Something for everyone with 45 classes offered between January - June!

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YOUTH AND PRE-SCHOOL COURSES

BABYSITTER TRAINING (Ages 11-15)

This course provides the participant with instruction in infant, toddler and school aged child care and development, nutrition, fire safety, emergency procedures, coping with difficult situations, first aid, choking, Heimlich preparedness and vital information for running your business.  (1 class – includes lunch, folder, handouts and certificate)  Please bring a large doll or teddy bear. 

Date: Friday, June 24, 10 AM-3 PM, Fee: $42/$37* Instructor: Lisa Meunier, RN

GUITAR OR VOICE (Ages 8-Adult) 

Half-hour private lessons are tailored to the individual. Students provide music, guitar. (7 classes) Dates: Weds, between 2:30-7 PM, A) January 20-March 9 (no class 2/17); B) March 16-May 4 (no class 4/20), C) May 18-June 29 Fee: $155/$150*    Instructor: Rob Adams

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: Multicultural Menus (ages 6-12)

Dinner is served. This creative cooking class meets once a month to explore food from a different cultures each session including: A) Feb 25-Japanese B) March 24-Hungarian C) April 28-South American, D) May 26- Ethiopian Dates: Thurs,  4-5:30 PM Fee: $75/$70* Instructor: Deborah Taylor

MARTIAL ARTS (Ages 4 & up)

Sen-I Judo The practice develops discipline, confidence, team-work, fitness and fun. Ongoing classes are held Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00-6:00 for details and registration contact Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 sjudoclub@yahoo.com

UNION 61 FAMILY FOUNDATION FIVE GRANT

Programs sponsored by Union 61 Family Foundation Five Grant are all FREE. Music/movement, Wednesdays, 9-9:45 AM; Playgroup (Parent and Child). Thursdays, 9-11 AM. Special programs to be announced. No activities school vacations and holidays. Call Patti Sinko at 508-867-2232 or union61cfce@tantasqua.org for details and to pre-register.

VIOLIN OR VIOLA LESSONS (Ages 5-Adult)

Linda enjoys teaching all ages and levels and offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students.  Linda was a violinist in the Austin Symphony Orchestra for 22 years, teaches violin and viola to all ages and levels.  (6 classes)   Please note: Children 5-7 years must be accompanied by an adult. Dates: ½ hour lessons are scheduled between 3:30–6:00 A) Mon, January 4-February 22 (no classes 1/18, 2/15),             B) Thurs, January 7-February 11,  C) Mon, February 29-April 4,  D) Thurs, February 25-Machr 31,  E) Mon, April 11-May 23 (no classes 4/18),   F) Thurs, April 7-May 26 (no classes 4/21, 5/12)  Fee: $148/$143*  Instructor:  Linda Day

YOGA FOR KIDS (Ages 3-7)

Every week we explore a yoga concept such as balance, energy, speed/space finesse and many more. Each class begins with a discussion or demonstration of the concept for the week and by taking a moment to turn inward. This is followed by warm-up activities, which incorporate movement with stretches, games and songs, preparing our bodies for a series of yoga poses. We wind class down by learning to center with our breath and focus our attention inward with a guided rest or visualization. Parents participate in class on April 2. (5 classes)  Dates: Saturdays, March 5-April 2  Fee:  $55, 1st child, $40 each additional child/$50, 1st child, $40 additional child  Instructor: Cathy Keefe

 

CLASSES FOR AGES 14–ADULT

ART GROUP

Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction.  No pre-registration required. Dates: Tuesdays, January 5-June 28, 9-11:30 AM.  Bring your own supplies and enjoy!  Donations support Hitchcock.

BEER BREWING at Rapscallion’s (Ages 21+ ID Required)

Discover the supplies needed to brew your own beer. Learn the intricacies of malt, yeast, hops, PH levels for water and types of glasses appropriate for serving beer. Classes held at Rapscallion’s 199 Arnold Road Fiskdale, MA Ages 21+ only. (2 classes)         Dates: Wed, Feb 3 & 10, 7-9 PM Fee: $25/$20*           Instructor: Shaun Radzuik, Rapscallion Head Brewer

CHEESEMAKING

A) May 5-Ricotta & Feta Cheese:  learn the basic principles of making ricotta and feta with goat and cow milk.  

