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How to Use a Smartphone

 

 

If you bought a smartphone for someone, expect to get some calls with questions like, “What’s an app?”, or “Why does my battery run out so quickly?”, or “How do I upload videos to the Facebook?”

Explore the basic functionality of your new smartphone. Learn common tasks like sending a text message, watching a video clip on YouTube, or surfing the Web. This workshop also covers fundamentals like configuring the security options, adjusting the brightness of the display, and setting the device up to work with a wireless network.

Bring your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or other smartphone to class with your charger.

Sat., May 6
2 - 5 pm
Room: 507

Register by Feb. 27: $35
Register after Feb. 27: $42

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Carol Jensen specializes in financial aspects of start-up businesses and she is a Registered Tax Preparer (CTEC). Carol has been adjunct faculty at Cabrillo College for many years.

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Backyard Astronomer

 

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Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will use the planetarium sky.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., April 21 & 28
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Feb. 27: $58
Register after Feb. 27: $65
plus $5 materials fee at registration

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2 Fri., July 28 & August 4
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by June 5: $58
Register after June 5: $65
plus $5 materials fee at registration

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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Shakespeare for the Elizabethan Impaired

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Have you ever thought you’d like to see a Shakespeare play and know what’s going on? This class is just right for you! Whether you decided the Bard was your BFF, or hated Hamlet and loathed Lear in school, you’ll find lots to like in these two classes designed around the summer 2017 season of Santa Cruz Shakespeare! The two classes each include attendance at a performance. The first will cover the compelling “Measure for Measure”, Shakespeare’s treatise on the balance of justice and mercy. The second class will cover the early effort “Two Gentlemen of Verona” a sexy comedy of young love, infidelity, and friendship.

In the interactive class sessions, we’ll spend three evenings discussing the plays. We’ll discuss how to “translate” Elizabethan verse and prose and discover the three levels of society Shakespeare wrote for. Imagine yourself as a rowdy “groundling” and your experience in the Globe’s own “mosh pit”! We’ll share “Shakespeare News of the Week,” in which students bring in references to Will they’ve unearthed. Once you start to look for these, they’re everywhere—in the news, on the sports page and in the comics. Students will be invited to read aloud if they choose, as we investigate how Shakespeare’s words were intended to be spoken.

Each class includes your ticket to special performances at Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s beautiful new Audrey Stanley Grove in the City of Santa Cruz’s DeLaveaga Park. These are special performances that will include pre-performance discussions with the designers!

Students may read Folger Shakespeare Library paperback versions, readily available for order online or in bookstores, but any versions are acceptable. See you anon!

Measure for Measure Workshop
3 Thu., June 8 - 22
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 506
AND
Thu., July 20
7:30 - 10:30 pm
Audrey Stanley Grove in the City of Santa Cruz’s DeLaveaga Park

Register by June 5: $80
Register after June 5: $88

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Two Gentlemen of Verona Workshop
3 Thu., June 29 - July 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Room: 506
AND
Thu., August 3
7:30 - 10:30 pm
Audrey Stanley Grove in the City of Santa Cruz’s DeLaveaga Park

Register by June 5: $80
Register after June 5: $88

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Register for both Shakespeare for the Elizabethan Impaired Workshops for just:
Register by June 5: $150
Register after June 5: $165

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Janis Hashe, MA, has studied, performed, directed and produced Shakespeare for more than 40 years. She is the former artistic director of Los Angeles's Theatre of NOTE, and the founder of Shakespeare Chattanooga.

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Screenwriting Basics for Filmmaking

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Writing for film is a special skill that requires writers to think about their work differently than authors of other media. Screenwriters have a specific format to follow, have to consider how their words will translate to images, and how sound can prove more challenging than you may realize.

In this workshop we will explore the rules and conventions of screenwriting and the conceptual ideas that you’ll need to consider. We will also review options for software that help you achieve your goal of a great script that can be made into a movie!

This class is taught in a Mac lab, but PC users may use their own laptop.

This class requires strong computer skills.

4 Thu., May 11 - June 1
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 1097

Register by Feb. 27: $128
Register after Feb. 27: $135

 

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Anthony Garcia, BFA, is a certified editor from Apple in FCP7 and Adobe Premiere. He has taught photography, design and special effects classes and is currently making two feature films and one short film.

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Travel Writing – The Art of Writing About Place

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Learn the “art of writing about place” in this creative and practical writing workshop. Students will first read travel essays and study the art of travel writing. Through focused writing exercises, discussions and analyzing writing styles, students learn how to “find the angle,” get beyond the “What I did last summer” mindset, and how to use narrative devices to see beyond the obvious. Plan to write at least one polished travel narrative and leave class with the tools to create your own travel blog.

