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Adult Programs


So, You Think You CAN’T DRAW
Join us for a class of fun exercises, lots of dabbling and a chance to learn about drawing/sketching, the basis for painting and most visual arts.  Try out various drawing media (pencils, charcoal, pen, and colored pencils) while learning techniques in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. Instructor: Jill Lauch.
(This class is designed for beginners, but anyone is welcome to join us and advance their skills.)
*Bring a drawing/sketch pad and a pencil or pen to the first class.  We will discuss the complete supply list then.
10/5-11/30    Th    1-3p    Room D
Adult: $84 ID/$105 OD    Senior: $74 ID/$95 OD

Watercolor – Inspired by the Impressionists
In this class, a mix of painting and art history, you will learn about the Impressionists, an inspiring group of painters who ushered in the era of Modern Art.  Each week a new artist will be introduced.  We will explore the subjects, themes and techniques found in their work, then create our own watercolor versions.  Join us as we dive into the new ideas and unique expressions that resulted in the now-iconic art works by such greats Renoir and Cassatt. Embrace your inner Matisse! Drawing/painting experience would be helpful.   Instructor: Jill Lauch.
*Supply list included at registration.
10/3-11/21    Tu    6:30-8:30p    Room E
Adult: $84 ID/$105 OD    Senior: $74 ID/$95 OD

Chinese Inkbrush Painting
Learn the basics of Chinese inkbrush painting and about the types of brushes, paper, and ink to use. Classes will focus on the “Four Gentlemen” – bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum, and plum flower – as well as Chinese landscapes. Students work at their own pace. Bring your own equipment or buy inexpensive items from the instructor ($50 for complete supplies: sumi ink, brush, shuen paper and mat).  Instructor: Teresa Hsu.
9/6-11/15    W    12-3p    Int.       Room E
9/6-11/15    W    3:15-5:15p    Beg.       Room E
Adult: $106 ID/$132 OD     Senior: $92 ID/$119 OD

Knitting & Crocheting
Learn basic knitting and crocheting techniques. Bring your own project. Individual help will be given. Bring your own crochet hook, size G or H or knitting needles, size 8 or 9, and worsted weight yarn.  Leader:  Cindy Sittner.
9/11-11/13    M    12:30-2:30p       Rm E
Adult: $26 ID/$32 OD    Senior: $22 ID/$29 OD
11/27-12/11    M    12:30-2:30p       Rm E 
Adult: $7 ID/$9 OD    Senior: $6 ID/$8 OD

Mosaics (Intermediate)
In mosaics, learn to design pictures on everything from flowerpots to designer steppingstones. Choosing a base, selecting the kind of pieces you want to use, type of adhesive, breaking or cutting, arranging your pieces then grouting and sealing. In this class we will be working on some “Garden Art” projects. Some supplies are covered in class fee. Must have taken beginning mosaics class or approval of instructor.  Leader:  Cindy Sittner.
9/5-11/14    Tu    12:30-2:30p       Kitchen
9/7-11/16    Th    12:30-2:30p       Kitchen
Adult: $46 ID/$58 OD    Senior: $41 ID/$52 OD
11/28-12/12    Tu    12:30-2:30p       Kitchen 
11/30-12/14    Th    12:30-2:30p       Kitchen 
Adult: $12 ID/$15 OD    Senior: $11 ID/$14 OD


Belly Dance- Skills and Drills 
This is an all level Tribal/Tribal Fusion class. Learn basic Tribal and Tribal Fusion movements pulling from Middle Eastern, North African, East Indian and Flamenco cultures. Instructor: Candice Morgan.
9/5-11/15    Tu    7-8:15p    Beginning    MP
Adult: $68 ID/$85 OD    Senior: $62 ID/$77 OD    
9/7-11/17    Th    7-8:15p    Intermediate    MP
Adult: $68 ID/$85 OD    Senior: $62 ID/$77 OD    
11/28-12/12    Tu    7-8:15p    Beginner    MP 
11/30-12/14    Th    7-8:15p    Intermediate    MP 
Adult: $19 ID/$24 OD    Senior: $18 ID/$22 OD

Argentine Tango
Intro to Tango right from the beginning! Emphasis on posture and connection to make your transitions smooth. Learn the fundamental patterns needed to step into more elaborate movements. 

