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Queer Movie Night

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Showing:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Saturday, September 3 from 8-10 PM
at Common Root Mutual Aid Center
(3140 O Street, Suite 202)

This is a great movie that is many things. It’s a murder mystery, it’s a courtroom drama, it’s a quirky snapshot of the City of Savanna at a specific time and the people that made it different from everywhere else. There’s even a romance shoehorned in because Hollywood. This is a movie treatment of a book, which was based on real events. Many residents of Savanna at the time are included in the movie, one particularly in a major role.

The movie is definitely rated ‘R’ for some violence and many adult situations. So please nobody that’s not almost as old as the movie. (Released in 1997). My version says it’s 155 minutes, so we will have at least one short intermission.

Popcorn WILL be provided. Feel free to bring other snacks and a drink.


Community Coloring

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You deserve two hours of “you” time. Two hours of down time.

Come and color with your community at Common Root on Saturday, September 3rd from 10 AM – Noon. Bring your own coloring supplies, or use our supplies and coloring sheets.
It’s free and open to everyone – all ages.

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PorchfestLNK

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Common Root – Mutual Aid Center
welcomes you to Lincoln’s first Porchfest! Sunday, September 11th from 3-7 PM.

Porchfest! LNK is a music festival where porches become stages for local performers to share their craft with you! Walk around, explore your neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and fall in love with the beautiful Goodhue area neighborhood.

General location: North of A St., south of Capitol, between (but not including 13th and 16th)

We are always looking for volunteers. Wanna hop on board? Visit: commonroot.net/porchfest to get involved!

SCHEDULE TBA VERY SOON


Seeking Fall For Pride Vendors

Are you an organization, individual or local business interested in having a booth at Common Root’s Fall For Pride event on Sunday, October 9th, 2016?

If you are inclusive of the QUILTBAG (Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer) community, please fill out the application form below to be considered for a spot at our 2016 event.

We’re keeping booth prices low to encourage as many QUILTBAG-friendly resources to be represented at this festival as possible.

Apply here: http://commonroot.net/vendorformffp/

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Free Saturday - August

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

The next Free Saturday event will be held on Saturday, August 20th at the Peter Pan Park shelter (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Garden produce and food to share is welcome too. Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

We’re excited to announce that Common Root is partnering with Only For The Fly (OFTF) / Fly Dogz at Free Saturday again this month!

OFTF is planning another raffle drawing for gift cards – you must be present to win. Everyone who attends can have a raffle ticket – winners will be drawn between 3-3:15 PM. OFTF will also be serving up hot dogs and drinks at this event!

Learn more about this awesome organization on their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/OnlyForTheFly

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE – All Free Saturday events will be held from 2-3:30 PM on the following dates:
September 17 at Peter Pan Park
October 22 at The Commons
November 19 at Eiseley Branch Library
December 10 at Vine Congregational Church
January 21 at The Commons


Support Common Root at Ignite Lincoln

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Common Root has been selected as a nonprofit finalist for Ignite Lincoln 8!
This is a HUGE deal for our all-volunteer nonprofit and we’re asking for your attendance and support.


Event: Ignite Lincoln 8
Location: Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th Street in Lincoln
Date: Thursday, August 18
Time: 7:30 – 10 PM
Tickets: $10 & $20 tickets available at the link below:
http://buytickets.at/ignitelincoln/57668

Ignite’s mission is “everyone speaks.” Public speaking builds confidence in individuals and events like Ignite build community. To increase Ignite’s impact on the community, organizers selected five nonprofits to receive 100% of the proceeds from sponsorships and ticket sales (as voted on by the audience). Learn more at: http://ignitelincoln.org/
You must be present at the event on Thursday, August 18th to cast your vote. Five incredibly worthy nonprofits will be taking the stage to talk about their passion for work in the community. One nonprofit will take home the grand prize of $8,000.

As an all-volunteer nonprofit, any donation or prize money Common Root takes away from this event will go directly toward helping us bring free resources & inclusive community events to Lincoln.

Get your tickets now – invite your friends and family and please come cheer us on!

Fall For Pride - Launch Party!

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Come join us as we kick off our Fall For Pride launch party fundraiser
at The Commons (1239 S. 14th Street in Lincoln) on Sunday, August 14th starting at 5 PM!

Featuring live music by:

Frailin’ Hearts
Laser Lotus
Lotus Leaves
Leaves Brown

The event runs from 5-10 PM, and has a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Learn more about the Fall For Pride Festival here: commonroot.net/ffp


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will be held on Sunday, August 14th from 10 AM – Noon.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Community Coloring

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— Common Root’s free monthly coloring event —
Saturday, August 13th from 10 AM – Noon.

Come and color with your community. Bring your own coloring supplies and project, or use ours. It’s free and open to everyone – all ages. ♫ Relaxing background music ♪
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Trans/Nonbinary Youth Group

New at Common Root Mutual Aid Center! Join us for our Trans/Nonbinary Youth Group.

A safe and inclusive space for anyone who is trans and/or nonbinary. The only requirement for “youth” is that you be willing to put up with high school age people. Runs from 1 – 2 pm on Friday, August 12. We’re located at 3140 O Street, Suite 202 in Lincoln.


First Friday Art Show & Sale

— Featuring works by local photographer Sammi Jo Kerrisun —

~ 13″x16″ matted & framed prints
~ 9-1/2″x11-1/2″ framed prints
~ 8″x10″ unframed prints
~ 5″x7″ unframed prints
~ 4″x6″ unframed prints

Celebrate the First Friday Gallery Walk at Common Root!
Friday, August 5th from 6-10 PM
at Common Root Mutual Aid Center
(3140 O Street, Suite 202 in Lincoln)

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Fall For Pride Seeks Volunteers

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We’re looking for volunteers to help at Fall For Pride!
Sign up here: http://commonroot.net/ffpvolunteer/

This festival is a grassroots, all-volunteer effort – so if you’re interested in helping, he’s a list of volunteer tasks we could use a hand with:

Event Setup: Oct 9 – 10:30 AM-1 PM: (table & chair setup, hanging flags, posting signs, stage setup, decoration, etc.)

During the event: Oct. 9 – 1-5 PM: (Common Root booth staff, selling raffle tickets, information booth staff, go-for, trash/recycling monitor, water monitor, photographer)

Event Cleanup: Oct. 9 – 5-6 PM: (table & chair tear down, flag & signage tear down, stage tear down, decoration tear down, trash/recycling cleanup, etc.)

Planning/Coordination: Attend our FFP Planning Meetings. All meetings on the schedule below will happen on Thursday evenings at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center at 7:30 PM:

August 11 & 25, September 8 & 22, October 6

October 6th will be the final event planning / logistics meeting, so if you’re planning to volunteer at the event and it’s your first time helping out at a Common Root event, please plan to attend on October 6th.

Please fill out the volunteer form and let us know how you’d like to help: http://commonroot.net/ffpvolunteer/


Sunday Afternoon Movie

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Come cool off at Common Root with our monthly movie! We’ll start a noon on Sunday, July 24th.

We’ll have a library of films to choose from, audience’s choice, though the picture hints at our favorite possibility.


SO WHAT SLAM

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The SO WHAT SLAM is a monthly slam poetry event held in Lincoln, Nebraska. This slam will be held on Saturday July 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm at The Commons (1239 S 14th St).

We are excited to welcome Annette Billings from Topeka, Kansas as the feature performer this month!

You can also see Annette at Indigo Bridge Books from 3 to 4:30pm the same day, along with our slam master Heather Barnes, for an author reading and book signing event. We hope to see you there!

Slams are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. These are all ages events (although the subject matter of some performances may not be considered appropriate for young children). We do accept donations and there is a $3.00 suggested donation.

The aim of the SO WHAT SLAM is to create an exciting community event that brings the camp, fun, and inclusiveness that the creator of slam poetry intended for slams.


"Dimensions" Ace Space

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The month of July, we will be discussing asexuality at our “Dimensions” discussion group.

Join us on Wednesday, July 20 from 7-9 PM at Common Root Mutual Aid Center (3140 O Street, Suite 202 in Lincoln).

There will be guest speakers to explain more about asexuality, answer questions and have meaningful discussion.

Open to the public and free! Hope to see you there!


Homemade Herbal Lip Balm Skillshare

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Does even smiling make your face ache? Maybe you need some high quality Lip Balm!

Come learn how to make your own from the lovely and talented Jill Kuhel at Common Root Mutual Aid Center.

Please pre-register at:
http://commonroot.net/skillshare-registration/
so we know how many to plan for.


Free Saturday - July

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

July’s Free Saturday event will be held Saturday, July 16th at the Peter Pan Park shelter (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Garden produce and food to share is welcome too. Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

We’re excited to announce that Common Root is partnering with Only For The Fly (OFTF) / Fly Dogz at Free Saturday again this month!

OFTF is planning another raffle drawing for gift cards – you must be present to win. Everyone who attends can have a raffle ticket – winners will be drawn between 3-3:15 PM. OFTF will also be serving up hot dogs and drinks at this event!

Learn more about this awesome organization on their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/OnlyForTheFly

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – SUMMERTIME FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE – All Free Saturday events will be held at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 PM on the following dates: August 20 & September 17


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle is Sunday, July 10 from 10 am – noon.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


PorchfestLNK FUNdraiser III

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PorchfestLNK will be a free outdoor music festival, in which musicians will perform on the front porches of residential homes on Sunday — Sept. 18th — 2016
(Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 24th)

Unfortunately “free” comes with a price. The cost of closing streets, festival permit, hiring security, insurance, recycling & waste removal, portable toilets & creating flyers is all part of it.

Help Common Root make Lincoln’s first Porchfest be everything it can be!! We’re having a FUNdraiser at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202) on Saturday, July 9th from 7-9 PM.

“I support PorchfestLNK/Common Root” buttons & magnets will be available. $5 each.
ALSO: Guitar pens and wood flutes. $5 ea.

*** All proceeds go to Common Root’s Porchfest Fund ***

“I Have a Porch – I Have a Band – I Want To Volunteer – Donate”
Go here: http://commonroot.net/porchfest/

PorchfestLNK official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/porchfestlnk/timeline


Community Coloring

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Stop by on Saturday, July 9th for Common Root’s monthly free coloring event from 10 AM – Noon.

Coloring is relaxing & fun. Come color with your community on Common Root’s large table. Bring your own coloring project and coloring utensils – or use our materials! Coloring utensils and a variety of coloring pages will be available for free.

No interest in coloring? Stop by to look around – see what Common Root is all about!

This event is FREE and of course it’s open to ALL, because as Scout said in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’:
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

If you have family or friends that would enjoy this free activity please invite them or SHARE this event on your Facebook page. Thank you.

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Silent Reading Party

Do you love to read? So do we! Often we don’t set aside enough time to enjoy the experience.

Silent Reading Party_IGJoin us at Common Root on Friday, July 8th for our first Silent Reading Party! Come early to snag a cozy spot, doors open at 6:30 PM. This is a great way to decompress from the week and immerse yourself in a safe space with fellow readers.

Bring your book of choice to read, or choose from our selection. Common Root has a lending library with a wide variety of genres. You can even borrow books from our library – no need to finish them in one sitting! We’ll have tea and treats available, too.

Silent reading will begin at 7 PM.

Stick around until the end (8:30 PM) for a chance to win a free “I Brake for Little Free Libraries” bumper sticker!

Common Root is an inclusive community space where all events are free & open to the public.


Common Root Organizer Social

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There is a BONUS Thursday in June! Common Root volunteers decided to celebrate with some social time in place of our regular meeting.

Come by at 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 30th to meet some of our key holders and board members. Interact with the organizers. Feel free to bring drinks or snacks to share with the group, and hang out in our community space.


Common Root is honored to be selected as a nonprofit finalist in Ignite Lincoln 8!

We’ll have a chance to talk about our passion for community building at the Rococo Theatre on Thursday, August 18th at 7:30 PM.

Save the date and come down to the Rococo to cheer us on and throw us your vote at the event! If we’re voted in the top five, our nonprofit will receive $8000!

Our rent is a modest $5400 per year and we’re an all-volunteer run nonprofit, so you can imagine what a help an $8000 award would be.


Porchfest FUNdraiser II

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Join us on Saturday, June 25 from 7-9 PM for a PorchfestLNK FUNdraiser at Common Root!

Porchfest will be a free outdoor music festival, in which musicians will perform on the front porches of residential homes on Sunday — Sept. 18th — 2016
(Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 24th)

Unfortunately “free” comes with a price. The cost of closing streets, festival permit, hiring security, insurance, recycling & waste removal, portable toilets & creating flyers is all part of it.

Help Common Root make Lincoln’s first Porchfest be everything it can be!

“I support PorchfestLNK/Common Root” buttons & magnets will be available. $5 each.

Photo Booth – Photo Slideshow – Genuine Pre-recorded Music – Disk Drop Game – Friendly Faces. What more u want?

*** All proceeds go to Common Root’s Porchfest Fund ***

“I Have a Porch – I Have a Band – I Want To Volunteer – Donate”
Go here: http://commonroot.net/porchfest/

PorchfestLNK official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/porchfestlnk/timeline


Free Saturday - June

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

June’s Free Saturday event will be held at the Peter Pan Park shelter (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 pm on Saturday, June 18th. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Food to share, plants and garden produce are welcome too. Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

We’re excited to announce that Common Root is partnering with Only For The Fly (OFTF) at Free Saturday again this month!

OFTF is planning another raffle drawing for gift cards – you must be present to win. Everyone who attends can have a raffle ticket – winners will be drawn between 3-3:15 PM. OFTF will also be serving up hot dogs, chips and drinks at this event!

Learn more about this awesome organization on their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/OnlyForTheFly

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – SUMMERTIME FREE SATURDAY SCHEDULE – All Free Saturday events will be held at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 PM on the following dates: July 16, August 27 & September 17


Super Hero Read Aloud

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Primarily for children who would like to read a picture book in front of a group of their peers. Join us on Friday, June 17th from 7-8:30 PM.

*Each child will stand in front of the group and read 1 or 2 pages from a provided picture book. We’ll take turns until the book is complete.

*Each participant receives their choice of 1 super hero bookmark. Participate 4 times to collect all 4 bookmarks.
A variety of other bookmarks will also be available to choose from, as well as bookmarks listing the addresses of all 65+ of Lincoln’s Little Free Libraries!

*Children who require some older assistance with their reading effort will receive TWO bookmarks. 1 for them, and 1 for their helper.

*Drop in for a little while or stay the entire time!

*Cookies and natural fruit juice will be provided.

— This event is free and open to everyone —


Dimensions Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that is held the third Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

Join us in June to talk about what it is like to rear children as an LGBTQ-identifying family. Stories, advice, and support will be shared.

Children are welcome! Activities and snacks will be provided.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle is Sunday, June 12 from 10 am – noon.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Community Coloring

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Common Root’s monthly free coloring event is happening Saturday, June 11th from 10 am – Noon.

Coloring is relaxing & fun. Come color with your community on Common Root’s large table. Bring your own coloring project and coloring utensils – or use our materials! Coloring utensils and a variety of coloring pages will be available for free.

No interest in coloring? Stop by to look around & see what Common Root is all about!

This event is FREE and of course it’s open to ALL, because as Scout said in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

If you have family or friends that would enjoy this free activity please invite them along.


Thank you!

Thanks to our generous donors for their contributions to us on Give to Lincoln Day 2016!
You donations keep us going, and provide free community resources through the year.

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Give to Lincoln Day 2016

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Please remember Common Root on Give to Lincoln Day – coming up on Thursday, May 26th.

Follow this link to make your tax-deductible contribution to our nonprofit – anytime from now through 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 26th:
https://givetolincoln.razoo.com/us/story/Common-Root

Find our booth at Tower Square (13th and P Streets Downtown) on Thursday, May 26th from 11 AM – 1 PM. Several local nonprofits will have information and free activities available all day at Tower Square, and there will be live entertainment as well.

You are also invited to join us a a reception for local LGBTQ+ inclusive nonprofits:
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Gather together with supporters of ACLU of Nebraska, PFLAG Lincoln, Common Root, Star City Pride, and Outlinc in the second floor lounge of the Cornhusker (333 S. 13th Street) from 5:30 – 8:30 PM on Thursday, May 26th. We’ll provide refreshments and we’ll also have computers available to help you make your gift.


Free Saturday - May

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

May’s Free Saturday event will be held on May 21st at the Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) near the shelter from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Food to share, starter plants and garden produce are welcome too. Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

We’re excited to announce that Common Root is partnering with Only For The Fly (OFTF) at Free Saturday again this month!

OFTF is planning another raffle drawing for gift cards – you must be present to win. Everyone who attends can have a raffle ticket – winners will be drawn between 3-3:15 PM. OFTF will also be serving up hot dogs and drinks at this event!

Learn more about this awesome organization on their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/OnlyForTheFly

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: June’s Free Saturday will be held on June 18th near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 PM.


African Americans & Jazz with Darryl White

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We’re so sorry for the inconvenience. Our presenter had to cancel tonight’s presentation due to unforeseen circumstances.
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The beginnings of jazz in America were developed through a blending of African and European musical heritages. The impact of African Americans on jazz is tremendous.

This presentation will explore the elements of early call and response, blues, dixieland, gospel, and ragtime as components of black culture and the major role they play in the development of this American art form.

Presenter: Darryl White
Associate Professor,
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts – UNL

Join us Wednesday, May 18th
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Presentation: 7-8pm
Stay & chat: 8-9pm
As always, this Common Root event is FREE and open to EVERYONE.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

We’ll be gathering on Sunday, May 15 from 10 AM – Noon at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


PorchfestLNK FUNdraiser!

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PorchfestLNK will be a free outdoor music festival, in which musicians will perform on the front porches of residential homes – it’s happening on Sunday — August 7th — 2016

But FIRST – we must raise funds for this event. There’s where Common Root comes in.
Join us on Saturday, May 14th from 7-9 PM at Common Root.

“I support Porchfest/Common Root” buttons & magnets will be available for $5 each.

OR…

— Disk Drop Game! —
*$5 per try
*If your disk lands in 1, 2 or 3 you win a Porchfest! button or magnet!
*If your disk lands in 5 you win a Porchfest! button or magnet AND your choice of a wooden toy flute or guitar pen!
Everybody wins! Especially Porchfest!!

— Photo Booth —
Complete with photo props!

— Photo Slideshow —
See photos of Porchfest music festivals from other communities around the country!

— Tasteful Porchfest-style Music —
(whatever that means) will be softly playing in the background.

