Items tagged with 'classes'

Market Bistro cooking school schedule includes two Quintessence classes

quintessence chicken

From the Quintessence revival back in 2009.

There are a bunch of classes on the October schedule for the cooking school at the Market Bistro in Latham, but there were two that immediately caught our eye:

October 7: Hands On & Dine: Quintessence: Shrimp Scampi
"Another Quintessence favorite that customers love! Recipes include: shrimp scampi with green fettuccine noodles, Quintessential salad, and brownie sundae." $60

October 21: Hands On & Dine: Quintessence Chicken Teriyaki
"Back by popular demand! Learn how to recreate this delicious meal in your own kitchen. Recipes include: chicken teriyaki, spinach fettuccine, Quintessential salad, and crepes." $60

Quintessence is, of course, the longtime favorite restaurant that once operated in an old diner building on Scotland Ave in Albany's Park South neighborhood. It's no longer there -- neither the restaurant, nor the building (which was demolished for the redev there). And the chicken teriyaki was its signature dish.

As the list notes, Market Bistro has offered the chicken teriyaki class before and it always sells out. In fact, it looks like it's already got a few people signed up for it. So if you're interested, don't wait to claim a spot.

Old Songs instrument classes fall 2017

Old songs jam session

You might recognize Old Songs as the organizer of the ongoing series of events that feature traditional music and dance. And the schedule for the fall season -- which is out now -- includes folk, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, Americana, and holiday music.

But Old Songs also organizes a series of classes for learning how to play the instruments involved in traditional music. Or, to put it another way, if you want to learn how to play the accordion or ukulele, Old Songs can probably help.

The slate of Old Songs classes for the fall is out -- here's a quick overview...

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Albany Can Code fall 2017 classes

AlbanyCanCode classAlbany Can Code -- the local non-profit focused on helping people transition into careers in software development -- has opened applications for its fall courses, which start in October.

What is Albany Can Code? Blurbage:

We are a not-for-profit organization founded in June 2016, dedicated to the vision of a talent-fueled pipeline for our region's software sector. To build this pipeline, we work with employers, educators, and community organizations to identify, train, and advocate employment of people with the skills to work in software and IT jobs.
The goal is to remove the economic and cultural barriers to working in technology. We want our region to have an inclusive, vibrant, and expert pipeline of technologists. Part of that mission involves changing mindset in our region about who can be a technologist, and how to evaluate candidates for technology jobs.

The classes being offered this fall are front-end and back-end web development. That is, one class about the code displaying stuff online (HTML, CSS, Javascript, and so on) and one class about the virtual machines that turn out stuff online (servers, databases, and so on). The front-end development course is at the SCCC facility in downtown Albany, the back-end classes are at SCCC in Schenectady. The classes are in the evenings.

Tuition for the classes is $1,500. Help in getting financial assistance is available through SCCC.

Here's an FAQ for potential students.

photo via AlbanyCanCode Facebook

Canning and preserving classes

Puckers pickles in a jar closeupWe're just about reaching the height of the summer growing season here, which means farmers' markets and backyard gardens will be overflowing with all sorts of produce. There will be tomatoes -- many, many tomatoes.

So, there are a few options:

1. Subsist on a diet made up totally of zucchini.

2. Can and preserve those tasty veggies.

Toward that second option, the local arms of the Cornell Cooperative Extension has a few upcoming classes...

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Spring foraging class

wild onions

This could be an interesting afternoon: The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties has a spring foraging class this Saturday, May 13:

Come explore the grounds at the Extension Education Center and learn about the value of woodlands and fields in a new way. Presenters Tusha Yakovleva, Rob Handel, and Tracey Testo will be your guides to discovering wild edibles in your surroundings. Participants will learn what is available on a seasonal basis as well as how to collect food without disturbing or endangering a plant population. Recommendations will also be given on how to safely collect food with the help of local resources and experts. Following the walk, we will move inside for a cooking lesson with Chef Rob where you will learn how to incorporate these wild foods into a meal. Locally foraged goods will be made available for samples and snacking during a Q & A to wrap up this fabulous day.


Tusha Yakovleva is a writer/farmer who authors the blog for the Hudson Valley Seed Company. Rob Handel is the chef at Heather Ridge Farm. And Tracey Testo is a program coordinator with the cooperative extension.

