classes

A barter-based education series featuring workshops on a variety of topics in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Register now for these classes in our April 2019 series.

MONDAY, April 1 - Thursday, April 4, 2019


Monday


How Money Works - The Common Sense Guide

Date
Monday, April 1

Time
12 – 1 p.m.

Class Description

When it comes to your finances, how much do you know? Are you one of the ones who have made a “really bad financial decision”? Are you willing to seek out financial education from a professional, or just wing it? If you want help from a professional but don’t know where to start, this class is the answer.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Your favorite recipe

  • Postage stamps

  • Scotch tape

About the Instructor

Pamela Getner is a York County resident who has a servant’s heart in helping others reach goals, find solutions, find savings, and be their accountability partner throughout the process. With a background in marketing and finance, her position is truly helping others. And what better way but to teach others how to avoid financial boo-boos.


Bicycling for Fun, Fitness, and Transportation

Date
Monday, April 1

Time
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

This course is designed to get riders of all stripes and skill levels riding more frequently, safely and confidently. We’ll cover bike shopping for all budgets, customizing your bike for comfort and style, and how and where to ride safely. You’ll also learn basic maintenance and repairs you can do yourself, and how to tell when it’s time to take your bike to an experienced mechanic.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Like Bike York on Facebook and Instagram

  • Volunteer for a 2019 Bike York Pop-Up Tune-Up (no experience necessary!)

  • New or gently used bike accessories (helmets, lights, locks, spare tubes, flat repair kits) 

  • Use the #bikeyork hashtag on social media

About the Instructor

Andrew Gobel is the lead volunteer mechanic and a founding member of Bike York, a community group that promotes bikes for fun, fitness and transportation. Bike York provides free basic repairs and tune-ups, literature and safe riding tips at York City events throughout the year.


Keeping Backyard Chickens!

Date
Monday, April 1

Time
7 - 8 p.m.

Class Description

During this class, you can expect to learn some basic tools and tips to create a happy home and environment for your backyard flock. This will include coop and brooder (chicks) set up, feed, tips and troubleshooting when things aren’t quite right. Chicken keeping is fun and can be done even in small spaces. Join us to learn more!

Suggested swap items for this class

About the Instructor

Kristen Dempwolf is a former city girl who loves calling the York County countryside home. She lives in West York with her husband, Christopher, two dogs, two cats and 12 chickens. She prides herself on finding ways to live sustainability, creating as minimal waste as possible. She’s grateful to her hens who play a role in this effort. She has kept chickens since November of 2016.


TUESDAY


Event Planning Basics

Date
Tuesday, April 2

Time
12 - 1 p.m.

Class Description

Have you been charged with planning an event for your organization? Serving on an event committee as a volunteer? Interested in organizing a new community event? Get an overview of what you need to know, best practices and practical tips, and useful tools. We’ll touch on sponsorship campaigns, budgets, planning timelines, legal responsibilities, and promoting your event.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Snacks to share during the class

  • Postage stamps

  • Schedule a time to meet me for coffee or a drink and tell me your story

  • A mix CD of some of your favorite songs (with track listing)

  • A handwritten letter describing something for which you’re grateful

About the Instructor

JJ Sheffer is Director, Community Programs for York County Economic Alliance, and has been planning special events professionally for 20 years. Prior to joining the staff of YCEA, she was president of New Muse Entertainment, a company that produced special events, primarily fundraising events for York County nonprofit organizations. She was also an adjunct lecturer at York College of Pennsylvania, teaching a course on special event planning.


Cupcakes - THE Basic Recipe

Date
Tuesday, April 2

Time
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

Baking is indeed a science, but not because you have to follow a recipe exactly. It takes lots of experiments and trial and error. This SkillSwap session will help you become comfortable with creating new flavors and combos. Attendees will learn the art of baking a simple, but highly adaptable cupcake. They will receive a basic recipe, learn how to embellish it, and learn some tips, tricks, and mistakes to avoid. Please let me know ahead of time of any allergies – I cannot (for the sake of this class) avoid dairy, eggs, or gluten.

Age restrictions

6 and up, please

Suggested swap items for this class

  • A bottle of Malbec or other dry red wine 

  • Your favorite cupcake topping, candy, or decoration

  • Your favorite sweet and your favorite savory recipe to make

About the Instructor

Karin Swartz has been baking for what seems like forever. Her specialties are cupcakes, cookies, and other things that can easily be broken into small amounts and delivered to friends around town. She has no formal training on the subject matter, but loves to experiment and discover new methods and flavors. Aside from baking, you’ll usually find Karin finding ways to celebrate the live arts in the City of York or hanging out with her crazy canine, Zoe.  


