Apr 29, 2017 Saturday

Introduction to Rag Rugging

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Rag rugging was a popular way of using up worn-out clothes and pieces of cloth during the 19th century. There was a bit of a revival during the Second World War and is getting popular again. During this class you'll find out about the styles and techniques of simple rag rugging. By the end of the class, you'll have a tiny rag rug to take away with you.

Bring one of the following:
Empty jam jars (with lids)
Folk/Classical CDs
Herbs growing in pots
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Kilner jar or bottle
Muslin squares
Small plastic plant pots (suitable for seedlings)
Your favourite vegetarian/vegan recipe

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Learn about house-swapping holidays- the free, alternative way to travel with unique, home-from-home accommodation. The class will share my experiences with you, introduce you to my preferred house-swapping website and guide you on writing a profile, house-guide and the practicalities of the swap.

Bring one of the following:
Bee-friendly plants/ seedlings (especially herbs)
Coloured tissue paper sheets
Egg boxes
Lavender oil
Untreated wood for woodburner (especially pallets)

About the teacher, Rachael Filbey-Howe

I'm a yoga teacher, personal trainer and speech therapist. I'm interested in vegetarian food, travelling and chickens! I'm back in Norwich after 12 years having lived in Japan, Edinburgh and the Peak District.

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May 27, 2017 Saturday

Play and Make Ancient Board Games

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Find out how to play the ancient Egyptian game of Senet, the game of Ur which was first played in Iraq over 2000 years ago and Nine-Man's Morris which was first played in 7th century Europe. Then you'll be able to make the boards and pieces so that you can take them home and carry on playing them with your friends and family.

Bring one of the following:
10 points on my NORLETS account
Fairtrade coffee
Folk/Classical CDs
Homemade Cakes/Biscuits
Kilner jars or bottles
Potted herbs
Your favourite vegan/vegetarian recipe

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Italian for Beginners

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Ciao! Would you like to learn a bit of Italian for your Italian holiday? I will teach you some basic expressions to help you navigate in various situations: asking for directions, shopping, dining, etc. A presto! (See you soon!)

Bring one of the following:
Balls of yarn
Dark chocolate 70% cocoa
Good brushes for painting
Nice book
Tea leaves

About the teacher, Rosaria Campilongo

I am Rosaria, I am from Italy. I have been living in Norwich for almost 2 years. I work as a biologist and in my spare time I love painting, drawing, being creative and riding my bike.

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Jun 24, 2017 Saturday

Fabric Flowers

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Come along and learn how to hand sew your own fabric flower that you can take home with you. Bring along a piece of your favourite fabric (cotton fabric will work great). A fat quarter (about £2-3 in most sewing shops) should be more than enough. You can also bring along a piece of coordinating ribbon too (up to 1inch/2.5cm wide and about 20 inches/50cm long). I'll bring everything else you'll need. If you've got a pair of sewing or nice sharp scissors, please bring them along so that we have enough to share.

Bring one of the following:
A wet/dry bag
Spiral-bound notebook
Vegan cake or biscuits
Vegan chocolate
Vintage sewing thread (can be found in charity shops)

About the teacher, Mary Myerson

I like to sew and make all sorts of things. I have a room full of sewing and craft materials and am trying (but failing) to work my way through the huge stash because it's getting silly! I love animals and I've just gone vegan (hence the cakes and chocolate... yum!). I have previously taught with Trade School and I'm looking forward to teaching again.

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Beginners Spanish

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

A class offering people the chance to learn a little Spanish such as introducing yourself or ordering a meal and a drink etc.

Bring one of the following:
Biscuits
Cake
Eagerness to learn
Garden plant
Surprise me

About the teacher, Heather Hand

I have lived and worked in Spain for more than 25 years. I love the country and its people

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A Philosophical Dialogue

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Philosophy is the process systematically answering certain kinds of questions about certain kinds of thing. The main areas of philosophy are Metaphysics - questions about what exists, Epistemology - questions about what we can know about what exists, Ethics, Aesthetics and Political philosophy - questions about what we value in what there is, Philosophy of Language - questions about how it is that our words mean things, and Logic - questions about the validity of our arguments. Roughly speaking, philosophy can be distinguished from science, which is concerned with empirical evidence, and religion, which which is concerned with faith and mystical revelation.

Bring one of the following:
Boring postcards
Feedback
Interesting postcards
Participation
Pictures from a magazine

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community. I am also a member of Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, SAPERE.

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Jul 22, 2017 Saturday

Introduction to Felt-Making

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Learn the technique of wet felt-making using colourful and natural wool fibres. Felting is a technique that has been used by humans for practical and decorative use for thousands of years. In this session, you can learn the basic technique of how to create a piece of felted wool, which can be the basis for your own artwork in the future or simply to try out this historic craft. Bring a plastic bag or tupperware box to take away your piece of felt as it will need drying at home. We will be using soap so if you have sensitive skin please bring your own plastic gloves.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Commitment to sign up and teach at Trade School on a subject of your choice
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Interesting papers to use for craft projects
Lavender essential oil
Natural household cleaning products
Textile bits & bobs, such as ribbons, needles, buttons, embroidery threads, zips (5", 6" or 7") etc

About the teacher, Genevieve Rudd

I'm an artist, maker and facilitator living on the Norfolk coast. I make artwork using mixed-media techniques inspired by the natural world, combining textiles, photography, drawing and printmaking. Since 2010, I've been involved in running participatory arts workshop with community groups.

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Introduction to Improv Comedy

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

A gentle taster workshop looking at the basics of improv. During the session, you will learn some of the fundamentals of improv comedy. We will learn through group games and exercises. This is a great session to dip your toe into the improv waters. This course is suitable for people with no previous improv experience, or those who've not done any for a while and want to jump back in. Your coach will be Chris Read - a supportive and passionate improviser with many years experience both performing and coaching improv.

Bring one of the following:
A Surprise!
Beer
Help promoting Improv
Homemade food
Singing Tuition

About the teacher, Chris Read

I've been performing and coaching improv for 6 years. I've found it to not only be a lot of fun, but also helpful for my wellbeing and mental health.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Alexander Technique is the best self-help technique you have (probably) never heard of! Its a really practical way of becoming more aware of how you move and react and how we all tend to put too much effort into everyday tasks. It has been shown to help with chronic back pain by breaking the pain-tension- more pain cycle. But it is about more than pain, posture and bad backs, its about mindful movement and responses to life.

Bring one of the following:
Bring a friend with back pain
Curiosity
Dance lesson
Introduction to something fun and unusual in Norwich
Web design/social media advice

About the teacher, Mireille Heald

I'm Mireille, and I've recently moved to Norwich. I'm a STAT registered Alexander Technique teacher, which involved 3 years full time training. I was a vet until back pain forced me to give up work. Alexander Technique was really helpful to me and having a scientific and practical way of thinking I aim to teach it in a really down to earth way. I love walking my dog (exploring my new home town), and I'm looking for places to dance salsa, or new dance styles to try! @backtoactive on facebook

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