STAMFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION
JANUARY - MAY 2021
A C E ADULT & ONTINUING DUCATION
SERVING: Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Stamford
2021 WINTER/SPRING CATALOG
CANCELLATIONS Stamford Adult and Continuing Education reserves the right to make changes as needed, including limiting enrollment in a course or withdrawing a course due to insufficient enrollment. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment, students who registered will be notified and will receive a full refund. Due to the ongoing pandemic classes may be postponed or offered virtually, students will receive a credit voucher for classes that have been interrupted. Class sessions may also be rescheduled due to an unexpected school closing (e.g., inclement weather) or teacher absence. Refunds or credits will not be issued to students unable to attend a rescheduled (make- up) class.
NON RESIDENT FEE
SUPPLIES, MATERIALS & BOOKS is placed after the course title if there is a book or material fee. Textbooks assigned by instruc- tors can be purchased the first night of class. There is a $10 surcharge for non-Stamford residents for each order placed. CONFIRMATIONS By providing your email address, you will receive an email enrollment confirmation. If you do not use email and want a confirmation, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your registration form. WITHDRAWALS • REFUNDS All classes in the enrichment program are self- supporting and depend upon full collection of tuition. Students wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by mail or email at least five business days prior to the start of class to receive a refund. A $20 processing fee will be charged on all refunds. Exceptions are: • Single Session Classes - No refunds. • Restaurant Classes - No refunds. • Tennis Classes - No refunds. • Online Courses (ed2go) - Withdrawals and transfer requests are accepted up to 7 days after the start date of the class in which you are enrolled. Students assume all risk of changes in their personal schedules. Absence from the class will not reduce the cost of operating our programs. For this reason, student absence will not result in a refund, tuition credit or make-up session. Class sessions may be rescheduled due to an unexpected school closing (e.g., inclement weather) or teacher absence. Refunds or credis will not be isssued to students unable to attend a rescheduled (make-up) class.
As a general rule, if day school is closed because of inclement weather, night school will also be closed. In case of cancellation of night classes because of snow or bad weather, tune to TV News 12, the website www.stamfordpublicschools.org or call the Adult Education office at (203) 977- 8823, press 6 for a recorded message. You can also check us out on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @StamfordAdultEd.
Classes will not be held on the following evenings:
New Years Day...................................................Jan 1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.........................Jan 18 Winter Reccess.........................................Feb 12-16 Spring Reccess.............................................Apr 2-9 Memorial Day..................................................May 31
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Classes held at a location other than a public school building may follow a different schedule. Check with your instructor at your first class meeting concerning “No Class” evenings or days at the facility you are attending.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
STAMFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Dr. Tamu Lucero, Superintendent
BOARD OF EDUCATION Jennienne Burke, President Mike Altamura Fritz Chery Daniel Dauplaise Andy George
Becky Hamman Jackie Heftman Jackie Pioli Nicola Tarzia Mayor David Martin A DULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION Angela Thomas Graves, Director Karry Ballard, Facilitator Gabriella Casole, Facilitator Kathryn Turcsany-Manley, Facilitator Esperanza Diaz, School Counselor
SUPPORT STAFF Tevin Christopher Donna Docimo Mary Sabia-O’Donnell
Stamford Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries regarding Stamford Public Schools nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Human Resources, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT 06901, (203) 977-5598. All activities offered by Stamford Adult Education are held in accessible locations. Accommodations for individuals with a disability are available upon request. Please contact the Administrator for Adult and Continuing Education at (203) 977-4209. The Office of Adult and Continuing Education and the Board of Education provide these courses as a public service and do not endorse or recommend any product or service mentioned in connection with these courses. Stamford Adult Education is in compliance with Connecticut General Statutes Sec.10- 73a and does not charge fees for registration, textbooks or materials used in mandated program areas. While every effort is made to provide clear and accurate information, the Office of Adult and Continuing Education is not responsible for omissions, typographical and printing errors. Refundable book deposits are required for all high school completion, ABE, ESL, GED ® , and Citizenship classes.
The mission of the Stamford Public Schools is to provide an education that cultivates productive habits of mind, body and heart in every student.
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COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT - 34 Woodland Ave DOMUS - 83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford JULIA A. STARK SCHOOL - 398 Glenbrook Road, Stamford NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL - 55 County Street, Norwalk OLD TOWN HALL - 175 Atlantic Street, Norwalk RIPPOWAM CENTER - 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford ROGERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL - 202 Blachley Road, Stamford SMILOW LIFE CENTER - 55 Chesnut Street, Norwalk
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Starting January 5, 2021
Please call (203) 977-8823 for registration information on the following programs:
ABE / GED ® STAMFORD & NORWALK
ESL STAMFORD & NORWALK
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT DIPLOMA
Ongoing Registration Please call 203-977-4941 for more information!
