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

CLIMATE HOPE THROUGH LOCAL FOODS

Food is a necessity & food choices have become increasingly abundant & critical. Climate change & hope are intimately linked to the food choices we make. Discuss how soil quality & locally grown, organic & non-GMO foods are related to responsible environmental behaviors & human health. Join in conversation & action planning to develop “Do Something” local food strategies. Learn to talk to others about food choices by instilling hope over fear. Presenters: Jodi Haney, BGSU & Xcite Learning with Sam Evans, Maumee High School Leader: Jodi Haney Limit: 25     Fee: $10.00 
Mon - Apr 27
6:30-8pm


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 
Tue - Apr 28
5-9pm


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: $65.00 
Thu - May 21
9am-4pm


BASIC BALLOON TWISTING

Adults only, learn the basics of making animals or other shapes out of a balloon. Make them for your children, grandchildren, family parties or just for the fun of it! Supplies & instructions provided. Leader: Cathy Jacks Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Thu - May 7
6-7pm


BASIC HERBAL PREPARATIONS

There are many forms in which plants can be used as food & medicine: teas, syrups, salves, poultices, etc. Learn the merits of various preparations & practical ways to use them in your daily life. Get hands-on experience in preparing a few concoctions to welcome the summer. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 15     Fee: $25.00 
Sun - May 31
2-4pm


CARVE A BOTTLE STOPPER: 18 yrs & older

Anyone can put the cork back in the half empty bottle, but you will carve a personalized bottle stopper. Carve a unique, decorative & useful stopper! Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & wood blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - May 30
1:30-4:30pm


CARVE A PILE OF BOOKS: 18 yrs & older

Accent your bookshelves with a hand carved stack of your favorite books. Personalize your stack with your favorite authors, children’s book titles, fairy tales or anything that you can imagine. Safety, sharpening & technique discussed. Tools, safety equipment & wood blanks provided. Leader: Jean McDonald Limit: 10     Fee: $25.00 
Sat - May 23
9am-12pm


CLIMATE HOPE - ACTION PLANNING

Join in conversation & action planning to develop & organize a community event to raise awareness about climate change, to promote effective, sustainable & practical strategies to combat climate change & to instill Climate Hope over fear. Hope is hands on so be ready to roll up your sleeves & get involved. Leader: Jodi Haney Limit: 25     Fee: $10.00 
Thu - May 21
6:30-8pm


DANGLE EARRINGS

Learn to create unique dangle earrings. Make four pairs of earrings from a vast selection of designs; made from gemstone beads, furnace glass beads, findings & chains. No experience needed. BRING: reading glasses (if you use them). Leader: Lauren Lake Limit: 16     Fee: $20.00 
Mon - May 11
6-8pm


EVENING POTTERY-WOOD KILN TIPS

FEATURING: WOOD KILN TIPS Class provides intermediate & advance students individual attention & demonstrations on making pots for a wood kiln & glazing tips. PRE-REQUISITE: taken the 577 Adult Pottery class. Leader: Julie Beutler 577 Staff Limit: 8     Fee: $18.00 
Thu - May 28
5:30-7:30pm


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 full instructions, templates & a baggie of preserved flowers & leaves. Easy to make these one-of-a-kind beauties. Leader: Joan Soldenwagner Limit: 15     Fee: $13.00 
Fri - May 8
6-7:30pm


HERBAL SALVE

Make an herbal salve using common backyard herbs. Learn to make herbal oils which can be used for salves, salad dressing, personal care & cleaning. Learn how nature’s bounty can help you get rid of using chemical products. Materials & supplies provided. Leader: Jonnie Dee Wagner Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 2
1:30-3:30pm


HERBAL TEAS & SCENTED SUGAR SCRUB

Learn to make tea blends. Discussion on which flowers are herbs to save for your herbal potpourri tea & potpourri. Make a smoothie out of common flowering herbs. Learn to harvest, dry & store herbs. Make an herbal scented sugar scrub. Leader: Jonnie Dee Wagner Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sun - May 17
1:30-3:30pm


LEBANESE STEW

Green beans, or loubi, cooked with chunks of meat & cooked in tomato sauce - melt in your mouth! Accompanied by a fluffy rice pilaf. Tomato & cucumber salad made with tart dressing. Hummus & cheese bread! BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 23
12:30-4pm


MIDDLE EASTERN POTLUCK FAVORITES

Grape leaves stuffed with tantalizing mixture of rice, tomatoes, mint onions & spices. Yum! Stuffed cabbage, or malfoof, take a little more work, but worth the deliciousness! Hummus, a chick pea dip, a favorite! Taboolee compliments these foods. All recipes use the freshest ingredients. Still hungry - cheese bread too! BRING: “To Go” containers. Leader: Azeze Abdoney Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Thu - May 14
12:30-4pm


NO MORE STRESS JUST HAPPINESS

An interactive workshop on living the stress-free life will empower you to reduce negative stress; resolve conflicts; repair relationships; improve communication; strengthen your immune system; balance emotions; prevent sickness & create an understanding of unconditional love & forgiveness. If not completely satisfied, money refunded. Leader: Robert Moyers Limit: 15     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 9
1:30-4:30pm


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 - May 18
5-9pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-FLOWER POTS

FEATURING: FLOWER 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: $18.00 
Sat - May 2
9am-12pm


SATURDAY POTTERY-GREEN MAN

FEATURING: GREEN MAN 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: $18.00 
Sat - May 16
9am-12pm


SPRING HERB WALK

Many common “weeds” have a lot to offer once you get to know them. Stroll the grounds in search of wild food & medicine, meeting herbs in their own environment. Discuss the characteristics, harvesting, use & lore of our springtime allies. Handouts provided. BRING: notebook & pencil. Leader: Sarah Williams Limit: 20     Fee: $15.00 
Sun - May 10
2-3:30pm


