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Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

$59

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 21, 2022 at 6:30 pm
1 additional session on Mar 20, 2023

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords.  Since this class is being held online with ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all.  And since this course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own.  An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included.    A recording of the class is included as well.   The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction. 

Topics include:

  • How chords work in a song     
  • How to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it     
  • How to form the three main types of chords     
  • How to handle different keys and time signatures     
  • How to avoid “counting”     
  • How to simplify over 12,000 complex chords

Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People

$59

with Craig Coffman

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm
1 additional session on Mar 21, 2023

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time?  In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it.  This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away.  Since this class is being held online with ZOOM, you will be able to sit at home with your guitar and take this class without any pressure at all.   And since the class includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own.  An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included.   A recording of the class is included as well.  Class limited to 15 students.  For ages 13+. 

 

Topics include:

  •       How chords work in a song
  •       How to form the three main types of chords
  •       How to tune your guitar
  •       Basic strumming patterns
  •       How to buy a good guitar (things to avoid)
  •       How to play along with simple tunes

Farmhouse Serving Tray

$25

with Rae Rossignol

Calendar Next available session starts Nov 30, 2022 at 6 pm
1 additional session on Feb 15, 2023

Join Rae of Méméres Designes and learn to make your own Farmhouse Serving Tray.

This can be color matched to your current décor or start a new color trend.  So simple to make, and once you learn how you can make them on your own!  Center support pieces may vary.

All materials for this class will be provided for you.

*Center posts may vary.  Decorations not included*

 

Northern Viewpoint Book Club - December: "From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"

$10

with Christa Galipeau

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 1, 2022 at 6 pm

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.

Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.

The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her—well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home.

 

Crown of Maine Nerd Championship

$15

with Christa Galipeau

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 3, 2023 at 6 pm
4 additional sessions through May 2, 2023

Are you secretly a nerd?  Does your family know?  Do your friends know?  Well we think it is about time that you let you inner nerd out and join us for an evening of fun!!!!!

We will be hosting an evening of learning how to cook a special something (recipe will be given out before you leave) and then breaking up into teams and being quizzed on how much you know!

The winning team will get a little prize!  Dress up as our theme for the evening and get even more points for your team!!!!  Want to bring a snack to share that goes along with the theme?  Go for it....Bring the recipe so that you can share it with everyone else!

Here is our months/themes:

Jan - Harry Potter

Feb - Jurassic Park

Mar - Avengers

Apr - Stranger Things

May - Star Wars

Cost is $15 per person, per night.  We will be holding this event at our kitchen in the Alternative Education building across the street from Skyway Middle School.

Northern Viewpoint Book Club - February - "The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"

$10

with Christa Galipeau

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 2, 2023 at 6 pm

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a foreword by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

 

The book Club your Mamma Warned you About-  All Banned Books

For each book, at our discussions we will also explore when, where and why these books have been banned.

 

Northern Viewpoint Book Club - March - 1984

$10

with Christa Galipeau

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 2, 2023 at 6 pm

Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching...

 

A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

 

Northern Viewpoint Book Club - April - All American Boys

$10

with Christa Galipeau

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 6, 2023 at 6 pm

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this four-starred reviewed tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken directly from today’s headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.





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