Continuing Education Semester Courses

How to Register For Classes

NEW! You may now register online for all Continuing Education classes and bus trips. Please note there are two links available. If you are a Colonie Senior and have a Colonie Senior card, use the bottom link “Continuing Education-Colonie Senior Discount” link below. All other participants, residents and non-residents, use the top link “Continuing Education” link below:

OR Mail in your registration form to:

Coordinator of Continuing Education South Colonie District Office 102 Loralee Drive Albany, NY 12205

Registrations will be accepted on an ongoing basis, however, classes with insufficient pre-enrollment may be cancelled after in person registration closes.

If you register for a course that is subsequently cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will be notified by telephone or mail and receive your refund by mail. NO OTHER REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.

For additional information call 869-3576, ext. 0443, MONDAY – FRIDAY from 9 a.m. -noon and 1-3 p.m. It is not possible to register by telephone, and ALL classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you choose to mail in your registration, complete the enclosed registration form and make checks payable to South Colonie Central School District.

You do not have to be a resident of the South Colonie School District to participate in a class in the Continuing Education Program.

No notification will be sent to registrants unless the course is cancelled, and remember, although mail-in registration is ongoing, classes must have sufficient registrants no less than one week prior to class to avoid cancellation.

Spring Courses

Special One-Night Classes

BRAIN HEALTH

  • Instructor: Dr. Richard F. Holub
  • Wednesday, January 31 6:30-8:00 PM FREE
  • Or
  • Tuesday, June 12 6:30-8:00 PM FREE
  • Room 112 – Colonie Central High School

Dr. Holub will briefly cover the diagnosis, treatments and status of current research on Alzheimer’s disease as well as discuss measures that individuals may employ now to help themselves and others. Questions and open discussion encouraged. This class is open to 25 participants – free of charge.

SHOULD I GO SOLAR: A MATTER OF ECONOMICS OR ENVIRONMENT—OR BOTH?

  • Instructor: Christopher Corbett
  • Wednesday, January 31 6:30-9:00 PM $16
  • Or
  • Tuesday, March 13 6:30-9:00 PM $16
  • Room 111 – Colonie Central High School

The purpose of the session is to help homeowners consider the pros and cons of using solar energy. Various options exist including: purchased systems, leased systems, pre-paid leases, Purchase Power Agreements (PPA) and in some areas, community solar. This session will help consumers consider various options that may best serve their interests. The presenter has 32 years of experience working for the NY Public Service Commission in regulation of gas and electric utilities. (Note: Presenter has no affiliation with any solar provider nor receives any referral fees.) Free with Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee.

RUBBER STAMPING – BIRTHDAY CARDS

  • Instructor: Ann Burns
  • Tuesday, February 6 6:30-9:00 PM $21
  • Room 134 – Colonie Central High School

No excuse being late sending birthday cards this year! Tonight we will stamp a stack of birthday cards for all ages using new techniques and embellishments. Envelopes included. No prior stamping experience needed. Please bring scissors and adhesive of your choice. Check out samples of the instructor’s work at: annburns.stampinup.net. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

CREATING A BACKYARD HABITAT FOR BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES

  • Instructor: Scott Stoner
  • Thursday, February 15 6:30-8:30 PM $21
  • Room 106 – Sand Creek Middle School

We don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to explore the beauty of nature; we enjoy nature right in our own backyards! This two-hour class covers things you can do to make your yard more attractive to birds, butterflies and dragonflies. We provide specific suggestions on bird feeders and bird food, water and shelter, including specific plantings to attract both birds and butterflies. The program features stunning photos of many of the species that we seek to attract, which beautify our yards during both winter and summer. Bring your questions! Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

SAVVY SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING: WHAT BABY BOOMERS NEED TO KNOW

  • Instructor: Richard L. Lane
  • Tuesday, March 6 6:30-8:00 PM $16
  • Room 110 – Colonie Central High School

