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December event – Intro to Leather Working, and Milkweeds & Monarch.

Friday, December 11th 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!

6:00 POTLUCK ~ Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

7:00 SKILLSHARES ~ Choose between:

Milkweeds and Monarchsmilkweedpod

Amanda Klain, of the Native Plant Nursery, will teach how to grow milkweed and help the monarch butterflies that depend on them. She’ll introduce the native milkweeds that occur in SE Michigan, and demonstrate how to collect, clean and treat the different species’ seeds to facilitate their growth. There should be enough milkweed for everyone to take home. Feel free to bring your own if you have gathered any pods. Also covered will be how to raise monarch larvae indoors. (Pre-registering at is not required but allows us to bring enough supplies, and to reach you in case of instructor illness.)   *MILKWEED SEEDS MAKE GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!


shoeIntroduction to Leather Working and Shoe Repair

Robert Hay will share knowledge gained in his work in shoe manufacture and repair. By deconstructing a pair of welted men’s shoes, he will show the assembly of the various parts. He will also teach the basics of working with leather. Participants will try their hand at carving and stamping their own leather bracelets to take home. There is a materials fee of $5. Class size is limited to 8 participants. Pre-register at

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Photos from November skillshare

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November 21, 2015 · 2:41 pm

The biochar demonstration was great!

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November 2, 2015 · 12:14 am

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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And We’re Back!

Ann Arbor Reskilling is warming up again with monthly events at our new location: The Yellow Barn!

We would be delighted if you could join us at for our first monthly event on June 12th at 5:30pm for a potluck followed by two ReSkilling workshops at 7:00. The event will be open to the community and free to participants with a suggested donation to support the Yellow Barn and the future of ReSkilling.

Where is it?

The Yellow Barn is located at 416 W. Huron.  There is parking on-site, but in case it fills up, there is plenty of parking on Miller Ave just one block north of the Yellow Barn.

What should I bring?

If possible, bring anything you’d like to the potluck, as well as a small donation to help support the Yellow Barn and to keep these monthly events going.  Please bring reusable dishes and utensils for the potluck to help us cut down on waste.

Workshop details coming soon!

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Handouts Posted

Here’s a much belated but heartfelt thank-you from the ReSkilling Festival Organizing Committee.  This year’s festival was a great success in terms of both attendance (nearly 400!) and quality of presentations.  Without the many hours of volunteer service from our fantastic presenters and volunteers, this couldn’t have been possible.  And thank you all for attending, we hope you had a lot of fun and took home some useful skills.

In case you weren’t able to take home a workshop handout or you had to miss a one altogether, we have (also belatedly) posted some handouts on the sessions’ respective pages.  Click here for a list of the February 2013 Festival workshops to quickly find them.

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The Festival is Here!

TODAY, Sunday Feb. 10th  

Doors open at 10:30, classes 11-5
drop-ins welcome
2230 Pontiac Trail
Today is the day of the Ann Arbor ReSkilling Festival!  Don’t forget to check our Directions page for transportation and parking info, as well as a list of what to bring to the Festival.  Hope to see you there!

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