Many activities, classes available throughout the winter
BRIMFIELD — Did your family recently acquire a new canine member? Put your relationship on a firm foundation by signing up for Buddies Dog Training with Laurie Merritt at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield. Classes begin on Wednesday, February 3 and lessons stress positive training methods and problem solving strategies for dogs of any age. Get the most from being a pet owner by learning from an expert the best way to guide your animal into the behavior patterns that form a solid foundation for a happy life together. For the dog owner looking to expand their canine’s skills Merritt offers progressive training in the sport of K9 Nosework® on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Hitchcock Academy offers activities to bring light into winter days. If you’ve ever wanted to follow a musical muse HFA offers in person and online piano lessons with teacher Anne Macon. Schedule an in person lesson on Tuesday from 3 to 6 pm. Online lessons are available Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. If you prefer stringed instruments Linda Day Newland, a veteran of the Austin Symphony Orchestra offers online instruction in violin or viola for all ages and all levels in half hour increments between 2:00 and 5:30 pm on Thursdays.
Get rid of those winter kinks. Yoga class is online Monday evening with instructor Sharon Palmer, who has a new 6 week session beginning on February 1. Classes begin at 7:15 and provide a great way to wind down.
Let’s Cake Decorate with Sue Gaulin is offering cake decorating for spring: March’s Bunny Stump Cake instructs you how to create a scene using sugar icing. April’s Sprinkles Anti-Gravity Cake demonstrates how to use icing to decorate a cake that seems to defy gravity and May’s class features a number of techniques to create a stunning Buttercream Cupcake Bouquet. Let’s Cake Decorate classes take place on Sunday March 28, April 25, and May 16 from 1 to 3 pm.
Martial Arts classes with Sensei Izzy Lopez are available both in person and online. Classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 4:30 and 6 pm. Sign up to get the COVID price of $35 per month for two weekly sessions.
If you miss the fresh taste offerings of a Farmer’s Market, remember, on the first and third Saturday of every month you can pick up pre-ordered Farmer’s Market favorites from 10 am to noon. Go to hitchcockacademy.org to find out how you can order your favorites from Turn A Bout Farm and Rocky Ridge Beef.
Family Foundations 5 is a program for caregivers and children from infancy through age five. Its goal is to support and strengthen families, promote child development, and provide information about community resources. Offerings are free for families, but registration is required. Currently a play group meets at HFA on Wednesday mornings. Check out their Facebook page for full details.
On Saturday, January 30 Hitchcock Academy parking lot will be the place to stock up on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies. From 10 am to noon The Mills and Hills Girl Scout group will be there to satisfy your sweet tooth with favorites like Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and more.
Hitchcock Academy follows all current COVID guidelines for cleaning and social distancing and anyone using the facility must wear a mask. All information regarding current class offerings, events, and registration are available online at hitchcockacademy.org. Just because days are short, and the thermometer reads cold doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Hitchcock Academy constantly works with instructors to offer options to its community members. Look for upcoming classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, and fencing.