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Whatcom Community College

237 W. Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, WA

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Website:
www.whatcom.ctc.edu

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French for Beginners

Class/Workshop

Bonjour! In this enjoyable and intensive class, learn basic conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, shopping, making hotel reservations, asking for directions, and more. You'll also learn essential principles of pronunciation and grammar. Instructor Katia Paroczi invites you to join in this introduction to the language and culture of contemporary France. Recommendations for optional texts will be discussed in class.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Preparing for the SAT

Class/Workshop

Attention high school juniors and seniors! This course will help you navigate and succeed with all three sections of the SAT: writing, critical reading, and math. Learn important test-taking strategies as you review common trouble areas such as word problems, ratios, geometry, data analysis, linear equations, probability, improving and correcting sentences, developing reading techniques, and preparedness for the SAT essay. SAT textbooks, included in course fee, will be provided at first session. Please arrive 10 minutes early to first session; bring a calculator to class.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop,Ceramics/Pottery

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful art--such as bowls, cups, and jars--in clay. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Artist Gene Lewis welcomes beginning and experienced students.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Ballroom dancing is timeless and romantic. Learn the basic steps of the foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, and nightclub slow dancing--a perfect style for a crowded dance floor. Instructor Janice Shepherd will have you gliding across the dance floor in no time. Partners recommended, but not required or guaranteed. Class fee is for one person. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs - Couples Rate

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Register for this package to get our couples rate on Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs! Please contact our office at 383-3200 or comed@whatcom.ctc.edu with partner information.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

The Art of Photography

Photography,Class/Workshop

Whether you use film or digital, learning the basics of photography will enhance the quality of your photos. Instructor Al Sanders will demystify the image-making process as you learn to manipulate aperture and shutter speed to produce perfect exposures. Also explore principles of lighting, composition, color, and more. While the emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. $30 textbook is included in course fee and provided at first session.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Woven Wall Hangings

Class/Workshop, Textiles

Warm up your décor with a stylish DIY woven wall hanging! Fiber artist Emiko Peterson-Yoon will teach you how to build your own frame loom--to re-use on more projects!--and weave a wall hanging. You'll learn basic techniques, including plain weaving and how to make tassels or fringe on your piece. Bring a pair of scissors, hammer, extra fine Sharpie, and a few different colors of synthetic or natural yarn (light, medium, or bulky). Materials fee of $28 for additional materials payable to instructor at first session.

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• Wed 2/21/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop,Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class will review and build on the essential Pilates movements from our beginning classes, incorporating more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone the arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat, medium Pilates ball, small towel, and water bottle.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Renaissance Zendala

Class/Workshop

Mandalas meet the Renaissance in this unique Zentangle class. Using the cotton, archival tan Renaissance tile, you will learn new tangles and techniques to draw with sepia tones on a circular tile. Come explore this new side to Zentangle. All students will receive Zentangle materials to use and take home. Optional: Bring your Zentangle 101 kit. New and continuing students welcome.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Writer's Toolbox with Roby Blecker: Working with Story and Plot I

Class/Workshop

We'll explore the differences between story and plot; learn to move the story along by means of planned plot points, creating scenes, and deciding if each is character-driven or plot-driven; use the variable results from reliable or unreliable narrators; and explore the same scene different ways. Lunch break from 12-1 PM.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Classes/Clinics, Photography

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. In this class we'll explore importing and cataloging images, as well as processing them to bring out their full potential. We'll take a close look at the Library and Develop modules, and output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print. We'll also discuss how Lightroom integrates with other programs, such as Photoshop. This class is lecture/demo, but if you have Lightroom installed on your laptop, feel free to bring it to class.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Designing & Leading Change

Class/Workshop

Join us to explore ways to strategically structure and design innovations that don't trigger an organization's "autoimmune system," and discover practical skills all change leaders can immediately apply in successfully leading through the turbulent currents of change. Notes: Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Prior to class, please take this brief survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQGK9JW.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Emergency Preparedness "Grab & Go" Binder with Cloud Backup

Class/Workshop

Learn how to simplify, organize, and electronically back up all your important documents in a "grab-and-go" family emergency binder. We'll cover which paperwork is crucial to have in the event of a natural disaster or medical emergency, how to convert everything to electronic documents, then back them up to the Cloud. Includes preparation tips, evacuation routes, "Go Bags and Bins," and much more.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fused Glass: Beginning Techniques

Class/Workshop

Gain an understanding of fused glass, and immerse yourself in the creative process by cutting, constructing pieces through bridging and fusing, and firing your projects in the kiln. In the first session, you'll use art glass to create your own suncatcher, while in the second session you'll learn how to use reclaimed window glass to fuse materials between panes of glass to create unique pieces. Class is held at Wandering Oaks Gallery. Please wear closed-toe shoes to class.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hypnosis for Pain Relief

