Continuing Education Brochure


  • Both Pass the Pie and Sewing Machine Tune-up classes are full. We are not accepting anymore registrations.
  • The Vision Board class has been cancelled.

Winter 2020 Brochure

  • Winter 2020 Registration begins Jan. 14
  • In-person registration is Tuesday, Jan. 14 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 Jan. 27 (unless otherwise noted.)

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Hiroko Kawasaki • $70 ($73 NR/$63 Seniors) • 10 weeks  • 5:30-6:30 pm • Pashley Elementary 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 • Session 1: 8 weeks • Begins Jan. 27 • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) | Session 2: 6 weeks • Begins March 30 • $45 ($48 NR/$40 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.

Basket Weaving: Gift basket**

Patti Brousseau • $30 ($33 NR/$27 Seniors)  • Session I: Jan. 27-Feb. 24 • Session II: March 2-23  • 7-9 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 103

In this workshop you will make a medium-sized gift basket with a 7.5” square base that flares out as it changes to a round basket. The basket is approximately 6” 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.

Getting Paid to Talk*

Voice Coaches Producer • $15 ($18 NR) • Feb. 3 • 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.

Gentle Yoga** (also available Thursdays)

Chris Darby-King • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 10 weeks  • 7:30 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.

Introduction to Quilting**

Pam Davis • $30 • 7 weeks • Begins March 9 • 6:45-9:15 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

In this class you will learn the techniques to complete a mini quilt sample from start to finish. Tips for accurate cutting, sewing, quilting and binding will be taught to make your finished quilt successful. All levels of quilters will learn something that will help tune up or refresh their skills. A sewing machine, rotary cutting supplies, and fabrics will be needed in class after the first night.

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!

Transform Your Stress

Kim Perone • $15 ($17 NR) • Jan. 27 • 6-7 pm • MS 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.

Design Your Own Future With a Vision Board

Margo Janack • $25 ($28 NR) • Jan. 27 • 7-9 pm • HS Room 165

Create a vision board and design your future. Make the laws of attraction work for you in 2020! Manifest the life you want by setting goals and creating your own vision board, which is a collage that uses the law of attraction to draw more of what you want into your life. Vision boards can focus on something specific, like career, relationships, the upcoming year or your general life intentions. Let your creative juices flow and make it your best year yet! (The class is limited to 15 participants.)

Jewelry Making: Chandelier Earrings**

Karen Nerney • $15 ($18 NR) • March 16 • 6-8 pm  • HS Room 165

Craft your own chandelier earrings using wire loops and beads. You’ll use chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters as you learn to make wrapped loops. You can use this technique to make bracelets, necklaces, dangles and more. This is a beginner class, but some fine motor dexterity is required. Your finished piece includes sterling silver ear wires or posts.
A $15 materials fee is due to the instructor the night of the class.

Navigating the World of Retirement Planning Strategies*

Frank Finch • $5 ($8 NR) • April 6 • 6:15-8 pm • MS Room 121

This class is designed to improve your confidence in a bright financial future by helping you understand popular financial strategies that can benefit you. What are they? For whom are they designed? Why are they so important and valuable? What should you avoid? These financial strategies include: fighting risk with low-cost, customized investment portfolios for growth and income; wisely managing your 401(k)s/IRAs with strategic systematic withdrawals; meeting needs and important goals with income annuities; maximizing social security income; protecting you and your family with cash-value life insurance and long-term care insurance policies; etc. You will better understand what these strategies are, as well as which ones may help you, and which ones are not designed for you.


Core de Force**

Karen Stern • Session 1: Jan. 28 • 8 weeks • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • Session 2: March 31 • 6 weeks • $45 ($48 NR/$40 Seniors) • 6-7:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafe

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.

Beginner English for Adults**

Ester Salasoo   10 weeks • Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 pm • O’Rourke MS 

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.


Karen Stern • Session 1: Jan. 28 • 8 weeks • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • Session 2: March 31 • 6 weeks • $45 ($48 NR/$40 Seniors) • 7:15-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafe

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.

Introduction to Classical Music*

Patricia Brady • $5 ($8 NR) • 5 weeks beginning Jan. 28  • 7-8:30 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 109

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 piece of the participant’s choice. The following week we will discuss the homework.

About Boating Safely

Coast Guard Auxiliary • $5 • 4 weeks beginning Jan. 28 • 7-9 pm  • O’Rourke MS Room 121

This course is for all boaters age 10 and up. It includes topics such as types of boats, lines and knots, safety equipment, trailering, VHF radio, handling, legal requirements, aids to navigation, rules of the waterway, and weather. Special attention is given to safe operation of Personal Watercraft. A proctored, closed-book examination is given at the end of the course. Passing 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 or $5 for each additional student who shares the text. The certificate is required by all boaters to operate a Personal Watercraft and by all power boaters born after 1993 (27 years of age). In addition, New York state has passed a law which will eventually require all operators of power boats in the state to carry a safe boating safety certificate by the year 2025.

