Community Ed. gets ready for registration

Adults are Elaine Owens Smith’s favorite students.

“These people are there because they want to learn,” she said.

Smith is one of many teachers for Bowling Green-Warren County Community Education’s fall classes.

Registration has started.

There are a variety of classes, including recycled glass ornament making, Spanish and line dancing, according to Joshua Smith, Community Education enrichment and volunteer coordinator. The Smiths are not related.

“We have classes that will teach you everything from beginning pottery to advanced wheel throwing. If you’re into yoga for stress relief or to sleep better, we have it,” he said. “We have basic swimming for children and Aqua Zumba.”

Joshua Smith has taken the Aqua Zumba class.

“It’s pretty fun. Your mistakes are hidden so you’re not embarrassed,” he said. “If you have knee pain, it helps with that. (It’s good for) people who would not be able to do an actual Zumba class.”

There are also technology classes.

“Technology is advancing so quickly that most of us can’t keep up. We have those classes to help you,” he said. “We have classes on how to use a computer. We have to step back and realize some of our population has never used a computer.”

Elaine Smith teaches Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint, and a gingerbread class that teaches students to make it from scratch.

“The two have nothing in common,” she said, laughing.

She has been teaching adult enrichment classes for Community Education for about nine years.

“(Former enrichment and volunteer coordinator) Anne Grubbs and I were friends,” she said. “When the person who had been teaching couldn’t teach any longer, she knew I had the skills and asked me to teach.”

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