Classes & Events

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“Wow, just opened the fermented veggies that we made with Ilah Jarvis and they kick some serious ass! Must get more starter and make more!!” -Janine Anderson

“Ilah is friendly and knowledgeable .  Her relaxed, mellow attitude towards measurements and instruction made me feel comfortable about trying the recipes on my own.  My first batch that I created in my kitchen turned out beautifully and it was great fun to do.”-Annie Kenny

“I liked that I could ask questions that were not necessarily addressed in the books. I also liked the peaceful, creative setting.”-Rebecca Anaya

 All classes require advance registration. Contact via email or phone to save your spot! Cooking classes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and emphasize whole ingredients. 

 

Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 10.49.56 AMBasketweave Scarf 1 pm Wednesday, January 28 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

This distinguished unisex scarf is warm and easy enough for beginning students. Basic knitting or equivalent instruction is required. Please bring a ball worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 8 wood or bamboo knitting needles.

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.31.33 AMCrochet Hearts 1 pm Wednesday, February 4 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

We will make adorable hearts from yarn to decorate presents, attach to pins, or anything you wish to express your love. Students must know basic crochet techniques. Please bring a ball of worsted weight yarn and a size J crochet hook. Thinner yarn and a smaller hooks are also fine.

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 11.38.12 AMColorwork Scarf 1 pm Wednesday, February 11 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Intarsia is an easy way to add colored shapes to your knitted projects. We will discuss on to make circles, hearts, vertical shapes and more. Please bring worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 8 wood or plastic knitting needles.

MedLizardStillLifeOpen Studio 1-5pm Sunday February 22nd at my studio at 1015 Addison St. between 9th and 10th St. Berkeley, CA 94710

I am letting go of my older watercolors, drawings and etchings at affordable prices to encourage sales. I will also have reproductions of my most popular watercolors for $20 each. Let me know which pieces are your favorite and I may offer reproductions in other formats on my website.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.13.45 PMTortillas and Tamales 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 24 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

Tamales are a traditional holiday dish in Latin America. We will use masa to make tamales filled with a choice of beans, cheese or pork. Then we will make tortillas and guacamole as we wait for the tamales to steam. Both tamales and tortillas are easy to make and delicious. $9 materials fee paid to the instructor.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.13.24 PMSoups and Stews 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 4 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

Winter is the season for squash, beets and other root vegetables. These hearty vegetables are prefect for soup and stew, made with herbs, spices and chicken or vegetable broth. Learn how to put winter vegetables to work, to get you full and warm. $9 material fee paid to the instructor.

MedTurbanSquashWatercolor Technique 1 pm Wednesday, March 4 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Watercolor is not as hard as you think! We will play with traditional watercolor techniques to make beautiful gradations, hard edges and unexpected effects. No drawing skills are required for this class, just a willingness to try something new and have fun. This class is recommended for students who wish to enroll in other watercolor classes. Provided materials include a brush, palette and paint, which can be used in future classes. Students who bring their own materials are not required to pay a materials fee.

potroastMeat Prep 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 10 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

Learn these three major cooking techniques to prepare everything from pork loin to fish. This class included tips to prevent dry, tough or underdone meat, as well as a list of recommended techniques and herbs suited for particular varieties of meat. $11 material fee paid to the instructor.

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 7.04.17 PMWatercolor Color Wheel 1pm Wednesday, March 11 at  Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

The process of mixing colors and painting a color wheel will teach you valuable painting lessons. You will discover how different pigments behave, develop your ability to mix specific colors and strengthen your application skills. This class is recommended for still life and landscape classes. This class is recommended for students who wish to enroll in other watercolor classes. Provided materials include a brush, palette and paint, which can be used in future classes. Students who bring their own materials are not required to pay a materials fee.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.11.53 PMCultured Sauerkraut 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 17 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

Cultured sauerkraut is deliciously rich in probiotics or “good bacteria” but a 16 oz. jar can cost as much as $10. In this class, you can learn how to make a gallon for as little as $2 with a variety of vegetable and spice variations. Tips for making low-sodium kraut are included in this class. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.

Watercolor Still Life 1pm Wednesday, March 18 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Students will hone their skills to bring simple still life picture. We will build upon previous classes to use color to create the illusion of light and shadow to model an object in space. The instructor provides fruit and vegetable models. This class is recommended for students who wish to enroll in other watercolor classes. Provided materials include a brush, palette and paint, which can be used in future classes. Students who bring their own materials are not required to pay a materials fee.

