Thursday, October 31, 2013

CLL Student Honored for Original Jewelry Design

CLL student Gayle Minjarez discovered her passion for jewelry making – and for CLL classes –  20 years ago!

“The [CLL] jewelry program is one of the best jewelry labs in Southern California.”
CLL Teacher Martin Fowler introduced Gayle to the process of reticulation in her first jewelry class at the Wake Center nearly 20 years ago.  One of his recent classes taught students how to do “fold forming” combined with reticulation.

"After the class I designed my Origami Bracelet using the fold forming technique and adding a different style of box clasp.  The reticulation texture creates another dimension and interest to the surface.”

Gayle’s bracelet was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2013 Lewton-Brain fold forming competition.
 “Thank you to all of the very talented instructors and their generous dedication to teaching and sharing their extensive knowledge of working with metals.”
--Gayle Minjarez
Beginners, we've got you covered!

 – Level 1
with  Keith Hale
6 Fridays, Begins November 1st
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn how to make silver rings, earrings, pins, and pendants. Class explores techniques and applications in using jewelry tools, working with materials, setting gemstones, and other fabrication techniques. Class Cost: $107.00 + Materials $45.00
Class starts FRIDAY. Register NOW!

Create your own "precious..." 

Jewelry Making with Silver Precious Metal Clay

with Carl Stanley
Saturday, November 9th
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Take a lump of silver clay, shape it, stamp it, fire it and then wear it with pride. Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC) to create remarkable jewelry items. PMC is made of fine silver particles suspended in an organic binder. It can be sculpted and formed like clay. It is then fired in a kiln where the silver particles solidify into the object created. A fast and creative way to make silver jewelry quickly and with minimal equipment.
Class cost: $49.00 Materials Cost: $80.00

One session ONLY – Register today

BYOM (Bring your own materials)

Jewelry Workshop
with Carl Stanley
8 Mondays & Wednesdays, Begins November 18th
6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Come work on personal projects with instructor support. Demonstrations will be provided by the instructor in a variety of jewelry making techniques and methods pertaining to your individual needs. Materials will not be provided; students will be expected to provide materials for their own projects. Class Cost: $166.00

Spaces are filling up fast. Register here! 

Play with fire!

with Keith Hale
2 Mondays, Begins November 18th
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn how to silver solder using a crème brûlée torch. Fabricate simple rings, bracelets and earrings. Explore creating your own simple findings to adorn your pieces with interesting beading techniques! In this class learn how to set up a simple soldering station and home studio for around $100 to $150. Class Cost: $36.00 Materials Cost: $20.00

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning fall term continues through Dec 14th! We offer hundreds of daytime, evening and Saturday classes, including one-day workshops starting and ending throughout the term.

Friday, October 25, 2013

What’s “Cooking” Now at CLL

DO Try This at Home!

Just in time to impress friends and family throughout the holiday season! 

The holidays are right around the corner… Learn how to prepare delicious main dishes, sides and desserts.

One-session workshops:
  • “Fall” in love with Autumn Market Vegetables
  • Take control of your turkey with No More Excuses: Mastering the Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Vegetarian Guests? Not a problem! Sign up for Macho Without Meat

Don’t forget dessert!
  • Spend 4 sublime chocolate-drenched classes in Chocolate Mania
Spaces in these cooking classes are limited, Register Today or sign up with a friend or your social group! Such a great way to get into the holiday mood!

What’s in season?
Autumn Market Vegetables
with Suzanne Lemagie
Tuesday, October 29th 
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fall in love with fall vegetables and learn some new and delicious recipes that friends and family will enjoy. We'll prepare some hearty, warming fall vegetable dishes using nature's best harvest from winter squash dishes and other root vegetables to the hearty fall greens. Recipes will be inspired by farmer's market shopping to see what is in season and locally grown. Discover these wonderful recipes and enjoy eating delicious, healthy, fall meals. Class Cost: $23.00
Spaces are almost full, register now for your chance to participate!

