Classes + Events

Upcoming classes

Wednesday
24 July
2019

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is open

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

👤 Instructors: Marc Borbely, Neil Satterlund

Sunday
11 August

Edible Gardening: Veggies, Herbs, and More

time 2 p.m. Waitlist

Love the idea of edible gardening, but don’t know where to start? Learn tips to get started as you tour several edible gardens, take an ice cream break, and visit a hardware store to stock up on plants and gardening supplies.

👤 Instructor: Roshani Kothari

Wednesday
28 August

Queer Book Club: Tomorrow Will Be Different

time 7 p.m. Registration is open

Tomorrow Will Be Different highlights Sarah’s work as an activist and the key issues at the forefront of the fight for trans equality, providing a call-to-arms and empowering look at the road ahead.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Recent classes

Thursday
18 July
2019

Know Your Rights as a D.C. Tenant

time 6 p.m.

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

👤 Instructors: Marc Borbely, Neil Satterlund

Tuesday
9 July

Queer Book Club: Check, Please!

time 7 p.m.

First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack — our very attractive but moody captain.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Monday
8 July

Using Meditation to Connect With Our Emotions and Resilience

time 6 p.m.

Eliza Barclay will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and lead a guided session of basic meditation, and neuroscientist and long-time meditator Jeff Colombe will give a talk on the science of meditation, emotions, and resilience.

👤 Instructors: Eliza Barclay, Jeff Colombe

Friday
28 June

Practical Mindfulness: Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Avoid Burnout

time 12:30 p.m.

We'll give you the foundation and tools to create a mindfulness practice that works for you.

👤 Instructor: Ingrid Vaicius

Thursday
27 June

Deprogramming and Rethinking Plastic

time 6:30 p.m.

Let’s imagine a day without plastic…

👤 Instructor: Rini Saha

Become a Bad Ass After a Divorce or Breakup

time 6:30 p.m.

We already know that you’re gonna make it after all, so get the tools you need to continue building the life you deserve.

👤 Instructor: Joe Bernstein

Thursday
20 June

Be Your Own Best Critic: Judging Your Photography

time 6:30 p.m.

What makes a photograph good? Learn how to critique and improve your own work.

👤 Instructor: Yonas Hassen

Wednesday
19 June

Identifying and Pitching Stories for Aspiring Freelancers

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to nab the writing assignments you've always wanted.

👤 Instructor: Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

Monday
17 June

Queer Book Club Movie Night: Check It

time 7 p.m.

Following up on The Gang's All Queer, our May book, this month we'll be hosting a movie screening of Check It, a documentary about a local gang composed of gay and transgender youth.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Emergency First Aid

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn and practice life-saving skills, without the blood and gore.

👤 Instructor: Tom Mpande

Saturday
15 June

Taking Photography to the Streets

time 3 p.m.

Life in the city is dynamic, quirky, and unpredictable. Learn how to photograph the people and things happening around you all the time.

👤 Instructor: Mukul Ranjan

Wednesday
5 June

Skip the Small Talk

time 6:30 p.m.

Let’s face it. Life isn’t like Friends.

👤 Instructor: Patrick Xie

Tuesday
21 May

Queer Book Club: The Gang’s All Queer

time 7 p.m.

Meet gang members whose gay identities complicate criminology's portrayal and representation of gangs, gang members, and gang life.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Introduction to Zulu

time 6:30 p.m.

The "sky" is the limit with this primer on one of South Africa's most widely spoken languages.

👤 Instructor: Ted An

Saturday
11 May

Fix Your Clothes: Hand Sewing for Total Beginners

time 2 p.m.

Fight the forces of fast fashion by learning how to attach a button, darn a hole, and other basic hand sewing techniques.

👤 Instructor: Meg Hathaway

U Street Murals Art Walk

time 11 a.m.

Explore the historical, social, and political significance of (un)commissioned public art, along with the unique styles used to create each mural.

