If you’ve never taken a class at Great Neck Public Schools (GNPS) Community Education, you’re invited to see what they are all about. Mark your calendar to attend the first-ever Open House Week, from Monday, Sept. 28, to Friday, Oct. 2. You’ll find classes that are fun, thought-provoking, unique and creative. And the price is right—you’re welcome to attend classes at no cost. Meet the instructors, see the facilities and learn about an exciting program right in your community.
Call Community Education at 516-441-4949 for details and information about which classes will be offered each day during Open House Week.
Fall registration for Community Ed is currently ongoing. Whether it’s fine arts and crafts, fitness and sports, foreign languages, games, humanities, music appreciation and performance, technology or trips and special events, there are hundreds of classes that meet weekdays, evenings and Saturday mornings. Classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck (one block south of Northern Boulevard off Lakeville Road).
The fall-winter catalog can be found on the GNPS website at www.great neck.k12.ny.us. Scroll down from the top of the homepage and click on the Community Ed icon. You can register online or by phone at 516-441-4949.
Some of the course offerings include Fine Arts—Book Illustration, Caricatures, Chinese Bamboo Painting, Collage, Drawing, Painting, Pastels, Printmaking and Watercolor.
Fine Crafts (all taught in well-equipped studios not found anywhere else in the area), such as Clay Sculpture, Handweaving, Jewelry Design, Pottery, Silversmithing and Stone Sculpture.
Fitness and Sports, including Aerobics, Ballet, Body Workout, Bootcamp, Cardio Fit, Dance Movement for Parkinson’s, Hand-Weight Training, Kettlebells, Line Dance, Pilates, Qi Gong, Seated Exercise, Tai Chi, Volleyball, Water Exercise, Yoga and Zumba.
Foreign Languages, such as Chinese (many levels), Chinese for Kids (grades 1 to 5), French, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish and Yiddish.
Games and Hobbies, including Bridge, Canasta Beginner, Chess, Mah- Jongg (beginner and intermediate) and Photography.
Humanities, such as Book Group: “Arguably, Some of the Best Books in America”; Greek and Roman Literature; Italy: City by City; One-on-One Editorial Assistance; Shakespeare; Supreme Court Decisions; Top Baseball Arguments of All Time; and Writers’ Workshop.
Music and Performing Arts include Opera Appreciation, Piano and Singing.
Technology (classes and customized, one-on-one training) including Excel, Quickbooks, Smartphones, Website Development, Word and more.
Trips & Special Events, such as Mah-Jongg Event and Dinner at Pearl East, Tuesday, Oct. 13; Broadway In Your Own Backyard: Great Composers Performance Series, Thursdays, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3; and Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway revival, matinee performance, with elaborate lunch at Lattanzi, featuring Italian-Jewish cuisine, Sunday, Nov. 22.