Classes for Adults

Spanish Language Classes

The Santa Cruz Language Institute (SCLI) is pleased to offer new Spanish courses at the Santa Cruz County Parks & Recreation Department.  We strive to support children, adults, professionals, and community organizations to bridge linguistic gaps and build culturally aware communities. Our experienced language professionals teach for communication equally emphasizing speaking proficiency and grammar.  Welcome!

Beginning Spanish Level 1 - The primary focus of this class is to develop students’ proficiency in Spanish such as introductions, providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings and emotions, asking and responding to questions and instructions, telling time and engaging in basic interactions with Spanish speakers. Prior Spanish not required.  6 class meetings. *A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Instructor: Susana Oliver, is from Mexico city. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico and a Masters in Disability from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. She taught at the UNAM and at the Universidad Pedagógica for more than 20 years. She moved to the US a few years ago in order to improve her English and teach her own language and culture. At present, she is teaching children and adults at Santa Cruz Language Institute.

Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 16+
Tu New classes start in spring 2017
Check back in late March for dates and fees
6-7:30 PM $/$ #

 

Beginning Spanish Level 2  - This class continues your introduction to the Spanish language.  While working on basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, this class focuses on studying key verbs to express actions in the present tense and to express future plans. It supports vocabulary building through a communicative approach to Iberian and Spanish cultures.  Prerequisite: some previous study of Spanish.  Prerequisite: some previous study of Spanish.

Instructor: Susana Oliver, is from Mexico city. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Psychology from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico and a Masters in Disability from Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. She taught at the UNAM and at the Universidad Pedagógica for more than 20 years. She moved to the US a few years ago in order to improve her English and teach her own language and culture. At present, she is teaching children and adults at Santa Cruz Language Institute.

Simpkins Swim Ctr. Community Rm. B - Ages 18+
Th New classes start in spring 2017 - check back in late March for dates and fees 6-7:30 PM $ /$  #

 

 

 


Pendulum Dowsing for Beginners

Any skill level is welcome. Bring a friend! We will focus on our verbal questioning skills and develop personal awareness in relation to our environment. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Bring your own pendulum if you wish. Student pendulums will be provided. 

Instructor Susan White Rose has been practicing dowsing for 4 years. She is a member of the American Society of Dowsers. Her passion is to help people learn the skills necessary to biohack their bodies for smarter health and self care. Class size limited to 10.

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 16+
Su 5/29 2-4 PM $10/$11 #16399

 


Spiritual Healing - Guided Meditation

This class has been postponed until September.  Dates and times will be added as soon as they are available.  

Join Mary Ferguson for this series of classes and increase your spiritual awareness.  Each class will include simple, gentle warm-ups, guided spiritual healing requests and deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra meditations to strengthen our natural connections with our divinely conscious spiritual self/inner healer.  Instructor: Mary Ferguson (AYNT, KYT, AYT Bio) enjoys helping people explore and connect with their inner strength.  A certified yoga and meditation teacher, she has been leading self-discovery, personal growth, gentle yoga, and meditation classes and workshops for more than 20 years.  

Aptos Village Park - Ages 18+
Tu 5/3-6/7* 6-8 PM $90/$99 #16403 *class not held 5/31

Pottery Park Boxes

Impressions of nature add a beauty that brings a spark of life to any work of art.  Join Chris Finnie, local potter and artist, to make a piece of usable art that incorporates nature. In this two-session class, learn about how to use impressions of collected natural items to decorate and build a clay box as well as using natural minerals to highlight and color the impressions.  Bring interesting leaves, bark, or sticks, a flat piece of wood to work on (particle board or plywood are perfect; even a short piece of 1x8 will work), and an old shirt or apron to protect your clothes. *$10 materials fee due to instructor on the first day of class.

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 12+
Su 5/22 & 5/29 1-4 PM $40/$44* #16398

Capturing the Shape of Nature: Gesture Drawing

Gesture drawing is a form of expressive mark-making that emphasizes an energetic and tactile approach to form. It’s also a perfect way to capture the unique and graceful growth patterns of trees and other plants. Each, as it reaches for the sun, forms a fascinating combination of twists and turns, swirls and spurts. And gesture drawing is a fun way to quickly capture the essence of the plant. Join Chris Finnie, local artist, for a fun and engaging afternoon of expression.  Bring a piece of heavy cardboard or light particle board to put your paper on, a folding chair or stool to sit on, and an old shirt or apron to protect your clothes.  *$10 materials is fee due to the instructor on the first day of class.

Quail Hollow Ranch - Ages 16+
Su 9/11 1-3 PM $25/$28* #16400

Mushrooms 101 Class

CANCELLED - Please check back in March for a spring class.

Come out to Quail Hollow for a unique all-day mushroom event featuring an introductory lecture on local mushrooms, guided collecting forays into the woods and a hands-on ID workshop. Christian Schwarz, co-author of the forthcoming book Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, and expert on California fungal identification, will be our guest speaker. Experienced local foragers from the Santa Cruz Myco Flora project (scmycoflora.org) will be on hand to lead collecting walks and teach the basics of the identification process. Local chef Bob Wynn will join, preparing light meals for the event. Patrons should bring their own non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. 

For mushrooming, bring a trowel or similar shovel, field or utility knife, basket, paper or wax bags (not plastic), a pencil & paper for note taking, and field guide if you have one. Dress in layers and be prepared to venture in any weather into our local woods.  

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Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901 • PRCweb@santacruzcounty.us