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Home, Garden & Water Conservation Classes



Landlording Made Easy


If you are a landlord, or are thinking about becoming one, this class will provide you with the basics of managing real estate. Learn how to legally advertise, screen applicants, develop procedures and build excellent tenant relationships.

We will cover the ins and outs of a proper lease, the necessary addendum, and what you can and can’t put into a lease. Know the documentation needed to protect you, the property and the tenant. We’ll go over basic Fair Housing laws and legal requirements with tips and tricks to lead to an easier land lording experience.

Bring your lunch if you want to participate in one-on-one Q & A time.

Sat., Nov. 5
9 am - 3:30 pm
Room: 432

Register by Sept. 12: $90
Register after Sept. 12: $98

plus $5 materials fee payable at class

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Kathleen Richards, MS, MPM, Broker/Owner of a local Property Management company. She has professionally managed real estate for 15 years and has served on local and state boards for property mgmt. trade associations. She published Property Management A-Z in 2015.


Laundry-to-Landscape Hands-On Installation Workshop


This class gives participants information and a hands-on experience installing a laundry to landscape system, which re-purposes water which was previously considered waste water and can now be redirected for landscape and garden irrigation. Classroom Instruction at the first half of the day will cover code requirements, graywater compatible products and plants, graywater parts and materials identification , calculating irrigation field size and plant water requirements, mulch basin construction, creating a design for your system and maintaining your graywater system.

After a one hour lunch break we will travel to the workshop installation site, a local resident/volunteer’s home complete an installation. Directions to site are given in class.

Don't forget to bring a lunch, sunscreen & a water bottle!

Please note: The workshop starts at 9 am, but please arrive by 8:45 am to check in!

Hands-on installation demonstration will be from 1-4 pm

Sat. Oct. 22
9 am - 4pm
Room: 609 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85


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Jim Heaney has been employed at the County of Santa Cruz Planning Department for the past 14 years as a Building Plans Examiner and a Building Inspector.  In addition, Jim is part time faculty at Cabrillo College, where he has been teaching the Commercial and Residential Building Codes, the Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes over the last 12 years.  He is also a volunteer consultant for the Central Coast Greywater Alliance.


Rainwater Collection for the Homeowner Turned Water Warrior

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Rainwater harvesting is a popular alternative for homeowners and gardeners who want to become more self-sufficient by collecting rainwater while reducing their water bills. Rainwater can be used to water gardens and for emergency water supply. In this class we will discuss the fundamentals of designing a domestic rainwater harvesting system, how to optimize capture and usage, filtration and distribution.

There will be a lunch break followed by a field trip to visit a local residential rainwater harvesting system project. Directions to site are given in class.

10 am - 3pm
Room: 435 and off-site for installation, see above for details
Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85


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Bobby Markowitz - Bobby Markowitz is a licensed landscape architect specializing in rainwater harvesting design. His passion about rainwater harvesting has come out of his 30 years experience in landscaping, from his own organic garden and concern for the environment.


Clearing Your Clutter: A Feng Shui Workshop





After a busy summer do you have too much stuff everywhere? Do you feel stuck and want to move forward? Are you imagining the busy winter holiday season and want to "open your space"? Do you feel like there are obstacles in your path as you move towards the New Year? Clutter can cause you to feel tired, depressed, or create obstacles to wealth, romance, and opportunity. Clearing clutter can improve your health, attitude, creativity, finances, love life, and so much more!

You will learn to identify your clutter type and develop a plan to eliminate it, decide where and how to get started, and let go of the past and move forward with your life!

Sat., October 1
10 am - 4:30 pm
Room: 435

Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Madhu Brodkey - see bio below


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Feng Shui Basics for Your Home or Business


It's not about the couch! In this one-day workshop you will learn the principles of Feng Shui and how to apply them to your home or business. Instead of an interior design class that simply helps you decide where to put your couch, these guidelines and principles help you understand how your home reflects who we are and how we can enhance furniture and its layout to improve health, relationship, career and prosperity.

You’ll be introduced to the original wisdom of Feng Shui on which the Feng Shui principles are based. We will cover Taoism, Ying Yang Theory, Five Elements, and learn basic knowledge of the Ba Gua (Feng Shui Map). Define what’s missing and what’s not in your home’s footprint and how that can influence your life. Learn ways to correct the areas that are creating an environment of imbalance. Create your floor plan and learn how to identify the power areas of your home including the Mouth of Qi through which energy enters the home.

Whether you are planning to redesign a kitchen, bathroom or a complete remodel, this will give you tools to understand and activate Feng Shui Energetics into your design. Or if you simply wish to understand your existing site, join us for this interesting and informative workshop.

Sat., October 8
10 am - 4:30 pm
Room: 435

Register by Sept. 12: $78
Register after Sept. 12: $85

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Madhu Brodkey is a Black Tantric Buddhist and Master Feng Shui Consultant. She combines this expertise with her 30 years of experience in healing arts with design to harmonize and balance the vital energy of an environment and its occupants.


