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Carp Connect Offers Two Free Winter Courses for Teens

Carpinteria teens are invited to participate in a free writing workshop and a 10-week drama class this winter. The classes are coordinated by Carp Connects and funded by the City of Carpinteria.

The writing class, “Going Viral: Sharing How You See the World,” will teach teens ages 13 to 18 the tools and techniques to create a bestseller, whether it be a podcast, blog or news article. Led by writers Amy Marie Orozco and Lisa Osborn, the class will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carpinteria Library Community Room, 5141 Carpinteria Ave. Learn more and register at or call (805) 684-4314.

“Listen to Me” is a 10-week drama workshop to help middle school students who live in Carpinteria identify and open up about their feelings using their own words and challenges as tools to create short plays. Led by artistic director and drama coach Asa Olsson, the class will culminate in a performance at the Alcazar Theatre. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., beginning on Jan. 18, in the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) at CMS, 5351 Carpinteria Ave. Register at the CMS Office, by calling (805) 684-4544 or on the first day of class.