Senior Citizen Education (SCHOOL)
Class Descriptions



At Home for the Holidays


Mike Montario

2:30 – 4:45 pm

Studio for Art and Craft, 576 Main St, Cobleskill

Limit of 9 students

Nov. 5 – Christmas Wreath

Nov. 12 – Garland and Swag

Nov. 19 – Table Top Tree

Nov. 26 – Table Centerpiece


$75 materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor at the first class.  Please bring these tools if you have them: pruner & ribbon shears, wire cutters and a pocket knife.  All other supplies will be provided.





Perennial Gardens by Beth Gray of Garden Creations


Sharon Springs

10:15 – 11:30 am

Studio for Art and Craft 576 Main St, Cobleskill 


3 Sessions 9/11  , 9/18 & 9/25  (1) Perennial Gardening in the Northeast - from soil to plant selection. (2)  PerennialGarden Design - And how to include wildlife and bird watching in your plan. (3) Bringing The Outdoors In. How garden lovers can decorate and bring the colors, textures and themes of nature into their homes.



Museums of Schohaire County


Jan Peters

1:30 pm 

8 weeks

First meeting will be at the The C.A. Bunn Mill in Richmondville on 9/11


Others to follow include: Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave; The Cave House in Howes Cave; The Old Stone Fort in Schoharie; The Gilboa Historical Society in Gilboa; The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor’s Center and Lansing Manor; The Christopher Best House in Middleburgh, (Transportation to the sites is the student’s responsibility. Additional entrance fees may apply)



Pottery Wheel and Hand Building


1 - 2:30 pm

Studio for Art and Crafts, 576 Main St, Cobleskill 


Learn both wheel and hand building techniques to make bowls, vases and cups. Maximum 4 students per class. (other times available). 9/11 – 10/30 Materials fee: $64 to be paid directly to the instructor.





Keeping Your Brain Sharp


Jerry Peters 

9 – 10:15 am

Wednesdays Beginning 9/5  

Prentice Travel Center (5 sessions)


Scientists are telling us that our brain is similar to our muscles in that “if we don’t use it, we lose it”.  This workshop will dispel some of the myths about aging brains and replace them with recent scientific information about how the “older and wiser” generation can take charge of mental fitness.  Participants will learn and practice a number of neurobic exercises designed to keep the brain sharp.



Gentle Yoga


10 – 11 am

Fit to Be Tied Yoga Studio, 578 Main St., Cobleskill 


This Gentle Stretch class is a practice that allows the body to open at its own pace. Using props for support, we hold poses without effort or force.  Deeply relaxing, students leave with an expanded awareness of their bodies’ unique holding patterns which have been released to achieve a sanctuary of tranquility within. Music may be used to enhance the flow of the class. No need to bring props, we have everything! Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring you water bottle.  Level of Intensity = mild  9/5 – 10/24/12



Talk to the Doctor


Dr. Susan Emerson MD

10:15 – 11:30 am (6 - 8 sessions) 

Wheeler Rm 207, beginning 9/5


Discuss general medical concerns with a knowledgeable specialist. This could relate to family and friends as well as general personal concerns.



Spanish for Travelers 


Marge Dafeldecker

Wed. and Fri. at 1 – 2:15 pm

Wheeler 207 for 6 weeks, beginning September 5th


Are you: Going Abroad? Shopping? Staying at Hotels? Eating Out? Learn easy expressions to get you through these situations and more.  Most of all, have fun practicing Spanish. You will need to bring a blank cassette tape and cassette player or another type of recording device so you can record your dialogue and practice conversations with partners.





Barbara Klein

1 – 2:15 pm

Warner 209

Beginning Sept. 5th for 6 weeks


Shakespeare was not just the man for his age but for all times.  Students will read a comedy, tragedy, history, some sonnets, a problem play and a romance. We’ll look at the period in which he wrote and discuss his personal life. Barbara has spent 4 years in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.



Art and Craft in General


1: 2:30 pm

Studio for Art and Craft, 576 Main St, Cobleskill  

9/5 – 10/24


In this 8 week course you’ll try a little of everything including ceramics, clay, glass fusing, jewelry making and paper crafting. Materials fee: $56 to be paid directly to the instructor.






