Stamford Adult Education Catalog WS23



SERVING: Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton!



CANCELLATIONS Stamford Adult and Continuing Education reserves the right to make changes as needed, including limiting enrollment in a course or withdrawing a course due to insufficient enrollment. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment, students who registered will be notified and will receive a full refund . D ue to the ongoing pandemic, classes may be postponed or offered virtually. Students will receive a credit voucher for classes that have been interrupted. Class sessions may also be rescheduled due to an unexpected school closing (e.g., inclement weather or teacher absence). Refunds or credits will not be issued to students unable to attend a rescheduled (make-up) class.

There is a $10 surcharge for non-Stamford residents for each order placed.


By providing your email address, you will receive an email enrollment confirmation. If you do not use email and want a confirmation, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your registration form.


is placed after the course title if there is a book or material fee. Textbooks assigned by instructors can be purchased the first night of class.


As a general rule, if day school is closed because of inclement weather, night school will also be closed. In case of cancellation of night classes because of snow or bad weather, tune to News Channel 12, the website, or call the Adult Education office at (203) 977- 4209, press 6 for a recorded message. You can also check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @StamfordAdultEd.

WITHDRAWALS • REFUNDS All classes in the enrichment program are self-supporting and depend upon full collection of tuition. Students wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by mail or email at least five business days prior to the start of class to receive a refund. A $20 processing fee will be charged on all refunds. Exceptions are: • Single Session Classes - No refunds. • Restaurant Classes - No refunds. • Tennis Classes - No refunds. • Online Courses (ed2go) - Withdrawals and transfer requests are accepted up to 5 days after the start date of the class in which you are enrolled. Students assume all risk of changes in their personal schedules. Absence from the class will not reduce the cost of operating our programs. For this reason, student absence will not result in a refund, tuition credit or make-up session. Class sessions may be rescheduled due to an unexpected school closing (e.g., inclement weather or teacher absence). Refunds or credit will not be issued to students unable to attend a rescheduled (make-up) class.


Classes will not be held on the following evenings: New Years Day.......................................................Jan 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Day................................Jan 16 Winter Recess...............................................Feb 17-21 Presidents Day...................................................Feb 20 Spring Recess.................................................April 3-7 Memorial Day..................................................May 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Classes held at a location other than a public school building may follow a different schedule. Check with your instructor at your first class meeting concerning “No Class” evenings or days at the facility you are attending.


TABLE OF CONTENTS Adult Basic Education. . . . . . . . . . . 8 Arts..................9-10 Certification Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Citizenship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6,20 Civics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 . Computers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Dance. . . . . . . . . . . . . .........12 Ed2Go Online. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 English as a Second Language. . . . . . . . . .5-6 Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Mind & Body, Fitness/Sports . . . . . . 11-13 General Information. . . . . Inside front cover GED ® Classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 High School Credit Diploma Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Languages.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 National External Diploma Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Paraprofessional Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Registration Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Special Interests . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Stamford English Language Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Teaching Opportunity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

STAMFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Dr. Tamu Lucero, Superintendent

BOARD OF EDUCATION President Jackie Heftman Lisa Butler Fritz G. Chery Joshua Esses Andy George Rebecca Hamman Michael Hyman Versha Munshi-South Mayor Caroline Simmons

A DULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION Angela Thomas Graves, Director Karry Ballard, Facilitator Esperanza Diaz, School Counselor

Amparo Fabre, Head Teacher Gina Figliuzzi, Head Teacher Kathryn Turcsany, Facilitator


Kerri-Anne McGregor Mary Sabia O'Donnell


Stamford Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries regarding Stamford Public Schools nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Human Resources, 888 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT 06901, (203) 977-5598. All activities offered by Stamford Adult Education are held in accessible locations. Accommodations for individuals with a disability are available upon request. Please contact the Administrator for Adult and Continuing Education at (203) 977-4209. The Office of Adult and Continuing Education and the Board of Education provide these courses as a public service and do not endorse or recommend any product or service mentioned in connection with these courses. Stamford Adult Education is in compliance with Connecticut General Statutes Sec.10-73a and does not charge fees for registration, textbooks or materials used in mandated program areas. While every effort is made to provide clear and accurate information, the Office of Adult and Continuing Education is not responsible for omissions, typographical and/or printing errors. Refundable book deposits are required for all high school completion, ABE, ESL, GED ® and Citizenship classes. The mission of the Stamford Public Schools is to provide an education that cultivates productive habits of mind, body, and heart in every student.


