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Attention! All Chocoholics

Take this course to find out why for centuries chocolate has been called the “food of the gods.”  Instructed by Erin Calvo-Bacci owner of Bacci Chocolate Design in Swampscott and The Chocolate Truffle in Reading. In a two hour class on chocolate, you’ll learn how chocolate grows and how it is harvested, who discovered it, and how it became the chocolate treats we enjoy today. You’ll have a chocolate tasting and have an opportunity to ask questions along the way. Please be advised that the chocolates are not manufactured in a nut-free facility. This course takes place at 494 Main Street, Reading MA. (2 hours) $40
10/15     6:00pm - 8:00pm R    CALVO-BACCI
PER 808 33 16166

11/12     6:00pm - 8:00pm R    CALVO-BACCI
PER 808 34 16167

*NEW* Oh Come All Ye Frazzled!
Organizing for a stress free holiday season This 90 minute non-denominational class will help you finally enjoy this stressful time of year.  Includes handouts and menus! How sad that every January I hear folks tell me how the holiday season was a blur and they did not get to enjoy any of it! Let this year be different for you and your family. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year, or whatever holidays you celebrate can be fraught with landmines of emotion and high expectations. This magical time of year, no matter your budget or circumstances can be just that, magical, if you plan ahead. This is the perfect time to start the conversation with your family about what these occasions mean to them and how best to handle all aspects of them. In this class we will deal with everything from setting realistic expectations to preparing for overnight guests, sending invitations, preparing menus, managing your budget and dealing with the inevitable trappings. (1.5 hours)  $99
10/13     7:00pm - 8:30pm    T    B    SELDERS
PER 812 30 16157     HH 111

10/15     7:00pm - 8:30pm    R    L    SELDERS
PER 812 80 16158     LC 101

The Art of Cheese
Did you know there are hundreds of types of cheese? Join us at Concord’s Cheese Shop and hear owner and 30-year turophile Peter Lovis demystify the intricacies of cheese.  Learn the art of cheese by tasting exquisitely made cheeses. This class meets at 29 Walden St., Concord, Mass. This course is not eligible for waivers or vouchers. (2 hours) $50
10/14     7:00pm - 9:00pm W   
PER 617 30 15284

10/22     7:00pm - 9:00pm R   
PER 617 31 15285    


Cupcakes Galore
Cupcakes are one of the hottest trends in the dessert industry right now. In this class you will learn how to decorate for a variety of special occasions, from birthday themes to holiday themes even wedding and baby shower ideas. Everyone will go home with an array of decorated cupcakes.. There will be a supply fee of $20 for the two classes. The supply fee will cover all the supplies needed for the classes. Enrollment limited to 9. This class takes place at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica. (6 Hours) $49
09/30 - 10/07  6:00pm - 9:00pm W    SAVINO
PER 674 33 16171

Trick or Treat w/ Fondant
Are you having or going to a Halloween party, well in this class you will be making a spooky dessert ready for its film debut. You will learn how to make a Halloween themed 3-Dimentional cake. The class will cover dying, rolling out and laying fondant properly on your 3-D cakes, complete with fondant accents. The supply fee of $15 will cover all the supplies needed for the class. Enrollment limited to 9. This class takes place at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica. (3 Hours) $29
10/28     6:00pm - 9:00pm W    SAVINO
PER 675 33 15301

Coolest Cookies
Come learn how to make your own homemade theme cookies. Decorate them with a cool stained glass candy look, goodies and royal icing. Take home recipes and ideas with the knowledge of the newest trend in cookie decorating. These cookies have breath taking colors that are perfect for a gift, party or to just wow your guests. The supply fee of $20 will cover all the supplies needed for the classes; all you have to do is just show up and enjoy. Enrollment limited to 9. This class takes place at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica.  (6 Hours) $49
10/14 - 10/21  6:00pm - 9:00pm W    SAVINO
PER 685 33 16172    

Baking 101
This introduction to the fundamental concepts, skills and techniques of classic basic baking under the instruction of Le Cordon Bleu professional chef and instructor will bring your pastry repertoire from average to Spectacular! Special emphasis is placed on the study of ingredient functions, product identification, and weights and measures as applied to baking. Students will apply basic techniques in the preparation of cookies, cakes, muffins, tarts, custards, pies, puff pastry, sweet dough and petit fours.  Food costs: $50 upon registration; some tools may also be required – List upon registration.  (15 hours) $169.  This class takes place at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, MA 
10/19 – 11/23  6:00pm – 8:30pm     M
PER 815 34 16195 

