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Los Angeles

Massage, Upper body, Seated

3:00a.m. to 5:00a.m.
Los Angeles Eco-Village (Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana housing co-op) in Koreatown
117 Bimini Pl #201
Los Angeles

: Participants will learn about Safe Touch and how to effortlessly give and receive simple massage. (clothed and seated in a chair). Participants will be invited to help each other relax as they practice during the class. This instruction is only for personal use. **Wheelchair / Walker Access: This class may be outdoors or in ground level lobby. Outdoors has wood-chip mulch. No w/c accessible bathroom. ***Supplies students need to bring:Please bring a pillow or bath towel, and wear soft, comfortable clothing.

Bring one of the following:
Help to introduce workshops: Exploring Your Senses children's activities to educators & parent groups
Help to network: Return to Your Senses (see websites)
Medical Bandage Scissors, 5 1/2 Inches
Thermometer without mercury
Tweez'em Tweezers: Splinters & Glass Removal

About the teacher, Carol Springer

Carol Springer co-founded Massage & Sensory Education, has been a massage therapist since 1983 and is a retired nurse. She encourages people to use sensory awareness to engage with their self care and specializes in helping people through stressful events, illness and post traumatic recovery. Carol has taught body-centered classes for community enrichment and to massage students.


Figure Drawing 101

6:00a.m. to 8:30a.m.
Karen's House in Echo Park
165 N Toluca St
Los Angeles

Class will cover basic instruction and techniques, followed by plenty of practice with a live model. This class will feature a clothed/costumed figure model. We'll practice with timed poses ranging from 1-30 minute poses. . ///// SUPPLIES: YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN SKETCH PAD (The bigger the better, I recommend 18x24 or larger. I recommend newsprint because it's cheap and great for quick sketches. You can get it at any art supplies store). Bring any drawing materials you may have such as vine charcoal, graphite pencils, pens, markers, pastels, crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils, paints (and brushes, if you promise not to make a mess). Teacher will have a variety of extra drawing materials on hand for you to borrow. ///// Location Accesibility: This location is accessible by walker but is not equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Bring one of the following:
A cool bowl or plate (garage sale/goodwill gem)
A cool pot for a medium/large house plant
A tree seedling
Bag of coffee beans
Christmas lights
Loaf of homemade (or bakery) bread
Something made by you or someone you know
Surprise Me!

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

I grew up in rural Michigan with all sorts of animals around. I'm not a professional artist, but I sure do like trying and I enjoy hosting twice-monthly figure drawing sessions (Happy Drawing Times at Echo Park on Facebook).


Teacher Orientation

6:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles

Are you interested in teaching a class through Trade School LA? We would love to have you! Whether you know you want to teach, or you'd just like to learn more about how our process works, join us for orientation. You'll get a brief history of how TSLA started and why we exist here in LA. We'll cover tips for teachers and show you how to get class scheduled and onto our website. We'll close by discussing your insights and ideas on teaching, sharing class ideas (if you have one already - optional), and hearing questions. This will be about sharing information, having fun and creating connection & camaraderie among our teaching community. This orientation will be held in Leanne's home. Teachers only need to attend orientation once in order to teach in any future semesters.

Bring one of the following:
1 indoor house plant
1 ream of 8.5x11 paper
A snack to share with the group (enough for 10)
email 5 friends who don't know about TSLA and tell them about it (CC on the email)
package of votive candles

About the teacher, Leanne Pedante

Leanne Pedante is a resident of Highland Park and the founder of Trade School LA. When not thinking/talking about/working on Trade School LA, she works as a fitness trainer, group exercise instructor & freelance graphic designer.


Become a Creative Community Fellow

8:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
The Whole Place at the First Christian Church of Whittier, 6355 Greenleaf Ave. Lower Level, Whittier
First Christian Church of Whittier - 6355 Greenleaf Ave. (Lower Level)

Megan Hobza and Nathalie Sánchez are two of 50 community change agents across the nation to be honored as National Arts Strategies 2015 Creative Community Fellows. In this workshop, learn how you can join them on their journey. You’ll learn how to access a community of support and share resources with fellow arts and culture change-makers, as well as how to access and use the Creative Community Fellows program curriculum, which is made free and available to all by National Arts Strategies. You’ll also learn how to apply to be a Creative Community Fellow in the next cohort and gain access to mentors, who will train you to pitch your place-making project to major funders, then set up interviews with those funders. Finally, learn about local place-making projects -- Megan’s in Whittier and Nathalie’s in Lincoln Heights -- and how your organization can collaborate with theirs. The Creative Community Fellows program was established by National Arts Strategies in 2014 through collaboration and support from The Kresge Foundation, University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy, ArtPlace America and RocketHub. The program awards Fellowships to a unique community of innovators — artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs working as change-makers in their communities — committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, Fellows gain the tools, skills and networks to fuel their visions for community change and activate the ideas that will transform their communities.

