Community Enrichment

communityenrichTri-County’s Community Enrichment classes let students explore their creativity and expand their mind. Classes cover subjects including Arts & Music, Cooking, Dance, Fitness & Recreation, Genealogy, Hobbies & Crafts, Language, Personal Enrichment, and more.

This program consists of avocational, practical skills, and academic courses. Avocational courses focus on an individual’s personal or leisure needs rather than his occupation, profession, or employment. Practical skills courses consist of single courses, designed to provide practical training for persons pursuing additional skills, which are not considered their major or primary vocation but may supplement income or may reasonably lead to employment. Academic courses consist of single courses designed to serve the academic educational needs of adult citizens, including courses in humanities, mathematics and science, and social science.

If you have an area of expertise, and would be interested in teaching one of these non-credit Community Enrichment courses, please contact Lisa Thompson Long or Ginger Hubbard.

Classes Offered at the Main Campus


 

Animal Husbandry

“Chickens 101”: Discover which of the fantastic and fabulous breeds of chickens might be for you in this fun short course on America’s favorite bird. From baby chicks to mature hens you will enjoy your chickens more when you learn about housing, feeding, and general care. Also find out how to protect your birds from pests and predators. 8 hrs.

Instructor: Hearl Min: 6

March 21 – April 11 T
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $39.55

March 21 – April 11 T
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $39.55

Beginning Beekeeping: Learn about this intriguing craft from a certified Master Beekeeper. Topics will include introduction to beekeeping, how to start a hive and the equipment needed, swarm control, pest control, diseases, honey harvesting, winterizing your bees, and preparing for the next year. 16 hrs.

Instructor: Handford Min: 6
March 16 – May 4 TH
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $60.55

NEW COURSES COMING THIS SUMMER: Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions: This course introduces the field of human-animal interventions in human services. Topics include personal/professional characteristics, animal behavioral profiles, diversity of populations served, disciplines in the field, ethical standards and major theoretical and intervention approaches. Upon completion, students should be able to clearly articulate the knowledge, skills, and roles of the animal in Animal Assisted Interventions in mental health settings. Limited to 20 students. 10 participants with dogs and 10 observers/without dogs. This course is open to professionals in mental health and social work. CEUs may be available.

Instructors: McNamara/Hearl Min: 8
July 10 – July 13 MTWTH
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $375.55
(Includes one-hour lunch)

Advanced Animal Assisted Interventions: This course provides exposure to techniques and approaches for implementing animal interactions in mental health counseling. Emphasis is placed on competence in animal handling and management skills necessary for development as a well-rounded, responsible animal handler including components critical to the animals’ well-being, and applying knowledge and animal handling skills for creating safe and effective, goal oriented interactions within various human service and educational environments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate their ability to identify interaction risks, animal handling and training practices, and assess animal interaction effectiveness. Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions must be completed before admission this course. Limited to 20 students. 10 participants with dogs and 10 observers/without dogs. This course is open to professionals in mental health and social work. CEUs may be available.

Instructors: McNamara/Hearl Min: 8
July 31 – August 3 MTWTH
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $375.55
(Includes one-hour lunch)

Arts and Crafts – One Day Marvels

Single Meeting Color-Full Art Classes

SINGLE MEETING ‘COLOR-FULL’ ART CLASSES: No experience necessary for the following single-meeting classes. Come with a willingness to learn and a spirit of fun.

