Personal Enrichment Classes


Click HERE for our Summer 2014 Personal Enrichment and Professional Development opportunities.

Our fall schedule will be available in early August 2014.


Creative Exploration

Money Matters

All in Good Taste

Language & Communication

In the Garden

Music, Dance, and Movement

Technology

...for Those On the Go



Creative Explorations

Painting in Oils

Oil paint, an incredibly forgiving medium, is easy to work with and lots of fun. Learn the basics of materials and techniques to create Alla Prima (wet on wet) style oil paintings. Complete a minimum of two paintings in class and gain the fundamental skills to continue on your artistic journey. Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required. Please bring several sketches that you would like to turn into paintings.

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.

To see a sample of Anna's work in oils, click here.

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.

Dates:  TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: TBA

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Money Matters


Lets Talk Wine - Viva South America!

Wine and winemaking has a longer history in South America than anywhere else in the New World. Explore the flavor and style of wines from the two major wine regions of South America - Chile and Argentina. Enjoy a “tasting” while you learn about some key points of South American viniculture and vinification.

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.

Dates:  Fall dates TBA

Time:  TBA

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

Fee: TBA

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

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The Pleasure of a Pint - A Good Tasting Beer

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 8 different types of beer from lightest to darkest.

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.

Dates:  Fall Dates TBA

Time:  TBA

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

Fee: TBA

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.

Dates:  TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: TBA

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In the Garden

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.

Dates:  Fall Date TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: TBA

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Music, Dance, and Movement

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.

Dates:  6 Thurs, Mar 6 - Apr 10

Time:  6 - 7 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $59 before Feb 27, $75 after Feb 27

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African Dance

An African proverb says, “If you can talk, you can sing and if you can walk, you can dance.” Explore your own natural rhythms through African dance. Feel energized and revitalized as you move arms, shoulders, chest, hips, and feet to the heartbeat of the drums. No experience necessary - beginners and all levels of dancers are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a towel and water bottle to class.

Meet Your Instructor...Cheryl Powell, a school social worker in Lanier County and Zumba® certified instructor, has taught a variety of dance, movement, and exercise classes for Continuing Education for more than three years.

Dates:  TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $TBA

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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 dance both publically and privately. She is a member of USA Dance - Tallahassee and enjoys sharing her love of this art form with people of all ages.

Dates:  6Fall Dates TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: TBA

*Couples Discount! Couples registering and paying together receive $10 off the second registration. No other discounts apply.

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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...Ted Johnson is an associate professor in VSU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and has previously taught both private and group guitar lessons.

Dates:  Fall Dates TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: TBA

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Technology

iPad Basics for New Users

Opening your new iPad was great! Now that some of the excitement has died down and you have grown tired of “hunting and pecking” around your device, you are probably asking yourself, “How do I really start using it effectively?”

New or novice users, bring your iPad, fully charged, registered. and already working, and find out how to get the most out of your device. What you will learn includes:

  • Navigating your iPad

  • Using settings options

  • Creating and syncing your iTunes account

  • Backing up and restoring data

  • Using the App Store

  • Product safety and proper cleaning methods

  • Enhancing battery life

  • Reviewing iPad limitations

  • Tips & tricks

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

Dates:  TBA

Time:  TBA

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: TBA


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