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Westfield Academy and Central School offers community education courses

February 20, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Westfield Academy and Central School announces the Community Education Courses Winter/Spring 2013.

Self Defense for Beginners

From 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, May 14, 21 and 28

Location: TBA

Registration Fee: $30

Instructor: Mark Belcher Jr.

This class is for entry level students of all ages and both male and female. 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 (kick, elbow and punch) will be taught. The instructor possesses a black belt and finds it rewarding to teach others how to defend themselves.

Parent and Child Craft Nights

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 12

Location: Room 118

Registration Fee: $12 per session $6 fee for each additional child)

Instructor: Ashley Raynor

This class is for all moms, dads or grandparents with children aged 5 to 10. Bring children to a fun-filled class full of many different crafts. Activities will include holiday and seasonal crafts made of reusable items within the household for low-cost activities that can be replicated for years to come. Parents and children will leave each class with a completed craft and memories of a fun evening.

Five-Hour Prelicensing Class

Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Large Group Instruction Room

Registration Fee: AAA members $31, non-members $36

Pre-register for this class at or by calling 1-800-836-CLUB. AAA Western and Central New York offers the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles five-hour pre-licensing course. This is the minimal requirement necessary to schedule and take a road test; this four-hour course will provide the MV-278 certificate.

Digital Scrapbooking

Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Feb. 28, March 7 and 14

Location: Room 118

Registration Fee: $30

Instructor: Molly Anderson

Not sure what to do with all those holiday, birthday, wedding and vacation pictures? Participants will learn how to upload photos into digital albums that they can customize, share or even have made into hardcover keepsakes.

Upcycled Jewelry: Paper and Sea Glass

Tuesdays, 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 12 through March 26 (no class on Feb. 19)

Location: Room 114

Registration Fee: $35

Instructor: Art Teacher Geri Beers

Learn how to make paper beads from magazines, glue and clear fingernail polish. Supplies: glue stick; bottle of clear fingernail polish; box of toothpicks; spool of .8mm clear elastic beading cord; earring wires, eye or head pins, jump rings; one package large seed beads (4mm) black.

Learn how to wrap sea glass to make pendants, earrings, charms - no drilling needed. Supplies: spool of 20 gauge wire; assortment of sea glass of all sizes and colors; earring wires, eye or head pins, jump rings (one set for both types of jewelry will be enough); a large link bracelet for attaching charms. All materials are available at Walmart, Michaels or AC Moore.

Six-Hour Defensive Driving Course

June 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Large Group Instruction Room

Registration Fee: AAA members $35 and non-members $41 Pre-register for this class at or by calling 1-800-836-CLUB. This six-hour 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 4 points from their driving record for moving violations within the last 18 months.

Photography 101

Feb. 12, 19 and 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Room 208

Registration Fee: $35

Instructor: Ben Probst, owner of Bliss Hill Photography

Class 1 will include learning the basics of how a camera functions, as well as terminology. Class 2 will focus on composition and shooting techniques. Class 3's emphasis will be on getting the most out of photos and basic editing techniques.



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