Winter/Spring 2020: Enrichment Classes
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.
Classes will not meet Monday-Friday, February 24-28, 2020 for Winter Break
How to register for a class:
An Evening of Antiques Appraisal
Joshua Chamberlain, Owner, Chamberlain Antiques
Do you have a cherished heirloom that has been in your family for years? Or maybe you picked up an item at an antique shop and are curious about its worth. On this evening, an expert will be on-hand to discuss the world of antiques and to appraise your item. Please bring one-item only such as artwork, china, jewelry, or pottery.
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 pm, $10.
Let's Play: Predictions and Pendulums
Sheila Radulsky Lynch
Intuition is the ability to know something without any proof. Join us for a night of playful games, exercises, and challenges to find out where you land on the intuition scale… you may be surprised! You will also learn to use a crystal pendulum, an ancient divination tool used to gain insight into questions or to foresee the potential outcome of an important decision. $15 material/pendulum fee included.
Monday, March 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, $25 ($10 plus $15 materials fee).
Signs and Synchronicity
Sheila Radulski Lynch Synchronicity is a coincidence... or is it? Some suggest multiple coincidences crossing your path are signs from the universe or spirit. If you have had a meaningful coincidence that has inspired you or left you wondering, join us to share. Or just come and listen…synchronicity can be a sign. Monday, April 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, $10.
Arts and Crafts
Improvisation and Character Development
Step outside your comfort zone and try something new. For actors of all levels, we will have fun working on improvisational skills, developing characters, building scenes, and public speaking. This workshop offers a great opportunity to work on skills that are applicable far beyond the scope of the stage.
6 Tuesdays, Begins April 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, $80. Seniors: $69.
The advantage of painting with acrylics is the versatility of use and relatively quick drying time. Learning acrylic painting is not as daunting as it may seem, and this course will introduce all levels to the tools and techniques. Supplies not included, list will be sent upon registration.
6 Mondays, begins March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Join us for this 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. Supplies not included, list will be emailed upon registration.
6 Saturdays, begins March 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $80. Seniors: $68.
Learn basic skills, including pinch, slab, coil, and wheel work. Projects will be both decorative and functional, and pieces will be high-fire glazed. Note: this is not studio time for production. Storage and kiln space limited. $25 clay fee included.
10 Thursdays, begins February 13, 6:00-9:00 pm, $195 ($170 plus $25 materials). Seniors: $169.50 ($144.50 plus $25).
Essential oils can be used to strengthen, soothe, and support your immune system and beyond. This course will introduce you to the basics, and you will learn to how to make your own oils, as well as for your pet, home, or garden. $45 materials fee included.
6 Wednesdays, begins April 22, 6:00-7:30 pm, $130 ($85 plus $45 materials). Seniors: $117 ($72 plus $45).
Adventures in Knitting
New knitters will construct a headband and fingerless mitts. Continuing students or those with experience, will work on a multi-directional cowl or may bring an uncompleted project for help in finishing. Bring #9 or 10” straight needles and solid color worsted weight yarn.
10 Wednesdays, begins March 4, 6:00-8:00 pm, $100. Seniors: $85.
Crocheting for All Levels
Expand your fiber art creativity! Whether you’re looking to learn how to crochet or to polish your skills, this is the perfect class. Learn to read patterns while making useful items. Individual instruction will enable you to work at your own pace. Bring light-colored worsted weight yard and a G or H crochet hook. Patterns will be supplied by the instructor.
6 Wednesdays, begins March 11, 6:00-8:30 pm, $85. Seniors: $72.25.
Get to Know Your Sewing Machine
Do you have an old (or new) guitar that you’d like to learn to play? Join us to learn the guitar, including the basics of playing, simple songs, and music theory. We’ll have you playing by the end of the night. $14 book fee is payable to the instructor.