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DOMUS - 83 Lockwood Avenue, Stamford KENDALL COLLEGE & CAREER ACADEMY - 57 Fillow Street, Norwalk NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL - 55 County Street, Norwalk

NORWALK HOSPITAL - 34 Maple Street, Norwalk NORWALK LIBRARY - 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk OLD TOWN HALL - 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford RIPPOWAM CENTER - 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford SMILOW LIFE CENTER - 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk










6-8 Month Format Prepare for Certification All Materials Included Student Advisors

6 Week Format Monthly Start Sessions

Discussion Areas Expert Instructor

Categories Include:

Categories Include:

• Certified Wedding Planner

• Speed Spanish • Accounting Fundamentals • A to Z Grant Writing • Grammar Refresher • Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep • Creating Wordpress Websites • Medical Terminology A Word Association Approach • Introduction to SQL • Secrets of Better Photography • Real Estate Investing

• Optician Certification Training

• CompTIA Certification Training: A+, Network + Security + (Vouchers included)

• Web Design Professional

• Digital Game Artist Certificate

• Administrative Professional w/ MS Office Specialist 2016

• Mobile and Desktop Web Developer

• Medical Billing & Coding

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Starting January 4, 2023

Please call (203) 977-4209 for registration information on the following programs:








Ongoing NEDP Registration Please call 203-977-4941 for more information!








Old Town Hall 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford Classes meet: Monday through Thursday Beginning January 23rd 8:30am - 10:30am

Smilow Life Center 55 Chestnut Street, Norwalk Classes meet: Monday through Thursday Beginning January 17th

8:30am - 10:30am 10:30am - 12:30pm


Old Town Hall 175 Atlantic Street, Stamford Classes meet: Monday and Wednesday Beginning January 18th 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Norwalk High School 55 County Street, Norwalk Classes meet: Tuesday and Thursday Beginning January 17th 6:30pm - 9:00pm

A refundable book/computer deposit is required for all ESL and Citizenship classes.



FAMILY LITERACY CLASSES For parents of children in age 3 through grade 5.

Curriculum includes parenting skills, child development education, integrated parent/child skills, and English as a Second Language. Para padres de niños de 3 años de edad hasta grado 5. El programa incluye desarrollo de habilidades de padres, educacion del desarrollo infantil, y clases de Inglés para los padres.

Priority given to host school parents. Tienen prioridad los padres de estudiantes de Kendall.

Please call (203) 977-8823 for registration information Evening child care development available for children age 3 through grade 5. Desarollo infantil de noche disponible para niños.


Kendall College & Career Academy 57 Fillow Street, Norwalk Monday & Wednesday, 6:00pm - 8:30pm Starting January 11th


In Person Morning Classes Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 9:00am - 11:00am Domus - 83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford Starting January 30th or Wednesday 10:00am - 12:45pm Norwalk Public Library - 1 Belden Ave, Norwalk Starting Feb 1st

Class covers the information needed to become a U.S. citizen, including history, government, and how to apply for the exam. Free of charge for residents of Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Please call (203) 977-8823 for registration information




HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT DIPLOMA The Adult Education High School Credit Diploma is the same as a diploma awarded by Connecticut public high schools. The requirements for graduation are equivalent. The student must amass 25 credits.

NATIONAL EXTERNAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM NEDP is a high school program for adults who have acquired their academic skills through life and work experience. Participants in this program must demonstrate their skills through the successful completion of a series of assignments. Candidates must complete these assignments with 100% accuracy. This is an opportunity for candidates to work independently while maintaining bi-weekly appointments with their NEDP advisor/assessor.

* 3 Math * 3 Science

* 4 English * 3 Social Studies * 1 Fine Arts * 1 Humanities Elective * 1 Black & Latino Studies * 1 Workforce Development * 2 Electives

* 3 Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Electives * 1 World Language * 1 Health & Safety * 1 Certification Course


Each class meets for two hours twice a week. Credits can be accumulated through previous educational, vocational and life experience. Online classes may be available. Please bring your high school transcript to registration. Students 17 and 18 yrs. of age must provide official withdrawal from last high school attended. Withdrawal forms for students 17 yrs. old must be signed by a parent/legal guardian. Registration 2 Hours Needed


Meeting sites: American Job Center, Domus, Kendall College & Career Academy, Norwalk High School, Old Town Hall, Rippowam Middle School, Smilow Life Center & Rogers International School. *Child care development available at Domus in Stamford during the day and Kendall College & Career Academy at night.

