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Leadercast 2018

To be the best leader of others, you first must learn to lead yourself well. Attend Leadercast Live to learn from world-renowned experts about the qualities and characteristics of global leaders who exemplify what it means to lead yourself. Join us for Leadercast 2018 on June 7, 2018 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the Durand Center. To learn more about Leadercast visit

Early Bird Registration:
Full Day: $80 (1-9 tickets) · $75 (10-19 tickets) · $70 (20+ tickets)
Half day: $45 (1-9 tickets) · $40 10-19 (tickets) · $35 (20+ tickets)

Regular Registration after May 11, 2018
Full Day: $90 (1-9 tickets) · $85 (10-19 tickets) · $80 (20+ tickets)
Half Day: $55 (1-9 tickets) · $50 (10-19 tickets) · $45 (20+ tickets)

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Spring 2018 Community Education Classes (PDF Printable Version)


small northark logoArts and Hobbies

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: 3

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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: 2

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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: 2

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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

Seats Remaining: 22

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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

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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

Remaining Seats: 20

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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

Remaining Seats: 9

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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: 2

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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

Remaining Seats: 4

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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.

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Fitness Classes Pricing$30 a semester for one class
$50 a semester for two classes
$60 a semester 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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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: 1

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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: March 20 and 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $85

Students Needed to Make Class: 3

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Dog ObedienceOffered in conjunction with the North Arkansas Kennel Club, this class if for dogs age 6 months or older. This class is designed to teach your dog to heel, sit, come and do a long sit or down/stay. Please bring a choke collar, six-foot nylon or leather lead and treats.

Instructor: Sherry Gibbany

Date and Time: Mondays, March 26 - April 30, 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Fee: $45

Remaining Seats: 8

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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

Remaining Seats: 17

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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

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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: 4

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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: 4

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