You’ve been conditioned by popular opinion to believe that Social Security may not be there for you once you retire. The truth is it might be and, although it may have a different look by the time you begin your benefits, the lifetime value to you and your family may be substantially larger than what you think. In fact, Social Security is a benefit that some take for granted and discount as inconsequential in the context of their overall wealth management plan. These attitudes can result in the underutilization and potential wasting of a benefit that can have real and dramatic impacts on the lives of the recipients and their heirs when proper benefit planning is done. Come learn the “ins and outs” to help maximize your Social Security benefits, as we discuss why you should begin thinking of Social Security as more than just a political hot potato and what the TRUE value of this misunderstood benefit can be. Richard Lane is the Senior Vice President-Investments and Accredited Investment Fiduciary with Madison Wealth Managers. Free with Colonie Senior Courtesy Card.

INTRODUCTION TO CYBERSECURITY

  • Instructor: Paul Centanni
  • Thursday, February 1 6:30-8:00PM $21
  • OR
  • Wednesday, March 7 6:30-8:00PM $21
  • Room 114 – Colonie Central High School

This introductory class will teach the home internet user the basics of cybersecurity and provide some tips on how to stay protected when going on-line. Some of the basic concepts of cybersecurity will be covered such as vulnerability, exploit and malware. Participants will learn about some of the different types of malware such as viruses, trojans, worms and ransomware. Phishing and other techniques that may attempt to scam you will also be covered. Some of the means of protection from these on-line threats will be discussed. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

PRE-PLANNING CEMETERY SERVICES

  • Instructor: Joe Mazmanian & Carol Durant
  • Thursday, March 8 6:00-7:00 PM $16
  • Room 112 – Colonie Central High School

This class offers an introduction to pre-planning for your family’s cemetery needs. It is a step by step educational program including history, rules, regulations, current laws, and burial options for you and your family. Presented by Memory Gardens. Free with Colonie Senior Courtesy Card.

IMPORTANT LEGAL TOPICS

  • Instructor: William Ryan, Esq.
  • Monday, March 12 7:00-9:00 PM $21
  • Room 112 – Colonie Central High School

This course on wills, health care proxies, power of attorney and living wills will explore the statutory requirements for proper drafting, execution and implementation of each of these documents. The impacts that result either in absence of these documents at time of death or the improper execution of them will also be discussed. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

SO YOU’RE READY TO DOWNSIZE!

  • Instructor: Neil Bindelglass
  • Tuesday, March 20 6:30-8:00 PM $21
  • Room 112 – Colonie Central High School

According to AARP, an American turns 50 every eight seconds. That is more than 10,000 people every day. During this time, many people begin to think about downsizing, either by choice or because of health related issues and it can all be very overwhelming. This class will give an overview about how to break this mammoth task down into manageable pieces. Topics will include: Sorting your possessions, how to downsize, space planning for a new residence, questions to ask before you hire a mover, home staging, when a Senior Move Manager is right for you, and questions to ask a Senior Move Manager before you hire them. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

WING CHUN KUNG FU: AN INTRODUCTION

  • Instructor: Steve Grogan
  • Wednesday, March 21 6:30-8:30 PM $21
  • Room 116 – Colonie Central High School

Learn the style that Bruce Lee started with! In this two-hour introductory course the following will be covered: A brief history of the style. ~ A summary of the three main principles behind the system. ~ A quick warm-up and stretch. ~ The basics: Wing Chun’s main stance, straight punch and three blocks that will help you against the straight, hook and uppercut punches. If time allows, there will be a Q & A session at the end of the class where students can ask how Wing Chun could be used in real self-defense situations. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

RUBBER STAMPING – SPRING HOLIDAY CARDS & GIFTS

  • Instructor: Ann Burns
  • Wednesday, March 21 6:30-9:00 PM $21
  • Room 134 – Colonie Central High School

In this class we will be looking forward to the warmer weather and holidays that will be approaching. We will make a couple of cards in honor of spring and Easter, along with some cute and easy candy containers for the special people we like to treat. No prior stamping experience needed. Please bring scissors and adhesive of your choice. Check out samples of the instructor’s work at: annburns.stampinup.net. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee -$16.

