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Adult Education at Gallatin Gateway School District #35 originated in 2004. Learning enriches our lives regardless of age. The purpose of the Gallatin Gateway Adult Community Education program is to provide a diverse range of quality and affordable programs that enhance and inspire our community to meet their personal needs and goals.
Our Adult Education classes are for adults and children 16 and older. Adults take classes for a variety of reasons including lifelong learning, skill acquisition for employment, leisure, health and fitness, or to simply have fun and socialize. Our adult classes are geared towards adults who are not concerned about receiving college credit. There are no tests, grades, or attendance requirements. You take classes because you want to learn in a relaxed environment.
As the program grows, we will strive to stay in touch with the latest trends in technology, fitness, recreation, arts, foreign languages, personal finance, and much more. This initial semester will be heavy in personal enrichment to encourage participation as we work to expand the program. We hope you will join us over the course of this year.
Once the schedule is posted you can register and pay online or print the registration form and bring it to the school with payment. You are not confirmed until payment has been received. 

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Outdoor Survival

Instructor:  Chris Dover

Dates: Two sessions: Thursday October 3rd & Thursday October 10th

Cost: $30

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School - Room TBD

Class Description: Don't go outdoors unprepared! Join us for a wilderness survival basics class by outdoor expert Chris Dover. She will discuss the skills you need and the items you should always carry to survive an unexpected night (or two) in the outdoors. This is information every person, male or female, should know! Chris Dover has been a Search and Rescue dog handler/trainer for over 30 years. She has also taught Wilderness Survival for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program for 25 years. Chris taught in Bozeman Public Schools for 25 years and retired in 2018.
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Beginning Guitar

Instructor:  Matt Dickie

Dates: Tuesdays October 8th-December 17th (No class 11/26) 10 classes

Cost: $150 (Only $125 if you AND a friend sign up by 10/4)

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Music room 

Class capped at 15 participants. 

Class Description: Matthew teaches all styles and levels, but specializes in teaching beginners and children.
With eight years of teaching experience, Matt’s goal is to help students have as much fun as possible while they are starting out in order to stay motivated throughout the challenges they’ll encounter in their first year of playing guitar. But while they’re having fun, his students learn the important basics, techniques and theory that they need to progress as a musician. Matthew doesn’t use a set lesson plan as he believes every student needs a lesson catered specifically to their needs and interests. The first thirty minutes will be instruction time and following that Matt will walk around and give individual attention where needed. Private lessons with Matt cost between $40-$50 per lesson, this is an amazing value he is offering to our Adult Community Education program. 

Guitars will be available for use during class time but you are strongly encouraged to have your own to practice with at home. 

Introduction to Drawing

Instructor:  Dayna Bergin

Dates: Mondays- October 7th-October 28th (4 classes)

Cost: $48 (Only $38 if you AND a friend sign up by 10/4)

Time: 5:30pm -7:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School - Art Room

Class Description: Learn basic principles of drawing, explore a range of materials you can draw with. No experience in drawing or painting is necessary and individual expression is encouraged. This drawing class that will cover a wide range of drawing techniques and materials. The subject matter will be seasonal. This class introduces and builds upon fundamental drawing concepts that apply across disciplines. Line, value, shape, form, space, intent, and other elements are addressed using direct observation.
*Material list will be e-mailed to registered attendees. Minimum of 6 attendees for the class to run. 

Class capped at 15 participants. 

Meal Planning Workshop

Instructor:  Sarah Baumgartner

Dates: Wednesday, October 16th (One night only)

Cost: $15 (bring your spouse for free!)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Cafeteria

Class Description: Does the thought of what’s for dinner bring you to tears?  Do you make 2 or more trips to the grocery store each week?  Do you order take-out or go through the drive thru more than you care to admit?  Do you find yourself staring into the pantry or fridge only to realize you don’t have the ingredients to make a healthy meal?  This workshop is key for any person wanting to take the stress out of meal time.

You will learn:
• 10 pantry/fridge staples you need at all times for last minute healthy meals
• How to meal plan and prep ahead of time to free up extra time each day
• Ways to cut corners without sacrificing nutrition

What you get:
• Free 7 day meal plan
• Free grocery list for future meal plan
• Meal Planning template

Sarah Baumgartner is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Exercise Physiologist and has over 5 years experience helping individuals improve their health and well – being through behavior modification, goal setting and individualized support.  She is the owner of Simply Balanced Wellness, LLC and primarily serves working parents and employers in the areas of energy management and resilience.

Basic Country Two-Step

Instructor:  Lauren Coleman

Dates: Friday October 18th, 2019 (One night only!)

Cost: $10 per person/$15 per couple

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway Community Center

Class Description: Learn to dance! Country Two Step is a popular and basic dance based on walking steps. It travels around the dance floor with lots of fun turns. A great class for beginners!

