After Dark @ All Saints’ 2020

Light up your mind!

AFTER DARK @ ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH offers an opportunity to learn something new and interesting while helping raise needed funds for community organizations like Cooperative Christian Ministry, Community Free Clinic, battered women’s shelter and others. Each class costs $20. There is an extra charge for materials in some classes that must be paid when you register, but you either take a project home or enjoy some wonderful food. Classes begin at 3:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, and 6:30 all other days.  Sessions run approximately 90 minutes and the teachers are experts in their field.

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Monday, February 17, 6:30

44 Mills Restaurant
Chef Watson
This session is full.
We are delighted to welcome Chef Michael Watson to After Dark @ All Saints’ this year.  Chef Watson is recognized as one of the premier culinary professionals in the region.  He has earned five degrees in the field and is the recipient of multiple awards for his work. In addition, 44 Mills received the Cabarrus County’s Golden Helmet Award as Restaurant of the Year for 2019.  Chef is excited to show everyone one of his top favorites when it comes to entertaining.  He will be making his white stone ground grits from lobster stock and combining them with smoked andouille sausage and a creamy shrimp reduction.  Come prepared to learn how to make a fabulous dish, and if you’d like, bring a beverage to accompany the good food with good friends.
Session is limited to 10 participants age 21 and over.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30

Plant-Based Recipes
Mark Allison
Back by popular demand, Mark Allison, executive chef for Cabarrus Health Alliance, will show how easy it is to prepare and make family meals at home using fresh ingredients.  A classically trained Chef in French cuisine (using lots of butter, salt and sugar), Mark changed his and his family’s eating habits to a more “healthy style” of cooking after family members were diagnosed with  chronic medical conditions 20 years ago. Mark will demonstrate five different dishes, which you will then get to sample.  You will go home with recipes and information.  Cost of materials $5 in addition to registration.

Acrylic Paint Pouring: 
Debbie Lewallan
This session is full.

Every human being is creative! Come get messy and create a beautiful painting. Acrylic paint pouring is a process that does not require any talent. You will learn how to mix and pour the paint to create some incredible effects. Choose and mix your own colors.  It is thrilling to watch what happens as you pour the paint onto the canvas.  If you are curious about art, this class is for you. Wear clothes that can get messy; all other materials will be provided. You will leave with an original piece of art suitable for hanging, but it will have to dry overnight. Come back the next day to pick up your creation.
Session is limited to 10 participants. Cost for materials: $5 in addition to registration.

Thursday, February 20, 6:30

The Future of Cabarrus County
Steve Morris
Steve Morris, Chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, will update us on the latest information regarding Cabarrus County and its communities.  Find out about the collaboration between the county and its municipalities, transportation and construction plans, streetscapes of Kannapolis and Concord, and more.  How are we managing growth? What is our role as community members?  How can we be involved? What is on the ballots for the primaries in March?  What is the status of recycling?  What is the vision for the future? There will be time for Q&A.

Pottery (Session one of two)
Norma Lockney

This session is full.

Pottery can be made either by using the wheel or by hand building.  In this 2-session class you will use a hand-building technique to make a small tray.  The trays can be textured or personalized in endless ways using the tools, alphabet letters, and stamps provided. The trays will be food safe and dishwasher safe.  They can be used for many things:  a landing spot for glasses, keys, or change, jewelry, in a bathroom for lotions, for appetizers, phone holder, mail, pretty much whatever you can imagine!
In the first session we will texture and decorate wet clay, then cut it and form the tray, approximately 4” by 8”. Norma will take them home, let them dry, fire them in the kiln, and return them for the second session, March 5.  In the second class, we will apply three coats of glaze.  Norma will take them home again, fire them, and deliver to the church for pick up about one week later.
Cost for materials: $5 in addition to registration.

Friday, February 21, 6:30

Artisan Pizza Making
This session is full.
Don Smith, Johnson & Wales trained amateur chef, teaches artisan pizza-making techniques and sends you home with recipes and enough dough for 5 pizzas. This will be a hands-on experience. You will learn how to make the dough, make a tomato sauce including spices, and how to spread your dough and bake it to produce a pizza that rivals restaurants.  Bonus: you eat pizza during class!  If you’d like, bring a beverage to accompany your pizza dinner. Cost for materials:  $7 in addition to registration.   BRING THE LARGEST MIXING BOWL YOU HAVE.  You’ll make the dough and take it home in this bowl. Plastic wrap to cover is provided. Session is limited to 10 participants, age 21 and over.