This year, get it right!
with Michelle Molony
Friday, November 1st
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
It has come down to the wire and everyone is expecting a great holiday dinner. Oh, if you had only taken that new class on how to master the turkey! You would have learned how to select, prepare, season, cook and present turkey in a whole new way.
There still is time to get ready for the big day. No more excuses! Learn foolproof, never-fail techniques refined over years of turkey cooking that will put you in control of your turkey. Class Cost: $29
Space is limited. Register before it’s too late! 

Vegetarian guests? Not a problem!
Tuesday, November 5th
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Men can be macho without depending on a high protein meat based diet. Learn about the foods that can build a strong and healthy, vibrant body. This class teaches vegan and veganism for men the right way. Gain and share information regarding balancing meals and getting the right nutrition. This class is not just for the devoted vegetarian. Class Cost: $17 Materials Cost $10
Don’t wait! Register NOW!

Calling all chocolate lovers!
with Elizabeth Vereycken
Begins Wednesday, November 6th 
6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., 4 sessions
Calling all chocolate lovers! Where does chocolate come from? What is the history? How is it made? What are the various types? What is the best? Fair Trade? Health benefits? Aphrodisiac? Why are we so addicted? Explore these questions with a healthy dose of humor while we making a favorite chocolate recipe in every class. Truffles, hot cocoa, chocolate cookies, chocolate mousse, chocolate covered fruit, molten chocolate cakes and many other recipes with surprising new ingredients. Momma always said “Life is like a box of chocolates”. Come and enjoy a big box of life. Class Cost: $81.00 Materials Cost: $40.00

Spaces are filling up fast. Register NOW.

You may also be interested in these classes:

Superb Sauces, Beautiful Holiday Food Gifts, Fast and Fabulous Hors D’Oeuvres

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning fall term continues through Dec 14th! We offer hundreds of daytime, evening and Saturday classes, including one-day workshops starting and ending throughout the term.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Take charge of your life with our one-day Psychology Workshops

·         Ready to take charge of your thoughts and actions?
·         Want to continue your journey of self-discovery?
·         Curious about the human mind and behavior?
·         CLL has great evening and weekend classes for YOU, starting this week!

Don’t wait for the New Year to make a positive change in your life.
Spaces in these one-session classes are going fast, Register Today!

Thursday, October 17th
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Creative Spiral is the path which each of us travels from awareness which is externally oriented to that which is inwardly sensed or known from the vast resources of our soul, the source of creation within us (Helen Warren). Follow the Creative Spiral to illuminate the pathway from your inner center of wisdom to the creative expression of your individuality. Using the acronym SPIRAL, we will explore 5 facets of a Spirited, Passionate, Intuitive, Real, Authentic life.

Explore your own personal creativity and self-expression using discussion, writing exercises, art making, guided imagery, spirituality, and movement.

Class Cost: $10

Space is limited. Register NOW!

Friday, October 18th
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Break (or build) those habits NOW in—

Self-Hypnosis is an easy, powerful way to shift your thinking, your feeling and your actions at the core level to achieve the positive changes you desire. Gain the skills to hypnotize yourself in this safe, supportive and fun environment. Build self-esteem, overcome addictions, achieve deep, restorative rest in minutes, while clearing the blocks to success: fear, anxiety, pain, and self-doubt at the core level. You are getting ve-e-e- ry sleepy, and it's a good thing!

Class Cost: $15
(Did you know?— you DON’T need 21 days to create a new habit. New habits can be integrated easily within just a few moments, through self- hypnosis!)

SPOTS ARE GOING FAST – only FIVE spaces left! 

Saturday, October 19th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Attracting Abundance— with Gloria Arenson-Brockway

If you are a “follower” of Gloria’s, you might have taken her courses multiple times already. Well known in the field of energy psychology, she is insatiably curious, and does not stop learning.

Learn strategies to release self-destructive patterns and achieve financial and life goals by transforming their relationship with money. Identify how barriers to financial success are often formed in childhood when money is used to express desires, power, love, envy, anger or revenge in the family. They unravel the psychological threads that entangle them in 'money madness', and learn to eliminate self-destructive patterns, magical thinking and irrational attitudes that hold them back.

