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Dec

12

Thu
Thu, Dec 12, 2019 6:30 PM - Thu, Dec 12, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

How do you envision 2020? We’ll start off by talking about different designs and inspiration for vision boards. The rest of class we will leaf through magazines, cut out images, and glue them to our boards. Please bring scissors and any extra magazines if you have them.

Heidi enjoys cooking, crafting, and traveling. She’s also known for her sugared-shortbread cookies and love of upcycling. Heidi lives in So-SoBro with her crossword-puzzling husband, Alan.

Barter Items: lime flavored sparkling water; unflavored ground coffee; journal; bag of powdered sugar; Christmas music vinyl record

Tags: vision boards, envision 2020, planning excercise, Barter School Indy

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Dec

11

Wed
Wed, Dec 11, 2019 6:30 PM - Wed, Dec 11, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Christmas Wreaths are a traditional holiday decoration dating back to the 16th century. Decorate a unique and personal wreath to use in your home or to give away as a Christmas present! Greenery, pine cones and a few other holiday supplies will be provided by Emily’s Backyard Blooms. Please bring any specific items you would like to use in your display (or extra items you would like to share!)

Emily is passionate about gardening and enjoys sharing her love of flowers with everyone she meets! When she is not helping run Barter School Indy, you can find her at Emily’s Backyard Blooms, her floral + plant business in Fortville, IN.

Tags: Emily’s Backyard Blooms, Christmas Wreaths, holiday decoration, Barter School Indy

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Dec

10

Tue
Tue, Dec 10, 2019 6:30 PM - Tue, Dec 10, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

We will paint a small winter watercolor scene that will hopefully provide some peacefulness during this busy time of year! Paper, brushes, and paint are supplied, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. For beginners, I like Prang watercolors (the 8 or 16 color set, NOT labeled “washable”–http://www.prang.com/art/paints/watercolors/oval-sets).

Alicia is a geologist who minored in art and enjoys the opportunity for creative time. She has two dachshunds and enjoys trying new food (especially desserts). Stationary and pens have been a lifelong weakness.

Barter items: nut butter, nuts for snacking, yarn, dachshund-themed items, baby food jars (minimum 5)

Tags: small winter watercolor, watercolor painting basics, art, Barter School Indy

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Dec

09

Mon
Mon, Dec 09, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Dec 09, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Learn and practice breathing techniques for meditation and calm

Tags: breathing, barter, workshop, Barter School Indy

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Dec

02

Mon
Mon, Dec 02, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Dec 02, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Simple DIY Gifts – Marble Magnets & Bookmarks; Learn how to make budget-friendly and easy DIY gifts for co-workers/friends/families. Each student will take home a few of each craft for themselves or to gift to someone!

Brianna works in a corporate-office setting, but loves to pretend that she is good at various crafts and DIY projects. Budget/DIY Gifts are a passion for Brianna and she wanted to share a few ideas for cheap and easy DIY gifts!

Barter Items: winter scented candle, cute stationary (notebook, pens, thank you cards), whole bean coffee, homemade treat or craft, your favorite book.

Tags: Simple DIY Gifts, Marble Magnets, Bookmarks, Barter School Indy

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Nov

26

Tue
Tue, Nov 26, 2019 6:30 PM - Tue, Nov 26, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

The Barter School Leadership team meets the last Tuesday of the month. Do you have an idea you would like to share? Do you have more questions about Barter School Indy? Perhaps you’ve been thinking about volunteering and would like to learn more? Join us for our monthly meetings!

*If there is a class scheduled for this day, the Leadership meeting location may change.

Tags: Barter School Leadership team meeting

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Nov

25

Mon
Mon, Nov 25, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Nov 25, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Learn the basics of creating your own Thanksgiving centerpiece. Whether you use an elegant vase and some fresh fall flowers or a rustic basket with gourds and pine cones—learn how to wow your guests with something gorgeous that YOU created! Each student will leave with a fall centerpiece, or the makings of one, in tow. A few fresh flowers, pine cones, and vases will be provided by Emily’s Backyard Blooms. Please bring any specific items you would like to use in your display (or extra items you would like to share!)

Emily is passionate about gardening and enjoys sharing her love of flowers with everyone she meets! When she is not helping run Barter School Indy, you can find her at Emily’s Backyard Blooms, her floral + plant business in Fortville, IN.

Barter Items: Holiday ribbon and other decor, local beer, homemade baked goods, your favorite book (and tell me why); a surprise

Tags: Learn the basics of creating your own Thanksgiving centerpiece, Emily’s Backyard Blooms, Barter School Indy

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Nov

21

Thu
Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:30 PM - Thu, Nov 21, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Learn how to best prepare yourself for a court hearing! Join us for an informative session on how to organize and present yourself if you ever go to court! Many people are in court for child support, parenting time with their children, small claims cases, and other reasons all the time. How you prepare yourself is very important to help your case. Bring a notebook so you can get tips in a conversational fashion. No specific legal advice will be given, but general legal principles that apply to most situations will be shared. The more prepared and organized you are the better your chance to win.