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.

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.

West Coast Swing**

Thomas Russell • $50/person • 8 weeks • 7:15-8:15 pm  • Pashley Elementary School Gym

West Coast Swing is slower than its East Coast Swing cousin. It is a fun dance for slower swing, blues, or country music. 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 Salsa**

Thomas Russell • $50/person • 8 weeks • 8:15-9:15 pm  • Pashley Elementary School Gym

Learn the basics of this fun Latin party dance, which is the basis for Zumba. Learn to dance with others and get your exercise at the same time. Leather-soled shoes are recommended.

Avoiding Probate Through the Use of A Revocable Trust

Glenn J. Witecki, Esq. • $5 ($8 NR) • Feb. 4 • 6-8 pm  • O’Rourke Middle School Room 107

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 intestate 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.

Planning Your Magical Disney Experience*

Colleen Parisi • $5 ($8 NR) • Feb. 25 • 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.

Preparing for College: 529 Saving Plans*

Darren Leader • $5 ($8 NR) • March 3 • 6-7 pm  • O’Rourke MS Room 121

Saving for college can be really intimidating. How much should you put away for college? What type of accounts should you use and does saving for college negatively impact your child’s ability to get financial aid? In this educational session we will be discussing what a 529 plan is, how best to use it to save for your child’s education, and other helpful college financial planning tips.

Comprehensive Retirement Planning*

Richard Lane • $5 ($8 NR) • Two Nights: April 14 & 21 • 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.


Quilting A New York Beauty Quilt**

Pam Davis • $12 ($15 NR) • 8 weeks • Begins Jan. 29 • 6:45-9:15 pm • O’Rourke MS Room 107

The New York Beauty block is a traditional quilt block that resembles the crown on the Statue of Liberty. This block is very striking and looks complicated, but we will break it down so everyone can make successful blocks. Also included are some optional pinwheel blocks for added interest. Students will learn to make two different size blocks and may make as many or as few as they want. Make them into a pillow, table runner, wall hanging, or a quilt depending on how many blocks are made and how they are arranged. These blocks are fun and can be very addicting to make.

Wu Tai Chi**

Anthony Grimaldi • $50 ($53 NR/$45 Seniors) • 10 weeks • Begins Jan. 29 • 6:15-7:15 pm • Pashley Elementary Gym

Wu Tai Chi is performed for better balance, blood circulation and better coordination.

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.

Beginner Yoga**

Margo Janack • $60 ($63 NR) • 10 weeks  • 7-8 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafe

This class is for those who are newer to yoga or want to learn basic yoga postures through step-by-step verbal description and demonstration. Participants will be introduced to foundational yoga postures practiced to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility along with breathing techniques and meditation. During this class you will breathe, focus, move, stretch, and balance. Participants should bring their own mat, blanket, and straps.

Box Lacrosse

James Townsend • $50 ($53 NR) • 8 weeks • 7:15-8:45 pm  • Pashley Elementary Gym

Learn how to play non-contact indoor lacrosse.

Jewelry Making: Wrap Bracelet

Karen Nerney • $15 ($18 NR) • Feb. 12 • 6-8 pm  • HS Room 165

You’ve seen the popular wrap bracelets with beads woven between two lengths of cord. Now you can create your own for a fraction of the cost! In this class, you will use a variety of beads to create a double-wrap bracelet. Learn how to finish with a button and loop closure. Some fine motor dexterity is required. A $12 materials fee is due to the instructor the night of class. (Class is limited to 8 participants.)

Pass the Pie

Kate Jones • $15 ($18 NR) • March 25 • 5:30-8:30 pm  • O’Rourke Middle School Room 105

A tender flaky, and light crust is what often separates a good pie from a great pie. In this take-and-bake class each participant will walk out with a pie of their very own. Learn how to make a single crust pie with crumb topping, double crust or lattice top. Filling options are seasonal. Please bring a container for your pie to go home in as it may still be hot!

Quilting Finishing**

Pam Davis • $12 ($15 NR) • 4 weeks • Begins April 1 • 6:45-9:15 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 107

This class will teach everything you need to know to properly finish your quilt. We will go over squaring up, adding borders, layering, quilting or tying, and binding. Bring your quilt top, rotary cutting supplies, border fabric and sewing machine to the first class. If you would prefer to just make a finishing sample bring two 12” squares of fabric and a 1/4 yard of a contrasting color fabric along with the above supplies. Batting, backing, and binding supplies will be discussed at the first class.

