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Contact Information 

Teresa Pienta 

Director Community Education

Building Manager

501 Union Street

Eaton Rapids, MI  48827

517-663-8169

tpienta@erpsk12.org



Office Hours

Office hours vary based on the building-wide schedule.  Please leave a voice mail message or send an e-mail and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Class cancellation process:

Most classes require a minimum number of participants.  If a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will contact registrants within 24 hours of the first class and a full refund will be issued.

Refund Procedures:

To cancel your registration, please mail tpienta@erpsk12.org.  Class cancellations must be requested 48 hours prior to the first class for a full refund.  A 50% refund is offered for cancellation prior to the second class.  No refund will be given after the second class or after a one-day seminar.  Refunds are typically processed within 30 days. 

Note:  Community Education Classes are canceled on district snow days unless your instructor contacts you!  

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Community Education

Community Education Programs

Our Community Education Classes are typically run out of Union Street Center.  Any other class sites will be indicated in the course descriptions listed below.  We would love to hear your ideas about classes that you would like to take or teach.  Give us a call at 517-663-8169!

We are currently accepting class proposals for our Community Education Program!  This is a great opportunity to share your skills with others.  Print and mail a copy of the Course Proposal Form to the attention of Teresa Pienta at 501 Union Street or e-mail a completed form to tpienta@erpsk12.org. 

Summer 2014 Course Information

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***Note:  Classes are canceled on district snow days unless your instructor contacts you!*** 

Beginning painting

Learn brush technique, color mixtures, wet on wet, blending, setting up canvases and much more!  Start out with a 12x16 canvas and complete an oil painting in just 90 minutes. Class is taught by Dave Baker, a Bob Ross Certified Instructor and ALL supplies are provided.  The painting changes every month!

Dates:  Tuesdays; 9/16, 10/21, 11/18, 12/16

Time:  6:00pm to 8:30pm

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $30 per class

champions of the realm (Grades 6 to 8)

The heroes have faced dangers, and collected many magical treasures deep within the ruins of Casteus T’thon. Will they discover the mystery of this ancient, Elven fortress? What awaits them in deeper levels? Join the adventure!...Supplies will be provided.  E-mail teachtech777@gmail.com with questions!  This program has a maximum of eight students.

Dates:  Fridays; 9/12 to 10/24  (no class on 10/17)

Time:  3:00pm to 6:00pm

Place:  Middle School Room 108 (computer room)

Cost:  $45 

disney's the jungle book (Ages 5 to senior)

Eaton Rapids Community Education in conjunction with First United Methodist Church will be holding auditions for the play Diney's the Jungle Book. Everyone who auditions will get a part! Practices to be held at First United Methodist Church and final performances will take place at Eaton Rapids High School Auditorium. 

Dates:  Sundays; Audition 9/7  Practices 9/7 - 11-23

Time:  5:00pm

Place:  First United Methodist Church and Eaton Rapids High School Auditorium

Cost:  $25

Dodgeball (Ages 6 - Adult)

Get your duck, dodge, and dive ready for dodgeball! This is a great activity for a workout while having fun and meeting new people. Adult champions will receive a gift card to a local business at the end of the session. Players will be contacted between Nov. 3rd and 5th with game times and team information. Kids teams will be broken down into age groups (6-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17) and will play mid-late mornings. Adults will play late morning-afternoon.

Dates: Saturdays 11/8 - 12/20 (excluding 11/29 and 12/13)

Times: TBD based upon participation.

Cost: Kids - $35    Adults - $45

er ladies boot camp

A fun but challenging boot camp experience based on weight lifting.  All levels of fitness or experience are welcome!

Dates:  Tuesday and Thursday;  Session 1 - 9/2 to 10/21  Session 2 -10/28 to 12/16

Time:  6:00pm to 7:00pm

Place:  ERHS Weight Room

Cost:  $100

indoor Tee Ball Clinic (Ages 3 1/2 - 6)

Keep the kiddos busy this fall and winter with indoor tee ball! Participation is for boys and girls. The clinic is designed to introduce the kids to the fun of tee ball with help learning hand eye coordination, batting off a tee, throwing, catching, fielding, running bases, learning outs, and much more! A parent/gardian must be present at all times.

Online payment is now available! You will receive detailed information about the time of your childs clinic after registration. All classes will be held on Saturdays at Union Street Center. Classes run by Eaton Rapids Recreation, LLC

Dates: Session 1: Saturdays 11/08 - 12/20 (excluding 11/29)  Session 2: Saturdays 03/07 - 4/25 

Time: To Be Determined 

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost: Session 1 - $60       Session 2 - $80 

Special savings - Both Sessions $120 (must be paid during registration) 

lets all fence (laf)

This is an on-going class to teach the basics of fencing.  Footwork and blade work are introduced.  Students will progress in class at their own speed and ability level, as well as have opportunities to train with other fencers.  There is club equipment available for use in class.  Classes are scheduled on a month to month basis.  All returning students who register a "First Time" student will be eligible for a FREE month of lessons!