8 Thursdays, begins February 13, 6:30-8:00 pm, $110. Seniors: $93.50.
Getting Started with Digital Photography
Walter Schnecker, Photographer
Put your digital camera to use. Brush up on basic skills and learn how to use shutter, aperture, and ISO, how to use autofocus, the difference between bad and good lighting, and best lenses. We’ll take part in a practice shoot and apply learned skills. Bring your camera. $10 book included.
3 Mondays, begins March 30, 6:00-8:00 pm, $70 ($60 plus $10 materials fee). Seniors: $61 ($51 plus $10).
Taking Better Pictures
Ron Ranere, Photographer
Explore how to use your camera in different shooting conditions and for different subjects. Learn tools like how to correct an image or crop something out. Through weekly assigned themes and critiques, you will capture your personal interpretation in the form of images. Bring your camera.
Taking Better Pictures: Part II
Ron Ranere, Photographer
Take your photo skills to the next level. Learn how to fine tune your camera controls to make the image just the way you want. Weekly assignments using techniques taught in this course will help you make great images. Please bring your camera.
6 Wednesdays, begins May 6, 6:30-8:30 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Mah-Jongg is a game, developed in the mid 1800’s in China, and today is played by millions around the world. This beginning class will introduce you to the rules of the game, tiles uses, and how to interpret the card, as well as how to set up and play the game.
4 Wednesdays, begins February 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, $60. Seniors: $51. Class is FILLED
4 Wednesdays, begins May 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, $60. Seniors: $51.
Small Engine Repair
Is your power equipment in need of repair? Completely disassemble a small engine, and learn how it operates, how to diagnose common problems, and reassemble to running condition. Bring in your own power equipment, and diagnose and repair it under the supervision of the instructor. Equipment needs to fit on a bench top, lawn tractors and larger pieces not permitted.
6 Wednesdays, begins March 11, 6:00-8:30 pm, $110. Seniors: $93.50.
Yoga and Exercise Chair Yoga
Patti Kondell, RYT200 Yoga Certified
Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga. Experience many benefits of yoga, including stress reduction, improved balance, strength, and flexibility, without having to maneuver onto and up from a mat. This class combines range of motion exercises with moderate stretching and tempered pressure as we enter yogic postures. If you experience mobility or balance issues, this class is for you. Please bring a mat (optional) and water.
8 Tuesdays, begins February 11, 5:30-6:15 pm, $85. Seniors: $72.25.
Patti Kondel, RYT200 Yoga Certified Studies have endorsed yoga as a great way to improve health and wellness. Your breath, synchronized with simple poses and stretches, helps to loosen joints and build muscle for increased flexibility, strength, balance, and circulation. Along with standing, seated, and supine poses, Level 1 will demonstrate how to use yoga props and will explore meditation and visualization techniques that promote relaxation. Level 2 will expand our yoga pose repertoire and we’ll continue to build muscular strength and flexibility. We’ll sharpen our concentration by tackling balance and toning our core with standing yoga poses. Bring a mat and water.
Level 1: 8 Fridays, begins February 14, 3:30-4:30 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Level 2: 8 Tuesdays, begins February 11, 6:30-7:30 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Barbara Scott, Certified Yoga Instructor and Trainer
Use yoga postures and breathing to stretch muscles, reduce tension, increase circulation, and improve balance and strength. Open to all levels. Please wear loose clothing, and bring a mat, two yoga blocks, yoga strap, and water.
Sec 01: 10 Mondays, begins February 10, 4:00-5:15 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Sec 02: 10 Mondays, begins February 10, 5:30-6:45 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Strength Training for Everyone
Gen Worthington, Certified Fitness Instructor and Trainer
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, tubing, balls, and body weight. Open to all levels. Please bring a mat and set of hand weights.