*** All proceeds go to Common Root’s Porchfest Fund ***

“I Have a Porch – I Have a Band – I Want To Volunteer – Donate”
Go here: http://commonroot.net/porchfest/

Porchfest LNK official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/porchfestlnk/timeline

#PorchfestLNK
#CommonRoot


Community Coloring

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Coloring is relaxing & fun.

Come and color with your community on Common Root’s large table on Saturday, May 14th from 10 am – Noon. Bring your own coloring project and coloring utensils – or use our materials! Coloring utensils and a variety of coloring pages will be available.

No interest in coloring? Stop by during these hours to read or check out a book, DVD or zine from our lending library or maybe find a quiet spot to study and/or shop our showcase of locally crafted items.

This event is FREE and of course it’s open to ALL because as Scout said in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”


"Dimensions" LGBTQIA+ Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that is held the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

 


Movie Night

Join us for Movie Night at Common Root – Saturday, May 7th starting at 7 PM.

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Come to the Dark Side – We have popcorn.
We’re leaning toward “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”, but will bring a variety of movies to choose from. Audience’s choice!


Radical Red Poetry Potluck

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SP CE Commons and Common Root invite you to gather at Church – DIY Music & Art (450 E Street) on Saturday April 30th for a May Day’s Eve celebration from 2-5 PM.

Sing a song, read a poem, or bring some food to share! We’ll have a selection of books available should you need one.

This year’s theme is:
RED

May Day is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and (usually) a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.
In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago.


Coloring Booth at Lincoln Unites!

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To begin – meet us under the Common Root banner at Tower Square, 13th & P, at 9:45am as we participate in the “Walk of Unity.”

After the “Walk of Unity” visit the Common Root booth at the Lincoln Unites festival and color with your community from Noon – 3pm, near Tower Square at 13th & P Streets.

Ask us about our upcoming BIG free community events – Porchfest & Fall for Pride!

See you downtown as we celebrate unity, community, and collaboration. (And coloring)

“Many Faces – One Lincoln – Lincoln Unites!”

**In case of rain, the location of our booth will move inside The Bourbon (1415 O Street)**


"Out of the Ordinary" Support Circle

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“Out of the Ordinary” is a support circle facilitated by Common Root for individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+ or those in alternative relationships/lifestyles.

Our next gathering will be Wednesday, April 27th at 7 PM.

This support circle offers a safe space to talk about any personal issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship situations in a confidential, peer-to-peer fashion.

All are welcome, especially allies!


Fall For Pride Planning Meeting

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Join us for our next Common Root Fall For Pride (FFP) Planning meeting!

We’re gathering at Common Root Mutual Aid Center (3140 O Street, Suite 202) at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 21.

(We’re up one flight of stairs, directly above Suji’s Indian Grocery.)

Help us make 2016’s FFP even more amazing than last year’s debut!


Radical Poetry Gathering

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This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month! Celebrate this art form with us at Common Root during our Radical Poetry Gathering on Tuesday, April 19th at 7 PM.

Come read your own work or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.

All are welcome – novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs.

Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.


Free Saturday - April

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

April’s Free Saturday event will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) near the shelter from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event. (FYI – there’s no need to bring items in order to take items from others! Take what you need.)

Food to share and seeds to swap are welcome too.
Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

We’re excited to announce that Common Root is partnering with Only For The Fly (OFTF) at Free Saturday this month!

OFTF is planning a FREE drawing for attendees of five $20 gift cards. Everyone who attends can have a raffle ticket – winners will be drawn between 3-3:15 PM. OFTF will also be serving up hot dogs, chips and drinks at this event!

Learn more about this awesome organization on their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/OnlyForTheFly

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: May’s Free Saturday will be held on May 21st near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 PM.

A special thanks to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln and the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events this winter! Now we’re excited to for warmer weather and outdoor Free Saturdays to start up again!


DREAMS: A Skillshare

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Join us on Friday, April 15th at Common Root for DREAMS: A Skillshare

Featuring Guest Speaker: Tracie Foreman
Doors open at 6:30pm
Presentation from 7-8pm
8-9pm — stay and chat if you’d like!
Talking giraffes – flying cars – swimming televisions –
Welcome to the weird world of DREAMS. Wake up to the fact these nocturnal adventures can actually help you work through some of life’s most challenging situations. As with all CR Events this is free & open to all. Cookies & tea will be provided.

If your family or friends might enjoy this free activity please share this event on your page. Thank you.


"Dimensions" LGBTQIA+ Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that is held the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

Want to learn or share about polyamory?

Join us as we explore the Map of Non-Monogamy! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about different forms of polyamory. Featuring Franklin Veaux’s famous infographic, the discussion session be open-ended and guided by all those who attend.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you! Our next support circle is Sunday, April 10 from 10 AM – Noon.

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Community Coloring

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Coloring is meditative & fun! Saturday, April 9 from 10 AM – Noon, come and color with your community on Common Root’s large table. Bring your own coloring project and coloring utensils or use ours! Coloring utensils and a variety of coloring pages will be available if you need them.

PLUS: Come by to read or check out a book, DVD or zine from our lending library or maybe find a quiet spot to study and/or shop our showcase of locally crafted items.

Stick around for Open Hours from Noon – 2pm!!

This event is FREE and of course it’s open to ALL because as Scout said in Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’:
“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

If you have family or friends that would enjoy this free activity please share this event on your page. Thank you.

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Come for the Self-Publishing Skillshare, stay for Open Hours and Movie Night!

Common Root has a full day of activity happening Saturday, March 26th.

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First up, our Self-Publishing Skillshare, led by artist and coloring book creator Lacey Losh.
1:30-3:30 PM – Bring your questions about self-publishing, share your ideas and meet other local authors, poets, creators and artists.

Perhaps you’re wondering:
-How long does the process take?
-What are some different paper types and binding options?
-How much money would it take to start?
-Do I need special software? What about file formats?
-Can I self-publish without digital files?
-How do I decide on a printer or publishing company?
-What about small-scale publishing (print-on-demand or zine publication)?
-What’s the deal with ISBN numbers?
-How can I market my publication?

These questions are just examples. The content of this skillshare will be based on the interests of those in attendance.

**REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.** Please consider joining us again in August, for a repeat Self-Publishing Skillshare.
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Open Hours will be hosted by Chelsea Sharp from 3:30 – 7 PM. You’re welcome to use our space and supplies to create, browse our local artists showcase, check out a book/DVD/zine etc. from our lending library and ask questions and learn more about Common Root.
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At 7 PM Larry James will show a movie in our event room – “Maltese Falcon” starring Humphry Bogart as hard-boiled Detective Sam Spade. Co-starring Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. This is the 1941 classic that even if you haven’t seen it before, you’ll probably recognize several ‘cliches’. This is the movie that made them cliches. Stick around for the discussion afterward, about how attitudes and mores have changed in 75 years and what writers and producers did to get things past the censors of the time.


"Out of the Ordinary" Support Circle

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“Out of the Ordinary” is a support circle facilitated by Common Root for individuals identifying as LGBTQ or those in alternative relationships/lifestyles.  Our next circle will meet on Wednesday, March 23 from 7-9 PM at Common Root.

This support circle offers a safe space to talk about any personal issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship situations in a confidential, peer-to-peer fashion.

All are welcome, especially allies!


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next gathering is on Sunday, March 13th from 10 AM – Noon. REMINDER – set your clocks ahead 1 hour for daylight savings time!

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Free Saturday - March

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

March’s Free Saturday event will be held at the Eiseley Branch Public Library (1530 Superior Street) on Saturday, March 12 in the meeting room from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event.

Food to share and seeds to swap are welcome too!

Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: April’s Free Saturday will be held on April 16th near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 PM.

A special thanks to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln and the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events this winter! Now we’re excited to for warmer weather and outdoor Free Saturdays to start up again!


"Dimensions" LQBTQIA+ Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that is held the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

Join us this month we’re meeting on Wednesday, March 9th for an interactive and engaging workshop to help you spice up your love life!

Do you know what you will do, want to do, or won’t do in your sex life? This workshop is designed to help you (and your partner(s)) get an idea of your unique ‘intimacy spectrum.’

In a sex-positive atmosphere, we will explore over 150 sex acts (both vanilla and kink) via an entertaining video and discussion. You will have the opportunity to create your own personal “want, will, won’t” list, ask questions, and share your thoughts about sex.

*~*~* New feature! *~*~* Some munchies will be provided, but feel free to bring something of your own to share.

/!\ This workshop will contain verbally-explicit content. /!\ Participants attending are asked to address the topics in a mature, respectful and open-minded manner. (Trolls need not attend.) Thanks! 😀


REGISTER TODAY for our FREE Self-Publishing Skillshare

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Recently, Lacey Losh self-published an adult coloring book. It was a lot of work, but it’s pretty darn cool to hold something you created (something YOU published) in your hands. It turns out there’s a lot of interest in this subject, and she’s happy to share what she has learned and do some research to help others with their own self-publishing projects.

Join us on Saturday, March 26th from 1:30 – 3:30 PM at Common Root Mutual Aid Center for this FREE self-publishing skillshare. Bring your questions about self-publishing, share your ideas and meet other local authors, poets, creators and artists.

Perhaps you’re wondering:
-How long does the process take?
-What are some different paper types and binding options?
-How much money would it take to start?
-Do I need special software? What about file formats?
-Can I self-publish without digital files?
-How do I decide on a printer or publishing company?
-What about small-scale publishing (print-on-demand or zine publication)?
-What’s the deal with ISBN numbers?
-How can I market my publication?

These questions are just examples. I will be formatting the content of this skillshare based on the interests of those in attendance.

Space is limited, so please register if you plan to attend: http://commonroot.net/skillshare-registration/

The registration form will give you an opportunity to detail your specific interests. I hope to see you there!


Open Hours

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Stop by Open Hours at Common Root in March:
– Sunday, March 6 from 11 AM – 2 PM
– Sunday, March 20 from 11 AM – 2 PM
- Saturday, March 26 from 3:30 - 7 PM (between the Self-Publishing Skillshare and Movie Night!)

Come by to read or check out a book, DVD or zine from our lending library, find a quiet spot to study, shop our showcase of locally crafted items or use our space and supplies to craft and create! A Common Root volunteer will be present to answer your questions and show you around.


"Out of the Ordinary" LGBTQIA+ Support Circle

“Out of the Ordinary” is a support circle facilitated by Common Root for individuals identifying as LGBTQ or those in alternative relationships/lifestyles. The next “Out of the Ordinary” gathering will be Wednesday, February 24th from 7-9 PM.

This support circle offers a safe space to talk about any personal issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship situations in a confidential, peer-to-peer fashion.

All are welcome, especially allies!


Yoga led by Ryan

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Join in on full moon motions at Common Root on Monday, February 22 from 6-7:15 PM. Gather to explore movements within and outside the body. A melody of maneuvers using types of dynamic dance, mediation, Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, and several forms of yoga.

Sharing the space through touch, both physically and in the mind space. (Specifically, physical touch will consist of holding hands, hugs, etc.)

This yoga session is free and open to the public.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next Support Circle will be Sunday, February 21 from 10 AM to Noon at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202).

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Free Saturday

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

February’s Free Saturday event will be held on February 20th at the Anderson Branch Public Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) in the meeting room from 2-3:30 pm. Signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event.

Food to share and seeds to swap are welcome too!

Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: March’s Free Saturday will be held on March 12th at Eiseley Branch Public Library (1530 Superior Street) from 2-3:30 PM.

A special thanks to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln and the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events this winter!


Game Night!

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, February 19th from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.

This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Radical Poetry Gathering - Topic: Post V Poetry

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Come to Common Root on Tuesday, February 16th at 7 PM to share your love poetry, positive or negative. Share your experiences with relationships, romance, or your feelings following Valentine’s Day. Read your own work, or writing that inspires you.

Common Root offers a safe, supportive space to express yourself. We hope you’ll join us.


"Dimensions" LQBTQA+ Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center, 3140 O St in Lincoln, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

Our February 10th “dimension” will focus on spirituality or lack thereof and the role it plays in one’s personal identity.

In some people’s lives, spirituality is the guiding factor in understanding more about one’s self. In others lives’, spirituality has been a hamper for finding one’s personal truths.

We will explore the pros and cons of spirituality and the lack of spirituality and how both shape our identity.

All are welcome to share thoughts, feelings, and personal stories.

The following is a basic outline of the concepts and ideas that will be explored in this discussion group. Please note, that the order of these may change.

* Spirituality vs. Religion – The differences and the connections between the two.

* Exploration of religious denominations that are in support and are against LGBTQ identities and alternative lifestyles and their reasoning. How this support or lack of support can affect’s one’s identity and one’s spirituality.

* Personal stories from those who identify as spiritual.

* Personal stories from those who do not identify as spiritual.

* Reasons and ways spirituality shapes one’s identity (gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choices, etc.)

* Reasons and ways spirituality does not shape one’s identity. (Perspective lacking spirituality.)

* Pros and cons that spirituality shapes one’s identity.

* Pros and cons that lack of spirituality shapes one’s identity.

* Reflections of the discussion.

A gentle disclaimer:

Although religion is a central piece of personal identity, and it would be nearly impossible to talk about spirituality without mention of religion, the primary focus will be on the core concept of spirituality, and/or the lack thereof.

There are no right or wrong answers for this discussion and the purpose of this discussion is to explore concepts and ideas. This discussion is not meant for converting others or shaming anyone or their beliefs.

Please bring an open mind and an open heart. We are all here to help one another understand, learn and grow.

Finally, if you are unable to attend the group but would love to bring up some ideas or share your story, please feel free to post here on this event page!

It would be wonderful to see you there!


2015 Common Root Slideshow

Check out our new slideshow, highlighting community events and volunteer efforts by Common Root in 2015!

https://www.facebook.com/CommonRoot/videos/vb.200527686625161/1152754951402425/?type=2&theater

Here are some photos from our Second Annual Member Meeting, where we debuted this slideshow:

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Open Hours

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Stop by Open Hours at Common Root in February:
– Sunday, February 7 from 10 AM – Noon
– Sunday, February 28 from 11 AM – 2 PM

Come by to read or check out a book, DVD or zine from our lending library, find a quiet spot to study, shop our showcase of locally crafted items or use our space and supplies to craft and create! A Common Root volunteer will be present to answer your questions and show you around.

 


Second Annual Common Root Member Meeting

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Come one, come all to Common Root’s Second Annual Member Meeting – Thursday, January 28th from 7-9 PM.

We’ll have the space open and refreshments available starting at 7 PM. This is a great opportunity to tour our space and learn more about the free events, projects & community skillshares Common Root offers throughout the year.

The meeting will start at 7:30 PM. We’ll encourage you to share your thoughts with us.

Here’s our agenda for the meeting:
-Introductions and ice-breaker
-Screening of Common Root’s 2015 slideshow
-Brief overview of Common Root’s plans for 2016
-Brainstorming for 2016
-Treasury update

At Common Root everyone’s voice counts and anyone can become a Common Root member. Membership dues are completely voluntary. They allow us to maintain our space and keep our events free and open to the public.

We have brand new Common Root magnets in a variety of styles to offer as thank-you gifts to new and returning dues-paying members, as well as 2016 Grassroots & Community Art Calendars. Your member donations are tax-deductible.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but you’d like to become a dues-paying member, we have a form available on our website that allows you to do just that: http://commonroot.net/member/

We’d also like to say thank-you to our 2015 dues-paying members:

Toby Bartels
Devon Beezley
Mary Beth Chapman
Deanna Denny
Bob & Donna DiPaolo
Jacque England
Jen Haubrich
Garren & Amy Sitterley Hochstetler
Andira & Lacey Losh
Don & Lynnette Losh
Kylie Lowe
Jamie Majurinen
Carra McClelland
Jeanette Nakada
Shea O’Brien
Scott & Tammy Pedersen
Jen Phoenix
Marcus Pierson
Jonathan Reyes
Chelsea Sharp
Laura Smith
Ailyne Swartz
Barbara Tracy
Susan Tribby
Bernie Wilson
Roger Zemanek

Your support keeps us going!


"Out of the Ordinary" LGBTQA+ Support Circle

Rainbow_crayonsis a support circle facilitated by Common Root for individuals identifying as LGBTQ or those in alternative relationships/lifestyles. Out next gathering will take place at Common Root on Wednesday, January 27th from 7-9 PM.

This support circle offers a safe space to talk about any personal issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship situations in a confidential, peer-to-peer fashion.

All are welcome, including allies!


Coloring with Lacey - an All-Ages Coloring Event

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Love to color? So does Lacey Losh! She recently published her first adult coloring book, entitled “Libraries Around the World Coloring Book.” Now she’s ready to celebrate!

Join Lacey at Common Root on Sunday, January 24th from 2-4 PM for a colorful afternoon. Bring your favorite coloring books and art supplies, or choose from our selection. We’ll have plenty of coloring sheets, colored pencils, crayons and gel pens available to share. Other forms of creative expression will be encouraged, too!

This is a free, all-ages event!

Most of us colored often as children, and many are excited for a grown-up excuse to take up the practice again. The mental and social benefits of coloring are extensive, and may include reduced anxiety, increased focus and mindfulness and a more relaxed mental state. Coloring with others can also decrease social anxiety and insecurities.


Free Saturday

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month!

January’s Free Saturday event will be held at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln on January 16th from 2-3:30 pm. Enter through the main doors and signs will be posted to direct you.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, fresh produce and seeds to swap are welcome too!

Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: February’s Free Saturday will be held on February 20th at Anderson Branch Public Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) from 2-3:30 PM.

A special thanks to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln and the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


Game Night!

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, January 15th from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.

This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Dimensions Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a discussion group that takes place the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to LGBTQ+ identities and alternative relationship/lifestyle experiences.

This month’s discussion group, held on Wednesday January 13th, will be open to any topic. We will also be using some time during this event to brainstorm topics and potential speakers for the upcoming year.

If you are unable to make the event and have a topic or question you’d like addressed, please post your suggestions here on the event page for consideration.

Hope to see you there!


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*Tonight’s Movie Night has been CANCELLED* Apologies, due to illness, our host will not be able to hold Movie Night as originally scheduled.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Our next Support Circle is scheduled for Sunday, January 3rd from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Common Root. We’d love to see you there. 🙂


"Out of the Ordinary" Support Circle

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“Out of the Ordinary” is a support circle facilitated by Common Root for individuals identifying as LGBTQ or those in alternative relationships/lifestyles.