The class is from 1-4 pm on Saturday. It's $25 per person. And you must register by the end of today (Wednesday), May 10. (If it we had noticed this earlier, we would have mentioned it earlier.)

The event is at the Extension Education Center in Columbia County, just east of Hudson (corrected).

Gardening classes that are popping up soon

lettuce bok choy radishes in garden

It's spring! It's happening!

Now is a good time to get started on garden plans for the spring and summer -- whether it's just a few flowers, tomatoes in containers on the porch, or raised beds in the backyard. Toward that end there are a whole bunch of garden classes / info sessions / talks coming up around the area, on topics ranging from vegetable gardening to composting to garden planning to street trees.

Here's a quick scan of some upcoming classes...

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Lifestyle Farming Conference at SUNY Cobleskill

SUNY Cobleskill Lifestyle Farming Conference logoThis looks like some quality fuel for stoking those backyard gardening / DIY / I've-had-enough-I'm-moving-to-a-farm dreams.

SUNY Cobleskill is hosting its first Lifestyle Farming Conference Saturday, April 8. Blurbage:

In our classrooms and labs, SUNY Cobleskill faculty will teach organic gardening, home brewing, composting, mushroom growing, yogurt making, apiary management, and more. With three levels -- 1.5-hour Introductory Courses, 3-hour Skill Builders, and a 6-hour Intensive -- everyone from novice to experienced homesteaders will find a course to suit their interests and skill levels.
The conference will be accompanied by a specialized vendor fair featuring goods and supplies that complement the workshops, such as brewing equipment, apiary supplies, animal feed, and orchard necessities.

Among the workshop topics: square foot gardening for maximizing production in small spaces, home brewing, backyard poultry, family livestock herds, composting, making sausage, fruit and berry orcharding 101, wild edibles, homemade ice cream, and homemade yogurt.

Conference registration is $60 / $72 with lunch and available online. And the website notes that space is limited in each workshop.

Coffee school at Superior Merchandise

superior merchandise co cups

Superior Merchandise Co. in Troy is bringing back its series of "coffee school" classes for a spring season. Blurbage:

"Over the past 20 months of being in business, we've affirmed that our guests tend to be inquisitive and eager to learn more about the mysterious world of specialty coffee. With Coffee School we are happy to try to clear up some of the myths and mysteries folks have in an informal 'school' format," said SMCo.'s Director of Coffee Matthew Loiacono.
Classes are taught in a loose lecture / taste / participate format, where attendees can shape much of the learning based on questions and desired goals. Tickets include printed notes and 10% off in-store merchandise during the evening of the class.

The slate includes a new class about home roasting coffee:

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Recipe for Success workshop for food entrepreneurs

Puckers pickles jar

Kelley Goldman of Puckers Gourmet is one of the workshop presenters.

This could be interesting and helpful: The Cornell Cooperative Extension Saratoga County has a workshop for food entrepreneurs -- "Recipe for Success" -- lined up for March 23. Blurbage:

If you're thinking of making and selling a favorite recipe, or even if you already have a small food business, the presenters of this program can give you guidance. Their experience and expertise in licensing a food product, processing, packaging, marketing, pricing, and selling are an invaluable resource. The program also includes the basics of successful small business management. Current or potential food entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend.

That first link above includes a schedule of the speakers and talk topics during the day.

The workshop is Thursday, March 23 from 9 am to 5 pm at the extension office in Ballston Spa. The fee is $65 / two for $95. And the registration deadline is March 17.

Looking for other small business how-to workshops? The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region and the Capital Region Chamber regularly offer courses.

Chickens
And while we're on the topic of agricultural extensions... the Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a backyard poultry basics class on April 1 in Greenwich. And it's free.

Applications open for AlbanyCanCode spring classes

AlbanyCanCode class

AlbanyCanCode -- the local non-profit focused on helping people transition into careers in software development -- is currently accepting applications for its spring courses. The application is a short online survey that asks a few biographical questions, along with few a skills assessment questions.

What is AlbanyCanCode? Blurbage:

AlbanyCanCode, was established in the summer of 2016 to serve two key stakeholder groups: local employers of software and IT professionals, and local folks who have the aptitude to work in software but lack local options for training. Our initial 12-week course in Front End Web Development attracted more than 80 applicants. A majority of the ten final students were income-qualified for a full grant of the $1,500 tuition. Following course completion in late January 2017, nearly half of our students have now been hired or are in the process of interviewing for internships at area software employers

The classes on the slate for this spring are front-end web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap) and back-end web development (PHP, MySQL, Python, Ruby). (With those two groups of skills, you can build a bunch of stuff online.) The courses start in April.

