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Cookbook Clubs are becoming the latest craze based on a simple idea of a group of people each choosing a different recipe from one cookbook and gathering to share the results, like a crowd sourced feast. It's a great way to sample many of the recipes in one sitting.  Plus, there's something magical when you join a group of unknown people and share food with one another. Conversations swirl maybe revealing those who secretly aspire to be great cooks, or those who just want to meet some new friends. Whatever the reasons, you will surely leave with a full tummy, knowledge of the best recipes in that cookbook and maybe a start of a new friendship or two. No cooking experience is needed; but you will be expected to bring a dish to the class event from the selected cookbook.

Start date: 11/05/16

End date: 11/05/16

Tuition: $19.00



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Do you have vintage or handmade items that you would like to sell? Setting up your own Etsy shop is a great way to connect your product with people who want it, and it's free and easy to start. Learn everything you need to know, from making your profile, to listing your items, to getting paid. In addition, get your questions answered and gain many extra tips and hints so you can open your own popular and profitable Etsy store fast!  

Start date: 05/16/17

End date: 05/23/17

Tuition: $49.00



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Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. Get inspired to do things yourself with crafts, decorating, and other creative DIY projects. Discover quick style tips and tricks to liven up your rooms at home, add pizzazz to your wardrobe, or cozy up your backyard. If you have a business and the end product is visual, Pinterest is a great marketing tool. This class will show you how to set up an account, discover the different Pinterest categories, follow friends’ accounts, create your own electronic bulletin boards, and start pinning ideas!

Start date: 10/26/16

End date: 10/26/16

Tuition: $29.00



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Arduino. 3D printing. Wearable tech. Your students or your kids may be talking about these things, but what is all this stuff, and how can you keep up and try to get ahead of them? This class will survey the core technologies found in makerspaces and give you a start in understanding what you will need to learn to create awesome technology projects. You will also learn how to find and sort through the many free resources online. Agenda Unit 1: What are maker technologies? -Why did shop class go away? -The maker movement philosophy of learning iteratively -What a makerspace is, and considerations when planning one. -Technologies that you will learn about in this class -What makes a project easy, intermediate or hard. Unit 2: 3D printing -What is 3D printing? -What can it do? -The process of using a 3D printer (modeling, slicing, printing) -Related technologies: 3D scanners, laser cutters, vinyl cutters -Where to learn more Unit 3: Basics of maker electronics: hardware -Open-source standards -Definitions: resistors, capacitors, LEDs, Ohm’s law -Getting started with Arduino microprocessor hardware -Wearable circuits: Flora, sensors and neopixels -Where to learn more Unit 4: Basics of maker electronics: -Software -How to program Arduino and similar systems -Basic project ideas -Where you can learn more.

Start date: 10/03/16

End date: 10/28/16

Tuition: $245.00



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Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it can be applied in your field. Agenda Unit 1 What Makes a Game? - Practical Definition for Game -The Anatomy of a Game -Games and Play -Different Types of Games Unit 2 Essentials of Design -Getting Beyond a Game Idea -Game Verbs and Game Mechanics -Documentation -Test Early, Test Often Unit 3 Game Design: Solo and in Teams -Defining Development Needs -Roles in Game Design -Finding Design and Development Partners Unit 4 Serious Games & Gamification -Games Beyond Entertainment -Designing "Serious" Games -Gamification -Designing Gamification Systems

Start date: 09/06/16

End date: 09/30/16

Tuition: $245.00



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Learn the basics and how to be more productive with your iPad. Find out about functional and fun applications available on the iPad as well as useful tips and tricks to get the most from your device. Please bring your device to class.   

Start date: 11/29/16

End date: 11/29/16

Tuition: $39.00



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Get more out of your iPad. Expand your existing knowledge and get the most out of the iPad's technology. Learn some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier and your iPad even more enjoyable! Please bring your device to class.

Start date: 12/12/16

End date: 12/12/16

Tuition: $29.00



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Learn how to make your own unique jewelry for yourself and others. After five sessions, you will leave with three necklaces, two sets of earrings, two key chains, and all the tools at the end of the class. Best of all, you will gain the know-how to create your own jewelry and gifts!

Start date: 11/01/16

End date: 11/15/16

Tuition: $79.00



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Learn how to make your own unique jewelry for yourself and others. After five sessions, you will leave with three necklaces, two sets of earrings, two key chains, and all the tools at the end of the class. Best of all, you will gain the know-how to create your own jewelry and gifts!

Start date: 03/23/17

End date: 04/06/17

Tuition: $79.00



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If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we'll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. This camp is for students age 8 to 11 years old.  

Start date: 03/13/17

End date: 03/17/17

Tuition: $179.00



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If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one­of­a­kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. This camp is for students age 12 to 14 years old.  

Start date: 03/13/17

End date: 03/17/17

Tuition: $179.00



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Step up your basic pumpkin carving skills and learn how to sculpt more unique designs into your pumpkin creations that will have trick-or-treaters giving you compliments before you pass out the candy. This hands-on class taught by Jason Miller, our Pumpkin Pro, has taught himself and others this unique skill and has sculpted dozens of gourds, many with his own designs,will teach you the tricks of the trade.  You will leave with a completely carved pumpkin of your choice along with your own set of tools for next year's project. Each adult can bring along one child over the age of five for free.  

Start date: 10/22/16

End date: 10/22/16

Tuition: $25.00



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