Painting with Pencils: This three-hour class provides an opportunity to explore Prismacolor colored pencils as a medium choice. You will learn special techniques with pencils that make your creation look “painted” instead of “penciled”. Students will be guided step-by-step by the instructor in completing the class project. If time permits, other projects can be worked on. Instructor will provide paper and Prismacolor pencils or students may choose to bring their own Prismacolor pencils. All levels of experience welcome. Class projects are listed following class date. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max 12

March 8 (Owl) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20.55

March 22 (Rooster) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20.55

April 12 (Mallard Duck) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20.55

April 26 (Spring Landscape) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20.55

May 17 (Copper Tea Kettle on Lace Tablecloth) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20.55

May 31 (Summer Landscape) W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20.55

Arts and Crafts

Alcohol and Sharpie Inked Silk Scarves: Create your own one-of-a-kind silk scarf creation with this fast and easy alcohol ink technique for dyeing fabrics. We will be using different size ink markers and alcohol. Join us for some creative fun and bring a friend! You’re also welcome to bring one pre-washed white t-shirt to try this technique on. All other art supplies and one silk scarf per student are provided for the additional $15 supply fee (included in the price listed). 3 hrs.

Instructor: Jakelis Min: 4
March 13 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35.55

Basket Weaving: In this class students will work on improving techniques as well as expanding imagination. A wide variety of basketry will be explored including twills, catheads, overlaps, etc. All levels of experience welcome however, instructor can accept no more than two absolute beginners per six-week session. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

Instructor: Swanstrom Min: 8

February 28 – April 4 T
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. $65.55

April 18 – May 23 T
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. $65.55

Bead Weaving: So many beads, so little time! Within this class students will learn different types of stitches used to weave beads into three-dimensional shapes, distinct textures and patterns to create jewelry or to embellish baskets or other creative projects. Beginners welcome. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

Instructor: Jones Min: 8

March 2 – April 6 TH
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $65.55

April 20 – May 25 TH
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $65.55

Drawing – A Right-Brain Approach: Students will be introduced to the simple techniques of learning how to draw. Mike will use exercises from the award winning text: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Dr. Betty Edwards. Line drawing, contours, gesture, and shading will compliment your lessons. We will cover the basics to seeing well and putting what you see on the paper. You will be surprised as to how well you will understand the basics of drawing! Additional cost for supplies. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Floor Cloths (Hand-Painted Rugs): Create a painting you can walk on! Hand painted rugs or floor cloths wear like iron. They are water resistant, somewhat flexible, and will conform to the surface of your floor. These rugs are made of simple materials using heavy duck weight canvas, paints, inks, wax, and sealants. Floor cloths can handle substantial use for years to come. In this class we will be learning the basics and more including modern methods on how to construct a well-made floor cloth using block printing, stenciling, and hand painting as well as learning some old techniques. Students will make a 35”x22” rug (welcome mat size). Some supplies will be provided by instructor. Call for list of supplies required of students. 15 hrs.

Instructor: Jakelis Min: 6; Max: 10
March 20 – April 24 M
(Class will not meet April 17.)
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55.55

*NEW CLASS Leather Sheath Making: Making your own sheaths is the economical way to have durable, attractive sheaths for all of the knives in your collection. In this class you will learn about different knife sheath designs, which one to use and why. You will also learn the type of leather, tools, and stitching to use for a proper sheath. All sewing will be by hand. The instructor has 40 years of experience making quality sheaths for edged tools. All material and tools will be provided for an additional cost of $20 (included in the price listed). 3 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.


Picture Framing (Beginning)
: Learn to frame your own pictures and artwork without the expense of taking them to a local frame shop. The techniques for selecting and cutting the correct size mat, frame molding, and glass for the artwork to be framed will be explained. Students will have hands-on experience of using real frame shop equipment to create a mat, frame, and correctly sized piece of glass and learn how to assemble the materials into finished framed art. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 12 hrs. *Advanced class will follow if sufficient interest is shown.

Instructor: McCollum Min: 5; Max: 8
May 2 – June 6 T
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $70.55

Quilting: Basic sewing and machine skills are necessary but both beginning and intermediate/ advanced students are welcome to participate. Whether you’re a beginner and need help getting started or if you’ve been quilting for some time and need help with your project, come and join. The pattern to be featured will be announced prior to beginning date of class. Come join the fun and creativity. Students should bring their personal portable sewing machine. 24 hrs.

