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The San Diego Public Library, in partnership with California Coast Credit Union, will host its 3rd How-To Festival on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 14 San Diego Public Library locations. The How-To Festival is an interactive community educational event with something for everyone and for all ages. 
Participating libraries will host a variety of free community presentations and workshops throughout the day. Attendees will learn everything from how to dance the jitterbug, how to complete an advance care directive, how to overcome stress with yoga and meditation, how to draw Pokémon characters, how to roll basic sushi, and much more.
As a celebration of experiential and peer-to-peer learning, the How-To Festival presenters are community experts from all walks of life.
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When: Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


  • Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library
  • Balboa Branch Library
  • Central Library
  • Clairemont Branch Library
  • Logan Heights Branch Library
  • Mira Mesa Branch Library
  • Mission Hills Branch Library
  • Mountain View/Beckwourth Branch Library
  • Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library
  • Pacific Beach Branch Library
  • Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library
  • San Carlos Branch Library
  • Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library
  • Tierrasanta Branch Library


  Stay tuned for a complete listing of the 2018 How-To Festival workshops. Below is a listing of workshops from the 2017 How-To Festival.

Central Library

330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-5800

People dancing

11:00 a.m. | How to Prepare for your Next Trip
Presenter: Magda Tamulski | Learn quick and easy techniques to prepare for your travels in the U.S or internationally. (20 mins)
11:00 a.m. | How to Improve Your Health and Well-Being with Laughter Yoga
Presenter: Antolin Rodriguez | Learn the importance of laughter in maintaining holistic health and creating joy, happiness, and peace. (45 mins)
11:00 a.m. | How to Play Chess and Increase your Brain Power in the Process 
Presenter: Mario Amodeo | Learn to how to play the only sport where size, age, gender and physical ability don’t matter. (45 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to Dance the Jitterbug
Presenter: Jannette Kutchins | Attendees will learn beginning swing dance. (45 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to Appreciate the Art of Star Wars and Enjoy the Films in a New Way 
Presenter: Michael Trigilio | Learn how George Lucas marshaled the talents of the visual artists who created the portfolio of drawings and paintings for the first film that to this day have defined the look of Star Wars. (45 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Arrange a Home Exchange Either Within the U. S. or in Another Country
Presenter: Brock Fisher | Home exchange is a wonderful way to see other parts of our country or other countries by living in someone else's home while they live in yours. (45 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Win at Chess and Become the Next American Chess Prodigy
Presenter: Mark Brooks | Play chess like a grand-master with some of the best players in San Diego.  All skill levels welcome. (45 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Dance the Cupid Shuffle
Presenter: Delia Carroll | Learn how do this popular dance craze whether you call it the Cupid or the Cuban Shuffle. (20 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Play Blues Guitar
Presenter: Dennard Clendenin | Learn the basics on how to play the blues.  No instruments needed but bring one if you want.  Come to enjoy, come to listen. (45 mins)
1:40 p.m. | How to Dance the Electric Slide 
Presenter: Delia Carroll | Learn how to do the most famous line dance of them all originally sung by Bob Marley’s I-Threes back-up singer, Marcia Griffiths. (20 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Make the Best Salsa Fresca 
Presenter: Rosa Duron | Learn an easy way to make salsa in three easy steps and taste the goodness too. (45 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Dance the Salsa
Presenter: Dennard Clendenin | Learn how to dance the salsa for the health and fun of it and join the hottest dance scene in the country. (45 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Keep a Whole Food Diet Simple
Presenter: Robin Frame | Learn how to keep motivated as you keep or transition to a healthy whole food diet and feeling great. (45 mins)

Clairemont Branch Library

2920 Burgener Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110
(858) 581-9935

Piggy bank

11:00 a.m. |  How to Create a Spotlight Profile and Get Found on LinkedIn
Presenter: Mary Fain Brandt | Learn the tips to create an online profile on LinkedIn that will get noticed! (20 min)
11:00 a.m. | How to Plan Your Financial Goals
Presenter: Kathleen Stephens | Learn how to use budgets, and investing to achieve your financial goals. (20 min)
11:30 a.m. | How to Make Your Own Spa Treats
Presenter: Leah Sorenson |  Learn how to use chemical free products and essential oils to make your own spa products like bath salts and sugar scrubs. (20 min)
12:00 p.m. | How to Develop Your Intuition
Presenter: Vessa Rinehart-Phillips |  Learn how to develop your intuition using simple meditation tools, taught by the Director of Intuitive Insights School of Intuition. (45 min)
12:00 p.m. | How to Do Solar Cooking
Presenter: Lynda Marika |  Learn how to cook using the sun with demonstrations of a variety of solar cookers.  (20 min)
1:00 p.m. | How to Shatter the Invisible Wall of Stress with the Breakthrough Method of Tapping
Presenter: Sheila Henry |  Learn how to use this simple but effective method to relieve stress. (45 min)
1:30 p.m. | How to Complete an Advanced Care Directive
Presenter: Barbara Bailey |  Learn how to complete an Advance Health Care Directive to ensure that each of us receives the care we wish to have if we are not able to speak for ourselves.  (45 min)
2:30 p.m. | How to Improve Your Child’s Reading Through Oral Language Skills of “Kitchen Talk.”
Presenter: Elissa Barber |  Learn how to use food themed books to provide a format for reading, questions, and more! (20 min)

