Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Thursday
30 March
2017

Czech Language 101

time 6 p.m. Registration is open

Let’s be praguematic: praxe is the česky to learning.

👤 Instructor: Daniela Vesela

Garden in a Glass: Tasting Botanical Flavors in Gin

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is closed

It’s yummy, but not rummy.

👤 Instructor: Laura Karr

The Comma Rules!

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

The em dash drools?

👤 Instructor: Taylor Davis

Saturday
1 April

Exploratory Jogging: Trail Edition

time 10:30 a.m. Registration is open

It’s no joke: Trails are softer on your knees than roads. Until you trip and fall…

👤 Instructor: Geoff Patterson

It’s Alive! Brewing and Bottling Your Own Kombucha

time 1:30 p.m. Waitlist

There’s a rumor that kombucha is on tap at every gas station in Oregon. Whether that’s true or not, you can also be a part of this brew-your-own trend.

👤 Instructors: Mika Weinstein, Sara Gassman

Sunday
2 April

Who’s That Dead White Guy on a Horse? A Walking Tour

time 1 p.m. Waitlist

Someone put all of these statues here for a reason. Let’s get to the bottom of it, together.

👤 Instructor: Jessica Unger

All Prejudices Aside, It’s Only Dating

time 3:30 p.m. Waitlist

Tinder got ya down? You’re not alone. Let’s meet up for coffee and talk about dating.

👤 Instructor: Ileana Galvan and Michael Ferrari

Monday
3 April

Become an Awesome Entrepreneur

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

There should totally be a ____. Fill in the blank, and then make it happen.

👤 Instructor: Casey Dyson

Tuesday
4 April

The Basics of Investing

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

If you get the facts about saving and investing and follow through with an intelligent plan, you should be able to gain financial security over the years.

👤 Instructor: Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

Could I Really Buy a House in This Crazy D.C. Market?

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Is it possible that you could actually buy a house in D.C. on your nonprofit salary? We will talk about how to find affordable dwelling units and what the catch is.

👤 Instructor: Alex DeLorme and Laura Pimentel

Design Your Own Body Weight Training Workout

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Who needs a gym? Create a personalized workout that requires no equipment other than yourself.

👤 Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Plato in the Cereal Aisle

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Remember Plato’s Allegory of the Cave? You will now!

👤 Instructor: Niel Rosen

Wednesday
5 April

Heighten Your Senses in Nature

time 6 p.m. Waitlist

Why stop at just smelling the flowers?

👤 Instructor: Matt Colombo

Thursday
6 April

Choose Your Own Adventure: Radical Financial Planning

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Living like your grandparents can reveal options you never even knew existed.

👤 Instructor: Kate and Alex Burch

Queer Book Club: Lies We Tell Ourselves

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

In 1959 Virginia, two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights confront harsh truths about race, power, and how they really feel about one another.

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Saturday
8 April

Fido + Phone = Photographic Success

time 10:30 a.m.

With 5.7 billion Google results, the “dog photo” threatens to overtake the number of humans on Earth. Resistance is futile.

👤 Instructor: James Haworth

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 31 March

Intro to Placemaking

time 2 p.m.

It’s a lot more fun than place setting — and maybe less complicated.

👤 Instructor: Stephanie Echeveste

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 31 March

The Revolution Will Not Be Whispered

time 2 p.m.

Let it all out.

👤 Instructors: DeLesslin "Roo" George-Warren, Julie Rubin

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 31 March

Sunday
9 April

Essential Oils for Runners and Athletes

time 1 p.m.

Sore muscles? There’s an essential oil for that!

👤 Instructor: Norm Sun

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 1 April

Spring Tree Identification

time 1 p.m.

Spring has sprung, and there’s more to get excited about than cherry blossoms.

👤 Instructor: Gabriel Popkin

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 1 April

Monday
10 April

The Confederate Statue Question

time 6 p.m.

“History is written by the winners” … but not always. 

👤 Instructor: Jessica Unger

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 2 April

Tuesday
11 April

The Art of the Side Hustle

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

Grow your passion project into something cool and impactful.

👤 Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 3 April

Space Planning 101

time 6:30 p.m.

Maximize your (indoor) space, no orbital mechanics required.

👤 Instructor: Milan Jordan

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 3 April

Wednesday
12 April

Creating a Pinterest-Worthy Gallery Wall

time 6:30 p.m.

Frame it, nail it, pin it — all on a budget.

👤 Instructor: Maggie Downing

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 4 April

Thursday
13 April

Portfolio Design for Non-Designers

time 6:30 p.m.

Stand out by visually communicating expertise in your field, with no extensive design expertise required.

👤 Instructor: Milan Jordan

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 5 April

Saturday
15 April

Placemaking in Practice

time 10 a.m.

Three extra days to submit your taxes this year! Practice placemaking and procrastination at the same time.

👤 Instructor: Stephanie Echeveste

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 7 April

Washington and Lincoln Under Fire: The Battle of Fort Stevens

time 11 a.m.

A walking tour at one of the lesser-known Civil War battle sites of D.C.

👤 Instructor: Brian Shell

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 7 April

Monday
17 April

Meet Your Anacostia River: A Boat Tour

time 6 p.m.

The Anacostia River might not (yet) be swimmable, but it is boatable!