HOW TO GET RID OF YOUR STUFF: SELLING AND DONATING ITEMS

  • Instructor: Neil Bindelglass
  • Tuesday, March 27 6:30-8:00 PM $21
  • Room 112 – Colonie Central High School

This course is the perfect accompaniment to “So, You’re Ready to Downsize.” Millions of Americans are downsizing and moving to smaller homes. And many older Americans have been in their homes for decades. This course will discuss how you can dispose of all of the items that you don’t want or won’t be taking with you when you move. Topics will include Craig’s List, Ebay, estate sales, giving things away and donating goods (and the tax benefits). Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

INTRODUCTION TO REIKI

  • Instructor: Suzanne Amsler
  • Wednesday, April 11 6:30 – 8:30 PM $21
  • Room 107 – Sand Creek Middle

Pronounced “Ray-Key.” Reiki is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy, a natural approach to wellness. Reiki is a non-intrusive method of hands on healing to improve the health and quality of life for yourself and others. It activates the release of blocked energy, which restores and balances the mind and body. Now used widely in many hospitals. The evening will provide information and background on Reiki, and the opportunity to experience the Reiki energy. Suzanne Amsler is a Reiki Master Teacher and has been involved with Reiki for over 20 years and teaching for 15 years. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE MASSES

  • Instructor: Michael J. Tommaney, Esq.
  • Tuesday, April 17 6:00 – 7:30 PM $16
  • Room 112 – Colonie Central High School

This estate planning course will cover the following topics: What everyone needs, what some people need, and what few people need; when should a trust be implemented?; basic documents everyone needs (Last will, living will, health care proxy, power of attorney); what each of the documents do for a person and what happens if you don’t have them; advanced Medicaid planning; importance of choosing your executor, trustees and attorney; importance of checking your beneficiaries designations; planning for beneficiaries with special needs; estate taxation; and the worst scenario:
 homemade estate planning documents. Free with Colonie Senior Courtesy Card.

INTRODUCTION TO NUMEROLOGY

  • Instructor: Suzanne Amsler
  • Wednesday, April 18 6:30 – 8:30 PM $21
  • Room 107 – Sand Creek Middle School

Numerology is a system of gaining knowledge, information and wisdom about you, by using numbers as symbols. Numerology is a profound and reliable way to examine your inner nature and look at the various psychological, physical and spiritual processes that make up your experience in the world. It can give  you a very good idea of what makes you tick, and provide an excellent way to navigate daily life. Most of all it can help you learn how to emphasize your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. In fact, almost anything you need to know can be found within your name and birth date. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

GETTING PAID TO TALK

  • Instructor: Voice Coaches
  • Wednesday, May 16 6:30 – 9:00 PM $21
  • White Lake Music & Post Recording Studios, 26 Vly Road, Albany 12205

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? This exciting class will explore numerous aspects of voice over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the Internet in your area. We will cover all the basics including how to prepare the all important demo, and how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear examples of demos recorded by professional voice actors. Students will have a chance to record a commercial script under the direction of our Voicecoach.com producers. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $16.

Monday

Beginning January 29

*Unless otherwise noted

*COMPREHENSIVE RETIREMENT PLANNING

  • 2 Weeks – February 12 & 26 $26
  • 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Room 110 – Colonie Central High School
  • *Start Date: February 12

During the peak earning years of life we often set aside assets that are earmarked to provide for our retirement needs. Unfortunately, very few people establish a financial plan that covers every aspect of their financial life. This informational seminar will focus on the importance of financial planning and show you how each piece of your financial life works together toward attaining your retirement goals. The seminar will focus on developing your own financial plan. Other topics discussed will include a general understanding of investing, strategies to limit risk in your retirement portfolio as well as techniques for generating income in retirement. Please join us this educational seminar. Richard Lane is the Senior Vice President-Investments and Accredited Investment Fiduciary® with Madison Wealth Managers. Free with Colonie Senior Courtesy Card.

