Oct 11, 2016 Tuesday
(Full)
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles US

Tap into your intuition, drop down out of your thinking mind and create and dialogue with (at least!) two SoulCollage® cards. From the images you choose (or do they choose you?), begin to discover what your soul wants to tell you. If you can use scissors and a glue stick, you can do SoulCollage® -- no art experience or artistic skill is needed. All supplies will be provided. Class location is accessible by wheelchair or walker. Class will be three hours.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of sparkling water (such as Perrier, Pellegrino)
a small, round wooden bowl
Bookbinding thread
Roasted cashews
Tomatoes (home grown or store bought)

About the teacher, Laureen Lazarovici

I've been a word person all my life--a journalist, writer, editor--and now it's time for some pictures! I became trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator in October 2015 and love bringing this gentle, creative, relaxing practice to new audiences. For those of us who live in our heads most of the time (like me!), SoulCollage® is a great tool to access our intuition, "gut feelings" and other non-brain parts of ourselves.

Oct 13, 2016 Thursday

Writing your L.A. story

7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles US

Los Angeles is a vast, sprawling city with vibrant Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Persian, African American, etc. communities, that create a rich tapestry of cultures and an extensive shared history. Away from the city’s common literary narratives, who are these people? How do they—bus drivers, liquor store owners, social workers, etc.—live their lives here in Los Angeles? What is their history and their history in Los Angeles? What makes them human? You are one of these people. It is your story that expands the narrative of what L.A. is. In Your Story: Los Angeles, writers of any level will explore L.A’s history through: short articles and photos; some of its literary history and literary traditions; what outsiders and some of the city’s best writers say about and how they depict the city, through the use of videos and class discussions. With this info forming the foundation, through fiction, nonfiction or poetry, you pen the beginnings of your L.A. story. Your truth. **Accessibility: This class venue is accessible by wheelchair or walker.

Bring one of the following:
A healthy snack
A surprise
Your favorite L.A. author
Your favorite L.A. story
Your favorite piece of L.A. history

About the teacher, Brian Dunlap

Brian Dunlap is a native Angeleño and continues to live in Los Angeles. He writes and explores the city from a native’s point of view, working to capture the city’s stories that fall through the cracks. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State and a BA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, both in fiction. He has been published in Angel City Review, Muse, and CCM-Entropy. Brian is currently at work on a chapbook exploring L.A. many communities and its history, tentatively titled Beyond Palm Trees and Sunshine. He runs the blog site losangelesliterature.wordpress.com, a resource to explore L.A.’s vast literary culture.

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Oct 16, 2016 Sunday
(Full)

DIY Soap Making

10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Placeholder Location - select any and continue filling out form.
main st
LA US

Making your own hand/bath soap is really FUN! And makes a great gift your friends & family will appreciate. I have very dry skin, especially in the winter, and have found that using handcrafted soap makes a BIG difference. You'll have the experience of making a batch during this 2 & 1/2 hour workshop and you will take home about 6 bars of soap. Please bring one of the following supplies: bottle of olive, coconut, or essential oil. Workshop will be held in my home that is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is plenty of street parking. Location is near USC. Details on parking & location will be sent via email.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
dog treats (not rawhide)
jar of local honey
pair of woman's wool socks - shoe size 8
surprise me

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.

(Full)

Intro to basic photography

2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Teacher's Home in Burbank
Near intersection of Providencia Ave & Kenneth Road
Burbank US

This class is an introduction to basic photography principles and techniques. It will cover areas such as composition, aperture, shutter, and ISO. Understanding these basic rules and uses will start you on the path to a more enhanced photography experience while thinking about some of these choices. We will chat a little, shoot a little, open that bottle of wine and chat and shoot some more. What you will learn from this class: how depth of field, shutter speed or selective focus can be used as a creative tool to evoke emotion or aesthetic design of a photograph. *** NOTE *** students must bring a DSLR camera that functions in a fully manual mode (Focus, aperture, shutter, & ISO) and the knowledge to use it. A 35mm film camera may also be used, but obviously, results can not be viewed in class. Class will be held at instructor's home in Burbank. We will be outdoors for some of class as well.