Instructor: MacDonald Min: 8; Max: 12
March 7 – April 25 T
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65.55

Rag Rug Twining (Basic): Learn how to make beautiful, durable, heirloom quality floor coverings, simply and inexpensively. One of the oldest forms of rug making is “Twining”. In appearance, it is similar to both rug braiding and rug weaving. In this class you will learn what makes it different from other rug-making techniques, some of the various projects to which this technique can be applied, how to prepare your fabric, warp your loom, twine your rug, remove it from the loom, and several finishing techniques. Finished rug will be 27” x 36”. Looms will be provided for use during the class and will be available for purchase as well. Additional cost for supplies. Call for list. 12 hrs. *Class will meet off campus.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Sewing (Beginning): Learn the basics of sewing skills from an experienced seamstress in this four-week class. It is preferable that students bring their own machine but not required. Additional cost of $10 for supplies (included in price listed). 12 hrs

Instructor: Powell Min: 5
April 3 – May 1 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55.55

Stained Glass: This class will acquaint students with the various types of stained glass, tools, chemicals, and building techniques used in stained glass fabrication. Students will make a small panel which will allow them to practice glass cutting and the copper foil method of fabrication. Students will learn how to design for stained glass, learn about color schemes and will choose their own glass for the project. A lab fee of $25 covers materials (included in price listed). Some glass and tools will be available for purchase from the instructor or students may bring their own supplies. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Ferrell Min: 5
March 20 – April 10 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $80.55

Christmas Crafts

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

 

Genealogy Classes

*NEW CLASS Genealogy – Family History Research Toolbox: Genealogists and family historians are living in a unique time – a new age of technological advancement. The rise of the computer, Internet, and related technologies has contributed to an unparalleled amount of genealogical information, knowledge, and capability. Technology has changed the way we dig-up long buried diamonds of family information from the past. This course is designed to aid the genealogists in where these tools can be found and how to use them. Subjects that will be covered include high-tech tools such as Internet record/family tree services to a wide variety of software packages and applications. If you want to learn how to connect with your ancestors, even if that involves research across oceans, technology can help you make those connections. Whether you use a computer, a tablet, or smartphone in your research this is the class you do not want to miss. 32.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy
: Genetic science can help you with your genealogy research, but you are going to have to take a test first. That test is a “low cost” autosomal DNA test available at DNA testing companies such as Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, or 23andMe. This course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for the DNA newbie and other genealogists who want to get the most from their DNA testing. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, the different types of DNA tests available, how DNA testing will help your genealogy research, what are your ethnic origins and how to interpret your results. Special emphasis will be given to the AncestryDNA autosomal test. If you want to demystify genetic genealogy, and you want to use this new and exciting research tool in your family history study, then this course is for you. This course is a prerequisite for the advanced DNA course. 10 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Genealogy – Hidden Genealogy Record Sources: Discover facts about your American ancestors in unexpected and hidden places – some that could be right under your nose! This course will explore a variety of little known genealogical sources that may contain information about your ancestors. Students will study dozens of off the beaten path and hidden genealogical record sources, how to find them, and how to use them in research projects. Prerequisite: Searching for Your Ancestors course. 12.5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
February 16 – March 16 TH
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35.55

*NEW CLASS Genealogy – Using U.S. Military Records in Genealogy Research: A history of America might be characterized as a history of military experiences. Anyone who attempts to document the life of any family member must consider the possibility that person was associated with the military. There are a lot of government records associated with members of the military and their families. The key to using these records is to learn what they are and where they can be found. This course will help you learn more about your ancestors who served the country and can often provide valuable information on the veteran, as well as on all members of the family. It is highly recommended that you have taken our Searching for Your Ancestors course before you take this class. 10 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
March 23 – April 13 TH
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $30.55

