Focusing on Three Classes for Adults in the Recreation Department’s Fall 2021 Brochure

The Fall 2021 Bedford Recreation Department brochure is available online, and a printed listing of classes, sports, and activities for adults is being mailed to each residence in Bedford. Registration opens at 8 pm on Monday, August 30.

As always the brochure is full of wonderful things to do, and this article features just three ~ an art workshop classes, a cooking class, and exercise fun ~ the catalog is full of entertaining options.

Introduction to Modern Block PrintingBlock printing is an ancient art form that can be traced back as early as the 5th century; however, it is not old fashioned!  In this starter class, you will be taught the basics of block printing. You will be given an explanation of the tools and materials used, how to transfer images or designs to the block, and how to safely carve the block to save your fingers & minimize excess lines.  Once your block is carved, you will practice inking and printing the blocks to paper and we will discuss unique ways to use your design such as in jewelry, cards, fabrics, home decor, and more.

About instructor Debbie Sheehan of Lagniappe Arts and Crafts: Debbie is originally from Louisiana, moving to the Boston area in 1994 during a blizzard.  She is married with two teen daughters and a tail-wagger who thinks she’s a third kid.  She has owned her own software management consulting business since 2009, but the challenges of the past year provided her with the time to pivot from her corporate focus.  She has always been creative (or a creative wannabe), but this year has given her the gift of space and time to remember how to play.  Her work currently includes linocut and mixed media pieces as well as jewelry.  She uses her designs in a variety of products including greeting cards, tea towels, gift boxes, prints for framing, and more.  Visit Debbie’s website:

All materials included (kit has carving tool with blades and 5 blocks).  Age 16+  Co-sponsored by the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society. (max 10) Class held at 12 Mudge Way, room 152. The 2-week course meets on Friday mornings, September 24 and October 1.

The Art of Pasta Making
Learn the art of pasta making with Chef Diane and you might not go back to the boxed version!  Learn how to use a pasta machine to make fettuccine and sheets of pasta dough. Diane will discuss pasta machines, including the prices, and make recommendations.  She will also discuss which flours make the best pasta and how to hydrate them.  You will make a delicious Classic Marinara sauce.  The second recipe will be Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli, learning how to cut them, seal them and cook them.  Learn a new skill and enjoy making fresh pasta for years to come!

About the instructor Chef Diane Manteca: Diane has been a professional chef for thirty-three years, working in high-end gourmet establishments as well as catering.  She owned the Brickyard Café in Cambridge, an eclectic and popular café style restaurant, and Sassy River Sauces, a specialty food company, selling at farmer’s markets and major food establishments. Diane has co-authored a Zone cookbook about healthy eating and she worked as a food consultant and developed recipes for a major specialty food company.  She is now a personal chef with clients in the Boston area.  Her teaching career spans 30 years, with Italian cooking as her specialty. She travels to Italy often to learn regional Italian cooking and brings her knowledge back to teach her students.

Please contact Diane at with any specific questions.  Class will be held at 12 Mudge Way, Room 149  (max 12) Aged 15+


Zumba is a fun cardio dance exercise class that blends Latin and Hip Hop music with dance and fitness moves. Zumba is great for all ages, with moves that can be modified. If you are looking for a workout that won’t feel like a workout because you are having so much fun, then Zumba is for you! You will need a water bottle, sneakers, and comfortable clothes. (max 15) 9wks.  This is an in-person class. Class will be in the Union Room, 12 Mudge Way.

About the instructor: Libbey Beinert has been working as a PE/Health teacher at the John Glenn Middle school in Bedford since 2004.  She has been Zumba certified since 2012, most recently working at Best Fitness in Chelmsford, MA. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her two children, snowboarding, and biking.

The class meets on Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, from September 30 to December 9  (no class on 11/11 or 11/25)

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