Home and Garden

 

BASIC HOME ELECTRICITY                                FEE: $90 (Sr. Cit. $85)
Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (3 sess. beg. Mar. 5 )   ​(Plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)
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amsey High School(Rm 106)


Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School. Register through M.P.C.E.

Provide basic understanding of home electricity in three sessions. This is for students who want to learn, understand and practice minor electrical repairs. This course takes the student through hands-on activities based on common electrical home repairs and follows a Black & Decker outline. Topics include: Electrical circuit, safety, testing and tools, fuses and circuit breakers, replacing plugs, switches, receptacles and light fixtures and wiring a new fixture.Instructor:  GEORGE CHRISAFIS

 

BASIC HOME PLUMBING                                     FEE: $90 (Sr. Cit. $85)

Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (3 sess. beg. Mar. 3)         (Plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)
Ramsey High School(Rm 106)

Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School. Register through M.P.C.E.

Students in this class learn basic knowledge in home plumbing repairs. There will be videos, repair demonstrations and hands-on practice. Topics covered: repairing and replacing faucets, repairing and replacing P traps, leaking toilets, repairing and replacing shower heads, basic tools and types of pipes. Instructor:  GEORGE CHRISAFIS

 

CULINARY COURSES

The following classes are offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School

 

PIZZERIA A CASA                                      FEE: $60
Thursday,
6:30-9:30 p.m                           (plus $30 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess. Feb.13 & 20)                                    Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

This course will feature favorite Italian specialty items that all are sure to enjoyIn this 2 night class you will fully participate in the preparation of homemade pizza dough used for making plain pizza and others with our favorite toppings consisting of pepperoni and onion.  We will continue onwards in preparing calzones with ham and cheeseLets not forget our Stromboli classics.  Some stuffed with salami and moz-zarella and others stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella.  Come join us for a bit of Italy created in your own kitchen. Bring to class:  apron, towels, oven mitt, cutting knife and take home containers. InstructorJOSEPH SCILLERI

 

THE NEW STUFFED VEGGIES                         FEE: $30
M
onday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.                               (plus $20 mat. fee due at reg.)
(1 sess. Mar.16)                                                   Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

The old way of making a stuffed vegetable dish weighed heavy on the starch/carbs as a filling, but with our healthier sensibilities we need better balanced meals. With an emphasis on healthy grains and very flavorful fillings, this class will give you 4 different ideas of meals using vegetables as edible containers.Tender Stuffed Onions with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes & Cheese, or Shiitake Stuffed Butternut with Quinoa Streusel are just two of the dishes we will prepare. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife, chopping knife and take home containers. Instructor: KIM HENDRICKSON

 

SHEET PAN MEALS- ALL NEW RECIPES                   FEE: $60
M
onday & Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.                 (plus $35 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess. Mar. 23 & 24)                                 Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

If you want an easy clean up by cooking all elements of a meal in one pot, then this is the class for you! Dont think these meals lack complex flavor either. Herbs d’Provence Crusted Trout , Fingerlings, Honey Glazed Chicken, or Orange Shallot Pork Chops are just a few of the 8 recipes we will prepare and share in this two night course. This class is just a fast & easy way to get a complete and tasty meal on the table. Join us to learn a few tips!  Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife, chopping knife and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON

PARTY AT MY HOUSE                                                     FEE: $30
Thursday,
6:30-9:30 p.m.                                   (plus $25 mat. fee due at reg.)
(1 sess. Apr. 2)                                                        Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

You will be the hit of the evening as you present your guests with a lovely elegant dinner. In this one night class you will prepare a pork loin stuffed with fresh sautéed spinach, red roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. We will then crust the outside with pistachio and flavored bread crumbs. Side dishes will include duchess potatoes, fresh vegetable medley and Caesar salad with homemade Caesar dressing. Our grande finale dessert will be homemade chocolate mousse topped with fresh whip cream and chocolate shavings. Bring to class: apron, dish towels, oven mitt, chopping knife and take home containers. InstructorJOSEPH SCILLIERI

 

CHOCOLATE TASTING                                                  FEE: $30
M
onday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.                                         (plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)
(1 sess. Apr. 13)                                                       Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Who doesnt love chocolate?!? In this one night of tasting, Kim will explain how chocolate is made, its history and health benefits all while offering 15 different chocolates, in 3 flights, of a variety of percentages and origins. Kim does not promise you will change your mind on your favorite chocolate, but she does guarantee that once she has trained your taste buds you will never taste chocolate the same way again! Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON

 

