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Dec 12, 2017
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Community Corner: Continuing Education Brochure

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Fall 2017 Registration, Sept. 12

  • In-person registration is Tuesday, Sept. 12 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 Sept. 25 (unless otherwise noted.)

 

Monday

LaBlast**

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

Inspired by TV’s Dancing with the Stars, LaBlast is a music-driven, energizing dance-fitness class blending the true skill of ballroom dance with the calorie blasting properties of interval fitness. With LaBlast, everyone can learn to dance with our easy to follow format! Music from all eras and genres will keep you engaged and entertained while learning the Samba, Paso Doble, Foxtrot, Samba, Quickstep, and more. Patty is a LaBlast Master Trainer and accomplished fitness professional. Please bring a set of 1 to 3 lb hand weights to class (optional). ($63 for seniors.)

Tuition rewards explained*

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

Tuition Rewards is a program that discounts tuition up to one full year at more than 370 private colleges. The common questions are: “What’s the catch?” “What good is a program that is for private colleges that does not cost anything?” “If this is such a great program, why have I never heard of it?” These questions and more will all be answered.

Transform Your Stress

Kim Perone • $12 ($15 NR) • Oct. 2 • 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.

Cake Decorating*

Julie Paul • $20 ($23 NR) • Nov. 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 please contact instructor at JulieAnn8221@gmail.com.

Little known features of life insurance policies*

Bob Gomez • $12 ($15 NR) • Oct. 23 • 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 dollars to owners of the policies at no additional cost.

The Power of You**

Kim Perone • $90 ($93) • 4 weeks (Oct. 16-Nov. 4) • 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. When clarity, compassion, and contentment are present, 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.)

Basket Weaving: Krista’s oval**

Patti Brousseau • $30 ($33 NR) • 5 weeks • 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.)

Recreational Basketball

Fred Marcelli • $70 ($73 NR) • 10 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!

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.)

Tuesday

Planning Your Magical Disney Experience

Colleen Parisi • $15 ($18 NR) • Sept. 26 • 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.

6 Steps to Financial Success

Thomas Lansing • No cost • Oct. 3 • 6-7:30 pm • MS Room 109

Financial success is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years to reach a point in your life where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This class is the starting point to achieve your goals.


Tae Kwon Do 2 You**

Derek Monoghan • $60 ($63 NR) • 8 classes, Tues. & Thurs. Sept. 26-Oct. 19 • 6-7 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafeteria

This class is for women and men ages 13 and older. We study and teach traditional Tae Kwon Do exercises, techniques, patterns, sparring and self defense to persons with all skill levels and physical abilities. The benefits of our program include muscle strength, flexibility, improved cardiovascular capacity, and concentration. Our class sizes are small; allowing for a more focused and fun learning environment. ($54 for seniors.)

Essential oils 101**

Lyndsay Stein • $10 ($13 NR) • Oct. 3 or Nov. 14 • 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.)

Meal Prep Wth Wildtree**

Lindsay DiMaso • $85 ($88 NR) • Oct. 3 & 17 • 6:30-8 pm • MS Room 107

Learn to meal plan and prepare 10 freezer meals with organic and natural Wildtree products. Learn to use what you have on hand to create a meal plan. The first meeting is to select the menu you would like to prepare. The second meeting is to put together your freezer meals. You will receive a grocery list to purchase your proteins and veggies along with your prep list for how to prepare your meats and veggies in freezer bags. Your Wildtree bundle with spices and sauces will be given at the second meeting. You will also be given recipes and meal ideas for how to use your leftover products. ($76 for seniors.)

R.E.D. Warrior**

Karen Stern • $70 ($73 NR) • 10 weeks • 7-8 pm • Charlton Heights Elementary School cafeteria

An energizing, calorie-burning experience that fuses functional fitness with martial arts to work your total body and mind to help you live a more empowered lifestyle. Bring dry sneakers, water bottle, small towel, and a floor mat. ($63 for seniors.)

About Boating Safely

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

This course (for people ages 10 and older) 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 Barns & Sue Richards • $5 • Oct. 3 • 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 time line—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.

