Get ready to sign up for Community Ed

Angela Darensbourg with one of her balloon displays.

Early registration for classes runs through Feb. 16

For the learner who wants to make balloon bouquets, care for bees or learn about how the benefits of the Ketogenic cooking, the Community Education Program offers the courses that can make it happen.

Offered through the St. Charles Parish School System, Program Coordinator Alice Jayne Tate said community education will provide at least 150 classes in the Spring semester.

Early registration runs through Feb. 16 and deadline to register is March 2. Classes are available to residents of St. Charles Parish and surrounding parishes. Classes begin March 12.

Tate said many new classes top a list of courses available this semester.

Among them is Sandra O’Brien’s cooking classes for children.

The Destrehan resident, who works with children on a daily basis, said her class is focusing on children on making dishes for holidays, as well as on healthy eating.

“I think when kids learn early to eat better and try different foods, they usually like to taste it if they made it,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity to experiment with food.”

O’Brien also will offer a class called “Keto and Probiotic Foods: Fermentation 101.”

Joan Robbins also brings diverse teachings to the semester courses with a course in ceramics and hobby beekeeping.

In ceramics she will teach students how to make basic pottery by building it by hand.

The Hahnville resident has been into ceramics for five years and into beekeeping since childhood.

Robbins and her brother, Douglas, who lives in Luling, both help teach the beekeeper class along with Rusty Walker and Anthony Zeringue. She and her brother manage about 20 hives on a family farm in Hahnville.

Robbins is a hobby beekeeper who wants to also educate the public about “the dire situation with failure of bee colonies.”

Want to learn “Balloon Basics?”

Angela Darensbourg class is offering the class for the first time in Community Education.

Darensbourg will teach a beginning course on how to make simple balloon arrangements. There is an art to on how to properly inflate balloons, as well as how to tie them to create table décor arrangements for special events.

“I want to show how simple it can be to make a balloon arrangement,” she said.

Students will learn about sizing the balloons, how to keep arrangements standing and about toppers that give them unique appearances like Easter table arrangements with a bunny or cross topper.

The St. Rose resident is a teacher at the Family Childcare Center in the area.

In 2007, Darensbourg got into balloons when she saw an arrangement online.

“I’m very good with my hands,” she said. “Anything I see, generally I can get there and do it. That’s how I got started.”

In the arts, Tate also highlighted artist Mariloy Galle’ will offer “Still Life: Oysters, Lemons and Hot Sauce” and “State of Louisiana Shaped Scene of a Swamp Setting.”

Wayne Abadie will offer his course on making sleeping mats for homeless people and for family camping from “plarn” or what he calls plastic yarn made from recycled grocery and shopping bags.

Tate said there will also be courses in finances, beauty, fitness, gardening, music and even “Doga” or outdoor yoga with your dog.

To register for a class, mail in a completed registration form to St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Community Education Department, 13855 River Road, Luling, LA, 70070. To hand deliver the form, bring the registration form and payment at the same address. Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card or money order.

Spring 2018 classes and the registration form can be seen on the School’s website:

For more information, call (985) 785-7268.



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