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Homestead Valley Community Center offers a variety of classes available to all ages, at reasonable fees.
Please contact the HVCA office for more contact information and prices.

Sing-Dance-Play Music Togethersingdanceplaymusictogether@gmail.com
Elina Coulter (415) 419-7454
When: Fridays;  10:00 & 11:00 AM

Looking for infant, baby or toddler music classes the whole family can enjoy? We bring Marin County families the award-winning, internationally-recognized Music Together program for infants, todd lers , pr eschoolers, and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, Music Together has pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement. During our weekly classes, families joyfully sing, dance, clap, hop, wiggle, play instruments, and create lasting memories. Music Together brings the entire family together to make music—in and out of the classroom. Parents, brothers, sisters, nannies, and grandparents can all join in the fun. In fact, Music Together is so much fun; it’s easy for parents to forget that making music supports their children’s development, too. Our program is:

  • Research-based
  • Developmentally appropriate for children from infants to age five
  • Relaxed, playful and process-oriented

Contact us at (415) 419-7454 or singdanceplaymusictogether@gmail.com to schedule your class visit!

Mill Valley Zen millvalleyzen.com
Moderator: Marc Lesser – (415) 389-6228, marc@siyli.org
When: Wednesdays; 6:45 PM

Welcome to Mill Valley Zen, open to anyone wanting to learn to meditate, to have a regular meditation practice, to sit with others, to study Zen, to investigate the question of what it means to be a human being in these challenging and amazing times. I meet lots of people who want to have a regular meditation practice and find it difficult to maintain a regular practice in the midst of their busy lives.  This group was formed to meet that need, as well as for those who want to refresh or deepen their practices.

My definition of Zen these days is that it is the practice of developing a responsive and flexible mind while keeping your heart open.  Zen practice is also a way of not being caught by our stories but instead to embrace and understand our stories and the paradoxical nature of being alive.  As a Zen priest, CEO, husband, father, friend, writer I’m pleased and honored to be able to be part of a regular sitting group in Mill Valley.  Please join us.

Mat Pilates
Instructor: Carmen Zeni (415) 388-0808
When: Wednesdays;  9:00 AM

Pilates is a movement education program designed to increase strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination and improve posture. Men and women of all ages and levels of physical ability benefit from the Pilates techniques.

This group class in particular has an average of ten participants. We usually start standing, warming up the spine and strengthening the legs, then continue unto the mat for an abdominal segment, followed by a back strength and flexibility series, then waist, hips and more moves. Weight-bearing is included in the progression and attention is brought to position shift and agility. The class usually ends with standing balance and coordination exercises. Sometimes accessories as therabands and fitness circles are used as well.

Attention is brought to diversify the class from week to week while including classic repertoire to build the student personal practice. Each exercise is offered with modifications to suit every student body type and fitness ability. The class is a lot of fun in a non-competitive yet challenging environment and the students are very friendly. Call the instructor Carmen Zeni at (415) 388-0808 for more information.

For the Love of Drawing
Instructor: Carolyn Fee
When: Thursdays; 10:30 AM
carolynfee@comcast.net

When you draw, you are touching the world in an original way. Awaken to the extraordinary and transient nature of form. Experience relaxed, alert awareness and the pleasurable, almost mystical activation of the mind.

Drawing is a curious process, so intertwined with seeing that the two can hardly be separated. It is a mode of perception, and a shift in perception enables anyone who can write his or her name to draw. We will be working with a method of drawing that enables you, by conscious volition, to make that shift. The visual, spatial and relational will come forth and you will engage in seeing more deeply.

We will explore personal tactile expression and its impact upon the intimate act of drawing as various modes of mark making and materials are introduced. We will study the formal aspects of creating two-dimensional art as we explore the still life, the figure, and the landscape.
We will work from life, from master’s drawings, and from photographs.

Class • Information

Beginners and non-beginners are welcome and individual attention will be given to all students.

Class size is limited to 8 people.

A supply list will be emailed upon registration.

To sign up, please contact Carolyn directly at carolynfee@comcast.net

This is a two-part, 12-week course.

Cost per session is $250.00

SESSION 1

6 Thursdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

September 15 – October 20

SESSION 2

6 Thursdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

October 27 – December 15
(No class November 10 and 24)

About

Carolyn Carolyn Fee is an artist, educator, and art consultant. She is the founder and teacher of For the Love of Drawing, a course dedicated to deepening the drawing experience. She has been teaching drawing for fifteen years.

Praise 

Under Carolyn’s tutelage we have all created drawings we never would have thought we could accomplish. I think it is because Carolyn has an uncanny ability of seeing what you can do, even when you can’t see it for yourself. What I have found most remarkable is her ability to hone in on the uniqueness of each student’s style without dismissing their work even when it may fail to meet the technical goals at hand. She pushes them to find their own handprint.

– Neysa Furey, student

Carolyn’s years of experience as a working artist and teacher, and her thoughtful encouraging manner, helped me to greatly improve both my ability to perceive the subtleties of the forms I was observing as well as to render them with skill. After years of trying to draw well on my own I was thrilled to learn how to introduce perspective, textures and shading to my work. What a difference! Carolyn clearly enjoys teaching and inspiring her students, encouraging us to explore our own unique style and interests. After studying with her I have come to see and appreciate the world as an artist might.

– Cameron McKinley, student