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  • For questions about our craft and skill programs, contact:
    Billie McKenzie, Coordinator of Leisure Services
    (309) 681-2854 • bmckenzie@peoriaparks.org

    Craft and Baking Cake Decorating












     See details and register online for the classes below.

    Knitting for All Levels

    Code           Day-Date                 Time

    At Noble Center:                  

    68316           W: 1/27-3/2           4-5:30 PM

    At Franciscan Rec Center: 

    68323          Sa: 3/5-4/9             9-10:30 am

    Students will learn basic knitting stitches, how to read a pattern and finish a project.  You will receive a supply list for this course upon registration.

    Age: 9+

    Fee-R/NR: $41/$47

    Hooked on Crochet – Beginner

    Code        Day-Date              Time

    At Franciscan Recreation Complex:

    68315      Th: 1/28-3/3         4-5:30 pm
    At the Noble Center:

    68317      Sa: 3/5-4/9         11 am-12:30 pm


    Learn basic crochet stitches such as chain, single crochet and double crochet, and leave with an in-depth knowledge of crochet terms and helpful hints. If you wish to do additional work outside of class, you can create 7 x 9 inch rectangles to donate for a ‘Warm Up America’ afghan. You will receive a supply list for this course upon registration.

    Age: 9+

    Fee-R/NR: $41/$47


    Cake Decorating for Beginners

    Code        Day-Date          Time

    68322      M: 2/1-2/29        6-8:30 pm
    68314      M: 3/7-4/4          6-8:30 pm
    In this beginner’s class you will improve your baking skills and learn recipes for great frosting. Learn to decorate your own cakes with borders, flowers, leaves, side drapes, roses, cartoon designs, script writing and more! And the best part: you take home your own finished cakes! A supply list will be handed out at the first class.
    Location: Franciscan Rec Complex
    Instructor: Lisa Williamson
    Age: 12+

    Fee-R/NR: $44/$52

    Advanced Cake Decorating

    Code                     Day-Date                       Time

    68321                     M: 4/11-5/2                 6-8:30 pm
    If you enjoyed the first cake class, you’ll love this one, too. Learn fancy flowers, fancy borders, string work, basket weave, fun theme cakes and much more! No cake baking is necessary and you’ll use only one batch of frosting. A supply list will be handed out at the first class.

    Location: Franciscan Rec Complex
    Instructor: Lisa Williamson
    Age: 12+ Fee-R/NR: $35/$40


    Staging Your Home

    Code            Day-Date       Time

    68262          Sa: 2/27        1-3:30 pm
    Whether you are looking to sell your home or create a better living space, this is the class for you! A session with this Accredited Staging Professional Master will show you how to stage your home for both top dollar and for everyday living. Learn the professional tips, tricks, and techniques that will make your home more organized and appealing. Staged homes not only sell faster, they also make loving your home for the long haul easy!
    Location: Noble Center Age: 18+
    Fee-R/NR: $18/$23

    Magic I

    Led by professional magician Greg Joyce, you’ll learn how to perform a wide variety of magic with playing cards, money, rope, common items, mind-reading and special props made in class. Soon you’ll be amazing your friends and family! All supplies and an instruction handbook are included.
    Instructor: Greg Joyce
    Location: Noble Center Age: 8+
    Fee-R/NR: $29/$33

    Code                       Day-Date

    68279                     M: 2/22-3/14                      6-8 pm
    69101                     Sa: 2/20-3/12                    12:15-2:15 pm

    Introduction to Digital Photography

    For those who have just gotten a new camera or for those who’ve gotten past the scary parts and want to take the next step. We’ll prepare you for what matters in photography, from a grounding in composition, to the basic foundation of controlling the basic elements of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to tell the stories you want to tell. We’ll also teach you all the things you can “set and forget”, and get you thinking about the handful of things on your camera that matter. Bring your camera and a fully charged battery to every class.
    Instructor: David Vernon
    Age: 16+ Fee: $28/$32

    Code          Day-Date         Time
    69102        Sa: 2/6-2/20     10-11:30 am

    Losing Weight Without Hunger

    Can you imagine losing 100 or more pounds without ever being hungry? It seems too good to be true, as most diets require constant hunger. In this class, learn how you can lose weight while being fully satiated. Modeled after the pioneering work of Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Colin T. Campbell, this class includes some of the latest research in diet as well as cooking demonstrations with simple and nutritious recipes.

    Come and learn about the many positive effects of healthful eating while enjoying some delicious samples of foods that can transform your life.
    Location: RiverPlex

    Code      Day-Date                          Time                        Cost

    68286     W: 2/3 and 2/10             7-8:30 pm                     $25
    68287     W: 3/2 and 3/9               7-8:30 pm                     $25
    68288     W: 4/6 and 4/13             7-8:30 pm                     $25

    Fencing Classes


    Play games that develop coordination, balance, speed, and sportsmanship along with blade work and footwork. Each weapon type will be introduced and proper fencing techniques will be taught. Lots of games are included to make this class FUN!

    Location: Peoria Fencing Academy
    Age: 5-7

    Fee-R/NR: $85/$98

    Code                    Day-Date                      Time
    68271                   M: 1/11-2/1                5:30-6:30 pm
    68273                   M: 2/8-2/29                5:30-6:30 pm
    68274                   M: 3/7-3/28                5:30-6:30 pm
    68272                   M: 4/4-4/25                5:30-6:30 pm
    69870                  Sa: 1/16-2/6               10-11 am
    69871                  Sa: 2/13-3/15             10-11 am
    69872                  Sa: 3/12-4/4               10-11 am

    Fencing I

    Do you want the mind of a chess player, the face of a poker player, the flexibility of a gymnast, and the hand-eye coordination of a video game master? Vanquish your opponent in this fun, yet controlled, safe environment. No prior knowledge is needed. You will learn the proper techniques, conditioning exercises and footwork drills of the Olympic Sport of Fencing.
    Location: Peoria Fencing Academy
    Age: 8-14 Fee-R/NR: $85/$98

    Code                     Day-Date                          Time
    68266                    Tu: 1/12-2/2                 5:30-6:30 pm
    68267                    W: 1/13-2/3                  5:30-6:30 pm
    68270                    Th: 1/14-2/4                 5:30-6:30 pm
    68632                    Tu: 2/9-3/1                   5:30-6:30 pm
    68633                    W: 2/10-3/2                  5:30-6:30 pm
    68634                    Th: 2/11-3/3                 5:30-6:30 pm
    69873                    Sa: 1/16-2/6                11 am-12 pm
    69874                    Sa: 2/13-3/15              11 am-12 pm
    69875                    Sa: 3/12-4/4                11 am-12 pm