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

ACRYLIC SMOKEY MOUNTAIN SUNSET

Learn to paint a Smokey mountain scene with pine trees, dramatic clouds & birds in flight against an evening sky. Easy to follow guidance.  All supplies provided for you to create your own 11" x 14" work of art on canvas. No experience necessary!  Bring a sack lunch or snacks. Leader: Mary Claire Roe Limit: 10     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - Jan 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 
Thu - Jan 12, 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 16
6-8pm


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 
Wed - Jan 11
9am-4pm

Mon - Jan 30
9am-4pm


CARVE A LEAF SHAPED DISH: 18 yrs & older

Carve a leaf shaped dish suitable for candy or other small items starting from a leaf shaped blank. Add the stem & veining to complete the look. All levels of carving experience welcomed. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Sat - Jan 21
1-4pm


CARVE A PERSONALIZED SIGN: 18 yrs & older

Design & carve a small name sign for your wall, desk, or a child’s room. Use relief carving techniques to make a raised letter sign that can be personalize with a name or short message. Wood burning, an option for decorating your sign. All levels of carving experience welcomed. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $30.00 
Sat - Jan 7
1-4pm


CREATING SOAP FROM SCRATCH

In this hands-on class, create a pound of soap from scratch with olive oil, lye & water. Learn about the cold process method, safety when working with lye & about 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 a pound of soap! Leader: Elissa Teal Limit: 12     Fee: $30.00 
Sun - Jan 8
2-4pm


DIY WEDDING FLOWERS

Decided to try your hand at your own wedding flowers? Not sure where to start? Love those ideas you see on web sites? This informative lecture by a seasoned floral designer will show you how to make fresh or silk flowers for your wedding. See how some of these newer styles of bouquets are made so it does not like you are carrying a tree trunk down the aisle. Learn the basics needed at a wedding & how to make items such as boutonnieres & corsages for the wedding party. Bring questions. Handouts with basic information provided & where to purchase supplies. Examples from the lecture raffled off at the end. Leader: Louise & Mike Mikesell-Wireman Limit: 25     Fee: $25.00 
Wed - Jan 11
6-8pm


GARDEN KEEPSAKE NOTE CARDS

Looking for a beautiful note card to give someone that will be treasured, unique & personal because you created it?  Learn to make cards with dried flowers & greenery – anyone can do it! Perfect gifts for holidays & other occasions. Supplies & tools provided. Instructions & handouts with ideas will be given out for future reference. Feel free to bring your own dried flowers & greenery to use. Leader: Cathy Jacks Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Tue - Jan 17
6-7:30pm


HIGH-YIELD VEGETABLE GARDENING

This class will highlight a variety of handy garden guides, worksheets & lots of practical advice from the book of the same name. This book by authors Colin McCrate & Brad Halm will take gardeners through selecting crops to help them produce the desired amounts of their favorite crops regardless how big or small their garden is. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 30     Fee: $20.00 
Wed - Jan 25
6-8pm


JARS WHEEL DEMO

Pottery staff, Scott Jones will be demonstrating on the potter’s wheel the specifics of making beautiful lidded jars. He will show you different styles, sizes, finished examples & answer your questions while you watch him throw. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $10.00 
Mon - Jan 16
6-7pm


MIDDLE EASTERN

Fatayr, homemade dough stuffed three different ways. Meat, ground with onions & tomatoes; spinach, with a tart seasoning; cheese, cream cheese that is melt in your mouth yummy. A Lebanese dumpling soup called, zuta, a perfect meal when served with fatayr. BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $25.00 
Fri - Jan 6
12:30-4:30pm


MORNING POTTERY-REFRESHER CLASS

FEATURING: REFRESHER CLASS 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: 8     Fee: $18.00 
Sat - Jan 28
10am-12pm


NEW MOON MANIFESTING

The New Moon occurs Jan 27. 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 - Jan 28
1:30-3:30pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-ANIMALS

FEATURING: ANIMALS 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 - Jan 7
9am-12pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-CUPS & MUGS