What’s Right about the Bill of Rights?
David Friday
There is much in the news about our rights and responsibilities as citizens.  The US Constitution established the framework to create a workable government for the United States, but it did not address personal rights and individual liberties.  Political Science professor David Friday will review the first ten amendments to our U.S. Constitution and clarify their application to today’s world.  You’ll get a copy of the Bill of Rights and have an opportunity for questions and comments. It will be interesting, informative and fun.
Thursday, February 27, 6:30

Poker 101: Mike Wolford
One of the most fun classes from last year makes a return appearance!  Are you curious about the game of Poker?  It has grown in popularity around the world, both around the card table and online.  It has gained a place on ESPN and there is an ongoing debate about whether it is a sport and how legal it should be.  What are the basic elements of the game and how can you get experience playing?  What are some basic strategies to help you be a successful player?  Come and learn from World Series of Poker circuit veteran Mike Wolford as he introduces you to the intriguing world of Poker.
Session is limited to 8 participants age 21 and over.

73 and Main: Cooking with Chef Jason
This session is full.
We are excited to welcome Chef Jason from Restaurant 73 and Main for another session in our kitchen!  This year he will teach us to make his vegetarian lasagna with two sauces. Bring your favorite beverage to enjoy with your own lasagna masterpiece at the end of class.
Cost for materials: $10 in addition to registration. Session is limited to 10 participants age 21 and over.
 
Estate Planning Updates:  Tanya Oesterreich
Do you know about recent changes in laws that affect your estate planning? Come learn from Tanya Oesterreich, whose practice focuses on trusts and estates, tax services, and wealth planning.  Ms. Oesterreich, a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, will discuss the common mistakes made by individuals in estate planning. These will include issues with: (1) special need or minor beneficiaries, (2) titling of accounts, (3) spousal rights, (4) beneficiary designations, and (5) elder law planning.  She will also discuss the recent passage of the SECURE Act by Congress at the end of 2019, which made significant changes to the management of retirement accounts.  Come hear how this legislation affects retirement assets both during the owner’s lifetime and after their death.  There will be time for Q&A.

Friday, February 28, 6:30
 
Poker 201: Mike Wolford
If you are ready to practice what you learned in Poker 101, or if you are already proficient in poker’s basics, move to the next level in this course taught by Mike Wolford, World Series of Poker veteran.  Want to know about pot odds, continuation betting, table image, position play?  These are just some of the concepts that will be covered to help advance your game and make you a winning player.
Session is limited to 8 participants age 21 and over.
 
Sip & Paint with the Saints: Rita Smith
This session is full, BUT an additional session has been added! New session: March 1.
Release your inner artist!
Create your own 16 X 20 masterpiece in a relaxing environment. Sip wine and enjoy your fellow artists’ company. Dr. Rita Smith, an artist and teacher, will create a successful art experience for you with easy visual instructions, instructor demonstrations, plenty of individual attention, and wine! You will leave with a satisfying sense of connection to your inner artist and with your ready-to-display floral painting!
ALL ART SUPPLIES, APRONS, AND WINE ARE PROVIDED! You will be working with acrylics, an odorless, water-based paint. However, it is still recommended you wear casual attire as some dried acrylic paint can be challenging to remove.
Participants: Limited to 12 participants to ensure each participant receives individual attention. No previous art experience necessary. Must at least 21 years of age. Approximately 2 hours.

Saturday, February 29, 3:00

Stained Glass crafting:  Brad Fisher
This session is full.
Stained glass artwork has been around for 1,000 years.  Here is your chance to try your hand at the historic practice.  You will make your choice of a cross or an Episcopal shield, suitable for hanging in a window or on a wall.  Working in teams of two, you will have the chance to practice glass-cutting, but you will assemble your artwork from pre-cut pieces of glass.  You will then solder and finish your own piece of art. 
Limited to 8 participants.
Cost of materials: $5 in addition to registration.