Literary Arts

Creative Writing: Perhaps you want to write about your life for your family and leave a legacy for your grandchildren. Perhaps you have always had stories wandering around in your brain and you want to write fiction. Perhaps you are a secret poet but not sure if what you are writing is actually poetry. Perhaps you write prose, creative non-fiction, poetry, articles, or anecdotes. Perhaps you aren’t sure what you like to write. We will answer your questions and help you discover your writing niche. We will use feedback from your classmates to help clean up any mistakes, to learn what an editor looks for and what he doesn’t want. We will write short pieces each week. Also included will be definition of literary terms and how to beware of scams in publishing. This class is for new or beginning writers. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

“How to Get Published”: You have your manuscript written and now you are wondering how to get it published. Attend this workshop to get some of your questions answered from an experienced published author. There will be an additional $5 fee for handouts. 3.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Marketing Workshop: Gain some basic knowledge on how to market your books and other writings. There will be an additional $5 fee for handouts. 3.5 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Writing Your Life Stories for Your Family or for Publication: Our life stories are a precious legacy. Putting them in writing is a gift to all who know and love us—they can be treasured and enjoyed for generations to come. Facts bring us knowledge, but stories bring us wisdom. If you are interested in writing family/personal life stories – those significant tales of adventure, transition, love, loss, and triumph, as well as the lovely everyday moments shared with loved ones from the past or the present, come learn specific tools and techniques to retrieve and record them. Students will write a short piece each week. This class is structured for intermediate or advanced students who have completed at least one writing class. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

One Meeting Marvels

 

NEW Apple Tree Grafting: Learn the basic techniques of apple tree grafting. Discuss Heirloom varieties and actually graft two trees. Supply fee for rootstock included in total cost listed. 2 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
March 15 W
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $30

Instructor: Taylor Min: 4
March 15 W
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $30

(Total cost listed includes registration fee, supply fee, and student insurance.)

*NEW CLASS Basics of Basket Weaving: Weave common, useable baskets within these five-hour classes as you gain understanding of the basic techniques involved. All levels of experience welcome. Each class builds upon skills gained in previous class as students use the same techniques and learn new ones. However, there are no prerequisites and students may enroll in their choice of class(es). Additional cost involved for supplies and materials which the students will purchase from the instructor (less than $30 per basket). 5 hrs.

Instructor: Hogsed 5

March 17 (Bread/Fruit Basket) F
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25.55

April 21 (Market Basket) F
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25.55

May 19 (TBD) F
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $25.55

Container Gardens: You may choose to make a vegetable, herbal, or flowering container for your garden of choice. Learn to plant, care for and the location best suited to grow. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Essential Oils/Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Learn the basics of essential oil usage and how they can be used to better your health. Become self-reliant by treating yourself, your family and your home with the natural alternatives of essential oils. Become your own doctor with knowledge of natural and effective care for your family. Learn which essential oils are best to treat ailments without the use of prescription drugs. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs. (Additional classes will be scheduled upon demand.)

Instructor: Emmons Min: 4; Max: 10

March 27 M 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $25.55

Felted Soap: Make practical and beautiful gifts as you learn to wrap handmade soaps with wool! This exfoliates skin and helps to extend the life of your soap. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Foundations of Medicine Making: Make basic tinctures, rubs, and poultices from herbs. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Herbal Aromatherapy: Explore the harvest and use of flowers and herbs along with blends of essential oils for the home. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Making Salves and Ointments: Learn how to extract and utilize herbs for medicinal purposes in creating salves and ointments. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Rolled Beeswax Candles: Using beeswax sheets we will make candles, learn formations of shapes and the basics of rolled candles. Additional $20 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Painting

Main Campus Location:

*NEW CLASS Drawing Skills for Painting: Oftentimes what appears to be ‘off’ in a painting tends to be in the structure of an image, not in the colors or paint application. The foundation of any composition, no matter what the subject matter, is DRAWING. In this course, participants will learn how to apply basic drawing skills toward the creation of dynamic paintings, including tricks to composing, tips on perspective, and rendering with good use of value scales. Call for list of supplies. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Sterling Min: 5; Max: 10
March 13 – March 20 M
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $60.55

*NEW CLASS How to Paint Flesh Tones: Creating skin colors can be a challenge. In this course, participants will learn how to achieve realistic flesh tones that avoid becoming too muddy, too chalky, or too cold looking, and instead end up appearing warm and luminous. Call for list of supplies. 9 hrs.

