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Participating: Terrence Rusche, Amy Stock, Sarah Rain, Frank Sullivan, Ryan Rose, Mark Schaeffer, David Barnard, Sheldon Carnes, Dennis Karius, Fred Elfenbeing, David Hochfelder and Sandy Steubing (scribe)

We began by discussing equipment needs, hours, and promotion for the showing of The Story of Stuff at the Hudson River Coffee House, 229 Quail, on First Friday, Sep 7th.  We will run the 20 minutes short continuously from 6-9P.  Sandy will bring mini flyers to advertise the screening of The Age of Stupid in October.  

We’re approved for The Age of Stupid at the APL main branch for Sun. afternoon, Oct. 14th starting at 1:30.  We will discuss refreshments and event promotion at our CDTN meeting on Sep. 18th.  

Ryan and Terrence have agreed to forward the promos for both movie screenings to RPI, All over Albany, Keep Albany Boring and Nippertown.  Amy reminded us about the Capital District Permaculture network for promoting events.

Dennis presented an overview of how Channel Albany is working and the possibilities for Transition to promote our organization and ideas to about 300,000 homes!  Needless to say we were all excited about that and I’ve suggested in a separate email that we have a meeting devoted to having our own program.  Please contact Sandy at if interested in participating in Transition TV.  

Ryan is going to book us for a table at Harvest Fest which will come out of our SEFCU account.  Harvest Fest will be Sunday afternoon, Sep. 23rd (at the Lake House?).  Dave H., Terrence, Frank, Fred, Ryan and I all volunteered to work.  Sandy offered to make mini Transition flyers for distribution.

Dave told us of the Transition Training that will be taking place the weekend of October 5-7th in Woodstock, NY at KTD Monastery.  We of Transition Albany are all invited down for a Sunday afternoon meet and greet.

Dave also told us about a Future Studies group he’s been following which, like Transition, views history from a near future date and operates under preferred and possible scenarios.  He circulated some literature.  For more info, contact Dave at

Announcements and Events:

Anti-frack training and strategy sessions will begin Saturday the 25th at 12:30PM at the Albany YMCA, 616 North Pearl Street, and continue through Sunday night.

Bill McKibben, Josh Fox and Debra Winger - March against hydrofracking

Monday August 27th, 11 AM.
March begins at Albany Riverfront Park in Corning Preserve, Albany, New York. Park is located across from the Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge, at the corner of Broadway & Pine Street.

Crisis of Civilization screening at Arbor Hill Lib - Sandy

6:30P on Thursday, August 30th.

NYS Neighborhood Revitalization Conference:

Friday and Sat. Sep. 21 and 22 at Sage College in Troy.  

Kunstler to deliver keynote on one of the evenings.

Registration is now open.

Sandy proposed a workshop presentation titled Emergency Preparation

New group Bag Ladies (and Friends) - contact Sandy if interested

Local Currency exploratory meeting

Wed., Sep 12th 7P at William K. Sanford Lib. in Colonie 

contact Sandy if interested

Contact Sandy ( for more info on any of the above events.

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