TAKE A CLASS

Virginia Secor Stranahan had a zest for learning & encouraged others to do so as well. Many of the Adult, Youth & Family classes listed monthly are offered by individuals in the community who want to share their knowledge & love for teaching. Please register below.

ADULT CLASSES

ADULT THROWING

Practice your skills on the wheel in this intensive study class. Individual attention, all levels welcomed & class is set around your individual goals. There will be several demos. Hour lunch break on your own. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 5     Fee: $80.00 
Mon - Sep 25
9am-4pm


AUTHENTIC NORTHERN CHINESE MEAL

Quick & simple recipes to create authentic Northern Chinese food in minutes. Believe it or not, the ingredients are nutritious & healthy. BRING: apron. Meal included. Dishes: San Dong Home Made Noodles (Laman) in Red Chili Sauce, White Meat (pork tenderloin & chicken) in Garlic Sauce, Chicken & Shrimp Soup, Ching’s Chili Sauce, Moon Cake Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Sep 23
6-8:30pm


BACKPACKING INTRODUCTORY COURSE

An Appalachian Trail thru-hiker will give you the introductory ins & outs of how to have a successful backpacking experience. You will get all the information necessary to be able to confidently head out onto any trail for any length of time. Learn which gear is necessary, how to pack the right amount of food & how to be safe while in the backcountry (even if there are bears!). Participants will receive a backpacking quickstart guide. BRING: your stories & questions! Leader: Paul Fuzinski Limit: 30     Fee: $5.00 
Fri - Sep 29
6:30-8:30pm


CARVE YOUR CAT: 18 yrs & older

This little chubby feline can be carved & painted to match your pet or as a Halloween cat. He is carved “in the round” & stands on four feet with his back arched & tail up ready to play. Add as much detail as you like to make him your own. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Thu - Sep 28
6-9pm


DIM SUM COOKING

Dim Sum means “touch your heart.” Many years ago, chefs in the royal court of China created an array of delicacies to appease the Emperor’s changing appetite & mood. Dim sum is eaten around breakfast through lunch time. BRING: apron. Meal included. Dishes: As You-Please Crepes, BBQ Pork & Ribs, Onion Pan Cake, Ching’s Chili Sauce, Moon Cake Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - Sep 22
11:30am-2pm


MIDDLE EASTERN GOOD

Homemade dough will be used to make a variety of pizzas. Many toppings to make 'cant stop eating' pizza. Tabbouleh is a Middle Eastern vegetarian dish made of tomatoes, chopped parsley, mint, bulgur & onion; seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice & salt. Vegetarian grape leaves are a perfect appetizer & dinner accompaniment to any meal. Make with rice, parsley, onions & tomatoes; cooked in a tart lemon, olive oil, water mixture. BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - Sep 27
12:30-4:30pm


NEW MOON MANIFESTING

A New Moon is the best time to Manifest. Learn to connect with the feminine energy of Grandmother Moon to plant your seeds of intention utilizing an age-old tradition that bridges cultures. Have you thought about what you want to bring into your life energetically? Learn how to connect, & be successful, with guided instruction. Journals provided, or bring your own. For beginners on their spiritual journey & those wanting to improve their skills. Leader: Diane Bishop Limit: 20     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Sep 30
11am-1pm


PET LOSS GRIEF FORUM

Your pet died. You knew this day would come. You told yourself, "I'll be ready, this is only an animal & I will just move on, no big deal." But the day came & it is a big deal. Your family sympathizes but they have their own pain. Your friends & colleagues offer a momentary word of care, but the grief & feelings of loss bring moments of surprising paralysis of mind, body & spirit. There is hope. This session is designed to provide basic information to begin the healing process on the road to achieve emotional health & wholeness again. Leader: Ernie Unholz Limit: 10     Fee: $0.00 
Wed - Sep 27
6:30-7:30pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-TEXTURES & DECORATING

FEATURING: TEXTURES & DECORATING Class provides intermediate & advance students pottery skill instructions, individual attention & demonstrations. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Sep 23
9am-12pm


STAMPED CARDS & PAPERCRAFTS

This class will feature six projects with a Fall color palate including an old fashioned popcorn style box all decked out for Fall including treats; 4 cards suitable for a variety of occasions (you pick the greetings - birthday, thinking of you, get well soon, sympathy, just because, etc.) & one card to jump start your holidays! Projects will have a variety of techniques from dry & heat embossing to using glitter, die cuts, punches & embellishments.  Suitable for the beginner or seasoned stamper.   Leader: Chris Smith Limit: 18     Fee: $20.00 
Thu - Sep 21
6:30-8:30pm


