August 29th Potluck & SkillShare

Join us for 2 great skillshares on Saturday, August 29th, from 5–8:30 pm, @ Northside Community Center, 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  There will be live music and dance following the skillshares!

This month’s Reskilling meetup takes place during the
weekend-long River Hop event – Aug. 29-30 –
see for a complete schedule, including additional skill-shares!

Choose between:

Designing the Ecology of your Yard

perma2Permaculturist Billy Kirst will share how his family has turned their yard into a virtual “food factory,” utilizing principles of natural systems that allow efficient use of resources, without chemical inputs.  Meet at the Northside Community Center for an intro to the methods used, and then tour his amazing garden nearby.


“Cool and Green” Bike Ideas

bike2Bring your folding bikes, electric bikes, cargo carriers, bad weather gear, etc.—anything you’ve rigged up or purchased to make you bike more useful for getting you and your stuff where you need to go!   Show what you’ve got and/or just ask questions—we’ll learn together on the road to more sustainable transport.  Meet on the grounds outside the Northside Community Center.

~ 6:30 PM POTLUCK ~
Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

~ 6-8:00 PM LIVE MUSIC:  “The Switchbacks”! ~

****Are you into the “sharing economy” (teaching and learning, lending and borrowing, reusing and fixing)? If so, a group of UM grad students want to hear from you!  Share your thoughts in this 10 min SURVEY.

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July 15 – Bike Tour of Urban Agriculture in Detroit

A group of Reskillers will be going on a Bike Tour of Urban Agriculture in Detroit. To sign up for the tour which costs $25 (or $35 includes a bike), go to



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July 10th event photos

July 10

At July’s skill-share Ginny Rogers taught chain maille making, and Mary Cinch of Cinch Sewing taught basic machine sewing. Beautiful projects were completed in a short time, thanks to the careful preparation and instruction provided by our teachers. Thanks Ginny and Mary for volunteering your time, we really appreciate it!

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July 10th event: Sewing, Mending and Chain Maille

Friday, July 10th   6 – 8:30 pm @ Northside Community Center: 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but donations greatly appreciated to help us cover our costs!


Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

~ 7:15 PM SKILLSHARES: ~  Choose between…

Machine Sewing and Mending

Mary Burton, Owner of “Cinch Sew” of Ann Arbor, will teach you how to create a portable, roll-up placemat with cutlery holder to take home!  Also, feel free to bring mending projects you would like advice on. *To assure we provide enough sewing machines, please pre-register for this class at:   If you have a working sewing machine you would like to bring, please do!

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Making Chain Maille

Ginny Rogers will teach how to use two pair of pliers to bend wire into circles and interweave them into beautiful chains in both simple and complex patterns.  Create jewelry, armor, and more!  *Please pre-register to be assured we have enough tools for your use, at: If you have small needle-nose or blunt-nose pliers, please bring them!


Pre-registration also allows us to contact you if necessary (e.g., in the event of instructor illness).

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June 14th event: Food & Farming at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor Reskilling is supporting a community event for our June presentations:

Farm Education Day and Sustainable Food Fest


Celebrate sustainable food and farming with the local Jewish community: Re-Skilling Workshops, Vendors, Education, and Food!

Sunday, June 14th    10am – 2pm

at Matthaei Botanical Gardens  |  1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
– with bus tours to Green Things Farm

Presentations on Beekeeping, Soil Health and Composting, Seeds, Pickles, and more!
Visit for a full schedule!

Hosted and made possible by:
The Jewish Alliance for Food, Land, & Justice
and the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
All persons are welcome regardless of religion or affiliation

Admission is free, but it helps to pre-register at:

Featured A2 Reskilling Presentation:

12:15 – 1:15 Backyard Chickens hosted by Glee Bohanon, CEO, and chief bottlewasher at Fair Feather Farm. Meet a few chickens and learn about raising them in your own backyard, including caring/feeding, safe handling of eggs, and how to make home-made feeders.

A2 Reskilling Table Demos:

10 – 12 Intro to Canning hosted by Emily Springfield of Preserving Traditions.

10 – 2 Intro to Weaving hosted by Kathy and Leslie Moskal of Moskal Farm.

10 – 2 Making Lip Balm & Hand Lotion hosted by Kathy and Leslie Moskal of Moskal Farm.


A2 Reskilling: Promoting resilience through community building and skill-sharing.

If you have a community event you would like us to supply reskilling workshops for, please let us know! We are always excited to help reskilling reach new parts of our community!

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May potluck and skillshare: Permaculture & Yoga

Friday, May 15th 6 – 8:30 pm at Northside Community Center – 809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free, but $5 donation appreciated to cover costs.

~ 6:00 pm: Potluck!  ~  Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork.

~ 6:45 & 7:45pm Skillshares ~

6:45pm Permaculture: Huglekulture and Water Featuresperma

Representing Holzer AgroForestry, Justin Pawloske will be demonstrating theories and methods for advanced permaculture design.  Topics to be covered include Huglekulture, naturally functioning water retention spaces, intelligent design, and the benefits of small scale rotational grazing.

*Please preregister at

 7:45pm Hatha Yoga for Springyoga

Seeking inspiration, warmth, and clarity? Join Andrea Ridgard of Grounded Here Ayurveda & Yoga for a free Hatha Yoga session. Bring a Yoga mat (or blanket or towel), wear comfortable clothes and come ready to move in the way that your mind, body and spirit are calling!

*Please preregister at


*Although walk-ins are welcomed, pre-registration allows us to contact you if necessary (e.g., in the event of instructor illness).

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April 17th Potluck & Skillshare

Friday, April 17th 6 – 8:30 pm at Hathaway’s Hideaway – 310 S. Ashley  Just a few doors down from Fleetwood Diner!

$4 donation appreciated to cover facility rental

~ 6:00 pm: Potluck!  ~

Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork.

~ 7:15 pmSkillshares ~    Choose between:

 Get Your Garden Going!The-Family-Garden-Full

Erica Bloom, Program Manager of Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, will discuss seed starting and basic garden planning. She will also let us know how Growing Hope can support gardeners, and how gardeners can help Growing Hope (through starting seeds for their farm, plant sales and members).



Kombucha and Sproutssprout

Mary Goode will show how easy, quick and cheap it is to make kombucha and sprouts at home.  Participants will be able to take home a free kombucha scoby. Jars and the ingredients for kombucha and sprouts will be available at a cost of $3.50 for kombucha, $1.50 per sprout jar.




Yay Spring!


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