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Back to School From the Comfort of Your Home
Posted on September 1, 2020 7:01 AM by Town Crier Staff
submitted by June Dawkins and Mary Cheston
Looking for some new educational challenges now that fall is approaching?  Here are some great opportunities for mental exercise without leaving the comfort of your home.  Many are offered by our local treasures:
Williamsburg Regional Library (
Do you have a library card? Check out the library’s website to find a wide selection of virtual programs through various platforms, such as their YouTube channel, WebEx or Zoom, and for movie access. The Library has its own lifelong learning online page Informational programs range from travel to finance, even puppet shows for the youngsters. They offer links to 15 non-English language classes if you’d like to learn a new skill while housebound.
College of William and Mary (
• Osher Lifelong Learning
If you have not attended an Osher class in a while, or you would like to know more, now is the time to investigate. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  (formerly Christopher Wren Association) now offers virtual classes at a set time.  Even though initial enrollment is over for the fall semester, many classes are still open!  Choose from one-class activities and lectures, and 3 to 6 session classes in a wide range of topics from the local history to world affairs, or self-improvement and wealth management and personal hobbies.
• Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance
William and Mary’s virtual fall season begins this month, with ‘Citizen: An American Lyric’ from September 17th through the 20thand continues with other performances through October and November at set dates and times. Check out their website for details and instructions for digital access.
Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center
Perhaps you are interested in pursuing a new hobby or improving your artistic talent. The WCAC has virtual classes for adults that promise to be “just as interactive and to see each other’s work as if we were in the classroom at the Art Center.” August’s focus was on watercolor painting, but more Zoom offerings will be coming.
Looking for more diverse or unusual pursuits? Among the resources to check out for intellectual stimulation that aren’t locally based are:
• The Great Courses
The Great Courses website has a diversity of classes that you can see online or request in catalog form.  These classes can be viewed on your schedule and cover a wide range of topics such as Economics to Food and Wine, Health and Fitness, Travel and programs for young people.
Wide variety of challenging topics are covered through free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.
Thinking about your next Covid-free trip or reminiscing about past adventures, this site has a variety of one-time seminars on museums, culture, art and other international historical events.
Find some fun! Break out of your shell and try something at home without the embarrassment of having to keep up with others in a classroom setting. Need some inspiration? How about: 
**Online comedy classes – both Improv and Stand-up Comedy (for all ages) 
**Piano (or another instrument like guitar)
**Ballet or Salsa dancing
Minimize what may seem like a long, lonely fall and winter season by exploring what the internet has to offer and finding your niche. Happy Learning!
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