FEATURING: CUPS & MUGS 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 - Jan 7
1:30-4:30pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-FANTASTIC FUN WITH PINCH POTS

FEATURING: FANTASTIC FUN WITH PINCH POTS 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 - Jan 14
9am-12pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-PAINTING WITH ENGOBES

FEATURING: PAINTING WITH ENGOBES 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 - Jan 14
1:30-4:30pm


STAMPED CARDS & PAPERCRAFTS

Class will use a variety of blues, purples & pinks to brighten your spirits & celebrate the winter months! Get a start on your Valentines with an adorable card & triangle box set complete with chocolate hearts & glitter paper! Complete a thank you card for the holidays featuring the emboss resist technique, a birthday, thinking of you & get well soon cards! Projects will feature dry embossing, die cuts & embellishments! Six projects will be made suitable for the new or seasoned stamper! Leader: Chris Smith Limit: 16     Fee: $20.00 
Mon - Jan 9
6:30-8:30pm


SUPERVISED INDIE POTTERY

NEW! 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? 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 - Jan 5
4:30-6:30pm

Fri - Jan 20
10am-12pm


YOGA 101

A perfect class for those who are new to yoga or prefer a back to basic class. A gentle approach to learn proper body alignment, breath work & relaxation techniques of yoga. LEARN, RELAX, ENJOY! BRING: your own yoga mat. Leader: Joanne Weislak Limit: 8     Fee: $50.00 
Tue - Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 14
9:30-10:45am


YOGA FOR THE NEW YEAR

Is start doing yoga on your New Year’s resolution list? Here is the perfect way to give it a try. A beginner friendly yoga class. We will work on postures & sequences designed to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles & enhance joint mobility. Equipment supplied. Leave feeling refreshed & ready to take on 2017. Leader: Tara Kestner Limit: 8     Fee: $15.00 
Sun - Jan 22
1-2:30pm


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 
Tue - Jan 10
6:30-8pm


YOUR OWN TERRARIUM

A terrarium is the ultimate, low-maintenance indoor garden that anyone can create. Mary Machon, Bensell’s Greenhouse will guide you through the assembly of a beautiful open-globe terrarium full of plants & decorative embellishments of your own. Materials included. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 25     Fee: $25.00 
Sun - Jan 29
2-4pm


ACRYLIC WHIMSICAL SNOWMAN

Learn to paint a whimsical snowman that will brighten your Christmas season. All supplies provided for you to create your own 11" by 14" bit of Christmas fun on canvas. No experience necessary!  BRING: sack lunch or snacks. Leader: Mary Claire Roe Limit: 10     Fee: $25.00 
Mon - Dec 12
10am-2:30pm


BUILDING THE PERFECT CHEESE PLATE

Learn the basics of making an elegant & delicious cheese plate (with accompaniments) for your holiday parties & special occasions. Leader: Diana DePasquale Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - Dec 11
1-3pm


CARVE A COTTAGE FOR HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Design & carve a Holiday Cottage for your wintertime display. Your project could be a traditional holiday themed house, log cabin, Santa's Workshop, or building of your choice. Come with an idea in mind & leave with a family heirloom. All levels of carving expertise are welcome. All levels of carving experience welcomed. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - Dec 17
9am-12pm


CARVE A FLYING SANTA: 18 yrs & older

This chubby folk art style guy is ready to fly right into your home for the Holidays with his load of goodies. Hang him on the wall or mount him on a base with a dowel. All levels of carving expertise are welcome. All levels of carving experience welcomed. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 11     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - Dec 10
9am-12pm


HERBS FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Supporting the immune system is a popular theme in herbalism, but it's also a complex topic. Learn about various herbs that may be used; when & how best to use them, for both prevention & treatment of common illnesses & strengthening our bodies' natural defenses. Helpful foods & other supporting therapies will be discussed. Take home a bottle of elderberry syrup! Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 25     Fee: $20.00 
Wed - Dec 14
6-7:30pm


