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Community Schools Classes
Winter-Spring 2019 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 on: Mondays
(8 classes)
Dates: February 11 to April 1
Time: 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Location: Dzantiki Heeni Middle School, Commons, 1600 Renninger St.
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructor: Michael Schroeder

Introduction to Glass Fusing
Looking to add a little sparkle and shine to your life? Join us for an Introduction to Fused Glass and leave with three projects (two suncatchers and a 5"x7" picture frame). This class will be an introductory level class - no prior experience needed - that will teach you a little of the theory behind 'warm glass work'. We'll learn to cut glass, how to build a "full fuse" and a "tack fuse" piece and how to finish the pieces for display. All materials are included in the cost of the supply fee collected and your finished pieces will be available to pick up one week from the end of class. NOTE: Class size is limited to 8 students. The class fee and supply fee must be paid at least one week before the class date. You can register on line, then call Suzanne at 523-1761 to pay the total of $49.00.

Kris Reed is a third generation glass artist and has been working with fused glass for over five years. After many frustrating attempts to learn the art of stained glass, Kris set aside glass cutters and began working in fabrics which were more forgiving of 'sloppy cutting' but still allowed her to play with color and texture. It wasn't until a friend invited her to a fused glass class, that Kris finally found the perfect outlet for her love of glass. Working in fused glass let her move beyond impatience with the technical aspects of stained glass to pure enjoyment in the more fluid, forgiving and ever-changing landscape of "warm glass work". What started as a hobby has grown into a budding business and Kris (who has always been attracted to bright, shiny objects) became the Magpie half of "Magpie & Squid" fused glass.


Option #1
Saturday, March 23
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Thunder Mountain High School
Class Fee: $24.00
Supply Fee: $25.00
(Pre-registration is required and
payment is due by March 16)
























Option #2
Saturday, April 13
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Thunder Mountain High School
Class Fee: $24.00
Supply Fee: $25.00
(Pre-registration is required and
payment is due by April 6)
Glass Fusing
Canning
Canning & Cooking with Canned Salmon
Do you want to know how to pressure can your wild harvest? Do you have frozen salmon from a past season and you'd like to extend it's edible life? Have you canned salmon and aren't sure what to do with it now? Have you received generous gifts of canned salmon and want to know whether it's safe or how to cook it up? This is the class for you!

In this hands-on, kitchen-based class you will learn how to can salmon (and other low acid foods that require pressure canning for safety) and make several tasty recipes with canned salmon. For all experience levels. Bring: two wide-mouth, half-pint jars with 2-part lids and a few containers for leftovers.

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 by April 12th. (Class size is limited to 12 students).

B.) Student will bring: two wide-mouth, half-pint jars with 2-part lids and a few containers for leftovers..

Date: Saturday, April 20
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
Canning Pantry Staples
Home canning of stock, broth, beans, and other staples can save you money. Having them ready-to-go on your pantry shelves can save you time. Come learn how to easily and safely pressure can and boiling water bath can some of the most used pantry items. 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 March 13.

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

Date: Sunday, March 24
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
Starting a Cottage Foods Business
Learn the basics of starting a home-based, “cottage foods” business in Alaska. Includes an introduction to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) cottage foods regulations and information about the “non-potentially-hazardous” food preservation methods allowed by the cottage foods permit exemption: drying, boiling water bath canning, and fermenting.

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 fee must be received as soon as possible and at the latest April 10.
(Class size is limited to 30 students.)

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: Juneau-Douglas High School
1639 Glacier Ave. - Room 114
Class Fee: $6.00
Instructor: Sarah Lewis
Roller Derby
Introduction to Roller Derby
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 on: Sundays (7 weeks)
Dates: February 10 to March 24
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $42.00
Instructors: Juneau Roller Derby
Hula Hoop and Hoop Dancing
Hoop Dance for Fun and Fitness
This is a 75 minute hula hoop class for both complete beginners and for people that have taken the beginner class with me or otherwise have hoop dance experience. 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!

Beginners (no experience necessary) 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 you learn how to “flow” from one trick to another. For hoopers that have taken the class with me already, I will still teach new tricks, but the focus will be on discovering transitions between tricks, building combos and sequences, and letting loose with some free flow.

Hoops can be purchased from instructor at the first class ($10 cash or check). For previous hoopers: A hoop smaller than what we used in beginner class is recommended. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Kjdiebels@gmail.com


Kate Diebels grew up in Juneau and recently moved back. 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 on: Tuesdays
(6 weeks)
Dates: February 12 to March 19
Time: 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Location: Riverbend Elementary Gym
2901 Riverside Drive
Class Fee: $45.00
Supply Fee: $10.00
Instructor: Kate Diebels
Fly Casting
Fly Casting 101
Fly casting is both beautiful and enjoyable. This two day workshop is about an art that must be mastered to fully enjoy fly fishing. Good casting is not at all intuitive. Unfortunately "self learning" often leads to developing incorrect techniques that can take years to unlearn. Although this workshop is designed for beginning casters, it is open to anyone wishing to work out casting problems and/or learn good techniques to improve their casting.

We will cast indoors for two nights and a total of four hours. Bring your own fly rod so you can learn to cast the fly rod you will be using to fish. This is not required. I will bring a modern graphite rod to share.

Free membership for Raincountry Flyfishers meetings for 2019 will be included in the price of this workshop!

Tony Soltys has fished Juneau's road side waters since 1977 and extensively down south (New England and Florida) and abroad (Christmas Island, Canada and Mexico). He has been President of the Raincountry Flyfishers for over twenty years. His yearly workshops since 1993 have been very well received by a wide range of people including youngsters (accompanied by an adult if under 12). He has introduced many to the wonderful sport of fly fishing.