Logan Heights Branch Library

567 So. 28th St.
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 533-3968

Apple pie

11:00 am | How To Make Sweet Potato Pie
Presenter: Jimmy Lovett | Learn how to make one of the world’s baddest sweet potato pies! (20 mins)
11:30 am | How To Make German Bells
Presenter: Patricia McFadden | Learn how to make decorative German bells from construction paper. (20 mins)
12:00 pm | How To Start A Nonviolent Resistance Movement
Presenter: Erik Olson Fernandez | Learn about previous successful nonviolent movements in a discussion about what kinds of strategies, tactics and practices are effective for people organizing movements and waging nonviolent resistance campaigns.  (45 mins)
1:00 pm | How To Save a Life With CPR/AED and First Aid Skills
Presenter: Loralee Olejnik | Learn how to save a life with basic skills in CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and first aid, including tourniquets and epi pen administration. Attendees will leave with valuable skills to intervene and help in a medical emergency. (45 mins)
2:00 pm |How To Solarize Yourself
Presenter: Dominic Marostica | Learn how to put together an individual solar system for backyard use. (45 mins)

Mission Hills Branch Library

925 W. Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 692-4910

Chinese calligraphy

11:00 am |  How to Create with the Zentangle Art Method
Presenter: Janet Masey | Learn to create art with the Zentangle Art Method—a relaxing, meditative method that is perfect for kids or adults. (45 mins)
12:00 pm |  How to Write with Chinese Calligraphy
Presenter: Kristen Mulvihill | Learn how to get started writing Chinese characters, the supplies needed, and resources you can find at the library. Receive your Chinese zodiac character and personal name, written in Chinese calligraphy, on paper that can be framed. (20 mins)
12:30 pm |  How to Design Bamboo Architecture
Presenter: Chevard Johnson | Get an overview of designing architecture, arts, and crafts with bamboo. (20 mins)
1:00 pm |  How to Get Started with Ham Radio
Presenter: Anselmo Ruiz-Nevarez | Learn how to get started in amateur radio, including equipment, frequencies, and exam preparation. You can also use one of the instructor’s radios. (45 mins)
2:00 pm | How to Lead Through Creativity
Presenter: Iovanka Todt | Learn techniques in creative problem solving and innovation, which are key skills in personal and professional success. Tackle a topic of your choice and explore ideas using these simple and powerful tools. (45 mins)

Otay Mesa-Nestor Branch Library

3003 Coronado Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154
(619) 424-0474

Woman meditating

11:00 a.m. | Learn the 7 Steps to Financial Fitness
Presenter: Taralyn Rose  and Andres De La Mora |Come learn the 7 steps to financial fitness. (45 mins)
11:00 a.m. | How to Make a Tree of Life Pendant
Presenter: Lucia Denton | Learn how to make a tree of life pendant using beads and jewelry wire. (45 mins)
11:00 a.m. | How to Groom Your Dog 
Presenter: Susan Salinas Ramos | Come watch a demonstration on how to groom your dog. (45 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to hand draw 3D letters with Legible Graffiti
Presenter: James Jepsen | Hand drawn advertising in 3D. (45 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to Make a Mud Pie
Presenter: Rey Fidel | Using Ice cream and graham cracker pie crust to make this tasty sinful mud pie! (20 mins)
12:30 p.m. | How to Make Salsa Fresca 
Presenter: Coco Ríos Fidel | Using organic produce you will learn to make a yummy Salsa Fresca. (20 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Dance the Electric Slide
Presenters: Claudia Salas and Coco Ríos Fidel | Join the fun and tap in to your soul to discover you can move to the most famous line dance, originally sung by Marcia Griffiths. (45 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Zen Doodle
Presenter: Fran Knori | Learn a new relaxation technique by hands-on doodling. (45 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Use Essential Oils to Provide a Soothing Hand Massage
Presenter: Nancy Yeskett | In the ultimate hands-on experience, you’ll use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils to learn a soothing, beneficial hand massage technique. (45 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Breathe Mindfully During Yoga
Presenter: Jose Arredondo | Learn to be mindful of your breathing while practicing yoga movements. (45 mins)