Latecomers May Not Be Admitted Rippowam 381 High Ridge Road JANUARY 9, 10, & 11 at 5:00pm - 8:00pm For more information please call: (203) 977-8824 Classes begin January 17th Monday through Thursday

For more information call: (203) 977- 4941

Classes are free of charge for Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Stamford residents. Refundable book and computer deposits are required for all high school completion programs.



This program prepares adult learners to pass the four-part, computer-based GED ® exam to earn a State of Connecticut diploma. When you register for classes, a placement test will be administered. Based on the results, you will be assigned to an appropriate instructional level. A student must earn a score of 236 or higher in our placement test to be placed in GED ® classes. CLASSES To register for GED ® preparation classes students must be at least 17 years old, officially withdrawn from school; must submit a withdrawal form with a parent or guardian’s signature. EXAM

To take the official GED ® exam, students must meet Connecticut State testing requirements. They are as follows: students age 17 must be withdrawn from school for six months or longer; students age 18 may provide in lieu of a withdrawal form, a letter from the last school attended indicating that the class with which they entered ninth grade has graduated; pass at least two of the GED Ready tests with a score of 150 or greater at; provide a valid government issued identification; provide proof a Connecticut address; and pay the $13.00 exam fee if you are 21 years of age and older. Ages 18-20 do not pay an exam fee. Individuals with a documented disability who require accommodations to take the official GED ® exam, should contact the Stamford Adult Education School Counselor at (203) 977-4941, the CT State Department of Education GED ® Office at (860) 807-2111, or email DAYTIME CLASSES OLD TOWN HALL 175 Atlantic St., Stamford Classes meet: Monday through Thursday Beginning January 23rd 8:30am - 10:30am Please call (203) 977-4941 EVENING CLASSES RIPPOWAM MIDDLE SCHOOL 381 High Ridge Rd., Stamford Classes meet: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday Beginning January 17th 6:30pm - 9:00pm Please call (203) 977-4941

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION Students 17 years of age and over who want to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math, or if you need to brush up for job training or employment skills, ABE is for you. Often adults seeking job advancement, a new training or a high school diploma will start with ABE for basic skills as a first step. DAYTIME CLASSES EVENING CLASSES Classes Meet:

Classes Meet: Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm 381 High Ridge Rd., Stamford Beginning January 17th

Monday - Thursday 10:30am - 12:30pm

175 Atlantic St., Stamford Beginning January 23th

The minimum age for enrollment at Stamford Adult & Continuing Education is 17 years of age with parent permission, along with official withdrawal documentation.




001 A TASTE OF ZENTANGLE© R The Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, meditative, and a fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Zentangle art is non-representational and unplanned so you can focus on each stroke and not worry about the result. As you use the Zentangle Method to create beautiful images, you likely will enjoy increased focus, creativity, self-confidence and an increased sense of well- being. This course is designed for those who never believed that they could create art as well as those who have been doing art for years. While you can tangle with any ordinary pen and paper, a list of supplies will be provided to you upon registration that may enhance your experience in this class. A $15 (cash) materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Nan Gordon Thurs., March 16 6:30-8:00PM Virtual 6 sessions $107 002 PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLIC R This course is for beginning and more advanced students. Beginners will learn how to mix colors and basic color theory including value, color tem- perature and complimentary color mixing. More advanced students will work on paintings of their own choice. Kathie Milligan Thurs., Jan. 26 6:00-8:30PM Virtual 10 sessions $144 Kathie Milligan is a landscape, figure and still life painter who received her MFA in painting from the New York Studio School in Manhattan.

