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The Education Issue: Washington area enrichment classes

In the Washington area, there are many organizations and businesses offering adult enrichment classes. Here is a sampling:

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. chaw.org.
Offerings: Six- to eight-week adult classes in fine arts, dance, photography and ceramics in the fall, spring and summer, about two-thirds of which are accessible to first-timers.
Price: Varies; for example, $158 for dance classes and $365 for pottery classes.

Citizen Circles
www.citizencircles.com.

Offerings: Tools to form peer learning groups.
Price:
Free.

DC Time Bank
443-562-5856. www.dctimebank.org.
Offerings:
Matches people who have services to offer with people seeking services; providers accrue hours to access services of their own.
Price: Free.

First Class
Location to be determined. 202-797-5102.info@takeaclass.org. www.takeaclass.org.
Offerings: Affordable classes, seminars and workshops designed to introduce adults to a variety of topics, including hobbies and professions.
Price:
Starting at $49(memberships available).

Hub DC
Expected to open later this year. 202-567-7482.www.hubdconline.org.
Offerings: Will have work and meeting space available, as well as events and workshops for a community of change agents.
Price: Gatherings and events are free; cost of office space will vary.

Knowledge Commons DC
knowledgecommonsdc@gmail.com
. www.knowledgecommonsdc.org .
Offerings: Free, interdisciplinary classes in month-long sessions.
Price:Free.

Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com.
Offerings: Literary, writing and craft classes.
Price: About $35-$150.

SpeakeasyDC
St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Performances and classes at various area venues. 240-888-9751. www.speakeasydc.org.
Offerings:Five-session storytelling classes (15 hours including final showcase) for people who want to perform with SpeakeasyDC or elsewhere, or develop speaking skills and confidence through storytelling; and occasional six-hour boot camps.
Price: $325 to $375 for five-session storytelling classes; $125 for boot camp.

Many other institutions offer enrichment classes, including: Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation , Arlington Independent Media , D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation , Fairfax County Park Authority , Fairfax County Public Schools , Graduate School USA , Hill’s Kitchen , Howard Community College , Howard County Recreation and Parks Department , Japan-America Society of Washington , Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute , Montgomery County Recreation , Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University , Prince George’s Community College , Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation , the Fridge , Atlas Performing Arts Center , Smithsonian Resident Associate Program and the Hill Center .

— Lora Engdahl

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