Winter/Spring 2019 Offerings: Leisure & Special Interest

Try a new hobby or just learn something new with our wide range of special interest courses!

Contemporary Guitar Skills I
This course is designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less. You will be guided through the basics of guitar, including how to tune the guitar, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 2/19 - 5/21, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/19 & 4/23
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Contemporary Guitar Skills III
This class is for advanced students who have completed Contemporary Guitar Skills II or for those with four or more years of playing experience. Topics include; scales, arpeggios, modes, alternate tunings, scale applications, virtuoso techniques, phrasing, improvising and more.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Mon., 2/18 - 5/20, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/18 & 4/22
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Whether you are a complete beginner or just need a refresher, join us in learning to play Mah Jongg. This class includes basic instruction and the opportunity to play with people of varying skill levels. Please bring a 2019 National Mah Jongg League, Inc. Official Standard Hands and Rules card. If you have a Mah Jongg set, please bring it with you. Cards can be purchased at
4 Sessions, DCC B05
Thurs., 4/4 - 4/25, 1 - 3 p.m.
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

Texas Hold ’em
Casual poker players can get an in-depth look at Texas Hold ’em during this intensive 10 hour course designed to give the casual player an understanding of some important aspects of the game. The class will discuss starting hands, mathematical probabilities, playing styles, tournament strategy and casino versus home games. Much of the information will be taught in game simulations.
4 Sessions, DCC 138
Mon. and Wed., 2/11 - 2/20, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
John Ostwald, Instructor

Car Care for Women
This will be a one night introductory course for women only on the care and general maintenance of their vehicles. Topics will include identifying fluids and what they do, service maintenance intervals, tire maintenance and tips on finding a good technician. This course will take place in the Hudson Valley Community College Automotive Lab.
1 Session, CGN 153
Wed., 4/10, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Anthony Kossmann, Instructor

The Future of Home Energy, Heat Pump and PV Technology
Prepare for your home’s energy future. This course will help you become energy independent, save money and be kind to the planet. We will cover some basic facts about clean energy, cooling and electricity and learn simple and clear steps to incorporate these technologies into your home. Please bring your most recent energy bills (gas, electric, propane, oil, wood, etc.)
1 Session, TEC-SMART in Malta, Room 125
Tues., 3/5, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Michaela Ciovacco & Joanne Coons, Instructors

1 Session, ADM 102
Tues., 4/9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Michaela Ciovacco & Joanne Coons, Instructors

Russian History
This survey of 1,000 years of Russian history will focus on major figures like Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Rasputin and the last Tsar, Nicholas II. There will a special lecture on the role of Russian Orthodoxy. We also will delve into the Russian Revolution and the period of Communist rule followed by the re-emergence of a new Russia under Boris Yeltsin.
6 Sessions, DCC B05
Thurs., 2/21 - 4/4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
No class 3/21
Paul Kindlon, Instructor

Long Distance Backpacking: An Introduction to Through Hiking
Discover the world of long distance backpacking and what you can do to prepare for a through hike of your own. This course will touch upon the three major long distance trails in the United States (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Trail) and what makes them unique. There will be a breakdown for those interested in through hiking that will include how to prepare and what to expect on the trail. This will include different types of gear, food and footwear, trail lingo and through-hiking culture.
1 Session, ADM 101
Tues., 3/5, 7 - 8 p.m.
John Cleveland, Instructor

True Stories from the Flip Side of History
Some think that history has to be boring, but it doesn’t have to be. For example, did you know that when a supposed miracle drug was introduced to market in 1937, deaths around the nation were reported almost immediately? Surprisingly, the FDA was basically powerless to do anything about it and this was the incident that finally forced the federal government to give it the teeth needed to ensure drug safety.

Or, that an airplane race across the Atlantic in 1929, which pitted the smaller, more nimble American Green Flash against larger, more powerful French Yellow Bird, was plagued by problem after problem? Once the Yellow Bird was finally on its way, its crew would be in for the most incredible surprise. Then, there is the amazing true story of a woman hired in 1946 to investigate another woman who was the main suspect in a jewel heist. What happened next is truly unforgettable. Join Steve Silverman, who has been researching, writing, and recording the Useless Information Podcast for more than a decade, as he tells these and other bizarre and unusual stories that time has long-forgotten.
1 Session, ADM 102
Wed., 2/20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Steve Silverman, Instructor

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Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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