Last summer, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Liv­ing Arts introduced online class registration to the Lake­side Chautauqua community.

With the implementation of online registration, the Rhein Center has been able to offer many classes without relying on the lottery system. The change also made classes available for early registration and payment.

This has created easier ac­cess for students interested in signing up for arts classes and alleviated the long sign-up process on Sunday.

“We are excited about stu­dents being able to register and pay for classes before they arrive at Lakeside,” said MaryAnn Kelmer, director of the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts.

The Rhein Center chose to work with Active Network, a company that specializes in registration management.

Active Network has provided the technology to publish an online catalog of classes throughout the summer.

Students are able to view photos of class projects and read biographies of the instructors. They are also able to see how many class openings are available.

“This online system is a convenient and efficient way to browse, register and pay for classes offered at the Rhein Center,” said Kelmer.

With the help of Active Network, now only the most in-demand classes will rely on a lottery system.

“Active Network allows the Rhein Center to say ‘yes’ to students more often,” said Kelmer. “For example, families can now register as a group to paint rocks, which has been hard to say ‘yes’ to in the past.”

Now students can register for desired classes and pay for registered classes online or from their mobile devices.

New classes for the upcoming week are available at 12 p.m. each Thursday prior to the start of that week’s classes.

To register, visit the Lakeside Chautauqua website at

Click on the green “Arts & Entertainment” tab in the upper right-hand corner and then click on the blue “Register for Classes” side navigation link.

Once families are redirected to the Active Network site, they can set up an account, view classes, register for classes and complete payment online.

“The great part is that only one account is needed for each household,” said Kelmer. “Once the adult has created an account, you can add as many members to your account as you need, and the account can be used year after year.”

Thanks to online registration, the Rhein Center has more relaxed Sundays.

This has given staff the opportunity to assist students with online registration from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Rhein Center.

“There is always a lot of activity at the Rhein Center, and Active Network is able to keep up with us,” said Kelmer.

For a complete list of step-by-step instructions about how to create an account, register for a class or browse the online catalog, download the How-To Register Online for Rhein Center Classes Guide at www.lakesideohio. com/arts/classes.