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Continuing and Alternative Education: Enrichment Classes

Committed to Helping All Students Find Academic Success

Spring 2020: Enrichment Program

Our Fall Online 2020 program is open for registration!

Check out the lineup of classes we have in store for you (on Zoom) this fall!

How to register:

To register and pay online (payment is due at time of registration):


To register by phone or mail:

Call 603-893-7074 to register with a credit card or for questions


To pay by check:

Mail a check (made out to Salem Continuing Education), along with your name, address, phone number, email address, and course(es), to Salem Continuing Education, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079

Note: A valid email address is available upon registration so that the instructor can email you the login information for your course.


Watercolor Painting 

 Join us for this virtual watercolor course for beginners or those who wish to continue their practice of watercolor painting. We’ll learn painting techniques and use of materials through demonstration and in-class exercises. Upon registration, you will receive a list of supplies to have on hand for each class. Class taught through Zoom. 

                                                4 Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, begins October 10, 2020, $40.                                                                                                                                                                     

College Essay Writers Workshop
Jessica Bamberg
This workshop will introduce students to the requirements and process of writing a successful college essay and by the end of the course, students will walk away with a completed personal statement. We will investigate various prompts, including those on the common app, analyze samples, brainstorm potential topics, and outline, draft, and edit a college essay. Course taught through Google Classroom and Zoom. 
6 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm, begins September 24, 2020, $50. 


Intro to Creative Writing 
Jessica Bamberg
In this course students will learn the fundamentals of creative nonfiction writing and use the knowledge gained to write their own narrative. We will journal, examine case studies of samples, and edit collaboratively throughout the course. Course taught through Zoom.
6 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm, begins November 5, 2020 (no class 11/26), $60. 


Conquer Club 
Curt Killion

Ever play the game Risk as a kid?  Welcome to Conquer Club, the ultimate game of online risk, multiplayer strategy and internet diplomacy!  Originally inspired by the board game RISK™, Conquer Club has taken Risk online, expanding the concept to include over 200 maps, playing bots, casual and speed games, numerous gameplay options, tournaments, clans and more! So now you can play a game like Risk online with many thousands of other players and an endless variety of styles.  This class will cover how to register, and review the different types of games and how they work.  The class will meet once a week on Zoom, then students will be asked to login once a day or so for five at their leisure to take their turns (will take approximately 5 minutes) on their own.  After completing the course students should feel comfortable joining, creating, and playing games completely on their own.
6 Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, begins October 20, 2020, $50. 


Mandarin Chinese for Beginners
Zhihui Li
Have you always wanted to learn Chinese?  Here's your chance to learn the most spoken language in the world. Open to all levels, we will be learning pinyin, practical conversation with common topics and explore Chinese culture. Class taught through Zoom.
9 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm, begins September 24, 2020, $80. 


Beginning American Sign Language 
Cheryl Quintal
Today, around one million people in the U.S. communicate using American Sign Language. It is a vital tool for those who deal with Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, or late-deafened individuals. In this course, we'll learn basic sign vocabulary and practice expressive and receptive hand. Required text (available in stores or online): The American Sign Language Handshape Starter: A Beginner’s Guide by Tennant and Brown. Class taught through Zoom. 

8 Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, begins September 23, 2020 (no class 11/11), $80. 


Signs and Synchronicities
Sheila Radulski Lynch 

Synchronicity is an occurrence that has no casual connection for someone else, but will have a lot of personal meaning and connection for you. Synchronicities are called "meaningful coincidences."  Many people believe there are signs and messages from the universe trying to get us to pay attention to something important in our life or to simply let us know we are on the right path. And there are many who believe we receive meaningful signs from loved ones who have a butterfly landing next to you when you are thinking of them, or their favorite rosebush blooming in the middle of January. Please join us if you would like to learn more about synchronicity, or if you would like to share any "meaningful coincidences" that have inspired you or left you wondering. Class taught through Zoom.  
Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm, $15.


A Virtual Discussion and the Upcoming Presidential Election 
Sheila Radulski Lynch 

New Hampshire has been an important battle ground state in politics for many years and there is great interest in the upcoming Presidential election. The much anticipated first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take place on Tuesday, September 29, where the candidates will be asked a variety of questions to see where they stand on important issues. Where do you stand? Come join a friendly virtual discussion on the upcoming election and share your thoughts on perennial issues like health care, civil rights, foreign policy, and current pressing concerns of the Covid-19 pandemic and increased violence in the United States. Class taught through Zoom.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm, $15.


Straddling Two Dimensions 
Sheila Radulski Lynch 

Recent studies suggest those on the threshold of dying may exist in two separate dimensions at the same time–one spiritual and one earthly. This phenomenon has been coined “straddling.”  A lot has been documented about terminal patients seeing a bright comforting light or speaking with deceased loved ones, only they can see, just minutes before they pass. But there are times when final words, like “I’m moving, too much, too much” or “Close the door the horse knows,” don’t make sense and are usually attributed to hallucination or sedation. Recent studies, however, have shown that confusing end-of-life words actually have patterns to them that suggest “straddling,” and they do make sense, if you know what to look for. If you were blessed to hear your loved one’s final words or you have someone currently dealing with a terminal illness, please join us to learn about “straddling” and to share your own thoughts and experiences.   Class taught through Zoom. 
Monday, November 16, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm, $15.


 Autumn Yoga
Gen Baudin

Autumn is a time for transformation.  As you shift with the season, align yourself with this Vinyasa-style 8 week yoga program, where we will flow from one pose to the next.  Each week we will explore a variety of themes to honor our mind, body, and spirit, from exploring our chakras to creating space.  Come harvest with us. Please have a yoga mat available; journal optional. Class taught through Zoom.
8 Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, begins September 21, 2020 (no class 10/12), $70.


