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Home, Garden & Water Conservation Classes

 

waterCabrillo Extension, in collaboration with the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County, is offering a series of water conservation workshops and classes for home and garden. These classes offer expert instruction on water-saving techniques and conservation principles to help preserve and protect our most valuable resource.

Collaboration with the following agencies has helped significantly reduce registration fees for water conservation classes.

Soquel Creek Water District
City of Santa Cruz Water Department
San Lorenzo Valley Water District
Scotts Valley Water District
City of Watsonville

 


Laundry-to-Landscape Hands-On Installation Workshop

laundry

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.

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., April 30
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by Feb. 29: $30
Register after Feb. 29: $35

register online


Sat., May 14
9 am - 4 pm
Scotts Valley High School
Register by Feb. 29: $30
Register after Feb. 29: $35

register online

 

Sat., July 23
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by June 6: $30
Register after June 6: $35

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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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design workshop

Best Plants for Low Water Use: Design Workshop

 

 

Do you want to get rid of your thirsty garden but don't know where to begin? If yes, then this class is for you! We will introduce and explain high-impact, low-water use plants from around the world, how to use them in the correct applications, and how to design or re-design your garden with these hard-working plants.

Yes, you can have a gorgeous and colorful garden and still reduce your water use by up to 90%!

Sat., May 21
10 am - 4 pm

Scotts Valley High School
Register by Feb. 29: $30
Register after Feb. 29: $35

plus $5 material fee payable at registration.

register online

 

Sat., July 9
10 am - 4 pm

Room: 609
Register by June 6: $30
Register after June 6: $35

plus $5 material fee payable at registration.

register online


Nicole Woodling Douglas is a Santa Cruz-based landscape designer. With double master's degrees in environmental science and a background in art and design, Nicole combines her expertise to create exquisite, water-wise gardens. She is passionate about teaching the community about ecological landscaping and water conservation.

Click HERE to read Nicole's article "How to Have a Lawn Without a Lawn" . Click HERE for more information about Nicole.

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Homeowner Turned Water Warrior: Products & Techniques for Rainwater Collection

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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. Graywater systems will also be discussed.

There will be a lunch break followed by a field trip to visit two nearby residential rainwater harvesting system projects.

Sat., June 11
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.
Register by June 6: $30
Register after June 6: $35

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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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Water Conservation Landscapes - Putting it All Together to See The Big Picture

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Do you want landscaping that is more resilient for today and the climate changes ahead and less dependent on municipal or well water? Here is your opportunity to learn how many of the individual principles used to “design for water” can be integrated with a whole systems approach and a unified plan. This class touches on all of the applications that are covered in our Green Home and Garden series - not in detail, but to address how they may be integrated. Learn how rain water in soil and cisterns, graywater, plants that require less water, pervious surfaces, and gardening and irrigation practices can be integrated into a water neutral landscape.

Bring photos of your garden and a scaled plan or sketch. This will be important for our small design groups.

The class will include a site visit to state-of-the-art examples of these principles.

Sat., May 14
9 am - 3 pm
Room: 609 Click HERE for an interactive map to campus.

Register by Feb. 29: $30
Register after Feb. 29: $35

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Golden Love is a horticulturalist, certified arborist, licensed landscape contractor and lifelong avid gardener who has worked in sustainable landscaping for nearly 30 years. He specializes in local landscapes that are “water neutral” and is an expert on rain harvesting and greywater systems.

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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 Feb. 29: $68
Register after Feb. 29: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


register online
 

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”.

Sat., April 9
10 am - 5 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 29: $68
Register after Feb. 29: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


register online
 

Sat., May 14
10 am - 5 pm
Scotts Valley High School

Register by Feb. 29: $68
Register after Feb. 29: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


register online
 

Madhu Brodkey - see bio below

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Feng Shui Landscape Design

feng shui

 

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”.

Sat., April 23
10 am - 5 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 29: $68
Register after Feb. 29: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration


register online
 

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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Designing Your Kitchen for the 21st Century

 

Whether you are considering a facelift or a complete overhaul for your kitchen, this two-day workshop will ensure you have the information you need to avoid the ‘if I had only known’ dilemna. We will cover design trends, product innovations, top10 remodeling mistakes, budgets, schedules, and many other helpful topics. You will leave this workshop with an action plan for creating a kitchen that meets your financial goals and reflects your personal aesthetic.

Preparation for class: Draw the existing floor plan of your kitchen; include windows, door or points of entry and sink. It is not necessary to include cabinets or appliances. Write a description of the problems in the existing kitchen and make a list of what you want your new kitchen to feature. For those of you who want to use software to complete the layout, you can find links for free software below:

http://www.waterproofpaper.com/graph-paper/graph-paper-quarter-inch.pdf
http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-a-Floor-Plan-to-Scale
http://www.homestyler.com/designer

Instructor will provide the full class presentation via email after the first class - OR - students may bring a thumb drive to class and instructor will load all handouts and presentation to the thumbdrive.

