Adult education classes offered | Local News

NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport Adult & Community Education is presenting numerous online programs this fall through Zoom.

Classes begin Oct. 13. For more information on this programs, go to

The programs include the following:

The Lifelong Learning Lyceum — Jump-start Your Memoir I & II, Andrea Cleghorn; The Fire This Time, Jesmyn Ward, editor – Vicki Hendrickson; The History of the Merrimack River, Dyke Hendrickson; Poets Writing for Social Justice — Paulette Turco; Poets Respond to Events of their Time – Zara Raab; Standing Up to Racism – Katherine Gendron and Barbara Dowd; Tove Jansson, Swedish illustrator – Susan Swan; Wagner-Maria and Klaus Hauseller.

The Written Word — Fall Writing Contest: Essay, Poetry and Short Story; Getting Started as a Writer – Elizabeth Rose; How to Raise a Poem – Zara Raab; Writer’s Workshop – Elizabeth Barrett; Women Writing Through Transition – Diane Foreman; Start in the Middle Journaling – Leslie Hendrickson.

Arts and crafts — Basic Drawing, TBA; Beginning Watercolor — Donna Callahan; Botanical Drawings with Watercolor Pencils — Nancy Bentivegna; Contemplative Photography – Finding Stillness – Ingrid Cyros; Introduction to Digital Photography – Peter Fallabella; Introduction to Photo Editing; Creating a Canvas Rug – Ingrid Cyros; Magnificent Mosaics – Leslie Doherty. 

Business and employment — Basics of Grant Writing – Janice Valverde; Exploring Voice Overs – Nancy Halpin; Sampling of Online Business Classes offered through; Selling on eBay – Tomas Havrda.

Computer training — Introduction to Microsoft Excel – Bob Uhl; Internet Information and Security of Seniors – Andrew Griffith; Outsmart Your Smartphone – Tomas Havrda.

Dance — Beginning Tap Dancing – Susan Tribble; Line Dancing – Susan Tribble.

Food — Savory Herbal Kitchen – Betsy Williams.

Interesting — Endeavors: The Ten Most extraordinary Astrophysical Discoveries in the Last Decade – Janet Johnston.

Languages — Beginning English Tutoring – faculty/various classes and one-on-one tutoring; Basic French – Sandra Thaxter; Basic Italian – TBA; Basic Conversational Spanish – Patricia Moreno Gil.

Mind, body and spirit — Tai Chi/Qi Gong – Barbara Tindell.

Music studio — Classical Music Appreciation – TBA; Jazz Appreciation – Ben Swan. 

Physical fitness — Essential Kettlebells – Eunice James; Senior Stretch & Strength – Eunice James; Yoga for 50+ — Rose Russo; Planning for the Future/Family Issues

Elder care options – Katy Tavares.

Estate planning — Margot Birke Esq.

Preretirement financial planning – Peter Doyle.

Understanding Social Security – Peter Doyle.

SAT prep — English, Constantina Knecht; math, Lori Solazzo.

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