Brainstorm: Neurobiology for Our Youngest Members

This project will teach young kids about their brain, how it’s structured and where certain senses like smell and sight reside.  There will be hands-on activities like “play-doh brain” and “pipe cleaner neurons”.  It will be led by 2 UC Berkeley Seniors in Neurobiology, great role models for young people in Science.

AGES:  6-9, min 6 / max 10 kids

DATES:  Three 2-hour sessions, one each in February, March and April

LOCATION:  TBD

PROJECT FEE:  $10-15

Table Etiquette and Table Setting for Fair

Create a fun table setting and enter it at the County Fair!  During this project, we’ll brainstorm a theme for your table setting and help you source the materials to make it happen.  Favorite book?  Movie?  Summertime?  Whatever you envision, we will try to bring it to life!

In addition, we’ll explore table etiquette around the world.  We’ll learn about the Japanese Tea Ceremony from a local tea master and share an Ethiopian dinner.

AGES:  10+, min 3 / max 6 kids

DATES:

  • April 21, Japanese Tea, 6:30 pm
  • April 28, Ethiopian Dinner, 6:30
  • May 3 and May 17, Table Setting Creation Days

LOCATION:  TBD

PROJECT FEE:  TBD

Intro to Sailing

Learn to sail!  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary.

AGES: 11+, 6-9 kids and parents

DATES:  (TBD)  Attendance at all sessions is required

  • 1 weekday afterschool orientation (1.5-2 hours)
  • 1 weekend boatyard and dockside orientation, clinic and intro sail
  • 2 weekend clinics and on-the-water sailing lessons

LOCATIONS: Cal Sailing Club / UC Aquatic Center, Berkeley Marina, South Sailing Basin

PROJECT FEE:  approx $25

Return to Sailing

This project is open to those who participated in “Intro to Sailing” during the 2018-19 program year.  We will begin with a roundtable review of what we learned and practiced last year, bringing our record books up to date, and teaming up to prepare a presentation to new 4-H sailors later this Spring.  Participants will practice many 4-H Life Skills while helping with coordination, practicing teamwork, building independence and sharing responsibility.  On the water, we’ll revisit sailing fundamentals, continue developing beginner / intermediate sailing skills and even have an opportunity to explore another sailing venue.

AGES:  prerequisite 2018-19 Intro to Sailing, min 2 / max 5 kids

DATES:  TBD in February- April

LOCATIONS:  South Sailing Basin, Berkeley Marina (Cal Sailing Club & UC Aquatic Center) and Clipper Cove (Treasure Island Sailing Center)

PROJECT FEE:  approx $25

Introduction to Social Media through Ancient Paper Scrolls

What do ancient paper scrolls have to do with modern Instagram or Snapchat?  Apparently, they share a similar principle of communication.  For our first meeting, we will visit Berkeley Art Museum’s archive collection of Chinese scrolls and start building our own group scroll.  For our second meeting, we will invite “expert users” of social media (mostly teenagers) to lead the meeting.  During our last meeting, we will finish our own group scroll.

AGES:  10+, min 4 / max 8 kids

DATES:  TBD, most likely Friday afternoons, 4-6 pm

LOCATION:  BAMPFA and TBD

PROJECT FEE:  None

Intro to Silk Screen Printing

Ever wanted to understand the basics of silk screen printing?  Did you ever want to bring your drawing to life on a t-shirt?  Bring your own designs to life and get to experience what it’s like to work in a real silk screen studio.  Students will learn the basics of silk screen printing and create their own printed finished tote bag, cards or t-shirts.

AGES:  9+, max 4 kids

DATES:

  • March 21, 28 or 29th (9:30-12pm at Project Leader’s House in Oakland)
  • Late March or Early April Saturday afternoon studio tour (TBD)

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House and a Printing Studio (TBD)

PROJECT FEE: $20-25

Handscript & Shadowbox Collage

This project offers an introduction to free-hand cursive writing and elements of intricate collage technique. Project participants will create art pieces using hand lettering and three dimensional collage to make a beautiful hand decorated and framed quotation in a shadow box. 4-H’ers who have taken this project before are welcome to do so again. If desired, finished pieces can be entered in the 2020 Alameda County Fair (historically pieces entered have won 1st place and Best of Class!).

AGES: 10+, 4-8 kids

DATES:  Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:45, March 12th, 19th and 26th

LOCATION: EBI Art Room 212

PROJECT FEE: $25 (cash, check or PayPal)

Botany of Las Posadas (Oaktown 4-H project)

Join the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) on a walk through the property of Los Posadas forest.  We will search out the local flora, focusing on trees that define the ecosystems.  Plant ID and geolocating using iNaturalist app ( a citizen science  app  of the CA Academy of Sciences).  We will also focus on identifying CA endemic plants, over a dozen rare/endangered species exist in the LP Forest.  We will trek to ecosystems unique to the California coast ranges, possible to include the serpentine forest.  They say, you protect what you know.  There’s a lot to get to know in this wonderful, rare forest that the kids call home for a week each summer.

