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Classes in Drawing, Reiki, Buying a House Upcoming from Hudson Valley Community College Community and Professional Education

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 2, 2006

Classes in drawing, the art of Reiki and a seminar for new homebuyers will begin in the next several weeks as Hudson Valley Community College’s Office of Community and Professional Education continues its schedule of winter and spring offerings.

Those interested in exploring their artistic side through drawing can take advantage of a six-session course beginning Wednesday, March 29, and running through May 3, at the college. Carol Bollinger Green teaches the course. “Drawing,”a course for beginners and continuing students, runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

A one-session course introducing Reiki will be Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reiki helps reduce stress and promote relaxation through the laying on of hands and the directing the flow of energy. The course is taught by Dianne Grazia, who also teaches a continuing Reiki course later in the spring.

A homebuyer seminar from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, sponsored by Countrywide Home Loans, will help potential homebuyers become “financially literate.” Seminar leader Anne G. Dillenbeck will review the important financial details to understand before beginning the homebuying process.

“Natural Skin Care,” a one-session class from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, will teach participants about the traditional use of herbs in promoting healthy skin. All participants will receive a facial and discover recipes for natural face scrubs and masks. Agnes Rapoli is the instructor.

For more information about these and other courses offered through the college’s Office of community and Professional Education, go to or call (518) 629-7339.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.