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Community Schools Classes
FALL 2018 CLASSES
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Basic Self Defense
Students will be exposed to self-defense techniques against pushes, punches, grabbing, hugging, choking, ground fighting, and various weapons attacks. The class format will be a short warm-up, followed by a review of previously taught skills. The more you know and practice these skills, the more proficient you will become at using them.

Master Michael Schroeder, 6th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, advanced belt in Korean Hap Ki Do, 41 years of martial arts experience.

Class meets: Mondays
(7 classes, no class Nov. 19)
Dates: October 8 to November 26
Time: 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Location: Dzantiki Heeni Middle School, Commons, 1600 Renninger St.
Class Fee: $42.00
Instructor: Michael Schroeder
Beginning Floral Arranging
Learn to arrange flowers for your home, for gifts, and even for special events. Once you learn the basics, the sky is the limit. Have fun in this hands-on class, creating your own works of art!

Ellen Lee has been working with and arranging flowers for about 7 years and is excited to share her tips with you!

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class fee and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest October 15th. (Class size is limited to 8 students.)

B.) Bring to class: Scissors
Class meets: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 9:00am to Noon
Location: Thunder Mountain H.S., 3101 Diamond Park Loop
Class Fee: $18.00
Supply fee: $30.00
Instructor: Ellen Lee
Floral Arranging
Cooking & Canning
Homemade Beverages for the Whole Family
Who needs store-bought soda or juice when you can easily make your own? In this class you will learn how to make kombucha, water and milk kefirs, ginger bugs, shrubs, and other non-alcoholic drinking delights!

Sarah Lewis is the Family and Community Development Agent for the Juneau District of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Sarah fishes, hunts, harvests and gardens just like most Juneauites, and loves to open home-canned jars of sauerkraut and applesauce in the middle of winter.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest October 20, 2018.

B.) Students to bring: An apron, if desired. Jars and containers: sizes and types will be announced a few days before the first class.
(Class size is limited to 20 students.)

Date: Saturdays, November 3, 10 and 17
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School, 1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $36.00
Ingredients & Supplies: $20.00
Instructors: Roblin Davis, Dave Noon, and Sarah Lewis
Pickling and Fermenting
Sauerkraut, kimchi, vinegars, and pickled or fermented vegetables - come learn the basics of lacto-fermentation and vinegar pickling for both homemade snacks and digestive health. This class is for all experience levels.

Sarah Lewis is the Family and Community Development Agent for the Juneau District of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Sarah fishes, hunts, harvests and gardens just like most Juneauites, and loves to open home-canned jars of sauerkraut and applesauce in the middle of winter.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest October 10, 2018.

B.) Student will need to purchase ahead of time and bring to the class: 12 - wide mouth, half pint jars and 2 quart jars. (Class size is limited to 12 students.)

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School, 1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $18.00
Ingredients & Supplies: $20.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Canning Soups & Sauces – Holiday Episode
On busy days, with no energy or time to do anything but open jars for dinner, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the jars were filled with home-cooked soup, stew, or pasta sauce? You could grab a family-favorite from jars in the pantry, add bread and a salad, and have homemade dinner in minutes. In this class you will learn to safely pressure can several soup and sauce recipes. This class is for all experience levels.

Sarah Lewis is the Family and Community Development Agent for the Juneau District of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Sarah fishes, hunts, harvests and gardens just like most Juneauites, and loves to open home-canned jars of sauerkraut and applesauce in the middle of winter.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest December 12, 2018. (Class size is limited to 12 students).

B.) Student will need to purchase ahead of time and bring to the class: 12 - wide mouth, half pint jars.

Date: Saturday, December 15
Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School, 1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $30.00
Ingredients & Supplies: $30.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Preserving Juneau’s Bounty
Berries and rosehips; salmon and halibut; venison and grouse; carrots, cabbage, potatoes and apples….there’s a bounty of food to grow and harvest and hunt in Southeast Alaska. But each has its season. Why not extend your favorite harvest season by learning to safely and simply preserve Juneau’s bounty. In this class you will learn to: make sauerkraut, pickles, infused vinegars, jams and jellies. We’ll also pressure can fish, meat and vegetables in jars, dehydrate fruit and vegetables, grind sausage and make jerky.