BasilSeason with Herbs and Spices 6:30 pm Tuesday, March 24 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

No more boring home cooked meals! We will taste and smell a selection of herbs and spices and learn how tot pair them with a variety of foods. This class is a life saver if you are avoiding salt, processed foods, or just want to be a better cook. $7 materials fee paid to the instructor.

landpicWatercolor Landscape 1 pm Wednesday, March 25 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Learn how paint a landscape watercolor painting based on a favorite photograph. We will simplify the image and create an atmosphere using color and water. Students should bring one or more images they would like to paint from. The instructor also provides additional photos. This class is recommended for students who wish to enroll in other watercolor classes. Provided materials include a brush, palette and paint, which can be used in future classes. Students who bring their own materials are not required to pay a materials fee.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.05.03 PMDelicious Vegetables 6:30 pm Thursday, March 31 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

Don’t drown your broccoli in ranch dressing! Learn how to herbs and spices can turn greens into delicious sautes and salads. We will also use leafy herbs tot make your green smoothies extra yummy, not bitter. $7 materials fee paid to the instructor.

GoldCircleBeginning Crochet 1 pm Wednesday, April 1 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Learn how to chain, single crochet, choose an appropriate yarn and hook for your project, and more will be provided, depending on the needs and pace of the students. See why crochet is considered to be quicker, easier and more versatile than knitting. This class provides a ground for all other crochet classes. Students should bring a light colored ball of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. Skeins will be wound as part of class. Students may contact instructor for questions.

MedGreenLaceCrochet Lace Accents 1 pm Wednesday, April 8 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Learn how to crochet lovely picot and shell lace edges onto scarves, tablecloths and more. We will cover how to read the patterns, and techniques for attaching lace onto woven items. Edging examples will be shown, as well as uses of fabric made from shell and V stitch. Students should bring a light colored ball of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. Skeins should be wound into a ball before class. Students may contact instructor for questions. Basic crochet skills are required

GrannySquaresSmallGranny Squares 1 pm Wednesday, April 15 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

This popular pattern is most often used in Afghans. You will learn the basic technique, and will see examples of pattern variations and how color, scale, and fiber affect results. Pattern reading and graphs are included in this class. Basic crochet skills are required. Students should bring at least two colors of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. Skeins should be wound into a ball before class. Students may contact instructor for questions.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.02.29 PMLow-Sugar Jam 6:30 pm Thursday, April 21 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.

Jam doesn’t have to rely on sugar to thicken and act as a preservative. Learn alternative ways to protect and sweeten your jam with stevia, low-methoxyl pectin and safe canning techniques. You can enjoy jam without all the sugar! $7 material fee to the instructor.

GreenCrochetScarfCrochet Workshop 1 pm Wednesday, April 22 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

Are you stumped by a crochet project? Would you like help from an expert to get you going again? Bring your questions and projects to this class. Print and online resources are also provided. Basic crochet skills are required. Students are encouraged to contact teacher before class with project details.

CrochetFlowerCrochet Flowers 1 pm Wednesday, April 29 at Danville Senior Center 115 E. Prospect St. Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3490. $35 for Danville residents, $42 for others.

You too can crochet traditional flowers and leaves to decorate hats, pins and gifts. Chains, shells and other techniques will be used, and we will interpret written instructions and charts. Basic crochet skills are required. Students should bring a size H hook one each of green and a floral colored DK weight cotton yarn. Experienced crochet students may enjoy a size F hook and Lion Brand Bonbons cotton sport weight yarn, available at Micheals

Super Chef  Teens Cooking Class 9:30-11:30 am M-F August 7-15 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave
Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283.

 

 

 

 

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    1/28 Basketweave Scarf
    2/4 Crochet Hearts
    2/11 Colorwork Scarf
    2/24 Tortillas and Tamales
    3/4 Watercolor Technique
    3/10 Meat Prep
    3/11 Watercolor Colorwheel
    3/17 Cultured Sauerkraut
    3/18 Watercolor Still Life
    3/24 Season with Herbs and Spices
    3/25 Watercolor Landscape
    3/31 Delicious Vegetables
    4/1 Beginning Crochet
    4/8 Crochet Lace Accents
    4/15 Granny Squares
    4/21 Low-sugar Jam
    4/22 Crochet Workshop
    4/29 Crochet Flowers
    8/7-15 Teen Cooking

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