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Connecting for a sustainable community

"Hands On! A Community Skills-Share Fair" Workshops

Eighth Annual Skills Fair – Feb 10, 2018 - Saturday, February 10, 2018

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Train the Brain -Using the brain to get relief from pain using the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. Use small gentle movements, no matter your age or condition, to improve the quality of your movements to Ease pain, reduce stress and strain, Improve balance and performance and enjoy your work, sleep and play everyday. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
MicrogreensMicro-greens are the first 10-14 days of a plants life.They pack up to 40 times of the nutrition and vitamins of the fully grown plant. Chefs love to use them to garnish dishes and in salads.They are both colorful and healthy for You!!! They are the modern day sprouts,without the seeds and roots! I will demonstrate how to germinate and grow them,as well as have trays and seeds that people can either start there,or take home with them and grow themselves! Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 11
Making beer at homea basic guide to beer production and walk through of your first batch. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:15 Kitchen
What to do in an emergencyAn earthquake can happen at any time; don't be caught unprepared. Participate in our hands-on workshops for managing utilities, accessing safe drinking water, handling sanitation needs, resources in your community, HAM radios, and so much more! Resiliency starts with each of us! Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:15 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Creating a Natural Personal productsLearn how to use herbs, oils and other natural ingredients to create personal care products. They are usually very safe, often nutrient-rich, and are useful for their content of compounds that can nourish tissues and support the body’s own healing responses. Please be aware that we will use also use essential oils that can be quite aromatic. We will make facial toner, massage oil, bath salts and a body scrub. Please bring a jar for the body scrub and a small bottle for massage oil and facial toner.  Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:30 Room 01: After school
Soap Making and laundry soapparticipate in making cold-process soap from 3 simple ingredients: animal/vegetable oils, water and sodium hydroxide aka lye! If you have special scents in mind, please bring essential oils for your own soaps. Soap molds can be as simple as empty containers found around the house, such as milk cartons, plastic muffin holders, yogurt containers, etc! Dress to mess, make sure what you wear is grubby, or wear an apron to keep clothes from getting destroyed. Plain bars of soap will be made, but you are encouraged to bring extra additions for your personalized soaps, such as herbs or items of exfoliation like oatmeal, poppy seeds, loofah etc. In addition, we will make dry laundry soap from left over soap bars and 2 other household ingredients. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 12:00 Room 22: Upstairs
King County Seed Library - seed exchangeThe KC Seed Library has veggie seeds to share and welcomes donations from the community of extra seed packets or seeds collected from ones garden. Check out their varieties and take some home to get an early start on your garden. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 3:00** Lobby
perennial plantings, sequestering carbon, and healthy ecosystemsPeople will learn and participate in discussion about how our earth ecosystems relate to the ecosystem of our bodies. 1. why are chronic degenerative diseases in the u.s. some of the highest in the world. 2. how do plants filter out the increasing number of toxins in our air, water and soil. 3. how is carbon sequestration related to our farming and gardening practices and reversing desertification. Meadowbrook 11:00 - 12:30 Multi-purpose Patio
First time Backyard ChickensWhat to consider when getting started with backyard chickens. Equipment needs, space required, feeding, safety, etc Meadowbrook 11:15 - 12:15 Room 09: Art room
Basic CarpentryIntroduction to basic carpentry hand tool usage,and basic carpentry practices! Meadowbrook 11:15 - 12:15 Room 11
Flex ThinkingFor us to make our lives more sustainable, we are going to have to think outside the box. We are often urged to be more creative, but nobody ever tells us how to do this. Flex Thinking teaches how to actually get outside of the box, and once there to solve problems in simple and elegant ways that aren’t readily apparent given our normal way of thinking. Meadowbrook 11:15 - 12:15 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Lunch prep(No description yet. Please check later.) Meadowbrook 11:30 - 12:30 Kitchen
Lunch prep(No description yet. Please check later.) Meadowbrook 11:30 - 12:30 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Lunch prep & lunchSoup luncheon with guest speaker, Arthur Lee Jacobson speaking on Seattle plant foraging. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:45 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Anaerobic worm binDIY worm bin and anaerobic digester workshop. Participants bring 1 big newspaper, their own plastic container (~1 cubic foot) Meadowbrook 11:45 - 12:15 Room 01: After school
LunchSoup luncheon with guest speaker, Arthur Lee Jacobson speaking on Seattle Plant Foraging. Meadowbrook 12:30 - 1:45 Kitchen
