FREE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Like many progressive organization, this year-old network of unpaid teachers and unpaying students has found new energy in Occupy's protests. Unlike many, it's not stumbling when it comes to the next step in the movement. FUSF has teamed with Occupiers to develop its upcoming round of five-week classes, which will start in February. At press time, courses included "Introduction to Political Economy," a class on subversive writers, and Chuck Sperry's "Occupy Art" guide to bringing down the system with propaganda design.
Spring term: Feb. 5-March 4. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Viracocha, 998 Valencia, SF. www.freeuniversitysf.org
IMPACT BAY AREA
Some education strengthens your mind — some education strengthens your soul. Into the latter category falls self defense non-profit Impact Bay Area's free-to-the-public "Introduction to Personal Safety" classes. Open to ages 12 and up at Sports Basements across the Bay Area, the course teaches you how to keep your eyes open when walking the neighborhoods, with the end goal of living life with less fear and more fun.
EAST BAY FREE SKOOL
Not to state the obvious, but we live in the Bay Area. Henceforth, we can stop looking at learning the Spanish language as an extracurricular activity, and more as something that we can do to bring our community closer together. That's exactly the motivation behind the East Bay Free Skool's Spanish-English Collective, an educational meet-up which unites bilingual teachers and students for some real pragmatic, communication-based learning. Free Skool is big on knowledge that brings the 99 percent together — check its website for other amazing free classes, from anti-gentrification workshops to herbal medicine primers.
Various venues, Bay Area. tiny.cc/ebfreeskool
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
At many of CCSF's 10-plus campuses across the city, you can take courses absolutely free of charge — and sign up for them at any point in the semester. What can you learn? GED prep, introductory construction skills, economics, US contemporary writers, and tai chi, to name but a few of the offerings. How has this vast resource network escaped the chopping block in California's beleaguered public school system? We almost don't want to press the issues — let's just sign up while these courses still exist.
Various campuses, SF. www.ccsf.edu
You've planted your own garden, gotten your card, and are committed to heightening endocannabinoid levels in your medical marijuana patient family and friends — but do you really know what you're doing making weed edibles? This marijuana laboratory offers intermittent classes for the cannabis food newbie or vet that teach about quality control, presentation, and applicable regulations.