And if you're an employer or educator, it sounds like AlbanyCanCode would be happy to hear from you about potential partnerships.

photo via AlbanyCanCode Facebook

Troy Cloth and Paper couples screen printing workshop

Could be something different to try: Troy Cloth and Paper has a series of couples t-shirt screen printing classes coming up in February. Blurbage:

Spend time with your significant other or best friend and create a wonderful memory. This workshop teaches you how to print your own design on a tee from start to finish. Perfect for those do-it-yourselfers who have ideas for tees, but don't know the best to make them a reality... or for those who are just curious about the process!
By the end of the class you will have learned what type of artwork works best with the medium, how to expose and set up your screens, and how to pull a perfect print. You'll also receive pointers on how to set up a modest personal studio so you can keep printing at home!

The classes are $125 per couple and include one t-shirt per person, a complimentary beverage per person, and all screen printing supplies. (See the details about sending along a design ahead of time.)

There are classes February 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, and 21. The classes are 2-3 hours long.

iPhoneography -- and other photo classes -- at the Arts Center

iphone on tableIt's easy overlook how amazing the cameras on mobile phones have become because they're so commonplace now. But the number of people who now have easy access to a high-quality camera would have been almost unimaginable a few decades ago.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region has a class coming up February 4 about making the most of these cameras. Blurbage for "iPhoneography":

We have them with us constantly; our phones are an extension of ourselves. In this workshop we will discover all the functions and features of our iPhone and iPad cameras. We will learn fun shooting techniques, and some stellar apps for editing. Students will need to bring their own iPhones and iPads.

The instructor for the class is professional photographer Katherine Wright.

It's Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Arts Center in downtown Troy. The class fee is $119.

Other photo classes
The Arts Center has a bunch of photography classes lined up over the next few months, including classes about food photography, pet photography, and using DSLR cameras.

Community Loan Fund business planning course

community loan fund business course posterThe Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has another one of its business planning courses starting up this weekend. Class blurbage:

Join us for some real world business planning. Learn what you need to know to start and run a successful small business with our 8-week intensive training course, offered in partnership with the Huether School of Business of The College of Saint Rose. Class topics include: developing a business plan, strategic planning, marketing, sales forecasting, financial management and analysis, legal, insurance and tax issues. The course provides fundamental planning concepts and tools to help existing and potential business owners.

The first class in the new term is this Saturday, January 28. The course consists of eight classes on Saturday mornings from 9 am-noon at 920 Albany Street in Schenectady. The fee for the course is $160 and includes class materials. See the link above for registration info.

If you're interested in the class, but can't start this term or it fills up, the loan fund offers it a few times during the year.

The Community Loan Fund? It provides low-cost loans to social and micro-entrepreneurs as well as small businesses, in addition to making training available (such as the class mentioned above).

Schedule for drinks-and-art series at the Arts Center extended

arts center capital region troy exteriorhe Arts Center of the Capital Region is extending its popular "Social Media" drinks-and-art series with a new schedule of dates in the next year. Topics range from jewelry making to brewing to collage.

Series blurbage:

Visit the Arts Center on the third Tuesday of every month to meet new people and try making art in a different medium. Every event starts with an hour-long workshop designed for everyone to enjoy - from beginners to life - long artists - and ends with a specialty prepared cocktail or seasonal beverage that has been paired with the art form we'll be experimenting with. Please bring your ID - we'll also be serving beer, wine and soft drinks!

Many of the dates so far have sold out, so if you're interested in going, it's a good idea to claim your spot earlier rather than later. Tickets are $35 and include materials and snacks. Drinks are extra.

Here's the upcoming schedule for the new year...

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Mazzone Hospitality cooking classes

cooking class angelo mazzoneWe noticed recently that Mazzone Hospitality -- the restaurant group that includes 677 Prime and a local culinary empire -- is offering a cooking classes at its headquarters in Clifton Park.

The upcoming schedule includes both hands-on and demonstration-style classes, some of them led by Angelo Mazzone himself -- he has a Feast of Seven Fishes demo class set for December 20. (The schedule's next class -- a hands-on holiday cooking decorating session with Kristin Hartman on November 29 -- is already sold out.)

