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SHAEC September 2017 Classes

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Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center      
September 2017
All Courses are Free for Hilltown Residents
To register for a class, please call 413-685-1052 or email

HiSeT Math Classes: Thursday evenings through October
SHAEC’s Gateway Classroom
September 7th through October 12th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Free for Hilltown Residents!

Do you struggle with math, or do you just need to brush up your skills after years of being
away from it?  SHAEC Math teacher Lenny Lapon has years of experience working with students of all mathematical abilities. He will work with your individual needs to help you prepare for the GED/ HiSet High School Equivalency Test.  Please call or email to pre–register for this class.  413-685-1052 or email

Computer Classes

Computer Question and Answer
Tuesday, September 5th, 10:30am – 12:00 pm
Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell Town Hall 2nd floor

Can’t find what your looking for? Need help with a new program, browser, or device? Can’t find a file, open an attachment, or are you looking at the “black screen of death?”

Or maybe you got a new laptop, tablet or cellphone?  Ease your frustrations and get some help at the Technology Q & A class.

Feel free to stop in, and get the help that you need.

Beginner Graphic Design using Microsoft Word
Wednesday, September 13th, 6-8pm
SHAEC classroom, Room 152, In the Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Rd,

 Learn to make professional looking documents, flyers, posters and cards using Microsoft Word. SHAEC teacher Heather Morgan will teach you how to easily create and print documents. You may bring your own laptop, or utilize one of the computers in the SHAEC classroom. We will go over typography, color, layout, and more, all using Microsoft Word.
Introduction to Gmail
Tuesday, September 19th, 10:30am – 12:00 pm
Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell Town Hall 2nd floor

Gmail is a free email service provided by Google. In many ways, Gmail is like any other email service: You can send and receive emails, block spam, create an address book, and perform other basic email tasks. But it also has some more unique features that help to make it one of the most popular email services on the Web.

In this class, we'll talk about some of the features and advantages of Gmail, as well as how to create a Google account and use Gmail. Some advantages of a  Gmail account include the ability to get your mail from any computer or device, at any time, from anywhere in the world.

Need  an email account?  Consider Gmail. We can teach you how to easily set up and use a Gmail account in this hands on class. Bring your device, or use one of our laptops. If you need to use one of our laptops for any classes in this series, please be sure to call in advance,  so we know how many to bring to the class.

Gmail: it’s easier then you think! 

                                        Other Events

Canine Nutrition Friday, September 1st,  5:30-7pm
SHAEC’s Gateway Classroom, Room 152, in the Gateway Regional High School Complex, 12 Littleville Rd, Huntington

What’s the best food for your dog? What “people foods” are safe for dogs? What are not?
This course will cover the following topics:
1. A quick look at the pet food industry
2. How to read and decipher a pet food label
3. A couple of quick tips to help improve your dog's diet, that could even help you save money
4. A guide to help determine if your dog is over weight

Canine and Feline Nutrition

Friday, September 15th,  5:30-7:30pm
SHAEC’s Gateway Classroom, Room 152, in the Gateway Regional High School Complex, 12
Littleville Rd, Huntington

Be prepared to give your pet emergency first aid! Topics covered in this class will include:
1. Choking, how to perform chest thrusts -with hands on practice
2. Bleeding protocols and shock with hands on practice
3. Anaphylactic shock and what to do
4. And other first aid protocols, as time allows. 

Canine Herbal Care
Friday, September 29th,  5:30-7pm
SHAEC’s Gateway Classroom, Room 152, Gateway Regional High School Complex,
12 Littleville Rd, Huntington

These herbal care remedies are ones that Jim currently uses on his homestead, and can be safely used  for canines, goats, and/or pigs.
The class will include creating at least 3 herbal remedies that you can take home with you, including the following:
1. Paw care herbal/beeswax salve
2. Natural Dewormer
3. Golden paste
There will be a $15.00 lab fee per student to cover herbs, oils and glass or metal containers to bring home.

Narrated Hike of the Keystone Arch Trail
Saturday, September 17th 10am - 1pm

Meet at the Chester Rail Station, 10 Prospect Street, Chester, MA 01011.
Please car pool, as parking is very limited at the Arches. Do not park on the street, as your car may be towed.

The Western Mass Hilltown Hikers join forces with SHAEC and JLBA to Hike the Keystone Arch Trail! Join us for the 3nd annual SHAEC/JLBA hike of the historic Keystone Arch Bridge Trail in Chester, Mass! The hike will be narrated by Dave Pierce of the Chester Foundation.
You may either hike on your own, or enjoy Dave’s incredible narration as he tells of the history of the Arch’s creation.  Plan for three hours for the narrated hike. Although the trail is easily traveled and well-marked, be prepared for mud, if it has been raining a lot. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail.

How to Start a Bed & Breakfast
Wednesday, September 20, 6pm-8pm at Gateway Regional, in the SHAEC classroom, Room 152 Taught by Denise LeDuc.

The Seven Hearths B&B  in Chesterfield opened in 1990 as a B&B home, after  Denise and her husband Doc worked with their town to change the town by-laws to include B&Bs. Denise and is a member and former president of two B&B organizations. The class will cover topics such as: the pros and cons of running a B&B, what it’s like to run a B&B, MA laws on B&B homes vs establishments, networking, advertising, and food prep / ServSafe.