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Spanish for Travelers on Mondays in April at River House


with Denise Baudinet

Calendar Apr 3, 2023 at 12:15 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Holà! Spanish phrases to help you get around while traveling. Learn how to greet people, how to ask for directions, how to order in a restaurant, and other phrases and terms. Let's learn some popular Spanish expressions.

4 sessions will be held on Monday, April 3, 10, 17, 24 from 12:15 to 1:15 at River House (179 Marine St., St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Watercolor / Doodles on Mondays in April at River House


with Liz Monaco

Calendar Apr 3, 2023 at 1 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Watercolor/doodle class is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about, and experiment with, two fascinating art forms: watercolor painting and doodling. Through a combination of hands-on instruction, group discussions, and individual feedback, students will develop their own unique style and gain the skills and confidence needed to express themselves creatively. 

Course overview:

The course will be divided into several modules, each focused on a specific aspect of watercolor/doodle art.  These modules will include:

  • Introduction to watercolors: Students will learn the basics of watercolor painting, including color theory, brush techniques, and composition
  • Doodling 101: Students will explore different types of doodling, including line drawing, patterns, and lettering
  • Combining watercolors and doodles: Sturdents will learn how to combine watercolors and doodles to create dynamic and interesting art pieces

 Supplies needed:

  • Watercolor paints - tube or pan paint sets
  • Extra-Fine black line markers (i.e. Sharpie black)
  • Small set of color markers (dual tips)
  • 140lb watercolor paper (hot or cold press -ok)
  • Mechanical pencil
  • White gel pen
  • Gold gel pen
  • Eraser
  • Paper towels
  • 2 Water containers
  • Paint brushes - 4, 6, 8 rounds; 1 inch flat brush; rigger brush
  • Color wheel

Class sessions take place on Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 from 1:00 - 3:00 at the River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

Classes are for adults age 18 and up

Writing a Nonfiction Book on Tuesdays in April at River House


with Bobbi Linkemer

Calendar Apr 4, 2023 at 11:45 am, runs for 4 weeks

Are you interested in writing your own nonfiction book but are unsure how to even start? Then this class is for you.

Supplies needed:

pen and/or pencil

paper and/or laptop


1. Planning — The heart of planning is a book proposal that would explain to a traditional publisher what this book is about, how it will benefit the reader, and why it should be published. The planning step will go on during the entire course and should produce a solid beginning to a formal book proposal.

2. Putting ideas into words (writing) — Two things are important: 1. An author must really care about his or her subject matter and want to share it with others in a way that moves them, changes them, entertains them, or teaches them something. 2. Writing is the most time-consuming part of this process. It requires organization, self-discipline, mastery of the English language, and openness to critiques by an editor.

3. Professional partners — This is about all the people who will play a role in some aspect of a book. Very few people can, or would even want to, do everything that must be done to take a book from concept to completion, especially if completion includes marketing. This requires a team of people, each with an area of specialization and all focused on a single outcome — making the book a success.

4. Publishing — The step that converts digital files or plates into printed, bound pages between two covers. In today’s world, publishing also includes ebooks and audio books, which demand special skills and different professional partners. The more authors understand the available publishing options, the more they can choose the best one for their needs

5. Promotion — This is the way an author lets readers know the book exists and why and how to buy it. This should not be the point at which an author starts thinking about how to market the book. In fact, the time to consider promotional strategy is during the planning phase. A proposal will contain the steps to help a publisher promote the book, or the author will assume full responsibility for doing it if the book is self-published.

Rather than creating and distributing handouts, Bobbi recommends the book on which this course is based: How to Write a Nonfiction Book (7th Edition): From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps by Bobbi Linkemer and Peggy Nehmen

Class sessions will run on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 11:45 to 1:45 at River House, 179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

German for Beginners on Tuesdays in April at River House
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German for Beginners on Tuesdays in April at River House


with Elke Christiansen

Want to learn German? Than sign up for this class with Elke. Learn basic German language skills like phonetics and formal and casual pronouns. You will also learn conversational German and German for travelers.

Elke was born in Freudenstadt, Germany and spent many years in Europe. She has also taught German at River House before.

Class sessions will be held Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 2:00 to 3:30 at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Herbology at COA Center at Flagler Health+ Village at Nocatee


with James Carucci

Calendar Apr 4, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Herbs can be medicinal and culinary, but they are also nutritious! While herbs add flavor to a dish or help relieve a stuffy nose, herbs are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. In this course, you will learn basic nutrition, basic herbal principles and learn how to incorporate herbs into your diet to maximize wellness.

The instructor, James Carucci is a Professor of Biological Sciences at St. Johns River State College in St. Augustine and is a Master Herbalist of over 20 years.

This Class will be held every Tuesday in April at 351 Town Plaza Ave, Suite 205, Ponte Vedra, FL  


Herbs and Your Health on Wednesdays in April at River House


with James Carucci

Calendar Apr 5, 2023 at 3 pm, runs for 4 weeks

The Herbal Pharmacy: Herbs and Your Health

In this course, we will focus upon the therapeutic actions of herbs and how they can be used in the treatment and prevention of common conditions. Each week, we will focus on specific herbal actions, herbs with those therapeutic effects and the ways in which those herbs can be used from teas to tinctures to tonics. You will be presented with a variety of herbs and will have the opportunity to put together simple and delicious remedies that suit your needs. You get to take something home every week!

James is a professor of Biological Sciences at St. Johns River State College, and is a Master Herbalist with over 20 years of experience.

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 from 3:00 to 4:00 at the River House, 179 Marine St. St Augustine, FL 32084

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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