Tango Level II (Close Embrace Series) is for students who know the fundamentals and wish to keep improving. New combinations of steps will be introduced. These classes focus on Tango as the social dance seen in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Try it and transform your life. 
Held at River Road Annex, 1055 River Road. Instructor:  Marisela Rizik.  To register, email Marisela at or visit
9/3-12/16    Su    3-4p          Beginning - Fundamentals
   Su    4-5p          Level II 
   Su    5-7p          Tango social fun time
$55 a month    
$10 additional each Sunday for social time
$15 per class drop-in


Urban Homesteading Series 
W    7-9p
Cost per class: $24 ID/$30 OD
Instructor:  Kevin Prier
Preservation Series: Put summer in a jar and eat well all winter long by taking advantage of our bounty of fresh local produce.
9/6    Canning Basics: Dill pickles 
Dill pickles are about the easiest thing to can. We will work up a batch and learn about the equipment and techniques of canning. Take home a jar of pickles. Please bring a clean wide-mouth pint jar with new lid or $1 to purchase from instructor.
9/13    Canning Basics: Salsa 
Put the last of the tomatoes, onions, peppers, and herbs of the year together for a great home-made salsa. We will make some fresh salsa and a batch of canned salsa for everyone to take home. Please bring a clean pint jar with new lid or $1 to purchase from instructor. 
9/20    Canning Basics: Applesauce 
The secret to fabulous applesauce is to use fabulous apples. With great apples, there is no need for extra sugar or any other additions. We will make and can a batch of fresh applesauce and everyone can take home a pint. Please bring a clean pint jar with new lid or $1 to purchase from instructor. 
9/27    Canning Basics: Pepper Jam
Make a sweet-spicy condiment from local Thistledown no-spray bell peppers and jalapeños. This is similar to Thai sweet pepper sauce, but you get to control the heat! Delicious on meatloaf, burgers, as part of a barbeque glaze, or in a vegetable sauté. Please bring a clean half-pint jar with new lid or $1 to purchase from instructor. 
Fermentation Series: Adding a variety of fermented foods to your diet is a tasty way to improve your diet and your health. You can learn how to make a batch of sauerkraut in less than an hour, produce a loaf of delicious sourdough bread, and save money by making your own cream cheese, hard cheese, or ricotta.
10/4    Fermenting: Kimchi, kombucha 
Learn fermentation basics as we turn a head (or several) of napa cabbage and a bunch of other goodies into kimchi and take home a pint to ferment and enjoy. A special modified technique lets you ferment directly in the jar. We will also make a batch of kombucha and there will be kombucha SCOBY to take home for anyone who wants it. Bring a clean wide-mouth pint jar with lid or $1 to purchase from instructor.

10/11    Beyond Sauerkraut
Ready to explore the world of fermentation? Learn how to make your own fermented pickles, salsa, hot sauce, a variety of fermented non-alcoholic beverages, and even corned beef. Take home a pint of giardiniera and some habanero hot sauce to finish fermenting at home. Bring a clean wide-mouth pint jar with lid or $1 to purchase from instructor.

10/18    Cheese Making 
We will make a fresh hard cheese and ricotta, and learn about different hard and soft cheese cultures and processes. We will go through the entire process from cultured milk to formed cheese ready for the press. We will also go over how to make yogurt and kefir.
10/25    Bread Making/Sourdough 
Learn how to catch, care for, and use a wild sourdough culture. We will also go over regular bread baking techniques for those who want to start simple. Over the course of this class, we will make a batch of sourdough bread while we learn about proofing, the complex biology of a vital sourdough culture, and tips and tricks to get that great artisanal style bread in your own kitchen. Take home your own small round loaf and a sourdough culture.
Entertaining Series: A few simple home-made appetizers, spreads, sauces, and chutneys can spice up a meal and impress your guests, especially if you can also bring out a couple home-made liqueurs afterwards.
11/1    Home-made Spreads and Appetizers
Hummus, tapenade, pesto/sun-dried tomato cream cheese, and more. Get recipes and tips for customizing as we make a couple amazing and simple spreads and appetizers, including some gluten- and dairy-free options. Take home some of what we make in class.
11/8    Chutneys and Sauces
Learn how to make a variety of small-batch chutneys, peanut sauce, and other savory condiments for Indian and other Asian foods. We’ll make three different ones in class and you can take home a share.