STAINED GLASS MOSAICS

Mosaics are a fun & easy art form. Complete a 25 square inch mosaic pane (5”x5”). No experience necessary. There will be 10 designs available or bring your own. For a photo go to www.stevesglassclass.com. Leader: Steve Noblet Limit: 14     Fee: $22.00 
Wed - May 13
6:30-9:30pm


STAMPED CARDS & PAPERCRAFTS

Just around the corner, summer & its flurry of celebrations! Make cards for the bride, babies, graduates, dads & an outdoor celebration! And, a treat package complete with treats! Cards include gift card/money enclosures & everyday styles. There will be bright colors, diecuts & embossing (heat & dry) & glitz with jewels & pearls! For beginners or seasoned stampers. Leader: Chris Smith Limit: 18     Fee: $20.00 
Thu - May 14
6:30-8:30pm


STRAW BALE GARDENING

A garden method used for raising vegetables, herbs & flowers directly on a bale of straw. Preferred over hay, straw offers fewer weeds & grass seed & no need for digging or soil preparation. Bales can be placed over concrete, asphalt, or any challenging area. Find out how you can save money & your back utilizing this unique approach to raised beds. Co-Leader: Roberta Hobbs, Master Gardener. This class qualifies for master gardener certification hours. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 25     Fee: $20.00 
Fri - May 1
6-8pm


SUCCESSION PLANTING

Succession planting - following one crop with another - is the most important tool for maximizing a garden’s yield. Creating a detailed plan helps to eliminate the guesswork of what & when to plant later in the season. Season extension techniques also help to be able to grow more food for your family without making the garden experience a “job.” Leader: Sister Rita Wienken Limit: 30     Fee: $10.00 
Mon - May 4
6-8pm


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 
Mon - May 18
6:30-8pm


YOUTH AND FAMILY CLASSES

NURTURING NATURE-FROGS: 2-5 yr olds & adult

NW Ohio Leave No Child Inside educators, “Ladies Five”, present multi-themed programs to connect children naturally with the outdoors. Dress for the weather & join in activities, stories, snack & sometimes a keepsake! Did you know frogs go back to dinosaur times? Learn about these adaptable amphibians giving Toledo its nickname, Fro City; find out why? Make a “frog sound kit” & head outdoors to search for sights & sounds of spring. Leader: Sandy Gratop Limit: 10     Fee: $6.00 
Thu - Apr 30
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. May Day is on the way. Let’s make May baskets & surprise some friends. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 5     Fee: $5.00 
Tue - Apr 28
10-11am


EXPERIENCE MUSIC-APRIL SHOWERS: 2-6 yr with adult

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS. Sing, say, dance & play! Especially designed for the child’s absorbent mind. Experience music through imitation, exploration & sensorial activities. Leader: Jennifer Blakeman Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Fri - May 1
9:30-10:30am


EXPERIENCE MUSIC-COLORS: 2-6 yr with adult

COLORS. Sing, say, dance & play! Especially designed for the child’s absorbent mind. Experience music through imitation, exploration & sensorial activities. Leader: Jennifer Blakeman Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Mon - May 18
9:30-10:30am


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

Adult & child enjoy an exploration of hand built techniques; each will make a turtle & small frog. Decorate with colored slips. 577 will finish pieces with a clear glaze. No experience necessary! BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Christy Cordell 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 2
2-4pm


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. No experience necessary! BOTH ADULT AND CHILD MUST REGISTER FOR CLASS. Leader: Christy Cordell 577 Staff Limit: 11     Fee: $20.00 
Sat - May 16
2-4pm


FAMILY POTTERY: Pre schl & 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 Vasbinder 577 Staff Limit: 10     Fee: $15.00 
Tue - May 19
1-2:30pm

Fri - May 29
9:30-11am


NURTURING NATURE-MOTHERS: 2-5 yr olds & Adult

Celebrate Mothers- enjoy the story “Are You My Mother?” Sing, dance, recite poetry. Assist your child decorating a wooden 5x7 in. frame for a snapshot. Explore the grounds for spring’s rebirth of flora & fauna. Leader: Sandy Gratop Limit: 10     Fee: $6.00 
Thu - May 14
10-11am


NURTURING NATURE-SUN: 2-5 yr olds & Adult

Celebrate the Sun. Did you know sunlight is all the colors of the rainbow? Experiment with water, play color Bing, make a rainbow keepsake & search outside for your favorite color. Leader: Sandy Gratop Limit: 10     Fee: $6.00 
Thu - May 28
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. I know a lot of bears that will be happy to come out of their caves to meet you. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Tue - May 5
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. I love caterpillars. Especially when they turn into butterflies. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Tue - May 12
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Mobiles are beautiful decorations to hang. Let’s make some. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Tue - May 19
10-11am


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

Designed for preschoolers. Bring a grown up to join in the fun & help create beautiful art projects. Aye Matey! Let’s be pirates. Leader: Carole Jambard-Sweet Limit: 14     Fee: $5.00 
Tue - May 26
10-11am


THE MAYBE GARDEN: 2nd-5th grds with Adult

The Maybe Garden book by Kimberly Burke-Weiner shares imaginative gardens with balloons, giant goldfish & pink elephant statue. Parents, partner up with your child to dream & plan your Maybe garden. Learn about theme gardens that include flowers, food & learning opportunities. Go home with your own Maybe garden design. Patrice Powers-Barker & Lee Richter from OSU Extension will be teaching this class. Leader: Vicki Gallagher 577 Staff Limit: 15     Fee: $10.00 
Sun - May 3
2-4pm