B) May 19-Mozzarella Seasonings:  pulling mozzarella is fun and you can bring some zip to a plain cheese with herbs to suit your taste buds. (1 class) 

Thursdays, Times: 6:30-8:30 PM   Fee: $25/$20* per person per class. Instructor: Jennifer Poirier

CONTRA DANCE

Get moving with New England Contra Dance, a country dance similar to square dancing but in lines.  Saturday, March 26, 2016      7-10 PM with Rich Sbardella calling and live music featuring the Worcester Folk Orchestra.  A fun and active night out for all ages.  Date: Saturday March 26 7-10 PM Fee: $10.  Light refreshments.

COOKING WITH THE METRO BISTROT

Jay places an emphasis on fresh, mostly local ingredients for the food in the Bistrot and changes the menu sometimes, daily according to what is in the markets or what he can forage from local fields, lakes, streams and gardens. (1 class)  Date: Tuesday, March 8, 6:30-8:30 PM, Fee: $25/$20*  Instructor: Jay Livernois, Metro Bistrot

CPR & FIRST AID (Adult, Child & Infant training)

Participants will receive a Red Cross certification upon successful completion of each course. (1 class each)  Date: Wednesday, April 13, C) CPR, 6 PM, D) First Aid, 7:30 PM Fee: $60/$55* each class OR $85/$80* for both classes Instructor: Erin Foss

DRAWING

Foundational drawing skills and exercises will be the focus of this fun, exploratory class for absolute beginners to intermediates who want to strengthen their basic skills. Each week we will focus on different skills based on the needs/wants of the class. Come to the first week's class with your materials, ask for a supply list.  (4 classes) Dates: Thursdays. March 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:00-1:00 Ask for a supply list. Fee: $87/$82* Instructor: Lynn Sisler

DOG TRAINING CLASSES

This dog training basics class is for canines of all ages (puppies welcome) and provides positive training methods, good management practices, and problem-solving strategies. The first week is mandatory, and dogs do not attend. Vaccinations must be up-to-date. Children under 14 must be with an adult. (6 classes)

Dates: Weds, 6:30-7:30 PM,   A) January 6-Feb 10, B) February 24-March 30, C) April 6-May 18 (no class 4/20) Fee: $130/125* per dog  Instructor: Laurie Merritt, M. Ed, Certified Dog Trainer

DRUM PERCUSSION CIRCLE JAM

Using a combination of authentic West African, Middle Eastern, European and more contemporary hand percussion and drums combined with piped-in and live instrumental music, participants will have fun and receive proven therapy by learning about and jamming to diverse percussive rhythms, exotic song structures, 

dancing, singing, and soloing. 8-week class size can range from 5-10 participants. We will also record our best performances for you to take home and share. (8 classes)  

Dates: Fridays, A) Jan 15-March11 B) April 1–June 10 (no classes 2/19, 4/22, 5/13, 5/27) 6:30-7:30 PM Fee: $68/$63* Instructor: Tim Kane

FIT CHALLENGE

Come join our fun, safe, supportive community of people looking to get and stay in shape! All levels of fitness welcome - 30 minutes of various exercises. Bring 3-5lb dumbbells and a yoga mat! Dates: Mon & Wed, January 25–June 29, 6-6:30PM.  Free will donation Hitchcock. Instructor: Jessica McCray, AFAA

GENEALOGY & FAMILY RESEARCH

Learn how to discover multiple generations of your family: what documents to look for & where to find them; how to interpret what you’ve found...Become a family history detective! Create pedigree charts & learn the basics of expanding them into a variety of family history. You’ll be introduced to a wide variety of free & subscription based genealogy websites. (4 classes) Dates: Fridays, 6:30-8 PM, Feb. 26, March 4, 11, 18 Fee: $45/$40* Instructor: Dave Robison

GOAT FARMING FOR BEGINNERS

Plan now-Spring into Goats. From kidding to milking, care & creative housing. Learn the fine skills: hoof trimming, bottle rearing. (1 class)  Date: Thursday, January 14, 6:30-9 PM   Fee: $15 per adult (children free with adult) Instructor:  Jennifer Poirier, Shepherds’ Gate Dairy Goat Farm

GUITAR OR VOICE (Ages 8-Adult)

Half-hour private lessons are tailored to the individual. Students provide music, guitar. (7 classes) Dates: Weds, between 2:30-7 PM, A) January 20-March 9 (no class 2/17); B) March 16-May 4 (no class 4/20), C) May 18-June 29 Fee: $155/$150*

Instructor: Rob Adams

KNITTING CIRCLE

Welcome knitters of all ages and abilities to this informal knitting circle.  Meet new people and find inspiration to start or finish that project, share your expertise with others and just enjoy knitting! Bring your own supplies. Dates: Tuesdays, January-May, 7-9 PM. Leader: Glee Marchand.  No meetings holidays and school vacations. Donations welcome to support Hitchcock.