Instructor: Sterling Min: 5; Max: 10
April 24 – May 8 M
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $90.55

*NEW CLASS All About Color: Whether you paint with watercolors, oils, or acrylics, in this course students will learn how to apply real-world color theory and meaningful paint application in order to make their paintings balanced and luminous. Participants will learn about the inherent value of colors, how colors work alongside one another, and how to keep colors pure and brilliant. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Sterling Min: 5; Max: 10
May 15 – May 22 M
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $60.55

Acrylic Decorative Painting: If you have ever wanted to paint, this class will help you get started with the basics of Decorative Painting. Learn about supplies, brushstrokes, and surfaces you can use to make wonderful gifts and decorative items for your home. Intermediate painters can work on individual projects with help from the instructor. Supply list available. Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Hawkins Min: 7

February 27 – April 3 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65.55

April 10 – May 22 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65.55

Realistic Painting: Learn to create a realistic painting using underpainting, layering, and glazing techniques in this class that is open to all levels of expertise. Students will learn using their chosen medium of watercolor or acrylic. New students will learn to mix colors and to deal with light and shadow. Returning students will refine skills and techniques. Additional cost for supplies. 32 hrs.

Instructor: Foerster Min: 13

March 15 – May 3 W
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $60.55

May 10 – June 28 W
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $60.55

Watercolor:  THE MAGIC OF WATERCOLOR
Have you ever admired the beauty of a watercolor painting and wondered how it was done? Then this class is for you! In this beginner’s class, students will learn which materials to use and basic techniques that will enable them to create a beautiful painting. The instructor will demonstrate a step and then students will complete the same process before continuing to the next. This process allows students to confidently complete a watercolor painting. Students will complete one painting at each class and will be able to have it matted and ready to frame if desired. Come and experience this fascinating medium and see how awesome it is as it flows onto the paper and a beautiful painting is created! It will seem almost “MAGICAL”! All levels of experience welcome. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Bessette Min. – 6
March 22 – May 3 W
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $65 (includes reg. fee and student insurance)

Instructor: Bessette Min. – 6
March 23 – May 4 TH
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $65 (includes reg. fee and student insurance)

Andrews Office

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Barnard Min: 7

February 27 – April 3 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55.55

February 28 – April 4 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55.55

April 17 – May 22 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55.55

April 18 – May 23 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55.55

Clay County Senior Center

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention & instruction within these classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. An additional supply fee of $5 covers the cost of paints and painting mediums provided. Dates subject to change. 18 hrs. Hayesville – Clay County Senior Center:

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Students are required to furnish your own brushes and canvases. 18 hrs. Hayesville – Clay County Senior Center:

Instructor: Hawkins Min: 8

*Class will be scheduled when the minimumnumber of students has registered. For more information please contact Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241 or llong@tricountycc.edu.

Performing Arts

Guitar Demystified: Beginning something new can be intimidating, but not when you are learning guitar from Wendell. He’s an experienced player who can teach you the important things all players should know. This class is suitable for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. 12 hrs.

Instructor: McRae Min: 6
May 1 – May 22 M
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $55.55

Old-Time Fiddle (Beginning): In this eight week class you will learn the basics of how to play the fiddle. Begin by learning how to tune the instrument and how to hold it. Move on to bowing technique and how to sound like a fiddler. Learn to hear how a tune is constructed and use the techniques you are learning to replicate it. We will use traditional Appalachian tunes for learning purposes. Students can move on to playing the style that pleases them as they progress with the instrument. Total beginners and fiddlers who want to gain ear training are welcome. Students must have a fiddle in playable condition and a shoulder rest. (Students may contact the instructor for information on where to purchase a shoulder rest.) 8 hrs.

