November 19, 2019

Pottery Classes From Local Artist Barbra Lydon

About Barbra Lydon: Barbara Lydon is a multimedia artist who specializes in ceramics. During the summer, she works for the Forest Service in Prince William Sound, where she gathers inspiration for much of her artwork. In the winter, she works out of her home art studio in Girdwood, teaches art classes, and also works for the Forest Service coordinating a multi-agency artist residency program, Voices of the Wilderness. Barbara enjoys creating both sculptural and functional art work, and loves using bright colors on whimsical, handcrafted pieces.

CLAY ORNAMENTS: In this two session ceramic class, local artist Barbara Lydon will share a variety of techniques to inspire the creation of one-of-a-kind ornaments. Artists will each create five clay ornaments using a variety of hand-building techniques in the first class, and then hand paint them with glazes in the second class. A great idea for a special gift to give or to decorate your own tree!  Class sizes limited to five students.

Register for Clay Ornaments Here!

CLAY HANDPRINTS: In this open house ceramic class, local artist Barbara Lydon will host a session to create clay hand or foot prints as a long-lasting reminder of those fleeting childhood days. A great idea for a special gift or to save for a family keepsake!

Register for Clay Handprints Here!

Pie Making with Tommy O’Malley!

It’s PIE time! Bring two amazing pie’s to the Thanksgiving table. Learn the secrets to making the perfect pie crust from an international pie baking champion! Tommy O’ Malley will teach you just in time for Thanksgiving. You will go home with two delicious pies to delight your loved ones. Choose from: an apple or a pumpkin. All ingredients are provided, however you must bring two pie pans and a rolling pin. Bring your own beverages if you wish.


Tuesday November 26th from 6-9pm. Cost $35.

Held at the Meadows Community Center.

Register for Pies For Turkey Day Here!

Art Night At Spoonline! Wet Felted Fingerless Gloves

A fantastic wet felting class for beginner or intermediate felters, no expirience in necessary. You will get to choose from a rainbow of ultra fine merino wool colors, and add several textural details with silk, flax, hemp, sparkle fibers, wool locks, and wool neps. Everyone will go home with a beautiful pair of super soft merino wool gloves for yourself or as a gift for someone very special. Just in time for the winter season! For ages 12 and up.

Monday December 16th from 6-9p. Cost $55.

Class will be held at Spoonline, 174 Hightower, Girdwood.

Register for Wet Felted Fingerless Gloves Here!

Art Night At Spoonline! Flower Arranging 101

Anchorage artist Christina Wilson teaches flower arranging as part of her art course at Alaska Pacific University and she’s coming to Girdwood to teach us the basics! The floral arrangements will highlight holiday accents like cranberries, rosemary, pine & more, but you will have a variety of other flowers to work with as well. Learn about floral history, signature arrangement tricks, and inexpensive ways to create beautiful arrangements! You will create 2 flower arrangements (a holiday arrangement and an all seasons arrangement). No need to buy supplies, all is provided in the price, you just show up with your artistic hands ready to create!

Monday December 8th from 4-6:30p. Cost $65.

Class will be held at Spoonline, 174 Hightower, Girdwood.

Register for Flower Arranging 101 Here!

Art Night at Spoonline! Make Needle Felted Earrings

In time for the holidays, a treat yourself or to make as gifts – or both! Fantastic & fun class for beginner and intermediate felters; no experience is necessary. You will learn how to make tiny wool shapes with felting needles, and make them into earrings. Everyone will be able to make 2-4 pairs of earrings to take home. If you need glasses please bring them, as this class does require some fine attention to small detail. I will help you make earrings similar to mine, or your own creations that are basic shapes that lend themselves to miniature felting such as donuts, fruit, bugs, veggies, small chubby animals, etc.

Monday December 2nd from 6-9pm. Cost $45.

For ages 12 and up.

Held at Spoonline, 174 Hightower, in Girdwood.

Register for Needle Felted Earrings Here!

Make Your Own Felted Masks: An Evening At Spoonline

Spend an fall evening crafting something handmade. In this class you will create your own needle felted animal or fantasy mask just in time for Halloween! No experience is necessary. Darcel Daigh, of Earth Mama Fiber Studio, will provide all the materials and help you need to become a bunny, sheep, owl, fox, bear, butterfly, green-man (woman) or anything you can imagine!
For Ages 12 to Adult. Cost $60.
Thursday October 10 from 6-9pm
Class will be held at Spoonline, 174 Hightower in Girdwood.

Tumbling Clinics for Pre-School and K-8th Grade

Clinics will focus on beginner tumbling skills such as handstands, cartwheels, back bends, bridges, flexibility, and strength. Clinics will serve as a preview of our classes to come in January, and will aid in placement in those classes if interested. These classes will fill up quickly; please be sure to add your child the wait-list if needed. Instructed by local instructor Jessica Fitzwater.

Clinic details and registration here!

Swimming With Suzy Starts October 28

Swimming with Suzy is back for a short 3 week session this fall starting Monday October 28th. Group classes will be held 2x a week at the Alyeska Pool. Suzy will be teaching all levels of swimming from a Parent & Tot class to swimming laps of all strokes. See class descriptions for full details. Class sizes are limited.


SELL YOUR GEAR:  Pick up sales tags and control sheets from the FVCS office (available now) and Girdwood Post Office (available beginning Friday September 20th) or the day of the sale (come early).  Review our SWAP PRICING TIPS!
DONATE YOUR GEAR 100%: NEW for 2019!  Do you have gear to get rid of but do not want to tag it, log it on the control sheet, and bring it to the Swap on October 12th? Let us do that for you by donating your gear at 100% sales profit to Four Valleys Community School for us sell. Drop it off at the FVCS office located inside the Girdwood K-8 School any Monday to Thursday after 3pm. We will gladly accept your gear and sell it for a 100% donation to benefit FVCS community education programs!
Be A Ski & Sports Swap Volunteer! Each year we have the help of 100 volunteers to help us pull off our Swap. Our volunteers do everything from gear intake, sorting, answering gear questions to helping with check-out. On top of being a Swap, this is a great community event for Girdwood.  Come on out and contribute! Volunteers get to shop early before the Swap opens to the general public, and we feed you too!
VOLUNTEER ON-LINE SIGN UP HERE: Different positions and shifts are available. You can work the full day, or just sign up for one shift. Sign up early to get your first preference for times, etc.
Questions? E-mail Erin Leighton at

Middle School Volleyball Clinics with Coach Nicole Geils

Local athlete Nicole Geils will teach this fast and fun skill clinic for Middle School players with lots of repetitions and instruction to jet them ahead in their understanding of the game and their skill level. Skill work only, no game play. Each clinic date will have a different focus. SETTING & PASSING, SERVING, and  DEFENSE: ATTACKING, BLOCKING, & DIGGING. Each clinic cost is $20/clinic. Held during Parent/Teacher Conference days and on In-Service Day from 12:15-2:15p daily at the Girdwood K-8 School Gym.

October 23rd: Setting & Passing

October 24th: Serving

October 25th: Defense