16 Tuesday and Thursdays (meets 2x per week for 8 weeks), begins February 11, 6:00-7:00 pm, $125. Seniors: $106.25.
Asana and Restorative Yoga
Gen Baudin, RYT200 Yoga Certified
This vinyasa-based class includes elements of yin and restorative yoga. We’ll begin with a peaceful restorative pose, followed by a gentle breath based grounding sequence to warm the body, then move into stretching, and close with a series of restorative yoga postures and deep rewarding savasana. All levels and injuries will be accommodated. Expect to leave class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Please bring a mat.
6 Saturdays, begins March 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $70. Seniors: $59.50.
Gen Baudin, Certified Pilates Instructor
Pilates is a method of exercise that emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Learn modifications and progressions perfect for every fitness level. You will improve strength and flexibility, and develop and tone your core. Please bring a mat and water.
Sec 01: 8 Tuesdays, begins February 11, 7:00-8:00 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Sec 02: 6 Saturdays, begins March 7, 9:00-10:00 am, $65. Seniors: $51.
Greta Nilsen, Oriental Healing Arts Association
Tai chi is an excellent form of exercise and mediation in motion that improves physical health and reduces stress. It strengthens the immune system by increasing strength and flexibility, and by balancing energy. Beginner will explore Qi-gong routines as well as modified Yang-style useful in improving balance. Intermediate is for those who are active. We’ll study the more advanced classical Yang-style short form and additional Qi-gong routines.
Beginner: 12 Wednesdays, begins February 12, 5:00-6:00 pm, $125. Seniors: $106.25
Intermediate: 12 Thursdays, begins February 13, 6:00-7:00 pm, $125. Seniors: $106.25
Jackie Sorenson Aerobic Dance
Looking to firm your body and strengthen your cardiovascular system, and have fun at the same time? This class offers a variety of motivating music and challenging steps for all levels. Bring a mat and water.
12 Mondays and Wednesdays (class meets 2x per week for 6 weeks), begins April 6, 6:00-7:00 pm, $80. Seniors: $68.
Jill Braceland, Managing Change
Are you thinking of downsizing? This course will help jumpstart your efforts, and help you create project priorities, chose supplies, and set realistic time lines. Expect to leave with an action plan.
Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $25. Seniors: $21.25.
Taming the To Do List
Jill Braceland, Managing Change
Do you need tips to help organize your personal time? We’ll discuss priorities, how to create a to-do list, and how to stop procrastinating and feeling overwhelmed.
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $25. Seniors: $21.25.
Carolyn Travers, Nutritionist, Ideal Body and Weight Loss Center
What you eat affects your appearance, energy, and above all, your health. Become better educated to making good choices and looking healthier and younger. We’ll discuss which foods are best and which to avoid, what to eat that serves as medicine for the body, how to demystify different diets, and more.
3 Thursdays, begins March 12, 4:00-6:00 pm, $50. Seniors: $42.50.
Healing with Herbs and Spices
Dr. Patrice Malloy, Nutritionist, Ideal Body and Weight Loss Center
Prone to colds and stomachaches? Look no further than your own kitchen to find help in healing herbs and spices to combat common ailments. Spices like ginger and cinnamon not only add flavor to your food, but they can help you stay healthy, too. We’ll learn to understand their nature, uses, and classifications for every day health benefits.
3 Thursdays, begins April 2, 4:00-6:00 pm, $50. Seniors: $42.50.
Self Care 101
It’s important to take care of your mind, body, and soul each and every day. Learn the necessary steps to begin caring for yourself. Each class will introduce a new topic such sleep, hygiene, nutrition, exercise, mediation, digital detox, healthy boundary setting, yoga, and other methods of self-care.
6 Mondays, begins April 13, 7:00-8:00 pm, $50. Seniors: $42.50.
Claiming Our Voices: An Empowerment Group
Karen Taube, Professional Coach
Increase your self-esteem, set boundaries, and create goals for yourself through this powerful group experience. Utilizing a combination of writing exercises, self-reflection, sharing wisdom and mindfulness practices, you will learn ways to harness your personal power and communicate your needs clearly and effectively in a safe and supported space. $10 materials fee included.
