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Creative Photography without PhotoshopYou will learn to see like an artist; see with your imagination; make the common uncommon; learn how to scan a scene; use creative in-camera techniques. You will learn two of Eli’s photography paradigms that serve as the foundation for his photo art, and the most crucial artistic tool: Composition. Amateurs and advanced photographers alike have gained insight from this class. 

Instructor: Eli Vega

Date and Time: Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fee: $95

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Fiddling for YouthYouth ages 7 through 17 are encouraged to come and learn more about playing the fiddle. Learn finger placement on the fingerboard, rhythmic bowing techniques, playing in various keys, good tone, notation, timing, double stops, harmony, effective practicing methods, and playing with guitar accompaniment. Students will need to bring a fiddle, bow, case, rosin, tuner and music stand to class.

Instructor: Jim Christensen

Date and Time: Thursdays, Feb. 1 - April 19, 4-5 p.m.

Fee: $5

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Golden Hour PhotographyWhen the sun is on the horizon, just before sunset, it casts a delightfully warm light. Photographers affectionately refer to this usually brief period as the golden hour (or the magic hour). Join expert photographer, Jamie Seed, for golden hour, that magical time just before sunset when the soft light gives off a special, warm glow. Working under the guidance of Jamie, learn how to use the settings on your camera and how to compose your shot to best capture the scene. Experiment with front-lighting, backlighting, rim lighting, and flare. Go home with new knowledge to practice and apply on your own. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera!

DSLR cameras are encouraged; smartphone-users welcome but will find limited functionality with these cameras for the scope of this class. Held indoors and outdoors.

Instructor: Jamie Seed Photography

Date and Time: Tuesdays, May 1-8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $75

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

Register for Golden Hour Photography

 

Israel and the Middle EastIsrael, the nation that has provided the western world with a significant portion of its cultural and religious foundations; the nation that has suffered world history’s greatest act of genocide; and the nation that by its renewed political existence in 1948 has precipitated a generation of conflict in the Middle East, is now a major focal point in the war on terror and the prism through which the United States is perceived in the Muslim world. Join a seminar that will endeavor to tie Biblical, historical, and current events into a comprehensive package regarding one of the most important regions of the globe. There will be a significant concentration on Biblical writings that are relevant to and clearly affect present attitudes with regard to the people, land, and capital of the nation of Israel.

Instructor: Don West

Date and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 20-29, 6-8 p.m.

Fee: $40

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

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Digital Photography for BeginnersThis online beginner’s photography course is aimed at beginners who own a DSLR camera and want to learn some of its amazing potential. Participants will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand the basics like aperture, shutter speed and ISO. This beginner’s course not only explains the basic science and nature of photography, but also introduces hands-on practice sessions during which you will learn how to compose great shots, capture action on your camera, and the best ways to photograph people, objects and landscapes. This course is great for all learners who want go beyond the automatic setting on the camera and learn how to apply the basic techniques of digital photography that will turn snapshots into great photographs.

Instructor: Jamie Seed Photography

Date and Time: Online, March 5 - April 13

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 8

Register for Digital Photography for Beginners

 

Painting with Brenda LawrenceHave 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.

Instructor: Brenda Lawrence

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fee: $70

Students Needed to Make Class: 8

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Wire Wrapped JewelryDiscover how easy it is to make beautiful earrings, necklaces, and bracelets using wire. You will learn the proper way to wrap cabochons to make pendants. With the techniques you learn and the watchful eye of a skilled instructor, you will create 2 pair of earrings, a bracelet, and a necklace, all to keep! If you have chain-nose pliers, side or flush cutting pliers, and/or round-nose pliers, you are asked to bring them to class. The instructor will have some extra tools. Please bring a sack lunch. There is a $15 supply fee to be paid at the first class.

Instructor: Paula Moore

Date and Time: Saturdays, April 7-14, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fee: $65

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

Register for Wire Wrapped Jewelry

 

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Hiking the Buffalo National RiverIn this introductory session, you will be given the basic instructions of hiking preparation, basic skills needed for various levels of hiking, essentials of reading topographical maps, and helpful tips and tricks to hiking the Buffalo National River.  This introductory course is designed to lead into the upcoming Buffalo National River hikes.       

