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650     Indian Cooking                                                                        Class Fee = $15

Pic of spicesIf you have ever wondered what makes Indian food so flavorful, hearty and yet so good for your health, then this is the class that will answer all your questions.

Learn the skills for basic Indian cooking that can be incorporated in your kitchen. Explore the health benefits of Indian spices and learn to assimilate them in your daily diet. Participants will be invited to an interactive cooking demonstration that will showcase a traditional wholesome Indian meal.

Dr. Smita Borole was born and raised in the vibrant, diverse city of Mumbai, India. She was raised in a family that loved to cook and eat! Food to her is more than a meal, it's about gathering together and sharing laughter and joy and making memories. Dr. Borole continues in her family’s tradition with her passion and joy for cooking. She is a regular contributor to the local TV station Fox 43 where she showcases Indian culture through her cooking segment.

One session:  Thursday, 6:00 – 7:10 p.m., June 11

651 Birding Walk on Oak Ridge’s Newest Paved Greenway

Join Dan Robbins for a birding walk on Oak Ridge’s newest paved greenway (Melton Lake Phase 4), a continuation from his Spring walk inPic of couple with binoculars April.  This 2.2 mile (4.4 mile round trip) walk is mostly level.  The hike will start at the Edgemoor Bridge parking area (near the south end of Melton Lake Drive) and extend to Solway Park.  Those wishing to walk only one way can carpool to leave one car at Solway Park.  Dan, an avid birder, will point out birds - by sight and sound - and habitat information along the way.  Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars.

Dan Robbins retired from B&W Y-12 in 2013 after 47 years of company service. At Y-12 he was the director of the analytical laboratories.  He is a chemistry graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill and a Princeton PhD.  He is the founding, and current, chairman of Greenways Oak Ridge, which has supported the development of greenways in Oak Ridge since 1993.

One session:  Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., June 10

652     Cryptic Varietal Crossword Puzzles

Mental exercise such as working crosswords is thought to benefit older brains by keeping them agile.  In cryptic crosswords, the clues are puzzles in themselves.  Cryptic varietal crosswords have an added layer of logic. So cryptic varietal crosswords are like crosswords on steroids!  They combine cryptic clues with variations on the construction of the puzzle itself. Generally, no two puzzles are alike in construction, and the intent of the puzzle authors is to entertain with novelty.

We will begin with an introduction about the history and culture of these puzzles, and then we will solve puzzles together as a class.  We will use U.S. varietal crossword puzzles (provided to students) to learn how to solve cryptic clues and to deduce the wordplay of varietals. They will seem impossible at first! Each clue provides its own AHA! moment, and the wordplay and logic part will keep your mind nimble. Vocabulary is not nearly as important as flexibility and clue type recognition.

Elane Streets began learning to solve cryptic crosswords as a newly-wed in England in the early 70's, and, although the shock was severe in the beginning, has learned to treasure them much more than even the toughest U.S. regular puzzles. Cryptic varietals are even more fun, to work on by oneself and as a team.

Eight sessions:  Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:45 p.m., June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4

653     Basic Dog Training and Rescue Volunteer

This ORICL class will cover Obedience, Socialization, Animal Rescue, Fostering and Volunteerism Opportunities for dogs.  The course will Pic of dogsbegin with a discussion of dog breeds and the importance of choosing a breed which best suits the needs of the adopter.

Then various training skills will be discussed, such as:

Basic Command Training:   Learn proper techniques for training a dog to master the Sit, Stay, Wait, Down, and Leave It commands.   Consistency in training.

House Training Techniques:  Learn how to train your dog to obey the rules of the home.

Crate Training:  Understanding the importance of crate training and how to use as a training tool for your dog.

Potty Training:  Basic techniques and setting boundaries for toileting.

Leash Work:  Tools and techniques for good leash manners.

Behavior Training:  Understanding pack behavior, praising/rewarding good behavior and how to redirect unwanted/ bad behaviors such as barking.

Socialization Training:  Understanding the importance of socializing your pet.  Preparing your dog to meet the outside world and the importance of proper immunizations.  Basic dog park etiquette.

Finally, volunteer opportunities will be discussed along with understanding the importance of volunteering and how we can help create a No-Kill Nation.  501c3 NonProfit Rescue Volunteer Opportunities: How to offer your time and talents to rescue animals– open discussion on becoming a foster parent, basic requirements, safety and welfare issues for both foster family and foster animals,  expenses and time requirement, becoming a strong pack leader and understanding the needs of a foster dog from intake to adoption.

Animal Shelters:  Open discussion on how to help shelter animals by sharing your skills, talents and time.

Manuela Connatser was born and raised in Germany and has been working with dogs for as long as she can remember. She has held almost every position in the canine industry including dog walking, pet sitting, shelter work, and pet care retail. Having discovered her passion for canines and canine behavior at a very young age, Manuela has spent a lifetime developing a special understanding of man’s best friend.

Six sessions:  Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4 and 11

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