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Community Education offers something for everyone

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

If yellow buses and No. 2 pencils make you pine for the days of trapper keepers and pop quizzes, it might be time to go back to school. But this time, you don’t have to worry about grades, detention or being the teacher’s pet.

The Park City School District (PCSD) offers Community Education courses for all ages in a variety of subject areas. The fall session kicks off this week, and if you’re itching to get back into learning mode, now is the time to sign up.

"You can learn a new skill that you’re passionate about during the shoulder season," says Jane Toly, Leisure Learning Coordinator. "This is a great time to learn and there’s no better way than to sign up for classes."

Each season, the district mails its Compass catalog, which contains course descriptions and schedules, to homes throughout Park City. If it didn’t pop up in your mailbox, copies are available at the district schools and public libraries, and may be accessed through the PCSD website, http://www.pcschools.us .

The programs being offered this fall range from fitness classes to computer workshops to artistic outlets. Some courses, such as Fall Landscaping and the Seasonal Cuisine Series, are tailored to the time of year. Others, like Belly Dance and Watercolor Painting, have proven to be community favorites and are offered year-round.

As temperatures drop, there’s no time like the present to learn a new indoor hobby such as knitting, crocheting or woodworking. Meet new friends in Bridge Basics courses and start your own card sharks club, or fine tune your culinary intellect with lessons in High Altitude Baking or Northern Italian Cuisine.

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New selections this session include Qi Gong Moving Meditation, an eight-week session taught by acupuncturist Wyatt Krajeski, a graduate of Park City High School; Perfect Eyebrows with Loralie, a one-night workshop with local master aesthetician Loralie Gray-Richins; and the Park City Community Orchestra, a program open to anyone who want to play strings, woodwinds, bass or piano in an ensemble.

The youth program also has several new additions. "Something I’m really excited about is Art & Cuisine of Italy," says Toly. Half the class will be spent creating artistic masterpieces à la Leonardo Da Vinci and the other half will be spent experiencing the country’s culture through its cuisine. "It’s such a cool idea," she adds.

Other options for kids include dance classes, Babysitting Training, golf development programs, and musicgarage, a program developed by musician Steven Auerbach that gives kids a chance to perform a concert at the end of the session.

Most of the courses feature local instructors who are eager to share their expertise. "I try to hire as many local people as I can," says Toly. The classes are self-funded and it’s important for people to sign up early so that organizers know whether there are enough participants to hold the class.

Classes range from one night only to eight weekly sessions and start this week through December. Sessions are offered throughout the day to conform to anyone’s schedule and take place at schools throughout the district as well as at the Park City Aquatic Center.

To register for classes, visit http://www.pcschools.us (click on "Community Ed" and then "Compass/Leisure Learning"), call 615-0215, stop by the counseling office in Park City High School, fax a registration form to 645-5659 (Attn: Jane Toly) or send a registration form to PCSD Community Education, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, UT 84060.

Aside from the seasonal courses, Community Education offers an Adult High School Completion program, an Early Childhood Education program and Spanish and English language courses. For more information, call Toly at 615-0215.

PCSD has also partnered with Ed2go.com to provide a wide selection of online courses including Introduction to PowerPoint, Creating Web Pages and Project Management Fundamentals. New sessions begin every month and run for six weeks. All classes can be completed from a personal computer at any time of the day or night; they are instructor-facilitated and include interactive discussion groups. Tuition starts at $89 per course. For a complete course listing and to get started, visit http://www.ed2go/pcschools.