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    Access Donations

    Your donation to community education helps sustain, grow and improve our program. We rely solely on the program fees to run our program and pay our instructors. We also have a limited sponsorship fund that supports community members in need. Your kind contribution helps to keep class fees affordable so we can continue to make community education accessible to all. Thank you! If there is an amount you would like to donate, but it is not listed in our options below, please contact us at 802-482-7194 or email access@cvsdvt.org to arrange payment. Checks payable to: Access CVU, 369 CVU Road, Hinesburg, VT., 05461
  • Access Gift Certificate

    Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite people? Purchase an Access Gift Certificate and support Community Education! Select the amount and check-out online. Your Gift Certificate will be emailed to you or the recipient; just let us know where to send it during checkout. If you would like a different amount, or you have a special request, please call us at 802-482-7194. Thank you for your support of Access! Note: An Access Gift Certificate never expires and is transferable!
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    American Sign Language (ASL) for Beginners Level 1

    Are you motivated to learn SIGN language? ASL is the visual gestural language used by the Deaf community. It has its own unique grammar, sentence structure, and facial expressions. This class is for anyone that is new to ASL or looking for a refresher. Don is part of the deaf community and promises this immersive class will be fun and filled with plenty of conversation as well as practical exercises. In the first class, we will have an interpreter to help communicate the class syllabus. In these 10 sessions, you will learn about Deaf culture and how to communicate with basic introductions, numbers, alphabets, colors, food, people, places, restaurants, geography, etc. Handouts and videos will also be introduced weekly to help reinforce your newly learned skills. Some homework will be assigned to help you progress with ease. Recommended minimum age: High School This class will meet inside CVU.
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    American Sign Language (ASL) for Beginners Level 2

    If you have taken the ACCESS ASL for Beginners Level 1 course and want to continue to build a deeper understanding of deaf culture and language then this next level is for you! You will learn to form sentences, increase your vocabulary, and there will be an emphasis on more conversation during class. ASL is the visual gestural language used by the Deaf community and practicing this with facial expressions takes time. Your instructor, Don, is of the deaf community and promotes the technique of immersion as the best method of learning ASL. This class will be fun and filled with plenty of conversation as well as practical exercises. Some homework will be assigned to help you progress through these 10 sessions with ease. Recommended minimum age: High School This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Apple Tree Grafting

    Learn why we graft apple trees and the technique of how to graft to reproduce your favorite apple varieties. A valuable tool for the propagation of plant cultivars, grafting is a technique of joining two plants to continue their growth as one on a single plant. Grafting is particularly useful in the preservation of heirloom apple varieties. This is a hands-on class — participants will graft trees to take home, and care of seedlings will be discussed. Additional materials fee of $20 includes all supplies including rootstock, scionwood, handouts, as well as 3 apple trees to take home. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Authors Guide the Way Panel Discussion- ONLINE

    Many people want to write a book, but they don't know how to get started. This panel discussion with writers and authors at various phases in their career will open up how to write a book, how to publish, and how to make a living as a writer. Each author will do a quick reading, as a means of introduction to their work, genre, and expertise, and audience questions will be taken. Annalisa Summea, is a certified VT-educator and nationally-published freelance writer. This class will meet online via Zoom or Google Meet. You will receive an email prior to the start date of your class with information on how to participate.
  • Baking 101: Cookies

    Join Sally and learn the art of baking and decorating delicious cookies in this 1-night class. You'll start by mixing and baking "slice and bake" sugar cookies, making delicious icing, and then decorating your treats to bring home and share with friends and family. Each student will bring home a selection of decorated cookies. Students aged 13 and over welcome; younger students should be accompanied by an adult. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Baking 101: Cupcakes

    Come learn the art of baking and decorating the perfect cupcake! Sally, our resident cake decorating instructor, will walk you through baking and decorating cupcakes in a 1-night class. You'll start by baking vanilla cupcakes and making delicious icing, and then you'll decorate your treats to bring home and share with friends and family (or eat them all yourself- we won't tell!). Each student will bring home a half dozen decorated cupcakes. Students aged 13 and over welcome; younger students should be accompanied by an adult. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Baking with Sourdough Workshop

