Ways to "Reduce" at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers three informative classes this September--all focusing on ways to reduce: your child's college costs; your air- travel anxiety; and your driver-license points and car-insurance costs. Details are described below. Classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. To register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949 or visit www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration.

Reduce College Expenses

Learn strategies that can assist you in paying for college tuition. This information is especially useful for middle- to high-income families, with a college-bound student, who do not qualify for need-based financial aid. Learn how to pay for college with pre-tax dollars; how to send your child to a private university for the same cost or less than a state school; how to receive money from colleges and universities even if you don't qualify for need-based financial aid; exactly what you should and should not do before applying to college; and the biggest mistakes parents make when paying for college and how to avoid them. Leave with strategies you can implement right away. John Carbonara, a Certified Financial Planner and Fox College Funding Consultant, teaches this class on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $15.

Fly Without Fear

Are you afraid to fly? Perhaps your fear is so overwhelming that it keeps you permanently grounded. Or you may feel nervous and tense when you're in the air. If you are a fearful flyer, an international airline captain will teach you what you need to know about modern aviation to put you more at ease. You will also learn a special behavioral technique to control flying-related and other anxieties. This popular program, from a pilot who has flown jets around the world for 34 years, will give you a better understanding of commercial flying and make it possible for you to fly without fear. Instructor Robert Schapiro recently retired as an international airline captain after spending more than 30 years flying. His career included both military and commercial aviation. Mr. Schapiro has written books for children, lectured on aviation to students from kindergarten through college, and has been featured in magazines and on television. He leads this class on three Thursdays, Sept. 8-22, from 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $39.

Defensive Driving: Insurance/Point Reduction

The Empire Safety Council, in cooperation with the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, offers a way for drivers to lower automobile-insurance premiums, reduce driver-record violation points, and sharpen driving skills. This 6-hour classroom course addresses accident-prevention skills. On completion, you will be eligible for a 3-year, 10-percent discount on collision and liability premiums (including property damage, bodily injury, and personal-injury protection) on all vehicles for which you are listed as principal operator. Four points will also be deducted from the total on your driver record, if you have incurred violations during the 18-month period prior to completing the course. Bring driver's license and pen. Allow 6&endash;8 weeks to receive certification. Instructor Roger Chizever is an Allstate Insurance agent, a Great Neck resident and active member of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce. He leads this class on two Wednesdays, Sept. 14 & 21, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $40.


October Excursions with Adult Program

Join the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program for four very different trips planned for the month of October. Once the Fall catalog is received (just before Labor Day), these trips will fill quickly. View art and sculpture at the Met through the eyes of an art historian, with lunch at the Central Park Boathouse. Tour the Modern Art Foundry in Astoria, a 70-year-old, family-run workshop offering services to artists and sculptors in modeling, enlarging, molding, retouching, casting, patina, mounting, and installation. Experience Queens Crossing, the new international mall for shopping, dining, and entertainment, located in Flushing. Explore historic Hoboken, NJ, experiencing a rebirth as a hip, vibrant, urban community, still just over one square mile in size. Details are provided below. All trips feature transportation by luxury coach, docent-led tours, and gourmet lunches, departing from and returning to the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. For additional information or to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949 or visit www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration and catalog.

The Met & Central Park Boathouse Lunch--Oct. 20

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's outstanding collection of modern art includes painting, sculpture, drawings, watercolors, decorative arts, design, and architectural representations from about 1900 to the present day. More than 10,000 works by European and American artists comprise the collection. Visit the Early Twentieth-Century Galleries with art historian and lecturer Catherine Lawrence, who will once again choose outstanding works that exemplify the exploding development of modern and abstract art as it flourished in Europe and America. Highlights of the Museum's outstanding collection include: Kandinsky's Garden of Love, Braque's Le Gueridon, Hopper's The Lighthouse, O'Keefe's Red, White, and Blue, Pollock's Autumn Rhythm, and Lichtenstein's Stepping Out, as well as sculptures by Calder, Naguchi, Moore, and many more. Also view a special new exhibit, Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe, the first large-scale presentation of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from Alfred Stieglitz's collection, acquired by the Metropolitan in 1949. Through a succession of influential galleries that the master photographer ran in New York City between 1905 and 1946, Stieglitz exhibited many of the most important artists of the era and collected works by Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Severini, Kandinsky, and O'Keeffe. The Alfred Stieglitz Collection has been the cornerstone of the Museum's holdings of modern American art. The exhibition will feature some 300 major works by American and European modernists, supplemented by photographs. Even if you have visited the Museum many times before, visiting the Met with a well-versed art historian, such as Catherine, brings vivid life to the selections, enhancing the art experience. Following the tour, take a bus ride through Central Park with its resplendent fall color, arriving at the Boathouse restaurant for a scrumptious lunch accompanied by a beautiful view. Toby Israel leads this trip on Thursday, Oct. 20. Depart 9:30 a.m.; anticipated return 4:30 p.m. Fee: $109 (includes docent-led tour, lunch, transportation, and gratuities).

