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Community Ed seeks ideas for new classes


The Haines Community Education program is soliciting ideas for classes for the current school year.

The after-school, adult-education program is hoping to add to perennial favorites including woodworking and traditional carving, said director John Hagen.

“I’m trying to gather classes that might take several weeks or ones that might be a fun afternoon or weekend, like the one-day sushi class. I would love to do more cooking classes. I think those are pretty popular,” Hagen said. “We can be really flexible with what we offer.”

There’s room for craft classes like a wreath-making class near the Christmas holiday. “I don’t want to duplicate what’s going on in the community – like beading and quilting – but there are many crafts and skills, particularly in Alaska, that would be of interest,” he said, citing as an example traditional snowshoe-making.

“Something like that would be a great class, but I need someone to teach it. I really want to hear from folks who want to teach things,” Hagen said. Folk-art classes also might be an option, he said. “I don’t need a person with advanced skills, just a rudimentary knowledge and some enthusiasm for what they want to teach.”

A professional photographer, Hagen said he may also offer a short, sports photography class. To offer ideas for classes, contact Hagen at 766-6727 between 5 and 10 p.m. or email him at