Class Cost: $15

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning fall term continues through Dec 14th! We offer hundreds of daytime, evening and Saturday classes, including one-day workshops starting and ending throughout the term.

Find out more about the new SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning at

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tuesday Mayoral/City Council Candidate Public Forum To Be Hosted By SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning Class

 CLL Current Events class hosts event at Vista Del Monte

On Tuesday, October 15th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) invites the community to attend a public forum featuring Santa Barbara mayoral/city council candidates. The forum is hosted by CLL’s “Current Events” class taught by Fred Hofmann, and will be held at Vista Del Monte, 3775 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara

WHO:         Santa Barbara mayoral candidates, including Helene Schneider and Wayne Scoles, and City Council candidates, including Harwood “Bendy” White, Lesley Wiscomb, Gregg Hart, Cruzito Herrera Cruz, Megan Diaz Alley, Jason Nelson, and David J. Landecker; Fred Hofmann, CLL “Current Events” teacher; CLL students, members of the community; THE FREE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WHAT:       Santa Barbara mayoral/city council candidate public forum

WHEN:       Tuesday, October 15, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:    Vista Del Monte, 3775 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara, (public forum will take place in the Patio Room)

About the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL)
The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning supports the overall Santa Barbara community through expanded knowledge of the arts, promotion of healthy living styles, and pursuit of intellectual studies. CLL aims to be the social, cultural and educational hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60 year tradition of excellence. Adults of all ages may still sign up for evening, weekday, weekend classes and single-session workshops with start dates in October, November and December. Fall term ends December 14th. CLL is online at, and on Facebook (sbccCLL) and Twitter (@sbccCLL).


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brush up on your Shakespeare quotes now… at CLL!

Explore CLL’s Literature and Writing Classes

Go beyond …

“Double, double toil and trouble;" 

and explore the rest of Macbeth in …

Begins Monday, October 28th
4:00-6:00 p.m., 6 sessions
Class cost: $60


Through close reading and open discussion of Macbeth, pursue the meaning of and questions arising from the lines. Discuss plot, character, theme, point of view, and setting. Analyze the effect of words, ambiguity, irony, paradox, images, metaphors, patterns, and cadences in each work, and explore the effect on the reader of the Bard’s portrayal of culture and values.

Register HERE

Then, jump forward 400 years, and explore the writings of your contemporaries in … 

Begins Friday, November 1st
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 6 sessions
Class cost: $60

Modern and Classic Short Stories

Pursue a close reading of texts paying sustained attention to the characters, plot, style, images, metaphors, patterns, and themes that carry the story forward. During each session we read one story aloud, stopping to discuss its impact and development paragraph by paragraph. We engage in an interpretive immersion that transforms attention into deeper thought and comprehension.

Register HERE

Now that you’re inspired, get to writing in…

Begins, October 31
5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., 6 sessions
Class Cost: $60

Basic Fiction

Tighten your plot; sharpen your characters; developing voice in fiction: formatting your manuscript; writing the synopsis and query letter; how agents, editors and publishers work; contracts for books and film options; and overview of fiction market. 

Register HERE

You can still enroll in classes and workshops starting throughout the fall term. Stretch your mind and body and try something new in Arts, Crafts, Performance; Body, Mind, Spirit; Business, Finance, Work; Events, Film, Words; and Home, Nature, Technical.

Search HERE for classes starting and ending throughout the Fall term!

Or browse the CLL website:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


We appreciate you and want to show you how much it 
means to us to have your support!

Thanks to Metropolitan Theatres, we will be giving away TWO pairs of tickets to the season opening of “The Met: Live in HD.”

This exclusive arts event is the live broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, which is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning live broadcast series.

Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" with Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin. Photo: Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera
**DEADLINE: Thurs., Oct. 3rd at 12 midnight (Pacific time)

Here’s how to enter:

1.     Go to the CLL Facebook page at
2.     Find the post about the ticket giveaway
3.     “Like” the post

(Please remember to “Like” our Facebook page too!)

