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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


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

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

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Silver Fitness Classes Pricing per semester

$30 for one class

$50 for two classes

$60 for all three classes

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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

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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


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


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

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