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

Ninth Annual Skills Fair – Feb 9, 2019 - Saturday, February 9, 2019

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  Workshop Building Time Room/space
Edible Weed WalkA walk to forage weeds that are edible Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Lobby
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 10:00 - 11:00 Room 01: After school
basic electricalHome electrical repair and basic principles of electricity. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Making dairy-free nut milks and ice creamDemonstration on how to make dairy free nut milks and dairy free ice cream.This class will leave you with the confidence and understanding necessary for creating your own plant based milks and ice creams at home. Overview: Types of nuts (and non-nuts) that can be milked Dairy free milk tasting from a handful of pre-made milks Live nut milking demonstration Nut milking bag discussion Natural sweetener discussion Live ice cream making demonstration Discussion about logistics of different types of ice cream making units Ice cream tasting Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 22: Upstairs
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 10:00 - 11:15 Kitchen
House plant propagationLearn how to propagate house plants. Easy and free. Now you can have all of the house plants you want without breaking the bank. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:30 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Easy Books that Fold, Sew & Pop (Book Binding)In just two hours you can create a small collection of books that combine the fundamentals of bookmaking in the form of an accordion structure and/or single signature books. No experience necessary. All materials and tools will be provided. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 12:00 Room 11
Worm bin buildingLearn how to build a wooden worm bin based on the version from Seattle Tilth. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 12:30 Multi-purpose Patio
LIONNES – Local Investing Opportunity Network NE SeattleFind out about opportunities to directly invest in local companies, boosting our local economy. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00** Lobby Tabling Area
Master Composters from TilthA residential recycling focused table where we answer questions on waste prevention and sorting, and hand out free kitchen scrap compost bins for Seattle residents. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00 Lobby Tabling Area
Nathan Hale Urban Farm tableLearn about the Nathan Hale Urban Farm and where you might contribute your time. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00** Lobby Tabling Area
SmartnerSmartner is a mentor-matching service for DIYers, creators, makers, hobbyists, crafters or anyone who wants to ‘learn by doing.’ We pair experienced professionals with passionate amateurs to create targeted, real-world learning experiences. If you want to build a deck, tune a bike, edit a video, make crepes or knit a hat we’ll find the perfect ‘smart partner’ to help you quickly master new skills and learn the tricks of their trade. When a project is just a bit beyond Do-It-Yourself but too interesting to Just-Pay-The-Pro, there’s a Smartner way: Tackle It Together. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00** Lobby Tabling Area
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 11:00 - 3:00** Lobby Tabling Area
Mason Bee BasicsWestern Washington's blue orchard mason bee is a pollinating powerhouse! Learn more about this friendly native hiveless solitary (adorable) bee - including bee basics, the mason bee life cycle, housing and care as well as a list of bee-friendly plants for your yard. One guest at each session will win their own starter kit - including bee cocoons, nesting material and a wee bee house. Raising mason bees is a great family learning activity with a minimal investment of time. Go bees! Meadowbrook 11:15 - 11:45 Room 22: Upstairs
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 11:15 - 12:15 Room 01: After school
Propagating succulentsLearn how to propagate succulents 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 & lunchTaco bar luncheon. Food items needed like taco fillings, crockpots of rice or beans, chopped lettuce or shredded cabbage for slaw. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:45 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Lunch prep & lunchTaco bar luncheon. Food items needed like taco fillings, crockpots of rice or beans, chopped lettuce or shredded cabbage for slaw. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:45 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
LunchTaco bar luncheon. Food items needed like taco fillings, crockpots of rice or beans, chopped lettuce or shredded cabbage for slaw. Meadowbrook 12:30 - 1:45 Kitchen
Composting SystemsDIY worm bin and anaerobic digester workshop. Participants bring 1 big newspaper, their own plastic container (~1 cubic foot) Meadowbrook 2:00 - 2:30 Room 22: Upstairs
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 2:00 - 3:00 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Making Elderberry Syrup and Fire CiderElderberry Syrup and Fire Cider, both are remedies that can help the whole family with colds and flu, and are simple and easy to make at home. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:30 Kitchen
Stop the BleedLearning how to stop bleeding from a wound Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:30 Room 11
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
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 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
Basket WeavingCome and learn how to make a basket using natural fibers. We will also discuss how to use materials you probably have in your yard. Bring a pair of pruners or heavy duty scissors. Really fun and easy. Space limited (to12)due to materials and area of room. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00 Room 01: After school
Mason Bee BasicsWestern Washington's blue orchard mason bee is a pollinating powerhouse! Learn more about this friendly native hiveless solitary (adorable) bee - including bee basics, the mason bee life cycle, housing and care as well as a list of bee-friendly plants for your yard. One guest at each session will win their own starter kit - including bee cocoons, nesting material and a wee bee house. Raising mason bees is a great family learning activity with a minimal investment of time. Go bees! Meadowbrook 2:45 - 3:15 Room 22: Upstairs
DIY Sashiko Denim Repair (Boro)Boro is the age old Japanese art of mending textiles and is literally translated as rags or scraps of cloth. As far back as the 17th century, peasants, merchants and artisans would patch up clothing and quilts using scraps of old kimonos or hemp fabric, making the garment last long enough to be ... BRING CLOTHING TO MEND Meadowbrook 3:00 - 4:00** Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Beginning KnittingWe will learn how to do the knit stitch. Please bring: -A pair of knitting needles, preferably size 8 -Some yarn, preferably worsted weight Meadowbrook 3:15 - 4:15 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Copper Pipe SolderingLearn basic copper pipe soldering, and gas pipe fitting. How to prep the pipes, and things which are most likely to go wrong, then testing for leaks. Meadowbrook 3:30 - 4:30 Multi-purpose Patio
Minor Dry Wall and Plaster RepairParticipants learn how to use a few readily available patching solutions and texturizing methods. Some sanding Techniques and use of hot muds. Meadowbrook 3:30 - 5:00 Room 22: Upstairs
The Starter That Ate Seattle:for people who have already been introduced to baking with sourdough, recipes to use the “discard” when you feed your starter, rather than throwing it away. (Waffles, pancakes, crackers, crumpets, brownies, cakes...) Meadowbrook 3:45 - 5:00 Kitchen
Unusual Fruit that you can grow in your BackyardIt will cover the propagation of Figs, Kiwi (both fuzzy kiwi & kiwiberries), Mulberrries, Musk Strawberries, Gooseberries, Alpine Strawberries, Jostaberries, Medlar, Paw Paws, Lingonberries, Honeyberries, Persimmons, Goumi, Citrus, Pomegranates, and many more. Meadowbrook 3:45 - 5:00 Room 11

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