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"Hands On 2013" Workshops

Third Annual Skills Fair and Community Potluck - Friday, February 8, 2013

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BioChar Stove BuildMust Bring  - 1 large 46 oz juice can 1 28 oz can (tomatoes, pumpkin come in this size) 1 Progresso soup can – 18.5 oz size 1 standard 15 oz can (very common) We will make a BioChar stove. 7:00 - 9:00
* Make it Yourself-Herbal ProductsUsing local, organic ingredients, you will learn to make herbal infusions, diffusions, salves, skin toners, lotions and bath salts. Bring jars and containers to put finished products into. You will leave this workshop with easy-to-follow recipes and several products we make in class. 11:00 - 1:00
Basic Home Plumbing RepairLearn how to replace washers to fix a dripping faucet and make repairs to copper pipe. Find out about hot water re-circulation systems that reduce the wait for hot water and reduce water consumption. Meadowbrook 7:00 - 8:00 Room 11
CrochetingWe will be learning basic crochet techniques People should bring: 1 crochet hook 6mm Prior crochet experience a plus! Meadowbrook 7:00 - 8:00 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
* Gluten-Free Sourdough StartThis class would involve the basics of building a sourdough starter, creating an overnight sponge and mixing, forming, rising and baking the dough all with no gluten! The result is a flavorful, moist, bread that's worth baking for. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING A QUART TUPPERWARE OR MASON JAR IF THEY WANT TO BRING HOME DOUGH TO BAKE. Everyone gets to take home a sourdough starter and there will be samples of the freshly baked bread. Meadowbrook 7:00 - 8:30 Kitchen
Mason Bee basicsAre you interested in learning how to improve the pollination of plants and trees in your yard? Or perhaps you are curious how you could support the environment by hosting non-stinging native bees without any fruit trees in your garden? Learn about the wonderful nature of mason bees, the value they bring to our world, and how easy it is to host them in a nesting box in your back yard. Becoming a successful bee farmer is easy and fun. Meadowbrook 7:00 - 8:30 Room 01: After school
Build a Cold Frame from Recycled Materials (drop-in)Greg will be available all day for drop-ins but will actually offer a hands on demonstration of his cold frame from 2-3pm. Meadowbrook 7:00 - 11:00 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Simple Bike RepairLearn how to make basic bicycle repairs - changing a tire tube, adjusting the brakes, and adjusting derailleurs - that will keep your bike on the road rather than stashed in your garage or closet. You can either bring your own bike to practice on or use one of our sample bikes. Taught by volunteers from the Bike Shack, the community bicycle repair workshop now located inside the new NE Seattle Tool Library. Repairs throughout the day. Meadowbrook 7:00 - 1:30** Room 11
Tool Sharpening and RepairBRING YOUR DULL TOOLS IN AND LEARN TO SHARPEN THEM. Learn to sharpen such tools as hedge clippers, pruners and shovels. Meadowbrook 7:00 - 1:30** Room 11
Fruit Tree Selection and PlantingSelecting the right plant and fruit trees, basic pruning cuts and caring for fruit trees Meadowbrook 7:30 - 8:30 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
* Sewing/knittingA very beginning workshop in which we would make a simple dishcloth.  The materials needed: one skein of cotton worsted weight cotton yarn (Lily Sugar 'n Cream is an example) and one pair of short straight size #10 (6 mm) knitting needles OR one 29 inch or longer size #10 (6 mm) circular knitting needle.  I will provide a set of instructions. Teach: how to read a simple pattern. how to hold the yarn and needles. how to cast on a row of stitches. how to do the knit stitch. how to do the purl stitch. how to cast off a row of stitches. how to weave in the ends. Meadowbrook 8:00 - 9:00 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Machine Sewing ProjectsMachine sewing of a variety of projects from beginners to more advanced, potholders to fabric bags, upcycling of clothes you bring in or a project you are working on at home. Meadowbrook 8:00 - 2:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Building a Cooperative AmericaPresentation and Q&A on how to establish cooperatives. Together we can... and we must confront our acceptance of self-destructive debt... cooperative knowledge, applied to shared opportunity will deliver ownership... a piece of the action for one and all. Meadowbrook 8:30 - 9:00 Room 01: After school
Veggie Container GardeningCome learn the best ways to maximize your container gardens for growing fruits and vegetables. Even carrots will grow in a pot! Learn about proper pot choices, siting the containers for best plant health and general maintenance practices sure to make them grow robustly. Succession planting ideas and best choices for container growing included. BRING A SMALL POT AND SOIL and get started seeding some hardy greens for the year! Seeds and handouts will be provided. Meadowbrook 8:30 - 9:30 Community Garden
Basic Electricity Repair 1Home electrical repair and basic principles of electricity. Meadowbrook 8:30 - 9:30 Room 11