*NEW* Introduction to Craft Beer & Tasting
Interested in learning what all the fuss is about?  Here is your chance to get up to speed on the basics of craft beer.  We’ll talk about and taste the difference between ales and lagers.  Are there stouts other than Guinness out there?  What is a sour beer anyway?  Is canned beer any good?  We hope to answer all of your questions. Join us at Craft Beer Cellar, 142 Littleton Road, Westford, MA where Certified Cicerones will lead this fun and informative class! Beers styles to taste:  German Pilsner; Saison; Oktoberfest/Marzen; Double IPA; Oatmeal Stout; Berliner Weisse.  (2 hours) $40
09/13     6:00pm - 8:00pm U
PER 804 33 16162 

*NEW* Introduction to Ciders & Mead (GlutenFree)
Never acquired the taste for beer and don’t care much for wine or spirits?  Or do you just want to try something new/different?  When was the last time that you tried a cider or mead?  If the answer is not recently, then come try some and learn all about it.  Cider is commonly known as fermented apple juice.  But what about oak-aged cider?  Or Dry cider?  Or Perry?  What about Mead?  Mead is fermented honey and it’s pretty delicious whether it is dry, sweet, fruity, or flavored. Beverage styles to taste: Unfiltered Cider; Oak Aged Cider; Dry Cider; Perry; Traditional Mead; Cyser.  Join us at Craft Beer Cellar in 142 Littleton Road, Westford, MA where Certified Cicerones will lead this fun and informative class!  (2 hours) $40
09/27     6:00pm - 8:00pm U   
PER 805 33 16163   

*NEW* Pumpkin Beers-Get Your Gourd On
Welcome to the world of Pumpkin beer!  It’s everywhere this time of year and now you can take a class on it!  This class provides a great opportunity to understand the wide variety of pumpkin beers, and try many of them! We’ll cover the vast range of ways that this seasonal favorite gourd falls into so many different brews. Join us at Craft Beer Cellar, 142 Littleton Road, Westford, MA where Certified Cicerones will lead this fun and informative class!  Beers styles to taste:  Balanced Pumpkin; Imperial Pumpkin; Same Year Harvest; Pumpkin Stout; Barrel Aged Pumpkin; Belgian Pumpkin. (2 hours) $40
10/11     6:00pm - 8:00pm U   
PER 806 33 16164  

*NEW* The IPA Flight Class
It’s the style that started, and continues to fuel the craft beer revolution. But what does IPA stand for?  What are hops, and what’s the difference between the many different types of IPA?  We have answers.  IPA, Double IPA, Session IPA, Belgian IPA, Farmhouse IPA, try them all and learn what makes them all different. Beers styles to taste:  English IPA; Session IPA; IPA; Double IPA; Farmhouse IPA; Belgian IPA. Join us at Craft Beer Cellar, 142 Littleton Road, Westford, MA where Certified Cicerones will lead this fun and informative class! (2 hours) $40
10/25     6:00pm - 8:00pm U   
PER 807 33 16165

*NEW* Conversational Khmer
This course is for students with little or no knowledge of the language.  It introduces both spoken and written language, with a heavy focusing on conversational proficiency as the main goal.  The course includes basic oral usage, listening skill; and it aims to give the beginning students a practical command of the language and practical conservations. Upon completion of this course, students can expect to be able to have a basic communication skill and have vocabulary of 250- 500 words and to be able to participate in daily conversation. (16 hours) $169
10/13 – 12/1   6:00pm-8:00pm  T    L    VAN
CAR 628 80 16189     LC107

Fall Gardening

How well you treat your garden in the fall establishes how well it will perform the following year. This three-hour course will provide training and tips on preparing the garden to survive the winter and perform better in the spring. The session will cover information on digging and storing tender bulbs, protecting perennials, lawn tasks, general yard maintenance, and planning and preparing the garden for spring. (3 hours) $39
10/17    9:00am - 12:00pm     S    B    COPPOLA
PER 699 30 14852     HH 107

10/17    1:00pm - 4:00pm     S    L    COPPOLA
PER 699 80 16139     LC 101

Beginning Woodworking
Get off that couch, learn a new skill and have fun in the process. This class offers the student machine safety techniques using hand tools. The project to be made will be discussed in the first class. Students will then purchase their own lumber, and safety glasses. Woodworking is fun, challenging and oh-so-much more productive than another night with the sitcoms! Parent (or Grandparent) and child class, or scout project.  (15 hours)  $299. This class takes place at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, MA 
10/19 – 11/23  6:00pm-8:30pm  M   
CAR 829 34 16190

Advanced and Intermediate Woodworking
If you have some experience in wood working, join others with similar skills and hone your craft.  Machine and hand tool safety and usage will be discussed during every step of your project. BYO safety glasses and lumber – use our tools. Learn new techniques and dust off ones you already know! Great parent (or Grandparent) and child class, or scout project.  (15 hours) $299.  This class takes place at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, MA 
10/21 – 12/2   6:00pm – 8:30pm W
CAR 830 34 16191
No class 11/25

