Leisure and Special Interest

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

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Courses

Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World

In a culture that tends to leave out significant women in art history, here is a rich compilation of 16 gifted women who brought photography forward both in technical skill and in artistic merit.  The women portrayed followed their dreams in an astonishing way, defying all the norms of their days in early photography.  This course includes stories and photographic illustrations to showcase the lives and artwork of these important artists. Students should purchase “Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World” ISBN 978-1-951941-51-4

Please review the COVID-19 information page which contains important information about attending an on-campus course. 

Course will meet in the Day Care Center, Room B05

Maria Ausherman, Instructor 

Behind the Camera: American Women Photographers Who Shaped How We See the World
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Wednesdays, 3/23 - 4/13
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ZCCR-649 600 10 seats left $49

Building a Raised Bed Garden

Want bigger harvests with less work? Take your gardening to new heights with raised beds! We’ll discuss the advantages raised beds offer, and some options for construction, including specific plans and costs. Our look at a wide variety of raised beds crafted by creative gardeners will inspire your own designs for 2022. Persons needing financial assistance should call CCE; no one shall be denied based on their ability to pay.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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David Chinery of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, Instructor

Building a Raised Bed Garden
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Thursday, 3/31
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-242 600 22 seats left $25

Growing Plants for Fun and Profit

Turn your love of plants into an enjoyable and profitable home business. Learn how to grow and market plants on a small scale without major capital investment. In an area as small as 1,000 square feet, you can generate thousands of dollars’ worth of plant material in a single growing season. This course is your practical guide to licensing, site preparation, equipment, how and where to find supplies, how to select and produce plants appropriate to your climate zone, how to produce quality material and, most importantly, how to market your product.

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Growing Plants for Fun and Profit
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Online, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-083 600 14 seats left $99
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-083 601 15 seats left $99
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 ZILC-083 602 15 seats left $99

Growing a Great Lawn

Do you have a lawn you would like to improve, specific problems you need to solve, or just bare soil where a lawn should be?  We’ll discuss choosing the right grass for your site, the basics of maintaining a lawn, and possible pests and pitfalls. Options for solving some of the most common lawn challenges, including organic choices, will be explored. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Persons needing financial assistance should call CCE; no one shall be denied based on their ability to pay. 

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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David Chinery of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, Instructor 

Growing a Great Lawn
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Thursday, 4/7
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-243 600 18 seats left $25

Introduction to Cider

Cider has a lot of history and traditions behind it. From the ciders of the Old World to the modern ciders that are popular today, the variety is much like that of wine. We will look at some of that history of cider, styles of cider, and the basics of making it at home. Matt Lynn, a certified cider professional and former head cider maker, will open your mind to the world of cider beyond current market trends.  Students must be 21 or older to register for this course. 

Please review vaccination and mask protocols for on-campus classes.

Course will be held in the Administration Building, Room 101

Matt Lynn, Instructor 

Introduction to Cider
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Wednesday, 4/13
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ZSPI-253 600 20 seats left $35

The Photo Series: Reframing Your Neighborhood

This is a class for new and advanced photographers interested in making a photo series. How do photographs change our understanding of a familiar place? What if we abandon our constant search for the new and unexplored? In this course, students will develop a set of cohesive images that tells a story about their neighborhood based on several repeated trips to a single place. Weekly shooting assignments and in-class exercises will aid students in sharpening their observational skills as they learn to talk about their photographs. Instructor-led presentations on contemporary artists will provide additional examples and ideas for students to consider as they complete their projects.  This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need yoru Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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Sasha Bush, Instructor

The Photo Series: Reframing Your Neighborhood
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Wednesdays, 3/23 - 4/20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-247 600 10 seats left $59

Tips and Tricks for Your Disney Vacation

Learn how to plan, save and make the most of your vacation to Walt Disney World Resorts.  Learning how to navigate the parks to maximize the most out of your time along with tips and tricks to save money, use Disney Genie+, Disney Dining and more. Bring any questions you might have.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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Alyssa Leckonby, Owner of ALC Travel and Events, Instructor

Tips and Tricks for Your Disney Vacation
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Thursday, 3/10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-252 600 17 seats left $15

Understanding and Preventing Addiction in Families

This class will cover the biological, psychological, and social factors that lead to substance and behavioral addictions. Students will learn the history of addiction treatment, what is being done currently, and how they can get involved to help stop addiction within their families and communities.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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Brian Farr, Instructor

Understanding and Preventing Addiction in Families
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Thursday, 2/17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-250 600 25 seats left $29

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Community and Professional Education

Brahan Hall, Room 033

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)