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Jun 24, 2018
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Community Corner: Continuing Education Brochure

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Winter 2018 Registration, Jan. 9 and 10

  • In-person registration is Tuesday, Jan. 9 and 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at O'Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Rd., Burnt Hills
  • Registration forms and payment may also be mailed to: Continuing Education Director Dacey Bonney, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019
  • Classes begin with week of Jan. 29 (unless otherwise noted.)



Tae Kwon Do 2 You**

Derek Monoghan • $60 ($63 NR) • 8 classes, Mondays & Wednesdays, Feb. 26-Mar. 21 • 5-6 pm (ages 6-12) • 6-7 pm (ages 13 & older) • Pashley Elementary School Cafeteria

Youth Session: Do your children have a lot of energy they need to burn off? Are they having trouble focusing in school? Could their listening skills improve? How about respect for themselves and others? Along with the physical benefits of strength, flexibility, and improved cardiovascular capacity our youth program teaches life skills, modifies behavior, and reinforces character development. It also teaches and instills the core values of Tae Kwon Do: Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. Our class sizes are designed to be small to allow for a more focused and fun learning environment.

Adult Session: We study and teach traditional Tae Kwon Do exercises, techniques, patterns, sparring, and self-defense to persons with all skill levels and physical abilities. Benefits of our program include muscle strength, flexibility, and improved cardiovascular capacity and concentration. Our class sizes are designed to be small to allow for a more focused and fun learning environment.


Hiroko Kawasaki • $70 ($73 NR) • 10 weeks • 5:30-6:30 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

LaBlast is a dance fitness program based on all the dances you see on Dancing With the Stars. It is partner free and anyone can do it. LaBlast is an interval-based, cardio-style workout that will challenge, inspire, and teach you the true skill of dance while “blasting” away calories. It is a multi-level program that allows you to progress at your own rate and is for every age and level. We dance to all music genres, from pop to rock, Latin to country, and everything in between. ($63 for seniors.)

Mastering a Mindset for Peace

Kim Perone • $12 ($15 NR) • Jan. 29 • 6-7 pm • MS Library

Stress is everywhere. Learn how to harness the power of positivity, engage new tools and techniques, expand your perspective, prioritize, and reap the benefits. Join Life Coach Kim Perone from the Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment in Burnt Hills for this one-hour workshop that can change the way you look at things. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change.

College Funding*

Bob Gomez • $12 ($15 NR) • Feb. 26 • 6-7 pm • MS Room 121

I want to save for my child’s college education. So what now? Both the pros and cons for each major saving program will be explored. College costs are a long way away and very scary to think about. However they can be reduced with timely action. This presentation gives the actionable knowledge to make the issue a more manageable event.

Annuities Demystified*

Bob Gomez • $12 ($15 NR) • March 5 • 6-7 pm • MS Room 121

This class explains the current features of annuities. The misinformation and financial gobbledygook will be taken out of the discussion. This will not be what you have heard on the radio but rather will explain how annuities can also be used to as a safe way to save for your future and of your family’s future.

The Power of You**

Kim Perone • $90 ($93) • 4 weeks (Feb. 5) • 6-7:30 pm • MS Library

Join Certified Life Coach Kim Perone from The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment in Burnt Hills for four weeks of empowerment. If clarity, compassion, and contentment are present then fear, chaos, stress, overwhelmingness, and doubt fade away. Aimed at propelling you forward in life and enabling you to live your life with purpose, these four weeks are designed with your highest self in mind. Pave the way for your inspired life! Each week will build upon the previous week and empower you to live your best life. ($81 for seniors.)

Getting Paid to Talk*

Voice Coaches Producer • $15 ($18 NR) • March 19 • 6:30-9 pm • Off site: 26 Vly Road, Albany, 12205

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials, and more this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice over. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play sample recordings from voice over professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. This class is lots of fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field. For more info please visit:

Little known features of life insurance policies*

Bob Gomez • $12 ($15 NR) • March 12 • 7-8 pm • MS Room 121

This class explores the question of how to use life insurance policies as a source of funds. Many people consider life insurance policies a financial burden or a useless item. This course shows how to get the most out life insurance policies which could mean tens of thousands of dollars to owners of the policies at no additional cost.

