Classes + Events

May classes will be posted in mid-April.

Upcoming classes

Saturday
3 May
2014

Write to Relax

time 1 p.m.

Deep breathing and Xanax have their charms, but neither is what anyone would call “creative.”

user Instructor: Patrice Forrester

Sunday
4 May

Live Deliberately: Be Happier, Healthier, and More Productive

time 2 p.m.

Henry David Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately; you can just take this class.

user Instructor: Greg Faxon

Monday
5 May

Corporate Social Responsibility: Fact or Fiction?

time 7 p.m.

Why does BP fund renewable energy research? What’s up with McDonald’s running a children’s health charity? Do corporations actually care or do they just pretend to?

user Instructor: Halley Aelion

Tuesday
6 May

Small-Scale Urban Composting

time 7:30 p.m.

Composting is easy and, even in a tiny space, good composting practices can produce amazing dirt!

user Instructor: Vickie North

Saturday
10 May

Make a Camera Obscura

time 11 a.m.

Learn what happens inside a camera by making one big enough that you can put your head inside.

user Instructor: Diana Sanchez

Sunday
11 May

Group Meditation

time 10 a.m.

Join like-minded KCDCers and meditate as one.

user Instructor: Dawn Quintanilla

Knotty by Nature: Sailing for Beginners

time noon

Sick of high gas prices? It could be time to convert to wind power! Learn how in this out-on-the-water class.

user Instructors: Amanda Leslie, Sarah Meharg

Deck Out Your Apartment Without Stepping Foot in IKEA

time noon

Be the envy of all your peers with a home full of unique, inexpensive, second-hand finds.

user Instructor: Holley Simmons

Monday
12 May

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Bitcoin for Beginners

time 6:30 p.m.

So, this Bitcoin thing: What is it? Is it all black market-y? Is it safe to use? And, most importantly, can you buy a pizza with it?

user Instructor: Darrell Duane

Tuesday
13 May

Present Like You: Fundamentals of Powerful, Authentic Speaking

time 6:30 p.m.

“Just be yourself.” You might be sick of hearing that old adage, but listen up: It works for public speaking.

user Instructor: Amy Warren

Wednesday
14 May

Collage: Beyond Craft

time 6:30 p.m.

Scrapbookers/teenagers/first-graders love sticking stuff to other stuff, but so do legit artists.

user Instructor: Jordana Merran

Thursday
15 May

An Introduction to French Comics

time 6:30 p.m.

You’ve heard about American and Japanese comics — come learn about the world’s third major comic culture.

user Instructor: RM Rhodes

Saturday
17 May

Liquid Assets Bike Tour

time noon

Bicycle through the hidden industrial heart of D.C. in search of lost neighborhoods, forgotten factories, and municipal works.

user Instructor: David Ramos

Sunday
18 May

Java Programming: The Basics

time 2 p.m.

Learn more about how software works by writing your first programs in Java. Bring a laptop if you can. Red staplers are optional.

user Instructor: Joe Kaperst

Monday
19 May

Who Runs the World? Beyonce’s Feminist Theory

time 6:30 p.m.

Is Mrs. Carter a paragon of girl power, even though she named her tour “The Mrs. Carter Show”? This class says “yes.”

user Instructor: Erica Zimmerman

Tuesday
20 May

Easy Vegan Cooking With Brainfood

time 5:30 p.m.

Join the D.C. non-profit Brainfood to bake and (and summarily devour) an easy dish with no meat, eggs, or dairy products.

user Instructor: Brainfood Community MVPs

Anyone Can Make Comics

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of drawing and self-publishing your own print comic books. No experience required!

user Instructor: Josh Kramer

Wednesday
21 May

Anatomy of a Website

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the inner workings of a website and how to build your own from a self-taught programming guru. Laptops not necessary.

user Instructor: Robert Thomas

Thursday
22 May

British Television Appreciation

time 6:30 p.m.

Mine this rich vein of quality comedy and drama, crap reality shows, lurid documentaries, quiz shows, and snooker.

user Instructors: Holly J. Morris, Lindsey Darrah

Saturday
31 May

Food and Culture at the Museum

time 5:30 p.m.

Tour the exhibit “FOOD: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000” at the National Museum of American History with one of the show’s co-curators.

user Instructor: Cory Bernat

Recent classes

Sunday
30 March
2014

Growing the D.C. Foodshed

time 11 a.m.

What's a foodshed and why/how should we grow it? Attend this class and you'll know.

user Instructor: Mark Guillaudeu

Saturday
29 March

Recycling D.C.’s Nutrients Back to Its Soils

time 2 p.m.

Tour DC Water's Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant to find out how sewage is transformed into healthy meals for plants.

user Instructor: Bill Brower

Money Resolutions 101: Planning for the Future

time 1 p.m. 📷 Documentation

401Ks aren’t sexy, but neither is hoarding gold bullion under your bed. (OK, that’s a little sexy. But not practical!) Stop living paycheck to paycheck and set an agenda for the coming decades.

user Instructor: Jon Menaster

Thursday
27 March

Democratizing Wealth: Getting Involved With a Credit Union

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Should you join a credit union? For that matter, what IS a credit union? It’s a lot more than a bank, that’s for darn sure.

user Instructor: Jeremy Mohler

Wednesday
26 March

The Mysteries of the 1040 Form and Other Tax Basics

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Understanding the tax system might not make doing taxes more fun, but … actually, it will make doing taxes more fun. Promise!

user Instructors: Erica Zimmerman, Gabrielle Sims, Michelle Kuchinsky

Sunday
23 March

Matcha, Genmaicha, Cha Cha Cha: Green Tea 101

time 3 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Learn to understand and prepare this viridescent beverage. And what "viridescent" means.

user Instructor: Erika Rydberg