Sarah Lewis is the Family and Community Development Agent for the Juneau District of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Sarah fishes, hunts, harvests and gardens just like most Juneauites, and loves to open home-canned jars of sauerkraut and applesauce in the middle of winter.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest December 19, 2018. (Class size is limited to 12 students.)

B.) Student will be required to purchase 1-2 boxes of canning jars. (This is not included in the supply fee, more information upon registration.) Student may also bring a favorite cooking knife and a dish towel or two (though these will also be provided for those who choose not to).

Dates: Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26
Times: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School, 1639 Glacier Ave. – Room 114
Class Fee: $120.00
Supply Fee: $75.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Roller Derby
Introduction to Roller Derby **CANCELLED**
Juneau Roller Derby and Community Schools are teaming up again to offer you an excellent primer course covering everything a new skater needs to know to roll into a derby training program with confidence! No experience necessary – all you need is roller skates, protective gear, a can-do attitude and the desire to learn.

Introduction to roller derby sessions are a fusion of fun and fitness. Weekly classes provide a great workout that develops the non-contact skating skills required to begin training to safely and effectively play roller derby.

This is a great introduction to a variety of skating skills with the special training needs of newer skaters in mind, but classes are open to skaters of all ages and skill levels. Perfect for new league recruits, recreational skaters or anyone that wants to get a little taste of the roller derby experience before considering a long-term training commitment. Let’s have some fun skating together!

Required gear: Roller skates, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. Don’t own gear or aren’t sure what you need: Contact training@juneaurollergirls.com about borrowing gear or trying on some skates!

About the Trainers – Juneau Roller Derby are members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA.com). The league has been bringing its “delightfully competitive” roller derby experience to eager recruits and fans around the world since 2010! The Community Schools classes are coordinated by and run by the Juneau Roller Girls top skaters and fan favorites from the league. Whether the goal is “laughs” or “laps”, class participants will benefit from exposure to a diverse range of skating styles in a low pressure training environment that is proven to get game-changing results. Let the good times roll!

Class meets: Sundays (8 weeks)
Dates: October 7 to November 25 - CANCELLED
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $72.00
Instructors: Juneau Roller Derby
Hula Hoop and Hoop Dancing
Beginner Hula Hoop
This is a 75 minute beginner-level class that introduces the basics of hula hooping and hoop dance. Hooping is a fun way to get in some exercise, release stress, build self-efficacy as you learn new things and overcome challenges, and get in touch with your creative side! Participants will learn basic on-body tricks (e.g., waist hooping, turning), off-body tricks (e.g., turning the hoop on a hand, weaves, isolations, barrel rolls), transitions, and short sequences of several tricks combined. You will also learn concepts and tips that will help to learn how to “flow” from one trick to another and how to keep it fun instead of frustrating when you just can’t get that trick! Come learn how much fun a simple plastic circle can be! No experience necessary (or expected). Hoops can be purchased from instructor at the first class ($10 cash or check). Please feel free to contact me if you have any general questions or if you’re wondering which class you should sign up for. (Note: there is also an intermediate level class being offered).

Kate Diebels grew up in Juneau, studied psychology at Western Washington University and recently finished graduate school with a degree in social psychology. Kate started hooping in June 2015 and fell in love with it as a fun, stress-relieving activity that got her moving during a year that she was mostly sitting in front of a computer. Hooping provided her an opportunity to be creative as she learned to flow with her hoop and overcome challenges as she continually learned new tricks. She looks forward to introducing others to the world of hooping.
Class meets: Tuesdays (6 weeks)
Dates: October 23 to November 26
Time: 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Location: Glacier Valley Elem. Gym
3400 Tongass Blvd.
Class Fee: $45.00
Supply Fee: $10.00
Instructor: Kate Diebels
Intermediate Hula Hoop
This is a 75 minute intermediate-level hula hoop class for people that have taken the beginner class with me or otherwise have hoop dance experience. We will review what was covered in the beginner class, learn new tricks, and learn how to connect tricks together. A hoop smaller than what we used in beginner class is recommended. Hoops can be purchased from instructor at the first class ($10 cash or check). Please feel free to contact me if you have any general questions or if you’re wondering which class you should sign up for. (Note: there is also a beginner level class being offered).