*A MINDFUL APPROACH TO STRESS REDUCTION AND RELAXATION

  • Instructor: Eric Carlson
  • Monday, March 19 & 26 $26
  • 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Room 110 – Colonie Central High School
  • *Start Date: March 19

This two-week workshop will introduce participants to the theory and practice of mindfulness meditation. Participants will come to understand how stress and our response to stressors can impact both psychological and physical health. Participants will be exposed to both traditional mindfulness techniques such as breathing, silent meditation and guided visualization as well as more advanced techniques such as audio-visual entrainment and techniques based on recent neuroscience research. Research indicates that developing a simple mindfulness practice can improve both physical health and mental clarity. Instructor: Eric Carlson LMHC CASAC us a full-time college professor, licensed mental counselor and founder/director of Brainwise Solutions LLC an innovative program that offers mindfulness-based counseling, workshops and self-growth retreats. Additional information is available at www.brainwisesolutions.com. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $21.

BALLROOM II FOR COUPLES

  • Instructor: Janet Murphy
  • 10 Weeks – 6:30-7:15 PM $66 per couple
  • Cafeteria – Roessleville Elementary

Go to the next level of ballroom dancing! Colonie Senior Courtesy Card – $61 per couple.

BALLROOM DANCING III FOR COUPLES

  • Instructor: Janet Murphy
  • 10 Weeks – 7:15-8:00 PM $66 per couple
  • Cafeteria – Roessleville Elementary

For those who have previously taken Ballroom Dancing II and are ready to take it to the next level. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee -$61 per couple.

COED VOLLEYBALL – INTERMEDIATE

  • Instructor: Paul DeFrancisco 
  • 12 Weeks – 8:30-10:30 PM $66
  • New Gym – Sand Creek Middle School

Competitive pickup games for veteran players. Participants are expected to have a mastery of basic volleyball skills and handson knowledge of offensive and defensive strategies using designated hitters, setters, blockers, etc. Play will be conducted in accordance with USA Volleyball rules and regulations. This class is NOT for beginners. No senior citizens discount.

ZUMBA TONING/ZUMBA FITNESS

  • Instructor: Lynne Ross
  • 10 Weeks – 6:45-7:45 PM $56
  • Cafeteria – Shaker Road Elementary School

This class combines Zumba and Zumba Toning (Zumba with light weights). Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin, International music and dance movements into a fun and effective workout. The format combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body in an aerobic/fitness fashion. The addition of Zumba segments with light weight dumbbells will emphasize muscle work and overall toning. The cardio-based dance movements are easy to follow steps and no prior dance experience is required. Workout clothes, sneakers, light dumbbells (1-2 pounds) and water are required. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

QUILTING – INTERMEDIATE

  • Instructor: Donna Hyer
  • 10 Weeks – NEW HOURS! 6:00-8:30 PM $50
  •  Library Lounge – Colonie Central High School

If you have a basic knowledge of quilting or would like to brush up on your skills and learn some new techniques, this class is for you. We’ll be making a quilt or a table runner (or two) and having fun along the way. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $45.

*KEEPING A SKETCHBOOK

  • Instructor: Kevin Kuhne
  • 10 Weeks – 7:00-9:00 PM $56
  • Room 245 – Sand Creek Middle School
  • *Start Date: February 5

If you’re a “doodler” you can keep a sketchbook! It’s fun and non-threatening. It’s a visual journal, a learning and practice tool, and a great source of ideas for other artistic work. Lessons will focus on drawing, painting, and design skills with special emphasis on “quick” sketches from life. You will explore the use of different media, such as ink markers, charcoal pencil, colored pencil, watercolor, etc. We may have time and appropriate weather to do some sketching outdoors. Materials: Don’t buy anything before the first class. If you have a sketchbook (up to 12” X 16” in size) bring it. (Note: We will not be making sketchbooks…just using a store bought one.) Otherwise, just a No. 2 pencil, a ballpoint pen (blue or black), an eraser and some paper. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

Tuesday

Beginning January 30

*Unless otherwise noted

*INTRODUCTION TO VEGAN COOKING

  • Instructor: Nicole Arciello
  • 4 Weeks – 6:00-9:00 PM $40
  • Room 141 – Sand Creek Middle School
  • *Start Date: February 27

Are you interested in the vegan lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Want to learn how to take any recipe and make it vegan? In the 4-class series, you will learn how easy it is to cook without animal products using regular ingredients that can be found at any local supermarket. Students will learn how to modify ingredients for family favorite recipes, learn fast and easy cooking techniques and make (hands on) brunch dishes, dinner dishes and  desserts too! Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or aspiring to lead a plant based lifestyle these valuable skills are within reach! There is a one-time fee of $40.00 to cover the cost of ingredients to be paid to the instructor on the first night of class. Class size is limited to 16 participants. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $35.