SUPERVISED INDIE POTTERY

Love independent pottery time but wish you could ask questions? Have a project needing guidance on while  making it? Been awhile since you did indie time? Join Connie for some clay time! PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 8     Fee: $18.00 
Fri - Sep 22
10am-12pm


SUSHI

Is it raw fish, cooked seafood, vegetarian? Learn about the history of Sushi & how to make this low fat, nutritious, easy dish for your family. The combination of ingredients & presentation can be very artistic & healthy. BRING: apron. Meal included. Dishes: As You-Please Sushi, Hand Rolls, Tofu Miso Soup, Ching’s Chili Sauce, Moon Cake Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - Sep 22
6-8:30pm


THANKSGIVING INSPIRED POTTERY

Make a beautiful large platter & decorate in a fall theme, perfect for serving at your Thanksgiving table plus two small dishes to accompany your platter. Using hand building techniques. No experience in clay needed. 577 will finish pieces with a glaze/stain. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 13     Fee: $45.00 
Sat - Sep 23
1-3:30pm


ACRYLIC OLD COUNTRY BARN

Learn to paint an old country barn in a colorful fall setting. Easy to follow guidance. Supplies provided for you to create your own charming country barn on an 11"x14" canvas. No experience necessary! BRING: sack lunch. Leader: Mary Claire Roe Limit: 12     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - Oct 11
10am-2:30pm


ADULT POTTERY: 18 yrs & older

A comprehensive adult pottery class!! This class is for adult beginners through advance potters. All levels welcome to experience in-depth clay work. We will teach pinch, slab, coil & extruder techniques. Learn the potter’s wheel & understand the techniques in glazing pots. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 12     Fee: $120.00 
Wed - Oct 4, 18, 25 Nov 1, 8, 15
1-3pm


ADULT THROWING

Practice your skills on the wheel in this intensive study class. Individual attention, all levels welcomed & class is set around your individual goals. There will be several demos. Hour lunch break on your own. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Scott Jones 577 Staff Limit: 5     Fee: $80.00 
Fri - Oct 27
9am-4pm


AUTHENTIC CHINESE MEAL

Quick & simple recipes to create authentic Chinese food in minutes. Believe it or not, the ingredients are nutritious & healthy. BRING: apron. Meal included. Dishes: Sweet & Sour Chicken, Beef Brisket with Radish, Pumpkin Cream Soup & Mung Bean Cookies Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - Oct 20
6-8:30pm


BASIC BALLOON TWISTING - ADULTS ONLY

Looking for a FUN class that will make you feel like a kid again? Learn the basics of balloon twisting, making animals & other objects out of a balloon. Make these for your children, grandchildren, family parties & storytelling or just for the fun of it! Balloons & balloon pumps provided for use during class. Instructions & handouts with ideas will be given. Leader: Cathy Jacks Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Wed - Oct 11
6-7pm


BEAUTIFUL BOWLS WHEEL DEMO

Julie Beutler, 25 years of pottery experience, will be demonstrating on the potter’s wheel the specifics of making bowls on the wheel, interesting rims, trimming & ideas to alternate shapes beyond the basic round. She will show you different styles, sizes, finished examples & answer your questions while you watch her throw. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $10.00 
Tue - Oct 24
6-7pm


CARVE A JUMBLE OF JACK O LANTERNS

Celebrate Halloween by carving a jumble of Jack O Lanterns. Put your own spin on the expressions from sweet to scary. This will certainly become a family heirloom! Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Tue - Oct 31
6-9pm


CLASSIC LEBANESE 

This is a recipe high in fiber & protein. A hearty, spiced kidney bean stew, easy to prepare & enjoy it with rice pilaf with vermicelli. Baba ganouj is an eggplant dip made with tahini & garlic, perfect with pita bread. Crushed lentil soup & a fresh romaine lebanese salad are perfect starters. Cheese bread to dip in your soup or baba ganouj! BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 16     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - Oct 14
12:30-4:30pm


CONNECTION - WE ARE ONE

No one is an island. We are deeply & intimately connected & interconnected - mind, body, emotions & spirit - with self, one another & universe. This program consist of brief didactic input, experiential exercises & discussion to explore & better appreciate the personal/interpersonal/universal connections we live in & to have fun as we focus on connection. Leader: David Doane Limit: 12     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - Oct 19
6-8pm


CREATING SOAP FROM SCRATCH

In this hands-on class, create a pound of mild, castile soap from scratch! Learn about the cold process method, safety when working with lye & different types of soap-making oils to achieve a soap that reflects your needs & desires. BRING: safety goggles, rubber gloves & long-sleeved shirt. Go home with class notes & a pound of soap that you made in class! Leader: Elissa Teal Limit: 12     Fee: $30.00 
Sun - Oct 1
2-4pm