This support circle offers a safe space to talk about any personal issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship situations in a confidential, peer-to-peer fashion.

All are welcome, especially allies – our next “Out of the Ordinary” support circle will be Wednesday, December 23rd from 7-9 PM.


Game Night!

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, December 18th from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.

This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

WE’RE TRYING OUT A NEW MEETING DAY & TIME – Join us on Monday, December 14th from 7-9 PM.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Automotive Skillshare - "Spark Plugs and Such"

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Who doesn’t love gaining a little automotive know-how on a Sunday afternoon? (Don’t worry, most of it will be indoors where it’s warm and not precipitating!)

I hope you’ll join us at Common Root at 2 PM on Sunday, December 13th to share in our recent education about spark plugs and other tune-up tidbits, and see a demonstration about how to change spark plugs yourself.

Together we can end our dependence on expensive trips to the mechanic! Plus it’s just fun. 🙂


Free Saturday - December

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Join us for this special holiday-themed Free Saturday event on Saturday, December 12th from 2-3:30 PM in the meeting rooms at Eiseley Branch Library (1530 Superior Street) in Lincoln.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event. Food to share is welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!

Tight budget this holiday season? Come and “shop” for free items to give to your loved ones. We’ll have volunteers to wrap your gifts free of charge. We’ll also have a coloring and activity table setup for everyone to enjoy.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – January’s Free Saturday event will be held from 2-3:30 PM at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (6300 A Street) on Saturday, January 16th.

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries and the Unitarian Church of Lincoln for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


"Dimensions" - LQBTQ+ Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that takes place the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

Join us this month on December 9th to discuss the “dimension” of the human experience surrounding jealousy and an opposite emotion known as compersion.

We are all familiar with jealousy; how it makes us feel, and how it can add stress to our relationships and our lives. It isn’t easy to overcome an emotion such as jealousy. And yet many people are able to move beyond jealousy and into a place of compassion and joy for their partner. This feeling has been coined compersion.

Jealousy and compersion can be felt by individuals in monogamous and polyamorous relationships. The gambit of relationships will be recognized and explored during the discussion.

To share your story or learn more about jealousy and compersion, meet us at Common Root for this month’s discussion of human “Dimensions.”


Coordination Chart Meeting

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Join us for our next Common Root meeting on Thursday, December 3rd from 7:30-9 PM.

In this special meeting, we’ll be devoting the majority of our time to discussing Common Root’s committees, priorities, activities and focus. Come by and get involved!


Open Hours

Join us at Common Root for Open Hours on Sunday, November 29th from Noon-3 PM.

Open Hours are a great opportunity to shop our artist showcase of locally crafted items, buy a 2016 Art Calendar, pick up zines or books from our lending library, use our materials and supplies to create or talk to a Common Root volunteer.

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"Out of the Ordinary"

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“Out of the Ordinary” is a support circle facilitated by Common Root for individuals identifying as LGBTQ or those in alternative relationships/lifestyles.

Our next “Out of the Ordinary” gathering will be held on Wednesday, November 25th from 7-9 PM at Common Root.

This support circle offers a safe space to talk about any personal issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship situations in a confidential, peer-to-peer fashion.

All are welcome, especially allies!


Free Saturday - November

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Free Saturdays – a celebration of the community held every month! 

November’s Free Saturday event will be held on Saturday, November 21st at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (6300 A Street) from 2-3:30 pm.

Bring items to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own. Please take any of your unclaimed items with you when you leave the event.

Food to share and seeds to swap are welcome too!

Everything is free! We’re inspiring free culture and strong community relations. Come by and engage!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We’ll be offering free gift wrapping services at December’s Free Saturday again this year! We’ll be in the meeting rooms at Eisley Branch Public Library (1530 Superior Street) from 2-3:30 pm on Saturday, December 12.


Open Hours & Pickup Your Art Calendars!

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Open hours (from noon-3pm on Sunday, November 15th) are the perfect time to pick up your 2016 Art Calendars! Stop by to collect your pre-ordered calendars, or come in to purchase one. We have them for sale for $15 each.

These calendars feature the artwork for 10 local artists and the proceeds from calendar sales benefit Common Root, part of your nonprofit, grassroots community.

These full color calendars would make great gifts! Come visit us at Common Root, and while you’re here, check out something from our lending library, be creative and make use of our art supplies, peruse the latest issue of our zine, and talk with Common Root members about what we do in the community.


"Dimensions" LQBTQA+ Discussion Group

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“Dimensions” is a Discussion Group that takes place the second Wednesday of each month at Common Root Mutual Aid Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This discussion group is free and open to the public for any who wish to talk about issues relating to the LGBTQ+ and alternative relationship/lifestyle experience.

This month’s “Dimension” of the human experience pertains to love.

Love is claimed to be the purest of emotions. All human kind has the potential to feel it and yet it seems there are many different interpretations of love.

From the fondness we feel for our parents/children, to the passion we feel for a lover, to the devotion we feel toward our partner or nation, there becomes a spectrum of love we are capable of feeling.

To further explore this topic, come join us for an evening of discussion at Common Root Mutual Aid Center. We will explore love in all its simplest and complex forms. We’d love to see you there.


Game Night

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, November 13th from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too. This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

The next Support Circle will be on Sunday, November 1st from 10 AM – Noon at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202 in Lincoln).

REMINDER **Daylight Savings Time ENDS on November 1st**

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


LGBTQ+ Support Circle

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The Common Root’s LGBTQ+ and alternative lifestyle support circle is happening Wednesday, October 28th from 7-9 PM.

Need a safe space to talk about some personal issues related to your sexuality, gender, or relationship or other topics? We will be providing a free peer-to-peer support for any in need.

All are welcome, especially allies!


Free Saturday - October

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

October’s Free Saturday event will be held in the meeting room at Anderson Branch Public Library (3635 Touzalin Ave. in Lincoln) from 2-3:30 PM.

The meeting room is located just inside the front doors, directly to your left as you enter. We will have signs posted!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden produce are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE! We’re inspiring free culture in our community and inviting organizations to setup booths at Free Saturday events to offer free activities or information about free resources.

Email contact@commonroot.net for details about setting up a booth at this or other Free Saturday events.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – November’s Free Saturday event will be held at the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (6300 A Street in Lincoln) from 2-3:30 PM on November 21st.


Potluck & Skillshare with Stone Soup Education Kitchen

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It’s Potluck. It’s DIY. And It’s Free!

Friday, October 23rd from 7-9 PM, learn how to use what you have and discover new recipes with Stone Soup Education Kitchen.

This month’s topic is pumpkin. Learn how to use your Halloween pumpkin and seeds–beyond pumpkin pie.

Feel free to bring a dish to share but there’s no obligation. It doesn’t have to be pumpkin, but please label for dietary restrictions.

If you’d like to bring extra garden produce to share, please do. Children are welcome.


Pen to Paper Writing Time

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Everyone is welcome, beginners and pros alike, or those who just need an excuse to dust off their notebook and get busy again. There is no obligation to share your work if you don’t want to, you can simply relax at the gardens and work on your stuff.

Daylight lasted a little longer into the evening at the time the October calendars were planned and printed, so although the calendars indicate a start time of 6 pm I am going to be at the gardens by 5:30 to squeeze in more writing before dusk.

I hope you’ll join me for this laid back night to write!


Vegan Potluck and ARAN Meeting

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Sunday, October 18th from 6-8 PM is our bi-monthly meeting and vegan potluck, please join us!

If you are able to, please bring a vegan (no animal products like dairy, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) dish to share. If you are unable to share a dish please come anyway! There should be plenty of food for all. Of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to come — all you need is to be hungry and interested in the animal rights movement. If you’re interested in transitioning to a more ethical lifestyle by eliminating or minimizing animal products there are plenty of people that can offer advice. We’ll spend the first hour eating and socializing, and then we’ll have an informal meeting. Hope to see you there!


Game Night!

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, October 16th from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too. This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Fall For Pride - Followup Meeting

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Join us for a unique Common Root meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15th from 7:30 – 9 PM. We’re located at 3140 O Street, Suite 202 (above Suji’s Indian Grocery).

We’ll discuss last weekend’s Fall For Pride festival at this meeting, it’s successes and shortfalls, and everyone’s overall impression.

Will this become an annual event? Let’s decide together!

Feel free to join us for all or part of the meeting, we usually take a mid-meeting break around 8:15 PM, after which we will be discussing CR business and time sensitive items.

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LGBTQ+ Discussion Group

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We will begin the first structured Common Root LGBTQ+  Discussion Group with the topic of personal labels. We’ll be meeting Wednesday, October 14th from 7-9 PM at Common Root.

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arund us. These labels can explain so much about us from our personality, gender, sexual orientation, and lifestyle, just to name a few.

The discussion will begin with listing the many labels we identify with as well as those we have heard used around us. Then we will explore these labels in regards to their positive and negative connotation. There will be questions to guide the discussion as well as some time for open discussion on relating topics. Please feel free to bring some questions or a related topic of your own to share, time permitting.

Participation is highly encouraged but not mandatory, should anyone wish to simply sit-in.

Hope to see you there!

For those of you who would like to do a little thinking prior to the discussion, here are a few guided questions that will be featured for this topic:

1. Do labels have intrinsic meaning or are they subjective?

2. Do you feel that one label can describe you/a person or should there be a different labels for different situations/scenarios?

3. Are labels meant to be binding or as a loose description?


Fall For Pride

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Fall For Pride is happening Saturday, October 10th from 1-5 PM at the Antelope Park Band Shell in Lincoln.

Join us for live entertainment, food, vendor booths & activities; creating a welcoming, local, community-centered event for everyone in the spectrum!

This family-friendly event is free for people of all ages, with an emphasis on building a QUILTBAG (Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer) inclusive space.

Fall For Pride is brought to you by Common Root, part of your nonprofit, grassroots community.

Take a look at our event map:

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Win raffle prizes donated by local businesses and organizations, take part in the free activities happening throughout the event and check out our lineup of local entertainment.

*Fall For Pride Entertainment Schedule*

Poetry
1:30 PM – Helen Winston
1:40 PM – Sam Nichols
1:50 PM – Brok ‘Tryst’ Kerbrat
2:00 PM – Trac Schact
2:10 PM – Lindsey Hand
2:20 PM – Cei Loofe

Presentation – How to be a Trans* Ally
2:30 PM – with Wes Staley & Scott Schneider

Music
3:00 PM – Phoebe Dro
3:40 PM – Frailin’ Hearts
4:20 PM – Once A Pawn

*Fall For Pride Free Activities Schedule*

1-5 PM
All-Ages Coloring Station
Chalk the Walk
Paint A Pumpkin (Outlinc’s booth – #7)
Shirt Painting Station

3-5 PM
Balloon Art with Bubble Love

4 PM
Yoga Session with Shona


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will meet on Sunday, October 4th from 11 AM – 1 PM at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Free Saturday - September

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

September’s Free Saturday event will be held on September 26th from 2-3:30 PM near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X). This will be our last outdoor Free Saturday of the season (join us at Anderson Branch Library in October – details below)!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden produce are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE! We’re inspiring free culture in our community and inviting organizations to setup booths at Free Saturday events to offer free activities or information about free resources.

Email contact@commonroot.net for details about setting up a booth at this or other Free Saturday events.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – October’s Free Saturday event will be held in the meeting room at Anderson Branch Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) from 2-3:30 PM on October 24th.


Potluck with Stone Soup Education Kitchen

On Friday, September 25 during our monthly potluck we will make salsa and share what we make. If you have any garden produce to use in the salsa or that you just want to share, please bring it to the event. Bring a container for salsa – this event will run from 7-9 PM.

Since we are making salsa, those bringing a dish to share might  consider bring tortillas or beans or other things to put salsa on. As always this event is free and open to the public. Everyone welcome. You are not required to bring anything other than an appetite and desire to have fun working with and learning about food.


LGBTQ+ and Lifestyle Support Circle

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Need a space and some friendly folk to talk with about something that may be troubling you? Find emotional catharsis at the LGBTQ+ and Lifestyle Peer-to-Peer Support Circle hosted by Common Root! We’ll be meeting from 7-9 PM on Wednesday, September 23rd.

This is a safe space to talk about personal topics relating to gender, human sexuality, relationships, and lifestyles. Anyone attending is welcome to include ice breakers and topics during the support circle. Everyone is treated with respect and whatever is said in the circle stays in the circle.

It’s such a breath of fresh air. Hope to see you there! 🙂


Visit Common Root's booth at Streets Alive!

We’ll have a button-making booth again this year outside Clinton Elementary School near 29th and Holdrege Streets in Lincoln. We’ll be there from 1-5 PM on Sunday, September 20th.

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Learn more about the Streets Alive event at: http://www.healthylincoln.org/


Community Service Event: Maintaining our Parks and Public Spaces

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On Saturday, September 19th, we’ll be heading to Oak Lake at N. 1st and Cornhusker Highway to do some litter cleanup from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Water and granola bars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own munchies or bag lunch too. Trash bags will also be provided, and all participants are welcome to arrive and leave whenever they need to.


Game Night!

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, September 18th from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too. This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another. As always, this is an inclusive event, free & open to the public.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

Our next circle will be held on Sunday, September 13th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


LGBTQIA Discussion Group

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Join us at Common Root for our first LGBTQIA Discussion group on Wednesday, September 9th from 7-9 PM. We offer a safe space to talk about everyone’s opinions and thoughts about practices, theories, and politics relating to the LGBTQIA community.

There is no official topic chosen for the event this time. We will be exploring any topics anyone would like to bring to the event and brainstorm topics others would be interested in exploring in the future.


Pen to Paper Writing Time

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Sunday, September 6th is the night to get started on your writing, make progress, or ask for feedback from your fellow writers! We will be at the lovely Sunken Gardens from 6-8 PM for a little fresh air and floral inspiration.

Everyone is welcome, beginners and pros alike, or those who just need an excuse to dust off their notebook and get busy again. There is no obligation to share your work if you don’t want to, you can simply relax at the gardens and work on your stuff.

This event will be weather dependent with no rain date, so nobody do the rain dance this weekend!

I hope you’ll join me for this laid back night to write.


LGBTQA Resource Fair

Are you a UNL student looking to learn more about LGBTQA community resources?

Come see us at the Common Root booth during this fair from Noon – 2 PM on Thursday, September 3rd in the Colonial Room in the Nebraska Union of UNL’s City Campus.

Find more details on UNL’s Student Involvement website: http://events.unl.edu/student_involvement/2015/09/03/100294/


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Join us for another Lincoln Repair Cafe during Common Root’s open hours on Sunday, August 30th from noon – 2 PM.

Bring CLOTHING, FURNITURE, SMALL APPLIANCES in need of repair–use our tools to make repairs, or get tips, or chat as we give it a whirl. We look forward to seeing visitors old and new! Let’s use things longer and keep them out of the landfill.


Potluck and Skillshare

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On Friday, August 28th from 7-9 PM we’ll be holding a potluck and skillshare at Common Root.

We’ll talk about eating well on a budget, where to find cheap or free healthy food, growing your own food, and how to cook these foods. This month folks are encouraged to find something in your cupboard or some produce that you haven’t used because you aren’t sure what to do with it or need a new idea for it. Barbara will demonstrate how to cook lentils and rice, and suggest how to prepare those items you have questions about. Bring questions and ideas and a potluck item to share as well as any produce or pantry items that you would like to trade or would like ideas for preparing.

Please come even if you don’t have something to share. There is always plenty to eat. Children and families are welcome. All Common Root events are free and open to the public. Hosted by Barbara Tracy.


Community Service Event: Maintaining our Public Spaces, Take 2!

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Rescheduled from July, on Saturday, August 29th from 9:30 AM – 1 PM, we’ll be heading to the south side of town to do some litter cleanup and weed pulling in our parks and public spaces. (hurray!)

Water, granola bars, and apples will be provided, but feel free to bring your own munchies or bag lunch too. Trash bags will also be provided, and all participants are welcome to arrive and leave whenever they need to.

Our first location will be Densmore Park and the Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library at 6701 S 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68512.

Here we will be doing a little weed pulling in the parking lot “islands” and native plant beds of the library and doing litter cleanup in the park, which is located next to the Rock Island trail.

Our second location will be Peterson Park at 4400 Southwood Drive (near 27th and Highway 2), south of Pitts Veterinary Hospital.

Here we will primarily be doing litter cleanup around a pond, along Beal Slough, and anywhere else we see litter.

Hope to see you there!


Free Saturday - August

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

August’s Free Saturday event will be held near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X) on Saturday, August 22 from 2-3:30 PM.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden produce are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE! We’re inspiring free culture in our community and inviting organizations to setup booths at Free Saturday events to offer free activities or information about free resources (email contact@commonroot.net for details).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – September’s Free Saturday event will also be held at Peter Pan Park (near the shelter) from 2-3:30 PM on September 26th.

 


LGBTQIA Peer-to-Peer Support Circle

Join us for our first LGBTQIA Peer-to-Peer Support Circle at Common Root on Wednesday, August 19th at 7 PM.

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Game Night!

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Join us for another Game Night event at Common Root on Friday, August 21 from 6:30 – 9 PM.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too. This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Common Root First Friday Art Show Results

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We’re excited to announce the artists and art pieces that will be featured in Common Root’s 2016 Wall Calendar!

All 24 pieces in the art show embodied our theme of Grassroots & Community, and the public voted last Friday night on their favorites. Below are the results.

Congratulations to the artists who have been chosen for the calendar and thanks so much to everyone who participated. The show was a great success!

1. In the Eye of the Falcon by Sammi Bray (pictured above)
2. Passage by Deborah Kay Hull
3. Losh Free Library by Lacey Losh
4. Great and Small by Sammi Bray
5. Untitled (yellow backdrop) by Amanda Harvey
6. We Are All Related by Barbara Salvatore
7. Untitled (blue backdrop) by Amanda Harvey
8. Communatree by Andira Losh
9. Sit a Spell by Deborah Kay Hull
Tied for 10 and 11. Cheamera Rising by Tiana Conyers and Spirited Movements by Kathleen Tiedje
12. A Mountain, A Hill and a Horse by Ramona MacDonald
13. Dad’s Holiday by Jen Volkmer


ARAN Meeting & Vegan Potluck

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Hi everyone! Time again for our Animal Rights Advocated of Nebraska (ARAN) meeting and vegan potluck happening Sunday, August 16th at 6 PM.

If you are able to, please bring a vegan (no animal products like dairy, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) dish to share. If you are unable to share a dish please come anyway! There should be plenty of food for all.