TOME LA OPOR- TUNIDAD PARA APRENDER A HABLAR, LEER Y ESCRIBIR INGLÉS
LEARN TO SPEAK,
READ & WRITE ENGLISH
INSCRIPCIÓN ES EN PERSONAY SE REQUIRE DOS HORAS PARA HACER EL EXAMEN
IN-PERSON REGISTRATION (2 Hours Needed)
Smilow Life Center 55 Chestnut St, Norwalk Classes meet Monday through Thursday Beginning January 19th 8:30am - 10:30am 10:30am - 12:30pm
Old Town Hall 175 Atlantic St, Stamford Classes meet Monday through Thursday Beginning January 25th Please call (203) 977-8823 for class times.
Old Town Hall 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford Classes meet Monday and Wednesday Beginning January 25th 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rogers International School 202 Blachley Road, Stamford Classes meet Monday and Wednesday Beginning January 6th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Julia A. Stark School 398 Glenbrook Road Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday Beginning January 26th 7:00pm - 9:00pm Norwalk High School 55 County St, Norwalk Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday Beginning January 19th 7:00pm - 9:00pm
WORKFORCE READINESS English as a Second Language, Employability Skills and School-to-Career activities taught through classroom and computer-assisted instruction. Guest speakers are an integral part of the program. A four-week internship is available for qualified students. Federal Adult Education Grant - selection made through testing and interview process. Old Town Hall 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford Classes meet Monday - Thursday Beginning January 25th 8:00am - 11:00am (12 hours per week)
A refundable book deposit is required for all ESL and Citizenship classes.
FAMILY LITERACY CLASSES For parents of children in Pre-K through grade 5. Curriculum includes parenting skills, child development education and English as a Second Language. Para padres de niños de Pre-K hasta el grado 5. El programa incluye desarrollo de habilidades de padres, educacion del desarrollo infantil, y clases de Inglés para los pardres. Priority given to host school parents.
Tienen prioridad los padres de estudiantes de Rogers
Morning child care development available for children ages 3 through Pre-K Desarollo infantil mañanero disponible para niños de 3 a 5 años. Evening child care development available for children Pre-K through grade 5. Desarollo infantil de noche disponible para niños de 3 a 11 años.
Please call (203) 977-8823 for registration information
Domus Morning Classes 83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford Classes meet Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 11:00am Starting January 6th Rogers International School Evening Classes 202 Blachley Road, Stamford Classes meet Monday & Wednesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Starting January 6th
Class covers the information needed to become a U.S. citizen, including history, government, and how to apply for the exam. Free of charge for residents of Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and WIlton. Registration must be completed prior to the start of class.
Old Town Hall 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford Morning Classes Fridays, 8:30am - 11:00am Starting January 29th Evening Classes Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Starting January 27th
EARN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
NEED YOUR HIGH SCHOOOL DIPLOMA? Virtual Information Sessions Starting JANUARY 5, 2021 Please call
The Stamford Adult & Continuing Education is offering a virtual information session to help you with registering and answering your questions on earning your diploma.
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT DIPLOMA The Adult Education High School Credit Diploma is the same as a diploma awarded by Connecticut public high schools. The requirements for graduation are equivalent. The student must amass 23 credits. They are: * 4 English * 2 Science * 3 Math * 1 Art or Vocational * 3 Social Studies * 1 Health * 9 Electives (Including American History and Civics) Each class meets for two hours twice a week. Credits can be accumulated through previous educational, vocational and life experience. Online classes are offered. Please bring your high school transcript to registration. Students 17 and 18 yrs. of age must provide official withdrawal from last high school attended. Withdrawal forms for students 17 yrs. old must be signed by a parent/legal guardian. Registration 2 Hours Needed Latecomers May Not Be Admitted Rippowam Center 381 High Ridge Road JANUARY 19th, 20th, 21st at 5:00pm - 8:00 pm Please call (203) 977-8823 prior to registering to make an appointment. Classes begin January 27th Monday through Thursday 5:30pm - 7:30pm and 7:30pm - 9:30pm
NEDP The National External
Diploma Program is a high school program for adults who have acquired their academic skills through life and work experience.Participants in this program must demonstrate their skills through the successful completion of a series of assignments. Candidates must complete these assignments with 100% accuracy. This is an opportunity for candidates to work independently while maintaining bi-weekly appointments with their NEDP advisor/assessor. Meeting sites: American Job Center, Julia A. Stark School, Norwalk High School, Old Town Hall, Rippowam Middle School, & Rogers International School*
*Child care development available at Rogers International School.
For more information call: (203) 977 - 4941
Classes are free of charge for Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Stamford residents. Refundable book and computers deposits are required for all high school completion programs.
EARN YOUR GED ®
This program prepares adult learners to pass the four- part, computer-based GED ® exam needed to earn a State of Connecticut diploma. When you register for classes, a placement test will be administered. Based on the results, you will be assigned to an appropriate instructional level. A student must earn a score of 236 or higher in our placement tests to be placed in GED ® classes.
