Past Workshop Materials

Fun with Zumba

Zumba is a fun and simple fitness class that uses high energy Latin/International music and easy to follow dance moves to utilize the principals of aerobic/fitness interval training and resistance training. With a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body, Zumba is the "feel-happy" workout you have been looking for.  

September 8, 2016
Instructor: Barbara Nicholas
Materials: N/A

Basic Remedies and Essential Oils

Remedies and essential oils is a basic wellness workshop that outlines  natural items you should keep on hand and explains how you can use them for the common cold, headache, stomach ache, cuts, scrapes and other basic ailments that can be treated holistically and simply. You will learn which are the "must have" go-to items such as essential oils and herbs. We will explore their purpose, benefits and effectiveness.

October 6, 2016
Instructor: Chrissy Helmer
Materials (pdf)

From the Ground Up

Planning and planting can be exciting and fun with the right resources. Learn more about how to build your soil, increase yields from your garden, and attract beneficial insects, pollinators, and birds. Find out how to reduce pests and maximize water efficiency. This workshop will also explore the opportunities provided from the new water supply in Davis.

October 10, 2016  and April 27, 2017 SSC
Instructor: Don Shor 
Materials (pdf)

Smooth Digestion—What You Eat
and Drink Can Change Everything…

Though we all tend to struggle with a variety of “digestive issues” from time to time, most of us don’t realize that simple food and beverage choices can have a significant impact on our entire system, from canker sores to constipation! Learn practical strategies for not only optimizing your digestion and overall health, but also your energy levels and quality of life. 

November 10, 2016 and April 10--DaVinci
Instructor: Timaree Hagenburger
Materials (pdf)

Re-Awaken Your Creative Side

When was the last time you spent quality time working on a creative project for yourself? Last month, last year, or has it been too long to remember? As a child you were great at keeping in touch with your creative side. Why should it be any other way now? If you feel as though something is off in your life, your thinking is unfocused and fuzzy, or you are lacking a certain spark that you once had, it just might be time to re-awaken your creative side. Come learn ways that you can re-connect with your creative side and pick back up where you left off. Everyone is born creative—don’t hold yourself back from being the best you can be. 

December 15, 2016
Instructor: Terri Test
Materials (pdf)

Yoga for the Hips and Lower Back

Are your daily activities and habits creating lower back problems? Grab a yoga mat and join us. This yoga session will begin with a slow warm up and then move into deeper poses that will open and stretch the muscles around the hips, lower back and legs. When the large muscle groups around the pelvis begin to relax and lengthen, the lower back muscles also begin to release tension. This workshop is open to everyone regardless of their level of yoga experience.

January 9, 2017 (UC Ext) June 1--MPR SCC
Instructor: Kia Meaux
Materials: N/A

The Power of Posture

What is your body telling your mind about how you feel? In this workshop, you will learn how to change that conversation by changing your posture, and undo some of the damage caused by bad habits and sitting too much

January 19, 2017
Instructor: Cathie Apple
Materials: coming soon

Smooth Digestion—What You Eat 
and Drink Can Change Everything…

Though we all tend to struggle with a variety of “digestive issues” from time to time, most of us don’t realize that simple food and beverage choices can have a significant impact on our entire system, from canker sores to constipation! Learn practical strategies for not only optimizing your digestion and overall health, but also your energy levels and quality of life. 

January 26, 2017--and April 10--DaVinci
Instructor: Timaree Hagenburger
Materials (pdf)

A Taste of Reiki

Need a wellness recharge?  Come relax and receive! Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Through gentle, non-invasive touch on or off the body, this complementary healing therapy facilitates the natural flow of energy to support holistic well-being. In addition to information and discussion, you will be offered the opportunity to experience a seated Reiki treatment offered by local Reiki practitioners during a 15-minute guided meditation.

February 16, 2017
Instructor: Elizabeth Fulmer

Multi-Dimensional Dance

Come explore the wide range of benefits that dance can bring to any and every body. From the creation of art, to an enjoyable form of athleticism, to building neural plasticity in the brain, and being a helpful component for aging well, participation in this activity delivers a wide and diverse range of benefits. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move and have some fun.

April 13, 2017
Instructor: Pamela Trokanski 
Materials (pdf)

Communicating with your Returning Young Adult

Your young adult is about to fly back into the nest. Each of you may have different expectations of how to make that temporary transition a smooth one. Learn communication techniques to effectively navigate the parent/child conflicts that can come up with a returning young adult. 

May 11, 2017
Instructor: Lora Barrett 
Materials (pdf) 

Cutting the Cable

It’s easier than ever to drop expensive cable or dish service and get your video from the web. This informative and humorous class covers what you need to know to watch your favorite TV programs with only a TV antenna and high speed internet connection. Learn about streaming Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Pandora and other video and audio streams via the Internet to your HDTV. We’ll also cover devices like Chromecast and Roku that make streaming to your TV easy even if streaming is not built-in.  Find out about new services that provide conventional cable programming and sports via the internet.

August 17, 2017
Instructor: Steve McMahon
Materials: webpage

Bender Balls - Work your Core and More!

What makes the Bender Ball such a versatile and amazing exercise tool? Well, it’s small, light and very portable, and perfect for home use. It can assist you in proper form and position. It enables the user to target the muscles of the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and so much more! Experience a variety of exercises using the Bender Ball, including cardio, upper body, lower body and core exercises. Leave with a simple workout program you can do at home. Bring a large towel or mat for floor work.

