A virtual space to come together in this time of physical separation.

Join FREED staff and volunteers each week for a one-hour virtual session of fun, conversation, and connection.

When: Every Friday at 11 a.m., starting March 5, 2021.
Where: on Zoom! If you don’t have a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can join by phone.

Each week, we will have a different theme. There will be a monthly book club, workshops on personal emergency preparedness, art classes, and opportunities to engage in community organizing and systems change advocacy.


Advocacy Club 1st Friday – 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/4…
Think of a world where everyone, regardless of ability, can live, work, and play in the community they choose. Think of a world with elevators, ramps, and curb cuts everywhere. Think of a world where inclusion is the baseline but full integration and interdependence is the norm. This world is possible! But it’s up to us to make it happen. Join FREED’s advocacy teams to help bring about large and small changes in our community and our society! Come to the Advocacy Club to learn how YOU can get involved and join our movement.

Emergency Preparedness 2nd Friday – 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11…
Being that we are all experiencing the adverse effects of climate change with more intense storms, droughts, floods, wildfires, and pandemics, the ability to adapt rapidly to these crises is critical especially for people with disabilities and older adults who are disproportionally impacted by disasters. FREED is at the forefront of leading our community towards adaptation and resiliency in 2021 and far beyond by continuing to assist with creating personal emergency preparedness plans, sharing the latest emergency preparedness information, providing emergency supply kits/personal protective equipment, and offering Public Safety Power Shutoff mitigation solutions. To learn more about preparing, adapting, and being resilient during emergencies, join FREED’s Executive Director, Ana Acton and FREED’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Brian Snyder, for this informative, humorous, and lively workshop series.

Origami Club 3rd Friday – 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18…
Enjoy the Japanese art of paper folding! With a square piece of paper, you will be guided to make beautiful animals, birds, fish, and other colorful objects. No experience is necessary. Beginners and those experienced with origami are welcome. If you can, please get origami paper prior to class that is about 6″ square (you can purchase online 100pcs here or 300pcs here or at Ben Franklin in Grass Valley). If not, please have paper available, such as regular printer paper with a pencil and a pair of scissors.

Book Club 4th Friday – 3/26, 4/23, 5/28, 6/25…
The goal of this book club is to engage us in discussion, certainly about current events, but also about what we think and feel about the books we will read. During this pandemic, some of us have become isolated, and this book club offers us a chance to connect with other people for a period of time. It is our hope that this group eases some of that loneliness.

We will start out by reading White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson. White Rage raises an alternate discussion about race in America. In an op-ed with the Washington Post, Anderson made the argument that the racial divide in America has more to do with white rage, than black rage. The book, White Rage, takes a look at points in history and links them to social progress for African Americans and the deliberate opposition to those gains.

You can purchase White Rage as a paperback locally from The Bookseller in Grass Valley or from Amazon.com. You can also purchase an audio version of the book from The Bookseller or Amazon.com.

We are also hosting “reading sessions” for those who prefer to listen to books read aloud. You will get more information about these when you register.

Please read the Prologue: Kindling and Part 1: Reconstructing reconstruction before the first book group meeting on March 26. If you are interested in attending the reading sessions, please register by March 9.

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