Community Ed fall lineup will offer new classes

Teaching art courses with St. Charles Parish’s Community Education extends far beyond watercolors for Marilloy Galle who has been teaching them so long that her students have also become her friends.

“I really love coming to Luling for these classes,” said Galle, who lives in Belle Chasse and is a member of the West Bank Art Guild.

Galle has an ambitious day planned for her students. They will do three paintings in one day: A blue butterfly on a blue zinnia watercolor, a pen-and-ink drawing of a cardinal, and colored pencil drawing of autumn leaves on a music sheet background.

The class, scheduled on Sept. 17, is part of Community Education’s fall lineup of courses, which also will include the ever popular culinary classes, belly dancing and Deco Mesh projects.

Jayne Tate, West Bank coordinator of Community Education, said the lineup will offer classes for just about any interest.

A new course addition will  include a lesson on Deco Mesh featuring an item with the New Orleans Saints, Tate said.Courses in culinary arts are expected to again be in highest demand, Tate said.

“Bake with Celeste” will feature basic bread making, making a braided Challah, as well as “Italian Cookies By Antoinette” that will offer the opportunity to make cookies with figs, seeds and glazes. Asian wraps along with appetizers and party foods also be some tasty lessons in classes available in fall.

Children’s classes continue to be a growing area in community education.

“It’s really starting to build again with new offerings,” Tate said.

Courses will include “Young Rembrandts” classes featuring drawing lessons for kids and cartoon lessons, as well as a cooking course that focuses on creativity in cooking while building reading and math skills. They’ll also be “Making and Decorating Tea Cookies with Karen.”

Another new addition to the lineup is a chalk painting class by All Kinds of Finds by Karen in Luling, as well as “Express Couponing,” a six-week class by Joyce Duncin.A much-anticipated returning course is Wayne Abadie’s class on making mats for the homeless out of recycled plastic yarn, also referred to as “plarn.”

Tate described this class as “awesome.”

Another much-awaited returning course is belly dancing, she said.

The equally popular financial classes will include estate planning and financial planning for women.

Courses also will include a three-part gardening class by Rene’ Schmit, the parish’s retired AgCenter agent; a sororities seminar called “It’s Greek to Me;” photography courses and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office self-defense courses.

Anyone who registers by Friday (Aug. 12) gets a 5 percent discount on class fees. Military, disabled or senior citizens (55 or older) may qualify for a 10 percent discount.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Deadline to register for classes is Aug. 31. Courses will begin Sept. 12.

Residents from the parish or surrounding parishes can participate in the classes.

To register, get information about classes or sign up as an instructor, call (985) 785-7268 or visit: and go to “About our District” and click on “Community” and then click on “Community Education.”


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