Lauren Coleman is the owner of Have Fun Dancing studio in Bozeman and has been sharing her love of dancing with hundreds of students here since 1993 and she is a resident of Gallatin Gateway. She is a full time professional dancer who was trained specifically as a Ballroom and social dance instructor at Universal Studios in Spokane, WA. Her expertise includes a thorough knowledge of technique, partnering, choreography, history, music and steps. She continues her dance training with master teachers and attends numerous workshops nationally and internationally, in order to bring the latest trends and styles to Bozeman. For the student this translates into clear instruction and strong leading & following skills.

Her emphasis is on dance as a social skill and as an art form. Her philosophy stresses cooperation over competition and in creating a friendly atmosphere where people feel comfortable and have fun.

Watercolor Painting

Instructor:  Dayna Bergin

Dates: Monday evenings- November 4th, 11th, 18th

Cost: $36

Time: 5:30pm -7:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School - Art Room

Class Description: Learn the fundamentals of playing and exploring with watercolors from acclaimed artist Yao Cheng. Yao shares her process of selecting the proper paints and brushes to get started and teaches how to blend colors to create a unique palette. The essential information provided in this class will help you learn how to apply watercolor to different surfaces and create basic shapes using fun, easy techniques.

Learn how to:
Control the opacity of the paint
Blend colors to create a palette
Blend colors on the paper
Use various techniques, such as pulling and dipping
Paint basic shapes
*Material list will be e-mailed to registered attendees. Minimum of 6 attendees for the class to run. 

Class capped at 15 participants. 

Sushi Rolling

Instructor:  Eric Bee

Dates: Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 (One night only!)

Cost: $40

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Cafeteria

Class capped at 12 participants. Register soon!

Class Description: Learn how to make basic maki rolls, including uramaki stye (rice out). How to make and prepare ingredients to roll will be glanced over in order to provide more hands-on rolling time. 
Topics  covered will be:
Handling Rice, what good rice should feel like, and proper portioning
Adding rice to Nori. Techniques and ways to develop speed and stay clean
Proper ingredient placement inside the rolls, as well as flavors to pair with fish
Shaping Rolls. What they should look like, and use of the rolling mat (maki su)
Cutting! Go over proper cutting techniques since it varies greatly from western style cutting 
How to plate sushi like a professional

Demonstrate some more advanced techniques used to make rolls with fish on top, or avocado. Sushi is a cuisine that takes decades to master, but with a little hands on guidance most can make simple rolls that may even surpass restaurant quality. 

"Raised in a kitchen heavily influenced by Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisine, one could say that Eric Bee has finally found his way home with his latest business venture. The Chicago native found his way to Big Sky country in the fall of 2006 to study Engineering at Montana State University. At that point Bee was already an accomplished snowboarder but passion for the outdoors and music quickly supplanted the traditional route to adulthood with an adventure filled path that saw him tour with his band, compete in mountain biking circuits, and travel the world with friends and family. Bee's drive for success and incredible work ethic have not waned through the adventure but rather served as the mechanism that allowed him to constantly learn and collect inspiration along the way. Adding a personal take on traditional fare from Hawai'i to South America, Eric Bee is successfully mastering the fusion of his passions and over 15 years of sushi experience for the world to enjoy."  -Josh Iokua Ikaikaloa Mori

*Photo credit: <a href="">Background photo created by lifeforstock -</a>

Running on Empty

Instructor:  Sarah Baumgartner

Dates: Wednesday November 13th

Cost: $10 (bring your spouse for free!)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Art Room

Class Description: Are you or your family members constantly low on energy, anxious and stressed and feel there is never enough time for the things you want to be doing?  

This workshop focuses on 3 key wellness areas proven to improve energy and resilience and includes practical strategies to immediately implement change in you and your family’s life.  

You will learn:
* Latest research regarding sleep, nutrition and fitness to improve energy
* How to set boundaries and stick with them
        * 10 Strategies that result in happiness, contentedness and stress reduction

Sarah Baumgartner is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Exercise Physiologist and has over 5 years experience helping individuals improve their health and well – being through behavior modification, goal setting and individualized support.  She is the owner of Simply Balanced Wellness, LLC and primarily serves working parents and employers in the areas of energy management and resilience.

Women's Beginning Archery

Instructor:  Dick Shockley

Dates: Monday's & Tuesday's  12/9, 12/10, 12/16, 12/17 (4 classes)

Cost: $50

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School gym

Class capped at 20 participants. 

Class Description: The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the basic techniques of indoor target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range safety, stance and shooting technique. You will be instructed in basic equipment used for archery, practice components for nocking, drawing, aiming and shooting on targets and will have ample target practice time. 

All equipment and gear will be set up and provided. Grab a group of gals and and have fun!
Postponed until Spring

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

Instructor:  Rachelle Schug with Flowing Creativity

Dates: Monday December 2nd SOLD OUT

Cost: $50

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Cafeteria

Class capped at 12 participants. Register soon!

