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

DRAW OUT YOUR INNER ARTIST

Explore your drawing potential by learning strategies that increase your skills in seeing beyond just looking AT something when drawing from observation. Also tap into your ability to imagine and invent. We will primarily use pencils, colored pencils, and pens. Bring: 5x7 or 6x8/9 sketchbook, a #2 or 2B pencil, and a uni-ball or gel pen. No experience necessary! Leader: Karen Kakas Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Wed - Feb 28 Mar 7, 14, 21
10am-12pm


HANDCRAFTED ARTISAN PAPER

Make recycled paper by hand. This produces a unique type of paper to be used in many ways. Learn tips & project ideas for creating your special one of a kind art paper. Take home your finished paper art with instructions to do at home. BRING: thirsty bath towel. Leader: Joan Soldenwagner Limit: 12     Fee: $15.00 
Sun - Feb 25
1-2:30pm


QUILLED MINIATURES

Looking to learn a new craft to use during the long cold winter days? Then join us and make a miniature quilled (flower) arrangement to help hold you over till spring arrives. Come learn the basics of rolling and shaping strips of paper and make a unique arrangement in 3-D or see how the technique can be used on cards, tags etc. Leader: Bridget Lee Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Mon - Feb 26
6:30-8pm


RAKU POTTERY

A fun evening finishing your pots in this Japanese style firing! Enjoy a potluck (Bring dish to share!) PRE-REQUISITE: taken 577 Adult Pottery class & have 3-5 pots already bisque fired. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Tue - Feb 27
5-9pm


ACRYLIC STONE BRIDGE

Learn to paint an old stone bridge in a wooded scene with a pond and Lilly pads. Easy-to-follow guidance! All supplies provided for you to create a lovely spring scene on a 11 in. by 14 in. canvas. No experience necessary! Bring sack lunch. Leader: Mary Claire Roe Limit: 12     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - Mar 28
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: 13     Fee: $120.00 
Mon - Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 Apr 9, 16
6-8pm


ADULT THROWING - HALF DAY

1/2 day class! 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. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 5     Fee: $40.00 
Wed - Mar 28
1:30-4:30pm


ADULT THROWING-HALF DAY

1/2 day class! 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. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 5     Fee: $40.00 
Fri - Mar 2
9am-12pm


BASIC BALLOON TWISTING - ADULTS ONLY

Looking for a FUN class that will make you feel like a kid again? Learn the basics of making animals & other objects out of a balloon. Make these for your children, grandchildren, family parties & storytelling or just for the fun of it! All materials are provided, plus instructions & handouts. Leader: Cathy Jacks Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Fri - Mar 2
6-7pm


CARVE A GNOME, WIZARD, ELF OR SANTA

Commercial rough outs are readily available via carving shows and the internet. The designer has created the original art and offered it as a rough out where the excess waste wood has been removed for you. The resullting carving may be done in the style of the original artist or reflect your own design. All levels of carving experience are welcome. Safety, sharpening and technique will be discussed. All tools, safety equipment and basswood blanks will be provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $40.00 
Sat - Mar 24
9am-12pm


CARVE A WHIMSICAL FRIDGE MAGNET

Many people think that the only good and usable part of the Cottonwood tree is the bark. It is very easy to carve and holds detail very well. Carve a whimsical cottage, a wizard face or design of your own and attach a magnet. . All levels of carving experience are welcome. Safety, sharpening and technique will be discussed. All tools, safety equipment and basswood blanks will be provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Wed - Mar 7
6-9pm


CHINESE COOKING: NORTH MEETS SOUTH

Have you ever seen Cantonese roasted whole ducks, whole chickens, Cornish game hen, and meats hanging in a Chinese restaurant window or Chinatown meat shop as you walk by? For generations, Cantonese roast duck and roast chicken, a creation of the South, has always been a favorite festive dish. Mandarin pancakes and mu shu dishes have always graced the tables of the North. Come see how the North meets the South in complete compliment. Bring your apron. Meal is included.Dishes: Roast Cornish game hen, pan fried beef noodles, mini spring rolls and almond tea. Leader: Ching Leong Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - Mar 23
11:30am-2pm

Fri - Mar 23
6-8:30pm

Sat - Mar 24
6-8:30pm


CLAY GARDEN/PATIO DECORATIONS POTTERY

Beat winter time blues and come make some fun garden art with us, no experience necessary! We will make a frog, ladybug and simple garden/welcome sign for your patio or garden! Connie and Julie will demonstrate, you make & we glaze/stain. No experience needed. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 13     Fee: $45.00 
Thu - Mar 1
5:30-8pm


