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For those of you who’d like to try a little something different this year, Elizabeth has rounded up arts and crafts classes in Sonoma County, from jam Making, Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design, Holiday Wreath Design to Porcelain Ornaments and more! Photo: pxhere.com - Creative Commons CC0.
For those of you who’d like to try a little something different this year, Elizabeth has rounded up arts and crafts classes in Sonoma County, from jam Making, Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design, Holiday Wreath Design to Porcelain Ornaments and more! Photo: pxhere.com - Creative Commons CC0.

Holiday Classes 2019

Nov 8, 2019

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By Elisabeth DeGoff-Pedroza

Nov 3- Dec 29 ~ Jam Making 101 ~ In two hours, LALA will teach you shortcuts, tips, and tricks for making great jam using no artificial pectin. This is definitely a 'hands on' class. Each student will take away 2 8ounce jars of jam they made. $35 per person. Class size: 2 people

10am-12pm or by appointment at LALA's JAM BAR and URBAN FARMSTAND, 720 E. Washington, Petaluma. INFO.707-773-1083 or  www.lalasjams.com/classes

Nov 9 ~ Colored Clay Jewelry ~ This course introduces students to techniques of making jewelry components out of custom-tinted porcelain clay. Students will be introduced to basic clay modeling skills, usage of nichrome wire (ceramic wire), surface design techniques, and methods of adding color to clay bodies.  Students will explore a variety of ceramic design ideas for colored clays, and skills to make jewelry components for their own unique creations. 10a-4p at Room 209, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma INFO.707-938-4626  or   sonomacommunitycenter.org

Nov 23 ~ Wreath Making Workshop at McEvoy Ranch ~ Learn how to create a holiday wreath with seasonal elements from the ranch, (Rosemary, bay, lavender) and embellishments. In this workshop, you'll learn the fundamentals of wreath making and from there, the sky's the limit to creating a personalized wreath for yourself or as a gift. All elements are provided for this holiday wreath making workshop. After the wreaths are made, socialize with your fellow wreath makers.  9:45-12:45 or 1:45-4:45 at  McEvoy Ranch, 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma, info@mcevoyranch.com 707-778-2307

Nov 17 ~ Victorian Christmas Crafts Workshop~ Hosted by Sonoma State Historic Park. Construct your own historical and affordable gifts or stocking stuffers with Sonoma Petaluma Parks at General Vallejo’s Home. Keep an eye out for a special holiday guest! Free admission for ages 12 and under (accompanied by an adult), $2 for ages 13-17, and $3 for adults.  Rain or shine.11am-3pm at Vallejo Home, 363 3 rd St West, Sonoma. INFO.707-938-9559

Nov 26 ~ Thanksgiving Centerpiece Floral Design Class ~  Potluck Lunch. Create a beautiful fall centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Using glorious seasonal foliage, fruits and flowers from the farm in tones of amber, sunset, chartreuse, mango and magenta…..we will bring the warmth of fall into the center of your celebration.10a-12:30p at Dragonfly Floral. 425 Westside Rd. Healdsburg, Pam Bell 707-433-3739

Dec 15 ~ Holiday Wreath Design Class ~Potluck Lunch.Bring warmth to your home with this seasonal favorite, the Holiday Wreath! We will use natural elements, aromatic evergreens and other long-lasting foliage including eucalyptus, bay, juniper, cedar, and redwood, along with berries, pine cones and other textural elements. There is nothing like adding your own personal touch to your home for the holidays! 10a-12:30p at Dragonfly Floral. 425 Westside Rd. Healdsburg, Pam Bell707-433-3739

Dec 21 ~ Family Wreath Making Day~ Bring parents, grandparents and children alike to make simple holiday wreaths for everyone in the family. Everyone can join in the fun and learn the art of wreath making while sipping hot apple cider and snacking on homemade popcorn! 11a-1p at Dragonfly Floral. 425 Westside Rd. Healdsburg, Pam Bell707-433-3739