Kate Diebels grew up in Juneau, studied psychology at Western Washington University and recently finished graduate school with a degree in social psychology. Kate started hooping in June 2015 and fell in love with it as a fun, stress-relieving activity that got her moving during a year that she was mostly sitting in front of a computer. Hooping provided her an opportunity to be creative as she learned to flow with her hoop and overcome challenges as she continually learned new tricks. She looks forward to introducing others to the world of hooping.
Class meets: Tuesdays (6 weeks)
Dates: October 23 to November 27
Time: 7:45pm to 9:00pm
Location: Glacier Valley Elem. Gym, 3400 Tongass Blvd.
Class Fee: $45.00
Materials: Hula hoop cost of $10.00 paid directly to Kate
Instructor: Kate Diebels
Fencing
Attack! Parry! Want to learn (Olympic/Collegiate-style) competitive fencing? If you’ve never fenced and want to learn, or fenced before and want to get back into it, here’s your chance. Beginners will cover basic footwork, attacks, and defense. More experienced fencers will improve basic skills, learn compound attacks, and work on strategy. Club equipment available (loaner gear) or students can purchase their own equipment with instructors help. Please wear sweat pants (no jeans) and gym shoes with good traction. For more information you can search for the “Juneau Fencers” group on Facebook, email: thekarlmarx@cs.com or call Karl at 209-8143.

Karl Marx has been practicing fencing since the early 1980’s. He has held National ratings in foil, epee and sabre, as well as coaching certifications in each weapon from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Karl has also practiced other forms of sword fighting such as SCA and Kendo.

Option #1
Class meets: Wednesdays
Dates: October 3 to November 28
(8 classes, no class on October 31)
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class fee: $48.00
Instructor: Karl Marx

Option #2
Class meets: Mondays
Dates: October 8 to November 26 (8 classes)
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Glacier Valley Elem. Gym
3400 Tongass Blvd.
Class fee: $72.00
Instructor: Karl Marx












Fencing
Pickleball for Beginners
Learn to play the fastest growing sport in America. Pickleball's rapid growth is due to its popularity with seniors who found a sport that puts less stress on their bodies and was easy to learn. Playing pickleball provides active movement without the joint punishment in sports like tennis, softball or running. It helps your hand-eye coordination, balance, foot and hand speed, and leg strength, and it’s fun!

This class is for those who haven't played or are still struggling with the basics. We will show you how to serve, return serves, dinks and volleys. We will also introduce you to scoring and the basic rules of the game.

The class is for adults, preferably over 50, but not exclusively.

Barney Norwick is 74 years old and a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine who discovered pickleball in Arizona and was hooked. He has felt the benefits of physical activity in his life and works to support others in finding ways of staying active and strong.

Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: October 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructor: Barney Norwick
Pickleball for the Adult - Non-Athlete
This is a beginning class for those with little athletic experience or who lack confidence in their coordination playing a sport.

The purpose of this class is to provide a fun activity for people unlikely to be attracted to a sport. The research heavily favors the importance of physical activity in enhancing the lives of seniors. This class will show the rules and basics of play. It will then show alternatives to fit your abilities. I will teach drills and practice methods that you can use with players of your ability. I will also explain how to purchase your own equipment and play in your driveway or a parking lot with friends.

While this class does not require athletic ability it does require good mobility. If you can't easily walk 2 miles or don't have the ability to make quick moves without injuring yourself, this class is not for you.

The class is for adults, preferably over 50, but not exclusively.

Barney Norwick is 74 years old and a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine who discovered pickleball in Arizona and was hooked. He has felt the benefits of physical activity in his life and works to support others in finding ways of staying active and strong.

Class meets: Saturdays, November 17, 24 and Dec. 8
Class meets: Sunday, Dec. 2
Class time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
(Class time is 1:30 to 2:30 regardless if meeting on Saturdays or Sunday)
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructor: Barney Norwick
Pickleball Drills and Skills
This class is for players who have been playing for a year or more. (Pickleball classification level 3.0) We will first work on improving your form and technique for strokes. We will then move into strategy: using lobs for both defense and offense, shadowing and court movement, the 3rd shot and kill shots versus defensive shots.

The class is for adults, preferably over 50, but not exclusively.

