Brand New this Fall at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program invites you to enroll in these brand new classes scheduled for the Fall semester, beginning the week of Oct. 3. Details are described below. All classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., unless otherwise noted. For additional information, or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949 or visit our Web site at for online registration and catalog.

Israeli Dancing

Learn the steps of Israeli dancing, both traditional and modern. Enjoy the music and have fun! It's not just the hora. It's great exercise. Instructor Vivi Kraft is a certified NIA teacher with more than 30 years of dance training and experience. Class meets 10 Mondays, Oct. 3-Dec. 12 (no class Oct. 10), from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fee: $75 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $85 for nonresidents.

Community Orchestra

If you always wanted to perform orchestral symphonic music, here is your chance! If you play a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument with some level of proficiency and can read music, join us for a relaxed evening of music making. No audition is required. Study works of the beloved orchestral repertoire with Great Neck's own respected music director and conductor, Mark Amsterdam. Bring a pencil and folding wire music stand to first session. Class meets 11 Tuesdays, Oct. 4-Dec. 20 (no class Nov. 8), from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the North Middle School, 77 Polo Rd., Room 118. Fee: $99 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $109 for nonresidents.

The Art & Craft of Pressed Flowers

Wherever you go, you can find a wide range of flowers, mosses, ferns, fruits, and vegetables. Learn to press these natural items and create works of art, such as landscapes, still life, greeting cards, photo frames, etc. Bring a notebook and any size glass container to first class. Instructor CK Chen is a fine artist with over 25 years of studies and training in all mediums. He studied at the prestigious state school in Rangoon, Burma, and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in New York City. Class meets four Thursdays, Oct. 6-27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $69 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $79 for nonresidents. A material fee of $20 per session is payable to instructor.

Astronomy: An Introduction

Have you always been fascinated by the night sky? Planned on buying a telescope? Did you get one as a gift, but don't know how to use it? Spend two evenings learning how to become an amateur astronomer. In this mini astronomy course, you will be shown what's out there to view. Learn the differences in the various types of telescopes available and which would be better for you. See how refractor scopes are different from reflectors. Get to try each in a viewing session outdoors. Also give binocular astronomy a try. Test binoculars of various sizes and magnifications. Learn how to use the Internet to get freeware astronomy programs and lots of other useful, related information. The two evenings will include an indoor talk/graphics presentation and a session outdoors to view some of the wonders of the night sky. Bring your curiosity and questions and your scope or binoculars, if you have them. If you've never looked at Saturn or the Moon through a telescope, it's reason enough to come! Join Eugene Artemyeff for this informative class. Mr. Artemyeff has been an amateur astronomer for more than 50 years. His hands-on demonstrations utilize customized telescopes and binocular mounts that have been awarded prizes at Stellafane, an Eastern-region gathering of notable astronomy lovers. Class meets two Thursdays, Oct. 6, from 7-9 p.m., and Oct. 13, from 8:30-10 p.m. (rain date for Oct. 13 is Oct. 20). Fee: $19. No nonresident surcharge.

Chess Club for Adults

Open to all levels. Sharpen your thinking skills and exercise your mind! A few quotes to consider: "The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it." --Benjamin Franklin. "Chess is not a mere game but is a method of mind training." --Emanuel Lasker, world chess champion. "Chess, like love and music, has the power to make us happy." --Siegbert Tarrasch, grandmaster and teacher. Join Garrett Christian, an expert chess player and professional chess instructor and coach, who trained under International Grandmaster Gennady Sagalchik. Class meets nine Fridays, Oct. 14-Dec. 23 (no class Nov. 11 & 25), from 1-3 p.m. Fee: $159 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $169 for nonresidents.

Writing for Magazines: Everyone's an Expert!

Everyone is an expert at something--a personal hobby, professional acumen, or life experience. If you want to share that knowledge--and see your name in print--this class is for you. Through interaction and exercises, you'll brainstorm ideas for an article, acquire research markets and editorial guidelines, and get started on crafting a well-developed piece. All you need to bring is paper, pen, imagination, and the willingness to write about what you know best. Instructor Virginia (Ginny) McMorrow has worked as a writer/editor for more than 20 years. She is currently a senior editor for a major NYC consulting firm. She is the author of five fantasy novels and has also had 10 plays produced in New York, off-off Broadway. Class meets four Tuesdays (Oct. 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 15), from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $69 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $79 for nonresidents.

Staying Fit for Your Second 50 Years

Get tips on taking care of your body from a physical therapist with over 30 years experience. As your body changes, the rules for safe and effective exercise change too. You need to exercise smarter because there is less room for error. Become an informed consumer by understanding how your body works now and how to keep it working for years to come. Classes include tips and precautions for each area of the body, as well as simple exercises that challenge your muscles to become stronger while protecting your joints. Learn how to improve strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance without expensive equipment. See how you can stay fit doing everyday activities, by using good form and graceful movements. Get the most benefit with the least risk. Each participant will receive the 120-page National Institute on Aging guide for Exercise & Physical Activity. Join Anthony Sarola, a practicing physical therapist and adjunct professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Touro College in Manhattan, for this informative class. Class meets five Thursdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 17, from 3-4 p.m., or five Tuesdays, Nov. 22-Dec. 20, from 7:15-8:15 p.m. Fee: $45 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $55 for nonresidents.