Continuing Education Brochure

Winter/Spring 2019 Brochure

  • Winter 2019 Registration, Jan. 15
  • In-person registration is Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at O’Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Rd., Burnt Hills
  • Registration forms and payment may also be mailed to: Continuing Education Director Dacey Bonney, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019
  • Classes begin with week of Jan. 28 (unless otherwise noted.)

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Hiroko Kawasaki • $70 ($73 NR/$63 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 5:30-6:30 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

LaBlast is a dance fitness program based on all the dances seen on Dancing With the Stars. It is an interval-based, cardio-style workout that will challenge, inspire, and teach the true skill of dance while “blasting” away calories. It is a multi-level program that allows you to progress at your own rate and is for every age and level. We dance to all music genres, from pop to rock, Latin to country, and everything in between.

Aqua Zumba**

Karen Stern • Session I: 1/28-3/25 • $60 ($63 NR/$53 Seniors) • Session II: 4/1-5/13 • $45 ($48 NR/$41 Seniors) • 7:45-8:30 pm • HS Pool

This class is perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine. Less impact on joints means you can really let loose using the water’s natural resistance to tone your muscles.

Transform Your Stress

Kim Perone • $12 ($15 NR) • Feb. 25 • 6-7 pm • HS Library

Stress is everywhere! Learn how to harness the power of positivity, engage new tools and techniques, expand your perspective, prioritize, and reap the benefits. Join Kim Perone, Success Coach at The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment for this one-hour workshop that can change the way you look at things. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Innerspace: Cultivate Your Inner Life Coach

Kim Perone • $25 ($28 NR) • March 4 • 6-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Library

Join Success Coach from The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment to cultivate your inner life coach, learn the fundamentals of coaching to build awareness, and reduce stress. A focus will be on clarity, mindfulness, gratitude, stress consciousness, self care, law of attraction, manifesting, sanctuary and more. Enjoy an evening of entertainment and empowerment to ensure a successful 2019!

Gentle Yoga** (also available Thursday)

Chris Darby-King • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Gym

This class focuses on stretching all areas of the body to release stress and tension from joints and muscles. The principles of alignment, breath work, movement, and balance will be introduced. There is an emphasis placed on increasing strength and flexibility, and promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Bring a yoga mat, small pillow/cushion, and a tie or strap.

Recreational Basketball**

Fred Marcelli • $70 ($73 NR) • 14 weeks • 7:30-9:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Gym

Participants must pre-register for basketball. Class is limited to the first 30 registrations received. Teams are formed each week and play in a non-competitive environment. It’s a great workout!

Basket Weaving: Field Basket**

Patti Brousseau • $30 ($33 NR/$27 Seniors) • Session I: 1/28-2/25 • Session II: 3/11- 4/1 • 7-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 103

In this workshop you will make a field basket with pottery handles. It measures 10” at the base, 14” diameter at the top and 12” tall. You can incorporate colored reeds to match your pottery handles or choose bushel basket handles instead. Please bring an old towel, clothespins, awl or regular thin screwdriver, sharp knife (small exacto knife works well), and a sturdy pair of scissors. $55 materials fee.


Estate Planning—Taking the Mystery Out*

Richard A. Fuerst, Esq. • $5 (NR $8) • April 16 • 6:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

In this workshop we’ll review estate planning questions from an attorney’s perspective, including taking the mystery out of wills, healthcare proxies, powers of attorney, and trusts. We’ll also discuss estate planning, the latest legal and government changes related to nursing home and Medicaid considerations, and avenues available to reduce wealth transfer taxation.

Beginner Sign Language**

Kimberly Ward • $20 ($23 NR/$18 Seniors) • 8 weeks • 4-5 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 304

Learn the alphabet, basic signs, and be able to hold a conversation in sign language. By the end of the course you will be signing a children’s book! You will also learn about the deaf culture.

Sign Language Course II**

Kimberly Ward • $20 ($23 NR/$18 Seniors) • 6 weeks • 5-6 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 304

This course will quickly review basic signs, then build to conversation pieces, application of real-world situations, and end the course with a full class of only sign language communication. We will continue to learn about the culture of the deaf.

