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Home, Garden & Water Conservation Classes

 

 


Landlording Made Easy

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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 and 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., July 30
9 am - 3:30 pm
Scotts Valley High School

Register by June 6: $90
Register after June 6: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


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Sat., August 13
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by June 6: $90
Register after June 6: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


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Kathleen Richards - see bio below

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Laundry-to-Landscape Hands-On Installation Workshop

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This class gives participants information and a hands-on experience installing a laundry to landscape system, which re-purposes water which was previously considered waste water and can now be redirected for landscape and garden irrigation. Classroom Instruction at the first half of the day will cover code requirements, graywater compatible products and plants, graywater parts and materials identification , calculating irrigation field size and plant water requirements, mulch basin construction, creating a design for your system and maintaining your graywater system.

After a one hour lunch break we will travel to the workshop installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home complete an installation. Directions to site are given in class.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen & a water bottle!

Please note: The workshop starts at 9 am, but please arrive by 8:45 am to check in!

Hands-on installation demonstration will be from 1-4 pm

Sat. Oct. 22
9 am - 4pm
Room: 609 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85

 

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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.

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Rainwater Collection for the Homeowner Turned Water Warrior

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Rainwater harvesting is a popular alternative for homeowners and gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by collecting rainwater while reducing their water bills. Rainwater can be used to water gardens and for emergency water supply. In this class we will discuss the fundamentals of designing a domestic rainwater harvesting system, how to optimize capture and usage, filtration and distribution.

There will be a lunch break followed by a field trip to visit a local residential rainwater harvesting system project. Directions to site are given in class.

Sat., Nov. 5
10 am - 3pm
Room: 435 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85

 

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Bobby Markowitz - Bobby Markowitz is a licensed landscape architect specializing in rainwater harvesting design. His passion about rainwater harvesting has come out of his 30 years experience in landscaping, from his own organic garden and concern for the environment.
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Do It Yourself Residential Design

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Have you ever considered building your dream home, adding square footage to your home, or perhaps building a granny unit? Did you know that any member of the public can create their own construction drawings, apply for building permits, and actually construct their own structure? If this sounds exciting to you then we invite you to attend an information-packed course that will answer the following questions:

  • What architectural drawing software is easiest to use?
  • What is the process for creating a set of construction drawings?
  • How does one navigate the permit process?
  • How does one finance a construction project?

You will also spend time using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software as well as learn basic architectural design.

Sat., Nov. 12
12 - 4 pm
Room: 801
Register by Sept. 12: $28
Register after Sept. 12: $32

 

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Bill Fisher is a Cabrillo College architecture instructor and local practicing architect of over 40 years.
Gary Marcoccia is a Cabrillo College engineering technology instructor.

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Build Your Dream House

 

Times have changed. It's more difficult to buy a house and in many parts of the country house prices are still too high. There is another way. 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 county tax sales; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green, too; 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.

COMING SOON


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.

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Feng Shui: Clearing Your Clutter Workshop

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Do you have too much stuff everywhere? Do you feel stuck and want to move forward? Do you feel like there are obstacles in your path? Clutter can cause you to feel tired, or depressed, or create obstacles to wealth, romance, and opportunity. Clearing clutter can improve your health, vitality, attitude, emotions, creativity, concentration, confidence, finances, love life, sense of ease, and more!

You will learn to identify your clutter type and develop a plan to eliminate it, decide where and how to get started, and let go of the past and move forward with your life!

COMING SOON
10 am - 5 pm
Room: 435

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey - see bio below

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Feng Shui Fundamentals and Home Design

 

This workshop series is designed for students to learn the principles of feng shui and how to apply them to their home. Whether you are planning to redesign a kitchen, bathroom or a complete remodel, this series will give you the tools needed to understand and activate Feng Shui Energetics into your design.

Our homes reflect who we are and we can enhance them to improve health, relationship, career and prosperity. In this workshop you will be introduced to the original wisdom of Feng Shui on which the Feng Shui principles are based including Taoism, Ying Yang Theory, Five Elements, and more.

Learn basic knowledge of the Ba Gua (Feng Shui Map). Define what’s missing and what’s not in your home’s footprint and how that can influence your life. Learn ways to correct the areas that are creating an environment of imbalance. Create your floor plan and learn how to identify the “power” areas of your home including the “mouth of Qi”.

COMING SOON
10 am - 5 pm
Room: 435

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey - see bio below

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Feng Shui Landscape Design

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Our gardens, patios and the landscape design around our home reflects who we are. We can enhance them to improve health, relationship, career and prosperity. In this workshop you will be introduced to the original wisdom of Feng Shui on which the Feng Shui principles are based including Taoism, Ying Yang Theory, Five Elements, and more.

The workshop weaves modern methods of landscaping with ancient awareness that the Earth is alive and sacred. It is designed to change how you relate to nature and help you become in kinship to the land. This workshop is an introduction to the world of feng shui and a means of using it in your daily life.

Learn basic knowledge of the Ba Gua (Feng Shui Map). Define what’s missing and what’s not in your landscape’s footprint and how that can influence your life. Learn ways to correct the areas that are creating an environment of imbalance. Create your landscaping plan and learn how to identify the “power” areas of your yard or garden, including the “mouth of Qi”.

COMING SOON
10 am - 5 pm
Room: 435

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


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Madhu Brodkey is a Black Tantric Buddhist and Master Feng Shui Consultant. She combines this expertise with her 30 years of experience in healing arts with design to harmonize and balance the vital energy of an environment and its occupants.

 

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