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Course Calendar

We are excited to announce our Course Calendar! Please read below for course descriptions. You can wait for your mailer to register, or you can REGISTER ONLINE TODAY on our Registration Page. Courses start as early as January 21st, so read on to register.

Course Registration Deadline is Monday, February 4thCourse prices are $2/hour and $1/hour for seniors, to be paid to the Darby School District. Some classes include additional Material Fees, which are to be paid to the instructor. Contact Shelby Rogala at adultedu@darby.k12.mt.us if you have any questions.

Select the links below to be taken directly to categories and classes, or peruse the entire listing by scrolling down!

Beadwork 101

Instructor: Anne Jackson
Jan 23 - March 6 / Weds 6:00-8:00pm
Bitterroot Artisans Nest
$28 / $14 (60+) Plus an additional $5-$10 paid directly to the instructor for supplies
Come along and dabble in beading, both freehand on cord or wire and on a small loom. After a class or two of basic instruction each student will decide what to make. We'll shift into a lab mode where everyone works on their project with assistance provided. Loom work may require some work outside of class. Each student will finish 1-3 beaded works of art. 

Come Craft With Us

Instructors: Jennifer Burdette, Tracie McCrossin, Kaila Mendenhall
March 11, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 
Mon 5:00-7:00pm
DHS Classroom 108
$24 / $12 Plus an additional $5-$10 paid directly to the instructor for supplies per class
We will be providing a crafting lesson each week for 6 weeks. This will be a course that you can pick and choose which craft session to attend. You will purchase the kit each week from the instructor and we will email out a list of crafts to you as soon as you sign up to take the class. 

Dive into the World of Art: Ceramics

Instructor: Sean Bryers
Jan 24 - Feb 28 (No class 2/14)  / Thurs 5:00 - 7:00pm
DHS Artroom / Class capped at 10
$20 / $10 (60+) Plus an additional $25 paid directly to the instructor for supplies
Come and develop your art skills.  We will be exploring Ceramics - with access to two wheels, one kiln, clay, and glazes. I would love to help you create the art piece you have been thinking about for the last few years and haven't gotten around to starting.  No experience necessary.  If you have a vision, we can make it happen!

Dive into the World of Art: Painting and Drawing

Instructor: Sean Bryers
April 11 - May 9 / Thurs 5:00 - 7:00pm
DHS Artroom
$20 / $10 (60+) Plus an additional $10 paid directly to the instructor for supplies
Come and develop your art skills.  We will be working on Painting and Drawing.  We will explore painting and drawing in and out of doors, as weather permits. I would love to help you create the art piece you have been thinking about for the last few years and haven't gotten around to starting.  No experience necessary.  If you have a vision, we can make it happen!

Glass Etching with Vinyl Stencils

Instructor: Jennifer Burdette
Feb 25, 27 /  4:00-6:00pm
DHS Classroom 108
$8 / $4 (60+) Plus an additional $10-$20 paid directly to the instructor for supplies
At this class, you will choose a glass to create a vinyl stencil for glass etching. In one night, you will make and take a new etched piece of glassware. You will also learn to use the silhouette design software. On the second night of class, you will bring your personal glass item for etching with a plan for a design.

Wooden Signs

Instructor: Jennifer Burdette
Feb 4, 6, 11 /  4:00-6:00pm
DHS Classroom 108
$12 / $6 (60+) Plus an additional $25 paid directly to the instructor for supplies
In this class we will learn how to use a vinyl cutting machine to create a stencil. We will then apply the stencil to a wood sign blank and paint the sign! It's very fun and very rewarding. I have the wooden blanks and a lot of sayings to choose from, or you can create your own saying for your very special decor. 

Computers + Technology

CNC Machining and Design

Instructor: Max Fiedler
Jan 24 - March 7 / Thurs 5:00 - 7:00pm / Darby High School Wood Shop / Capped at 10
$28 / $14 (60+)  Plus an additional $20 for Materials paid to instructor
This course will cover the basics for the CAD/CAM software "MasterCam" and "Enroute".  By the end of this course, students will be proficient in the use of the CNC plasma Cutter and CNC router.  Common projects include sign making out of both metal and wood.  The possibilities are nearly endless with these machines.  "MasterCam" can also be used for drafting and drawing detailed parts.  Other woodworking and Metal working tools are available to assist in the material prep and fabrication.  I look forward to learning and creating with you!

