Learning & Growing

Art/Watercolor Classes (SRJC)

Santa Rosa Junior College offers 2 free classes in Water Media. Students may use watercolor, pastels, acrylics or other media, excepting traditional oil paints. Beginning painters will learn something of the basics of painting and how to handle their materials. More experienced painters can expand their knowledge of techniques and materials. All students will be able to sharpen their skills of perception and be able to better express themselves, helped by a greater understanding of the principles of design and composition. These classes fill up fast!


Beginners who have never knit and those who want to start again after a long hiatus can pick up their needles and get started with our patient instructor and small class setting. We often have donated yarn to share! Meets Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Marie Utnehmer is a passionate knitter who fell in love with the craft after learning to knit 10 years ago. She then taught her own children to knit. Four years ago she began teaching at a local Sonoma school. Since then she has taught at several schools, art studios and private homes in Sonoma. Marie loves sharing her passion for knitting and making things with everyone.


Vintage House language classes (French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin) are a great way to learn something new, continue your education in a language with which you have experience and use your language skills in a social learning environment. Read more about all of our language classes.


The iPhone and iPad classes are taught in group with a maximum of 10 students to give more attention to individual needs. We start with iPhone and iPad basics and have progressed to include classes on how to learn to use Apps and organize photos. Classes and private tutoring are available. Call for upcoming class dates. Vintage House also offers individual PC tutoring. Call to schedule a free 30-minute session with our instructor Al Iapicca.

Technology Instructor: Skye Hallberg (iPhone and iPad Tutorials) is a veteran of the advertising and technology worlds. A graduate of Scripps College (Phi Beta Kappa), Skye has held positions in advertising and marketing, including stints with Procter & Gamble, DDB Worldwide and Young & Rubicam Advertising, Skye has owned Apple products since 1984 and is an avid technology geek who loves to help people. She runs a technology tutoring business focused on Apple products, specializing in tutoring the “over-50” crowd. She speaks English, French and Danish, and refuses to speak “Technobabble.” Check our schedule for the next class.

Skye on technology

Lifelong Learning

We continue to look for new topics and instructors to offer classes in history, art, dance, music, sports, technology and other areas of interest. If you’re a dynamic presenter and interested in providing a class at Vintage House, please contact Program Manager Marissa Fitrakis at ext. 30.

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Our history classes are very popular. From early Elizabethan periods to 20th Century European and American history, our seniors love history! Watch our website and schedules for the newest classes.


Music history and appreciation, VH Singers, Ukulele, and opportunities to donate your musical talent.


Art appreciation lectures and hands on classes to help find the artist in you. There is something for everyone!


The History of Baseball, History of the San Francisco 49ers.


The ukulele sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Our “Uke” class is for continuing students and those who have played instruments in the past. Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Alan Freeman got his start in music with piano lessons as a child. At 14, he picked up guitar, which he played in rock bands and theatrical productions through graduation from college. He then launched a business career and guitar became his primary, life-long, hobby. Alan purchased his first ukulele in Hawaii in 2011, to which guitar techniques readily transferred. He continues to study guitar and plays regularly with an informal group that performs occasionally.
Writing Group & Writing Class

With an instructor-led session of Writing Class, you will be given a more structured approach to finding your voice, whereas the Writing Group is a way to share and get feedback from other writers. Depending on what your skill and comfort levels may be, one or both of these groups will help you hone your craft or simply get started. Writing Class is held Wednesday morning, 10-11:30 a.m. and Writing Group is Wednesday afternoon from 2-3:45 p.m. The Writing Class is taught by Yvonne Lyerla. The Writing Group is self-directed.

INSTRUCTOR: Yvonne Lyerla has been involved with teaching in a variety of literature and language programs for many years. In college (UCLA, UC Berkley) she majored in English, including academic and creative writing. After earning her teaching credentials, she taught English at the middle school level in Vallejo and Napa before going back to school at Sonoma State. There she earned her Master’s degree in English and a teaching degree in Special Education.