Special Interest Classes


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No. 120. LGBTQIA+ 10 (HS RM C304)  

DATE: Mondays, September 20

6:00-8:00 pm (4-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah A. Moore, M.Ed

R $38; NR; $43; GC $32

This class will give you a foundation of knowledge surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community.  Topics that will be covered include terminology, definitions, history of the community, current events related to the community, and data specific to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the United States with a particular emphasis on youth statistics.  Relevant outside readings will be referenced and suggested for students to read.

 

No. 212. Soccer Origins (HS RM C304)  

DATE: Tuesdays, September 22

7:00-8:00 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah A. Moore, M.Ed

R $30; NR; $34; GC $26

This class will help you learn everything you need to know about “The Beautiful Game”.  We will discuss the origin of the world’s favorite sport, the laws of the game, major tournaments, who the historically successful teams are, and learn about the roles of positions on the field.  Some tactical information will be discussed, but this course is focused more on the history and laws of the game, rather than coaching methods or strategies.

 

No.  305 The Enneagram: A Powerful Tool for Growth (HS RM C321)

DATE: Wednesdays, October 13th

6:30 - 9:00 pm (6-weeks)

Instructor: Kerry O'Donnell, M.A., SHRM-SCP, SEP

R $70; NR $75; GC $65 

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for understanding our personality types, including how we see the world, how we see ourselves, what we habitually seek and avoid, our defense mechanisms, patterning, and intuitive gifts. Personality is formed at a young age as a survival strategy, (and we can often see it clearly in others before we see it in ourselves).  Yet for each of us, many aspects of our personality limit us in adulthood.  Through skillful methods we can move beyond old ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Please join us to learn about this extraordinary tool and methods for growth. [When registering, kindly include your email address in order to receive copies of the weekly presentations].



 

No. 213 Art and Politics: What happened Between the Wars (Zoom Online)

Tuesdays, September 21st (4-weeks)

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Instructor: Cynthia Weisfiled

R $40; NR; $45; GC $35

Art is usually analyzed by formalistic considerations such as line, shape and color. This course will augment that trope by examining art as a socio-political phenomenon reflective of a time, place and society, a concept that will be made clear by a study of representative objects throughout history.  What follows will be a deep look at how art was used as a defining mechanism by dictators to mold and manipulate their respective populations between the wars in Italy, Russia, and Germany. This is a very rapid paced course covering an extremely wide and varied range of material.  Participants will be sent the Zoom link a day or two before the class begins so don’t forget to include your email on your registration.  No prior experience is needed with Zoom.

 

 

No. 405 Build Your Future- Vision Board Workshop (HS RM C302)

Thursdays, September 30th (1-night) 

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Instructor:  Gretchen North, MA, MS, CHES  

R $25; NR; $35; GC $20

It’s never too late to get more out of life.  Join Life Coach, Gretchen North and other like-minded people in this supportive workshop designed to get you to acknowledge and energize your personal, professional and social dreams and goals.  Participants will create and share their visions for a more fulfilling life.  Instructions and supplies to make your own vision board will be provided. 

 

No. 108 DreamQuest- A Tactical Guide for Fulfilling Goals & Dreams (HS RM C302)

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 20th (3-weeks)

6:00-8:00 pm

Instructor:  Gretchen North, MA, MS, CHES  

R $45; NR $50; GC $40

We all have dreams and goals for ourselves, and we are meant to experience them in our lifetimes. Through guided exercises and activities, participants will tap into their deepest desires and construct a plan for fulfilling their top aspirations.  Drawing from concepts in mindfulness, visualization, journaling, vision boarding and group sharing, participants will identify and articulate their dreams.  They will learn strategies to overcome barriers to progress and will finish the course with clarity, inspiration and a tactical roadmap.

 

 

No. 301 GREEK FOR BEGINNERS (HS RM C308)

Wednesdays, September 22nd                    

6:30-8:00 pm (8-weeks)                         

INSTRUCTOR: Joanna Zervos

R $50; NR $54; GC $46               

"Experience the incredibly rich Greek language and culture (All things Greek to you) in an interactive and fun setting!  Whether you're interested in understanding your Greek-speaking relatives and friends, planning a trip to beautiful Greece, or expanding and enriching your vocabulary, you will certainly benefit from this class. Basic reading, writing, and conversation will be covered. Opa!"

 

No. 206 FAMILY CARD NIGHT (HS Library)

Tuesdays, September 21st

7:00-8:30 pm  (6-weeks)                          

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Finberg

R $40; NR $42; GC $37

Remember the joy of family card night, where you sharpen your mind while competing and socializing with your favorite people?  This course teaches or refreshes you on the rules and winning strategies of popular card games for 2 or more players.  Lessons may include Hearts, Spades, Spite & Malice, Rummy, Pinochle, Cribbage, Casino, or other games requested by students.  Limit 12 students.           

