Leisure Learning

Our Leisure Learning classes are designed with the community in mind! We offer classes in areas of personal interest as well as health and fitness. Leisure education provides an individual the opportunity to enhance their quality of life while gaining knowledge in activities that they might not have otherwise considered.

If you are looking for a hobby or activity, one of our Community Education/Leisure classes may be for you!

Programs are scheduled in the evenings to meet the needs of an adult's busy lifestyle and are offered at convenient locations throughout our region.

Check out our classes and you could be on your way to a new and improved, healthier you!

 

Health & Fitness

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Aerobic Fun in the Water

If you enjoy the water, laughing and exercising to music, this class is for you! Water aerobics is recommended for anyone with joint issues. Doctors often recommend water exercise to take the pressure off the joints while still raising your heart rate. Men and women of all ages are welcome!

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Aqua Aerobics

This one-hour class is a fun-filled exercise program in the water. We start out with stretching and warm-up and then really get moving to get a good cardio workout. Special attention is paid to cool-down, stretching and relaxation at the end of the class. Each week is unique, and you are guaranteed to have fun while exercising!

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Languages

Italian Conversation & Grammar

Come learn practical Italian for common activities such as shopping, traveling and visiting sites. Learn about Italian culture, customs and history. You’ll feel like you’re in Italy.

Students must purchase: Italian Made Simple ISBN # 0-7679-1539-9 and Easy Italian Step by Step ISBN # 9780071453899 at a local book store.

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Spanish I

Habla usted español? Come learn the basic of this widely spoken language. This course will include lessons in useful vocabulary, phrases and basic grammar skills. Learn Spanish history, customs and culture.

Students must purchase Complete Spanish All-in-One ISBN# 978-0-07-183135-2 at a local book store.

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Spanish II

Prerequiste: Spanish I or equivalent knowledge. Take your Spanish skills to the next level. You will be introduced to verbs and will learn more about reading and phrases.

Book used for level II will be continuation of book used in Level I Spanish

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Local History

Historic Bicycle Tour on the Catharine Valley Trail

Bring your bicycle and helmet and ride into history as you travel this Catharine Valley Trail from Watkins Glen to Millport. Historian and author, Gary Emerson will provide a glimpse into our past as you learn about the Chemung Canal, railroad and Native American history. See where history happened as you ride the various points of interest along the trail. Meet in the parking area of the Watkins Glen Walmart

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Local History Presentation - Elmira Civil War Prison Camp

Learn about the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp that housed Confederate prisoners of war. The Elmira prison became one of the more notorious Civil War prison camps and earned the nickname Hellmira. This presentation will include many pictures, maps, and stories about the prison camp and some of the key figures involved with the camp

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Local History Presentation - Sullivan/Clinton Campaign

This will be a two-hour presentation about the Sullivan-Clinton campaign against the Iroquois during the American Revolution. The PowerPoint presentation will include many pictures and maps about the campaign, the personalities involved, the villages destroyed, and the Battle of Newtown. The army marched from Tioga Point (Athens, PA) to Elmira, Montour Falls, Geneva, and Geneseo destroying over 40 Native American villages along the way in one of the largest operations of the American Revolution.

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Local History Presentation - The Erie Canal

Two hundred years ago, work was begun on the Erie Canal. The canal did much to transform the social, political, and economic fortunes of New York State and the nation. This presentation will use many maps, photos, and documents to showcase how the canal became a reality, and how it transformed New York into the Empire State.

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Local History Presentation-The Chemung Canal

This class will present a history of the Chemung Canal and will focus on how the canal was built and the impact it had on the local area. Local historian and Author, Gary Emerson, will present a slide show, providing photos of the canal, both past and present, as well as many contemporary documents and newspaper articles about the canal.

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Personal Interests

Aerobic Fun in the Water

If you enjoy the water, laughing and exercising to music, this class is for you! Water aerobics is recommended for anyone with joint issues. Doctors often recommend water exercise to take the pressure off the joints while still raising your heart rate. Men and women of all ages are welcome!

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Dog Obedience I

A well-mannered, obedient dog is a pleasure to be around. In this class, which is designed to fit your dog and his/her age, learn the basic techniques for achieving a controllable pet. Whether going on to AKC events or simply training the perfect companion for at home or in public, this class is a MUST for any dog owner. This class is recommended by local veterinarians.

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Dog Obedience II

Prerequiste-Dog must have completed Dog Obedience I with Mona Shaw.

This level of dog obedience will fine-tune your dog’s basic obedience skills, along with a few new skills. These skills will make your dog more of a joy to the community, or for the serious trainer, this will prepare your dog for agility training, rally obedience, or novice obedience. Each class will lead up to and prepare your dog for the final class in which the Canine Good Citizen and the AKC Community Canine test will be offered which is an AKC title /certificate and is offered to mixed breeds too.

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Italian Conversation & Grammar

Come learn practical Italian for common activities such as shopping, traveling and visiting sites. Learn about Italian culture, customs and history. You’ll feel like you’re in Italy.

Students must purchase: Italian Made Simple ISBN # 0-7679-1539-9 and Easy Italian Step by Step ISBN # 9780071453899 at a local book store.

ONLINE COURSES available at WWW.ED2GO.COM/GSTBOCES

Are you unable to fit a traditional class into your busy schedule? Taking an online course may be right for you! Interesting, relevant subjects such as grant writing, computer skills, personal enrichment courses and many more topics offered on this website. Most course sessions begin on the third Wednesday of each month and run for six weeks, with two lessons delivered weekly. Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas and more. Most courses are only $100 each. Visit www.ed2go.com/gstboces for the many opportunities available to you!

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Small Engine Tune-Ups and Repair

Prerequisite- none. Everyone owns at least one small gas engine and many own several. This course is designed for the home-owner, so you can learn to service and repair your own equipment. The technical skills learned here will save you money and give you the enjoyment of repairing your own equipment for years!

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Spanish I

Habla usted español? Come learn the basic of this widely spoken language. This course will include lessons in useful vocabulary, phrases and basic grammar skills. Learn Spanish history, customs and culture.

Students must purchase Complete Spanish All-in-One ISBN# 978-0-07-183135-2 at a local book store.

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Spanish II

Prerequiste: Spanish I or equivalent knowledge. Take your Spanish skills to the next level. You will be introduced to verbs and will learn more about reading and phrases.

Book used for level II will be continuation of book used in Level I Spanish

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Welding for the Hobbyist

Pre-requisite: Must complete entrance assessment. Learn the basic welding skills for the hobbyist. You gain a basic knowledge of mig, tig and stick welding and cutting torches. You many bring a small job or project, if you have one. You must provide your own protection gear if not purchasing welding kit.

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