Contest winners will be randomly selected and announced on our Facebook page at 10 a.m. Friday, October 4th

Good Luck, and ENJOY THE SHOW!!

What’s Cooking in October at CLL?

Get hands-on and get cooking at the 
SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning

With the fall, comes the harvest. Learn what to do with your harvest bounty at these October cooking classes at CLL.

Get inspired by the fall in…
Oct. 2
Cook Italian- the Four Seasons
Learn to cook Regional Italian recipes inspired by the seasons. From comforting autumnal classics like butternut squash risotto to fresh and summery pesto al genovese-you'll develop skills to take you through the year deliciously. Become a maestro in the kitchen with standing ovations sure to follow dinner!
Register HERE 

Pick some apples at –
Oct. 5
Cooking Fresh from the Farmer's Market
Students discover new seasonal foods and experiment with familiar foods. Class will meet at the Santa Barbara Farmer's Market for an educational shopping experience, then return to the kitchen to prepare purchased ingredients. Fresh vegetables and salads are paired to create a delicious appetizer, entree, and fresh fruit dessert. 
Register HERE

Now what to do with those apples…
Oct. 15
Applicious - Cooking with Apples
Apples are nature's most versatile fruits. Learn about all the different apples and which apples are best for baking or eating, and which are the healthiest. Discover the secrets of great apple recipes as you prepare appetizers, entrée salad, side dishes, soups and desserts using a variety of delicious in-season apples.
Register HERE

Learn from our expert teachers how to create and entertain with delicious, healthy cuisines from around the world! Upcoming classes include: New World Cuisine, Latin American Cuisine, Secrets of a Professional Baker and many more!

You can still choose from over 200 classes and workshops starting throughout the fall term. Stretch your mind and body and try something new in Arts, Crafts, Performance; Body, Mind, Spirit; Business, Finance, Work; Events, Film, Words; and Home, Nature, Technical.

Search HERE for classes starting and ending throughout the Fall term!

Or browse the CLL website:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

CLL Classes Still Enrolling with Flexible Fall Schedule

The Flexible Fall Schedule Makes it Easy to Try Something New at the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning

Evening, daytime and Saturdays: Classes and workshops start throughout the fall term

With over 500 very affordable classes, and start dates through December 14th the new SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is offering something for every schedule. 

You can still sign up for hundreds of evening, daytime and Saturday classes, including single-session workshops! Classes start throughout October, November and December. Fall term ends December 14th

To find a class starting on a convenient date for your schedule:
  • Go to the Search form at
  • Enter your preferred dates in the one or both of the top 2 fields (Classes starting before/Classes starting after)
  • Enter any other (optional) search info such as instructor name or key words, etc.
  • Click "Go"

2013 fall term classes highlights:
  • Classes are offered in five major categories (in more than 25 sub-categories): Arts, Crafts, Performance; Body, Mind, Spirit; Business, Finance, Work; Events, Film, Words; and Home, Nature, Technical.
    Sample courses open for enrollment now include: Cook Italian – the Four Seasons, Baby Sign Workshop, Modeling the Figure in Clay, Hiking Santa Barbara, Superb Sauces, Zumba, Abstract Painting, and more than 175 other class offerings.
  • Increased scheduling options: Classes are offered on weekdays, evenings and weekends, and range from one-time workshops, two- to four-session series up to 14-week programs; classes start and end throughout the fall term, September 9 – December 14.
  • Introducing “CLL Presents,” a new lecture and special event series focused on today’s vital issues, with dynamic guest speakers, and including the highly popular Mind & Supermind and Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It event series.
  • Classes for Spanish speakers: CLL introduces classes in health, relaxation, fitness and parenting categories, conducted in Spanish.
  • Free CEUs (Continuing Education Units): new this fall, there will be no additional charge for CEUs for eligible health care and mental health care professionals.
  • Fall class schedules are available at the SBCC Wake and Schott Campuses, at newsstands throughout South Santa Barbara County and in the Santa Ynez Valley, and the online catalog available at
Keep up to date with the latest news from CLL on Facebook (sbccCLL) and Twitter (@sbccCLL)!