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Research shows hypnosis is an effective tool for reducing and managing pain intensity. For those with chronic pain, hypnosis has been shown to improve activity levels, mood, and sleep. This workshop will teach you how to use hypnosis to reduce pain, cope with its effects on daily life, and relax and sleep well. Bring a pillow and mat/blanket to aid relaxation for in-class hypnosis sessions.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence: The Key to High Trust Teams

Class/Workshop

Ninety percent of top performers are high in Emotional Intelligence (also known as EQ). Current research points to EQ being twice as important as IQ in getting to where you want to go in life. Discover how to identify and develop the traits of Emotional Intelligence in order to build high trust teams. You'll leave equipped with skills and practices to enhance, grow, and develop EQ traits in yourself and your team. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Painting from Photographs

Class/Workshop, Photography, Painting

Discover a simple yet magical technique of painting using a favorite photograph as your inspiration. Tracing the projected image of your photograph onto a canvas and then applying non-toxic acrylics, you'll create your very own painting. At course end, you'll leave amazed at your finished work of art and the fun you had creating it. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Design for Non-Designers

Class/Workshop

Whether you're a pro or not, employing design principles is a must when creating effective and engaging publications such as newsletters, web pages, or business identity media. Using Adobe CC, this hands-on introduction to two-dimensional design will cover organizing visual data, using color as a design tool, effectively combining contrasting fonts, and applying design concepts to digital images. Gain the tools to noticeably improve the quality and impact of your visual projects and publications!

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Artist's Toolbox: Perspective

Class/Workshop, Painting, Drawings/Works on Paper

Learn how to use perspective to accurately portray three-dimensional objects onto a two-dimensional surface. Instructor Maria Monks will guide you through multiple exercises as you hone your skills and practice this fundamental technique, all while adding needed depth to your work. Basic painting experience required. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

An easy instrument to master, the music that comes out of this reasonably priced little powerhouse brings smiles and foot-tapping to audiences anytime and anywhere! Join Whatcom County's most exuberant "uke" player Tom Hodge as he gets you started. By course end, you'll be playing your favorite tunes with confidence. Bring your ukulele to class. If you need to buy a ukulele, call Tom Hodge at (360) 393-6391.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Guitar: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Join us for a high-strumming adventure as you learn how to play the guitar! You'll practice beginning guitar chords and learn to play some popular songs. Instructor Tom Hodge is a Bellingham singer/songwriter who loves teaching beginners. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring an acoustic guitar to class.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish I: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Learn basic conversational skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. You'll acquire listening and speaking skills while practicing greetings, introductions, numbers, and other common words and phrases. No textbook required.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Build on your basic French skills in this conversation-based class. In practical, real-life contexts, you'll learn how to use two past tenses (passé composé, imparfait) while increasing your vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Italian for Beginners I

Class/Workshop

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Do you love all things Italian and would enjoy exploring the language and culture? If so, this is the perfect class for you! Instructor Katia Paroczi will introduce you to the language and culture of contemporary Italy. Learn the principles of pronunciation, basic grammar and conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, asking for and understanding directions, purchasing tickets, making hotel reservations, numbers, and more. No textbook required.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Swing Dance

Class/Workshop

Explore the basic steps of single and triple-step swing and experience the versatility of these moves while dancing to a variety of popular music. Partners recommended, but not required or guaranteed. Class fee is for one person. Class does not meet February 8. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Swing Dance--Couples Rate

Class/Workshop

Register for this session to get our couples rate on Swing Dance! Please contact our office at 383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu with partner information. Notes: Class does not meet February 8. Course fee includes partner. Please look over the attached liability and waiver form. You will be required to sign in at the Pavilion front desk prior to each class acknowledging your compliance with this document. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Writing Fiction That Sells with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Are you working on a novel or collection of short stories? Join Brenda Wilbee for seven weeks of fiction-focused instruction, discussion, and guided critique! We'll explore fiction's foundation, anatomy of fiction, the fictional world, tools of the trade, literary devices, common errors, and editing. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer (fiction and nonfiction); she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers find their voice for many years.

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• Thu 2/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Figure Drawing

Class/Workshop

Whether you are a true beginner or a returning student, join this inspiring class and learn to draw what you see...not what you think you see! Using clothed models from all walks of life, local artist Trish Harding will teach the elements of gesture, shape, value, and more to infuse your drawings with dynamism and drama. Work at your own pace as you learn to draw better than you ever thought possible! Notes: For class supply list, please visit: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Fri 2/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop, Ceramics/Pottery

Nurture your creative spirit in this introductory course designed for curious individuals and led by artist Deb McCunn. Drawing on objects that inspire you, you'll follow guided projects such as serving dishes from slabs, a vase or animal from pinching and coils, and more. Or, you're welcome to work with the instructor to set your own goals for personalized hand-built projects. All materials included. Both new and returning students are encouraged to enroll.