Instructor: Schan Weisman

Date and Time: Monday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $5

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Hiking and Caving - A Geological AdventureIn this interactive outdoor program, we will be hiking and exploring one of the most unique Karst areas in NW Arkansas. We will hike through a beautiful valley canyon with numerous waterfalls, sinkholes and caves. We will stop for a brief interpretation of the variety of geological features we will be observing, and have opportunities to explore a few of the caves in this unique natural area. Your camera and a sack lunch is a must on this amazing Arkansas adventure!

Instructor: Schan Weisman

Date and Time: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.

Fee: $45

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Centipede TrailThis challenging and spectacular level 3 hike will take you to one of the most picturesque places in the Buffalo National River area. We will take an obscure trail to a bluff line dropping over 1500 feet in elevation to California Point and then on to 3 waterfalls that we will actually be able to hike under. You will also have the opportunity to see the Hemmed in Falls, (the largest in the Midwest) from the top, that many people never get to experience.  Be sure to bring your camera and your best hiking boots for this amazing adventure!     

Instructor: Schan Weisman

Date and Time: Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.

Fee: $30

Students Needed to Make Class: 5

Register for Centipede Trail

 

Buffalo River Wilderness First Responder (WFR)This course is designed to provide outdoor professionals such as rangers, guides, outdoor educators and search and rescue personnel with the skills to manage complex medical challenges in the backcountry. While this certification is required for many outdoor professions, it is also sought out by backpackers, cavers, paddlers and wilderness expedition members as well as anyone who spends time working/living in remote areas. Taught by medical professionals who possess decades of actual hands-on professional back country medical and rescue experience, the WFR course is an intensive 80 hour program that will challenge you both physically and mentally. The focus is on more than just trauma; it covers long-term management of sickness and serious health problems when quick evacuation and outside help is not an option. Time is split between hands-on medical training, lecture, discussion and both day and night field scenarios, which all blend together into a learning experience that has no equal. Intensive hands on training and the development of solid "critical judgment" is the foundation for the program. The WFR certification is recognized nationwide and will give you skills for life. Successful completion results in the nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder certification from OSRE/ASHI. Certification period is for two years, with recertification required before the end of the third year.

A healthcare provider level BLS CPR/AED certification is required prior to final certification. If needed, this certification is available on day six of the WFR course for a small additional fee.

Instructor: Tom Burroughs

Date and Time: Saturday - Sunday, March 17-25

Fee: $495

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

Register for Buffalo River First Responder

 

Buffalo River Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR/AEDThe BLS course provides a professional level CPR/AED certification for those who work in the health care field or for those who otherwise require it for their jobs. This level of certification is required for the WFR and EMT-W upgrade certifications. This specific program provides the standard BLS training and provides additional in depth training concerning outdoor specific emergencies and wilderness protocols. Successful completion results in a two-year BLS certification from ASHI. The minimum age requirement for this course is 16 (or special permission).

Instructor: Tom Burroughs

Date and Time: Thursday, March 22, 2-7 p.m.

Fee: $50

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

Register for Basic Life Support

 

Buffalo River Wilderness EMT UpgradeThe WFR course can be taken by currently certified (state or National Registry) EMT's to upgrade their certification to EMT-W (Wilderness). They will go through the standard WFR course and will receive additional training as well. Successful completion will result in the Wilderness EMT certification.

Instructor: Tom Burroughs

Date and Time: Saturday - Sunday, March 17-25

Fee: $495

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Buffalo River Re-Certification Current WFR and EMT-W'sThis course allows participants who hold a WFR certification no more than 3 years old (original certifying course has to have been a Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) minimum standard 72+hr course) to update their skills and knowledge to current standards and participate in numerous scenarios that will reinforce their original training. Buffalo River Steel Creek Facility

Instructor: Tom Burroughs

Date and Time: Friday - Sunday, March 23-25

Fee: $275

Students Needed to Make Class: 2

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Buffalo River Wilderness First Aid (WFA)This two-day course immerses participants in basic wilderness medicine procedures, preparing individuals to take immediate action when an outdoor activity doesn't go as planned and 911 responders are hours away. Time is split between interactive classroom sessions and hands-on field scenarios to prepare participants and help them quickly develop basic backcountry medical care skills. The course focus is on patient assessment, stabilization and emergency treatment of issues such as hypothermia and snakebites, as well as understanding of when and how to attempt evacuation. Participants will emerge capable of calmly responding to a wide variety of emergency situations.

