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Introduction to Growing Indoors
The growing season in Southeast Alaska is short and sweet. Learn how to grow plants indoors to extend your season or harvest produce year-round. Discussion includes soil (organic) and soil-less mediums with an emphasis on various hydroponic growing methods.

Eli Wray is a lifelong Juneauite, who developed his love of working with plants through his decade of employment with Glacier Gardens Yard Doctor. Having hands on experience in a commercial nursery led him to discovering his true passion of farming. In 2013 he became Co-Owner of Panhandle Produce, a business offering high-quality locally grown produce for the community. As a local foods advocate he aims to share his knowledge and experience using various growing mediums that can be adapted to our unique climate conditions.

Dates: November 1 & 8
Class meets: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Location: Thunder Mountain High School
3101 Dimond Park Loop – Library
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructor: Eli Wray
Beginning Knitting
If you have always wanted to knit but never had the time to learn, now is the time. Do you look at patterns and wish you could read it and make it? Have you picked out yarn but not sure what to make with it? Do you like free patterns? If you said yes to any of these questions, then this is the class for you!

I love to knit!!!.....says instructor Sherry Anderson. She has been knitting off and on since she was 12 years old. The past 8 years she has dipped her toe into spinning and hand dyeing yarn and loves that as well. Hope to see you all in the knitting class!

Dates: November 6, 13 & 20
Class meets: Mondays
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: Dzantiki Heeni Middle School - Library
1600 Renninger St.
Class Fee: $27.00
Instructor: Sherry Anderson
Learn basic principles and techniques for Healing Touch, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and meditation. These techniques can be used to help yourself or others to improve health of body, mind and spirit, often resulting in decrease stress, anxiety, and pain. Energy healing generally induces a state of relaxation and leads to increased immunity and resilience, and overall balance. Improved functioning can lead to physical health, mental clarity, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual connection. We will also practice distance healing, discuss energy healing applications to trauma, life transitions, and personal transformation.

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.

Energy Healing
Learn basic principles and techniques for Healing Touch, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and meditation. These techniques can be used to help yourself or others to improve health of body, mind and spirit, often resulting in decrease stress, anxiety, and pain. Energy healing generally induces a state of relaxation and leads to increased immunity and resilience, and overall balance. Improved functioning can lead to physical health, mental clarity, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual connection. We will also practice distance healing, discuss energy healing applications to trauma, life transitions, and personal transformation.

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.

Dates: October 12, 19, 26 & November 2
Class meets: Thursdays
Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Location: Thunder Mountain High School
3101 Dimond Park Loop – Library
Class Fee: $48.00
Class materials: Book by Mary Szczepanski:
Energy Healing: Reflections on a Journey
(Can be ordered online or purchased
directly from Mary)
Instructor: Mary Szczepanski
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.
This is for adults, preferrably over 50, but not exclusively.

Barney Norwick is 73 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. Staying physical and mentally active is a critical component in aging successfully.

Session #1
Dates: October 14 to November 4
Class meets: Saturdays (4 classes)
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructors: Barney Norwick

Session #2
Dates: November 11 to December 9
Class meets: Saturdays
(4 classes, no class on Dec. 2)
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructors: Barney Norwick
Pickleball II
Pickleball II

This is the next step for those have been learning pickleball this summer or for those who have played elsewhere with 2.5 level players or below. If you are a 3.0 or better player & would like to assist the instructor, please contact me.

Our goals in this class are to make corrections to your stroke form and improve accuracy. Control will be the key emphasis in these sessions. We will also put effort in improving your soft game.

Barney Norwick is 73 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. Staying physical and mentally active is a critical component in aging successfully.

Session #1
Dates: October 14 to November 4
Class meets: Saturdays (4 classes)
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructors: Barney Norwick

Session #2
Dates: November 11 to December 9
Class meets: Saturdays
(4 classes, no class on Dec. 2)
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $24.00
Instructors: Barney Norwick
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. Students must be 12 years or older. 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- Dates: October 16 to December 4
Class meets: Mondays
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Class Fee: $72.00

Option #2 – Dates: October 18 to December 6
Class meets: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Class Fee: $72.00

Location: Glacier Valley Elementary Gym
3400 Tongass Blvd.
Instructor: Karl Marx
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 18, 2017. (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: January 6, 13, 20, 27
Class meets: Saturdays
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School
1639 Glacier Ave. – Room 114
Class Fee: $96.00
Supply Fee: $75.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Pickling and Fermenting New date added: Dec. 17
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.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest December 13, 2017.