Sunday, March 1, 3:00

Sip & Paint with the Saints: Rita Smith
New session!

Release your inner artist!
Create your own 16 X 20 masterpiece in a relaxing environment. Sip wine and enjoy your fellow artists’ company. Dr. Rita Smith, an artist and teacher, will create a successful art experience for you with easy visual instructions, instructor demonstrations, plenty of individual attention, and wine! You will leave with a satisfying sense of connection to your inner artist and with your ready-to-display floral painting!
ALL ART SUPPLIES, APRONS, AND WINE ARE PROVIDED! You will be working with acrylics, an odorless, water-based paint. However, it is still recommended you wear casual attire as some dried acrylic paint can be challenging to remove.
Participants: Limited to 12 participants to ensure each participant receives individual attention. No previous art experience necessary. Must at least 21 years of age. Approximately 2 hours.

Monday, March 2, 6:30

Foraging Wild Mushrooms:
Dr. Jackson Boone
As a young Boy Scout, Concord dentist Jackson Boone was warned never to eat mushrooms from the woods — and rightfully so. While many people suffer from mycophobia, or the fear of mushrooms, there is much to be gained from exploring the fascinating world of fungi. New research has shown that mushrooms are a superfood for proper diet and nutrition, and foraging has gained immense popularity in the past few years. Jackson will delve into the basics of mushroom identification, specific and safe North Carolina mushrooms to forage in the spring, and how to grow and use gourmet and medicinal mushrooms for the table.  You will take home some recipes and identification materials. 

Woodworking: Jim Busse
Under the guidance of CTE teacher Jim Busse, you will make your own planter or birdhouse or wren house.  You choose!  You will measure, cut, and assemble your piece, which you will take home with you.  You will also have the help of some of the students from Mr. Busse’s award-winning carpentry classes at A. L. Brown High School.
Cost of materials:  $5 in addition to registration.













Saturday, February 22, 3:00

Artisan Pizza Making
This session is full.
Don Smith, Johnson & Wales trained amateur chef, teaches artisan pizza-making techniques and sends you home with recipes and enough dough for 5 pizzas.  This will be a hands-on experience.  You will learn how to make the dough, make a tomato sauce including spices, and how to spread your dough and bake it to produce a pizza that rivals restaurants.  Bonus: you eat pizza during class!  If you’d like, bring a beverage to accompany your pizza dinner. Cost for materials:  $7 in addition to registration.   BRING THE LARGEST MIXING BOWL YOU HAVE.  You’ll make the dough and take it home in this bowl. Plastic wrap to cover is provided. Session is limited to 10 participants, age 21 and over.

Bargello: Barbara Horne-Stead

Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a “flame stitch” pattern.
If you can count to four, you can do Bargello! Choose between a bookmark and an eyeglasses case, and choose your colors.  You will take home a finished product that you can put right to use.  Materials will be provided.

Sunday, February 23, 3:00

Cooking with Kids
Alice Smith

This session is full.
Young people from 6 – 12 years old will measure, stir and microwave or bake. They will need to bring an 8-ounce mug for an individual microwaved treat.  We will have several dishes to make and we will eat at church. This session is led by certified teachers. (Knife skills will be demonstrated by an adult.)
Session is limited to 8 participants, ages 6 to 12.  Registration includes supply costs.

Introduction to Ham Radio
Mike McDonough

Communication takes place in many forms and you are being offered an opportunity to find out about HAM radio.  HAM radio operators are amateur radio operators who may serve as backup communications personnel in times of an emergency.  And it would be very useful during our annual bike event.  Mike McDonough will bring equipment for demonstration and give you information about the certification to be a part of this world-wide team.

Using Your Tablet: Frank Torrey
Now that we have looked at getting your new tablet (or device) and how to work with it, what else can you do with it? This session will look at the various applications (called apps) that are available and how to install and use them. We will review how to connect to an internet site when you are away from your home connection, as well as connecting to the Internet connection at All Saints’.

