CACE Celebrates 20th Anniversary Providing Adult Education Courses
By REBECCA SODERGREN
Correspondent
CRESTWOOD AREA COMMUNITY EDUCATION is celebrating its 20th year of offering a variety of interesting classes for adults. Linda Tarence and Joann Ready are shown at the CACE in-person registration last week.

Crestwood Area Community Education (CACE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a full slate of low-cost classes for adults.

Topics range from the ever-popular beginners’ courses on Microsoft Excel and Android devices to newer offerings on crystals, beauty products, fiction writing and more.

The course offerings skew toward women’s interests because most of the students and many instructors are women, but coordinator Robin Golden said many men sign up for the Android courses and for basketball, and they’re welcome in any courses.

About 150 to 200 adults typically enroll each semester, Golden said. There’s a variety of age ranges, “from 30s to 70s” at least, she said. The first courses were offered in 1997, and the program has held a steady enrollment throughout its 20 years of serving the community.

CACE tries to provide one free class per semester. This fall it’s “Healthy Spine, Healthy You,” a single-evening course at 7 p. m. Sept. 19, taught by chiropractor Dan Golaszewski.

Other new course topics include

Chakradance and numerology. When choosing course topics, “we

try to do what’s trending,” Golden said. Sometimes a new topic is offered simply because someone offers to teach a course on a topic that interests them.

In addition to the Android and Excel classes, the other perennially popular class is yoga, Golden said.

Instructors are paid, “but they also do it for the community because often they could make more by teaching privately,” Golden said.

Courses typically cost only $5 per hour for students.

Other course offerings this fall include muscle testing, mindfulness, tango, essential oils, photography, genealogy and a “Fabulous Fifty” exercise class.

Students frequently ask for courses on art, floral design and ballroom dancing, but Golden hasn’t been able to find instructors for those topics recently. Ukulele is another topic that is popular in some communities, and Golden would like to offer it here if she could find a teacher.