Feb 21, 2016 Sunday
(Almost full)
Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles US

This 2-hour class will provide strategies for increasing capacity of your organization by targeting potential supporters and volunteers. During the session, you will examine needs of your organization and create lists of potential volunteers, supporters, and donors to further the growth of your organization. This class should be valuable to not-for-profit board members; staff; leaders; and volunteers. **SUPPLIES students will need to bring: Bring with you to share in class: an artifact that says something about the organization you associate with. Ex. – photo of the community served; equipment used; uniform; logo; etc.** PARKING: free street parking is available. **ACCESSIBILITY: Venue is on 2nd floor, no elevator on site.

Bring one of the following:
Anything that says I Love LA
CD you “once listened to all the time”
Dark chocolate
Popcorn / snack to share with @ 8 people
Red licorice

About the teacher, Domenic Pedante

I am a retired public school educator and p/t university instructor from Wilmington, DE. I have earned graduate degrees from Southern University and Wilmington University. I currently serve on the Boards of Directors of the DE Community Reinvestment Action Council and The Grand Opera House of DE., and (most proudly, I’m Leanne’s dad!)

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Mar 5, 2016 Saturday
(Full)

DIY Soap Making

10:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles 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:
a bottle of essential oil
dog treats (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
jar of local honey
pair of woman's wool socks

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

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

Mar 6, 2016 Sunday

Get Your Energies Humming

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Debs Park
4235 Monterey Road - Meet in the middle of the parking area
Los Angeles US

Learn a quick Energy Medicine routine that boosts your energy and blows out stress. Based on Acupuncture principles and Touch for Health, the Donna Eden Daily Energy Routine is an easy and fun protocol for moving blocked energy and connecting to your state of joy. This is a meditative, movement based class. Enjoy the sunshine, beautiful trees and green grass while learning these powerful techniques. You will learn simple breathing patterns, grounding techniques and the 5 Minute Daily Energy Routine. We will go over the EM routine a few times, and leave the last half hour to an hour for questions. Follow-up handouts for students will be provided for home practice. You’ll know how to use this routine anytime you want. The more you practice, the better you will feel. Energy Medicine focuses on the entire body as a system, and incorporates many ancient and modern self-care approaches to increase vitality and resilience. **What to bring to class: Yoga mat, comfortable clothing you can stretch in and drinking water.

Bring one of the following:
a bottle of plain kombucha
bag of almond flour
Drought tolerant plant or plant clippings
handmade soap
hot sauce

About the teacher, Helen Driscoll

I've studied Donna Eden Energy Medicine since 2003, with Donna Eden, Gopita Manning, Gary Craig (EFT), and John LaTourette, PhD (Advanced Martial Arts Master in QiQong, Kung Fu and Kempo Karate). It kept me healthy and (mostly!) sane through the ups and downs of building a letterpress and DIY eco wedding/events business.

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Mar 9, 2016 Wednesday

Intro to Animation

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

In this class, students will learn the basics of creating animated content through Toon Boom Studio Animation program, how to navigate the program, build characters, nesting, timeframes, and more to create one's own animated project. This intro seminar is ideal for anyone who wants to make their own original animated content. Using cut out animation techniques (think South Park) instead of traditional frame to frame animation, students will learn that regardless of drawing talent, they can take an idea and turn it into animation. While this is great for students wanting to make shorter form content, the lessons applied here can also be used for larger scale animation projects as well. **Supplies you'll need to bring: notepad, writing utensils **Accessibility: Book Show is wheelchair and walker accessible. **Parking: Both metered and un-metered street parking is available on all surrounding streets.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise
cool accent furniture
cool art
Moleskin notebook
really good coffee

About the teacher, John Paliferro

Ive been doing animation for over 2 years now. Self taught. I love comedy and Tom Selleck

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Mar 12, 2016 Saturday

Applied Mime

12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
HM157
3110 N. Broadway
Lincoln Heights US

This class will show you a (most likely) new way of conceptualizing and moving your body, explore concepts of rhythm and timing, and discuss one theory of stage presence. We’ll borrow heavily from the technique of Corporeal Mime, a type of physical theatre, but will filter it through the lens of everyday life. During our time together, you’ll learn a little technique, think with your body (or at the very least standing up), and interact with the other participants to create simple and heavily improvised 15-30 second pieces. We’ll also discuss how you can apply these concepts to your everyday life: be it presentations at work, or even just looking slightly more imposing as you walk into the supermarket. This class will ask you to be aware of your body in ways you may not have been previously, and by no means should you expect to come in or leave with a mastery of anything we touch upon, but the experience will hopefully open your eyes to at least one new concept that you can take with you and develop on your own in the future. No movement or acting experience necessary. If you have injuries or limited mobility, you are still welcome to come and participate in whatever capacity you are able, but may occasionally find that you’d do better sitting and watching certain things. **Accessibility: This venue has several stairs at the entrance and to access restroom.

