Adult Education: Still time to sign up for fall classes with the Abington Area Community Classroom

Adult Education - Emily Rancier

It’s hard to believe, but the Abington Area Community Classroom’s fall semester is more than half over. While some classes did not roster, others achieved star status.

Ukulele and Meditation for People with Racing Minds captured the imaginations of many and filled up fast.

Cooking classes were widely spread out over our calendar this semester — there are still three before the end of November. Only one has empty spots, and the others are wait-list only. Fall Dinner Party with Gene Romaldini features butternut squash soup, roasted beet salad and shitake pumpkin risotto. Sign up right away for a seat at the table at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. What a yummy meal to look forward to on a chilly evening!

Another class you can still register for is Jill and Gehred Wetzel’s Ballroom Dance Series II, which begins Monday, Oct. 24, and continues until Nov. 21. Come out for a night of fun with your date and learn Intermediate Waltz or Beginner Triple Swing. As usual, Ballroom Dance meets at the Clarks Green United Methodist Church hall.

There is room for you in these Thursday classes: Ornament Smocking on Nov. 10 and 17 and Holiday Floral Arrangement on Nov. 14. Don’t miss out on a chance to try something new. Wouldn’t your tree or table be better off for you having taken one of these classes?

A fun night of painting, complete with light fare and beverages, called Whet Your Palette happens from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. It costs $40 and all the proceeds go to the Gathering Place. Diana at the Abington Art Studio is organizing this for us; it would be a great girls’ (or boys’) night out event. This event will be held at the Clarks Summit Borough Building, second floor (over The Gathering Place).

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Looking to spring

The spring semester will be here before you know it. We are beginning to gather instructor and class ideas, and applications to teach. If you know someone who has a skill or knowledge to share, encourage them to fill out an instructor form found on our website. We are always looking for new people, new classes and new ideas.

Our bus trip to New York City is planned already for April 29, 2017, so start researching where you want to go and what you want to see — it’s only six months away!

Thank you to all our supporters who came out to the State Street Grill fundraiser. It was truly a lovely night full of wonderful and generous people. Our appreciation is as overflowing as your giving spirit. Many people toured The Gathering Place to see how far we have come, and how far we have to go. We were happy to hear that The Gathering Place will be a stop on The Scranton Foundation bus tour highlighting some of the projects they have funded. The bus will be there from 9:40 to 9:55 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and MaryAnn Nichols and Dori Waters will be interviewed about the project.

Talbots also offered us a shopping fundraising event, which was very kind. I hope they had a few new customers that night. Every bit helps to fill the building fund jar, and we are looking at a few more fundraisers before the end of the year.

We also thank First Presbyterian Church and Clarks Green United Methodist Church for always being there for us, providing the spaces and facilities we have needed for the last five years. You have been terrific!

And I would be remiss not to mention all the instructors who give of their time and talents to our community through our classes. We are so appreciative. Thank you!

Adult Education

Emily Rancier

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at

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