Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Tuesday
7 July
2015

Our First Look at the Last Planet

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

A spacecraft launched in 2006 will finally reach its destination in July. What will New Horizons teach us about Pluto?

👤 Instructor: Katie Bechtold

Become a #FoodPorn Star

time 6:30 p.m. Waitlist

Do your favorite establishments and your Instagram followers a favor: Take better photos of your food.

👤 Instructor: Kim Bryden

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

Journaling Using the “Bones” Method

time 7 p.m. Waitlist

Stare down that blank white page, set the pen to paper, and write without fear!

👤 Instructor: Stacie Marinelli

Wednesday
8 July

Environmental Economics

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

You may have heard of carbon offsets. This class goes way deeper.

👤 Instructor: Simone Fine

DIY Artsy Yarn Dolls

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Make the perfect new friend — out of yarn.

👤 Instructor: Marcelle Fozard

Thursday
9 July

Basic Sign Language for Service Industry Workers

time 6 p.m. Registration is open

Wish you could communicate better with deaf costumers or acquaintances? Here’s your chance to learn how!

👤 Instructor: M.A. Students at Gallaudet

From Order to Chaos: Foundations of the Modern Scientific Revolution

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

Delve into three key discoveries of 20th-century physics that rocked the scientific world.

👤 Instructor: Chris Milroy

Saturday
11 July

Let There Be (Still) Life: Hands-On Art History

time 2 p.m.

Looking to exude a certain cultural je ne sais quoi? Dazzle at your next work function, dinner party, or first date by dropping all the right knowledge about art history.

👤 Instructor: Hannah Berg

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 3 July

Flavors of American Whiskey

time 7 p.m.

Taste whiskey. Learn whiskey. Love whiskey. What else could you want from a class?

👤 Instructor: Spencer Millsap

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 3 July

Sunday
12 July

Kindergarten for the Soul

time 1 p.m.

Throw away professionalism, embrace your inner child, and de-stress with hula hoops, singing, and games.

👤 Instructor: Katerina Pappas

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 4 July

Chopstick Etiquette

time 1 p.m.

Improve your dexterity, eat more efficiently, and look cool at restaurants.

👤 Instructor: Ken Cho

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 4 July

Monday
13 July

Make a Keylight From Scratch

time 7 p.m.

Never fumble to find the right key in the dark again.

👤 Instructor: Rustom Meyer

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 5 July

Tuesday
14 July

Getting Your Ish Together: Orderly Thinking About Home Organization

time 6:30 p.m.

There’s hope for your overflowing home, but you’re going to have to get rid of some crap.

👤 Instructor: Emily Hemphill

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 6 July

Wednesday
15 July

Reading Tarot

time 6:30 p.m.

Find out what lies behind those mysterious cards!

👤 Instructor: Torie Partridge

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 7 July

Thursday
16 July

RAW Power: Getting the Most From Your Photographs With RAW Files

time 6:30 p.m.

RAW files are what the pros use when they shoot. Get to know them (the files, not the pros).

👤 Instructor: John Deamond

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 8 July

From Order to Chaos: Remaking Math in the Information Age

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn enough about three key discoveries of 20th-century math to survive at a cocktail party.

👤 Instructor: Chris Milroy

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 8 July

Saturday
18 July

Explorative Jogging: Murals

time 10 a.m.

Don’t worry, we’ll let you stop jogging to look at the murals.

👤 Instructor: Meghan Hardy

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 10 July

The Island: A Bike Tour of Industrial Sites, Lost Canals, and Neighborhoods in SE/SW

time 11 a.m.

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

👤 Instructors: David Ramos, Elena Goukassian

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 10 July

Sunday
19 July

Bikes, Birds, and Bullfrogs: A Bike Tour of D.C. Flora and Fauna

time 9 a.m.

Explore the ecology of Washington, all by bicycle!

👤 Instructor: Jeremy Gardner

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 11 July

To the Point: The Basics of Acupuncture

time 2 p.m.

Very important: There will be no needle-sticking involved.

👤 Instructor: Seth Shamon

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 11 July

Monday
20 July

Seven Years of Sales Experience in 90 Minutes

time 6:30 p.m.

And they said it couldn’t be done.

👤 Instructor: Jignesh Patel

Registration opens at 8 a.m. on 12 July

Recent classes

Wednesday
1 July
2015

Social Impact Lab

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn what a social innovation hub is, and how to create one.

user Instructor: Brandon Dube

Tuesday
30 June

Very Basic Basque

time 6:30 p.m.

Ikusi eta ikasi! (Translation: See and learn!)

user Instructor: Kutz Arrieta

Murder Bay, Hell’s Bottom, and Other Long-Gone Neighborhoods from 1800s Washington

time 6:30 p.m.

Find out which areas to avoid if you accidentally time-travel to 19th-century D.C.

user Instructor: Allison Arlotta

Saturday
27 June

Scanography: Making Art With a Flatbed Scanner

time 2 p.m.

Use it for more than scanning tax forms and old photos.

user Instructor: John Deamond

Thrifting in the DMV

time 2 p.m.

Calling all fashionistas, bargainistas, penny-pinchers, and vintageistas!

user Instructor: Carolyn Becker

Bare-Bones French

time noon

Baguette, limousine, chandelier … come learn a “oui” bit of the most romantic of romance languages.

user Instructor: Stephanie Villegas

Thursday
25 June

Comics Journalism

time 7 p.m.

Learn how comics and journalism come together to create amazing stories, then create some of your own in this hands-on workshop.

user Instructor: Josh Kramer

Small Scale Urban Composting

time 7 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Vickie North

Wednesday
24 June

Stress Relief with Laughter Yoga

time 7 p.m.