SHEET PAN SPRING DESSERTS                                   FEE: $60
M
onday & Tuesday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.                       (plus $25 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess. Apr. 20 & 21)                                              Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Your big sheet pan normally used for savory dishes is an easy way to make a variety of spring desserts that are easy to serve and yield a lot. Four recipes will be prepared including Strawberry & Peach Sheet Pan Pie as well as a Cheese Cake sheet with Pomegranate Compote. Kim will walk you through the tips of adapting your favorite dessert recipe to a sheet pan format. Come hungry! Bring to class: apron, dish towel, chopping knife and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON

THE SEASON TO SALAD                            FEE: $60
Thursday
, 6:30-9:30                                        (plus $30 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess. Apr. 23 & 30)                                       Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Spring and Summer is the perfect time to keep things cool, light and garden fresh. In this two night class, we will prepare grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Salmon Nicoise, Steak Salad, and BLT Salad. Using all fresh ingredients, you will create your salad individually or family style according to your preference. These salads include everything for a one dish meal and require nothing else. It is satisfying and totally refreshing. Come join us, your taste buds will be happy you did. Bring to class: apron, dish towels, cutting knife and take home containers. InstructorJOSEPH SCILLIERI

ARTICHOKES SIMPLIFIED                                            FEE: $30
M
onday , 6:30-9:30 p.m.                                    (plus $20 mat. fee due at reg.)
(1 sess. Apr. 27)                                                      Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Do artichokes scare you? Dont know what to do with the fresh artichokes or maximize their delicate flavor when you buy bags of frozen ones. Kim walks you through the elements of artichoke prep. This class will prepare 4 different dishes using them. If Stuffed Artichokes or Artichoke Tart Tatin make you drool, sign up! Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife, chopping knife and take home containers.  Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON

 

TUILES                                                                                 FEE: $30
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esday , 6:30-9:30 p.m.                                   (plus $15 mat. fee due at reg.)
(1 sess. Apr. 28)                                                   Ramsey High School (Rm 102
)

French in origin this wafer thin and delicate cookie is often served with tea or acts as a light accompaniment to another dessert. Martha Stewart features these all the time! Delicious and sharable, come join Kim to learn the tricks you need to master tuiles. Bring to class: apron, dish towel and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON


 

SPRINGTIME GRILLING                                             FEE: $60
Thursday
, 6:30-9:30 p.m.                                       (plus $45 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess. May 14 & 21)                                              Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Keep your home cool while cooking outside. Grilling is easy, fun and lets not forget flavorful. On our first night we will prepare beef kabobs with fresh vegetables and our second night will feature grilled swordfish. Before we grill our vegetables, we will create a homemade marinade to toss with our colorful zucchini & peppers, tomatoes and onions. We will then grill fresh fruits that are abundant during Springtime. Grilled fruits are not only delicious but also add a beautiful touch to your dish. Bring to class: apron, dish towels, cutting knife and take home containers. InstructorJOSEPH SCILLIERI

 

DIY DRIED HERBS, SPICES and TEAS                        FEE: $30
Thursday,
7-8:30 p.m. (1 sess. April 30)                            Midland Park H.S.

Join Becky Denekamp, an avid homesteader, to learn the fundamentals of dehydrating to preserve your harvest as well as incorporating them into all your food and drinks! Learn the basics of preserving the seasons bounty using a dehydrator! We will discuss how to prepare fruits, vegetables and herbs in different ways to be used weeks, months or even years down the road! You will be provided with the knowledge of replacing costly store-bought fruit leathers, dried herbs and spices, all with your own dehydrated produce! Everyone will get to take home a seasoning herb blend. Instructor: BECKY DENEKAMP

 

SIMPLE HERBAL REMEDIES

Learn how to use commonly-found plants to naturally treat a variety of ailments from poison ivy to anxiety to the common coldWe will discuss plant identification and medicinal value in both classes before learning how to best use specific herbs.  These are hands-on classes and you will be able to walk away with remedies that you made in class!

MAKE & TAKE BOTANICAL TEAS & SYRUPS         FEE: $30
Thursday,
7-8:30 p.m. (1 sess. March 12)             (plus $5 cash mat. fee to instructor)

We will make a syrup that can replace your over-the-counter cold medicine and you will have a chance to make your own mix-and-match tea blend! Instructor: BECKY DENEKAMP

INFUSE & USE BOTANICAL OILS & TINCTURES   FEE: $30
Thursday,
7-8:30 p.m. (1 sess. April 16)            (plus $5 cash mat. fee to instructor)

We will make a lip balm, a body butter, and a tincture from plants you may have weeded from your garden!Instructor: BECKY DENEKAMP

YEAR ROUND GARDENING                                         FEE: $45
W
ednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.                            (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)
(1 sess. March 4)                                                                   Midland Park H.S.

