Learn to make eco-friendly beer

Learn to make your own beer, in the most eco-friendly way at the HomeBrewer Lab using patent-pending pot-au-brew. Using less water, less time & less hassle this pot-au-brew will probably be the best beer you have ever tasted.  In this hands-on workshop, you will make your own batch of beer to take home. Taught by scientist and serial inventor, Trong Nguyen. No previous knowledge is necessary.

  • Cost Breakdown:
    $25 – Workshop spectator – Be there and learn the science behind it all.
    $249 – Hands-on workshop and the beer making kit-  Take home the beer you just made and keep the patented pot-au-brew beer making pot to make more beer at home on your own.

Space is limited. To sign up please contact Trong Directly at 916.997.6703‬

About Trong:

Training as a geneticist doesn’t teach you how to whip up a cappuccino or bake a croissant. So when Trong Nguyen decided to open his first La Bou café 25 years ago, he bought himself an espresso machine and spent his evenings practicing. Then he took a weekend job at a French bakery to pick up the boulanger’s art.

“I didn’t go to school to learn how to run a restaurant,” Nguyen says. “But we wanted to create something—to bring people good coffee, good pastry. The public responded to that.”

La Bou now has 26 locations throughout the Sacramento Region, offering salads, soups, sandwiches, pastries, and of course, a mean croissant-cappuccino duo.

Nguyen’s tendency toward the self-taught is evident throughout his umbrella company, World of Good Tastes. Though La Bou was a success, Nguyen had no experience running a “white-tablecloth” restaurant. Nonetheless, he and chef Mai Pham opened Sacramento’s venerable Lemon Grass restaurant in 1988.

But Nguyen didn’t stop there. When he noticed he regularly needed to go to a metal fabricating shop to get custom-designed parts for his restaurants, he bought it. His current venture, which he runs with his wife, two-time Sac State grad Annie Ngo ‘83 (Sociology) MS ’86 (Counseling), is a furniture design and manufacturing company that targets both the restaurant- and home-owner.

Intro to lost wax casting… Ring Demonstration

This class will be a basic intro into the methods and techniques of lost wax casting…

Lost wax is how most of the jewelry you see in stores are made. Basically, you make a wax original put it into a mold then burn out the wax and pour in your metal… There are a few other steps along the way which we will cover in this class. Our goal for this session will be to create an original ring wax design and prep it to be poured into a mold.

The class is free with a 5 dollar suggested donation to cover the cost of the materials. If you want to cast the ring you made it will be an additional 20 dollars. We will do the casting for you this time but there will be classes on the casting process in the future…

Feel free to research any designs or ideas you might have for a ring before you come to class. Lost wax is a very versatile method so let your imagination run wild.

We look forward to creating with you.





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upcyclepop workshop

Upcycle Workshop is back by popular demand! Flip our theater seats into beautiful & original chairs for your home!

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Times: 10 a.m. – End time varies (with the option to schedule a second day to finish the project)
Location: at UPcyclePOP’s Art Lab 7300 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento 95826
Fee: $180/ person

Advanced registration required. This class is limited to 10 participants.

A long-lasting trend in the DIY community is furniture flipping and restoration– and it’s easy to see why! Not only is the life of the piece of furniture extended, but flippers and DIY-ers also get to infuse their own creativity on the project with new paint and fun fabric!

In this upcycle workshop, you’ll gain hands-on experience by updating a chair – specifically, a vintage theater chair straight out of the 24th Street Theater– under the guidance of professional upcycling artist Maureen Hefti. Proper prep and painting techniques will be covered, as well as re-upholstering skills for a fresh look. See us on Studio40 Live talking about this workshop!

The price of the upcycle workshop includes:

***the vintage theater chair (a true piece of local history as these chairs were in the Memorial Auditorium before being moved to Sierra 2 Center)
***hands-on instruction & assistance from professional artists
the tools needed to flip the theater chair into a one-of-a-kind work of art.
***a beautiful wood slab that we will affix your chair to so it is free-standing, secure & portable. (Chairs were originally bolted to the floors of the theater)
***light lunch and snacks provided.

By the end of class, you’ll take home a unique piece of furniture, perfect for your home, and the furniture restoration knowledge for future projects!


We ask that you buy and bring your own paint and fabric so that you can make your chair suit your needs and match your home’s style!

Here’s what you need:

***One quart of chalk paint – ACE hardware carries them with many colors to choose from.
***Fabric – 30 inches in length (most fabric is 54-56” wide) so it should be 30” by 54/56”

About the Artists
Maureen Hefti is a maker going way back. She learned to sew at age 7 and by 6th grade was making most of her clothes. She pulled her first mid-century chair out of a dumpster at age 13, and with the help her mom, a professional upholsterer, she recovered it. Maureen’s sewing interests include quilting, home decor, clothing, and light upholstery work. She attended the University of Utah School of Fine Art and currently works as a metalsmith fabricating fine jewelry at her studio in Sacramento.

About Upcycle Pop
Upcycle Pop is a playful multi-vendor market for artistically re-purposed art, furniture, fashion, home design, and inventions. Shop sustainably from local artists, and play with the interactive art installations. The UpcyclePOP Art Lab is an artist co-working space that hosts workshops and a place to collaborate on larger projects.

Many UpcyclePOP artists have programs that support foster youth, people with disabilities and the elderly. Your support in their art or workshops helps them extend support to these groups making our community healthier, happier and stronger.