Personal Enrichment Classes


Our complete fall schedule will be available in early August 2014.


Creative Expression

Everyday Living

Language & Communication

Music & Dance

Technology

...for Those On the Go



Creative Expression

Drawing for Beginners

Think you can't draw? Well think again! Using simple and familiar tools - pencil, eraser, and vine charcoal - you will explore line, value, proportion, and more to develop and improve your drawing skills. Join us for this creative journey and be sure to bring your most useful tool - your ability to relax, suspend harsh judgement, and let yourself "see."

Meet Your Instructor...Anna Waddell, lifelong artist and teacher, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. She enjoys motivating and encouraging adult beginners to explore their creativity through art.

Special note: Supplies are not included. Click here for a list of supplies. You can also request that one be sent with your registration receipt.

5 Thurs      Sept 18 - Oct 16      6 - 8 PM      $89 (After Sept 11 - $105)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Waves of Watercolor

Have you always wanted to try painting in watercolors? Beginners and artists who want to add watercolor to their knowledge base are welcome. Learn about supplies and tools and practice a variety of techniques to develop your painting skills. Your instructor will provide lots of inspiration and feedback as you being your journey on the exciting path of watercolors. See Drawing for Beginners for instructor information.

Special note: Supplies are not included. Click here for a list of supplies. You can also request that one be sent with your registration receipt.

5 Wed      Sept 24 - Oct 22      6 - 8:30 PM      $99 (After Sept 17 - $115)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Viking Knit Bracelet

It's like magic! Using one simple wire "stitch" around a dowel we will create a flexible chain and fashion it into a bracelet. Students will receive a "VK Kit" to keep. Tools and supplies included. Register early! Class is limited to 10 participants.

Mon      Sept 22      12 - 4 PM      $79 (After Sept 15 - $95)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Kumihimo Necklace

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding art used to create beautiful cords from fibers or fibers and beads. Learn to braid these cords and turn them into a necklace by adding a clasp and pendant. Tools and materials will be provided. Register early! Class is limited to 10 participants.

Mon      Nov 3      12 - 4 PM      $79 (After Oct 27 - $95)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Everyday Living

Guide to Beer Tasting

In the words of poet John Ciardi, “Fermentation and civilization are inseparable.” To the beer aficionado, truer words have rarely been spoken. Join us for a celebration of craft beers and discover why all beers are not created equal. Learn about the role that the beer-making process and ingredients have in forming the aromas and flavors of beer and how to taste and rate different types of fall and Oktoberfest beer.

Meet Your Instructor...Herb Feister is an assistant professor in VSU’s College of Education’s Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology. In a previous life as Operations Manager for a chain of liquor stores, he became fascinated by regional beers and how they have evolved. Herb enjoys sampling and learning about new beer and hosting beer, wine, and spirits tastings.

Class is limited to 15 participants so register early.

Wed      Oct 29      6 - 8 PM      $39 (After Oct 22 - $49)

Location:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 1951 E. Park Avenue

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Lets Talk Wine - Intro to Wine Tasting

Explore the basics of wine tasting while sampling select California red and white wines. You will be introduced to wine selection and the wine tasting ritual. Learn about elements of American wine history and how wine grapes are cultivated. Discover how the type of grape, growing environment, weather, and other factors influence the grapes. Once harvested, the process continues to find the magic combination of grapes and handling that leads to a delicious wine.

Meet Your Instructor...John Magnasco, retired Professor of Communication Arts at VSU, has attended numerous wine institutes and programs in California, Virginia, Italy and Portugal and enjoys sharing his knowledge and love of wine.

Class is limited to 14 participants. Register early to guarantee your spot.

Wed      Oct 8      6 - 8:30 PM      $45 (After Oct 1 - $55)

Location:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 1951 E. Park Avenue

Bring a Friend Discount! Couples or any pairs of friends registering and paying together receive $10 off the second registration.

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Raising Backyard Chickens

Thinking about raising chickens in your backyard? The reasons people want to grow birds vary. Do you want fresh eggs, meat, or both? Are you interested in entering your chickens into poultry shows? Or do you simply want to experience the pleasure of having chickens around? Whatever the reason, it is important that you have the basic information necessary to raise healthy and productive birds. Take your first step and learn about different breeds, housing, nutrition, health, and behavior of backyard flocks.

Meet Your Instructor...Dr. Claudia Dunkley is an Extension Poultry Scientist/Specialist in the Poultry Science Department of the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. You can read more about Dr. Dunkley at the UGA website.

Sat      Oct 11      10 AM - 12 Noon      $15 (After Oct 6 - $25)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Language & Communication

Conversational Spanish for Beginners

Are you planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country for business or pleasure? This is the perfect introduction or refresher. Learn the basics in a practical and enjoyable way with an experienced, fluent instructor. Practice common, useful phrases and vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and basic sentence structure you need to understand and use the Spanish language. No textbook required. (1.2 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Marcela Paredes came to the U.S. from Quita, Ecuador as a high school exchange student. Marcela earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Spanish and Master of Education at VSU. She teaches Spanish at both Valdosta Middle and J.L. Newbern Middle Schools.

