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Best Hand Quilting at Road 2019

August 6th, 2019

Jackie Perry won $2,500 from Sponsor, World of Quilts Travel, for Joy Of Spring.

Best Hand Quilting
Road to California 2019’s Best Hand Quilting Winner

Jackie Perry “loves” to hand quilt. She taught herself the technique in the mid-1980’s and has won numerous awards for her work.  She also loves to teach hand piecing and hand quilting.  In addition, over the past dozen years, she has taught fabric painting, paper piecing, machine quilting and many other techniques. Jackie enjoys designing original work and participating in quilt challenges.  She feels teaching is wonderful, but most of all, she enjoys the fellowship with other quilters.

Best Hand Quilting

Joy of Spring was inspired by Jackie’s fascination with adult coloring books. One coloring book artist, Thaneeya McArdle, gave Jackie permission to create her best hand quilting winner from her coloring book.

This best hand quilting winner took 19 months to complete.  Jackie used Hobbs Tuscany wool batting (which Jackie says is wonderful for hand quilting) and Sulky 12 wt. variegated thread for the entire quilt.  Jackie commented that some people wondered if Joy of Spring was painted. She admitted that it was entirely hand quilted with thread!!  The dense quilting with the variegated thread is what gave the appearance as though  it had been painted. 

Best Hand Quilting

Jackie shared other techniques that she used on Joy of Spring: “The background quilting needed a lot of movement, which I think I achieved.  I used a “quilt as you go” method in creating the quilt.  I wish I had done it as a whole cloth.  Though, in the end, the lace looks very nice to hide the seams.”

Best Hand Quilting

She was getting ready for bed when she decided to check her email and saw that she had been notified of her prize for best hand quilting. Jackie “looked at my husband and said ‘Oh, My goodness!  I just won best hand quilting at Road to California!’  My heart was beating and I was so excited.  I called and texted my daughters and grandchildren and some friends.  It was wonderful!”

What is Jackie’s next quilt project? “I’m currently working on another hand quilting piece and I’ve also started hand piecing a LaPassacaglia quilt.  It’s so intriguing to fussy cut fabric and sew the different shapes together.” In addition, she will be busy teaching her hand quilting skills to guilds and retreats around the country.

These Quilters Give Back At Road to California

August 2nd, 2019

Roadies Give Back is Road to California’s official philanthropy project. Held Saturday night of the show, quilters give back by joining together to make comfort quilts from quilt squares that were made and received before the evening.

This volunteer-led event, gives Road attendees a chance to meet other conference goers, participate in a worthwhile activity, and fill up an otherwise empty Saturday night. Everything that is needed for the quilters to work on the quilts – sewing machines, thread, batting, irons, and backing – are all donated for the activity by some of Road’s vendors.

Quilters give Back

Jeanne and Bruce are from Burbank, California. They’ve been married 25 years and are actively involved in volunteering for charitable causes like the Los Angeles Zoo and Blanketeers. Their giving spirit is what drew them in to Roadies Give Back. While Jeanne has been quilting for 20 years, Bruce does not quilt but he did enroll in a Handi Quilter class during the show. Jeanne has attended Road to California for 18 years and Bruce has accompanied her 10 of those years. Bruce said it “feels good to give back” with Roadies Give Back.  

Quilters give Back

Anne and Justine have been neighbors for over 40 years. Anne has been quilting for 25 years and Justine for 40 years. They quilt together at home “every couple of days.” Anne’s garage has turned in to a quilting “studiage.” They love going on “quilting adventures together.”  Road 2019 was their second time at the show. They saw finished Roadies Give Back quilts in the South Information Booth and decided they wanted to see what the quilters give back activity was all about and be a part of it.  Justine commented, “Tonight is fun!”

Quilters give Back

Another Burbank resident, Ailette, also does a lot of charity work. She was attracted to Roadies Give Back because she has lost friends and relatives to cancer. She and her friends made 35 quilt squares for the event. Ailette thinks Road to California is “wonderful. It is a great time to collaborate with others and see fun ideas.”

Quilters give Back

Illinois resident, Caroline, has been to Road to California 18 times. She has been quilting for 19 years. Caroline felt Roadie Give Back was a “good thing to do” while she was at the show.