IMPROVISATION

Students learn the art of comedic improvisation, using quick wit to respond to unique, individualized situations. Playing creativity inducing games teaches students to think on their feet, trust their intuitions, and hone active listening skills to work cooperatively with their cast mates. Improv skills strengthen comfort in public speaking situations and in new situations. (5 classes) Dates:  Thursdays, 7:45-9 PM, January 14-February11. The class is invited to perform at open Mic, February 12 with Greene Room Productions Fee: $38/$33* Instructor: Erin Wallace, GRP

LAUGHTER YOGA

In Laughter Yoga the body leads the mind – we start with the physical act of laughing and our mood improves in response. Doing Laughter Yoga in a group, we cultivate a child-like sense of playfulness. We make direct eye contact with each other and discover that laughter really is contagious. Increase your attention span and energy, enhance your learning skills and promote team building.  No awkward poses.  Bring water! (1 class) Dates:  Tuesdays 7 – 8pm A) Jan 26 B) Feb 23, C) March 29, D) April 26, E) May 24 F) June 28 Fee: $20/15* Instructor: Toni Cioto

LIVE A FLOURISHING LIFE™ (Ages 18 up)

Rita Schiano is the founder of Live A Flourishing Life™ offering strategic resilience-building personal coaching/mentoring and professional development programs.

A)      Helping Your Kids Cope With Stress

We like to think of childhood as a fun-filled, stress-free time in life. Truth be told? It isn't. Kids experience stress. Schoolwork, peer pressure, family issues can create pressures that can be overwhelming for kids. As a parent, you can't protect your kids from stress, but you can help them develop healthy ways to cope with stress and solve everyday problems. We call that resilience.

In this presentation, resilience strategist Rita Schiano will help parents recognize the cues when their child is under stress, and offer strategies parents can use to help their children manage their stress. (1 class)  Date: Tuesday, January 26, 7-8:30 PM, Fee: $20/$18*

B)      Change Your Habitudes©, Change Your Life

“Habitude© - Patterns of thought and behavior affecting our attitude towards life.” ~ Rita Schiano. Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. This workshop will examine the mind-body connection of how our thoughts influence us mentally, emotionally, and physically. Participants will learn practical strategies that will help them understand and re-shape their attitude. (1 class)  Date:  Wednesday, February 3, 7-8:30 Fee: $20/$18* Instructor: Rita Schiano

MIXED MEDIA ART

Develop new and innovative mixed media techniques for use in your own artistic practice! We will spend the workshop time learning several techniques within various mediums, then implementing what we learned by creating an original piece of artwork. All levels welcome. Instructor will provide most materials. Students, may bring paper for collage, copies of photographs, and any other materials you may want to use. Bring a bag lunch. Saturday, April 9, 2016 10-3Saturday Workshop. Instructor: Lynn Sisler

NOODLE DOODLES

Creative designing for the non-artist.  Make your own imaginative designs you may use on notecards, T-shirts etc.  Frames, paper and pens included. (1class) Date: Wed, February 24, 7-9pm Fee: $25/$20* supplies included Instructor: Marcia Beal

PAPER CRAFTING

Learn the Art of Decoupage.  New decoupage, a faux finish that gives the appearance of being surface painted. Learn new techniques with paper, scissors and glue. In this beginner class, you will decoupage a 6 or 8” flower pot that can be used to enhance your home or outside porch.  Become a decoupager in one easy class. Impress your friends and family, they’ll think you’re a painter!  (1 class each)  Dates: A) Flower Pot-Wednesday, February 10; B) Vase- Wednesday, March 16; C) Lamp Shade-Wednesday, April 27; D) Flower Pot-Thursday, June 9, All classes 6:30-9 Fee: $48/$43*

