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January 30, 2012

'Chase the Chill' classes help ease doldrums

Having an activity to look forward to can make a dreary winter day warmer.

"Chase the Chill Winter Weekends" will be held Feb. 25 and March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township, and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

“For adults, I wanted to focus on personal rather than professional enrichment,” said Jeanne Susko, director of Community Education and Outreach at Pitt-Johnstown.

“They’re already stressed from work and want to relax.

“There won’t be any computer classes. There’s not as much interest because people are more comfortable with their computers. I think we’ve educated them enough.”

Instead of work-related issues, adults can focus on oil painting, digital photography and a virtual tour of Gettysburg on March 3, eBay basics on March 17, and advanced eBay, grant writing for beginners and navigating the Internet to find travel deals on March 31.

“We offered an eBay class in the fall, and it had a good turnout,” Susko said. “We have an introduction and an advanced for different levels.”

For the Mind and Body Series, Garrett Lanzendorfer of Mountain Laurel Herbs will present The Dynamic Digestive System and Our Cool Circulatory System on March 17 and An Amazing Immune System on March 24.

“Grant has taught for me in the past, but these classes are all new,” Susko said.

Other classes in that series include Introduction to Eastern European Folk Dancing on March 24 and the Art of Belly Dancing on March 31.

“These classes are teasers for our bigger section of classes later on,” Susko said. “There’s an opportunity to try something for a few hours, and if they like what they learned, they can come back for our larger section.”

New Saturday Cartoon Alternatives for Kids classes include Luck of the Irish and Penguin Printmaking on March 3, Puppet Theater, Crazy Cupcakes for Kids and Pennsylvania Power on March 24 and At the Old Ball Game and Play in a Day on March 31.

Other children’s classes are Wacky Winter Wonderland; Meet Our American Girl: Kirsten Larson; Winter Landscape Collage; Baby Sitter training; M&M Math; Theater Basics; and Princess Tea Party.

“Parents can drop off their kids and go to a class themselves,” Susko said.

Hands-on cooking classes at Bottle Works will have limited seating because of space.

Classes include homemade cavatelli and sauce and hrudka and sweet babalki bread ball, both on Feb. 25; Italian wedding knot cookies and Ukrainian pysanky egg art, March 3; Polish pierogi and pagach, March 10; gobs or whoopie pies and Slovak kolachi (braided apricot rolls), March 24; and Italian wedding soup and Polish halushki and paska bread, March 31.

“All classes are new except pysanky eggs,” Susko said.

“We’re finding that cooking classes are popular.”

Brochures are available at the Community Education and Outreach office in Blackington Hall, Pitt-Johnstown and online at under current opportunities.

If you go ...

What: "Chase the Chill Winter Weekends."

Where: Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township, and Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

When: Saturdays beginning Feb. 25 and continuing through March 31.

Information: 269-2099 or email

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