By combining a text on film appreciation and viewing films from the birth of motion pictures to present day, you can follow the growth of the aesthetic value within filmmaking in order to make the experience more than just “going to the movies.” We may begin with the silent era and end with a film produced within the last 5-10 years of the same genre. Frank Petrilli Mon., March 6 6:00-9:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 6 sessions $75

006 GUITAR LEVEL 2 R Move beyond the basics to expand your playing knowledge; including more complex chord structures, strumming patterns, and improvisational playing using songs from various musical genres, as well as from student preferences, in a group setting. Ray Simonelli Tues., April 11 6:30-8:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 4 sessions $62 005 BEGINNING GUITAR R Pull a few strings and add some happy notes to your life! Get started on some basic chords and simple melodies. Demystify sheet music available on the internet and in songbooks. Learn tuning and basic maintenance of your guitar. Material fee of $20 payable to instructor at first class. Ray Simonelli Tues., Jan. 31 6:30-8:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 8 sessions $102

003 PHOTOGRAPHY R It doesn’t matter what kind of equipment you use: your smart phone camera, a disposable 35mm camera, or a state-of-the-art digital single lens reflex camera; you’ll learn the basics of photography in this class. Photographic fundamentals such as exposure and focus control, posing, and composition will be discussed. We’ll critique your prints to help you take better pictures. We’ll also give you photo tips and share professional experience. Bring your photos, a notebook, your camera and plan to have a good time. No experience necessary. Norman Ostroff Tues., Jan. 24 7:00-9:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 8 sessions $131



007 BEGINNING WATERCOLOR R This class is for the beginning art student who wants to learn the fundamentals of painting using watercolor as a media. The principles of color theory and composition will be examined and there will be a demonstration at the beginning of every class. A list of supplies will be sent to registrants prior to the start of the class. Rosa E. Colon Tues., Jan. 31 6:00-8:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 10 sessions $144 008 ADVANCED WATERCOLOR This class is for students who have had a previous experience with the watercolor medium. We will continue to explore other surfaces different from watercolor paper like canvas, and wood panel. You will also learn how to seal your watercolor painting. Rosa E. Colon Wed., Feb. 1 6:00-8:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 10 sessions $144 Rosa Colon graduated from the Jorge TadeoLozano University in Colombia as an Interior Decorator and studied Architectural Expression at the National University of Colombia. She studied under the direction of master artist Enzo Russo in the U.S., and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in CT and NY. She is a member of the board of the Stamford Art Association and a member of the Loft Artists Association.


This course looks at the advanced offerings of Excel and their uses in general business applications. Topics covered will include an extensive survey of formulas and functions, data consolidation, filtering, sorting, analysis, pivot tables/charts and various case situations where these concepts are applied. Basic familiarity with any version of Microsoft Excel is strongly recommended. Kenneth Young Wed., March 1 7:00-9:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 7 sessions $238


This is an instructor-led Python training course to introduce students to Python programming. Python is one of the most popular programming languages used in most industries from gaming to finance. You can use the programming language for developing both desktop and web applications. Also, you can use Python for developing complex scientific and numeric applications. By learning these concepts, students will have a starting point to learn how Python is used within Data Science for Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. Students will learn to create programs, functions and complex data structures, write from and read files, collect user input and output and much more. Jesse Baker Tues. & Thurs., Jan. 24 6:00-8:00PM Virtual 10 sessions $332

009 MICROSOFT EXCEL: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION This course provides an introduction to the popular spreadsheet program and many of its useful and powerful features. Students will learn concepts and techniques to create and use spreadsheets for various purposes in the home and office. Topics covered will include data entry and formatting, copying and pasting, formulas, printing, saving and opening files, charts, and basic math

concepts. A working knowledge of any Windows or Mac OS is recommended. Kenneth Young Wed., Jan. 25


In-Person at Rippowam

5 sessions





015 REIKI LEVEL 1 WORKSHOP Reiki is an ancient eastern healing technique that enhances your mental, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being. Reiki means “universal life force energy” and employs light-touch healing and meditation. It makes an excellent supplement to other forms of healing work and is used in hospitals, hospices and spas. After completing this workshop, you will be a Reiki first degree practitioner and will receive a certificate. Wear comfortable clothing. Non-refundable material fee of $20 payable to instructor at first class. Gigi Benanti Sat., March 18 9:30AM-5:00PM Virtual 1 full day $143 016 ANGELS, AURAS & YOUR INTUITION Through meditation and energy exercises you’ll learn how to tap into your intuition as a way to increase awareness in your life. Learn about the energy fields around your body, how to see and sense your aura and auras of others, and how to protect yourself from negative experiences. If the students wish to enhance the class experience, pure essences of organic essential oils may be used during class. This insightful and stress-reducing evening will end with a healing meditation and may include a Reiki chair healing if time permits. Gigi Benanti Mon., March 27 7:00-9:00PM Virtual 1 session $42 017 MEDITATION AS MEDICATION You can enhance your ability to adapt to stressful situations and/or crisis. More resilient people are able to "roll with the punches" and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes. Whatever your challenge, through mind-body skills of mindfulness, compassion and cultivating resilience, you can learn to face your stresses and traumas in a way that supports and decreases, prevents, and heals symptoms, and diseases. Paul Epstein, MD Tues., Jan. 24 7:00-9:00PM Virtual 2 sessions $65 018 CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA: BILEVEL Join us for beginner and intermediate classes to learn the yoga techniques that will enable you to experience an overall feeling of peace and well- being. Please bring a mat and two blankets. We offer true integration of the mind, heart, body, and spirit working together as one to create oneness, joy, and inner peace.