Home winterizing DIYLive demo (offsite 5 min walk from Meadowbrook CommCntr, meet in MCC lobby) Home performance professionals use blower door testing to measure air leakage and energy waste in residential buildings. The test can also be used to determine where air leakage occurs. Yves will demonstrate how to conduct your own rudimentary blower door test with a box fan, and will exhibit techniques used by professionals to seal the leaks and improve air movement inside your home. Meadowbrook 8:30 - 9:55 Parking Lot
* VegEd: The Basics on Plant Based ProteinsWhether you are ready to make the leap to being a full-on vegan or just want to eat more plant based meals, it's easier than you think to add tasty meat alternatives to your diet. Information on the benefits of eating more whole plant based foods continues to grow as we rediscover what our ancestors already knew, plants are good for you! This class will offer some basic information on sources of plant based proteins, as well as some simple recipes that are delicious and easy to prepare. A sampling of these recipes will also be available for tasting! Meadowbrook 8:45 - 9:45 Kitchen
Fruit Tree PruningIn this segment, you will see (and if you wish, practice) the basic techniques of pruning in the home garden.  The focus will be on fruit trees, but we will also discuss ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as hedges.  Topics covered include: when and how to cut what, encouraging fruit production, maintaining plant health, and predicting future growth. Meadowbrook 8:45 - 10:00 Edible Hedge & Orchard
Garden Spaces as Peaceful, Healing PlacesBRING A PAD OR NOTEBOOK FOR JOURNALING AND SKETCHING. Time spent in Nature restores and heals our bodies and souls. Tap into your memories and inner wisdom to uncover your personal vision of a peaceful retreat. We’ll begin with a short guided meditation and some time to journal. Experienced Landscape Designer will share inspirational ideas and concepts you can apply at home to create your own garden sanctuary while giving back to the Earth through sustainable gardening practices. Meadowbrook 9:00 - 10:00 Room 01: After school
Fun with SproutingSPROUTS are uber-nutrituous and easy, fun and extraordinarily versatile . . . You can learn the basics of how and why in about 10 minutes Meadowbrook 9:00 - 12:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
* Soap MakingYou can make your own soap and be clean all year long! Meadowbrook 9:00 - 1:00 Parking Lot
* Making Tortillas AND ToothpasteThis class comes under the heading of 'practical living'! 1st part: we make a tortilla dough using maseca (corn flour) and then make balls of dough that are then pressed with a tortilla press. Lastly, they are put on a griddle and 'cooked'. The whole process, start to finish, takes less than 10 minutes. So, instead of buying tortillas, and ending up with a plastic bag that needs disposing or re-using, you end up with wonderful tasting, fresh tortillas. 2nd part: we make our own toothpaste (really tooth powder) using baking soda, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and xylitol. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and you end up with a nice tasting tooth powder that leaves your teeth feeling clean and smooth with no harmful abrasives, and is good for your gums and there's no toothpaste tube to dispose of. Meadowbrook 9:30 - 10:30 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Backyard DucksAn alternative to chickens, perfectly suited to our Northwest weather, ducks produce delicious eggs and make delightful garden companions. Meadowbrook 9:30 - 10:30 Room 11
* Feta Cheese MakingLearn to make feta cheese Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Kitchen
Create a Rain GardenJoin Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Public Utilities and make your home and yard be part of the solution to prevent pollution from reaching your local creek and the Puget Sound!  Find out if you are eligible for Seattle's RainWise program - you could receive up to 100% of the cost of a rain garden or cistern installation on your property!  We will also take you through some simple steps that reduce polluted runoff from reaching local waters - from checking your car for leaks to making cleaning products at home to installing a rain garden on your property.  You will walk away with the skills - and the talking points - to make changes at home and to inspire your friends and neighbors. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 01: After school
Tool SharpeningBRING YOUR DULL TOOLS IN AND LEARN TO SHARPEN THEM. Learn to sharpen such tools as hedge clippers, pruners and shovels. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 12:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
DIY Interior Storm WIndowsWARMER WINDOWS: HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN INDOOR STORM WINDOWS: an interactive, learn-together class. Bring your questions and your own expertise. One acrylic-pane, wood-framed small window will be assembled from the pre-cut parts. You'll go home knowing how to make a simple, attractive, removable, framed 1/8" acrylic-pane window that is safe, cleanable, durable, and a far better insulator than glass. Informational handout provided. Meadowbrook 10:30 - 11:30 Room 11