To register for GED ® preparation classes, students must be at least 17 years old, officially withdrawn from school for 6 months, and must submit a withdrawal form with a parent or guardian’s signature. Individuals who are 18 years of age may submit, in lieu of a withdrawal form, a letter from their last high school indicating that the class with which they entered ninth grade (or would have entered if never enrolled in high school) has already graduated. To take the official GED ® exam, students must meet the CT State testing requirements, which include: passing all four of the GED ® -ready exams, paying the fee for the exam, providing a valid state ID and proof of a CT state address. Individuals with a documented disability who require accommodations to take the official GED ® exam, should contact the Stamford Adult Education School Counselor at (203) 977- 4941, or the CT State Department of Education GED ® Office at (860) 807-2111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENING CLASSES RIPPOWAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 381 High Ridge Rd, Stamford Classes meet Tuesday & Thursday Beginning January 26th Please call (203) 977 - 88 23
DAYTIME CLASSES OLD TOWN HALL 175 Atlantic St, Stamford Classes meet Monday through Thursday Beginning January 25th Please call (203) 977 - 8823
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION Students 17 years of age and over who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math, or if you need to brush up for job training or employment skills, ABE is for you. Often adults seeking job advancement, a new training or a high school diploma will start with ABE for basic skills as a first step.
OLD TOWN HALL HALL 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford Classes Start: January 25th Class Meet: Mon. - Thurs. Please call (203) 977-8823 for class times
RIPPOWAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 381 High Ridge Rd, Stamford Classes Start: January 26th Class Meet: Tues. - Thurs. 7:00pm - 9:30pm
The minimum age for enrollment at Adult & Continuing Education is 17 years of age.
005 PHOTOGRAPHY: DSLR CAMERA SETTINGS AND FEATURES - BEYOND AUTO MODE This course walks you through the key camera settings so you learn how and when to use them and take the camera off auto. Skill-building exercises will get you up and off your chair to develop your skills with aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lighting, depth of field and more. Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate. Camera types: DSLR (no point and shoot). Deborah Tual Wed., Mar. 10 6:30-8:30 PM Virtual 3 sessions $79 Improve your photography by learning about composition- the artistic aspect of photography. Learn how to create interest and impact by capturing a subject in different ways and create better images with confidence and creativity using elements of composition, like symmetry, lines, shapes, perspective, depth and dimension, color, and more. Deborah Tual Tues., Feb. 23 6:00-7:00PM Virtual 1 session 007 PHOTOGRAPHY: PEOPLE & PLACES Learn how to see the world like a professional photographer- the dos and don’ts of photograph- ing family and friends and techniques to capture the beauty and unique aspects of the places in your travels near and far. Deborah Tual Tues., Feb. 23 7:30-8:30 PM Virtual 1 session $39 Deborah Tual is a professional photographer with over 25 years of experience. She has a photography studio in North Stamford and specialize in portraiture (family, children, business) and portrait fundraisers. $39 006 PHOTOGRAPHY: THE ART OF COMPOSITION
Nan Gordon Thurs., Mar. 4 6:30-8:00 PM Virtual 8 sessions $129
003 PAINTING IN OILS OR ACRYLIC R This course is for beginning and more advanced students. Beginners will learn how to mix colors and basic color theory including value, color temperature and complimentary color mixing. More advanced students will work on paintings of their own choice. Kathie Milligan Thurs., Jan. 28 6:00-8:30 PM Virtual jfttgfjtth10 sessions $141 Kathie Milligan is a landscape, figure and still life painter who received her MFA in painting from the New York Studio School in Manhattan.
008 ART OF THE CINEMA: ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
Bycombininga text on filmappreciationandviewing films from the birth of motion pictures to present day, you can follow the growth of the aesthetic value within filmmaking in order to make the experience more than just “going to the movies.” We may begin with the silent era and end with a film produced within the last 5-10 years of the same genre. Frank Petrilli Mon., Mar. 15 6:00-9:00 PM Virtual 8 sessions $96 009 ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING Get that movie, TV show or stage play out of your head, and onto the page. Acquire and develop the basics of dramatic writing for use with screenplays, stage plays and teleplays. Learn the similarities and difference between them. Write and get positive feedback on dramatic writing excercises and assignments, as you develop your own script. Frank Petrilli Wed., Feb. 24 6:00-9:00 PM Virtual 8 sessions $129
004 PHOTOGRAPHY R It doesn’t matter what kind of equipment you use: your smart phone camera, a disposable 35mm camera, or a state-of-the-art digital single lens reflex camera; you’ll learn the basics of photography in this class. Photographic fundamentals such as exposure and focus control, posing, and composition will be discussed; and we’ll critique your prints to help you take better pictures. We’ll also give you photo tips and share professional experience. Bring your photos, a notebook and your camera and plan to have a good time. No experience necessary. Norman Ostroff Tues., Feb. 9th 7:00-9:00PM Virtual 8 sessions $128
ARTS * COMPUTERS
