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


Animal Husbandry

 

Main Campus

“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 learning more when you learn about housing, feeding, and general care. You will also learn how to protect your birds from pests and predators. 8 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

NEW Animal Assisted Interventions: This course provides exposure to techniques and approaches for implementing animal interactions in mental health counseling and educational settings. 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’ wellbeing, 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. This course is open to professionals in mental health, social work, and education. 30 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

NEW Puppy Training: Puppies love to play and you can train your puppy by playing games with them. Have fun training your puppy using reward-based, forcefree training techniques. Open to puppies 10 weeks to 4 months. No dogs at the first class. 5 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

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

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Graham County Center

Arts and Crafts

 

Main Campus

Bead WeavingSo many beads, so little time! In this class you 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 are welcome.  Additional cost for supplies. 24 hrs.

Instructor: Jones Min: 8
September 6 – October 11 TH
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $65

October 25 – December 6 TH
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $65
(Class will not meet November 22.)

NEW Foundations of Portraiture: In this class taught by local artist Betsy Henn-Bailey, students will explore the mediums of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and watercolor. There will be an additional cost for the packet of supplies that will be provided. 16 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

NEW Art: Color and Design: Under the direction and instruction of local artist Betsy Henn-Bailey, students will be introduced and explore the mediums of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and watercolor. Additional cost for supplies. 20 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

NEW Getting Started with PastelsLearn the basics of this very forgiving medium during this four-week class. Only soft pastels will be used…no oil pastels. Please note that this medium can be very dusty. For those students with sensitivities, please bring a mask and rubber gloves if you wish.  Call for supply list.

Instructor: Molder Min: 5
September 4 – September 25 T
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. $75

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 $10 supply fee (included in price listed). 12 hrs. (Class will meet at Laurelwood Photography and Picture Framing in Murphy.)

*Advanced class will follow if sufficient interest is shown.

Instructor: McCollum Min: 5; Max: 8
September 6 – October 11 TH
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $65

NEW Beginning PotteryLearn the basics of creating with clay during this four-week class! Students’ choice of hand building or wheel throwing, firing, and glazing will be included.  Additional cost for supplies included in total fee. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Kaylor Min: 6; Max: 10
September 7 – September 28 F
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $80

Graham County Center

Basics of Basket Weaving: Learn the basic techniques of basket weaving as you create functional baskets using natural reed with enhancements of color. Each class builds upon skills gained in previous classes; however, there are no prerequisites. The only requirements are a keen eye and moderately strong hands. All levels of experience welcome. Additional cost involved for supplies and materials purchased from the instructor (less than $30 per basket). 6 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

NEW Floral Design Basics: Within this 4-week class, you will gain basic instruction on fabricating floral arrangements for home/personal use. Includes instruction on designing bud vases, attractive bows, arrangements in baskets, and memorial floral arrangements. Additional cost for supplies to be determined. 8 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Christmas Craft – Keepsake BasketLearn the basics of basket weaving as you create a small basket with a Christmas theme.  Additional supply fee included.  3 hrs.

Instructor: Kelly Min: 4; Max: 10
November 8 TH
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $40

Culinary

Main Campus

NEW “Autumn Eats”: Observe, participate, and taste as vegetables from autumn’s harvest are prepared. Class will include preparation of root vegetables and more. Additional cost for supplies. Please ask for supply list upon registration. 4 hrs.

Instructor: Hatchett Min: 5; Max: 8
September 18 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $20

Graham County Center

Beginning Cake Decorating: Join the fun and be creative! Learn the basic skills and equipment needed to create colorful cakes for your personal special occasions. Students will be required to bring a baked two-layered cake to each class meeting. Begin with decorating the current trendy ‘naked cake’, learn to make butter cream icing, basic designs such as scrolls, rosettes, ruffles, basket weaving, and more as time permits. Additional cost for supplies to be determined. 15 hrs.

Instructor: Collis Min: 6; Max: 10-12
TBA $55

Genealogy Classes


NEW Advanced Legacy Genealogy SoftwareThis genealogy computer class will explore some of the advanced feature sets and research tools available in the world-class genealogy software package. Completion of the Legacy Genealogy Software for Beginners is required to take this class. 17.5 hrs.