Barter Items: soup, coffee, canned tuna, or other non-perishable items

Brian is a lawyer. He loves movies, camping, hiking, and doing home improvement projects. He lives on the northeast side and enjoys sipping coffee on the patio.

Tags: legal advice, Barter School Indy, barter workshop, self-representation

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Nov

20

Wed
Wed, Nov 20, 2019 6:30 PM - Wed, Nov 20, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Smartphone cameras have made photography easy and more accessible – anyone can be a photographer! Learn how to do basic editing of your photos with the Google Snapseed app. Please download the SnapSeed app ahead of class if you are able, and have some photos on your phone to work on. And be sure to have your phone well-charged!

Alicia is a geologist who minored in art and enjoys the opportunity for creative time. She has two dachshunds and enjoys trying new food (especially desserts). Stationary and pens have been a lifelong weakness.

Barter items: nut butter, nuts for snacking, pumpkin spice flavored food/drink, dachshund-themed items, baby food jars (minimum 5)

Tags: Smartphone cameras, become a photographer, basic editing, Barter School Indy

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Nov

18

Mon
Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Nov 18, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

What is REAL money? – Do you really trust what is in your wallet? Come to this class to find out. You will learn the history of money, what it is, and how in sovereign nations they use money in economic trading. You will learn more about how “money” is used in today’s societies for the trade of goods and services.

Bryan Macer is a Vice President at PNC Bank, where Bryan continues to manage Development Program and Intern analysts within the Corporate Treasury Management segment of the institution. After initially starting his career as an Investment Advisor, Bryan made the switch to Treasury Management in 2006. Bryan has been a manager within the corporate banking sector for 12+ years. Bryan graduated from Indiana University with a bachelors in Mathematics and later received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2011.

Barter Items: local coffee, kombucha, Flash drives, gummy candy & Sparkling water

Tags: Bryan Macer, lesson on the history of finance, Barter School Indy

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Nov

13

Wed
Wed, Nov 13, 2019 6:30 PM - Wed, Nov 13, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

This workshop was created to assist homeowners in successfully selling their home for the most amount of money, in the least amount of time, and under the most favorable terms for the seller. If you are considering selling our home this spring, this course will save you time and money! We will cover pricing your home, staging your home for a successful sale, and most importantly the 10 most common mistakes sellers make that cost them thousands of dollars.

Jason Snider’s love and passion for real estate began at a young age, and he’s been actively involved with Real Estate for over 20 years. He is a proud member of the Litz Real Estate team and is currently involved with several National Real Estate Master Mind groups throughout the country. His real estate career includes experience in construction, renovation, developing, home inspection, appraising and sales. In his free time he enjoys building custom furniture, wood working, cooking and spending time with his wife and 2 french bulldogs.

Barter items: Homemade baked goods; local beer, 2-3 of your favorite recipes; your favorite book (and tell me why); a surprise

Tags: This workshop was created to assist homeowners in successfully selling their home for the most amount of money, in the least amount of time, and under the most favorable terms for the seller, Barter School Indy

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Nov

12

Tue
Tue, Nov 12, 2019 6:30 PM - Tue, Nov 12, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Yoga for people who are bad at yoga Want to experience the benefits of yoga but have no flexibility? Learn a revolutionary new style of yoga that is accessible for people of all flexibility and fitness levels. Once you are no longer a prisoner of your body, you will experience peace of mind, freedom, and joy in all your activities and movement.

Barter Items: candles or incense, kombucha or coconut water, a homemade treat, organic chocolate.
Samantha Simpson is a mindset and posture coach who teaches people how to hold their body in a way that promotes physical healing, emotional resilience, and social brilliance. She is a devoted practitioner and teacher of Bowspring yoga.

Tags: accessibility yoga, yoga for beginners, Barter School Indy, barter, workshop

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Nov

11

Mon
Mon, Nov 11, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Nov 11, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

What are my options? What should I invest my money into? When should I be investing/saving and what are the differences? This class will help you answer those questions with an introduction into investments.

Bryan Macer is a Vice President at PNC Bank, where he continues to manage Development Program and Intern analysts within the Corporate Treasury Management segment of the institution. After initially starting his career as an Investment Advisor, Bryan made the switch to Treasury Management in 2006. Bryan has been a manager within the corporate banking sector for 12+ years. Bryan graduated from Indiana University with a bachelors in Mathematics and later received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2011.

Barter Item: local coffee, kombucha, Flash drives, gummy candy & Sparkling water

Tags: Savings and Retirement Advice, Bryan Macer, discussion, Barter School Indy

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Nov

05

Tue
Tue, Nov 05, 2019 6:30 PM - Tue, Nov 05, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

We will be discussing several tips and management tools that you can use to help you reach a bigger audience more easily using your existing social media accounts. We’ll be focusing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Erin works in advertising and runs social media for several accounts. She’s passionate about helping local business grow and loves all things Indy.