We are again putting out the call for quilters to join in with Roadies Give Back at the 2020 show. If you are interested, please register on our registration page:   https://online.roadtocalifornia.com/   

Comfort Quilts For Cancer Patients

July 30th, 2019

In 2017 and 2019, Road to California hosted special evenings for guests to share their time and talents in giving back to the local community. Their philanthropy activity, Roadies Give Back, allowed quilters – whether or not they attended the show — to participate in creating comfort quilts for cancer patients receiving treatment at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at Pomona Valley Hospital in Pomona, California. To date, almost 200 quilts from these Roadies Give Back activities have been donated to the center.

comfort quilts for cancer patients

Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center

Why was the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center chosen to receive the comfort quilts for cancer patients? Road’s Show Owner, Matt Reese, explained, “My mother, Shellee Reese, is the Administrative Director at the center where we donate the quilts, so it truly is all about giving back to the cancer patients in our area.” He continued, “Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way which gives this project even more personal meaning.”

Matt and Shellee Reese

Roadies Give Back is totally volunteer driven

Matt also shared that another reason Roadies Give Back is so special is because it “is fully organized and executed by some of Road’s volunteer staff members.” These volunteers take it upon themselves to get the word out to individuals and guilds about Road’s comfort quilts for cancer patients, distribute the block pattern, organize the collection of blocks and quilt tops, and oversee the Saturday night event where the quilts are put together and quilted. After the event, they arrange for quilters to finish any leftover quilts and of course, the best part, help distribute the comfort quilts to the cancer patients.   One of the Roadies Give Back Chairwomen for 2019, Renée Hicks, commented, “This is something we wanted to get involved with because bringing comfort is a tradition of quilters.”

Roadies Give Back Chairwomen: Margaret Grider, Karen Jones, Renée Hicks, and Nancy Lewis

Delivering 2019 Comfort Quilts for Cancer Patients

Earlier this year, Road to California delivered the comfort quilts for cancer patients at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center. Six patients personally received their quilts that day.

comfort quilts for cancer patients

The rest of the quilts will be given out to patients throughout 2019.

comfort quilts for cancer patients

Seeing the smiles on the patients’ faces is the best reward for this project. Merlie Pantaleon, a Registered Nurse and Manager of the Oncology Unit at Pomona Valley Hospital, has watched patients both years receive their quilts. “This program is such a great thing for our patients. They really love it and are really excited.”

comfort quilts for cancer patients

Roadies Give Back for our 25th Anniversary Show

Due to the overwhelming success of this event, Roadies Give Back will be returning as one of the special events happening at Road to California 2020 – 25th Anniversary Show, January 23-26, 2020. The same team of volunteer staff members will be overseeing the project and are once again sending out a call for block makers, binders, and longarm quilters to assist in the effort. Matt hopes that quilt guilds and quilt councils will especially want to participate. “We can give a meaningful experience to the various charity groups and they don’t have to worry about the logistics of carrying it out.”

If you are attending Road 2020 and are interested in participating in the 2020 Roadies Give Back Special Event, register online at: https://online.roadtocalifornia.com/

Roadies Give Back 2020 will be using the same block pattern as last year. Anyone interested in making blocks for this year’s project can get started today.

comfort quilts for cancer patients

How many blocks for our comfort quilts for cancer patients will you make for 2020?

Elvis Quilts Were In The House

July 26th, 2019

Did you catch Elvis at Road 2019?

Elvis quilts

A Special Exhibit, Inspired by Elvis, featured scenes from the life of Elvis Presley. The Elvis quilts were made by numerous quilt artists from around the world who all memorialized Elvis in fiber.

Elvis quilts

Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto curated the Elvis quilts exhibit. Her previous challenges included Inspired by Endangered Species; Inspired by the National Capitol Region, Inspired by the National Parks and Inspired by the Beatleswhich had previously been shown at Road to California 2016.

Donna shared on her website how she got the idea for this Elvis quilts project: “Truth be told, Elvis was my first crush. I was eight years old and living in Fort Richardson, Alaska. Three of us were named Donna in my second grade class, it was the year of the Great Alaskan Earthquake, the Beatles had performed for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show, and for my birthday that year, I had my first slumber party. We went to see the opening of Viva Las Vegas at the movie theater on Post, and that was the moment when six best friends and I decided we would all marry Elvis. We contemplated the moves of Ann-Margret but decided our bodies would never be able to move those ways. Nevertheless, we made big plans amid giggles and whispers. Fast forward several decades later… The project called “Inspired by the Beatles” was wrapping up, and fiber artists who had made Beatles quilts wanted to know what was next. My son Andy was visiting Graceland and called me, from the line to go into the mansion. ‘Mom! You should see all of the people here! Your next project… you’ve got to do Elvis!’  And so, the next challenge was born.”

