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  • Ikebana: Beginning and Intermediate - Winter 2013 (Series Begins Jan. 15)

    Location: 
    classrooma

    Tuesdays

    January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5

     

    Beginning: $50 members / $60 non-members

    Intermediate: $55 members / $65 non-members

    $30 materials fee (payable to instructor)

    Instructor: Reiko Kawamura

     

    Elegance, grace, and style are the characteristics of Ikebana. Learn the mechanics of manipulation and the observation of materials for their best usage in gaining an oriental view of flower arranging. Elementary, Moribana, Free Style, Hanami, Rimpa, and Bunjin will be taught.

     

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  • Creating an Edible Container Garden

    Location: 
    classrooma

    $20 members / $30 non-members

    $15 materials fee (payable to instructor)

    Instructor: Judith Gerber

      

    Container Gardening is one of the easiest ways to start growing and enjoy homegrown vegetables and herbs if you have limited space, poor soil, problems with gophers and other pests, or don’t have a yard. Even if you do have a yard, container gardening is a simple way to grow edibles that don’t need a large area to grow in.

     

    This class will provide you with all the information you need to grow spring edibles best suited for containers and will include information on growing vertically, soils and amendments, and caring for your containers. You will also make your own “living salad bowl” (includes container, soil, and lettuce plants) to take home to get your container garden started. Class is limited to 20 participants.

     

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  • Pine Needle Woven Art Basket Workshop: Create a Beautiful Piece of Art

    Location: 
    classroomb

    $60 members / $70 non-members

    Instructor: Rose Hamner, Award Winning Local Artist

     

    Weave a beautiful pine needle basket around an ornate center. Pine needle basketry uses the ancient yet universal weaving technique of ‘coiling’ that stitches a continuous core around and onto foundation rows. Receive personal hands-on instruction to create your own woven pine needle basket to take home. Bring a sack lunch. Class is limited to 15 participants.

     

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  • Kids Club

    Location: 
    patio

    Kids Club is a membership just for kids!  We spend an hour the first Sunday of each month from, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, discovering something nature related.  We do book readings, art projects, and so much more!  Kids Club runs from February through October.

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  • Heirloom Tomatoes in the South Bay

    Location: 
    classroomb

    Lecture included with paid Garden admission
    Speaker: Peter Olpe

    Peter Olpe will talk about history, care, and culture of heirloom tomatoes, in a lecture that is sure to appeal to both beginners and experienced growers. What makes a tomato an heirloom? Why do home grown tomatoes taste so much better than store bought? When should you really plant tomatoes? These questions and much more will be answered in this interesting lecture. Heirloom tomatoes will be available for sale at the end of the lecture.

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  • Financial Planning Seminars: Get Financially Fit!

    Location: 
    classrooma

    Seminars included with paid Garden admission

    Speaker: Dean Billman, First Vice President – Wealth Management Fund Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    These seminars are all firm approved with a slide show and handouts, and completely compliance approved. Let Dean answer all your financial questions for future planning.

    April 6: Secure Your Legacy

    This seminar presentation provides an overview of wealth planning topics: including estate tax law changes, estate planning tools, and trusts. 

    April 27: Preparing Your Child for College – The 529 Savings Plan

    Dean will discuss various 529 savings plans and how to distribute it to your child and any immediate family member.

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  • Financial Planning Seminars: Get Financially Fit!

    Location: 
    classrooma

    Seminars included with paid Garden admission

    Speaker: Dean Billman, First Vice President – Wealth Management Fund Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

    These seminars are all firm approved with a slide show and handouts, and completely compliance approved. Let Dean answer all your financial questions for future planning.

    April 6: Secure Your Legacy

    This seminar presentation provides an overview of wealth planning topics: including estate tax law changes, estate planning tools, and trusts. 

    April 27: Preparing Your Child for College – The 529 Savings Plan

    Dean will discuss various 529 savings plans and how to distribute it to your child and any immediate family member.

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  • Tai Chi in the Garden - Spring 2013 Series 1 (Series Begins Mar. 2)

    Location: 
    patio

    Series 1

    Saturdays

    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

    Note: On March 16, 23, and 30, class will be from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

    $60 members / $70 non-members

    Instructor: Master Wang Hui

    An ancient Chinese Technique emphasizing relaxation, balance, coordination, and agility, Tai Chi is a total system of exercises promoting circulation, flexibility, and inner strength, as well as mental and physical discipline. Living in California, Master Wang is an authentic Monk from The Shaolin Temple in China challenging the principles he was taught throughout his life. Practice Tai Chi to improve your health and rejuvenate your life! **Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $10 per class. Please register in the Gift Shop.

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  • Tai Chi in the Garden - Spring 2013 Series 2 (Series Begins May 4)

    Location: 
    patio

    Series 2

    Saturdays

    May 4, 11, 18, 25

    $25 members / $35 non-members

    Instructor: Master Wang Hui

    An ancient Chinese Technique emphasizing relaxation, balance, coordination, and agility, Tai Chi is a total system of exercises promoting circulation, flexibility, and inner strength, as well as mental and physical discipline. Living in California, Master Wang is an authentic Monk from The Shaolin Temple in China challenging the principles he was taught throughout his life. Practice Tai Chi to improve your health and rejuvenate your life! **Drop-ins on the day of the class are allowed and are $10 per class. Please register in the Gift Shop.

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  • NEW! Essential Things Feng Shui Can Do to Maintain and Improve Your Health

    Location: 
    classrooma

    $30 members / $40 non-members

    Instructor: Shelley Sparks

    Your house holds an essential key for you to maintain your health for as long as you live here. Understanding specific things that you can do in your home will support not only your physical health but also your emotional and mental well-being. 

    Join Feng Shui expert Shelley Sparks in learning how to health proof your house. 

    Shelley Sparks has been a Feng Shui expert for more than 20 years. Through the practice of Feng Shui she creates harmony, healing, and beneficial qualities to her clients’ homes and business and garden environments. She believes that as we bring our environments into balance we live happier and healthier lives. She is the author of the award winning book “Secrets of the Land.”

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