012 WEBSITE DESIGN: EASY WITH WIX Easily build a free and stunning website from start to finish - for yourself, for your business or for someone else. The drag and drop feature is easy to use and allows you to create a professional loooking website. No coding knowledge needed. Learn principles of design like layout, colors, font types and sizes, mobile optimization, function and navigation. Connect an existing domain or create a new one. Deborah Tual Tues., Apr. 13 6:30-8:00 PM Virtual 2 sessions $59 R Move beyond the basics to expand your playing knowledge; including more complex chord structures, strumming patterns, and improvisational playing using songs from various musical genres, as well as from student preferences, in a group setting. Ray Simonelli Tues., Mar. 23 6:30-8:30 PM Virtual 8 sessions $99 013 MICROSOFT EXCEL: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION This course provides an introduction to the popular spreadsheet program and many of its useful and powerful features. Students will learn concepts and techniques to create and use spreadsheets for various purposes in the home and office. Topics covered will include data entry and formatting, copying and pasting, formulas, printing, saving and opening files, charts, and basic math concepts. A working knowledge of any Windows or Mac OS is recommended. Kenneth Young Mon., Feb. 22 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual 4 sessions $138 This course looks at the advanced offerings of Excel and their uses in general business applications. Topics covered will include an extensive survey of formulas and functions, data consolidation, filtering, sorting, analysis, pivot tables/charts and various case situations where these concepts are applied. Basic familiarity with any version of Microsoft Excel is strongly recommended. Kenneth Young Mon., Mar. 22 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual 6 sessions $206 011 GUITAR LEVEL 2 010 BEGINNING GUITAR R Pull a few strings and add some happy notes to your life! Get started on some basic chords and simple melodies. Demystify that sheet music available on the internet and in songbooks. Learn tuning and basic maintenance of your guitar. Material fee of $20 payable to instructor at first class. Ray Simonelli Tues., Jan. 26 6:30-8:30 PM Virtual 8 sessions $99 014 MICROSOFT EXCEL: BEYOND THE BASICS
017 MASTER YOUR MAC 1 This comprehensive course covers all things Mac and Apple related. Learn about basic functions, Apple documents, and creatively learn how to set up your Mac and get the most use from its powerful, friendly features. Learn to personalize your display, organize and search your files in finder; navigate with gestures, various keyboard shortcuts, and more. 016 POWERPOINT: CREATE AN IMPRESSIVE PRESENTATION Learn how to create professional and impressive presentations with impact. The eseential elements of Powerpoint will be covered along with valubale information on how to design a presentation using the best fonts and colors and how to add images, text, graphics, charts, images, and multi-media. Deborah Tual Thurs., Mar. 4 6:30-8:00PM Virtual 1 session $39 015 CONSTANT CONTACT: EMAIL MARKETING FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS Learn why email marketing is relevant and how Constant Contact is one of the most effective and efficient email marketing tools to build more meaningful customer relationships and drive business, especially for small businesses, member organizations,andnonprofits.Moreadvancedfeatures and email marketing strategies will be explored like content marketing, optimizing open rates, website and social media integration, and automation. Deborah Tual Thurs., Apr. 29 6:30-8:00PM Virtual 1 session $39
Get creative with your Mac! Discover creative software features associated with the MacOS operating system. Some of the features will include Preview (Mac’s own PDF viewer), Photos, and iMovie.
Valentina Vallinotto Tues., Mar. 16 5:30-7:30PM Virtual 2 sessions $99
022 “THE CLOUD”: APPLE CLOUD, GOOGLE CLOUD, AND DROPBOX Learn the basics of “The Cloud” file management system, including differences, advantages, and disadvantages between the most used consumer clouds: Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and Dropbox. Dive into creating, editing, archiving, and sharing files (documents, photos, designs, recordings, videos, and more) that can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Valentina Vallinotto Wed., Apr. 21 6:00-7:30 PM Virtual 2 sessions $55
019 GOOGLE WORKPLACE: DRIVE, DOCS, SPREADSHEET, CALENDAR, AND MAIL This comprehensive course will explore the various components and features of Google Suite. Participants can expect to learn about communication and collaboration with Google Suite. Specific topics will include; account settings, Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Hangouts, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Forms, Drawings, and Google Sites. Valentina Vallinotto Thurs. Feb. 4 6:30-8:30 PM Virtual 6 sessions $140 This is an instructor-led Python training course to introduce students to Python programming. Python is one of the most popular programming languages used in most industries from gaming to finance. You can use the programming language for developing both desktop and web applications. Also, you can use Python for developing complex scientific and numeric applications. By learning these concepts, students will have a starting point to learn how Python is used within Data Science for Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. Students will learn to create programs, functions and complex data structures, write from and read files, collect user input and output and much more. Jesse Baker Mon. & Thurs., Feb. 22 6:00-8:00 PM Virtual 10 sessions $329 020 INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON 3 PROGRAMMING
023 BUYING AND SELLING ON EBAY One person’s junk can be another person’s treasure. Discover how to sell and make money off of what is no longer needed. If you’re a shopper, you won’t buy retail again. In this demonstration class (no computer needed), you’ll learn many useful tips. Get into the bidding and have some fun! Bidding and selling strategies are discussed. Learn about the different auction types, fees, how to write effective descriptions, shipping options, setting up your eBay account, using PayPal payment service, uploading digital images, etc. Instructor will discuss eBay apps that can be used on your cell phone or tablet. Chris Capelle Wed., Mar. 24 6:30-8:00 PM Virtual 2 sessions $40
021 THE iPHONE: MORE THAN A PHONE Get the most out of your apple iPhone! An iPhone is so much more than a phone - there’s so much more to learn! Learn how to use the apps that come pre-installed and how to download and use apps from Apple’s App Store - both free and paid. Learn to stream music, listen to podcasts, sync your photos, contacts, and calendars along with many other great features. Chris Capelle Tues., Apr. 20 6:30-8:00PM Virtual 1 session $32
