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Learn Something New – Workshops Galore In 2017 In East Van

6 Jan

learningabckrissszkurlatowskiWe are big fans of trying and learning something new. With the New Year, we tend not to make resolutions but instead sign up for a class or workshop. We also start each year with a list of new places to check out whether it be a new coffee shop, brewery or restaurant. In recent months, we’ve learned to make the perfect pie crust with the French sisters at The Pie Shoppe, we also learnt how to make some great new appetizers from Caren McSherry at Gourmet Warehouse and most recently learnt how to make chocolate at The Soap  Dispensary of all places.  We recently featured some DIY classes by The Wood Shop which are now sold out until March, so lots of you are looking for things to do/make yourselves.  With that in mind, we’ve set out a variety of workshops/classes coming up this New Year in case you wish to take a stab at trying something new, or just brushing up on something you haven’t done in a while. There’s lots going on close to home. Here’s some of what we found in and around East Vancouver:

The Uncommon Cafe

The great group at The Uncommon Café in Strathcona regularly has a great line up of classes whether cooking or baking. Their upcoming demonstration cooking classes will help you brush up on your cooking skills whilst enjoy a glass of wine. You do get to try everything that was made. Their next classes include:

Jan. 18: Stock, Soup & Stew – Learn To Do From Scratch
Feb. 5: Eclairs & Cream Puff – Choux Pastry Basics
Feb. 8: Chocolate Lover’s Ultimate Cooking Class
Feb. 14:Valentine’s Couple Cooking Demo & Dinner

Homestead Junction

Homestead Junction continually offers an array of classes all year long. Their aim is to bring self-sufficiency into the mainstream. So whether it’s making your own soap, yogurt, bread or foraging in the woods, they will have interesting classes at reasonable prices.  Some of their upcoming classes include:

Jan. 10: Veggie Based Soaps 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Jan. 22: No-Knead Sourdough – Tartine Style 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Feb. 1: Sea Salt Soaps 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Feb. 9: Salve Making 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Mar. 4: Plant Foraging Walk 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Pie Shoppe

The French sisters know how to make the perfect pie crust and they are offering more workshops this January to teach you how to do the same. These are fun informal hands on classes where you can bring your questions. Their new location on Powell Street is a great bright space to work in and they have some great classes lined up including

Jan. 15: The Apple Pie 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Jan. 17: Gluten Free Pie Crust 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Jan. 24: Pastry Fundamentals 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store

If you prefer working with yarn, Baaad Anna’s in the Hastings Sunrise area regularly has a great line of classes on knitting, crocheting, spinning, felting and weaving.  They, of course, also have a great selection of supplies and a wealth of knowledge to share. Some of their upcoming classes include:

Jan. 9: Beginner Knitting
Jan. 10: Beginner Knitting
Jan. 14: Intro to Loom Weaving 9:00 – 11:00 am
Jan. 15: Intro to Crocheting 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Instant Theatre

Interested in learning stand-up, improv or sketch comedy? You may wish to check out Instant Theatre on East Broadway. They regularly offer classes throughout the year and we are quite sure they offer you opportunity to test out your newly acquired skills.

Some other great spots for classes include Tiny Finery if you are interested in jewellery making, Vancouver Tool Library offers classes periodically for the do-it-yourself home projects, The Soap Dispensary has a variety of classes as does Bird On A Wire Creations if you are looking to be crafty.  Note, some of these have not yet posted their offerings for 2017, but do check back with them further into the New Year.

Workshop: Gardening for Bees At Homestead Junction July 28th

14 Jul

DahliaHoneybeeSauliLepolaOn Thursday, July 28th, Homestead Junction is hosting a workshop that will take you through what you need to do this fall to ensure your bee garden blooms next year. They will take you through which bulbs, seeds and shrubs are best planted in the fall.  You will have actual hands on experience processing seeds for planting and you will get to take seeds home to use or share with other gardeners.  If you have specific questions on how to support/encourage bees in your neighbourhood, you are invited to bring your questions with you.  The class is led by Lori Weidenhammer who is the author of Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving The Bees.  Class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, July 28th at Homestead Junction and costs $15. A small price to pay for helping encourage our bee population.

Photo Credit: Sauli Lepola

Workshop – Rain Water Harvesting & Permaculture April 9 & 10

29 Mar

RainLast summer was certainly an eye opener for many of us living in Vancouver. With warmer weather and less rain, it had quite the impact on the green space we’ve come to love and call home. So this 2 day permaculture workshop at Homestead Junction coming April 9th and 10th caught our eye.   For those unfamiliar with the term permaculture, it means the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.  The upcoming workshops will be led by Kim Del Valle Garcia of the Nettle’s Guild.  Kim will touch on the causes of drought in our region, climate change and how it affects us globally as well as locally and its effects on our ecosystems.   You will learn techniques found in permaculture to create resilient landscapes that are insulated from weather extremes.  The 2 day workshop will cover rain water harvesting and soil building within an urban environment. You will create a rainwater harvesting system and a hugelkulture bed at Briarpatch Community Garden.  The cost of the 2 day workshop is $110 and runs from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on April 9th and 10th. To register, visit Homestead Junction.

Photo Credit: Valentina Degiorgis

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