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Fall 2019 Community Education Classes
  

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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.

Tues, Oct. 29-Dec. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $99

Register for Advanced Photography

 

Fast Track Guitar

Instructor: Scott Hoffman

Learn to express yourself through music by playing the world’s most versatile musical instrument.  This fast-paced class will cover playing guitar chords and how to quickly learn simple songs.  Students will not need to know how to read music to be successful in this course.  Students will need to bring a guitar (acoustic or electric), a tuner, pick, and capo to class.

Wed, Sept. 18 & 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m., $35

Register for Fast Track Guitar

 

Fiddling

Instructor: Jim Christensen

In this entry-level basic instructional fiddling class participants of all ages 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.

Every other Thurs, Aug. 29-Nov. 21, 5:00-6:00 p.m., $5

Register for Fiddling

 

Fiddling for Youth

Instructor: Jim Christensen

In this entry-level basic instructional fiddling class, youth ages 6 through 18 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.

Every other Thurs, Aug. 29-Nov. 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m., $5

Register for Fiddling for Youth

 

Intermediate Digital Photography

Instructor: Eli Vega

In this highly interactive course you will go beyond the basics. You will learn about advanced features and principles such as creative ISO and White Balance, exposure compensation techniques, metering modes, advanced exposure modes and more. You will also learn some introductory photo editing techniques to help you fine-tune your images.

Sat, Oct. 12, 9:00AM-5:00 p.m. w/ 1 hour lunch, $60

Register for Intermediate Digital Photography

 

Intermediate Photography

Instructor: Crystal Earl

If you know the basics of photography - proper exposure, composition, and lighting, and you want to push yourself to the next level, then this is the class for you. You will explore the different elements of photography, including landscape, portrait, night shots, and stop action/long exposure just to name a few. Please bring your camera to class.

Tues, Sept. 17-Oct. 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $99

Register for Intermediate Photography

 

Observational Astronomy

Instructor: Tut Campbell

Undeniably the oldest scientific discipline on earth, the study of the beauty of the stars has intrigued humans for centuries. This class is your opportunity to become familiar with the late summer and fall time constellations, stars, planets, galaxies and star clusters. Special emphasis will be placed on the ringed planet Saturn and the giant planet Jupiter, the Ring Nebula in Lyra, the Dumbbell Nebula, the Lagoon and Swan Nebulae, and the great Andromeda Galaxy and exquisite double star cluster in Pegasus.  All you need is a good pair of eyes and a flashlight with a red light or red cellophane cover. If you have a telescope, bring it to class for hands on instruction.  Otherwise viewing through telescopes ranging in size from 11-inches to 36-inches will be available at Whispering Pines Observatory. 

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.  A star atlas booklet will be provided to each class participant.  The level covers everything from beginning star gazers to the intermediate serious amateur astronomer.

Mon, Sept. 16-Oct. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $99

Register for Observational Astronomy

 

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.

Sat, Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., $70

Register for Painting with Brenda Lawrence

 

Raiders of the Lost Mummy: Real Archeology and the Media

Instructor: Caven Clark

Using popular media images of archeology, such as Indiana Jones, the Mummy, Tomb Raider, and others, the course will provide insight into the historical veracity of popular images and the real world of the archeologist. Participants will learn how politics and history frame archeological research, ethical and legal issues of archeology, and benefits from archeological research and knowledge.  You won’t want to miss this exciting class where you will find YOUR place in archeology.

Tues, Sept. 10-Nov. 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $65

Register for Raiders of the Lost Mummy

 

Sewing I

Instructor: Heather Hinrichs

Have you been intimidated by the idea of using a sewing machine? You're not alone, but in Sewing 101 you will become confident in using your sewing machine. In this two-part class you will learn the following: The "anatomy" of a sewing machine and its useful parts; sewing basics: pins, needles, thread, cutting tools, the importance of pressing/ironing; how to thread sewing machine; how to wind a bobbin and load it; how to change stitch length, stitch width, and stitch style, and when to use them; and how to sew straight stitches. At the conclusion of this class, participants will walk away with a tote bag and pillow.  Price of class includes fabric for your creation, thread, and tools available in studio for your use. Participants are also welcome to bring their own fabric to suit their personal style.