Making deodorant and lip balmThis class will offer basic, hands-on instruction in making simple solid deodorants and lip balms. Recipes will be provided for the class, and as templates for future creativity. Students will be able to take home the products they make. Meadowbrook 10:35 - 11:20 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Build a Cold Frame from Recycled Materials (demo)Greg will be available all day for drop-ins but will actually offer a hands on demonstration of his cold frame from 2-3pm. Meadowbrook 11:00 - 12:00 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
DIY Flushing with Rain and Gravity cheap!Flushing (your toilet) with Rain and Gravity cheap! DIY session on rigging your toilet for flushing with rainwater and gravity only for super cheap - $1 per gallon storage capacity + about $60 plumbing supplies. Class covers the basic DIY steps of how to connect rainwater collection to your toilet and flush with rain instead of domestic potable water systems. Meadowbrook 11:00 - 12:15 Room 01: After school
Introduction to Edible Forest GardeningThis class will introduce you to the planting design theory of edible forest gardening, sometimes call Agroforestry. This type of planting mixes trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, ground covers and vines in an aesthetically pleasing and ecologically self-regulating system; and it produces a bounty of food, fiber and medicinal products. Class will refer to the book "Creating a Forest Garden: Working with nature to grow Edible crops" by Martin Crawford. Class will be held at The Meadowbrook Edible Hedge, a planting in this style begun over ten years ago. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:00 Edible Hedge & Orchard
* Jam MakingLearn the basics of low risk water bath canning and make a jar of your very own orange marmalade. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:30 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Create a Rain Garden tabling timeJoin Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Public Utilities and make your home and yard be part of the solution to prevent pollution from reaching your local creek and the Puget Sound!  Find out if you are eligible for Seattle's RainWise program - you could receive up to 100% of the cost of a rain garden or cistern installation on your property!  We will also take you through some simple steps that reduce polluted runoff from reaching local waters - from checking your car for leaks to making cleaning products at home to installing a rain garden on your property.  You will walk away with the skills - and the talking points - to make changes at home and to inspire your friends and neighbors. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 2:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
* Gluten-Free pasta makingLearn to make pasta with and without a pasta machine. GF and reg flours. Meadowbrook 12:00 - 1:30 Kitchen
Build a Cold Frame from Recycled Materials (drop-in)Greg will be available all day for drop-ins but will actually offer a hands on demonstration of his cold frame from 2-3pm. Meadowbrook 12:00 - 2:00 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
AquaponicsTOOLS STUDENT SHOULD BRING: OLD TUPPERWARE WITH LID. NO BREAKS OR CRACKS! Aquaponics (AP) - the practice of growing edible fish and edible plants in a closed-loop system. The fish waste provide nutrients to the plants, who absorb the nutrients thus cleaning the water for the fish. An AP system can be as simple or as complex as the creator wants. Various other inputs can be "plugged into" the system, such as a worm bin or a mushroom spawn. I will cover the fundamentals of AP and give everyone the base knowledge to begin their own AP journey. I will bring in a small example of a working AP system, and possibly another one of a different set-up. In the class we will be constructing small AP systems using tupperware! The idea behind this demonstration is to show the class the potential of what can be done fairly simply and cheaply and thus encouraging people to take charge of growing their own food in a fun new way. Each person should go home with a functioning AP system! I will also have a print-out they can take home with some key basics. Meadowbrook 12:30 - 1:30 Room 01: After school
* Build A Solar CookerMake a solar cooker from simple materials and take home an oven! This workshop includes an overview of how solar cooking works, the benefits of solar cooking, different types of cookers, pots and utensils you will need, recipe tips, how to have the best results using your oven in Seattle. You will be provided with good resources and ways to stay connected to the solar cooking community in Seattle and worldwide. Ravenna-Eckstein 7:00 - 9:00 PlaySpace
* PicklingIt’s easy, fun and inexpensive to make your own pickled food. Learn the basics of pickling, including why people pickle, and make some delicious pickled vegetables to take home. No experience necessary! Ravenna-Eckstein 7:00 - 9:00 T/Kitchen
KnittingKnitting tips and techniques Ravenna-Eckstein 7:00 - 2:00 Gym
Raising GoatsOn the hour demos of milking, hoof trimming, and other features of caring for goats Ravenna-Eckstein 7:00 - 2:00 Gym
