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Spring 2019 Community Education Classes
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Abstracts & Special Effects In-Camera

Instructor: Eli Vega

Why spend hours in front of your computer when you can create abstracts and special effects in-camera in seconds? This course piggy-backs off the instructor's award-winning book, RIGHT BRAIN PHOTOGRAPHY (Be an artist first), Professional photographer, Eli Vega, will teach several in-camera techniques to produce unique and creative images, even with the most basic of DSLR cameras. You will see several images created by the instructor as he explains his techniques. Eli will also demonstrate his techniques outdoors and coach you as you create abstracts and special effects. Creative images are great for wall decor or for social media sharing.

Saturday, April 6, 9:00AM-5:00PM, $60

Register for Abstracts and Special Effects


Advanced Photography

Instructor: Crystal Earl

Looking to push your photography further, but not sure what to do? Join Crystal for weekly assignments and peer critiques designed to help you take your photography skills to the next level. Basic or Intermediate classes are not prerequisites, but basic photography knowledge is preferred.

Tuesdays, February 5 – March 12, 5:30PM-8:30PM, $99

Register for Advanced Photography


Basic Photography

Instructor: Crystal Earl

Ever wonder what those buttons are for on your camera? Want to learn how to do more than just point and shoot? In this hands-on class, you will work on proper exposure, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, composition, and lighting. Take your camera off the “auto” setting and feel the excitement! Please bring your camera to class  

Tuesdays, April 2 – May 7, 5:30PM-8:30PM, $99

Register for Basic Photography


Painting with Acrylics

Instructor: Ashley Peerce

Acrylic paint has one of the most brief histories compared to other visual arts media. This course will provide those with basic skills or those returning to painting after a time away with one-on-one guidance through the painting process. This course will involve painting and drawing techniques with colorful acrylic paint. By following along with what you learn, you will complete a colorful painting at the end of the course that you will be proud to hang on the wall.

Saturday, January 19, 10:00AM-1:00PM, $50

Register for Painting with Acrylics


Painting with Brenda Lawrence

Instructor: Brenda Lawrence

Have you always wanted to paint but didn’t feel like you were capable?  This class is for you! Brenda Lawrence is certified by Bob Ross, a Partner in Painting with Wilson Bickford and has also studied with Gary Jenkins. Join us for a fun filled class where no previous experience is needed and you’ll walk away with a beautiful painting.  All supplies will be provided.

*Note- students will want to wear clothing suitable for painting and may bring a sack lunch.

Saturday, May 4, 10:00AM-2:00PM, $70

Register for Painting with Brenda Lawrence

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Instructor: Kylie Thompson

This Adult Intro to Ballet class is the perfect place to start, whether you’re ready for your first ballet class ever or looking for a gentle re-entry to movement.  You’ll be guided through the fundamentals of ballet technique in a welcoming, lighthearted environment.  You will laugh and sweat your way through a classical ballet barre, gentle stretching, and build on your progress with movement across the floor.  Join this dynamic, come-as-you-are class designed to combine a high-quality technical foundation with the freedom and joy of ballet.

Thursdays, January 10-31, 6:45PM-7:45PM, $45

Register for Ballet



Instructor: Kylie Thompson

If you’re looking for a high energy and stamina-building class, then Jazz is the class for you! Participants will focus on classical jazz technique with across-the-floor progressions and combinations that often fuse contemporary and hip-hop choreography with jazz.

Thursdays, February 7-28, 6:45PM-7:45PM, $45

Register for Jazz



Instructor: Kylie Thompson

Get on your feet and make some noise!  This beginner level Tap class will focus on proper instruction of how to articulate your feet and ankles as well as explore musicality, rhythm, and syncopation.

Thursdays, March 7-28, 6:45PM-7:45PM, $45

Register for Tap


Hip Hop

Instructor: Kylie Thompson

Hip-Hop Dance is a fun, high-energy cardio dance class that will blast calories and incinerate fat while jamming to awesome Hip-Hop and Pop music! This class combines easy to follow dance moves with strength-training exercises, and will have you sweating and singing along to the music. This class is appropriate for all dance and fitness levels. Get ready to shake it and smile with Hip-Hop Dance!

Thursdays, April 4-25, 6:45PM-7:45PM, $45

Register for Hip Hop


Silver Seated Aerobics

Instructor: Donna Bundy

Get fit while you sit! This basic exercise class, for ages 50 and older, involves a combination of aerobic activity, strength building, and stretching.  Using tubes, balls, and weights, you will improve your balance, flexibility, and range of motion.  This gentle class is open to anyone at any fitness level who is age 50 or older.

Tuesdays, 10:15AM-11:00AM, January – May

Thursdays, 9:15AM-10:15AM, January – May

Register for Silver Seated Aerobics


Silver Tai Chi

Instructor: Donna Bundy

Gain more harmony and equilibrium in your life by integrating the mind and body elements of this ancient balanced, healing Chinese art. Feel great by increasing your energy, range of motion, and flexibility through the gentle movements of Tai Chi. Practice fluid, low-impact exercises that improve your balance, coordination, and stamina. This course is for anyone age 50 or older and is a beginning course for any fitness level.