Pacific Beach Branch Library

4275 Cass St.
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 581-9934

Chef rolling a sushi roll

11:00 a.m | How to Make Balloon Animals
Presenter: Cari Edwards | Introductory class will offer step by step instructions on how to twist simple shapes using balloons.
11:00 a.m | How to Finger Knit
Presenter: Eileen Adler | Learn how to use your fingers to knit and crochet!  We’ll supply the yarn, so you just need your fingers and creativity.
11:30 a.m | How to Make a Mexican Fruit Cocktail
Presenter: Cindy Marshall |  Fresh fruit will be sliced and chopped with seasonings added to make a refreshing fruit cocktail.
12:00 p.m. | How to Make Essential Oil Deodorizing Disks
Presenter: Jenna Herman | Easy to make deodorizing disks using essential oil and baking soda.
12:00 p.m. | How to Retire by Design
Presenter: Tony Bayona | Discusses the nuts and bolts of planning for a successful retirement. Goes over some basic principles and concepts.
12:30 p.m. | How to Ferment Cabbage for a Healthy Gut
Presenter: Kathy Hargrove | Discover how fermented foods contribute to a healthier gut. Taste & learn how to make Japanese pickled cabbage (oshinko).
1:00 p.m. | How to Turn Your Initials Into Book Art
Presenter: Lorraine Chuman | Teach attendees the basics of simple book folding and create personalized templates for each attendee to take home.
1:00 p.m. | How to Heal Low Back Pain Naturally
Presenter: Joshua Jagoda | A presentation on the common causes and pathology of low back pain and the steps you can take to heal your back pain naturally or prevent it in the first place! This is a powerpoint lecture.
2:00 p.m. | How to Roll Basic Sushi
Presenter: Christina Wainwright | Learn how to prepare Japanese sushi rice and then roll your own tasty creations.
2:00 p.m. | How to Overcome Stress with Yoga and Meditation
Presenter: Rebecca Johnson | I will present easy practices people can do every day to bring more vitality and relaxation to the body, mind, and spirit.

Rancho Peñasquitos Branch Library

13330 Salmon River Rd.
San Diego, CA 92129
(858) 538-8159

Yarns and crochet needles

11:00 a.m. | How to be a Marine Biologist 
Presenter: Alexandra Warneke | Join a park ranger from Cabrillo National Monument to learn about the Rocky Intertidal Ecosystem and how they give the tide pool animals annual check-ups and use the data to best preserve and protect America's natural resources for everyone to enjoy. (45 mins)
11:00 a.m. | How to Expand Your Energy
Presenter: Suzanne Weeks | Learn how to tap into your own energy field to gain better focus throughout your day. (20 mins)
11:00 a.m. | How to Write Using Calligraphy Pens
Presenter: Luz Culp | Learn about calligraphy and then practice writing yourself! (45 mins)
11:30 a.m. | How To Stay Cool as a Cucumber Before and After Your Next Surgery
Presenter: Kathleen Lisson | Learn techniques to help reduce your anxiety before and after surgery. (20 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to Love Your Self
Presenter: Shikha Rastogi | So many of us go through life trying to meet other people's expectations and lose complete touch with ourselves. Learn how to take a few minutes each day to focus on and rediscover your sense of self. (45 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to Make Homemade Organic Dog Treats
Presenter: Kate Glenn | Get recipes and watch how to prepare tasty, easy, organic Dog Treats. (20 mins)
12:00 p.m. | How to Draw Pokémon GO Characters
Presenter: Janet Yeager | Easy, step-by-step instructions on how to draw popular characters from Pokémon GO. (45 mins)
12:30 p.m. | How to Tie a Scarf in Six Different Ways
Presenter: Parnian Badii | Learn how to tie a scarf with style in six different ways. (20 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Write Your Best Letters and Speeches
Presenter: Samir Kagalwala | Learn easy tips for writing your best letters and speeches. (20 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Make Dirt & Worm Cupcakes
Presenter: Adrianne Peterson | Who said you shouldn’t play with your food?  Learn how to gross-out your parents with dirt and worm cupcakes. (20 mins)
1:00 p.m. | How to Create a “Crochet World's” Largest Granny Square Afghan
Presenter: Katherine Gannett | Learn how to make a crocheted afghan of any size using simple crochet stitches. Yarn & crochet hooks provided and participants may keep the yarn they work on during the presentation. (45 mins)
1:30 p.m. | How to Plant a Succulent
Presenter: Isabel Hess | Learn the simple steps to successfully planting and growing a succulent. (20 mins)
1:30 p.m. | How to Make Your Own Spa Treatments
Presenter: Leah Sorensen | Learn how to use essential oils to make chemical-free spa treatments such as bath salts and sugar scrubs. (20 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Grow Your Own Mini Urban Garden: Growing Organic Veggies in the Tiniest Space
Presenter: Lisa Pieropan | Have a patch of sunlight or bright indirect light? You can grow healthy, organic vegetables in your urban space! (45 mins)
2:00 p.m. | How to Paint and Find Practical Uses for Broken Eggshells
Presenter: Amira El-Khaouli | Put those broken eggshells to practical use and learn how to paint them for decoration. (45 mins)
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