I've never understood the fear people have of clowns, but, despite their cheerful appearance, some folks will totally lose their wits just looking at a photo of a clown.

There is an old adage that says you can overcome a fear by becoming that which you fear. For clownaphobics, a class called Clowning Around might be the answer.

The class is taught by the QC Clown Troupe and focuses on teaching students to apply makeup, choose a costume and learn activities and movements to create their own clown character.

The class will be held on June 2nd at the Rock Island Fitness & Activity Center on 17th Street in Rock Island. Cost for the class is only $25, and admission is restricted to those ages 8 and up.

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