COMING SOON
9 - 11 am
Room: 403

Register by Feb. 29: $68
Register after Feb. 29: $75


register online
 

Yvonne Ross has received certification for kitchen design, green building and lighting design. Working as a field project manager she has managed all phases of construction from permits to material selection and installation for over 250 kitchens.

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Home Buyers Workshop

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Home Buyers Workshop Owning a home is the American Dream. It’s an ideal way to create wealth for your family and build a nest egg for college or retirement. But buying a home can be a complicated process, and with federal regulations and guidelines that lenders must follow changing over the recent years this has added even more information for home buyers to review and understand.

This class will not only help you understand the home buying process but also make it easier by offering expertise and resources to help first-time or repeat home buyers make an informed decision.

This class is designed to inform potential buyers about the complete home-buying process and prepare them to apply for a home loan.

Among the topics covered are:

  • Figure out how much you can afford
  • What’s a credit score and why is it so important?
  • What types of loans programs are available and what may be best for me?
  • Are there down payment assistance programs that I can apply for?
  • What is a pre-approval and do I need it?
  • Shopping for a home and making an offer
  • What role does a Real Estate agent play in my purchase?
  • What are disclosures and contingencies?
  • How do I deal with all the loan application and escrow forms?

Even if you are not yet ready to purchase a home, this workshop may help you to develop a plan to improve your readiness.

2 Sun., April 17 - 24
9 am - 12 noon
Room: Horticulture 5001
Register by Feb. 29: $59
Register after Feb. 29: $65

 

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Steve Principe was trained as a bank Loan Officer in 1985.  He has experience with consumer, commercial and real estate lending.  He has been originating mortgages exclusively here in Santa Cruz since 1996 and currently works as a Manager and Loan Officer in the Santa Cruz office of Stearns Home Loans.


Jennifer Walker grew up in Santa Cruz, California, and has spent her career in local real estate and residential finance. She started in 1990 as an assistant to a Realtor, her real estate “boot camp”. Her diverse experience includes working for a builder, commercial appraiser, farmer and an attorney. Jennifer is currently a Loan Officer at Stearns Home Loans.


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Do It Yourself Residential Design

dream house

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.

Sun., June 19
12 noon - 4 pm
Room: 801

Register by June 6: $28
Register after June 6: $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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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., April 30
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by Feb. 29: $90
Register after Feb. 29: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


register online
 

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


register online
 

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


register online

Kathleen Richards - see bio below

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Landlording Made Easy - Part II

In this all-new class we will review and answer questions about what you put into practice from Landlording Made Easy. We will cover legal updates, what is new to the industry, how to improve your profit, and discuss strategies for all those "What if" scenarios. We will allow plenty of time to answer all of your "Real Life" questions. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn best practices from the expert.

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

Sat., May 28
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by Feb. 29: $90
Register after Feb. 29: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class


register online
 

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.

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Fruit Tree Pruning for Home Gardeners

Fruit trees are a source of good fruit and a wonderful addition to a home garden. If you are the proud owner of one (or many!!) fruit trees you would probably like to have the confidence and knowledge to prune your fruit trees for better fruit production.

Join Peter Quintanilla, a certified arborist and UCCE master gardener, to learn the basic techniques for pruning your fruit trees. You will gain an understanding of how pruning affects fruit production and tree growth. From the initial training of a young sapling to the annual pruning of a bearing tree to renovating an old neglected tree, we’ll cover the pruning techniques required for each stage in a fruit tree’s life.

This workshop will be in two parts. We’ll cover the basic pruning techniques in the classroom then go out to a local orchard to prune trees. Details for the specific location will be provided in class.

Please bring a pair of hand pruners, gloves and clothing to work out in the sun.

Sat., June 18
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Feb. 29: $64
Register after Feb. 29: $72


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Peter Quintanilla is a certified arborist and UCCE master gardener. Peter is the instructor for the Arboriculture and Landscape Pruning classes at Cabrillo College. He also teaches tree care and pruning to UCCE Master Gardeners, Green Gardeners, landscape crews and home gardeners.

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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
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 29: $50
Register after Feb. 29: $58

plus $20 text payable at 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.

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Foreclosures: Less Risk, More Rewards

Many people want to buy residential properties in foreclosure at substantial discounts but don’t know how to uncover title or debt to establish equity. Warren has taught hundreds of people over 20 years how to make such purchases with minimal risk and cash.

This three-hour workshop illustrates the four-part foreclosure process with handouts and emphasizes how to buy the best discounted properties at trustees’ sales. This can be a rewarding investment of your time and money. Topics include:

  • The complete foreclosure process
  • How to uncover the best discounted property
  • Risks and rewards of purchasing property
  • How to step through the total research process to establish actual equity through governmental support available in all California counties.


COMING SOON
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 435
Register by Feb. 29: $48
Register after Feb. 29: $54

 

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Warren Racine has been a licensed real estate agent/ broker for over 40 years. He has taught thousands of people how to uncover title and debt to establish equity in residential properties in foreclosure. He has been teaching his workshops throughout california for over 30 years.

 

 

 

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