Class Description: Come kick off the holiday season at Gallatin Gateway for an evening of holiday cheer and  holiday wreath making! Learn tips and tricks to decorate your own seasonal 18” grapevine wreath with quality greenery and mixed floral decor. This workshop includes all instruction, supplies, wreath forms and ribbons to create the perfect look to usher in the holidays and welcome your holiday guests.

This is a great class to share with one or more of your friends to get into the holiday spirit! Included with your registration is your finished wreath to take home, supplies for class and holiday sips & treats.

Holiday Canvas Painting

Instructor:  Cyndie Deurmeier

Dates: Thursday December 5th 

Cost: $20

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Art Room

Class Description:  Join us for an evening of holiday themed art instruction. Not artistic? A little nervous? Don't worry! It's easy, fun, and totally stress free. No need to have any experience whatsoever in painting. This class will guide you step by step to create your own work of art for the Christmas season. Two options will be available to choose from the day of class.  And at the end of the night you will have a unique holiday painting that you created! We will have hot chocolate and cider to enjoy while you paint. 

Cyndie is currently the Director of Faith Formation for Holy Rosary and has a creative sense with dabbling in the creative arts such as quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross stitching, painting, and more.  A former teacher for GGS and other schools, she has the familiarity of teaching students without overwhelming the student.

Holiday Gnome Making Workshop

Instructor:  Melissa Krogstad

Dates: Tuesday December 10th (Spots available)
Wednesday December 11th SOLD OUT

Cost: $20

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Art Room

Class Description: Make you own custom Christmas gnome! We will have lots of choices to customize everything from the hat to the beard and lots of fun add ons too! Grab your friends and have a fun night being creative! Examples of finished product below. REGISTER HEREHoliday Gnome 2Holiday gnome 1

Holiday Chalk Art

Instructor: Cheryl Carvalho  

Dates: Monday December 9th

Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Cost: $30

Location: Gallatin Gateway School Art Room

Class capped at 8 participants. Register soon!

Class Description: In this class, you’ll get to choose between three options:  a set of three trees, a white pedestal or six wooden ornaments. You then chose a design and your favorite color of Chalkology paste.  You’ll learn different methods on how to apply the paste for various effects.  You’ll also learn how to care for the chalk paste and transfers to assure the longest life possible – and you’ll leave with a beautiful piece you created.  

Cheryl is a mom of 4, living her dream life here in Bozeman! She’s been busy creating since she was 8 years old and loves to share these skills with others. Her favorite craft past-times are knitting, quilting, sewing clothes, crochet, painting and now Chalk-Painting with Chalk Couture reusable transfers!    
Chalk Couture makes the most gorgeous transfer designs she’s ever seen – coupled with their quality surfaces and vibrant colors of paste and inks, anyone can find a project to beautify their home. Between the Chalkology paste and ink formulas, their transfers can be used on just about any surface. And it’s so easy, even kids can get involved!

You can follow Cheryl on Facebook, the Sunday Chalker. Photos below. 
*If you finish your project and you want to do another, you can do so for an additional fee paid directly to Cheryl. 
Joyful pedestal and three wooden treesChristmas tree with ornaments

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED

Instructor:  Ray Mines (Gallatin Gateway Fire)

Dates: Monday 12/2 & Thursday 12/5 (Two night course)

Cost: $65

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Gallatin Gateway School (Classroom TBD)

Class capped at 6 participants. 

Class Description: This course is an instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrive. This course uses AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students learning of skills. After completing the course, you will receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course Completion Card, valid for two years. 

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There are three ways to register:
  1. Online. Simply click on the register now link on the course you want to attend. You can then pay through the district website with the link provided or bring in your payment to the school office. 
  2. In person at the school. Simply drop off your registration form and payment at the front office. (Office Hours are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 am-3:30 pm Friday)
  3. Mail enrollment application & payment: Gallatin Gateway Adult Ed, P.O. Box 265, Gallatin Gateway 59730
Please note that registration will not be complete until payment AND application are received. We cannot save your spot in the course without payment.

Each class has a minimum enrollment of five and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. You will be notified one week prior to the projected start of a course if the course has been cancelled and refunds will be issued. There are NO refunds for single day courses. 

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You will only be notified if your class is cancelled. Otherwise you are responsible for remembering to attend class. Courses will be posted on the district website which will be regularly updated. 

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You may withdraw from a class two weeks prior to the opening date and receive a refund, minus a $5.00 processing fee. Refunds will not be granted once a class has begun. If you are unable to attend a class, you may send a friend or colleague in your place. Call 763-4415 ext. 412 for any substitutions. If a class is cancelled a full refund will be given. Refunds require 4 weeks to process.