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• Fri 2/23/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Experience Opaque Watercolors

Class/Workshop, Painting

With its brilliant color, water-based opaque watercolor ("gouache") is ideal for exploring color and creative approaches to ordinary subject matter. Less technical than traditional watercolor, gouache is an easy medium for beginning painters to learn. Instructor Meredith Moench is a practicing artist with experience in all paint mediums. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Fri 2/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Art History Through Cinema: Frida Kahlo

Class/Workshop, Painting, Film

Frida Kahlo's paintings blend realism with fantasy in bold colors. Kahlo drew from her history--including contracting polio as a child, a near-death accident as a teen, and fraught marriage with painter Diego Rivera--to explore issues of identity in Mexican society. Join us for a look at Kahlo's art--its significance and its place among her contemporaries--after which we'll view the movie Frida (2002). Afterwards, we'll have an open discussion on the film and our understanding of the artist and her art.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Financial Insights for Boomers

Class/Workshop

Gain a clearer understanding of your own economic situation and create a financial future that enhances your well-being in this easy-to-understand class. We'll discuss topics critical to those nearing or currently in retirement, including current and lifelong budgets, reducing expenses, creating income, navigating credit, retirement planning, an overview of types of investments and investing wisely, and much more. Maya Sullivan, MBA, is a former stockbroker, financial analyst, and current entrepreneur, presenting hundreds of seminars on business startups and financial insights.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Floral Design on a Budget

Class/Workshop, Design

If you want to volunteer your floral design skills to service organizations or charities, or if you merely want to know how to stretch your dollars, this hands-on workshop is for you! You'll leave with two arrangements and the know-how to make an arrangement from anything. Bring a sharp knife and pruners if you have them.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ghosts of the Pacific Northwest

Class/Workshop

Join instructor Matthew Thuney and ghost investigator Brian Lee to explore the eerie phenomenon of the spirit world, from the beginnings of our haunted human history to sightings and encounters right here in Whatcom County. We'll delve into some of our civilization's strangest reported experiences with the spectral realm and also discuss some local ghost hunts.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hand-Built Planters for Spring and Beyond

Class/Workshop, Ceramics/Pottery

Artist Rachel Simpson will guide you as you design and create a planter or wall vase out of clay, learning basic hand building skills as you go. Rachel invites all skill levels, including beginners and teens ages 12 and up with a parent, to register. All materials are included in class fee. Finished planters will be available for pick up by March 9.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Home Defense Basics

Class/Workshop

Join Robert Ellsworth, corrections deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, to learn methods for ensuring your personal safety, abiding by state self-defense laws, making any room a safe room, and protecting yourself and loved ones with or without a firearm. Robert will also guide you through hands-on training and defense positioning, while allowing you the chance to handle several self-defense tools. Thirty-minute lunch break provided.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Adventures in Eco-Poetry with Kevin Murphy

Class/Workshop

Eco-poetry is poetry that bears witness to the interrelatedness and interdependence of all elements of the natural world, including human society. Using this perspective, we'll give voice to, and celebrate, non-human intelligence to create poetry that is surprising, lively, and expansive. With new exercises and handouts, this class is for both those who took Kevin's earlier eco-poetry class and those who did not. Kevin Murphy is "poet-in-residence" for the Chuckanut Radio Hour and a 2017 winner of a Bellingham Mayor's Arts Award.

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• Sat 2/24/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Art of Floral Design - Level I

Class/Workshop, Design

Cheryl Jackson, owner of Courtyard Gardens in Everson, will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements as you learn the tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. You'll leave the first class with a stunning centerpiece. All materials for the first class will be supplied. Each remaining session will yield take-home results; supply list for subsequent projects will be discussed at first class. Please bring a sharp knife or pruners.

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• Mon 2/26/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Deep Space, Deep Sea: Creativity and Exploratory Writing with Geoffrey Bankowski

Class/Workshop

Join us for this dynamic course made up of individualized creativity workshops rooted in concentrated, exploratory writing exercises: list making, free association, word play, and extended descriptive exploration. Fascinated with the many applications and benefits of creativity, Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan and has taught writing for more than 20 years.

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• Mon 2/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and has been performing in a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Mon 2/26/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop

Improve your balance, energy level, and health with classical Tai Chi practice. Enjoy learning gentle, graceful movements that will enrich your life. Ralph Perona has been practicing and studying Tai Chi and related arts for over 20 years and welcomes both beginners and continuing students. Wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothes. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple. Class does not meet February 19.

