The Abington Area Community Classroom (AACC) is offering the following classes for its spring semester. Classes will meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., unless otherwise noted. To register for a class, mail checks payable to AACC to: AACC, c/o Emily Rancier, 300 Kennedy Creek Road, N. Abington Twp., PA 18414. For more information, call 563-2402, 954-6650 or visit www.aacclass.org.
Each class will meet in the kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit and begin at 6:30 p.m. Class fee is $45 and is limited to 10 students.
- No. 102: Traditional Paella, meets on Thursday, April 11
Let Gary Edwards, chef at Fire & Ice Restaurant, show you how to create a traditional Spanish feast with this rich combination of rice, seafood, spices and vegetables. Register by Thursday, April 4.
- No. 103: Men in Aprons, meets on Thursday, April 18
Chef Michael DeMarco will show men how easy it is to cook a great meal. Participants will learn how to make the perfect, simple weekday meal. Register by Thursday, April 11.
- No. 104: The Ultimate Beer Dinner, meets on Thursday, April 25
Peter Robinson and Mike McCully are back with three courses, each incorporating a different beer. Menu includes braised short ribs, beer crème chiboust with roasted apricot honey, and more. Register by Thursday, April 18.
- No. 105: Basic Dishes from Thailand, meets on Thursday, May 2
Gene Romaldini will teach you to make pad Thai, chicken satay and Thai beef salad that will awaken your taste buds to southeast Asian cuisine. Register by Thursday, April 25.
- No. 106: Get On the Ball, meets four consecutive Thursdays from April 4-25, at 7 p.m.
Women will work with Jo Akers, certified fitness instructor, using a body ball to improve tone and flexibility. Location: Total Tone.Cost: $20. Register by Thursday, March 28.
- No. 107: Tai Chi, meets two Saturdays, April 27 and May 11, at 10 a.m.
Rick Schmoyer will show you how to use this ancient art to reduce stress and to improve health.
Location: The Hillside Park, Winola Road (formerly known as Abington Area Park). Cost: $20. Register by Saturday, April 20.
- No. 108: Writers' Workshop, meets four consecutive Thursdays from March 14 to April 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m
Jane Honchell, Keystone College professor, will lead an informal workshop, including writing exercises and advice to help aspiring authors. Cost: $45. Register by Thursday, March 7.
- No. 109: Italian, meets eight consecutive Thursdays from March 14 to May 9, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
If you have always wanted to learn Italian, this is your chance. Pia Mazzarella, language instructor for more than 35 years, will help you gain a basic understanding of this language. Required text is "Barron's Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way." Cost: $65. Register by Thursday, March 7.
- No. 110: Continuing Spanish, meets on eight consecutive Thursdays from March 14 to May 9, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For those with a basic understanding of Spanish, Pia Mazzarella continues where she left off in the fall. Required text is "Barron's Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way." Cost: $65. Register by Thursday, March 7.
- No. 111: More Mandarin, meets eight consecutive Wednesdays from March 13 to May 1, at 7 p.m.
Allison Lai, visiting lecturer at the University of Scranton, returns with more easy and enjoyable ways to learn Chinese. You will learn about the people, food, music and culture through the language. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Cost: $65. Register by Wednesday, March 6.
- No. 112: The Life and Works of Mark Twain, meets on four Wednesdays: March 20, April 3, April 17 and May 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Spend four evenings with Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, as we talk about his life, works, humor and philosophy. We will read and discuss his short stories and essays, then culminate the course with his masterpiece, Huckleberry Finn. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Cost: $20. Register by Wednesday, March 13.
- No. 113: Public Speaking or "The Man who Feared Ravioli," meets on three consecutive Wednesdays from March 13-27, at 6:30 p.m.
Loren Selznick, attorney and Bloomsburg University instructor, believes that public speaking is not worse than death or the dentist. Get some tips and conquer the fear in a supportive group of like-minded and equally frightened people. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Cost: $30. Register by Wednesday, March 6.
- No. 114: My Life in Six Words, meets on Friday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Hemingway believed that an author could write a novel in six words. His famous example was "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." We challenge you to unite Hemingway's vision to the latest literary phenomenon, the SLAM. The Abingtons' version of the SLAM is a six-word memoir of living in this area. What six words best illustrate your life? Create a six-word memoir to bring to an evening of sharing your SLAM and the story behind it. We will gather these brief reflections of life in NEPA into a collection for the greater community. Location is to be announced. Cost: $6. Register by Friday, March 15.
- No. 115: Conversations with God, meets on four consecutive Thursdays from April 18 to May 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Instructor Cathy McAndrews invites you to join this thought-provoking and inspirational workshop based on the bestseller "Conversations with God" by Neal Donald Walsch. Discussion and activities in this workshop will empower your life. Cost: $45. Register by Thursday, April 11.
