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HOME & GARDENING


REINVENT YOUR HOME TO AGE AT HOME GRACIOUSLY
People love their homes—after all, home is where the heart is, right?  But what happens when getting around the house is not as easy as it once was?  Learn about the key adaptations that can make a home more accessible while adding value and beauty.  In this one-evening class, Home Design Transformation Authority and Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Colin Healy, will show you ways to reinvent your home to fit your changing needs and evolving passions in the home and community you love.  Whether caring for loved ones or planning for yourself, you will get insights on how to create luxurious retirement living that is safe for homeowners and visitors and does not look like a hospital ward.  There will be a presentation and discussion with free resources.    No discounts apply.
 
Course # 5111 Monday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 4/23/18 1 Class
Colin Healy Fee $39
Colin Healy Design LLC
 
GET ORGANIZED AND GET CONTROL
Are you overwhelmed by clutter, but unsure how to organize it?  Have you made past attempts to declutter and get organized only to be disappointed?  If you’re ready for a fresh start, this class is for you.  Organizing is a skill that can be LEARNED.  Professional Organizer, Karen Pierce, will show you how to organize so you can save time, do what you love, save money, decrease stress, improve health and enjoy your space.  Please bring a purse/handbag/backpack to class (do NOT organize)!  You can also email questions you would like to discuss ahead of time through her website, InnerSpacebyKaren.com.
 
Course # Wednesday NHS
7:30-9:00 pm Starts 5/2/18 1 Class
Karen Pierce Fee $29
 
GARDENING INDOORS FOR HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS
Many gardeners have great green thumbs when it comes to outdoor plants, but then have a difficult time with indoor plants.  Do you struggle keeping your indoor plants healthy?  Already a houseplant enthusiast?  Expand your knowledge and know how.  We will cover all sorts of houseplant situations and offer advice on how to keep your houseplants happy, what plants to choose (and what to avoid), where to place them, and how to maintain and overwinter indoor potted plants (and when and what to put outside in warmer weather).  From common varieties of houseplants to orchids, African violets, and more, we’ll tackle the different challenges of indoor gardening and learn how to  make your houseplants work for you!
 
Course # 5171 Monday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 4/9/18 1 Class
Nicole Christensen Fee $39
 
WEEDS: IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL OF COMMON WEEDS
Eliminate weeds from your lawn or garden this year.  Learn the identification of several common weeds and invasive plants in Connecticut, plus environmentally safe control methods.  Students  may bring weed samples to class for identification.  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor.
 
Course # 5311 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30  PM Starts 5/23/18 1 Class
Michele MacKinnon Fee $39
 
HOME COMPOSTING: THE BASICS
Come learn about this simple process, whether you are a homeowner or renter.  Composting reduces food waste and creates a nourishing soil additive.  Topics include types of compost bins/containers, materials suitable for composting, speeding the process up, and using the finished product.  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor.
 
Course #5348 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:00 PM Starts 4/4/18 1 Class
Michele MacKinnon Fee $29

ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS
Prepare a vegetable garden in time for spring planting.  Learn basic, tried-and-true techniques for growing popular vegetables and which common but ineffective garden myths to avoid.  Organic controls to manage weeds, insects an common diseases will be discussed.  Nor gardening experience required.   Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor.  
 
Course # 5342 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 4/25/18 1 Class
Michele MacKinnon Fee $59
 
BIRD FEEDERS AND
BEYOND: ATTRACT WILDLIFE TO YOUR GARDEN YEAR-ROUND
Would you enjoy having more feathered friends and other wildlife in your garden?  Learn which plants attract birds, bees and butterflies in each season and how to arrange them to create habitat in your outdoor space.  Benefits of key native plants will be highlighted.  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor.  
 
Course # 5348 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 10/11/17 1 Class
Michele MacKinnon Fee $39
 
A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SEEDS
Have you ever wanted to plant your garden using seeds but didn’t know where to start?  Or are  you interested in saving seeds for next year, but not sure what is the best way or which seeds to save?  In this class, we will do an overview, from flowers to vegetables, on using seeds from start to finish.  Learn about the various seed types available, how to “read” seed packets, different methods and containers available, starting seeds indoors, and how to save various seeds for the next year.  It’s “seed 101”!  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Organic Lifestyle columnist.  This class will help take the guesswork out of seed starting!
 
Course # Monday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 3/12/18 1 Class
Nicole Christensen Fee $39
 
 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

DO WHAT WORKS™—GET UNSTUCK & LIGHTEN-UP
How would you like to get unstuck from the biggest business problem and/or the biggest personal problem you are currently facing?  Over 80% of past participants have publicly credited Do What Works™ immediately with problems, obstacles, and situations you are currently facing, and as a result, better able to move forward in accomplishing your most important goals.  
 
Course # 2340 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 5/9/18 1 Class
Jon Barb Fee $39
 
ZEN & THE ART OF SEEING:  PART II—PHOTOGRAPHY AS MEDITATION
If you are looking for a Technical Photography Course this course is not for you.  If you are interested in learning to use your camera to expand your relationship with nature, be inspired, and help you cultivate inner peach, please read on.  Have you ever looked at the veins in the petal of a flower?  Gazed upon the reflections of trees and their leaves on water?  How many colors can you name that you’ve seen glistening on snow?  When we sloe down and look, really look, we are gifted with “new eyes” with which to experience the beauty of  nature at a level that most people  never take the time to notice.  Using the camera as a meditative tool we expand our connection to the natural work and hence, the Divine.  The process itself is largely the purpose.  The images you create become an added bonus and an inspirational reminder of the value of slowing down to See.  This course consists of theory and practice in the Field.  Point & Shoot and SmartPhone cameras permitted.  This course is for Adults but Teens 15 or older with a serious interest in Photography and/or Meditation are also welcome.  Transportation for teens will need to be provided for field work.  Please bring a notebook, pen, and tripod if you have one as well as a bag lunch, water bottle, and come prepared to spend time outdoors for the field work portion of the Class.  This is the Second Workshop of a Two-Part Series.  Classes may be taken separately or consecutively.  
 
Course # 1652 Saturday NHS
10:00-3:00 PM Starts 4/28/18 1 Class
Elisabeth Levy Fee $79
Professional Photographer
 
THE TEN PHASES OF CULTIVATING AND MASTERING QI
Learn the ancient secrets of Qi cultivation accessible to all.  Whether your focus is to accelerate productivity and performance or intimately touch the mysterious fabric of the cosmos, you will feel the extraordinary power to release your inner potential regardless of your present posture in life.  Explore and experience your personal process to Discover, Gather, Circulate, Purify, Direct, Conserve, Store, Transform, Dissolve, and Transmit Qi.  Bring a cushion.  The workshop will be led by Lady Chakra Holistic Healing’s Rev. Audra J. Mace, a Certified Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, trained by the world renowned author and director of the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi, Dr. Roger Jahnke, who encourages grass roots community practice and daily integration of Qi Gong and Tai Chi as a lifestyle.
 
Course # 8462 Thursday NHS
5:30-6:45 PM Starts 4/5/18 4 Classes
Audra Mace Fee$99
 
TAI CHI EASY™—FIVE FORM SERIES
Look and feel like a Tai Chi expert!  Master five forms in five one hour sessions and activate “the healer within” using traditional Chinese techniques to release your body’s own medicine through gentle movement, self-applied reflexology, meditation, and breathing providing simple and effective self-care skills that can be used throughout life and well into the “successful aging” process.  The workshop will be led by Lady Chakra Holistic Healing’s Rev. Audra J. Mace, a Certified Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, trained by the world renowned author and director of the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi, Dr. Roger Jahnke, who encourages grass roots community practice and daily integration of Qi Gong and Tai Chi as a lifestyle.  Tai Chi practice is great for improving balance, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and sleep quality.  Research has proven Tai Chi practice to help relieve pain, heal disease, reduce stress, and support PTSD and drug an alcohol recovery.  
 
Course # 8463 Thursday NHS
5:30-6:30 PM Starts 5/10/18 5 Classes
Audra Mace $99
 
 
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI EASY™
Find out what all this Tai Chi buzz is about and in just one hour you will activate “the healer within” using traditional Chinese techniques to release your body’s own medicine through gentle movement, self-applied reflexology, meditation, and breathing providing simple and effective self-care skills that can be used throughout life and well into the “successful aging” process.  The workshop will be led by Lady Chakra Holistic Healing’s Rev. Audra J. Mace, a Certified Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, trained by the world renowned author and director of the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi Dr. Roger Jahnke, who encourages grass roots community practice and daily integration of Qi Gong and Tai Chi as a lifestyle..  Go home with a book with content that is practical and life transforming.  You will lelave feeling wonderful and will join the buzz about Tai Chi yourself!  A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.
 