DECLUTTERING YOUR GARDEN

If your garden gets cluttered, this class will help sort out things that are crowding your garden’s best potential. If you have a landscape of old plants, overgrown or in the wrong space, helpful tips & tasks will bring your garden back to an enjoyable & manageable level. BRING: pictures & questions. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 30     Fee: $20.00 
Wed - Oct 18
6-8pm


DIM SUM COOKING

Dim Sum means “touch your heart.” Many years ago, chefs in the royal court of China created an array of delicacies to appease the Emperor’s changing appetite & mood. Dim sum is eaten around breakfast through lunch time. BRING: apron. Meal included. Dishes: Steam Mini Meats Buns, Crystal Chives Dumpling, Hot Plate Noodles & Mung Bean Cookies Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 16     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - Oct 20
11:30am-2pm


GAIL KENDALL POTTERY WORKSHOP

Gail Kendall is Emeritus Professor of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has taught workshops nationally & internationally & has been published in ceramic books & publications including; The Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated & The New York Times. Gail has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe & Australia over a 40 plus year career as a ceramic artist. Her work is in many museum collections & personal collections throughout the US & internationally. She was the recipient of many awards including; National Council on Education in the Arts, Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching & Research. This hand building functional pottery workshop includes: Friday evening lecture; 1 1/2 days of demonstration; 1/2 a day of hands-on, participants will learn to construct upside down plates & platters. Demonstrations include soft-slab & coil techniques to create pots that are both quotidian & celebratory including plates, bowls from bisque molds, teapots & more. Gail will make & describe ways with lids, spouts & handles. She will provide a hand-out of her formulas & images to indicate how the white slip & glazes are painted on & used. Lunch included both days. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 18     Fee: $185.00 
Fri - Oct 20 6-7:30pm Sat - Oct 21 9am-4pm Sun - Oct 22 9am-4pm

GOING NATIVE

Hal Mann, President of Oak Openings Regional Chapter of Wild Ones, local native plant initiative, discusses his journey from conventional landscape practices & non-native plants to converting his whole yard into natives. He will take you through the trials & tribulations, compromises & the many benefits, joy & successes that enriched his life & will inspire you. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 30     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - Oct 8
2-4pm


HANDCRAFTED FLORA NOTECARDS

Learn what the buzz is about these beautiful handcrafted note cards & make some. Learn how to press & preserve flowers & leaves. Take with you instructions, templates & a baggie of preserved flowers & leaves. Easy to make these one-of-a-kind beauties. Leader: Joan Soldenwagner Limit: 12     Fee: $13.00 
Mon - Oct 9
6:30-8pm


HARVEST MEDICINE

Autumn, is a bountiful time of year, when we bolster both our pantries & our health for the winter. Learn the properties & benefits of seasonal foods; apples, squash, nuts & seeds, grapes, honey & hardy herbs & spices. Discuss how they can be used in our everyday diets & to address acute issues. Get & sample recipes. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - Oct 6
6-8pm


HEALTH, WELLNESS & ANTI-AGING

Join us as we share with you our success on improving our health. Topics will include; oxidative stress, GMO’S, the Dirty Dozen, Omega 3s. Almond oil & many more healthful tips. Come with your questions too! Leader: Karen Mieczkowski Limit: 12     Fee: $10.00 
Thu - Oct 26
6:30-8:30pm


HERBS OF THE CAULDRON

Despite the baleful reputation of witches in modern culture, historically they are among our most revered healers, naturalists, counselors & wise-women. Explore the truth behind the stereotypes & symbolism, discuss the ways in which modern herbalists follow a similar path, delve into the home remedies & old wives' tales that are our legacy & share stories & honor our ancestors.  Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 12     Fee: $15.00 
Wed - Oct 25
6:30-8pm


HO OPONOPONO

Hawaiian Practice of Releasing. Ho'oponopono is a method for achieving happiness, health, peace & wealth. This class will provide guidance on how to clean imbalances & release events & patterns in your life that are holding you back.  We will discuss specific examples.  Also, a meditation session at the end of the class. Leader: Diane Bishop Limit: 20     Fee: $20.00 
Tue - Oct 17
6-8pm


NEEDLE FELTED BRACLET

Use a needle with notches to felt wool fibers into beads for a beautiful bracelet. Take home your needle, foam pad & fill a Ziploc bag with fiber. Leader: Judy Rife Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Mon - Oct 2
5:30-8pm


