Beyond “please” and “thank you”

. October 29, 2012.

In a fast-paced world, with Facebook increasingly taking the place of face-to-face interaction, the idea of "good manners" seems a little quaint. Mention "etiquette" to your kids and you might get a raised eyebrow — if you're lucky. But does it have to be that way? Rita Taylor-Teplitsky of Gentle Image Consulting doesn't think so. She's bringing her series of etiquette seminars for kids age 8 to 12 to Stone Oak Country Club this November, just in time to get kids "socially savvy for the holidays." The first session on Saturday, November 3, looks at "Surviving the First Introduction," showing kids that it's fun to meet new people if you have the right skills to make a good impression. The second class, on Saturday, November 10, covers "Dining and Restaurant Etiquette," unlocking some of those mysteries of place settings (which one is the salad fork?) and demonstrating how to conduct oneself like a lady or gentleman. Finally, on Saturday, November 17, learn the "Art of Party Manners," which will let would-be social butterflies learn how to be poised and comfortable in social settings, even if they don't know anyone.

9am-noon. $45 per class/$115 three classes. Stone Oak Country Club. 100 Stone Oak Blvd., Holland. 602-909-6563.