Basket Weaving: Krista’s oval**

Patti Brousseau • $30 ($33 NR)/session • 4 weeks • Session 1: Jan. 29-Feb. 26 • Session 2: March 5-26 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 103

In this workshop you will make a beautiful basket that incorporates natural seagrass into the design. It measures 6” wide, 11” long, and 14” tall. You will also have time to choose a second basket to work on in class. Please bring an old towel, clothespins, an awl or thin screwdriver, sharp knife (small exacto works well), and a sturdy pair of scissors. A $35 supply fee is payable to the instructor the first night. ($27 for seniors.)

Gentle Yoga** (also available Thursdays)

Chris Darby-King • $60 ($63 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Elementary School Gym

This class is a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body to release stress and tension from joints and muscles. The principles of alignment, breath work, movement, and balance will be introduced. There is an emphasis placed on increasing strength and flexibility, and promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Please bring a yoga mat, small pillow or cushion, and a tie or strap to class. ($54 for seniors.)

Aqua Zumba**

Karen Stern • $70 ($73 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:30-8:15 pm • HS Pool

This class is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine. Less impact on joints means you can really let loose using the water’s natural resistance to tone your muscles. ($63 for seniors.)

Recreational Basketball

Fred Marcelli • $70 ($73 NR) • 14 weeks • 7:30- 9:30 pm • MS Gym

Participants must pre-register for basketball. Class is limited to the first 30 registrations received. Teams are formed each week and play in a non-competitive environment. It’s a great workout!



Planning Your Magical Disney Experience

Colleen Parisi • $15 ($18 NR) • Jan. 23 • 6-7:30 pm • MS Room 109

This course will teach you how to arrange for a magical experience at Disney with step-by-step planning tips. A handout will be shared and there will be time for question and answers. You’ll learn this and much more from a frequent Disney traveler.

Blueprint for Financial Success*

Thomas Lansing • No cost • March 6 • 6-7:30 pm • MS Room 109

What would your family’s standard of living look like if you weren’t there to provide for them? Find out about today’s life insurance policies that not only help with the risk of dying too soon, but also provide “living benefits” that can help with the risk of becoming ill or longevity. Living benefit may be provided by riders available on an annual cost, and may not be available in all states or on all products. Risers are supplemental benefits that can be added to a life insurance policy and are not suitable unless you also have a need for life insurance.

Cake Decorating*

Julie Paul • $20 ($23 NR) • March 20 • 6-8:30 pm • MS Room 105

Have you ever wanted to learn how to decorate buttercream cakes like a professional? In this class you will learn how to fill, stack, and frost a cake. Students will also learn basic cake decorating techniques including borders, writing, drop flowers, roses, and other frosting techniques. You will even take home your beautiful cakes. There is $20 materials fee payable to the instructor at class. Students will need to bring a box or container (at least 8 inches in size) to transport their cakes. For questions contact instructor at Maximum class size is 12 people.

Power of Zero*

Steve Kamen • $5 ($8 NR) • Two Nights: May 1 & 8 • 6-9 pm • MS Room 107

At Mosaic Wealth Strategies we believe there is a massive freight train bearing down on the average American investor and will eventually come in the form of higher taxes. If you’re like most Americans you saved the majority of your retirement assets in tax-deferred vehicles like 401(K)s and IRAs. If tax rates go up how much of your hard-earned money will you really end up with? This is a step-by-step road map for those who qualify on how to get to a 0 percent tax bracket. The course is based on the book The Power Of Zero by David McKnight, which is about effectively eliminating tax rate risk from your retirement picture. Why is the 0 percent tax bracket so powerful? Because if tax rates double two times zero is still zero!

Medicare Made Easy*

Maureen Hallaran from Mosaic Wealth Strategies Group, Ltd. • $5 ($8 NR) • Two Nights: Feb. 27 & Mar. 8 • 6:30-8:30 pm • MS Room 107

Whether you are approaching Medicare age, already on Medicare, or a caregiver who assists parents or elderly relatives finding the right Medicare coverage can be difficult. Having proper knowledge is essential for picking the right plan. At this workshop you will learn the basics about Medicare and its accompanying parts, premiums, and deductibles. Join us as we show you how to evaluate and make an educated decision in choosing your Medicare plan every year with confidence.