    Ruah Swennerfelt, a homesteader and sourdough lover will share about the magic of sourdough in this two-part course. Sourdough becomes your yeast for bread, and so much more. Dream of wild yeasts living all around you! You'll go away with starter, recipes for bread and more, and the hands-on knowledge to create sourdough baked goods at home. On the first night you will get your starter going, taste some artisan sourdough bread baked earlier that day, and see the dough in action, readying for a loaf to be baked the next day. Walk away with a recipe for how to make your own starter, how to take care of it, keep it alive and play with it. Take home a bread recipe to try. We’ll look at various resources and items to have in your kitchen to make sourdough successfully at home. Between classes you'll have some homework: keep your own starter alive using Ruah's expert tips and the instructions provided. In the second class you'll bring your starter and make some yummy baked goods like coffee cake and more. This class will take place inside CVU.
  • Bead Weaving for Jewelry

    Join Andrea to make your woven beaded earrings! Learn how to hand-weave earrings using Japanese miyuki glass beads. In this class, you will learn two different stitches that lend to hundreds of designs! This technique can be used to make beautiful earrings, rings, pendants, or bracelets! All materials included. You can expect to make two pairs of earrings over the course of 3 sessions. This class is for all experience levels. For students aged 13 and older. Younger students are welcome to come with a caregiver who is also registered. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Beaded Earrings

    Join Andrea to make your very own beaded earrings! Choose between a sterling silver or 14k gold plated base, and learn how to hand-weave earrings using Japanese miyuki glass beads. This class is for all experience levels, and you can expect to make up to two pairs of earrings to bring home. For students aged 13 and older. Younger students are welcome to come with a caregiver who is also registered. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Beautiful Barn Quilts 24" X 24"

    Come learn how to make your very own beautiful wooden barn quilt from scratch! The size will be 2’x2’ (that’s feet!). They look great just about anywhere and make awesome gifts for both inside or outside your home. We will spend each class learning the steps and having a chance to practice while getting help with your design, layout and colors. You will need to work on your quilt at home each week since each layer takes time to dry before being taped again. Choose your own design and identify colors at the first class. Have a design in mind? Please email us a photo and we will pass it along to your awesome instructor, Lisa! All quality materials, except paint, will be provided and are included in the fee! Recommended for ages 13 and older. Collage of Barn Quilts from ACCESS students! "I really enjoyed this class and my barn quilt is now proudly hanging on my shed. It's beautiful!" "Lisa was a great enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. She really helped us implement our visions."
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    Beekeeping Basics

    Have you thought about keeping bees? This is the opportunity to learn more about these vital and fascinating creatures providing so much of our food. The instructors, or apiarists, have over 60 years of combined experience and will pass along not only the facts, but also tips from hands-on experience in the field and many years in the beekeeping business! Learn more about your bee passion from Vermont based beekeeping experts at this popular Access class. These three sessions will enlighten, and maybe even inspire you to start a few hives of your own! Plenty of question-and-answer time and all the info needed to start your own operation. A "possible" 4th field session may be offered. Date, time, and location to be determined based on weather. A course book valued at $10 is included in the price. This class meets inside CVU.
  • Beginner Quilting: Lap Quilt

    Have you always been interested in learning how to make a quilt? Here's your chance! This "Stashbuster Quilt" uses a fast and simple pattern for beginner and first-time quilters. It uses fat quarters and is rotary cut. Don't know what that means? No worries-you'll be guided through the whole process: from fabric choice to finishing your quilt. Your end result will be a lap size quilt ready for cold weather snuggles. Participants will need to purchase the following supplies before the first class: 9 Fat Quarters (Chose 9 fat quarters from three different analogous colors and three different saturations. Use a good variety of patterns. Do not use any directional fabrics, as some of the blocks will be turned upside-down.) 3 1/4 yards fabric for backing 5 x 2.5 WOF strips for binding (1/2 yard, can be same fabric as backing) Spool of thread (any light color like beige, cream, grey, etc.) Bag of batting (twin size) If you have any questions about this class or the supplies needed, please contact Access and we will put you in touch with Christine. Information on area fabric stores can be found here. This is a beginner sewing and quilting class for students aged 13 and older. This class will take place inside CVU.
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    Blood Sugar & Energy - ONLINE