Gazing at the Night Sky

Join NVTHS Faculty for a fascinating study of the night sky. Learn what is happening while we sleep  (or are simply not looking) in the autumnal sky. Start at Nashoba Tech, and field trip to Hastings Observatory in Littleton on the 1st (weather dependent!) Saturday after class. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Hastings. (4 hours) $49.  This class takes place at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, MA 
10/19-10/26    6:00pm – 8:00pm M
PER 816 34     16196

Machine Tool
Launch your life and begin a new career in this fast growing field: This entry level training offers hands-on experiences that duplicate the operations utilized in the industry. Produce metal parts through milling, turning, drilling and grinding operations. Use CNC programming. Students learn the layout process, setup and procedures necessary to operate lathes, grinders and milling machines.  Great platform for engineers learning “the other side” of the trade; or aspiring machinists.  (15 hours) $299 This class takes place at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford, MA 
10/19 – 11/23  6:00pm – 8:30pm M
CAR 828 34 16192

*NEW*  Disaster Preparedness - Adult
This 90 minute course helps you understand all aspects of preparing for the possible dangers and issues related to unforeseen natural weather events. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Do you remember all the issues New Englanders faced this past winter? How much did it cost your family to make repairs, heal from injuries or replace lost or damaged items? Did out of town family members know you were safe? Could you get to your kids in an emergency or could they find you? Did one or two incidences or accidents cost you your job or good credit rating or loss of insurance coverage? Did you have adequate insurance coverage? In failing to plan, we plan to fail! This course will teach you about how to protect yourself, your family, your pets and your belongings in the face of natural disasters.  (1.5 hours) $99
09/22     7:00pm - 8:30pm T    B    SELDERS  P
ER 809 30 16151     HH 111
09/24     7:00pm - 8:30pm R    L    SELDERS
PER 809 80 16152     LC 101

*NEW*  Understanding Processing Modalities & Learning Styles - Adult
This 90 minute class gives an overview of processing modalities and learning styles. Do you know what kind of learner you or your child are? Are you a visual or auditory learner? Do you read the lawn mower’s manual or just dive in and take it apart to find a problem? Do you see what I am saying or do you hear my words? Are you hyper sensitive to noise or overwhelmed by bright colors? Do you know why? Understanding how we process information and how we learn new things can help relieve stress and arguments at home and/or in the workplace. How many times have you tried to get a point across during a meeting or while helping your child with a homework assignment, only to become frustrated that they were not getting it?? When it comes to doing homework or working with colleagues, knowing how you and they learn best, how they process the information coming at them, can be to everyone’s advantage. Barking orders to a visual learner will get you nowhere but into the dog house. Producing a multicolored presentation for a color-blind kinesthetic learner would be a waste of your talent. Understanding how to match your output to their input can be invaluable. In this class, we will explore the meanings of these modalities and how they can benefit or frustrate us in our daily interactions. (1.5 hours)  $99
09/29     7:00pm - 8:30pm T    B    SELDERS
PER 810 30 16153     HH 111

10/01     7:00pm - 8:30pm R    L    SELDERS
PER 810 80 16154     LC 101

*NEW*  Choice Management for Busy Parents
This 90 minute class teaches time and choice management. Time management with a twist! This interactive class will help busy parents understand time in a new way and help them regain control of their schedules. How many have tried to maintain their single or newly married schedules as they add additional mouths to feed and nurture? Trying to do it all, manage it all, have it all and enjoy it all just cannot be sustained. It is time to stop the merry-go-round so that you really can get to the brass ring!  This class will help you look at time from a new perspective and learn to use it to your best advantage. Your health, your marriage and your children will thank you! (1.5 hours) $99
10/06     7:00pm - 8:30pm T    B    SELDERS
PER 811 30 16155     HH 111 

10/08     7:00pm - 8:30pm R    L    SELDERS
PER 811 80 16156     LC 101

The following language courses take place at Minuteman Technical School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA. Registration is through Middlesex Community College.  No classes 11/25 and 11/26.