Of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to come — all you need is to be hungry and interested in the animal rights movement. If you’re interested in transitioning to a more ethical lifestyle by eliminating or minimizing animal products there are plenty of people that can offer advice. We’ll spend the first hour eating and socializing, and then we’ll have an informal meeting. Hope to see you there!

* Common Root – Mutual Aid Center is directly upstairs if you come in the east door.


Art in the Afternoon with Kids

Participants will examine Gene Davis’s painting, Phantom Tattoo and talk about what makes art on Monday, August 10th starting at 4 PM.

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They will work on making their own painting of stripes. All ages and adults welcome. We will supply paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons but feel to bring your own supplies.
All Common Root events are free and open to the public.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will be on Sunday, August 9th from 11 AM – 1 PM at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there.


Common Root First Friday Art Show

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Join us for a First Friday Art Show at Common Root!

Our theme for this show is: Grassroots & Community.

We’ll feature the work of 15 local artists in this show, including:

Sammi Bray
Tiana Conyers
Deanna Denny
Donna DiPaolo
Amanda Harvey
Deborah Kay Hull
Andira Losh
Lacey Losh
Ramona MacDonald
Diane Martelle Ready
Jonathan Reyes
Barbara Salvatore
Kathleen Tiedje
Jen Volkmer
Azaria Wallick

The work displayed at the show will include paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, digital art, mixed media pieces and abstract art.

Come to the show for refreshments and to vote on your favorite pieces. The top 12 pieces will be featured in Common Root’s 2016 wall calendar, which we’ll be selling as a fundraiser item for our organization.

Common Root is a 501c3 nonprofit. We facilitate inclusive, community-building events and provide for the advancement of the arts. All our events are free & open to the public.


Pen to Paper Writing Time

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August 5th from 6-8 PM is the time to get started on your writing, make progress, or ask for feedback from your fellow writers!

Everyone is welcome, beginners and pros alike, or those who just need an excuse to dust off their notebook and get busy again. There is no obligation to share your work if you don’t want to, you can simply relax in the space and work on your stuff.

The space can be split between people wanting to work quietly and those who need to workshop out loud with another writer, depending on the needs of those in attendance.

I hope you’ll join me for this laidback night to write!


Collective Potluck & Skillshare

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Collective Potluck & Skillshare
Topic: Gathering and collecting fresh, healthy food.

Join us for a potluck and discussion on Friday at 7:30 PM at Common Root Mutual Aid Center (3140 O Street, Suite 202).

All our events are free & open to the public.


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Saturday, July 25, join us at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202) from noon-2 pm for our next Lincoln Repair Cafe.

Bring your broken, tired items–FURNITURE, SMALL APPLIANCES, and CLOTHING–for repair. It’s free, it’s friendly. You may also make repairs with our equipment or get suggestions for repairs.


Game Night!

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Join us for our next Game Night at Common Root – Friday, July 24th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

We aim to include everyone in small gaming groups, playing card games, board games, or party games.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own games to expand gaming options. Secretly, the games are an excuse for getting to know each other in an environment where we can make meaningful social connections.

Feel free to bring your family, friends and/or snacks to share.


Community Service Event: Maintaining our Public Spaces!

This Saturday (July 25), we’ll be heading to the south side of town to do some litter cleanup and weed pulling in our parks and public spaces. (hurray!)

Water, granola bars, and apples will be provided, but feel free to bring your own munchies or bag lunch too. Trash bags will also be provided, and all participants are welcome to arrive and leave whenever they need to. We will be starting at 9:30 AM.

Our first location will be Densmore Park and the Bess Dodson Walt Branch Library at 6701 S 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68512.

Here we will be doing a little weed pulling in the parking lot “islands” and native plant beds of the library and doing litter cleanup in the park, which is located next to the Rock Island trail.

Our second location will be Peterson Park at 4400 Southwood Drive (near 27th and Highway 2), south of Pitts Veterinary Hospital.

Here we will primarily be doing litter cleanup around a pond, along Beal Slough, and anywhere else we see litter


Pen to Paper Writing Time

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July 22nd is the night to get started on your writing, make progress, or ask for feedback from your fellow writers! We’ll be at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202) from 6-8 PM.

Everyone is welcome, beginners and pros alike, or those who just need an excuse to dust off their notebook and get busy again. There is no obligation to share your work if you don’t want to, you can simply relax in the space and work on your stuff.

The space can be split between people wanting to work quietly and those who need to workshop out loud with another writer, depending on the needs of those in attendance.

I hope you’ll join me for this laid-back night to write!


"Cowspiracy" Showing & Vegan Potluck

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Please join us for a screening of “Cowspiracy” and a vegan (no animal products like dairy, meat, eggs) potluck. You don’t have to be a vegan to attend, just interested in the subject of the movie or animal rights. Below is the movie description from their website and a trailer. We’ll be gathering at Common Root on Sunday, July 19th at 6:00 PM.

Synopsis: “Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret” is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV04zyfLyN4

More info: cowspiracy.com


Free Saturday - July

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

July’s Free Saturday event will be held near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X) on Saturday, July 18th from 2-3:30 PM.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden produce are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE! We’re inspiring free culture in our community and inviting organizations to setup booths at Free Saturday events to offer free activities or information about free resources. Email contact@commonroot.net for details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – August’s Free Saturday event will also be held at Peter Pan Park (near the shelter) from 2-3:30 PM on August 22nd.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will be on Sunday, July 12th from 11 AM – 1 PM at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there.


Celebrate Pride on Saturday, July 11th

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Join us for a family Pride celebration before Star City Pride street festival kicks off! We’ll bring the food, games, and water balloons. You bring the fun!

Pride in the Park will be located at Union Plaza (21st and Q Street) in Lincoln from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Find Common Root’s booth at this event and create-your-own free button!

Common Root will also have a vendor booth at Star City Pride (18th and N Street) in Lincoln on Saturday, July 11th from 4 PM – 8 PM. Come see us!
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Call For Submissions - Visual Arts

ArtCal_Call4Submissions_FbMemeWe’re holding a First Friday Art Show on August 7th at 6:30 PM. The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 1. Common Root is looking for your artistic representation of grassroots & community.

We’d love to see paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculptures, photography, jewelry, graphic art and more! Abstract art is also welcome!

12 of the works displayed will be selected by the public and featured in the 2016 Common Root wall calendar.

Artists selected are welcome to sell their piece(s) at the show – Common Root will not be taking a commission. (It will be up to individual artists to coordinate payment and pickup of any artwork sold at the show.)

Common Root will keep the art hanging for a while after the show to be sure we can photograph or
scan all pieces that win the contest to be featured in the 2016 calendar.

Email photos of your submission(s) (limit 3 per person) to: contact@commonroot.net along with the size of each piece and your contact info. Feel free to email us with questions about the show as well.


Free Saturday - June

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

June’s Free Saturday event will be held near the shelter at Peter Pan Park from 2-3:30 PM on Saturday, June 27th.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden produce are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE! We’re inspiring free culture in our community and inviting organizations to setup booths at Free Saturday events to offer free activities or information about free resources. Email contact@commonroot.net for details.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Upcoming Free Saturday events will also be held at Peter Pan Park (near the shelter) from 2-3:30 PM on the following dates:
Saturday, July 18th
Saturday, August 22nd


Pen to Paper Writing Time

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Wednesday, June 24th is the night to get started on your writing, make progress, or ask for feedback from your fellow writers! Join us from 6-8 PM.

Everyone is welcome, beginners and pros alike, or those who just need an excuse to dust off their notebook and get busy again. There is no obligation to share your work if you don’t want to, you can simply relax in the space and work on your stuff.

The space can be split between people wanting to work quietly and those who need to workshop out loud with another writer, depending on the needs of those in attendance.

We hope you’ll join us for this laid back night to write!


Call for Submissions - Visual Artists

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Here’s an opportunity to have your visual art featured in a show, and a chance to see it printed in Common Root’s 2016 wall calendar!

Our theme is grassroots & community. Think about what you love about your community, your favorite place or favorite gatherings, organizations and efforts that inspire you or people making a difference.

Click the link for details: http://commonroot.net/fundraiser/

Ready to submit your art? Email a photo of your submission along with the name of your piece, its dimensions and your contact information to: contact@commonroot.net

Limit 3 submissions per person.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will be on Sunday, June 14th from 11 AM – 1 PM at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Game Night!

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Join us for our next Game Night at Common Root on Saturday, June 13th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

We aim to include everyone in small gaming groups, playing card games, board games, or party games.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own games to expand gaming options. Secretly, the games are an excuse for getting to know each other in an environment where we can make meaningful social connections.

Feel free to bring your family, friends and/or snacks to share.


Collective Potluck & Skillshare

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Join us for a potluck and share ideas for growing your own food on Friday, June 12 at 7 PM

We can discuss getting started, growing in small places, planter gardens and more.  Bring a dish to share if you would like. Please label your dish so folks with food allergies, vegans, vegetarians, etc can select foods within their diets. We’ll also have a DIY demo of growing food from your vegetable scraps.

All foods and people are welcome.


Open Hours

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Come see us at Open Hours:
– Sunday, May 31 from 11 AM – 1 PM
– Monday, June 1 from 4 – 6 PM
– Monday, June 22 from 4-6 PM

Come by to read or check out a book from our lending library, find a quiet spot to study, shop our showcase of locally crafted items or use our space and supplies to craft and create! A Common Root volunteer will be present to answer your questions and show you around.

We’re located at 3140 O Street, Suite 202.


Gentle Yoga

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Common Root is pleased to invite you to another all-levels yoga class facilitated by Julia Phillips on Friday, May 29th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Julia will provide yoga mats and instruction, but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer.

This class is free and open to the public.

If the weather is nice, join us at Woods Park (directly across O Street from Common Root). In the case of inclement weather, yoga will be held inside Common Root’s suite.

Meet the instructor: fresh out of the jungles of Costa Rica, Julia is ready to share her knowledge and skills with the world. Officially certified with the Yoga Alliance, she is eager to begin her teaching journey.

Julia loves to dance, hula hoop, and sing. As a loving, free spirit, she encourages others to have that same freedom and love for themselves and each other. We are all in this journey together. She looks forward to helping create a happy and healthy lifestyle for Lincoln’s community members.


Give to Lincoln Day

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Common Root is excited to be a part of Give to Lincoln Day this year!

Click the link below to check out our crowd-funding page:
http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/story/Common-Root

Make your gift stretch even further by donating through the link above. The Lincoln Community Foundation is offering all Give to Lincoln Day nonprofits a proportional share of a $300,000 challenge match fund.

Donations are being accepted now through midnight on May 28th.

ON MAY 28: Common Root volunteers will be at the Foundation Garden (1415 N Street) on Give to Lincoln Day, helping visitors create buttons from 11 AM – 1 PM. Stop by on your lunch hour to hear some live music and visit our table to create your own free button.

You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with Common Root volunteers about our cause and all the free community events we bring to Lincoln.

Please tell your friends about this campaign and all the great nonprofits in Lincoln that can use our support on Give to Lincoln Day.


Queer Clothing Swap and QMN!

Join us at Common Root for back-to-back events on Sunday, May 24th starting at 6 PM.

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From 6-7 PM, Common Root’s first Queer Clothing Swap invites you to bring your cool clothes in good condition that you never wear and/or clothes that don’t suit you to swap with others in attendance. Please do not bring stained items.

Any clothing items left over at the end will be donated. No one will be turned away for not bringing donations, you’re still welcome to attend and peruse.

Changing spaces will be available but limited, so it’s best to wear things that make it easy to try on new clothes.

This is a free public event and all folks are welcome to attend. We are especially welcoming the trans* and gender-variant community, as this swap will be held in a space where visitors are made to feel safe while bringing their wardrobes more in line with their identities.

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Feel free to stick around after the clothing swap for our screening of “Pride” for Common Root’s Queer Movie Night, happening at 7 PM.

We’ll be showing “Pride” (2014). Bring friends and snacks to share, or just bring yourself and settle in for a great movie in an inclusive community space.

Synopsis: “Inspired by actual events, director Matthew Warchus’ Pride details the unlikely friendship forged between a small community of striking miners in Wales and the London-based gay-and-lesbian activists who raise funds to feed their families in the summer of 1984. With no end to the strike in sight, the urban activists venture into the countryside to deliver their donation in person, and find they have more in common with the people of this struggling community than anyone on either side could have expected. Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Paddy Considine star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi”


Game Night!

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Join us for our next Game Night at Common Root on Friday, May 22nd from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

We aim to include everyone in small gaming groups, playing card games, board games, or party games.

Everyone is welcome to bring their own games to expand gaming options. Secretly, the games are an excuse for getting to know each other in an environment where we can make meaningful social connections.

Feel free to bring your family, friends and/or snacks to share.


Vegan Potluck with ARAN

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Hi everyone! Time again for our bi-monthly meeting and vegan potluck happening Sunday, May 17th at 6 PM.

If you are able to, please bring a vegan (no animal products like dairy, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) dish to share. If you are unable to share a dish please come anyway! There should be plenty of food for all. Of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to come — all you need is to be hungry and interested in the animal rights movement. If you’re interested in transitioning to a more ethical lifestyle by eliminating or minimizing animal products there are plenty of people that can offer advice. We’ll spend the first hour eating and socializing, and then we’ll have an informal meeting. Hope to see you there!

* Common Root – Mutual Aid Center is directly upstairs if you come in the east door.

 


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will be on Sunday, May 17th from 11 AM – 1 PM at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Gentle Yoga

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Common Root is pleased to invite you to another all ages / all levels yoga class on Friday, May 15th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Yoga mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer. This class is free and open to the public.

If the weather is nice, join us at Woods Park (directly across O Street from Common Root). In the case of inclement weather, yoga will be held inside Common Root’s suite.


Free Saturday - May

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

May’s Free Saturday event will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 2-3:30 PM near the shelter at Peter Pan Park.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden transplants are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE! We’re inspiring free culture in our community and inviting organizations to setup booths at Free Saturday events to offer free activities or information about free resources.

Email contact@commonroot.net for details on having a booth with free community activities / resources.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – June’s Free Saturday event will also be held at Peter Pan Park (near the shelter) from 2-3:30 PM on June 27th.


Craft Circle

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Join us for our next Craft Circle & Skillshare at Common Root on Tuesday, May 12th from 5-7 PM.

Bring supplies to create your crafts of choice or use materials we have available at Common Root. Learn about the projects others are working on and share your passions and projects with the group.

Feel free to bring family, friends & snacks to share. Like all Common Root events, this Craft Circle is free and open to the public.


Art in the Afternoon

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Come enjoy our space while creating art of your choice on Monday, May 11th starting at 4 PM.

Play with pens, paints, pencils, paper, etc. Share ideas and learn something new. Bring your supplies or use ours.


Gentle Yoga

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Common Root is pleased to invite you to our first all ages / all levels yoga class facilitated by Julia Phillips on Friday, May 8th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Julia will provide yoga mats and instruction, but feel free to bring your own mat if you prefer.

This class is free and open to the public.

Meet the instructor: fresh out of the jungles of Costa Rica, Julia is ready to share her knowledge and skills with the world. Officially certified with the Yoga Alliance, she is eager to begin her teaching journey.

Julia loves to dance, hula hoop, and sing. As a loving, free spirit, she encourages others to have that same freedom and love for themselves and each other. We are all in this journey together. She looks forward to helping create a happy and healthy lifestyle for Lincoln’s community members.


Vegan Boutique

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We’ll be selling handmade vegan beauty products and tasty vegan goodies outside Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (16th and South Streets in Lincoln). Stop by anytime from 11 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, May 9th to pick up some vegan treats for yourself and anyone you’d like to pamper.

Common Root is a 501(c)(3) non-profit – part of your grass-roots community. All proceeds from the sale will help us continue bringing you free events all year round!


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Join us for the next Lincoln Repair Cafe at Common Root on Sunday, May 3 from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Bring your clothing, appliances, furniture or other items in need of mending or repair. Volunteers will be on hand to fix what you bring in or teach you how to make repairs yourself. This service is free and open to the public.

You’re also welcome to stop by just to enjoy the company and community atmosphere.


Give to Lincoln Day

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Common Root is excited to be a part of Give to Lincoln Day this year!

Click the link below to check out our crowdfunding page:
http://givetolincoln.razoo.com/story/Common-Root

Learn more about the ways you can get involved and continue bringing free events to our community.

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Poetry Picnic in the Park

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Join your friends from SP CE Commons and Common Root for a potluck picnic featuring poetry readings at Woods Park on Saturday, May 2nd from 4-7 PM.

We’re inviting poets to perform May Day / workers’ rights themed poetry, but all radical poetry will be celebrated and encouraged. These poems can be your own, or work from poets who inspire you.

Bring a favorite dish or non-alcoholic drinks to share, a lawn chair or blanket and any poetry you’d like to perform. Please label your dish for the consideration of vegan and vegetarian participants.

We’ll provide plates, cups, napkins and silverware. If you’re driving to this event, plan to park in the lot near the tennis bubble and look for the large tent.


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Join us for the next Lincoln Repair Cafe at Common Root on Sunday, April 26th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Bring your clothing, appliances, furniture or other items in need of mending or repair. Volunteers will be on hand to fix what you bring in or teach you how to make repairs yourself. This service is free and open to the public.

You’re also welcome to stop by just to enjoy the company and community atmosphere.


Cancelled Open Hours

Our apologies, Open Hours for Tuesday, April 21st have been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

We’ll be back with Tuesday night open hours in May! We hope to see you then.


Free Saturday - April

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

April’s Free Saturday event will be the first outdoor Free Saturday of the season. We’ll be holding it near the shelter at Peter Pan Park on Saturday, April 25th from 2-3:30 PM.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share, seeds to swap, seedlings and garden transplants are welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – All Free Saturday events will be held at Peter Pan Park (near the shelter) from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below:

– May 16th
– June 27th

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Common Root at Lincoln Earth Day *location change*

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Come visit us at the Common Root booth during the Lincoln Earth Day event at 2000 Q Street in the Assurity Life Insurance parking garage. All events will be held on the first floor, parking will be available for the above floors in the garage.

It’s happening this Saturday (April 18th) from 10 AM – 2 PM.

The photo above is from last year’s CR booth. It’s always a fun community event with many great organizations and local businesses represented.


Craft Circle

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Join us on Tuesday, April 14th from 5-7 PM at Common Root for our monthly Craft Circle. Knitting, crochet & all fiber artists welcome – any skill level.