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Mondays, 10:15AM-11:15AM, January – May

Register for Silver Tai Chi


Silver Fitness Classes Pricing per semester

$30 for one class

$50 for two classes

$60 for all three classes

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Beginning Fiddling for Youth

Instructor: Jim Christensen

In this entry-level basic instructional fiddling class, youth ages 7 through 12  will learn correct finger placement on the fingerboard, bowing techniques, good tone, timing, effective practicing methods, and group playing of traditional fiddle tunes. Students will need to bring a fiddle, bow, case, rosin, tuner, recording device, and music stand to class.  Loaner fiddles may be available on a limited basis.

Thursday, January 24-May 2, 4:00PM-5:00PM, $5

Register for Beginning Fiddling for Youth


Intermediate Fiddling for Youth

Instructor: Jim Christensen

Youth ages 9 through 21 with basic knowledge of fiddling are encouraged to come and further develop their skills.  Participants will learn to play in various keys, rhythmical bowing techniques, double stops, harmony, effective practicing methods, memorization, development of set list, and playing with guitar accompaniment. Students will need to bring a fiddle, bow, case, rosin, tuner, recording device, and music stand to class.

Thursday, January 24-May 2, 5:00PM-6:00PM, $5

Register for Intermediate Fiddling for Youth


Hiking & Caving - A Geological Adventure

Instructor: Schan Weisman

In this interactive, outdoor program, participants will hike and explore one of the most unique Karst areas in NW Arkansas. This class will hike through a beautiful valley canyon with numerous waterfalls, sinkholes, and caves.  Participants will stop for a brief interpretation of the variety of geological features that are observed in this unique natural area.  A camera and a sack lunch is a must on this amazing Arkansas adventure!

Saturday, April 6, 10:00AM, $35

Register for Hiking and Caving


Hunter Education

Instructor: Wayne Cone

To hunt in Arkansas, prior completion of a state approved Hunter Education course is mandatory for any person with a birth date later than December 31, 1968. Youngsters (under 16 years) under the direct supervision of a licensed adult (over 21 years) do not need to have a card. This one-day class is structured to acquaint students with the many wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities and recreational shooting sports available. The program is administered through the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and taught by trained volunteers.

Saturday, February 23, 8:00AM-5:30PM, FREE

Register for Hunter Education


Take Control of Your Finances – A Plan to Reduce Debt and Build Savings

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale

Today, too many people are borrowing to finance their everyday expenses – a risk they may not be able to afford.  In this class, participants will learn how to dig themselves out of debt while building a savings plan for the future. In this hands-on, working class participants will want to be sure to bring a calculator and information about their budget and assets, such as: bank, investment, credit card, and loan statements.

Layne Ragsdale is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 12 years of experience in helping people make educated financial decisions. She is a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO and the owner of The Nest Financial in Harrison AR. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA /SIPC.

There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. The purchase of certain securities may be required to affect some of the strategies. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.

Tuesday, March 5, 6:00PM-9:00PM, $5

Register for Take Control of Your Finances


Medicare & You

Instructor: Mindy Baron

Medicare is a complex and evolving program.  In this class, participants will learn about the four parts of Medicare.  Subsidy programs that help with Medicare-related costs, Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare supplement, as well as open enrollment/disenrollment periods with Medicare will be explained.  If you or someone you love is interested in learning more about Medicare, you won’t want to miss this informative class.

Thursday, March 14, 6:00PM-8:00PM, $5

Register for Medicare and You

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Intro to Access

Instructor: Carol Gilley

Learn the basics of Access, and how it can be used as an additional tool to Excel.  This course will cover the fundamentals of data management; how databases work, and how to get answers from the data.  You will learn how to manipulate data tables, write basic queries (asking questions of the data), edit existing forms and reports, and printing.

Tuesday & Thursday, March 26 & 28, 5:30PM-8:30PM, $99

Register for Intro to Access


Intro to Excel

Instructor: Kim Potts

Get rid of that calculator. Become familiar with Excel's most popular features and you'll wonder how you ever got through without them. Start learning the basics such as entering text and numbers into spreadsheets and continue building your skills by learning formatting and basic formulas. Data entry shortcuts, copying and moving data, and more will be covered.


Register for Intro to Excel


iPad/iPhone Fundamentals

Instructor: Sarah Bing

Love your iPhone or iPad but not sure what all it can do?  Join instructor Sarah Bing for an introduction to iOS devices including basics of activation, navigation, personalizing your Home screen, changing quick settings, Wi-Fi, syncing with Outlook or Google, and more. Bring your device and follow along as you receive instruction on using the touch screen, customizing the user interface, Air sharing, and iCloud.

