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

 

Classes in Berkeley, Danville and Albany

Students must enroll in advance to participate in classes. Students save 10% off class materials purchased at Black Squirrel.
 
MedKnittingHandsFiber Arts Help Workshop  *Ongoing class, Now Twice A Week*
Tuesdays 12-2:30pm and Wednesdays 5:30-8pm at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $15. If you need some specialized help with a new project, such as fixing a problem, deciphering a pattern, or learning/perfecting a technique, then our Fiber Arts Help Workshop is for you! Bring any of your knitting, crochet, or sewing projects and get some help! Students should bring all required materials, and will save 10% if they purchase materials at Black Squirrel the day of the class
 
 
 
 Sew YScreen Shot 2017-10-05 at 11.54.04 PMour Favorite Leggings Sunday November 19, 12-2 pm (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
We all have them – that all-time favorite pair of leggings. And most of the time they’re either more worn than should be allowed in public, or well on their way. Or sometimes we wish they were just a little longer, a little higher-waisted, or had better elastic. In this class you’ll get to make your perfect pair of leggings by using a pair of your own to make a pattern, and you’ll learn how to modify them to be even better than the original! Students will need to bring their own sewing machines, fitted with a ball-point needle (also called a jersey needle). We do have two machines to lend out for a very small additional fee, on a first-come-first-served basis, so please send us a direct message if you would like to reserve one. Also, be sure to bring a pair of leggings to copy, cotton knit jersey fabric with at least 5% lycra and basic sewing tools. 

Classes for 2018

IMG_1324Beginning Knitting Wednesdays  January 3-17 10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions) at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res. 
Cast on, knit purl and bind off to make adorable scarves, hates and blankets. We will demystify gauge, tools and patterns so your projects will fit well and look beautiful. Students should bring at least one ball of worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 8 or 9 knitting needles. 
 
 
 
PersimmonTableclothBeginning Watercolor
Fridays January 5-February 9 6:30-8:30pm  (6 sessions) Albany Community Center Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $115 /res, $125/non-res.
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration.

MedTurbanSquashBeginning Watercolor
 Thursdays January 7-21 10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions) Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3430 Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res.
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration. 
 
 
IMG_0849Knitting Help 
Wednesdays January 24-February 7 10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions)  at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res.

Do you want to learn a new technique? Need help with a tricky project? This class offers individual support for new and advanced knitters. Basic knitting or equivalent is required for this class. Students should bring yarn and tools to work on their project
 
 
tinypinkrautCultured Sauerkraut 
Mondays January 29th 6:30-8pm (1 session) Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/res, $49/non-res. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.
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.
 
 
img_2345Watercolor Help Thursdays February 1-15  10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions) Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3430 Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res.
Apply techniques from beginning watercolor to any subject you wish to paint with assistance from an instructor. Pre-requisite: Beginning Watercolor or an equivalent class.
 
 
 
 
IMG_1003Tortillas and Tamales Monday February 5, 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/res, $49/non-res.  $9 materials fee paid to the instructor.
Tamales are 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.

 


Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.16.38 PMMeat Preparation 
Monday  February 12, 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/residents, $49/non-res. $11 materials fee paid to the instructor. 
Learn these three major cooking techniques to prepare everything from pork loin to fish. This class includes tips to prevent dry, tough or underdone meat, as well as a list of recommended techniques and herbs suited for particular varieties of meat. 
 
 
 
landpicWatercolor Landscapes
Fridays February 16-23 6:30-8:30pm  (6 sessions) Albany Community Center Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $115 /res, $125/non-res.
Learn how to apply layered washes, basic drawing and perspective to create simple and beautiful landscapes paintings. Students should have taken Watercolor (Beginning) or an equivalent class. Drawing skills are not required and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration. 
 
 
IMG_0087_1Herbs and Spices  Monday February 26 , 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/res, $49/non-res. $7 materials fee paid to the instructor.
No more boring home cooked meals! We will taste and smell a selection of herbs and spices and learn how to pair them to 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. 
 
 
 
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.05.03 PMDelicious Vegetables Monday March 5, 6:30-8pm (1 session) Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.
Don’t drown your broccoli in ranch dressing! Learn how herbs and spices can turn greens into delicious sautés and salads. We will also use leafy herbs to make your green smoothies extra yummy, not bitter.
 
 
 
 
Coming soon…
Fair Isle  for Intermediate Students Saturday October 28, 12-2 pm (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
You too can decorate hats and fingerless gloves with adorable repeating patterns in contrasting colors! We will learn how to juggle two colors at once with smooth, even results. Students should know how to knit in the round with either cable or double pointed needles and 1×1 ribbing. Students should bring a very light and dark colored worsted or dk yarn, corresponding 16″ or double pointed needles, and a stitch marker. save 10% if they purchase materials at Black Squirrel.