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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 materials purchased at Black Squirrel on the day of class.

 
MedKnittingHandsKnit and Crochet Help  *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.
Need help with a tricky project or a new technique? This class offers individual support for new and advanced crafters. I’m happy to help with sewing projects as well.  Students should know how to chain/cast-on, and basic crochet or knit stitches. Students should bring all required materials, and will save 10% if they purchase materials at Black Squirrel the day of the class.
IMG_1324Beginning Knitting Wednesdays Sept 6-20 10:30 am-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. 
 
MedTurbanSquashBeginning Watercolor Thursdays Sept 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_2345Watercolor Help Thursdays Sept 28-Oct 12 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.
 
MedTurbanSquashBeginning Watercolor Fridays Sept 8-Oct 13 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.
screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-6-43-15-pmFair Isle  for Intermediate Students Saturday September 9, 1-3 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.
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.05.03 PMDelicious Vegetables Monday September 11, 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.
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.11.53 PMCultured Sauerkraut Monday September 18,  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_2828Fit That Bodice Sunday September 24, 12-3 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.
Test out a new pattern or sloper by sewing a wearable muslin in an attractive, inexpensive fabric with the help of a teacher. Get assistance shaping darts to your curves, and learn how to modify necklines and other details to suit your taste. This is a great follow up for the “Fit Those Clothes” class.
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.13.45 PMTortillas and Tamales Monday September 25, 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.
MedKnittingHandsKnit Help- advance enrollment required
Wednesdays Sept 27-Oct 11, 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.
landpicWatercolorLandscapes
Thursdays Sept 28-Oct 12, 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.
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. 
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.16.38 PMMeat Preparation Monday October 2, 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. 
IMG_0087_1Herbs and Spices  Monday October 9, 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. 
 
MedKnittingHands
Knit Help - advance enrollment required
Wednesdays Oct 18-Nov 1, 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.
 
landpicWatercolor Landscapes
Thursdays Oct 19-Nov 2, 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.
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.
 
Coming soon….
Fit Those Clothes! Sunday August 6, noon-3 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 $40.
Frustrated by clothes that don’t fit? In this class you will make a bodice sloper- a simple flat pattern that perfectly matches the size and shape of your torso. Your sloper will tell you exactly how to adjust sewing patterns for a fit you will love.
 

Baby Sweater Sunday August 27,  12-2 pm(2 sessions) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $50.
This class is held over the course of two consecutive weeks! Part 1 is held from 12-2 on Sunday Aug.27th, and Part 2 is on Sept. 3rd. In this class we will make an adorable baby-sized, top down, seamless raglan cardigan, with tips on how to create a flattering shape for an adult version! Students must be comfortable with knitting, purling, and the use of DPN’s. Student Supply List: You will need at least 300 yards of worsted weight yarn and 16″ circular size 8 knitting needles.