 

No. 111 WOODWORKING (HS RM E308)

Mondays, September 20th          

6:30-9:30pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Charlie Thornburgh (Limit 10)

R $95; NR $100; GC $90

"Build projects at your own pace with instructors' assistance as desired.  You select projects and purchase materials prior to the second class.  This course is an introduction to an enjoyable hobby and life skill, however, working wood is inherently dangerous.  Using hand and power tools improperly or ignoring safety practices can lead to injury.  All registrants must participate in the safety demonstrations given the first night; no exceptions. Participation in the class constitutes a liability waiver."  

 

No. 406 WOODWORKING (HS RM E308)

Thursdays, September 30th         

6:30-9:30pm (10-weeks)

No classes: 11/25

INSTRUCTOR: Matt Kollar  (Limit 10)

R $95; NR $100; GC $90

"Build projects at your own pace with instructors' assistance as desired.  You select projects and purchase materials prior to the second class.  This course is an introduction to an enjoyable hobby and life skill, however, working wood is inherently dangerous.  Using hand and power tools improperly or ignoring safety practices can lead to injury.  All registrants must participate in the safety demonstrations given the first night; no exceptions. Participation in the class constitutes a liability waiver."  

 

No. 211 Secrets of Happiness (Zoom Online)

Tuesday, September 28th

7:00-9:00pm (5-classes)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $125; NR $130; GC $120

Learn to believe in the happiness you want for your life, all over again!  Over the course of five weeks, you will be guided on a joyous journey of self-discovery.  Through the practice of time-honored techniques, you will experience your life-transforming power to choose happiness in any situation, reconnect with the spontaneity and wisdom of your inner-child, overcome limiting fears, release attachment to outcomes, and to cultivate a lifestyle that honors and supports your personal truth.  Come learn how to give yourself permission to be happy and begin filling each moment with freedom, creativity and joy! Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87369929174

 

No. 303 Meditation for Relaxation and Personal Healing (Zoom Online)

Wednesdays, September 29th

7:00-9:00pm (5-classes)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $125; NR $130; GC $120

Do you suffer from stress, anxiety or sleeplessness-- or even high blood-pressure or hypertension?  Does your mind never stop going?  Meditation can help!  Meditation is a simple, easy to learn practice that involves focusing your thoughts and your breathing to help you relax into the present moment.  Studies show that regular meditation can help promote increased mental clarity and emotional balance, reduce the physical effects of stress, and create a greater sense of well-being.  In this interactive course, you will learn the empowering concepts and techniques for successful personal meditation and will find support in crafting your own meditation regimen.  Come experience for yourself the abundance of inner peace, personal health and spiritual connection that come from meditation.     Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85133234598                                                                                                                                                   

 

 No. 201 Practical Compassion (Zoom Online)

Tuesdays, November 2nd

7:00-9:00pm (5-classes)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $125; NR $130; GC $120

Each of us is seeking the goodness we need for our lives in the best way we know how. The fact that none of us does this perfectly, and that nobody truly wants to suffer, can help us to have greater understanding and compassion through the sometimes painful lessons of life. In this five-week course, you will learn to apply the universal principles of compassion to bring more acceptance, forgiveness and wisdom to your relationships with yourself, others and the world. This class will give you the practical tools you need to create sustainable personal boundaries to help you live and love more open-heartedly in your life. So come learn to expand beyond the barriers that separate us and become the healing change you wish to see in your world! Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84491461447

                                                     

No. 502 Reiki Level I Certification  (Zoom Online) 

Saturday, October 2

10:00-5:00pm (1-session)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $175; NR $185; GC $165

Become a certified Reiki healer.  During these in-depth sessions, you will delve deeply into the ancient Japanese art of energy healing.  Learn to channel and direct Universal Life Force Energy to help reduce stress, increase vitality and correct physical, mental and emotional imbalances.  Each course level provides training, course manual, attunement and in-class experience of advanced techniques useful for healing yourself, family and friends or for establishing your own Reiki practice.  Come experience the life-transforming power of Reiki! Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84772469929

  

No. 503 Reiki Level II Certification (Zoom Online) 

Saturday, October 23  

10:00-5:00pm (1-class)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $199; NR $209; GC $189

Become a certified Reiki healer.  During these in-depth sessions, you will delve deeply into the ancient Japanese art of energy healing.  Learn to channel and direct Universal Life Force Energy to help reduce stress, increase vitality and correct physical, mental and emotional imbalances.  Each course level provides training, course manual, attunement and in-class experience of advanced techniques useful for healing yourself, family and friends or for establishing your own Reiki practice.  Come experience the life-transforming power of Reiki! Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87878382187

   

No. 504 Multi-Dimensional Reiki (Zoom Online) 

Saturday, December 4th

10:00am-5:00pm (1-class)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $159; NR $170; GC $148