024 WHO WILL PAY YOUR INCOME IN RETIREMENT AFTER THE PAYCHECKS STOP? If you are nearing or entering retirement and are interested in a strategy designed to help build an income stream and make your retirement income last, join us for What Happens After the Paychecks Stop? We’ll explore how to budget for retirement expenses, examine potential sources of retirement income and identify ways to address potential risks. Chris Manimbo Wed., Apr. 21 6:00-8:00 PM Virtual 1 session $32
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028 SOCIAL SECURITY: YOURQUESTIONS ANSWEREDONHEALTHCAREANDYOUR RETIREMENT Social Security will likely be the foundation of your retirement income. Before you retire, it’s important to understand your options and the effect your decisions have on your retirement. How does social security fit into my retirement income plan? When should I start taking benefits? What about taxes? What role will medicare play during my retirement? The increasing cost of health care is a growing concern for current and future retirees. In fact, 25 years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as on health care; now the amounts are nearly equal. We’ll discuss Medicare coverage and traditional medical expenses, long-term medical care expenses, and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses. (Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. The contents of this presentation are for informational purposes only). Chris Manimbo Wed., Feb. 10 6:00-8:00PM Virtual 1 session $32 Chris Manimbo has a BS in Finance from Georgetown University, where he graduated with honors. A former investment banking analyst, he is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. 029 RETIREMENT PLANNING TODAY You’ve worked hard to provide for your family and save for your future. Now, there is a course that teaches how to keep more of what you earn and make your money work harder for you. Whether you are just beginning to develop a retirement plan or are rapidly approaching retirement, you should enroll in this course. You will learn how to define long-term goals and return from the class with practical information you can apply immediately. This course includes a comprehensive illustrated textbook. JasonCastaldi&ChristopherDerham Thurs.,Mar.4 6:30-8:30PM Virtual 2sessions $52
026 SIMPLIFY YOUR SPENDING AND SAVING STRATEGIES Balancing your expenses now can help you reach your financial goals later. Take control of your financial future. You’ll learn more about setting personal financial goals; balancing saving, spending, and borrowing to help achieve your goals; strategies for controlling debt and improving credit scores; and practical savings optons for now through retirement. Chris Manimbo Tues., Mar. 23 6:00-8:00PM Virtual 1 session $32 025 FOUNDATIONS OF INVESTING Whether you are new to investing or need a re- fresher, Foundations of Investing will help you learn about: the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation, and the influence of infla- tion on your long-term goals. Chris Manimbo Thur., Mar 4. 6:00-8:00 PM Virtual 1 session $32 027 TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE: FIVE MONEY QUESTIONS FOR WOMEN Take Control of Your Future: Master Five Money Questions for Women. Women and men have differing considerations when it comes to long- term financial goals. Because of a woman’s longer life span, your needs may be significantly different from those of your spouse or others. Does your financial strategy fit your lifestyle and needs? Join us and learn more as we explore five critical money questions for women. Chris Manimbo Tues., May 4 6:00-8:00 PM Virtual 1 session $32 PLEASE NOTE: Our financial instructors are hired to teach general concepts to groups of students, not to provide specific investment advice to individuals. Students should consult their own financial advisor or attorney before making any investment decisions based on specific examples used by our instructors.
030 COLLEGE FUNDING You understand the value of a good education. But how will you pay for it? As costs of higher education continue to rise, the need for a college- funding strategy is more crucial than ever. In this course, you’ll learn more about the different options available to fund a college education, as well as the basics of navigating financial aid (FAFSA). Attendees will leave with a solid understanding of options and strategies to help take the guesswork out of this very important preparation process. J asonCastaldi&ChristopherDerham Wed.,May5 6:30-8:30PM Virtual 1session $32
FINANCE* DANCE* MIND & BODY
031 PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS: BASIC ESTATE AND ELDER LAW PLANNING Stay current as we explore the Federal and Connecticut gift and estate tax laws and the potential impact on your estate plan. Discover whether living trusts, life insurance trusts or personal residence trusts are the appropriate estate planning tools for you. We will also discuss how to effectively navigate the Medicare and Medicaid programs to assist you in financing your or your loved one’s long-term care needs. Examples of durable powers of attorney and living wills with healthcare appointments will be provided. By popular demand, this class has now been expanded to three sessions! Sandra Gottlin Tues., Apr. 20 6:00-8:00 PM Virtual 3 sessions $78 Attorney Sandra Gottlin practices law in Stamford, specializing in estate planning and administration, elder law and real estate. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Stamford Senior Center and is a past chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association. 032 NIA ® DANCE WORKOUT Dance, body, mind, and soul!! The Ultimate barefoot, grace- strengthen-mindfulness-balance, NIA ® is much more than a workout! NIA ® movement classes combine dance choreography, martial arts movements, and mindfulness techniques, resulting in a revolutionary approach to fitness. Enjoy total body conditioning and fun! NIA ® puts joy and magic back into fitness. Classes are suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Classes will be offered both virtually or in-person. Pre-registration for in-person classes will be required (more information to follow). Barbara Whitebook a) Wed., Apr. 7 9:30-10:45 AM b) Sun., Apr. 10 10-11:15 AM 10 sessions Virtual/In-Person $153 Barbara Whitebook is a certified brown belt NIA dance instructor and certified holistic health counselor.
