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AFRC kicks off 2010 with relationship-building classes

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Base leadership reopens portions of Minuteman Beach here for public access April 16. The beach was temporarily closed March 29 due to beach access violations during the western snowy plover nesting season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Base leadership reopens portions of Minuteman Beach here for public access April 16. The beach was temporarily closed March 29 due to beach access violations during the western snowy plover nesting season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Airman and Family Readiness Center here is scheduled to kick off the new year with two new relationship-building classes.

The classes are designed to help people involved in all levels of romantic relationships, from the early stages of dating to marriage.

The relationship building classes offered at the AFRC are 10 Great Dates to Energize your Marriage and How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk.

The first class, 10 Great Dates to Energize your Marriage, is a 10 session course beginning this month. This class targets married couples who seek further knowledge, from outside sources, about enriching their marriages. An interactive approach is used to convey topics of interest to participants. Couples will learn how to communicate better, process and resolve conflicts, set realistic goals, build a creative sex life, develop spiritual intimacy and balance busy lifestyles.

"For married couples, this is a great class that helps people renew and strengthen their relationships," said Duane Purser, an AFRC community readiness consultant. "During this class, couples will receive a book, watch movies and discuss marital topics. Couples are encouraged to take their partners on dates to rediscover and renew their infatuation with one another."

The second class, How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk, is scheduled to begin in February. This five-session program is designed to provide singles of all ages with a plan for pacing a relationship and exploring the key areas that foreshadow what that partner will be like in marriage.

"This class discusses different aspects of relationships and is arranged to help people develop a solid framework when making decisions about future relationships," Mr. Purser said. "It teaches people to use both their heart and head when finding that someone special. This way people will have the knowledge to make the right decisions and avoid entering into relationships that are bound to fail."

Due to a rising divorce rate among servicemembers and a high percentage of servicemembers living and working on Vandenberg, the AFRC has recognized the need to offer these preemptive relationship planning and marriage enriching courses to the base community.

"Classes that require people to think about their future or current relationships are particularly important for military members," Mr. Purser said. "This is because military members are frequently away from their significant others, which makes it easy for them to let their relationships go. These classes are specifically designed to stop this from happening by helping people make good decisions and strengthen existing relationships."

For more information, or to sign-up for the 10 Great Dates to Energize your Marriage and How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk classes, call the AFRC at 606-0039.

Class dates and times are as follows:

10 Great Dates to Energize your Marriage:
Class time: 11 a.m. to noon
Dates: Jan. 15, 22, 29,
Feb. 5, 12, 19

How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk:
Class time: 11 a.m. to noon
Dates: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4