LEBANESE DINNER MUST-HAVES

Malfoof, or cabbage rolls, are cabbage leaves that have been slightly boiled & stuffed with a vegetarian rice mixture & rolled up into cigar-shaped rolls of yumminess. Grape leaves are used to wrap a rice & vegetable stuffing that is delicious. Taboolee salad & red skin potato salad will be a perfect side dish. Hummus, used a dip for these great dishes, is perfect! Cheese bread will be the finale! BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Dec 17
12:30-4:30pm


MIDDLE EASTERN HOLIDAY FAVORITES

Filo dough, a thin dough used for pastries, will be our guest of honor. Many desserts can be made using this dough & not hard to perfect. Learn to make desserts with walnuts, sweet cheese & manipulated into different shapes & sizes. Different syrups add a unique flavor that will be a favorite for many holidays. BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - Dec 10
12:30-4:30pm


RAKU POTTERY

Great way to finish last minute gifts! 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: 12     Fee: $18.00 
Tue - Dec 13
5-9pm


STAINED GLASS SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT

It's that time of year to join a group of jolly elves & make a colorful glass snowflake for the Holidays. No experience necessary, all tools & materials are provided. For photo: stevesglassclass.com. Leader: Steve Noblet Limit: 12     Fee: $25.00 
Thu - Dec 15
6:30-9:30pm


WINTER WARMTH IN A MUG

There's nothing better on a cold winter evening than cuddling up with a nice hot drink. We will mix our own warming tea blends, mulling spices & hot cocoa mix. We will discuss why we may use each of the ingredients (many of which you won't find in store-bought varieties) & their herbal properties. These make great gifts, or keep them for yourself! Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 15     Fee: $30.00 
Sun - Dec 18
2-4pm


YOUTH AND FAMILY CLASSES

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 - Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 Mar 3, 10
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. BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - Jan 22
10am-12pm

Sun - Jan 22
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: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Fri - Jan 27
1-2:30pm


MUSICAL JAMBOREE: 2-4 yr olds & adult

Come & make music in this class designed for preschoolers. We will dance, play games, sing, listen to stories & use toy musical instruments to make our own music. Take home a shaker to decorate & CD of songs. Leader: Elaine Sneider Limit: 12     Fee: $58.00 
Mon - Jan 9, 16, 23, 30 Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
10-10:45am


PARTNERS IN FUN-ANIMALS: 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 see what is happening at the zoo & make some animals. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Jan 26
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. It may be cold, but fish are still swimming. Let’s make an aquarium. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Jan 19
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. It's beary cold outside. Let's talk about bears & find a cozy place for them to live. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Jan 5
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Cold weather makes me want to go to the beach. Let’s have some fun with sand. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Jan 12
10-11am


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 
Thu - Jan 12, 19, 26 Feb 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 - Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 14
5:30-7pm


YOUTH POTTERY: K-2nd grds

Have fun with clay! In this class 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: 12     Fee: $75.00 
Tue - Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 Feb 7, 14
4-5pm


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. BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Connie Stose 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - Dec 11
10am-12pm

Sun - Dec 11
2-4pm


NEW YEARS EVE DAY AT POTTERY BARN: K-Adult

The 577 Foundation is celebrating New Years Eve during the day with a Raku activity! Raku is an outdoor pottery firing with finishes unlike any other; rich shiny coppers, rich blues, magenta & yellows, or a crackle white. Come by yourself or bring your family/friends to experience the excitement. Each person gets 2 bisque pots, you apply your choice of glaze & assist in firing your pot in the outdoor kiln. The fired, hot pot is then placed in a metal trash can full of shredded newspaper & there the magic happens! You end up with one of a kind pots to take home! No experience needed! Dress for being outside! Includes small breakfast buffet. FEE IS PER FAMILY MEMBER, ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 21     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - Dec 31
9am-12pm

Sat - Dec 31
1:30-4:30pm


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Christmas is almost here! Let’s make some decorations. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 8     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Dec 22
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Everyone needs a gingerbread house. Want to make one? Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 7     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Dec 15
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. The cold weather makes me think of penguins. Let's make some. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 11     Fee: $5.00 
Thu - Dec 29
10-11am