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Hispanic Heritage Month

Ballroom Salsa Dance Class with Syafiq Fuller
Saturdays from Sept. 9 to October 7
Location:  HREI
The fee for the course is $50.

This beginner course in ballroom salsa dancing will cover the basic counts, rhythm, and movement of this popular Latin dance style. Participants will learn how to move their hips and feet to dance freely with salsa style while engaging their core muscles.

Latin Ballroom Dance class and Standard Ballroom Dance classes with Natalia King
Location:  HREI                               
Wednesdays from Sept. 20 to Oct. 18, 5-6 p.m. (Latin), or 6-7 p.m. (Standard)
Pre-Registration is required, and classes cost $60 or $15 for a single class drop-in.

This class will introduce you to the basic steps of five Latin Dances: Cha-Cha, Rumba, Jive, Samba, and Paso Double. The Latin Dances are “spot” dances, meaning the couples generally dance in the same spot on the dance floor. Enjoy learning Latin Dances, exercising your body and having fun. No partner required.

From 6-7 p.m. this instructor also offers modern ballroom dance classes that teach Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep on the same dates, with a $55 cost for all the classes.

Jewelry Making Celebrating the Colors of Nicaragua with Melissa Corey
Location:  Emerge CDA

Class #1 September 30th, 1:00 – 4:00, $40.00

Class #2 October14th, 2:00 – 5:00, $40.00

Class #3 November 18th, 12:00 – 5:00, Price to be determined.

Emerge is proud to announce the first of many jewelry classes to come.  The first class is titled: The Beaded Bliss Bead.  In this class you will be learning how to weave Swarovski crystals into a larger bead to make a beautiful pair of earrings. This class is a prerequisite to any right angle weave class.  In her second offering students will learn how to wire wrap beaded chain onto a bracelet form to create some fun and colorful bracelet bangles.   Melissa will also be teaching an intro to disk cutting and dapping metal class. In this class you will learn how to cut metal into disks, texturize and shape metal. Teens and up

Day of the Dead Masks and Sculptures with Kjelsty Hanson
Location:  Emerge CDA
October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 4:00 – 6:00,  Free.
Each student will make their own papier Mache sculpture, learning how to create facial features specific to the bone structure.    Not only will participants get a little biology lesson but they will have fun doing it.   Teens and up are welcome.  Sponsored by the CDA Arts Commission

Guest Speaker: “Human Rights in Mexico: How U.S. Policies Affect State Violence, Militarization, and Displacement”
Location:  HREI
October 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   Donation Suggested

Roberto Mendoza Pèrez from Mexico’s National Network for the Defense of Human Rights will speak as part of the 2017 Witness for Peace Northwest speaking tour to share the perspective of the teachers, small farmers, students, and elders who are affected by U.S. policy and corporatism in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

Latin American Chocolate tasting with wine pairings
October 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Location:  HREI

Join us on an arm chair journey to the Hispanic cacao growing regions of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. We’ll explore the cultural history of cacao and examine the steps needed to transform it from bean to bar. Experience a guided tasting of bars from these regions and rate them to discover your favorites. We’ll then pair these chocolates with wines from Spain and South America. Geography never tasted so good!

Tamale cooking class
Location:  HREI
October 7, 1-4 p.m. , $55 (includes $25 supply  fee)
Instructor:  Yvonne Rodriguez Schmitt

Learn how to make delicious authentic tamales from a local Hispanic Business owner.  Fee includes instruction and supplies to make a take home a dozen tamales.  Your active participation will create delicious meal.

2nd Friday Art Walk with Latin American chocolates and coffees
Location:  HREI
October 13, 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy the opening of our new Fall exhibit from Emerge CDA with a tasting of delectable Latin American chocolates courtesy of Chocolate Tasting & More, and spicy Spanish coffees and Mexican hot chocolate for the children from the DOMA Coffee Company.

Our Fall Exhibit is a special art showcase from 11 local print makers who created large scale prints at the first Emerge INK! Print Rally. The artists spend 6 weeks leading up to the event drawing inspiration from Mexico and South America and then carving an image into a 4×5 block of wood. The blocks were then brought to the Emerge parking lot where artists inked them, sandwiched them between padding and additional wood panels, and then used an asphalt roller to print the images on sheets. These intricate designs can be purchased. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Emerge community arts program.

Pottery with an Aztecan Design with Jasmine Reed and KC Loveland
Location:  Emerge CDA
October 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th.   6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Teens and Adults.  $135.00

Basic wheel throwing techniques will be taught to create pottery bowls.  Students will then use Aztecan design to adorn their pieces.

Skeletal Puppets with Kjelsty Hanson
Location:  Emerge CDA
October 12th, 19th, and 26th.  4:00 – 6:00  Free.
Each student will build their own larger than life character.  The bones will be formed out of rolled up newspaper.  They will learn sculpting techniques, how to layer paint to give their puppets depth.  This is a three part workshop for teens and up.  October 12th, 19th, and 26th.  4:00 – 6:00  Free. Sponsored by the CDA Arts Commission

Weaving with Sue Tye
Location:  Emerge CDA
October 14.  10:00 – 2:00.   $40.00
 Learn simple weaving techniques in this fun class.  Varied weaving threads in bright colors and textures are provided so all that’s needed is your imagination.  Students will weave their own vibrant woven hoops depicting South American Colors.  Twelve years of age and up.

 Printmaking, Gyotaku style, with Emma Johnson
Location:  Emerge CDA
October 21st,     10:00 -1:00   $40.00
Gyotaku is a form of nature printing.  We will use this form of printmaking to print some of the reptiles that live south of the border.   Should be a gross and exciting time.  Ages 10 and up.

Other classes TBA

Latin American cooking class with Astrid Rial

Travel Series:  Exploration Peru – Presenters Holly and Michael Beckett

Travel Series:  Exploration Cuba – Presenters TBA




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