036 GRACEFUL CURVES - BELLYDANCE FOR BEGINNERS Empower the feminine spirit for a more vibrant and radiant you! Belly dance welcomes and celebrates women of all ages and stages of life, and brings joy, grace and movement into your life. A gentle warm- up and simple techniques are used to learn basic steps, fluid hip movements, and graceful arm ges- tures. Shimmy your stress away dancing to a variety of Middle Eastern and Latin rhythms with hip scarves and veils. Linda Radice Tues. & Thurs., Mar. 09 6:30-7:00PM Virtual 12 sessions (2x a week) $112 035 ANGELS, AURAS AND YOUR INTUITION Through meditation and energy exercises you’ll learn how to tap into your intuition as a way to increase awareness in your life. Learn about the energy fields around your body, how to see and sense your aura and auras of others, and how to protect yourself from negative experiences. If the students wish, and to enhance the class experience, pure essences of organic essential oils may be used during class. This insightful and stress-reducing evening will end with a healing meditation and may include a Reiki chair healing if time permits. Gigi Benanti Tues., Mar. 30 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual 1 session $38 034 REIKI LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP Reiki is an ancient eastern healing technique that enhances your mental, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. Reiki means “universal life force energy” and employs light-touch healing and meditation. It makes an excellent supplement to other forms of healing work and is used in hospitals, hospices and spas. After completing this workshop, you will be a Reiki first degree practitioner and will receive a certificate. Wear comfortable clothing. Non-refundable material fee of $20 payable to instructor at first class. Gigi Benanti Mon., Mar. 8 6:30-9:15 PM Virtual 3 sessions $138
033 LINE DANCING Dancing is a fun way to exercise your mind & body. Learn choreographed moves to country & non- country songs. Civita Orgera Wed., Feb. 17 7:00-8:00 PM Virtual 8_sessions $112
MIND & BODY FITNESS & SPORTS
040 INSTANT TENNIS: BEGINNERS ONLY! Learn to play tennis in just six weeks! Instant Tennis is taught by specially trained pros who will get you started playing the “sport of a lifetime.” The teaching pros will instruct you on all the basics, including the serve, forehand, backhand, volley and rules of play. Bring your own racquet. No cancellations accepted for any reason. Refunds or tuition credits will not be issued. No substitutes allowed. In-Person Solaris Racquet Club, 23 Radio Place, Stamford 6sessions $140 a) Thurs., Jan. 7 - Feb. 11 9:00 - 10:00 PM b) Sat., Jan. 9 - Feb. 13 8:00 - 9:00 AM c) Thurs., Feb. 25 - Apr. 1 9:00 - 10:00 PM d) Sat., Feb. 27 - Apr. 3 8:00 - 9:00 AM
037 MEDITATION AS MEDICATION MINDFULNESS FOR STRESS AND EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, “Up to 80% of visits to the family doctor are for stress related complaints.” Studies show that “mindfulness meditation” is a powerful and effective therapeutic tool in reducing stress and maintaining mind- body health. Learn to build resiliency and connect with your source of inner strength and healing. Mindfulness is an important and effective therapy for pain, stress, and disease, and promotes authentic healing as part of a whole person treatment plan. Through mindfulness and self-directed neuroplasticity, you can train your mind, change your brain and heal your whole being. “Serenity is not freedom from the storm, it is peace amidst the storm.” Paul Epstein, MB Tues., Jan. 19 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual 2 sessions $59 038 CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA: BEGIN- NERS & INTERMEDIATE Join us for Beginner and Intermediate classes to learn the yoga techniques that will enable you to experience an overall feeling of peace and well- being. Please bring a mat and two blankets. Kathryn Rhodes Sat., Feb. 13 a) INTERMEDIATE: 9:00-10:15 AM b) BEGINNERS: 10:30-11:45 AM Rhodes Private Studio (Located in Stamford, CT) Each 10 sessions $141 Learn all the beginning classical yoga postures in a gentle and therapeutic style. This class will include poses to strengthen and to stretch every part of the body. The added deep relaxation and breathing techniques will reduce stress through the integration of body, mind and spirit. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a mat and two blankets. Kathryn Rhodes a) BEG/INTER: Mon., Feb. 8 3:00-4:15 PM b) BEGINNERS YOGA 4:30-545 PM Rhodes Private Studio 10 sessions $141 Stamford CT 039 CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA: EXPERI- ENCED BEGINNERS YOGA
