Great Neck Community Education posts course catalog

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Great Neck Community Education catalog for summer and spring 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Public Schools)
Great Neck Community Education catalog for summer and spring 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Public Schools)

The Great Neck Public Schools Community Ed program is looking forward to warmer days ahead with the release of our spring and summer course catalog. With the addition of several new courses as well as the return of old favorites, this season is sure to be an exciting one full of learning, growth, and new possibilities.

The Community Ed Spring/Summer 2019 Catalog has been mailed out, and registration is in progress. If you haven’t received your catalog, please call (516) 441-4949, or email, and we will send one out to you. You can also peruse the catalog online at We hope you enjoy our newly renovated website as well as a new online registration system.

The Community Ed program is located at 30 Cumberland Ave. in Great Neck, one block south of Northern Blvd. and Lakeville Rd. Most classes begin in April.

Day Trips

Our unique trip offerings are one-of-a-kind experiences. We take care of everything, including luxury coach bus transportation, meals, and private docent-led tours, so participants can relax and enjoy the day.

Upcoming trips in and around New York City include: Classical Music Experience at Carnegie Hall (May 1); New York Botanical Garden (June 11); Behind the Scenes at Radio City Music Hall and the New York Public Library (June 20); and Citifield Tour (Sept. 21).

Additionally, the following out-of-state spring trips are scheduled: Hill-Stead Museum/Private Home in Farmington, Connecticut (May 16); Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut (May 30); and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey (June 4). All trips depart and return to the Community Ed center on Cumberland Ave.

Theater Trips

Recent theater trip offerings have included My Fair Lady, Carousel, Three Tall Women, Pretty Woman, Hello Dolly!, The Band’s Visit, Come From Away, Little Foxes, War Paint, and Dear Evan Hansen. Some trips include meals before or after the show; others, with meals on your own. Due to time constraints, theater trips are announced through email only – be sure that we have your email address to stay informed!

Creative Arts & Crafts

Ready to get your creative juices flowing? Sign up for one of our many art courses, such as calligraphy, fused glass, painting, pottery on the wheel and hand building, printmaking, silversmithing, and sketching. Our building is equipped with jewelry, stone, painting, and pottery facilities.

Our newest creative courses include Abstract Painting; Advanced Portraiture: Painting with Models; Figure Drawing; Introduction to Printmaking; Portraiture: All Levels; Sketching Techniques; Crochet and Knit Out of the Box: A Modern Approach; The Art and Science of Aromatherapy: Summer Essentials; and Chakra Balancing and Color Therapy.

Fitness and Movement

Get moving with activities like aerobics, weight training, water exercise, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, meditation, and dance. We offer courses for all fitness levels, including Gentle Stretching, Movement for those with Parkinson’s, Seated Exercise, and Beginner Line Dance. Three new additions in this season’s catalog are Creative Belly Dance, Oh My Aching Back!, and Seated Qi Gong Exercise.

Foreign Languages

We offer beginner through advanced courses for foreign languages, including Chinese, Farsi, French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish, and Yiddish.

Enrichment & Learning

New art history courses include A Study of the Impressionists, and Post-Impressionists: Variety in Art. New programs with a historical focus include Founding Fathers: The Age of Andrew Jackson…(1828–1836); Presidents of the Jazz Age!; and FDR and the New Deal (1932–1940). We are also offering two exciting new one-session courses titled A Happier You, and Coco Chanel: The Woman, The Legend.

These courses join a popular line-up of book groups, writing workshops, and group discussions about current events, sports, and more.


We offer Bridge, Canasta, and Mah Jongg, for beginner and advanced levels.

Music, Performing Arts & Entertainment

Share your musical talents with courses like Singing for Fun, or join the Cumberland Singers! Our instrumental courses can teach beginners to play the piano or the guitar.

Personal Development

Learn about accident prevention and get savings on car insurance by completing a Defensive Driving course, or join an engaging community with REAP (Retired, Energetic, Active People).

Classes for Teens

Offerings for teens include exam preparation courses for the ACT, PSAT, and SAT, as well as NYS-approved Driver Education.

Additional information is available by calling Community Ed at (516) 441-4949 or visiting our website at Registration can be completed over the phone, via email at, or though our new online registration at Links and instructions for online registration are also available on the Community Ed website.

Join us for another exciting season at Community Ed! Be sure to follow Great Neck Community Ed on Facebook for the latest updates about our classes and trips.

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