012 PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS Stay current as we explore the Federal and Connecticut gift and estate tax laws and the potential impact on your estate plan. Discover whether living trusts, life insurance trusts or personal residence trusts are the appropriate estate planning tools for you. We will also discuss how to effectively navigate the Medicare and Medicaid programs to assist you in financing your or your loved one’s long-term care needs. Examples of durable powers of attorney and living wills with healthcare appointments will be provided. Sandra Gottlin Tues., April 25 6:00-8:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 2 sessions $67 Attorney Sandra Gottlin practices law in Stamford, specializing in estate planning and administration, elder law and real estate. She served on the Board of Directors of the Stamford Senior Center and is a past chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Fairfield County Bar Association.

013 MINDFUL MONEY- A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO IMPROVING YOUR FINANCES Talking about money can be stressful, and it's hard to improve something that stresses us out. This workshop will provide you with the tools you need to release your financial anxiety so you can finally focus on reaching your goals. You will do this by understanding your money personality, and how to set goals for your unique strengths and challenges. You will leave with mindful financial tips and exercises that you can put into action immediately. Tammy Shweiger Tues., Feb. 28 6:00-7:00PM Virtual 1 session $78 Tammy is a certified Public Accountant and a Certified Mon- ey coach, with 10 years of corporate accounting experience. She has a financial coaching business and offers workshops focused on financial wellness. Tammy is also a yoga and meditation teacher. Her mission is to bring together yogic philosophy and finance to help others find balance. 014 WHY DID I DO THAT? IDENTIFY YOUR MONEY HABITS AND HOW TO CHANGE THEM Our past experiences “hardwire” our money behaviors. In this class, you will have the unique opportunity to explore your money habits through a carefully designed exercise that will bring you clarity. You will learn more about why you make the choices you do, and identify challenging mon- ey habits you want to change. Together, we will map out an action plan by creating goals specific to you. Tammy Shweiger Tues., March 7 6:00-7:00PM Virtual 1 session $78

Kathryn Rhodes a) Mon., Jan. 23 b) Sat., Jan. 28

2:45-4:15PM 9:00-10:30AM

$144 $144

10 sessions In-Person Rhodes Private Studio (Located in Stamford, CT)

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019 T’AI CHI CHU’AN The essence of T’ai Chi Chu’an is development of the inner self through meditation in motion. In a slow dance-like movement, you flow and weave through the intricate fabric of space, swimming in the air as though it were water. The dynamic metamorphosis and lucid calmness that follow develop “Chi,” the energy of all things in the universe. “Chi” enables one to be in harmony with all, living joyously and attentively under all circumstances. Please bring a cushion for meditation. James Best In-Person at Rippowam Tues., Feb. 28 8 sessions a) Beginners 6:30-7:30PM $105 b) Intermediate 6:30-8:00PM $135

022 LINE DANCING Dancing is a fun way to exercise your mind & body. Learn choreographed moves to country & non-country songs. Civita Orgera Mon., March 6 7:00-8:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 8 sessions $115

023 POUND Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, pylometrics and isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 400 and 900 calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way into a leaner slimmer physique all while rocking to your favorite music! Through continual upperbody motion using lightly weighted drumsticks, called Ripstix, youll turn into a calorie-torching drummer, POUNDing off pounds as each song flies by. Dorothea Mackey Tues., Jan. 24 In-Person at Rippowam 10 sessions 5:30-6:15PM $132 024 TRIBAL GODDESS TRAINING Tribal Goddess Training combines dance moves from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey to provide an invigorating, strengthening workout. We incorporate drumming, toning, and dancing together using scarves, veils, and drum sticks. This class is suitable for all levels of fitness. Dorothea Mackey Thurs., Jan. 26 In-Person at BreakThru Fitness 10 sessions 5:30-6:15PM $132

020 ISLAND VIBES ZUMBA Feeling spicey and want to learn some new moves? Come sweat and dance the calories away at Island Vybes Zumba! You will dance to dance- hall music, Afro beats, hip-hop, reggaeton, and more. We will be moving and shaking like you are on a tropical vacation! Maya Carruthers Wed., Jan. 25 7:00-8:00PM In-Person at Rippowam 6 sessions $105

021 ZUMBA GOLD Zumba Gold is the dance class that will open your heart to joy, and move your body into fitness. It’s fun and easy. It’s got a beat. As the people on "Dick Clark’s Dance USA" used to say, "you can dance to it." The rhythms are fun and infectious. The songs are the ones you remem- ber from listening to the radio when you were growing up. It’s an hour that will go by so fast you won’t even realize you were exercising. John Konrad A) Tues., Jan. 17 2:30-3:30PM $172 B) Fri., Jan. 20 2:30-3:30PM $172 In-Person at Old Town Hall 15 sessions



025 INSTANT TENNIS: BEGINNERS ONLY! Learn to play tennis in just six weeks! Instant Tennis is taught by specially trained pros who will get you started playing the “sport of a lifetime.” The teaching pros will instruct you on all the basics, including the serve, forehand, backhand, volley and rules of play. Bring your own racquet. No cancellations accepted for any reason. Refunds or tuition credits will not be issued. No substitutes allowed. In-Person Solaris Racquet Club, 23 Radio Place, Stamford 6 sessions $140 a) Thurs., Jan. 5 - Feb. 9 9:00-10:00PM b) Sat., Jan. 7 - Feb. 11 8:00-9:00AM c) Thurs., Feb. 23 - March 30 9:00-10:00PM d) Sat., Feb. 25 - April 1 8:00-9:00AM

027c GERMAN ADVANCED CONVERSA- TION R This course is designed for people who want to get a broad knowledge of the German language with emphasis on expression, correct grammar and form. You will continue to expand your vocabulary and improve oral fluency. Prerequisite: Advanced knowledge of German (grammar and vocabulary). Christine Binsteiner-Bendett Tues., Jan. 24 6:00-7:30PM VIRTUAL 10 sessions $133 vocabulary and improving speaking, writing and comprehension skills. Short homework assignments will be given. The course will also cover contemporary German culture. Christine Binsteiner-Bendett Tues., Jan. 24 7:30-9:00PM VIRTUAL 10 sessions $133 027b GERMAN CONTINUATION 2 R A continuation and expansion of the Basic German class. Grammar continued in more depth, and we will introduce the past tense and the future tense. Prerequisite: Some basic knowledge of German. Focus will be on expanding and strenghtening grammar (introducing Past and Future Tense), building

027a BASIC GERMAN R For those who have little or no previous knowledge of the German language, emphasis in this course will be on developing basic language skills with correct grammar, form and pronunciation. We will also cover Please Note: Classes held at a location other than a public school building may follow a different schedule. Check with your instructor at your first class meeting concerning “No Class” evenings or days at the facility where your class is held. 026 INTERMEDIATE TENNIS This program is for the player who already has a good foundation in the basic fundamentals of each stroke. Our pros will help each player refine his or her tennis strokes and will teach the essentials of game-winning strategies for singles and doubles play. Bring your own racquet. Registration will be limited to 1 session per person. No cancellations accepted for any reason. Refunds or tuition credits will not be issued. No substitutes allowed. In-Person Solaris Racquet Club, 23 Radio Place, Stamford 6 sessions $160 a) Tues., Jan. 3 - Feb. 7 9:00-10:00PM b) Sat., Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 9:00-10:00AM c) Tues., Feb. 21 - March 28 9:00-10:00PM d) Sat., Feb. 25 - April 1 9:00-10:00AM