SIGN LANGUAGE

  • Instructor: Kim Dergosits
  • 8 Weeks – 7:00-8:30 PM $46
  • Room 114 – Colonie Central High School

This course will cover basic sign language vocabulary, fingerspelling the alphabet, numbers, introductory conversation and deaf culture. This class is open to beginners and returning students. A materials fee of $5.00 will be payable to the instructor at the first class. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $41.

COED VOLLEYBALL- INTERMEDIATE

  • Instructor: James Layman
  • 12 Weeks – 6:30-8:30 PM $66
  • Gym – Forest Park Elementary

Pick-up games for veteran players in a competitive friendly environment. Participants are expected to have knowledge of basic volleyball skills using designated hitters and setters. Play will be conducted in accordance with USA volleyball rules and regulations. PLEASE NOTE: This class is NOT for beginners. No senior citizens discount.

QUILTING – BEGINNER

  • Instructor: Donna Hyer
  • 10 Weeks – NEW HOURS! 6:00-8:30 PM $50
  •  Library Lounge – Colonie Central High School

Learn the basics and/or learn the proper way to put a quilt together. Have fun and make a lap quilt in the 10-week session. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $45.

GENTLE FLOW YOGA

  • Instructor: Lauren Touhey
  •  10 weeks – 6:30-7:30PM $56
  •  Small Gym – Veeder Elementary

This class is great for those who are either new to yoga or individuals wanting a more gentle session. Whether you wish to grow strong, release tension, or just turn off mind chatter, this class will help you be present through standing, seated, and balancing yoga poses. Please come in comfortable clothes and be sure to bring your yoga mat, a bottle of water, and any props (blocks, straps, etc.) you may have with you. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

*JACKI SORENSON’S AEROBIC DANCING: GET IT ALL TOGETHER APPROACH

  • Instructor: Dawn Peplowski
  • Two 10-Week Sessions 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Sign Up for one OR both (Each session paid separately)
  • Tuesday only, $46; Tuesday and Thursday, $81
  • Gym – Saddlewood Elementary
  • *Start Date: January 9

This class includes core work, Vertifirm weight training, cardio, stretching, and fun — all in one hour. Warm up with stretching, use core work to firm and strengthen your abdominals and torso and Vertifirm to firm and strengthen your legs, glutes, chest and arms using body resistance, or with the option of hand and ankle weights. Cardio will strengthen your aerobic system and burn  fat. Cool down with stretching. You’ll sway, stretch, crunch, squat, cha-cha, waltz, samba and swing yourself into total body fitness while enjoying a variety of motivating music. Please bring a mat for abdominal workout. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $41/$76. Session 1 starts January 9. Session 2 starts April 10.

*KNITTING – INTERMEDIATE

  • Instructor: Patricia Cumiskey
  • 10 Weeks – 6:30- 8:30 PM $46
  • Library Lounge – Colonie Central High School
  • *Start Date: March 13th

This class is intended for the knitter who has mastered the basics and now wants to expand skill levels. Work on projects of your choice in a supportive group where we all love the language of fiber, texture and wonderful projects. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $41.

MAT PILATES

  • Instructor: Diane Hart
  • 8 Weeks – 7:00-8:00 PM $41
  • Cafeteria – Forest Park Elementary

The movements in this class are designed to align, lengthen and strengthen your body. You will improve your balance, flexibility, core strength and muscle tone. The fundamentals and principles of the classical Pilates method of exercise will be introduced and each student will learn the proper form and execution of all exercises. This class is perfect for those who are new to Pilates or for individuals looking to refine the basics. Each class will include a stress reduction component and relaxation technique. Please wear comfortable clothing and supportive sneakers. Also bring 1-2 pound hand weights, a mat and water. Visit the instructor’s website at: www.harttoheartfitness.org. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $36.