Class prices range from $65 to $110. Here's what the classes include.

A compressed schedule for the rest of the year is after the jump, if you're curious.

A bunch of places around the area offering cooking classes, including Different Drummer's Kitchen at Stuyvesant Plaza, Gio Culinary Studio in Voorheesville, Spoon & Whisk in Clifton Park, Market Bistro in Latham, Honest Weight in Albany, and the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. (It's been a while since we've done a cooking class roundup -- we should do that soon.)

Tech Valley Taste Makers

Tech Valley Center of Gravity exterior 2016-JulyHere's a new cooking class series: Tech Valley Taste Makers at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy.

The lineup:

+ September 29: Bring the Gastro-Pub Home with executive chef Rachel Mabb of The Ruck (Troy)

+ October 19: Fall Foliage Picnic Feast with Lucas Karasavidis, owner of Honeybee Farms (Cobleskill) and From Our Farm to Your Table (Troy)

+ November 16: Sides to be Thankful For with chef Ric Orlando, owner of New World Bistro Bar, Albany and New World Home Cooking, Saugerties.

+ December 7: Holiday Cookies: Tradition with a Twist with chef/Baker Leah Stein of Leah's Cakery (Round Lake)

Series blurbage:

Monthly classes (fall/winter and spring/summer) are taught by masterful chefs and artisanal food makers. Each teacher demonstrates the techniques for making delicious specialties at home, educates about culinary art & science and offers tastings with beverage pairings, both alcoholic* and non-. Proceeds, after expenses, are shared equally between the teacher and TVCOG's fund to fully equip its teaching/making kitchen.

Class prices range from $37.50-$57. There's also a season pass for $170. Pre-registration is required.

TVCOG advertises on AOA.

Scanning the class catalog for the fall season at the Arts Center of the Capital Region

arts center capital region troy exterior

The fall catalog of classes at the Arts Center of the Capital Region is out. And as we were (virtually) flipping through it, there were a handful of classes that caught our eye because they seemed interesting or unusual or fun.

And here they are...

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Traffic Skills 101 for cyclists

bike pedal mediumBikeatoga is sponsoring a "Traffic Skills 101" course for cyclists this summer at the Saratoga Springs Regional YMCA. Class blurbage

Traffic Skills 101 is designed to develop individual's knowledge and expertise in the craft and science of bicycling-- the ability to use a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility and sport under various highway, climate, terrain, and traffic conditions. This course combines classroom discussion and parking lot activities with on-road practice of the principles of vehicular bicycling. The instructor for this course is certified by the League of American Bicyclists and has years of experience and training.

The class is July 20, July 27, and August 10 from 6-9 pm. It's $25 per person, and each person needs a bike, helmet, and lock. Pre-registration is required: Claire Nolan at 518-209-6477 or cbnolou@gmail.com.

Also this summer, there will be a class for people would like become instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists. It's at UAlbany this August 19-21. It's $300.

Drone class at HVCC

quad copter drone by Flickr user Peter Linehan CCNoted: HVCC is offering an intro class to flying drones starting in July. Blurbage:

This course provides training essential for learning to fly small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), also known as drones, either for pleasure, or to understand what is required of a commercial operator.
The course not only covers how to fly sUAS, but multiple types of flight systems from multirotors and fixed-wing, and includes training in autonomous flight. The course covers information required to make educated decisions on what flight systems will meet your needs, combined with the knowledge necessary for safe flight and potentially exploring a career.
Students will learn about emerging job opportunities using sUAS, and entrepreneurs will be exposed to the application and use of this transformative technology in their businesses.

The class meets on Saturdays from 9 am-4 pm July 23-August 6. The fee is $1,499, and includes equipment.

There's an info session about the course June 21 at 11 am.

Earlier on AOA: A future that's up in the air

photo: Flickr user Peter Linehan (CC BY 2.0)

A Chinese language teacher for group lessons?

Mandarin ChineseEwan emails:

After the Bethlehem School District [cut] Chinese instruction, we've been having weekly after-school lessons at our home for a small group of students who wanted to continue. Unfortunately, our teacher has a new job and a new baby, so she isn't able to continue: does anyone know of a good, English-fluent teacher of Chinese who might be interested in conducting such weekly sessions? Thanks!

Even if you don't have a specific person or org in mind, maybe you have some ideas for how Ewan can go about finding someone.