Change Your Language, Change Your Life

Date
Tuesday, April 2

Time
7 - 8 p.m.

Class Description

Our language shapes our reality. During this class, we will: 

  • Take an assessment of the words we use daily and the effect they have on our experiences and interactions with others

  • Learn how to use words that align more with the experiences, feelings and thoughts that are healthier for our mind and spirit

  • Develop the skill to approach difficult conversations with boldness and confidence, without focusing on saying things “the right way”

  • Create our own personal dictionary that can be filled with the words that will help guide us towards a life we can laugh at, live for, and love more!

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Any household items

  • Anything yellow or turquoise                                                                                                    

  • French themed or inspired anything                   

  • Unique coffee mugs                                                                                                     

  • Vintage wares

  • Inspiring quote or a personal story to share

About the Instructor

Sharee McFadden is the founder of The McFadden Company and InJOYourLife, LLC. She is a soulpreneur who lives out her purpose by bringing joy, light, love, and laughter to those around her. After reading “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself,” by Shad Helmstetter in 2010, she realized she needed to change the way she talked to herself, the way she let others talk to her, and the way she talked to others. Throughout the years, she has worked with individuals and organizations that have hired her to help them figure out how to say things. She realized that people sometimes have difficulty with finding the right words or ways to express what they think and feel. Understanding the impact that words can have on an experience, she began to carefully curate her words, paying special attention to the meaning of words and the origin of words. Her latest tagline is “Change Your Language, Change Your Life.”

Sharee is a dedicated community member, writer, consultant, speaker, and media personality. She believes that joy is paramount for success in every area of your life and helps others find their joy through personal coaching, live, high-energy events and motivational speaking and workshops. She works with you to help you develop the mindset you need for a life you can laugh at, live for, and love more so that you can put more joy into your life and truly InJOYourLife.


Wednesday


Date Like A Journalist: Beyond Facebook Stalking

Date
Wednesday, April 3

Time
12 - 1 p.m.

Class Description

Interested in a new guy or girl? Just have a first name and you want to know if you’re going to end up in a well or a skin suit? Blind dates don’t have to be so blind. If you were a journalist or had a friend who’s one, you could walk in knowing that their criminal record, parking tickets and any potential divorce or bankruptcy proceedings have been looked at. You’ll learn how to do a quick search to cover your bases before you get invested. 

Not on the dating market? That’s OK, neither is Kate. But these skills also work for things like finding out someone’s middle name if they won’t tell you. Or if you need to perform a welfare check on a friend who’s out of the country and you don’t know where to start. It’s also a fun party trick to pull out. Yes, there’s even an app for it.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Things made in #iloveyorkcity

  • Hazy IPA beer

  • A good sauvignon blanc

  • Take me somewhere new for lunch or a drink

  • Volunteer for one of my events

About the Instructor

You can take the girl out of the newsroom, but you can’t get rid of the skillz. Kate Harmon was a journalist by trade for 10 years before leaving for the nonprofit and event world. She’s the type of girl you’d want in your corner if you’re looking into a new guy or girl and you want to be safe. She’s the one local bartenders ask to look up divorce filings on a guy their friend is super interested in and she doesn’t want her to get hurt again. Sometimes Googling isn’t enough; she’ll give you the super sleuthing skills.


#garbagelunch: What to Eat When There’s Nothing to Eat

Date
Wednesday, April 3

Time
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

Break free of the the confines of boring lunches & expensive take out, embrace your #garbagelunch soul, & eat like you mean it. Stock up on a few secret weapons, & you can make a fast, delicious, IG taggable lunch even when there’s “no food in the house.”

 With decades of food service, self employment, & the associated questionable finances under my belt, I’ll share with you my favorite lunchtime stunts, including Put an Egg On It, Canned Meat Products You’ll Learn to Love, Nut Butter Shenanigans, and Eat Your Leftovers Like a Grown Up.

 We’ll be cooking and eating while we talk, so bring your appetites. Fussy eaters should stay home, as should folks with nut & fish/seafood allergies.

Age restrictions

Over 15? I’ll probably swear a lot.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Your favorite craft beer (nothing with agave, please)

  • A nonalcoholic beverage to share with the class

  • A used copy of your favorite book

  • A jar/bottle of your favorite guilty pleasure condiment

  • Half an hour of video services/photography for my soapmaking business

  • Knife sharpening (3-4 straight edged kitchen knives)

  • Lightly used men’s work boots, any size

About the Instructor

Hayley Croom worked in the food industry for nearly 20 years as a prep cook, pastry chef, culinary educator and trainer, and would like you to know that even the best chefs eat absolute trash when no one’s looking.