Bring one of the following:
A funny story
A Surprise
Bold roast organic coffee
Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir
Handmade soap
Scented candles

About the teacher, Rob LaRussa

Rob is an Aquarius who enjoys long walks on the beach and early sunsets. When not daydreaming about the perfect cucumber salad, he is a Cinematographer by trade. Shooting network promotions and high end corporate films. His still photography consists of sports, people, landscapes, & architecture that has evolved since he picked up a camera at the tender age of 12.

Oct 17, 2016 Monday
(Almost full)

Kombucha

8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Karen's House in Echo Park
165 N Toluca St
Los Angeles US

Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic, slightly sweet, effervescent, tea drink made using a SCOBY, or a Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. It's an ancient drink that Wikipedia traces back to 5,000 years ago in China that may or may not (jury's still out pending further peer-reviewed scientific studies) have significant health benefits. Also, if you haven't noticed, it's super trendy right now. Regardless, it tastes great and is super simple and fun to make. Supplies needed for this class: A gallon or half gallon glass mason jar with a screw top lid. You can get these at hardware stores, amazon, or even dollar stores. You will take home your SCOBY in this jar to start making delicious drank! Class location has stairs and is not accessible by wheelchair or walker.

Bring one of the following:
Biodegradable dish soap
Bottle of wine (red or white)
Ceramic plant pots
Cool plates or bowls (like a garage sale/Goodwill gem)
Fresh produce (any kind)
Homemade loaf of bread
Indoor/outdoor plants (ornamental or edible)
Package of toilet paper
Six pack of beer (nothing light please)
Something made by you or someone you know
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

I'm a policy analyst from Michigan. I came to LA for the weather and the adventures. I like backpacking, drawing, and learning how to do/make things. I also host a bi-monthly figure drawing workshop.

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Oct 23, 2016 Sunday
Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles US

For decades, human-centered design has been used to create solutions, services, products, experiences and social enterprises for many types of challenges. In this context, the term "design" does not apply to one medium - it simply refers to creating a solution to a problem. You'll be able to take and repeat the steps you learn in class in any scenario you'd like. In this workshop, we'll first spend time learning the fundamentals of Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking. Then, we'll look at a few examples of people, products and solutions who have used these methods to innovate and create. Finally, we'll experience it hands-on by solving a problem using the processes we just learned. You'll leave with a new vision on how to approach problem-solving, and with a list of free resources for continuing your experience in the world of human-centered design. Class location is on the second floor and not accessible by wheelchair or walker

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
hanging basket for plant
potted plant
snack to share with group (enough for 6)
topo chico sparkling water (3 or more sm. bottles)

About the teacher, Leanne

Leanne started Trade School LA in May 2014 and it continues to be one of the best decisions she's ever made. In addition to running TSLA, she also works as a freelance graphic designer and a fitness instructor.

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Oct 27, 2016 Thursday
(Almost full)

DIY Recycle/Upcycle Broken Bling

7:00p.m. to 9:30p.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles US

Breathe new life into your old and/or broken costume jewelry by harvesting parts and using some simple jewelry making skills to create something new and stylish to wear. Bring your broken bling and select from the following choices what kind of finished product you would like to make: 1. Mixed chain bracelet (works well if you have lots of chain based necklaces or bracelets or even belts or purse chains) 2. Earrings using harvested parts and/or new beading hoops (works well if you have a beaded piece of jewelry where you like the beads) 3. Tassel or Upcycled focal necklace Class location is accessible by wheelchair or walker.

Bring one of the following:
Beads (glass or stone)
Organization help
Unwanted gift card(s)
Vaccum my apartment (takes approximately 30-45 minutes)
Ziplock bag of unwanted/broken jewelry

About the teacher, Jasmine S.

Self taught jewelry designer Amateur photographer Taught jewelry class and started upcycling jewelry as a volunteer at the Downtown Women's Center

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Oct 29, 2016 Saturday

Make Books NOW!

