By Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin has an exciting lineup of entertainment and classes set for the new year. Here is a brief overview of what The Firehouse has to offer in January and February.

ENTERTAINMENT

The first act of the new year will be Rick Hatfield who plays blues-based Americana on Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Spend the weekend with a duo of comedians, Helen Kearney and Susan Saiger, on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. Then, you will not want to miss the sounds of blues, country-swing, bluegrass and rockabilliy of the Crabgrass Cowboys on Saturday, January 23 at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Roy Book Binder returns to The Firehouse for a terrific show.

Advanced tickets to all shows are $18 to $23 and day of the show are $23 to $28.

CLASSES

As an intermediate partner with the Patel Conservatory, The Firehouse is offering a theatre and improv class for teens free of charge. Students, grades seven and higher, will learn what it takes to be in theatre and will be introduced to improvisation. Classes will be held on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. beginning on January 6.

Students ages 8 to 17 can learn about hydroponic farming on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 Noon beginning on Saturday, January 9. There will be three sessions and all classes are offered for free.

Instructor Nicole Lamothe will offer clay hand modeling for students in grades Kindergarten through sixth beginning on Saturday, January 16 from 10-11 a.m.

Also beginning on Saturday, January 16, Instructor Aaron Bowers will offer an animation and computer modeling class for teens (grades seven and up) from 9:30-11 a.m. The cost for both the clay hand modeling and animation and computer modeling classes is $150 for non-members and $125 members.

Beginning on Saturday, January 30, The Firehouse will launch a Tech+Art Program for women and girls. This will be a full year free program consisting of eight four week classes offered throughout the year. The classes will be designed for girls ages 11 to 14, and there will be intensive workshops designed for women ages 15 and up. The first session will be Video Mindscape for girls ages 11 to 14.

For more information and to reserve a space, call 645-7651 or email info@firehouseculturalcenter.org.