Tile project for the Ravenna Garden Part 1(No description yet. Please check later.) Ravenna-Eckstein 8:00 - 9:00 Gym
Beeswax candle dippingCandles from a mold are nice, but for candles with a true spirit, you can't beat hand dipped beeswax candles. Join in for an hour and walk away with your own. Ravenna-Eckstein 8:00 - 12:00** Gym
* Mushroom CultivationAre you curious about mushrooms and have you ever wanted to cultivate your own edible mushrooms? Milton Tam will answer your questions, tell you a bit about how mushrooms grow, and will show you his simple and reliable method for cultivating oyster mushrooms. You will then make your own mushroom growing kit using recycled and easily obtained materials. Take the kits you made home and watch them first fill out the bag and then grow out the sides. In 3 to 4 weeks you should have your own crop of oyster mushrooms. Pick and use them in your favorite dish. They're delicious! Ravenna-Eckstein 9:00 - 10:00 Teen room
Urban livestock - ducks, rabbits and moreAnswering questions about raising and caring for critters in the urban environment. Ravenna-Eckstein 9:00 - 2:00 Gym
Simple Bike RepairLearn how to make basic bicycle repairs - changing a tire tube, adjusting the brakes, and adjusting derailleurs - that will keep your bike on the road rather than stashed in your garage or closet. You can either bring your own bike to practice on or use one of our sample bikes. Taught by volunteers from the Bike Shack, the community bicycle repair workshop now located inside the new NE Seattle Tool Library. Repairs throughout the day. Ravenna-Eckstein 9:15 - 11:15** Gym
Soil BuildingWe will discuss what makes for healthy soil, how it comes into being and how to support that becoming with locally available materials like seaweed, chicken poop, green manures or cover crops, decomposed straw, worm casting teas, and biodynamic herbal medicines for the soil, etc. Emphasis will be on sustainable materials that do not have to be purchased in a plastic bag. Ravenna-Eckstein 10:00 - 10:45 Community Garden/Patio
* Making Nut MIlksTired of paying $2.50, $3 and more for a container of nut milk? (and throwing the supposed recyclable containers away...) Make it fresh in your own home!, more nutrients, no packaging or salt (I re-use the glass jar ad infinitum!), reduced carbon footprint and it only takes 5 minutes or less! PLEASE BRING A POUND OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE NUTS AND A GLASS JAR (WITH A TIGHT LID) LARGE ENOUGH TO HOLD 24 OR 32 OONCES, Ravenna-Eckstein 10:00 - 11:00 T/Kitchen
Tile project for the Ravenna Garden Part 2Glazing of tiles made in the morning session Ravenna-Eckstein 10:00 - 11:30 Gym
Cistern InstallationNikola Davidson of Earth Systems NW will discuss how to install a 675 gallon cistern. Ravenna-Eckstein 11:00 - 12:00 PlaySpace
Simple Bike RepairLearn how to make basic bicycle repairs - changing a tire tube, adjusting the brakes, and adjusting derailleurs - that will keep your bike on the road rather than stashed in your garage or closet. You can either bring your own bike to practice on or use one of our sample bikes. Taught by volunteers from the Bike Shack, the community bicycle repair workshop now located inside the new NE Seattle Tool Library. Repairs throughout the day. Ravenna-Eckstein 11:15 - 1:15** Gym
Electricity and Electric TransportationEvery aspect of our 21st Century life revolves around electricity. We should all have a solid grasp of a few fundamentals of Current, Power, and Voltage. ESPECIALLY as it applies to the growth of Hybrid Cars, Plug-In-Hybrid Cars, and Pure Electric Cars. There is MUCH misinformation in the General Press and Media. To make informed decisions we need unbiased facts. SIXTY percent of our air pollution and green house gasses come from Transportation in the Pacific North West. Informed Choices can help this. See a Mi-EV" by Mitsubishi. Ravenna-Eckstein 12:30 - 2:00 PlaySpace
PolkaLearn how to polka Ravenna-Eckstein 1:00 - 2:00 Stage room
Potato Box ConstructionDid you know that you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in a four-foot square box? Learn how to make a simple "Lincoln Log" style box using salvage lumber where the box builds itself as you add growing medium. We'll use tools that you can borrow from the Tool Library, show you how to do the necessary cutting, and we'll be bringing Ozette Potatoes for those who want to grow this heirloom Pacific Northwest variety. If you have 2x6 or 2x4 lumber, at least 48-inches long and want to get started, bring them to the class. You can also drop off lumber before Saturday at Keith's house and he will transport it there for you, so you don't have to lug around your lumber pile! Tool Library 8:30 - 10:30 Workshop
Tool Safety, Selection and the Tool LibraryNot sure what tools to use for your projects? Want to get started right with tool safety? This is the class for you. Class will address basic safety techniques, answer questions about specific issues you are having, and provide a tour of the tool resources available at the Tool Library. Tool Library 9:00 - 10:30** Workshop

* Attendance in this workshop limited by materials available or room space.

** Participants may come and go any time during the times listed.