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Shops turned back into classrooms at Harmony

Monday, December 31st, 2012 | Posted by

In 2003 when Orrin and Terri Theissen bought the old Harmony School and began to turn it into Harmony Village some locals were dismayed to be losing the classrooms of the old school to shops and condos. It helped that the Theissens donated the old multi-purpose room and a classroom to the Occidental Center for the Arts.

Now, ironically the Occidental Center for the Arts has been able to take space slotted to be shops and is turning them back into classrooms.

After the economic recession that began in 2008, the Theissens lost the property to foreclosure and no one had come forward to lease the classrooms-turned-shops. OCA with the help of private loans was able to make the bank an offer that was accepted in recent months and acquire all the spaces facing on Doris Murphy Court, the parking area at OCA.

Now, they are finally offering the first classes in the newly acquired shops-turned-classrooms. Starting Jan. 7 on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. authors Chris Riebli and Patrick Fanning are teaching a class called 90 Day Novel Writing. Think of it – the great American novel in three months. The cost of the class is $100. For information call 478-5538 or email fanning@sonic.net.

The other class is called Performance Class with Bill Horvitz. Musicians who have played for family and friends but now want to take it to the next level – this class is for you. It teaches you how to connect with an audience in six weeks. It meets each Thursday and Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. The cost is $180. Email bhorvitz@sonic.net for information and registration.

If you want to teach a class there is more class space available. Contact 874-9392 to get information and reserve space.


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