12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles US

Scrapbook meets book binder! This is an entry level class. Come learn how to make and take two simple handmade books: Saddle Stitch and Japanese Stab Binding. You will also learn the basics of book binding, from signatures to various book binding tools. Please bring your photos to decorate your new books with! We are going to have a blast! Sign up and bring your happy memories (photos) to share. Class location is accessible by wheelchair or walker.

Bring one of the following:
1/8" ribbon any color (for teacher not class)
Composition/journal book with student's original art on cover
Gently used or new shoes for children's orphanage
Glitter or other paper decorating materials to share with class
Pretty hair accessory (like a flower pin)

About the teacher, LaQuesha Wiley

LaQuesha is a student of life constantly discovering new cultures and creativity. She enjoys sharing what she learns and encourages others to break free from stereotypes and generalities. She lives to discover and relate to life's experiences for herslelf. She celebrates the opportunities to be fearless and try new things. LuckWeSha is her craft business making crochet earrings and other knit and crochet warm and fuzzies. During the day she is a book maker and framer at a photo lab.

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Nov 13, 2016 Sunday

DIY Christmas Ornaments

10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA US

Learn a few simple stitches: a blanket stitch to use around the edges of the ornaments and a French knot to secure sequins. Please bring some cotton embroidery floss (2 of your favorite colors), a package of embroidery needles and a small pair of sharp scissors, if you already have them. If you’d like to learn how to add beads to your blanket stitch (not pictured), bring some beads that one of your embroidery needles will fit through. I’ll bring a variety of embroidery floss colors, sequins, rick rack, ribbon, beads, felt and extra scissors. I will also bring pre-cut felted wool & fabric circles and cotton batting. These would be great to adorn gifts, your tree or strung together as a garland. To view examples of the ornaments go here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5z_SxspLlbIN01oV0ZNcEMwUDA/view?usp=sharing Workshop will be held in my home that is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is plenty of street parking. Location is near USC. Details on parking & location will be sent via email.

Bring one of the following:
cabernet sauvignon wine
olive oil
pinto grigio wine
salted cashews
surprise me

About the teacher, Kathie & Chris

About Kathie: 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. About Chris: I love meeting new crafters. I'm a member of a monthly craft club. So far, I've led 4 book making sessions. Other things I do: I make cards that are designed to be re-used. I make bird pins out of felt & fabric scraps and sew them together by hand. I love to find old pots in thrift stores to make arrangements with succulent cuttings from my garden. My latest new thing is mosaics. I cover cinder blocks with broken plates to make planters in the garden. When I'm not crafting, I'm reading. I was a Librarian for 33 years. Now I volunteer with the library Friends Group. I also volunteer with Piece By Piece, a non-profit organization that "provides low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life".

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Nov 26, 2016 Saturday
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking info will be sent to attendees
Near USC
LA US

COPY A GARMENT AND CUSTOM SIZE IT FOR YOU. Learn how to use a clear ruler, tracing wheel & a notcher to make your own tee shirt pattern. You will learn how to make a “industry” style pattern on soft dotted paper that’s similar to a Vogue pattern with grain lines, notches & sewing instructions that you can use over & over w/ info on yardage needed for your fabric buying needs. •Please bring a tee shirt or something very simple like a A line skirt to start plus pencils, ruler, tracing wheel, scissors •We will provide pattern paper, envelope, other tools if you don’t have them. Workshop will be held in my home that is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is plenty of street parking. Location is near USC. Details on parking & location will be sent via email.

Bring one of the following:
almond butter
organic olive oil
organic peanut butter
rye flour
unsalted cashews

About the teacher, Kathie Adams & Shishido

Bio for Sandy Shishido i’ve always loved making things as a kid and continued my passion for sewing and creating by taking tons of art courses in high school and college. with the popularity of “diy” movement and my monthly craft club i’ve learned how to make soap, toothpaste, candles, paper, books and more while always on the hunt for new classes. i worked as a pattern maker and apparel designer in the fashion industry for many years and currently design a women’s wear line “mi so happi” that is marketed through trunk shows, house parties and craft fairs. my kitchen wear line is on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/misohappi Bio for 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 a retired from a career in engineering.

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