Class enrollment is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Some classes have size limitations. If a class is full when you enroll, the Abington Area Community Classroom will call students to ask whether they would prefer to be placed on a waiting list or if they would prefer their check returned to them. Classes also have minimum class sizes. If the minimum number of students is not reached, a class may be canceled. Checks will be held until it is certain that the class will run. Please note class numbers when registering. Registration and payment must be received one week before the beginning of each class.
Checks should be made payable to the AACC and sent to the following address: AACC c/o Emily Rancier, 300 Kennedy Creek Road, N. Abington Township, PA 18414. For additional information, visit www.aacclass.org. If you have questions, please call 563-2402 or 954-6650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abington Area Community Classroom is a non-profit, volunteer committee of the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board. Its mission is to provide the community with enrichment and recreation through a broad array of learning opportunities. Utilizing local resources, it aspires to nurture individual talents, develop personal skills, encourage lifelong learning and build a stronger sense of community.
The fall 2013 course listing is as follows:
All cooking classes will be held in the kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School Street. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the fee is $35. Classes are limited to ten students.
- No. 102: French Cuisine: Thursday, Sept. 19. Chef Gene Romaldini will teach the art of French cooking. Watch him prepare and then sample scallops Provençal, chicken cordon bleu and crème brulée.
- No. 103: The Ultimate Beer Dinner: Thursday, Sept. 26. Chefs 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.
- No. 104: Soups and Stews: Thursday, Oct. 3: Sara Trauger will guide students from start to finish in the making of Guinness stew with beef and a variety of root vegetables served with polenta. A tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons will complete the evening.
- No. 105: Bridge for Beginners: Four Thursdays, Sept. 26- Oct. 17. Learn bridge from ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) instructor Jack Burns. Learn how to evaluate the bridge hand, bid and defend. Location: Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State St. Time: 10 a.m. to noon. Fee: $20.
- No. 106: Chair Yoga Techniques: Four Thursdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 14. Relieve stress, tension, restlessness, and the agitation that arise in our everyday lives while improving flexibility and strengthening muscle tone in a chair yoga workshop with Christine Donnolo. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $25.
- No. 107: Drum Line: Four Thursdays, Oct. 23-Nov. 13. Join a drum circle and explore the power of rhythm from African and Latin American cultures. Open to all ages and abilities. Children must be accompanied by adults, no experience necessary. Cheryl Jackling Mozdian, Board Certified Music Therapist, is the instructor. Location: Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State St. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $20.
Craft and Carry
- No. 108: Bounce a Ball, Make a Hat: Three Mondays, Sept. 30-Oct. 14. Design and create a felt hat by layering wool fiber over a play ball. Wrap it in panty hose and create a hat. Emily Rancier will instruct. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road. Time: 6:30 p.m. Fee: $15, plus $10 for supplies.
- No. 109 : Needle Felting: Wednesday, Nov. 14. Join Gwen Harleman, director of Verve Vertu Art Studio, to learn how to use a felting needle and wool roving to create wool critters. Location; Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 199 Glenburn Road. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $20.
- No. 110: Knitting: Three Mondays, Oct. 21-Nov. 4. Join local instructor Betty Horrocks to learn the knit stitch and purl stitch. Create a scarf, dish cloth or other projects. Materials needed are as follows: For scarf: Size 8 knitting needles and 1 skein worsted weight yarn. For dishcloth: Size 7 knitting needles and 1 Skein Sugar 'n' Cream cotton worsted weight ball. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road. Time: 6:30 p.m. Fee: $15.
- No. 111: Basket Weaving: Three Thursdays, Oct. 10-28. Award-winning basket weaver Beth Koehler will help students design and make a square bottom, round top basket with continuous handle. Instructor will supply materials. Materials cost to be paid at first class. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 6 p.m. Fee: $20.
- No. 112: Computers: Three Thursdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 3. Students will learn their computers with instructor Wayne Griffiths. Bring laptops and questions. Course designed for the novice computer user. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $20.
- No. 113: Parenting: Four Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 7 (no class on Oct. 31). Anne Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S., LPC, will guide parents through the formative years of ages four through 12. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 7-9 p.m. Fee: $30.
