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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

register online

 

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.

 


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., May 18
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 425

Register before Mar. 25: $90
Register after Mar. 25: $98
plus $20 materials fee payable at registration

register online

 

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

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.

 


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

register online

 

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

register online

 

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.

 


Modern Macramé Plant or Treasure Hanger

 

Macramé exhibits its diversity in home design, jewelry making, plant and hammock hanging, plus other functional feats. In this workshop students will transcend modern design trends with the timeless craftsmanship of macramé. Learn basic knots and knot combinations, creating the foundation of your macramé skillset.

Using quality, USA made 100% cotton chord students will weave a standard size plant or treasure hanger with the option of incorporating wooden or brass rings. Be inspired by the origins and evolution of this popular craft and unlock your tactile talents! Students may also discover the therapeutic benefits of this hands-on expression.

Go home with your handmade macramé plant or treasure hanger, and leave with the skills and techniques to make more amazing macramé projects at home!

No experience necessary.

Sat., May 18 - CANCELLED
9:00 - 10:30 am
Room: 1605
Fee: $88
Register 2 or more:  $80 each
Plus a $20 materials fee paid in class

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Hana O’Brien - see bio below

 



Modern Macramé Wall Hanging or Plant Hammock

Weaving with macramé has seen many popular phases since the 13th Century for both its utility and artistry alike. Originating from North Africa, migramah, or macramé, is now popular throughout the world for its uses in plant hanging and aesthetic in home design. Using quality USA made 100% cotton chord of various girths, plies, and dyes students will build on their basic skill set by exploring and practicing unique knot combinations and sequences. Students also will have the option of experimenting with driftwood, brass rods and rings, beads, shells, and copper wire.

You will go home with your handmade macrame wall hanging or plant hammock, and leave rejuvenated with newfound creativity and inspiring techniques to make more beautiful projects at home!

Some experience is helpful, but not necessary!

Sat. June 1  
9:00 - 10:30 am
Room: 1520
Register before May 30:  $88
Register after May 30:  $92
Register 2 or more:  $80 each
Plus a $40 materials fee paid in class

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Hana O’Brien - see bio below

 



Home Horticulture – Properly Propagate & Care for Your House Plants

Plants purify our air and replace harmful airborne pathogens with pure oxygen! Discover the potential of your living spaces and species with the guidance of a professional horticulturist. Let paradise be the place you call home whether you live in a tiny unit or house of many rooms. This will help you create an environment that captivates joy and rejuvenates the energy in your living space.

In this hands-on workshop, learn how to introduce, care for and advance botanical life indoors and out. Working with a variety of common and rare houseplants, you will learn the skills that are essential to creating truly living spaces.

Please wear clothes that can get messy. Bring gloves if protecting a wound or preferring soil free fingers!

You will go home with a 4x4 inch plant and pot of their choosing, and leave feeling stoked about their new skill, and excited to return home with a fresh look at their space!

All materials provided in class.

Sat.  June 8
9:00 - 10:00 am
Room: 1520
Register before May 30:  $60
Register after May 30:  $68
Register 2 or more:  $50 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid in class

register online

 

Hana O’Brien is a Tunisian-American citizen, San Francisco native, and resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hana has evolved her lifestyle into a work of art. Inspired by a lifetime of travel and a career in horticulture, wine, and design she uses her skill, experience and talent to render true botanical paradise. She is the owner of Blue Green Soleil.

 


Small Scale Queen Bee Rearing

Do you consider yourself an intermediate to advanced beekeeper, and want to try your hand at raising queen bees? In the morning portion of this class we will cover different methods and techniques for raising queen bees, including methods to split a hive, breeding programs, and an intro to grafting. In the afternoon, we will head up to the hives at the Cabrillo Horticulture Center for a demonstration of basic grafting.

Beekeepers will leave with a more intimate knowledge of queen bee biology and development, and information about techniques to harvest and incubate queen cells.

Your materials fee will include a grafting tool, several cell cups, and a special langstroth grafting frame.

Bring your bee veil & optional bag lunch.

Sat., April 27
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Room: 1605

Register before March 25: $68
Register after March 25: $75

plus $15 materials fee payable in class

register online

 

Emily Bondor - see bio

 


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


Simple Solutions to Improving Your Soil

Have you ever spent time and money on something you planted, and it doesn’t do well, or even worse, it dies, and you ask yourself “What went wrong?” This class will help you avoid those gardening and landscaping problems by providing a layman's approach to improving garden soil. We will focus on how to improve all types of soil by adding organic matter, mulches and minerals with easily available and affordable materials. Soil science can seem complicated, but your instructor will offer basic steps that everyone can use that are easy, inexpensive and effective.

Students will learn about the many different types of soils, why it is important to keep compatible plants together, and what to do when simple steps don’t work to solve challenging problems. Bring a sample of your soil in a small, clear container. Learn how to identify where your soil falls in the USDA soil classification, and if it is sandy, silty, clay and how much organic material is present. The class will also analyze the results of a laboratory soil test and show how they can be read. Each student will go home with an in depth understanding of their soil, ways to improve it, and a list of resources.

Please dress in clothes you can get dirty, wear a hat, and bring a small digging tool and gloves.

Sat., June 22
1:00 – 4:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5010
Register before May 30:  $85
Register after May 30:  $98
Register 2 or more:  $78 each
Plus a $15 materials fee paid at registration

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Glenn Church started a landscape and nursery supply company to put himself through college. The company eventually became Pacific Coast Soils. Glenn specializes in problem soils and providing specialized products and comprehensive solutions and has over 40 years of experience producing soil mixes, selling landscape materials, and consulting on home and commercial soil projects.

 


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., July 20
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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