Course # 8460 Thursday NHS
5:30-6:30 PM Starts 3/8/18 1 Class
Audra Mace Fee $20
 
TAI CHI EASY™—TAKE 10 SERIES
Feel better fast with Ten Minute Tai Chi Easy™ formulas.  Transform your health by awakening your internal healing resources in just ten seconds.  Choose to start your day, take a break, or end your day performing the Ten Minute Tai Chi Easy™ Movement Series, Ten Minute Tai Chi Easy™ Movement Total Body Tune-up, or Ten Minute Tai Chi Easy™ Massage Intensive that you will learn in this workshop lead by Lady Chakra Holistic Healing’s Rev. Audra J. Mace, a Certified Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, trained by the world renowned author and director of the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi, Dr. Roger Jahnke.  Tai Chi Easy™ is a carefully developed approach to integrating the therapeutic benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong making it easy, fun, and beneficial right away keeping learners inspired and participating whether standing, sitting or lying down.  A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.
 
Course # 8461 Thursday NHS
5:30-6:30 PM Starts 3/15/18 3 Classes
Audra Mace Fee $59
 
MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS I
This class will explore what meditation is and what it is not; provide guided instruction into meditation and mindfulness practices; provide methods for integrating mindfulness into daily life and finding a still quiet place within that will ultimately reduce stress and empower you to choose love over fear.  NOTE:  see yogaaccessories.com or amazon.com to order a meditation pillow (zafu) and meditation mat (zabuton).  A yoga mat may be used in place of the meditation mat or you may use a chair.
 
Course # 6112 Monday NHS
7:15-8:30 PM Starts 3/12/18     10 Classes
Shyria Barker Limit 15 Fee $164
 
FIND A FLEXIBLE JOB & MAKE WORK FIT LIFE!—ONLINE COURSE
You want flexible, lucrative, resume-worthy work but how do you find it?  With any job search you need “sales” tools—a resume, a LinkedIn profile and more—but when you’re looking for a less traditional job you have to be even more precise about your personal brand and the specific jobs you can fill.  This quick, easy and inexpensive course gives you all the tools you need to Find A Flexible Job, which you can start and end at your convenience!  NOTE:  This is an online course that you do on your own anytime.  There are no “meeting times”—you will work totally independently for all course activity.  Once you register, you will receive an email with course access information.  The fee for this online course is $99.  No discounts apply.
 
Course # 1020 Online
Kathryn Sollmann Fee $99
 
COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS:  HOW TO WRITE THEM
Learn how to write dynamite college admission essays.  This one-night class offers the powerful, attention-getting Show! Don’t Tell! Techniques for writing narratives that LEAP off the page.  Examples and appropriate handouts guide students to write effective compositions.  Copies of the book Show! Don’t Tell! How to Personalize College Applications with 75 actual student writing samples will be available for perusal and purchase.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend together.  Private editing sessions may be arranged for a fee when students complete their essays.  
 
Course # 2231Tuesday               Room C-5
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 4/24/18 1 Class
Susan Berescik               Fee $29
 
 
TEST DRIVE A NEW CAREER:  ADULT INTERNSHIPS AND ENCORE CAREER POSSIBILITIES
Are you a mid-life adult newly out of work?  Underemployed or working part-time?  Nearing retirement at another job?  A stay-at-home parent ready to rejoin the workforce?  Explore the possibilities of returning to the workforce via structured, short-term internships that help you explore new fields while gaining value work experience.  Test drive new career dreams in real-world settings!  We try to match Baby Boomers like you with business owners eager to mentor you in exchange for your time and a “roll up your sleeve” attitude.  That’s it!  A Win-Win!  No discounts apply.
 
 
Session I
Course # 6214 Tuesday NHS
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 3/20/18 1 Class
Fran Trelease Fee $39
 
Session II
Course # 6215 Tuesday NHS
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 5/8/18 1 Class
Fran Trelease Fee $39
 
BEGINNING FRENCH
Unlock the mysteries of La Langue Fran?aise!  In this fun and engaging beginning level class, (little to no previous experience), we will learn proper pronunciation and basic rules of French grammar as well as everyday vocabulary, expressions and phrases via spoken games, drills and exercises.  Bring a notebook or laptop.  Limited to 8 students.  No discounts apply.
 
Course #2122 Monday NHS
6:00-7:00 PM Starts 3/19/18 6 Classes
Rachel Borne Fee $125
 
RECREATION

SAFE BOATING/PERSONAL WATERCRAFT
This 8-hour course over four nights provides the student with satisfactory requirements to obtain the Certification of Personal Watercraft Operation, which allows the operation of motorized recreational vessels up to 65’, personal watercraft and sailboats 19-1/2’ in length and longer.  Upon successful completion of this course, which includes an exam taken at the end of class, the student will be eligible to purchase their boating certificate for $50.00 online.  This certificate is a one-time lifetime certification.  If possible, bring your DEEP Conservation I.D. with you to the first class.  Go to website:  www.ct.wildlifelicense.com to obtain your  I.D.
 
Course # 6232 Tues/Thurs NHS
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 4/3/18 4 Classes
Chris Keebler Fee $25
   
INTRODUCTION TO FLY TYING
Every wanted to tie your own flies?  This this course is for you.  Learn to tie basic fly patterns that are effective in our local rivers and streams.  During this fun and informative 3-session course, you will tie simple but effective streamer, dry fly and nymph patterns, with an emphasis on freshwater fishing for trout, bass and panfish.  This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill.  The price of the course includes materials.  Limited to  6 students so sign up soon!
 
Course # 6422 Thursday NHS
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 3/15/18 3 Classes
Leigh Smith Fee $69
 

 ENRICHMENT
 
LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE
Learn to Play Bridge will have complete beginners playing the first week.  Classes emphasize fun and learning from playing.  Each starts with a brief lesson followed by play of 6-12 hands.  By the end of the course, players will be ready to join bridge games with friends.  Textbook (optional): $15
 
Thursday Starts 3/22/18
9:30-11:30 AM 10 Classes
Fee $12 per class
Held at:  Edmund Town Hall,
Alexandria Room
45 Main Street
Newtown, CT   036470
 
To register, email:
director@newtownbridge.org 
Or phone:  (203) 733-8525
  
ESSENTIAL OILS CLASS SERIES
Come join us for an interactive and informative class series.  Learn about essential oils and how to use them to promote healthy living, and improve physical and emotional health!  Each class includes take-homes (including samples, DIY items made during class, and handouts)    This is a 3-part series.  Choose one class for $20 or all three for $55.  No discounts apply.
 
Intro to Essential Oils
Course # 6280 Tuesday NHS
7:00-8:15 PM Starts 3/6/18 1 Class
 
Essential Oils for Worry, Stress, and
    Sadness
Course # 6281 Tuesday NHS
7:00-8:15 PM Starts 3/20/18 1 Class
 
Hands-On Essential Oils Make and Take
Course # 6282 Tuesday NHS
7:00-8:15 PM Starts 3/27/18 1 Class
 
GETTING PAID TO TALK…AN INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL VOICE-ACTING
Have you ever been told you have a great voice?  From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials, and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice over.  Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area!  We will discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher.  This class is lots of fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field.  For more information  please visit:
http://www.voicecoaches.com/gptt.
 
Course # 2446 Thursday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/12/18 1 Class
Creative Voice Development Fee $39
 
STREET SMARTS AND SELF-DEFENSE—AWARNESS SERIES
Chance favors the prepared. Come to this carefully designed workshop series intended to spark and develop an acute sense of awareness, share methods to avoid uncomfortable situations and confrontations, recognize and handle practical improvised weapons within your everyday reach, and identify soft and easy targets aiding manageable escapes for women with no previous training in self-defense.  Learn to harness and trust your sixth sense, gain confidence and build self-reliance as you practice hands-on self-defense techniques with other peace-minded women.
 