There were 95 art Elvis quilts in the exhibit, all created using a wide variety of materials, techniques, expertise and interpretations. Each quilt measured 36″ x 36″ and portrayed an aspect of Elvis’s life, or a particular song or movie.

 Elvis quilts

Guests at Road had a fun time guessing the names of the Elvis movies and songs depicted in the Elvis quilts.

Elvis quilts

Road looks forward to presenting more unique and unusual Special Exhibits at our 25th Anniversary Show, January 23-26, 2020.

Mystery Quilting Class

July 23rd, 2019

Have you tried a mystery quilting class? Students register to attend a class where all they know is that they will be making a quilt in a certain size, but the design remains a mystery until the class is over.  

mystery quilting

Road to California’s version of a mystery quilting class is Mt. View Mystery.  This popular class was offered for several years then taken off our class schedule until its return in 2019. Mt. View Mystery is always taught by exceptional quilters who bring pre-cut kits to purchase, eliminating the need for students to find, buy and cut out their fabric before coming to class.    

Road’s Mt. View Mystery quilting class is also unique because it is offered at night, beginning at 6:00 PM and running until midnight. After all, what is more mysterious than the midnight hour?   

Charlotte Angotti taught Mt. View Mystery at Road 2019. Many of her students were familiar with Charlotte’s mystery quilting class and her quarterly Mystery Kit Club. Some of them brought mystery quilts they had made in Charlotte’s past classes to share.

Kim had attended 3 past mystery quilting classes of Charlotte’s, in Long Beach (twice) and Myrtle Beach.

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Sea Glass
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I Got The Ocean Blues
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Tutti Fruity

Jodi had gone to Charlotte’s class in Houston in 2015.

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Last Dance

Why do these students keep taking mystery quilting classes? Because they like the thrill of not knowing what it is they are creating; they love using pre-cut pieces, and they enjoy the slower pace where they don’t feel like they have to race through the project. Charlotte also gave encouragement for why to keep on trying mystery quilting classes. She said, “your current mystery quilt may not be one of your favorites but keep coming back because you are bound to discover one you love.”

The goal of a mystery quilting class is to get the students comfortable in completing the reoccurring block.  Steps for the block is taught in order. Written instructions are accompanied by a hands-on demonstration of each step. At the end of class, the finished design is revealed as well as finishing tips on how to put the blocks together.  

mystery quilting

Mt. View Mystery for Road 2020 is being taught Wednesday and Thursday evenings by Patricia Yamin, a familiar face to Road to California attendees. She has taught many classes in the past as well has been a vendor with her business, Come Quilt With Me.  Pat is the most entertaining and fast-talking instructor around. Students will be laughing and learning all night long. The mystery quilting patterns are different for each evening’s lap-sized top projects.

Solve the mystery and join in the fun. For more information about the Mt. View Mystery classes, visit our website.  

Couples Enjoying Quilts

July 19th, 2019

Road to California is a great place for couples to spend time together enjoying quilts and quilt products.

couples enjoying quilts

David and Sally are a quilting couple. Sally has been quilting for over 30 years while David is relatively new to quilting. He started about 3 years ago after he retired. He had nothing to do at home and was tired of just watching his wife quilt. They had always gone to quilting events together, so he figured, why not start myself. As he puts it, “Sally lured me into it.” Sally comes from a family of sewers; her grandmother and mother both sewed and now she is teaching her granddaughter to sew.  They both participated in last year’s Roadies Give Back, making 30 squares between them. David has attended Road to California for five years with Sally. Sally has gone to the show an additional five more times, sometimes volunteering with hanging quilts. They also have ties with a member of the Reese family- the family who started Road to California. David and Sally used to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles with Mike and Shellee Reese, the parents of Road’s current owner, Matt Reese.

couples enjoying quilts

This foursome not only are couples enjoying quilts at Road to California, but they are related couples too. Diane and Brian are from Santa Rosa, California and Craig and Pat live in Irvine, California. Craig and Diane are brother and sister. They chose Road to California 2019 as a place to not only enjoy quilts and quilt products but to spend family time together. Pat and Diane have both been sewing since their youth. Their husbands assist them with their quilting. While Craig’s hobby is woodworking, he finds time to help Pat as a “color commentator and design consultant.” Brian says he is the CEO of Diane’s quilt hobby. “I Carry Everything Out!” While Pat has been to Road more than 14 years, Road 2019 was Diane’s first time. (When these couples were looking for a place to meet-up, Diane asked Pat if she ever heard of Road to California). Diane said, “Road was a lot more than I expected.” Why does Pat keep coming back? “I like the variety and quality of the quilts.”

