Fox Chapel Area Adult Education program loaded with opportunities

Susan Goodwin, director of adult education, stands in front of the pool at the Fox Chapel High School where classes are being scheduled.
Susan Goodwin, director of adult education, stands in front of the pool at the Fox Chapel High School where classes are being scheduled.
Photo by Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Students in the Fox Chapel Area School District aren't the only ones filing back to class.

Adults in the Lower Valley and neighboring communities can look forward to taking lessons in subject ranging from belly dancing and baking to gourd decorating and dessert making, as registration gets underway for the Fox Chapel Area Adult Education program.

Class lists are available, and most courses begin the week of Sept. 9.

New subjects and returning favorites will give adults opportunities to try a new hobby, learn a skill or find a potential passion, said Executive Director Sue Goodwin.

Since 1962, the program has provided enrichment courses. There are two semesters, and several programs sell out each year, Goodwin said.

Highlights of the new year include:

• Gourd-Geous Gourds, a hands-on workshop where students learn to paint and cut dried fall vegetables and transform them into centerpieces. This class is one night only, Sept. 30.

• Fitness on the Go, for anyone whose schedule is squeezed to the limit. Instructors will teach simple exercises that take as much time as drinking a cup of coffee. “Whether you are at home, in an office or outdoors, learn to use your surroundings creatively to help you achieve your wellness goals,” Goodwin said. This class will be on Oct. 2.

Whether students want to learn to paint or how to purchase a piece of art, Goodwin said, there are courses to suit almost anyone.

Aside from traditional cooking and yoga classes, the list this year touches on social interests such as wellness, geneaology and Adobe Photoshop.

“We have something called ‘Building Your Immunity,' where you can learn simple ways to enhance your body's natural ability to stay healthy,” she said. Students can taste an immune-boosting broth and hear about foods and herbs that boost the body's natural disease-fighting system.

A one-night class on Oct. 8 will teach students the art of voice overs, a growing field in media careers.

A Photoshop overview is expected to draw several students, with hints for amateur photographers on how to electronically fix poor photos.

Goodwin said old favorites, such as Zumba and Tai Chi, will be offered, as will several language classes and cooking with local chefs. The pool will be available for family swim time, aqua exercise and adult lap swims. There will be adult swim lessons on Mondays, which Goodwin expects will fill up quickly.

The class list and registration details for this semester are available online, and at all district schools and municipal offices. Walk-in registrations are on a space-available basis.

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Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at

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