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: Sunday, December 17 –new offering
Time: 9:00am to Noon
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School
1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $18.00
Ingredients & Supplies: $20.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis

(Date: Saturday, December 16 – this class is full, no
new registrations can be taken)
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
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.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest November 8, 2017.

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

Date: Saturday, November 11
Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School
1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $30.00
Ingredients & Supplies: $20.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold. This class is perfect for older adults, large bodied and less active people who are looking for a modified Zumba 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’s a great way to start your Saturday morning!

Scott McAdams has been a certified Zumba instructor for one year. 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!

Dates: October 21 to December 9
Class meets: Saturdays
Time: 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: Harborview Elementary Gym
1255 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructor: Scott McAdams
Basic Street 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.

Dates: October 12 to December 21
Class meets: Thursdays (No class on Oct. 19)
Time: 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Location: Dzantiki Heeni Middle School - Commons
1600 Renninger Street
Class Fee: $60.00
Instructor: Michael Schroeder
The Naturally Clean Home New date: Sunday, November 12
A few harsh chemical cleaners have a place in every home, but most everyday cleaning and even deep cleaning can be done using simpler ingredients. You probably have most of these ingredients in your home already! In this class you will learn to make simple, effective cleaners and room fresheners with ingredients you can be comfortable having in your home.

NOTE:
A.) PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Registration, class and supply fees must be received as soon as possible and at the latest November 8, 2017.

B.) Student will need to purchase ahead of time and bring to the class: 5 - 32 oz. spray bottles and 1 pint jar or lidded container.
(Class size is limited to 12 students.)

Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: 10:00am to Noon
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School
1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $12.00
Ingredients & Supplies: $15.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Introduction to Tai Chi for Health
This class is an introduction to Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to help reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. The program helps increase balance and flexibility while improving overall health. Tai Chi is fun, safe and suitable for anyone and every fitness level. Students can sign up for 6 classes and the last class will be on Nov. 16. For those that would like to extend their Tai Chi practice, there will be 3 more classes with additional movements in December.

Shelly Klawonn has been practicing her Tai Chi for 11 years and teaching Tai Chi for the last four years. Shelly has seen very noticeable differences in her own arthritis because of her dedication to Tai Chi. Shelly would like to extend the invitation to join her class for anyone suffering from the symptoms of arthritis as well as to those non-arthritic persons interested in improving their sense of balance, flexibility and improving their overall health.

Option #1
Dates: October 12, 26 & November 2, 9, 16, 30
(6 class sessions, no class Oct. 19 & Thanksgiving)
Class Fee: $36.00
Class meets: Thursdays
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Option #2
Students taking additional classes:
December 7, 14, 21
(9 class sessions)
Class Fee: $54.00

Location: Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School
1600 Renninger St. - Commons
Instructor: Shelly Klawonn
Junior Roller Derby
Juneau’s junior roller derby team – Attitude 58 – is recruiting new league members for its training program! This course is open to youth ages 10-18; older high school students are encouraged to contact the instructor about the special opportunities for young adults in the program.
The goal of this course is to help young roller derby athletes develop the competencies needed to safely and effectively play the sport. These sessions will provide an overview of the rules, skills and strategies of the game with an emphasis on teamwork, communication and safety.

Learn how roller derby is played and get hands-on coaching from trainers from the Juneau Rollergirls All-Stars. No experience necessary! Enrollment in the Introduction to Roller Skating 101 class is strongly recommended for new skaters participating in this course, however Juniors of all levels are welcome to dual enroll in both of these skill- and confidence-building courses to get the maximum benefit from the training program.

Required gear: Roller skates, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard.
There is a limited supply of skates and protective equipment that new skaters may try on or make arrangements to borrow for the duration of the course. Please contact the instructor for more information about sizes and availability.

Option #1
Dates: October 15 to December 3
(8 classes)
Class meets: Sundays
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Class Fee: $72.00

Option #2
Dates: November 8, 15, 22, 29
Class meets: Wednesdays
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Class Fee: $36.00

Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Instructors: Julie Sanbei and Juneau Rollergirls
(see “About the trainers” under Roller Skating 101.)
Roller Skating 101 (Roller Derby Primer Course)
Juneau Rollergirls 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.

The Roller Skating 101 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 Rollergirls are a member 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 Coach “Just Julie” Sanbei with hands-on assistance from a variety of the 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!

Dates: October 15 to December 3
Class meets: Sundays (8 classes)
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructors: Julie Sanbei and Juneau Rollergirls