Session 17: Spring 2017

Thursday
5 January
2017

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!

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

Tuesday
31 January

Petworth Citizen Happy Hour

time 5 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Knowledge Commons DC

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).

Thursday
9 February

Behind the Job: Journalism

time 6:30 p.m.

Find the truth among fake news and alternative facts.

user Instructor: David Colton

Queer Book Club: Symptoms of Being Human

time 7 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

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).

Wednesday
15 February

Behind the Scenes: Washington Area Bicyclist Association

time 6 p.m.

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

Sunday
19 February

Behind the Scenes: Denizens Brewing Company

time 2 p.m.

Diverse beers presented by diverse brewers.

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.”

user Instructor: Elena Goukassian

Friday
24 February

Zydeco in Two (Easy) Steps

KCDC Event time 6:30 p.m.

Get ready for Mardi Gras, y’all!

user Instructor: Heather Carter

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?

user Instructors: Katharine Mead, Sarah Jencks, Sonia Booth

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.

user Instructor: Priscilla Rodgers

Wednesday
1 March

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.

user Instructor: Marc Borbely

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”? 

user Instructors: Kate Clark, Knowledge Commons DC

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.”

user Instructor: Shira Pilarski

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.

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

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.

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

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.

user Instructor: Patrice Carolyn Forrester

Thursday
23 March

Introduction to After-Life Planning

time 6:30 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Judith del Cuadro-Zimmerman

Sunday
26 March

Planting Your First Vegetable Garden

time 2 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Kathy Jentz

Monday
27 March

Take Control of Your Money

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!

user Instructor: Racquel Ramlal-Slawinski

Tuesday
28 March

Beginner Basket Making

time 6:30 p.m. Registration is closed

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

user Instructor: Sara Kemme

Wednesday
29 March

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. 

user Instructor: Neal Fersko

Thursday
30 March

Czech Language 101

time 6 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Daniela Vesela

Garden in a Glass: Tasting Botanical Flavors in Gin

time 6:30 p.m.

It’s yummy, but not rummy.

user Instructor: Laura Karr

The Comma Rules!

time 6:30 p.m.

The em dash drools?

user Instructor: Taylor Davis

Saturday
1 April

Exploratory Jogging: Trail Edition

time 10:30 a.m.

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

user Instructor: Geoff Patterson

It’s Alive! Brewing and Bottling Your Own Kombucha

time 1:30 p.m.

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.

user Instructors: Mika Weinstein, Sara Gassman

Sunday
2 April

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

time 1 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Jessica Unger

All Prejudices Aside, It’s Only Dating

time 3:30 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Ileana Galvan and Michael Ferrari

Monday
3 April

Become an Awesome Entrepreneur

time 7 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Casey Dyson

Tuesday
4 April

The Basics of Investing

time 6:30 p.m.

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.

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

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

time 6:30 p.m.

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.

user Instructor: Alex DeLorme and Laura Pimentel

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

Plato in the Cereal Aisle

time 6:30 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Niel Rosen

Wednesday
5 April

Heighten Your Senses in Nature

time 6 p.m.

Why stop at just smelling the flowers?

user Instructor: Matt Colombo

Thursday
6 April

Queer Book Club: Lies We Tell Ourselves

time 7 p.m.

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.

user 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.

user Instructor: James Haworth

The Revolution Will Not Be Whispered

time 2 p.m.

Let it all out.

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

Sunday
9 April

Spring Tree Identification

time 1 p.m.

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

user Instructor: Gabriel Popkin

Tuesday
11 April

The Art of the Side Hustle

time 6:30 p.m.

Grow your passion project into something cool and impactful.

user Instructor: Gitanjali Borkar

Saturday
15 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.

user Instructor: Brian Shell

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!

user Instructor: Trey Sherard

Monday
24 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. 

user Instructor: Simon Kanter