Bring one of the following:
Candles
Exchange of Services (whatever it is you're good at and love)
Fabric (no fat quarters or small scrap pieces, please. Knits, wovens, and old sheets are all acceptable. Velvet is extravagant but always well received. Earth and Jewel tones are best, but as long as you like the print/color, it'll be fine)
Felt-tipped fine-point pens
Indoor Plants (I'm partial to succulents that are not cacti and other low maintenance varieties)
Picture Frames (any size - no words, please)
small sketchbook
Tea (low/no caffeine preferred - no barley or roobios blends please)
Watercolor Paint Brushes (especially ¾”or 1” flat brushes, filberts, and rounds)
Waterproof Black India Ink
Yarn

About the teacher, Simone Nibbs

Simone has been studying Corporeal Mime for over 4 years now, and has finally reached a place in her studies where she thinks she can maybe talk about it in public and claim to be somewhat knowledgeable about the subject. In mime, she found something she never found anywhere else, and she hopes to share a little of that with as many people as possible. She enjoys and has interest in most forms of physical theatre (particularly mime, clown, and commedia del arte), dabbles in the graphic and written arts, and just generally enjoys making things. She is also hoping to get her website up before the class list goes live (she's writing the code herself). If she succeeds, you can read more about her there!

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Mar 13, 2016 Sunday

Introduction to SoulCollage®

1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Chez Aaroyo
211 S Ave 57 #201
Los Angeles US

In this introductory workshop, students will make and dialogue with (at least!) two SoulCollage® cards. SoulCollage® is a gentle, intuitive process of collaging found images onto a card that is used as a prompt for self-reflection. While SoulCollage® cards are often beautiful, this is not an "art" class. No art experience or artistic skill is needed. Learn more at soulcollage.com. Optional supplies: If you have a favorite pair of scissors or type of glue stick you like to use, feel free to bring those. If you have old magazines you want to cut up, you can bring those also. Otherwise, all supplies will be provided. Class will be three hours.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of pinot grigio wine
A bottle of pinot noir wine
A bottle of sparkling water (such as Perrier, Pellegrino)
Follow me on Twitter (@LaureenNarro)
Roasted cashews

About the teacher, Laureen Lazarovici

Laureen is a writer, editor and social justice activist. In October, she became trained as a SoulCollage(R) facilitator, which brings together her interest in the archetypes of our collective unconscious and in collage.

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(Full)

Seasonal Citrus: Lemons 5 Ways

2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Home in Hollywood
537 N. Las Palmas Avenue
Los Angeles 90004 US

This class will be part demo, part student participation. Students will watch and help complete 5 recipes that utilize lemons in completely different ways. We'll learn how to bake with them, candy them, use them in cocktails, and in frozen desserts. There are two goals for this class: to come away knowing how to use lemons in their entirety -- everything from zest, to juice, to rind in exciting, delicious, and approachable ways; and to come away realizing that it doesn't take a fully stocked kitchen with fancy equipment to achieve great things! Students will leave with all the recipes from the class and easy-to-follow instructions on how to recreate everything at home. They'll also leave with fully bellies from sampling everything we make! Each student will get a chance to work side-by-side with Aly and Sarah on 1 of the 5 recipes. Everyone who signs up will get this opportunity! If you'd prefer to watch in the "audience" only, that's fine too. What to bring: 1) An apron! Or a shirt you don't mind getting some flour on. 2) A mason jar/tupperware/plastic bags to take home the delicious things we make. Please note that we will be providing ALL ingredients, but we'll never say no to an extra lemon if you have one in your backyard. *Class will be held in the teacher's home. This location is not wheelchair or walker accessible. There is ample street parking (no permit required).

Bring one of the following:
1 pound unsalted butter
A package of flat round cotton pads
A surprise
John Frieda shampoo for brunettes
Neutrogena sunscreen

About the teacher, Aly Bourne & Sarah Siebold

Aly and Sarah met in New York City where Sarah ran an artisanal s'more company. Both classically trained in pastry and baking arts, the two found their way to Los Angeles. They both believe that baking gets a bad wrap for being too scientific and scary -- but their goal is to make students realize that baking isn't just about chemistry; it's about enjoying the moment, putting a playful spin on what you're making, and collaborating with others.