Essential Oils 101**

Lyndsay Stein • $10 ($13 NR) • April 24 • 6:30-8 pm • MS Room 105

In this workshop you’ll get an overview of what essential oils are and why they are effective. You’ll also learn how certain oils can benefit your health and self care, as well as how to safely use essential oils (i.e., different application methods, natural cleaning solutions, and how to cook with essential oils). The second part of this workshop is dedicated to making a 5 ml rollerball blend that you take home. A $5 materials fee will be payable to the instructor the night of the class. ($9 for seniors.)

About Boating Safely

Coast Guard Auxiliary • $10 • 4 weeks • 7-9 pm • MS Room 121

This course includes topics such as types of boats, lines & knots, safety equipment, trailering, VHF radios, handling, aids to navigation, rules of the waterway, and weather. Special attention is given to safe operation of Personal Watercraft (PWC). A proctored, closed-book examination is given at the end of the course. Passing the exam qualifies boaters for a course certificate recognized by all states including New York and usually qualifies a boater for a discount on marine insurance. A textbook/study guide is included with the course fee. Fees are $20 for a single student and $5 for each additional family member sharing a book. The class is for persons 10 year of age and older, and the certificate qualifies a young adult to solo operate a powered vessel. However, solo operators of PWCs must be at least age 14 years in New York state. Recent changes to New York regulations require all power boat operators born after May 1, 1996 to carry a safe boating certificate.

Home Buyers Workshop*

Pamela Barnes & Sue Richards • $5 • March 6 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 109

Finding the perfect home can be difficult. Start on the right foot to learn just how much has changed over the years. Educational materials will cover the many ways to finance a home, inspections, contract law, new regulations, pitfalls, type of searches, and pricing. You’ll be guided through a complete timeline—start to finish. A housing inspector, mortgage originator, and attorney will be present to answer questions. For more information, contact the instructor at 518-281-4441.

Continuing Yoga**

Judy Rightmyer • $60 ($63 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Elementary School Gym

This class will focus on yoga postures, meditation, and breathing techniques with a goal of “meditation in motion.” Relaxation and connection to the present moment will be practiced through developing breath and body awareness. Some experience with yoga practice is preferred. Students are asked to bring a yoga mat, a small pillow or cushion, and a lightweight blanket. ($54 for seniors.)

 Beginner/Intermediate cha-cha**

Tom Russell • $90 ($93 NR)/couple • 8 weeks • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

The fun and sensual Cha-Cha can be danced to a lot of modern music and older tunes as well. If you enjoy going out dancing this is a great dance to add to your repertoire. Hard-soled, closed-heel shoes are recommended. ($81 for seniors.)

Recreational Volleyball

Sandy Hutchinson • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:30-9:30 pm • MS Gym

This course is for those who want a medium degree of exercise. Teams are formed each week. We play hard but fun is emphasized. Class is limited to 30 players.

Beginner/Intermediate Hustle**

Thomas Russell • $90 ($93 NR)/couple • 8 weeks • 8:15-9:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

The Hustle can be danced anywhere to music from the 70s to today. This is a party dance, so learn this dance and join the party! Hard-soled, closed-heel shoes are recommended. ($81 for seniors.)



Learn to Meditate

Helene Verdile • $12 ($15 NR) • March 7 • 6-7 pm • MS Library

Have you been wondering what all the buzz is about meditation? Research shows meditation is beneficial for your brain. Learn the “why” of meditation, along with specific types of meditation. Join Guided Meditation Teacher and Certified Life Coach Helene Verdile from The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment for this one-hour workshop that describes the ways in which meditation can positively impact your life, specifically Kundalini meditation, mindfulness, and mantra-based guided meditation. There will be a 20-minute guided meditation session and time for questions and answers.

Chen style T’ai Chi**

Anthony Grimaldi • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 6:15-7:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

Participants will learn a Chen style T’ai Chi routine for better balance and movement. The routine is performed slowly for optimal breathing and to help lower blood pressure. ($45 for seniors.)