Barney Norwick is 74 years old and a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine who discovered pickleball in Arizona and was hooked. He has felt the benefits of physical activity in his life and works to support others in finding ways of staying active and strong.

Option #1

Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: October 20, 27 and November 3, 10
Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructor: Barney Norwick

Option #2

Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: November 17, 24 and December 8
Class meets Sunday, December 2
Class time is: 3:00pm to 4:00pm (Class time is
3-4pm regardless if Saturday or Sunday)
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructor: Barney Norwick
Improved Memory – New Findings in Brain Health
Many people take memory for granted until we can’t remember something. Yet, making small choices every day can have a big impact on improving memory. In this class we will discuss very basic structure and functions of the brain as well as what helps or hinders the formation of memories. Neuroplasticity allows the brain to develop new pathways, for example, thoughts and activities can modify the brain.

Learn:
• Why Alzheimers Disease is being called Type 3 Diabetes- and how a balanced blood sugar is key for healthy brain function
• How to avoid toxic substances and behaviors that harm the brain
• How memories consolidate during sleep
• Why physical exercise improves brain function
• Brain training games and skills to improve memory
• Healing Touch, tapping acupressure meridians with Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT), and stress management techniques to help clear and balance energy for health of body, mind, and spirit

Mary Szczepanski, MS, RN has been a nurse for many years in mental health, addiction treatment, education, and holistic nursing. Her private practice is called Healing Touch Alaska. She has recently published Energy Healing: Reflections on a Journey, a book describing theory and basic techniques, her experiences with energy healing, and chapters about ethics, trauma, distance healing, and life transformations. Her previous fiction books are A Path of Healing and Strands.

Class meets: Tuesdays
Dates: October 23, 30 and November 6, 13
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Floyd Dryden Middle School, 3800 Mendenhall Loop Rd.
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructor: Mary Szczepanski
Understanding Your Lab Results
Understand Your Lab Results **NEW DATE**
In this 2 hour class you will learn how to interpret your health fair results. Please bring them with you to class! You can bring results from previous years as well so you can learn how to assess progress or early signs of deterioration. There is a wealth of information — YOUR information — in these test results and you shouldn’t have to shell out big bucks to understand them.

Dr. Emily Kane has served patients in Juneau for over 25 years with sensible, nutrition-based health care advice. Her goal is to help her patients understand the wonderful human body and how to best help the immune system function optimally. She has published hundreds of articles on natural healthcare for the savvy health-seeker in various magazines, which can be found on her website along with many other health tips: www.DrEmilyKane.com

Meets: Saturday, November 17th
Time: 10:00am to Noon
Location: Riverbend Elementary Library, 2901 Riverside Drive
Class Fee: $12.00
Instructor: Dr. Emily Kane
Tai Chi
The Tai Chi is learned through a short form of only 5 moves and a longer form of 101 moves. It can be used for health or Martial Arts.

The focus of practice shows you how to feel your own energy balance, so it can be adjusted as you practice; so that mistakes are not repeated when practicing alone.

The Martial Tai Chi taught, can be used sooner than most classically taught Tai Chi and it strengthens movements used for other physical activities.

Classical moves and energy formation are learned, that are compatible with many different styles and schools of Martial Arts.

This approach uses the entire body in a wave-like motion, as animals do; so the force is more than the muscles in the arm or leg. This will enable you to move with the force of your entire weight and whole body power.

Greg Hayes is a Master of Qigong, Tai Chi, Shaolin and Xingyi. Master Hayes has trained in Qigong and Internal Martial Arts since 1971, and started teaching at the Free University in Berkeley 1972-73. Sifu Hayes has taught at: the Yoga Den in Juneau (now Rainforest Yoga), from 1991-1998; Juneau Public School's Community Schools, from 1991-2005 private lessons in Juneau, since 1995.

Master Hayes studied Qigong, Tai Chi, Chi Sao and Shaolin Buddhist meditation a Northern Shaolin based style, from Grandmaster Joseph Greenstein, called the Wide Circle of Kung Fu. Grandmaster Joseph Greenstein was also known as the Mighty Atom, and had many strength records documented in Ripley's Believe it or Not five times and in the 1976 Guinness Book of World Records.

