Spring 2019 Continuing Education Program

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Learn to Swim Sundays

Niskayuna High School Pool
7 Sundays
Dates: May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9 16, 23
Instructors: Tammy Feenan, Jackson Feenan, Marina Angelopoulos
Fee: $60 ($40 for additional family members taking LTS group lessons)

The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program provides instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. Participants progress from one level to the next based on successful demonstration of the skills and knowledge of each level. All participants are screened at the first class to determine if they are in the appropriate level. If not, they are given the opportunity to move to the correct level and, if unable to do so, a full refund is provided. Before completing your registration, review the guidelines at the Red Cross website and then select the most appropriate level.

Level Time

  • Parent/Child Class: 11–11:30 a.m.
  • Preschool 1 & 2: 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Preschool 3: 12–12:30 p.m.
  • Level 1: 12:30–1 p.m.
  • Level 2: 1–1:30 p.m.
  • Level 3: 1:30–2 p.m.
  • Level 4: 1:30–2:15 p.m.
  • Level 5/6: 2:15–3 p.m.

Learn to Swim Private Lessons

NHS Pool
7 Sundays
Dates: May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9 16, 23
(Half hour lessons between 11-3 pm)
Instructor: Varies
Fee: $160

A limited number of half hour private lessons will be offered. Classes will follow the Red Cross guidelines and be tailored to fit the needs of individuals. Siblings taking lessons together will be given a discount. Students must sign up and pre-pay for the entire session.


Drawing Fundamentals

Niskayuna High School, F123, 6-7:30 p.m.*
6 Tuesdays
April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4
Instructor: Sarah Perkins
Fee: $100

Forget talent–drawing is a skill that is developed through practice. In this class, we will discuss and practice different techniques which can help anyone learn to draw, or improve their current skill level–even those who “can’t even draw a stick figure.” Students will learn techniques to improve their perception of the world around them, and then translate that into lines on paper. They’ll also learn basic artistic vocabulary and apply it in discussion and practice. At the end of this course, students will have a solid artistic foundation for creating beautiful representational art, as well as an improved understanding and perception of the world around them. Check out the instructor’s portfolio at sarahluann.com. *The last class will run from 6-8:30 p.m.

Paint with Peggy!

Niskayuna High School, F123, 6-9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8
Instructor: Peggy Porter
Fee: $25
Materials Fee: $25 to be collected in class

Have you ever wanted to try oil painting? Are you afraid you can’t paint because you can’t draw? WELCOME to “Paint with Peggy”! Peggy is a certified Alexander Art Instructor and Wilson Bickford Painting Partner. Each evening the student creates a complete oil painting. These classes do not require drawing skills, and they are also NOT paint-by-number. At the beginning of class every student is provided with a blank canvas, brushes, palette of paints, etc. Then, through classroom instruction, each person creates their own, unique oil painting. Any level of painter will enjoy the classes. The following Wilson Bickford painting is taught by Peggy. Check out paintings at Peggy’s fabulous website. Questions? Peggy can be contacted by phone at (518) 925-2238 or email at paintwithpeggy@gmail.com.

“Spring in the Country” — This delightful country cottage is fun to paint! The cottage is nestled near a stream at the edge of the woods. You will use the pale greens of spring for the background, then add pink, blue, white and yellow to create the indication of flowers along the bank of the stream. Students will enjoy creating this tranquil spring scene.

Community Programs

Community Chorus

VA Auditorium or Choir Room, 5:30-7 p.m.
Ongoing Thursdays

Do you enjoy singing? Join the GE/Niskayuna Community Chorus! We sing SATB music. High school aged singers and above are welcome. Questions: Contact Mary Anne Gauger at g12magaug@icloud.com.

Telugu — Language and Culture for Children

Niskayuna High School, C251/253/257, 6:30-8 p.m.
Ongoing Fridays
Instructor: Telugu Badi Team
Ages: 6 and up
Fee: $60 per term

Explore the culture and one of the languages of a fascinating country — India. Through interactive hands-on learning, children will develop reading, writing, and speaking skills in Telugu language. To register and for more information, contact Telugu_Badi@yahoo.com.

Exercise Classes

Aerobic Dance Fitness

Rosendale Elementary School Gym
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
April 29, May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 29, June 3, 5, 10, 12
Instructor: Carol Baldwin
Fee: $65 / Seniors: $55

This is a progressive, safe, and effective course that is choreographed for those who want to work on their activity level, fitness and energy. This Get-It-All-Together approach to fitness monitors heart rates, uses muscle toning and strengthening techniques, increases flexibility and balance, and is a great cardiovascular workout! Sway, swing, and stretch yourself into total body fitness while enjoying music from the top 100, adult contemporary, Latin, rock, hip hop, country, and more! Hand and ankle weights are optional. Carol is a retired Niskayuna PE teacher with over 25 years of commitment to health and wellness for adults and youth.

Boot Camp — Strength

Niskayuna High School Blatnick Gym & Fitness Center/Outside
6 Saturdays, 7:15-8:15 a.m.
May 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15, 22
Instructor: John Furey
Fee: $55

This is a Steel Pumping workout using the Strength Training Equipment at the Niskayuna High School. We will work upper, lower, and core to the MAX.

Co-Ed Intermediate Volleyball

Van Antwerp Middle School Gym
6 Mondays, 7-9 p.m.
April 15, 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3
Instructor: Jackie Fiore
Fee: $30

This class is a combination of instruction, skills practice, drills and play in a fun and moderately competitive environment. Participants are expected to have a mastery of basic volleyball skills and hands-on knowledge of offensive and defensive strategies using designated hitters, setters, blockers, etc. Play will be conducted in accordance with USVBA rules and regulations. This class is not for beginners.