Stability Ball**

Jami Juron • $64 ($67 NR) • 8 weeks • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School cafeteria

Define, tone, and strengthen your entire body using a stability ball. The stability ball offers a functional way to strengthen all major muscle groups by challenging balance and core strength. This innovative, fun and low-impact class includes a variety of weight-bearing exercises for the upper body, lower body, and core (abdominal/back), and are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Join the fun and have a ball! Participants should bring a stability ball and floor mat. Instructor will have a pump available. ($58 for seniors.)

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 light-weight blanket. ($54 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 having fun is emphasized. Class is limited to 30 players.

Beginner American tango**

Thomas Russell • $90 ($93 NR)/couple • 8 weeks (begins Oct. 3) • 8:15-9:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

Learn the basics of this dramatic dance, which is unique among ballroom dances for its sharp and stalking action. Hard-soled, closed-heel shoes are recommended. ($81 for seniors.)

Beginner cha-cha**

Tom Russell • $90 ($93 NR)/couple • 8 weeks (begins Oct. 3) • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

The fun and sexy 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.)

Wednesday

Fearless: Anxiety Management & Release** 

Helene Verdile • $179 ($182 NR) • 4 weeks (Oct. 18-Nov. 8) • 6-7:30 pm • MS Library

Develop an understanding of anxiety and fear, take a fear inventory, learn exercises to process and release fear, try mantras and meditations to support progress, learn to rewire old patterns, and more. Helene is a certified life coach at Inspired Life Coaching. ($161 for seniors.)

Healthy Lifestyle Balancing*

Nutritional Therapist Pattie Rakvica • $85 ($88 NR) • 7 weeks (begins Sept. 27) • 6-7:30 pm • MS Room 109

Healthy Lifestyle Balancing classes are structured to help you find a healthy balance between nutrition and becoming more physically active. You will learn to create a better you by changing the way you think about food and activity. Each week builds off of the previous session allowing you to implement each stage into your life. By promoting a healthy lifestyle of activity and balanced nutrition you can lose weight and lower your risk of disease. Create a healthier and happier you one week at a time. ($76 for seniors.)

Essential Oils 102**

Lyndsay Stein • $10 ($13 NR) • Oct. 25 or Dec. 6 • 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. The second part of this workshop is dedicated to making a 5 ml rollerball blend that you take home. ($9 for seniors.)

Estate Planning: Taking the Mystery Out*

Richard Fuerst • $5 • Oct. 11 • 6:30-8:30 pm • MS Room 112

In this workshop experienced local attorney Richard Fuerst will sensitively consider all your estate planning questions. You’ll look at everything from an attorney’s perspective, including taking the mystery out of wills, healthcare proxies, powers of attorney, and trusts. You’ll also learn the “ins and outs” of estate planning in simple non-legal terms, learn the latest legal and government changes related to nursing homes and medicaid considerations, as well as avenues available to reduce wealth transfer taxation.

Wu-style T’ai CHi**

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

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, you should consider taking this course. Originally developed for self defense, t’ai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, t’ai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. This class is for beginners as well as advanced students. Learn how to use energy flow for better health. ($45 for seniors.) Classes begin Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Learn to Meditate

Helene Verdile • $12 ($15 NR) • Oct. 11 • 6-7 pm • MS Library

Have you been wondering what all the buzz is about meditation? Well, research shows meditation is beneficial for your brain. Learn the “why” of meditation, along with specific types of meditation. Join Guided Meditation Teacher and Life Coach Helene Verdile 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. The class concludes with a 20-minute guided meditation session and time for questions and answers.

Getting Paid to Talk*

Voice Coaches Producer • $15 ($18 NR) • Oct. 18 • 6:30-9 pm • MS Room 107

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: www.voicecoaches.com/gptt

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.

Rubber Stamping I: Stamp a Stack of Holiday Cards*

Deb Valder • $12 ($15 NR) • Oct. 4 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 105

You will be stamping a stack of holiday cards and take home two of each card along with the envelopes. Please bring a small pair of sharp scissors and adhesive. A $10 materials fee will be payable to the instructor the night of class. No previous experience necessary. Visit www.stampladee.com for samples of instructor’s work.