*ZUMBA

  • Instructor: Carolyn Schirnglone
  • 10 weeks – 6:30-7:30PM $56
  • Cafeteria – Veeder Elementary
  • *Start date: February 6

Zumba is a fun, dance-based fitness program enjoyed by men and women of all ages. You will love the combination of international dance rhythms and exercise together. Zumba is all about great music and easy to follow moves; no dance experience needed. Come join the party-get ready to Zumba! Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

Wednesday

Beginning January 31

*Unless otherwise noted

*MASTERING MEMORY

  • Instructor: Josh Mandel
  • 2 Weeks – March 7 & 14 $26
  • 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Room 110 – Colonie Central High School
  • *Start Date: March 7

This course teaches a system that enables you to memorize anything, anytime, a system that works even for those who think they have a bad memory. (It’s not bad, it’s just untrained.) We teach the classical link and peg techniques that make it easy to memorize names, dates, phone numbers, birthdays, anniversaries, lists, foreign languages, math formulas…… there are countless applications in school, business and life. First, we learn the link method and use it for multiple applications, including as a way to remember names and faces. We add the peg method to memorize lists of any kind, long or short, in or out of order. These techniques are fun and enormously empowering. We will also cover mnemonics and imagery. Bring pen/pencil and paper and be ready to flex a mental muscle you never knew you had! Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $21.

*CONTINUING WATERCOLOR

  • Instructor: Kevin Kuhne
  • 10 Weeks – 7:00-9:00 PM $56
  • Room 245 – Sand Creek Middle School
  • *Start date: February 7

This course is for students who have basic experience in transparent watercolor techniques and basic drawing skills. Demonstrations will continue in drawing, design, art appreciation and watercolor painting, but with more emphasis on individual long-term projects. No matter what level you are at, you will expand your learning and practice over the course of the semester and get a complete workshop experience. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

*COED VOLLEYBALL – BEGINNER

  • Instructor: Walter Hamm
  • 12 Weeks – 6:30-8:30 PM $66
  • Gym – Forest Park Elementary
  • *Start Date: February 14

Learn basic skills and knowledge of the game in a relaxed noncompetitive, non-aggressive, fun filled atmosphere. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee-$61.

CURVY YOGA

  • Instructor: Lauren Touhey
  • 10 weeks – 7:00-8:00PM $56
  • Gym – Roessleville Elementary

This class is great for individuals looking to explore a safe, fun yoga environment without fear of judgment. Every class emphasizes the coordination of breath with movement, and builds flexibility while focusing on a weekly theme. Come work with the only Curvy Yoga certified teacher in the Capital District. Please come in comfortable clothes and be sure to bring your yoga mat, a bottle of water and any props (blocks, straps, etc.) you may have with you. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

OIL PAINTING

  • Instructor: Theresa Somaio
  • 10 Weeks – 7:00-9:00 PM $56
  • Room 132 – Colonie Central High School

Explore still life, landscape and portrait painting in oils. Bring your own painting projects to work on or work with the instructor’s set ups and photos. All levels of experience are welcome to this painting workshop. Materials list will be handed out on the first night of class, but bring a small canvas and whatever materials you have. The instructor has been teaching art to adults and children  for over twenty years. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

QUILTING – ADVANCED

  • Instructor: Donna Hyer
  • 10 Weeks – New Hours! 6:00-8:30 PM $50
  • Library Lounge – Colonie Central High School

Work on your own projects with the help and expertise of other knowledgeable quilters. Special group projects and demonstrations during the session. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $45.

ZUMBA FITNESS

  • Instructor: Lori Hallenbeck
  • 10 Weeks – 6:30-7:30 PM $56
  • Cafeteria – Forest Park Elementary

If you like music then you will like Zumba. Zumba is a Latininspired, calorie burning dance-fitness program. It combines fast and slow rhythms. You will have fun while working out. You don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. It is easy and fun. Come and ditch the workout … join the party. Let’s feel the passion of Zumba. Workout clothes, sneakers, and water are required. All fitness levels are welcome. So grab your family and friends and join us. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $51.

