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Comm Ed & Rec registration opens soon

Posted December 5, 2016

Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation will offer a variety of fitness, youth and general interest courses in early 2017, a mix of returning favorites plus 21 new opportunities.

Registration opens the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 12 for the session that will run from January through April. Most fitness and aquatic classes begin the week of Jan. 9.

Community Ed & Rec again is offering a free Cultural Series. This one features:

  • Journey to Citizenship: PHS Spanish teacher Rommy Herrera will talk about his journey from Costa Rica to the United States and the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • “The Visitor” screening: This 2008 film offers a different perspective on being a foreigner. After being gone for an extended period of time, a professor returns to NYC to find illegal immigrants living in his apartment.
  • “Salam Neighbor” screening: This 2015 documentary was made by two Americans who lived among refugees along Syria’s border. A presentation on refugees living in Sheboygan County will follow the movie.  

New this year is a Gut Series, focusing on digestive health.  Classes in this lively series include:

  • Do You Have the Guts? Your gut (or your gastrointestinal tract) is of key importance to your overall health. Dr. Dan Francis will help us understand the science of digestive health and how various foods encourage friendly gut bacteria, enhancing digestion and therefore overall well-being.
  • Learn to Make Yogurt and Kombucha: Dr. Jean Francis and Anne Gamoke will share their journey to better gut health by regularly eating fermented foods, such as yogurt and kombucha. Enjoy samples while learning to make yogurt and brew kombucha, a fermented tea drink, both beneficial to gut health.
  • Fermentation for Digestive Health: Join herbalist Linda Conroy to learn her five-point approach to improve digestive and whole-body health with fermented food and medicinal herbs. Learn to ferment herbal infusions and tonics and embed herbs into beverages and food.

Additional nutrition & wellness opportunities include:

  • Monthly Meditation: These free, drop-in meditation sessions will begin with guided breathing or meditation techniques and end with a quiet meditation. 
  • Eating Mindfully: Explore how to be more aware of and present to our relationship with food through mindfulness and other useful techniques while eating. 
  • Cheese: Mozzarella & Ricotta: Join a veteran home cheesemaker to curdle milk and stretch the curd. You will make mozzarella and two styles of ricotta.
  • From the Garden - Herbal Infused Oils, Salves & Lotions: Learn to make herbal-infused oils with plants from your garden. Transform the infused oils into salves and lotions and discuss the wide spectrum of healing qualities that plants offer. Take home an infused oil, a salve, and a lotion that you make in class, as well as recipes.
  • Foraging for Health, Nourishment and Fun: Learn about seasonal wild plants and how to use them for food and medicine. Get tips for identifying, harvesting, and preparing wild plants. The evening will include an herb walk (outside if weather allows), as well as samples of seasonal wild edibles and recipes.
  • Family Bee Films: Gain awareness about the current pollinator declines in a fun, family-friendly environment. Begin with “A Ghost in the Making,” a short film about a bumblebee on the brink of extinction, and follow with the charming animated film “Bee Movie.”

New general education classes include:

  • Scion Wood Exchange: Join fellow fruit tree enthusiasts to swap stories and trade scion wood from various trees. This event immediately follows the Tree Grafting class and is open to anyone.
  • Knitting II (Intermediate): Take this class as the next step from Intro to Knitting I or take it as a stand-alone if you are already able to knit and want to learn more. Class will cover additional stitches and more advanced patterns. 
  • Classic Poncho: Make a personalized and stylish poncho for any season. A simple pattern for knitting or crocheting will be shared as this combined class of knitters and crocheters works on their own projects. Requires basic knitting and/or crocheting skills.

New options for children include:

  • Intro to Sports: Varsity coaches and players will give guidance to students in grades 3-8 in this series of one-day mini camps during Spring Break. Each day features a different sport, with basic instruction in the morning, lunch provided (with coaches and players), and game play in the afternoon. 
  • Open Gym Play: This free solution to Cabin Fever is for students in grades K-4. Parents need to pre-register and stay with their children.
  • Little Naturalists: District nutrition & wellness coordinator Carrie Caselton Lowe guides families with little ones as they explore, discover, and connect to nature. These free outings are offered the fourth Wednesday of each month at Meyer Park.

The January-April 2017 Course Listings will be available online at www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/COM.html beginning Monday, Dec. 12; in the Dec. 13 Plymouth Review Xtra; in the Dec. 16 elementary Friday Folders; and at locations throughout the community.

Learn more:
• The January-April 2017 Course Listings will be available online at www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/COM.html beginning Monday, Dec. 12; in the Dec. 13 Plymouth Review Xtra; in the Dec. 16 elementary Friday Folders; and at locations throughout the community.
• For more information, check out www.facebook.com/PlymouthCommunityEdRec, email commedrec@plymouth.k12.wi.us, call (920) 892-5068, or stop by the Plymouth Community Education & Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.