Continuing Education Brochure

COURSE UPDATES & NOTIFICATIONS: There have been a few changes and cancellations since the fall 2019 Continuing Education brochure was published in late August.  Please take a look below and update your calendars. If you have any questions about these changes or have other continuing education-related questions, please contact Continuing Education Director Dacey Bonney at

  • “Transform Your Stress” is canceled,
  • “Cake Decorating” is full,
  • “Innerspace” is canceled,
  • “Core de Force” and “Pilates/Yoga Fusion” for the first week has been moved to the O’Rourke Middle School back gym,
  • “Zumba Toning” has been moved to the O’Rourke Middle School front gym,
  • “Continuing Yoga” has been moved to the O’Rourke Middle School library,
  • “Nutrition for Life” is canceled,
  • “Notary Prep” is canceled, and
  • “Defensive Driving” on Sept 28 is canceled.

Fall 2019 Brochure

  • Fall 2019 Registration, Sept. 10
  • In-person registration is Tuesday, Sept. 10 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
  • Classes begin with week of Sept. 23 (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. You’ll dance to all music genres, from pop to rock, Latin to country, and everything in between.

Aqua Zumba**

Karen Stern • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 8 weeks • 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 • $15 ($17 NR) • Sept. 30 • 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.

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 • $50 ($53 NR) • 10 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: Sept. 30-Oct. 28 • Session II: Nov. 4-Dec. 2 • 7-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 103

In this workshop you will make a medium-sized gift basket with a 7 and a 1/2-inch square base that flares out as it changes to a round basket. The basket is approximately 6 inches tall and you choose between a swing handle or a decorative ceramic handle. Please bring an old towel, heavy duty scissors, clothes pins, awl or ice pick, and an exacto knife. A $35 supply fee will be due the first night to the instructor.

Comprehensive Retirement Planning*

Richard Lane • $5 ($8 NR) • Two Nights: Oct. 21 & 28 • 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.

Cake decorating**

Julie Paul • $10 ($13 NR) • Oct. 21 • 6-8:30 pm • O’Rourke Middle School 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 the instructor at Class limited to 12 people.

Will I Ever be Able to Retire in Today’s World?*

Tom Dingley • $5 ($8 NR) • Dec. 9 • 6:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 109

If you’re like most Americans, you have been taught to save money your entire life. And you’ve most likely sought out investment advisors to help you and each one has promised to get you a better rate of return. This is all well and fine to a point. But now your problem is not how much can I earn, but how can I make sure I don’t outlive my money. Did you know that by taking your money in the wrong sequence, you can run out of money seven years sooner? We will address this and many more important questions, such as: Can I continue my present standard of living? At what age can I retire without running out of money? How can I keep the government from taxing 85% of my social security benefits? How will my situation change during these challenging economic times? How do I keep nursing homes from taking what it took a lifetime to earn in just a few short years? These will be discussed, along with other issues facing today’s retirees, because if you get it wrong there is no do over.


Core de Force**

Karen Stern • $70 ($73 NR/$63 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 6:15-7:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafeteria

Ready to get the body you’ve always wanted? It starts with one punch. The only question is…how hard will you fight for it? This MMA-inspired, total body workout uses core conditioning combinations, bodyweight moves, and cardio spikes to harness the power of your core. You’ll burn major calories and carve your waist. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and small towel. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.

Pilates/Yoga Fusion**

Karen Stern • $70 ($73 NR/$63 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 7:30-8:30 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafeteria

Low-impact stretching, strengthening, and bodyweight resistance-based exercises that promote lean muscle development. Burn calories and improve flexibility in a total body workout to music you’ll love. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle and small towel. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers or go bare feet.

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.

Innerspace: Cultivate Your Inner Life Coach

Kim Perone • $25 ($28 NR) • Sept. 24 • 6-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Library

Join Success Coach from The Center for Clarity, Compassion & Contentment Kim Perone 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.

Continuing Yoga**

Judy Rightmyer • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 10 weeks • 7:15-8:30 pm • Charlton Heights Gym (First class ONLY in the MS Library!)

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.

Introduction to Classical Music*

Patricia Brady • $5 ($8 NR) • 6 weeks • 7-8 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 107

Each week we will discuss the lives and the styles of the compositions of classical composers, such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Glass. We will listen to portions of a composition and the homework will be to listen either to the complete piece or another participant’s choice. The following week we will discuss the homework.

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.

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.

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.

