Wednesday, May 27, 2015

High School Reunion Jitters? Tips to share

Do you have a high school reunion coming up soon? Are you excited, but also experiencing a confusing mix of emotions or anxiety when you consider attending? If so, you’re not alone.

THIS SATURDAY, come to a new 4-hour CLL class designed to help you prepare to get the most, and be your best, at an upcoming reunion. Find out how to enjoy the unique moments when a reunion brings us face-to-face with our “selves” from different ages and stages of our lives.

Tell a friend: Have a friend or relative with a reunion coming up? Share this blog post with the quick tips below!

Saturday, May 30
12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Click here to register today!

In High School Reunions:  Strategies for Coping & Creating an Enjoyable Experience, Dr. Gail Eisen will offer a unique opportunity to re-visit the rich landscapes of high school, exploring ways in which adult identity and ideals might have been shaped during the adolescent years.


1.  Cultivate your social networks in advance: Make contact with people you do hope to see, and make arrangements to attend the Reunion with one or two of these long-time friends. Via telephone, e-mail, or Facebook, craft a plan to arrive together, sit together during at least a part of the evening’s program, and even arrange to de-brief together sometime after the event.

2.  Think in advance about your “personal narrative” – how you tend to introduce yourself to strangers, and to others you have not seen in many years. How has your narrative changed and evolved during the last 10 years?  What two or three sentences might summarize your experiences and new insights?

3.  Bring to the event family photos or travel images – both old and new – to share with classmates, stimulate discussion, and fill in the gaps when conversation might be lagging.

4.  Be aware that no matter your preconceptions, some positive results will come from this experience. Without doubt you will discover a few real surprises and some interesting and compelling personalities, and for a very few, perhaps even a rekindling of a previous romance.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring Classes Still Open

Summer is almost here!  

The CLL Summer schedule is available at Schott, Wake, all over Santa Barbara newsstands and online at

But don’t forget, the Spring term is still running! Classes start throughout the term at the CLL. Take this opportunity to take another class or two before the end of term.

"Spring" into action and register today!

with Roland Rotz  
Saturday, June 6th
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

with David Cumes,
Saturday, June 6th
10 a.m.-12 Noon

with Joyce McWilliams  
Saturday, June 6th
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

with Wendy Allen  
Saturday, June 6th
9 a.m.-12 Noon  

with Mary Brown
Saturday, June 6th
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

One Night Only!
with Fredda Spirka
Friday, June 12th
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Have Clutter? You need this class!

It’s time to get organized! This Saturday at the CLL, discover how to get organized at home and at work - and the psychology behind staying organized.

There’s still time to sign-up for this popular 4-hour workshop: Saturday, May 23rd at the CLL.

with Sara Caputo
Saturday, May 23rd
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

This class will teach various elements of organization and how they impact daily life. Instructor discusses home, work, and office spaces; paper and possessions; and how to create systems that support a natural way of working and living. Students will learn from each other in an interactive and motivating way to determine the best individual course of action. Students will develop an action plan for immediate implementation. Class Cost: $20

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Washoku at the CLL

What is Washoku?

'Washoku' cuisine is the latest world-wide rage! Explore the basic cooking methods and techniques of Japanese cuisine. More than just cooking, studentswill discover the history and essential background to help put the dishes in context. Come learn how to recognize Japanese ingredients, method, proper serving way, choice of dishes, proper cooking skills of common Japanese home-style menu.

At the CLL, discover the three features of washoku - various fresh ingredients, balanced nutrition and seasonal aesthetic presentation. 

Register here to add Japanese cuisine your repertoire!

Just Curious? Try a recipe from the class: 

Meet the Teacher

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CLL Summer 2015 Schedule Available Online!

View or Download the CLL Summer 2015 Printed Schedule

1. Download schedule (as PDF)

2. OR view as a flip-through schedule online:

Important Summer Registration Schedule Information

Important Summer Registration Schedule Information 


The first week of registration will be staggered by subject areas across two days:

Spring Term Last-Chance Parenting Classes

Do you know a parent looking for new ways to spend fun and healthy quality time with their child?

At the CLL, parents and caregivers are welcome to come learn positive parenting attitudes through observation and participation with other parents and families. Classes also provide opportunities for sharing and discussion of timely questions.

4 Thursdays, beginning May 14th
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Infant Times I provides current information about infant development, stimulation, and 'self-calming' techniques. Class also provides opportunities for sharing and discussion of timely questions from new parents. Parents learn infant massage techniques, stimulating songs, and how to make hand-made toys/equipment and play games. Class Cost: $45

Register here.

4 Tuesdays, beginning May 19th
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
Parents learn how toddlers aged 12-18 months learn through songs, finger plays, toys, crafts, puppets and books in order to expand language, sensory learning and physical independence. Students explore and create age-appropriate play and communication in a joyful, stimulating environment.

Class Cost: $36

Register here

Friday, May 8, 2015

Savor the Flavor at the CLL

Come savor the flavors of Latin America, only at the CLL! In these cooking classes, learn new skills and techniques to bring your culinary skills to the next level! 