Monday, February 24, 6:30

Appetizers Made Easy
Doug Byrnes
This session is full.
Appetizers can be made at home quickly by even the most nervous kitchen host. Learn easy and simple techniques to make fresh, healthy and inexpensive appetizers. You will learn the basics of making hummus and vegetable spring rolls. Learn from Doug Byrnes who has over 30 years of culinary experience, including the prestigious kitchens of the Hyatt at South Park, Ballantyne Country Club, The Peninsula Club, and Firethorne.
The class will learn how to make two types of hummus and then each participant will construct their own signature spring rolls. The class will enjoy their creations and discuss variations of the learned recipes to wrap up the session.
Cost of materials $10.00 in addition to registration. Session is limited to 10 participants age 21 and over.

Tuesday, February 25, 6:30

Wine and Cheese Pairing: Publix
Wine and cheese have gone hand-in-hand for centuries.  However, with today’s every-increasing options for both wines and cheeses, the pairing decisions can be daunting.  Should you pair by region? Sweet with salty? If you love wine and cheese but are never sure about which ones to serve together, come learn from the pros at Publix.  They will give you the basic guidelines that will make your next wine and cheese party a winner!
Cost for materials: $10 in addition to registration.
Session is limited to 15 participants age 21 and over.









Tuesday, March 3, 6:30

Planetarium Visit!
Astronomy Live: Spring star stories 
Neil Pifer, Science Specialist and Planetarium Director
Come take a trip around our neighborhood in space at the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium in Salisbury, NC. With our 30 ft, 73-seat planetarium with a hyper realistic view of the stars, you will be transported into space and there aren’t any clouds in the way! During this 90-minute program, we will talk about how to navigate the spring night sky, tell a star story or two and then also see a full dome show to round out our evening. Come join us under the dome for a cosmically good time!
Cost of admission $5 in addition to registration.
We will carpool from the church parking lot.

Thursday, March 5, 6:30

Gianni’s Trattoria
Chef Heather
This session is full.
Bruschetta is a favorite appetizer that can be prepared in a variety of ways and with a variety of tastes.  Heather Stadler, executive chef at Gianni’s Trattoria, will teach us the secrets to creating fabulous Party Bruschetta.  Personalize your own batch, using your choice of toppings provided, and then sit and share the yummy results with classmates.  Chef Heather will bring a special something to complement the bruschetta and make this a repast.  Bring your own choice of beverage.
Cost of materials: $7 in addition to registration. Session is limited to 10 participants age 21 and over.

Composting
Lauren Hill
Did you know that decaying food in landfills produces methane 84% times more damaging than carbon dioxide? The solution: Compost that food! If you want to compost, but don’t know how, join local extension agent Lauren Hill for an informative introductory session.  She will teach you how to start composting at home and be part of the solution.

Pottery, Session 2
Norma Lockney
In the second session of this class, you will come back and find your tray kiln-fired and ready to glaze.  Finalize your creation by applying three coats of glaze.  Norma will take the trays home for final firing and bring them to church for you to pick up in about a week. 
Registration covers the cost of both sessions.

Friday, March 6, 6:30

Pairing Beer and Food
Thomas Murray
This session is full.
Let’s match foods with craft beers and create a cozy ambience! The art of pairing beers with complementary foods is an emerging field.  Join Thomas Murray, co-owner of Commoners Brewing Company in Concord, and our own Don and Alice Smith for a sampling of five widely different brews, each paired with just the right food.  The sampling will take you from appetizer through proteins to dessert, with enough food for a full meal. Cost of materials $9 in addition to registration.  Session is limited to 18 participants, age 21 and over.

NASCAR: Saving Lives Behind the Scenes:   Steve Davis
Supporting a NASCAR event by the emergency services department
 
Many of us have attended or watched the huge spectacle of a NASCAR race.  We see the action, excitement, and danger.  Have you ever thought about what goes on behind that thrilling event, to make sure that participants and spectators alike are safe?  Our own Steve Phillips will take us behind the scenes and show us how 400 people come together to deal with emergency situations.  He will share insight about preparation, leadership, dealing with emergencies on and off the track, keeping 60K+ fans safe, and performing critical duties while under stress and on live TV. 



All classes are $20 each for adults, $10 for children 17 and under.  Some sessions have supply costs added to the registration. For some sessions, seats are limited as indicated above.

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