CREATING LUXURIOUS SOAP

Delight your senses! In this hands-on class, you will learn the cold process method and you will create a pound of luxurious soap with your choice of a delightful fragrance! Please bring your own safety goggles, rubber gloves and long-sleeved shirt. You will go home with class notes and a pound of soap you made yourself! No experience necessary. Leader: Elissa Teal Limit: 12     Fee: $35.00 
Sun - Mar 4
2-4pm


FULL MOON RELEASING - NEW MOON MANIFESTING IN 2018

With over 30 years of experience in energy work, this Reiki Master, Dowser and Energy Balancer will discuss the step-by-step basics of Full Moon Releasing and New Moon Manifesting in 2018. 2018 is an eleven year and is a pivotal year for releasing and manifesting! The Full Moon - occurring on March 31st - is the best time to release all that you no longer want in your life. Learn to connect with the feminine energy of Grandmother Moon to release and to manifest that which you desire. Come prepared to take notes. Journals will be provided to take home, or bring your own. For beginners on their spiritual journey as well as those wanting to improve their skills. Question and answer time included. Leader: Diana Marie Limit: 20     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - Mar 25
1-3pm


GREAT PLANTS FOR YOUR GARDEN

Join a panel of area landscape professionals as they describe their favorite trees and plants and how they might enhance your landscape. Get their insights on selections, maintenance, and plenty of information and ideas to take home. Don’t miss this opportunity to start your season out with some professional garden tips. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 30     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - Mar 11
2-4pm


HAND STAMPED CARDS & PAPERCRAFTS

With Spring just around the corner, let’s warm up with projects featuring floral images, butterflies, bees and dragonflies. Our 3D treat container will be suitable for Easter and include some Easter treats! Cards will be general enough that you can select your own greeting: get well, sympathy, birthday, thinking of you, wedding/anniversary or thank you. Beginners and seasoned stampers welcome. Techniques will vary to include heat/dry embossing, glossy paper, water coloring, die cuts, and embellishments! Leader: Chris Smith Limit: 18     Fee: $20.00 
Thu - Mar 15
6:30-8:30pm


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: $15.00 
Mon - Mar 12
6-7:30pm


HERBAL FIRST AID

While natural medicine excels at maintaining long-term health, it also has a lot to offer in those acute minor illnesses and injuries we all experience from time to time. Here we'll discuss how to stock an herbal first aid kit: what to put in it, where to get (or how to make) the components, and when and how to use them for everything from scraped knees to stomach bugs. We'll also learn about several widely available herbs that can simply be gathered and used on the fly. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 20     Fee: $15.00 
Sun - Mar 4
10-11:30am


INTRODUCTION TO HIGHLAND BAGPIPES

Have you ever wondered how bagpipes work? Want to see them up close? Come to this introductory session where you can hear the pipes, learn about their origins, the different styles of music they play and how they are made. You may be inspired to pick them up yourself after this informative workshop! Leader: Cathie Slabaugh Limit: 20     Fee: $5.00 
Fri - Mar 9
6:30-8pm


MASTERING MEDITATION

Pam Summons, a student for 26 years of meditation master and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy, will be offering a series of 3 meditation classes. Classes are offered are open to anyone interested in finding inner peace, quieting the mind and nurturing your spirituality. Leader: Pam Summons Limit: 20     Fee: $0.00 
Tue - Mar 13, 20, 27
1-2:30pm


MIDDLE EASTERN WINTER FOOD

A healthy vegetarian stew made with basic vegetables. Eggplant, potatoes, chick peas stewed in a garlic, tomato sauce. This stew is served with a rice pilaf that is fluffy. An alternative to rice is burghul, cracked wheat version of rice, just as yummy with this stew. Hummos, chick pea dip is always a table favorite. A crisp salad that compliments this meal perfectly. Homemade dough used to make cheese bread. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - Mar 17
12:30-4:30pm


MOONLIGHT POTTERY

Need some extra help with a project?  Questions about clay, glazes, techniques?  Spend the evening with Scott working on your own projects and he will be there to help!  Class provides intermediate & advance students individual attention, demonstrations & a chance to ask questions. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 9     Fee: $18.00 
Thu - Mar 8
6-8pm


ROAD TO HAPPINESS

Author of Amazon.com's book The Art and Science of Happiness will share how to be happy by channeling your mind in a positive direction. We will explore mysteries of happiness including: physiology of happiness, shades of happiness, science behind happiness and how to be happy. Formal presentation followed by interactive discussion. Leader: Dr. Om Sharma Limit: 20     Fee: $5.00 
Sat - Mar 24
1:30-3pm