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• Mon 2/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Word 2016 - Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Learn how to properly format your document layouts, fonts, and paragraphs. We'll cover the features of Word 2016, such as the Quick Access ToolBar, Ribbon, Panes, and Galleries. Topics also include using lists, working with images, creating and formatting tables, proofing, saving, and printing. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Mon 2/26/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Getting Started With Illustrator

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

In this introduction to Illustrator CC, you'll learn time-saving tricks for creating sharp and crisp artwork. Discover Illustrator's amazing tracing tool, powerful text editing, and capability to integrate with other Adobe programs such as Flash, Photoshop, and InDesign. Prerequisite: previous experience with editing text, saving, and printing in at least one other application on the Macintosh or PC platform.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Managing Your Digital Passwords with LastPass

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Learn how a password manager like LastPass can save, protect, and automatically enter all your passwords on your computer and mobile device. Also learn how to save usernames, passwords, and important information like insurance policy numbers and driver's license info, and share Lastpass sites with family. Prior to class, create a free account at www.lastpass.com and bring username and password.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sea Treasures Transformed into Mixed-Media

Class/Workshop, Mixed Media

Learn how to transform a blank canvas into a creative work of art showcasing the beauty and treasures of the sea! Instructor Rachel Simpson will teach you valuable painting and mixed-media techniques, including how to create effects such as antiquing, apply texture and layers, and add found objects to your painting. You will take home your very own painting and learn the skills to create even more. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Media Marketing Series--Getting Started with Facebook Ads

Computers/Technology, Social Media, Class/Workshop

Want to achieve better results from your Facebook marketing efforts? Join instructor Jean Layton and learn how to create effective Facebook ads, find the best audience to get better results, and drive more traffic to your business. Jean will discuss budgeting to match your needs, and how to track the results of your marketing campaign. Understanding the basics of managing a Facebook page is strongly recommended. Notes: If you own a laptop or tablet, feel free to bring it to class.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Take Great Photos with Your iPhone

Class/Workshop

You always have your iPhone with you, so why not learn to use its camera and software to its fullest potential? Instructor Mark Turner will share composition and lighting tips to improve your usual point-and-click phone photos. Also learn how to enhance your photos using apps like SnapSeed and Camera+. Mark Turner is a local professional photographer who has taught throughout the Northwest. Bring your charged iPhone to class.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Classes/Clinics, art class, oil painting

Discover how to approach oil painting in a more bold and spontaneous way! This class will cover classic fundamentals of color, design, edges, values, focal points, and paint application using either oils or acrylics. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early! For class supply list click on link in "Notes" below.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Wild Mind Writing with Nancy Canyon

Class/Workshop, Classes/Clinics, writing

Spend three spring evenings discovering the power of "wild mind writing"! Based on Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, this intriguing class frees the mind through a unique practice that eliminates writer's block. Instructor Nancy Canyon will lead new and experienced students through a variety of exercises--rewarding participants with a daily practice-style, fundamentally changing one's writing forever. Ms. Canyon holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has studied with Natalie Goldberg. She invites all curious minds to enroll.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Anyone can do yoga, regardless of tight hamstrings, stiff shoulders, or bad knees! Offered in a nurturing environment, this heart-centered yoga will help increase flexibility, improve strength, and create a greater sense of balance and harmony. We'll explore basic yoga postures that can be adapted to meet your needs, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques. Instructor Susan D'Onofrio has over 30 years' teaching experience and regards yoga as a journey for learning about ourselves. Bring a yoga mat, a dense blanket or thick towel, and two yoga blocks. Class does not meet February 20.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bollywood Dance Blast!

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Throw some spice into your workout in this Bollywood-inspired dance fitness class! Set to some of the hottest music from around the world, Bollywood dance moves blend classical and folk-style Indian dance with Western dance styles. You'll follow along with instructor Riya Paranthan--a trained Bharatnatyam dancer--and learn choreographed dance steps, burn calories, and have a blast doing it! Notes: Class does not meet February 20. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Andalusía: Journey to Southern Spain

Class/Workshop

From the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada to the golden sands of Costa del Sol, the diversity of this beautiful region is not to be missed. Instructor Zachary Scott, who has traveled and lived in Spain, will share important information for travelers, such as where to go, how to get around, and cultural norms to know before you go, as well as discuss southern Spain's rich history and geography.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Boomer Brain Power

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

During this class, you'll learn how to retain and maintain mental acuity, memory retention, and more. We'll focus on the body-brain link and how enhancing this connection helps reduce stress, maintain balance, and increase physical and mental agility. By course end, you'll have gained easy processes for accessing greater brain potential--with ease.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice with Joel Gillman

Classes/Clinics, writing

Create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life--a meaningful practice which will be useful, motivating, and inspiring. Through experiential learning in this intensive course, you'll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Class can facilitate and catalyze progress on any project you wish; be prepared to do out-of-class writing and to have your writing habits challenged. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of "tapping in" for 24 years. Class is held at Fairhaven Village Inn.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Classes/Clinics, Photography

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. In this class we'll explore importing and cataloging images, as well as processing them to bring out their full potential. We'll take a close look at the Library and Develop modules, and output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print. We'll also discuss how Lightroom integrates with other programs, such as Photoshop. This class is lecture/demo, but if you have Lightroom installed on your laptop, feel free to bring it to class.

