Sun. 04/26 | 1 to 3 pm @ Grand Army Plaza entrance of Prospect Park
On this walk by the Carroll Gardens store Remedies Herb Shop, join NYC herbalist Jo Anne Richards and learn how to identify and harvest wild healing plants. Discover how local weeds can support your healing and wellness and how to make your own herbal medicine!
The True Cost Premiere
Wed. 04/29 @ IFC Center
The True Cost from Director Andrew Morgan is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. On May 29, The True Cost will be released in theaters in New York (IFC Center), Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall) and other markets and simultaneously will be released on VOD platforms and DVD/Blu-ray.
Happy Heart Yoga Retreat: Let Go & Live Lush in Lake George
Fri. 05/01 thru Sun. 05/03 @ Lake George
Let go of all worries, all cares, and all that causes you suffering, holds you back or keeps you stuck. Surround yourself in the lush beauty and fresh Spring air of Lake George as yoga teacher Diana cares for you through deeply cleansing and supportive yoga, full moon releasing ceremony, sacred jumps in the lake and so much more. Includes 6 vegetarian, gluten-free gourmet meals cooked by a private in-house chef and a stay at a luxury mansion. It’s life changing.
$250 to $750. Info and sign up here.
Spring Fashion Swap
Sat. 05/02 | 1 to 4 pm @ La Luz, 135 Thames Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Jefferson L stop)
A fashion swap is the most sustainable, ethical, and social way to refresh your spring wardrobe! Arrive at 1 pm to drop off your clothing, shoes, and accessories for the swap and enjoy organic cocktails by Owl’s Brew and music by DJ Tanja while you scope out clothing coming in. The swap officially opens at 2 pm, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the best items! This time we’ll be organizing by sizes to make your clothes hunting even easier. In addition to sizes small to large, Ty-Juana Flores from Style Your Curves will be curating a special plus-size section, so bring your best size 10+ apparel and share your pieces with ladies like you. The first 50 ladies to buy a ticket get a swag bag filled with eco-friendly goodies and discounts to ethical retailers. Proceeds to benefit GrowNYC. Check out pictures from our fall fashion swap!
$10 Early Bird | $15 regular price | Limited entry for $20 at the door
Thurs. 05/07 | 7 to 11 pm @ The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Tumbleweed Colony is a site-specific gathering and installation by environmental fiber artist Abigail Doan, benefiting the Textile Arts Center’s SEWING SEEDS program, a signature program to provide accessible, accurate, and inspired information on natural dyes, and to bring awareness for their use as a sustainable art medium. Creative contributors and sponsors include Sasha Duerr of the Permacouture Institute, Lily Piyathaisere from Gamma Folk, Arian Franz from The Greater Goods, Kathleen Dycaico from Gutter Rat Dyeing Co., Annelie Berner, Botanical Colors and Forage + Sundry. A unique desert/urban soundscape by multimedia artist Cat Lauigan created especially for the event will welcome you to Tumbleweed Colony. Dance party by Andrew Raposo (Midnight Magic) and Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem | The Juan MacLean). Desert drifters meet urban gardeners in saloon-bar created by Holes in the Wall Collective and Industry City Distillery and their craft spirits experimentation. Open bar from 7-11 PM with general admission.
Sat. 05/09 @ sites from Red Hook to Troy
In just four years, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep has grown from 30 clean-up and stewardship sites in 2012 to 100 — and possibly more — this year. In the first three years of the Sweep, volunteers removed more than 75 tons of trash from our shorelines, planted or maintained hundreds of shoreline trees, and performed other service projects to improve public access to the Hudson River and its tributaries. In Brooklyn, Riverkeeper has several new Sweep sites this year, including the East River State Park, Newtown Creek and the Thomas Greene Playground on the Gowanus Canal. (The waters around New York City, including the East and Harlem Rivers, the Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal, are part of the Hudson River Estuary.) At least eleven local breweries have signed on as partners this year, offering a post-event beverage to volunteers. Volunteers will be provided with gloves and trash bags.
Registration is open at www.riverkeeper.org/sweep.
Flower Arranging With Taproot
05/16 | 11 am OR 1:30 pm OR 4:30 pm @ Taproot, 893 Bergen Street, #8, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Sign up for one of Taproot’s three flower arranging sessions going on this day: one for basic floral arranging, one for more advanced techniques, or one flower hour where you grab your flowers and start arranging yourself! All involve using Taproot’s local and and sustainable flowers and greenery.
If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!