About Adult Enrichment
Fitness & Dance
One great thing about yoga is that it can be adapted to suit anyone’s needs. Chair yoga is especially beneficial for beginners, senior citizens, people with injuries, or those looking to learn how to apply yoga techniques at the office. As we practice chair yoga, our bodies relax and our minds quiet. During our time together, we will increase our self-awareness and revitalize our lives. Yoga has been proven to improve strength and flexibility as well as reduce stress and manage pain. The chair yoga postures taught in this class can be integrated throughout the day. Please note: Have a comfortable moveable chair and a belt or strap ready for each class.
Native New England Shrubs
Shrubs are a key part of our New England landscapes. Take a close look at 10–12 common native New England shrubs such as the high bush blueberry and spicebush, and as well as a few non-native invasive shrubs. The class will focus on plant identification as well as fun and interesting natural history. We’ll see a plant that can be used to make a lemonade-like drink packed with vitamin C, a plant that can be used to produce soap, and a plant that the Chippewa used to produce a remedy for craziness. Please note: Students will be asked to adhere to public health guidelines. Meeting location will be included in the Registration Confirmation email. All walks meet rain or shine. Children ages 10+ are welcome to register if accompanied by a registered adult.
Fitness & Dance
Essentrics is a dynamic, full-body workout that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body, creating greater joint mobility and flexibility. The technique develops lean, strong muscles with immediate changes to your posture. This program rebalances the body, prevents and treats injuries, and unlocks tight joints. The Essentrics workout draws on the flowing movements of tai chi and ballet to create a balanced, flexible, and pain-free body. This course moves at a moderate tempo, and cues will be given to help you adjust your workout to be more gentle or more challenging, depending on your personal fitness level and goals. Please note: Please have a yoga mat, chair, bath-size towel, and water on hand for class.
Portrait Photography Workshops
Fine Arts & Crafts
You don’t have to be a professional to upgrade your photography skills from taking snapshots of yourself and loved ones to more thought-out portraits that capture personality. Get effective tips on taking and editing more striking photographs when you take one or both classes. Taking the Portrait Using whatever kind of camera you have (mobile devices included), gain essential tips to taking great portraits of individuals or small groups. Topics will include lighting patterns, composition strategies, posing tips, and suggested camera settings. We will draw examples from historical and contemporary portrait photographers. This workshop is a good fit for both students looking to jump into taking portraits for the first time and students who want to upgrade their skills. Wednesday, July 7 | 7:00-9:00 pm | $29 Editing the Portrait Adobe Lightroom offers a powerful suite of tools for editing portraits. In this approachable workshop we will take a portrait from “right out of the camera” to “ready for the limelight.” Starting with basic edits and ramping up to more advanced tools, you will learn a workflow for editing your own images. Topics will include exposure, contrast, color balance and skin tone, masking, and basic retouching. Bring your own portrait or work with one provided. This workshop is appropriate for fairly new Lightroom users or students who want to improve their existing skills. We will focus on the desktop program Adobe Lightroom Classic but you can use the mobile app and the free desktop program that doesn’t have “Classic” in the name, or just watch and learn. Wednesday, July 14 | 7:00-9:00 pm | $29 Take both & save | $50
A Taste of the Mediterranean
Food & Drink
Enjoy your Saturday night in true Mediterranean fashion by sharing a light, healthy meal with friends/family, slowing down, and savoring each bite. Influenced by the habits of those living in countries around the Mediterranean Sea, this way of eating is focused on enjoying whole foods with lots of vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and olive oil. Our heart-healthy meal starts with roasting eggplant for a delicious and smooth Lebanese baba ganoush to be served with pita and or crisp vegetables. The star of the show will be spanakopita, a Greek pie with a comforting spinach and feta filling encased in flaky layers of phyllo dough. To complete the meal we’ll make a Turkish çoban salatası (shepherd’s salad) consisting of cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, feta, olives, and a homemade vinaigrette. Please note: A list of ingredients and substitutions will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.