting, creative & Dynamic Work

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Take Your Recipe to the Next Level
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Take Your Recipe to the Next Level

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Let's Take Your Recipe to the Next Level!9/27: Making Sauces & Business Plan 101In this session we will discuss how to make various tomato-based sauces using a pressure canner. Master Preserver Ann Supa will demonstrate how to safely create a product using food-safety and safe food handling...

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AARP Smart Driver Workshop - 2 Day Course
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AARP Smart Driver Workshop - 2 Day Course

Monday, October 30, 2017

Way2Go, in partnership with AARP, offers the nationally recognized AARP Smart Driver Workshop, a 2-day course -- October 30 AND October 31 -- that is open to the general public. Although the course is designed to meet the needs of older drivers, it is suitable for drivers of all ages.&nb...

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Treasure Hunt on the Reuse Trail
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Treasure Hunt on the Reuse Trail

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Take a stroll on the Reuse Trail during the whole month of October, solve a puzzle, and enter a raffle to win prizes of $40, $80, $120, and $200 in gift cards from participating stores. Free and no purchase necessary (but participants do get a 10% discount). Solve the bonus question to win a cust...

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Board of Directors Meeting
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Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The CCE-Tompkins Board of Directors usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca . Meetings begin at 5:00pm and typically end by 7:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Note: November meeting coincides wit...

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Community Café Host Training
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Community Café Host Training

Friday, November 3, 2017

2 DATES OFFERED! Learn how to host a successful Community Café, and become a leader for stronger families in our community. This facilitated training is based on World Café principles, now being used in Community Cafés held across Tompkins County.  All are welcome! Bring a friend or two ...

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Vote for Worms Composting Class
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Vote for Worms Composting Class

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Learn how worms can make fast, rich compost for your garden while disposing of your food scraps. Take home the bin, a starter population of worms, and the knowledge to tend to your new pets. Space is limited. $10 per household. Register early, space is limited! To register online, please c...

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Nut Bonanza
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Nut Bonanza

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Taste freshly harvested American persimmons, acorns, chestnuts, hickory nuts, butternuts, hazelnuts, and black walnuts at the Nut Bonanza on Saturday November 12, held at Twisted Tree Farm in Spencer.

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Monday, November 6, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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Parents Apart®
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Parents Apart®

Monday, November 6, 2017

Parents Apart® is a six-hour workshop for parents who want to learn how to help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce. The workshop is taught by therapists and attorneys and focuses on how children react emotionally to their parents' separation or divorce, and what pa...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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Charitable Giving Update
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Charitable Giving Update

Thursday, November 9, 2017

In this Consumer Issues Program, NY State Assistant Attorney General Michael Danaher will make a presentation on charitable giving, scams, and things to consider when making donations.Following the presentation, members of the public have the opportunity to consult individually with Attorney Dana...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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Winterizing Your Garden
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Winterizing Your Garden

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Learn how to prepare and protect your soil from winter cold and spring rains, and how to ensure optimal nutrition and soil tilth for great gardening the rest of the year. Fee: $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale, no one will be turned away. Register online or call 272-2292 to register b...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Friday, November 10, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Monday, November 13, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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Tompkins County Coalition for Families
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Tompkins County Coalition for Families

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Join with parents, volunteers and agency staff members to strengthen our community for children, youth and families! Monthly meetings focus on creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration, and exploring policy issues. All are welcome! 8:30-9:30am Coalition Meeting 9:30-...

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PS-It Works! Training
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PS-It Works! Training

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This two-day Parenting Skills training will help prepare professionals to make referrals to the parenting skills workshop series, reinforce use of the five communication skills with clients, conduct the Parenting Skills Workshop Series, conduct the Parenting Skills for Literacy Series, and us...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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Emerald Ash Borer Impacts
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Emerald Ash Borer Impacts

Thursday, November 16, 2017

​Ithaca City Forester Jeanne Grace will cover how to identify and manage Emerald Ash Borer at this class on Thursday, November 16, 6:30-8pm. Fee; register online.

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PS-It Works! Training
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PS-It Works! Training

Friday, November 17, 2017

This two-day Parenting Skills training will help prepare professionals to make referrals to the parenting skills workshop series, reinforce use of the five communication skills with clients, conduct the Parenting Skills Workshop Series, conduct the Parenting Skills for Literacy Series, and us...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Friday, November 17, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!
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6th Annual Leaf Swap & Compost Giveaway!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

GOT LEAVES? GET COMPOST! Instead of paying for leaf pickup, bring your CLEAN** bagged leaves (residential leaves only, no branches or other yard waste) to CCE-Tompkins during the dropoff period from Monday, November 6 through Saturday, November 18.Gardeners and composters are invited to come bet...

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Raising Chickens Sustainably
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Raising Chickens Sustainably

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres will share his methods for raising chickens sustainably and at practically no cost in this class on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6:30-8:30pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County. Fee is $5-$10/person self-determined sliding scale; pay what you can afford. Register online.

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Evergreen Wreath-Making
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Evergreen Wreath-Making

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Make a beautiful evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the holidays! Fresh-cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons are supplied. Bring any special decorating materials you would like to use to personalize your wreath. Wear casual clothes and bring pruning shears and gloves. CHOOSE FROM...

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Evergreen Wreath-Making
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Evergreen Wreath-Making

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Make a beautiful evergreen wreath to decorate your home for the holidays! Fresh-cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons are supplied. Bring any special decorating materials you would like to use to personalize your wreath. Wear casual clothes and bring pruning shears and gloves. CHOOSE FROM...

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Parents Apart®
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Parents Apart®

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Parents Apart® is a six-hour workshop for parents who want to learn how to help their child(ren) adjust during their separation or divorce. The workshop is taught by therapists and attorneys and focuses on how children react emotionally to their parents' separation or divorce, and what pa...

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Gifts from the Garden: Making a Gardener's Herbal Salve
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Gifts from the Garden: Making a Gardener's Herbal Salve

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Local herbalist Amanda David will teach us how to make an herbal salve from flowers and herbs from our home gardens in this class on Sunday, December 3 from 2-4pm. Fee; preregister online.

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Avoiding Consumer Problems on the Internet
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Avoiding Consumer Problems on the Internet

Thursday, December 14, 2017

In this Consumer Issues program, Mike Danaher, NYS Assistant Attorney General, will explore ways for consumers to protect their identity, financial accounts, and personal information, and what they can do to resolve problems should they occur.Following the presentation, members of the pub...

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Tompkins County Coalition for Families
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Tompkins County Coalition for Families

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Join with parents, volunteers and agency staff members to strengthen our community for children, youth and families! Monthly meetings focus on creating family-centered services, enhancing collaboration, and exploring policy issues. All are welcome! 8:30-9:30am Coalition Meeting 9:30-...

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Application deadline for 2018 Master Composter training
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Application deadline for 2018 Master Composter training

Monday, January 29, 2018

Help promote responsible composting in Tompkins County as a Master Composter volunteer! Free training involves 20 hours of class time covering composting in depth, and 20 hours of volunteer time (the "practical internship"). After training, Master Composters give back to the community in a ...

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