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Community Ed. program will feature a wide variety of courses in 2008

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AYER — The Ayer Community Education program — formerly Ayer Adult Education — will offer 11 courses during its spring 2008 season.

The lineup will include new courses and seminars in kitchen and bath design, home landscaping, natural remedies for ADD/ADHD, and pet care and behavior.

Popular returning courses include billiards, Hatha-Kripalu Yoga, ballroom dancing, genealogy and recreational volleyball.

A list of courses is available at www.ayer.k12.ma.us/district/adult_ed.cfm.

Registration — the cost of which is payable by check or cash — must be mailed to or dropped off at the Ayer school business office, 141 Washington St., Ayer, MA 01432.

Non-Ayer residents are welcome to enroll. Enrollment forms will be available on the Ayer schools Web site. Course bulletins with course descriptions and enrollment forms will also be available at downtown locations.

Many classes will be held in Ayer Middle-High and Page Hilltop schools, though some classes, such as the kitchen and bath classes, will be held at off-site locations.

Kitchen and bath do-over classes will be held in downtown Ayer’s new full-featured kitchen and bath facility, Riley’s Design Center. They will feature George Whitehead, certified kitchen designer, and other home-design professionals.

The landscaping course will feature James Pinard, local landscaping professional.

A one-night seminar on pet emergency preparedness and pet first aid and another seminar on dog care and behavior will feature Dr. Kathryn Trenholm, of Ayer Animal Medical Center.

A seminar on feline behavior and care will feature Julie Porter Brooks and Michelle Wilmer, of Westford’s Forgotten Angels Shelter.

For the fitness-conscious, last year’s popular Hatha-Kripalu Yoga course with Lakshmi Annavajhala is returning in two six-week sessions.

Jim Ray’s Co-ed volleyball course will return in two five-week sessions.

“Dancing with the Stars” fans can look forward to the return of two sessions of ballroom dancing with instructors Donna Shea and Mike Quigley.

Roy Pastor’s billiards course returns with three separate sessions/

Finally, former Ayer teacher Sara Bush will guide those seeking to discover their roots with the return of her genealogy course.

The long-standing Adult Education program was expanded last year after a hiatus of two years. The name was changed to Community Education this year to reflect the broader nature of course offerings.

Last year, the program also organized its first summer course — a volleyball session at Sandy Pond Beach in cooperation with the Ayer Parks Department. Anyone with an idea for a future community education course can e-mail hzane@ayer.k12.ma.us.

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