028 BASIC DUTCH R This course is ideal for those who are beginners and already know a few key words of the language. You will learn basic expressions one uses in every day life, the ins and outs of shopping, traveling on public transportation, and how to address the people you meet. You’ll be exposed to some of the rich Dutch culture, it’s history, and the rather straight forward but $99 Hendrik was born and raised as a country boy in the Netherlands, in the eastern part next to the German border. He did basic education through high school at home, then moved to Canada for the next eight years. After retiring from banking, he came back to the U.S. and eventually switched over to teaching languages which he has enjoyed to this day . welcoming attitude of the Dutch. Hendrik Vriesen Thurs., Feb. 16 In-Person at Rippowam 5:30-6:30PM 10 sessions

contemporary German culture. Christine Binsteiner-Bendett Mon., Jan. 23

6:00-8:00 PM



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032 ENVISION YOUR VISION R This program is designed to help adults understand and create vision boards. A Vision Board is a visual representation of the things you want to achieve in your life. We will focus on seven areas such as your relationships, profession, family, personal development, spirituality, social life, and health. You will learn the definition of vision boards, and why they are important tools to help achieve goals. Did you know that you are 1.2 to 1.4 times more able to achieve your goal if you commit to it in writing? Each week we will break down the parts of the vision board, and take time to implement what we learned. Maya Donald Thurs., Jan. 26 6:00-7:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 5 sessions $149

030 BASIC SPANISH WITH NETFLIX R This class will guide you through how to use TV shows or movies to learn basic Spanish and increase your fluency, including greetings, conversation phrases, verbs, and more! This course is designed for adults in the education, healthcare, tourism, and other sectors that challenge you to communicate with Spanish speakers. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Jenny began her career as a Spanish journalist for Latin American print, radio and TV media outlets. Currently, Jenny is a cross-cultural communications professional helping American organizations communicate and build relationships with their Latinx audiences. Jenny Medina Morris Tues, Jan. 31 5:30-6:45PM Virtual 6 sessions $149 031a BASIC SPANISH R Immerse yourself in 8 weeks of a Spanish language course that is aimed at students who would like to learn conversational Spanish start- ing with Spanish basics. The course introduces everyday language and includes activities to practice all four language skills: reading compre- hension, writing, listening comprehension and speaking. Cecilia Madden Mon., Jan. 23 5:45-7:15PM In-Person at Rippowam 8 sessions $129 031b SPANISH CONTINUATION R This course is designed for students with a previous knowledge of Spanish who wants to build a foundation of the Spanish language. Students will be able to read, write, and speak basic Spanish for personal, travel, and business use. Materials include Spanish and Latin TV shows, newspapers, literacy texts, online videos, music and web resources. Cecilia Madden Tues., Jan. 24 5:45-7:15PM In-Person at Rippowam 8 sessions $129 029b INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED FRENCH R This is an intermediate-advanced French conversational course that meets once a week. Conversational topics center on global current events, French Francophone history, and culture. We will read Le Rouge et Le Noir, Stendhal's 19th- century masterpiece set in post-revolutionary France and readings and conversations will be punctuated frequently with studies in French grammar. Jan Mitchell Tues., Jan. 10 8:00-9:00PM Virtual 12 sessions $192 029a BASIC FRENCH READING R In this introductory French course. You'll learn basic grammer and conversational skills by reading short fiction and poems in easy comprehensible French. By the end of the course, students should be able to carry simple conversations in French about personal interests, hobbies, sports, routine, and leisure activities while mastering the rudiments of French grammar. No previous experience with the French language required. Jan Mitchell Tues, Jan. 10 5:30-6:30PM Virtual 12 sessions $182

033 MAH JONGG R Become an expert player in Mah Jongg, a social, competitive game that requires practice, strategy and a little bit of luck! It is played with a set of tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. You will learn how to assemble the titles into specific patterns and formulate a hand based on an easy-to read Mah Jongg card. Join us and master this exciting game. One Mah Jongg playing card is included in the price. Rhonda Greif Mon. & Wed, April 17 5:30-7:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 6 sessions $192 034 SPEAKING IN PUBLIC Do you fidget, tremble, perspire, mumble or hide behind the podium when speaking in front of an audience? Are you anxious when you are the center of attention? Many people are uncomfortable speaking to an audience - whether it's one on one, with a superior or standing in front of a large crowd. Ken Oxman Mon., Jan. 30 6:30-8:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 4 sessions $132