RAKU POTTERY

A fun evening finishing your pots in this Japanese style firing! Enjoy a potluck (Bring a dish to share!) PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class & have 3-5 pots already bisque fired. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $18.00 
Mon - Oct 16
5-9pm


ROASTED DUCK

Roasted duck is very popular in Asia. There are two major roasted duck dishes in China; Cantonese & Beijing Roasted duck. One came from the south & the other from the north. Learn step-by-step how they cook & serve, and the differences. BRING: apron. Meal included. Dishes: Roasted Duck, Chicken in Soy Sauce, Mandarin Green Onion Pancakes, Pumpkin Cream Soup & Mung Bean cookies Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Oct 21
6-8:30pm


STAINED GLASS BUTTERFLY ORNAMENT

Make a butterfly ornament to brighten your landscape. All materials & tools provided, no experience necessary. The ornament comes with a three foot bronze stake. For a photo: www.stevesglassclass.com. Leader: Steve Noblet Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Wed - Oct 4
6:30-9:30pm


STAMPED CARDS & PAPERCRAFTS

This class will feature Halloween & Thanksgiving. Make two treat holders (treats included); one for your favorite trick-or-treater & one for your Thanksgiving hostess. Create a pair of beautiful fall colors cards featuring dry & heat embossing, die cuts & choose your sentiment. Other projects, holiday & a sympathy cards. Class for beginner or seasoned stampers. Leader: Chris Smith Limit: 18     Fee: $20.00 
Mon - Oct 23
6:30-8:30pm


SUPERVISED INDIE POTTERY

Love independent pottery time but wish you could ask questions? Have a project needing guidance on while  making it? Been awhile since you did indie time? Join Connie for some clay time! PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 8     Fee: $18.00 
Thu - Oct 26
4:30-6:30pm


WATERCOLOR FLOWERS

Painting flowers in watercolor with the “Flower Doctor”. Classes are open for beginners & advanced beginners (those who have had prior watercolor instruction). E-MAIL: drartmancini@bex.net for class description & supplies. Leader: Art Mancini Limit: 14     Fee: $60.00 
Fri - Oct 13, 27 Nov 3, 10
6-9pm


YOGA FOUNDATIONS

A perfect class for those brand new to yoga, or looking to deepen your practice through a focus on alignment. Be guided through basic yoga postures including lunges, single leg balancing & seated stretching that will help you increase flexibility & strength. Gain an understanding of what yoga is about. Equipment provided. Leader: Tara Kestner Limit: 8     Fee: $15.00 
Sat - Oct 14
9-10:30am


YOGA NIDRA INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION

The body has an innate mechanism for maintaining balance & health. Chronic tension & stress weakens our ability to maintain this balance. Learn step by step easily practiced meditation techniques to reverse the effects of stress & create a state of physical, mental & emotional relaxation & wellness. BRING: pillows for body support in comfortable lying meditation. Leader: Nancy Sloan Limit: 8     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - Oct 5
6:30-8pm


YOUTH AND FAMILY CLASSES

FAMILY POTTERY: 4 yr olds-K with adult

Adult & child make hand built pottery together or individually from demonstrations. Work with pinch, slab or extruded clay, decorate with colored slips. 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Fri - Sep 29
9-10:30am


ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR KIDS:3rd-6th grds

Your child will learn basic painting techniques as we work to complete a Halloween themed painting. All materials provided. BRING: Snack & apron or wear old clothes (acrylic paints can stain.) Leader: Connie Stose Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Mon - Oct 30
5-7pm


FAMILY POTTERY: 1st-12th grd w/adult

You & your child will explore hand built pottery! We will demonstrate projects using techniques like coils, pinch, slab, extruded clay. You can make projects together or individually. Decorate with colored slips. We will finish pieces with a clear glaze. No experience necessary! BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Oct 7
10am-12pm

Sat - Oct 7
2-4pm


FAMILY POTTERY: 4 yr olds-K with adult

Adult & child make hand built pottery together or individually from demonstrations. Work with pinch, slab or extruded clay, decorate with colored slips. 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 11     Fee: $15.00 
Tue - Oct 24
1-2:30pm


PARTNERS IN FUN-HALLOWEEN: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects.Halloween is almost here. We need some haunted houses. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Oct 19
10-11am


PARTNERS IN FUN-LEAVES: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Fall leaves are beautiful. Make pretty decorations with them. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Oct 5
10-11am


PARTNERS IN FUN-PUMPKIN: 3-4 yr olds w/adult

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Let’s make a pumpkin patch. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Oct 12
10-11am