Thurs, Oct. 3 & 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m., $55

Register for Sewing I

 

Sewing II

Instructor: Heather Hinrichs

If you have a basic knowledge of sewing but would like to learn more and take your skill to the next level, Sewing II is the class for you.  This course will build upon the knowledge from Sewing I and will include basic sewing instructions, learning parts of the sewing machine, applique techniques, and will include two projects.  Participants will walk away with a Christmas Stocking and applique holiday banner. Price of class includes fabric for your creation, thread, and tools available in studio for your use.

Thurs, Nov. 7 & 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m., $70

Register for Sewing II

 

Studio Basics - Recording and Mixing

Instructor: Scott Hoffman

In this interactive class, participants will give students a taste of what it takes to make recordings of music in the recording studio. They will learn microphone selection and placement, how to capture a musical performance in the studio, how to layer and overdub different parts and instruments, how to record vocals and background vocals, how to edit music, mixing for mastering, and mastering of music.  If you’ve always wanted to learn the basics of Music Recording and Mixing you won’t want to miss this class.

Wed, Oct. 9-Nov. 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m., $125

Register for Studio Basics


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Basics of Essential Oils

Instructor: Holly Gilles

You have heard about Essential Oils, but do you know what they are used for? Essential oils can enhance so many areas of your daily life. They are often used for immune support, relaxation and sleep, stress relief, emotional balance, skin care, respiratory health, green cleaning, and even muscle tension and pain. In this adventurous class, you will learn about essential oils and their many benefits.

Sat, Dec. 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m., $5

Register for Basics of Essential Oils

 

Introduction to Genealogy

Instructor: Toniette Madison

Genealogy is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. If you want to pursue your family history and preserve the past for future generations, then this class is a great place for you to get started. You’ll learn a variety of tools to help you trace your family genealogy.

Sat, Sept. 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m., $5

Register for Introduction to Genealogy

 

Knitting: The Basics

Instructor: Tiffany Newton

Ever wanted to learn how to knit? Well, now's your chance! Knitting: The Basics will teach you the skills every beginning knitter should learn. Join Tiffany Newton from the Green Forest Library as participants learn how to knit their very own washcloth! All materials will be provided, but if desired participants are welcome to bring their own materials.

Sat, Nov. 9, 10:00-11:30 a.m., $5

Register for Knitting

 

Learn to Use Your Computer

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.

Mon, Sept. 23 & 30, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $45

Register for Learn to Use Your Computer

 

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, you will learn how to dig yourself out of debt while building a savings plan for the future.  This is a hands-on, working class.  Be sure to bring a calculator and information about your budget and assets such as bank, investment, credit card, and loan statements.

Layne Ragsdale is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 14 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 effect some of the strategies. Investing involves risks, including possible loss of principal.

Sat, Oct. 12, 8:00-11:00 a.m., $5

Register for Take Control of Your Finances

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Ballet

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, light-hearted 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.

Thurs, Sept. 5-Oct. 17, 6:45-7:45 p.m., $45

Register for Ballet

 

Jazz

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.

Thurs, Oct. 24-Dec. 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m., $45

Register for Jazz

 

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.

Tues, Aug. - Dec., 10:15-11 a.m., $30

Thurs, Aug. - Dec., 9:15-10:15 a.m., $30

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.

Mon, Aug. - Dec., 10:15-11:15 a.m., $30

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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Apprentice Beekeeper

Instructor: TBD

“Apprentice Beekeeper” will focus on hive health and management. This includes information on how to check the health of your hive, how to monitor for pests and diseases, honeybee biology, swarm management, queen replacement, and other IPM recommendations. The textbook is included in class fee.