Whether you want to become a professional travel writer, or simply want to share your adventures with friends and family through a blog, this class gives you the chance to work with a seasoned, professional travel writer in a hands on, creative workshop.

4 Wed., April 19 - May 10
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 506

Register by Feb. 27: $98
Register after Feb. 27: $110

 

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Michelle Bigley, MFA, has taught college level writing for over 10 years. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, an award-winning author of over 30 guidebooks, a travel writer and travel consultant.

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SoulCollage®: For the Love of Images and the Changes They Bring!

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Give expression to your life story in all its beauty and complexity! SoulCollage® is a flexible and profound expressive arts method through which you make your own unique cards for personal reading. Anyone who has a love of images and is looking for an intuitive process for change and growth will find this process meaningful. Your cards give voice to all of who you are and even offer expression to the qualities you want to bring into your life!

SoulCollage® originated right here in Santa Cruz County by local author Seena Frost and is now in 39 countries around the world! Come experience for yourself what has inspired thousands: a method deeply personal, incredibly fun, and perfect for the quiet individualist as well as the one who loves community. As simple as the ingredients of cut images, a pair of scissors, and some glue, this process is considered by many to be transformational and vitally expressive, even with zero art experience!

This is a course for beginners as well as those already familiar with SoulCollage® who will enjoy having time to review concepts and create several new cards in a relaxing and lovely environment. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn during this creative day together. Anyone can make SoulCollage® cards!

Sat., August 5
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Horticulture 5005

Register by June 5: $75
Register after June 5: $88
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor in class

Follow this link to our Class Resources page, which includes materials lists and other important information about classes.

 

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Lauren Mari-Navarro and Mischa Eovaldi, are trained facilitators of the SoulCollage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Both Lauren and Mischa have their own private counseling practices.

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Chi Aura Integration - Level I

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Chi-Aura Integration is a complementary alternative healing method using the vital life force. Chi-Aura is a set of skills used to read the health of the body and facilitate healing and balance. This method can be used by individuals for self-healing or by the practitioner in relationship with their patients. By learning how to relax into a state of mind that is able to "read" the energy field of the body and to work hands-on with the out -of-balance conditions which lead to illness, the nurse to patient relationship can be greatly enhanced by incorporating these skills.

This 2-day workshop will teach techniques that will elicit the relaxation response and help develop the "Awakened Mind State". You will learn to perform the specific Chi-Aura Integration hand positions learning specific acupoints, energy centers and parts of the body to release muscle tension and induce the relaxation response to promote healing. Chi-Aura Integration is relevant to nursing because it develops the nurse's ability to improve their effectiveness in treating clients.

This course is approved for 18 CEU's for Nurses, 14 CEU's for massage therapists, and 15 CEH's for acupuncturists. A free downloadable manual is available to registered students before class.

Sat. & Sun., May 6 & 7
9 am - 5:30 pm
Room 406

Register by Feb. 27: $145
Register after Feb. 27: $158
includes manual

Click here for Chi Aura Intergration Student Information

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Timothy Dunphy has taught Chi-Aura Integration for over 22 years in the US and Europe, enhancing participant's personal growth and their therapeutic relationship to others.

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Spoken Word Poetry and Rap

 

Join a group of brave new voices to use interactive tools and learn techniques to write, embody, and perform your own poems and written works. Students strengthen their writing and speaking voice by learning key poetry techniques like rhyme, rhythm, cadence, metaphor/simile, and repetition. Individuals and groups write, review and edits pieces throughout the week culminating with an ‘open mic’ to showcase their favorite pieces. Discover joy through language, creativity, and motion.

This workshop creates a safe and fun space to find, develop, express and apply your voice for deeper expression that contributes to healing and sense of belonging.

No experience writing or performing is necessary.

4 Wed., July 12 - August 2
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Room: 1521

Register by June 5: $110
Register after June 5: $125
Plus a $5 materials fee payable at registration

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Emmanuel Garcia is a Watsonville based hip hop artist and spoken word poet who has been working as an educator for over 8 years. They see the arts as transformative tools for youth empowerment and social justice.

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The Radical Poetic Imagination

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One need not be a poet to enjoy the experience of setting your imagination free! This two- week- end workshop focuses on the expression of the expanded imagination through poetry. It is ideal for anyone of any age who is interested in expanding the scope of their imagination.