Rubber Stamping II: Dazzling All-Occasion Cards*

Deb Valder • $12 ($15 NR) • Oct. 18 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 105

You will be wowed at what you take home. Please bring a small pair of sharp scissors and adhesive. A $10 materials fee will be payable to the instructor the night of class. No previous experience necessary. Visit www.stampladee.com for samples of instructor’s work.

Rubber Stamping III: Stamp a Stack of Cards*

Deb Valder • $12 ($15 NR) • Oct. 25 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 105

You will be stamping a stack of all-occasion cards and will go home with two of each card along with the envelopes. Please bring a small pair of sharp scissors and adhesive. A $10 materials fee will be payable to the instructor the night of class. No previous experience necessary. Visit www.stampladee.com for samples of instructor’s work.

Rubber Stamping IV: More Holiday Cards*

Deb Valder • $12 ($15 NR) • Nov. 8 • 7-9 pm • MS Room 105

This class is filled with over-the-top holiday cards. Please join me for a warm and wonderful evening to celebrate the holidays. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors. A $10 materials fee will be payable to the instructor the night of the class. No previous experience necessary. Visit www.stampladee.com for samples of instructor’s work.

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.

Thursday

Impact Investing: Aligning Your Investments With Your Values*

Darren Leader • $5 ($8 NR) • Oct. 12 • 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. Socially Responsible/Impact Investing is a rapidly growing area of the investment world, as investors seek to simultaneously generate competitive financial returns and a positive impact on society. This class is designed to give you an educational insight into what Impact Investing is, trends in the investment industry towards socially responsible investing, and practical ways in which you can go about aligning your investments more closely with your values and beliefs.

Social Security Planning for Women*

Audra Higgins • $5 ($8 NR) • Oct. 26 • 6:30-7:30 pm • MS Room 120

Whether you are married, single, divorced, or widowed there are certain strategies you can use to give you more benefits over your lifetime. Whether this is a first step for you or you are someone who has been planning for retirement all along, gathering information about Social Security and other sources of income in retirement is what you need to do to take care of yourself financially. This course is designed to share some of the unique benefits available to women, educate women on the various benefit filing options, and learn how to ensure you receive your maximum entitlement in retirement.

Long-term Care: Basics & Protection Strategies*

Audra Higgins • $5 ($8 NR) • Nov. 2 • 6:30-7:30 pm • MS Room 120

Would you be shocked to know that 70 percent of people who are 65 years of age or older will need long-term care? As we find ourselves caring for aging parents it is important to stay informed on the various financial planning options to address the rising costs of long-term care. This class will review some basics of long-term care, funding options, and hybrid strategies being used today. Whether you are still working, planning for retirement, or in retirement this class will help clarify what expenses you may encounter in later years and how you may want to begin planning to protect your assets and take control the type of care you wish to receive.

Comprehensive Retirement Planning*

Richard Lane • $5 • Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 • 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 • Oct. 19 • 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 as well as making choices based upon personal situations will be discussed.

Home Sellers Workshop

Pamela Barns & Sue Richards • $5 • Oct. 5 • 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 instructor 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 • Oct. 14, Nov. 4 or Dec. 2 • 8 am to 2 pm • High School Room 207

This is a Department of Motor Vehicles approved six-hour program that allow 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 drivers license/permit along with a pen.

2-Night Defensive Driving

Armand Canestraro • $40 • Oct. 24 & 25 • 6 to 9 pm • Middle School Room 107

This is a Department of Motor Vehicles approved six-hour defensive driving program is sponsored by the Empire Safety Council. Participants are required to bring with them theri NYS driver's license, a pen, and must attend both classes to complete the course requirements and receive credit. Please arrive 10 minutes early to class.

5-Hour Pre-Licensing Driving Course

Bill Cassidy • $40 • Two Nights: Sept. 26 & 27; Nov. 7 & 8; Dec. 12 & 13; Feb. 6 & 7; March 6 & 7; May 22 & 23 • 7 to 9:30 pm • High School Room 207

This course fulfills the NYS 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 session number on the registration card. Please bring permit to class.