Mar 14, 2016 Monday

Kombucha

8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Teacher's Home in Echo Park
street address will to sent to registered students via email several days before class
Echo Park US

I learned to make Kombucha from taking a TSLA class and now I want to share the knowledge! 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!

Bring one of the following:
A bag of coffee beans
A house plant/tree or pot
Christmas lights
Homemade bread loaf (you, bakery)
Something (art, craft, food, etc.) you (or somebody you know) made
Surprise me
Vegetable/herb seedlings

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

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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Mar 15, 2016 Tuesday

A Meeting of Two Poems

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

This class will explore two poems: "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats and "The Fish" by Marianne Moore. Both poetic beginners and literary veterans will dig deep into the beautiful language of each of these works. We will explore them both as individual poems and as an unlikely literary pair. Why unlikely? For starters, about 100 years of human history divides them. They belong to entirely different poetic traditions as well as geographic locations. Keats was a British Romantic poet and Moore was an American modernist. Nevertheless, these poems have enough in common to converse across both time and space (they also can be read online for free via a simple Google search!) Class participants will be asked to read the poems before class and to come in ready to talk to their heart’s content about anything and everything contained in these poems. Copies of the poems will be provided for reference, so all you need to do is bring a pen and some paper if you want to take notes. Is there something in the poems that you don’t understand? Something you love? Some startling revelation? Or even a complete sense of “I don’t get it”? All these questions will feed into our discussion. After this two hour class you will have taken significant strides towards becoming a more proficient reader of poetry. In addition, you will also have a better sense of these specific poems, poets, and eras of literary tradition. Whether you've been reading poetry since you were a kid, or you want to try something totally new, join us for a rewarding and entertaining evening.

Bring one of the following:
Art Supplies
Book of Poetry
Comfy Yoga Pants 31" - 32"
Cool XL T-shirt
Illustrate first Issue of my Comic Book (58 Panels)
Large or XL Hoodie/Sweatshirt
Pens
Sauce
USB Drive

About the teacher, Peter Lane

Peter Lane received his B.A. in English from Reed College in 2011 and his M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in 2014. He now works as a research assistant in the Pomona College Theatre Department and moonlights as a party clown.

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Mar 16, 2016 Wednesday

Freelance Contracts

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

Managing the professional creative process can be a bear. Not only do you have to make something but you have to make something for someone. And you have to get paid to do it. This class is about talking through a few tricks for making the process cleaner, specifically honing in on the contracting and pre-contract phases. Appropriate language, payment schedules, deliverables structure, and of course, dealing with ludicrous clients.

Bring one of the following:
Cool olive oils
Fruits and vegetables
Interesting vinegars
Jerkies
Old books

About the teacher, Nick Laurrell

I've been a working writer for more than a decade now. Ads, copy, comic books - I've arranged a lot of different words in exchange for money. But I've also commissioned a large number of designers over the years. This has left me with experience in developing constructive creative processes with clients across the board.

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Mar 17, 2016 Thursday

Rose Garden Yoga

7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Location Pending (an East-Side location will be finalized soon)
Location Pending (an East-Side location will be finalized soon)
Los Angeles US

An outdoor Vinyasa flow class located in a Silverlake hilltop garden that overlooks LA. This class uses breath to movement to enhance the connection between body and mind. This practice builds strength and increases flexibility through Sun Salutations, standing postures, arm balances, core strengthening, backbends, hip openers, and inversions. All levels are welcome.

Bring one of the following:
Candles
Essential oils
Organic body wash
Organic fruits and/or organic vegetables
Organic shampoo

About the teacher, Adrienne Mascarenas Diaz

Art studio assistant, yogi, dreamer, hustler, free spirit, happy kid, cookie baker, hula dancer, spontaneous adventurer. RYT-200 Power Yoga teacher making yoga accessible to the community.