Become a certified Reiki healer.  During these in-depth sessions, you will delve deeply into the ancient Japanese art of energy healing.  Learn to channel and direct Universal Life Force Energy to help reduce stress, increase vitality and correct physical, mental and emotional imbalances.  Each course level provides training, course manual, attunement and in-class experience of advanced techniques useful for healing yourself, family and friends or for establishing your own Reiki practice.  Come experience the life-transforming power of Reiki! Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86593343978

  

No. 115 Emotional Release for Inner Peace (Zoom Online)

Monday, September 27th

6:30 – 9:00 pm (1-class)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $35; NR $40; GC $30

Inner peace is impossible to maintain while we still hold on to the very feelings and beliefs that keep us from being peaceful to begin with.  Trapped negative emotions like fear, anger and sorrow can disrupt the flow of vital energy in our bodies and actually sabotage our inner peace.  In this single evening course, you will learn simple yet effective techniques for getting in touch with, understanding, accepting and releasing the emotions that keep us from ourselves.  Nobody wants to suffer.  Come learn to rest in the peaceful state of loving acceptance that is our true nature. Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86145455009

 

No. 116 “The Call of Paradise”- A Spiritual Journey to Hawai’i (Zoom Online)

Monday, October 18th

6:30 – 9:00 pm (1-class)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $18; NR $22; GC $14

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Hawai’i?  Sun-kissed beaches.  Fiery volcanoes.  Lu’au feasts.  The gracious beauty of a hula dancer.  Hawai’i is all of these things and more!  Come spend an evening luxuriating in the aloha of the islands as we look more deeply into the history, culture and spirituality of this remarkable part of America.   

     

Through fascinating pictures and stories we will explore the rich heritage and traditions that make Hawai’i one of the most beautiful, healing and life-giving places on Earth.  This year our journey will take us to the lush islands of Maui and Kaua’i.  Here we will drive the famous Road to Hana and visit other worldly Haleakala Volcano National Park. We’ll tour the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific'' and experience Kaua’i’s mystical Na Pali Coast, all the while surrounded by the song of wintering humpback whales. In addition, we will get to meet with native kahuna shamans, experience spiritual ceremonies at sacred sites, and visit the temples of many of the world’s beliefs that call Hawai’i home. 

 

For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity after the presentation to discuss the details of our 10-day spiritual tour to Hawai’i in early 2022.  So come join us for an evening of inspiration and let the magic of Hawai’i ``call you home” to Paradise! Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87170712182

 

No. 117 ONLINE Singing Lessons for Everyone (Online via Skype)

INSTRUCTOR: Jesse Wicher

R $110; NR $115; GC $105

(5 weeks; flexible scheduling)

Learning to sing over the Internet is FUN and EASY!  Come bring greater enjoyment and satisfaction to your singing by building on the basics of breath support, tonal focus and musicianship.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, this class will help you get to the next level of your art.  Just bring your enthusiasm and a piece of music you love to sing!  Classes are open to all ages!  Lessons are 30 minutes of private instruction. 

 

No. 118 ITALIAN INTERMEDIATE (HS RM C321)

Mondays, September 20th                  

6:30-9:00 pm (10-weeks)             

INSTRUCTOR: Lino Amatangelo

R $85; NR $90; GC $80                                     

This will be a conversational class with forays into Italian history, culture and travel.  An emphasis will be placed on enjoying the experience and speaking Italian. Perfection not expected. (We will also explore and elaborate on personal interests and requirements).

 

No. 202 Emotional Soup: How to navigate and thrive conflicting emotions (HS RM C308)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

7:30-9:00 pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Greco, RN, certified wellness coach

R $12; NR $15; GC $10

Life provides a mix of emotions, often simultaneously: grief, worry, fear, anger, frustration, hopelessness, and gratitude. These conflicting emotions can infiltrate your lifestyle, career, finances, health and happiness.

 

Discover how to recognize the emotions you feel, identify an appropriate response and how to manage and prevent anxiety. Map out a self-care plan that addresses your mental and emotional as well as physical health.

 

No. 208 STRESS-LESS (HS RM C308)

DATE: Tuesday, November 2nd

7:30-9:00 pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Greco, RN, certified wellness coach

R $12; NR $15; GC $10

Stress affects your performance, weight, health, mindset, and optimism. Learn how and why to tap into your relaxation response and change your approach to stressful events. Create your personal toolbox of stress management techniques.

 

No. 109 BEGINNING BRIDGE (HS Library, 3rd Level)

Mondays, September 20th           

7:00-9:00 pm (10-Weeks)

INSTRUCTOR:  Don Averbach (Limit 16)

R $60; NR $65; GC $55

Bridge for the beginner.  This is for those people desiring to learn this fascinating game.  No experience necessary. 

 

No. 407 INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE (HS Library, 3rd Level)

Thursdays, September 30th

7:00-9:00 pm (10-weeks)

No classes: 11/4 & 11/25

INSTRUCTOR:  Don Averbach (Limit 16)

R $60; NR $65; GC $55

No classes: 11/26

This class will help you refine and develop your bridge playing skills.  It is for players who already have experience with the game.