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Community education classes

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 27, 2000

The Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department is offering several community education classes.

Pine Needle: Classes meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from Nov. 1 to Dec. 9 at the Lecanto Community Building off County Road 491 S, one-half mile south of State Road 44. Cost is $40. Instructor Ernest Beardsley will teach students how to make bowls and baskets out of ordinary pine needles. Supplies needed: two handfuls of pine needles; scissors; six pinch-type clothespins; plastic or metal 1-inch diameter rings; a Sharp Point Big Eye sewing needle, size 14 to 18; a dozen twist ties; Ziplock bag; pen and paper. Raffia will be provided by the instructor.

Beginning and advanced calligraphy: Classes meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Holder Community building on U.S. 41 just north of CR 491. Class started Oct. 23 and lasts five weeks. A second session begins today at the Lecanto Community Building from 1 to 3 p.m. and lasts for five weeks. Supplies needed: a Schaeffer three point calligraphy set. All other materials will be supplied. Instructor Gail Wepner will teach students how to produce their own elegant and stylized handwriting. Advance classes focus on Old English calligraphy. Envelopes will also be taught. Cost is $30. Class size limited to 10 students.

Wilton Cake Decorating for Beginners: Classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays for four weeks beginning Nov. 7 at the Lecanto Community Building. Instructor Ann Neville will teach the basics including frosting, hand positioning, use of parchment bags, stars, borders, writing, figure piping and flowers. Cost is $25. A supply list will be distributed at the first class. Bring pen and paper. Class size limited to 12 students.

Low impact exercise: A low-impact aerobic exercise class will be held from 5:15 to 6 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Cost is $3 per class. This is an ongoing class for adults on all fitness levels. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring an exercise mat.

Indoor walking: An indoor walking program for adults is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. No charge. A minimum of six people required to continue the program, and classes may be canceled from time to time due to rental of the auditorium.

Learn how to play guitar: Classes for beginner and intermediate guitarists will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays beginning Nov. 6 at the Lecanto Community Building on County Road 491 S. Instructor Jorge Sanchez will teach students the basic skills needed to learn and enjoy guitar playing. Fingerpicking and flatpicking styles will be taught. Cost is $40 for four weeks. Bring a playable six-string guitar of any type and picks, if needed.

Line dancing: Classes will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. Instructor June Queripel is a member of Dance Masters of America and studied at the Carnegie Dance Studio. Cost is $2 per person, per class.

Computer classes: Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on alternating Thursdays at the Beverly Hills Community Center. A class in advanced instruction of Windows 95 and Windows 98 will be on Nov. 9. A basic instruction of Internet access will be Nov. 30. A web page design class will be Dec. 14. Instructor is Ron Masanotti, owner of Crystal River Computer and a licensed Microsoft OEM System Builder Program member. Cost is $20 per student per class. Lap top computers are welcomed.

An person requiring reasonable accommodation at any program because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the Citrus County Parks and Recreation office 72 hours prior to activity, at 795-2202.

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