Continuing Education Brochure

Winter 2022 Brochure

  • In-person registration is Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 6:30-8 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

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Karen Stern • 10 weeks • Begins Jan. 31 • $75 ($78 NR/$67.50 Seniors) • 7:15-8 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.

Basket Weaving**

Patti Brousseau • $30 ($33 NR/$27 Seniors)  | Session I: Jan. 31-Feb. 28 | Session II: March 7-28 | 7-9 pm | O’Rourke MS Room 103

In this workshop you will make a medium-sized basket you could use as a centerpiece on a table. It starts with a square base 6”x 6” that flares out to 10” round. You have the option of adding wooden/wire handles on either side. Please bring an old towel, heavy duty scissors, clothes pin, awl or ice pick, and an exacto knife. A $30 supply fee will be due the first night to the instructor. Masks are required due to the instructor’s job in the NICU at Albany Medical Center.

Recreational Basketball**

Fred Marcelli • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks | Jan. 31-April 11
• 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!

Connecting the Pieces of Medicare

Maureen Hallaran • Feb. 28 • 6:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 120 •

Do you know the ins and outs of Medicare? What happens if you do not sign up for the right coverages at the right time? Do you know what IRMMA is? Some mistakes could carry lifelong penalties, meaning you will have to pay more for your Medicare benefits. This course is for those who have Medicare, are about to reach 65, and/or are ready to retire or questioning whether to keep their employer insurance. The instructor will discuss the process required to apply for Medicare through Social Security and review significant differences between a Medicare Advantage Plan, a Medicare Supplement Plan (Medigap Policy) and the Part D Prescription Coverage. She will also discuss how to determine eligibility for NYS Prescription Assistance or the NYS Medicare Savings Program. Having this knowledge is imperative in making the appropriate choice for you.


Planning Your Magical Disney Experience

Colleen Parisi • Feb. 15 • 7-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

This course will teach you how to how to plan your trip to Disney so you have fun instead of stress.

Transform your stress**

Kim Perone • $15 ($18 NR) • Feb. 15 • 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.

Recreational Volleyball**

Sandy Hutchinson • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks | Feb. 1-April 12 • 7:30-9:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Gym • 30 players maximum

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


Karen Stern • 10 weeks | Feb. 1-April 12 • $75 ($78) • 7:30-8:30 pm • Stevens Elementary School Gym

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 dose of awesomeness each time you leave class.

Beginner Swing Dance**

Thomas & Tamara Russell • $100 ($103 NR)/couple • 8 weeks
| Feb. 1- March 29 • 7-7:50 pm • Charlton Heights Gym

Whether you’ve never danced before or you need a refresher after the last 2 years, 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 older and current music. Thomas and Tamara have nearly 20 years of Ballroom Dance experience. Leather-soled shoes are recommended. Couples/partners only.

Intermediate Swing Dance**

Thomas & Tamara Russell • $100 ($103 NR)/couple • 8 weeks
| Feb. 1- March 29 • 8-8:50 pm • Charlton Heights Gym

You’ve learned the basics, now take your swing dancing to the next level. This course will focus on complex dance steps, technique, and dancing to a variety of music. Couples/partners only. Leather-soled shoes recommended.

Boat America

John K. Hinds • $15 ($18 NR) • Feb. 1- 15 & March 1 • 7-9 pm
• O’Rourke Middle School Room 121

Introduction to Boating, and a NASBLA approved course that meets New York state boating certificate requirements. $5 for each additional family member sharing a book.

Yoga Foundations & Flow**

Margo Janack • $60 ($63 NR) • 8 Weeks } Feb. 1 – March 29 • 7-8 pm • Pashley Elementary Cafeteria

This hatha yoga class is for all levels. Participants will learn and practice basic yoga poses and sequences. Participants should bring their own mats, straps, blocks blanket and seat cushion.


Tai Chi for Beginners or Advanced**

Tony Grimaldi • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 weeks | Feb. 2 – April 13
• 6:15-7:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

Learn easy tai chi movements for better balance, structure, blood circulation, and stability.


Deb Spurgas • $96 ($99 NR/$86 Seniors) • 12 weeks | Feb. 2 – May 4 • 6-7 pm • Charlton Heights Elementary School Gym

Get ready to body sculpt while dancing to enticing Latin-infused music. We will burn calories and strengthen your body through the use of 1-2 lb. weights. Wear comfortable exercise attire and footwear. A towel and water are suggested and your own weights are required. Social distancing will be adhered to and masks are suggested but not required at this time for vaccinated individuals.


Avoiding Probate through the use of a Revocable Trust – the Under Appreciated little brother of Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts

Glenn J. Witecki, Esq. • March 3 • 6-7:30 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 120

Where there is a Will there is a way, but where there is a Trust there is often a better way! Gain an in-depth understanding of when a Revocable Trust may benefit you as we explore the uses of Revocable Trusts in preventing Will challenges and offering enhanced flexibility to your estate plan. Learn the hierarchy of interstate inheritance and who has a right to challenge your Will. Also, learn the process of implementing a Trust and titling assets to the Trust. (A Trust only controls assets that are actually titled to the Trust, either directly during one’s lifetime or after death by beneficiary designation). A complete discussion will be had about the benefits of using Revocable Trusts instead of Wills to pass your assets to your beneficiaries. You will have an opportunity to ask specific questions pertaining to your own circumstances to learn how a Revocable Trust may benefit you. Note that a Revocable Trust does not provide asset protection in the Long-Term Care context.

Box Lacrosse

Jim Townsend • $40 ($43 NR) • 8 weeks | Feb. 3-March 31 • 7-9 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

The pick up box lacrosse league is designed to give adults a chance to play the game they love in a safe and fun environment. Teams will change each night. This is a great way to get in a workout and have fun doing it. All levels are welcome.

Design Your Life Through Vision Boarding

Margo Janack, Certified Life Coach • $25 ($28 NR) • Feb. 10 • 7-9 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Library

This Vision Board workshop is for anyone who wants to create a more purposeful, fulfilling, and balanced life. Class participants will create their very own vision board using images, words, and materials to use as an effective tool to help clarify priorities in life, manifest desires, and take action steps to reach dreams and goals. Materials include poster board, glue sticks, graphics and embellishments, markers.

Introduction to Meditation & Breathwork

Margo Janack, Certified Yoga Teacher training • $15 ($18 NR) • March 3 • 7-8 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Library

Participants will learn basic meditation and breathing techniques that can help reduce stress, anxiety and support balance in life when used regularly. Participants are encouraged to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.