The City of Oakley Recreation Division will be offering fun and informative classes for kids this fall in drawing, dance, crochet, yoga and juggling.
Projects in the Realistic Drawing class will focus on observation, proportion, composition, shading, perspective and three-dimensional form. Students will explore pen and pencil techniques, charcoal and pastels, while learning to develop their own personal style. The instructor is Oakley artist Lynn Peterson.
Open to children 6 through 12, the class is set for Wednesdays, Nov. 12 through Dec. 17, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Oakley's Community Annex, 204 Second St. The fee is $70 for Oakley residents; $80 for non-residents, plus $15 for materials. The deadline for registration is Nov. 4.
Dance classes for children ages 3 and up: Pre-ballet and Pre-tap classes for kids 3 to 5, and Ballet Level 1 and Tap Level 1 for kids 6 and older. The classes will stimulate musical awareness while using fantasy and imagination. Instructor Mary Lyons is certified by the Royal Academy of Dancing in London.
Classes will be held Mondays from Nov. 3 to Dec. 8, at times varying from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $36 for Oakley residents; $46 for non-residents. The deadline to register is Oct. 27.
Kids can also learn how to exercise their creativity in a patient and encouraging environment in a Beginning Crochet class taught by Norma Halley. They'll learn about hooks, yarns and the history of crochet. They'll make their own scarves, baby blankest, hats, pillow covers and more.
The class is open to children 10 and older and adults and is scheduled for Monday evenings, Oct. 20 to Nov. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sessions will be held at 990A Rosemary Lane. The fee is $15 for Oakley residents; $25 for non-residents.
The city will also offer classes in Gentle Yoga postures and deep relaxation taught by Lu Kovalick. Students should come with an empty stomach, bare feet, comfortable clothing, yoga mat, pillow and an open mind.
The class is open to adults 16 and older, and scheduled for Monday mornings, Oct. 27 to Nov. 24, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Sessions will be held at Oakley's Community Annex, 204 Second St. The cost is $40 for Oakley residents; $50 for non-residents.
Kids can also enjoy a true hands-on experience: learning the art of juggling from instructor John Mad John Dobleman. Success is guaranteed; no special reflexes or skills are needed. Just be over the age of 11, have two hands and a desire to learn. Juggling class starts with scarves, moves on to balls and from there, the sky's the limit.
The four-week class runs every other Wednesday, starting Oct. 29, from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at Oakley's Community Annex, 204 Second St. The cost is $25 for Oakley residents; $35 for non-residents.
For more information or to sign up for classes, call Oakley Recreation Division at 925-625-7041 or drop by the office at 3231 Main St.