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• Tue 2/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art of Photography

Photography,Class/Workshop

Whether you use film or digital, learning the basics of photography will enhance the quality of your photos. Instructor Al Sanders will demystify the image-making process as you learn to manipulate aperture and shutter speed to produce perfect exposures. Also explore principles of lighting, composition, color, and more. While the emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. $30 textbook is included in course fee and provided at first session.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs - Couples Rate

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Register for this package to get our couples rate on Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs! Please contact our office at 383-3200 or comed@whatcom.ctc.edu with partner information.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Ballroom dancing is timeless and romantic. Learn the basic steps of the foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, and nightclub slow dancing--a perfect style for a crowded dance floor. Instructor Janice Shepherd will have you gliding across the dance floor in no time. Partners recommended, but not required or guaranteed. Class fee is for one person. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Woven Wall Hangings

Class/Workshop, Textiles

Warm up your décor with a stylish DIY woven wall hanging! Fiber artist Emiko Peterson-Yoon will teach you how to build your own frame loom--to re-use on more projects!--and weave a wall hanging. You'll learn basic techniques, including plain weaving and how to make tassels or fringe on your piece. Bring a pair of scissors, hammer, extra fine Sharpie, and a few different colors of synthetic or natural yarn (light, medium, or bulky). Materials fee of $28 for additional materials payable to instructor at first session.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

French for Beginners

Class/Workshop

Bonjour! In this enjoyable and intensive class, learn basic conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, shopping, making hotel reservations, asking for directions, and more. You'll also learn essential principles of pronunciation and grammar. Instructor Katia Paroczi invites you to join in this introduction to the language and culture of contemporary France. Recommendations for optional texts will be discussed in class.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop,Ceramics/Pottery

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful art--such as bowls, cups, and jars--in clay. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Artist Gene Lewis welcomes beginning and experienced students.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Preparing for the SAT

Class/Workshop

Attention high school juniors and seniors! This course will help you navigate and succeed with all three sections of the SAT: writing, critical reading, and math. Learn important test-taking strategies as you review common trouble areas such as word problems, ratios, geometry, data analysis, linear equations, probability, improving and correcting sentences, developing reading techniques, and preparedness for the SAT essay. SAT textbooks, included in course fee, will be provided at first session. Please arrive 10 minutes early to first session; bring a calculator to class.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Writing Effective Reports & Designing Professional Documents

Class/Workshop

In this interactive workshop, gain strategies for everything from short progress reports in emails to longer project and feasibility reports. Discover approaches to document design that increase readability and professionalism, and learn to write reports that achieve results. We'll also cover the importance of audience and purpose, organization, and sentence-level clarity.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Word 2016 - Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Learn how to properly format your document layouts, fonts, and paragraphs. We'll cover the features of Word 2016, such as the Quick Access ToolBar, Ribbon, Panes, and Galleries. Topics also include using lists, working with images, creating and formatting tables, proofing, saving, and printing. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Wed 2/28/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Getting Started With Illustrator

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

In this introduction to Illustrator CC, you'll learn time-saving tricks for creating sharp and crisp artwork. Discover Illustrator's amazing tracing tool, powerful text editing, and capability to integrate with other Adobe programs such as Flash, Photoshop, and InDesign. Prerequisite: previous experience with editing text, saving, and printing in at least one other application on the Macintosh or PC platform.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

French for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This interactive class is designed for students with little or no experience in French, or for those who want a quick French pick-me-up before an upcoming trip. We'll study pronunciation; greetings; and basic vocabulary for money, time, days of the week, numbers, making reservations, eating out, asking questions about basic needs, and asking for directions. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Tunisian Crochet for Beginners

Class/Workshop, Folk Art/Crafts, Textiles

Tunisian crochet--considered a cross between crochet and knitting--holds multiple loops on the hook, creating a distinctive fabric that appears woven. Learn the basic stitches, increasing, decreasing, joining yarn and changing color, how to read a pattern, and how to seam. You'll leave class equipped to make scarves, hats, blankets, and more! Knowledge of traditional crochet is helpful, but not essential. $11 supply fee payable to instructor at first class.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Leadership Series: Managing a Diverse Workforce I: Self-Examination

Class/Workshop, Business

Join us for this session that prepares leaders by looking within themselves to learn about diversity, racism, privilege, and bias in a non-judgmental, gracious, and affirming environment. This course will benefit organizations by helping leaders to be more aware of self-bias and prejudice, creating an organizational culture of appreciation for diversity and inclusion. Notes: Please bring a laptop, tablet, or phone with wifi to complete an assessment during class.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Artist's Toolbox: Color Theory

