Community and Professional Education

Winter/Spring 2017 Offerings: Leisure and Special Interest

Behind the Scenes at Hudson Valley Community College
This four-week tour will take you behind the scenes at the Capital Region's largest undergraduate higher education institution, Hudson Valley Community College. Each Friday, we'll explore classrooms, labs and offices that make Hudson Valley one of the most diverse and comprehensive community colleges in the nation. Whether you're an alumnus or just a curious community member, you'll enjoy checking out the college's Wellness Center, Cogeneration Plant, Automotive Lab, Digital Media Studio, President's Office and Teaching Gallery, just to name a few of our stops. The tour will be led by HVCC alumni and college faculty member Beth Kane.
4 Sessions, BTC Auditorium
Fri., 4/7 - 5/5, Noon - 2 p.m.
No class 4/14
Beth Kane, Coordinator

Fly-Fishing: The Art and Science
Writer Izaak Walton called fly-fishing, "the contemplative man's recreation." You'll learn basic entomology, the identification of aquatic and terrestrial insects and their life cycles.

You will participate in field trips to local streams for collection and identification; learn fly-tying techniques using natural and synthetic materials; learn fly-casting and presentation techniques with on-stream instruction (NYS fishing license required); learn basic stream ecology and bio-assessments techniques and participate in a Trout Unlimited stream ecology project.

Interactive "how-to videos" and guest speakers will intersperse all lecture sessions. A free one-year membership to the Trout Unlimited organization is included upon course completion. All course materials are provided. Free use of fly rods and reels as well as fly-tying equipment and materials are provided.

The student is responsible for his or her personal wading boots, either hip waders or chest waders, eye protection and a valid 2017 NY fishing license. This course is open to individuals 14 and up.
12 Sessions, ADM 106
Tues., 2/21 - 5/30, 6 - 9 p.m.
No class 3/21, 4/18 & 5/23
Two Saturday outings from 1 - 5 p.m. will be announced in class.
Frank Cuttone, Instructor

Contemporary Guitar Skills I
This course is designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less. You will be guided through the basics of guitar, including how to tune, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Mon., 2/13 - 5/15, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/20 & 4/17
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Contemporary Guitar Skills II
This class is a continuation of "Contemporary Guitar Skills I" or for the intermediate guitar player with one to four years playing experience. Topics will include major and minor pentatonic scales, soloing techniques, modes, phrasing, theory, playing with other musicians, chord progressions, warm-up exercises and developing good practice habits.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 2/14 - 5/16, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/21 & 4/18
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Beginning Obedience, Manners for Canines - Canine Good Citizen
You will receive instruction that will help you train your dogs to become good family members and welcomed beyond your immediate home. This class also will go over manners for canines when meeting the public. All participants must have a secure collar and a six-foot leash for their dog. You will be required to give the instructor copies of current inoculations, rabies and distemper. Dogs must be able to work with other dogs and people (no aggressive dogs).
8 Sessions, TEC-SMART 125
Mon., 2/13 - 4/10, 7 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/20
Lori Eldrige, Instructor

Introduction to Animal Communication
This class will help you communicate with your pets and other animals, and also give you an opportunity to practice these techniques. The course will rely heavily on actual practice opportunities, rather than theory or lecture. Students will be required to bring photographs of their pets to class for practice exercises.
1 Session, ADM 101
Sat., 4/29, 9 a.m.- Noon
David Louis, Instructor

Intermediate Mah Jongg
Designed for those who have taken Beginner Mah Jongg or those who already have a basic knowledge of the game and want to learn to play at the next level. You will be provided with guidance while playing and perfecting their skills. You will need to purchase the 2017 Mah Jongg card, available at and bring it with you to class.
4 Sessions, DCC B06
Tues., 4/25 - 5/16, 1 - 3 p.m.
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

Seed Starting
Starting your own seeds is a good way to develop your knowledge about gardening, spend less, and grow new and interesting varieties of your old favorites. A Capital Roots' educator will demonstrate basic techniques and tricks for starting seeds at home. This class will include information about timing, necessary materials and lighting, and it will prepare you for your own adventures in seed starting. Plus you'll get to pick out some seeds to get your own plants started. Course fee includes $12 materials fee.
1 Session, Capital Roots Urban Grow Center on River Street, Troy
Wed., 2/1, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Katie Doyle of Capital Roots, Instructor

Casino Table Games
For someone who has never been in a casino, or only plays the slots, this course will give you the knowledge and confidence to sit down at the gaming table to play. The course will cover table etiquette, rules of the games, and strategy to minimize the casino's advantage. Games covered will include: blackjack, roulette, let-it-ride and three-card poker. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
1 Session, ADM 101
Mon., 3/6, 6 - 9 p.m.
Arthur Stuarts, Instructor

Introduction to the Art of Clowning
This 36-hour course will introduce you to the ancient and honorable profession of clowning. Learn what a clown is, what a clown does, where a clown performs, basic make-up application techniques, wardrobe selection and introductory clown skills. The materials fee covers the costs for a textbook and one year membership to Clowns of America. Students should expect to purchase/create their own costumes and makeup kits. Course fee includes $86 materials fee.
12 Sessions, DCC 138
Wed., 3/1 - 5/31, 6 - 9 p.m.
No class 3/22
Graduation will be held on 5/31
Dress rehearsal on 5/30
Mischief the Clown, Instructor

Understanding the Vietnam War: Hard Lessons From an American Reckoning
The war in Vietnam was more than the defining experience of a generation. It forever altered the way Americans see themselves. Not since the Civil War has our nation been so compelled to look inward, reflecting upon its identity and role in the world. Yet there remains a cultural tendency to hold the war at arm's length, as evidenced by how little Americans know of its true causes, major figures, military strategies, and most importantly, its lessons. This four-session course will examine how America slid into one of the most traumatic periods in its history, one that produced heroes and tragedy we still must come to understand.
4 Sessions, ADM 104
Thurs., 4/6 - 4/27, 6 - 8 p.m.
Michael Rivest, Instructor

The Duel
Although not the famous "shot heard around the world," the single shot fired on July 11, 1804 by Aaron Burr that mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton had far reaching repercussions. In this course, we will explore the lives of these two disparate men and the trajectory of differences that led to the most notorious duel in the history of the United States.
2 Sessions, ADM 102
Thurs., 3/30 - 4/6, 7 - 9 p.m.
Daniel O'Callaghan, Instructor