Duplicate Bridge


David Funk

12:30 – 3 pm beginning 9/06 (8 sessions)

Teen Town on North Grand St. Cobleskill


Polish your existing Bridge skills.



Drawing and Painting


1-2 pm

Studio for Art and Craft, 576 Main St, Cobleskill

9/6 – 10/25/12 


Eight Sessions taught in a group setting but individualized to each student’s ability. Materials fee of $48 is payable directly to the instructor at the first class session.



Irish Literature through the Stories of Frank O’Connor with Ron Ruland


2:30 – 3:45 pm

Community Library in Cobleskill, Rie Lamont Community Rm.

9/6 – 10/25/12


Students will take a look at selected short stories written by arguably the best short story writer of them all – Frank O’Connor. Ron will review the basics of short fiction at the start, but pretty quickly each person will unfold a story or two for the group – nothing fancy – no pressure.  “I am capable of paralyzing you with pedantry, but would like my primary responsibility to be snorting and giggling”. Please purchase or borrow this text: The Collected Short Stories of Frank O’Connor, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1981.  ISBN: 0-394-51602-8







Naj Razvi

8 sessions Sept 14th – Nov. 2nd 

9 – 10:15 am

Warner Room 211 (Limit of 15 students)


Naj will review the needs of the students during the first class and schedule the topics of interest from this list:

1. Introduction 

2. Internet 

3. Email

4. Windows

5. Microsoft Word

6. Microsoft Excel/PowerPoint

7.  Tablets, eReaders, Apps and Other Fun Stuff;

8.  Skype, Google Earth; Tax Programs; Maps, Free Downloads; Dragon Photo Editing & More



Self Esteem, the Elusive Ingredient


Tom Bowes (2 sessions)

10:15 – 11:30 am  

Sept 7 and 14

Wheeler Room 207 


In a hands-on workshop environment, we will explore the attitudes and behaviors that build self-esteem. As we enter new stages in our lives, we can refresh our resolve.  We will describe the situations and behaviors that reduce our feelings of value.  Becoming more internal in our own validation, we can assume greater control over our own destiny. Participants are expected to bring an attitude of openness to a new experience in personal growth.  (2 sessions)



Tai Chi Demonstration 


Master Vera Childers

10:15 – 11:30am  

Oct. 12, 2012 – One Session

Wheeler Room 207 


Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese art of meditation in motion, promotes mental and emotional and physical healing by combining movement, meditation, relaxation and self-defense. It is reputed to be of therapeutic value for high blood pressure, heart disease, and lung disease. This form of exercise is practiced by people of all ages and physical abilities. It requires no equipment and very little space. Each movement is performed slowly to improve balance, flexibility, concentration and muscle control.



Vicarious Voyages


10:15 – 11:30 am     

Wheeler Room 205


Visit a different location each week guided by a local traveler.

9/7 Don Klob – Europe; 9/14 Janet Sand – Thailand; 9/21 ZJ Jiang – Shanghai; 9/28Karen Brueck – Bicycling the Lewis and Clark Trail; 10/5 Don Griffith – Route of the Mayas -  El Salvador-Honduras-Guatemala-Belize;  10/12 Tai Chi Demonstration (see above) 10/19 Jacqui Hauser – Local Girl Scouts Travel to London and Edinburgh; 10/26  Beth Brendel – Greece.



Spanish for Travelers


Marge Dafeldecker

Wed. and Fri. at 1 – 2:15 pm

Wheeler Room 207

6 weeks, beginning September 5th



Schoharie County History 


Karen Cuccinello 5 sessions 

1:00-2:15 pm

Wheeler Room 205

Begins 9/7


One RoomSchool Houses, Genealogy, Cemeteries, Places to look for History, The Schoharie Alps (Summit and the HillTowns), First Female elected official in Schoharie 1919, Italians in Schoharie





Walk in the Woods 


Ken Hotopp, Forestry Consultant

10:00 – noon

Four Saturday sessions – weather may change some dates

9/8: Paulsen Preserve Rum Hill Rd. Jefferson, NY to identify trees by their leaves

9/15 & 9/22: different areas of the Landis Arboretum, 174  Lape Rd., Esperance

10/6: StateLand in Jefferson, NY; details to follow


  • Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Knapp Hall Room 143
  • Cobleskill, NY 12043
  • 518-255-5528
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  • Monday-Friday
  • 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Closed 12-1 pm


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