Spring 2018 Season

Ruderal Ecologies & Sustainable Growth

Seedy Social: Winter Seed Swap and Potluck

Join the NATURE Lab and Collard City Growers at The Sanctuary for Independent Media for an early spring seed swap and social to get you ready for the growing season. […]

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18 February 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NATURE Lab Crowdfunding Kickoff with Bio-Artist Shu Lea Cheang

Come celebrate the first day of Spring with NATURE Lab and internationally recognized bio-artist Shu Lea Cheang! Cheang' will present a Mycelium Network Society workshop and we'll have a mushroom-themed […]

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20 March 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ruderal Ecologies: Grounds for Change

CHECK OUT video documentation of RUDERAL ECOLOGIES! This event was free and open to the public, with donations encouraged  to build the NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center.  This symposium marks the […]

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13 April 2018 All day

“oyster” by Joe Diebes

A modern multimedia opera by Joe Diebes, oyster is about iconic folklorist Alan Lomax and his Cantometrics System of categorizing world music, set in the lull between the McCarthy era […]

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21 April 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

NATURE Lab Workshop with Ellie Irons: Soil Seed Bank Research

Prepare test patches for a new generation of wild plants whose seeds are dormant beneath lawns and sidewalks, in artist Ellie Irons’ art-science project “(Re)disturbance Regime: Unearthing to Rewild, Remember, […]

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22 April 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Sembene,” with Filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman

Meet Ousmane Sembène, the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon and blaze the trail for generations of writers, filmmakers and scholars. Join Sembene filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and […]

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23 April 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

”Healing Voices” with Mental Health Panel Discussion

A film screening of Healing Voices, and panel to challenge the cultural understanding of "mental illness" with a critical look at America's broken mental healthcare system and a message of […]

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27 April 2018 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Collard City Growers: Spring Cleaning and Roots Natty Division Party

Prepare and tidy garden beds that have been resting all winter, to get them ready to receive this year's plantings. If soil permits, learn to turn one plant into many […]

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29 April 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rensselaer Land Trust Stream Sampling Presentation and Stream Team Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

The event will consist of a public presentation and a volunteer recognition reception. Fran Martino, of Rensselaer Land Trust, will present their stream sampling results. After the public presentation, a […]

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29 April 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara

Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara incorporate all manner of inspiration into their purely musical dialogues to celebrate the roots and branches of jazz. Tomas Fujiwara is a […]

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06 May 2018 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Be The Media! Workshop: Sound Recording

The key to quality audio production is getting a good recording in the first place. Learn useful recording techniques and discover how you can produce radio segments for The Sanctuary's […]

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10 May 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Troy Bike Rescue’s 8th Annual BikeFest

Another year, another BikeFest! Come celebrate with Troy's bike-friendly community and help keep Troy Bike Rescue doors open as a volunteer-run bicycle resource center for all ages. Food, music, and […]

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12 May 2018 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) North Troy Focus Group

We are a research group based out of Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI). Working in partnership with the Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Water Research […]

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15 May 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Be The Media! Workshop: Audio Editing

Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application that runs on almost any Mac or PC. Learn how to use it to make radio! Audio editing is an invaluable […]

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17 May 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Community Wireless and Mapping Workshop

An introduction to modern digital cartography. Map your neighborhood! Own your data, untether from Google Maps. Share your map with friends using mesh networks.

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23 May 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Collard City Growers 3rd Annual Plant Sale

Help support our garden by growing your own. We have been maniacally planting seeds and dividing perennials in hopes to spread the bounty of Collard City Growers into your yards […]

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27 May 2018 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

6th Annual Freedom Festival

Join us outdoors in closing out our Spring 2018 season with the sixth annual Freedom Festival! The festival will take place at Freedom Square, on 101st Street where 5th and 6th […]

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02 June 2018 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

6th Annual Freedom Festival 2018

Join us outdoors in Freedom Square for our sixth annual Freedom Festival! There’ll be a bike giveaway, free music, free food, free art activities and all kinds of fun! Rain […]

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02 June 2018 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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