Class/Workshop, Painting

Join Maria Monks for this vital two-day workshop geared toward painters of any medium. You'll gain insights on how color works, basic color theory, how to choose a color scheme, and how to mix colors to get exactly what you want. Infuse your paintings with this essential knowledge. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Spanish I: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Learn basic conversational skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. You'll acquire listening and speaking skills while practicing greetings, introductions, numbers, and other common words and phrases. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Guitar: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Join us for a high-strumming adventure as you learn how to play the guitar! You'll practice beginning guitar chords and learn to play some popular songs. Instructor Tom Hodge is a Bellingham singer/songwriter who loves teaching beginners. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring an acoustic guitar to class.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

An easy instrument to master, the music that comes out of this reasonably priced little powerhouse brings smiles and foot-tapping to audiences anytime and anywhere! Join Whatcom County's most exuberant "uke" player Tom Hodge as he gets you started. By course end, you'll be playing your favorite tunes with confidence. Bring your ukulele to class. If you need to buy a ukulele, call Tom Hodge at (360) 393-6391.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Build on your basic French skills in this conversation-based class. In practical, real-life contexts, you'll learn how to use two past tenses (passé composé, imparfait) while increasing your vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Writing Fiction That Sells with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Are you working on a novel or collection of short stories? Join Brenda Wilbee for seven weeks of fiction-focused instruction, discussion, and guided critique! We'll explore fiction's foundation, anatomy of fiction, the fictional world, tools of the trade, literary devices, common errors, and editing. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer (fiction and nonfiction); she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers find their voice for many years.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Italian for Beginners I

Class/Workshop

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Do you love all things Italian and would enjoy exploring the language and culture? If so, this is the perfect class for you! Instructor Katia Paroczi will introduce you to the language and culture of contemporary Italy. Learn the principles of pronunciation, basic grammar and conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, asking for and understanding directions, purchasing tickets, making hotel reservations, numbers, and more. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop,Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class will review and build on the essential Pilates movements from our beginning classes, incorporating more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone the arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat, medium Pilates ball, small towel, and water bottle.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Classes/Clinics, Photography

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. In this class we'll explore importing and cataloging images, as well as processing them to bring out their full potential. We'll take a close look at the Library and Develop modules, and output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print. We'll also discuss how Lightroom integrates with other programs, such as Photoshop. This class is lecture/demo, but if you have Lightroom installed on your laptop, feel free to bring it to class.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Painting from Photographs

Class/Workshop, Photography, Painting

Discover a simple yet magical technique of painting using a favorite photograph as your inspiration. Tracing the projected image of your photograph onto a canvas and then applying non-toxic acrylics, you'll create your very own painting. At course end, you'll leave amazed at your finished work of art and the fun you had creating it. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Fused Glass: Beginning Techniques

Class/Workshop

Gain an understanding of fused glass, and immerse yourself in the creative process by cutting, constructing pieces through bridging and fusing, and firing your projects in the kiln. In the first session, you'll use art glass to create your own suncatcher, while in the second session you'll learn how to use reclaimed window glass to fuse materials between panes of glass to create unique pieces. Class is held at Wandering Oaks Gallery. Please wear closed-toe shoes to class.

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• Thu 3/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop, Ceramics/Pottery

Nurture your creative spirit in this introductory course designed for curious individuals and led by artist Deb McCunn. Drawing on objects that inspire you, you'll follow guided projects such as serving dishes from slabs, a vase or animal from pinching and coils, and more. Or, you're welcome to work with the instructor to set your own goals for personalized hand-built projects. All materials included. Both new and returning students are encouraged to enroll.

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• Fri 3/2/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Experience Opaque Watercolors

Class/Workshop, Painting

With its brilliant color, water-based opaque watercolor ("gouache") is ideal for exploring color and creative approaches to ordinary subject matter. Less technical than traditional watercolor, gouache is an easy medium for beginning painters to learn. Instructor Meredith Moench is a practicing artist with experience in all paint mediums. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Fri 3/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Grant Writing--Level I

Class/Workshop

This content-rich course is designed to dramatically improve your grant writing skills. In this three-part workshop, you'll learn how to research potential funders, analyze their requirements, and assemble the components of grant proposals essential to receiving funding. You'll also gain the tools to write a compelling narrative, create a project budget, and provide accurate reporting so that funders say "yes" again and again. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 3/2/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Drawing the Figure in Motion

Class/Workshop

In the spirit of Toulouse Lautrec who drew cancan dancers and circus performers while in the act of motion, Trish Harding has designed specific drawing exercises that will challenge you to capture movement and dynamics through gestural expression from life. Leave the stiff and inhibited line behind, and prepare to be amazed at what you are capable of in this engaging and joyful drawing class. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Fri 3/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Crop Circles: Washington and Worldwide

Class/Workshop

For centuries, mysterious formations have been appearing on the Earth's surface in everything from fertile fields to frozen lakes. How and why are these patterns made? Are they simply natural manifestations, the machinations of creative human beings, or…messages from beyond? We will look at the history of crop circles (or agriglyphs), explore their most recent occurrences, and study this intriguing puzzle as it has appeared all over the world and right here in Washington state.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grow a Vibrant Vegetable Garden

