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American Sign Language available for kids

Arlington Community Education (ACE) spring registration is open; most of these classes begin the week of April 22 and run through mid-June.

ACE catalogs are on the way to Arlington mailboxes. The catalog is viewable online:

Catalogs also are available in news bins near the Capitol Theater and Trader Joe's, and in Broadway Plaza. One may view the entire catalog and register for all classes at and may request to join the ACE email list to get information on course offerings.

Many classes fill quickly, and under-enrolled classes are cancelled, so ACE suggests reserving spots early.

Spring VacationFun! is to run mornings from April 16 through 19 for grades K–8. And, SummerFun!, July 8 to Aug. 16 for grades 1–12, is also enrolling, with more than 100 classes in arts and crafts, cooking, movement, games, dance, music, theater, communications and STEAM.

This term there are more 250 adult classes to choose from, including more than 100 multi-session classes. For example, a new Contemporary Issues & History section features lectures on topics such as the history of Jesus, climate change and Chinese history.

Dance offerings include new classes in hip hop, yoga dance and salsa for beginners, along with popular returning favorites Zumba, BollyX, country western, ballroom and Israeli folk dance.

Outdoor options include kayaking, running and biking, as well as local history and food walks. Dozens of new one-night or limited-series classes have been added, including resin jewelry, linocut, calligraphy, book publishing, basket weaving -- and more than 20 cooking and tasting classes.

ACE Kids enrichment classes will be held after school at all campuses. New offerings include oil pastels, fantasy drawing and advanced parkour. American Sign Language, ACE’s single most requested course, is being offered for youth as well as families this spring. Adults and children can also enjoy juggling, karate, cooking, chess and crafting together.

Catalog cover features pandemic-inspired art

This term’s catalog features artwork by Cover Art Contest winner Ariel Kessler, who ACE officials say creates a whimsical world by using lively, colorful imagery in a range of media including painting, collage, printmaking and ceramics. “Croton” was created in 2021 during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Inspired by her partner’s beloved, vibrant and resilient croton plant, Kessler was trying to find a connection to nature while feeling isolated from the outside world. Kessler's work can be found in public and private collections throughout the world. She earned her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, lives in Watertown and has a studio in Somerville. One may view more of her work at or follow her on Instagram @ariel.kessler.

“We were drawn to the unique, layered textures and fun, vibrant colors in Ariel’s work,” said ACE Director Jen Rothenberg. “ ‘Croton’ just makes us happy to look at and excited for warmer weather, blooming plants, longer days and the new possibilities that spring brings!”

Visit or email CommunityEd at for more information.

Arlington Community Education is a program of the Arlington Public Schools that is completely supported by tuition paid for its courses. ACE states that it provides affordable education and enrichment for residents of Arlington and surrounding communities.

Thiss news announcement was published Tuesday, March 26, 2024, based on a news release from Lisa Cohen of Arlington Community Education.