In June, you can craft while listening to live music, try your hand at knitted jewelry, hand-crank your way to a new water bottle carrier, transform discards into glamor, learn to Tango, polish your writing and more.
All of this is thanks to the City of Santa Monica’s 1450 Ocean complex (located at 1450 Ocean Avenue in Palisades Park), which is home to a fun mixture of free events and classes for adults and seniors.
A Fun Beach Tote From Amy Butler
Saturday, June 8 from 10 am to 2 pm (free)
Visit 1450 Ocean on the second Saturday of every month to work on your projects, take in a mini-workshop, and stretch your craft-legs.
This Saturday, learn basic knitting stitches or work on your own projects – with special bead knitting demonstrations throughout the day. Create an elegant collaged paper greeting card or bookmark out of recycled materials with Mary Beth Trautwein of reDiscover. Bring your own project, whatever the type, and sit and make with us. Open to all adults.
Make Music LA Concert & Crafting On The Lawn
Friday, June 21 from 1-7 pm (free)
Listen to local bands play during the annual County-wide celebration of music, while crafting on the north lawn. Bring your project or try out our papercraft flag garlands.
Sewing Lab & Pattern Reading With Angharad Caceres
Fridays from 12-2 pm: June 7, 14, 21, 28
(Register at ow.ly/l26dh)
Mondays from 7-9 pm: June 10, 17, 24, July 1
(Call to register)
Cost: $25 each or $100 for five sessions.
Single classes may be available, call a week ahead.
Sewing pattern basics – bring in a pattern you would like to sew (we suggest an “easy” to “medium” difficulty) and learn what all the pattern notes mean, then get hands on help sewing it together in class.
Upcycled Jewelry With Bethany King Of reDiscover
Saturdays from 2-4 pm: June 8, 15, 22, 29
Register at ow.ly/l26ph
Cost: $25 + $5 material fee each or $100 + $25 material fee for all sessions.
Please bring material fee in cash to the first session or drop in for $30.
Transform a lowly material into something precious while honing your recycling skills. Learn about basic jewelry making technique and tools, then make various pieces of your choice utilizing found materials, including discarded jewelry parts, bottle caps, paper, hardware and more.
From Haiku to Hip-Hop: Writing Poetry Today With Charles Hood
Fridays from 6-8 pm: June 7, 21
Cost: $30 for two sessions.
Register at ow.ly/llkSQ or drop in for $30 – call ahead to confirm availability.
Aimed especially at the non-English majors among us, this two-part workshop will review some of the major historical concepts of poetry, then take attendees forward to the most interesting kinds of poetry being produced today.
Poetry – including prose poetry – is more varied and poly-vocal now than ever before, and, contrary to the stereotype, it has a wide readership and is part of a thriving community. Beginners and non-specialists welcome.
Intro To Drawing With Terry Groehler
Mondays from 9-10 am: June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5
Register at ow.ly/l6ALs
Mondays from 10:30-11:30 am:
Register at ow.ly/l6APu
Wednesdays from 9-10 am: June 19, 26,
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug. 7
Register at ow.ly/l6ATs
Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 am:
Register at ow.ly/l6AWH
Cost: Non-resident: $169, Resident: $147.
Drawing-based fine art lessons introduce various media to boost your creative side and your hand-eye coordination. No experience necessary, open to all adults.
Intro To Painting With Terry Groehler
Tuesdays from 7-9 pm: June 18, 25, July 2, 9
Register at ow.ly/l70mP
Thursdays from 7-9 pm: June 20, 27, July 11, 18
Register at ow.ly/l70sf
Cost: Non-resident: $210, Resident: $183.
Acrylic painting for beginners, no experience necessary!
Intro To Salsa Dance With Isabelle Pampillo
Tuesdays from 7-10 pm: June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6
Register at ow.ly/l70vG
Cost: Non-resident: $141, Resident: $123.
Learn to dance the basics of the hottest Latin dance Los Angeles style. Course content includes basic footwork, turn patterns, and the essentials of leading and following. No partner required.
Location/Hours: 1450 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica (in Palisades Park between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd.) Camera Obscura is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm; check in at office to access.
For more information, call 310.458.2239 or visit recenroll.smgov.net for reservations.