Spring is the time for new leaves, new sprouts and new blooms — it may also be time for acquiring some new skills. Upcoming area learning opportunities include:
WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. April 2
WHERE: Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston
COST: $70, includes materials. Register at www.lcsc.edu/ce or by calling (208) 792-2447
Hammocks might be the ultimate expression of warm-weather leisure and with plenty of sunshine on the way, you can learn how to make a hammock of your own. Al Grafton, who has made different types of hammocks for backpacking and backyard use, will demonstrate how to use ripstop nylon and amsteel rope to make a lightweight hammock. You’ll also learn how to use a low stretch line to suspend it properly. Students will take home a finished — or mostly finished — hammock of their own to use for camping or a lazy backyard snooze.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday and March 30, 2 p.m. April 2
WHERE: As You Like It Cakes at 504 Main St., Suite 240, in Lewiston
Step-by-step instructions for springtime cupcakes are offered at As You Like It Cakes decorating classes. Students begin with pre-baked cupcakes and will leave with six spring-themed cupcakes, including those with rainbows and chicks. As much as possible, the decorations are made with grocery store ingredients so students can replicate them at home.
Classes are one to two hours in length and are limited to 16 participants; kids younger than 8 must be accompanied by a parent helper. Register in person or by phone at (208) 553-8588.
Theater Classes for Individuals with Disabilities
WHEN: Kids’ classes are 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Mondays starting this Monday and continuing through April 18; adult classes are 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays starting this Wednesday and continuing through April 20
WHERE: Forge Theatre at 404 Sweet Ave. on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow
COST: Free; register at www.familiestogether.org or by calling (208) 874-7891
For its second year, Families Together and Artists Striving to End Poverty have partnered to offer free acting classes for those with disabilities. Last year’s classes were only for kids; this year adult classes are also available.
The classes, taught by college students through ASTEP, covers a variety of skills. Theater activities can support the development of socialization skills, said Denise Wetzel of Families Together, including recognizing nonverbal facial expressions of others, conversational tones and etiquette as well as enjoying new friendships.
Class size is limited to 16; registration required by Friday. Children and adult students will do a performance at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow.