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Of Course! A Gala Benefit Party for CCAE

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Cambridge Center for Adult Education

42 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Welcome to Of Course! , Cambridge Center for Adult Education’s Gala Benefit Party

Back by popular demand, we are excited to announce the return of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education's Gala Benefit party, Of Course! On Saturday April 29, 2017, join CCAE for an evening of celebration and learning, including two classes at our historic buildings on Brattle Street, a mini-parade to accompany guests to the Charles Hotel, and an evening of delicious food and beverages, spirited conversation, a raffle with one-of-a-kind prizes, live music, and interactive impromptu classes in different “neighborhoods” at the party!


5:00-7:15pm – Interactive Classes at 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Choose your Learning Adventure! Enjoy interactive mini-classes on everything from coffee tasting to sausage making, as well as conversations on food in art and literature with special guests and CCAE faculty. Over 20 classes offered.

7:30-9:30pm - Gala Party at the Charles Hotel

After party with delicious food and delectable libation.

Visit ccae.org/ofcourse for more information.

Classes for Of Course!


Antipasti italiani

With Italian native and culinary instructor Francesca Montillo, learn to prepare appetizers sure to be a hit at your next dinner party. Dishes will include white bean herbed crostini, spiedini caprese, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

Bio-Dynamic French Wine

Join wine expert Justin Giuliano for a fascinating look at the organic processes that go into making natural wine. Taste native country wines with lots of personality and buzz.

Mix and Mingle

Anyone can mix! Let spirits expert Justin Giuliano take you through hands-on mixing and tasting to learn proper cocktail-building techniques.


Writing From Your Own Experience

Let writer and Improper Bostonian book reviewer Mopsy Strange Kennedy lead you through a whirlwind exploration of memoir writing, including writing your own short piece. This fun exercise is for everyone; no writing experience necessary.

Hidden In Your Hand

Handwriting expresses the REAL you, your ambitions, fantasies, frustrations, and talents. This class with Barbara Harding will show you how to recognize your personality and character traits in your own writing.


"Between the stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” (Viktor Frankl) Come explore with Mary Veronica Sweeney ways that our growth and freedom are healed and enhanced through meditation.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

This talk by Stephen Torino provides both historical context and modern reflections on one of the most famous pilgrimages in the world: the Camino de Santiago. It is an enchanting experience that has captured the attention of authors, artists, Hollywood producers, and everyday people for centuries.

Rich in Many Ways: Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a leader in sustainable ecotourism, invites you with natural beauty and cultural and political characteristics that not only support the environment but also emphasize peace in the social conscience of the country and its people.


Spanish for Romantics

Do you know how many ways there are to say “I love you” in Spanish? Whether you’re already in love or looking to get there, this crash course in romantic and frisky phrases with Jose Lopez Espinosa will have you saying “te amo” in no time!

Italian for Travelers

Learn some easy Italian to feel confident and independent while traveling in this wonderful country. Through situational vocabulary framed in a cultural context by experienced instructor and Italian native Sonia Parravano, you will learn the basics to make a stay in Italy even more pleasant.

Creatively Confident

Learn with film and TV actor Dewayne Nelson to calm your nerves before any big event. Using improvisation exercises, learn to tap into your creative impulses, enhancing your confidence when you most need it.

Move to be Still

Learn how to listen to your body's impulses as you move on the stage and in life. With help from film and TV actor Dewayne Nelson, use movement to calm nervous tension in the body so you can be your best.

Latin Dance

Get ready to enjoy exciting Latin rhythms! Learn the most popular styles of Latin dance and quickly gain the confidence to get on the dance floor with Jim Spellman.

Waltz and Foxtrot

Enjoy Smooth Ballroom dancing with Waltz and Foxtrot basics. We will dance to Moon River, Fly Me to the Moon, Witchcraft, and some other elegant tunes. Enjoy this fun and easy going class with Jim Spellman.

Fall In Love With Your Own Voice

What does it feel like to feel good about your own voice? Learn to feel comfortable when you speak or sing. Let professional singer and voice coach Susan Allen guide you towards confidence. Be prepared to be serious and to laugh, but most of all experience your own voice with ease and joy.


The United States in World War I: Lessons for Today

Middle East turmoil, hacked communications, an unpredictable Russia. On the 100th anniversary of President Wilson's declaration of war against Germany and the Central Powers, join historian Anatole Sykley to explore the striking parallels between the runup to U.S. involvement in the First World War 100 years ago, and world events today.

Introduction to Matisse

If you’re thinking of attending the MFA’s upcoming special exhibit Matisse in the Studio or simply curious about the artist who revolutionized 20th century art, join independent scholar and art lover Susan Glassman in a journey through the work of this extraordinary innovator.

Portrait Drawing

Guided by artist Brett Gamache and using a model, learn to analyze the face and its relationship to the entire head. We will discuss color and skin tones and explore where "likeness" comes from.


Explore the gorgeous Copperplate script. Discover the secrets of how to develop handwriting into stunning pages and invitations. Swash the night away with expert Kitty Pechet, as you copy historic hands and create your own style.



Understand the extraordinary, complicated and sophisticated life of the honey bee within the community of the hive with experience beekeeper Jeannie Smith. How do thousands of bees organize themselves within the hive and what roles do they play? This deep dive will have you buzzing!

Smartphone Video Storytelling

Use your smartphone to tell your story. Learn with award winning producer Bob Glover how to capture the best video and audio your smartphone can deliver and learn to edit compelling stories.

The Social Media Landscape

You've seen friends and family doing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media, but you don't see what the big deal is. Let computing expert and Apple Genius Kareem Clarke guide you through the ins and outs of social media.

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