LunchSoup luncheon with guest speaker,Arthur Lee Jacobson speaking on Seattle Plant Foraging. Meadowbrook 12:30 - 1:45 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Home Coffee Roasting made EasyThis class offers a step by step, easy to follow guide in how to roast your own coffee at home. We will explore a brief history of coffee, where it comes from, and why it's so delicious. Where to purchase green coffee beans that are fair trade and support local business. And finally how to get exactly the roast you want with a minimal investment in time and equipment. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:00 Multi-purpose Patio
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 oyster 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! Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:00 Room 01: After school
Hands-On Wiring BasicsBasic wiring instruction for fixing electrical cords,and basic wiring for household electrical repairs and additions or remodels! Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:00 Room 11
Planning your gardenThis workshop will introduce you to year round garden planning. Learn how to size your garden for household size, crop succession, and over-wintering crops. Come away from the workshop with a basic understanding of planning for year round food production and start putting together your own garden calendar. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:00 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Mosaics from repurposed materialsHow to use old tiles or glass to Upcycle old pavers and stepping stones with Mosaics. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:00 Room 22: Upstairs
Eat it ALL UpWould you like to put more food on your table and less in the compost bin? Come find out what to do with your kombucha scoby, kale stems, radish leaves, and more. If you have something you would prefer to eat instead of compost, please bring it along and we’ll figure it out. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:30 Kitchen
Having Mason BeesThis will be a open discussion with a mason bee enthusiast who will answer any questions you have about the early pollinators. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Learn simple bike repairBring your impaired bike and get help diagnosing what is wrong and learn how to fix it. things like... -Brake adjustments, good brake pads in Seattle -checking tire condition and pressure -how to work with a presta valve -checking rims for damage -checking frames for damage -what to do when your chain falls off -replacing an inner tube and/or the tire -adding racks -adjusting front and rear derailleurs -changing out gear shift and brake cables -changing pedals, adding pedal toe clips - a couple of different kinds -adding a bottle holder -adjusting seat heights and tilt and handle bars for a better fit -wearing your helmet properly, because they are poor fashion additions -good grease to use in Seattle -cleaning your chain -gear for commuting - lights - fenders - reflective things - rain clothes - small and large bike pump -keeping ears warm - glove options - Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Tool Sharpening and RepairCome learn how easy it is to maintain your garden tools and other cutting tools. Bring your dull and rusty tools and we'll go step by step to a Tool Revival. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Fermentation StationHave you always wanted to culture your own yogurt, make your own kombucha, or bake a home-made sourdough bread? Come on by our Cultural Diffusion table! We'll have cultures, starters, mothers, and more, all nurtured by your neighbors and ready to be shared. We will also be sharing easy-to-follow instructions on how to use the provided cultures to successfully make your own healthy, probiotic, home-made cultured products. Feel free to bring a few jars of your own culture to share at the table as well. Just make sure to include instructions on how to use them! Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Upcycling your clothing and BooksHere is a chance to refresh your wardrobe and clean out your closet! Exchange gently used clothing for garments that are"new" to you. We are also taking books that need a new home. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Best Fruits to grow in NWfruit growing presentation: "Best Fruits to Grow in Seattle"....."Unusual Fruits you Can Grow" Meadowbrook 3:15 - 4:15 Room 11
Building Productive Garden SoilThis workshop will teach you about NW soils and how to improve and maintain soil fertility to improve food quality and quantity. Learn about soil analysis, soil amendments, and cover crops. Bring two cups of your soil for comparison. Meadowbrook 3:15 - 4:15 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
CrochetingMake a scarf or other easy beginners item Meadowbrook 3:15 - 4:45 Room 22: Upstairs
Rewiring a lamp(No description yet. Please check later.) Meadowbrook 3:45 - 4:45 Room 09: Art room
Sourdough bread makingWild fermented sourdough bread has been apart of the human diet for thousands of years. Come learn how to transform flour, water, and salt using a wild fermented sourdough culture. We will get our hands dirty building the dough and forming and shaping a loaf. We will also learn about the tools needed and how to keep a sourdough culture alive. Bring a large bowl if you want to get hands-on and take home a dough to bake in your home oven. You will even be able to take home some sourdough starter (limited supply). Meadowbrook 3:45 - 5:00 Kitchen
Fruit tree pruningI will address the basics of pruning, how to make a good cut and why it matters. I will cover different tree forms, pruning for heavier fruit production vs ornamental forms. I will also go over tools and how to care for them. Meadowbrook 3:45 - 5:00 Room 01: After school

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