Dec 15-22 ~ Holiday Table Centerpiece Crafting Class ~ Hosted by Artful Arrangements Activity Center. Learn to make a “water-frog” for arranging a table-hugging holiday centerpiece from freshly cut evergreen boughs. Your fragrant centerpiece will last for weeks because it is in water! $10 each; $15 for parent & older child. 10am-noon at Artful Arrangements Activity Center, 205 Orchard Ln., Penngrove. INFO. 707-664-8656   www.artfularrangements.org,   artfularrangements@usa.com 

Dec 11 ~ Holiday Wreath Making Class ~ Join local flower growers Anthony and Alex Neve at The Washoe House as they help you bring the holidays into your home. Design and create your own unique winter themed wreath using an array of native seasonal foliage gathered for you by the Neve brothers; and pair the festivities with holiday inspired cocktails.  Tickets on eventbrite, door sales not available. Ticket includes entrance to class, wreath ring, wire and all wreath materials. 6:30-9pm at The Washoe House, 2840 Roblar Rd, Petaluma. INFO. 707-766-0799 or Cody 707- 338-7731

Dec 6 ~ TAKE-HOME HOLIDAY COOKIE CLASS~ with Chef Julie Steinfeld. HANDS ON, Students get to bring cookies home from the class. Chocolate Sambuca Snowballs, Lemon-Ginger Sugar Cookies, Cocoa Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies, Raspberry Linzer Thumbprints, Coconut Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries, Cranberries & Apricots, Sparkling Wine, Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie to be served. 11a-2p at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W Spain Street, Sonoma. INFO. 707-933-0450

Dec 14 ~ Holiday Dim Sum. This class is a hands on cooking class with Chef Chat Mingkwan! You will learn to make the following: Pork and Shrimp Pot Stickers, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, Crunchy Noodle Bird Nests, Steamed Sweet Rice in Lotus Leaves, Poached Chinese Broccoli Sesame Seed Balls. 10a-1p at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W Spain Street, Sonoma. 707-933-0450 or   www.ramekins.com

Dec 4 ~ Holiday Wreath Making Class~ Join local flower growers Anthony and Alex Neve at Rosen’s 256 North as they help you bring the holidays into your home. Design and create your own unique winter themed wreath using an array of native seasonal foliage gathered for you by the Neve brothers; and pair the festivities with holiday inspired cocktails.  Tickets on eventbrite, door sales not available. Ticket includes entrance to class, wreath ring, wire and all wreath materials. 6:30-9pm at Rosen’s 256 North, 256 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. INFO. 707-766-0799 or Cody 707- 338-7731

Dec 7 ~ Beautiful Holiday Breads ~ Hands on with with Chef Maria Capdevielle. 10a-1p at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W Spain Street, Sonoma. 707-933-0450 or   www.ramekins.com

Dec 14 ~ Porcelain Ornaments ~ Make your own porcelain holiday ornaments this season! Students will create up to 5 special hanging ornaments to give as gifts in this enjoyable, light-hearted workshop. Have a great time while making handmade gift for those you love. 10a-12p or 2-4p at Room 208 or 209, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma INFO. 707-938-4626 or  sonomacommunitycenter.org

Dec 15 ~ Handprinted Holiday Cards ~ Hand-print holiday cards using our printing press! Students will make multiple themed cards (or wall hangings) with our professional print press. Much like creating paintings, monoprinting is an easy and fun process that results in one of a kind, special art pieces. Good for all ages! 10a-12p or 2-4p Room 208, 276 East Napa St., Sonoma INFO. 707-938-4626 or   sonomacommunitycenter.org

Dec 7 ~ Holiday Arrangements from the Seasonal Garden ~ Sue will explain how she collects and prepares plant material, along with personal design ideas.  She will focus on tools and supplies to keep on hand and show slides of many earlier creations. 10:30a-12:30p at Sebastopol Library, 7140 Bodega Ave. Sebastopol

Dec 15 ~ Christmas Fiesta ~ Hands on with Chef Agustin Gaytan. 10a-2p at Ramekins Culinary School, 450 W Spain Street, Sonoma.707-933-0450 or www.ramekins.com

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