Items tagged with 'classes'

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...

(there's more)

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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