Eliminating Financial Risk of Long-Term Care

Audra Higgins • $5 ($8 NR) • Feb. 12 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 122

Would you be shocked to learn 70% of people over age 65 will need long-term care? As we find ourselves caring for aging parents, it is vital to stay informed of the various financial planning options to address the rising costs of long-term care. We’ll review the basics of long-term care, funding options, and hybrid strategies. Whether you are still working, planning for retirement or in retirement, this class will help clarify what expenses you may encounter in later years and how to begin planning to protect your assets and take control of the type of care you wish to receive.

Socially Conscious Investing: Aligning Your Investments With Your Values*

Darren Leader • $5 ($8 NR) • Feb. 26 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 304

From the food you eat to the brands that you support, you make decisions every day that reflect your values and beliefs. When it comes to your investments, however, most people have no idea what they are invested in and what steps they can take to ensure that the companies they invest in better reflect their values. This educational session will give you an overview of what Socially Responsible/Impact Investing is, the pros and cons, and the practical ways in which you can better align your investments with your values.

Zumba Toning**

Deborah Spurgas • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 8 weeks • 6-7 pm • Pashley Elementary Cafeteria

Tone your body through international dance fitness with the use of Zumba Toning Stix or your own 1-2 lbs weights. Toning is great way to accomplish your fitness goals in a safe and fun environment.

Continuing Yoga**

Judy Rightmyer • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Gym

This class will focus on yoga postures, meditation, and breathing techniques with a goal of meditation in motion. Relaxation and connection to the present moment will be practiced through developing breath and body awareness. Some experience with yoga practice is preferred. Bring a yoga mat, a small pillow/cushion, and a lightweight blanket.

About Boating Safely

Coast Guard Auxiliary • $10 • 4 weeks • 7-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

This course includes topics such as types of boats, lines & knots, safety equipment, trailering, VHF radios, handling, aids to navigation, rules of the waterway, and weather. Special attention is given to safe operation of Personal Watercraft (PWC). A proctored, closed-book examination is given at the end of the course. Passing the exam qualifies boaters for a course certificate recognized by all states including New York and usually qualifies a boater for a discount on marine insurance. A textbook/study guide is included with the course fee. Fees are $20 for a single student and $5 for each additional family member sharing a book. The class is for persons 10 years of age and older, and the certificate qualifies a young adult to solo operate a powered vessel. Solo operators of PWCs must be at least age 14 years in NYS. New York regulations require all power boat operators born after May 1, 1996 to carry a safe boating certificate.

Intro to Beading**

Karen Nerney • $15 (NR $18/$12 Seniors) • Jan. 29 • 6:30-8 pm • HS Room 165

This class will introduce you to beading basics, including beading materials, essential tools, and crimping. You’ll design your own bracelet and learn how to attach a clasp. Class fee includes bracelet kit. No experience necessary. $15 materials fee. Class is limited to 10 people.

Learn to Wire Wrap Stones**

Karen Nerney • $15 (NR $18/$12 Seniors) • April 16 • 6:30-8 pm • HS Room 165

Love the look of wire-wrapped stones? You’ll learn a basic wire-wrapping technique as well as experiment with different gauge wire. Practice using wire and tools to wrap stones. $15 materials fee.

Understanding Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds*

Steve Vadney • $5 (NR $8) • Feb. 5 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 122

Learn the basics from investment professionals about the staples of a modern portfolio: stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. This course outlines the differences between these types of investments so you can determine the right ventures for you. Learn about how proper asset allocation can lower your overall risk and increase your return. Track and monitor your investments with confidence as you plan for your financial future.

Essential Oils 101

Lyndsay Stein • $12 (NR $15) • Jan. 29 or March 26 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

In this workshop you’ll get an overview of what essential oils are and why they are effective. You’ll also learn how certain oils can benefit your health and self care, as well as how to safely use them in your life (i.e., different application methods, natural cleaning solutions, cooking). You’ll also make a 5 ml rollerball blend to take home. $5 materials fee.

Introduction to Philosophy

Vaishali Khandekar • $10 (NR $13) • 15 weeks • 7-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 127

This course aims to challenge our beliefs and ideas and try to place them in a wider frame of understanding. It encourages us to step outside the stream and take an objective look at fundamental concepts such as culture, morals, religion, and our relationship to them. We will look into some basic theories in philosophy with texts in Western philosophy and also a sneak peek into Buddhist philosophy.

