Nutrition, pottery, stained glass at the Dietrich

First Posted: 1/23/2015

When do you find it most difficult to eat a healthy and nutritious diet?

For me, it is when my schedule gets busy. During those times, I tend to find myself eating pre-made foods and takeout — whatever seems easiest.

The Dietrich Theater will offer a class this February that may help those of us who need to learn how to eat more healthy when things get hectic. Taught by Certified Nutrition Counselor Donna Fetzko, we invite you to join us for Nutrition: Healthy Eating for Busy Lives. Held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5 through 26, this class will stress the importance of healthy, home-cooked meals for busy singles, couples and families. Fetzko will share meal planning and shopping tips and tricks as well as easy recipes and time-saving ideas. She will also bring in healthy dishes for class members to sample.

Admission to the class series is free, thanks to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation.

The Dietrich will also present in February its Pottery for Kids series with artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley. In these classes, children ages 5-12 will learn different skills to create pottery including coiling, pinching and slab construction. They will also gain experience using a potter’s wheel. Students will be encouraged to apply creativity and to develop techniques to creating functional and sculptural objects.

Classes will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 6 through 27. Admission is $40 and all materials will be provided.

We will offer a Preschool Pottery class in the same time frame, but from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Fridays in February. The preschool class series is free and is underwritten by the Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee.

Another session of Pottery and Sculpture for teens and adults will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday nights Feb. 2 through 23. Beginner and experienced potters are welcome. Admission is $60 for the series and the clay and equipment will be provided.

For more information or to register for these or other classes at the theater, call 570-996-1500.

If you don’t have time to commit to an ongoing class series, then our one night Introduction to Stained Glass workshop may be for you. From 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, the Dietrich’s own Esther Harmatz will teach students ages 18 and up the first steps of working with glass to create stained glass pieces. Participants will learn how to work with a design, cut glass, polish, foil wrap and solder.

Students will leave the class with a finished item. All glass supplies and equipment will be provided. Admission is $60.

Harmatz is a great teacher and her introductory classes give students a wonderful opportunity to see if they really like an art form before going out and purchasing all of the equipment and supplies on their own.

Then, at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 31, Jeff Mitchell will be back for another hiking presentation. He will share with us pictures and facts about the beautiful trails in Northeastern Pennsylvania and across the state. His book “Hiking the Endless Mountains” will be available for sale and all proceeds support the Dietrich Theater. Admission is free. Hope to see you there.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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