CLL Cooking StudentsMake the Real Deal: Authentic Mexican Cuisine
with Monica de Alba

3 Wednesdays, beginning May 13th
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Experience in this class the dishes and cooking techniques passed on from generation to generation by family matriarchs. Discover roasting and simmering combinations that you can't learn anywhere else. Experiment with recipes that create one-of-a-kind flavors reminiscent a childhood spent in the kitchen with mother and grandmother. Master the techniques, discover new ingredients and create unique presentations that will impress friends and family. Class Cost: $52 Materials Cost: $30
Register here. 

CLL Students Cooking Smiling
Make Argentine Empanadas from Scratch
with Carlos Rodrigo Gimenez
Wednesday, May 20th
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The secret to delicious empanadas comes from choosing a unique combination of ingredients and spices. Small enough to be an appetizer or hearty enough to become your main course, empanadas are becoming a go to dish for social gatherings around the world. Easy to make, store, and serve, fillings vary from spinach, chicken, beef, corn and even fish. Empanadas can be made ahead of time and baked right out of the freezer. Learn to make several types of empanadas, from a local of Mendoza, the wine country of Argentina. Class Cost: $32   Materials Cost: $10
Click here to register.

Look & Learn VideoGot a minute?
Sit back and let CLL cooking teacher, Monica de Alba, show us how to prepare foods using banana leaves in the CLL’s Look & Learn video: "Cooking with Banana Leaves."

Thursday, May 7, 2015

CLL Newsletter May 2015

Spring Monthly Newsletter Banner
May 2015

May at the CLL
hr1This month at the CLL, we’re celebrating all things May! We celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10th, so why not invite Mom (or Dad!) to take a class with you at the CLL?

Or perhaps you know a new mother (or father, or grandparent!) who would be interested in the CLL Parenting Education classes? We’ve got it all covered, at the CLL! Let’s dive right in…

In this Issue:
  • Parenting after Mother’s Day
  • CLL Spotlights
  • Learn Something New with Look & Learn
  • Other Classes Starting Soon
  • Summer Term Tuition Assistance Deadline: May 8
  • Raffle Ticket Winner – Winter Mid-Term Survey
  • Have Your Say – Quick Student Survey 

Try something new at the CLL

Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day, from the CLL!

Important Dates:
  • May 25: Memorial Day (No Classes/Offices Closed)
  • June 1: Summer Term Classes Display Online
  • June 8: Summer Term Registration Begins
  • June 13: Spring Term Classes End
  • June 22: Summer Term Classes Begin


Post-Mother’s Day – Parenting Education Classes

At the CLL, parents and caregivers are welcome to come learn positive parenting attitudes through observation and participation with other families. Classes also provide opportunities for sharing and discussion of timely questions from new parents:
May 14: Infant Times I: Newborn to Crawling
May 14: Infant Times II: Crawling to Walking
May 16: Non-Punitive Discipline in Action
May 19: Toddler Times

CLL Spotlights
CLL Glass Fusion StudentCLL student Kristine Kelly recently won an award at the Glass Craft & Bead Expo, April 8 - 20, in Las Vegas. She has been taking glass arts classes, and particularly glass fusion classes for 20 years with CLL teacher Carolyn Holguin.

The name of Kristine's exquisite creation is "Spring Twilight."

Congratulations to Kristine and to our two great teachers in the CLL Glass Arts department, Carolyn Holguin and Lorraine Vanhecke!

Missing Child SculptureCongratulations to CLL teacher and student Karl Blasius! His sculpture “Missing Child 3” is now on display in the Atkinson Gallery Annual Student Exhibition!

See below for Karl’s class starting May 23rd

Learn Something New with Look & Learn

Look & LearnAre newly discovered hormones the fountain of youth? Discover these new hormones, and what they do for the body with CLL Health instructor, Karl Blasius, in the CLL’s Look & Learn video: “Are Newly Discovered Hormones the Fountain of Youth?”

Want more? Register now for Blasius’ May 23rd class: Advances in Biology: Aging and the Brain

Learn something new in just a minute or two with our growing collection of Look & Learn ‘how-to’ videos, featuring the CLL’s expert, professional teachers.

View ALL Look & Learn videos on the CLL’s YouTube Channel

Other Classes Starting Soon
Are you looking to get started on something new, right away? Don’t miss out on these classes, starting soon:

Summer Term Tuition Assistance Deadline: May 8
Summer Term TuitionReminder: The deadline to apply for summer term tuition assistance is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8th. To apply, please visit:

Raffle Ticket Winner – Winter Mid-Term Survey
Many thanks to all students who completed our random Winter 2015 mid-term survey. Congratulations to Sarah Lopez the winner of a $25 e-Gift Certificate for CLL classes!
In this survey, 97% of respondents said they would recommend the CLL to a friend or family member!

Have Your Say – Quick Student Survey
SBCC is surveying students about MTD's bus service to the Wake and Schott Campuses. If you would please take a minute to complete a brief questionnaire, it would be much appreciated. Thank you very much! To take the survey, please visit: