LEWISTON — The YWCA will offer the following classes beginning in April.

The YWCA will offer “Exploring the World Around Us Through Art” with Lynda Leonas. The six-week class is designed to give young artists the skills needed to create, problem-solve, think critically and expand ability for self expression. Leonas, the former owner/operator of studioELL Fine Arts Center and current Lewiston Public Schools art teacher will encourage each student to utilize his or her own individual creativity and expression. Classes will begin Tuesday, April 2, with no classes during April vacation. Ages 5-7 will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Ages 8-12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per child.

Dog training classes with certified dog trainer Martin Neely will be offered for six weeks beginning Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. Neely has more than 25 years of experience. His classes focus on positive reinforcement and the use of clickers. The classes are for dogs of all ages and focus on good behavior, basic manners as well as training concerns attendees may have. Martin specializes in problem behaviors and basic obedience. Classes are $90.

The YWCA of Central Maine and Phoenix Karate Academy have teamed up again to offer a Saturday morning six-week toddler karate program. Little Sparks was created exclusively for children ages 2 to 4. This class helps to develop listening skills, teaches children how to follow directions and take turns. The students also work on balance, tumbling and basic karate blocks, as well as stranger danger self -defense. This is a half-hour class full of fun and learning. Classes run April 13 through June 1, with no classes May 11 and 25. Times choices are 10 to 10:30 a.m., 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Uniforms are $15 extra. Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

A children’s karate program for ages 5-12 with Phoenix Karate Academy will begin on April 13 and will take place every Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. until June 1; no classes May 11 and 25. The class curriculum focuses on providing tools for the child to grow into a strong role model. Children are taught that karate starts and ends in self-defense and it should never be used to harm others. They are also taught the importance of leading by example, building their self-confidence and the self-confidence of others. Cost of the six-week program is $90 for YWCA members, $100 for nonmembers. Uniforms are $15 extra. Space is limited.


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