039 COLUMBUS PARK TRATTORIA Renew your passion for Italian cuisine and learn to cook like a chef! In this hands-on class, Colum- bus Park’s owner and master pasta maker Maria Marchetti, will show you all of her pasta making techniques. This will be an interactive pasta mak- ing class followed by a sit down dinner. There will be a complimentary glass of wine for you to enjoy with your meal. You’ll learn, dine, and have a memorable evening! 205 Main St., 2nd Floor, Stamford 6:00-9:00PM 1 session a) Mon., Feb 20 $82 b) Mon., March 13 $82

035 SEWING FOR BEGINNERS R This is a beginners workshop to learn how to sew or refresh sewing skills, working with patterns. Students will need access to a sewing machine and the list of materials for the course. NOTE: Sewing machines are not in the classroom. Edith Wade Tues., Feb. 7 6:00-7:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 10 sessions $159 036 CAR BASICS This course offers you the knowledge to tackle some easy maintenance jobs yourself. The course will cover the basics of how a gas powered car functions including: how the engine works and drives, the wheels, suspension, braking and basic electrical. The goal is to give you the knowledge to understand what you need to repair and negotiate with a mechanic if needed. John Burhans Thurs., March 16 6:00-7:30PM In-Person at Rippowam 6 sessions $142 Join this parent coaching workshop to learn what has been driving your child's challenging behavior, and get the support you need for raising a child with ADHD. You will learn the full social and emo- tional impact that ADHD and Executive Function challenges have on learning, motivation, and behavior, so that you can make systemic changes needed for lasting improvement. Melissa Bildner 6:30-8:30PM Mon., Feb. 6 In-person at Rippowam $42 037 ADHD/EXECUTIVE FUNCTION CHALLENGES

040 CHARCUTERIE MAKING This is a French term for a branch of cooking devot- ed to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork. In this course we will make salami roses, kiwi flowers, and cut different

flavors of cheeses. Michelle Wheeler


Wed, Jan. 25

In-person at Rippowam


038 TOP TEN STRATEGIES FOR PARENTING CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH ADHD Living with ADHD is not easy. Not for parents, not for siblings, and most of all, not for the child with ADHD. This presentation covers the essential strate- gies parents must implement to help their children not just survive, but also thrive. You will learn about the best supports for your child, the facts about ADHD beyond the diagnosis, and how to best pre- pare them and yourselves for the journey ahead. Melissa Bildner 6:30-7:30PM Mon., Jan. 23 In-person at Rippowam $19

041 SECURITY OFFICER CERTIFICATE This dynamic course covers information about the Security Industry, how to be a Security Officer, and job exploration. Connecticut laws will be reviewed, pertaining to: the security industry, self defense and the use of force, and citizen’s arrest. In addition, you will learn about: the use of force continuum, fire safety, the history of security, work place violence, terrorism, communication skills, and more. 8:00AM-2:30PM Fri., March 10 in-Person at Old Town Hall 6:00-7:00PM *Must attend both sessions* $150 Louis Bonito Sat., March 4 Online



STAMFORD ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACADEMY English Language Classes:  Beginner to Advanced Students  Excellent Former UConn Teachers  Morning Classes  Conveniently Located Near Public Transportation and I-95: Old Town Hall, 175 Atlantic Street REGISTER ONLINE AT: and follow the link to The Stamford English Language Academy or call (203) 977-4211 201 NEWS AND VIEWS PLUS This advanced Reading/Writing/Discussion class will explore current issues in the news from various sources including magazines, the internet, and newspapers. Although the emphasis in this course will be on reading, speaking and vocabulary skills, some attention will be given to grammar and pronunciation issues, as needed. Peter Lopatin Tues. & Thurs., Jan. 24 10:30AM-12:30PM 28 sessions $359 In-Person Old Town Hall




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ENRICHMENT Enrichment is a program where individuals share their expertise with residents of the community. Certification is not required. Contact us if you have a hobby, skill or specialized knowledge (e.g., decorating, chess, art) or suggest a new class that you think would be informative, interesting and enjoyable. We are always eager to receive new ideas! ADULT EDUCATION Spend two interesting and rewarding evenings per week and earn additional income while enriching the lives of others. Call us at 203 977-8823 to learn more about these part-time teaching positions and the requirements for State of Connecticut certification. English as a Second Language High School Credit Diploma Program GED Preparation / Basic Skills National External Diploma Program


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