Course # 8403 Thursday NHS
7:00-8:00 PM Starts 3/8/18 4 Classes
Fee $99
Audra Mace, Reiki Master, Chakradance™ Facilitator, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, Connecticut State Licensed Security Officer
 
STREET SMARTS AND SELF-DEFENSE—BASIC FORM SERIES
You won’t find this basic form in any dojo!  Come and train in the clothes you wear every day.  Learn techniques that are practical, realistic, and that will work when you need them.  This series is designed to reach your personal potential for any age, sex, or physical condition.
 
Course # 8405 Thursday NHS
7:00-8:00PM Starts 4/5/18 4 Classes
Fee $99
Audra Mace, Reiki Master, Chakradance™ Facilitator, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, Connecticut State Licensed Security Officer
 
CHAKRADANCE™—DISCOVERY
Reach into the depth of your soul, possibly for the first time, and discover your body-mind-spirit connection.  Allow Chakradance™ through its intimate guided meditation and varying vibrational tones of its carefully composed music, provoke spontaneous movement, images, and healing as each of your energy chakras are re-balanced.  Bring a cushion.
 
Course # 6404 Thursday NHS
7:30-8:30 PM Starts 6/7/18 1 Class
Fee $35
Audra MaceReiki Master, Chakradance™ Facilitator, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, Connecticut State Licensed Security Officer
 
THE FIVE TIBETANS
Learn five vital and dynamic exercises practiced by Tibetan lamas for generations designed to stem the aging process.  Rhapsodized as the “fountain of youth”, they increase strength, energy, and mental alertness.  Once you have fully integrated this practice into your daily life, you will feel their profound and lasting effect and may wonder how you lived without it.  Bring a yoga or exercise mat.
 
Course # 6406 Thursday NHS
7:00-8:15 PM Starts 5/10/18 4 Classes
Fee $99 
Audra MaceReiki Master, Chakradance™ Facilitator, Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader, Connecticut State Licensed Security Officer
 
INTRODUCTION TO FLY TYING
Every wanted to tie your own flies?  This this course is for you.  Learn to tie basic fly patterns that are effective in our local rivers and streams.  During this fun and informative 3-session course, you will tie simple but effective streamer, dry fly and nymph patterns, with an emphasis on freshwater fishing for trout, bass and panfish.  This is a great opportunity to learn a new skill.  The price of the course includes materials.  Maximum 6 students so sign up soon!
 
Course # Thursday NHS
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 3/15/18 3 Classes
Leigh Smith Fee $

 HEALTH & WELL BEING


STOP THE WEIGHT GAIN VILLAIN—FOODS TO AVOID AN FOODS TO EMBRACE.
Have you been gaining weight?  Want to lose a few pounds or just maintain your weight?  Not sure what to do?  This class will cover why skipping breakfast causes weight gain, which foods put weight on and why eating protein at every meal is so important.  Other topics include  how being overweight contributes to health risks and the difference between a healthy and unhealthy weight loss program.  You will learn lifestyle modifications to help you lose weight.  
 
Course # 5251 Tuesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 4/10/18 1 Class
Peggy Krotzer, M.S. Nutrition Fee $29
 
OSTEOPOROSIS—IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT TAKING CALCIUM
Discussions in this class will include how to prevent and manage the disease and the difference between osteoporosis and osteopenia, who is at risk for developing the disease, how your doctor measures bone density and how diet, supplements and exercise play a role in the disease.  
 
Course #5254 Tuesday NHS
6:30-8:00 PM Starts 4/3/18 1 Class
Peggy Krotzer, M.S. Nutrition Fee $29
 
AWAKEN THE ENERGY HEALER WITHIN
What feeds your soul?  What do you need?  Are you ready to release stagnant energy?  Did you know that we store experiences in the cells of the body?  InnerQuest is about freeing energy, awakening your luminous body and bringing a deeper sense of balance, healing and ease into your world.  Join Karen Pierce for an experiential six-week workshop on creating health and harmony using simple yet powerful tools that activate your self-healing abilities.  We will explore the body’s energy centers (chakras and auras); space clearing and personal clearing techniques; applied kinesiology (muscle testing) for health; creating sacred space and altars; color therapy and crystals; the art of breathing to relax or rejuvenate; mindfulness techniques.  This is an invitation to discover your fullest potential.
 
Course # 6363 Wednesday NHS
7:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/14/18 6 Classes
Karen Pierce Fee $99
 
ADULT CHILD CPR/AED
Want to learn what to do during emergencies?  Do you know that you have the power to save someone's life in cardiac, breathing and medical situations?  Positively Shocking LLC can teach you skills and provide you with a 2-year American Red Cross Certification in CPR in an easy and fun environment.  The course is designed so that lay persons will react with confidence in an emergency situation.  In addition to the one-night CPR/AED Class you can also register for a one-night First Aid Class 
 
Course # 6412 Thursday NHS
5:30-8:00 PM Starts 3/15/18 1 Class
Mary Sireci Fee $89
Certified Instructor

 

FIRST AID
Want to learn what to do during emergencies?  Do you know that you have the power to save someone's life in medical situations?  Positively Shocking LLC can teach you skills and provide you with a 2-year American Red Cross Certification in First Aid in an easy and fun environment.  This course is designed so that lay persons will react with confidence in an emergency situation.
 
Course # 6413 Thursday NHS
5:00-9:00 PM Starts 3/22/18 1 Class
Mary Sireci Fee $104
Certified Instructor
 
 
CARING FOR OTHERS AND YOURSELF
Come join us for information and discussions regarding the general issues of aging for those you might be caring for and yourself.  This information will involve what to expect when caring for others especially the physical, emotional and spiritual.  We will also explore how to care for yourself.
 
Course # 6473 Thursday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 5/3/18 4 Classes
Carolyn Legg Fee $99
 

BUS TRIPS

 ELLIS ISLAND ,THE STATUE OF LIBERTY & THE EMPTY SKY MEMORIAL`
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty, the famous colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor! Our ferry departs from Liberty Park, NJ and the first stop is Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants began their American dream. You will see the Great Hall, where the immigrants were processed, and the four rooms where immigrants were detained. You can experience your arrival as if you are an immigrant with the new 45” audio guide. When you have completed your self-guided tour of Ellis Island, you can take the ferry to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. Lunch is on your own in one of the café’s on either island. Dine in or enjoy a picnic outside with sweeping views of New York! Return by the New Jersey ferry to Liberty Park, NJ. Allow enough time to view the Empty Sky Memorial to those from New Jersey who perished on 9/11, before boarding the bus and departing for home. Roundtrip Ferry ticket allows you to depart Liberty Park, NJ and get off at both Ellis Island and Liberty Island for touring on your own, before returning to Liberty Park, NJ. 
 
Course # 9613 Departs NHS Time:  8:00 AM Date  Saturday 6/23/18 Fee $99 /Kids 6-12 $89
 
 SAVOR THE FLAVOR OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND—FEDERAL HILL AND LITTLE ITALY
Savor the Flavor of Providence, RI.  Begin your day at Scalio’s Bakery, well-known for their fine bread and pastries.  Enjoy a tour and demonstration along with a sampling of pastry and coffee or tea.  Continue on to Trattoria Zooma, a Southern Italian kitchen featuring handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza.  The chef delights and entertains you with his tableside demonstration of the techniques used in pizza making.  Enjoy a 5-course family-style meal which includes salad, assortment of grilled pizzas, fried mozzarella, potato gnocchi, penne pasta, and chicken marsala with cannoli and coffee.  Following lunch, stroll over to Venda’s Ravioli Emporium to shop for fine Italian foods, olive oil, cheeses and more!  Complete your day with a riding Tour of Providence with a local step on guide.
 
Course # 9614 Date 5/19/18 Fee $115

Newtown departure will be from the Cromwell, CT Park & Ride lot Please arrive by 7:30 AM. The Bus will leave promptly at 7:45.  Directions to the Lot can be found online at: http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?Q=259406 - Choose Cromwell.

