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Students practice sign language Tuesday evening at the Mulberry Creek Community Center on JM Turk Road in South Hall.
Mulberry Creek Community Center
The center, located at 4491 JM Turk Road in Flowery Branch, is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 770-965-7140.

Forget aerobics.

At the new Mulberry Creek Community Center in South Hall, the classes are anything but ordinary. Belly dancing, sign language and guitar are among the classes the center has started offering this month.

Program coordinator Roz Schmitt said she has been talking to people in the community to hear what kind of activities they would like to see in their community center.

“Usually I’ll look around and see what other facilities are offering,” Schmitt said. “I always like it when the public will suggest classes that they would like to see here. I can come up with a class that I think is fantastic, but if it’s not something that the community is wanting, no one is going to sign up for it.”

The Mulberry Creek facility opened in November and was built to replace the aged and outdated South Hall Community Center.

“The population down here is booming, and they just needed something,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt said she predicts physical education for home-schooled children will be very popular.

“We have received a lot of calls concerning the class,” Schmitt said. “From what I’ve heard from the home-school parents, PE is one of the more difficult aspects for them to get for their children.”

If the physical education course is a success, Schmitt said she also would like to offer an art class for home-schooled kids. People have also been interested in learning new skills.

“We have a sign-language class that is getting a great response, and we’re going to have a Braille class in the near future,” Schmitt said. “We try to have classes for the varied population, what people might be interested in and do things for adults and children.”

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