Tags: Social Media, How To, guide, discussion, Barter School Indy

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Nov

04

Mon
Mon, Nov 04, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Nov 04, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

In this class, you will gain a better understanding of budgeting basics, tools, and resources. You will be able to determine which fits your life and financial goals.

Bryan Macer is a Vice President at PNC Bank, where he continues to manage Development Program and Intern analysts within the Corporate Treasury Management segment of the institution. After initially starting his career as an Investment Advisor, Bryan made the switch to Treasury Management in 2006. He has been a manager within the corporate bank sector for 12+ years. Bryan graduated from Indiana University with a bachelors in Mathematics and later received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2011.

Barter Item: local coffee, kombucha, Flash drives, gummy candy & Sparkling water

Tags: Bryan Macer, budgeting basics, tools, and resources, How To, workshop, discussion, Barter School Indy

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Oct

28

Mon
Mon, Oct 28, 2019 6:30 PM - Mon, Oct 28, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Interested in influencing public policy for a better world but don’t know how to start talking to your legislators about your passion? With a focus on affecting Congress (but with an eye on how the tools of the class can be more widely applicable), we’ll explore how to influence legislators through the power of story and relationship, and you’ll leave with a couple new tips and ideas.

Lisa is a long-time Eastsider, a devotee of local restaurants, and an avid traveler. She has worked professionally supporting citizen advocates work for the end of poverty since 2008.

Barter Items; paper napkins, paper towels, kleenex box, bathroom tissue, paper cups

Tags: Public Policy, Advocacy, Activism, Politics, Volunteering, Barter School Indy

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Oct

22

Tue
Tue, Oct 22, 2019 6:30 PM - Tue, Oct 22, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Trying to save for a rainy day or a big purchase? Trying to build your emergency fund? Or just want to have a better hold on your finances? In this class students will learn the basics of starting a personal or family budget.
Liz works as bookkeeper during the day for a local non profit. She has been working in accounting, including self employment bookkeeping, for over 10 years! She lives on the westside of Indy with her family of 6 & grew up on the NE side. In her free time she enjoys playing with her two dogs, reading good books, or binge watching a show of the week on Hulu.

Barter Items: Local beer (no porters, please), new or gently used boys 4T fall clothing, local made bakery items, grain free dog treats, meat and cheese tray items

Tags: Budgeting, bookkeeping, family budget, Barter School Indy

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Oct

17

Thu
Thu, Oct 17, 2019 6:30 PM - Thu, Oct 17, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

Hand spinning is an old form of twisting together fibers to form yarn that can then be used to create clothing, and other items. This class will teach the basics for using a drop spindle to spin your own yarn!

Natalie has been obsessed with all things wool since 2004. She is a busy Autism mom who manages to make time for spinning, knitting, or weaving. She lives her hectic life in Beech Grove with husband, daughter, two cats and a dog.

Barter items: Tea or herbal tea – loose-leaf or bagged, mason jars, sheep items, rainbow items, Japanese culture items

Tags: Hand spinning, class, workshop, make your own clothes, Barter School Indy

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Oct

16

Wed
Wed, Oct 16, 2019 6:30 PM - Wed, Oct 16, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

This is not your typical Barter School Indy class. In this meet-up everyone brings 4 (separate) quarts of homemade soup. We will start by each telling our soup story: what’s in it, where you got the recipe, and any other interesting fact. Next we will draw numbers to determine the order of the swap. When your number is called, you get to choose 1 quart of soup. We’ll repeat for 3 more rounds, until the soup is gone! No traditional barter items required for the teacher, just bring the 4 quarts of soup and recipe cards. Soups will all be a surprise, so if you have strict dietary restrictions this may not be the class for you.

Heidi enjoys cooking, crafting, and traveling. She’s also known for her sugared-shortbread cookies and love of upcycling. Heidi lives in So-SoBro with her crossword-puzzling husband, Alan.

Barter Item is 4 quarts of soup

Tags: soup exchange, bring a soup, try other’s soups, Barter School Indy

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Oct

15

Tue
Tue, Oct 15, 2019 6:30 PM - Tue, Oct 15, 2019 8:00 PM @ Urban Box

After living on the near-east side for several years, Erin and her boyfriend bought a van and set off for a year of adventure living out of their van while traveling the US with their dog Otter. This class will offer tips and tricks for getting started living the traveling life!

Erin loves to hike, explore and travel! She has been to 48 states and seven countries so far and there’s no end in sight. After living on the near-east side for several years, Erin and her boyfriend bought a van and set off for a year of adventure living out of their van while traveling the US with their dog Otter. Now that they are back in Indianapolis they are always planning and saving for their next adventure!

Barter items: sparkling water; craft supplies, dog treats, local beer, local greeting cards

Tags: Van life, travelling, storytelling, Barter School Indy

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