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Los Angeles

Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles

This class will teach the basics of knot tying with a focus on knots and hitches for climbing/mountaineering, although these knots apply to a broad range of scenarios. It will teach the purpose of different knots and hitches and how to apply them in different scenarios such as building anchors, tying into a harness, self-rescue and rappelling. It will include multiple methods for tying knots in order to cater to different learning abilities and skill levels- including methodology for visual learners, kinetic learners, and advanced one-handed tying which can be useful in climbing. The 4 knots we will learn are: Figure 8- two and one handed method Clove hitch - two and one handed Munter hitch -two and one handed Fisherman's knots- two handed Bonus: if time allows we will use the fisherman knot to build a prussik cord which we can then use to tie a prussik hitch. Bring your own accessory cord (ideally, it will be approximately 6 mm width and at least 8 inches long or bring $2 and I will supply some.) All skills levels are welcome.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Art supplies
Plants
Something yummer
Stuff from your garden

About the teacher, Lauren Grabowski

My name is Lauren Grabowski. On weekdays I work in Downtown LA as a transportation planner for equitable and sustainable cities. On weekends, I play outside in the mountains and deserts. I love bicycles, gardens, books, and not taking anything too seriously.

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Indigo Dyeing

11:00p.m. to 2:00a.m.
Home in Frogtown
Partridge Ave
Los Angeles

In this class we will briefly discuss the history of indigo dyeing and various shibori techniques to create different effects. Vats will be set up for participants to dye 3 or 4 of their own pieces. Please bring: 3 or 4 things to dye - no larger than a pillow case, in natural fiber - cotton, silk, linen, hemp, wool long rubber gloves trash bag for taking garments home Please wear blue or old clothes that you don't mind getting stained

Bring one of the following:
dark roast coffee
extra virgin olive oil
jojoba or almond oil - cosmetic grade
lavender essential oil
produce from your garden/farmers market
raw local honey
roving for spinning
surprise me

About the teacher, Stacy Zink

Stacy Zink became interested in sewing and textiles at a young age. A love of dying and surface design soon followed. At the age of 16, she began apprenticing with a fabric and clothing designer, learning the art of dying, weaving, sewing and knitting. Many years later, after apprenticing with other designers around the country, Stacy began showing her own line of handwoven and hand dyed work nationally. After becoming a mother, Stacy’s focus shifted, and she now spends many hours doing hand work which can be done almost anywhere while homeschooling her two sons.

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Indigo Dyeing

12:00a.m. to 3:00a.m.
Home in Frogtown
Partridge Ave
Los Angeles

In this class we will briefly discuss the history of indigo dyeing and various shibori techniques to create different effects. Vats will be set up for participants to dye 3 or 4 of their own pieces. Please bring: 3 or 4 things to dye - no larger than a pillow case, in natural fiber - cotton, silk, linen, hemp, wool long rubber gloves trash bag for taking garments home Please wear blue or old clothes that you don't mind getting stained

Bring one of the following:
3 cu ft. organic potting soil
cleaning products
coconut oil
Ghana bolga basket or similar
jojoba oil or almond oil
maple syrup
raw honey - local
unscented laundry detergent
vegetable seedlings for planting in the garden

About the teacher, Stacy Zink

Stacy Zink became interested in sewing and textiles at a young age. A love of dying and surface design soon followed. At the age of 16, she began apprenticing with a fabric and clothing designer, learning the art of dying, weaving, sewing and knitting. Many years later, after apprenticing with other designers around the country, Stacy began showing her own line of handwoven and hand dyed work nationally. After becoming a mother, Stacy’s focus shifted, and she now spends many hours doing hand work which can be done almost anywhere while homeschooling her two sons.

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With Love Market & Cafe - Community Room
1969 S. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles

Work or school got you stressin'? Join us to learn a series of simple poses and breathing exercises to help release tension and calm the mind. No yoga experience necessary! Participants will leave with a handout of all poses, so you can easily replicate the experience in your office or home. Young adults (12+ years old) and adults welcome!