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Mar 19, 2016 Saturday

DIY Hot Pepper Jam

10:30a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Teacher's home near USC - address & parking details will be emailed
Near USC
Los Angeles US

Making your jam is really FUN! And makes great gifts your friends & family will appreciate. Hot pepper jam is great to have in your pantry, as it is excellent on cheese & crackers as an instant appetizer/ You'll have the experience of making a batch during this 2 & 1/2 hour workshop and you will take home 2 jars of jam - the hot pepper jam and one from my stash. Supplies - case of 4oz or 8oz canning jars (I'll supply the peppers, sugar & vinegar) Ralph's, True Value & OSH tend to carry this size jar 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:
case of 4oz or 8oz canning jars
dog treats (not rawhide)
good bottle of red wine
surprize me
tin of Earl Grey loose tea

About the teacher, Kathie Adams

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

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Simon Residence
5605 Aldama Street
Los Angeles US

Listening to Opera is a class for anybody who is curious about opera (even if you're unfamiliar with it), has listened to or attended some opera but would like to get more out of the experience, or just isn’t sure how to get started exploring this amazing dramatic musical form. I'll be talking and playing examples, giving you some context for what you're hearing, and we'll also have time for you to talk about your experiences and ask questions. I hope you'll leave the class with a better understanding and new ways into experiencing opera. What we'll cover – with many examples to listen to: • A quick tour of opera history and some of the key composers and works – not exhaustive, just a start! • What to look/listen for in opera – great music, amazing singing, characters, drama, emotion and spectacle. • How operas are structured and how that's changed over time • A bit about opera singing - voice types, roles, the chorus • Getting the most out of attending an opera performance You don't need to bring anything or have any specific background knowledge. Just come to listen, learn and share the experience. **Accessibility: This location has 5 stairs to get into the house entrance. **Parking: Un-metered street parking is available.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of 1000 or 1200 mg fish oil capsules (any brand)
A bottle of wine
Box of Arm & Hammer scoopable cat litter (Multicat, Super Scoop, Double Duty – any will work)
Dog collar and leash (any size - for shelter pets)
Unopened bag of dog food (for shelter pets)

About the teacher, Anne Schwarz

I'm a lifelong lover of classical music with a Ph.D in Composition from UC San Diego. Way back in graduate school, I wrote an opera because I loved opera so much. I haven't written any since then but I still love opera and hope to introduce it to new people, or help people enjoy and get more out of it.

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Mar 21, 2016 Monday

Figure Drawing

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

Learn the basics of figure drawing or just come for some practice! There will be basic instruction on drawing exercises and techniques, followed by plenty of practice with a live, clothed model. The class will focus on getting creative juices flowing with timed gesture drawings and short poses ranging from 1min-15min. ****Supplies students will need to bring to participate in this class: A large sketch pad, at least 18x24 inches (larger is better) and drawing utensils of your choice (Vine charcoal, graphite pencils, pens, markers, pastels, crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils). You can bring an easel if you want, but otherwise we will be seated around the room. Some might like a large clip board to work on, but make sure that you at least have a sturdy sketch pad to draw on.

Bring one of the following:
A bag of coffee beans
A book you liked!
A cool cup/bowl/plate (think Goodwill gems)
A plant or tree (indoor or outdoor)
Something made by you or a friend
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

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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Mar 23, 2016 Wednesday
Book Show & Parlour of Wonders
5503 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles US

If you're an artist or creative working hard to promote yourself or your business, this class is for you. This class is an introduction to Public Relations and will explain the core concepts behind public relations. You will leave with the ability to put together a solid PR plan and choose the best PR tools for reaching your goals. You will also receive tips on how to build a comprehensive media list and the best methods for pitching your stories to the press. It is recommended that you check out the printable PR Planning Workbook found here: http://bit.ly/BGPRPlanWorkbook. This is a good companion to this class and will help you to put your ideas and strategies into action. Of course, you do not have to print this out at all.

Bring one of the following:
A Good Bottle of Wine
A package of frozen fruit
A Tea Strainer
Package of 2-Pocket Folders without Fasteners (Black or White preferred)
USB Flashdrive, 16GB or more

About the teacher, Brittany A. Gash

Brittany A. Gash is a Marketing & Public Relations Consultant within the Arts, Entertainment and Nonprofit fields. With 9 years of Marketing & PR experience, her expertise lies in event publicity, social media campaigns, content creation, brand and image management and digital marketing. Her philosophy is that well-planned strategies are the key to not only brand identity but also long-term customer loyalty, increased revenues and community engagement. She is currently working with Towne Street Theatre, the Da Camera Society, Brazilian Nites Productions and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She received her MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Cal State, Northridge. She has also been an Arts & Entertainment Reporter for the online news source Examiner.com, since 2009.

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