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Learn Aromatherapy

Sept. 8 thru November 11 @ The NY Intistute of Aromatherapy, 530 E 13th Street, Manhattan The NY Institute of Aromatherapy offers classes and workshops where you can create handmade organic beauty and home products. The school’s founder, Amy Galper, is an industry vet who consults with beauty brands, she's a trailblazer in the beauty and wellness movement, having launched one of the first luxury organic beauty brands back in 2003, Buddha Nose. Make your own hand sanitizing gel, herbal infusion, custom botanical perfume, fizzy bath bomb, body butter, and more. $35 to $250 | More info

renegadeRenegade Craft Fair

September 12 + 14 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn You'll find find an ample assortment of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, including illustrated paper goods, jewelry, children’s accessories and toys, pet products, natural beauty collections, clothing, and housewares. Preview this year’s line up of 200+ talented Makers, food and drink, activities and more here. Attendees are encouraged to feast at a selection of handpicked local food stalls: An Artistic TasteCurry StationJessy’s PastriesKimchi Smoke, and La Crepe Cest Ci Bon, and Cafe Grumpy. Those on the hunt for a Vintage treasure, can visit with Lost Girls Vintage and explore their trailer full of found and selected goods from throughout the country. More info vsu_september_2015_web

deadwoodDeadwood Leather Collection Preview

Saturday Sept. 12 | 6 to 9 pm @ Jeffery-West, 19 Christopher Street, Manhattan Afterparty | 9 pm to 2 am @ 64 Grove Street, Bushwick Deadwood is a Swedish cool-kids brand that makes leather jackets from upcycled materials, plus other rebellious fashion from sustainable materials. They're previewing their latest collection this Saturday, then heading to Bushwick for the afterparty.

picklesPickling for Probiotics

Sunday, September 13 | 2 to 3 pm @ Bikram Yoga Lefferts Studio, 507 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn Join local wellness cook and my friend, Brittany Barton, for a hands-on fermented pickling workshop. Learn about the nourishing probiotic properties of fermented foods versus the popular vinegar-based pickling brines. Each class participant will go home with two custom jars of their own fermented vegetables. This is a great way to aid healthy digestion and capture the season's produce. Class limit: 20 participants. Cost: $20.

wool-and-the-gangGet Your Knit On

Monday, Sept 14 | 5 to 8 pm @ Noorman's Kil, 609 Grand Street, Brooklyn Wool and the Gang, an awesome organization/fashion brand dedicated to teaching people to knit, will provide wool, needles, patterns, and hands-on instruction at their Monday party. You’ll have on-hand knitting help from their Gang of knitters on the night, plus you will also receive exclusive access to their video tutorials after the party. Your kit contains all the materials you will need including their Crazy Sexy Wool, rosewood knitting needles and easy-to-follow pattern. You'll walk away with your very own #madeunique Snood Operator at a special price of $40 (normally $49). No experience necessary, but you must be over 21 to attend. Early bird tickets are $35

s_bfdaFashion=Activism: Rethink, Reuse, Respect

Sept 14-20 @ BF+DA, 630 Flushing Ave, Suite 704  Next week, the Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator presents “FASHION=ACTIVISM: Rethink, Reuse, Respect,” an exhibit featuring work by artists, emerging local brands and big apparel brands that are determined to change how we think about what we wear. Offering a counterpoint to the traditional New York Fashion Week runway shows and sponsored by Eileen Fisher and The North Face, the exhibit uses artifacts, garments, performance and media, to explore human rights, the impact of the industry on the environment and the need to support traditional cultures. DAILY TOURS September 15-17, 4pm-7pm or by appointment, 4 to 6 pm Daily tours of the exhibition include interactions with fashion activist and textile artist Liz Collins, creator of Knitting Nation who will be creating her sculpture over the week, a ongoing film festival featuring documentaries and PSAs about the apparel industry and a study center that allows visitors to dig deeper into the challenges faced by the apparel industry.  RSVP for Tours:  Sept. 15th, Sept. 16th, Sept. 17th STANDING ROOM ONLY: FASHION=ACTIVISM: Rethink, Reuse, Respect Panel  September 14, 6-9pm In addition to the launch of  the FASHION=ACTIVISM: Rethink, Reuse, Respect exhibit, a panel titled “Rethinking Radical - How Radical Goals Lead to Positive Change,” will be moderated by Teel Lidow, founder of Boerum Apparel and a Venture Fellow at the BF+DA. The panel brings together representatives from Eileen Fisher and The North Face. RSVP for Opening Reception Party FAMILY DAY Sunday, September 20, noon-4pm A fun, interactive workshop for kids and parents to learn easy sewing and mending techniques, weave on table looms and participate in an all-day children’s clothing swap. RSVP for Family Day CLOSING RECEPTION AND PANEL September 20, 6-9 pm The FASHION=ACTIVISM exhibit ends with a closing panel featuring a group of artists whose works and projects speak to pertinent issues of the textile and fashion industry. Featuring well known artist/fashion activists from all over the U.S., the panel will consider how each artist’s work has made ripple effects throughout the apparel as well as art communities.

oystersOysters 101

Wednesday, Sept 16 | 6 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Clinton Ave at Flushing Ave, Brooklyn Oysters used to cover more than 220,000 acres in the New York Harbor Estuary. Long story short, consumption, pollution, and disruption of natural habitats took down the oysters to the point where they nearly ceased to exist in our waters. Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is bringing oysters back to the NYC waterways. You'll visit their Brooklyn Navy Yard oyster garden to learn about how their programs are repopulating our waterways with our favorite bi-valves. Participants in this event will experience what it is to be a student during a BOP oyster monitoring event.  You'll hear an explanation of the restoration process and how BOP is growing oysters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  You'll get a chance to measure live oysters, test water quality parameters and identify some of the hundreds of other organisms growing on and in the oyster cages. Then you'll head back up to the farm for an oyster tasting, where you'll learn how to shuck and explore the complex and nuanced flavor profiles of different varieties. (You won't be eating oysters from the East River this time around, but with any luck one day our waterways will be clean enough to eat from once again!) Cost: $50

feedFEED Supper

Wednesday, 9/16 thru Friday, 10/16 | 6:30pm Cocktails, 7:00pm Dinner @ locations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and the greater metropolitan Washington, DC, and Los Angeles areas. This fall, through a series of suppers at their communal tables around the country, Le Pain Quotidien will help give 250,000 meals to families here and around the world in their second annual FEED Supper campaign. Their goal is to raise 2 million meals by World Food Day, October 16. Get a three course dinner, unlimited wine and beer, and a special limited edition LPQxFEED gift bag. Tickets are $100 per person (Your ticket provides 465 meals to families in need; $50 tax-deductible)

slurThe Brooklyn Slur - Runner & Stone

Mon. September 29 | 7 to 9 pm @ Runner & Stone - 285 Third Avenue (btn. Carol & President), Brooklyn It's the Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! It's fun, social, and informal. But it's also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let them know what you think. Got a great idea for an event? Looking for ways to get involved? Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other "Slow" minded people? The Slur is your opportunity. Runner & Stone will be providing all attendees complimentary seasonal bar snacks. Free and open to everyone. If there's anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!