I was lucky enough to be one of Helaine’s canasta students and I can honestly say that I am hooked! I would never have even thought about learning the game had Helaine not introduce it to me! She is an excellent instructor, very patient and thorough as she walked me through everything from the basics to strategy, time and time again. I look so forward to my weekly game with my friends, and as a recent empty nester, this has been especially important to me. It keeps my mind sharp and my friendships going! Helaine, I can’t say thank you enough! I love canasta and I know that I will be playing until I am old and grey!