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Learn to Play Chess on Wednesdays in May at River House

$3750

with Estelle Thibodeau

Calendar May 1, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 5 weeks

Chess, as in playing casual, over the board chess will transform you through the practice of contemplation. Every piece is a possibility. This class will not only teach you how to play chess, it will take you through an unusual perspective of the history, the culture, and the realms of mystery, defeat, victory and belief. It will impress upon you how making choices on the board, as well as in your life, will shift into better decision making just by playing chess. You don’t have to be a genius either to have this valuable tool.

Estelle Thibodeau has a chess club in St. Augustine, called The Cheesy Chess Club and is an ordained minister active in the art of contemplation and choice. Make your move to the COA's River House for this fascinating perspective on chess. 

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10 to 11:30 at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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Guitar 3 for Beginners on Wednesdays in May at River House

$3750

with Dennis Fermin

Calendar May 1, 2024 at 11:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

If you know the basics of how to play the guitar but want to learn more, then this class is for you.

You will work on the following:

  • Dominant 7th Chords
  • 12 Bar Blues progressions
  • Introduction to Minor and Pentatonic Scales and patterns
  • Playing smooth chord changes
  • More fun songs!

Requirements:

  • Guitar,
  • Some experience with basic open string chords,
  • pen or pencil.
  • Music stand is suggested.

Dennis Fermin has been playing guitar for over 30 years and joyfully helping others learn to play along the way. As a graduate from Musician's Institute of California, he has the skills and the patience to teach on many different topics and styles of music. Currently you can hear him perform locally as Fermin Spanish Guitar.

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 11:30 to 1 at River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

 

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Argentine Tango on Tuesdays in May at River House

$25

with Virginia "Honey" Burton

Calendar May 7, 2024 at 2:45 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn the Basics of Argentine Tango (the original Tango)The Dance progresses counterclockwise around the floor.No partner needed.Dancers rotate partners. Leather soled shoes are preferrable. No flipflops, rubber soles etc. Dance sneakers Ok.

Virginia has been dancing Argentine Tango for over 20 years. She studied in the U.S. and traveled to Argentina twice to study with the Maestros. She has danced in group performances and solo with a partner here and in Atlanta and has been teaching here in St Augustine, Ormond Beach and Jax and surrounding areas since 2008. You might have seen her performing in the Romanza Festvale over the past 7 years.

Class sessions are Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 2:45 - 3:45 at River House (179 Marine Street, St. Augustine 32084)

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

Learn How to Draw on Wednesdays in May at River House

$3750

with Liz Monaco

Calendar May 15, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 3 weeks

In this beginner's drawing class, we will explore the fundamentals of drawing and learn essential techniques to help you develop your artistic skills. Whether you're a complete novice or just looking to refine your abilities, this class is designed to provide a solid foundation for your artistic journey. Throughout the course, you will learn about different materials, such as pencils and sketchbooks, and understand how to use them effectively. We will cover basic drawing principles, including line, shape, shading, and perspective, enabling you to create accurate and visually appealing drawings. Join us and discover the joy of drawing!

Supplies needed:

  • Assorted Hb and B Pencils
  • Vanishing eraser or white plastic eraser
  • Drawing Paper- 11x14
  • Ruler
  • Painters tape

Class sessions will be held on Wednesdays, May 15, 22, 29 from 9 - 11 at River House (179 Marine St.  St. Augustine 32084)

No class sessions on May 1 & 8.

Classes are for ages 18 and up.

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Fishing on Tuesday, May 21 at River House

$1250

with Donna Frantz

Calendar May 21, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

Get ready for a morning of excitement and adventure.

Want to go fishing and get help learning? Grab your friends and join us for a morning filled with laughs, learning, and of course, fishing! Don't worry about lugging your gear around because all the equipment you need will be provided. Soak up the sun, cast your line, and reel in some unforgettable memories. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a complete beginner, this is your chance to enjoy a morning of fun by the water. Don't let this opportunity slip away – book your spot now for a morning to remember.

Participants younger than 65 may be required to have a fishing license. Some Florida Resident licenses are free. See the website for clarification: https://sjctax.us/saltwater-fishing-license/  Adults must carry proof of age and residency.

The group is limited to 10 total. Don't miss out on this fun fishing event/activity!

This class will meet, rain or shine and will be mainly outdoors, so bring your sunscreen.

Class session is on Tuesday, May 21 from 9 to 11 at River House (179 Marine Street)

For ages 18 and up.

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Sea Shell Art Class on Tuesday, May 21 at River House

$10

with Jim Cargilo

Calendar May 21, 2024 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

For Beginners and Intermediates.

Come join us for fun and creativity. Use your skill and imagination to turn Sea Shells into shell "Things". Make a Bird, a Giraffe, a cute Dog, or a Man Fishing.

Choose from twenty pre-made kits and customize the kits with your own inspiration.

Jim learned to make things out of Sea Shells, being inspired by his wife, Gayle, who is an Artist and who is now making jewelry.

Class session is on Tuesday, May 21 from 11:00 to 12:00 at River House (179 Marine Street)

For ages 18 and up.

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