Instructor: Tom Burroughs

Date and Time: Saturday - Sunday, Feb. 17-18

Fee: $175

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

Register for Buffalo River Wilderness First Aid

 

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Prep Cooking for KidsDo you find yourself saying there aren’t enough hours in the day? Do you find yourself running through the drive through to grab breakfast or dinner for your kids because you don’t have time to cook?  If you said yes then this class is for you! Join Anne as she shares her trips and tricks for meal prep for kids.  Learn about how to prep breakfast, lunch, snacks and even dinner for your kids to help make those crazy days a little less crazy.  Come prepared to learn and take home some great recipes to try with your family. 

Instructor: Anne Hubbard

Date and Time: Thursday, March 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $25

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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CPRThis course follows the American Heart Association’s Heart Saver CPR and AED training, the world leader in CPR, first aid and emergency care training and education. This nationally recognized program provides the general public with all the information to provide basic cardiac care, including mannequin practice and practical exams. This program is not for Health Care Provider Certification.

Instructor: KC Jones

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Fee: $55

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

Register for CPR

 

Silver Seated AerobicsGet 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. 

Instructor: Donna Bundy

Date and Time: Tuesdays, 10:15-11 a.m.; Thursdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

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Silver Tai ChiGain 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.

Instructor: Donna Bundy

Date and Time: Mondays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Register for Silver Tai Chi

 

Fitness Classes Pricing$30 a month for one class
$50 a month for two classes
$60 a month for all three classes

 

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Kids and Cash: Skills for Surviving and ThrivingIs your school preparing your child for life?  Not when it comes to money…. that’s your job. We all want our kids to grow up financially secure. That’s why teaching them about money starts at home. Learn what you should be discussing with your kids to give them the skills they need to prepare for their financial future.  In this class, you’ll receive guidance on how to spot opportunities for lessons in spending, saving and earning money, talk to them about your family’s money story and crack the codes on how other parents have successfully taught their kids about financial decisions. 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. 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 effect some of the strategies. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fee: $5

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Building A Strong Financial Future: Strategies for Age 45 to RetirementRetirement is on the horizon. Will you be ready? This class will explore your retirement savings needs while factoring in Social Security benefits and the impact of inflation. Asset allocation strategies appropriate for workers aged 45 and over will be presented. You will learn to make retirement savings a priority as you face the challenges families may encounter as they pursue building a comfortable retirement. Estate planning considerations and new tax rules are also discussed. This is a hands-on working seminar. Be sure to bring a calculator and information about your budget, assets, and expenses (for your eyes only). 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. 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 effect some of the strategies. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Fee: $5

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

Register for Building a Strong Financial Future
 

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Frog ListeningLearn to identify all the frogs and toads in our area by their calls. You will learn why they are important, why they are in trouble, and what you can do to help. In addition, you will receive an introduction to wetlands and a description of the national frog-monitoring network, FrogWatch USA. You will also have the option of becoming a certified FrogWatch USA citizen scientist.

Instructor: Linda Glass - Arkansas Master Naturalist

Date and Time: Tuesdays, April 3-10, 6-8 p.m.

Fee: $5

Students Needed to Make Class: 5

Register for Frog Listening

 

Hunter EducationTo 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.

Instructor: Wayne Cone

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fee: FREE

Students Needed to Make Class: 4

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Introduction to Bees and BeekeepingAre you interested in learning about beekeeping? If so, this class is for you! “Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping” will focus on the principles of beekeeping. These include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements. By the end of this class, participants will be able to maintain their own hives and help more experienced beekeepers with theirs. There is no minimum age for the class, but children age 12 and younger may find the material difficult. This class is the first of six levels of training and advancement though the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program (MBP), a training and certification program provided by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation.