 Instructor: Toni Cioto

PHOTOGRAPHY

A) Basics – Understand exposure, settings, camera features and learn why a photo came out the way it did to analyze how to repeat a success or avoid a disaster (4 classes) Dates: Feb 23, March 1,8,15 6:30-8:30 Fee: $30/$25*

B) Micro Photography – Learn to control camera settings and discover the minute details in flowers and nature. (1 class) Date: Sat. March 12, 9:00-12:00 Fee: $40/$35*

Instructor: Kevin Kopchynski www.nature-explorations.com  

POTTERY WORKSHOP - AFRICAN COILING

African Coiling is a hand-building technique which is originated in West Africa. It involves working with small sausage shape coils, starting in the palm of the hand twisting in a spiral movement. This technique allows anyone to create small to huge forms even if you have never worked in clay. Students are encouraged to come with their own ideas focusing on the garden; birdbaths, fountains, planters, chimes or simply decorative ornaments. Students will also explore surface decoration and glazing. Date:  Saturday, February 13, 10:00-4:00 Fee:  $110/$105*                                      Instructor:  Juliet Bacchas, Juliet Rose Gallery

PYSANKY EGG DECORATION

Explore the history of symbols and designs used in Ukrainian Easter Eggs.  Using raw eggs: dye, wax and a stylus, create your own decorated egg. (1 class)  Date: Wed 6:30-9 PM, March 23 Fee: $20/$15* includes supplies.                Instructor:  Marcia Beal

REACH YOUR GOALS

A)  Change Moves Us Forward - Life is full of ups and downs.  We have goals, dreams and desires but sometimes are stuck and can’t change course. GET OUT OF THE BOX and follow your dreams Date: Wed. Feb 24, 6:30-8:30 Fee: $25/$20*

 B) Your Very Own Permission Slip! Take time out and enjoy this workshop designed to give you permission to take care of yourself and become aware of the things that really matter in life. You will walk away feeling inspired and awakened! Date: March 9, 6:30-8:30 Fee: $25/$20*                                                               

C) Vision Boards If you have a dream or goal and are having a hard time manifesting it, vision boards are extremely powerful!  This three hour vision board party will be interactive and fun and you will come away awareness and clear direction for your future. Date: Wed. May 4, 6-9,      Fee: $34/$29* Instructor: Gayle Suzanne

SILK SCARVES (Ages 18-Adult)

Create a lovely hand-painted silk scarf using silk, paint and your own creativity. (1 class) Date: Thursday April 7, 6:30-9 PM Fee: $20/15* supplies included Instructor: Marcia Beal

TAI CHI / Chi Kung (Beginner & Intermediate Levels)

An ancient yet evolving art form that uses slow, deliberate and careful movements to better understand the body’s restrictions & performance. Receive the benefits of increased balance, flexibility, endurance & strength. (6 classes) Date: Tues 6:15-7:15 PM, A) Jan 26 -March 8 B) March 15 – April 26 C) May 17 – June 21 (no classes 2/16, 4/19, 5/10) Fee: $50/$45* Instructor: Sharon Palmer

TAI CHI SEMINARS

Each three-hour seminar will include a variety of Tai Chi & Chi Kung. Some previous experience required. (1 class)     Dates:  Saturdays, 9 AM-Noon,   A) Jan 16; B) Feb 13;  C) March 12; D) April 9Fee:  $28/$23* for 9-12 or $9 for 9:00-10:00 only.  Instructor: David Masera

Paid Pre-Registration is required one week in advance

TRUFFLES

Learn to temper chocolateso you can play with your food to make a chocolate bowl and fill it with tantalizing truffles with milk and dark chocolate, infusions and coatings Date: Thurs, Feb 11, 6:30-8:30 PM Fee: $10 Instructor: Sheryl Sommer

VIOLIN/VIOLA LESSONS (Ages 5-Adult) 

Linda enjoys teaching all ages and levels and offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students.  Linda was a violinist in the Austin Symphony Orchestra for 22 years, teaches violin and viola to all ages and levels.  (6 classes)   Please note: Children 5-7 years must be accompanied by an adult. Dates: ½ hour lessons are scheduled between 3:30–6:00 A) Mon, January 4-February 22 (no classes 1/18, 2/15),             B) Thurs, January 7-February 11,  C) Mon, February 29-April 4,  D) Thurs, February 25-Machr 31,  E) Mon, April 11-May 23 (no classes 4/18),   F) Thurs, April 7-May 26 (no classes 4/21, 5/12)  Fee: $148/$143*  Instructor:  Linda Day

WATERCOLORS WITH BETH (18 yrs.-Adult)

For all levels - ongoing watercolor classes with a new painting every 3 wks. Dates: Wednesdays, 9:30 AM-Noon, Jan – June  Contact Instructor: Beth Parys for info 413-245-3295.

 WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS WITH ANNA

A) New England Farm first sketch then the use different grays to create this farm, so freshen up on your blue grays, brown grays Date:  Friday, January 29, 10 AM-3:30 PMB)Watercolor Lilacs Welcome in the spring. Friday, March 18, 10 AM-3:30 PM Supplies: Ask for a list Fee: $45/$40* Instructor: Anna Ozolins

WEIGHT WATCHERS Mondays 6 PM

WRITING: INSPIRING YOUR IMAGINATION

Whether you are a beginning writer or have been writing for years, this workshop will provide you with some materials for a fresh start with the written word. (1 class) Date: Sat, Feb 27, 1-4 PM Fee: $55/$50* Instructor: Susanne Strempek-Shea, local author of numerous books, including This is Paradise.

YOGA WITH JANE (Hatha)

Discover the benefits of stress-relieving Hatha Yoga. Relax & rejuvenate with postures & guided meditation to restore the body. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing.  (6 classes)

Dates: Mondays, 7:15-8:45 PM,   A) January 4-February 22 (no classes 1/18, 2/15), B) February 29-April 4, C) April 11-May 23 (no class 4/18)   Fee: $65/$60* Instructor: Jane Anable, Certified Kripalu Instructor & Phoenix Rising Yoga

YOGA WITH SHARON

Sharon Palmer, M.Ed., Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher; www.AllCanDoYoga.com

A) Yoga Nidra - -Unwind with a brief gentle Yoga experience, (beginners welcome) then enjoy “Yoga Nidra” – sometimes referred to a “psychic sleep” or a state of deep relaxation.  Bring a mat, blanket, pillow… for your comfort (1class) Date: Tuesday, 7:30-8:45 PM, January 26 Fee: $12

B, C) Beginner/Refresher Yoga - If you’ve been wanting to try Yoga or have some experience and would like a refresher, this is the class for you.  Explore the foundational postures, Breathing practices, meditative techniques and well as posture modifications for when you need more or less challenge. (6 classes) Dates: Wed, 7:00-8:15 PM, B) Jan 13-Feb 24 (no class 2/17), C) Mar 2-Apr 13 (no class 4/6) Fee: $60/$55*

D) “Bro Yo”-Yoga for Men-Guys: Here’s a chance to try out Yoga with just the bro’s.  No experience necessary. Bring a mat and blanket, and enhance your cardiovascular function, flexibility, strength, mental focus and balance. (6 classes)  Dates: Tues, 7:30-8:45, Feb 23-March 29 Fee: $60/$55*

E) Spring Self-Care “Cleanse”- Take good care of yourself in this 6-week “cleanse” that includes gentle Yoga, meditation, journaling, nutrition ideas, mindful eating and exercise strategies.  Discussions involve how to successfully reduce “toxins” (such as sugar, caffeine, alcohol, negative mindsets) and incorporate healthful lifestyle practices; no fasting or dieting involved.  (6 classes)  Dates: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:45 PM, April 26-May 31 Fee: $60/$55*

F) Kitchen Counter Yoga – In this fun & relaxed class we will use Hitchcock’s kitchen counters as props to practice some stretching, strengthening, breathing & balancing to enhance that mind-body connection. No experience is necessary; no mat is needed.  Wear comfortable clothing/non-slip shoes. (1 class) Date: Tues, April 12, 7:30–8:30 Fee: $12

ZUMBA

The routines in this spicy class with a Latin twist feature interval training sessions where fast & slow rhythms & resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.     (10 classes)  Dates:  Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 PM, A) January 14-March 24 (no class 2/18)  B) March 31-June 23 (no classes 4/21, 4/25, 6/2)  Fee: $58/$53* Instructor: Erin Greene-Wa