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We provide fun, educational, and dynamic informal classes including photography, dancing, art, fitness and more! Try a variety of classes with us without an intimidating time commitment.

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Dive into puppetry in this fun class! Instructor Sara Farr will bring plenty of puppets for you to try out. Work on the basics of puppet manipulation, like making eye contact, feigning breath, etc, and learn to bring life to inanimate objects! This one-day workshop is on October 11. Register online.

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Get comfortable on Texas dance floors by learning the two-step! Class starts on October 7. Register on the website.

Find Out Why So Many People are Hooked on Knitting

Our next Learn to Knit class is coming up soon - and it’s almost full! Don’t miss your chance to register for this fun class. Pick up a hobby that will keep your hands and mind busy. You can knit pretty much anywhere - while watching TV, while riding along in the car, while visiting someone in the hospital - or just focus on knitting and create beautiful, intricate patterns! This class is for beginners, but if you’ve had some  experience and want to brush the rust off your skills, you are welcome.

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You can register for this class with new instructor Mike Van Heyde on our website. Don’t miss Mike’s other class this fall, Introduction to MySQL Databases.

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Relive the thrills and chills you felt back when you saw Freddie Kruger, Jason Voorhees and Chucky for the first time! Examine how these characters have stood the test of time, watch and discuss specific scenes from various movies and explore the creators of many of these villains and how they came up with their twisted characters. Class starts on October 1 to put you in the Halloween mood! Register on the course page.

Michael Rubin’s next Beginning Harmonica class is starting on October 1. Come learn the basics of the blues on this handy, portable instrument! Previous student Jim Shay told us that “Michael Rubin is a great teacher!” His classmate Candace Mattson wrote,

Excellent! Loved it! Instructor was fab and I learned way more than I thought I would.

Another former student Chris Santiago wrote,

Awesome class! Beginning Harmonica was great! Been waiting to learn harmonica for over 20 years and I feel like I’m off to a great start.

Try out this fun class starting October 1. You can register online.

Michael Rubin’s next Beginning Harmonica class is starting on October 1. Come learn the basics of the blues on this handy, portable instrument! Previous student Jim Shay told us that “Michael Rubin is a great teacher!” His classmate Candace Mattson wrote,

Excellent! Loved it! Instructor was fab and I learned way more than I thought I would.

Another former student Chris Santiago wrote,

Awesome class! Beginning Harmonica was great! Been waiting to learn harmonica for over 20 years and I feel like I’m off to a great start.

Try out this fun class starting October 1. You can register online.

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Register for Jeanette’s class on our website!

Record your stories and memories for your family and future generations. Our class, Writing Your Life Stories and Family History, guides you through the process, taking you through writing six of your stories in a short format throughout the course of the class. Plus, you will share your stories with your class as well as participate in exercises that will help trigger memories. 

One former student wrote, “This course provided a great foundation to begin a life history project. I plan to continue to work on this using the course materials as the foundation.”

If you’ve wanted to record, share, and preserve your stories for your family and still haven’t started - this is the course to get you going! This is a day class, meeting from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., starting September 30.

Learn Salsa dancing in this fun class! Master the basic steps of New York style Salsa, plus briefly explore the history of Afro-Cuban music and dance including an actual live performance of all the percussion instruments so your ear will be as expert as your feet. Plus learn the terminology so you can build a solid foundation for future study and understand both the music and culture of this great dance. Class starts on September 30. Register online.

Learn Salsa dancing in this fun class! Master the basic steps of New York style Salsa, plus briefly explore the history of Afro-Cuban music and dance including an actual live performance of all the percussion instruments so your ear will be as expert as your feet. Plus learn the terminology so you can build a solid foundation for future study and understand both the music and culture of this great dance. Class starts on September 30. Register online.

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Introduction to Insight Meditation will be starting again at the end of the month. Read about the class as described by former student (and Informal Classes employee) Bailey Dermanci:

The instructor, Peggy Kelley, is calm throughout class and quietly inspiring. The class is a mixture of instruction on the history of meditation in the Buddhist tradition, conversation about readings done outside of class, guided meditations and sitting and walking meditation in the Vipassana style. During class, Peggy instructs you to focus on your breath. You are to note any errant thoughts that enter your mind, but strive to clear your mind and focus just on the breath. My experience in the class was that it was very restful, partially because of the subject matter and partially because of the kind of energy that Peggy brings to the class.

See what Peggy has to say, too, in our instructor highlight interview.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Peggy Kelley:
Students can expect to receive basic instruction in the insight meditation (vipassana) technique. We will do a few simple movements to settle down the physical body on one evening, and then gradually increase our sitting time, always following sitting with a short walking period. Often our sitting periods will be guided with my voice suggesting various ways of scanning the body, settling into the breath, and observing the mind. We will work specifically on cultivating loving-kindness (metta), compassion and altruism.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
PK: Insight meditation has a long history of helping people find focus and clarity of mind, even through tumultuous times. I enjoy seeing the transformation that beginning a seated home practice of meditation can bring.

IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
PK: I have been teaching vipassana meditation for more than 20 years. Since 1994 I have been fortunate to have a mentor for my meditation studies. Sister Vimala is a lay Buddhist nun in the Vipassana tradition who lived for 7 years in Sri Lanka studying and then taking vows. She has cheerfully been willing to answer questions and offer support when needed. Since 1992 I have directed the Austin Yoga Institute, where I have taught Iyengar Yoga and Vipassana meditation both on site and through Informal Classes.

Peggy’s class starts on September 29. Take the time to be mindful; learn how in the class! Register online.