Group Beginning Lessons

Dates:  Fridays 9/5 to 9/26, 10/3 - 10/24, 11/7 to 12/5 (excluding 09/19 and 11/28) No classes will be held the month of December.

Time:  7:00 pm to 9:00pm

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost: $100/first time students (includes one time equipment fee)  $50 for returning students

Mid Michigan Family Theatre - Fairy Tale Theater (Ages 4-7)

Fairy Tale Theater is a class that will use fairy tales as the central focal point. Activities will include developing a character, using the voice, movement, and use of exaggeration. Participants will develop skills in listening, speaking, and using the imagination in a fun, entertaining setting

Dates: Saturdays 10/04 - 10/25

Time:  10:00am to 10:45am

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $40

mid michigan family theatre - Intro to acting (ages 8 & Up)

Intro to Acting looks at the components that make up the acting process. Activities will be used to show how the voice, body, and imagination are used while on stage. Theater games will reinforce these ideas. Participants will develop public speaking skills, the ability to work with others while building self-esteem and confidence.

Dates:  Saturdays 10/04 - 10/25

Time: 11:00am to Noon

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $45

mid michigan family theatre - actors workshop  (ages 8 & Up)

Actors Workshop takes an in-depth look at putting together a scene for presentation. It will take the participant through much of the acting process from auditioning to giving the final performance. Actors will develop public speaking skills through interaction with others along while developing empathy, using the imagination and improvisation in an entertaining and learning environment.

Dates:  Saturdays 11/01 - 12/6 (no class on 11/29)

Time: 10:30am to Noon

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $50

Sanchin-Ryu's Karate for Kids (Grades K-8)

This program combines two crucial courses into one - Sanchin-Ryu Karate & Self-Defense and Project Secure Child (child safety). This class is taught by Certified Sanchin-Ryu Instructors, Master Dave Korman and Sensei Scott Jansen.

Dates:  Thursdays, Fall 1 Session: 9/18 - 11/06 Fall 2 Session 11/13 - 01/22 (skipping 11/27, 12/25, and 1/1) Winter Session: 2/5 - 3/26

Time:  6:00pm to 7:00pm

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $30/session

Sanchin-Ryu's Karate for Families

A parent and child program for ages four (4) and up. This program combines two crucial courses into one - Sanchin-Ryu Karate & Self-Defense and Project Secure Child (child safety). This class is taught by Certified Sanchin-Ryu Instructors, Master Dave Korman and Sensei Scott Jansen.

Dates:  Thursdays, Fall 1 Session: 9/18 - 11/06 Fall 2 Session 11/13 - 01/22 (skipping 11/27, 12/25, and 1/1) Winter Session: 2/5 - 3/26  

Time:  7:00pm to 8:00pm

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $60/session

sanchin-Ryu's Karate for Adults

Set in a fun, non-competitive and informative atmosphere, this program is designed to empower today's adults with knowledge that can save your life! Students will learn a broad range of techniques including individual strikes, advanced combinations and more. This class is taught by Certified Sanchin-Ryu Instructors, Master Dave Korman and Sensei Scott Jansen.

Dates:  Thursdays; Fall 1 Session: 9/18 - 11/06 Fall 2 Session 11/13 - 01/22 (skipping 11/27, 12/25, and 1/1) Winter Session 2/5 - 3/26

Time:  8:00pm to 9:00pm

Place:  Union Street Center

Cost:  $30/session

sanchin-Ryu's Karate for Teens (Ages 14 & up)

Set in a fun, non-competitive and informative atmosphere, this program is designed to empower today's teens with knowledge that can save your life! Students will learn a broad range of techniques including individual strikes, advanced combinations and more. This class is taught by Certified Sanchin-Ryu Instructors, Sensei Scott Jansen.

Dates:  Wednesdays; Fall 1 session 9/17 - 11/05 Fall 2 Session  11/12 - 1/21 (skipping 11/26, 12/24, 12/31) Winter Session 2/4 - 3/25 

Time:  3:00pm to 4:00pm

Place:  High School Choir Room

Cost:  $30/session

zumba (ages 13 & up)

The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to created a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away!  The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.  This class is for all ages and fitness levels.  Instructor Lynne Metts.

*Lynne will not be teaching Zumba this summer but watch for her class at Union Street in Fall 2014! 

Zumba - summer classes (ages 13 & UP)

The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to created a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away!  The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.  This class is for all ages and fitness levels. An optional  20 minute strength training class follows the Zumba class. You will need to supply your own free weight. Instructor Denise Perkins.

Dates:  Mondays and Thursdays; Session 1 9/15 - 10/30 Session 2 11/3 - 12/18

Time:  5:30pm to 6:30pm (Zumba)  6:30pm - 6:50pm (Strength Training)

Place:  Lockwood 

Cost:  $5 drop-in fee (Zumba) $2 additional (Strength Training)

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