East Bay Course Directory 

You can find classes and workshops around the East Bay in just about every subject you can imagine. Hula dancing? Check. Aerial arts? Check. Henna tattooing, yoga for horseriding, pro wrestling, oral sex? They're all out there.

Alternative Health/Wellness

Acupressure Institute
1533 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 510-845-1059.
Classes in Asian bodywork: acupressure, Shiatsu massage, reflexology, etc.

The Balance Point Center
526 Appian Way, Union City; 510-471-1279.
Classes in such topics as Reiki, massage, meditation, aromatherapy, and healing with herbs.

Body Wisdom (Interplay)
2273 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; 510-465-2797.
Fusion of dance, play, and music for self-knowledge, community, and fun.

The Breema Center
6076 Claremont Ave., Oakland; 510-428-0937.
Drop-in classes and workshops in self-Breema, a relaxation, stretching, and energy-balancing technique.

Elephant Pharmacy
1607 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 510-486-2616.
Classes in wellness, alternative health, fitness, nutrition, and other health issues.

Ohlone Center of Herbal Studies
1654 University Ave., Berkeley; 510-540-8010.
Herbal clinics, courses in herbs and herbalism for women, and plant walks.

Pacific School of Herbal Medicine
Classes held in Oakland; 510-845-4028.
Many classes in beginning and advanced herbalism, along with workshops on midwifery and counseling for health-care providers.

1744 Solano Ave., Berkeley; 510-527-8929.
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Classes in wellness and alternative health.

Rosen Method
825 Bancroft Ave., Berkeley; 510-845-8591.
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Rosen method of body work and massage.

Solas Brigid Studio
403 Burk St., Oakland; 510-910-4514.
Reiki and energywork classes.

Arts and Crafts

Article Pract
5010 Telegraph Ave., Oakland; 510-652-7535.
Knitting studio with classes and "knitting lounge."

55-F Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill. 925-671-2345
Monthly calendar of classes including mosaic, clay sculpture, and clay throwing.

The Art Room
50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette; 925-299-1515.
Art classes for children and youth, including basic art skills, cartooning, and watercolors.

ASUC Art Studio
Lower level, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave., Berkeley; 510-642-3065.
Classes include photography, ceramics, drawing, digital imaging, video production, and bookbinding; open studio time also available.

Berkeley School of the Arts
1581 Le Roy Ave., Berkeley; 510-540-4877. BerkeleySchooloftheArts.homestead.com
Drawing, painting, and mixed-media classes for all ages, including some classes for parents and children to attend together.

California College of the Arts Extended Education Program
212 Broadway, Oakland; 510-594-3710.
Courses in fashion design, jewelry, drawing, painting, and ceramics.

Civic Arts Education
Courses in several Walnut Creek locations; 925-943-5846.
Hundreds of classes in the visual arts, drama, and music for children and adults.

The Cotton Patch
1025 Brown Ave., Lafayette; 925-284-1177.
Quilting store with dozens of classes and workshops in quilting, batik, and appliqué.

The Crucible
1260 7th St., Oakland; 510-444-0919;
Classes in welding, casting, glass- and metalworking.

The Darkroom
820 Alhambra Ave., Martinez; 925-372-3275.
Contra Costa County's only public darkroom; photography courses and "photo safaris."

Fourth Street Studio (formerly Art Gym)
1717D Fourth St., Berkeley; 510-527-0600.
Art space and materials for children and adults; live drawing classes for members and nonmembers.

Japanese Cultural Arts Center
Held at several locations in Berkeley and Albany; 510-524-9283.
Traditional Japanese arts and calligraphy workshops for adults and children.

Kala Art Institute
1060 Heinz Ave., Berkeley; 510-549-2977;
Many different types of printmaking classes, as well as computer graphics and photography workshops.

The Knitting Basket
2054 Mountain Blvd., Oakland; 510-339-6295.
Knitting classes and individual instruction.

Mineral and Gem Society of Castro Valley
20948A Corsair Blvd., Hayward; 510-887-9007;
Lapidary, faceting, and jewelry-making workshop.

New Pieces
1597 Solano Ave., Berkeley; 510-527-6779.
Quiltmaking supplies and classes.

The Nova Studio
24 W. Richmond Ave., Point Richmond; 510-710-0914.
Drawing, soap- and candlemaking, making lotions, creams, and balms.

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond; 510-620-6772.
Ceramics, metals, drawing, painting, textiles, and jewelry making for adults and kids.

Rivertown Art Center
640 W. Second St., Antioch; 925-755-8466.
Painting, drawing, cartooning for adults and kids.

Skein Lane
7512 Fairmount Ave. El Cerrito; 510-525-YARN;
Knitting studio with knitting, needlepoint, felting, weaving, and crocheting classes and retreats.

Stone Mountain & Daughter Fine Fabric
2518 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; 510-845-6106.
Sewing school with beginning to advanced classes in sewing, quilting, knitting, and hatmaking.

Studio One Art Center
365 45th St., Oakland; 510-597-5027;
Art classes and public studios of all kinds, for all kinds of people.

Taking the Leap
1506 62nd St., Emeryville; 510-653-1655.
Six-month workshop for artists who want to make a career of their passion; competitive entry.

Tinker's Workshop
1336 Channing Way, Berkeley (moving to Aquatic Park in May); 510-644-2577.
Regular bicycle repair and sewing workshops, drop-in days for artists and inventors, plus special classes (such as musical-instrument making) on request.

Vintage Pattern Lending Library
1322 Webster St., Suite 1B, Oakland; 510-465-6526;
Classes in sewing modern and historic patterns.

Woodworker Academy
1731 Clement Ave., Alameda; 510-521-1623.
Classes in woodworking using hand tools and power tools; box and cabinet making.

Zahava Sherez Studio and School
1136 E. 12th St., Oakland; 510-452-3554.
Classes in sculpting stone and clay.

Continuing Education

This section lists local adult schools, extension divisions of state universities, and community colleges. Some community colleges require you to apply before registering for a class. Visit the schools' Web sites for more information, course descriptions, and applications.

State Schools and Community Colleges

Cal State Hayward Extension
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward; 510-885-3000.
Campuses in Oakland, Hayward, and Contra Costa. Follow one of dozens of professional certificate programs, take art or financial planning classes, enroll in online courses, or audit regular undergrad classes through the Open University program.

Chabot College Community Education
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward; 510-723-6665.
Courses cover such topics as languages (including Italian and Punjabi), dance, music, art, personal finances, computers, fitness, and feng shui.

Contra Costa Community College
2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo; 510-235-7800. See

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