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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
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Classes in Danville and Albany
Watercolor NEW LOCATION 6:30pm Tuesdays May 3-June 7 (6 sessions) at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $98 for Albany residents, $108 for others.
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we will 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 up on registration.
Beginning Knitting Series 2 10:30 am Thursdays, April 14-28 (3 sessions) at the Danville community center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res or $90/non-res
Learn simple color work techniques, and how to increase and decrease stitches to make hats, triangle shawls and miter square blankets. Students should bring at least two balls of worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 8 or 9 knitting needles.
Knit or Crochet Blanket 10:30 am Thursdays, May 5–May 12 (2 sessions) at the Danville community center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $55/res or $66/non-res
Learn everything you need to know to finish a blanket. Start a project from scratch or bring a work in progress. Basic knitting or crochet skills required. Bring a ball of worsted weight acrylic yarn, a size J crochet hook or size 8 knitting needles.
Delicious Vegetables 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 18 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 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 to be paid to the instructor.
Cultured Sauerkraut 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 25 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others. $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.
Tortillas and Tamales 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 1 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.
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. $9 materials fee paid to the instructor.
Meat Preparation 6:30pm Wednesday, June 8 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 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. $11 materials fee paid to the instructor.
Super Chef Basics for Teens at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Two sessions to choose from: M-F June 13-17 (Now Full) or M-F August 1-5. All classes are 9:30-11:30am. Enrollment is $154 for Albany residents, $164 for others
Get confident in the kitchen! This dairy-free, gluten-free cooking class includes both meat and vegetarian options for each recipe. We will broil, sauté, steam, bake, and ferment fresh whole foods. This class features safe knife skills and an overview of nutritional benefits of featured ingredients by a certified nutrition consultant. Material fee: $35 paid to instructor on first day of camp. Note: One week pre-registration prior to camp start date required.
1. Broil, omelets and fruit salad
2. Sauerkraut, sushi and macaroons
3. Sauté, lentil soup and pancakes
4. Pasta, marinara sauce, salad, milkshakes
5. Tortillas, tamales, salsa
Season with Herbs and Spices 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 29 at Albany Recreation Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others.$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 live saver if you are avoiding salt, processed foods, or just want to be a better cook.
Beginner’s Knit Lace Wrap 10:30 am Thursdays, June 30-July 7 (2 sessions) at the Danville community center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $55/res or $66/non-res
Learn a simple pattern of yarn overs and decreases to create a lovely lace wrap, perfect for summer evenings. Students must know basic knit and purl stitches and/or have taken a beginning knitting class. Bring at least 1 ball of yarn and a favorite pair of knitting needles. Students are encouraged to bring at least two different sizes of needles to help them choose their preferred gauge.