AGES:  All

DATES:

  • Huckleberry Hike, Sunday, February 2
  • Las Posadas Overnight, March 7-8
  • Follow-up Meeting TBD

Basics of Baking

Learn the basics of baking.  Across 3 meetings, we will cover different techniques as well as kitchen safety.  We will concentrate on one type of baking per session (pies, cakes and cookies).

AGES: 10+, maximum 4 kids

DATES: Sundays, 12:00-3:00 pm

  • February 23
  • March 15
  • April 19

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House in Berkeley

PROJECT FEE: approximately $45

Solar Power Circuitry

This project will be an intro into the world of clean, renewable energy; specifically, solar. Together we’ll learn more about solar: how it works, what it can accomplish, and the pros and cons of incorporating it into our power systems. Before the end of the project, each member will learn some basic circuitry and create their own solar powered device!

AGES:  4th grade and up, min 6 / max 8 kids

DATES:

  • Saturday, March 14 (3:00-4:30 pm)
  • Sunday, March 22 (9:00-11:30 am)
  • Saturday, April 4 (9:00-11:00 am)

LOCATION:  EBI or Temescal Library

PROJECT FEE:  $20-25

Rock Art

We will go to Albany Bulb to collect rocks during the first meeting. The second meeting the kids will paint on one side of the rocks and write a slogan for 4-H and the Emeryville 4-H website on the other side. The last meeting will be placing the rocks at a park in Berkeley.

AGES:  All, min 4, max 8 kids

DATES:  Three Saturday afternoons, April 11, April 25, May 9

LOCATION:  Albany Bulb, Project Leader’s House, Ohlone Park

PROJECT FEE:  None

Tabletop, Board and Card Games

In this project, we will dive into the world of board games. We will talk about some older games that still hold up now, and why they are still as fun as the first time, as well as newer cooperative games and how they manage to tell a story within the confines of their rules.

AGES:  11+, min 3, max 5 kids

DATES:  Feb 16, 29, Mar 22, 1:00-3:30 pm

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s House or Victory Point Cafe in Berkeley

PROJECT FEE:  $10-15

Cooking

Love to eat or love to cook?  This project is for you!  There will be 5 sessions, each focused on a different theme.  Our first meeting will be a collaboration with the Ins & Outs of Chickens and the menu will be lemon and herb whole roasted chickens with savory reduction sauce, farro with Spanish soffrito and fresh herbs, broccoli with sultana raisins and toasted almonds and winter salad with chicories, apples, salty-sweet candied pecans, cider vinaigrette and pomegranate seeds.  Yum!  Future sessions may focus on comfort foods and other themes.

AGES:  10+

DATES:  Sundays, 12-3, Jan 12, Feb 2, Mar 8, Apr 5, May 24

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s House in Orinda

PROJECT FEE:  estimated $25-30

Cloverbud Baking

The basics of baking for our younger Cloverbuds. Across 3 meetings, we will cover different techniques as well as kitchen safety. We will concentrate on one type of baking per session (pies, cakes and cookies).

AGES: 5-9, maximum 4 kids

DATES: Sundays, 1:30-4:30 pm

  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 15

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House in Berkeley

PROJECT FEE: approximately $45

Out and About with Cloverbuds

    

We’ll be doing some fun activities geared especially for our younger members.  Possible activities / field trips may include:  stable visit at Briones Regional Park, visits to other East Bay Regional Parks, learn about bees at West Oakland Farm Park, volunteer at rabbit rescue, learn about solar energy and make a pizza box oven.

AGES: 5-8, min 4 kids, max 8 kids

DATES: (times TBD)

  • November 2
  • November 17
  • February 1
  • March 15
  • April 26

LOCATION:  Various

PROJECT FEE:  $25

Origami for All ! (because you’re never too young or too fold for origami)

      

In this project we will learn how to fold several shapes and we will discover some interesting origami facts together, for example, did you know that NASA spacecraft are designed using origami principles?  We will culminate with a group project to be determined- a crane mobile to hang in the senior center? Jumping frogs for kids at Children’s Hospital to play with?  We will decide together.

AGES:  All ages, min 5 kids, max 12 kids

DATES:

  • Saturday, Sept 21, 10:00-12:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sept 28, 10:00-12:00 pm
  • One other date TBD

LOCATION:  Temescal Branch, Oakland Public Library

PROJECT FEE:  $5-10

Guerrilla Art & Random Acts of Kindness

      

Create art in public places that will surprise and delight!  We will make (and/or perform?!) fun, clever, removable art that we’ll install in spots for people to find in their every day life.  Googly eyes on fire hydrants, fairies hidden in flower pots, inspirational notes in trees – we’ll come up with ideas to inspire and put smiles on faces.