Sat, Nov. 2, 8:00-12:30 p.m., $75

Register for Apprentice Beekeeper

 

The Essentials of Estate Planning

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale

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. 

Layne Ragsdale is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 14 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.  Cathy Golden of the Harrison law firm of Sprott, Golden and Bardwell will also participate. 

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. The Nest Financial and LPL Financial do not provide tax or legal advice.

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.

Sprott, Golden and Bardwell, The Nest Financial and LPL Financial are unaffiliated entities. Cathy Golden is not affiliated with The Nest Financial or LPL Financial.

Tues, Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5

Register for Essentials of Estate Planning

 

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.

Sat, Sept. 14, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $0

Sat, Sept. 21, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $0

Sat, Sept. 28, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $0

Register for Hunter Education

 

Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping

Instructor: TBD

Want to learn more about honey bees and pollinators? Considering beekeeping, but want to learn more before you invest? Not sure what to do with those bees you just bought? Have some experience in beekeeping, but not quite confident in what you’re doing? Then this class is for you! Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Learn the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationships, and essential equipment & requirements. By the end of this class, you will be ready to work your own colony the first year* and be able to help experienced beekeepers with their hives. This class is part of the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program. The course fee includes a student manual.

Sat, Sept. 14, 8:00-12:30 p.m., $75

Register for Bees and Beekeeping

 

Japanese Culture through Tea

Instructor: Jennifer Huffman

Guiding students in the intricacies of Japanese culture through the art of tea, Jennifer Huffman, a graduate from the Urasenke Professional College of Chado in Kyoto, Japan will lead participants into a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture. Chado (The Way of Tea) encompasses several aspects of Japanese history and culture, including flower arranging, calligraphy, and pottery.  This 10-week course will cover the Introduction and History of Chado, tea vocabulary, etiquette and fukusa folding, Japanese seasonality, and practice sessions.

Sat, Oct. 19-Nov. 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m., $99

Register for Japanese Culture through Tea

 

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.

Wed, Sept. 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m., $5

Fri, Oct. 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m., $5

Mon, Nov. 18, 4:00-6:00 p.m., $5

Register for Medicare and You

 

Planning for Risks and Healthcare in Retirement

Instructor: Layne Ragsdale

Prepare for retirement by learning about the financial risks you might encounter and how healthcare and long-term care costs might affect your finances.  Attendees will be able to obtain a personalized estimate of retirement healthcare costs to use as they plan for the future.

Layne Ragsdale is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 14 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.

Tues, Oct. 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $5

Register for Planning for Risks


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American Sign Language

Instructor: Val Deen

American Sign Language (ASL) is the predominant sign language of deaf communities in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada. As 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.

Wed & Thurs, Aug. 28-Oct. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $125

Register for American Sign Language

 

Excel I

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.

M, T, & Th, Oct. 21, 22, & 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $99

Register for Excel I

 

Excel II

Instructor: Kim Potts

Take 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.

M, T, & Th, Nov. 4, 5, & 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $99

Register for Excel II

 

Excel III

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.

M, T, & Th, Nov. 11, 12, & 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $99

Register for Excel III

 

Intro to Access

Instructor: Carol Gilley

Learn the basics of Access, and how it can be used as an additional tool for 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.

M, T, & Th, Nov. 18, 19, & 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $99

Register for Intro to Access

 

Learn to Use Your Computer

Instructor: Carol Gilley

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.

Sat, Oct. 12 & 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m., $45

Register for Learn to Use Your Computer

 

Learn to Use Your Computer II

Instructor: Carol Gilley

Building upon the basic knowledge of our Learn to Use Your Computer class, this class will focus on the fundamentals of word processing 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.

Sat, Nov. 16 & 23, 9:00-11:30 a.m., $45

Register for Learn to Use Your Computer II

Contact UsSarah Bing
Director of Title III, Community and Concurrent Education
B205 on the 2nd floor of the JPH Building on the South Campus
(870) 391-3100
sbing@northark.edu