042 T’AI CHI CHU’AN The essence of T’ai Chi Chu’an is development of the inner self through meditation in motion. In a slow dance-like movement, you flow and weave through the intricate fabric of space, swimming in the air as though it were water. The dynamic metamorphosis and lucid calmness that follow develop “Chi,” the energy of all things in the universe. “Chi” enables one to be in harmony with all, living joyously and attentively under all circumstances. Please bring a cushion for meditation. James Best Virtual Tues., Feb. 9 8 sessions a) Beginners 6:30-7:30 PM $102 b) Intermediate 6:30-8:00 PM $132 Please Note: Classes held at a location other than a public school building may follow a different schedule. Check with your instructor at your first class meeting concerning “No Class” evenings or days at the facility where your class is held. 041 INTERMEDIATE TENNIS This program is for the player who already has a good foundation in the basic fundamentals of each stroke. Our pros will help each player refine his or her tennis strokes and will teach the essentials of game-winning strategies for singles and doubles play. Bring your own racquet. Registration will be limited to 1 session per person. No cancellations accepted for any reason. Refunds or tuition credits will not be issued. No substitutes allowed. In-Person Solaris Racquet Club, 23 Radio Place, Stamford 6sessions $160 a) Tues., Jan. 5 - Feb. 9 9:00-10:00 PM b) Sat., Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 9:00-10:00 AM c) Tues., Feb. 23 - Mar. 30 9:00-10:00 PM d) Sat., Feb. 27 - Apr. 3 9:00-10:00 AM
FITNESS & SPORTS * LANGUAGES
043 ZUMBA GOLD Do you want to dance but afraid someone will make fun of your sneakers? Do you want to excercise but think workout is a drag? If that’s the case, this class is for you. Zumba Gold is the dance class that will open your Heart to joy and move your body into fitness. It’s fun and easy. It’s got a beat. As the people on Dick Clark’s Dance USA used to say, you can dance to it. The rhythms are fun and infectious. The songs are the ones you remember from listening to the radio when you were growing up. It’s an hour that will go by so fast you won’t even realize you were excerising. Fun, happiness and lots of calories burning away. What are you waiting for? Sign up for this class today. John Konrad has been teaching Zumba for continuing adult education for so many years I can’t remember when he began. He’s interested in making this class fun and joyous for all. John Konrad a) Tues., Feb. 2 4:00-5:00 PM b) Fri., Feb. 5 4:00-5:00 PM Virtual 13 sessions $149 044 ZUMBA TONING Zumba toning sticks are used to enhance your rhythm and coordination. The toning sticks help you focus on specific muscle groups and assist in targeting certain areas like your arms, core, and lower body. Dorothea Mackey Tues., Feb. 23 Virtual 10 sessions 5:30-6:15 PM $129 alignment and verbal cueing, which is ideal for an online yoga class. Her classes start slow and organically move to a flow that emphasizes building a home yet safe yoga practice. Tracy will help strengthen your foundational practice, have you trying new poses and challenging transitions that are fun! Tracy loves playful yogis who roll out of bed, onto their mats and are ready to connect. So grab some water, maybe a pet (because everyone can use the extra emotional support right now), and let's meet on the mat. 046 BEGINNER LEVEL YOGA W/ TRACY Let's get back to the basics of yoga, together! Using her gentle approach, Tracy will teach you how yoga is supposed to feel and take away the pressure of what it's supposed to look like. In this 60-minute class students will be introduced to yoga postures step-by-step through clear verbal cues and demonstrations. We will use props (that can be found in any household) and learn breathing techniques that, when performed correctly, can be life- changing. Don't overthink the process, If you can breathe, you can do yoga. A) Tues., Feb. 9 8:30-9:30 AM B) Thurs., Feb. 11 8:30-9:30 AM Virtual 15 sessions $199 045 OPEN LEVEL YOGA W/ TRACY Tracy’s specialty as an instructor is
047b GERMAN CONTINUATION þ A continuation and expansion of the Basic German class. Grammar continued in more depth, and we will introduce the past tense and the future tense. Prerequisite: Some basic knowledge of German. Christine* Tues., Feb. 23 7:30-9:00PM Virtual 10 sessions $130 047c GERMAN ADVANCED CONVERSATION þ This course is designed for people who want to get a broad knowledge of the German language with emphasis on expression, correct grammar and form. You will continue to expand your vocabulary and improve oral fluency. Prerequisite: Advanced knowledge of German (grammar and vocabulary). Christine* Tues., Feb. 23 6:00-7:30PM Virtual 10 sessions $130 þ This course introduces students to basic Italian vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation with emphasis on speaking. Angela Bernardo Tues. & Thurs., Apr. 13 6:30-8:00 PM Virtual 10 sessions $130 048b ITALIAN CONTINUATION þ In this continuation of basic Italian, students expand their vocabulary, learn complex grammatical forms, read selections, and emphasis will be on dialogue. Angela Bernardo Tues. & Thurs., Apr. 13 8:00-9:00 PM Virtual 10 sessions $130 049a BASIC FRENCH þ This introductory course to the French language and culture will give you the opportunity to practice the four proficiency skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) while traveling (at least in virtual reality) to fabulous towns, museums, monuments, and restaurants that will serve as the background setting for our in-class conversations and language-oriented skits. The