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5 Virtual Classes and Events To Try Right From The Comfort of Your Home

Jun 09, 2020 11:56AM ● By Gabrielle Varela
Now more than ever, community, learning, and growth are key. Here are five virtual events to expand your horizons and make your June a more joyful one.

A rebroadcast of last year’s powerful performance at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Camille Brown’s  ink is the final installation of the choreographer’s dance theatre trilogy about identity (along with “Mr. TOL E. RAncE”- 2012, “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” – 2015). The performance uses a variety of movement styles including social dance, hip hop, swing and tap taking viewers through a musical landscape that tells stories of identity and self-empowerment in African and African American culture. This performance was taped at New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center and is followed by a live virtual Q&A with the artists after the performance. Video of the performance is free and available for viewing anytime here.

Prompt and a Pinot Hosted by Joni B. Cole

Cole hosts a set of great writing classes at The Writer’s Center of White River Junction IRL and online here during Covid. In her expressive writing workshop, Prompt and a Pinot, she teams up with Still North Books and Bar to invite writers of all levels to tap into their ideas and let the creativity (and the wine) flow. Free registration but required. Typically 1.5-2 hours. Hosted via Zoom. BYOB.

Co-op Food Culinary Learning Center Classes

Restaurants may not be fully open but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a culinary experience at home! The Co-op, who often holds classes in their Culinary Learning Center with local chefs, has continued their cooking classes online. You can say “Yes, Chef” with 1-hour demo classes like Plant-Powered Enchiladas, fun wine tasting, and food pairing classes, and 2-hour “cook-along” classes making authentic Spring Risotto and Handmade Ravioli from scratch. You cook, you learn and then, you eat! Prices vary ($7-12 range). Classes held via Zoom. Check out the full schedule here.

“Introduction to Digital Photography” by Linda Johnson hosted by AVA Gallery and Art Center

Want to develop your art abilities? Feel compelled to document the world around you? Instructor Linda Bryan will teach “Introduction to Digital Photography” beginning June 11. The class, held via Zoom, teaches the basics of camera operation and photographic composition. This is an evening class from 5-7 pm. You can sign up for this and their other art classes like drawing and painting available online here.

June Workshop Series by the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management

Environmentally-conscious but curious? The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management is presenting another series of free virtual workshops in June for anyone who wants to do better and be better living green. Workshops like “Backyard Composting Basics” will give you easy ways to get started composting and do it successfully. “Recycling Beyond the Blue Bin” is an in-depth workshop that will answer all your recycling questions (specific to Vermont recycling laws) and “Don’t Flush That!” teaches how to avoid using toxic materials and what to do with those you already have on hand. Dates and times vary. Find them here. Spots are limited but classes are free.

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