Adult Programs

Adult & Family Enrichment- Winter 2020

Ancestry & Genealogy Workshop- Researching Your Roots

Are you interested in learning more about your ancestry and how to begin genealogical research? Are you looking to dive deeper into your ancestral journey? Join us at this informative workshop to learn how to access and understand resources to help you research your ancestry! The workshop will focus on American documents, and will briefly introduce international research. Please bring with you any and all family documents, dates and information to help your search, as well as a tablet or laptop for some one-on-one assistance towards the end of the class. The instructor will work with everyone to help them on their individual journey.

Activity #:4300

Day & Time: Saturday February1, 2020 9:00AM-12:00PM

Location: Colchester Town Hall, Room #1

Instructor: Sarah Miller

Fee: $40.00 Res./$60 Non-Res.

Registration Deadline: 1/27/20


Fishkeeping 101

Have you ever wanted to keep fish but didn’t know where to start? Have you tried unsuccessfully to keep fish but want to try again with the proper help and guidance to succeed? Learn everything you need to know to start and successfully maintain an aquarium from day 1 and on. Learn how to start a tank from scratch, keep pristine water quality, including water testing and tank maintenance, what fish to start with, what fish go together, which aquarium is right for you, and so much more. We will even cover the beginnings of a saltwater aquarium. The course will also cover the benefits of having an aquarium in your home or office and discuss the beginnings of “Intentional Fishkeeping Theory”. So come and enjoy these classes where you will learn more than you can imagine all about the amazing work of fishkeeping.

Activity #:4328

Day & Time: Saturday’s 1/4/20-1/25/20 6:30PM-7:30PM

Location: Colchester Town Hall

                127 Norwich Avenue

                Colchester CT, 06415

Instructor: Jen Lowy, Colchester Pet Shop

Fee: $40.00 Res./$60 Non-Res.

Registration Deadline: 12/31/19

Ages: 16 & Up



How Can They Think Like That?

Do you wonder how people can say some of the things they do? Or even what would be going through their minds to say what they do? Sometimes it's very difficult to understand where other people are coming from. In this course, you'll learn why we think and say the things we do. You'll learn to be more attentive to the things you think and say, and how to be more sympathetic to the mindset of others. Class is 4 weeks.

Activity #:4306

Day & Time: Monday’s 2/24/20-3/16/20 7:00PM-8:00PM

**Class on 3/16/20 in Town Hall Room #3

Location: JJIS Room #120

Instructor: Paige Dest

Fee: $45.00 Res./$65 Non-Res.

Registration Deadline: 12/30/19


Making Your Emotions Work for You

Do you wish your could control negative thoughts, ineffective behaviors, and unproductive decisions? Do you find that your emotions control you? Do you want to learn how to communicate your assertiveness effectively? Take back your control! Learn how to talk nicely to yourself, behave more rationally, and make smarter decisions by understanding your emotions and using them as information. Yes, you can have a more peaceful life! Class is 6 weeks.

Activity #:4307

Day & Time: Monday’s 2/3/20-3/16/20 6:00PM-7:00PM

**No Class on 2/17/20

**Class on 3/16/20 in Town Hall Room #3

Location: JJIS Room #120

Instructor: Paige Dest

Fee: $65.00 Res./$85 Non-Res.

Registration Deadline: 12/30/19



Our wonderful instructor will teach you how to use stamps to create beautiful cards for every season. The registration fee includes all of the supplies needed to make 3 cards per class. All supplies are included in the registration fee.

January 8, 2020- Theme: Valentine’s Day Cards & Treat Boxes

12:00PM- 2:00PM- Activity #4290

6:00PM-8:00PM- Activity #4291

February 5, 2020- Theme: Winter Theme for Birthday/Thinking of You

12:00PM- 2:00PM- Activity #4292

6:00PM-8:00PM- Activity #4293

March 4, 2020- Theme: Triple Layer Stamping with Floral Stamps

12:00PM- 2:00PM- Activity #4294

6:00PM-8:00PM- Activity #4295

April 2, 2020: Theme: Water Color Stamping Technique  

12:00PM- 2:00PM- Activity #4296

6:00PM-8:00PM- Activity #4297

May 6, 2020: Theme: Heat Embossing 

12:00PM- 2:00PM- Activity #4298

6:00PM-8:00PM- Activity #4299

Location: Colchester Town Hall             

Instructor: Lorraine Tierney

Cost: $20 Res./$40 Non-Res. Per Class

Registration Deadline- one week prior to class

Min.3/Max. 8


Sewing Class

Each class will include a kit with all materials included and you will take home a finished project each week. Students will need to provide a working sewing machine and their sewing notions. You will learn a new technique in each class. The 5 week class will meet for 2 hours per week (longer if needed to complete your project). Class size is limited to 5 students to ensure each person receives personalized attention. Students must know how to operate their sewing machine prior to class. Please bring with you: Working Sewing machine (including accessories, manual, and power cord) Scissors, Thread & Pins.

Class Projects:

Mesh Beach Bag (work with mesh & boxed corners)

Lined Grocery Bag (work with bag lining and boxed corners)

Coin Purses (work with zippers)

Scrappy “Quilt as You Go” placemats (Learn “Quilt as you go” and bindings”

Pillow Case (Work on flat felled and hidden seams)

Activity #4321

Dates & Time: Mondays, 1/13/20-2/10/20 6:00PM-8:00PM

Location: Colchester Town Hall

Fee: $125.00 Res./$145.00 Non-Res.

Instructor: Nola Weston

Registration Deadline: 1/6/20

Min.3/Max. 5


Stop The Bleed

Launched in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.  No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within 5 minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately after a trauma. This class is FREE to all participants!

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Activity: 4326

Date & Time: Saturday March 14, 2020 9:00AM-10:30AM

Location: Colchester Hayward Fire Department

Instructor: Colchester Hayward Fire Department

Ages: 16 & Up

Fee: FREE to all


Registration Deadline: 3/7/20


Pet CPR & First Aid

Learn how to respond to health emergencies and provide basic first aid for the four-legged members of your family. Practice and preparation will help you be calm and effective in an emergency. This course is for dog and cat CPR & First Aid. If you want the certification and workbook, please pay the instructor the night of the $15.00 directly. Cash or check only.

Activity # 4331

Day/Time: Tuesday January 28, 2020 6:00PM-9:00PM

Location: JJIS #79

Fee: $60 Class or $75 with certification & workbook

Registration Deadline: 1/21/20

Instructor: Mike Davis


Heartsaver CPR & First Aid

The American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid & CPR is a video-based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA's research proven, practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students' learning of skills. Must be a minimum of 16 years old to attend. The cost to take the course is $75.00 which will cover your class, book and certification card. If you are interested in purchasing the Workbook & Certificate, please pay the Instructor directly the night of the class. $15.00 Cash or Check only.

Activity # 4332

Day/Time: Tuesday March 31, 2020 6:00PM-9:00PM

Location: JJIS 79

Fee: $60 Class or $75 with certification & workbook

Registration Deadline: 3/23/20

Instructor: Mike Davis