Got a suggestion? Please share!

image: Wikipedia user LiliCharlie (CC BY-SA 4.0)

A row of upcoming gardening classes

tomato seedlings in tray

The sun is shining. Birds are singing. Buds are on the trees. Spring has returned (again).

So now is a good time to be giving some thought to garden plans for the spring and summer -- whether it's just a few flowers, tomatoes in containers on the porch, or raised beds in the backyard. Toward that end there are a whole bunch of garden classes / info sessions coming up around the area, on topics ranging from vegetable gardening to composting to garden planning to mushrooms.

Here's a quick scan of some upcoming classes...

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Where to take foreign language classes for adults?

desks in a classroomDeirdre emails:

Wondering if you can help me find some local resources for adult language classes. I took German throughout high school and college and was pretty good at one point, but have lost quite a bit of knowledge over the last 10 years. I'm interested in anything ranging from formal classes to conversation groups that might help me pick up where I left off. I'd also be interested in language exchange classes, ie I could help someone with their English if they could help me with my German.

We've looked at this topic in the past -- but that was vor langer Zeit. And things change.

So, got a suggestion for a good place for adults to take foreign language classes -- or just get conversational experience speaking another language? Please share!

Wild edibles foraging and wilderness skills classes with Sean Rowe

sean rowe tree to table mushroomAs you know, Sean Rowe is a singer/songwriter from Troy who's risen to fame over the last few years, touring around the world and performing on TV. He's also an accomplished naturalist -- and he's teaching a handful of foraging and outdoor skills classes over the few months. Blurbage:

Ok so forget Naked and Afraid. How about Naked and Comfortable? Sort of. How about just for fun, we go out on a day hike and leave our matches and lighter at home? How would you like to go out into the landscape, pull off a dead branch from a Cottonwood tree, take your knife or sharp rocks and carve out a bow and drill fire set with nothing but your bare hands? Then, make some rope from the wild Dogbane plants that live there to use in your fire kit. Sound cool? Let's do it!

The dates include:
+ A foraging and skills class at Kawing Crow Awareness Center in Greenfield Center on September 27.
+ A journalist naturalist class for kids at Kawing Crow on October 12.
+ A foraging and skills class at East Greenbush Town Park on October 18.
+ A natural history walk at Peebles Island on October 25.

photo via Sean Rowe FB

A whole bunch of gardening classes

garlic shoot spring garden

Soon.

The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and spring will be here soon. (Current status: So ready for spring.)

So now is a good time to be giving some thought to garden plans for the spring and summer -- whether it's just a few flowers, tomatoes in containers on the porch, or raised beds in the backyard. Toward that end there a whole bunch of garden classes / info sessions coming up around the area, on topics ranging from seed starting to composting to backyard chickens.

Here's a quick scan of upcoming classes...

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Write there and then

barbara slate you can do a graphic novel coverA couple of upcoming writing classes at the Arts Center of the Capital Region caught our eye:

Graphic novels
April 14-May 19, 6:30-8:30 pm - $188
Barbara Slate -- the author of many graphic novels and comics -- is teaching a class about how to write and draw a graphic novel. Blurbage: "Find a personal drawing style regardless of artistic ability, create memorable characters, develop a plot and subplots, and write compelling dialogue. Come receive the inspiration and know-how to get the stories you want to tell out of your head and onto paper by creating an original graphic novel."

Memoirama
April 16, 6:30-9:30 pm - $95
Marion Roach Smith returns to teach her very popular one-day class about writing memoirs. Blurbage: "A possible subtitle for this one-shot class could easily be Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Memoir, but that's a little wordy, isn't it? We'll talk about being too wordy, as well as every other aspect of writing what you know, in this unique, rarely-offered class. Multi-media, highly entertaining, this is the class you say you never have time to take in the 6-week, wait-listed version that is regularly offered. Highly informative, after this class students will be able to write memoir, whether it be a college essay, a blog, a letter home, an essay for public radio, an op-ed for the newspaper, or a book-length memoir." (Roach is also teaching the six-week version this spring.)

Good wine classes?

Thumbnail image for wine bottle top against tableLauren emails:

I'm looking for someone who is interested in teaching a small group (2-4) people about wine once a week for around a month. I have two small children and attending a wine class out in the world is difficult, so I'm hoping to find someone willing to come to my home and share their love and knowledge of wine. Perhaps a sommelier at a local restaurant or a wine shop employee would be willing to provide private classes, but any suggestions your readers can provide would be greatly appreciated.

