Exciting changes are taking place at Lakeside Chautauqua’s hidden treasure on the hill, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts. This summer, the Rhein Center will introduce online class registration to the Lakeside Chautauqua community.

With the implementation of online registration, the Rhein Center will be able to offer many classes without relying on the lottery system, and make them available for early registration and payment. This will create easier access for students interested in signing up for arts classes and alleviate 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. “This will allow for more time vacationing and less time waiting in line at the Rhein Center on Sunday.”

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

Active Network has provided Lakeside with the technology to publish an online catalog of classes throughout the summer. You will be able to view photos of class projects and read biographies of the instructors. You will also be able to see how many class openings are available. With the help of Active Network, now only the most in-demand classes will rely on a lottery system.

Beginning Thursday, June 5, you can begin registering for desired classes and pay for registered classes online or from your mobile devices. Classes for the upcoming week will be available at 12 p.m. each Thursday prior to the start of that week’s classes.

To register, visit the Lakeside Chautauqua website. Click on the green “Arts & Entertainment” tab in the upper right-hand corner and then the blue “Register for Classes” side navigation link. From there you will be redirected to the Active Network site, where you 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 is anticipating more relaxed Sundays. This will give staff the opportunity to assist students who still want to register in-person.

“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.

Now it’s your turn to join The Front Porch conversation! Are you looking forward to using the Rhein Center’s new online registration system? What Rhein Center classes are you planning on taking this summer? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.