Class/Workshop, Gardening

Learn how to grow the best-tasting, easiest-to-grow vegetables. Tailored to the beginning gardener, class covers soil preparation, garden location and layout, and seed starting. Gardening expert Debra Olberg will also discuss fertilizers, watering, pest control, and organic options. The seed catalogs are arriving, so now is the time to get started on your prize-winning garden.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mediterranean Switzerland

Class/Workshop

The Swiss Alps meet palm trees in Italian-speaking Ticino, a canton of Switzerland that is just a car ride away from Milan, Italy. Medieval castles, churches, stunning hiking trails weaving up peaks and around lakes--Ticino offers a unique experience that is both quintessentially Swiss, yet not what the average tourist expects. Join Russell Kent, who has lived in Ticino, to learn more about the fascinating geography, history, and his personal experience of Ticino. He'll also share information on lodging, how to get around by bus and train, and the must-see places to visit.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Navigating the World of Credit

Class/Workshop

Learn how to navigate the world of credit in this practical workshop. Maya Sullivan, MBA and former stockbroker, financial analyst, and current entrepreneur, will cover credit scores--why they are important and how to improve them,--reviewing credit reports quarterly, credit cards that pay rewards or cash, setting credit and fraud alerts, the various types of finance charges, obtaining loans, managing credit challenges, becoming debt-free, and avoiding financial sinkholes.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Portuguese Knitting

Class/Workshop, Textiles

Portuguese knitting, or "around the neck knitting," is a simple knitting style that can be good for those with joint pain, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Instructor Janice Shepherd will teach you the basics so that you can go on to knit pain-free. Bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles (straight or circular) and one skein of #4 worsted yarn. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Art of Paper Mosaics

Class/Workshop

Design and create a beautiful mosaic with ease in this fun, innovative class using decorative papers. Instructor Sheryl Allen will show you a simple step-by-step process to easily make a mosaic with stunning results. You'll leave with a marvelous mosaic on a 12" x 12" canvas. $5 materials fee payable to instructor at class. Please bring a pair of sharp scissors.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Writing a Business Plan

Class/Workshop

If you're starting a business or expanding your current enterprise, you need a strong plan to reach your goals. Learn how to create a "living" document to keep your business moving toward your goals and objectives. Also gain resources for market research, marketing strategy, and preparing financial statements. By course end, you'll have an understanding of the essential components of a strong business plan. Instructors are from SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Businesses.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adventures in Eco-Poetry with Kevin Murphy

Class/Workshop

Eco-poetry is poetry that bears witness to the interrelatedness and interdependence of all elements of the natural world, including human society. Using this perspective, we'll give voice to, and celebrate, non-human intelligence to create poetry that is surprising, lively, and expansive. With new exercises and handouts, this class is for both those who took Kevin's earlier eco-poetry class and those who did not. Kevin Murphy is "poet-in-residence" for the Chuckanut Radio Hour and a 2017 winner of a Bellingham Mayor's Arts Award.

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• Sat 3/3/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Art of Floral Design - Level I

Class/Workshop, Design

Cheryl Jackson, owner of Courtyard Gardens in Everson, will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements as you learn the tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. You'll leave the first class with a stunning centerpiece. All materials for the first class will be supplied. Each remaining session will yield take-home results; supply list for subsequent projects will be discussed at first class. Please bring a sharp knife or pruners.

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• Mon 3/5/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Deep Space, Deep Sea: Creativity and Exploratory Writing with Geoffrey Bankowski

Class/Workshop

Join us for this dynamic course made up of individualized creativity workshops rooted in concentrated, exploratory writing exercises: list making, free association, word play, and extended descriptive exploration. Fascinated with the many applications and benefits of creativity, Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan and has taught writing for more than 20 years.

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• Mon 3/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and has been performing in a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Mon 3/5/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

QuickBooks--Level 1

Class/Workshop

In this hands-on beginning course, you will learn the fundamentals of using QuickBooks 2016 Desktop for Windows. Course covers how to properly set up a QuickBooks file, set up the chart of accounts and items, create and use customers and vendors, enter invoices and receive payments, and enter and pay bills, along with using and reconciling bank accounts. Prerequisite: familiarity with Windows. Course does not apply to QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks for Mac. Textbook with 180-day QuickBooks trial software, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Mon 3/5/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop

Improve your balance, energy level, and health with classical Tai Chi practice. Enjoy learning gentle, graceful movements that will enrich your life. Ralph Perona has been practicing and studying Tai Chi and related arts for over 20 years and welcomes both beginners and continuing students. Wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothes. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple. Class does not meet February 19.

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• Mon 3/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Embroidery Hoop Art

Class/Workshop

Learn the art of freehand embroidery with instructor Emiko Peterson-Yoon. Emiko will discuss basic color theory and teach you how to craft a unique freehand embroidery hoop art piece using a variety of stitch types. Leave class with your own completed project, and the skills to create many more in the future. Class is suitable for beginning and experienced students.