Bring one of the following:
Art supplies or tools you no longer need
Backyard fruit or any garden harvest -- as much as you can bring, we’ll use it!
Bring a healthy snack to share with the group
Photograph the workshop using a real camera (for our marketing materials)
Three Time Dollars (become a Time Bank member; call Stan at (562) 457-0626)

About the teacher, Ernest Miller

This food preservation workshop is presented by chef and food historian Ernest Miller, a certified Master Food Preserver with expertise in canning, pressure canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting. Miller is proprietor of Rancho La Merced Provisions, and is a co-chair and Food Preservation Advisor with Slow Food Los Angeles. The Whittier Time Bank helps people build and share their skills in support of neighborliness, community self-reliance, and earth justice. The time bank's partnership with Slow Food Los Angeles is made possible in a kitchen provided by The Whole Place at First Christian Church. The workshop is available for Time Dollars or barter options (see barter items above).


Sculpture Workshop

9:00p.m. to 2:00a.m.
The Whole Place at the First Christian Church of Whittier, 6355 Greenleaf Ave. Lower Level, Whittier
First Christian Church of Whittier - 6355 Greenleaf Ave. (Lower Level)

You will learn how to use Rigid Wrap plaster/gauze and water with tinfoil and recyclables to create quick-drying sculptures. We will break for lunch to let sculptures dry. After lunch, we’ll paint the sculptures with acrylic paint. Students should bring: Rigid Wrap (available at craft stores), tinfoil, acrylic paints (we’ll all share) and paint brushes (we’ll have some extras). Also, please bring your own lunch -- or a dish to share potluck-style.

Bring one of the following:
Help with cleanup
Home made cookies
Laptop computer
Size 7 or 7.5 flip flops
Size XS or S adult t-shirts or jackets (they should be awesome)
Surprise awesome stuff
The Walking Dead or American Horror Story stuff

About the teacher, Clare Michelle Call

Clare Michelle Call is a 7th grader at Rancho Starbuck Middle School. She has been an invited speaker at The California Endowment for her leadership role in the Whittier Time Bank’s Summer Leadership Program and her team’s Imagination Factory open mic talent show, potluck, and sharing event. She previously organized an open mic event at the Build a House in a Day workshop in Reno, Nevada. Her skills in Rigid Wrap sculpture were developed at Jordan Elementary School. Clare is awesome. “I am a robot and robots cannot get offended” --Kanye West (Its ok I dont like Kanye West but he is funny) - Clare


Democracy at School

5:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
The Whole Place at the First Christian Church of Whittier, 6355 Greenleaf Ave. Lower Level, Whittier
First Christian Church of Whittier - 6355 Greenleaf Ave. (Lower Level)

Come for a potluck dinner and informal conversation at 6, followed by a discussion with Village Sudbury School Director Stan Call and Sudbury Valley School alumna Maia LaPerle. We will present an overview of the Sudbury model of democratic education and research that supports this model, hear what it was like to be a Sudbury student, and discuss how you can get involved, with plenty of Q+A in between. The workshop will conclude with a visioning tour of the future school site.

Bring one of the following:
Help with cleanup
Laptop or tablet computer
Pre-Register your child for our school
Refer 5 friends in the Whittier area with school-age children
Vegan food for potluck

About the teacher, Stan Call

School founder Stan Call has been teaching social studies in public schools since 2000, and completed graduate research in democratic education in 2008. His course at Antioch University, entitled “Rethinking Secondary Education” challenged M.A. candidates to consider the ends, not just the means, of education, and to be more aware of the hidden curriculum of school. He has been a community leader in Whittier since 1998, when he founded the city's first community garden. Today Call serves on steering committee of the Whittier Time Bank, acting as membership coordinator and dishwasher. He also serves on the board of The Whole Place at First Christian Church and the steering committee of the Whittier Area Environmental Coalition. Call is currently developing a core group of parents and community members to establish a democratic school in his hometown of Whittier.



Career goal setting

1:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.
Impact Hub Westminster
1st Floor New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4TE

Career planning is often a dreadful experience with all the need to step back and look at yourself from a sensible perspective. What are you doing? Where are you going? And the most dreaded of all – are you really going that way? Here’s your chance to finally sit down and get your career in order, and do it in a fun way too! This career goal setting workshop makes you think about your skills, interests and aspirations, and uses fun, interactive, yet thought-provoking exercises to help you map out the path from your dreams to your goals. And if doing this for your own benefit doesn’t seem worthwhile to you, just think about how much better people around you, your network and potential employers included, will be able to help you if you can clearly communicate how. Participants will leave the class with a useful self-assessment of their current career situation, confidence about where they’re going and a clear direction on how to get there.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Guilt-free snacks to share
Introduction to a student organisation you know
Mention about the workshop in your social media channel of choice
Recommendations of events, books or experiences

About the teacher, Egle Vinauskaite

I’m a career planning enthusiast and I can’t help myself when I see a bad CV, lack of self-esteem or just plain fear as the only thing standing between a person and their dream job. I’m also a youth employability mentor at a London charity, frequent coach to my peers, and the founder of Skillbright, a platform that connects young people to part-time, flexible opportunities to show off their transferable skills.