       Directions from I-84 going East toward Waterbury:
* Continue on I-84 to Exit 27/691/Meriden
* Take exit 11/I-91 N/Hartford/Springfield
* Then Take exit 21/State Rte. 372/Cromwell/Berlin
* Take Right onto Berlin Road
* Take Right onto Sebethe Drive
* Park & Ride will be 200 Feet on Right

NEW YORK CITY BY LAND SEA 
Take a HUGE BITE out of the “Big Apple!  The New York City by Land & Sea tour is an adventure that covers New York City by bus, foot and boat!  You will begin your adventure by land on a riding tour of Manhattan.  Highlights include notable New York City landmarks in midtown and lower Manhattan with plenty of opportunity to hop off and on the bus so wear comfortable shoes.  Midday, the bus will drop you at the pier at South Street Seaport.  Lunch is on your own, so pace something delicious to eat and bring it with you, or choose to dine at one of the Pier 17’s restaurants/cafes.  But wait, there’s more…  Following lunch, you will board the Circle Line’s Statue of Liberty Express, sailing up, down and all around New York harbor.  While enjoying an hour-long, narrated cruise, the ship will pause up close to the majestic Lady Liberty.  Be sure your phone is charges so you are able to get amazing photographs of her, Ellis Island, Governors Island and the expansive Brooklyn Bridge.  This s a chance to see New York City up close and personal without the hassle of driving to the city and searching for parking, or spending your day on subways and in taxis.  Just kick back and enjoy so much of what Manhattan has to offer.  Price includes round trip transportation, provided by Friendship Tours, admission to the Circle Line cruise and bus driver gratuity.  Detailed itinerary will follow closer to excursion.  It is sure to be a wonderful experience for everyone.  SO START SPREADIN’ THE NEWS so we can fill that bus!!!
Course # 9611 Departs NHS Time:  8:00 AM Date:  Saturday 4/28/18 Fee $109
  
LIBRARIES OF MANHATTAN
Begin your day in New York City with an early lunch on your own at the Grand Central Terminal food court—remember to look up at the beautiful ceiling!  Spend the afternoon at the New York Public Library for a guided tour of the history and architecture of this landmark building flanked by the two lions—Patience and Fortitude.  There are many beautiful spaces within but perhaps the most spectacular is the Rose Main Reading Room.  After a year-long renovation that spiffed up the enormous research room—which is about as long a two city blocks—its plaster rosettes, celestial mural, and ornate chandeliers are more glorious than ever.  Next will be a self-guided visit of the Morgan Library which began as the private library of financial Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the US.  The complex consists of J.P. Morgan’s exquisite library, refurbished in 2010, along with the splendid, marble-covered rotunda, a red-paneled study, and other glorious rooms.  This trip included a Friendship Tours Tour Director for the day to assist in maneuvering your way through New York City!  This trip requires a moderate level of walking as the libraries and Grand Central are large buildings.
 
Course # 9612 Departs NHS Time:9:00 AM Date: Saturday        4/7/18 Fee $109
 
 COMPUTERS

MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS FINANCES WITH QUICKBOOKS
We will cover the key features of this highly popular business finance software.  Among the topics to be covered:  income and expense tracking, checkbook management, credit cards, cash accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable, customer lists, vendor lists, invoicing and business reports.
 
Course # 3420 Thursday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/8/18 4 Classes
Michael Ingber Fee $129
Upward Business Systems Limit 12
 
BACKUP STRATEGIES
Do you backup your irreplaceable computer data?  Are you risking losing your precious information?  What causes data loss?  What can you do to prevent data loss?  What should you be backing up?  What choices do you have for doing backups?  What is an effective backup strategy?  Don’t wait until you lose precious information.  Come to this class for answers to these questions and more!
 
Course # 3428 Thursday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 5/17/18 1 Class
Michael Ingber Fee $39
Upward Business Systems
 
BEGINNING FILMMAKING USING iMOVIE
Students ith an iPhone or iPad can make a move right from one’s own device.  In this class, you will learn how to create an iMovie using pictures and original video.  Students will need to purchase and download iMovie onto their device prior to class.
 
Course # 3137 Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/2/18 1 Class
Suzanne Hurley Fee $39

WORD  PART 1
Learn the basics to successfully use Microsoft Word , the best-selling word processing software.  Learn how to create and edit documents, how to format you document, how to use the spell-check and thesaurus, how to cut/copy/paste, and many other features..  No prior word processing knowledge is necessary, but a basic knowledge of computers is helpful.
 
Course # 3321 Wednesday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/14/18 3 Classes
Michael Ingber Fee $99
Upward Business Systems Limit 12
 
WORD PART 2—GETTING MORE OUT OF WORD
Taking you beyond and building on the basics of Part 1.  In this session learn to add graphics, shapes, and word art, to insert watermarks and cover pages, to create multiple column layouts and custom tabs, to customize bullet lists, to print envelopes and labels, and much more! Microsoft Word Part 1 or equivalent is a prerequisite.
 
Course # 3322 Wednesday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/4/18 2 Classes
Michael Ingber Fee $69
Upward Business Systems Limit 12
 
BEYOND GMAIL
Google offers a whole host of products beyone GMAIL:  Docs (work document program), Sheets (spreadsheet program), Slides (presentation program) and Drive (file storage).  This class will provide an introduction to each of these programs so that you can create, collaborate and share with friends, family and colleagues.
 
Course # 3135 Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/19/18 1 Class
Suzanne Hurley Fee $39

EXCEL  PART 1
The ability to work with rows and columns of information is a priceless tool for conquering the informational aspects of life with ease and accuracy.  Learn to use the spreadsheet most used by businesses, students and home-users.  Using Microsoft Excel , learn to design and use spreadsheets, formulas, functions, number, date and text formatting, sorting, and many more features.  Basic computer skills are required.
 
Course # 3129 Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/26/18 3 Classes
Michael Ingber Fee $99
Upward Business Systems Limit 12
 
EXCEL  PART 2
Continue to learn more about the most popular spreadsheet product on the market.  In this second part you will work with multiple sheet workbooks, charts, advanced formatting capabilities, data functions, templates, and more.  Excel Part 1 or equivalent is a prerequisite.
 
Course # 3130 Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/30/18 3 Classes
Michael Ingber Fee $99
Upward Business Systems Limit 12
 
GOOGLE SITES WEBSITE DESIGN
Google offers a template for designing your own website.  Learn how to create and publish a website tailored to your needs for free!  Students should have a GMAIL account prior to class. 
 
Course #3136 Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/26/18 1 Class
Suzanne Hurley Fee $39

 
INTRODUCTION TO POWERPOINT
Did you know that your children are using PowerPoint for their school reports?  PowerPoint is the most commonly used presentation program available, both in school and for business.  Where in the past you may have used hand drawn charts or pictures, PowerPoint allows you to create dynamic presentations that can include text, bullet lists, tables, charts, graphics, transitions, and animations.  This hands-on workshop shows you how to get the most out of PowerPoint using all of the features just mentioned.  If your children are using it, shouldn’t you be?
 
Course # 3324 Wednesday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 5/16/18 2 Classes
Michael Ingber Fee $69
Upward Business Systems Limit 12
 
WHAT IS THE CLOUD AND AM I USING IT?
So what is “The Cloud” anyway?  The Cloud refers to the sharing of data and programs over the Internet.  Here are some common examples of using the Cloud:  sharing files using Drop Box or One Drive, backing up important data using Carbonite, keeping track of your schedule using Google Calendar, using online versions of Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, using Google Docs to create and collaborate on documents, using online versions of popular programs such as Quickbooks, using Amazon to access your music library from anywhere, an so on. Concepts and usage of the Cloud will be demonstrated with a Windows PC, with a tablet, and with a Chromebook.  Perhaps you have heard of Chromebooks, a popular, lower-cost, easy-to-use alternative to traditional laptops.  Come to this one-night demonstration and discussion and finally understand what is meant by “The Cloud”!
 
Course # 3426 Thursday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 5/10/18 1 Class
Michael Ingber $39
Upward Business Systems

WINDOWS 10—AN OVERVIEW
Microsoft Windows 10 has been available for a while now, so there’s a pretty good chance that you already have  it, or that you are considering buying a new computer with Windows 10.  Windows 10 has several significant user interface changes, a brand new browser (replacing Internet Explorer), a new digital assistant (called Cortana), and other changes as well.  So if you are looking for some helpful guidance, come to this one-night class for a demonstration and discussion of Windows 10 and see what’s new and different.  
 