Read, Write, Speak
- No. 114: The Six Word Slam: Friday, Nov. 1. Immortalize your family in a six word slam, such as "Children return along with their baggage." or "I'm not crazy; just your mother!" Location: To be announced. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $5, to be donated to SCOLA (Scranton Council of Literary Advance).
- No. 115: Correspondence gets Creative: Five Thursdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 17. Experiment with poetry, memoir, fiction and nonfiction. Claim your voice. Can junk mail inspire? Where do you find your muse? Instructed by Laurel Radzieski. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Fee: $40.
- No. 116: Become your own Best Editor: Four Thursdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 14. Join Stephanie Longo of The Abington Suburban to become a more creative and effective editor. Perfect your own nonfiction: newsletters, articles, letters to the editor, journals, etc. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $30.
- No. 117: Italian: Six Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 14. Pia Mazzarella continues her Italian language course while making accommodations for new students. Text is "Barron's Learn Italian the Fun and Fast Way." Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 6:30 p.m. Fee: $45.
- No. 118: Acting Just for Fun: Four Saturdays, Oct. 5-26. Katie Foley, local actor, will teach the basics of acting through group exercises and studied techniques. Explore character development through open-ended improvisational scenes, acting exercises and theater games. Focus on the actor's objective, expressing emotion and solving conflicts. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 6 p.m. Fee: $30.
- No. 119: Who was Hitchcock?: Four Thursdays, Oct. 31-Nov. 21. Join Jon Tichenor as he examines the master of suspense and the psychological thriller, Alfred Hitchcock. Watch clips of Hitchcock's classic films and discuss style and content. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 6 p.m. Fee: $30.
- No. 120: For the Love of Books: Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 17. Join the Abington Area Community Classroom's monthly reading group. Bring lunch and meet to discuss literature with other book lovers. The first book is "Where did you go Bernadette?" by Maria Semple. Books for future meetings will be chosen by the group at the first meeting. Location: To be announced. Time: Noon. Fee: Free.
A Closer Look
-No. 121: Discover Your Dreaming Mind: Four Thursdays, Oct. 17-Nov. 7. Participants will learn to interpret and discover the meaning of their dreams and how to use this knowledge to improve their lives. Instructor Kevin Creegan, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with training in dream work to promote personal growth. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $30.
- No. 122: The Solar System and Beyond: Two Mondays, Oct. 7 and 21. Let Thomas Cupillari direct your eyes to the solar system and to the dark side of the moon. Location: Thomas Cupillari Observatory, Rte. 107, Fleetville. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $10 donation to the observatory.
Dance the Night Away
-No. 123: Dancing with Jo: Five Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 16. This class is for dancers with special needs. Students will learn line dancing and creative dancing, combined with Zumba moves. Instructor is Jo Akers. Location: Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State St. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $20.
- No. 124: Beginner Adult Tap Dancing: Four Thursdays: Sept. 19-Oct. 16. Pamela Holdredge, dance teacher for 25 years and assistant choreographer for high school musicals, will help students put a bounce in their steps. Put taps on comfortable dancing shoes and learn basic tap skills with an emphasis on fun and exercise. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St. Time: 7 p.m. Fee: $30.
Jill and Gehred Wetzel, dance educators and enthusiasts, will teach beginner and intermediate classes. Partners not required. Location: Clarks Green United Methodist Church, 119 Glenburn Road. Fee: $45.
Session 1: Mondays, Sept. 9- Oct. 14 (no class Sept. 30).
- No. 125: Intermediate Bolero, part 1: 6-7 p.m.
- No. 126: Beginner Samba, part 1: 7-8 p.m.
- No. 127: Beginner Foxtrot and Swing, part 1: 8-9 p.m.
Session 2: Mondays, Oct. 21 to Nov. 18.
- No. 128: Intermediate Bolero, part 2: 6-7 p.m.
- No. 129: Beginner Samba, part 2: 7-8 p.m.
- No. 130: Beginner Foxtrot and Swing, part 2: 8-9 p.m.
- No. 131: New York City Trip: Saturday, Oct. 12. Fee: $25. Leave from Sears parking lot at the Viewmont Mall at 8 a.m. Departs from New York City at 7 p.m. Deadline to register is Saturday, Sept. 28. Call 586- 1672 for trip information. Registration materials are available at www.aacclass.org.