Why settle for frozen or canned vegetables or dried herbs when you can grow your own fresh produce practically year-round here in New Jersey? Its easier than you might think.  Well discuss techniques to get you started from the simplest window sill garden to hot house gardening and everything in between. Knowing which varieties to plant and when can make all the difference. These time-tested and proven techniques will have you amazing your friends and neighbors as you harvest vegetables just when they are beginning to plant them!   We always have a great Q & A session at the end of the class and our gardeners share their success stories as well as questions. Join us for a fun-filled evening! Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

INTRODUCTION TO SQUARE FOOT GARDENING        FEE: $45
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ednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.                       (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)
(1 sess. March 11)                                                                 Midland Park H.S.

If you want to have the prettiest flowers and eat the freshest, tastiest, and most healthy produce ever, but hate to weed and dont have much time to spend in the garden each day, then youre in luck. A SF Garden is: 50% of the cost, 20% of the space, 10% of the water, 5% of the seeds, 2% of the work and 100% as much harvest as a traditional back yard row garden. It makes gardening success easy. No weeding. No digging. No tilling. No kidding! Is your backyard soil as hard as a brick? No problem! You wont be using it in your raised beds, and as a bonus the soil is totally organic! Join us for a light and fun-filled evening of useful gardening information, class participation and a question and answer session. You will be amazed to learn what you can grow all year long by using some of our simple tricks. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

INTERPLANTING AND SUCCESSION PLANTING          FEE: $45
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ednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.                               (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor) (1 sess. March 18)                                                                 Midland Park H.S.

Plant basil or carrots by your tomatoes for a better harvest and better tasting tomatoes, but dont plant anything in the onion family near your peas or you will stunt their growth! Sounds crazy but its true. Gardeners and farmers have known this for hundreds of years. The proper layout of your garden patch will greatly enhance its productivity and taste. Knowing what to plant next after harvesting one type of vegetable in your garden is just as crucial. Each plant variety has different requirements. This course will teach you how to successfully do both for a productive and disease and pest resistant garden. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

SPROUTS, MICROGREENS & BABY GREENS                 FEE: $45
W
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dnesday 7-9:30 pm                                       (plus $30 cash mat. fee to Instructor)
(1 sess. March 25)                                                                 Midland Park H.S.

Together well explore the differences between sprouts, microgreens and baby greens and how to grow all of them year-round in your home. Sprouts have very important health properties due to their high levels of nutrients and enzymes, which give our body valuable energy to detox and strengthen our immune system. Broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50 times more nutrients than mature broccoli and have sulfora-phane, a powerful anti-cancer compound that helps fight and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Every participant will plant a tray of organic broccoli sprouts to take home. We will also discuss the benefits of growing and juicing wheat grass which is another powerhouse for good health. Join us for a fun-filled evening of tips for living a healthier life. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

SEWING - BEGINNERS (Ages 14 & up)                        FEE: $135
M
onday, 6:30-9 p.m. (9 sess. beg. Feb.24)(no class 4/6) Midland Park H.S.

Students will learn the basics of sewing including seams, hems, zippers, buttonholes,pattern selection & layout. Each student is required to bring their own sewing machines with instruction manual in order to learn how to operate them more effectively. Please bring it the first night of class along with a 3 ring binder and a ½ yard of muslin fabric. Class limited to 14 students. Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND

 

SEWING - ADVANCED (Ages 14 & up)                        FEE: $135
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ednesday, 6:30-9 p.m.  (9 sess. beg. Feb.26) (no class 4/8)  Midland Park H.S.

Advanced sewing techniques will be taught. Prerequisite for this class is sewing for beginners. STUDENTS MUST HAVE SEWING EXPERIENCE!  Students should bring their own sewing machines and a project to the first class. Class limited to14 students. Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND


UPHOLSTERY – BEGINNER                                                FEE: $145
(SR CIT $138)
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. (8 sess. beg. Feb. 18.)              ($30 mat. fee due at registration) (No class 4/7)                                                                                                             Ramsey High School (Shop) Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School. Register through M.P.C.E.

Heres your opportunity to learn how to upholster and master the tricks of the trade. Work on your own piece (we suggest a small piece: small chair, ottoman). Professional work is expensive; save a lot of money by learning to do it yourself. You will receive a survey via your email. Please keep a current email address in your student profile. Material fee: $30 material fee payable at time of registration. Larger pieces (i.e. loveseat, armchair, etc.) will incur an extra material fee applied at class time. Park at Ramsey High School,256 E. Main St. Parking Lot next to football field.  Instructor: GREG GEORGI

 

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