BROCTON - Brocton Central School announces its upcoming Adult Education Programs. Pre-registration is necessary for all classes, and insures that the classes will be held. The schedule is as follows:
Christmas Cookie Bake: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Home Economics room. It's time to get cooking. Each person brings his or her favorite cookie recipe and goes home with dozens of new favorites. Participants should bring containers to put their cookies in. The cost is $5, as well as the cost of supplies. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 244-3122.
Piano Lessons: Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. Zachary Delcamp, former graduate of BCS, will lead this class. Zac is a sophomore music education major at SUNY Fredonia with eight years of piano experience. Email email@example.com or call/text 244-3122 to sign up and schedule a preferred time. Cost is $10 for a half hour lesson.
Co-Ed Basketball: Mondays beginning Jan. 7, 2013, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the elementary gym. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 244-3122 for information. The cost for this 10 week session is $35.
Co-Ed Power Volleyball: Thursdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Email email@example.com or call/text 244-3122 for information.
Supervised Weight Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will build muscle mass, improve their overall strength and boost their metabolisms. This is a great way to be prepared for the new fitness center, opening in September 2013. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 244-3122 for information. Cost is $60 for a 10-week session. Fee may be reduced upon increased enrollment.
Microsoft Office Suite: Wednesdays. Basic Microsoft Word will be held Jan. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students will explore the use of word processing, editing tools, font sizes, colors and styles. The cost is $10. Basic PowerPoint will be held Jan. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. This course will show students how to organize information into a slide show including pictures, tables, lists, and sounds. This is a great way to display visually pleasing presentations. The cost is $10. Basic Microsoft Excel will be held Jan. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. Excel is a versatile spreadsheet program that can perform routine mathematical functions, organizational lists, and colorful graphs. The cost is $15. Email email@example.com or call/text 244-3122 for information.
Ghost Hunting 101: Thursdays. For this class, there are three dates to choose from. Students can attend Feb. 14, March 14, or April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will ponder the question, what are those bumps in the night? This class is being offered by Ashley Neumeister. Students will learn how to identify paranormal activity, debunk photos and video, and use ghost hunting equipment. This information is presented by real, local paranormal investigators from their local case files. The cost is $20.
"Cool things to do with your iPad, iPhone and iPod" - Distance Learning: Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. This instruction will be a broadcast from Silver Creek BOCES DL to Brocton, Cassadaga Valley, and Westfield. Students should bring their devices to learn how to use them efficiently, and how to download useful, less expensive and fun applications. The instructor is Jean McGowan. For information and registration, call 338-1005 or email at ContinuingEducation@mail.sunyjcc.edu. The cost is $15.
Scrapbooking: For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 244-3122.
Researching Your Family History: Thursdays, Feb. 28 through March 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This class is being offered by Susan Dietzen. This class is for people who would like to know where their families originally came from, who their great-great grandparents were, and where they lived. This program will help participants get started, give them websites to use and show them how to search and find answers about their ancestors. The cost is $25. Email email@example.com or call/text 244-3122 for information.
Walking for Wellness. Walking for Wellness is a free ongoing program for community members to walk in the Brocton School building Monday through Friday when school is in session from 5 to 7 p.m. Walkers should use the Elementary entrance. Route maps have changed due to construction and are just inside the lobby.
Fenton Historical Center - Distance Learning.
All classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. These are broadcasts from Cassadaga BOCES DL to Brocton, Silver Creek, and Westfield. Participants choose the place. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 244-3122 if interested. The cost for this 6 week program is $35 per person.
April 11, Session 1: Building a Foundation. Why Study History? This class is an introduction to public history and types of historical sources. There will also be an introduction to regional prehistory. The guest presenter is Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua Institution archivist.
April 18, Session 2: Who was the Real First Settler? Amos Sottle? Artifacts from the North County will be discussed. The guest presenter is Vince Martonis, Hanover Town historian.
April 25, Session 3: Earliest Years of White Settlement, circa 1800-1825. The Holland Land Company will be discussed, along with the formation and early years of Chautauqua County government. The guest presenter is Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County historian.
May 2, Session 4: War of 1812 (Bicentennial Year). There will be a short video of the War of 1812 in Chautauqua County, along with a discussion of the impact of the War of 1812 in Chautauqua County. The guest presenter is Steve Johnson, War of 1812 re-enactor.
May 9, Session 5: Early Commerce. Participants will learn how water boats routes influenced settlement, keel boats and store rafting lumber to market in the south county sawmills and gristmills. The guest presenter is Norman Carlson, collections manager at the Fenton History Center.
May 16, Session 6: Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County. The guest presenter is Wendy Straight, archivist from the Fredonia Baptist Church.
More information on the Adult Education Programs at Brocton Central School can be found on the school's website www.broctoncsd.org.