Italian for Beg, Level I
Come and join us to learn the fundamentals of this exciting language.  You’ll learn basic grammar, vocabulary, and conversation, through a variety of activities and methods.  $160
09/23 - 12/16  6:00pm - 7:30pm W   
PER 642 33 15288    

Italian for Beginner, Level II
This course is open to people who have already taken the Italian, Level I course or are familiar with the language (present tense, adjectives, prepositions).  We will continue to study grammar by adding simple and short conversations.  $160
09/23 - 12/16  7:30pm - 9:00pm W   
PER 643 33 15289    

Parliamo Italiano!
If you are fluent in Italian and want to keep up or improve your conversational ability, this class is for you. The class is conducted in Italian and different topics will be discussed during the 10 sessions.  $160
09/28 - 12/07  7:30pm - 9:00pm M   
PER 644 33 15290    

Spanish for Beginners
This course will help students develop the four skills of the Spanish language necessary for basic communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. These skills will be practiced and integrated regularly during the semester. Students should not expect to comprehend every word from their instructor, but should try to integrate what they do know to understand the overall meaning. The classes are planned to practice 65% conversation, 25% reading, and 10% writing.  $160
10/01 - 12/17  7:00pm - 8:30pm R   
PER 645 33 14864    

Spanish Intermediate
This course is intended both for students continuing on from our instructor’s Spanish for Beginners class and for students who are comfortable using the present and past verb tenses. You will build upon your previously-gained knowledge of the Spanish language, gaining fluency with the description of daily routines, future, and past events. (15 hours) $160
09/23 - 12/16  7:00pm - 8:30pm W   
PER 813 33 16184    

Spanish Conversation Group
Si usted ha aprendido español hace unos años o recientemente, de seguro disfrutara de esta clase. Los estudiantes podra? recordar lo aprendido y añadir a su conocimiento mas vocabulario y mas gramatica.  En esta clase se hablara sobre los intereses de cada estudiante y sobre los temas de actualidad.  Se espera que los estudiantes ya hayan aprendido al menos los tiempos presente, pasado y futuro.  Ademas es indispensable que traigan a la clase muchos deseos de usar la lengua. $160
09/29 - 12/01  7:00pm - 8:30pm T   
PER 646 33 15291    

German for Beginners Continued
Guten Tag! Danke Schon! Gesundheit!  It’s German. This class will provide an opportunity to build vocabulary and work on basic structures of elementary German. Students will practice speaking, listening reading and writing, and learn to communicate in everyday situations. Emphasis is placed on survival skills in situations, such as eating out, shopping, social encounters, asking for directions, and expressing feelings. $175
10/01 - 12/17  7:00pm - 9:00pm R   
PER 647 33 15312    

German Intermediate
Guten Abend! Sprechen Sie Deutsch? This course is intended both for students continuing from the previous German Intermediate class and for others with previous knowledge of basic German (in the present tense) and some basic grammar (e.g. conjugation & basic sentence structure). The emphasis will be on building conversational ability by engaging in conversation about everyday situations. Participants will review and expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. $175
09/23 - 12/16  7:00pm - 9:00pm W   
PER 648 33 15293    

Deutsche Gesprachsgruppe
Sprechen Sie Deutsch aber haben wenig Gelegenheit es zu benutzen?  Vielleicht ist unsere wochentliche Gesprachsgruppe dann genau das Richtige fur Sie.  Bei einer Tasse Tee und lassiger Atmospare werden wir aktuelle Themen diskutieren, sowie einige Zeitungs-und Zeitschriftenartikel und Kurzgeschichten lesen.  Lese-und Diskussionsmaterialien werden vom Interesse der Gruppe bestimmt und oft von den Teilnehmern beigetragen.  Obwohl der Schwerpunkt der Klasse auf Erweiterung der Gesprachsfahigkeiten liegt, werden wir Gelegenheiten nutzen um die deutsche Grammatik zu besprechen und um Kenntnisse darin zu erweitern.  Die Lehrerin ist Muttersprachlerin und unterrichtet an der Deutschen Sonnabendschule Boston. $175
09/28 - 12/07  7:00pm - 9:00pm M   
PER 649 33 16185

French for Beginners
Come and join us to learn the fundamentals of this exciting language. You’ll learn basic grammar, vocabulary, and conversation, through a variety of activities and methods.   $175
09/23 - 12/16  6:30pm - 8:30pm W   
PER 638 33 15295

French Intermediate
This course is intended for students who have had some exposure to French, such as courses in high school or an adult evening beginner French class. We will work on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with a focus on oral proficiency using a textbook, compact discs, and videos. We will end the session preparing a French dish and, of course, speaking as much French as possible while enjoying our repas. $175
09/29 - 12/01  6:30pm - 8:30pm T   
PER 651 33 15296    

French Advanced Intermediate
This course is intended for students continuing on from the previous class and for students who have previously studied French. The course is conducted entirely in French. We will focus on the four skills of learning a language: speaking, listening, reading, writing. We will study the grammar using the text The Ultimate French Review and Practice, which is available for purchase in the Community Education Office.  We will also read a novel or play; copies will be provided by the instructor. A French movie will be viewed and discussed. At the end of the session, we will go out to a French restaurant to practice our French and enjoy a meal together in an authentic setting. (20 hours) $175
10/01 - 12/17  6:30pm - 8:30pm R   
PER 814 33 16186

Last Modified: 7/22/15