This month we’ll also be focusing on making items for the Vegan Boutique! Learn more about this fundraising beauty & bake sale here: http://commonroot.net/fundraiser/


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next circle will be on Sunday, April 12th from 11 AM – 1 PM at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Color Me!

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Join us at Common Root for an all-ages coloring event on Saturday, April 11th from 2-4 PM.

This stress-reducing activity makes it easy to socialize with fellow community members while creating something beautiful in an inclusive community space.

According to a recent article from The Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html):

“The practice generates wellness…and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.”

We’ll provide crayons, colored pencils, markers and coloring sheets at this event. Feel free to bring your own art supplies, coloring sheets or coloring books.


Social Cycling Event

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Join us on Saturday, April 4th for our first community bike ride of the season! We’re going to meetup near the Peter Pan Park shelter at 2 PM (near 33rd and X Streets).

Bring your bicycle, safety gear, some water, snacks and whatever you need to enjoy the ride. This will be a slow-paced, social ride.

We’ll plan to ride east on the MoPac bike trail and see how far we get. You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the ride.

This event is weather permitting. We’ll post a cancellation in the case of severe weather.


Queer Movie Night presents "But I'm a Cheerleader!"

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Join us at Common Root Mutual Aid Center for a showing of “But I’m a Cheerleader!” at 7 PM on Saturday, March 28th.

Synopsis: “Megan has it all. She’s popular, pretty, a model student, dates the captain of the football team, and she’s a cheerleader. Everything seems perfect, but the fun begins when her hormones start to rage, and her friends and family wonder where she’ll find love.”

This showing is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring friends, snacks to share, pillows and blankets if you want to get cozy.


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Join us at Common Root on Wednesday, March 25 from 6-8 PM for our next Lincoln Repair Cafe.

Bring your clothing, backpacks, stuffed toys, household linens, furniture or small appliances that are in need of repair. We’ll look them over and repair them for FREE (donations accepted). Repair Cafe saves money and resources but, above all, we show how easy it is to make repairs and how much fun it can be. You can also get tips for repairing an item yourself on site, or use our tools and make the repairs yourself.


Game Night!

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Join us on Saturday, March 21st at 7:30 PM for another Game Night event at Common Root! Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.

This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Vegan Potluck and ARAN Meeting

Time again for our bi-monthly ARAN (Animal Rights Advocates of NE) meeting and vegan potluck at Common Root. We’ll be gathering from 6-9 PM on Sunday, March 15th.

If you are able to, please bring a vegan dish (no animal products: no dairy, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) to share. If you are unable to share a dish please come anyway! There should be plenty of food for all. Of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to come — all you need is to be hungry and interested in the animal rights movement.

This month, we are collecting vegan recipes to make our own little cookbook, so bring your favorites! You can bring a recipe whether or not you make it and bring the dish, and of course we still want you to come even if you don’t bring a recipe.

If you’re interested in transitioning to a more ethical lifestyle by eliminating or minimizing animal products there are plenty of people that can offer advice. We’ll spend the first hour eating and socializing, and then we’ll have an informal meeting. Hope to see you there!

(Common Root Mutual Aid Center’s suite 202 is directly upstairs if you come in the east door.)


Free Saturday - March

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month! March’s Free Saturday event will be held in the meeting room at Anderson Branch Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) in Lincoln on Saturday, March 14th from 2-3:30 PM. The meeting room is located on the north side of the building, right inside the first set of doors.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.
Food to share is welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – below are the details of the upcoming Free Saturday events. All Free Saturday events will be held at Peter Pan Park (near the shelter) from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below:

– April 25th
– May 16th

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our wintertime Free Saturday events.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Join us on Sunday, March 8th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Like all Common Root events, the Community Support Circle is free and open to the public.


Read Across America at Common Root

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Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!
Celebrate National Education Association’s (NEA’s) Read Across America Day.

NEA is calling America’s children, both young and old, to reward their learning by celebrating the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Readers of all ages are encouraged to celebrate with this year’s book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Our reading party at Common Root Mutual Aid Center will take place on March 2, 2015, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Mark your calendars now. For more information about how to generate excitement for reading among America’s children and their families and about best practices for motivating and teaching reading, visit www.nea.org/readacross.


Game Night!

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Join us on Saturday, February 28th at 7:30 PM for another Game Night event at Common Root! Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.

This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Sunday, February 22nd at 7:30 PM – come to Common Root to read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.

All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs.

Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.


Free Saturday - February

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month! February’s Free Saturday event will be held in the large meeting room at Gere Branch Library (2400 South 56th St) in Lincoln on February 21st from 2-3:30 PM. The meeting room is located halfway down the front hall, to the right of the main doors.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.
Food to share is welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – below are the dates and locations for the upcoming Free Saturday events. All Free Saturday events will be held from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below:

– March 14th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room
– April 25th – Peter Pan Park (near the shelter)

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


Feminist Lit for All

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Join our next gathering on Sunday, February 15th at 2 PM to discuss various forms of feminist literature: books, articles, videos & films, graphic novels, art, etc.

This month we’ll be discussing selections from Native American women authors, artists, etc.

We encourage people to read & discover items on this topic and to share them on this event page and/or bring them to the gathering to discuss with the group.

Expect respectful but potentially difficult discussion as well as education and enrichment.


Valentine's Day Party

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Don’t have plans?

Join Common Root for a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 14th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.

We will be feasting on food, imbibing beverages and celebrating this holiday by enjoying the company of friends. Like all our events, this party is free & open to the public.


Craft Circle

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Knitting, crocheting, macrame, oh my!

Join our monthly crafting circle on Tuesday, February 10th from 5:30 – 7 PM at Common Root. All forms of crafting, fiber art and otherwise, are encouraged.

Good conversation, helpful hints, and detailed, patient instruction abound.
You don’t even have to have a craft to come and enjoy the company of amazing people. If you are interested in learning there will be tools and materials you can practice with.

Like all Common Root events, this is free and open to the public.


Consent Event Workshop

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Confused about consent? How to give consent? How to receive consent?

Join us for a discussion on consent on Saturday, February 7th from 2-4 PM at Common Root. Like all our events, this is free and open to the public.

Consent is not a simple topic and our culture often maintains many loopholes and gender double-standards. From inappropriate conversation, to sex and more; find your autonomy to say yes or no. Empower yourself and embrace the the wisdom in asking permission.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Join us on Sunday, February 8th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Like all Common Root events, the Community Support Circle is free and open to the public.


Annual Member Meeting

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Come one, come all to Common Root’s first Annual Member Meeting on Thursday, January 29th.

We’ll have the space open and refreshments available starting at 7 PM. This is a great opportunity to tour our space and learn more about the free events and community skillshares Common Root offers throughout the year.

The meeting will start at 7:30 PM. We’ll encourage you to share your thoughts, enjoy an overview and slide show of Common Root’s community contributions in 2014 and help us brainstorm ideas for 2015.

At Common Root everyone’s voice counts and anyone can become a Common Root member. Membership dues are completely voluntary. They allow us to maintain our space and keep our events free and open to the public.

We have Common Root bicycle / bumper stickers to offer as thank-you gifts to new and returning dues-paying members & your member donations are tax-deductible.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but you’d like to become a dues-paying member, we have a form available on our website that allows you to do just that: http://commonroot.net/member/

We’d also like to say thank-you to our 2014 members:

Martin Banyard
Toby Bartels
Terri Beard
Mary Beth Chapman
Melissa Clow
Deanna Denny
Lauri Dettmer
Bob & Donna DiPaolo
Lauren Domenge
Jacque England
Carrie Hansen
Adam Hintz
Garren Hochstetler
Andira & Lacey Losh
Don & Lynnette Losh
Kylie Lowe
Dave Loyall
Amanda McCullough
Jeanette Nakada
Abbie Normal
Scott & Tammy Pedersen
Marcus Pierson
Jonathan Reyes
Barbara Salavtore
Chelsea Sharp
Ben Steinke
Ailyne Swartz
John Taylor
Jo Tetherow
Heidi Thompson
Barbara Tracy
Susan Tribby
Shawn Webber
Jennifer Wendelin
Bernie Wilson
Roger Zemanek

Your support keeps us going!


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Stop by Common Root on Sunday, January 25th from Noon – 2 PM with things to repair–small appliances, furniture, and clothing–you can fix them yourself, get tips/suggestions from on-site repair people, or have them repaired while chatting with others. More info: 402 476 5768 or www.repaircafe.org


Free Saturday - January

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month! January’s Free Saturday event will be held in the meeting room at Anderson Branch Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) in Lincoln on Saturday, January 24th from 2-3:30 PM. The meeting room is located on the north side of the building, right inside the first set of doors.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.
Food to share is welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – below are the dates and locations for the winter Free Saturday events. All Free Saturday events will be held from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below:

– February 21st – Gere Branch Library (2400 South 56th Street in Lincoln) – Large Meeting Room
– March 14th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


Community Forum - Topic: Racism & Gun Violence

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You’re invited to join us for a Common Root Community Forum on Friday, January 23rd starting at 6:30 PM. The topic: Racism & Gun Violence.

The director of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence will lead a conversation about gun violence at the state and national levels.

We will discuss gun laws in the U.S. and Nebraska, and we will particularly focus on racial dimensions of American gun violence, including the toll gun violence takes on primarily black communities, as well as the racially charged motivations behind the development of gun extremism in recent years.

We will discuss efforts that citizens may take to reduce gun violence at the state and national levels.

This event is free & open to the public.


Art in the Afternoon

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Come enjoy our community space while creating art of your choice.
We’ll have the space open at 3 PM on Monday, January 19th.
Share your skills or learn a skill.

It is also MLK day and you may want to reflect on MLK and/or recent happenings to create a response piece. As always, this event is free & open to the public.


Queer Movie Night

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Join us for the next Queer Movie Night on Saturday, January 17th from 7-10 PM.
We’ll be showing “20 Centimeters” – everyone is welcome to bring friends and food to share!


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. We’re meeting on Sunday, January 11th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Have you visited the Lincoln Repair Café?
It’s free! It’s practical! It’s fun!

Lincoln Repair Café volunteers will be repairing clothing, furniture & small appliances for free at Common Root on:
Wednesday, January 7th from 6 – 8 PM
Sunday, January 25th from Noon – 2 PM

Drop by with your mend-able items. We can show you mending methods and help you mend clothing, stuffed toys, totes, backpacks, household linens, etc.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Sunday, December 28th at 7:30 PM – come read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.

All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs.

Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.

 


Game Night and Dry New Year Celebration!

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We’re ringing in the new year a little early at Common Root! 2014 was a great year for our organization and we’re ready to celebrate. Join us on Saturday, December 27th starting at 7:30 PM for refreshments, games and great community interactions.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. You’re welcome to bring friends & family, food & non-alcoholic drinks to share with the group.


Free Saturday - December

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Join us for this special holiday-themed Free Saturday event on Saturday, December 13th for 2-3:30 PM. We’re holding this event in the large meeting room of Gere Branch Library (2400 South 56th Street) in Lincoln. Signs will be posted.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event. Food to share is welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!

Tight budget this holiday season? Come and “shop” for free items to give to your loved ones. We’ll have volunteers to wrap your gifts and folks ready to help kids “shop” for free gifts, too.

Also, if you’d like to help some struggling Lincoln families this season, we’re partnering with OnlyForTheFly for their First Annual Holiday Food & Toy Drive. They will be accepting donations of turkey, ham and non-perishable food items at this event. They will also be accepting donations of unopened, non-violent toys and gift cards. These donations will benefit people living in the Lincoln community. Learn more at: http://www.onlyforthefly.com/ or like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OFTF/631356343638881

This event will be held in the large meeting room at Gere Branch Library (2400 South 56th Street) in Lincoln.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – below are the dates and locations for the winter Free Saturday events. All Free Saturday events will be held from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below:

– January 24th – Anderson Branch Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) – Meeting Room
– February 21st – Gere Branch Library – Large Meeting Room
– March 14th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


Vermicomposting Skillshare

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Join us on Friday, December 12th from 5-7 PM.
We will be demonstrating how to make your own worm bin (appropriate for houses, apartments, inside or outside), and how to care for it. This skillshare will provide tips and tricks, including troubleshooting techniques learned from personal experience to keep your worms happy and healthy (and smell free).

Come learn how to recycle food waste into a nutrient rich and dense compost ideal for starting seedlings or building soil.

We will hold a free raffle during the skillshare for the worm bin that we will be making during the demonstration.

This, like all Common Root events, is free an open to the public.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!
Our next gathering will be on Sunday, December 7th from 11 AM to 1 PM.

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Open Hours

Common Root Mutual Aid Center has open hours coming up on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 26th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:30 PM

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Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Bring your mend-able clothing, furniture, or small appliances to Common Root for repair on Sunday, November 23rd from Noon – 2 PM. You can learn or help with the repairs or leave it to the experts. This service is free and open to the public.


TDoR 2014 Candlelight Vigil

Here are some photos from Common Root’s Candlelight Vigil honoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day is set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Learn more by visiting tdor.info

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Mahak's Indian Cooking Class

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Mahak Chaudhry, owner of Suji’s Indian Grocery (located beneath Common Root), will give us his unique perspective on culinary artistry! Join us on Saturday, November 22nd from 4-6 PM. Bring your appetite! Free and open to the public.


TDoR Lincoln 2014

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Trans* Day of Remembrance – Candlelight Vigil

Please join Common Root as we honor the lives lost to anti-transgender violence and discrimination at Hazel Abel Park on November 20, 2014 at 7pm.

We will have select speakers and an opportunity for everyone to share at the event. Additionally, in hopes of eliminating the possibility of wax spillage at the park, we are asking everyone to bring jar candles. Please dress warmly.

After the event, you are invited to Common Root Mutual Aid Center for warm beverages from 8-9pm. As always, all events are free and open to the public.


Art Night

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Join us for another Art Night at Common Root on Monday, November 17th starting at 6:30 PM. We’ll focus this event on watercolor. Some supplies will be provided, but please bring any supplies you’d like to use.

Also, feel free to bring other art projects if you’re currently working on something else.

We’ll plan to talk about future ideas for Art Night.


Speciesism - The Movie

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We are showing the movie Speciesism (see http://speciesismthemovie.com/) and holding a vegan potluck on Sunday, November 16th starting at 6 PM.

“Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.”

If you are able to, please bring a vegan (no animal products like dairy, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) dish to share. If you are unable to share a dish please come anyway! There should be plenty of food for all. Of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to come.

* Common Root – Mutual Aid Center is directly upstairs if you come in the east door. As always, Common Root events are free and open to the public.


Queer Movie Night presents "Pariah"

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You are most cordially invited to QMN as we present ‘Pariah’ showing at Common Root on Saturday, November 15th at 7 PM.

As always, CRMAC events are free and open to the public.


Free Saturday - November

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Food to share is welcome too.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

This event will be held in the meeting room at Anderson Branch Library (3635 Touzalin Avenue) in Lincoln on Saturday, November 15th from 2-3:30 PM

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – below are the dates and locations for the winter Free Saturday events. All Free Saturday events will be held from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below:

– December 13th – Gere Branch Library – Large Meeting Room (2400 South 56th Street in Lincoln)
– January 24th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room
– February 21st – Gere Branch Library – Large Meeting Room
– March 14th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


Inclusive, Body Positive Beauty Night

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On Wednesday, Nov 12th from 6-9 PM We will be demonstrating some good-for-you beauty regimens that are chemical free and help bring out your natural beauty! Supplies will be provided so you can participate along with our facilitators.

Demonstrations will include:
Turmeric and chickpea face mask
No-shampoo hair care
Raw sugar and olive oil face scrub

We will also be discussing good skin habits, what to drink to help improve your skin, the ingredients in traditional makeup and skin care products that are bad for you, and other ways to bring out your natural, beautiful glow!

People of all genders, ages, and dispositions are welcome to attend.

As always, Common Root – Mutual Aid Center events are free and open to the public.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

Join us at Common Root on Sunday, November 9th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


First Friday - Artist Playing Card Fundraiser

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Join us for a First Friday art show – the Common Root way! We’ll be selling one-of-a-kind artwork created using playing cards. Local artists have created affordable pieces of art, starting as low as $1.

Join us at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center (3140 O Street, Suite 202 in Lincoln) anytime between 6 and 9 PM on Friday, November 7th.

This show will feature artwork by:
Ava Bartels
Erika Bond
Mike Bowers
Mary Beth Chapman
Julie A. Childers
Deanna Denny
Donna Reque DiPaolo
Jacque England
Carrie Hansen
Lacey Losh
Amanda McCullough
Josslyn McCormick
Jeanette Nakada
Ailyne Swartz
John Taylor
Barbara Tracy
Bernie Wilson
Beth Yaz-Pistachio

We’ll also have refreshments and games to play. Try your luck by playing Plinko! Special Plinko art cards will be available – and you can play to win. Choose your favorite card, put your Plinko disc in the slot and play to determine the price you pay for your selected card.

All proceeds from the art card sales will go to Common Root.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Sunday, October 26th at 7:30 PM – come read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.

All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs.

Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.


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Thanks to the folks from Only For The Fly (OFTF)! This great organization delivered free pumpkins to our October Free Saturday event!

Check them out: OnlyForTheFly.com


Game Night!

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Join us on Friday, Oct. 24th at 7:30 PM for another Game Night event at Common Root! Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.

This is a great way to build community connections and get to know one another.


Feminist Lit for All

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Join our gathering on Sunday, October 19th at 1 PM to discuss various forms of feminist literature: books, articles, videos & films, graphic novels, art, etc.

Josslyn will be facilitating this month’s discussion. October is National “Coming Out” Month. In the spirit of this, our topic for this gathering will be: Coming Out as a Feminist.

We encourage people to read & discover items on this topic and to share them on this event page and/or bring them to the gathering to discuss with the group.

Expect respectful but potentially difficult discussion as well as education and enrichment.


Queer Theatre Night

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We invite you to join us for a night of queer theatre! OmniArts Nebraska’s “La Cage Aux Folles” will be playing at the Haymarket Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18th at 7:30pm.

Take advantage of our Common Root discount!
If you would like to attend, please call (402) 474-5745 to make your reservation. When you call, please mention that you are part of Common Root Mutual Aid Center and you will receive an amazing discount on your dinner/show or show only ticket.

Tickets to “La Cage Aux Folles” are $18 (formerly $25) for a beautiful, light French provincial dinner catered by Brix & Stone (to begin at 6:45p) or $8.00 (formerly $15 for general admission/$10 for students) for the show only.