Don't laugh! Laughter yoga is a real thing. Wait — do laugh. That's the point!

user Instructor: Alban Pruthi

Security 202: Encrypt Your Data

time 6:30 p.m.

You may be smart enough to not store incriminating selfies in the cloud … but what about on your hard drive? Data on your physical device needs protection as well.

user Instructor: Patrick Lucey

Lincoln’s Lessons: Knowledge. Law. War.

time 6:30 p.m.

How do we apply Lincoln's thoughts and actions to major challenges today?

user Instructor: Saad Ansari

Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You

time 6:30 p.m.

Americans throw out tons of perfectly good food every single day. Stop being part of the problem.

user Instructor: Will Reid

Monday
22 June

Cymraeg Cyntaf: Beginning Welsh

time 6:30 p.m.

Knowing even a little of this complex Celtic tongue will impress speakers of boring old Germanic and Romance languages.

user Instructor: Adam Roush

Sunday
21 June

Unbuilt Washington Bike Tour

time 2 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Discover the D.C. that could have been. Shock, relief, bemusement, and disappointment will all be felt.

user Instructor: Patrick McMullen

Saturday
20 June

Urban Foraging

time 1 p.m.

Nutritious, delicious, wild, and FREE food is all around you in the urban environment, if you know where to look.

user Instructor: April Thompson

Bikes, Birds, and Bullfrogs: A Bike Tour of D.C. Flora and Fauna

time 9 a.m.

Explore the ecology of Washington, all by bicycle!

user Instructor: Jeremy Gardner

Thursday
18 June

Yoga Nidra

time 7:45 p.m.

Experience the wonder of yogic sleep.

user Instructor: Sadie Leigh

Improve Your Google Fu: Become a Better Searcher

time 6:30 p.m.

Join the Google Fu dojo and enhance your search skills — focus, discipline, and a computer are all you need.

user Instructor: David Blum

Wednesday
17 June

Stress Relief with Laughter Yoga

time 7 p.m.

Don't laugh! Laughter yoga is a real thing. Wait — do laugh. That's the point!

user Instructor: Alban Pruthi

Security 101: Protect Yourself Online

time 6:30 p.m.

You don’t have to be a hardcore hacker to keep your digital privacy intact.

user Instructor: Patrick Lucey

The World According to the Great War

time 6:30 p.m.

Hot dogs. "Going the whole nine yards." Barbed wire. Medical advances. Where do we see the influences of World War I today?

user Instructor: Dexter Sumner

Introduction to SNAP/Food Stamps in the District

time 6:30 p.m.

It stands for "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program," and it feeds 144,000 people in D.C. alone.

user Instructor: Simone Fine

Tuesday
16 June

Scientific Interpretations of Modern Art

time 6:30 p.m.

Confused by modern art? Science to the rescue! Confused by science? Modern art to the rescue!

user Instructor: Claire Howard

Monday
15 June

Design Your Own Body-Weight Training Workout

time 6:30 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Sunday
14 June

How to Win Friends and Influence People With Bagels

time 1 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Learn how to make deliciously warm, perfectly scrumptious bagels from scratch.

user Instructor: Danielle Witt

Thursday
11 June

Back Away From the Discovery Channel: Real Quantum Physics

time 6:30 p.m. 📷 Documentation

Whatever you've seen on TV is probably wrong. Enter the wondrous world of the subatomic, sans the nonsense.

user Instructor: Adam Roush

“King of the World”: The Economics and Culture of Hollywood Blockbusters

time 6:30 p.m.

What do "Avatar," "Titanic," and "The Avengers" have in common? Everyone and their mom has seen them. Find out why. 

user Instructors: Danny Michel, John Rigby

A Brief Introduction to 3D Printing

time 6:30 p.m.

It's not as intimidating as it sounds.

user Instructor: Erika Rydberg

Thursday
28 May

Movie Night at City Blossoms: ‘Edward Scissorhands’

KCDC Event time 8:30 p.m.

Now that we've learned all about topiaries, let's watch Johnny Depp in action!

user Instructor: KCDC

Topiaries: Snip It!

time 7:15 p.m.

Do you look at shrubbery and think "poodle" or "dinosaur"? Your calling awaits.

user Instructor: Cindy Brown

Saturday
9 May

Spring Tree Identification

time 1 p.m.

Recover from cherry blossom fever with a tour of D.C.'s less-hyped, but just as interesting, trees.

user Instructor: Gabriel Popkin

Thursday
7 May

The Economics of Space Exploration

time 7 p.m.

Discover the economic history of space exploration, and what it means for expansion into the solar system.

user Instructor: Dr. Alex MacDonald

Wednesday
6 May

NASA: A History in Images

time 7 p.m.

A space photographer explains it all.

user Instructor: Chris Gunn

Tuesday
5 May

Talking Science: Turning Scientists into Superstar Communicators

time 7 p.m.

How can scientists best transfer their genius into the puny minds of laypeople? Find out.

user Instructor: Sarah DeWitt

Monday
4 May

Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

time 7 p.m.

When you're golfing on Mars, you can thank science fiction writers and NASA.

user Instructor: Jacob Keaton

Saturday
2 May

Historic Brookland Walking Tour

time 1 p.m.

Brooklyn? Boring! Brookland? Yes, please!

user Instructor: Caroline Petti

Tuesday
14 April

A KCDC Story Slam

KCDC Event time 7:30 p.m.

Share a story, or just listen — there will be plenty of stories to go around.

user Instructor: Simone Fine

Everybody Get Your Roth On! Personal Financial Planning

time 7 p.m.

That sounds fun, but what's a Roth?

user Instructor: Mitchell Berlin

Wednesday
1 April

Crunch Time for Taxes! DIY Taxes for Those Who Put It Off

time 7 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Michelle Kuchinsky