couples enjoying quilts

First time Road to California attendees, Ann and Mick, came to the show because they wanted to see everything quilts. Ann has just been quilting for three years and was excited to see what the over 220 vendors had to offer. Mike liked seeing the “end results” of hard work. He supports Ann by going to quilt shows and fabric stores. They have quickly become one of “those couples enjoying quilts” displayed at the show.         

Will you and your significant other be one of the many couples enjoying quilts at Road to California 2020- 25th Anniversary Show?

Support for Quilt Guilds

July 17th, 2019

Did you know there is a state-wide organization in California that offers support for quilt guilds?

The Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds was formed to provide information and resources to give support for quilt guilds in the areas of legal, philanthropic, and financial concerns. The Council also provides affordable insurance to quilt guilds for their events and organizes statewide charitable quilt activities.

Currently there are 95 member guilds, from Morro Bay to San Diego. They attend SCCQG meetings designed to give support for quilt guilds four times a year. The first meeting of each year is a “Meet the Teacher” event where guilds can meet and pick from over 50 teachers to come and present at their guild meetings. The Council’s July meeting topic was on guild finances and in October, they will be hosting Road to California’s Social Media Consultant, Caryn Payzant, who will speak on the value of social media for quilt guilds. Their final meeting for 2019 giving support for quilt guilds will be on the “nuts and bolts” of quilt guild meetings.   

Sonia Das has been President of SCCQG for the past 3 years. She is a member of the Antelope Quilters Guild located in Citrus Heights which is just north of Sacramento.   

Support for Quilt Guilds

The Antelope Quilters Guild was founded 24 years ago and currently has 60 members. Providing quilts for various charities is one of the guild’s goals. In 2018, they gave away 223 quilts with 60 of those quilts going to survivors of last year’s Camp Fire in Paradise, California.  

Logo for Antelope Quilters Guild

“A Quilted Year of Cheer,” was the guild’s opportunity quilt on display at Road to California 2019.

Support for Quilt Guilds

It was made up of 12 mini quilts designed by Nancy Halversen plus one original design. Four guild members put the quilt together. What makes this quilt unique is that the mini-quilt panels are snapped on to the backing and can be moved around on the quilt or can even be hung separately.

Support for Quilt Guilds

The quilt won 2nd Place in the 2018 California State Fair. The guild has been selling raffle tickets for the past two years and plans on holding the drawing for one lucky winner at their meeting held in August 2019.

Participating in a quilt guild is a great way to share your passion for quilting and giving back o the community. To make sure quilt guilds follow California state guidelines for non-profit organizations, it’s reassuring to know that the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds is there to offer support for quilt guilds.

Does your State have a watchdog organization that gives support for quilt guilds in your area?

Double Quilt Winner at Road 2019

July 11th, 2019

Flora Joy was a double quilt winner, receiving TWO prizes for her winning quilts at Road to California 2019.

Flora’s top prize was for the Most Humorous Quilt, From Rags to Stitches. She won $1,000 from Sponsor, BlocLoc Rulers – USAUS INC 

double quilt winner

A Unique Twist

What made From Rags to Stitches so fun was that it was made from re-purposed items such as a bra, a men’s tie, shoestrings, loose threads, garment labels, upholstery fabric samples, feed sacks, mesh produce bags, jeans, and zippers. Underneath each Dutch Doll figure, is the story behind that square.

double quilt winner

Flora was inspired for her unique design from her quilting journey which started when she was in her 40’s after growing up watching her mom quilt in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. “It seems that I have NEVER discarded a scrap of fabric in my life—whether it was used for a garment or a quilt. When my wonderful mom passed away, I brought all HER scraps to my house and added them to MY already-enormous collection. As I did so, it dawned on me that I had quite a “fabric history” and—thus—my FABRIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY began developing in my mind. Because I had slept under a Dutch Doll quilt during my entire childhood, I stitched these quilt blocks in that shape. This quilt design actually DOES reflect the fabric periods in my life.”