Afterward, we will be hosting a discussion of the show at a local Haymarket establishment, which will be free and open to the public. We would like to thank you and OmniArts Nebraska for making this possible!


Free Saturday - October

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing food & garden produce to share!

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

We’ll be holding this event near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) on Saturday, October 18th from 2-3:30 PM. This is the last outdoor Free Saturday of the year.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS – below are the dates and locations for the cold-weather Free Saturday events (all Free Saturday events will be held from 2-3:30 PM on the dates below):

– November 15th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room (3635 Touzalin Avenue in Lincoln)
– December 13th – Gere Branch Library – Large Meeting Room (2400 South 56th Street in Lincoln)
– January 24th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room
– February 21st – Gere Branch Library – Large Meeting Room
– March 14th – Anderson Branch Library – Meeting Room

A special thanks to the Lincoln City Libraries for allowing us to use their meeting space for our Free Saturday events.


SlutWalk Lincoln - Poster-Making Party

Please join SlutWalk Lincoln at Common Root on Friday, October 10th at 6:30 PM as we create signs for SlutWalk Lincoln’s protest.

We have multiple pens, markers, and paints to use; nevertheless, please bring any other supplies you like to share with the group. Furthermore, B.Y.O.P.B. (please bring your own poster board,) if you have any available and extras if you’d like to share!

The protest is happening the next day – Saturday October 11th at noon on the north side of the capitol! Make a sign on Friday and hold it high on Saturday!2014image


Poetry at the Moon

Common Root Zine contributors will be the featured readers at Poetry at the Moon this week! Join us at 7 PM on Monday, October 6th at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St Suite 10, in Lincoln).

Featured readers include:
Andi Losh
Barbara Salvatore
Rachel West

All are welcome to sign up to read poetry/prose for the open mic that always follows around 8 PM.

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Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Our next gathering is on Sunday, October 5th from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


The Beehive Collective Presents: "Graphics for the Commons" Workshop

Common Root – Mutual Aid Center is excited to welcome The Beehive Design Collective back to Lincoln!

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Come by & participate in a Collaborative Educational Art Workshop as The Beehive Collective presents: “Graphics for the Commons”

Don’t miss this fast-paced hands-on workshop, Saturday, October 4th, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM pm at Common Root Mutual Aid Center. As always, this event is free & open to the public.

Bees experienced in creating and sharing story-telling art pieces used to “cross-pollinate the grassroots” will run a workshop sharing techniques they use to create their images depicting today’s greatest challenges and inspiring all of us to work for change.

We’ll be taking a break and holding a vegetarian potluck lunch at noon. Feel free to bring drinks or a dish to share.

Since the potluck will be held in the middle of the event, consider bringing food that can sit at room temperature for 2 hours before consumption, or feel free to bring a cooler or crockpot to keep your food cool or warm. We do have some refrigerator space, but it’s limited.

We also have a wonderful Indian Grocery store below our suite, if you’d like to pickup some food to share the day of the event.

We’ll be taking freewill donations for The Beehive Collective if you’d like to contribute to the important & educational work they’re doing.

More about the Bees: The Beehive is an all-volunteer swarm of educators, artists, and activists using images to communicate and educate about the complex realities of our times. The dizzyingly detailed, hand-drawn, large-format posters and banners are portable murals that come alive through storytelling, illuminating how single issues are interconnected and part of bigger systems. Join us to work with the Bees to deconstruct some often overwhelming global issues – together – and use metaphors from the natural world to connect social and
environmental struggles.

See their tour schedule and learn more on their website: http://beehivecollective.org/

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Little Free Library Bicycle Tour

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Join us on Saturday, September 27th for a 9-mile bicycle tour of 10 Little Free Libraries in Lincoln.

We’ll meetup in the parking lot outside Common Root (3140 O Street) at 10 AM. Bring your bicycle, safety gear, water bottle, snacks – anything you need to enjoy the ride.

You’re welcome to bring a backpack of books to swap at the Little Free Libraries we visit.

We expect the ride to take about two hours, but we’ll adjust the pace of the ride to accommodate everyone. Common Root will be open and refreshments served after the ride.


ARAN Meeting & Potluck

Time again for our bi-monthly meeting and vegan potluck. Join us at Common Root at 6 PM on Sunday, September 21.

If you are able to, please bring a vegan (no animal products like dairy, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) dish to share. If you are unable to share a dish please come anyway! There should be plenty of food for all. Of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to come — all you need is to be hungry and interested in the animal rights movement.

If you’re interested in transitioning to a more ethical lifestyle by eliminating or minimizing animal products there are plenty of people that can offer advice. We’ll spend the first hour eating and socializing, and then we’ll have an informal meeting. Hope to see you there!


Queer Movie Night

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Presenting:  “Albert Nobbs” on Saturday, September 20th at 7 PM.

Commot Root most cordially invites you to attend our Queer Movie Night screening of ‘Albert Nobbs’ starring Glenn Close. Chair seating will be available, however, you are most welcome to bring pillows and blankets to camp out, as well as, snacks (if you’d like.)

As always, all Common Root events are free and open to the public. We can’t wait to see you there!


PRESENTING: Working toward a better society, a non-monetary system, Civilitics

Roy Guisinger and Andi Losh, will be giving a presentation on our intent and plans to make a non-monetary system happen on Thursday, September 18th starting at 7:30 PM. (This presentation will be held during our weekly meeting, for which we have limited agenda.)

Imagine croudfunding for your community, but without the need to raise money. Instead, you have direct involvement, drawing supporters to act. This is Civilitics: a non-monetary way to involve people, connecting interests with resources and skill-sets.

Civilitics operates as an opportunity engine, bringing voluntary participation to areas that are neglected, and work to people that wouldn’t otherwise find an outlet for their skills.

Rather than going through the wasteful process of exchange or trade, and gate-keepers, you specify areas of common interest and need. We all collaborate through a network that collects feedback, pointing various fields of interest to areas of need, focusing the priorities and values of all participants.

Civilitics affords services and products, made available to all participants from contributors, on the basis of respective contribution. Contributions are weighed in amount and in the context of system values. Everything is decided directly, democratically, with surveys and information to encourage data-driven processes.

Within Civilitics, contributing meaningfully in your areas of interest, gives you access to the products and services of diverse group efforts. You are directly involved in all decision-making that affects your areas of interest and work, ensuring everyone is considered and is fairly represented.


Streets Alive!

We had a great time at our Streets Alive booth again this year!
Thanks to everyone who came out to visit us and play in the streets.
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Common Root at Streets Alive!

Stop by Common Root’s booth at Streets Alive anytime between 1-5 PM on Sunday, Sept. 14th to make you own button – for free! We’ll have art supplies on hand to help you with your creation.

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Our booth will be near the northeast corner of F Street & Goodhue Blvd (outside McPhee Elementary School). Here’s a link to the exhibitor map for Streets Alive: https://healthylincolnorg.presencehost.net/file_download/inline/be653b5a-4170-4379-984b-614938a16cbb

Here’s a photo from last year’s booth – the event was a blast! We hope to see you this year!

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Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? You might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys.

The next circle will be held from 11 AM – 1 PM on Sunday, September 7th at Common Root.

Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Seedbomb Skillshare

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Join us at Common Root on Saturday, September 6th for our first Seedbomb Skillshare!
Plan to come at 4:30 PM and we’ll learn how to craft our own seedbombs. This guerrilla gardening technique can beautify your neighborhood and revitalize unmanaged areas.

Supplies will be provided. As always, this event is free and open to the public.


Free Saturday - September

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing food & garden produce or divided plants to share!

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Our next Free Saturday event will be on Saturday, September 6th from 2-3:30 PM.

We’ll be holding this event near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets).


Crafting Skillshare / Lincoln Repair Cafe

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Together with our Crafting Skillshare event, Common Root is hosting another Lincoln Repair Cafe from 7:30 – 9 PM on Monday, August 25th. Details on each of the activities are below:

Crafting Skillshare – Join us at Common Root to work on your crafty project of choice. Share your technique and/or your supplies, learn about other people’s projects or simply join in the merriment of being surrounded by locally crafted items and the creative folks who make them.

If you’d like to participate, we’re asking folks to create playing card art for our artist trading card fundraiser.

Use the medium of your choice on a playing card. Collage, paint, fabric, beading, stitching, poetry, etc. Donate your card for a future First Friday event to raise money for Common Root.

You must use a playing card. We have plenty to share, and you can put your contact / studio information on the back to advertise your own work. This is a spin-off of artist trading cards. We are recycling incomplete decks of cards by using each card as our small canvas.

Deadline for returning completed cards to Common Root is September 10, 2014.
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Repair Cafe – It’s free! It’s practical! It’s fun!

Lincoln Repair Cafe is ready to mend clothing–FREE–at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center! Drop by with your mend-able items. We can mend or advise about mending clothing, stuffed toys, totes, backpacks, household linens, etc.


Feminist Literature for All

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Join us on Sunday, August 24th at 1 PM to discuss various forms of feminist literature: books, articles, videos & films, graphic novels, art, etc.

Lacey will be facilitating this month’s discussion. Our topic will be: Feminists & Activism.

We encourage people to read & discover items on this topic and to share them on this event page and/or bring them to the gathering to discuss with the group.

Expect respectful but potentially difficult discussion as well as education and enrichment.


Acoustic Concert Fundraiser

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Join us on Friday, August 22nd for acoustic entertainment by local bands at Common Root.

Featuring: This Machine Kills Vibes, Frailin’ Hearts and JD Powers.

We’ll have refreshments available and we’ll be taking freewill donations at the door. All proceeds will benefit Common Root Mutual Aid Center. Doors open at 6:30 PM – music begins at 7 PM.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? Well, you might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

We’ll be meeting at Common Root on Sunday, August 17th from 10 AM-noon.

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Free Saturday - August

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing food & garden produce to share!

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

We’ll be holding this event on Saturday, August 9th from 2-3:30 PM near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets).


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Come read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.       Our gathering will be held at Common Root on Sunday, August 3rd at 7:30 PM.

All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs.

Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.

 


Common Root Meeting / Conflict Resolution Training

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We’re holding a special Common Root meeting on Thursday, July 31st at 7 PM. We’ll focus on conflict resolution training for our volunteers, and hold a short meeting to address a few agenda items.

Anyone interested in this training is welcome to join us.


Writing Group

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Join us on Tuesday, July 29th from 7-8:30 PM for our first Writing Group gathering.
For the first meeting, lets offer feedback and support for one another’s prose or playwriting.We’re also hoping this group will become a place to find real-life beta readers.  Depending on the wishes of the participants (and the number of participants), we may read excerpts of our writing for the whole group for instant feedback or break off into smaller groups for more in-depth feedback (or possibly both).

We may also use the time as a write-in, depending on the wants & needs of the group.

We’ll plan to make some initial decisions about future gatherings at the first meeting. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Art & Music Night

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Join us on Monday, July 28th from 7-8:30 PM for Art & Music Night.

Visual art: We encourage you to bring your art supplies and work on Artist Playing Cards for the Common Root Fundraiser (details are on the “Fundraiser” tab).

We have plenty of playing cards to share (you can use them as your canvas) and we can show each other the different techniques we’re trying on the cards.

For those interested, we’ll also have a skillshare and supplies to create a wax resist watercolor technique.

Music: Amanda will be leading a discussion on writing/creating electronic music and the different software she’s used.

Everyone is welcome – the event is free and open to the public.


Queer Movie Night

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You are cordially invited to Common Root’s premier Queer Movie Night series, as we present ‘Lawrence Anyways.’ Join us on Saturday, July 26th at 7 PM. Chair seating will be provided, nevertheless, you are always more than welcome to bring all the pillows, friends, and snacks you want!

As always, this event is free and open to the public. We can’t wait to see you there!


Free Saturday Highlights

We had a great turn-out at Free Saturday this weekend!
Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. We hope that everyone found a little treasure to take home or got a chance to clear out some of their clutter.

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We’ll be holding the next Free Saturday at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) on Saturday, August 9th from 2-3:30 PM.


ARAN Meeting & Vegan Potluck

Join us on Sunday, July 20th at 6 PM for Animal Rights Advocates of Nebraska’s (ARAN’s) bimonthly meeting and vegan potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share — no animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, honey, butter, etc.).

Of course, you don’t have to be vegan to come, just interested in animal rights.


Community Support Circle

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Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? Well, you might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

We’ll be meeting at Common Root on Sunday, July 20th at 10 AM.

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’d love to see you there. 🙂


Free Saturday - July

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing food & garden produce to share!

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

We’ll be holding this event on Saturday, July 19th from 2-3:30 PM near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets).

FYI – 33rd Street is closed, so plan to enter Peter Pan Park form 31st and Vine or via the MoPac bike trail, if you’re walking or biking.


Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour

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Type Rider II: The Tandem Poetry Tour is about creativity, collaboration, and community. We hope to serve, especially, those small towns along our Boulder-to-Beloit route without an existing public library, and to build on the work of the Little Free Library movement, which aims to promote literacy and the love of reading for children and adults everywhere.”

Meet Maya Rachel Stein & Amy Tingle on Saturday, July 12th from 7-9 PM at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center!

Maya & Amy are bicycling 1,400 miles across the midwest, writing poems and building Little Free Libraries.

Join us for a presentation of their project & a celebration of their journey. This will also be an opportunity to have them write tandem poetry – give them one word, they’ll give you two poems!

As always, this event is free and open to the public.


Community Support Circle

Going through a rough time? Feeling like no one could possibly understand what you’re going through? Well, you might be surprised by the warmth and kindness of others just like you!

The Common Root Community Support Circle was created to give folks a place to talk about what’s troubling them in safe environment where they will be listened to and supported on their journeys. Circles will be facilitated by a few Common Root folks and others are welcome to jump in with topics for discussion, ice-breakers, and encouragement. We’ll ask that any information shared within the Circle does not leave it and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We’ll have our first Community Support Circle on Sunday, July 6 at 10:00 AM. The first task of our Circle will be to get to know one another and our stories a little bit better.
We’d love to see you there. 🙂


No Meeting July 3rd

Please note, there will be no Common Root Collective Meeting on Thursday, July 3rd.

We will return to our regular, weekly meetings starting on Thursday, July 10th.


Pride Potluck

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Come one, come all to celebrate individuality and diversity. Bring drinks or a dish to share and have a potluck meal with friends in your community on Saturday, July 5th from 6-9 PM.

Please consider bringing your own plate, cup & silverware to the potluck as well. This event is free and open to the public.

Have a tight budget? Need ideas of what to bring? Check out the meals in this cookbook (free PDF download here):
http://www.leannebrown.ca/cookbooks

Each meal can be made for under $4. There are tons of healthy and delicious choices and we’d love to see these creations come to life! As always, this event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.


Radical Feminist Literature

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This group is about dialogue and seeks to “read” various feminist creative and philosophical genres: books, articles, films, graphic novels, art, etc.

Please join us for our first meeting on Sunday, June 29th at 1 PM at Common Root Mutual Aid Center.

With the desire to unify all women (including trans) and to examine the various agreements and disagreements throughout the feminist movement, we will jump right into this discussion with the RadFem movement, examining various contradictions and specifically exclusion of transpersons in this movement.

This group will explore patriarchal oppression and all women (including trans) who are impacted by patriarchy as well as poverty. We encourage everyone to join us and explore these questions.

In our first meeting, we will discuss what this means to each of us, what we hope to learn and achieve. Bring potential “readings” and ideas. Expect respectful but potentially difficult discussion and disagreement, as well as education and enrichment.


Crafting Skillshare / Repair Cafe

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Together with our Crafting Skillshare event, Common Root is hosting its first Lincoln Repair Cafe from 7:30 – 9 PM on Monday, June 23rd. Details on each of the activities are below:

Crafting Skillshare – Join us at Common Root to work on your crafty project of choice. Share your technique and/or your supplies, learn about other people’s projects or simply join in the merriment of being surrounded by locally crafted items and the creative folks who make them.

We’re going to have some greeting card supplies to share this month, so come by to learn techniques for crafting cards or bring supplies to share to help people create their own cards.

We’re also calling all artists and crafty folks to join in our artist trading card fundraiser.

Use the medium of your choice on a playing card. Collage, paint, fabric, beading, stitching, poetry, etc. Donate your card for a future First Friday event to raise money for Common Root.

You must use a playing card. We have plenty to share, and you can put your contact / studio information on the back to advertise your own work. This is a spin-off of artist trading cards. We are recycling incomplete decks of cards by using each card as our small canvas.

Deadline for returning completed cards to Common Root is September 10, 2014.
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Repair Cafe – It’s free! It’s practical! It’s fun!

Lincoln Repair Cafe is ready to mend clothing–FREE–at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center! Drop by with your mend-able items. We can mend or advise about mending clothing, stuffed toys, totes, backpacks, household linens, etc.


Free Saturday - June

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month! We’ll be holding this event near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets) from 2-3:30 PM on June 21st.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing divided plants from your garden, seeds to share, food & produce.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

NEXT MONTH:
July’s Free Saturday will be on Saturday, July 19th . It will also be held in Peter Pan Park from 2-3:30 PM.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Come read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.

All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We’ll meet at Common Root at 7:30 PM on Sunday, June 15th.

We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs. Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.


Edible Wilds Walk

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Back by popular demand – it’s time to identify the edible wild plants growing in our city! Dustin is going to take us out for a walking tour of edible plants in the neighborhoods & parks near Common Root. He’ll help us to identify as many wild edibles as possible.

If you enjoyed our Edible Wilds Walk last fall, be sure to join us for this walk. We will cover different plants that grow earlier in the season.

All interest levels are welcome. The more folks who can share their knowledge of edible wilds with the group, the more informed everyone will be. Bring your cameras and notebooks to record what we find for future reference.

Meetup at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202) at 11 AM and wear comfortable shoes for the walk. We’ll start and end our walk at the Common Root space. This event is free and open to the public.


Open Hours!

Common Root is now holding Open Hours! Stop by during open hours to:
• Check out books from our lending library
• Post your events and interests in the space
• Get a copy of the Common Root Zine
• Check out other periodicals & publications
• Shop at the Common Root Store, filled
with locally crafted items and artwork
• Talk with a Common Root member
• Tour our new space
• Sign up for a membership

Open hours in June include:
• Sunday, June 1st from 10 AM-1 PM
• Every Wednesday from 2-6 PM
• Friday, June 6th from 6-9 PM
• Friday, June 20th from 6-9 PM
• Sunday, June 22nd from 10 AM-1 PM
• Friday, June 27th from 6-9 PM

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Photos from last weekend's events

We had a great turnout for Game Night on Friday! Here’s a photo of folks enjoying our first game of the evening.

