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Upcoming Orientations and Public Events

Orientations offer information about joining.

Public events are free (usually) events offered by TTC members that are open to non-members as well.


Notes about our schedule of orientation dates:

We have orientations every month or two in Cambridge, and 3-5 times a year in other locations.

It's a good idea to check back here close to, and on the day of an orientation in case of cancellation due to weather, illness, etc. (Last-minute changes are rare but it has happened.)

Checking this page is the best way to keep informed about upcoming orientation choices.

Sunday, October 26, 2-3 PM
Cornerstone Village CoHousing, in the Community dining room
175 Harvey Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
Cornerstone runs from 171-195 Harvey St. There is a driveway between 171 and 181. Walk down the driveway into the open area behind the houses. You will see a large four-story building on your right. Should the front door of the building be locked, buzz PUBLIC AREA on the buzzer panel to the right of the front door, and someone will let you in. We will meet in the first room on the left inside the door.

Children are welcome, if parents are minding them. Please try to arrive on time.

This orientation will be led by Carol.

Sunday, November 2nd, 5-6 PM
Cambridge Community Center
5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
This orientation will be led by Carol.
Materials will also be available in Braille.
Children are welcome.
Please try to arrive on time and note that Cambridge street parking has no restrictions on Sundays.

Thursday, November 13th, 7 PM
Natick Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street (Rt 135), Natick
This orientation will be led by Judy.

Sunday, April 12th, 6-7:15 PM
Hosted by Miranda's Hearth
45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, at The Democracy Center
Closest T: Harvard Square Station
This orientation will be led by Carol.

Public Events

Offered by TTC, free and open to members, friends, and community.

Seasonal Reflection

Let’s gather together for a time to pause and reflect on the changing seasons and your life. We meet at the edge of summer’s end and the beginning of fall. As we move into this time of harvest, we will use the seasons as a metaphor for our life journeys. Let us follow the rhythm of the natural world and reflect on our life paths related to the beauty and blooming of summer and the gifts of fall. Summer is a time of blooming and ripening--autumn a time of harvest. I invite you to bring two items (an object, a poem, a piece of music, a picture) that are meaningful to you as you reflect on the seasons of growing and of harvesting on your life path. You may wish to bring your favorite journal as well. Marrey Embers is a seasoned adult educator, coach, and facilitator, a recovering Harvard doctorate; and a spiritual seeker.
September 28th, 4 PM, with potluck afterwards starting at 5 PM
66 Hawthorne Road, Wayland, MA
Best parking is on Richard Road- the closest side street or if you are there early there may be a space in my driveway.

accessibility icon = Location is wheelchair accessible.

* Directions to the Cambridge Community Center:
From Central Square (on the T red line), walk out Western Ave. There is a traffic light at Howard St., and a small convenience store on the corner. Turn right. The Center is about 150' from there, on your left, at the corner of Howard & Callender: a large red building with stairs and a ramp in front.

What to do if you're interested in joining:

1. Attend an orientation!

Because the Time Trade Circle is a community, we have to meet new members before they can start participating in time trades. If you're not sure you want to join but are interested in learning more, please come to a meeting where you will:

  • Meet the orientation leader and other new members
  • Fill out a basic biographical information form
  • Brainstorm what services you might offer and request
  • Learn more about how time banks work and get all your questions answered

We hold orientations in different neighborhoods but no matter where you live or where you attend a meeting, you are joining the same timebank. Please feel free to come to any of orientations listed above.

2. Create your account!

Create an account on the Time Trade Circle's internal website. This site is where members arrange trades. It's best not to create this account until after you attend the orientation because you won't be able to see any of the actual information until then, and it helps us activate accounts more smoothly.

Once we've met you and you've created your account, it will be activated. If you have trouble using the Web site, our ambassadors can help you figure it out. Then you can post your offers and requests, and browse other members' profiles. When you join, you start with 5 "Timebank Hours" (hours) in your account, so you can start spending right away.

3. Start time trading!

Use the site to get in touch with other members and arrange trades. Look at members' offers to find services you need. Look at members' requests to find things you can help with. If you see a possible match, send the person a message through the site, use your regular email, or call on the phone. Arrange a time that works for both of you. After the trade, typically the person who received the service "pays" by deducting the hours from their own account. Ambassadors are available to support members in arranging and doing trades.

Note: We have two websites. This one (timetradecircle.org) is a public site - it provides information about the group before you become a member as well as some resources for current members. The internal site (hourworld.org) is used for time trades and is only accessible to members.