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Four Valleys Community School

Four Valleys Community School

By Catherine McDermott

Thank You Volunteers & Alyeska
Generous volunteers make our operation successful. FVCS Ski & Sports Swap October 12th ran like clockwork thanks to 80+ local volunteers, and FVCS could not pull off this important community event without the continuing support of Alyeska Resort and staff, especially Steve Bartholomew and Brian Burnett.

A special thank you to volunteer coaches Nicole Geils and Jenn Wellner for leading a three-day volleyball clinic to support the Girdwood Middle School volleyball team during the parent teacher conference days. It is through the generosity of volunteers and local donations that FVCS is able to provide scholarships, expand our program and provide enriching activities for Girdwood. Thank you.

Upcoming Classes
Register online and visit for full class details and dates. FVCS has over 30 classes online and open for registration in addition to the classes described below including Forest Fair Pin Painting, Letter Writing & Crafting, Walking Club, and Intermediate Tumbling for Girls.

December Art Nights At Spoonline
Upcoming classes feature Felted Glove Making, Flower Arranging 101, and Make Your Own Felted Earrings. Thank you Spoonline owner Alex Fletcher for supporting both art and community education via FVCS. Art Nights are held in early December and have small class sizes. Sign up now to guarantee your spot.

Barbra Lydon Pottery Classes
Make pottery ornaments and handprints at a local studio. These one-of-a-kind ornaments are Alaskan and unique, and perfect for your holiday tree or to give as a gift. Both child and adult classes are available. You can also make handprint or footprints in clay to preserve fleeting childhood days during an open studio event. Classes held this week and next, days and times vary.

Laura Walter Fused Glass Classes
Laura Walter has been creating glass treasures locally for decades at her Whispering Bird Studio in Bird. Her Fused Glass Ornament classes show you how to make your own bright and colorful decorations using tried and true designs. Classes for both adults and children are available. Thursday Dec. 12th, times vary.

Holiday Cookie Decorating
The Bake Shop once again is hosting Holiday Cookie Decorating for local kids in early December. This is their 20th year of providing this fun class that is also a fundraiser for FVCS. Thank you to Isha and Brian Kari for keeping the tradition alive and supporting FVCS. Thursday Dec. 5th from 4-6 p.m.

Pie Making with Tommy O’Malley
This class filled up almost as soon as the class was put on-line. Add yourself to the waiting list in case another class becomes available. Tommy is a long FVCS supporter, as well as His Pie-ness (International Pie Champion).

Learn to Release Trapped Dogs
Trapping season started in the Girdwood Valley November 10th. Instructor Becky Shaffer will cover local trapping regulations, including how to anticipate where traps may be located, how to release your dog if it becomes trapped as well as trapped pet first aid. Wednesday Nov. 20th from 7-8 p.m.

Evening Sports for Adults
Winter evenings are dark, but the lights are on in the Girdwood K-8 School gym. FVCS adult sports classes are in full swing Monday- Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. when school is in session. All sports are pick-up, and all abilities are welcome. Monday features volleyball, Tuesday Pickleball, Wednesday soccer and Thursday basketball. Drop in fee is $5. Come stretch your legs on the elevated running track open nightly M-Th from 5-9 p.m. at no charge.

Courtesy photo / FVCS
Participants in the three-day volleyball clinic take a break for a group photo.