classes

A barter-based education series featuring workshops on a variety of topics in a relaxed and inspiring environment. Registration is now open for our August 2016 series.

MONDAY, August 22 - FRIDAY, August 26, 2016


Monday

Class
What To Do With Your CSA (When You Aren’t Sure What To Do With It)

Date
Monday, August 22

Time
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

This class will demonstrate what you can do with fruits and vegetables from your CSA share when you have no idea what to do with them. Each participant will get a catalog of recipes that will be ambiguous. The recipes will give suggestions on how ingredients can be interchangeable. We will make one of them during the class so each participant will get a feeling as to how the recipe will taste.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Old cookbooks
  • Fruits and vegetables from your garden
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon

About the Instructor

Abbi Jo Ferree is a native of York County (from many, many generations of York County Ferrees). A graduate of Penn State with a degree in English. she always knew she held great skills in the kitchen and her heart yearned for it. When Abbi was in college and working for a caterer, the owner was a very generous woman with her time and spent many hours after closing teaching her how to cook, run a kitchen, and run a business professionally. Nowadays, Abbi spends most of her time teaching cooking classes at YorKitchen and through Creative York, running after her extremely active son Rory, cooking for her partner Paul, and throwing Frisbees for her dog Ted.


Class
Stencil 102: Image Conversion

Date
Monday, August 22

Time
7 p.m.

Class Description

We will cover how to convert an image for stencil making. We will also learn about positive/negative space and how you want to manipulate them for an effective stencil. (There will be no spray painting on site this time.)

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Popcorn – microwave or kettle (low fat if possible)
  • Your old DVDs! I know you have movies lying around that you don’t watch anymore, let me watch them!
  • Car wax. I went to get my car detailed and the dude wanted like $200. Nuts to that – bring me some wax so I can do it myself.

About the Instructor

Matt Apol is the first York College of Pennsylvania graduate to have double majored in fine art and graphic design. He has seven years experience in the graphic design industry and is currently producing work as a full-time artist, working toward grad school application.


WEDNESDAY

Class
Meal Planning for Busy Moms

Date
Wednesday, August 24

Time
12 – 1 p.m.

Class Description

For any woman juggling a family and creative work, this workshop is for you. We’ll talk for one hour about how to whip up a simple meal plan that works for your schedule. Walk away with a THREE-STEP process to easy meal planning that doesn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Bring your favorite 5-ingredient or less recipe written or typed clearly to be shared with other participants.

About the Instructor

Shawn Fink is a writer and author and founder of The Abundant Mama Project. She’s a work-at-home mom of twin girls and lover of coffee and mornings. She’s also lived, worked, or played in York City for about 16 years.


Class
Arduino Programming 101

Date
Wednesday, August 24

Time
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

In this workshop you and a partner (great for parents and children) will work together to blink an LED on and off with the Arduino microcontroller. Adruinos will be provided for use during the workshop. You will need to bring a laptop and a will to learn.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  •  Glue gun
  •  Glue sticks
  • Reese’s Pieces and/or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Snacks to share during workshop
  • 9-volt batteries
  • 3.7-volt batteries
  • DC motor (found at Radio Shack – yes, they are still open)

Age restrictions 

No younger than 9 years old

About the Instructor

12-year-old Sam Brenner has done many workshops. He loves building robots and is the inventor of the Wobbly-Bot. Sam spends his free time programming, 3D printing, and tinkering. He recently completed an Arduino platform tech camp at Princeton University.


Class
Practical Automotive Maintenance for Practically Anybody

Date
Wednesday, August 24

Time
7 p.m.

Class Description

Let’s face it, the world is ending soon. All the TV shows tell us that people who can do basic work on cars are of value and get fed. Learn how to change a tire, change your oil, drink a beer, check your air filter, check your radiator levels, change your wiper blades, drink a beer, check your belts and fuses, and maybe even change your brakes if we have a car that needs brakes changed. Other topics discussed while beer lasts.

If possible, attendees are encouraged to bring their own vehicle (this class will be held in our on-site garage). Please tell us the year/make/model in the notes field when you register.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • People to hand out posters and flyers at random
  • Beck’s Peanut Butter Ripple ice cream
  • Amazon gift cards
  • Surprise me with something cool that you do well or whatever

About the Instructor

Matthew Davis is like a movie where the characters aren’t quite developed enough to make sense, but just enough for you to care about when they kick the bucket. Matthew is a college professor, festival organizer, graphical re-designer, and a bit of a beer geek.


THURSDAY

Class
Gather Around the Table (Connecting Over Food in a Fast-Paced World)

Date
Thursday, August 25

Time
12 – 1 p.m.

Class Description

In this class, we will gather together and share a meal while talking about hospitality and community. You will hear the instructor’s unique experiences with connecting as we share lunch together.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Please bring one salad bar topping to share with 10 people. Please bring your own serving utensil.

About the Instructor

Debbie Rutter has a genuine love for people and great ideas and loves connecting them with each other. She has planned events for small groups and given presentations in front of over 1,000 people. She likes to hug people and eat.