11/15    Homemade Liqueurs
Learn how to make a variety of infused vodkas, fruit liqueurs, and herbal liqueurs. Take home a small jar of your favorite. Bring a clean half-pint jar with lid or $1 to purchase from instructor. 
Self-Care/Gift Series: Take care of yourself with luxurious home-made soaps, herbal skin creams, and a bite or two of candied ginger. They also make great gifts!
11/29    Balms and Salves
Learn to make a variety of skin creams, lip balms, herbal salves and tinctures for gifts or a treat for yourself. Take home some lip balm and herbal skin cream.
12/6    Soap Making 
Learn the basics of making bar soap from scratch. We will discuss the chemistry of saponification, properties of different base oils and local sources, and fragrance oils and other additives while we make a batch of soap. You will also learn how to make liquid soap and two forms of laundry soap. Take home a share of the soap we produce.
12/13    Ginger Treats
Ginger can be used for a number of sweet or savory treats. Come cook up a batch of candied ginger, ginger syrup, ginger sugar, and pickled ginger for sushi. These all make great gifts and you can take home a share of what we make.

Riptide: Climate Change and Mental Heath
The climate crisis is harming our mental health in significant ways. We can feel isolated, doomed, guilty, ignored, anxious, and/or grief. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common and understandable responses to this collective and individual trauma. Led by licensed therapist Mike Meyer, this two-hour session explores education, shared experience, therapeutic tools, and activities to process the impact climate change has on mental health. Trauma-informed information and practical clinical strategies will be shared. The warm and welcoming environment will be safe and accepting with snacks provided. Time is provided for personal reflection, connection, expression of emotions, plus the sharing of resources to further follow up. This is a safe place for expressing feelings and for diverse perspectives. Song clips, poems, and stories will be offered to inspire and move to.
11/13     M     7p-9p     Rm E
$24 ID/$30 OD

Voice Overs…. Now is Your Time – Virtual Only
In what could be the most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you the best way to begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and more. In this introductory class, you will learn about a unique, outside the box way to break into this creative, fulfilling, and potentially lucrative industry. Voice-overs can be managed on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with minimal overhead! Whether you choose to pursue voice-overs part-time or full-time, this could be the game changer you’ve been looking for. Zoom link will be provided 72 hours prior to class. Instructor: Lisa Foster.
11/14    M    6-8p    $35 ID/$45 OD


Italian 2
Emphasis on vocabulary and grammar. Guided dialogue will help improve pronunciation and increase comprehension. Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Italian 1 or instructor approval required. Instructor: Sied Imani.
9/11-11/28    M    3-5p    Rm E
Adult: $93 ID/$116 OD    Senior: $81 ID/$104 OD
11/27-12/11    M    3-5p    Rm E 
Adult: $26 ID/$33 OD    Senior: $28 ID/$30 OD

Spanish 1
Beginner class. No experience necessary. Focus on commonly used phrases and language for the traveler. Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Instructor: Sied Imani.
9/7-11/17    Th    3-5:30p    Rm E
Adult: $93 ID/$116 OD    Senior: $81 ID/$104 OD
11/30-12/14    Th    3-5:30p    Rm E 
Adult: $26 ID/$33 OD    Senior: $28 ID/$30 OD

Spanish 1+
Focus on commonly used phrases and language for the traveler.  Textbook: Living Language is available for purchase from the business office. Spanish 1 or instructor approval required. Instructor: Sied Imani.
9/8-11/18    F    12-2:30p    Rm E
Adult: $93 ID/$116 OD    Senior: $81 ID/$104 OD
12/1-12/15    F    12-2:30p    Rm E 
Adult: $26 ID/$33 OD    Senior: $28 ID/$30 OD

Spanish Club
Practice listening, speaking, and reading using audio visual materials in an informal setting. Basic knowledge of Spanish is needed. Club Coordinator: Bonnie Rutledge.
9/11-12/11    M    10:30a-12:30p    Rm E    $5

Outdoor Kayak Adventure Weekend 
Ages 15+. On Saturday, meet at Richardson Park (Fern Ridge) for a two-hour safety and Instruction session with our expert staff. This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of kayaking, basics of water safety and the chance to practice new skills on a beautiful, local waterway. River Road Park provides kayaks, paddles, and all necessary safety equipment. No experience necessary. On Sunday, meet at River Road Park and travel together (travel provided) to Florence and Honeyman Park, specifically Cleowox Lake. Here we will enjoy a full day of adventure, exploration, and relaxation. Our expert guides will lead you on excursions or choose your own adventure. River Road Park provides kayaks, paddles, and all necessary safety equipment. Responsible for: Lunch, Water, Sun Block, Towel, and Water Shoes. Leader: Renee Duncan.
9/30    Sa    11a-2p
Richardson Park
10/1    Su     8a-5p    
Cleowox Lake    
$92 ID/$115 OD    Must attend both days.

Scholarships available for kids age 15-18.

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