vocabulary is thematised with a focus on the following practical content: asking for directions, making hotel reservations, ordering meals in a restaurant, exchanging currency, telling time, ordering clothes and shoes using the metric system, understanding weather reports, purchasing tickets to concerts and museums, describing people and places. No previous experience with the language required. Jan Mitchell Tues., Jan. 26 6:00-7:30 PM Virtual 15 sessions $189 15 048a BASIC ITALIAN 047a BASIC GERMAN þ For those who have little or no previous knowledge of the German language, emphasis in this course will be on developing basic language skills with correct grammar, form and pronunciation. We will also cover contemporary German culture. Christine Binsteiner-Bendett* Mon., Feb. 22 6:00-8:00 PM Virtual 10 sessions $130
049b FRENCH: CONTINUATION þ This mid-level novice course in the French lan- guage and culture will give you the opportunity to continue practicing the four proficiency skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) while visiting ( in virtual reality) the region of La Bretagne, which is the setting of a short novelette that we will read and discuss in French. You will also complete grammar and vocabulary exercises on a daily basis and write short compositions in French about the novelette. Jan Mitchell Tues., Jan.26 7:45-9:15PM Virtual 15 sessions $189 050a BASIC SPANISH þ This course is dsigned for students with no previous knowledge of Spanish and who want to build a foundation of the Spanish language. Students will be able to read, write, and speak basic Spanish for personal, travel, and business use. Materials include Spanish and Lastin TV shows, newspapers, literacy texts, online videos, music and web resources. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Jenny began her career as a Spanish journalist for Latin American print, radio and TV media outlets. Jenny Medina Morris Tues., Feb. 23 6:00-7:00 PM Virtual 8 sessions $130 050b SPANISH CONTINUATION þ A continuation of Basic Spanish, this course practices commonly used conversatinoal phrases through topics (food, travel, arts, business, and music). A small culture piece about Spain will include the same topics from the conversatinoal phrases learned. A New York and Connecticut certified teacher in Spanish, she loves teaching world language, culture, Spanish, reading and writing. 051 CAR BASICS This course offers you the knowledge to tackle some easy maintenance jobs yourself. The course will cover the basics of how a gas powered car functions including: how the engine works and drives the wheels, suspension, braking and basic electrical. The goal is to give you the knowledge to understand what you need to repair and also negotiate with a mechanic if needed. John Burhans Thurs., Feb. 18 6:00-7:30PM Virtual 6 sessions $139 Cecilia Madden Mon., Feb. 22 6:30-8:00 PM Virtual 8 sessions $130 052 MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE CLASS Do you love Broadway musicals? Do you love to sing? Want to prepare for your next audition? Come learn the skills needed to perform musical theater songs. This class is designed for the singer and will include vocal technique, song selection, song preparation, acting technique, audition preparation and performance technique. Students will have the opportunity to perform their songs with a prerecorded accompaniment. Students will gain confidence to perform with success and prepare for their next audition! Regina Elliott Tues., Feb. 23 7:45-8:45PM Zoom 6 sessions $129
053 SEWING FOR BEGINNERS þ This workshop is a beginners workshop in order to learn how to sew or refresh sew- ing skills working with patterns. Students will need access to a sewing machine and the list of materials for the course . NOTE: Sewing machines are not in the classroom . Edith Wade Mon., Mar. 8 6:00-7:30 PM Virtual 8 sessions $130
055 INTRODUCTION TO SINGING AND PERFORMANCE Have you secretly dreamed of taking singing lessons? Are you a musician/singer who wants to improve their voice? This class is designed for the individual who wants to learn the technique of singingand improve their voice. Come joinaseriesof group voice lessons in a supportive and informative atmosphere. Adults of all ages can experience the benefits of proper vocal technique, vocal warm-ups, breathing exercises and song preparation. We’ll select songs to sing and explore the fundamentals of performance presentation. All levels are welcome, and no prior experience is needed. Regina Elliott Tues., Feb. 23 6:30-7:30 PM Virtual 6 sessions 054 VOICE-OVERS...NOW IS YOUR TIME! In what could be one of most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more! Most people go about it the wrong way. In this class, you will learn about a unique, outside the box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! Nicole has starred in several series on Lifetime, The Food Network, and Spike TV. She has been featured in Rolling Out and Celebrity Net Worth “The Richest.” She has earned her credits as an acting coach, casting director, producer, and film director. Nicole Porche Tues., Mar. 23 6:30-8:30PM Virtual 1 session $42