    Do you feel tired and foggy during the day but wired and restless at night? Do you get to bed early, and find yourself awake a few hours later with your mind wandering? Are you relying on coffee to get you going in the morning and more coffee or sweets to take you through the rest of the afternoon? Blood sugar plays a huge role in our energy levels, sleep quality, mood, stress resilience and more! Come learn how you get off the blood sugar roller coaster, and onto solid ground for balanced energy, a brighter mood, and deeper sleep. This class will meet online via Zoom. Invite will be emailed a day or two before the class starts.
  • Bridge for Beginners: Club Series OR Diamond Series

    Based on your knowledge of bridge, please choose either Club (beginners) series or Diamonds (some knowledge) series. Based on interest, we will run only one of these series. You will be notified one week prior to the start of class. Club Series: No knowledge of bridge is needed in this bridge class which features a "hands-on" teaching approach with students learning the game by doing exercises with actual cards at the table. Learn the basic bidding system and card playing skills to build on with continued practice. *The Club course comes with a great book to guide you at home and is yours to keep! Diamond Series: Join Phil for this follow-up class for beginners, Diamonds. If you have taken Club before or have some knowledge of bridge, then this class is for you! These lessons continue to build upon your knowledge of Clubs and will allow for 9 weeks of playtime. *The Diamond course comes with a great book to guide you at home and is yours to keep. *If you already have the book, please select the discounted payment option at check out. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Bridge: Defense Series - Hearts

    If you have completed the Diamond series. you ready to move onto the third series- Hearts! Deepen your knowledge of this multifaceted card game and learn the importance of communication and how to make decisions when you are the defender. Learn how to be a better team player and use guided information to best understand your partners hand, even if you can't see their cards. *The Hearts course comes with a great book to guide you at home and is yours to keep! *Already own the Defense (Hearts) book, choose this discounted option at checkout. Class will meet inside CVU.
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    Canine Communication - ONLINE

    In this presentation, Alana Stevenson goes over how dogs communicate through body-language with each other and with people. Learn how your body-language and movement can affect dog behavior both on and off-leash. Predict conflict at dog parks and understand when and why a dog might shy away or bite. Appeasement gestures and why you should never punish a dog for growling will be discussed This class will meet online. Look for an invitation to be sent a day or two before the class starts.
  • Card Making through Creative Collaging

    Terri will guide students through her artistic way of creating compositions through collage. She’ll share how to turn this art into greeting cards for any occasion, though it can be a wonderful framed art piece. Follow your inspiration! This is an art class. If you’d like, bring your pencils or pastels. Ages 15 and older; younger students may attend with a caregiver who is also registered. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Carving in Wood - A Comfort Bird

    Join long time master carver and woodworker, Bob Lindemann, as he teaches the principals of safely carving wood, using the tools correctly and efficiently, while creating objects to display or use. Participants will start with a blank and leave with a beautiful comfort bird. These birds are a handheld gift usually given as an act of kindness. Or, mount the small bird on a small stand with feet and gift one for every friend and family member! High quality carving knives and chisels available for everyone to use in class. Option to purchase the tools after the class for $40. This class will meet inside CVU.
  • Carving in Wood: The Wizard Hiking Stick

    Join Bob, an experienced educator and woodworker, as he provides a hands-on presentation on how to carve correctly with quality tools. Looking forward to getting outside this springtime and going on a hike? In this hands-on class Bob will show you how to hand-carved a walking stick with a wizard handle to use on your next hiking adventure or to gift. Participants will learn to carve a face into the stick using high quality carving tools which will be available for everyone to use during class. Option to purchase the tool set at registration or after the class ($40). Minimum age requirement is 13. This class will meet inside CVU.
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    Cats & Behavior - ONLINE

    In this online 1.5 hour presentation, Alana Stevenson, feline behaviorist and author of The Good Cat Parent's Guide to Feline Behavior Modification teaches you how to recognize common feline communication signals so you can understand cats better. When you become aware of how cats learn and respond to stress, behavior that was seemingly complex becomes much less of a mystery. Photos and video clips of feline body language and inter-cat dynamics will be shown and there will be a half hour allotted for Q&A. This class will meet online. Look for an invitation to be sent a day or two before the class starts.