- No. 116: Women & the Holocaust, meets on four consecutive Thursdays from April 4-25, at 7 p.m.
Focusing specifically on women's memoirs, Carly Rudzinski will look at gender roles in the Holocaust. Suggested reading: "Still Alive" by Ruth Kluger, "All But My Life" by Gerda Klein, and "Auschwitz and After" by Charlotte Delbo. Cost: $40. Register by Thursday, March 28.
- No. 117: Defining Moments of Modern Film, meets on two Thursdays from March 14-21, at 7 p.m.
Jon Tichenor, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in cinema studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree in film, will discuss classic films that changed modern cinema and our lives. Cost: $20. Register by Thursday, March 7.
- No. 118: Every Door Direct Mail, meets on two Thursdays from April 18-25, at 6 p.m.
Colleen Minnick, from the United States Postal Service, will explain how Every Door Direct Mail's mass mailing capabilities can help your business. Cost: $15. Register by Thursday, April 11.
- No. 119: An Apple A Day...Get to Know Your iPad: meets on three Tuesdays from April 9-23, at 10 a.m.
Let media specialist Jessica Gondela acquaint you with your new iPad. Learn how to create, manage and share digital media. Cost $30. Register by Tuesday. April 2.
- No. 120: Get to Know your iPhone, meets Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
Jessica Gondela will show you that the iPhone is more than a phone. Learn to listen to music, browse the Internet, take photos, use GPS and more. Explore thousands of useful applications in the App store. Students receive a $10 coupon to the Grove Media store. Please bring your iPhone. Cost: $10. Register by Thursday, March 28.
- No. 121: Legal Aspects of Estate Planning, meets Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.
Attorney James Gillotti, certified Elder Law Attorney with 32 years experience, will guide participants through the legal intricacies of wills, powers of attorney, trusts, health care directives, death taxes and the probate process. Learn how you can act now to prepare for you and your family's financial security. Cost: $10. Register by Thursday, April 25.
- No. 122: Protecting Assets from Nursing Home Costs, meets Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.
Attorney James Gillotti will use his expertise to guide adults through the legal issues of aging, such as long-term care payment issues, Medicaid eligibility and asset protection strategies. Cost: $10. Register by Thursday, May 2.
- No. 123: Pysanky Eggs, meets Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m.
Pat Lawless will show you that it is not as difficult as you might think to decorate eggs with traditional Ukrainian folk designs. Cost: $15, plus $15 supply cost. Register by Saturday, March 16.
- No. 124: Silk Scarf Art for Special Needs Artists, meets Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Lawler's Affordable Elegance. Gwen Harlemen, art director at Verve Vertu Art Studio, will show special needs artists new dyeing techniques to create a silk scarf. Cost: $5, plus $20 supply cost. Register by Thursday, April 11.
- No. 125: Have You Ever felt Like This, Too? Meets on two Tuesdays, April 2-9, at 6:30 p.m.
Let Emily Rancier, wool gatherer, show you the surprising versatility of felt and how easy it is to create a small felt purse. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church. Cost: $15, plus $10 supply cost. Register by Tuesday, March 26.
- No: 126: Weave a painting, meets on four Wednesdays: March 13, March 27, April 10, and April 24, at 6 p.m.
Marywood professor Peg McDade will teach students how easy it is to weave a beautiful piece of art. Location is to be announced. Cost: $50, plus $15 supply cost. Register by Wednesday, March 6.
- No: 127: Basketry, meets on three Thursdays from April 25 to May 9, at 6 p.m.
Beth Koehler is back to teach students about the art of basketry. Cost: $20, plus $8 supply cost. Register by Thursday, April 18.
Dance educators Jill and Gehred Wetzel will teach advanced, intermediate and beginner classes in a relaxed setting. Partners not required. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Cost: $40. Register by Monday, Feb. 25.
Session 1: meets on five Mondays: March 4, March 11, March 18, April 1 and April 8
- No. 128: Advanced Hustle
- No. 129: Beginner Country Two Step
- No. 130: Beginner Mambo and Merengue
Session 2: meets on five Mondays: April 15, April 22, May 6, May 13 and May 20
5 Mondays, April 15, 22, May 6, 13, 20
- No. 131: Advanced West Coast Swing
- No. 132: Intermediate Foxtrot and Swing
- No. 133: Beginners Foxtrot and Swing
Ballroom dancing for adults with special needs
- No. 134: meets on four Wednesdays: April 3, April 10, April 17 and May 2, from 6-7 p.m. Location is to be announced. Cost: $30. Register by Wednesday, March 27.
New York Bus Trip
- Saturday, April 20. Cost: $30 per person. Leaves at 8 a.m. from the Sears parking lot at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City and departs New York City at 7 p.m. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 10. Call 586-1672 for trip information. To register for trip, make checks payable to AACC and mail them to: AACC, c/o Paula Baillie, P.O. Box 218, Waverly, PA 18471.