New Reverse Mortgage—Is it right for you?*

Burt Farbstein • $5 • Nov. 8 • 7-8:30 pm • MS Room 107

This course will guide you through the relevant facts, dispel old myths, and clarify misconceptions about the current reverse mortgage. But, more importantly, is it right for you and your personal situation? In this course we will go through qualifications, type of mortgages available, different ways you can receive your tax-free cash, impact on inheritance and your heirs, as well as different ways a reverse mortgage can positively impact your life in matters of retirement planning, health-related services, or just improving your overall lifestyle.

Essential Oils 102**

Lyndsay Stein • $10 ($13 NR) • May 23 • 6:30-8 pm • MS Room 107

In this class you will learn how to successfully and confidently use your essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily routine. You will also learn about essential oil supplies and where you can get them. Bring your curiosity, questions, notepad, and your own essential oils (if you wish). Join me to empower, educate, and inspire yourself on how to take control of your wellness lifestyle. A $5 materials fee is due to the instructor the night of the class. ($9 for seniors.)

Rubber Stamping Classes*

Deb Valder • $12 ($15 NR) • 7-9 pm • MS Room 105

Please bring a small pair of sharp scissors and adhesive. A $10 materials fee for each course will be payable to the instructor the night of class. No previous experience necessary. Visit for samples of instructor’s work. (If you want to sign up for all of the classes you may pay with one check but there will be no refunds after the first class.)

Feb. 28: Stamp A Stack of Cards

Beat those winter blues with a great craft. You will be stamping a stack of all-occasion cards and take home two of each card along with the envelopes.

March 7: Dazzling All-Occasion Cards

Men and woman are invited this class where they’ll create dazzling all-occasion cards.

March 21: Cards, Cards & More Cards

In this class participants will create a bundle of cards.

March 28: Card Making With Stamps

Get creative and stamp some amazing cards.

Competitive Volleyball

Mike Merrill • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:30-9:30 pm • MS Front Gym

Participants should have a mastery of basic volleyball skills—bumping, setting, and spiking. Emphasis will be on team play in a competitive environment with designated setters and spikers encouraged. Teams will be formed each night. USA Volleyball rules will be followed and will be discussed during the first session. Class size is limited and participation in the program is based on an individual’s skill level.



Beginner Sign Language*

Kimberly Ward • $25 ($28 NR) • Feb. 8 (10 weeks) • 5:30-6:30 pm • MS Room 309

In this course participants will learn basic signs and the alphabet, be introduced to the hearing-impaired culture, and participate in simple sign language conversations.

Socially Responsible Investing: Align Your Investments With Your Values*

Darren Leader • $5 ($8 NR) • April 26 • 6:30-7:30 pm • MS Room 120

Your values are important to you. Whether you feel strongly about protecting the environment, staying true to your religious beliefs, or fighting human rights violations investors are increasingly concerned about whether their investments line-up with their values and beliefs. This class is designed to give you an educational insight into socially responsible investing, industry trends, and practical ways in which you can go about aligning your investments more closely with your values and beliefs.

Am I ready to retire?*

Darren Leader • $5 ($8 NR) • March 29 • 6:30-7:30 pm • MS Room 120

How do you know if you are financially ready to retire or scale back from work? With so much information regarding how to achieve retirement security there are bound to be a few misconceptions floating around. In this class we identify and unpack some of the most common myths regarding retirement planning, and set the record straight using recent statistics and illustrations. This course will give you important questions that you need to ask yourself, as well as provide you with practical ways to assess your preparedness for retirement.

Volkssporting: The Best Kept Secret to Fun, Fitness & Friendship

Lea Darling • $15 ($18 NR) • April 26 • 6:30-9 pm • HS Room 207

Join us to learn about Volkssporting, a German word for “the sport of the people.” Throughout the U.S. there are more than 300 clubs with walks and maps to explore new horizons while on your vacations and in your own home area. Some families start volkssporting as a road to better physical fitness, but then continue because of new friendships and fun club activities. For the first hour, participants will need sneakers and a bottle of water for a guided walk from the school and back. Walking sticks or ski poles are allowed. Please dress appropriately for the outside weather. After the guided walk a light snack will be provided during the presentation about volkssporting. There will also be a question and answer session. Bring two return address labels for walk registration. Get the family together, put on your sneakers, and start walking for fun, fitness, and friendship.


