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The Education Issue: Washington area enrichment classes

LeElaine Comer teaches an adult ceramics class at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. She took the same class three years ago and got hooked on working with clay. (Astrid Riecken/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

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.
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

Offerings: Tools to form peer learning groups.

DC Time Bank
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.
Offerings: Affordable classes, seminars and workshops designed to introduce adults to a variety of topics, including hobbies and professions.
Starting at $49(memberships available).

Hub DC
Expected to open later this year.
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
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Offerings: Free, interdisciplinary classes in month-long sessions.

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

St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. Performances and classes at various area venues. 240-888-9751.
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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