Leisure and Special Interest

Try a new hobby or just learn something new with our wide range of special interest courses!

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Courses

Adventure Ready: Packing for Survival

This class will equip you to safely and confidently venture out for an adventure in the wilderness for a day or a week. You will lean all about the gear, clothes, tools and techniques needed to carry your traveling pack comfortably, liberating you to explore the wild mountains, rivers and valleys of our exquisite wild lands with joy. You will learn what you do and don’t need, see some examples, and try on and test out how to organize your gear so that you are most comfortable and confident to plan that adventure. A little know-how frees you to go now!

Course will meet at 99 Town Park Road, East Greenbush, NY

Hollan Bonjukian, of Trufitness and Nutrition, Instructor

Adventure Ready: Packing for Survival
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Thursday, 7/25
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ZSPI-304 700 29 seats left $49

Beers of Europe

Did you know the first beer purity law was declared in Bavaria – and it was a move made for political survival, not a consumer protection law? Experience a tour of Europe through beer history in this class. From the wheat beers of Belgium to the ales of England and Scotland; from the stouts of Ireland to the beers of France, Italy, the Czech Republic and even Russia; from Kolsch to Baltic Porter to India Pale Ale, students will learn the history of beer in Europe and its impact on the beer styles made and drank in the United States. Beers will be sampled, and history explained. Must be 21 years of age or older to register for this course.

Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 113

Carlo DeVito, Instructor

Beers of Europe
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Tuesdays, 6/18 - 6/25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-306 700 15 seats left $69

Pet CPR and First Aid

Whether you are a pet owner or just a pet lover, this class will provide critical knowledge that could help save a pet’s life. The instructor, Mary Lynn, is the owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels and has been a successful business owner and leader in the pet business for more than 30 years and is certified by the American Red Cross for Pet First Aid and CPR. Students will need to purchase at least one textbook as part of the online portion of this course; approximate textbook cost is $20. 

This is an online course in Brightspace D2L. 

Mary Lynn Gagnon, Instructor

Pet CPR and First Aid
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Online, 6/10 - 7/1 ZSPI-141 700 14 seats left $86

Power Tools 101

In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of hand power tools every DIY enthusiast and handy person should know! We’ll dive into the essential tools of the trade, including the drill, impact driver, jig saw, multi-tool, and circular saw. We will explore the revolutionary technology behind brushless tools and how they outperform their regular counterparts. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to upgrade your toolset, join us as we demystify battery-powered hand tools, learn the best practices, and discover the advantages of investing in brushless technology.

Course will be held in Daycare Center, Room B06

Rich Daley, Instructor

Power Tools 101
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Monday, 6/24
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-303 700 12 seats left $27

Wines of Italy

Ciao! There’s nothing like beautiful Italy, with its glimmering sunshine, fantastic foods, and terrific wines. But Italian wine is so complex! It doesn’t have to be – join us and discover the whites and reds of Italy, region by region. From pinot grigio to tocai friulano, from sangiovese to nebbiolo to dolcetto to brachetto and muscato, from prosecco to Amarone to vin santo, you will learn about the regions, the winemakers’ secrets, the grapes, and the wines of the lands that date back to Roman times. Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, Umbria, and Sicily are all yours! Must be 21 years of age or older to register for this course.

Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 113

Carlo DeVito, Instructor

Wines of Italy
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Thursdays, 6/20 - 6/27
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-307 700 0 seats left $69Section Full

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Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 334

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer 2024 Hours (May 20 - July 26): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Closed
(excluding college holidays and vacations)