Skip to main content

Sound Bites - Issue #15 - November 2014 (NEW)


This Month's Topics:


Michelle King, Director Community and Contract Ed Michelle King, Director
Career & Contract Ed.

Thanksgiving Recipe: Kale & Potato Sausage Soup

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and, though it is a cliché, I am so grateful for so much - particularly our students, instructors, staff and friends.

In that spirit, I offer what I think is a perfect Thanksgiving recipe that steps way outside the bounds of traditional turkey, stuffing and cranberries. It's my personal recipe, and I hope you enjoy it.

Kale and Potato Sausage Soup

Cook time:  25 minutes

  • 4 links sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 medium-large baking potatoes, washed and unpeeled, cut into 1 inch squares
  • 2 to 3 slices of bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped Kale
  • 1 - 3/4 tablespoon chicken base
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


Kale and Potato Sausage Soup

Remove the sausage from the casings and brown in a skillet, breaking up ½ inch pieces; set a side. Sautee onion and bacon in a large saucepan and cook until the onions are tender.  Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.  Add chicken base, water and potatoes, simmer 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.  Add sausage, kale and cream and simmer for 5 minutes more.  Serve hot.


May your Thanksgiving be blessed with abundance.

Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education



Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator, Community and Contract Ed Alice Meyering,
Program Coordinator
Community & Contract Education

What’s New in Winter: Let Me Count the Ways ...

It's been a whirlwind past couple of weeks, trying to finalize the winter class schedule, which many of you have been eager to check out. I'm happy to announce that class schedule is now available online!

And you get a 10 percent discount on all health, fitness and enrichment classes if you enroll before Dec. 15!

For those of you who appreciate instant gratification, you can view the catalog in PDF format, hot off the press, before it hits the snail mail on Nov. 14.  Of course, if you can see the classes online, you can also register online! 

So what's good and what's new for winter 2015, you ask?  Let me count the ways. . .

Winter is our shortest semester and yet we have managed to squeeze in over 10 new classes this time, which augmented our offerings considerably. A favorite among the ladies is Women's Auto Workshop, which will include a new optional component of how to change oil in your very own car - don't miss this! Many workshop students have found this one-day workshop incredibly empowering, but don't take our words for it - come and experience it yourself. The instructor even brings in morning coffee and midday lunch!

Since we featured a mosaic violin in our first student art exhibition (and on our new blog Mindspace), it has caused ripples of excitement and made the mosaic class more popular than ever. So much so that we have created a Mosaic II class for the ever-growing population of continuing students who are working on their own one-of-a-kind projects.

Asian PrintmakingAsian Printmaking

Our current student art show at Bundy features a special exhibit on Asian Printmaking, which gives a broad overview of the great potential this art form holds. Instructor Charlotte Chen came to me in the summer with the idea of creating this class for some of the professionals who have been coming to her for help. We are very happy that we were able to take this class from concept to reality this winter, and we encourage you to come and visit our exhibit before we take it down in January to make way for the new student art exhibition in Spring.

Kaffeeklatsch ohne Kaffee (Coffee and Chat without Coffee) is a rather quaint class, and I must say that we have never done anything quite like it before. However, the creation of this class demonstrates our commitment to the community and the extent we are willing to go to satisfy a calling. 

Ursula Fox/Kaffeklatsch ohne KaffeeUrsula Fox
Kaffeklatsch ohne Kaffee

This class stemmed from one woman's love for her beloved native language, German, and her painful observations over the years how many German expats have allowed their language skills to perish slowly. As someone who is constantly balancing between three languages, I strongly believe any language is too precious a skill to lay waste by simple disuse. I'm calling out all German natives and those who want to maintain their German fluency to come on down to Bundy this winter and join the fun as if you were in the old country!

I could go on and recount all the tales of how each class came into being like a Scheherazade, but you get the idea, don't you? Each of these classes is created with great care and thought - and with the hope they will find an audience with our faithful readers.

Check out the rest of our new offerings listed on the back inside page of our brochure online, and I suspect you will find a class or two that captures your fancy.

Stay tuned for next month, when I tell you how the new Headshots Workshop came about. It was really by accident that I had the most interesting conversation with instructor Brian Leng, whose career took a different turn after his retirement, but you'll never guess what. 

Until then. . . Happy learning!




Thanksgiving Harvest: Student Gratitude & More

Organic Gardening

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we at Community Ed reflect on the many things we are grateful for.

A main source of our gratitude are our amazing instructors and students. And we are especially grateful to those students who take the time to write thoughtful testimonials about their instructors and classes.

In that spirit, we're offering here some of our favorite student expressions of gratitude. We thank all our students who have shown their appreciation - they make us proud.

On Christy Wilhelmi, Organic Gardening

Organic GardeningOrganic Gardening

"Christy's Organic Gardening class was AMAZING! I learned so much, everything I needed to get started. Christy is passionate about organic gardening and incredibly knowledgeable. We learned about the importance of the dirt (I'm convinced this is what's made my garden such a success), about good bugs and bad, how to start seedlings, resources for supplies and much, much more in a fun environment.

"After taking her class, I planted, and four weeks later had a thriving abundant garden. My neighbors were in shock at how fast it grew, so much so that my next door neighbor signed up for Christy's Organic Gardening class at SMC
Community Ed."

- Tia Tuenge

On Neal Yamamoto, Comics & Graphic Novels

Neal Yamamoto's book on drawing comicsNeal Yamamoto's book on
drawing comics

"Neal really takes his time to consider and critique the work of his students as well as offering them different ways to think about and approach the medium of comics. These courses are great primers for those looking to create comics or who need insight and feedback on work they're starting or developing. I'm thankful these courses exist and are affordable. Neal's guidance is invaluable and I look forward to other
course offerings."

- Don Nguyen



Xandria Slater Women's Auto Workshop instructorXandria Slater
Women's Auto Workshop instructor

On Xandria Slater, Women's Auto Workshop

"The class was awesome and I learned so much and now feel a little more confident about my car. More importantly, I know some basic things I can take care of proactively to feel safe in my car. Your class is so important, and I think everyone would benefit from it."

- So Young Kim  



A beautiful image by photography instructor Brian LengA beautiful image by photography instructor Brian Leng

On Brian Leng, Photography & Headshots Workshop

"Brian is one of the most enthusiastic and professional teachers I have ever had the privilege of learning from. Not only does he take time to answer questions, he makes sure to show you exactly what he means by demonstrating with your camera in and out of the studio. Brian is tops among the many photography instructors out there. He encourages students at all levels from the most beginning to the most advanced. Additionally, his long and successful career in the photography business helps bring "real world" experience to his workshops and classrooms. You would be hard-pressed to find a more qualified, helpful, and friendly instructor."

- Amy G.

Bartending instructor Kellie NicholsonBartending instructor
Kellie Nicholson

On Kellie Nicholson, Bartending the Easy Way

"Everything necessary to be a successful bartender was covered thoroughly and efficiently for an extremely reasonable price and time frame. It was a very fun, convenient, memorable and educational experience."

- Chelsea