Niskayuna Rowing — Spring/Summer Adult Rowing Program

Niskayuna Boathouse, Mohawk River. 2855 Aqueduct Road
Tuesday through Friday, 6-7:15 a.m.
Two week sessions beginning June 18

  • Session 1: June 18- June 28
  • Session 2: July 2-12
  • Session 3: July 16-26
  • Session 4: July 30-Aug 9

Instructor: Stacey Apfelbaum, Niskayuna Rowing Director
Fee: $100 per session ($85 per session if signing up for more than one)

Have you ever wanted to try rowing? Find out what the buzz is all about? Now is your chance! Experience the beauty of the Mohawk River and get a great full body workout. This class is for adults with any (or no) level of rowing experience from novice to expert. Rowing is a great sport that works the whole body and spirit! Please wear shorts, t-shirt, and socks. Bring a water bottle. Participants must be able to swim. Questions? Contact Stacey Apfelbaum at ProgramDirector@niskyrowing.org


Niskayuna High School New Café
6 Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10
Instructor: Shannon Wolfort
Fee: $45

Pilates is a total body exercise program that focuses on sculpting and strengthening the “core” muscles. The unique system strives to make strong mind-body connections for its students while helping to achieve increased stability, strength, flexibility, coordination, and endurance for the entire body. This is an open level mat class taught by certified a Pilates instructor. Please bring a mat and water bottle.


Glencliff Elementary School Gym
5 Mondays, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3
Instructor: Lora Hyde
Fee: $35

We take the “work” out of workout by mixing low and high intensity moves for a calorie-burning dance fitness party. Featuring Latin and World rhythms, it’s both effective and FUN! All ages and abilities welcome.


Medicare 101

Niskayuna High School, C257
Wednesday, May 15
7 – 8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Steve Hipsley
Fee: $10 / Seniors: $5

Now that Medicare is on your horizon, this is a great time to make sure you know how Medicare works and what you need to do to plan for your future health care coverage. Join us for an informational Medicare 101 presentation. A Medicare Expert from CDPHP will be on site to discuss important information about:

  • How Medicare works
  • What Medicare covers and what it does not
  • What Medicare may cost you and how to avoid expensive penalties

General Interest

Animals of the World

Van Antwerp Middle School Auditorium
Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Adam Bornt
Fee: $6 per person

Animals of the World with Uncharted Wild will be a class all about some varied and incredible animals from all over the globe that you definitely won’t find in your backyard! The show will run roughly 50-60 minutes and include a wide assortment of animals from several different groups such as arachnids, reptiles, mammals, birds, and others! After the show, the audience will get the chance to get up close and personal with the animals as they get to pet, hold, and take pictures! Ever wonder just how hard a tortoise’s shell is? How prickly a hedgehog’s pointy spines are? What a parrot trying to imitate a dog, cat, or smoke alarm sounds like? You’ll get the chance to learn all of this and more! Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

College Application Success without the Stress

Niskayuna High School, C248
Tuesday, April 30, 7-8:15 p.m.
Instructor: Kelly Linehan
Fee: $15 per family

High School juniors and sophomores (and freshmen too!): Get your college application process moving now so you can enjoy your senior year! The right steps and pacing make all the difference. In this one-session workshop we will work on detailed steps that students can take to immediately jump-start their college application process and become stronger candidates for acceptances and merit aid consideration. Students are encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian. The instructor is a College Admissions Counselor and National Board Certified Teacher.

Horseback Riding for Kids

New Horizon Stables, Pearse Road
5 Mondays, 4-5 p.m.
May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10
Instructor: New Horizon Stables
Fee: $125
Ages: 6 – 12

Get into a saddle at New Horizon Stables! Beginners, or those returning to the saddle, will feel success as they learn to walk and trot their horse around the indoor arena. Because horse safety, care and handling are so important, we strive to make our students feel comfortable around our equine friends. Wear shoes/boots with a small heel and bring a bike helmet. If you don’t have a helmet, one can be provided by our stable. Become a team with your horse, make new friends, and have fun. Classes will be limited to six kids. Contact Laurie at (518) 698-3391 for more information.

Learn to Fly: How to Obtain Your Private Pilot License and More!

Niskayuna High School, 257
Thursday, May 2, 6:30-9 p.m.
Instructor: Mike Mabee
Fee: $10

This course will provide an overview of the requirements to obtain a private pilot’s license. It will talk about different opportunities available in the Capital District, and their costs. It will cover the basic components of learning to fly including:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Airplane Instruments, Engines, and Systems
  • Communications
  • Airports
  • Air Traffic Control and Airspace
  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Airplane Performance, Weight, and Balance
  • Aeromedical Factors and Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
  • Aviation Weather
  • Navigation
  • Cross-Country Flight Planning

The objective of this course is to provide enough basic information to help you determine if flying is right for you!

Musical Improv 101

Niskayuna High School, 257
Tuesday, June 11, 7-9 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Merritt, Mopco Improv Theatre
Fee: $25

Love to sing? Need a new way to relax and have fun? Try Musical Improv! There’s no need to be funny, clever, or even a great singer in this class. Mark S. Merritt will guide you to succeed as you learn step by step how to improvise songs. Whether you aim to perform on stage, feel more spontaneous singing off-stage, or just try something new, our introductory class is a great place to start! Mark S. Merritt is the musical director at The Mopco Improv Theatre, the region’s most popular improv comedy venue.

Beginning Spanish

Rosendale Elementary School Library
5 Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4
Instructor: Elizabeth Aguilar-Patrick
Fee: $65

This class is aimed at elementary school children who want to start speaking in Spanish. We will learn basic vocabulary through songs and hands-on activities. We will build dialogues and small sentences that set the foundation for thinking and communicating in Spanish.