Option #1 – Monday and Wednesday: February 4 and 6
Times: 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Class Fee: $24.00
Supply Fee: $5.00

Option #2 – Monday and Wednesday: April 1 and 3
Time: 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Class Fee: $24.00
Supply Fee: $5.00

Both sign up options will take place at:
Floyd Dryden Middle School - GYM
3800 Mendenhall Loop Rd.
Instructor: Tony Soltys
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing 101
Many fly fishers prefer company for safety and to share experiences. It is indeed most enjoyable when shared with others. This course will teach you what you need to know to start on your own, improve your present knowledge, or fish with more experienced fly fishers without being a drag.

Juneau is an absolutely wonderful place to fly fish even if you have never fished before. Our scenic waters are full of char, salmon and trout that anglers "down-south" can only dream about.

In two meetings, I will cover the essential information to get you started fly fishing road side waters in Juneau. We will cover knots, leaders, fly lines, backing, rods and reels-what to use and how to save money and frustration. I will offer unbiased recommendations on your equipment to help you avoid needless cost and frustration and will evaluate presently owned fly rods, reels, and lines on request. Where and when to fish roadside waters, techniques that work, flies to use and fly fishing customs and ethics will be covered. During the workshops, you will have the opportunity to tie and keep a fly I prefer for roadside waters.

(March 4 and 6, Monday and Wednesday) we will tie my favorite fly for Silver Salmon.
This session will emphasize specifics related to catching Silver Salmon.

Best to pick the session you are most interested in. Two sessions can be selected also but that requires signing up and paying for two separate sessions.

You will probably find that catching a salmon or trout on your own fly will give you special satisfaction. By tying the fly yourself, you will know how to customize it to make it more effective for specific situations.

This workshop is most appropriate for anyone considering fly-fishing for the first time but experienced fly fishers seeking local knowledge are also cordially invited. Feel free to call the instructor (789-9159) for additional information if needed.

Dates: March 4 and 6 (Monday and Wednesday)
Time: 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Class Fee: $24.00
Supply Fee: $5.00

Location: Thunder Mountain High School, Library
3101 Diamond Park Loop.
Instructor: Tony Soltys
(See Fly Casting for instructor info.)
Pickleball for Beginners
Learn to play the fastest growing sport in America. Pickleball is a fun paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and can be enjoyed by all ages and physical abilities. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, social, and fun but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

This class is for those new to the game or who would like to refresh their knowledge of the basics. We will introduce you to the game’s fundamentals: including ball-striking, court positioning and movement, the rules of the game, and scoring, with a focus on playing doubles.

Keith Murry is an intermediate pickleball player who is enthusiastic about the game and enjoys introducing it to others.

Thursdays Session #1
Class meets: Thursdays
Dates: February 14, 21, 28
Time: 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $18.00
Instructor: Keith Murry

Thursdays Session #2
Class meets: Thursdays
Dates: March 14, 21, 28
Time: 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $18.00
Instructor: Keith Murry

Saturdays Session #1
Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: February 16, 23 and March 2
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $18.00
Instructor: Keith Murry

Saturdays Session #2
Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: March 9, 16, and 23
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym
1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $18.00
Instructor: Keith Murry
Pickleball Drills and Skills
This class is for players who are comfortable with the basics of play and want to improve their skills. We will work on form and technique for dinks, ground strokes, and volleys; serve and return strategy and accuracy; the third shot; hitting and returning lobs; and court movement and teamwork.

Keith Murry is an intermediate pickleball player who is enthusiastic about the game and enjoys introducing it to others.

Saturday, Session #1
Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: February 16, 23 and March 2
Time: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $18.00
Instructor: Keith Murry

Saturday, Session #2
Class meets: Saturdays
Dates: March 9, 16, and 23
Class time is: 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $18.00
Instructor: Keith Murry
Fencing
Fencing
Attack! Parry! Want to learn (Olympic/Collegiate-style) competitive fencing? This class is primarily for school aged fencers. There are other options for older fencers; contact Karl directly. 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.

Class meets: Wednesdays
Dates: February 13 to April 10
(8 classes, no class on March 20th)
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Marie Drake Gym, 1415 Glacier Ave.
Class fee: $48.00
Instructor: Karl Marx
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 Alzheimer’s 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 published Three books related to Energy Healing: Energy Healing: Reflections on a Journey, a book describing theory and basic techniques, her experiences with energy healing: two fiction books: A Path of Healing and Strands.

Class meets: Tuesdays
Dates: February 19, 26 and March 5, 12
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Floyd Dryden Middle School
3800 Mendenhall Loop Rd., Room 102
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructor: Mary Szczepanski RN, MS,Certified Holistic Nurse & Certified Healing Touch Practitioner
and Instructor
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 Wednesday the best day of the week!

Scott McAdams has been a certified Zumba instructor for four years. Scott brings his enthusiasm and excellent teaching skills to the dance floor. Scott returns for his fourth session with Community Schools.
Come on out and have some fun!

Class meets: Wednesdays
Class time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dates: February 13 to April 3
(8 classes)
Location: Harborview Elementary Gym, 1255 Glacier Ave.
Class Fee: $48.00
Instructor: Scott McAdams
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. Instruction will be in two parts; in group and focused private session tailored to the individual while others in the group will practice any of the material in the class. Class participation will consist of warm-up and maintenance stretches, Qigong and Tai Chi and conform to the internals of Qigong and Tai Chi.

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: February 21 to March 28
(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.

Class meets on: Wednesdays
Dates: February 20 to March 27
(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