Course #3327 Wednesday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/2/18 1 Class
Michael Ingber Fee $39
Upward Business Systems
 
AVOIDING ONLINE RISKS
None of us wants to be the victim of identity theft, or lose our important data, or find that our computer has become infected.  Yet, these are all far too regular occurrences.  In this one-night class we will talk about the threats that are lurking and how to do our best to stay safe online.  From firewalls to phishing, from social engineering to security software, from ransomware to malware, from backups to updates, and from passwords to popups.  These are among the topics that we will cover, so join us to learn more about this important topic.
 
Course # 3425 Thursday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/3/18 1 Class
Michael Ingber Fee $39
Upward Business Systems

COMPUTERS FOR THE CONFUSED
The PC has become ubiquitous in business, in school, and at home.  If you have had limited exposure to personal computers and software programs, and want to explore the PC’s potential, then this course is for you.  We’ll begin with an explanation of the confusing terminology used, and then explore computer basics and how to find your way around the Windows desktop.  You will also be introduced to some of the most popular programs used at home, in school, and in business, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  We will also cover some of the basics of using the Internet and communicating with Email.  No prior knowledge is required for this important class, but please bring lots of questions!
 
Course # 3128 Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 3/5/18 2 Classes
Mike Ingber Fee $69
Upward Business Systems
 
USING YOUR COMPUTER TO GET AROUND THE INTERNET EFFECTIVELY
Internet Browsers let us enjoy the wealth of content available on the Internet.  Join us for this one-night class and learn about using Internet Browsers to get around the Internet.  The most popular browsers, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox will be compared.   We will discuss browsing techniques, using Search Engines, adding Favorites, using Browser tabs, setting a Home Page, clearing Cookies, staying safe, and much more.  Join us for this class and really start to browse!
 
Course # 3423 Thursday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts  4/26/18 1 Class
Michael Ingber Fee $39
Upward Business Systems
 
HISTORY 
 
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF EDGAR ALLEN POE
He is often referred to as the Father of the American Detective Story and a first class poet.  This is a wonderful introduction for those who would love to know more about one of America’s most colorful authors and find out some interesting facts about his works of poetry and tales of mystery and his life.  A wonderful presentation for Fall Season and Halloween.
 
Course # 6248 Tuesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 5/22/18 1 Class
Leon DiMartino Fee $59
 
MURDER AND MAYHEM IN NEW YORK CITY
Learn how major events effected The History of New York City.  We will discuss the New York City Draft Riots, the influence of Tammany Hall on city events, police riots, the Barrel Murders, The 1920 Wall Street Bombing and other interesting events.
 
Course # 6234 Tuesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 5/1/18 3 Classes
Leon DiMartino Fee $99
 
SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND THE SUFFREGETTE MOVEMENT
Learn how women won the right to vote and how the women of earlier generations struggled to earn that right in an earlier age of history.
 
 Course # Thursday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 6/7/18 1 Class
Leon DeMartino Fee $59

ARTS

 DRAWING:  TRICKS OF THE TRADE
This course will offer the fundamentals in drawing through creative exercises.  Working with pencil and/or charcoal, students will learn the importance of negative space, how to use grids and your pencil as a measuring tool, the basics of perspective and more.  Drawing mostly from still life compositions, this class will enhance any art medium you want to pursue.  Student supply list:  newsprint paper (12” x 18” minimum size), drawing pencils, white erasure, white conte, compressed charcoal squares (not “vine” charcoal), grey kneadable artist erasure and tracing paper.  Small piece3s of chamois will be available for purchase from the teacher for $3.00 each.  Limited to 12 students.
 
Course # 1220 Tuesday NHS
7:00-9:00 PM Starts 4/24/18 5 Classes
DeAnn Prosia Fee $109
 
 
TAKE BETTER PICTURES—PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION
Learn the basics of composition and how to produce photos your friends and family will love.  We will practice composition and creativity by taking photos and learning how to apply elements and principles of design.  Bring camera and manual to class.
 
Course # 1254 Tuesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 4/3/10 2 Classes
Staci Stamm Fee $59
 
TAKE BETTER PICTURES—UNDERSTANDING CAMERA SETTINGS
We will explore camera settings and functions so that you will finally know what all those buttons do.  Understanding how to control your camera is the foundation of improving your skills as a photographer.  Bring your DSLR camera and manual to class.
 
Course # 1351 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 3/21/18 2 Classes
Staci Stamm Fee $59
 

ZEN & THE ART OF SEEING:  PART I—A KIND AND GENTLE INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
This class is for all of those who have been wanting to make the leap out of Auto mode on their camera and take the next step with their photography.  In this two-session, six-hour workshop, you will be patiently guided into the worlds of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and the Baiscs of Composition and Design.  There will be much inspiration shared and ample time to venture forth into the field to put your new skills into practice—together.  You can do this!  Participants should plan to bring their camera (digital SLR with programmable controls strongly preferred), camera manual if possible, a notebook, pen and tripod if you have one available.  Please also come prepared to spend time outdoors.  This is the First Workshop of a Two-Part Series.  Classes may be taken separately or consecutively.  
 
Course #1651 Saturday NHS
10:00-1:00 PM Starts 4/7/18 2 Classes
Elisabeth Levy Fee $89
Professional Photographer

ZEN & THE ART OF SEEING:  PART II—PHOTOGRAPHY AS MEDITATION
If you are looking for a Technical Photography Course this course is not for you.  If you are interested in learning to use your camera to expand your relationship with nature, be inspired, and help you cultivate inner peach, please read on.  Have you ever looked at the veins in the petal of a flower?  Gazed upon the reflections of trees and their leaves on water?  How many colors can you name that you’ve seen glistening on snow?  When we slow down and look, really look, we are gifted with “new eyes” with which to experience the beauty of  nature at a level that most people  never take the time to notice.  Using the camera as a meditative tool we expand our connection to the natural work and hence, the Divine.  The process itself is largely the purpose.  The images you create become an added bonus and an inspirational reminder of the value of slowing down to See.  This course consists of theory and practice in the Field.  Point & Shoot and SmartPhone cameras permitted.  This course is for Adults but Teens 15 or older with a serious interest in Photography and/or Meditation are also welcome.  Transportation for teens will need to be provided for field work.  Please bring a notebook, pen, and tripod if you have one as well as a bag lunch, water bottle, and come prepared to spend time outdoors for the field work portion of the Class.  This is the Second Workshop of a Two-Part Series.  Classes may be taken separately or consecutively.  
 
Course # 1652 Saturday NHS
10:00-3:00 PM Starts 4/28/18 1 Class
Elisabeth Levy Fee $79
Professional Photographer

BEGINNING FILMMAKING USING iMOVIE
Students with an iPhone or iPad can make a move right from one’s own device.  In this class, you will learn how to create an iMovie using pictures and original video.  Students will need to purchase and download iMovie onto their device prior to class.
 
Course # Monday NHS
6:30-9:00 PM Starts 4/2/18 1 Class
Suzanne Hurley Fee $39

 GARDEN SERIES IN GLASS—INDIVIDUAL OFFERINGS

 
MOSAIC GARDEN ART
As the weather warms, I am sure you are thinking of ways to decorate your garden!  Well, in the warmth of my home-based studio we will do just that!  In this two-session class, you will create a lovely mosaic piece that can either be used as a stepping stone or house marker.  This would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift!  All materials and tools provided.  Limited to 8 students.  Not handicap accessible (stairs).
 
Course # 1134 Monday
6:30-9:30 PM Starts 4/9/18 2 Classes
Kelly Makuch Studio Fee $69
222 Brushy Hill Road, Newtown, CT
 
FUSED GLASS WIND CHIMES
Wind chimes make a great gift for any gardener or those who love a bit of whimsy!  You will create fun and fancy fused glass wind chimes with fusible glass.  Learn to cut glass and arrange glass and the basics of glass fusing.  Great for returning and new students!  A demonstration of finishing will be given at the end of class.  (Chime parts will be ready for pick up one week following class.)  All materials and tools provided.  A materials fee of $5.50 to be paid to the artist at the time of class (for hanging accessories).  Limited to 8 students.  Not handicap accessible (stairs).
 
Course # 1642 Saturday
6:30-9:30 PM Starts 4/14/18 1 Class
Kelly Makuch Studio Fee $69
222 Brushy Hill Road, Newtown, CT
 
FUSED GLASS PLANT AND GARDEN STAKES
Create your own fun and funky garden stakes!  You will make 3 stakes that are great to add a little fun to a potted plant and one garden stake to place directly in the garden with an attached stake.  Samples will be available for inspiration!  Another great Mother’s Day gift idea!  Tools provided.  Materials fee of $13.00 to be paid to the artist at time of class (for stake).  Limited to 8 students.  Not handicap accessible (stairs).
 
