Spring classes getting ready to bloom

First Posted: 1/16/2015

While there is nothing creative in my frozen brain that I can thaw to introduce this column, I can tell you that I have just come from a dynamic meeting of the Abington Area Community Classroom Committee as we prepare the 2015 spring semester.

Ten women (only a few were missing) showed up at the table to help edit the flyer and brochure and offer suggestions on a spring semester that is shaping up to be as eclectic as any we have previously put together. I am so inspired by these smart, community-minded individuals who give their time so generously to this venture. We are all different in our inclinations but each one lends her talent, whether it be figures, editing or knowledge of community resources, websites and computers — the list goes on. The AACC is built on their commitment.

Ballroom Dance classes will lead off the semester with Advanced Bolero, Intermediate Cha Cha and a new Singles. Beginner Mambo and Merengue will be taught by the incomparable duo Jill and Gehred Wetzel. These classes meet for five Mondays March 2 through April 6 at Clarks Green United Methodist Church on Glenburn Road. The beginner singles class is open to couples as well, but participants ought to be willing to change partners throughout the lesson. Should be fun!

Our great bus trip to Philadelphia leaves at 9 a.m. on March 4 from the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church across from the library. You may attend the flower show, spend your day visiting the Barnes or Rodin museums, or investigate shops and restaurants. All tickets to events and museums are the responsibility of each individual. The bus will leave Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Register early for this trip to avoid disappointment — the bus has a 26-seat capacity so it will fill up fast at only $35.

Our other great bus trip takes off April 18 for New York City. We leave at 8 a.m. from the Viewmont Mall parking lot near Sears and will depart from New York City at 7 p.m.

Other classes beginning in early March include Screen Writing with Iris Davison ( March 19 through April 23) and Further Explorations in Felt with Emily Rancier who will teach you how to laminate fabrics and fiber into wool on March 19. The following Thursday, March 26, Silk Art with Dori Waters will give you an opportunity to share a craft with a loved one as you “paint” a unique scarf together.

Jeff Brozena, our computer guru, is back with three different classes: Intro to Excel, Privacy on Social Media and Organizing and Using Digital Photos. Look for dates in the upcoming brochure.

Dedicated to connecting people with and without intellectual disabilities, “unified classes” begin at 10 a.m. March 21 when Rev. Brent Stouffer from Clarks Green United Methodist Church will present Tae Kwon Do for six Saturdays. Other unified classes in April are Fiber Fun with Gwen Harleman from Verve Vertu Art Studio, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays beginning April 10 at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church and Ballroom Dance, which will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning April 2.

Rabbi Swartz will start off April on a high note (we hope he brings his harp again) with the class called A Taste of Judaism: Spirituality, Ethics and Community. He will explain traditions, beliefs and practices and even give us a taste of Jewish humor and cuisine. The three classes will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays, April 9-23. I took Rabbi Daniel’s class last fall on Psalms; he was a lot of fun, we learned a lot and enjoyed music, good company and food together.

If you happened to read the article The Abington Journal featured on Pam Summa’s smocking class last semester, you may want to check out Smocking Basics –two classes of the basics (April 6, 13) with an option for a separate third class for those with experience. Here’s your chance to keep an old skill alive in the 21st century!

April will also bring you a class called Enjoying Poets and Poetry lead by Anne Armezzani and Paula Baillie. Meet at noon on Wednesdays, April 8-29 at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit and enjoy the likes of Billy Collins, Mary Oliver and others, plus share your favorites with each other.

Keep your eye on this column as we get closer to the starting date, and I will tell you about the rest of the classes in April and May.

Look for our flyer insert coming to you with The Abington Journal and our brochure in the mail. If you do not receive a brochure in the mail, there is always a basketful at the Abington Library and a more extensive review of classes on our website www.aacclass.org. We hope you find something there to change your life or at least entertain your thoughts, rock your brain or spark your creativity.

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