Instructor: Patrick Min: 5; Max: 8
April 19 – June 7 W
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $75.55

Personal Enrichment

 

NEW Financial Planning Workshop: Within this four-week workshop students will gain a basic understanding of Foundations of Investing, Retirement by Design, Preparing for the Unexpected, and Preparing an Estate Plan. Registration fee includes cost of workbook. 4 hrs.

Instructor: Johnson Min: 5
April 3 – May 1 M (Class will not meet April 17.)
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $20

Instructor: Johnson Min: 5
April 3 – May 1 M (Class will not meet April 17.)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. $20

(Total cost listed includes registration fee, provided workbook, and student insurance.)

*NEW CLASS Magic is Not Just for Kids: Amaze and entertain friends and family with magic. Learn a variety of magical effects with cards, rope, money, mind-reading, and much more. Additional cost for supplies. 8 hrs.

March 2 – March 23
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $55.55

Meditation for Health: Harvard Medical School, Emory Healthcare, and other organizations have shown that quiet time meditation can aid in stress and improve health, heart, and well-being. Nine different types of mediation will be shown and practiced. This class will help you choose the form of meditation that fits you and your lifestyle. 4 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
May 15 – May 16 MT
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $25.55

Mindfulness: Learn how to be present in the moment, bring joy into daily life and connect with all around you. Mindfulness is not a religion or spiritual practice but a way to be more aware of the wonders around you. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
May 17 W
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $20.55

*NEW CLASS Basic Self-Defense: This class is designed to teach men and women of all ages to be aware of their surroundings as awareness is the best tool to avoid being a victim of evil-doers. Those who would pray on the weak will avoid a person who is aware. Defensive tactics such as escaping choke holds, frontal and rear assaults while seated or lying down will be covered as students will learn ways to escape and counter/react to an assault. These techniques will give the student an understanding of C.Q.B. (Close Quarters Battle) and grappling tactics to survive and/or escape an assault. Students should wear comfortable clothing. 4 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

*NEW CLASS To Sleep or Not to Sleep: There is more brain activity during sleep than during waking hours. Learn why sleep is important to your health and well-being. Sleep makes you feel better but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep can improve memory, mood, and is good for the heart, blood pressure, and brain. It can lessen symptoms of depression and stress. Topics to be discussed include common sleep disorders, the amount of sleep that is necessary for different ages and stages, and more. Learn what all the talk and media attention is about and gain answers to questions regarding all the new information on the importance of sleep for good health. Class will be taught by a registered sleep technologist.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
April 24 – April 25 MT
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $25.55

Beginning Yoga:  More than just a series of stretches and poses, for some Yoga is a way to achieve better health, de-stress, and realize a positive state of mind.  Each class meeting will include a brief overview of that week’s topic, warm-up, postures, breathing, and meditation. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Stein Min: 6
March 21 – April 25 T
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. $40
(Total cost listed includes registration fee and student insurance.)

Photography

Digital Photography: Learn what all those buttons and menu settings are for and how to get the most out of your camera. Items covered will include stopping motions, blurring the background, taking photos in low light or dark. Other items covered will be composition, lighting techniques, and basic editing without Photoshop. Photos can be taken with any camera including smart phones. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 8
March 9 – April 13 TH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $70.55