Modern Art Foundry & Lunch in Astoria--Oct. 24

Probably the oldest family owned art foundry in the US, the Modern Art Foundry produced over 15,000 sculptures--large and small--for artists such as Lipchitz, Miro, Archipenko, and Noguchi, some of whom have also used their studio facilities. To this day, they train their own craftsmen, many of them from Europe and South America. In addition to their sculpture services, they are actively involved in maintenance and conservation projects throughout the US--offering everything from recasting missing pieces, refinishing, and removing graffiti. Their commemorative-design department has created many sculptures dedicated to military veterans, public officials, and individuals who have enriched our society. Begin with a private, behind-the-scenes tour led by Jeffrey Spring, third-generation family member of the owners of the Modern Art Foundry. Learn about common procedures and complexities of lost-wax casting, view the casting process, the patina section, and more. Relax and enjoy lunch in a gracious, family owned Greek restaurant. Our bountiful meal will begin with a delicious salad, followed by an appetizer, entrée of grilled steak or grilled salmon, typical Greek dessert, and beverage. We've allowed some time to explore the ethnic shops in this fascinating neighborhood. Helene Schachter leads this trip on Monday, Oct. 24. Depart 9:15 a.m. from Cumberland; anticipated return 4 p.m. Fee: $119 (includes guided tour, lunch, transportation, and all gratuities). The tour takes about 2 hours and will involve walking and standing. Space is strictly limited.

Queens Crossing: International Flavors--Oct. 27

Join us for an amazing adventure close to home! A luxury coach will take us to Queens Crossing in the heart of Flushing. It's a new, multistoried, high-end shopping complex with boutiques, specialty lifestyle stores, and restaurants. Stop at Mango, the young, Spanish fashion house; Irresistible Home Décor; East Coast with its exquisite crystal creations; Crossing Art, a gallery that exhibits the best of contemporary Asian art; and jewelers, including Swarovski. Then, visit Queens Crossing's international restaurants: Rose House, a rosy, royal, British, afternoon-tea emporium, and Koreana, which is traditional Korean/Japanese. At Mulan (named for a historical heroine who served in an all-male army in place of her aged father), enjoy a fine-dining experience. Mulan's cuisine is the best of modern Asian fusion. The ambience is exquisite--dine surrounded by a waterfall. The menu: appetizer--crispy, fried, portobello mushroom, savory crab spring roll, and Thai shrimp salad; egg drop soup with fish mousse or Thai lobster pumpkin soup; entrée choice--beef parmigiana, miso-glazed tilapia, Moroccan barbecued chicken leg, or barbecued pork ribs; dessert, with tea, is warm banana strudel with vanilla sauce. Before we bus back, there will be time for a bit of shopping on your own. Be sure to visit the ground-floor Paris Baguette with its irresistible baked goods and Viennese pastries. You'll find it ever so hard to resist taking a sampling home. Carol Brock leads this trip on Thursday, Oct. 27. Depart 11:15 a.m.; anticipated return 4:15 p.m. Fee: $69 (includes tour, lunch and gratuity, and transportation and gratuity to driver).

Hoboken, NJ & Brunch--Oct. 29

With our guide, explore Hoboken, the Square Mile City, which has become one of the most "hip" areas in recent years. Begin with a visit to the Hoboken Railroad Terminal, listed on the New Jersey Registry of Historic Places. The large, main waiting room with its floral and Greek-revival motifs, tiled in stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany, is generally considered one of the finest in the US aesthetically. The exterior extends to over four stories and has a distinguished copper-clad façade with ornate detailing. A grand, double staircase, with decorative cast-iron railings, within the main waiting room provides an entrance to the upper-level ferry concourse. Our riding/walking tour will incorporate the Hoboken of yesteryear and as it is today, where the gentrification has taken place. View some of Hoboken's interesting landmarks: Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the oldest technological universities in the US; the home of its famous native, Frank Sinatra; the Yankee Ferry, a National Historic Landmark; and, of course, Carlo's Bakery of TLC's "Cake Boss" fame. (Note: we cannot plan to stop, as the lines for the bakery are generally over an hour.) Enjoy Sunday brunch in a popular restaurant with an appetizer, main course, dessert, and beverage. Helene Schachter leads this trip on Saturday, Oct. 29. Depart 9 a.m.; anticipated return 5:30 p.m. Fee: $115 (includes docent-guided tour of Hoboken, brunch, transportation, and gratuities).