Beginner Swing**

Thomas Russell • $90/couple ($93 NR/$81 Seniors) • 8 weeks • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

If you’ve never danced swing or are looking to sharpen your skills, this class is for you! Swing is great for weddings, parties, or a night out on the town and can be danced to a wide range of music. The instructors have 15+ years of ballroom dance experience, have choreographed wedding dances, and teach group and private lessons. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Recreational Volleyball

Sandy Hutchinson • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:30-9:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Gym

This course is for those who want a moderate level of exercise. Teams are formed each week. We play hard but fun is emphasized. Class is limited to 30 players.

Beginner Cha-Cha**

Thomas Russell • $90/couple ($93 NR/$81 Seniors) • 8 weeks • 8:15-9:15 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

The fun and sexy Cha-Cha can be danced to a lot of modern music and older tunes as well. If you enjoy going out dancing, this is a great dance to add to your repertoire. The instructors have 15+ years of ballroom dance experience, have choreographed wedding dances, and teach group and private lessons. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Learn to Meditate

Helene Verdile • $12 ($15 NR) • Feb. 5 • 6-7 pm • O’Rourke MS Library

Research shows meditation is beneficial for your brain. Join Guided Meditation teacher and Certified Life Coach Helene Verdile from the Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment to discover ways meditation can positively impact your life, specifically Kundalini meditation, mindfulness, and mantra-based guided meditation. There will be a 20-minute guided meditation session and time for questions and answers.

Fearless Foundations: Creating a Life Beyond Anxiety, Worry & Fear

Helene Verdile • $25 ($28 NR) • March 5 • 6:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Library

Join Guided Meditation Teacher and Life Coach from The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment in Burnt Hills for this two-hour workshop that guides you through the pillars to creating a life beyond fear. You will learn positive coping skills and learn ways to create a foundation on which to build a life of joy.

Notary Prep Review

Victor Bujanow, CIC • $49 ($52 NR) • Feb. 5 • 6-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test. Confusing laws, concepts, and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that a Notary Public Officer is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal liability. There will also be a practice exam that attempts to emulate the actual NYS mandatory exam. ($5 workbook fee.)

Getting More Out of Your Savings*

Bob Gomez • $5 ($8 NR) • March 19 • 6-7 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

Putting money aside can be difficult. We’ll look at CDs, bonds, annuities, stocks, and more to help make your savings live up to your expectations. We’ll also discuss the pros and cons of these savings, and I’ll share information that no one tells you.

Planning Your Magical Disney Experience

Colleen Parisi • $15 ($18 NR) • Feb. 5 • 6-7:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 109

This course will teach you how to arrange for a magical experience at Disney with step-by-step planning tips. A handout will be shared and there will be time for question and answers. You’ll learn this and much more from a frequent Disney traveler.

Hidden Risks for Women in Retirement

Audra Higgins • $5 ($8 NR) • March 12 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

This course will educate women on some of the common mistakes made when planning for retirement. Many women are unaware of the benefits and risks they have in retirement. Even for those who are married and have not worked outside the home, it is critical to consider planning to someday living alone in retirement. We’ll cover employer retirement plans, risk level of investments, social security benefits, healthcare impact, and income replacement needs.

Essential Oils 102

Lyndsay Stein • $12 ($15 NR/$9 Seniors) • Feb. 26 or April 30 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

Using essential oils can often seem intimidating. In this class you will learn how to successfully and confidently use your essential oils and how to incorporate them into your daily routine. We will go over what essential oil supplies and resources you should have on hand and where to get them for the best price. We will also discuss oils that are great for emotional and mood support. The second part of this workshop is dedicated to making a 5 ml rollerball blend that you take home.

Could Your Pension Disappear?*

Darren Leader • $5 ($8 NR) • March 5 • 6:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

Your pension is crucial to your retirement security. But what happens to your pension benefit if your company goes bankrupt? What does it mean for you if your company has a large shortfall in pension funding? Will you still get your pension? Will it be reduced? Join us to learn about the protections that exist for your pension benefit and how your pension should fit into your ‘big picture’ financial plan.

Tax Efficient Planning Procedures

Steve Vadney • $5 ($8) • March 12 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 120

Taxes come in many forms and while investors generally do not mind paying their fair share, no one wants to pay more than they should. Tax-efficient investing begins with an understanding of income tax, capital gains (both long and short term), dividend taxation, and estate taxation. Learn more about the different types of taxes in this class.

Medicare Made Easy*

Maureen Hallaran, Mosaic Wealth Strategies Group, Ltd. • $5 ($8 NR) • March 19 • 6:30-8:30 pm • MS Room 109

Whether you are approaching Medicare age, already on Medicare, or a caregiver who assists parents or elderly relatives finding the right Medicare coverage can be difficult. Having proper knowledge is essential for picking the right plan. At this workshop, you will learn the basics about Medicare and its accompanying parts, premiums, and deductibles. Join us as we show you how to evaluate and make an educated decision in choosing your Medicare plan every year with confidence.


Rubber Stamping Classes*

Deb Valder • $12 ($15 NR) • 7-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

Bring a small pair of sharp scissors and adhesive. Visit for samples of instructor’s work. A $10 materials fee for each course. No previous experience necessary. (If you want to sign up for all of the classes, you may pay with one check. )

  • Feb. 27: Stamp a Stack of Cards

    Stamp a stack of cards and leave with two of each card and envelopes.

  • March 20: Create a Dazzling All-Occasion Cards
    In this class participants will create a bundle of all-occasion cards.
  • March 27: Cards, Cards, and More Cards
    In this class participants will create a variety of different cards.
  • April 3: Card Making With Stamps
    In this class participants will use stamps to create amazing cards.

Beaded Wind Chimes**

Karen Nerney • $15 (NR $18/$12 Seniors) • Feb. 13 • 6:30-8:30 pm • HS Room 165

Create a whimsical piece for your home or garden. Choose from a variety of beads and chime elements to make something that celebrates your unique creativity. There are no complicated steps for this project, so it’s great for the beginning beader or experienced stringer looking to spend a relaxing couple of hours. $20 materials fee. Class is limited to 10 people.

Blessings Catcher**

Karen Nerney • $15 (NR $18/$12 Seniors) • March 13 • 6:30-8:30 pm • HS Room 165

Set your intentions on love and gratitude as you count your blessings and make your own Blessings Catcher. A Blessings Catcher is similar to a dream catcher but made with the intention of gratitude. Choose from a variety of beads, ribbons, feathers, and more as you create a beautiful reminder of all there is to be thankful for. $20 materials fee. Class is limited to 10 people.

Wu Style Tai Chi**

Anthony Grimaldi • $50 ($53 NR/$45 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 6:15-7:15 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

Beginner or advanced Tai Chi to promote well being. The routine is performed slowly for optimal breathing and to help lower blood pressure.

Speed & Quickness Training

James Townsend • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

This class will work on basic speed and quickness training to help increase foot speed. Class limited to 10 people.

Box Lacrosse

James Townsend • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 8:15-10 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

Learn how to play non-contact indoor lacrosse.

Competitive Volleyball

Don Austin • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks • 7:30-9:30 pm• O’Rourke MS Front Gym

Participants should have a mastery of basic volleyball skills—bumping, setting, and spiking. Emphasis will be on team play in a competitive environment with designated setters and spikers encouraged. Teams will be formed each night. USA Volleyball rules will be followed and will be discussed during the first session. Class size is limited and participation in the program is based on an individual’s skill level.

Cake Decorating*

Julie Paul • $20 ($23 NR) • April 3 (No Longer Accepting Registrations) & May 22 • 6-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

Have you ever wanted to learn how to decorate buttercream cakes like a professional? In this class you will learn how to fill, stack, and frost a cake. Students will also learn basic cake decorating techniques including borders, writing, drop flowers, roses, and other frosting techniques. You will even take home your beautiful cakes. Bring a box or container (at least 8 inches) to transport cakes. $20 materials fee. For questions contact instructor at Class limited to 12 people.



Karen Stern • Session I: 1/31-3/28 • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • Session II: 4/4-5/18 • $45 ($48 NR/$41 Seniors) • 7-8 pm • Pashley Elementary Cafeteria

This class is perfect for everybody and every body! We’ll take the “work” out of workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and world rhythms take over you’ll see why Zumba® classes are often called exercise in disguise. Zumba® is a total workout that combines all elements of fitness—cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesomeness each time you leave class.