Instructor: Van Horn Min: 8
October 2 – November 13 T
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

Literary Arts

Marketing and Publishing Workshop: 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. Also gain some basic knowledge on how to market your books and other writings. 3 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Creative Writing: Perhaps you want to write about your yourself or people you know, or your family history. Perhaps you have always had stories wandering around in your brain and you want to write fiction. Poetry? Prose? Not sure? Your questions will be answered to help you discover your writing niche. This class is for new or aspiring writers. 10 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

 

Medicinal Remedies – Essential Oils

Main Campus

NEW Essential Oils “Make & Take”: Students will learn a brief history of essential oils, what they are, how they are distilled, ways to use them (aromatically, topically, internally), how to choose an essential oil, and look at some of the most often used essential oils and their uses. Time will be reserved to make two (possibly three) essential oil items to take home. Additional cost for supplies included in total fee. Afternoon and evening classes offered. Instructor: Jones Min: 4; Max:10

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

NEW Grafting: Students will learn grafting techniques on roses and Japanese maples, leaving class with one of each. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Healing Salves: Students will extract and utilize herbs for medicinal purposes in creating salves and ointments. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Herbal Aromatherapy: Explore the harvest and use of flowers and herbs along with blends of essential oils for the home. Additional $15 supply fee. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Foundations of Medicine Making:  Make basic tinctures, rubs, and poultices from herbs. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Instructor: Taylor Min: 5
September 12 W
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $30

September 12 W
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $30

Graham County Center

Healing Salves: Students will extract and utilize herbs for medicinal purposes in creating salves and ointments. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Herbal Aromatherapy: Explore the harvest and use of flowers and herbs along with blends of essential oils for the home. Additional $15 supply fee. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Cooking and Cleaning with Essential Oils: Learn how to use essential oils in cooking and how they can benefit your health and add nutrients to your meals, as well as natural alternatives to clean your home without harsh chemicals. Additional $10 supply fee included in total fee. 2 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Medicine Cabinet Makeover/”Back to School Boost”: Come enjoy this informative class about the fundamentals in using essential oils with your kids. Learn how to prevent sickness and boost immune systems and much more with natural solutions. Teachers welcome! Additional $10 supply fee included in total fee. 2 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

*Other Essential Oils classes/subjects can be scheduled as requested.*

One Meeting Marvels

 

Main Campus

Basics of Basket Weaving Learn the basic techniques of basket weaving as you create functional baskets using natural reed with enhancements of color. Each class builds upon skills gained in previous classes; however, there are no prerequisites. The only requirements are a keen eye and moderately strong hands. All levels of experience welcome. Additional cost involved for supplies and materials purchased from the instructor (less than $30 per basket). 5 hrs.

Instructor: Hogsed Min: 5

September 22 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $30
(Halloween-themed basket)

October 20 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $30

December 1 S
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $30
(Christmas-themed basket)

Painting with Pencils: This three-hour class provides an opportunity to explore Prismacolor colored pencils as medium choice.  You will learn special techniques with pencils that make your creation look “painted” instead of “penciled”.  All levels of experience welcome.  Students may choose from a variety of projects including wildlife (domestic, exotic, and marine), still-life, etc. from the instructor’s supply. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Barton Min: 4; Max: 12

September 26 W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20

October 31 W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20

November 28 W
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $20

Christmas Craft – Keepsake Woven OrnamentsLearn to make woven keepsake ornaments for your Christmas tree.  Have fun while creating treasures that can be handed down from generation to generation. Students can expect to complete 2 or 3 woven ornaments. Additional supply fee included.  3 hrs.

Instructor:  Kelly Min: 5; Max: 10
November 5 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35

Christmas Craft – Holiday Wreath MakingWelcome the holiday season with a special wreath you make yourself.  Come join the fun and ignite the holiday spirit. Additional $15 supply fee included.  2 hrs.

Instructor:  Taylor Min: 5
December 5 W
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $30

Graham County Center

NEW Grafting: Students will learn grafting techniques on roses and Japanese maples, leaving class with one of each. Additional $15 supply fee included. 2 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Painting

Main Campus

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you 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

September 10 – October 15 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65

October 22 – November 26 M
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $65

Realistic Painting: Learn to create a realistic painting using under-painting, layering, and glazing techniques in this class that is open to all levels of expertise. You will learn using your 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

September 19 – November 7 W
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. $60

NEW Textures in Watercolor:  Learn techniques to create various textures within your watercolor paintings, giving them more depth and making them stand out. Additional supply fee. Please call for supply list and instructor’s contact information. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Bessette Min: 6; Max: 10
September 4 – September 25 T
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $45

Andrews Office

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you 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

October 15 – November 19 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

October 16 – November 20 T
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $55

Clay County Senior Center

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you 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: 8

*Class will be scheduled when the minimum number of students have registered. Call (828) 835-4241 to put your name on an interest list.

