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Dance, gardening, yoga, field botany, and Thai cooking are among current Rec Office offerings

The Recreation Office is offering the following activities this week. Sign up through the Recreation Office at the East Field House or go to for more information. If you do not have a Wellness Card or are not a UCSC student, there is an additional $5 fee per class.

Dancer Isaura Oliveira

Afro-Brazilian Dance

Thursday, April 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Multipurpose Room, East Field House.
Master teacher, choreographer, dancer, and actress Isaura Oliveira introduces the dances of the Orixas in a class on Afro-Brazilian dance. The warm-up for the class includes a system of progressive physical conditioning, incorporating yoga asanas for muscles, flexibility, strength, and building self-confidence. The dances selected will be from Baiana cultures, such as Orixas, Samba, and Afoxe, and the special movements from Oliveira's own choreography repertoire. Cost is $10.

Small Space Gardening
Saturday, April 23, 2 to 5 p.m.
UCSC Farm & Garden, meet at the Gatehouse at 2 p.m. sharp.
Small spaces, lack of land to cultivate, frequent moving, or lack of experience need not halt all garden adventures. This class will explain all the fundamentals of gardening, including how to think like a plant, what plants grow well in small spaces, and composting/soil fertility. Instructor Darren Huckle is a horticulturist and herbalist who specializes in growing and using edible and medicinal plants. Cost is $15 (instruction); bring a $6 materials fee.

Yoga Workshop: From the Sacrum to the Cranium
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Martial Arts Studio, East Field House.  
Instructor Julie Kimball, who has taught hatha yoga for the Physical Education Department at UCSC for 22 years, will teach a well-balanced routine of postures that prepare for backbends and inversions. These postures can be modified according to each student's ability and choice. A guided relaxation will be offered at the end of the practice. Cost is $18.

Edibles & Medicinals
Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet at the Merrill Baobab Lounge.
Instructor Darren Huckle, a practicing herbalist and acupuncturist, will lead the class in a cruise around campus, through redwood forest, meadows, and chaparral looking at the world of plants, touching upon the skills of a field botanist, including identification, natural history, ecology, and edibility of plants. Bring your field journal or notebook, water, lunch, thermos with hot water (for herb tea), and wear walking shoes. Cost is $18.

Thai Cooking
Thursday, April 21, 4 to 7 p.m.
Communal Kitchen, Village Housing.
Join Jozseph Schultz, veteran of 25 years of Asian cooking, teaching and travel, in a culinary journey to the fast and fabulous world of Thai cuisine. You will learn numerous fast and/or inexpensive specialties of the area, along with shopping and equipment tips. Dishes to be performed include Pad Thai, Wok'd Rice Sticks, Kaeng Kari Khai Chicken Coconut Milk Curry, and more. Carnivores and vegetarians welcome; bring containers for leftovers. Participants will help with clean up. Cost is $32 (includes instruction and full dinner).

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