The Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park is offering spring classes that will help participants improve themselves—by unleashing creativity, learning a new skill or exercising more. The affordable classes are held in close to home locations.

On Saturday, March 20, 2010 a one session class on "Designer Cupcakes" will be held from 10AM - 2PM at Brighton Gardens, 21 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park. Participants will learn how to decorate cupcakes using seasonal designs, flowers, and animals. Butter cream, royal icing, and fondant will be used. The cost of the class is $60.00 per person plus a $10.00 registration fee. The class price includes the following materials: pastry bags, icing, fondant, specific tips and handouts. Participants must bring 6 regular-sized baked cupcakes. The class is being taught by Brenda Varga who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute.

Area residents can improve their health and reduce their stress by signing up for the five session class "Hiking, Health, and Inner Peace." By taking this class participants can improve their weight management, muscle tone, and cardiovascular health. The first session of the class will be held at the Madison Junior School, 160 Main Street, Madison on Monday, March 22, 2010 from 7PM - 8PM. At this class four Saturday hiking dates will be selected. The instructor, Doug Gould, President of Adventure Unlimited, will also discuss geology, flora and fauna while hiking. Novice and veteran hikers are welcome. The cost is $70.00 per person plus a $10.00 registration fee.

Learn to create sensational looking tables by taking the one session class "Table Decorations and Party Favors" scheduled for Monday, March 22, 2010. The class will be held from 7PM - 9PM at the Chatham Middle School, 480 Main Street, Chatham. Participants will learn how to use centerpieces, floral decorations and napkin folding to create impressive tables. The instructor, Rosemary Moran will also teach participants how to make unique party favors for weddings, showers and birthday parties. The cost is $20.00 per person plus a $10.00 registration fee.

Learn what ornamental trees and shrubs should or should not be pruned in the spring, and how to prune them by signing up for the one night class on "Spring Pruning Rules and Techniques. " The class will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Madison Junior School, 160 Main Street, Madison from 6:30PM - 9:30PM. The cost is $25.00 per person plus a $10.00 registration fee. The instructor Marc Zukovic is teaching a series of classes on spring gardening. For more information on the entire gardening class series visit www.theadultschool.org . Area residents can get the most out of the digital camera they own by signing up for the one session class, "Get to Know Your Digital Camera." Participants will learn the basics of the digital camera they own. The instructor from Computer Training Service will share photo-taking techniques and how to download the pictures from the digital camera to display them online. All attendees should bring a digital camera. The class will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 6:30PM - 9:30PM at the Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue, Madison. The cost is $40.00 per person plus a $10.00 registration fee.

Visit www.theadultschool.org or call 973-443-9222 to register and to learn about other classes being offered. The Adult School also offers a variety of classes in diverse subject areas including languages, fun and fitness, trips and tours, dance and music, home and garden and more! Register for more than one class at the same time and pay only one $10.00 registration fee.

The Adult School, founded in 1937, is an independent, nonprofit organization. The school is not funded by government or local school districts, and welcomes students from all communities.