Course # 1135 Monday
6:30-9:30 PM Starts 4/23/18 1 Class
Kelly Makuch Studio
222 Brushy Hill Road, Newtown, CT

 FIBER ARTS


BEGINNER KNITTING CLASS—AGES 18 &  UP
Make time for yourself and learn to knit!  If you’ve always wanted to knit, but didn’t know where to start, or need to brush up the basics, this course is for you!  Learn to cast on, knit, purl and more, creating a fashionable project to start!  Knitting is a great hobby that can be transported with you.  Knit at sports events, waiting rooms, etc. using snippets of time!  Learn about different fibers, try out different types and sizes of needles, and more!  Crochet basics will also be taught.  Students need to bring in a skein of bulky-weight yarn of their choice (such as Lion Wool-Ease Thick N Quick) and US size 11, 13 or 15 knitting needles to start.. 
 
Course  #1370 Wednesday NMS
6:45-7:45 PM Starts 3/21/18 8 Classes
Nicole Christensen Fee $129
 
BEGINNER KNITTING CIRCLE—DAYTIME (AGES 18 & UP)
Make time for yourself and learn to knit!  If you’ve always wanted to knit, but didn’t know where to start, or need to brush up on the basics, this course is for you!  Learn to cast on, knit, purl and more, creating a fashionable project to start!  Knitting is a great hobby that can be transported with you.  Knit at sports events, waiting rooms, etc. using snippets of time!  Learn about different fibers, try out different types and sizes of needles and more!  Crochet basics will also be taught.  Students need to bring in a skein of bulky-weight yarn of their choice (such as Lion Wool-Ease Thick N Quick), and US size 11, 13 or 15 knitting needles to start.
 
Course # 1371 Wednesday Teen Ctr.
11:00-12:00 PM Starts 3/21/18 8 Classes
Nicole Christensen Fee $129
 
INTERMEDIATE KNITTING CIRCLE—AGES 18 & UP
For those who can cast on and knit garter stitch, and are ready to build more skills (or have completed the beginner course).  Several projects will be created starting with an “oh so cute” hat that can be made in sizes from children to adults, as well as a seamless project “knitting in the round” on circular needles.  In this comprehensive, step-by-step, fun class, you will learn to read patterns, check gauge, master more difficult stitches (including cables) and more!  Students need to bring in size 10 (longer length preferable) straight needles and one skein (150 yards) of worsted weight yarn of their choice to start.  Other materials needed will be discussed in class.  Students can also bring independent projects for help as well.
 
Course #1492 Thursday NMS
6:45-7:45 PM Starts 3/22/18 8 Classes
Nicole Christensen Fee $129
 
INTERMEDIATE KNITTING CIRCLE—DAYTIME—AGES 18 & UP
For those who can cast on and knit garter stitch, and are ready to build more skills (or have completed the beginner course).  Several projects will be created starting with an “oh so cute” hat that can be made in sizes from children to adults, as well as a seamless project “knitting in the round” on circular needles.  In this comprehensive, step-by-step, fun class, you will learn to read patterns, check gauge, master more difficult stitches (including cables) and more!  Students need to bring in size 10 (longer length preferable) straight needles and one skein (150 yards) of worsted weight yarn of their choice to start.  Other materials needed will be discussed in class.  Students can also bring independent projects for help as well.
 
Course #1393 Wednesday Teen Ctr
12:15-1:15 PM Starts 3/21/18 8 Classes
Nicole Christensen Fee $129
 
SEWING MACHINE FUNDAMENTALS
Do you have a sewing machine collecting dust in a closet?  Learn how to use it!  We will cover what each part does and how to west up your sewing machine and start sewing.  Learn how to thread it, how to wind a bobbin, and how to adjust the settings.  You will become comfortable with your sewing machine and discover how to use its best features and attachments.  Students should bring their sewing machine with manual, accessories, needles, and bobbins to class.  Instructor will provide general sewing supplies (thread, pins, scrap fabric) for practice.  Limited to 6 students.  
 
Course # 1423 Thursday NHS
6:00-8:00 PM Starts 4/12/18 1 Class
Sarah McFarland Fee $49
 
SEWING CURTAINS?  HOW TO GET STARTED
Have you dreamed of designing and sewing custom window dressings?  Take the plunge and begin with simple curtain panels.  In the First class, we will cover how to measure for your panels, what to look for in fabrics and thread, rods and hardware, and how to sew tabs or a rod pocket.  In the second class, we will cut and sew your custom panels.  Learn a new skill and sew exactly the curtains you need!  Students should bring their sewing machine with manual, accessories, needles, and bobbins to both classes.  Instructor will provide general sewing supplies (thread, pins, scrap fabric) for practice.  Limited to 6 students.  
 
Course # Thursday NHS
6:00-8:00 PM Starts 3/15 2 Classes
Sarah McFarland Fee $79
 
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE


FINANCIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL RETIREMENT
With financial independence, retirement can be the most fulfilling time of your life.  This class covers important money management concepts and issues that are valuable to people near or at retirement.  Topics include how to reduce pressures on your retirement income and which assets are appropriate for retirement income.  A “hear it, see it, read it, write it” teaching method makes it easy for you to understand and remember the practical information.  No products or investments will be promoted or offered.  By condensing up-to-date financial information into three classroom sessions, this seminar gives you the answers you need.  A $30 material fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.
 
Course # 4461 Thursday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 3/15/18 3 Classes
Steve Jacques Fee $39
Voya Financial Advisers Inc.
 
 
TAX FREE IN RETIREMENT
Many Americans assume that their taxes in retirement will stay the same or go down.  Unfortunately for most this may not be the case.  Historical federal tax rates have been as high as 91% in the 50’s, 70% in the 70’s and 50% in the 80’s.  Upon retirement social security may be taxable as high as 85% to the recipient and required minimum distributions from retirement accounts also can create substantial taxable income.  Include pensions, rental property income, capital gains, dividend and interest income and you can see the picture is somewhat unclear on future taxes.  Join us to learn about strategies that can help you get closer to a tax free retirement.
 
Course # 4160 Monday NHS
6:30-8:00 PM Starts 3/19/18 1 Class
Michael Alimo Fee $29
USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC 

SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES IN RETIREMENT
This is a great opportunity to learn KEY CONCEPTS you need to know before applying for Social Security.  Depending on your age, Social Security filing strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands.  Always consider Social Security payout as a component of your retirement plan.  We will inform you about:  January 1, 2017 Social Security regulation changes impacting  the filing timing options available to you; How Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them; Why married couples, divorced and widowed individuals can miss out on significant lifetime sums; How Social Security sums may be integrated into a retirement analysis projecting future monthly income; The “three legged stool” approach to retirement planning and how to support your needs in the future; What is your money earmarked for?  Income, growth, preservation, legacy?; Will I outlive my money in retirement?  How can I avoid this?  
 
Course # 4457 Thursday NHS
6:30-8:00 PM Starts 3/22/18 1 Class
Michael Alimo Fee $29
USA Financial & Tax Services, LLC
 
 
SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING—DO YOU KNOW WHICH STRATEGY IS BEST FOR YOU?
This ninety-minute presentation covers Social Security basics and reveals strategies for maximizing benefits.  We will discuss minimizing taxes on Social Security benefits and coordination of your Social Security benefit with your other sources of retirement income.  We welcome your questions about Social Security benefits as you explore your personal options.
 
Course # 6221 Tuesday NHS
6:30-8:00 PM Starts 3/27/18 1 Class
Albert D’Agosto and Fee $29
Charles Yannich
Retirement & Money Strategies
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEWTOWN FOR BOOMERS, SENIORS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
Wonder what’s new and of interest in Newtown specifically for Boomers, Seniors and their Family members?  Come to this free, one-hour, sponsored by Newtown Continuing Education, to hear about Newtown’s 2018 Livable Community Initiative, the New Senior Center Planning and other topics of interest to the Senior Community.  
 