Rubber Stamping Classes*

Debbie Pardee • $12 ($15 NR) • 7-9 pm • March 4, 18, 25 & April 1 • O’Rourke MS Room 105

Beat those winter blues with a great craft. You will be stamping a stack of all occasion cards and will go home with TWO of each card along with the envelopes. 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 multiple classes, you may pay with one check.)

The New Reverse Mortgage*

Burton Farbstein • $5 ($8 NR) • March 4, April 1 or May 6  • 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.

Jewelry Making: Decorative Wire Peace Sign

Karen Nerney • $15 ($18 NR) • April 22 • 6-8 pm  • HS Room 165

Create a beautiful work of art using copper wire to craft a peace sign decorated with crystal chip beads. Make colorful decorations for your home or to give as a gift. For a photo of this project, please contact the instructor at A $15 materials fee is due to the instructor the night of the class.


Sewing Machine Tune Up

Pam Davis • $15 ($18 NR) • Jan. 30 • 6:45-9:15 pm  • O’Rourke Middle School Room 107

Is your sewing machine collecting dust or do you have a new machine that you don’t know how to use? Is sewing a frustrating or unsatisfying experience? Learn how your machine works and tips to prevent jamming, knocking, skipped stitches, knots, and breaking thread. We will clean, oil, and adjust your machine so you will need to bring the user manual for your sewing machine as well as an extension cord. Also bring two colors of thread, two bobbins, two 10” squares of muslin or light colored solid fabric, new sewing machine needles, sewing machine oil, tweezers, wooden toothpicks, sewing machine lint brush, small and large screwdrivers and a flashlight.

Innerspace: Cultivate Your Inner Life Coach**

Kim Perone • $25 ($28 NR) • Jan. 30 • 6-8 pm • O’Rourke Middle School 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.

Beginning Modern Dance/Contemporary Dance**

Beth Jacobs • $100 ($103 NR/) • 10 weeks  • 7:30-8:30 pm • Pashley Elementary School Gym

Beginning modern dance is a catch all phrase that encompasses the mixing of various dance styles, such as ballet, jazz, modern dance (e.g., Martha Graham, Lester Horton, etc.), African dance, and theater. This class brings elements together from various dance idioms with a strong dramatic flair. The instructor has taught throughout the area and beyond, and has performed with professional dance companies locally with Berkshire Ballet and with companies across the country. Wear stretchy clothing, have long hair securely pulled up, and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks.

Gentle Yoga**

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.

Pilates/Yoga Fusion (Advanced)**

Karen Stern • Session 1: Jan. 30 • 8 weeks • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • Session 2: April 2 • 6 weeks • $45 ($48 NR/$40 Seniors) • 7-8:15 pm • Pashley Elementary School Cafe

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 barefoot.

Zumba Toning**

Deb Spurgas • $60 ($63 NR/$54 Seniors) • 8 weeks • 6-7 pm  • Pashley Elementary School Gym

This class is a body-sculpting, high-cardio, Latin-infused dance party! This strength training class will work all your muscle groups and burn calories while enjoying the dance moves. Water, towel, Toning Stix or 1 to 2 lb. weights needed for this class.

Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Chris Nyhan • No cost • Feb. 6 • 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 talking about benefits, taxes, and much more.

Estate Planning*

Glenn J. Witecki, Esq. • $5 ($8 NR) • March 12 & 19 • 6-7:30 pm • O’Rourke Middle School Room 109

March 12: Estate Planning Basics. 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 your assets go to your intended beneficiaries, and that 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’s required and when it’s not.

March 19: Beyond the Basics—Asset Protection. 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 and that 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) • March 12 • 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.

Celebrate Your Strengths*

Karen Nerney • $15 ($18 NR) • April 2 • 6:30-8 pm  • HS Room 165

What makes you special? What makes you unique? What makes you, well, YOU? This class will help you (re)discover your personal strengths and celebrate the amazing you. Learn how affirmations can help you celebrate who you are meant to be in the world. In addition to learning self-empowerment strategies, you’ll make a beaded bracelet that can serve as a visual reminder of your personal strengths. A $12 materials fee is due to the instructor the night of the class.

Driving Courses

6-Hour Defensive Driving

Angela Temple • $40 • Jan. 25 or March 21 • 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 • May 18 & 19  • 6-9 pm  • O’Rourke MS Room 107      

Completion of this Department of Motor Vehicles 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 10 minutes early to class to complete registration.