It took Flora three years (from the time she began stitching) to finish From Rags to Stitches. She didn’t set any goals pertaining to when she wanted it completed. For each quilt block, Flora says she had to learn and re-learn LOTS about free-motion quilting and other techniques. And along her journey, she kept reminding herself that “quilting should be FUN!!!!!”

Flora also received $500 from Sponsor, Pfaff, for Night Trawlers, the Third Place Winner in the Fantasy Category.

double quilt winner

Quilting a Famous Painting

Regarding Night Trawlers, Flora said that she likes to challenge herself with the “impossible” regarding quilting.

Over the years, she has toured various art galleries around the world and she “gradually” became enthralled with the idea of “quilting” a famous painting. She wanted the artist to be LIVING, so she took some time to explore current artists. By chance, she stumbled on Robert Connett’s work, and he “very graciously” encouraged Flora to stitch one of his paintings. He gave her several choices to pick from and she thought that Night Trawlers was one she could build some curriculum skills around.

After transferring the design onto fabric, Flora began exploring how it could be turned in to a wall quilt. Flora commented that it provided a “FABULOUS” opportunity to do free-motion quilting AND creative borders. She said, “I loved every second of making this quilt, and I especially like the dangling curriculum cards!”

The Joy of Being a Double Quilt Winner

How did Flora react when she found out she was a double quilt winner at Road 2019? “I’m betting you heard my loud squealing (here in Tennessee) all the way out there in California!!!! Just getting ACCEPTED in the ROAD show was thrilling! Getting TWO quilts accepted was cartwheel-turning!! Getting TWO RIBBONS resulted in that high-decibel-cheering you likely heard on your side of the states! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Giving Back

What did Flora plan to do with her prize money from being a double quilt winner? Flora replied that she considers herself fortunate to be able to win quilt awards, so she has always “given back” the money she has received from these endeavors. The recipients vary—from her own local quilt guild, to college scholarships, to helping family members with their struggles. Flora views this as a “pay it forward” transaction, and she is enjoying seeing the benefits.

Flora’s loves quilting. “I have the BEST HOBBY IN THE WORLD! How fortunate can one woman be??? My goal is to continue making FUN quilts in a JOYful manner—and hopefully continuing with interactive design styles, especially when YOUNG LEARNERS can get involved.”

Congratulations Flora Joy for being a double quilt winner at Road to California 2019.

Meet Road Vendor: Wooly Felted Wonders

July 9th, 2019

Wooly Felted Wonders has transformed wool in to a hot, hot, hot tool for quilters. This natural fiber is easy to work with and lasts forever.

Thea Jirak, owner of Wooly Felted Wonders, first discovered that wool was a great pressing tool when she was growing up. Her dad was in the military and her family moved around a lot. Frequently, ironing boards weren’t available, so her mom would take out her dad’s wool army blankets and press on top of them. Thea’s memory of this practical and useful tool stuck with her as she moved on, later opening a quilt store in the Portland, Oregon area.

Wooly Felt Wonders

A few years ago, Thea saw wool dryer balls popping up in retail. They were advertised as a tool for drying clothes faster and Thea began wondering why they weren’t being touted in the quilting industry. Thea found the dryer balls aerated the laundry more efficiently, speeding up the drying process. Consequently, quilts didn’t need to stay in the dryer as long. She also discovered that the wool dryer balls minimized static electricity and the lanolin in the wool helped reduce wrinkling.

Giving back to the World Community

Thea began selling her handmade, 100% New Zealand Wool Dryer Balls as Spring Market in 2017. She was the only vendor for this product at the show. Today, Wooley Felted Wonders Dryer Balls are manufactured by women in Nepal who are still struggling after that country’s devastating earthquakes in 2005.  Through this business partnership, Wooly Felted Wonders is supporting fair trade, empowering Nepalese women to enter the workforce and enhance their professional/business skills, and ultimately giving back to the world community.

Other Wool Products Made in the USA

Product development is Thea’s “passion.” After Wooly Felted Wonders Dryer Balls took off, Thea began working on other natural wool product lines designed specifically with quilters in mind.

Remembering her mom’s Army wool blanket pressing experience, Thea created a Wool Ironing Mat. The wool texture holds on to fabric, allowing for even, crisp ironed seams for quilt blocks. The mats come in several sizes. The 13-1/2” mat is handy to take along to quilt classes and retreats as it is the perfect size for pressing 12” squares. In addition to the ironing mats, the company also makes custom cut ironing board covers.  

