WESTFIELD - Westfield Academy and Central School will host several community education courses in the coming weeks. They include:
Self Defense for Beginners, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 21 and 28. Registration is $30. The location has yet to be finalized. The instructor is Mark Belcher Jr. The class is for entry level students of all ages. The basic moves to begin the process of defending oneself will be covered. Introduction to stances, basic self defense moves, how to decide between fight or flight, and how to correctly place a strike will be taught.
Parent and Child Craft Nights, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and March 12 in Room 118 at Westfield Academy and Central School. Registration is $12 a session and $6 for each additional child attending. The course will be taught by Ashley Raynor. The class is for all mothers, fathers and grandparents with children between the ages of 5 and 10. Each class will feature several crafts. Activities will include holiday and seasonal crafts made of reusable items within homes for low-cost activities that can be replicated. Parents and children will leave each class with a completed craft.
A five-hour driver's pre-licensing class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the large group instruction room. Registration is $31 for AAA members and $36 for non-members. To pre-register, visit www.aaa.com or all 800-836-CLUB. AAA Western and Central New York offers the state Motor Vehicles Department five-hour pre-licensing course. It is the minimal requirement necessary to schedule and take a road test. Completing the course provides students the MV-278 certificate.
Digital scrapbooking will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7 and 14 in Room 118 at the school. The registration fee is $30. The course is taught by Molly Anderson. The course will show how to upload photos into digital albums that can be customized, shared or even made into hardcover keepsakes. The course will begin with the basics of loading pictures and placing them within a password protected, online album. Albums will then be customized with themed pages, captions and personalized details. The final step includes editing the album and sharing it with family and friends.
Upcycled Jewelry: Paper and Sea Glass will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 12 through March 26, with no class on Feb. 19. The class will be held in Room 114 at Westfield Academy and Central School. The fee is $35 and the teacher will be Geri Beers, a Westfield art teacher. The course will teach students how to make paper beads from magazines, glue and clear fingernail polish. Supplies include a glue stick, bottle of clear fingernail polish, box of toothpicks, spool of .8 millimeter clear elastic beading cord, earring wires, eye or head pins, jump rings, one package large seed black beads (4 millimeters). The course will teach how to wrap sea glass to make pendants, earrings and charms with no drilling needed. Supplies needed include a spool of 20 gauge wire, assortment of sea glass of all sizes and colors, earring wires, eye or head pins and jump rings. One set of jump rings will be enough for both sets. A large link bracelet is also needed to attach the charms. All materials are available at most major craft stores.
A six-hour defensive driving course will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 15 in the school's large group instruction room. The registration fee is $35 for AAA members and $41 for non-members. To pre-register, visit www.aaa.com or call 1-800-836-CLUB. The course provides drivers with tips and techniques on how to be safer drivers by reducing risk. Concepts include proper management of visibility, time, and space; handling emergencies; driver and passenger safety; and driving behaviors. Upon completion of the course, licensed drivers can lower portions of their insurance premium by up to 10 percent for three years as well as reduce up to four points from their driving record for moving violations within the last 18 months.
Photography 101 will be from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26 in Room 208. The registration fee is $35. The course is taught by Ben Probst, owner of Bliss Hill Photography. The first class will include learning the basics of how a camera functions, as well as terminology. The second class will focus on composition and shooting techniques. The final class will emphasize getting the most out of photos and basic editing techniques.