Adult Enrichment Classes

Dancing in Merriam 

Twirl, Salsa, or Waltz you way to Dancing in Merriam!  Whether you are a seasoned dancer or have two left feet, you will learn fundamental skills and techniques of a variety of dances to keep you and your dance partner dancing long after the class has ended. 

Hanging Basket Workshop

Do you admire those colorful hanging flower baskets that adorn the streets of Merriam in the spring and summer months? If so, this workshop is perfect for lawn and flower enthusiasts. Participants will receive a smaller version of the basket with necessary supplies and instruction to create their own. Dates are subject to change based on flower avilablility. Results may vary depending on care and weathr conditions, with no guarantee that flowers will survive. 

"The Color of Light" Workshop with Sally Strand

This workshop will be held Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1, at the Irene B. French Community Center. The cost of the workshop is $425 which includes breakfast, lunch & snacks. A $100 deposit will hold your place with balance due August 28.  The workshop will be focusing on color and light. Sally discusses optical mixing of layered color and to truly see and identify color, especially subtle color. The effects of light on color, composition and perception as well as different light sources are explored.  Demonstrations, lectures and a slide show are designed to give student tools to achieve intensely beautiful color. This workshop is designed for the beginner to professional. The demos will be given in pastel only. Painting from still life and costume models, each student will receive individual instruction and critiques. 
Workshop is limited to 15 participants. Contact Beverly Amundson for registration at 914-593-7489 or email
Rain Barrel Workshop     Registration begins April 3
When you use a rain barrel, you are capturing chlorine-free water for use in your yard that would otherwise go down storm severs or into areas of your property where it is not needed. They also divert water away from your house that might otherwise leak into the foundation and potentially cause flooding. Merriam landowners have the opportunity to apply for a reimbursement grant for installing and using a rain barrel. Applications can be found on the city's website or at City Hall and must be submitted to Community Development. 
To register online click the class you are interested in. You can also register by calling 913.322.3330, or in person at the Irene B. French Community Center (5701 Merriam Dr.). Class refund policy.