Tech Makerspace for Adults

Instructor: Tom Wood
Dates + Times TBD dependent on student preferences / Course will run 8 Sessions between February - April / Darby School Steam Lab 
$32 / $16 / Series OR $4 / $2 (60+) / Per Class + $5 for Materials paid to instructor
An open space to learn and create for adults of any skill level. Join Darby School STEAM teacher Tom Wood and learn how to use a 3D printer for your first or fiftieth project, explore robotics, engraving, circuitry, smart-solar, IoT, AI, Arduino, and more. Register on a class-to-class basis or for the entire series, dates and times will be set according to student interest.

Special Interest

Jump Start Your Writing

Instructor: Juli Winthers 
Feb 25 - April 1 /  Mon 1:30-3:30 pm 
Hidden Treasures
$24 / $12 (60+) Plus an additional $10 paid to the instructor for materials
For a writer, there is nothing more frustrating than staring at a piece of blank paper. This class will help you develop a set up tools to battle writer's block. Each week participants will learn a new method for jump starting their writing. Each two hour class will open with an ice breaker, lead into a discussion on the art of writing, followed by a writing assignment and finish up with a Round Robin Read Aloud.

The Mystery of Lost Trail Pass

Instructor: Ted Hall
Th May 30th 6:00-8:00 pm / DHS Classroom TBA / Field Trips—Saturdays in June and July, select one or more to attend, 9:00am - 1:00pm / Lost Trail Pass 
$12 / $6 (60+)
This class addresses the Lewis and Clark Discovery Corps difficult ascent at Lost Trail Pass in 1805 on the Idaho/Montana border, and identifies campsites and areas of interest to Lewis and Clark, including the Dividing Ridge, Witness Trees, and more.

Health, Wellness + Recreation

Getting the Most From Your Healthcare and Insurance

Instructor: Anne Jackson
Jan 22 - Feb 5 / Tues 5:30 - 7:00 pm
DHS Classroom 102
$12 / $ 6 (60+)
In our time together we will discuss how to make the most of your doctor's appointment, understanding your medications and plan of care. We'll also talk about insurance and resource availability for yourself or loved ones. 


Intermediate Yoga Flow

Instructor: Hillery Daily
Jan 21– Feb 25 / Mon 10:30a -12:00p 
Main Street Yoga Studio
$18/$9 (60+) 
This class will be moderately paced and moderately vigorous. It is not the ideal class for beginners, but individual attention and modifications/adjustments can make it accessible for many levels of yoga experience. Please contact instructor if you have any questions about the class. 
Materials: If you have your own mat, bolster, block, or strap, please bring them. Otherwise they will be provided.

Natural Remedies to Support Your Health

Instructor: Christina Harrell
Jan 7, 21, Feb 4,18, March 4, 12
Mon 5:30 - 7:00 pm
DHS Classroom 102
FREE except for $5/remedy for materials
Each class we will make remedies specific to the night's topic.
Topics include:
  • Women's health
  • Caring for the young family
  • Caring for the aging parent
  • Stress & relaxation techniques 
  • Immune support
  • Gardening and summertime uses

Total Body Strength on the Ball

Instructor: Heidi Kaminski
Feb 19 - May 2 / Tu & Th 4:00-5:00pm No class 3/5,3/7, 3/12, 3/14
Darby Community Clubhouse 
$36 / $18 (60+)
Get ready for summer! From gardening to hiking and everything in between, this is the class to get you there. We will use the big bouncy exercise balls and exercise bands to work on strength, balance, and core fitness for a total body workout. Be ready to work hard and sweat! Exercises can be modified for most levels of fitness.
Materials: If you have your own mat, band, and ball, please bring them. Otherwise they will be provided.

Walking the West Fork

Instructor: Alice Greenlee
April 1– June 24 / Mon 10:30-11:30 am  
Intersection of Leavens and West Fork, across from Conner Cut Off
$26/$13 (60+)
We will walk the dirt roads from Painted Rocks to Chaffin Creek. You can walk at your own pace and experience the West Fork.


Yoga For Men Only

Instructor: Wendy Davis
Jan 21 - March 28 / M & Th 5:00-5:45
Main Street Yoga Studio 
$30/$15 (60+) 
Although we can all suffer from poor flexibility in some areas, men tend experience tightness in the lower back, hamstrings, and chest. This class will address those areas and others men find especially challenging. The class will consist of basic poses making it available to beginners as well as advanced practitioners. 
Materials: If you have your own mat, bolster, block, or strap, please bring them. Otherwise they will be provided.


Shelby Rogala
Darby Adult Education Director
Darby Public Schools
209 School Drive
Darby, MT 59829
Tel: (406) 821-3841 ext. 1498
adultedu@darby.k12.mt.us