SATURDAY POTTERY - BUCKETS

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 - Mar 3
9am-12pm


SATURDAY POTTERY - WATERING CANS & VESSELS

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 - Mar 3
1:30-4:30pm


SPRING CLEANING FOR MIND & BODY

This is the time of year for clearing and renewal. After a long winter of heavy food, deep ruminations, and low physical activity, we're ready to shift into a lighter, freer energy for the season to come. Many of our spring plants are extremely helpful here. Learn about the science and tradition surrounding herbal detoxification, as well as recipes and practices that we can put into action to support our own transition to the warmer months. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 20     Fee: $15.00 
Wed - Mar 14
6-7:30pm


SUPERVISED INDIE POTTERY

Love independent pottery time but wish you could ask questions? Have a project you need guidance on while making it? Been awhile since you did indie time? Come for some clay time! PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 8     Fee: $18.00 
Wed - Mar 14
10am-12pm


TRANSCENDENTAL READINGS

Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott and more. Please join us for a reflective afternoon discussion of the Transcendental era and how these writings may affect our lives today. Bring your favorite readings to share or just enjoy the conversation. Tea and cookies provided as we chat by the fire. Instructors Pam Bortz and Mary Sobecki will donate the class fees back to the 577 Foundation for offering this beautiful setting. Leader: Pam Bortz Limit: 10     Fee: $10.00 
Sun - Mar 11
2:30-4pm


VEGGIE GARDEN PLANTING TIPS

Have you ever tried to plant something only to have it not grow or perform poorly in your garden? This class will offer advice on sowing, planting, and harvest tips for everything from artichokes to zucchini. Come and bring your questions and learn how to identify plant problems and leave with some solutions. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 30     Fee: $20.00 
Wed - Mar 21
6-8pm


YOGA NIDRA INTEGRATIVE MEDITATION

The body has an innate mechanism for maintaining balance and health. Chronic tension and stress weakens our ability to maintain this balance. Learn step-by-step easily practiced meditation techniques to reverse the effects of stress and create a state of physical, mental and emotional relaxation and wellness. BRING: pillows for body support in comfortable lying meditation. Leader: Nancy Sloan Limit: 8     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - Mar 22
6:30-8pm


YOGA WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Incorporating essential oils into your yoga practice can greatly enhance the experience. In this beginner-friendly class, we will move through a gentle yoga class, pausing occasionally to use various essential oils which will ground, invigorate and relax you. The yoga practice will focus on flexibility, strength and breath awareness. All oils and equipment are provided. Leader: Tara Kestner Limit: 8     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Mar 10
3-4:30pm


YOUTH AND FAMILY CLASSES

ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR KIDS:3rd-6th grds

Your child will learn basic painting techniques as we work to complete a bird-themed painting. Materials provided. Please have your student wear an apron or old clothes, as acrylic paints can stain. Leader: Connie Stose Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - Mar 22
5-7pm


DRAWING FUN WITH MR. PICASSO: 2nd-7th grds

Local artist Roy Wilson, as Mr. Picasso, will help youth develop drawing & compositional skills. His step-by-step method is accessible & challenging to all levels. Explore nature & cartooning themes. Come share your creativity! BRING: #2 pencil, eraser, 12x18 drawing pad. Leader: Roy Wilson Limit: 20     Fee: $50.00 
Fri - Mar 16, 23, 30 Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 May 4, 11, 18
3:55-5pm


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

Adult & child enjoy an exploration of hand built pottery projects. Make projects using coils, pinch, slab, or extruded clay techniques. Make projects together or individually. Decorate with colored slips. 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 11     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Mar 10
10am-12pm

Sat - Mar 10
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. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - Mar 8
9:30-11am


MUSICAL JAMBOREE: 2-4 yr olds & adult

Come and make music in this class designed for preschoolers. We will dance, play games, sing, listen to stories, and use toy musical instruments to make our own music. Take home a shaker to decorate and a CD with most of the songs on it the first day of class. Leader: Elaine Sneider Limit: 12     Fee: $60.00 
Mon - Mar 19, 26 Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 7
10-10:45am


YOUTH POTTERY: 3rd-5th grds

Let your child experience the fun of working in clay! Learn the basics of hand building & explore the potter’s wheel. Learn about glazing & finish their pieces with high & low fire glazes. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 12     Fee: $95.00 
Mon - Mar 5, 12, 19 Apr 2, 9, 16
4-5:30pm


YOUTH POTTERY: 6th-12th grds

Students will focus on developing their creative side in many hand built & wheel projects. The course will feature extruded work, slab work & potter’s wheel skills. They will glaze & get an understanding of firing. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 12     Fee: $95.00 
Tue - Mar 6, 13, 20 Apr 3, 10, 17
6-7:30pm


YOUTH POTTERY: K-2nd grds

Have fun with clay! Kids learn to make pinch, extruded, slab, coil pots & other fun hand built projects. Learn about glazing & take home several pieces! Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 9     Fee: $75.00 
Tue - Mar 6, 13, 20 Apr 3, 10, 17
4:30-5:30pm