Instructor: TBD

Date and Time: Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, March 20-22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85

Students Needed to Make Class: 6

Register for Bees and Beekeeping

 

Star GazingStudying the beauty of the stars has undeniably been for centuries the oldest scientific hobby on earth. This is your opportunity to become familiar with the late winter and springtime constellations, stars, planets, galaxies and star clusters, with a special emphasis on the giant planet Jupiter and its belts, the great Orion Nebula, and numerous other star clusters and galaxies in the springtime sky. All you need is a good pair of eyes and a flashlight with a red light or red cellophane cover. If you have a small telescope, bring it to class for hands on instruction. Your first class will be held at Northark and the following sessions will be held under the darker skies of Whispering Pine Observatories, just 15 minutes south of Harrison. www.WhisperingPineObservatories.com

Instructor: Tut Campbell

Date and Time: Tuesdays, March 6 - April 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Fee: $90

Students Needed to Make Class: 5

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American Sign LanguageAmerican Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant sign language of deaf communities in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada. A thorough introduction to ASL, you will be taught the basics to communicate: basic vocabulary, simple sentences, the alphabet, and finger spelling. You will also receive an overview of the deaf culture to help you better understand ASL. Valerie will lead you through a series of interactive games to make your learning experience more fun. Valerie Dean is a dual certified interpreter, NIC-A National Certified Advanced, and K-12 EIPA Educational Interpreter in Arkansas.       

Instructor: Valerie Deen

Date and Time: Tuesday and Thursdays, Feb. 13-March 15, 6-8 p.m.

Fee: $100

Students Needed to Make Class: 8

Register for American Sign Language

 

Android BasicsLearn to make your Android phone or tablet do what you want it to do. This course will teach you how to navigate your device to perform the functions you find most important. Other tasks that will be covered include downloading apps, adding accounts, and changing settings. No previous experience with Android is required; this class is designed for beginners. Please bring your phone or tablet and be ready to master the basics. Instructor will be using Android 7 (Nougat), but any version of Android 4.1 (Jellybean) or newer is fine.       

Instructor: Ryan Hoffman

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 7, 5:15 p.m. -7:15 p.m.

Fee: $30

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Introduction to ExcelGet 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. 

Instructor: Kim Potts

Date and Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 19-22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Advancing Through ExcelTake your knowledge of Excel to the next level with techniques that include making pivot tables and charts and using more formulas and data analysis to make tasks easier. Skills such as sorting and filtering data will be covered. Learn how to use various financial functions, grouping skills and how to consolidate your worksheets while also increasing your proficiency.

Instructor: Kim Potts

Date and Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, March 12-15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $99

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

Register for Advancing Through Excel

 

iPhone/iPad FundamentalsLove your iPhone or iPad but not sure what all it can do? Join instructor Trish Villines 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.     

Instructor: Trish Villines

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $30

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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iPhone/iPad Fundamentals IIIf 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!

Instructor: Trish Villines

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $30

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

Register for iPhone/iPad Fundamentals II

 

Learn to Use a Computer IThis 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 the mouse, cursor, Desktop, and the taskbar. The fundamentals of word processing will be covered using Microsoft Word. You will also be introduced to basic file browsing and file management, web browsing, web basics and email attachments. 1 hour break for lunch.

Instructor: Melissa Bray

Date and Time: Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fee: $50

Students Needed to Make Class: 5

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Learn to Use a Computer IIYou will learn to compose, edit and print documents; create, insert, and resize graphics; copy, paste and edit information from the internet; organize and manage e-mail. You’ll get the instruction you need to create flyers and tables using Word (columns, borders and shading); very simple spreadsheets using Excel; and more practice using the Internet for research. E-mail etiquette, ethical practices, and internet security will also be addressed. 1 hour break for lunch.

Instructor: Melissa Bray

Date and Time: Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fee: $50

Students Needed to Make Class: 5

Register for Learn to Use a Computer II

 

Real Estate Pre-License CourseCompletion of this 60-hour course qualifies students to take the Arkansas Real Estate Licensing Exam. You’ll learn about Arkansas license law and rules, contracts, property ownership, title, leasing, land use, taxation, pricing, financing and loans. In order to take the Arkansas Real Estate Licensing Exam, students must be at least 18 years old, pass the Commission background check and submit application with required fees. Required Textbook: Modern Real Estate Practice.

Instructor: Jim Harp

Date and Time: Thursdays, Feb. 1-May 10, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Fee: $425

Students Needed to Make Class: 7

Register for Real Estate Pre-License Course

 

Spanish for Fun, Travel and WorkAre you traveling to a Spanish-speaking country? Do you need to understand Spanish for work? Or do you just want to learn something new? Designed for people with little or no experience with the Spanish language, this course covers 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.

Instructor: Paula Moore

Date and Time: Mondays and Tuesdays, March 19-April 24, 6-8 p.m.

Fee: $95

Students Needed to Make Class: 5

Register for Spanish

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