Wishing you the merriest of holidays from the Abington Area Community Classroom and The Gathering Place!
Thank you to all who have responded to our end of year appeal. We are so close to getting this project underway. Highland Associates plans to have the bid package ready by the end of the month, and we have hopes that demolition will begin before the end of 2015.
At this time of the year it may be appropriate to remind everybody of our mission: “To create a unique and inclusive gathering place that embraces the entire community and facilitates an environment filled with creative energy, a passion for lifelong learning, and a strengthened sense of belonging.”
If you still haven’t given, please consider a gift now as a commitment to this innovative idea.
At the same time we are anticipating the construction of our community center, we are still actively planning the next semester. Spring classes will start the middle of March and go through the middle of May, if previous semesters are any indication. There will be something for everyone.
Judy DeSarro is planning the cooking classes this semester, taking over for MaryAnn Nichols, who is putting all her energy into The Gathering Place. Ballroom dance will be back. The New York City bus trip will take off on April 16, 2016, so find out the latest happenings and make your plans to be there. The Book Club continues, even in the off months so go online and find out what we’re reading this winter. Meetings are on third Tuesday of the month.
We hope to initiate two unified classes in the spring — one for drama, and one for guitar taught by Phil Rossi. These classes encourage people of all ages and abilities to learn and interact together.
Two of our craft classes will return for a second, and third, engagement: Pam Summa will continue her classes in smocking, and Valerie Davidian will show us how to sew a stunning table runner. A knitting class taught by Ellen Muzi, formerly of the Electric City Yarn Shop, will be on the agenda, possibly concentrating on making socks. Stay tuned. We hope to have Flower Arranging and Painting Furniture, a few computer classes, and bike repair and car repair classes.
Lots of other classes are being considered including a writing class. If you have an interest that you think other people might enjoy let us know about it. Between now and the middle of January we will be firming up the schedule and we do not like to leave any stone unturned. Visit Gathering PlaceCS.org or call us at 570-954-6650 with your ideas.
Have a nice holiday, and think spring!
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