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Beginning tai chi classes are offered on Monday evenings through the Davis Adult and Community Education program. Courtesy photo

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Fall courses at Davis Adult School start next week

By From page A3 | September 22, 2017

Fall courses at Davis Adult and Community Education start Monday and continue through Dec. 15. Popular courses in auto mechanics, woodworking, Zumba, Spanish and ballroom dance are returning, joined by some new offerings as the program celebrates its 58th year supporting lifelong learning.

Registration for the fall quarter is already off to a robust start with many of the most popular classes, like Spanish and woodworking, filling up before the quarter starts, says Grace Sauser, principal.

“As always, we also want to help people expand their cultural toolkit by offering a full array of language classes from every corner of the globe and several art classes,” she adds. “For those looking to start a new career, we also offer a pharmacy technician certificate program that helps participants qualify for a license from the State Board of Pharmacy.”

Fall course offerings include:

* Arts and crafts: On Mondays, longtime teacher Gay Huntley offers her long-running class in creative mosaic for 10 weeks. Huntley also has a drawing class that meets on Wednesdays. Teacher Coleman Bohl offers a woodworking class on Mondays.

* Computers and photography: Teacher Bruce Thomas offers a computer introduction class on Wednesday and an introduction to digital photography class on Thursdays. Jamie Morton teaches a computer maintenance class on Wednesdays.

Jock Hamilton teaches an intermediate digital imaging class (using Adobe Photoshop) on Mondays. Chula Ranasinghe teaches a class in MS Excel on Thursdays, and Bruce Thomas tackles MS Word on Thursdays.

* Fitness and Health: Brianna Sifuentes teaches Argentine tango dancing on Mondays and Barbara Nicholas teaches ballroom dance on Tuesdays. Matthew Messer offers beginning tai chi on Mondays.

Beginning yoga, taught by Armita Prishadi, is offered Tuesdays; Zumba, taught by Katherine Maghoney, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kiyomi Buchanan has a Japanese cooking workshop on four Monday evenings. Courtesy photo

* World languages: Rihab Al Shamari teaches Arabic conversation on Wednesdays, Dominique Blanchard teaches French conversation (beginning class on Tuesdays, intermediate class on Mondays) and Gisela Schubert teaches German conversation (beginning class on Wednesdays, intermediate class on Thursdays).

Kiyomi Buchanan teaches Japanese conversation and culture on Thursdays, and several instructors are teaching Spanish conversation on different nights of the week.

* Cooking: Learn Italian cooking on Wednesdays from Roberto Prioetti or ethnic vegetarian cooking on Thursdays from Dominique Blanchard. Buchanan has a Japanese cooking workshop on four Monday evenings.

* Personal development: Colleen Schemrich teaches a class on Tuesdays titled “The Magic of Networking: Expanding Your Personal and Professional Network,” focusing on communication skills for the 21st-century workplace.

* Other courses of interest: Dave Egolf teaches beginning auto mechanics on Tuesdays, Judy Leatherman invites musicians to join her Davis Community Folk Orchestra class on Wednesdays, Schemrich teaches a course titled “Regaining Health Through Healthy Eating” on Mondays and Matthew Vendryes teaches résumé and professional documents on Wednesdays.

The Davis Adult School also offers popular classes in English as a Second Language on a variety of dates.

A training class for pharmacy technicians returns this fall, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Courtesy photo

A class for teens covering SAT preparation also is offered, meeting Oct. 11, 18 and 25 and Nov. 1 (for the Nov. 4 test date). There is also a class in UC college application preparation on Mondays, taught by Sharmila Shinde.

A class for adult students wishing to complete the required courses for a high school diploma meets on weeknights.

And a training class for pharmacy technicians returns this fall, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is also a course training administrative office assistants (dates and times vary).

Sauser urged students to check out the catalog online at dace.djusd.net or stop by the office at 14th Street and Oak Avenue, on the southwest corner of the Davis High School campus. The phone number is 530-757-5380.

The Davis Adult and Community Education school is part of the Davis school district.

Jeff Hudson

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