Karen Stern • $70 ($73 NR) • 10 weeks • 7-8 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafetorium

This class is perfect for everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it out. In this class we take the “work” out of workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and world rhythms take over you’ll see why Zumba® classes are often called exercise in disguise. Is it super effective? Check. Is it super fun? Check. Zumba® is a total workout that combines all elements of fitness—cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesomeness each time you leave class.

What Will Be Your Legacy?: Charitable Giving

Audra Higgins • $5 ($8 NR) • March 15 • 6:30-7:30 pm • MS Room 120

This session will share ways to realize your philanthropic goals while simultaneously helping to reduce taxes, increase estate values, provide lifetime incomes, and protect beneficiaries. We will uncover some of the ways to use forgotten resources, leverage appreciated assets and old insurance policies, and utilize investment vehicle solutions with legal entities (like trusts) to efficiently achieve your charitable giving goals while not adversely impacting your plans for and in retirement.

Comprehensive Retirement Planning*

Richard Lane • $5 • Two Nights: Feb. 15 & March 1 • 6:30-8 pm • MS Room 105

A study of all the issues and decisions facing soon-to-be retirees or those currently enjoying the golden years, including efficient portfolio design for the retiree, retirement income planning, risk mitigation in retirement, Social Security decision making, tax considerations, efficient tax planning, and estate planning. Many more topics will also be explored and you’ll leave with the tools needed to develop your own retirement financial plan.

Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Chris Nyhan • No cost • March 1 • 7-8 pm • MS Room 109

Social Security can be a very important part of a person’s retirement income. If you are like many retirees or those approaching retirement, you probably have a lot of questions about Social Security. In this course the following will be discussed: How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan? When should I start taking benefits? What about taxes? Additionally, marital, widow, and divorcee benefits and making choices based upon personal situations will be discussed.

Home Sellers Workshop*

Pamela Barnes & Sue Richards • $5 • March 8 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 109

Save time and money. Being well informed about the process of selling your home, whether you are doing it yourself or not, will help you avoid common costly mistakes. Learn valuable information crucial to pricing, which improvements work best, staging, right sizing, new forms of advertising and marketing, qualifying, negotiations, safety, and seller expenses. Up-to-date information regarding changes in the NYS law and contracts will also be discussed. Also hear information from a real estate attorney. For more information contact the instructors at 518-281-4441.

Gentle Yoga**

Chris Darby-King • $60 ($63 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Elementary School Gym

This class is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body to release stress and tension from joints and muscles. The basic principles of alignment, breath work, movement, and balance will be introduced. There will also be an emphasis placed on increasing strength and flexibility, and promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Please bring a yoga mat, small pillow or cushion, and a tie or strap to class. ($54 for seniors.)


Driving Courses

Defensive Driving

Angela Temple • $40 • Feb. 10 or March 10 • 8 am-2 pm • HS Room 207

This is a Department of Motor Vehicles approved six-hour program that allows you to save 10 percent off your collision and liability insurance and up to four points off your driving record. The course is sponsored by the Empire Safety Council. Be sure to check with your insurance company about any premium reduction. A video, lecture, and often humorous class discussions highlight this course. Participants must bring their NYS driver’s license/permit along with a pen.

2-Night Defensive Driving

Armand Canestraro • $40 • April 17 & 18 • 6-9 pm • MS Room 107

This Department of Motor Vehicles approved six-hour defensive driving program is sponsored by the Empire Safety Council. Participants are required to bring with them their NYS driver’s license, a pen, and must attend both classes to complete the course requirements and receive credit. Please arrive ten minutes early to class.

5-Hour Pre-licensing Driving Course

Bill Cassidy • $40 • Two nights: Feb. 6 & 7; March 6 & 7; or May 22 & 23 • 7-9:30 pm • HS Room 206

This course fulfills the New York state 5-hour classroom requirement for those signing up to take a road test. People who have taken driver education and received a blue card do not have to take this course. Please indicate the class dates on the registration card. Please bring permit to class.