6 Thurs      Sept 30 - Nov 4      6 - 8 PM      $99 (After Sept 23 - $115)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Sign Language for Beginners

Open the doors of communication and explore basic conversational sign language, the language used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. You will be introduced to Deaf culture while you learn finger spelling, basic signs, common phrases, and grasp general concepts and structure of American Sign Language (ASL). Build basic conversational skills in a fun and selcoming environment. No textbook required. (1.0 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...TJ Gray is a senior in ASL/English Interpreting at VSU. TJ plans to pursue graduate studies in ASL and interpreting. He has done theatrical interpretation for Cook County Council for the Arts and Peach State Summer Theatre.

5 Thurs      Oct 7 - Nov 4      6 - 8 PM      $89 (After Sept 30 - $105)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Music &  Dance

Belly Dance for Beginners

Take your first steps to learning how to belly dance. Whether you want to try something new and exciting for fun or for fitness, belly dancing is the perfect class for you. No experience necessary. Practice core movements, isolations, and basic traveling steps as you learn the exotic art of belly dance. Wear comfortable clothing. No sneakers or rubber-soled shoes. Bare feet or socks recommended.

Meet Your Instructor...Megan Slator, Senior Secretary in VSU's Department of Math and Computer Science, has been teaching belly dance for 15+ years.

6 Wed      Oct 1 - Nov 5      6:30 - 7:30 PM      $59 (After Sept 24 - $75)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Ballroom 101

Looking for a cure for two left feet? Learn the basics of Waltz and Swing in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Practice posture, leading, and following as you learn basic dance patterns and gain confidence to step out on the dance floor at parties, weddings, and other social events. Singles are welcome, but we can’t guarantee a partner for you. Wear leather-soled shoes (no sneakers, please).

Meet Your Instructor...Janice Blanchard, a lifelong dancer, teaches both public and private dance lessons. She is a member of USA Dance - Tallahassee and enjoys sharing her love of this art form with people of all ages.

6 Thurs      Sept 17 - Oct 23      6:30 - 7:45 PM      $79 (After Sept 11 - $95)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Bring a Friend Discount! Any pairs of friends or couples registering and paying together receive $10 off the second registration. No other discounts apply.

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Let's Cha Cha!

The Cha Cha is a versatile, exhuberant, fun dance that will get your heart pumping and put a smile on your face. Learn the basic steps, posture, and timing so you can Cha Cha the night away at all of your social events. Singles are welcome, but we can't guarantee a partner. (No sandals, sling backs, sneakers, or running shoes, please. Leather-soled shoes only; women's should have a minimum 1 inch heel.)
See Ballroom 101 for instructor information.

4 Thurs      Nov 13 - Dec 11      6:30 - 7:45 PM      $59 (After Sept 11 - $75)

Guitar for Beginners

Have you always dreamed of playing guitar but never got around to getting started? For the aspiring guitarist with little or no experience, build a foundation of guitar basics including tuning your guitar, finger placement, chords, strumming patterns, and several scales. Please bring your own guitar to class. Handouts will be provided.

Meet Your Instructor...Austin Crockett.

5 Thurs      Sept 18 - Oct 23      6:30 - 8 PM      $69 (After S

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 (After Sept 11 - $85)

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Technology

Getting to the Apple Core

Okay, so you just got your iPad and you are excited to start using it. Or maybe you can download the latest tunes and play Angry Birds with the best of them. But you need to know the core basics of how to manage your content. Come learn how to sync using iCloud and iTunes, update the software, enhance battery life, and secure your information and your device. Bring you device fully charged. (.2 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Sheila Hall is an Instructional Training Specialist in VSU's Department of IT Training and Communication.

Thurs      Nov 6      6 - 8 PM      $29 (After Oct 30, $39)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Get to Know Your iPad: Navigation Basics

New users, bring your iPad fully charged, registered, and already working and come learn basic funcionality and navigation of your device. Introductory topics include: physical layout, gestures, typing and dictation, searching, customization, and settings.

See Getting to the Apple Core for instructor information.

Thurs      Nov 20      6 - 8 PM      $29 (After Nov 13, $39)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Got Apps, Music, and Games?

Bring your fully-charged, registered, and already working iPad and discover how to manage and use preloaded apps such as Siri, Safari, Facetime, and the camera. You'll also learn about new items by visiting Apple's App Store and i Tunes Store.

See Getting to the Apple Core for instructor information.

Thurs      Dec 4      6 - 8 PM      $29 (After Nov 24, $39)

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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Get LinkedIn!

Find out how to use LinkedIn more effectively to grow professionally. Learn how to add your resume, highlight career accomplishments, connect with colleagues, join professional interest groups, and make future business and career connections. Find out what common mistakes to avoid to maintain a complete, hones, and professional profile. Note: Please have your account set up prior to the workshop. (.15 CEU)

Meet Your Instructor...Brittany Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Management and works in VSU's Student Success Center. She is also pursuing her master's degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Tues      Sept 23      6 - 7:30 PM      $19 (After Sept 16 - $29)

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