September 7, 2017
Instructor: Rose Zahnn

Exploring Career Options through Informational Interviewing

Whether you’re in the initial stages of career exploration or would like advice to target your job search, informational interviewing can help you build your network and learn about current developments in a field of interest. Without the pressure associated with a formal job interview, many people find that informational interviewing is an engaging way to learn about a profession, organization, or industry. This workshop will provide tips for identifying people you’d like to connect with, asking for an informational interview, preparing for a productive conversation, setting a comfortable tone, and following up on new insights. Let curiosity be your guide as you engage in informal conversations to explore new career options!

October 5, 2017
Instructor: Joanna Siebert
Materials (pdf)

Brain Health and Nutrition—Use your fork to protect your brain!

Are you unknowingly putting your most valuable asset in jeopardy? Learn about changes seen in the brain as dementia and Alzheimer's disease develops, explore the role genetics plays and assess which habits may be increasing your risk for suffering from these devastating conditions. Discover simple and practical ways to protect your brain with your fork.

October 19, 2017
Instructor: Timaree Hagenburger

Interviewing with Confidence

Do you want to interview with confidence? You can improve your strategy by knowing what to expect and how to answer difficult interview questions. This workshop will help you know what to say when asked, “Tell us about yourself” and will prepare you for an interview by anticipating questions. Explore “behavioral interview” questions and how to handle them. Interviewing with confidence is presenting yourself in a way that is comfortable for you.

November 2, 2017
Instructor: Andrea Weiss
Materials (pdf)

Unclog Paper Clutter to Get Things Flowing Again

Do papers seem to flood your desk, kitchen counter and dining room table? Do you feel unsure about which papers to keep and which to pitch? This workshop will tackle the what, where and how of paper filing and storage. Better yet, we’ll cover what to shred, and what to do about those endless “to do” notes, phone numbers, mail, etc. Whether the problem is in your office or your home, take charge of the paper nightmare and get ready to fill your re-cycle bin. 

November 30, 2017
Instructor: Claudia Smith
Materials (PDF)

Bodyweight Bootcamp

Get a full body workout with zero equipment! Discover how to use your body to build strength, stamina, and aerobic endurance at home or on the go, with or without a gym. Learn about "trainer secrets" and how to vary your workouts for maximum benefits in minimum time. You'll leave with a toolbox of workout tricks for getting in shape and staying in shape without any equipment! For all fitness levels, from beginners to super-fit. Bring a mat and/or large towel please.

January 11, 2018
Instructor: Rose Zahnn
Materials (PDF)

Introverts at the Office: Learning to Thrive

Workplaces often value the gregarious, outgoing extrovert, while sometimes discounting the exceptional qualities of the quiet, thoughtful introvert. Research shows that our society and our workplaces function best with a healthy mix of both temperaments. This workshop will explore how introverts live and function more effectively in a world that can at times seem overstimulating.  If you’re an introvert, you’ll learn to harness your strengths, instead of forcing yourself to fit into an extrovert mold. If you’re an extrovert, you’ll learn to value and draw upon the power of introverts’ thoughtful, quiet nature. If you’re not sure where you fall on the introvert-extrovert continuum, you’ll have the opportunity to take a quick assessment that will provide insight into your temperament and help you harness your personal strengths.

January 25, 2018
Instructor: Angela Lindley
Materials (PDF)

Career Enhancement through Mindfulness

Have you ever wondered how you could give your career a kick-start? Look no further! In this workshop, you will explore how mindfulness can enhance your career. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to create more awareness around what is important to you, hone your present-based mindset, and learn to make decisions that have greater impact on your career trajectory. Be prepared for introspective fun!

February 22, 2018
Instructor: Andrea Weiss

All About Fruit Trees!

Growing fruit trees can be a rewarding experience with proper planning. This presentation provides an overview of the many types of fruit that you can grow in the Sacramento Valley and how to troubleshoot common problems. Find out what’s easy to grow and harvest, what might require special attention and how to more easily manage fruit production. Join the conversation to learn how to select the best location for planting your fruit trees, and how and when to water and prune. 

March 8, 2018
Instructor: Don Shor
Materials (PDF)

Focus Forward with Feedback: Getting from Here to There

As we know, the word “back” is in the word “feedback.” Let’s not lose sight of the opportunities to use information, provided in performance reviews and feedback sessions, to face forward. This session will provide suggestions on ways to maximize evaluations of your work. By orienting yourself to the future, you can motivate yourself to chart a clear path toward next year’s goals.

March 29, 2018
Instructor: Dana Hinojosa
Materials (PDF)

Take Care of Your Finances and Yourself

Personal finance can be challenging. Most of us were not taught how to manage our money, and so feel uncertain how to get started. Join us for this discussion of what to do in order to take care of your own finances, whether that be dealing with debt, living within your income, saving for the future or planning for retirement.

April 12, 2018
Instructor: Linda Matthew
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room

Transferable Talent: Thinking Outside the Box

Have you ever wondered if you could succeed in another role, department, or even another organization? Understanding how your transferable skills can be applied to another role is essential for today's savvy professionals. In this upbeat workshop, you will define transferable skills and acquire strategies for assessing them. This is your opportunity to think outside the box about your transferable talent—while having fun. 

April 26, 2018
Instructor: Lisa Montanaro
Time: 12:00-1:00
Location: Student Community Center, Meeting Room D
Materials (PDF)