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Boyd Community Center in O'Hara offers variety in programs as new semester starts

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:48 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Arman Albozi and Emma Kuhns read books in the after-school program at the Boyd Community Center.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Gabrielle Generett works on a art project in the after school program at the Boyd Community Center.

Boyd Community Center in O'Hara kicks off its semester this week for anyone looking to learn a new hobby or stave off the winter blues.

With offerings ranging from wine tasting to Rainbow Looming, the center continues its tradition of “something for everyone,” said Executive Director Stephanie Flom.

“We always have a lot of great teachers, but we brought in a lot of new things and I think there's an energy around that,” said Jennifer Zaltman, program coordinator.

New courses capitalize on today's trends, she said. Rainbow Loom Studio, for example, highlights the rubber band craze that started last year. Students will learn the basics, as well as complex pieces such as The Starburst or The Waterfall.

Founded in 1983, Boyd has grown to offer more than 300 programs each year and is a popular spot for learning and socializing.

Cramped classroom space that became a problem in recent years will be alleviated with a new, $7.25 million facility set to open in 2015. The new center will be built on the existing 11-acre property along Powers Run Road.

Flom said expanded space will enable programs to continue to grow while supplementing traditional courses such as acrylic painting, cooking and yoga.

Highlights of the winter program include:

• Wine Tasting with the Sommelier, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 12.

Seth Eidermiller of the Strip District-based restaurant Eleven will educate participants about fine wine flavors. Eidermiller will guide students through building their own cellars to meet individual tastes.

Cost is $128 for members and $160 for non-members.

• Polymer Clay Studio, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 20.

Artist Anya Weitzman will entice youngsters to create a clay world filled with animals, vases, jewelry and more. Flom said students will craft vivid 3D creations.

Cost is $81 for members and $101.25 for non-members.

• Intro to Glass Fusing and Imagery, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through March 10.

Experts from Pittsburgh Glass Center will help participants learn to make sun catchers and plates from glass tiles. Learn to cut, shape and fuse glass. “It's a nice way to brighten up your winter, with these rich colors and designs,” Flom said.

Beginners are welcome. Cost is $105.60 for members and $132 for non-members.

• LEGO: Explore the Everglades, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 28.

Flom said this class will take students on a tour through the Florida wetlands with projects that include an alligator, bird with flapping wings and an airboat. Instructors will talk about the ecosystem that is the only sub-tropic preserve in North America.

Cost is $96 for members and $120 for non-members.

• Rainbow Loom Studio, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 28.

Create jewelry designs with rubber bands. Master the basics and learn some more difficult designs. Students bring their own loom and bands.

Cost is $81 for members and $101.25 for non-members.

“We have fun, independent artists bringing their talents,” Zaltman said.

To register for classes, call 412-828-8566 or visit www.boydcommunitycenter.org.

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

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