Class
Fantasy Football 201: Slightly Advanced Draft and In-Season Tips

Date
Thursday, August 25

Time
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

We’ll look to go a little beyond the basics of fantasy football for this class, so while beginners are welcome to join, we’ll be discussing slightly advanced techniques for drafting your team and where to go from there. Also, this isn’t necessarily a 2016 player pool evaluation – there are plenty of places on the Web for that. Rather, we’ll talk about using your league’s rules to your advantage, alternative draft strategy, in-season transactions, and more. You don’t have to bring anything; just something for taking notes, if you want.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • 6-pack of your favorite beer
  • Whole-bean or ground coffee-flavored coffee
  • Sign up for my company’s newsletter and like/follow its social media pages

About the Instructor

Will Hanlon is a 14-year fantasy football veteran whose mom needed to drive him to his first live draft. Every year since, he spends his late summer months prepping for his favorite holiday of the year, Draftmas. He’s been paid to write about fantasy sports before, which boggles his mind almost as much as when a kicker is drafted before the final round. In his spare time during fantasy season, Will manages content for Our York Media, formerly Hanlon Content Marketing. He’s a husband, dad, and enjoys making fantasy opponent mocking GIFs.


Class
Intro to Oil Painting

Date
Thursday, August 25

Time
7 p.m.

Class Description

This will be a beginner’s intro to using oil paint. It will look at the technical basics of how to use oils to get the effects you want. It will be geared toward those who are looking to get deeper into painting/making art but who might not know where to start with oils. Paint, thinner, and mediums will be included. Bring any of your favorite brushes, or any random items you aren’t sure what to do with.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Dog toys
  • Something you grew (veggies or flowers)
  • Seeds or gardening items
  • Used art supplies
  • Artwork
  • Volunteer time on a First Friday
  • Anything with a crab or a Maryland flag on it 

Age restrictions

15 years and up

About the Instructor

Rita Whitney is a local artist and is the owner of Prime Art Supply. She has studied painting at different schools, residencies, and fellowships on the east coast over the past 10 years.


FRIDAY

Class
Mind Full or Mindful?

Date
Friday, August 26

Time
12 – 1 p.m.

Class Description

Mindfulness is both a skill and a way of being in the present moment. While it has become a buzzword, the capacity to be mindful is a necessary part of thousands of businesses, educational institutions, and individuals’ job-related skills. We all experience mindfulness and mindfullness/mindlessness in our everyday lives. In this workshop, participants will practice skills of focused attention, reflective listening, emotional awareness, and mindful eating. Participants will leave with research-based methods to integrate mindfulness into personal and professional contexts. Participants should bring a writing instrument and paper.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Books to donate to a library
  • Non-perishable food items for York Food Bank, such as:
    • Canned vegetables and fruits
    • Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper)
    • Canned or dried beans and peas
    • Pasta, rice, low-sugar cereals
    • Peanut butter
    • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon) that do not require refrigeration after opening
    • 100% fruit juice (canned, plastic, or boxed)
    • Baby formula and baby foods (check expiration date)

About the Instructor

Kathryn Byrnes, Ph.D., is the Board President of the Mindfulness in Education Network (mindfuled.org), faculty of the Teachings in Mindful Education (TiME) Institute in Maine, faculty at Lesley University in MA, and self-employed as a mindfulness consultant. She lives in Bend, Oregon and works with educators from university through Pre-K to integrate mindfulness practices and principles into their professional contexts. Her work has taken her to Thailand, Vietnam, and throughout the United States. Kathryn’s scholarship focuses on contemplative pedagogy and has been published in several journals and edited books. She taught Education and Mindfulness courses at Bowdoin College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Colorado College and earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served as the Education Program Officer at the Mind & Life Institute, developing a “Call to Care” program for educators and students, worked as a Curriculum Coordinator at a contemplative K-5 elementary school, taught high school psychology, and is a certified yoga instructor. Animals and children are some of her best mindfulness teachers.


Class
Kombucha 101

Date
Friday, August 26

Time
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Description

Kombucha is an ancient fermented tea beverage that is easy to make and is full of health benefits. This class will provide an overview of kombucha, its history and benefits, as well as a step-by-step guide to begin the brewing process. All are welcome.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Glass growlers
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Homemade (or brewed) tea
  • Herbs from your garden
  • Good books
  • Good recipes

About the Instructor

Nothing gets Joshua Witchger more excited than fermentation. His interest in all things funk began while working for a small pickle company in Brooklyn, New York. He enjoys making fermented foods for friends and family and has brewed kombucha on small and large scales for years. By day he works as an EMT and farms and by night he keeps himself busy brewing, listening to podcasts, and going on adventures with his wife.


Class
Punch Drunk Love: Summer Punches to Keep You Cool

Date
Friday, August 26

Time
7 p.m.

Class Description

Attendees will learn that craft cocktails and entertaining can be done with the ease of punches. You don’t need to have a huge variety of spirits – just a little creativity and seasonal ingredients.

Suggested swap items for this class

  • Red wine
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Food/crafted gifts 

Age restrictions

21 and over

About the Instructor

Mandy Schriver moved to the York area a little over a year ago from Tampa, FL, where she found her calling in craft cocktails. She has been in the hospitality business for 15 years in a variety of positions, but finds the culinary aspect of creating cocktails most enjoyable. Alongside her husband, she ahs participated in many cocktail competitions, with her most recent 2nd place winning in the Brown-Forman Margarita Competition representing Tutoni’s. Mandy is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to downtown York and help shape and create memorable moments in the city.