Students will participate in generative exercises at each stage of exploration. We will seek to answer some questions, and discuss the historical development of the Radical Poetic Imagination, including the historical and cultural context, groundbreaking work of poets through history, and the development of modern, free poetic expression. The imaginative journey then moves on to French Avant-Garde, Dada and continental Surrealism. We will culminate the exploration of the liberated imagination in the Spanish poets of the Civil War, 20th Century Latin American Poetry, the Beat Movement and the best of contemporary, innovative work, incorporating painting, photography, film, performance art, theatre, and advertising.

Anyone with an interest in expanded vision through all mediums, including dream and reverie, will find The Radical Imagination exhilarating.

Students should bring a journal or notebook, a favorite pen, dress comfortably, and bring a lunch and a drink. No experience writing or performing is necessary.

2 Sat. & 2 Sun., June 17, 18, 24 & 25
10 am - 2 pm
Room: HORT 5001

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195

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Janet Hamill is the author of seven books of poetry and short fiction, and has been nominated for the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Prize. She is a strong advocate for the spoken word and has read at Bumbershoot Festival, The Andy Warhol Museum, and many other US and international venues. She is the founder and co-director of Megaphone, a monthly literary series.

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Memoir Writing: Exploring Memories & Meaning

 

In this workshop you will explore some of the poignant memories and stories that have shaped your life. With innovative exercises for eliciting memories and writing memoirs, you will discover stories that may surprise you with their power for self-discovery. As you reflect upon the events that make up your life, you will notice the continuous thread that weaves through your experiences, deepening an understanding of who you are, and offering a sense of clarity, meaning, and purpose for your life.

Sat., July 8
10 am - 4 pm
Room: HORT 5001

Register by June 5: $78
Register after June 5: $85

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, is a trained facilitator of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. She has a private practice in the Santa Cruz community.

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The Writer's Journey

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Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space or circumstances in which to do so. This one-day workshop will give you that time. During our day of writing together and reading aloud, you will tap into your creativity, explore your wild mind, and learn the basic tools you need to develop a rich, vital writing life.

The Writer’s Journey is rooted in writing practice, developed by Natalie Goldberg in her classic book, Writing Down the Bones. The class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers.

Students should bring a lunch.

COMING SOON
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 506
Register by Feb. 27: $78
Register after Feb. 27: $90

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Laura Davis is the author of 7 non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. She teaches weekly writing workshops and has been mentoring and supporting writers for the past 16 years.

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Nine Star Qi Astrology: An Introduction

 

 

Have you ever wondered why you get along with some folks and through no apparent reason have conflict with others? Nine Star Qi Astrology may hold the answers for you. This is a form of Chinese Astrology dating back to 2205 BC, when Hsia Yu discovered the Lo Shu pattern on the divine tortoise in the Lo River. It is also often called 'The Magic Square'. This class gives a thorough introduction to the Qi (Chi) of Nine Stars for defining personal traits, suitable careers and the correlation of Nine Star Numbers and Zodiac Signs. After this class, you’ll have tools allowing you to explore how to predict changes in people’s lives including:

  • Defining personal traits.
  • Learning the compatibility traits in human relationships that will benefit one's career, family, and personal relationships.
  • Being able to give advice on finding the ideal career path, and how to get the most from life.
  • Learning the power of colors.
  • Understanding the correlation of the Nine Star Numbers and Zodiac Signs.

In this class you will learn how to plot your unique Nine Star Qi Astrology Chart and those with whom you interact. Also discover how this Year of the Yang Fire Monkey influences your life and what we can look forward to next year.

Sat., March 18
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

Plus a materials fee of $5 paid 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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Nine Star Qi Astrology - Relationships, Careers & More!

 

 

In this class, you will learn how each of the Nine Stars interacts with the other to help you choose the best relationships, careers, partners, and more. Gain a greater understanding of existing and past relationships and how to interact with them. Topics include:

  • Defining personal traits
  • Learning the compatibility traits in human relationships to benefit one's career, family, and personal relationships
  • Discovering your ideal career path and subsequently how to get the most from life
  • Learning the power of colors to enhance your life
  • Understanding the correlation of the Nine Star Numbers and Zodiac Signs

We’ll continue to practice plotting Nine Star Qi Astrology Charts and discover how the 2017 Year of the Yin Fire Rooster influences your Nine Star Qi Astrology!

Prerequisite: Nine Star Qi Astrology Introduction

Sun., March 19
10 am - 3 pm
Room: 435

Register by Feb. 27: $68
Register after Feb. 27: $75

Plus a materials fee of $5 paid 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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Register for both Nine Star Qi Astrology workshops for one low price!

 


Register by Feb. 27: $125
Register after Feb. 27: $130
Plus a materials fee of $10 paid at registration

 

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