Bring one of the following:
Gently used yoga mats
Kombucha
Social Media "likes"
Social Media reviews
Wordpress Website Design help

About the teacher, Patti Sica

Patti is an educator and yogi. She likes dark chocolate, Jersey beaches and riding her bicycle.

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Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles

This class will cover the fundamentals of using water bath and pressure canning as a means of preserving foods. Learning this skill allows making jam, mustard, soup, pickles, caramelized onions, etc to have in your pantry and to share special gifts with your friends and family. And if you have access to your own fruits and vegetables you really control the goodness of your products. We'll meet at my home, not handicap accessible. Location information will be sent about a week prior to class meeting. I'll prepare some snacks and if you are so inclined bring a snack to share.

Bring one of the following:
A bag of about 3 cu ft of potting soil (not Miracle Grow)
Bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (16 oz.)
Case of 4oz canning jars
Case of 8oz canning jars
Dog treats - not rawhide

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering.

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Griffith Park
2333 Fern Dell Drive, LA 90068 (haystacks behind Trails Cafe)
Los Angeles

Spirit Dance The Spirit Dance Workshop is an integrated blend of the Spirit Dance Method TM* created by Jennifer Tehani Sarreal for a secular social emotional arts experience that empowers, inspires and heals. The Spirit Dance Method is an exploration of the mind-body connection, ancient dance movement ritual, global ethics and movement meditations for wellness available and accessible to all (no dance or drum experience is required). Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat and an open mind. *See video on the "Spirit Dance" link on the website for a full description of the method itself.

Bring one of the following:
A Piece of Moldavite
Boho Chic Stackable Necklaces (gold/rose gold colored)
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts (book) by Gabor Mate
Peppermint Essential Oil
Probiotics for Dogs (powder supplement)
Recovery (book) by Russell Brand
Rose Essential Oil
Rose Quartz Pendant Necklace
Size 8 Rollerskates
Stella and Chewy's Brand Freeze-Dried Dog Food
The Body Keeps the Score (book) by Bessel Van Der Kouk

About the teacher, Jennifer Tehani Sarreal

Jennifer Tehani Sarreal is a world champion dancer, multidisciplinary performance artist, published writer, world performance arts educator, a top Reiki Master (ranked in the Top 3 by service provider Thumbtack for the past three years) and social emotional arts facilitator dedicated to bringing understanding, humanity and empowerment to the world through her work. She has lectured, taught and performed in over a dozen countries. Tehani is the creator of the Spirit Dance Method TM based on her research in Comparative Sacred World Dance in over a dozen countries at their sources of origin. She is also a professional forensic intuitive and currently working towards her PhD in Comparative Sacred World Dance.

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DIY Felted Soap

9:00p.m. to 11:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles

This is a SUPER fun thing to do and make GREAT gifts. We will be wrapping soap in WOOL (has to be WOOL) to make soap pretty and exfoliating! Google DIY felted soap images for some inspiration. (http://bit.ly/2j7FVtg) Supplies (please bring) 2 to 4 oz wool roving in your favorite color or colors (we'll share - great to have an assortment of colors). Here’s where you can purchase wool roving on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_6?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=wool+roving&sprefix=Wool+r%2Caps%2C304 Several bars of soap (if you'd like hand crafted soap made at a previous class, I'll trade hand crafted soaps for dog treats or wool roving). Bits & pieces of WOOL yarn (if you have a stash) to adorn your felting. Optional: a felting needle if you want to attempt the fancy designs I'll prepare some snacks and if you are so inclined bring a snack to share.

Bring one of the following:
A bag of about 3 cu ft of potting soil (not Miracle Grow)
Bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (16 oz.)
Case of 4oz canning jars
Case of 8oz canning jars
Dog treats - not rawhide

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

I really enjoy DIY and have had many years experience of organizing a monthly craft club, where we make new things that interest us. Making jam, books, stamps, paper, soap and felted soap have been annual favorites. I currently work as a psychotherapist and have retired from a career in engineering.