Gen Baudin

Practice pilates to improve your flexibility, posture, and balance while strengthening your core, toning your hips and thighs, and flattening your abs.  Stay healthy and reconnect with self-care.  Please have an exercise mat and small pillow available. Class taught through Zoom.
8 Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, begins September 24, 2020 (no class 10/12), $70. 


Strength Training For Everyone 
Gen Baudin

Strength training offers an excellent way to build muscle and burn calories. This strengthening workout will focus on toning and strengthening muscles throughout the body using hand-held weights and body weight. Open to all levels. Please have a mat and any size hand weights available. Class taught through Zoom.
Section 01:  Monday and Wednesday (meets 2x per week for 4 weeks), 6:30-7:30 pm, begins September 28, 2020 (no class 10/12), $70.

Section 02:  8 Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 am, begins September 26, 2020, $70. 


Beginner Tai Chi
Greta Nilsen
This class will explore Qi-Gong routines, as well as a modified Yang-style form which can be useful in improving balance and is a good introduction to Tai Chi.  Class taught through Zoom.
9 Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm, begins September 21, 2020 (no class 10/12), $80. 

Gentle Qi-Gong
Greta Nilsen
Qi-gong is a centuries-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training. In this class, you will learn Qi-Gong routines to stretch the body and increase fluid in the joints, and breathing techniques to assist in reducing stress.  Class taught through Zoom.
9 Fridays, 7:00-8:00 pm, begins September 25, 2020, $80. 


Introduction to Google Suite 
Erica Weber

Now that many of us are working and studying remotely, it’s important to learn how to use Google docs, sheets, and slides. In this class, we’ll also learn how to share documents to others, manage your Google drive, and how to use Google Meet.  Please set up a Gmail account prior to the first class.   Class taught through Zoom and Google Meet.

10 classes, Monday and Thursday (meets 2x per week for 5 weeks), 4:00-5:00 pm, begins October 19, 2020,  $80.


MS Office:  Word, Powerpoint, and Excel 
Maureen Ariel

Learn the basics of Word, and how to create headers and footers, adjust alignment and spacing, format text and font effects, and work with tables.  For Powerpoint, we’ll learn to work with slides, notes, inserting and formatting pictures, and slide transitions. In Excel, we’ll explore worksheets and workbooks, formatting and creating basic formulas, sheet display and print operations, working with functions, and using frozen labels and panes. Students will be provided lessons and data-files in order to practice skills learned. Class time will be divided between instructor demonstrations and student practice of skills. Class taught through Google Meet.

Session 01: 6 Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00, begins September 22, 2020, $80.

Session 02:  6 Thursdays,  5:30-7:00, begins November 5 (skip 11/27), $80.


Your Financial Future

Walter Jezak and Ben Mitchell, Baypath Financial

In this series we will focus on key components to your financial future. Together, the workshops are designed to give you a holistic view of your unique financial situation.  The first class will be about Foundations, and we’ll kick off the series by visualizing our future and seeing how our values can help us get there.  On the second  night we’ll focus on Spending and Saving, and we’ll discuss the balance between spending in the present and saving for the future.  Class three will be all about Investing, from strategies to products and everything in between. The final class will be devoted to Retirement, and we’ll review what we need to be doing to prepare for retirement. Join us for this informative overview of your financial future. Course taught through Zoom. 

4 Wednesdays,  5:30-6:45 pm, begins October 14, 2020, $30.


Taxes and Covid 19

Cary Gladstone, Senior Director of Asset Building Strategies,  Granite United Way
This class will help you understand the latest about your federal income taxes, especially as it relates to COVID-19. The CARES Act brought COVID relief, including a tax deduction for non-itemizers, increased unemployment benefits, and that stimulus, the Economic Impact Payment. What are the tax implications of these things, and what else is new for Tax Year 2020? Participants will learn the latest. By the end of the course, they will be qualified to serve as an IRS-certified tax volunteer to help others with their taxes, as well as their own! Course taught through Zoom. 

 Tuesday, November 10, 5:30-7:30 pm, $15.



Our enrichment classes are designed to help you enrich your life through learning new skills, furthering your professional development, meeting others in the community, or taking a class for sheer enjoyment. Classes are open to students ages 16 and older from all communities. 

Please take a moment to peruse our offerings.  Reach our with questions, ideas for new classes, or if you have experience in any area and would like to teach a class.


How to register for a class:

  • Call 603- 893-7074 to register with a credit card (online registration is not available)
  • Visit the Continuing Education Office, located in Salem High School
  • Mail your registration and check to Salem Continuing Education, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079 (checks made out to Salem Continuing Education)


Our Fall 2020 term begins Monday, September 21, 2020.  All classes will be taught remotely. Register early so you are not closed out of your favorite course!  Enrichment classes are open to residents of Salem and neighboring communities who are at least 16 years old.

  • Classes will not meet on the following days this Fall:  October 12; November 11; November 26-27.

  • Upon receipt of registration/payment, you will be enrolled and confirmations will not be sent out. Students will be notified only if a course is canceled.

  • A course may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment. In that instance, a full refund will be issued.

  • Prior to the first class, your instructor will send you next steps and links to the course. Students should have access to Zoom. 

  • If students withdraw at least five business days (Monday-Friday) prior to the start of the class, they may request a refund (minus a $10 processing fee). Once classes begin, no refunds will be granted.

  • Students may pay via cash, check (made out to Salem Continuing Education) or credit card. Note: Amex is not accepted. To register and pay online:  To register on the phone, call 603-893-7074. Mail a check to Salem Continuing Education, 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079.