Thursday

Beginning February 1

*Unless otherwise noted

*MEDICARE 101

Instructor: Janet Kiffney

  • 2 weeks – April 12 & 19 FREE
  • 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Room 115 – Colonie Central High School
  • *Start Date: April 12

If you are enrolled in Medicare or will soon be enrolled in Medicare come learn about Medicare Health Insurance. What is Medicare Part A? Medicare Part B? What does Medicare pay for? What will you have to pay for? What about prescription insurance? What is the doughnut hole? Medigap insurance- What is it and how does it help? Should you think about joining an Advantage Plan? There is so much to consider and so many questions to ask that this presentation is designed for participants to attend both sessions to gain a full understanding of Medicare Health Insurance. This class is open to 25 participants – free of charge.

INTRODUCTION TO QIGONG

  • Instructor: Diana Wells
  • 6 Weeks – 6:30-7:30 PM $40
  • Room 116 – Colonie Central High School

Qigong is an ancient Chinese healing and mindfulness practice that uses movement, breath, meditation and self-massage to improve the overall wellness of body and mind. You will experience the power of this method through simple dynamic movements and learn a self-healing method that reduces stress and calms the mind while increasing your vitality and happiness. Qigong, done either standing or sitting is a powerful tool that assists with the healing and recovery of acute and chronic conditions. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $35.

COED VOLLEYBALL – INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

  • Instructor: Laura Couch
  • 10 Weeks – 6:30-8:30 PM $56
  • Gym – Forest Park Elementary

This is for the intermediate to advanced level player who would like to improve their skills in a competitive friendly atmosphere. Class is NOT for beginners. No senior citizens discount.

*LEARNING TO DRAW—DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS

  • Instructor: Tom Baldovin
  • 6 Weeks – 7:00-9:00 PM $46
  • Room 245 – Sand Creek Middle School
  • *Start Date: April 12

Creating portraits is probably the most challenging skill an artist will face in drawing, but it is not an impossible task. In this 6-week course, you will learn to draw faces and get an introduction to portrait drawing. You will learn all the techniques-both right brain and left brain-that will enable you to capture facial features on paper successfully. It will be a fun, relaxing and non-competitive course. Some drawing experience is recommended. If you have, bring a sketch pad, drawing pencil (2B to 5B) and an eraser to the first class. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $41.

CROCHET – BEGINNER TO INTERMEDIATE

  • Instructor: Shirley Trzaskos
  • 10 Weeks – 6:30-8:30 PM $46
  •  Library Lounge – Colonie Central High School

This class is for a novice in need of the basics, or someone beyond the basics who needs assistance now and then. Beginners should bring worsted weight bright color yarn and a crochet hook no smaller than H and no larger than K. Intermediates should bring your own project or choose from a variety of my patterns. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $41.

*JACKI SORENSON’S AEROBIC DANCING: GET IT ALL TOGETHER APPROACH

  • Instructor: Dawn Peplowski
  • Two 10-Week Sessions 7:00-8:00 PM
  • Sign up for one OR both (Each session paid separately)
  • Tuesday only, $46; Tuesday and Thursday, $81
  • Gym – Saddlewood Elementary
  • *Start Date: January 11

This class includes core work, Vertifirm weight training, cardio, stretching, and fun — all in one hour. Warm up with stretching, use core work to firm and strengthen your abdominals and torso and Vertifirm to firm and strengthen your legs, glutes, chest and arms using body resistance, or with the option of hand and ankle weights. Cardio will strengthen your aerobic system and burn fat. Cool down with stretching. You’ll sway, stretch, crunch, squat, cha-cha, waltz, samba and swing yourself into total body fitness while enjoying a variety of motivating music. Please bring a mat for abdominal workout. Colonie Senior Courtesy Card Fee – $41/$76. Session 1 starts January 11. Session 2 starts April 12.