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Teacher's Home in North Glendale
Address will be emailed to registered students before class.
North Glendale

Calling all flower enthusiasts! Learn to make a simple but stunning floral centerpiece perfect for weddings, holidays or your own kitchen table. Instructor will provide... vessel wire and other tools floral foam greenery (filler) Please bring... A handful of flowers to share (Your local farmer's market and Trader Joe's are a great resource for inexpensive bouquets. If you can't bring flowers please email the instructor in advance. All welcome!) **ACCESSIBILITY: *Class is on patio, down two steps.

Bring one of the following:
Bubble Bath
Candles
Flower Seeds
Soft Dog Treats
Tea Leaves

About the teacher, Lisa Christie

Lisa is an artist living in the pine trees above Los Angeles.

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Camera Obscura
1450 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica

Artists: are you looking to get out of the studio, out of your head, to share your practice and get feedback from diverse perspectives? Join a healthy conversation? Stop by to see others’ work and share constructive feedback. Camera Obscura Art Crits are open to visual artists and serious art lovers who are looking for an enriching exchange of ideas. How it works: Two 45 minute spots are available for sign up ahead of time, plus each session includes a drop in 15 minute spot if time allows. To sign up for the long spots, email Claudia at claudia.b@hotmail.co.uk. Bring an artwork you made and some specific questions to present to the group. The process: We will be engaging in an analysis of the artwork’s techniques and narratives, subjects and objects, symbols and concepts, and processes and execution while looking, asking, studying, reflecting, and sharing. We will value artwork through observation and acknowledgement of the work’s personal impact as well as the potential it carries in relation to contemporary realities. This will be in the form of an organic group discussion where every artwork is precious, every opinion valuable, and each voice heard and appreciated. All participants: be prepared to contribute by creating a supporting, caring, respectful, and safe environment where we explore our liveliness and creativity, being mindful of time constraints and each other. This class is part of a series presented in conjunction with Camera Obscura, the co-host/ presenter of this event. About Camera Obscura: The Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean hosts six artists-in-residence annually, and offers workshops with a changing roster of residents and teaching artists. Check out artists at work, polish your writing, take a dance class, learn how to sew a seam and find a creative community! https://www.smgov.net/Departments/CCS/content.aspx?id=39798

Bring one of the following:
- any garden produce that you might have
- extra virgin olive oil
- home/hand natural made soap
- oregano essential oil
- plants, any kind preferably rescued and that I can carry on my bike

About the teacher, Claudia Borgna in conjunction with Camera Obscura

A well trained artist, I have been building my experience through academia, residency programs and exhibitions, working mostly with non-profit spaces and mainly in outdoors or alternative settings. Setting art “outside” has strongly shaped my views and my approach to art making. Inspired by nature, I feel that creativity has no boundaries and that it can be expressed everywhere in endless diverse forms. My fine art training and practice have taught me how to use and experiment with painting and drawing, ceramics, printmaking, video, sculpture, installation and socially engaged art, a journey that has led to a strong commitment to an environmental friendly use of space and materials that are site, place, context, people - sensitive and specific.

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Camera Obscura
1450 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica

