Classes for Adults

Spanish Language Classes

Beginning Spanish - he primary focus of this class is to develop students’ proficiency in Spanish. Let's introduce ourselves, describe our families and our friends, and discuss our weekend plans, all in Spanish!  Pre-requisite: a good understanding of basic Spanish 1 content.  Topics include: discussing weekend plans and activities, likes and dislikes, describing activities and pastimes, talking about the weather, and talking about things people do and how often.  

Instructor: Ellen Feinstein is an experienced bilingual teacher. She holds a Master’s degree and CA credentials in English, Spanish and ESL. She has taught Spanish at all levels in the US, Mexico, and Bolivia. A published cross-cultural researcher/psychologist, she incorporates  reading, writing, listening, and speaking to promote a natural approach to language acquisition. 

Please note: Spring class covers most of Unit 3. Summer class finishes Unit 3 and covers part of Unit 4.  Students should purchase a used "Dime Uno" text and a second-hand “Cuaderno de Actividades” for "Dime Uno." Prior to first class, review and be conversant with Units 1 & 2, and be familiar with Unit 3, lesson 1. 

Aptos Village Park - Ages 18+
Summer Tues 7/10-8/14 6:30-8:30 PM $116/$128 #19031

 


 

Meditation 

Classes are perfect for beginners and those who want guidance to stay with their meditation practice.  Classes will begin with a brief teaching, include quiet meditative time and a guided Yoga Nidra meditation of deep yogic sleep, to rest deeply yet remain awake and aware. Join us to investigate meditation for your self and perhaps even deepen connection with the true self— the amazing, profoundly aware inner presence that we each are. Please bring your yoga mat, pillow, and light blanket. *No class 5/28

Instructor: Mary Ferguson (AYNT, KYT, AYT Bio) enjoys helping people explore and connect with their inner strength.  A certified yoga and meditation teacher, she has been leading self-discovery, personal growth, gentle yoga, and meditation classes and workshops for more than 20 years.

Aptos Village Park - Ages 18+
Mon 4/23-6/4* 6-8 PM $72/$79 #18971

 


Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow

Plein Air Painting at Quail Hollow is a social and relaxed gathering for all skill levels. Students will be taught from a classic impressionist palette and learn to be prepared for work as an artist in the outdoor environment. Small paintings are often the best goal for a 1-day outing. Gabriel will demonstrate and assist with every student. Students will receive a detailed materials list prior to class.   

Instructor: Gabriel Coke teaches and directs NUMU Atelier for New Museum Los Gatos, where he teaches drawing and oil painting to all ages and skill levels. When not teaching, he enjoys plein air painting. 

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Fri 3/30 10AM-2PM $40/$44

#19061

Fri 4/13 10AM-2PM $40/$44 #19062
Fri 4/27 10AM-2PM $40/$44 #19063
Fri 5/11 10AM-2PM $40/$44 #19064

 


The Science of Pickling 

When you hear "pickles," you probably picture those classic crunchy dill pickles we all know and love. But there's so much more to the colorful world of pickling! You can pickle almost anything you want. Learn the science of how to ensure that you're preserving your food safely and what and why a few additions make your pickles crunchy.  Class Overview & what's included: welcome, with a tasting of assorted pickles; overview of ingredients, supplies and techniques; step-by-step recipe instruction on fermentation and vinegar pickling (veggies vary by season); secrets for making crunchy, tangy pickles every time; step-by-step instructions on home canning; what equipment you need, and what you can do without. 

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay “Best Food Artisan” in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor’s website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 7/21* 10AM-12:30 PM $55/$61 #19032
Sat 9/29* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19033

 


Intro to Artisanal Sourdough Bread-Making 
& the Science of Bread
 

Learn artisanal bread-making techniques including care and feeding of your sourdough starter, bread proofing baskets and bread cooking cloches, and the vital stages of the bread-making process. We’ll discuss the science behind successful bread-making, including types of flour and the chemistry of wheat, water and salt in dough formation. A no-knead sourdough bread will be demonstrated. You will go home with a starter and recipes; the bread made in this course will be easy to re-create at home.

Instructor:  Patricia Davis of Quail Hollow Kitchens delights in teaching farm-style cooking. She has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from UCSD, and was voted Edible Monterey Bay “Best Food Artisan” in 2016. She has been teaching cooking classes since 2013. 
     
*Please note: A materials fee of $15 is due to the instructor at least one week prior to class. To pay the fee, please visit the instructor’s website at https://www.quailhollowkitchens.com/sccp

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 18+
Sat 4/14* 10AM-12:30 PM $55/$61 #19037
Sat 11/10* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19036
Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Sat 5/12* 10AM-12:30 PM $55/$61 #19034
Sat 10/6* 10AM-12:30PM $55/$61 #19035

 


 

 


 

    

 

Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901PRCweb@santacruzcounty.us