Graham County Center

Oil Painting: You will receive lots of individualized attention and instruction within these various classes popular for both beginning and intermediate students. As a beginner, you will learn basic painting principles and techniques including color mixing, shading, and highlighting. If you are a more advanced painter, you will continue to develop your own personal style while renewing your skills in basics and color mixing. *Class project will be announced closer to date of class.* Please call Graham County Center, (828) 479-9256, for supply list. 12 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Performing Arts


NEW Mountain Music: Learn to apply fundamental musical concepts to a variety of musical instruments as they apply to traditional mountain music. The purpose of the class is to apply simple music theory to various mountain songs, apply reactive methods to those songs, tune the instrument and focus on mastering rhythm. Open to all levels of experience. The only requirement: students must bring their own instrument. 12 hrs.

Instructor: McRae Min: 6
September 10 – October 1 M
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. $55

Graham County Center

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.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Personal Enrichment

Meditation for Health: Studies from organizations such as Harvard Medical School and Emory Healthcare show quiet time meditation aids in stress relief, as well as improves health, heart, and general 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 best. 4 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5

September 24 – September 25 MT
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $25

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 instead a way to be more aware of the wonders around you. 3 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 5
September 26 W
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $20

Strategic Couponing – Making Every Dollar Count: Learn how to use coupons to stretch your hard-earned dollars while you continue to get all the items you need and use for less money. You will learn how to earn free items and cut your grocery budget in half. 3 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Photography

NEW Photo Restoration: Keep your old photo! Learn the best scanning and transfer methods to save images digitally. Preserve the photos for generations to enjoy as you learn easy photo restoration methods to restore your faded and torn pictures. Simple and free editing programs that are available will be reviewed. Information on printing, sharing, and storing old images and digital copies will be included. (Please note this class does not cover Adobe Photoshop.) 12 hrs.

Please call (828) 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Nature PhotographyCome learn from this instructor who has extensive and diverse photography experience. Learn to take outdoor photos of trees, waterfalls, and landscapes with 35 mm digital camera. Minor editing of your photos will also be covered. 12 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 6
September 27 – October 18 TH
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $65

 

Photo Editing and Restoration: Keep your old photo!  Learn the best scanning and transfer methods to save images digitally.  Preserve the photos for generations to enjoy as you learn easy photo restoration methods to restore your faded and torn pictures.  Learn about various free programs for editing your photographic images. Class will include instruction on how to resize photos for email, printing, and professional editing. (Please note this class does not cover Adobe Photoshop.)  12 hrs.

 

Instructor: Harris Min: 6
October 15 – November 5 M
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $65

Technology

 

Main Campus

iPhone & iPad: Class is open to both basic and intermediate skill levels. Topics to be covered include: Siri; settings to preserve battery life; apps; maps; text messages and emails; shopping lists, reminders, and other tools to make your life easier; camera uploads and downloads; and other topics as time permits. 6 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 6
September 10 & 11 MT
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $35

Computer Basics: Come join this informative class if you need the basics of PCs. Included in this six-week class will be definitions of and introductions to basic terms such as software, hardware, Internet, email and social networking. Information will be provided regarding various storage devices such as thumb drives, CD, DVD, and back-up external hard drives. Learn the basics of word processing and get an introduction to MS Office. An introduction to the Internet including email and creating accounts for various social networking sites will be included. 18 hrs.

Instructor: Harris Min: 8

October 25 – December 6 TH
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $70

Graham County Center

NEW Computer Basics: Come join this informative class if you need the basics of PCs. Included in this 6-week class will be definitions of and introductions to basic terms such as software, hardware, internet, email and social networking. Information will be provided regarding various storage devices such as thumb drives, CD, DVD, and back-up external hard drives. Learn the basics of word processing and get an introduction to MS Office. 18 hrs.

Please call 835-4241 to be placed on an interest list for this class or follow this link to add your name to the interest list. Once the minimum number of students is met, we will call you to schedule the class.

Many more classes available at the Main Campus and the Graham County Center.

Please call 828-835-4241 to put your name on the interest list for any of the following:

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