Artists: are you looking to get out of the studio, out of your head, to share your practice and get feedback from diverse perspectives? Join a healthy conversation? Stop by to see others’ work and share constructive feedback. Camera Obscura Art Crits are open to visual artists and serious art lovers who are looking for an enriching exchange of ideas. How it works: Two 45 minute spots are available for sign up ahead of time, plus each session includes a drop in 15 minute spot if time allows. To sign up for the long spots, email Claudia at claudia.b@hotmail.co.uk. Bring an artwork you made and some specific questions to present to the group.                                            The process: We will be engaging in an analysis of the artwork’s techniques and narratives, subjects and objects, symbols and concepts, and processes and execution while looking, asking, studying, reflecting, and sharing. We will value artwork through observation and acknowledgement of the work’s personal impact as well as the potential it carries in relation to contemporary realities. This will be in the form of an organic group discussion where every artwork is precious, every opinion valuable, and each voice heard and appreciated. All participants: be prepared to contribute by creating a supporting, caring, respectful, and safe environment where we explore our liveliness and creativity, being mindful of time constraints and each other. This class is part of a series presented in conjunction with Camera Obscura, the co-host/ presenter of this event. About Camera Obscura: The Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean hosts six artists-in-residence annually, and offers workshops with a changing roster of residents and teaching artists. Check out artists at work, polish your writing, take a dance class, learn how to sew a seam and find a creative community! https://www.smgov.net/Departments/CCS/content.aspx?id=39798

Bring one of the following:
home/hand natural made soap
- plants, any kind preferably rescued and that I can carry on my bike
any garden produce that you might have
extra virgin olive oil
oregano essential oil

About the teacher, Claudia Borgna in conjunction with Camera Obscura

A well trained artist, I have been building my experience through academia, residency programs and exhibitions, working mostly with non-profit spaces and mainly in outdoors or alternative settings. Setting art “outside” has strongly shaped my views and my approach to art making. Inspired by nature, I feel that creativity has no boundaries and that it can be expressed everywhere in endless diverse forms. My fine art training and practice have taught me how to use and experiment with painting and drawing, ceramics, printmaking, video, sculpture, installation and socially engaged art, a journey that has led to a strong commitment to an environmental friendly use of space and materials that are site, place, context, people - sensitive and specific.

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Port Of Spain

Getting Your Résumé Right

8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
We Cafe
We Cafe, 3 Crystal Stream Road
Diego Martin

This initial programme “Getting your Résumé Right” is appropriate for anyone, your résumé is YOUR calling card to engage the hiring manager. Your résumé must convince the HR Department to invite YOU for the interview. It’s the golden ticket that gets your skills in the game! This session will address all the elements of a winning résumé and highlight the top 10 things to avoid with your “interview winning” résumé. We look forward to a highly interactive session with the team, come prepare to have fun while we explore the power of an effective résumé! At the end of these sessions participants should have gained an appreciation of, the meaning and importance of having an effective résumé to support career development. The application of various techniques and styles and achieve success with your résumé and common mistakes to avoid when preparing one’s résumé. Bonus material on ‘How to dress the part’ and ‘Bio Sketches’ will be provided.

Bring one of the following:
Post a testimonial to Choice HR Facebook Page
Unique Stationery (Coloured Sharpies, Journals, Post-Its etc.)
Volunteer Four Hours of social media management to Choice HR
Volunteer Two Hours at Association of Female Executives of T&T (AFETT)
Volunteer Two Hours for two weeks of admin support to Choice HR

About the teacher, Caron Greaves

Caron is a Senior HR Expert with over 24 years of diverse experience in all HR management systems. She led a team of 22 professionals in the Telecommunications industry, who provided strategic support to the corporation’s achievement of business critical objectives. Caron successfully created and deployed job enrichment and developmental programmes geared towards enhancing the talent pool of not only company assets but also the youth of Trinidad and Tobago. She has continued with her family’s tradition of wealth creation by successful creating and executing her unique business seminar – Innovation is Serious Business, since 2016. Caron is a Senior lecturer at one of the premier educational institutions in Trinidad and facilitates Masters Students reading for the HRM and Employee Relations modules of the Edinburgh Business School (EBS) programme. She most recently attained her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education with the University of Greenwich. In 2014, Ms. Greaves realized one of her life’s dreams by opening her HR consulting organisation – Choice HR Limited; which brings a brand of purposeful HR services to Trinidad & Tobago and the region. Additionally, Caron is the MD - Options for Choices, a Laventille based wealth creation NGO dedicated to providing quality education and youth development opportunities within the Laventille community.

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