The in-home part, especially for a small group, might be hard. But maybe someone has a suggestion about how to make that work -- or a class somewhere that's worth arranging for sitter. (Or maybe this is an opportunity for someone to launch Saturday afternoon parents wine club/play date.)

Got an idea for Lauren? Please share.

Where to go for singing lessons?

microphone closeupJoanna emails:

I'm looking to get my husband singing lessons for Christmas. I have no clue where to go though -- do you or your readers have any suggestions?

Got suggestion for Joanna (and her husband)? Please share!

photo: Flickr derekGavey (CC BY 2.0)

Places for art classes?

large script AAlison emails:

I'm looking for a pointed pen (modern) calligraphy class. There are a few in New York City I was looking at, but would love to stay closer to home, if possible. I have a pen, nibs, ink, etc. but would love to learn more from a professional. Just doodling in a notebook isn't getting me to where I want to be.

We're going to expand Alison's question to include other types of art classes, especially ones that might be a bit more specialized (like calligraphy). It's been more than five years since we last had an art class question, and things change, so it seemed like a good idea to open it up again.

Got a suggestion for art classes generally, and/or specifically for Alison's calligraphy class question? Please share!

Digital photography classes?

DSLR cross sectionKayla emails:

I'm looking to purchase beginner DSLR photography classes (or class) for someone as a gift. Saratoga area preferred, but can stretch a little farther to Albany or Glens Falls if needed. My Google searches aren't turning up much. Help?

If you have local class to suggest, great. Also, we've heard that sometimes there are local photography groups that get together to take photos -- which sounds like a good way to learn in an informal way. If you can suggest one of those groups, that could be helpful, too.

Got suggestions for Kayla? Please share!

photo: Wikipedia user Hanabi123 (cc)

Martial arts classes for adults?

karate classKristin emails:

I was wondering if any of your readers could offer suggestions for adult martial arts classes. I'm particularly looking for a good Tae Kwon Do school in the area, but am open to other martial art styles.
So far all of the schools I've looked in to start their adult classes at 12 or 13 years old and don't have many students over 16 or 17. I'm not opposed to training with children, I'd just like there to be some other adults in the class as well.

This is pretty straightforward. Got a suggestion for Kristin? Please share!

photo: Flickr user Kai Schreiber (Genista) (cc)

Where to take continuing education classes?

chalk on chalk board ledgeChris asks via Twitter:

"Do you [know] where would I find continuing education programs in Albany County?"

The first place that jumped to mind: the Albany school district, which offers a slate of continuing ed classes. Here's the current schedule of classes.

But we're certain there are other options out there. Have a suggestion for Chris? Please share!

Earlier on AOA:
+ A sampling of cooking classes, fall 2013
+ Where to take foreign language classes (2009)

photo: Flickr user Kyle McCluer (cc)

The Albany Art Room has a new spot

albany art room new scotland ave doorThe Albany Art Room -- the arts/crafts/class space once located on Madison Ave near Lark in Albany -- has a new spot. And it's opening soon. In fact, its list of new classes for adults is already posted.

The new Albany Art Room space is at 350 New Scotland Ave in the New Scotland neighborhood (just up from the strip that includes The Fountain). There's an opening party scheduled for October 26 from 2-8 pm.

It's been about two years since the Albany Art Room moved from its Madison Ave location. Part of what made the place fun: It was a space very much like what you might remember as the "arts and crafts" room of a school/camp/neighborhood center -- it was like being a kid again, but there were classes for adults.

The new slate of classes includes stuff for both adults (examples: landscape painting and digital photography) and kids (examples: cartoon character drawing and clay modeling).

photo: Albany Art Room

A sampling of cooking classes, fall 2013

kitchen tools in holderWe've pulled together a list of upcoming cooking classes that look interesting or fun a few times before and people seem to like it.

So, here's a new batch of classes for the next few months -- from hard cider, to cooking basics, to gourmet cheese, to food allergies, to desserts on fire, to finding your soulmate in the kitchen...

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Bartending classes?

Thumbnail image for pint of beerNate emails:

I'm looking for some information on any local bartending programs. I know there is at least one thats been around for years in the Clifton Park area. I've heard mixed reviews on the class and even if it's necessary..ie - many people just recommend just starting at a local bar as a barback shadowing someone and working your way up. I was hoping you or the readers could shed some light on this topic.