👤 Instructor: Trey Sherard

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 9 April

Deprogramming and Rethinking Plastic

time 6:30 p.m.

Let’s imagine a day without plastic…

👤 Instructor: Rini Saha

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 9 April

Tuesday
18 April

KCDC Book Club: Drown

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Diaz’s gritty collection of stories about Dominican immigrant life remains powerful and relevant — not to mention beautifully written — twenty years later.

👤 Instructor: Yisrael Welcher

Monday
24 April

20/20 — Bringing Your Vision to Life

time 6:30 p.m.

What’s on your vision board? We’ll help you figure that out, and then you’ll bring one home.

👤 Instructor: Taylor Davis

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 16 April

The Fermi Paradox: Where Are All the Aliens?

time 6:30 p.m.

Think we’re alone in the universe? Statistics say you should think again. 

👤 Instructor: Simon Kanter

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 16 April

Saturday
29 April

Civics 101

time 1 p.m.

Tell Congress what you think! (And learn how exactly they can respond.)

👤 Instructor: Michelle McGrain

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 21 April

Recent classes

Wednesday
29 March
2017

Things Fall Apart: The Music of 1999

time 6:30 p.m.


Do you believe in life after love? Want no scrubs? Livin' la vida loca? There's more behind these hits than you think. 

👤 Instructor: Neal Fersko

Tuesday
28 March

Beginner Basket Making

time 6:30 p.m.

This isn't college, so you don't have to go underwater.

👤 Instructor: Sara Kemme

Monday
27 March

Take Control of Your Money

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

There is a simple secret to building wealth, and it isn't investment wizardry. Learn how money works — no wands required!

👤 Instructor: Racquel Ramlal-Slawinski

Sunday
26 March

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden

time 2 p.m.

The tastiest salad is a free salad, straight from your own garden.

👤 Instructor: Kathy Jentz

Thursday
23 March

Introduction to After-Life Planning

time 6:30 p.m.

A pyramid is an option, but probably not your best one.

👤 Instructor: Judith del Cuadro-Zimmerman

Tuesday
21 March

Voices: A Poetry Reading and Discussion

time 6:30 p.m.

Honor Women's History Month with stories of oppression, pride, pain, and resilience, told by a local poet.

👤 Instructor: Patrice Carolyn Forrester

Saturday
18 March

Over the River and Through the Woods: Trail Running, Here We Go

time 10:30 a.m.

Cruise the flats, hike the hills, smell the spring flowers — you, too, can be a trail runner.

👤 Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Sunday
12 March

Teddy’s Island: A Walking Tour

time 2 p.m.

Explore the area around the lesser-known Roosevelt memorial. This one’s on an island.

👤 Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Thursday
9 March

Queer Book Club: Before Night Falls

time 7 p.m.

"I tell my truth like a Jew who has suffered from racism, a Russian who has been in the Gulag, or any human being who has eyes to see things as they are: I cry out, therefore I am."

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Wednesday
1 March

Behind the Scenes: Knowledge Commons DC

time 7 p.m.

Yep, that's us! Who came up with the idea for Knowledge Commons DC, and what does it mean to be a "free school"? 

👤 Instructors: Kate Clark, Knowledge Commons DC

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6:30 p.m.

Renting may be expensive, but it doesn’t have to violate your rights.

👤 Instructor: Marc Borbely

Monday
27 February

Winter Wellness with Essential Oils

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to use essential oils to get through the winter blues and avoid those pesky colds.

👤 Instructor: Priscilla Rodgers

Sunday
26 February

Behind the Scenes: History Museum Education

time 12:30 p.m.

D.C. has many museums that cover historical topics. Who works at them, and what do they do?

👤 Instructors: Katharine Mead, Sarah Jencks, Sonia Booth

Friday
24 February

Zydeco in Two (Easy) Steps

KCDC Event time 6:30 p.m.

Get ready for Mardi Gras, y'all!

👤 Instructor: Heather Carter

Thursday
23 February

KCDC Book Club: The Origins of Totalitarianism

time 6:30 p.m.

As the old saying goes: "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."

👤 Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Sunday
19 February

Behind the Scenes: Denizens Brewing Company

time 2 p.m.

Diverse beers presented by diverse brewers.

Wednesday
15 February

Behind the Scenes: Washington Area Bicyclist Association

time 6 p.m.

Better bike lanes. Better bike laws. Better bicyclists. Better bicycling.

Monday
13 February

Behind the Scenes: &pizza

time 6 p.m.

Learn all about D.C.'s most successful pizza chain (& eat some pizza after).

Thursday
9 February

Queer Book Club: Symptoms of Being Human

time 7 p.m.

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And genderfluid.

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Behind the Job: Journalism

time 6:30 p.m.

Find the truth among fake news and alternative facts.

👤 Instructor: David Colton

Monday
6 February

Cancelled
Behind the Scenes: &pizza

time 6 p.m.

Learn all about D.C.'s most successful pizza chain (& eat some pizza after).

Tuesday
31 January

Petworth Citizen Happy Hour

time 5 p.m.

Join us for a fundraiser before we kick off our 2017 classes! 

👤 Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

Thursday
5 January

Queer Book Club: A Single Man

time 7 p.m.

"Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this novel catches the texture of life itself." Don't believe the back cover? Read it yourself!

👤 Instructor: Shira Pilarski