Wooly Felted Wonders at Road to California

Following the success of the pressing mats, Wooly Felted Wonders next big item was their Wool Pressing Bars. They were developed with Modern Quilters in mind as an aid to pressing open multiple seams. They are handmade by Thea’s husband.  

Their latest wool product for quilters is their pin cushion.

Wooly Felted Wonders at Road to Calilfornia

Wool Bag Challenge      

Earlier this year, Thea teamed with Moda Fabrics for a Wool Bag Challenge. Participants had to make large tote bags from wool. The Finalists were displayed in the Wooly Felted Wonders Booth at Road to California and winners were announced at 2019 QuiltCon. Prizes for the winners included a Bernina 535 for first place and a Bernina 330 for the second-place winner. Thea said the response was “phenomenal” and she hopes to bring back the Challenge again in the future.

Vending at Road to California

Wooly Felted Wonders at Road to California

Thea thought Road 2019 was “fantastic.” She enjoyed interacting with the guests and quickly became known as “Mrs. Wooly.”

To learn more about Wooly Felted Wonders, please visit their website.  

Registration Guide: Road to California 2020

July 5th, 2019

Each year we publish a tutorial for you to learn how to register for classes at Road. We have created an entirely new tutorial for you this year.

How to Log In

Navigate your web browser to https://online.roadtocalifornia.com. Our system works best with the following web browsers: Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is free to download across most operating systems. We do not recommend using Google Chrome.

If you have registered for classes before, or had an account with Road to California use your email address and password that you have previously used.

Forgot Your Password?

If you have forgot your password, click on the link Reset your password in the teal box where you entered your Username and Password.

Complete the form. If you have moved, you may need to use your old zip code. Please follow the password instructions on the forgot password page. Once you have completed the form, click SAVE CHANGES.

You should now be able to log in using your new password and your email.

Need to Create an Account?

If you have NOT taken classes before, you will need to establish a new account. To do so, click on create an account. It is in RED on the home page.

The system will tell you if your email address is already in use. If so, please go back and click on Reset your password.

You should now be able to log into our online system.

You’re Logged In. What now?

You should now see this page.

IF you are on your iPad or Phone you will see three bars on the upper right hand side. Click on those bars to see the menu.

You should see two tabs on the top of the screen. Under ROAD2020, you will see GUEST REGISTER. Hover your mouse over GUEST REGISTER and REGISTER will appear. 

Registration Page

You are now on our online registration page. The page automatically starts the class listing on Monday.

Show Classes on a Different Day

If you want to change to a different day, click on the drop down menu that has the date “Monday January 20th 2020” and choose the dates you want.

Adding Classes to Your Shopping Cart

Adding a class to your registration calendar is super simple. Click “Add to Cart”.

Additionally, if you want to see the photos of read the description, click on any of the Class Titles and a new page will open with the class information for your selected class.

Waitlist Status

We anticipate an even bigger turnout for class registration than last year. Our system has been improved and tweaked for faster performance and we do not anticipate to have the issues we had last year. HOWEVER, classes will sell out within the first 5 minutes of class registration opening. Depending on how long you spend on the registration page, classes may or may not appear as being full. Before you register, the system will check for availability and inform you if one or more of your selections has filled up.

The system otherwise will show you if a class has met capacity. The button will change from “Add to Cart” to “Add to Waitlist”

Payment Information

Once you have selected your class(es) and are ready to check out, scroll down on the page. You will see the Payment Terms box and the amount due. Please complete your credit card information and billing address. Click REGISTER ONLY ONCE. DO NOT CLICK REGISTER MORE THAN ONCE.

Once your registration has been processed you will be taken to a “Thank you For Registering” page.

We send registration confirmations immediately after you register. Due to restrictions with google and other email providers, some of our messages end up in your spam box. Please check there before letting us know you did not receive your confirmation.

Common Problems

A couple of common problems that we see people have.

  • Our system requires each individual to have their own account. If you are registering for yourself and a friend we recommend having two web browsers open on the same computer.
  • Our payment system will decline duplicate payments made within 5 minutes of each other. So if you’re registering a friend using the method described above, please use separate credit cards.
  • Registration fee is not required for waiting lists and events. You should be able to remove it from events if automatically added. There is a known glitch on waiting lists we are working to resolve. Email us if you want the fee removed if you are only on a waiting list.

Lastly, as stated above we anticipate a large crowd on day one of registration. Our staff will be in the office starting at 7:00 AM on Monday to assist you. Registration opens at 8 AM Pacific. Good Luck!