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Also, check out the Great Blue Heron we saw on our Social Cycling adventure on Sunday:

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Social Cycling Event

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We’re going to meetup on Sunday, May 25th near the Peter Pan Park shelter at 2 PM for our first community bike ride of the season! Bring your bicycle, safety gear, some water, snacks and whatever you need to enjoy the ride.

We’ll plan to ride the MoPac bike trail and see how far we get. You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the ride.


Game Night!

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Join us for the first Game Night event in Common Root’s new space at 3140 O Street, Suite 202! We’ll be gathering to play starting at 7:30 PM on Friday, May 23rd.

Bring your favorite games, or just show up and play. Friends, family and food are welcome too.


Free Saturday - May

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Join us on Saturday, May 17th from 2-3:30 PM. We’ll be holding this event near the shelter at Peter Pan Park (33rd and X Streets).

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing divided plants from your garden, seeds to share, food & produce.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!


Art Night OR Music Theory Class

We’re celebrating the arts at Common Root! Join us on Monday, May 12th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM for one of the following events:

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Art Night: Bring a piece or project that you’re working on, and if you like, a piece you have finished.

We’ll share our work and talk about techniques and medium. Bring your supplies. We will also have time and space to work on our projects.

This first meeting we will also talk about what we want to do at our bi-monthly meetings.
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Reading Music / Basic Music Theory Class: Join us for a course on basic terminology and how to read music.

We’ll plan to talk about some or all of the following topics, depending on the depth of discussion and amount of time it takes to discuss each part:
-basic terminology
-notation
-common chords
-common chord progressions
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Everyone is welcome – these events are free and open to the public.


Common Root's GRAND OPENING & May Day Potluck

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Join us for the Grand Opening of Common Root’s new space at 3140 O Street, Suite 202 from 6-9 PM on Saturday, May 3rd.

Bring drinks or a dish to share, check out our suite and have some great conversation with community members about the origins of May Day.


Crafting Skillshare

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Calling all crafty folks! Join us at Common Root (3140 O Street, Suite 202) to work on your crafty project of choice. We’ll be meeting from 7:30 – 9 PM on Monday, April 21st.

Share your technique and/or your supplies, learn about other people’s projects or simply join in the merriment of being surrounded by locally crafted items and the creative folks who make them.


Free Saturday - April

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

April’s Free Saturday event will be held from 2-4 PM on Saturday, April 19th at Peter Pan Park (near 33rd and X Streets). We’ll be holding this event near the shelter.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Also consider bringing divided plants from your garden, seeds to share, food & produce.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

We’ll be holding Free Saturday events outdoors, in parks every month through October! Dates and locations to come (be sure to check back)!


Lincoln Earth Day - Common Root Booth

Get your up-cycled magnets THIS Saturday (April 12th) at Common Root’s Lincoln Earth Day booth. We’ll be at Union Plaza (21st and P Streets) from Noon – 5 PM.

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We’ll also have these available for sale at Common Root starting next week, so if you miss us at Earth Day, you can snag yourself a magnet in the future.


Common Root Bake Sale

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Stop by anytime from 3 – 6:30 PM on Friday, April 11th to buy baked treats and goodies outside of Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso. (1624 South Street in Lincoln).

All proceeds from this bake sale will go to Common Root – Mutual Aid Center.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Come read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform. All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs. Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.

This is our first event at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center‘s new location! It will be held on Sunday, April 6th at 7:30 PM. Common Root is in a 2nd floor suite at 3140 O Street, Suite 202. Help us break in the new space with beautiful, spoken-word performance art.


Our First Meeting at the New Location!

(We're pretty excited - can you tell?!)

(We’re pretty excited – can you tell?!)


Common Root's NEW LOCATION - 3140 O St, Suite 202

Common Root – Mutual Aid Center has a NEW LOCATION! We’re planning to start hosting events in April – stay tuned for event invitations and details 😀

Located at 3140 O Street, suite 202 (right above Suji's Indian Grocery) — at Common Root - Mutual Aid Center.

Located at 3140 O Street, suite 202 (right above Suji’s Indian Grocery) — at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center.

There is a flight of indoor stairs to climb to access our suite - FYI.

There is a flight of indoor stairs to climb to access our suite – FYI.

We're 202, right at the top of the stairs!

We’re 202, right at the top of the stairs!

It's a 4-room suite. This is the first room, which can be a welcome space and perhaps where we'll setup our store front with locally-made arts and crafts, and possibly our zines, calendars and other handouts.

It’s a 4-room suite. This is the first room, which can be a welcome space and perhaps where we’ll setup our store front with locally-made arts and crafts, and possibly our zines, calendars and other handouts.

 Beyond the entrance, there is a lovely, smaller room we may use for our meeting space.


Beyond the entrance, there is a lovely, smaller room we may use for our meeting space.

 

Here's the largest room, great for events!

Here’s the largest room, great for events!

The smallest room in the suite is working well for storage at the moment, and maybe this will be the future home of our lending library?!

The smallest room in the suite is working well for storage at the moment, and maybe this will be the future home of our lending library?!

There are two restrooms on our floor, There are also two restrooms on the ground floor of our building.

There are two restrooms on our floor, There are also two restrooms on the ground floor of our building.

There's a shared kitchenette on our floor, great for potlucks!

There’s a shared kitchenette on our floor, great for potlucks!

 

 

 

 


Common Root Meeting - March 20th

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Join us for our weekly Common Root meeting Thursday, March 20th at 7 PM at Mo Java (2649 N. 48th Street in Lincoln).

We’re holding events and meetings at alternate locations while we look for Common Root’s new home. We’re gathering at Mo Java for this week’s meeting.


Game Night!

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Come play some games with your friends from Common Root on Friday, March 28th.

This game night will be held at 2143 South 8th Street (in Lincoln) at 7:30 PM

Bring your favorite game(s) or just show up to play. Family, friends and food are welcome too!


Free Saturday - March

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

The next Free Saturday will be held on March 15th at Grace Lutheran Church (2225 Washington Street) in the gymnasium from 2-4 PM.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Starting in April, we’ll be holding Free Saturday events at local parks in Lincoln. Be sure to check back here for dates and locations of upcoming Free Saturday events.


Crafting Skillshare

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Calling all crafty folks! Join us at Lacey & Andi’s house (3436 X Street in Lincoln) to work on your crafty project of choice. We’ll gather and craft from 7:30 PM until 9 PM. Share your technique and/or your supplies, learn about other people’s projects or simply join in the merriment of being surrounded by locally crafted items and the creative folks who make them.

We’re going to have buttons and notepads to make for upcoming Common Root booths. So, if you’d like to help us create Common Root crafts, even better!

Common Root may be temporarily displaced, but let’s not let that stop of from building community connections! Set aside some time to work on something crafty with your friends from Common Root.


Common Root Meeting - February 20

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Join us for our weekly Common Root meeting.

We’re holding events and meetings at alternate locations while we look for Common Root’s new home. We’re gathering at Mo Java (2649 N 48th Street) for this week’s meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.


Free Saturday - February

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Here’s the wintertime Free Saturday schedule:

February 22, 2014
March 15, 2014

Thanks to their generosity, all the above events will be held in the Grace Lutheran Church gymnasium from 2-4 PM.

** We’ve had a call for a clothing swap at this Free Saturday event. So, dig through your closets and bring garments in good condition that no longer fit or that you no longer wear. The same rules apply, please take any of your unclaimed clothing items with you when you leave this event. **


Common Root Meeting - February 13, 2014

Common Root – Mutual Aid Center meetings and events are being held at different venues while we raise money for a new location.

We’ll be holding our next meeting at Pepe’s Bistro (3227 S. 13th Street in the Indian Village Shopping Center) from 7:00 – 8:30 PM on Thursday, February 13th, 2014. All are welcome to attend.

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Become a Common Root Member!

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Sign-up to help support Common Root Mutual Aid Center! We’re looking for a new community space and your contribution can make that goal a reality. You decide your contribution amount – there’s no minimum.

Suggested donation amounts:
$1 – Members donating $1 per month and above will receive a Common Root member button as our thank-you gift.

$5 – Members donating $5 per month and above will also receive a Common Root note pad, along with a member button.

$10 – Members donating $10 per month and above will also receive a complementary issue of the Common Root Zine, along with the note pad and member button.

$25 – Members donating $25 per month and above are eligible to share our storefront space – ask for details. Members donating $25 per month will also receive an issue of the Common Root Zine, note pad and button.

Click the link below and download the editable PDF Membership Form file:

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Free Saturday - January

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Join us in the Grace Lutheran Gymnasium (2225 Washington Street) from 2-4 PM on January 18th.

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Here’s the wintertime Free Saturday schedule:

January 18, 2014
February 22, 2014
March 15, 2014

Thanks to their generosity, all the above events will be held in the Grace Lutheran Church gymnasium from 2-4 PM.


Collective Networking Potluck - Coping with Depression

Join your Common Root friends for another Collective Networking Potluck. Please note, the location for this potluck is: 2727 South 19th Street in Lincoln. We’re holding this event on Saturday, January 4th from 6-9 PM.

Plan to bring drinks or a dish to share. Our topic this month is “Coping with Depression.”

Depression is everywhere. This time of year is very difficult for folks dealing with depression and we hope this gathering of community will encourage connection in a time that some folks may otherwise feel alone. Sharing experiences with depression and inspiring hope for healthy ways to work through these issues will be our aim for this gathering.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE!

The locks at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center have been changed. Without our consent or knowledge, despite the fact that we’re paid up on rent and utilities.

We’re holding a community meeting during our Free Saturday event to discuss ways to move Common Root Mutual Aid Center forward.

Please come by and share your support and ideas of how we can build an even better Common Root!

Free Saturday is happening on Saturday, December 21st from 2-4 PM at Grace Lutheran (2225 Washington Street) in Lincoln.


Free Saturday - December

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

This is a great place to pick up holiday gifts for your loved ones that won’t cost you a dime!

Food to share is welcome, too! The organizers are planning to have some treats available at this event.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Here’s the wintertime Free Saturday schedule:

December 21, 2013
January 18, 2014
February 22, 2014
March 15, 2014

Thanks to their generosity, all the above events will be held in the Grace Lutheran Church gymnasium from 2-4 PM.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Come read your own work, or writing that inspires you and listen to others perform.

All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We’re starting at 7:30 PM on Sunday, December 15th.

We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs. Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged – or just partake and support a local community space.


Collective Networking Potluck - Rose, bud, thorn

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Join us for a potluck on Saturday, December 7th at 6 PM and bring drinks or a dish to share. We’re planning to try an activity called “Rose, thorn, bud.” This is a great way to get to know people in your community and an opportunity to share a few things about yourself.

Plan to tell the group three things about your life; something positive (the rose), something negative or a struggle you’re facing (the thorn) and finally, something you see potential or promise in (the bud).

Also, please plan to bring your own cup, plate, bowl and silverware to this meal. We’ll have disposable options available, just in case. We hope to see you there!


Game Night!

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Join us for our first game night at Common Root’s NEW LOCATION (3333 Cleveland Ave, Suite 1) on Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 PM.

Bring your favorite game(s) or just show up to play. Family and food are welcome too!


Community Meeting

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Join us for our monthly Community Meeting at Common Root Mutual Aid Center on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:15 PM. Tell us what you’re passionate about and what you want to see in our community. Learn more about Common Root and ways you can get involved!


Photos from the Free Family Music Class

Thanks to Carrie Hansen of Itty Bitty Musik for hosting a Free Family Music Class at Common Root – Mutual Aid Center on Sunday!
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Free Family Music Class

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Join us on Sunday, November 17th from 3:30 – 4:30 PM for a free, mixed-age class in which children birth through preschool come together with their grown ups to make music and experience playful language and rhythms.

Babies delight in the language and musical exposure; there is lots of movement for toddlers; and preschoolers will learn language skills and use their imaginations in fun new ways.

Mixed-age classes allow families with limited time to all come to the same class and give families an opportunity to develop a shared repertoire of music and childhood games; but you don’t have to have multiple children to participate–all families with an infant, a toddler, or a preschooler are welcome.

Dress comfortably because we’ll be moving and playing!


Free Saturday - November

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Free Saturdays – A celebration of the community held every month!

Bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you when you leave the event.

Homegrown produce and food to share is welcome, too!

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Here’s the late fall / winter Free Saturday schedule:

November 16, 2013
December 21, 2013
January 18, 2014
February 22, 2014
March 15, 2014

Thanks to their generosity, all the above events will be held in the Grace Lutheran Church  gymnasium (2225 Washington Street) from 2-4 PM.


"Know Your Enemy" Performance

“Know Your Enemy”
A Theatrical Examination of Police and Prison in America
Written by Ben Turk, Directed by Kate Pleuss, Performed by Ben Turk – 90 minutes

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What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in the country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice? Know Your Enemy examines the role of police using stripped down interactive theatre, critical understanding of history and the power of silent refusal. Know your history. Know your rights. Know your enemy.

“Know Your Enemy” is coming to Common Root – Mutual Aid Center on Friday, November 15th at 7:00 PM.

Learn more about Insurgent Theatre at: http://insurgenttheatre.org/


Common Root Silent Auction Fundraiser

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Common Root is holding a silent auction fundraiser with raffles, food, drinks & live entertainment by Azraq, FCC Bros & JD Powers! Join us on Sunday, November 10th from 2-5 PM at Pepe’s Bistro at 3227 S. 13th in Lincoln.

We’re raising money to keep our events free and open to the public and to help us toward our goal of becoming a 501c3 non-profit.

We’re focusing this fundraiser on connecting our community with yours. We’re hoping to engage our attendees with live entertainment & hors d’oeuvres while they bid on locally-made items and services at our silent auction. We’d like to thank Pepe’s Bistro for providing a friendly, welcoming venue for this fundraiser to take place.

We’re looking for local artists and local business to donate gift baskets, gift certificates, artwork, handmade items, food, drinks or services to our silent auction. Comment on the event wall if you’re interested in contributing or send us an email at: contact@commonroot.net

To help us meet our fundraising goal, we’re suggesting a $3 donation for admission to the event. However, as always, this event is free and open to the public.

We’d like to thank our local business sponsors:
Beyül Project
Bluestem Books
Bob on Etsy
Bodhi Imports
Crescent Moon Coffee
Cultiva Espresso & Crepes
Duo Shoes
Emilio Franso Photography
Emily Ann Quilts
Gameroom
Heart of Gold Jewelers
Itty Bitty Musik
Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe
Kinetic Brew Coffee Stop
L & J Metal Works
Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso
Pepe’s
Relish
Screen Ink.
The Mill Coffee & Tea

We’d like to thank our organization sponsors:
Bold Nebraska – boldnebraska.org/
Community Crops
The Green Gals
EcoStores Nebraska
International Socialist Organization-Lincoln
Lied Center for Performing Arts
Losh Free Library
Nebraska Vegetarian Association
The Stage Theater

We’d like to thank our local artist & individual sponsors:
Wesaam Al-badry – wesaamphoto.com
Azraq – azraqmusic.com
Martin Banyard
Lindsay Bartlett
Kris Barzydlo
Donna DiPaolo & Bob DiPaolo
Janine Copple
Jacque England
FCC Bros.
Dale Hildebrandt
JD Powers
Michael E. French – memgician.com
Ted Haubrich
Andrew Losh – designmaille.com
Lynnette Losh
Vince Martinez
William Matchett
Valerie Murphy
Jessica Prenosil
Angel Settell
Wes Staley
Troupe Sicorae through Dale Hildebrandt
Azaria Link Wallick – earthguardiangatherers.tumblr.com
Rachel West – rachelwestbooks.com


Collective Networking Potluck - Alternatives to Recycling

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Join us for a potluck dinner, bring drinks or a dish to share and take part in our discussion about alternatives to recycling on Saturday, November 2nd starting at 6 PM.

There’s a new service in Lincoln, Earth Guardian Gatherers, which is creating items for reuse from materials that could otherwise be recycled, such as paper, cardboard & glass. They’re making items such as drinking glasses, baskets and journals from these materials. Check out their facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/earthguardiangatherers

Tell us about your ideas for reusing items, upcycling and reinventing things to help keep them out of the landfill and even out of recycling centers.


The photo below is from our Arts & Crafts Circle & Skillshare. We had some crochet work and paper snow flake crafts at this event:

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NVA Halloween Potluck Photos!

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Thanks to the Nebraska Vegetarian Association for holding their “Spooky Potluck & Halloween Party” at Common Root! We had amazing food and delightful costumes.

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Arts & Crafts Circle and Skillshare

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Bring your creative project of choice and we’ll share our ideas, our progress and our technique with one another. We’ll be gathering at Common Root on Monday, Oct. 28th at 7:30 PM.

At this event we’ll be featuring a tutorial on creating giant, 3-dimensional paper snow flakes! They work great as lightweight winter decorations.

Plan to bring 6 large sheets of paper (12″ x 12″ scrapbooking sheets work well). Also, colorful sheets work as well as white paper. We will have smaller sheets on hand for practice.

Set aside some time to work on something crafty with your friends at Common Root.


Nebraska Vegetarian Association (NVA) Lincoln Spooky Potluck & Halloween Party

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Join NVA Lincoln for our annual Spooky Potluck & Halloween Party on Sunday October 27th at 6pm at Common Root (3333 Cleveland Ave in Lincoln)! Wear a costume and bring your scariest Halloween-themed veg dish. A costume is not absolutely required, but it does make things more fun!

Please remember to clearly label your dish, snack, or treats vegetarian/vegan, as well as if it contains any known allergens/sensitivities (gluten, nuts, etc.). You’re welcome to bring your own plates and cutlery; we’ll have recyclable items as well.

As usual, this event is open to vegetarians, vegans, and/or veggie loving friends and family of all ages…the more the merrier!

Yummy candy prizes like Go Max Go Foods and Enjoy Life Foods candy bars, Liz Lovely cookies, and more will be awarded for best costume and tastiest treat..so be creative!

If you’re needing some veggie inspiration we’ll be posting Halloween themed recipes on a regular basis on this page as well as on the Nebraska Vegetarian Association Page and Group page up to the day of the party!