👤 Instructor: Cory Stowers

Friday
10 May

Parliament-Funkadelic’s The Mothership: A Smithsonian Gallery Talk

time 2 p.m.

"Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip / And come on up to the Mothership" for this curator-led talk at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

👤 Instructor: Kevin Strait

Thursday
9 May

Record Collecting 101: Vinyl Happy Hour with Som Records

time 7 p.m.

This talk, Q&A, and happy hour will cover all things vinyl, including record quality, genre expansion, collection curation, and more.

👤 Instructor: Neal Becton

Wednesday
8 May

Fundamentals of West African Drumming

time 6:30 p.m.

Experience the basic rhythms of the djembe in this hands-on workshop.

👤 Instructor: Uasuf Gueye

Tuesday
7 May

Afro-Latin Dance for Everyone

time 6:30 p.m.

Take in the history of Afro-Latin dance while practicing your moves in this participatory class.

👤 Instructor: Josephine Christian

Monday
6 May

Cancelled
Shakers and Chekeres: A Hands-and-Ears-On Workshop

time 6 p.m.

Make and decorate your own water bottle shaker while taking a musical journey through Latin America and learning about the role of this fundamental percussion instrument.

👤 Instructors: Cristina Diaz-Carrera, Melissa Queen

Monday
29 April

Illusions of Grandeur: Optical Illusions and What They Tell us About the Brain

time 6:30 p.m.

Learn the bedazzling truth behind history's most famous optical illusions, and learn how to use the power of thought to bend your reality.

👤 Instructor: Simon Kanter

Wednesday
24 April

Queer Book Club: Annie on My Mind

time 7 p.m.

Two teenage girls' friendship blossoms into love and, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, they promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Wednesday
3 April

Can I Really Buy a House in this DC Market?

Multipart class

time 6:30 p.m.

Buying a house or condo in D.C. is expensive, but it may be more possible than you think.

👤 Instructor: Alex DeLorme and Laura Pimentel

Sunday
31 March

Cooking Scrappy: Fighting Food Waste in the Kitchen

time 2 p.m.

Learn (and taste!) delicious ways to incorporate typically wasted food scraps into your cooking.

👤 Instructors: April Thompson, Bertrand Brown-Orleans

Monday
18 March

Queer Book Club: The Argonauts

time 7 p.m.

Human meets human, falls in love, and explores the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Saturday
16 March

Kitchen Ninja Skills: Fruits & Vegetables

time 11 a.m.

Learn how to chop commonly used fruits and vegetables to ensure your food looks, cooks, and tastes great.

👤 Instructors: Olga Berman, Washington's Green Grocer

Monday
11 March

Meditation and Creativity: Leaping Beyond the Confines of the Conditioned Mind

time 6 p.m.

How can meditation help us navigate uncertain situations? Eliza Barclay will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and lead a guided meditation session. Neuroscientist and long-time meditator Jeff Colombe will then give a talk on the science of meditation and creativity.

👤 Instructors: Eliza Barclay, Jeff Colombe

Wednesday
27 February

Queer Book Club: The Prince and the Dressmaker

time 7 p.m.

Prince Sebastian and the brilliant dressmaker Frances star in this exuberantly romantic fairy tale of identity, young love, art, and family.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell

Saturday
23 February

Animal Sculptures of Dupont Circle

time 1 p.m.

What do Party Animals, winged leopards, and woolly mammoths have in common? They're all featured in this 3-mile walking tour.

👤 Instructor: Geoff Patterson

Saturday
9 February

Writing with Serendipity: Gaining Inspiration from Found Objects

time 11:30 a.m.

The hardest part of writing is waiting for inspiration to strike — but that's where an indecipherable grocery list can help!

👤 Instructors: Sonia Booth, Stacie Marinelli

Wednesday
23 January

Queer Book Club: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

time 7 p.m.

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space as one adventurous young explorer discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe.

👤 Instructor: Johnna Percell