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Landlording Made Easy

 

If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures andlandlording build excellent tenant relationships.

We will cover the ins and outs of a proper lease, the necessary addendum, and what you can and can’t put into a lease. Know the documentation needed to protect you, the property and the tenant. We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier land lording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

Sat., August 24
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 425

Register before May 30: $90
Register after May 30: $98
plus $20 materials fee payable at registration

 

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Kathleen Richards, MS, MPM, Broker/Owner of a local Property Management company. She has professionally managed real estate for 15 years and has served on local and state boards for property mgmt. trade associations. She published Property Management A-Z in 2015.

 


Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology

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Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

Sat., June 8
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605

Register before May 30: $68
Register after May 30: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.

"Instructor Emily Bondor is a wonderful teacher. She has a wealth of knowledge about bees and is able to convey her passion and mastery of beekeeping in a delightful way. The class was informative and fun. I highly recommend Ms. Bondor as an instructor. "

-Beekeeping Basics student


Build Your Own Backyard Owl Box

Build a specially designed home to invite a Western Screech-Owl into your backyard! Beginning in a classroom, students will learn about this local raptor. Then we’ll move to the woodshop to begin working with beautiful redwood planks prepared by your instructor just for this project. You’ll have everything you need to build your owl-box in one day, as you learn simple techniques using hand woodworking tools. You will assemble your owl boxes, then add natural branch perches for your new owl friends! As though the idea of owls in your backyard wasn’t cool enough, this species is an earth friendly alternative to plastic traps or poison when it comes to abating rodent populations!

This class is appropriate for students aged 16 years and up. All students under age 18 must be accompanied by parent.

Sat., July 13
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Room: VAPA 3003/4

Register before May 30: $95
Register after May 30: $110
Register 2 or more: $85 each
plus a $45 materials fee paid at registration

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Sasha Petrenko’s workshops and projects have been featured widely at national and international venues. She is an adjunct lecturer at Sonoma State and San Francisco State Universities and runs a woodworking business in Santa Cruz.



Happy and Healthy Chickens

 

Whether you already have pet chickens and want to learn more, or you are planning to become a backyard chicken keeper and just want to super-prepared, this class will help you keep your flock happy, healthy and safe!

Chickens are social creatures and thrive when they are busy, stimulated and happy. Isabelle will show you how to enrich your backyard using simple and affordable items. You will also learn how you can keep all of your chickens healthy when you introduce new chickens to your flock, how you can perform simple, yet critical health checks, and how you can treat some common injuries and illnesses.

There will be plenty of examples and time for your questions. Students will go home with detailed information and resources about how to create a happy, healthy environment for your flock!

Sat., Sept. 14 - NEW DATE!
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Room: 1605
Register before May 30:  $48

Register after May 30:  $55
Register 2 or more:  $42 each

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Isabelle Cnudde founded Clorofil, a local non-profit organization promoting chicken adoption and educating the public about pet chicken care. She enjoys sharing her passion for chickens and inspiring people to open their backyards to these amazing creatures. For more information about Isabelle please go to www.clorofil.org



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Build Your Dream House

 

Your home should be a sacred place that nobody can ever take away. One way to get such a place is to build it yourself; that way you will have little or no mortgage. You don’t need a license to build your own house. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at huge discounts; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.

Sat., May 4
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 429
Register before March 25: $58
Register after March 25: $65

plus $20 material fee for text payable in class

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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County. Since building his house in Northern California, David Cook has started teaching would-be homebuilders his secrets to home ownership--truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.

 


Designing Your Bathroom for the 21st Century

 

While your bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, it can be the most complicated to remodel. Will a face lift be sufficient or do you need to tear everything down to the 2 x 4’s. Are you interested in learning about “greener” options? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? Is universal design important to you? Are you lacking storage? What are the best lighting solutions? Can you make your bathroom bigger without breaking the bank? Are you wondering how much “things” cost or how to avoid cost overruns? Do you want to have a great relationship with your contractor and subcontractors? This class will help you understand what information you need before you start talking to contractors.

Students will be mailed a flash drive with all the course materials prior to the class. If enrollment occurs less than 1 week before the class date the flash drive will be given in class.

Sat., May 4
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: 1605
Register before March 25:  $58
Register after March 25:  $64
Plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Yvonne Ross - see bio below

 


Designing Your Kitchen for the 21st Century

 

Whether you are planning a face-lift, a complete overhaul - or not sure which - this workshop will help you avoid the “if I had only known” syndrome. Do you want to know the pros and cons of custom versus ready-made cabinets? Is engineered stone or natural stone ideal for your kitchen? Are you interested in “greener” options? Wondering how to incorporate the “latest” and not get a “dated” design? Is universal design important to you? Are you wondering how much “things” cost or how to avoid cost overruns? Do you want to have a great relationship with your contractor and subcontractors?

This workshop will provide a step by step checklist for planning, designing and preparing for your remodel. Topics include:  design trends versus design pitfalls, steps for getting  a realistic bid, top 10 remodeling mistakes, product comparisons, your responsibilities versus “their” responsibility, along with many other topics that  will help you prepare for your kitchen remodel.  The workshop uses case studies and provides tools so you can work with your contractor(s) to create a kitchen that meets your financial goals and reflects your personal style.

Preparation for class: Bring a lunch. The class moves very quickly and covers a lot of information. It is highly recommended to review the materials and create a list of questions. The first half of workshop will cover “The Steps In Remodel Preparation”  and the second half of workshop will cover “Design Elements – Functional and Aesthetic.”

Students will be mailed a flash drive with all the course materials prior to the class. If enrollment occurs less than 1-week before the class date the flash drive will be given in class.

Sat., May 11
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room: 1605
Register before March 25:  $90
Register after March 25:  $98
Plus $20 materials fee paid at registration

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Yvonne Ross has received certifications for kitchen design, green building and lighting design. She has worked as a Designer and Field Project Manager for over 17 years. She has managed all phases of construction including contracts, plan development, permits, material selection and installation for over 350 kitchen and bathroom remodels.

 


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