Special Programs


Calligraphy Workshop

Saturday, February 1
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. FULL
2 to 5 p.m. session - just added!
• $25 for adults; $20 for students (12+) and seniors (55+)

Learn how transform words into calligraphy with instructor Jackie Matosian. Participants will experiment with different letterforms, along with colors and embellishments, to create cards. No prior knowledge is needed—all skill levels are welcome!

Class size is limited. Reservations are recommended. Children ages 12 and up must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Homemade at the Homestead Food Workshop Series 

Saturdays, March 22 & May 10
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Adults: $30 per workshop, or $50 for both.
• Students (12+) & Seniors (55+): $25 per workshop, or $40 for both.

What could be more fun than exploring the history of ice cream and picnicking (aside from tasting treats along the way)? Join chef, educator, and historian Ernest Miller for this duo of Saturday classes, sure to tickle your taste buds. All materials are included; reservations begin February 8.

March 22: Victorian Ice Cream. We all scream for ice cream—especially the Victorian kind.

May 10: Picnicking. Learn about foods worthy of picnics as summer quickly approaches.


Los Angeles During the Civil War Years

Sundays, April 13, July 13, & November 2
• 2 to 4 p.m.
• Free

This three-part lecture series will focus on what life in Los Angeles was like during the time of the U. S. Civil War.

April 13: Paul Spitzzeri, "What a Difference a Decade Makes: Los Angeles in the 1860s" (Reservations begin March 1)

July 13: Kristin Howland, "Tunes of Heaven and Hell: Music of the Civil War, 1861-1865" (Reservations begin May 31)

November 2: Glenna Matthews, "The Civil War at 150: Remembering the California and Los Angeles Stories" (Reservations begin September 13)

Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended!


Sewing Workshop

Saturday, June 21
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• $25 for adults; $20 for students (12+) and seniors (55+)

With instruction from Ginger Alberti and Mike Sabo of Sew Cranky, use a hand-cranked sewing machine to create a cathedral window potholder, with inspiration drawn from tile work. Learn new techniques and skills and have fun sewing on a "green" machine--no electricity needed! All materials (including machines) are provided, and no experience is required.


Holiday Greens Workshops

Sunday, November 16
• Adults: $30 for one session, or $50 for both.
• Students (12+) & seniors (55+): $25 for one session, or $45 for both.

Session 1 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Wreaths

Session 2 (2 to 5 p.m.): Swags

The holiday season is the perfect time to craft wreaths and swags.

Bring a pair of garden pruners, light gloves, an apron, and any garden-harvested branches of your own. Participants will use evergreen branches and additional fresh greens, along with a variety of dried materials, to create their design.

Children age 12 and older can partake in the workshop if accompanied by a participating adult.

Space is limited. Reservations are recommended and begin on October 4.


Under the Oak Tree: Exploring Nature with the Kizh

Saturday, June 28
Saturday, November 22
• 10 to 11 a.m. or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
• Free; reservations required and can be made starting May 17 for the June program and October 4 for the November program.
• In the event of rain, this program will be cancelled.

Join members of the Kizh Gabrieleño tribe for an engaging outdoor program on the grounds of the Homestead. Discover how the Kizh used native plants, what these plants did and still do for our environment, and how you can use them around your home today. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required.