AGES: 8-18, min 4 kids, max 8 kids

DATES:

  • Saturday, October 5, 10:00-12:00
  • Saturday, October 19, 10:00-12:00
  • Saturday, November 9, 10:00-12:00

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s House in Emeryville

PROJECT FEE:  $5

Water: the Magic Molecule

            

There is a molecule that can break apart atomic bonds, sticks to itself, covers 70% of the Earth, is both an acid and a base, can pass through seemingly solid surfaces, and keeps us alive.  This molecule is water!  Join this project if you want to learn more about how such a simple substance can achieve all these incredible feats.  We’ll talk about the vital role water plays in everyday life and explore chemistry concepts like polarity, pH, and osmosis.  There will be plenty of experimenting (with explosions and weirdly-colored liquid) and a citizen science field trip to contribute to the community by taking local water data.  We will even break water apart and put it back together again!

AGES: 3rd-7th grade, min 6 kids, max 8 kids

DATES:

  • Saturday, October 26, 3:00-4:30
  • Saturday,November 2, 3:00-4:30
  • Saturday, November 16, 3:00-4:30
  • Saturday,November 23, 3:00-4:30
  • Saturday, December 7, 2:00-5:00

LOCATION:  EBI, plus field trip

PROJECT FEE:  $25-30

Be a Change-Maker

            

Want to do some good in the world – and have fun at the same time?  In this project we will identify some problems that need addressing in our communities, and come up with some simple and effective ways to help while combining the action with a treat.  This project will meet 3 – 4 times over the course of the school year – for the first meeting we will assemble backpacks with toiletries for homeless, have pizza and brainstorm about what our next Change-maker gathering could be.  Sample ideas include: a beach cleanup followed by badminton and sand castles!  Help paint a mural!  An art party to make cards for hospital patients followed by make your own ice cream sundaes.  The sky is the limit, and kids will steer the decision making (with adult guidance) as to what we do.

Be part of this project to help out our community and spark some joy at the same time!

AGES: 9+, min 3 kids, max 10 kids

DATES:

  • Saturday, October 12, 12:00-3:30
  • Saturday, November 23, 12:30-3:30
  • Saturday, January 18, 12:00-3:30
  • 4th meeting depending on ideas / interest

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s House in Oakland for October 12th meeting, other locations TBD

PROJECT FEE:  $25

The Ins and Outs of Chickens

          

Examine your relationship with food by learning about the poultry industry.  What do terms like “cage-free”, “organic”, “free-range” and “certified humane” really mean?  In this project, we will consider the ethical issues associated with eating meat, visit a local butcher to learn about where they source their meat and how they butcher it, learn to slaughter our own chicken in a “humane” manner, and share the cooked chicken and other food as a group.

AGES: 9+, min 6 kids, max 8 kids

DATES:

  • Nov date TBD:  Learning day
  • December date TBD:  Butcher day
  • January 11, 2020:  Slaughter day
  • January 12, 2020:  Potluck day

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s House in Berkeley, plus field trip(s)

PROJECT FEE:  $25

Introduction to Weaving

New students will get their chance at a variety of looms such as an Inkle Loom, tapestry loom and 4 shaft looms. Continuing students will have the option to choose which loom they wish to use and create a project of their choice.

AGES: 10+, min 3 kids, max 6 kids

DATES:  Sundays, 1:00-3:00

  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 3

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s House in Berkeley

PROJECT FEE:  none

Digital Photography

The Digital Photography project will meet for six monthly sessions on weekend afternoons at various locations in the 10-15 minute vicinity of EBI. (We could also meet at EBI and go on field trips by foot or car).  Each photographer should have access to a digital camera or camera phone for each session, and a way to organize and store photos.  We’ll learn about the equipment, then move on to working with light, composition and various skill building projects.

AGES: 11-18, min 4 kids, max 10 kids

DATES:

  • Sunday, November 3, 2:30-5:00
  • Saturday, January 25, 2:30-5:00
  • Sunday, February 9, 2:30-5:00
  • Sunday, March 1, 2:30-5:00
  • Saturday, March 21, 2:30-5:00
  • Saturday, April 4, 2:30-5:00

LOCATION:  Various

PROJECT FEE:  estimated $30

Hand Script & Shadow Box Collage

This project offers an introduction to free-hand cursive writing and elements of intricate collage technique. Project participants will create art pieces using hand lettering and three dimensional collage to make a beautiful hand decorated and framed quotation in a shadow box. Students who have taken this project before are welcome to do so again. If desired, finished pieces can be entered in the 2019 Alameda County Fair (one of last year’s pieces won 1st place and Best of Class!).

AGES: 9+, 4-8 kids

DATES: Thursdays, 4:15-5:45

  • January 31
  • February 7, 14, 28

LOCATION: EBI Art Room 212

PROJECT FEE: $25

Baking

Learn the basics of baking. Across 3 meetings, we will cover different techniques as well as kitchen safety. We will concentrate on one type of baking per session (pies, cakes and cookies).

AGES: 10+, max 4 kids

DATES: Sundays, 12:00-3:00

  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 14

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House

PROJECT FEE: $45-50