A record number of classes will be offered at The Gathering Place during this spring semester. Among the offerings are programs to improve wellbeing, embrace technology, inspire the inner chef or yoga enthusiast, challenge the brain and stimulate creativity.
For more information on the more than 40 other offerings at The Gathering Place this spring, visit GatheringPlaceCS.org.
• Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Wednesdays, March 14 to April 18, 6:30 p.m. This introductory class provides the fundamentals of mindfulness-based stress reduction. Through meditation and awareness exercises, the class will explore this approach to living fully in the present moment. This class is led by Phillip Sallavanti, a mindfulness teacher and practitioner with more than 15 years of experience. Cost: $70.
• Ordinary Lives Illuminated, Wednesdays, March 14 to April 11, 7 p.m. Anne Stopper will discuss strategies and insights into the process of writing creative non-fiction from primary interviews. This class will include interviewing techniques and some technical tips for conducting and recording oral histories and turning them into written works of creative non-fiction. Cost: $45.
• Introduction: Excel. Thursdays, March 15 and 22, 6 p.m. This class, taught by Lisa Imbriaco, offers a basic understanding of spreadsheets that students can build upon and apply. Students will learn to understand the interface and environment. Students should have the latest version of Excel on their device before attending class. Cost $20.
• Ukrainian Pysanky, Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. Tammy Budnovitch will teach the basic steps to creating Ukrainian pysanky. Students will be given hands-on, step-by-step instructions to help them complete their own pysanky egg. Cost $20.
• Overcoming your Fear of Apps, Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m. Learn how to download apps from the App or Google Play Stores safely and efficiently onto your device. Lisa Imbriaco will share and introduce students to different type of apps for productivity, leisure, weather, travel, and entertainment. Students may also share their favorite apps. Bring your phone, so you can download apps. Cost: $15.
• Ciao! Beginning Italian, Tuesdays, March 20 to May 8, 7 p.m. Maria Caporale will teach a fun, interactive class exploring the basics of Italian language and culture. Bring a notebook and pen. Cost $60.
• Cannoli Making, Wednesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. An interactive lesson making cannoli with a tiramisu filling. Chef Sean Menth will guide you in preparing (and eating) fresh cannoli. Cost: $35.
• Noontime lecture series – Visions of Teaoga: Our Valley in the American Revolution, Thursday, March 22, noon. Jim Remsen returns to offer another saga of our area’s history. He will detail the lives of settlers and Native American tribes as both groups try to preserve their own societies as the American Revolution brings terror and heartbreak to the Wyoming Valley. Cost $5. Pay at the door, but RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 570-575-0384.
• Louisa May Alcott: More than Just Little Women, Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. Jennifer Ochman, historical presenter, will offer a living history portrayal of Louisa May Alcott. Her focus is on Alcott’s early life as a nurse and struggling author. Parents and children, of middle school age, are encouraged to attend together. Cost $15.
• Collage Painting, Tuesdays, March 27 to April 10, 6 p.m. Earl Lehman will teach you how to create a collage using paint, paper and fabric. Check supply list on website. Cost: $60.
• Noontime Lecture series: Father & Son – Artists of NEPA, Tuesday, March 27, noon. Mary Beth Voda returns accompanied by Brian Keeler, a widely acclaimed Wyalusing artist. Cost $5. Pay at the door, but RSVP by emailing email@example.com or call 570-575-0384.
• Noontime lecture series: Under the skirt: Vintage fashions, Wednesday, March 28, noon. Sarah Piccini will present a short history of the sometimes-perilous trends in women’s fashion from the Civil War to the 1920s. She will illustrate with vintage fashions from the collections of the Lackawanna County Historical Society. Cost $5. Pay at the door, but RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 570-575-0384.
For more information on any of the classes and programs offered at The Gathering Place, visit the website at GatheringPlaceCS.org.