Beginner Hustle**

Thomas Russell • $100/couple or $50/single ($103 or $53 NR/$90 or $45 Seniors) • 8 weeks begins Oct. 1 • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

The Hustle can be danced anywhere to music from the 70’s to today. This is a party dance, so come and join the party! Thomas and Tamara have over 15 years of Ballroom Dance experience. They also choreograph wedding dances and teach group and private lessons out of their home studio in Burnt Hills. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Beginner-Intermediate Foxtrot**

Thomas Russell • $100/couple or $50/single ($103 or $53 NR/$90 or $45 Seniors) • 8 weeks begins Oct. 1• 8:15-9:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

Learn this classic American Ballroom dance that can be danced to the sounds of big band music and many modern songs. For the experienced Foxtrot dancer, learn to smooth out your dancing and glide across the floor. Thomas and Tamara have over 15 years of Ballroom Dance experience. They also choreograph wedding dances and teach group and private lessons out of their home studio in Burnt Hills. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Estate Planning Basics*

Glenn J. Witecki, Esq. • $5 ($8 NR) • Sept. 24 & Oct. 1 • 6-7:30 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 109

Sept. 24: Gain an understanding of the various estate planning documents, including Powers of Attorney (gifting and non-gifting), Wills (what they do and who can challenge them), Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable), Beneficiary Designations and Living Wills & Health Care Proxies. Learn how each of these documents/directives can help you and your loved ones, so that your assets wind up going to your intended beneficiaries and your health care decisions follow your wishes even if you can no longer make them yourself. Learn how Trusts can minimize the chance that your directives will be challenged and why a Power of Attorney is often more important to your estate plan than your Will. Also, gain an understanding of the Surrogate’s Court Probate process, such as when it is required and when it’s not.

Oct. 1: Learn about various forms of asset protection, including how it pertains to long-term care, in general, and Medicaid nursing home care in particular. Many of us have heard of the five-year look-back period pertaining to Medicaid funding, but do you fully understand this rule? And do you know the difference between the five-year look-back period and a penalty period? Do you know that even with no prior planning, an individual or couple with significant assets can protect the majority of those assets because some transfers do not cause a penalty period? Do you know that the purchase of some annuities can disqualify you from receiving Nursing Home Medicaid for an extended period of time? Find the answers to these crucial questions and others by attending this session. Among other things, this session will build upon the first session (see above) by exploring the uses of Trusts in preventing Will challenges and offering enhanced flexibility to your estate plan.

Medicare Made Easy*

Maureen Hallaran, Mosaic Wealth Strategies Group, Ltd. • $5 ($8 NR) • Oct. 1 • 6:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 120

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.

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.

Beginner English for Adults**

Ester Salasoo • $12 ($15 NR) • Begins Oct. 1• 10 weeks • 6:30-7:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 122

In this beginner level English class for adults, students will learn to communicate in everyday situations. Emphasis is on improving fluency and building confidence. Students will engage in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Class will begin with more controlled exercises and end with freer, open-ended, fun activities. There’s a $10 materials fee.

Eliminating Financial Risk of Long-Term Care*

Audra Higgins • $5 ($8 NR) • Nov. 5 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 121

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.



Tai Chi Ruler Routine**

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.

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.

Making a Kaleidoscope Quilt**

Pamela Davis • $30 ($33 NR/$27 Seniors) • Begins Oct. 2 • 8 weeks • 6:45-9:15 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

This quilt will be made of hexagon-shaped kaleidoscope blocks. We will be using a “stack and whack” rotary cutting method to create the blocks. Basic cutting, sewing and quilting skills will be emphasized. All the supplies will be discussed at the first class. Rotary cutting tools and a working sewing machine will be needed in class after the first night.

Nutrition for Life*

Karen Laing • $15 ($18 NR) • Oct. 2 • 6:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

Everyone knows that healthy eating is a key skill to healthy living, but are you sure you are up to date on the latest healthy eating suggestions? This class includes the latest research on what your body really needs, the impact of dehydration on your health, why your body needs food not junk food, how to handle dietary limitations (including low salt), the complications of poor food choices on aging, and interesting facts about eating and our bodies. Info on micro-nutrients will also be available and some will be discussed as it pertains to YOUR health needs.

Financial Fitness: The New 10-Point, 1-Hour workout*

Frank Finch • $5 ($8 NR) • Oct. 9 • 5:30-6:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 109

Physical fitness is booming across America. So, too, is financial stress and the need for many to “catch up,” or compete wisely to grow their money and net worth. As we strive to pay for active, bright futures in an increasingly expensive and competitive world, sound financial health and decision-making will be required. This class is designed for those who seek to fund and protect active and financially secure lifestyles. We’ll explore investment behaviors and healthy savings and investment strategies that can build financial fitness. The instructor will guide participants through practical exercises all designed to help improve financial wellness in ways that matter most to you.