8 Mondays, begins February 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, $120 ($110 plus $10). Seniors $103.50 ($93.50 plus $10)
Energetic Re-Set: Tools for Adapting Our Response To Stress
Karen Taube, Professional Coach
We are living in rather tumultuous time with constant bombardment of information and a high level of interaction with a variety of personalities. Our nervous systems and our energetic bodies can become worn down or out of balance and this results in Dis-ease. Learn simple techniques using a combination of Conscious Breathing, Centering, Crystals, Aromatherapy, Mantras, and Meridian work that you can use anytime and anywhere to assist you in increasing your focus and stamina, and allow you to respond to those stressful moments in your day to day living with more ease.
Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $25. Seniors: $21.25.
Ambition Meets Inner Peace: A Desire Map Workshop
Karen Taube, Professional Coach
Toss out the old way of setting goals and uncover what you truly desire most out of your life. This begins with getting clear on what you already have that is lighting you up, what you are grateful for, and where you are dissatisfied. At the end of this workshop, you will walk away with your Core Desired Feelings and tools to use them to guide your life decisions in your career, your body, your creativity, your relationships, and your spirit. Bring a small item of personal significance to the first class. $13 workbook included.
5 Mondays, begins April 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, $78 ($65 plus $13). Seniors: $68.25 ($55.25 plus $13).
Cooking and Baking
This highly-participatory course will explore fundamental cooking methods. Learn knife skills, how to taste and season your food, and how to make sauces, pasta, meats, vegetables, starches, and more. Open to all levels. Students will learn and practice using commercial-grade equipment in a professional culinary kitchen. $30 food fee included.
5 Tuesdays, begins March 24, 5:30-8:30 pm, $140 ($110 plus $30 food fee). Seniors: $123.50 ($93.50 plus $30).
Beginning Cake Decorating
Melissa Drake, Batter Up Cake Co.
Learn to decorate! In the first class, we’ll work with buttercream frosting and practice how to hold a decorating bag properly. For the second class, bring in two 8” round vanilla cakes, and learn how to level, assemble, crumble seal, and decorate your cakes. $10 fee included.
Sec 01: 2 Wednesdays, begins March 18, 6:00-8:30 pm, $60 ($50 plus $10 food fee). Seniors: $52.50.
Sec 02: 2 Tuesdays, begins May 5, 6:00-8:30 pm, $60 ($50 plus $10 food fee). Seniors: $52.50.
Writing and Languages
Start Writing: Intro to Creative Writing
We all have a novel within us. If you want to jump start your writing or to put your words to paper, join us and expand your creativity. We’ll talk about the writer's notebook, pre-writing process, poetry, and publication issues.
2 Thursdays, begins April 2, 6:00-8:00 pm, $30. Seniors: $25.50.
From Procrastination to Publication
Do you have a piece of creative writing that you’ve dreamt of publishing, or an idea for something that would make a great story? For writers of all levels, this workshop will explore the principles of creative writing, with one-on-one critiques. We’ll work on our stories each week, and you’ll be given resources for submitting your work for publication.
8 Mondays, begins February 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, $120. Seniors: $102.
Introduction to Sign Language
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. You will also be introduced to current issues in U.S. and world Deaf culture. Required Text: The American Sign Language Handshape Starter: A Beginner's Guide by Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown. Please purchase your own text or a $40 textbook fee is included.
8 Mondays, begins February 17, 6:00-8:00 pm, $160 ($120 plus $40 book fee if requested). Seniors: $142 ($102 plus $40 book fee if requested).
Navigating Italy: Language, Travel, and Culture
This course is for those who wish to learn how to converse using Italian in common travel situations, including greetings, ordering food, asking for directions, making purchases, and more. We’ll also practice useful conjugations of verbs and selected vocabulary, and learn about culture and customs of Italy.
