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    Vertical Gardening DIY

    Succulence
    Do you want to take your gardening to new heights? In this hands-on class you will learn all about vertical gardening products and then make a do-it-yourself vertical succulent garden. Get ready to get your hands dirty as you arrange your materials and succulents to create an impressive, unique structure under the guidance of an experienced gardener. You'll learn new skills you can apply to your gardening for years to come. Learn to see the entire world as one big planter waiting to happen, whether horizontal or vertical.
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    Bagel Making Workshop

    Sour Flour
    Nothing beats the flavor and aroma of hot-from-the-oven bagels, made with a fermented, wild yeast starter! During this workshop, you'll learn all about maintaining your own wild yeast starter culture and using it to make fabulous bagels that you can boil and bake in less than 30 minutes, perfect for breakfast or brunch anytime. Be sure to arrive hungry, as you'll boil and bake bagels -- sesame, onion, poppy seed or everything -- to enjoy with cream cheese and jam during the class, and even go home with rising bagels, which will be ready to finish boiling and baking the next day at home. Yum!
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    Furniture Fridays

    Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
    Looking for a Friday fix? This furniture class will give you just that! It's simple: you bring in a small piece of furniture (think jewelry box or chair) that needs a little work. Then, you use all the tools of a professional studio to get your piece in tip-top shape! With the help of experienced professionals, you'll bring your vision to life with all the necessary paints, tools, and techniques used by industry insiders. The best part? You can be as messy of an artist as you want without having to clean up the studio! All you have to do is take home your newly finished, fabulous piece of furniture. It's time to turn your Friday into a Fri-yay!
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    Wilderness Skills/Survival Clinic (Marin)

    Adventure Out
    Leave civilization for another day and come learn the ancient, essential skills of wilderness survival. In this exciting class, you'll learn everything you need to know about staying safe and warm out in the backcountry. Surrounded by beautiful redwood forests, you will learn learn shelter building techniques that date back to the native Californians, as well as how to make a friction fire, find edible plants, and develop ancient trapping techniques. From a novice camper to seasoned backpacker, this class is bound to teach you something new and useful. Leave life's hustle and bustle behind and get back to nature. It might come in handy some day.
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    Cold Process Soap Making Class

    Opal'z
    Learn how to make the wonderful, natural soaps you see at specialty stores and farmer's markets from scratch! Using only vegetable oil, lye, and essential oil and botanicals for scent, create beautiful, creamy lathering soaps that are actually good for your skin. As you begin to understand the cold process, you will become familiar with the equipment involved, and learn about different oils, safety techniques for working with lye (or sodium hydroxide), and how to create your own custom formula. After completing at least one batch, your soap will need to cure for 4-6 weeks, but you certainly won't be leaving empty handed -- take home 3 already cured cold process soap samples to hold you over until your custom-made product is ready to use!
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    Candlemaking

    Opal'z
    Candles are dainty, elegant ways to spruce up any home! Instead of spending tons of money buying candles from that posh furniture store down the street, why not make your own? This class will start with the basics and teach you how to create a professional looking candle. Customize your color and design, as well as try different fragrances and waxes. Throughout the class you'll learn about molds, wicks, and scents -- three components necessary in the process of candle creation. You'll even discuss candle safety! At the end of the class, you will have made a fragrant soy container candle, gel candle and pillar candle. Brighten your home and add a great fragrance to any room.
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    Restoration Hardware Painted Furniture Finishes

    Artistic Home Studio & Boutique
    Are you a savvy shopper who knows the value of a good deal? This workshop will show you how to make your own furniture look like expensive and elegant Restoration Hardware furniture -- for a fraction of the cost! Under the instruction of an experienced professional, you'll learn how to use specific paints, glazes, and topcoats to replicate five different Restoration Hardware furniture finishes: Reclaimed Oak, Zinc, Antiqued Black, Antique White (Taupe or Graphite), and Antiqued Coffee. You'll even have the chance to practice your skills on a complimentary reclaimed cabinet door, which you can then take home as a guide for your own projects! And don't worry, you can brag about your handiwork and faux-expensive creations--, we promise your DIY secret will be safe with us!
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    Blown Pumpkin Class

    Half Moon Bay Art Glass
    Nothing says "autumn" like pumpkins. During this glassblowing class, you will learn how to shape your very own customized glass pumpkin to take home as a keepsake! Under the guidance of an expert instructor, you will learn the basics of glassblowing and decorating. After a group overview of the process, you will work one on one with your instructor to create the body of the pumpkin. Practice gathering hot molten glass from the furnace, coloring the glass, and ultimately molding and blowing it into your own lovely fall inspired creation. An assistant will add the stem for you. Your pumpkin will cool in an annealer overnight, and then there's nothing to do but show it off to your friends and family. Praise the gourd!
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    1-on-1 Surf Board Shaping Lesson

    Sunset Shapers
    You already put your heart and soul into surfing, might as well throw in a little elbow grease and craft your own custom board! Under the guidance of an expert shaper, you'll sand and fine tune your board to make sure that your turns are smooth and tight, without compromising the board's structural integrity. After all, you'll be working with high quality materials. You will have your choice of a variety of woods, plywood, pvc, and colored foam inserts. This is your chance to go beyond generic, store bought boards and create something that is the perfect fit for your body and riding style. Not to mention your personal style.
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    Perfume Making

    Opal'z
    You don't have to be a celebrity to create your own personal fragrance! During this class, you will enjoy a consultation with an experienced perfume guide as you begin to understand the design and construction of a fragrance. Once you've learned the basics, begin designing your own scent, mixing your choice of quality essential and fragrance oils and aroma blends, and including as many elements as you desire. Choose a label, give your fragrance a name, and leave the class smelling like a million bucks, as your perfume will be made up right then and there!
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