Photoshop: Remove old boyfriends, repair cracks, and add absent family member to your pictures. Also learn to erase electrical lines and unwanted parts of a photographic image. Learn to edit, add to, and change an image. This program can make a person appear thinner by 50 lbs., add makeup, color in sunsets and more. Adobe Photoshop is the best and most used program for digitally editing photographs. Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom are not covered within this class. Basic computer knowledge is required including cutting and pasting, downloading picture to your computer or a drive, and basic movement of the mouse. 24 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Technology

iPhone Basics: As the proud owner of an iPhone, you realize it can do so much but where do you begin? In this six-hour class you will learn the basics including information on iTunes, iCloud, syncing the phone to your computer, utilizing memos, calendars, and apps. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 6
May 1 and 2 MT
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35.55

iPad Basics: Learn the many uses of your iPad including helpful tasks and a basic skill set that can make your life easier, fun, and more productive. Included in this class: email (Apple mail set-up), music (iTunes), camera and photos, apps, books, messaging, games, iCloud, Word and documents. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 6
May 3 and 4 WTH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35.55

Classes Offered at The Graham County Center


 

Animal Husbandry

Becoming a Beekeeper: This class will prepare students with no beekeeping experience to become beginning beekeepers. This course will focus on organic honey bee management techniques and keeping bees as naturally as possible. Upon completion of this course students will have an understanding and knowledge of: Beekeeping equipment and tools, basic honey bee biology and the dynamics of a beehive, interacting with and managing honeybee colonies, pests and diseases, what beekeepers do though out the year, honey and other gifts from the hive. Students will have the opportunity to interact with a live colony of honeybees. Additional materials cost of $20. Students will be required to purchase student insurance for $.55 16 hrs.

Instructor: Wehr Min: 6

Class will be held when the minimum number of students is registered. Please call Lisa Long at (828) 835-4241 to be placed on Class Interest List.

Arts & Crafts

Alcohol and Sharpie Inked Silk Scarves: Create your own one-of-a-kind silk scarf creation with this fast and easy alcohol ink technique for dyeing fabrics. We will be using different size ink markers and alcohol. Join us for some creative fun and bring a friend! You’re also welcome to bring one pre-washed white t-shirt to try this technique on. All other art supplies and one silk scarf per student are provided for an additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 3 hrs.

Instructor: Jakelis Min: 4
April 6 TH
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $35.55

Oil Painting: These classes are popular for both beginning and intermediate students. Beginning students will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. More advanced students will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. Please call for supply list. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Carpenter Min: 6
April 4 – April 25 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $45.55

 

Christmas Crafts

 

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

 

One Meeting Marvels

Essential Oils/Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Learn the basics of essential oil usage and how they can be used to better your health. Become self-reliant by treating yourself, your family, and your home with the natural alternatives of essential oils. Become your own doctor with knowledge of natural and effective care for your family. Learn which essential oils are best to treat ailments without the use of prescription drugs. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs. (Additional classes will be scheduled upon demand.)

Instructor: Emmons Min: 4; Max: 10

April 24 M
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $20.55

Felted Soap: Make practical and beautiful gifts as you learn to wrap handmade soaps with wool! This exfoliates skin and helps to extend the life of your soap. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Foundations of Medicine Making: Make basic tinctures, rubs, and poultices from herbs. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Herbal Aromatherapy: Explore the harvest and use of flowers and herbs along with blends of essential oils for the home. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Herbal Container Gardening: Learn to plant, care for, and the location best suited to grow herbs. Additional $15 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Making Salves and Ointments: Learn how to extract and utilize herbs for medicinal purposes in creating salves and ointments. Additional $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Rolled Beeswax Candles: Using beeswax sheets we will make candles, learn formations of shapes and the basics of rolled candles. Additional $20 supply fee (included in price listed). 2 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Performing Arts

Guitar Demystified: Beginning something new can be intimidating, but not when you are learning guitar from Wendell. He’s an experienced player who can teach you the important things all players should know. This class is suitable for the absolute beginner to the experienced player. 12 hrs.

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please click on this link to add your name to an interest list for future classes.

Many more classes available at the Graham County Center. Please call 828-479-9256 to put your name on the interest list for any of the following:

Aquaponics
Clay
Conversational Spanish
Couponing
Dancing
Drawing
Financial Planning
Gourd Crafting
Jewelry Making
Needlecrafts
Paper Art
Pastels
Sign Language
Woodcarving
Yoga