Navigating the World of Retirement Planning*

Frank Finch • $5 ($8 NR) • Oct. 9 • 6:45-8:15 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 121

This class focuses on breadth and not depth that will improve your consumer confidence by defining popular, and new, products and financial strategies that bombard us in the media. These products and strategies include age/stage related mutual funds, portfolio construction approaches, IRAs, annuities (i.e., variable, fixed, immediate, deferred, and guaranteed income features), various life insurances, and long-term care insurance policies, etc. You will leave the class with a better understanding of what these products and strategies are and for whom they are designed.

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 the instructor’s work. There is a $10 materials fee for each course. No previous experience necessary. (If you want to sign up for both classes, you may pay with one check. )

Oct. 23 : Create beautiful black & white cards.

Oct. 30: Create a stack of fun & festive holiday cards.

Notary Prep Review

Victor Bujanow, CIC • $49 ($52 NR) • Dec. 4 • 6-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 105

This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office. 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 an attorney, and minimizing legal liability. This workshop is a must for Notary Public candidates to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in this office. All materials will be provided including website links to NYS Department of State licensing information, booklets and forms. Also featured is an 80 question practice exam which attempts to emulate the actual New York State mandatory exam. The instructor has been a practicing Notary Public and Notary Signing Agent for over 25 years. In addition to the Notary Public workshops he has been teaching Insurance Pre-Licensing Courses as well as Continuing Education courses at several New York State locations. There is a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Let’s Talk About It Now

Kathleen A. Lowes Sanvidge • No Cost • Dec. 4 • 6-8 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 109

Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home hosts an ongoing series of educational events to benefit the community. This course includes a presentation and conversation about the benefits of planning your final arrangements in advance. Kathleen A. Lowes Sanvidge is a licensed funeral director and owner of Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home. For more than 25 years, she has cared for families and their loved ones as they go through one of life’s most difficult and painful journeys. Kathleen’s experience has taught her the importance of planning in advance. She will talk about the different options available when making final arrangements and she will provide valuable information about the financial choices available. People who have their affairs in order may feel empowered and relieved that they have lifted a considerable burden from their loved ones’ shoulders. They may have the comfort of knowing their final wishes will be honored and they can feel good about making decisions without the pressure of emotions and time constraints.



Karen Stern • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 10 Weeks • 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.

Planning Your Magical Disney Experience*

Colleen Parisi • $15 ($18 NR) • Oct. 10 • 6-7:30 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

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 questions and answers. You’ll learn this and much more from a frequent Disney traveler.

Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Chris Nyhan • No cost • Oct. 10 • 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.

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.

Intro to Sewing**

Pamela Davis • $15 ($18 NR/$13 Seniors) • Oct. 10, 17, 24 • 6:45-9:15 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 107

Do you have a sewing machine that you either struggle with or wish you knew how to use but don’t know where to start? This class will start with the basics of how the machine works and what the knobs, dials, buttons, and numbers mean. Tips will be given to help take the frustration out of using your sewing machine and enable you to actually complete a project that looks good. Bring your questions, project, sewing machine with its manual and sewing supplies: Two different colors of thread, scissors, bobbins, extra machine needles, seam ripper and fabric. We’ll get started on the first night!

The New Reverse Mortgage*

Burton Farbstein • $5 ($8 NR) • Oct. 24 • 6:30-8 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 120

In this class you’ll go through qualifications, types of mortgages available, different ways you can receive your tax-free cash, impacts on inheritance and your heirs, as well as different ways a reverse mortgage can positively impact your life in matters of retirement planning, health-related services, or just improving your overall lifestyle.

Cookie Craze**

Kate Jones • $10 ($13 NR/$9 Seniors) • Dec. 12 • 5:30-8:30 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 105

Cookies may be a classic dessert but many people have lost touch with the art of making them. In this class you will learn how to recapture the spirit of the perfect cookie, how to make them from scratch, and how to share them with family and friends for years to come. You will learn how to pick the right utensils for the task, how to choose your ingredients, how to ensure the desired outcome, and how to perfect a few little twists on classic favorites. This is a beginner class.

Driving Courses

6-Hour Defensive driving

Angela Temple • $40 • Sept. 28, Oct. 26, or Nov. 9 • 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 • Nov. 18 & 19 • O’Rourke MS Room 107

Completion of this DMV-approved Point and Insurance Reduction Program provides a 10% reduction, for three years of the motorist’s liability, no-fault and collision insurance premiums. The 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 to complete registration.