Session I
Course # 6390 Wednesday NHS
5:00-6:00 PM Starts 3/14/18 1 Class
Curt Symes No Fee
 
Session II
Course # 6391 Wednesday NHS
5:00-6:00 PM Starts 4/11/18 1 Class
Curt Symes No Fee
 
Session III
Course # 6392 Starts 5/9/18 NHS
5:00-6:00 PM 1 Class
Curt Symes No Fee
 
 
CONFUSED ABOUT MEDICAID?
There is much discussion today about Medicaid—level of funding, changes and qualification.  Government and stat funded Medicaid is a very complicated process—spenddowns, asset preservation and family gifting are all major considerations.  This course will simplify the complexities, layout the process, terminology and resources, and answer many of your questions.  Remember, Medicaid and Medicare are separate but potentially related programs depending on individual situations.  
 
Course # 6385 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 5/9/18 1 Class
Curt Symes Fee $29
 
THE HOW-TOS OF ESTATE PLANNING AND THE RELEVANT 26 DOCUMENTS
An Estate Plan is the greatest gift you can give a family member or loved one. You do not need to be a Millionaire to think about Estate Planning, rather consider the confusion having an Estate Plan will eliminate for  your family and heirs.  This course will take you through a comprehensive plan and the steps that need to be taken in developing an Asset Profile and the related documents.  
 
Course # 6354 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 3/14/18 1 Class
Curt Symes Fee $29
 
THE VALUE OF FAMILY LIFE PLANNING—WILLS, TRUSTS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY, HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVES, LONG-TERM CARE
INSURANCE, ETC. 
Do you understand the importance of having a Will (Testate), Living Will, Curable Power of Attorney (POA), Health Care Directive & Proxy, Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts, DNR, MOLST/POLST and so on?  Do you know what they mean, how they are created and the negative ramifications of not having them?  Do you know how to select an Executor, PO
A, Proxy, Trustees, etc?  If the answer is no, then this class is for you and your spouse of significant other.  This is a how-to class with references, samples, examples and rel-life experiences.  
 
Course # 6372 Wednesday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 3/21/18 1 Class
Curt Symes Fee $29
 
 
THE HOW-TOS OF MEDICARE
This is now an expanded class with two sessions and includes more Medicare plan analysis and discussion along with guest speaker.  It is designed for people approaching age 65 who have questions regarding Medicare and related Medical, Dental, Vision and Long term Care Insurance?  It addresses the TV and media advertising, home mailers, etc. talking about—Medicare Part A, B & D—Supplements/Medigap and Advantage Plans, Red-White-Blue Books, etc.  
 
Course #6208 Tues/Thurs NHS
6:30-8:30 PM 4/10 & 4/12 2 Classes
Curt Symes Fee $54
 
CARING FOR OTHERS AND YOURSELF
Come join us for information and discussions regarding the general issues of aging for those you might be caring for and yourself.  This information will involve what to expect when caring for others especially the physical, emotional and spiritual.  We will also explore how to care for yourself.
 
Course # 6473 Thursday NHS
6:30-8:30 PM Starts 5/3/18 4 Classes
Carolyn Legg Fee $99
 
FITNESS

BELLY DANCE FITNESS
Calling all shapes and sizes!  Strengthen your core and sculpt your trunk, arms, and legs while learning the basics of Middle-Eastern belly dance!  Basic choreography along with Pop music and traditional Middle Eastern music will have you dancing away the calories.  Beautiful hip scarves and silk veils provided.  Wear work-out clothes and bring two 3-lb. weights (optional).
 
Course #8263 Tuesday NHS
6:30-7:30 PM Starts 4/3/18 8 Classes
Suzanne Tartaglia Fee $89
 
YOGA STRETCH WITH MISSY
Unwind from a stress-filled day with a relaxing evening of yoga.  Transform from tense and tight to mellow and limber.  This yoga practice is designed to lengthen and stretch breath.  Take your time and truly be in the moment…a peaceful moment!  Wear sweatpants and bring exercise/yoga mat.  Yoga strap and yoga block are optional.
 
Wednesday NHS
6:30-7:30 PM             5 or 10 Classes
Missy Gregson
 
Course #8348  10 Classes  Starts 3/14  $100
Course #8349    5 Classes  Starts 3/14  $55
Course #8350    5 Classes  Starts 4/25  $55

BALLROOM DANCING
Learn the Fox Trot, Waltz, Cha-Cha and more!  Joe Williams and Noni Low have been dancing together for over 21 years and teaching ballroom dance for beginners to advanced for 15 years.  Their basic concept of ballroom dancing consists of having fun with easy to learn instructions.  Couples and singles welcome.
 
Thursday NHS
7:00-8:00 PM 4 Classes
Joe Williams and Nonni Low
Fee $99/couple or $51/single
 
Session 1      Course #8441      Starts 3/22/18
Session 2      Course #8442      Starts 5/3/18
 
YOGA 101
This session offers a variety of postures suitable for both beginner and experienced students.   Bring yoga mat and towel.  Yoga blocks optional. 
 
Course # 8130 Monday               NHS
6:30-7:30 PM Starts 3/26/18      10 Classes
Mark Delgobbo Fee $99
 
 
CARDIO DANCE
Get moving and kick your metabolism into high gear-fun-fun-fun and super cardio!!!  Wiggle, jiggle and giggle!!!  Sweat to the oldies, “ole skool” and to today’s hits.  No experience necessary.  This is a fun and safe class with all levels welcome.  Modifications are provided.  Exercises will include warm-up, flex, stretch, tone, core work and cardio.  Athletic support sneakers or cross trainers and gym attire recommended.  Bring beach towel or yoga mat.
 
Course # 8412 Thursday NHS
5:15-6:10 PM Starts 3/15/18 6 Classes
Cheryl Carpio Fee $79
 
SALSA DANCING
This Salsa class will prepare yu to look great on the dance floor alone or with a partner.  No partner necessary.  Great cardio and a fun way to get in shape.  Learn and practice basic rhythm, basic patterns and figures, with dance technique.  Sneaker or flat shoe recommended and wear comfortable clothing.  
 
Course # 8421 Thursday NHS
7:15-8:10 PM Starts 3/15/18 6 Classes
Cheryl Carpio Fee $79
 
COUNTRY WESTERN LINE DANCING
Great cardio exercise.  Once you get moving you will not be able to stop!!!  If you took this series last time and missed a few classes, we will repeat a few dances but will have additional new dances to learn.  We will also talk about Country Dance technique and dance floor etiquette.  Comfortable clothing and flat dance shoes recommended.
 
Course # 8452 Thursday NHS
6:15-7:10 PM Starts 9/28/17 6 Classes
Cheryl Carpio Fee $79
 

 
CARDIO CALORIE BLAST
Join this class to get fit, have fun, and relieve stress!  Increase your energy with this uplifting and upbeat class that provides three workouts in one.  This efficient and effective workout will include aerobics, toning exercises, and yoga stretching.  You will utilize the latest fitness principles to maximize calorie and fat burning, in addition to ways to increase the intensity of exercise.  All levels of fitness are welcome.  Low-impact, low-intensity exercises and modifications to exercises will be demonstrated.  Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.  Bring bottled water, an exercise or yoga mat, ad a pair of hand weights (3 lbs for beginners, 5 lbs+ for advanced).
 
Tues RIS
4:30-5:30 PM               6 Classes
Jill Patterson Fee $69
 
Session 1      Course #8236      Starts 3/13/18
Session 2      Course #8237      Starts 5/1/18
 
TOTALLY TONED
Join this class to tone up and have fun!  Each class will include a warm-up, toning exercises utilizing hand held weights or the body’s own resistance and stretching.  This course will help you tone up and increase your metabolism by increasing muscle cells.  Participants should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.  Please bring bottled water, an exercise or yoga mat, and a pair of hand weights to each class (3 lbs for beginners and 5lbs+ for advanced).
 
Course # 8230 Tuesday NHS
3:15-4:15 PM Starts 3/13/18 6 Classes
Jill Patterson Fee $69
 
SPRING OUTDOOR WALK & TONE
Grab your sneakers and a water bottle for this fun outdoor class!  We will include a combination of walking, interval training (optional), toning exercises utilizing the body’s own resistance, ab and core work and stretching.  All levels of fitness are welcome.  This course will keep you toned, increase your metabolism by increasing muscle cells, get outdoors and enjoy the spring weather!!
 
