Adult Education Program to hold winter courses


Shrewsbury – Registration is currently open for more than a dozen courses being off ered in the Shrewsbury Winter Adult Education Program.

Among the classes being offered are "Introduction to Video Production," which will introduce students to basic movie making with digital equipment and computer programming. The two-part course will teach people basic video camera functions and techniques to improve the images they are capturing, as well as familiarize them with moviemaking software programs like Apple's iMovie and Windows' MovieMaker.

Owning a digital video camcorder is preferred but not required, as some equipment will be available for class use.

"Chinese for Beginners" aims to help increase knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language, which is spoken by more than one-quarter of the world's population.

This beginner class focuses on practical conversational skills of listening and speaking, and students will practice sounds and tones, and basic language like greetings and introductions, as well as cultural education about China and American-Chinese relations and diff erences.

"Boomers at the Crossroads: What to do with the Rest of Your Life" is a class that aims at addressing concerns felt by the 50+ community, including whether to stay on their current career path, retire or change fields altogether.

The workshop does not include a financial planning element, but will help people explore diff erent life options.

Parents who are finding it difficult to help their children with homework may want to sign up for "Math for Parents." Attendees will learn about the basic math that is being taught at the middle and elementary school levels, as well as ask questions they have about helping their children with homework.

"Dealing with Difficult People" is designed to give students the tools needed to handle the difficult personalities they come into contact with in day-to-day life. The program will offer students an interactive lecture that will give them insights and techniques to identify and deal with several difficult personality types.

Those enrolled in the "Grant Writing" program will learn about the main components of a grant application, and create real or hypothetical applications over the course of the tutorial.

People looking to improve their game can enroll in "Card Games" or "Solitaire Games." Both courses will teach players the rules of diff erent card games, which can be eff ective tools to improve memory, concentration and logic skills.

Other off erings include tutorials in computer software, crochet, creating art from photographs, quilting, Spanish and babysitting.

Stress management, selfhypnosis to stop smoking and a workshop that teaches parents how to help their teens reach their potential are also being off ered.

Prices for the different courses and workshops, as well as meeting times and supply lists are all available in the Adult Education Winter Catalog available at Town Hall or online at www.shrewsbury-ma. gov/schools.

To register for classes, use U.S. mail or attend walk-in registration Tuesday Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Town Hall.