Clay Cups & Mugs

FULL! NO SEATS LEFT!

Date
Wednesday, April 3

Time
7 - 8 p.m.

Class Description

The amount of power that objects have to change our daily lives is pretty incredible. Your favorite coffee mug, the one that fits so perfectly between your cold hands on early mornings, has the ability to shift how you start your day. Come to this Clay Cups & Mugs SkillSwap session to learn step-by-step how to build your new favorite vessel out of raw clay and walk away from the evening with a new appreciation for the handmade, everyday object. No experience necessary!

Projects will be processed and fired in a kiln, which can take about 3-4 weeks. Pick-up information will be given during class.

Age restrictions

14 and up

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Volunteer with me on a Habitat for Humanity construction site on Saturday, July 20, 8 am - 2:30 pm (pre-registration with Habitat is required'; registration info will be provided to those who attend this SkillSwap session). No construction experience needed.

  • Bring 10+ food donation items that I will take to the York County Food Bank. No expired or homemade food. Find the list of accepted items here: https://yorkfoodbank.org/food-drives/.

About the Instructor

Steph Holmes is an artist living and working in York, PA. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and traveling the country to attend a string of art and craft schools, Steph stumbled into teaching art and found that it was as important to her as being an artist. For the past eight years, she has taught clay, drawing, and mixed media classes to both adults and children. She currently spends her days working in her studio above HIVE artspace and also as the Director of Education and Programs at Creative York.


Thursday


Gather Around the Table: Creating Community One Meal at A Time

Date
Thursday, April 4

Time
12 -1 p.m.

Class Description

The attendees of this class will gather together and share lunch in the form of a potluck salad bar. (Details below.) By attending this class you will interact with new people, learn about things going on in York, and walk away with introductions to people you may not have known before. Connections will be made through conversation, sharing a meal, and possibly a corny game or two. Bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to meet new people and have fun.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Please bring a salad topping to share with other attendees.

    The attendees of this class will gather together and share lunch in the form of a potluck salad bar. Debbie will provide lettuce and spinach as well as salad dressings. Instead of bringing an item to swap with Debbie you will provide something to add to the salad and will share a meal with the other attendees. Please bring your item in a serving container and provide a serving utensil.

About the Instructor

Debbie Bailey is a lover of people and food and any opportunity to combine those two things. She is a master hugger and a stranger magnet. She is a York City resident, enthusiast, and self-appointed cheerleader.


The Magical Miracle of Life Planning

Date
Thursday, April 4

Time
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

To-Do List got you down? Take control of your day, your week, your month as you envision what is in your future and develop your own personal plan to get there. This isn’t just a goal setting workshop, this is access to a tool that can help you rethink about how you approach your life, short term, and long term goals, and find freedom from day to day panic and the feeling of being overwhelmed by your to do list!   

Age restrictions

18 and up

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Art of any kind

  • Your favorite cd of music

  • Herbs or vegetables

  • Art supplies (new or used)

  • A coffee date

  • Some help with gardening or garden planning

  • Meal prep ideas or help with meal planning

About the Instructor

Rita Whitney works most often as a community organizer and project manager in a variety of areas. She has employed this life-planning technique to great success, from finding and completing work as an independent contractor and teacher to completing home renovations.     


Restaurant Quality Meals at Home: All the Secrets

Date
Thursday, April 4

Time
7 - 8 p.m.

Class Description

In this SkillSwap session, participants will learn techniques that are used in restaurant kitchens to then be able to use in your own home kitchens. We will also venture into specialty ingredients that bump up flavors and are often overlooked at grocery stores and markets.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Old cookbooks

  • Seed starters for the coming spring

  • Pens and notebooks

  • I am interested in learning to sew if a participant has the ability

About the Instructor

Abbi Jo Ferree has been working in professional kitchens, ranging from line cooking to catering to running a meal program, for the last 15 years. Currently, she is the kitchen manager and cook for the preschool program at the downtown YMCA of York. When not in kitchens, she’s playing with her young sons, Rory and Emmet, laughing with her husband, Paul, or yelling at her two disobedient dogs, Teddy and Daisy. On a rare occasion, you can catch her bartending at a few downtown bars that she bounces back and forth at when they call.