Course # 8241 Tuesday        Fairfield Hills
3:15-4:15 PM Starts 5/1/18 6 Classes
Jill Patterson Fee $69

FENCING FOR EVERYONE
These courses are designed for the novice to intermediate student and may be used for recreational fencing and as a steppingstone to competitive fencing.  Tom Ciccerone and associates teach this course.  The course is one hour of training followed by one hour of open fencing..  Tom is the former NCAA Head Coach of Sacred Heart University varsity men’s and women’s fencing and is a registered member of the USFCA.  More information and directions can be found at www.candlewoodfencing.com.  All equipment is provided.  Membership and insurance with the United States Fencing Association must be purchased on the first night of class for an annual fee of $15.00.  This course is held at the Candlewood Fencing Center located at 272 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 (corner of Shalvoy Lane and White St., second floor of the Federal Auto Care and Towing building.)  For more information concerning products, services and classes, go to www.candlewoodfencing.com or call for details (203) 778-0808.  
 
MODERN EPEE—TEENS AND ADULTS THE ESSENSE OF DUELING! AGES 14 TO ADULT
Course # 8557 Friday  Fee $140
7:30-9:30 PM Starts  4/6/18     10 Classes
 
PEE WEE FOIL HITS WITH THE POINT AGES 8—12
Course #8649 Saturday Fee $140
10:30-12:30 PM Starts  4/7/18     10 Classes
 
YOUTH EPEE THE ESSENCE OF DUELING AGES 9 TO 16
Course # 8650 Saturday Fee $140
12:00-2:00 PM Starts 4/7/18      10 Classes
 
YOUTH SABRE HITS WITH THE EDGE AGES 9 TO 16
Course # 8651 Saturday Fee $140
12:00-2:00 PM Starts 4/7/18      10 Classes

PERSONAL MAT AND CHAIR PILATES WITH ROSE
Created by Joseph Pilates as Controlology,, this personal movement session works on creating your strongest balanced body to keep the spine flexible, the core strong and the mind focused.  Special attention is paid to form and proper alignment.  Pilates Chair may be used for a portion of this Personal Mat Class.  All levels are welcome.  Benefits include improved posture, whole body strength, balance and ease of movement in daily living.  Wear flexible, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle, socks with grips suggested. To register for this class or for more information, please contact Rosemary Larkin (Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor-BBU) directly at (203) 417-6026 or rizzzi001@gmail.com.  No Discounts Apply.
 
By Appointment
5 Personal Classes Fee $250
10 Personal Classes Fee $450
Location:  26 Brookwood Drive, Newtown
 
PERSONAL OR DUET
APPARATUS PILATES WITH ROSE
A personalized training session utilizing specially designed Pilates equipment, originally developed by Joseph Pilates, to enhance the alignment, flexibility and strength-building potential of your body with hundreds of exercises to build up to!  Special attention given to form and proper spinal alignment while building core strength.  Seniors encouraged—all levels welcome!  Wear flexible, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle, socks with grips suggested.  To register for this class or for more information, please contact Rosemary Larkin (Certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor) directly at (203) 417-6026 or rizzzi001@gmail.com.  No discounts apply.
 
By Appointment
Packages available for 1, 5 or 10 Sessions
Call for locations
 

ONLINE COURSES

If you have no time for a formal class but have an interest in learning something new or updating your current information, try an online course!  All of our courses include expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors.  The courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient and geared just for you.  All courses require internet access, e-mail and an Internet Explorer browser.
 
 For a complete listing of courses and fees, please visit:  www.ed2go.com/newtown.  No discounts apply.
 
FIND A FLEXIBLE JOB & MAKE WORK FIT LIFE!—ONLINE COURSE
You want flexible, lucrative, resume-worthy work but how do you find it?  With any job search you need “sales” tools—a resume, a LinkedIn profile and more—but when you’re looking for a less traditional job you have to be even more precise about your personal brand and the specific jobs you can fill.  This quick, easy and inexpensive course gives you all the tools you need to Find A Flexible Job, which you can start and end at your convenience!  NOTE:  This is an online course that you do on your own anytime.  There are no “meeting times”—you will work totally independently for all course activity.  Once you register, you will receive an email with course access information.  The fee for this online course is $99.  No discounts apply.
 
Course # 1020 Online
Kathryn Sollmann Fee $99

 
SAT PREP
 

Newtown Continuing Education is pleased to be able to offer three different challenging SAT and ACT review classes for your college bound son/daughter with three different price points, geared for the May SAT and the June ACT.
 
The Princeton Review New SAT or ACT Ultimate Course offers a comprehensive review of essential content, teaches you our exclusive, updated strategies that will yield results on the New SAT or ACT, and ensures that you are completely prepared with extensive in-class practice.  This course is for students who expect nothing short of stellar results and features 25 hours of expert instruction, four (4) proctored, full-length practice tests, and additional online content.  All of this in addition to a money-back guarantee if your score does not improve!  Tuition:  $1,099.  Use promo code NEWTOWN20% to save 20% off your tuition!
 
The Lentz and Lentz PSAT/SAT Prep is designed to benefit students of all ability levels.  This 30-hour program is divided equally between English and Math and covers all facets of the new SAT and PSAT.  Class features:  test taking techniques, preparation for the essay, practice SAT(s), advanced  math and shortcut math, vocabulary development, speed-reading, grammar tips, and online downloads for supplemental review.  The downloads are extremely helpful to all students, especially those with cognitive and perceptual disabilities.  Extra help at no charge, course materials and complimentary refresher sessions are included in the tuition.  Previous SAT and PSAT type problems are used in conjunction with our own copyrighted curriculum.  Teachers have been specifically trained to teach this program and all of our instructors have a background in teaching.  We also allow students the flexibility to attend live make up classes at any of our nearby locations.  Positive scores on the SAT and PSAT could translate into thousands of dollars in scholarships and savings.  Tuition:  $399.  For more information or to register call Lentz & Lentz at:  (845) 638-2826 or visit www.lentzSATPrep.com
 
Newtown High School Teachers SAT Prep Course is a 24-hour program given by teachers who have been carefully screened for their SAT expertise and ability to present the information and test-taking skills in a professional manner.  Knowledge of the test format and a review of test material are very helpful for your student’s success.  Emphasis will be on basic test-taking techniques that will aid students with the test process.  Tuition for this program is $175.  For more information or to enroll, call Newtown Continuing Education 203-426-1787 or visit www.newtowncontinuinged.org.
 
  
TEENAGE DRIVER EDUCATION

30 hours of classroom and 8 hours behind the wheel often qualifies you for an insurance discount.  License testing options are available.  Let us prepare you for licensing with one of our programs offered through Newtown Continuing Education at Newtown High School.
Optional textbook is $25.  Students must be 16 years old at the start of class.
 
FULL DRIVER EDUCATION COURSE:  30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of private driving lessons $550
Session I:        Tues. & Thurs., 3/8/18-5/5/18,      6:45-8:45 pm Session II:  Tues. & Thurs., 3/20/18-5/15/18,  2:45-4:45 pm
Session III:     Mon. & Wed.,  4/23/18-6/13/18,   2:45-4:45 pm
 
LICENSING TESTING:  Take the test at The Next Street for $129 or  We meet you at DMV for $199 or We take you to DMV for $259
 
DRIVING LESSONS:  Our private driving lessons are 2-hour appointments and can be purchased at the time of enrollment or added to an existing account at any time.
Call The Next Street at 1-800-732-8090 for more information.
 
WERACE—Western Connecticut Regional Adult Education
* Credit Diploma Program (CDP)
* General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
* English As A Second Language (ESL)
* Citizenship Program
 
REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
 
CDP:
Returning Students:  January 10 and 11
New Students:  January 17 and 18
New Student Orientation:  Jan. 22, 23, 24
Classes:  January 29-May 24, 2018
 
GED:
Returning Students:  January 23
New Students:  January 4
New Student Orientation:  Jan. 22, 23, 24 
Classes:  January 29-May 24, 2018
 
ESL:
Returning Students:  January 8
New Students:  January 9
Classes:  January 17-April 12, 2018
 
CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM:
 
Registration:  January 20
Classes:  January 27-May 12, 2018
 
For more information on registration and class dates and times, please contact:
Danbury Continuing Education, WERACE, 10 Crosby Street, Danbury, CT  06810,
203-797-4731
www.danbury.k12.ct.us, click on Schools and then Adult Education/WERACE.