Thursday, February 28, 5:30PM-7:30PM, $35

Register for iPad/iPhone Fundamentals


iPad/iPhone Fundamentals II

Instructor: Sarah Bing

If you are determined to make the most of your iPhone or iPad, this is the class for you! We will cover security, Bluetooth, multitasking, setting up an iTunes account, books and music, must-have apps, taking pictures and video, Siri, and much more! Bring your device and your questions!

Thursday, March 7, 5:30PM-7:30PM, $35

Register for iPad/iPhone Fundamentals II


Excel for the Experienced User

Instructor: Kim Potts

In this advanced-level Excel course, you will learn how to use Excel for a variety of problem-solving tasks including: using Excel as a database, data validation, data tables, financial functions and what-if analysis, pivot tables and charts, accessibility, and workbook protection.  This course covers automating everyday tasks in Excel.  This course is for advanced Excel users.

Healthy Living - CCC

Instructors: Mary Wise & Irma Aguinaga

Sensible eating and regular physical activity can help us feel our best, avoid too much weight gain, and possibly prevent diseases later in life.  We all benefit from making smart food choices and promoting active lifestyles.  Join Mary Wise, Family Consumer Science Specialist with the University of Arkansas Extension office, as she provides an explanation of basic nutrition terms and discusses common misuse of these terms.  Through a brief description of how metabolism changes over the life cycle and the USDA recommendations for appropriate weight for age and gender, participants will have a better understanding of how to take charge of their health.  In addition, weight-loss programs and “fad diet” vs science-based diets will be discussed. 

The second half of this class will introduce participants to Zumba, a fast-paced exercise class. Zumba can be done by people of any age at any moment. Aside from being a great exercise, it’s FUN! With routines that stem from Latin-American influences like the Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, and Samba, participants will find themselves sweating away the calories. Participants should wear workout clothes and come prepared to sweat during this class.

Saturday, April 13, 10:00AM-12:00PM, FREE

Register for Healthy Living


Estate Planning

Instructors: Layne Ragsdale, Cathy Golden, and Amelia Sipes

Estate planning can be a complex undertaking involving complicated legal documents, numerous tax considerations, and difficult personal decisions.

This class explains the basics of estate planning and helps prepare attendees to make informed decisions when creating their own plan. You will learn the benefits of estate planning, examine important planning tools, such as wills and trusts, and discuss how to turn one’s estate over to another person.

Sprott, Golden, and Bardwell, The Nest Financial, and LPL Financial are unaffiliated entities.

Layne Ragsdale is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 12 years of experience in helping people make educated financial decisions. She is a graduate from College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO and the owner of The Nest Financial in Harrison AR. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA /SIPC.

There is no assurance that the techniques and strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. The purchase of certain

securities may be required to affect some of the strategies. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.

Sat, Mar 2, 9:00AM-12:00PM, Free

Register for Estate Planning


Spring Time Gardening in the Ozarks - CCC

Instructor: Olivia Foster

Learn all about what to plant and when, soil health, companion plants, and common pest issues and solutions in this beginning gardening workshop.  Led by Olivia Foster of the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service, this workshop is timed to get you the information you need just in time to start planning that springtime garden!

Saturday, March 9, 10:00AM-11:30AM, FREE

Register for Spring Gardening


Web Design - CCC

Instructor: Steve Johnson

Designing a web page for your business is easier than you think!  In this hands-on class, you will develop a basic small business website and professional quality pages without needing to know HTML.  Using open source WordPress software you will learn to use widgets, links, theme templates, and a variety of additions to make your website sparkle. Instructor, Steve Johnson will also demonstrate how to create your own ad banners, build registration forms, create your own logo for your business, and how to upload and edit your images online. Students should be comfortable working with word processors and internet browsers.  Registration will include a yearlong domain subscription.

Tuesdays, February 5 & 19, 5:00PM-7:00PM, $20

Register for Web Designing


Learn to Use Your Computer - CCC

Instructor: Courtney Clark

This class is a gentle, very basic introduction to computers for beginners.  Using hands-on exercises and explicit instructions, you’ll start with elementary computer concepts and an introduction to basic navigation such as: using the mouse, the cursor, the Desktop, and the Taskbar.  The fundamentals of word processing will be covered using Word 2016, including practice making flyers and letters.  You will also be introduced to basic file browsing and file management, web browsing, web basics and email attachments.

Mondays, February 11-March 4, 11:00AM-1:30PM, $70

Register for Learn to Use Your Computer


Conversational Spanish - CCC

Instructor: Linda Tamayo

Are you traveling to a Spanish-speaking country?  Do you need to understand Spanish for work?  Designed for people with little or no experience with the Spanish language, this course covers topics such as numbers, friendly greetings, polite expressions, foods, places, the family, time, days of the week, money, colors and more.  To improve those new language skills, you’ll have the chance to interact with other students in “real life” situations.

Mondays, February 4-March 4, 5:00PM-7:00PM, $80

Register for Conversational Spanish

Contact UsSarah Bing
Assistant Director of Community & Concurrent Education
1st Floor of Durand Center
(870) 391-3100