8 Tuesdays, begins February 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, $120. Seniors: $102.
Mandarin Chinese for Beginners
Have you always wanted to learn Chinese? Here’s your chance to learn the second most popular language in the world. We will learn pinyin, practical conversation, numbers, writing, and games. You’ll also be given a Chinese name and explore Chinese culture.
9 Thursdays, begins February 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, $125. Seniors: $106.25.
Beginning and Intermediate Spanish
For those with little or no Spanish, Beginning will focus on basic vocabulary, useful verbs, and conversation. Intermediate is for those with a basic knowledge of Spanish and who understand simple phrases and vocabulary.
Beginning: 10 Thursdays, begins February 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, $130. Seniors: $110.50.
Intermediate: 10 Tuesdays, begins February 11, 6:00-8:00 pm, $130. Seniors: $110.50.
Computers and Finance
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel & PowerPoint
This course will provide an overview of Microsoft Office. In Word we’ll learn skills such as creating tables, page layout, and design. Excel will cover how to manipulate and format a basic spreadsheet, how to create workbooks, and insert formulas. In PowerPoint you’ll create a slideshow with inserting images and transitions.
12 Mondays, begins February 10, 6:00-8:30 pm, $180. Seniors: $153.
Accounting and Quickbooks
This course will begin with basic accounting concepts and terminology, and will move to understanding QuickBooks software. Students will learn invoicing, payroll, purchase orders, and financial reports. $44 book is included.
12 Tuesdays, begins February 11, 6:00-8:30 pm, $214 ($170 plus $44 book fee). Seniors: $188.50 ($144.50 plus $44).
Computer Basics and Beyond
This class will progress from a basic understanding of the different types of technology that you might have or want to buy, to the basics of using a laptop with Windows 10. We will set up a Google account and spend several sessions using the various free, online tools Google offers, including email, documents, and spreadsheets. You’ll leave with a better understanding of basic technology and a working Google account.
5 Wednesdays, begins March 4, 4:30-6:00 pm, $65. Seniors: $55.25.
Learn the fundamentals of creating Excel spreadsheets including data entry, formatting, and editing. This class will cover how to work with formulas and functions allowing the user to create charts and worksheets. Basic PC and keyboarding skills required. Bring a USB drive. $22 book is included.
3 Tuesdays, begins March 31, 6:00-8:30 pm, $92 ($70 plus $22 book). Seniors: $81.50.
Pension Maximation Strategies
Walter Jezak and Ben Mitchell, Baystate Financial
Do you know all of your options for your future pension benefit? Learn what questions to ask, and if it will affect social security income and other retirement benefits.
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, $25. Seniors: $21.
Social Security Optimization and Retirement Income Planning
Walter Jezak and Ben Mitchell, Baystate Financial
How do you plan for social security income? We’ll discuss when you should start collecting, and how social security income fits within the entire retirement income plan.
Tuesday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, $25. Seniors: $21.
Our Winter/Spring term begins February 10, 2020. 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.
All classes meet at Salem High School. Enter through the Performing Arts entrance. Classroom numbers will be posted at the first class.
Senior tuition is for students ages 65 and over.
Saturday classes meeting March 7-April 11, 2020, 9:00 am-12:00 noon.
Do not come days: February 24-28; April 27-30; May 25, 2020.
Upon receipt of registration/payment, you wil be enrolled and should plan to attend the first class. Confirmations will not be sent out, and students will be notified only if a course is canceled or filled.
A course may be canceled if there is insufficient enrollment. In that instance, a full refund will be issued.
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 credit card (not Amex). Note: a rocessing fee wil apply. Please make checks out to Salem Continuing Education. Mail to Continuing Education or visit the office: 44 Geremonty Drive, Salem, NH 03079
Inclement Weather: Please check Continuing Education's website, Salem Public School's website, or Salem High's Facebook page for cancelations. All classes missed classes due to snow will be made up. If a class is scheduled to begin on a snow day, it will begin one week later.