Can’t wait to see everyone 🙂


Furniture & Appliance Tag Sale

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Stop by the old Common Root house (on S. 24th between A St. and B St.) to purchase furniture, items and appliances. We’re opening the house at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 16th for the sale. Make us an offer…everything must GO!

We’re going to have garage-sale low prices and all proceeds go to helping keep Common Root events free & open to the public and to help us keep our snazzy new store-front space.


Social Cycling Event!

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We’re going to meetup at the Peter Pan Park shelter at 3 PM on Sunday, October 13th for one more community bike ride this season! Bring your bicycle, safety gear, some water, snacks and whatever you need to enjoy the ride.

We’ll plan to ride north along 33rd Street, toward the John Dietrich Trail. If folks are interested, we’ll make a pit-stop at the new Common Root – Mutual Aid Center location. You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the ride!


Free Saturday & Occupy Picnic

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Join us for another Free Saturday event! This is our final outdoor Free Saturday of the year! We’re holding this at Neighbor’s Park near 30th and D Streets on Saturday, October 12th from 2-4 PM.

The Really REALLY Free Market: Feel free to bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you.

Have any garden produce to share? Bring it along! This is a great time to divide spring-blooming perennials. There will be iris plants and daylillies at this event, and we’re hoping others will have some plants to divide and share.

We’re holding this event in conjunction with an Occupy Lincoln Two-Year anniversary picnic! Plan to bring drinks or a dish to share, potluck style.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!


Affordable Care Act Presentation by AARP

The link below includes the handouts from the Affordable Care Act presentation given at Common Root on Saturday evening. We had a great turnout for our first event at the new space. Thanks to Bastienne and June, our AARP volunteers and presenters, and thanks to all who attended the presentation & potluck!

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33rd Street entrance is closed:

FYI – the 33rd Street entrance to Common Root is closed temporarily due to road construction. Please plan to take the Adams Street entrance (turn onto 36th Street from Adams) until further notice.

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Collective Networking Potluck & Affordable Care Act Presentation

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Bastienne Salners, a trained AARP volunteer, will be giving a presentation regarding the Affordable Care Act at 7 PM on October 5th, 2013.

The presentation will include who is eligible & where to sign up, plus information on tax write-offs and matching contributions from the Marketplace companies.

This major socioeconomic event is on our horizon. Stop by and get up-to-speed on some of this crucial information.

We’ll be inviting folks to attend the potluck starting at 6 PM (bring drinks or a dish to share)! We have the presentation scheduled for 7 PM, and folks are welcome to join us for one or both parts of this event.

This will also be our first event in the new Common Root space! We’re now located at:

3333 Cleveland Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504

We hope to see you there!

Please note: we’re still getting settled into our new space. We don’t have a kitchen or large sink for this potluck, but Common Root volunteers will take care of the dishes for this event.


NEW LOCATION in October!!!

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Common Root is moving to a NEW LOCATION!
Starting in October, our events will be held at:
3333 Cleveland Ave. Suite #1, Lincoln NE 68504

It’s a store-front space we’re sharing with a dance troupe and a recording studio. This move will allow us to continue building our connections to local artists and organizations with more space to host events!


Game Night!

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Join us on Friday, September 27th at 7:30 PM for another Game Night at Common Root. Bring your favorite games and invite some friends, or just show up to play. Family and food are welcome too!


Arts & Crafts Circle & Skillshare

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Do you knit, crochet, draw, scrapbook, paint, sew, sculpt, write, make jewelry, basket weave or do other arts and crafts projects? Bring your creative project of choice and we’ll share our ideas, our progress and our technique with one another Monday, September 23rd at 7:30 PM.

We’ll also be working on buttons and magnets for our Common Root – Mutual Aid Center booth at the upcoming Streets Alive event.

Set aside some time to work on something crafty with your friends at Common Root.


Edible Wilds Walk

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The gathering will begin at Common Root at 2 PM on Sunday, September 22nd with a short discussion covering the why’s and how’s of foraging, including basic safety and identification.

Following that, there will be a tour around the neighborhood, identifying as many wild edibles as possible. Be prepared to meander for at least an hour. There will be a field guide of at least 15 plants on the tour, although copies will be limited. But we don’t mind sharing, right?

Any questions about the tour? Feel free to contact: dustinrymph@gmail.com or contact@commonroot.com


Free Saturday - September

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Join us for another Free Saturday event! We’re holding this event at Neighbor’s Park near 30th and D Streets on September 21st from 2-4 PM.

The Really REALLY Free Market: Feel free to bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you.

Have any garden produce to share? Bring it along! This is a great time to divide spring-blooming perennials. There will be iris plants and daylillies at this event, and we’re hoping others will have some plants to divide and share.

Feel free to bring some drinks or treats to share, potluck style.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!


Collective Publishing Project Deadline and Book Binding

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Our hard work has paid off and it’s time to bind these beautiful pieces of collected work together!

William will lead us in binding our books on Monday, September 16th at 7:30 PM. Please bring at least 5 copies of your work to share with the group. This way everyone can have a copy including each person’s contribution, if they so desire.

All are welcome to this gathering. Join us and become inspired to help with other self-publishing projects, including our Common Root zine. We’re always looking for contributors.


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**UPDATE** The Bake Sale was SUCH a success. Thanks to everyone who participated! We raised $817 for Bold Nebraska’s Build Our Energy Project.

CREDO mobile matched all Bold Nebraska donations this weekend, so with $700 in cash donations sent to Bold on Sunday the grand total raised by this sale was $1,517.

Learn more about the project and sign up to volunteer here:
http://www.boldnebraska.org/summer-heat

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Win a Common Root Prize Pack!

Want a chance to win your choice of t-shirt and other Common Root goodies?

Join our Facebook page and share the image below to be automatically entered into the drawing: https://www.facebook.com/CommonRoot

We’ll be drawing the winner’s name on Thursday, August 27th and announcing the winner on Facebook on Friday, August 28th. Good luck!

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Radical Poetry Gathering

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Come to Common Root to read your own work, or writing that inspires you, and listen to others perform. All are welcome, novices and professionals alike. We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs. Bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged or just partake and support a local community space.

Performances will start at 7:30 PM on Sunday, August 25th.


Video Game Night!

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To help us break in the new flat screen TV at Common Root, we’re holding a special VIDEO game night this month! We’ve got some old school games for Nintendo, Super Nintento, Sega, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64. So come by and show us your gaming skills!

Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite board games or card games to this event, as usual. If we get a large crowd we can split up and get multiple games going at once. We’re starting the fun at Common Root on Friday, August 23rd at 7:30 PM.

Bring your friends and join us for a fun-filled evening. Family and food are welcome too.


Arts & Crafts Circle & Skillshare

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Do you knit, crochet, draw, scrapbook, paint, sculpt, write, make jewelry, basket weave or do other arts and crafts projects? Bring your creative project of choice and we’ll share our ideas, our progress and our technique with one another. We’ll be gathering at Common Root on Monday, August 19th at 7:30 PM to share our crafts.

We’ll be holding a DIY book binding tutorial for those interested, so set aside some time to work on something crafty with your friends at Common Root.

 


Presentation and Documentary Screening

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Join us for back-to-back events on Sunday, August 18th. At 6 PM we’ll start with a presentation about Jerry Koch, a NYC anarchist and legal activist, who is refusing to testify about his political affiliations to a Federal Grand Jury. His refusal has cost him his freedom: he is currently incarcerated for up to 18 months despite never being charged with, tried for, or convicted of a crime. By resisting this witch hunt investigation of anarchists, Jerry is standing up for all of us. Let’s stand up for him.

The Support Jerry Committee will present information about grand juries, Jerry’s case, and how to support him. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/JerryResists

At 7 PM we’ll be screening “Human Resources” a documentary about social control, examining the history, the philosophy and ultimately the pathology of elite power.


Free Saturday - August

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Join us for another Free Saturday event! We’re holding this event at Neighbor’s Park near 30th and D Streets.

The Really REALLY Free Market: Feel free to bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you.

Have any garden produce to share? Bring it along!

Feel free to bring some drinks or treats to share, potluck style.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

Also, we’re looking for an old microwave oven or dorm-sized refrigerator to up-cycle and turn into a Little Free Library. If anyone has such an item to share, please bring it to the event. Learn more about the Little Free Library project at:

littlefreelibrary.org


Zine Sharing Workshop

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Do you have a favorite zine, or a collection of work you’d like to publish into a zine? Come by and share your work with others who share your passion.

We’re working on a collective publishing project, and we’d love to be inspired by you.

Bring your zines, your ideas and your passion for DIY publication!

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Social Cycling Event - August

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We’re going to meetup at the Peter Pan Park shelter at 6:45 PM on Sunday, August 11th for another community bike ride! Bring your bicycle, safety gear, some water, snacks and whatever you need to enjoy the ride.

We’ll go west on the MoPac Trail this time and see how far we go! You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the ride.


Screening of "Tootsie"

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Help us break in our new flat screen TV at Common Root with a screening of “Tootsie” on Friday, August 9th at 7 PM.

Dustin Hoffman stars in this 1982 film about an unemployed actor disguising himself as a woman to score a role in a soap opera, when he finds he’s earned a bad reputation as a difficult-to-work-with male actor.

We’ll also be showing this 3-minute interview with Dustin Hoffman, where he shares his feelings on playing a woman on screen, and how it changed his perspective on the value of women’s personalities, and his feelings on being brainwashed by our culture’s beauty standards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPAat-T1uhE


Arts & Crafts Circle & Skillshare

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Do you knit, crochet, draw, scrapbook, paint, sculpt, write, make jewelry, basket weave or do other arts and crafts projects? Bring your creative project of choice and we’ll share our ideas, our progress and our technique with one another.

Set aside some time to work on something crafty with your friends at Common Root (1315 S. 24th Street in Lincoln).
We’ll meet at 7:30 PM on Monday, July 22nd.


Free Saturday - July

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Join us for another Free Saturday event! We’re holding this event at Neighbor’s Park near 30th and D Streets from 2-4 PM on July 20th.

The Really REALLY Free Market: Feel free to bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you.

Have any garden produce to share? Bring it along!
Feel free to bring some drinks or treats to share, potluck style.

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!

We’re planning to hold this event in conjunction with an Occupy General Assembly, so stop by and participate in both community events!


Cleaning and Decorating Party

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It’s time to clean, organize and decorate the house. We’d love your help, as well as your ideas about what you’d like to see in Common Root’s collective space. We’re gathering on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 PM at Common Root (1315 S. 24th Street).

Are there topics or new events you’d like to see in the future? Do you have input on improvements we can make to the current events and projects?

Bring your ideas & your cleaning supplies. Many hands in this project will make light work for us all!


Social Cycling Event - July

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We’re going to meetup at the Peter Pan Park shelter at 6:45 PM on Sunday, July 14th for a community bike ride! Bring your bicycle, safety gear, some water, snacks and whatever you need to enjoy the ride.

We’ll take the MoPac Trail east and see how far we go. You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the ride.


Radical Poetry Gathering

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Come read your work, the work of a poet you admire or just partake and support a local community space. We’re a small, supportive audience and we love to be inspired. We’ll start at 7:30 PM on Saturday, June 29th.

All are welcome!

We want your social commentary; the expression of your life experiences, struggles and triumphs.

Novices, professionals and everyone in between – bring your performance art, be it inspired, witty, heartbreaking, impassioned, queer, sensitive, alienated, loving, kind or enraged.

We will offer feedback to anyone who wants it.


Zine Submissions

We’d love to have YOU contribute to our next zine. It will be our 5th issue of the Common Root Zine, and we’re looking for the following:

– Artwork
– Poetry
– Info-Graphics
– Vegan Recipes
– Photography
– Articles
– Permaculture and Garden Tips
– DIY Pieces

Email your ideas and submissions to: contact@commonroot.net

What’s your passion? What can we learn from you? Share it with us and help us share it with the community! Check out our past zine issues on the “Zine” tab.


Write Club - Location Change

Please note, the location of tonight’s Write Club meeting has changed to the Hi-Way Diner (2105 Highway 2, Lincoln, Nebraska 68502-5640). Stop by between 5-9 PM.

Bring your paper, pens, pencils, laptop, portable typewriter, erasers, Liquid Paper, and/or any other enablers-to-writing and spend an evening bathing in creative energy. Write, share, proofread, edit, brainstorm, but above all, stay off the frigging Internet! You want to be productive, right? Write!


Free Saturday - June

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Join us for another Free Saturday event! We’re holding this event at Neighbor’s Park near the Occupy Lincoln Garden space (30th and C Streets) from 2-4 PM on Saturday, June 22nd.

The Really REALLY Free Market: Feel free to bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you.

Have any starter plants or produce to share? Bring them along!

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!


Social Cycling Event

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♫ I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike! ♪

Join us at Common Root on Monday, June 17th at 6:30 PM for a bike ride with your community! Bring some water, snacks and whatever you need to enjoy the ride.

From Common Root we’re planning to connect to the Billy Wolff Trail heading north. We’ll connect to the MoPac via the MoPac Trail Link and continue east. Who knows how far we’ll go?! You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the ride.


Science Cafe - The Higgs boson

 

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Join us at Common Root on Friday, June 14th at 7:30 PM for our next Science Cafe! This month we’re discussing the Higgs boson.
What is it? Why do we need it? And how do we know it’s there?


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Join us at Common Root for a potluck and discussion on being intentional while on vacation. We’re starting at 5 PM on Saturday, June 1st.

Some folks use their hard-earned vacation leave to clean up after a natural disaster. Others connect with nature and plug into local communities while unwinding.

You can find eco-tourism, activism efforts and environmental escapades to take part in during your time off!

Bring drinks or a dish to share. We’d love to have a vacation-food theme. (Think mixed drinks, veggie skewers, party food, etc.) Tell us about your plans and experiences of being intentional on vacation.


"Civilitics" Teach-In

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Join us for a presentation and discussion at Common Root on Friday, May 10th at 7:30 PM.

Any project to implement a new world system should meet several criteria:

• Be conceivable and realistic with existing
technology.
• Address real problems without creating
more or greater problems.
• Provide a clear way for getting from “here”
to “there.”
• Must be a system consistent with normal
human desires and responses.
• Achieve a tipping point with the active
participation of less than 15% of the population.

Join us for a co-presentation and discussion of how civilitics fills all the above requirements and what sort of new world is possible.

Learn about civilitics and what an “ivi” civilization looks like. Learn how it is possible to mutually satisfy ultra-conservative and ultra-liberal agendas while achieving a better world for everyone.

What happens when a thousand; a million; a billion people stop working to make a living and start working to make a difference?

Be part of the global transformation.

Learn more at: civilitics.org


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Writers, poets, crafty folks and anyone interested; please consider contributing to our collective publishing project! Contributors will create stand-alone sections of their writing that also fit into the larger anthology of collected contributions.

Each contributor is asked to create 10, double-sided 8.5” x 11” pages of content for the book. You can include your poetry, prose, articles, photography, artwork, design, recipes, DIY pieces, and more. We’re planning to have three themes – Occupy, Creativity and Child-Friendly Collections.

Stop by our meeting tonight at 7:30 PM to learn more, ask questions or submit your pages!


Collective Networking Potluck

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The march/rally starts at 1 PM on the north steps of the state capitol.

The potluck starts at 6 PM at Common Root Mutual Aid Center.

Bring drinks or a dish to share, pick up a zine featuring the article “Working Class Unity – Wage Slavery is NOT For Me” and discuss workers rights and your experiences.


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Join us for another Free Saturday event! We’re holding this event at Neighbor’s Park near the Occupy Lincoln Garden space (30th and C Streets). The event runs from 2-4 PM on Saturday, April 27th.

The Really REALLY Free Market: Feel free to bring things to give away and find great items from others to claim as your very own! If you have any items left over, please take them with you.

Have any starter plants or seeds to swap? Bring them along!

NEW THIS MONTH – The Lincoln Bike Kitchen will have tools & volunteers available to fix bicycles

EVERYTHING IS FREE!!!!!!!!


Services Fundraiser

We’re excited to announce that Common Root is now offering audio recording services in exchange for donations! This is in addition to all the other services Common Root volunteers are offering to the community:
-Pet-sitting Services
-Tutoring Services in Economics and Math (especially Algebra)
-Handyman Services
-Bookbinding Tutorials
-IT Services and Computer Repair
-Custom Graphic Design
-Website Design

Email us at contact@commonroot.net if you’re interested in any of the services listed above.


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Underground Economics Potluck

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What is “money”? How does money define our society? What is an economy? What is an non-monetary economy like? What are alternative methods of resource management and distribution? How can we better meet the needs of everyone by shifting social priorities?

Bring a dish or drinks to share with us at our Collective Networking Potluck and share your questions and ideas as well. The potluck will be held from 6-9 PM on Saturday, April 6th at Common Root Mutual Aid Center (1315 S. 24th in Lincoln).


Collective Publishing Project

 

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Writers, poets, crafty folks and anyone interested; please consider contributing to our collective publishing project!

Contributors will create stand-alone sections of their writing that also fit into the larger anthology of collected contributions.

Each contributor is asked to create 10, double-sided 8.5” x 11” pages of content for the book. You can include your poetry, prose, articles, photography, artwork, design, recipes, DIY pieces, and more. Whatever interests you –  consider contributing it. It can be all one subject, or a collection or contributions filling your pages.

The pages will be folded in half, to 8.5” x 5.5” and read like a booklet, or zine. The contributions can be stand-alone publications, by simply stapling the pages together, or sections can be grouped into a collective publication and bound.

Explanation_sheetWilliam_lg_bk_2_smWe ask that everyone submitting pages contribute $20 for printing costs. This will entitle you to 5 copies of everyone’s work, and the supplies to create 5 collective books of your own. We’ll be holding more meetings in the future, as well as book-binding skillshares to help you finish your own copies.

If you would like to donate money to this project, we will use it to make additional prints and help anyone that can’t afford to pay for prints.

Send your digital contributions to: contact@commonroot.net by May 15th, 2013. If you’re submitting a hardcopy of your pages, email us at the above address to coordinate dropping off your submission or join us at an upcoming meeting. We’ll include events on our monthly Common Root calendar: http://commonroot.net/#


Occupy Cabaret! Saturday, February 9, 2013

Occupy Your Mind

is a grassroots project dedicated to collecting the living history of
the Occupy Movement through interviews and live performances shared in all manners of venues, including videos posted online.
Perform your own version of “Occupy Your Mind” in your community!
Download transcripts and share your performances here:
occupythecivilians.tumblr.com