Sifu Greg Hayes trained under Grandmaster Wong Jack Man of San Francisco Jing Mo; in the San Francisco / Bay Area of California, studying Tai Chi, Shaolin, Xingyi and other Internal Martial Arts. The recent film Birth of a Dragon, is about Grandmaster Wong Jack Man beating Bruce Lee in a match.

Qigong Master Greg Hayes was featured to thousands of listeners on Qigong Masters blog radio by host Lama Tantrapa, in 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/qigongmasters/2011/05/03/interview-with-greg-hayes

Greg has written a book on Qigong, Tai Chi and Xingyi called Axe Hand; Hsing i & Internal Strength Workout. This book is available on Amazon but is not required for this class.

Class meets: Thursdays
Dates: October 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8, 15
(6 classes)
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Building, 1415 Glacier Ave., (in the commons)
Class Fee: $36.00
Instructor: Greg Hayes
Qigong: Internal Energy Workout
The Qigong is good for health, balance, arthritis, and Martial Arts. It teaches a more effective way of moving for all sports and physical activities. Some of the Qigong is Tai Chi based, some is Xingyi. The Xingyi energy theory is based on the Acupuncture Five Element theory, with exercises based on the different elements for strengthening different internal organ systems. The Xingyi energy theory is based on the Acupuncture Five Element theory, with exercises for strengthening different internal organ systems.

The Traditional Qigong taught are centuries old such as Embrace the Moon of Tai Chi (Zhan Zuan aka Standing Pole of Shaolin) and the Unbendable Arm of Aikido. The Qigong teaches how to feel Qi, through sensing-seeing with your gut (Lower Dan Tien), hands, feet etc. Many objective tests and drills are used for helping with self-correction, and having moving meditation. Qigong is stationary and moving. The Northern Shaolin Buddhist meditation based Qigong, is more than just 'visualizing'. Students will learn to feel Qi, through sensing-seeing with their gut (Lower Dan Tien), hands, feet etc.

Greg Hayes is a Master of Qigong, Tai Chi, Shaolin and Xingyi. Master Hayes has trained in Qigong and Internal Martial Arts since 1971, and started teaching at the Free University in Berkeley 1972-73. Sifu Hayes has taught at: the Yoga Den in Juneau (now Rainforest Yoga), from 1991-1998; Juneau Public School's Community Schools, from 1991-2005 private lessons in Juneau, since 1995.

Master Hayes studied Qigong, Tai Chi, Chi Sao and Shaolin Buddhist meditation a Northern Shaolin based style, from Grandmaster Joseph Greenstein, called the Wide Circle of Kung Fu. Grandmaster Joseph Greenstein was also known as the Mighty Atom, and had many strength records documented in Ripley's Believe it or Not five times and in the 1976 Guinness Book of World Records.

Sifu Greg Hayes trained under Grandmaster Wong Jack Man of San Francisco Jing Mo; in the San Francisco / Bay Area of California, studying Tai Chi, Shaolin, Xingyi and other Internal Martial Arts. The recent film Birth of a Dragon, is about Grandmaster Wong Jack Man beating Bruce Lee in a match.

Qigong Master Greg Hayes was featured to thousands of listeners on Qigong Masters blog radio by host Lama Tantrapa ,in 2011: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/qigongmasters/2011/05/03/interview-with-greg-hayes

Greg has written a book on Qigong, Tai Chi and Xingyi called Axe Hand; Hsing i & Internal Strength Workout. This book is available on Amazon but is not required for this class.

Meets: Wednesdays
Dates: October 10, 17, 24 and November 7, 14, 21
(6 classes, no class Oct. 31)
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Building, 1415 Glacier Ave. (in the commons)
Class Fee: $36.00
Instructor: Greg Hayes
Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold. This class is perfect for older adults, large bodied and less active people who are looking for a modified Zumba dance class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. It’ll make Saturday the best day of the week!

Scott McAdams has been a certified Zumba instructor for two years. Scott brings his enthusiasm and excellent teaching skills to the dance floor. Scott currently works for the Alaska Dept. of Education and has several years of teaching to his credit to make this a class that is super fun!

Class meets: Saturday mornings from 8:30am to 9:30am
Dates: October 6 to November 24 (8 classes)
Location: Harborview Elementary Gym, 1255 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructor: Scott McAdams