Suggestions? Ideas? A little bit of insight? Please share.

Flickr user mfajardo (cc)

Swim lessons for adults?

indoor pool bw flickr Thomas R StegelmannSays Jona on Twitter:

it's official, I need to learn how to swim #swim. ... I know how to swim to save my life, but not compete. thanks!

There are two types of answers for a "swimming lessons for adults" question:
+ Lessons for basic swimming.
+ Lessons for people who already know how to swim a bit, but want to get better/faster for exercise or so they can compete in events like triathlons. (Sounds like what Jona's looking for.)

Either type of lesson can be hard to find if you're an adult. (Swimming lessons often seem to be geared toward kids.)

So... have a suggestion on either account? Please share!

Swimming season will be here soon.

photo: Flickr user Thomas R. Stegelmann (cc)

A sampling of cooking classes, summer 2013

christian noe sausage class by albany jane

From Christian Noe's very popular class on homemade sausage. (photo: Albany Jane)

We all have to eat. So we've pulled together yet another list of upcoming local cooking classes that look interesting or fun.

Here's a batch of classes for the next few months -- from "off the hook" sandwiches, to chocolate, to eggs, to sauces, to sausage, to dairy at home, to exotic ice cream, to pasta, to grilling, to new Southern, to peaches...

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Picture book illustration class

boy who harnessed the wind coverCheck it out: talented local illustrator Liz Zunon is teaching an upcoming class at the Arts Center on illustrating picture books. Class description

Are you a lover of children's storybooks, with a desire to make your own? In this class, students will plot out a story of their choosing into a 32-page format, standard for picture books. They will walk away with a "book dummy" ready to keep and share on their own, or submit to publishers.

Zunon graduated from RISD in 2006 and has already illustrated a handful of published children's books. (And designed one of the giant Dutch clog sculptures for downtown Albany.) We love her style -- the images she creates are so warm and rich.

The Arts Center class is Mondays from 6-9 pm, June 10-July 15. It's $180 + $40 materials fee.

Yep, the Arts Center advertises on AOA.

A sampling of cooking classes, spring 2013

gio culinary studio homemade pastaWe've pulled together a list of upcoming cooking classes that look interesting or fun a few times and people seem to like it.

So, here's a new batch of classes for the next few months -- from risotto, to using the whole duck, to veggie burgers, to homemade pasta, to pastry, to canning...

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A sampling of cooking classes, fall 2012

christian noe sausage class - albany jane

Christian Noe's class on making sausage is back a the Arts Center this fall. / photo: Albany Jane

We've pulled together a list of upcoming cooking classes that look interesting or fun a few times and people seem to like it.

So, here's a new batch of classes for the next few months...

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Mac and cheese class

arts center mac and cheeseScanning through the fall slate of classes at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, a couple of the food classes caught our eye. And they're both taught by Christian Noe from Nighthawk's Kitchen:

Macaroni and Cheese: 3 ways: Master the ultimate, mouth-watering comfort food! In this class, students will build a master sauce, the foundation for a basic macaroni and cheese recipe. You'll then learn how you can use this foundation to create a nearly unlimited variety of macaroni and cheese recipes. By the end of the class, you will have created three completely macaroni and cheese recipes using the same basic guiding principles. ... Noe and was recently awarded the Times Union Mac n Cheese Bowl Championship for his recipe, Buffalo Macaroni and Blue Cheese.
The Art and Construction of Homemade Sausage: In this class, you'll review the techniques required for traditional sausage making. You'll then learn how to grind, season and case the meat into sausage. The group will use the same techniques to create a basic pork sausage and then more complex sausages, such as chorizo, andouille and bratwurst. The class will also discuss various ways to prepare sausage, from classic preparations to cold and hot smoking.

And, of course, the Arts Center has a bunch of other classes lined up this fall.

photo via the Arts Center

Taking a leap -- from a chair, onto a pole

Brazilia, practicing her moves.

By Danielle Sanzone

There are not many physical activities that require high heels. Pole dancing happens to be one of them. And it's offered bi-weekly at Lorraine Michaels Dance Centre in Albany.

Recently I gave it a try, as part of an exotic dance "sampler" workshop -- a tantalizing buffet that included chair, pole and exotic dance.

So, what was it like?

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