How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket*

Tom Dingly • $5 ($8 NR) • Two Nights: Feb. 28 & March 7 • 6-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

If you’re like most Americans you saved the majority of your retirement funds in tax-deferred vehicles like 401(K)s and IRAs. If tax rates go up how much of your hard earned money will you really end up with? This class is a step-by-step road map about how to get to a 0% tax bracket. The course is based on the book The Power Of Zero by David McKnight, which is about effectively eliminating tax rate risk from your retirement picture.
$15 materials fee.

Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Chris Nyhan • No cost • April 4 • 7-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 109

If you’re like many retirees or those approaching retirement, you probably have a lot of questions about Social Security. We’ll discuss how Social Security fits into retirement income planning, when to start taking benefits, taxes, and much more.

Comprehensive Retirement Planning*

Richard Lane • $5 ($8 NR) • Two Nights: May 9 & 16 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

Learn the issues and decisions facing soon-to-be retirees or those already enjoying the golden years, including efficient portfolio designs for retirees, retirement income planning, risk mitigation in retirement, Social Security decision making, tax considerations, and efficient tax and estate planning. You’ll leave with the tools needed to develop a retirement financial plan.

Getting Paid to Talk*

Voice Coaches Producer • $15 ($18 NR) • Feb. 21 • 6:30-9 pm • Off site: 26 Vly Road, Albany, 12205

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. You’ll record a short professional script with the teacher.

Creative Giving: Ways to Give Even in Retirement*

Audra Higgins • $5 (NR $8) • March 21 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

Discover your philanthropic goals while simultaneously helping to reduce taxes, increase estate values, provide lifetime incomes, and protect beneficiaries. We will uncover some of the ways to use forgotten resources, leverage appreciated assets, use old insurance policies, and utilize investment vehicle solutions with legal entities (like trusts) to efficiently achieve your charitable giving goals while not adversely impacting your plans for and in retirement.

Gnosis, Let Your Light Shine*

Alison Keller • $10 (NR $13) • 9 weeks • 6:30-7:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

Gnosis means self knowledge. This course will help you understand how the Gnostic teachings help in the search for that natural inner light within all of us. A discussion and short practice will be included in each class to help you recognize and develop your inner potential. The light of self knowledge can enhance your life and the life of others.

Make Your Own Mala Beads**

Karen Nerney • $15 (NR $18/$12 Seniors) • April 4 • 6:30-8:30 pm • HS Room 165

Mala have been used for centuries to aid in meditation or prayer. The 108-bead strand can also be worn as a beautiful piece of jewelry. In this class, you will make a full-length mala necklace with gemstones, wood beads, a guru bead and tassel. You’ll also set an intention for your mala beads and learn how to activate them to your energy. $25 materials fee. Class is limited to 10.

Gentle Yoga**

Chris Darby-King • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Gym

This class is held at a slower pace and focuses on stretching all areas of the body to release stress and tension from joints and muscles. The basic principles of alignment, breath work, movement, and balance will be introduced. There will also be an emphasis placed on increasing strength and flexibility, and promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Please bring a yoga mat, small pillow/cushion, and a tie or strap.

Driving Courses

6-Hour Defensive driving

Angela Temple • $40 • Feb. 23, March 23 or April 13 • 8 am-2 pm • HS Room 207

This is a Department of Motor Vehicles approved program that allows you to save 10% off your collision and liability insurance and up to four points off your driving record. The course is sponsored by the Empire Safety Council. Check with your insurance company about any premium reduction. A video, lecture, and class discussion highlight this course. Participants must bring their NYS driver’s license/permit along with a pen.

2-Night, 6-Hour Defensive Driving

Armand Canestraro • $40 • April 29 & 30 • 6-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

This Department of Motor Vehicles approved program is sponsored by the Empire Safety Council. Participants are required to bring with them their NYS driver’s license, a pen, and must attend both classes to complete the course requirements and receive credit. Please arrive ten minutes early to class.

5-Hour Pre-licensing Driving Course

Bill Cassidy • $40 • Two nights: Feb. 5 & 6; March 5 & 6; May 21 & 22 • 7-9:30 pm • HS Room 206

This course fulfills the New York state 5-hour classroom requirement for those signing up to take a road test. People who have taken driver education and received a blue card do not have to take this course. Please indicate the class dates on the registration card and bring your permit to class.