Take community classes near Lake Stevens homes and play volleyball.East of Everett in Snohomish County, Lake Stevens homes sit in picturesque beauty alongside the lake where the community provides residents with everything they need to thrive and grow, including a wealth of educational opportunities for the area. In partnership with the city, the Lake Stevens School District also offers Community Education opportunities for people living in town, with locations throughout the community. There is a wide variety of options available to residents, and there’s now a course for every level of interest and expertise with instructors who are are dedicated to their students.

This fall, the Pie Decorating and Design class with Terry Myer will teach attendees to use cutouts, braids, and crimping to personalize baking for the holiday season. The course’s $20 fee includes all the supplies for making these artistic touches, plus you get to take home a pie! Ages 10 and up are welcome to join until the class reaches 30 people. There are two different sessions to choose from - either November 4th or December 2nd - from noon to to 2:30 p.m. at the Lake Stevens Community Center. Another artistic outlet opportunity for those living in Lake Stevens homes is the Photography 101 class with Tim McLaughlin that is available November 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a class for people 14 years old and up who want to learn how to use their camera (no camera phones) to get professional quality in their final image. For a $20 fee students will learn how to use ISO, shutter speed, and aperture - the three elements that impact exposure.

For those interested in adult fitness options this Fall, the Community Education program offers a wide variety of options. For example, on Tuesdays from September 12th to December 19th all adults are welcome to join in a game of volleyball at the NLMS gym. All skill levels are encouraged to attend this Non-Competitive Co-ed Adult Volleyball class with Kristie Carl from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, for a $25 drop-in fee, or simply $5 a class. Teams are switched up every three games throughout the night to keep the fun going all evening long! For those who are looking for a fitness plan with less stress on their joints, the Lake Stevens High School Pool offers Water Aerobics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 to 5 p.m., and then again on Monday and Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. There’s even a Deep Water Aerobics class available on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. for those looking for a great way to kick off their weekend. Adults 18 and over pay $4 a class, while seniors over 55 only pay $2.50, and youth/disabled play $3.00. For more details, please call 425-335-1526.

There really is something for everyone, even dog obedience courses are available for the four-legged family members. Kim Daily offers both a Basic Dog Obedience course and an Advanced Canine Good Citizen Prep course where dogs and their handlers learn to work together as a team. For $75, Basic class attendees will learn the basic commands necessary for a well behaved puppy (at least four months old) or older dog, like sit, stay, down, and more. Act quickly to sign up for the newly added Monday session option from November 6th through December 11th at the LSMS Aux Gym from 6 to 7 p.m. The Advanced class is a fun way to prepare the dog and handler team to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test, covering everything from accepting a friendly stranger, to walking through a crowd, and supervised separation. There is also a $75 fee for a session of this class. For both courses the instructor reserves the right to dismiss any handler and dog team that she feels may not be ready to participate in the class, or that appears aggressive in any way. Safety for all the teams is very important, and all dogs must be up-to-date on their shots.

These are just a handful of the courses available this fall for families living in Lake Stevens homes. To learn more, or to see what other classes are in the area and pre-register, check out the Community Education website where registration for any course can be made right from the comfort of home.