March 16, 2006
It won't be long before spring arrives and brings with it the familiar need to get outside, start a new project or learn a new skill. Make the most of this opportunity for something new this spring with several noncredit sessions offered by HACC's Gettysburg Campus. With topics like geology, wine, how to make fresh flowers last and learning the piano, the college's Gettysburg Campus offers something for everyone at 731 Old Harrisburg Road.

Just in time to help you select the right wine for your outdoor dinner party is the Beginner's Guide to Wine. This four-session course runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from April 3 to April 24. Learn about the history of imported and domestic wines, the winemaking process, and the primary grape varieties. Also discover the art of wine tasting, become familiar with the tools of the trade and gain an understanding of the basic guidelines for selecting the appropriate wine with food. Enrollment is limited and students must be at least 21 years of age. Wine from local wineries will be sampled in every class. The cost is $130.

If you want to learn how to preserve the beauty of spring's fresh flowers, sign up now for Making Those Fresh Flowers Last Forever. Offered on Tuesday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., this class includes demonstrations of how to use household products, silica crystals, natural drying, etc. Helpful hints will be given about supplies, storing your products and using dried flowers for display. The cost is $25.

Even with springtime's hectic schedule, you can still manage to learn piano in one session. Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People was developed for the person who yearns to experience the joy of playing the piano, but doesn't want to invest years in weekly lessons. On Thursday, April 20, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., you can learn enough secrets of the trade to make piano playing a part of your life, learning chords, not notes. This beginner's class in chord piano techniques cost $49. The instructor will collect an additional $25 materials fee for the workbook and practice CD in class.

Take advantage of the warmer weather and enroll in Geologic Highlights of Adams County. Participants will discover some fascinating geologic sites in their own backyard during this one session course on Monday, April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. Along with a description of the site, students will also learn how the rocks were formed, the geologic history and its importance. The cost is $25.

For more information or to register for any of HACC's noncredit classes offered this spring, call the Gettysburg Campus at 717-338-1010.

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