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Bee-Friendly Garden - How to Create a Bee Sanctuary in Your Backyard


Would you like to create a beautiful garden and also do your part to save the bees, all in one? A huge part of keeping honey bees healthy is to ensure they have the plants they need to survive available to them year round. Join Emily for this one-day workshop on bee-friendly gardening by starting the day at Cabrillo for a discussion and presentation on native plants, drought tolerant plants, perennial and annual flowering plants and basic bee-friendly landscape design. We’ll then break for lunch and make our way to Native Revival Nursery, just a few minutes from campus, where we will walk the grounds to see, smell and touch some recommended plants for your very own Bee Friendly Garden. This class helps us all save the bees and make our gardens more beautiful at the same time!

Students go home with a small bee-friendly garden starter kit from Native Revival Nursery, a plant list that breaks down the best bee plants by size, annual blooming schedule, place of origin and water needs.

Sat., Sept. 17
10 am - 2 pm
Room: 1605

Register by Sept. 12: $58
Register after Sept. 12: $65

plus $25 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below


Beekeeper Hive and Parasite Managementbees


If you have an existing knowledge of beekeeping, and have a working hive, this class is perfect for you! Join Emily for this intermediate, 1-day class where she discusses keeping bees locally, starting new hives (package versus nucleus hive) and some of the different options for foundation. The class covers IPM approaches, options for tacking parasitic Varroa mites, and seasonal hive management techniques.

This class is open to students who have active beehives and a strong base knowledge of honeybees.

Please bring a lunch for the half hour lunch break.

New Date and time:
1 Sat., Oct. 1
10 am - 2:30 pm
Room: Horticulture 5001

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor - see bio below


Beekeeping Basics and Honeybee Biology



Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!

This course covers hive structure, colony dynamics and delve into basic honeybee biology. We will discuss the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Weather permitting, there will be a field trip to Emily's Apiary in Santa Cruz for a real-life "hive dive".

By the end of the course, students who are interested in obtaining their own hive will have a good working understanding of equipment, tools, management practices, bee biology, and how we can work together to support these very vital pollinators.

This class is appropriate for adults with little to no experience in keeping bees.

4 Sat., Oct. 15 - Nov. 5
10:00 - 11:30 am
Room: 1605

Register by Sept. 12: $68
Register after Sept. 12: $75

plus $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emily Bondor is a bay area Beekeeper and Educator. Her expertise is in promoting responsible honeybee genetics and breeding queens from locally adapted genetic stock. She works in Napa Valley managing bee-hives and is currently pursuing Master Beekeeping Classes through the Honeybee Lab at UC Davis.

Do It Yourself Residential Design



Have you ever considered building your dream home, adding square footage to your home, or perhaps building a granny unit? Did you know that any member of the public can create their own construction drawings, apply for building permits, and actually construct their own structure? If this sounds exciting to you then we invite you to attend an information-packed course that will answer the following questions:

  • What architectural drawing software is easiest to use?
  • What is the process for creating a set of construction drawings?
  • How does one navigate the permit process?
  • How does one finance a construction project?

You will also spend time using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software as well as learn basic architectural design.

Sat., Nov. 12
12 - 4 pm
Room: 801
Register by Sept. 12: $28
Register after Sept. 12: $32


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Bill Fisher is a Cabrillo College architecture instructor and local practicing architect of over 40 years.
Gary Marcoccia is a Cabrillo College engineering technology instructor.


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Build Your Dream House


Times have changed. It's more difficult to buy a house and in many parts of the country house prices are still too high. There is another way. You can build your own house and be mortgage free in just a few years without the worries about losing your house to foreclosure.

This 3-hour class will steer you in the right direction to building your own house for the least amount of money. Learn how to: buy land at county tax sales; buy materials for next to nothing and build it green, too; design your house for ease of construction; live on your property rent free while you build; use unconventional financing; and get the best help for the least cost.

Sat., October 22
10 am - 1 pm
Room: 405
Register by Sept. 12: $50
Register after Sept. 12: $58

plus $20 material fee for text payable at class

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David Cook, author of Build Your Dream House for a Song, is a former salesman and restaurant owner. He'd barely picked up a hammer before starting work on his dream house in Marin County. Since building his house in Northern California, David Cook has started teaching would-be homebuilders his secrets to home ownership--truly believing that everyone should be able to live in a dream home he or she owns free and clear.


10 Steps to Buying and Selling a Home



This is a FREE opportunity for community members to understand the fundamental elements of buying and selling a home in today’s housing market. Join us and learn the basics of home purchasing and selling. Cabrillo College has partnered with the California Department of Business Oversight Mortgage Education and Outreach Program to focus on supporting homeownership and informing mortgage borrowers of their rights.

This is a FREE public workshop for all interested community members.

Pre-registration is required.

Sat., Nov. 19 - CANCELLED (Please be on the lookout for new date in Spring 2017)
10 am - 4 pm
Room: 454
Cost: FREE




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