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• Mon 3/5/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Take Great Photos with Your iPhone

Class/Workshop

You always have your iPhone with you, so why not learn to use its camera and software to its fullest potential? Instructor Mark Turner will share composition and lighting tips to improve your usual point-and-click phone photos. Also learn how to enhance your photos using apps like SnapSeed and Camera+. Mark Turner is a local professional photographer who has taught throughout the Northwest. Bring your charged iPhone to class.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sea Treasures Transformed into Mixed-Media

Class/Workshop, Mixed Media

Learn how to transform a blank canvas into a creative work of art showcasing the beauty and treasures of the sea! Instructor Rachel Simpson will teach you valuable painting and mixed-media techniques, including how to create effects such as antiquing, apply texture and layers, and add found objects to your painting. You will take home your very own painting and learn the skills to create even more. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Organize Your Digital Life

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Instructor Chris Powell will show you how to get organized using password managers that will keep your account information secure; format bookmarks, websites, and articles concisely; and back up your files. Also discover how to convert paper receipts and bills into digital format, and get all those to-do lists and appointments off scraps of paper and onto your mobile phone or desktop.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Media Marketing Series - Trends and Hot Topics

Class/Workshop, Social Media

The world of social media marketing is an ever-changing landscape that can be challenging to navigate for a busy business! Join instructor Jean Layton for this one-of-a-kind workshop that explores current trends in social media marketing, upcoming and hot new platforms, and the best approach to integrating what's new and effective into your marketing plan.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Traveling in Italy: An Insider's Guide

Class/Workshop

Italy is a favorite travel destination for its history, culture, art, cuisine, and genuine hospitality. This insider's guide will provide practical travel tips, sample itineraries, cultural insights, and a wealth of resources to make your travels easier, more affordable, and especially memorable. Martha Raaka has spent the last ten years exploring Italy, with extended stays in most regions.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ergonomics 101: Arranging Your Work Space for Productivity and Comfort

Class/Workshop

Discover what works well for you and your body as you learn how to arrange your computer, monitor, keyboard, chair, and all the accessories sitting on your desk. In addition, you'll learn basic yet effective exercises you can do at your desk to keep you feeling productive. Instructor Brenda Henoch is WCC's ergonomics consultant, and has been teaching in the Physical Therapist Assistant program for 20 years. Class is held in a computer lab and is hands-on.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Getting Started with InDesign

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Learn to create professional looking newsletters, flyers, posters, and PDF files for the web or commercial printing using InDesign CC. Course will cover the latest techniques for working with text and graphics to create multiple page layouts. Class is applicable to earlier versions of InDesign. Prerequisite: Experience with creating, saving, and editing text using either the PC or Macintosh platform. Previous experience with an Adobe application is recommended.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wild Mind Writing with Nancy Canyon

Class/Workshop, Classes/Clinics, writing

Spend three spring evenings discovering the power of "wild mind writing"! Based on Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, this intriguing class frees the mind through a unique practice that eliminates writer's block. Instructor Nancy Canyon will lead new and experienced students through a variety of exercises--rewarding participants with a daily practice-style, fundamentally changing one's writing forever. Ms. Canyon holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has studied with Natalie Goldberg. She invites all curious minds to enroll.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Classes/Clinics, art class, oil painting

Discover how to approach oil painting in a more bold and spontaneous way! This class will cover classic fundamentals of color, design, edges, values, focal points, and paint application using either oils or acrylics. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early! For class supply list click on link in "Notes" below.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Anyone can do yoga, regardless of tight hamstrings, stiff shoulders, or bad knees! Offered in a nurturing environment, this heart-centered yoga will help increase flexibility, improve strength, and create a greater sense of balance and harmony. We'll explore basic yoga postures that can be adapted to meet your needs, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques. Instructor Susan D'Onofrio has over 30 years' teaching experience and regards yoga as a journey for learning about ourselves. Bring a yoga mat, a dense blanket or thick towel, and two yoga blocks. Class does not meet February 20.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bollywood Dance Blast!

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Throw some spice into your workout in this Bollywood-inspired dance fitness class! Set to some of the hottest music from around the world, Bollywood dance moves blend classical and folk-style Indian dance with Western dance styles. You'll follow along with instructor Riya Paranthan--a trained Bharatnatyam dancer--and learn choreographed dance steps, burn calories, and have a blast doing it! Notes: Class does not meet February 20. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice with Joel Gillman

Classes/Clinics, writing

Create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life--a meaningful practice which will be useful, motivating, and inspiring. Through experiential learning in this intensive course, you'll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Class can facilitate and catalyze progress on any project you wish; be prepared to do out-of-class writing and to have your writing habits challenged. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of "tapping in" for 24 years. Class is held at Fairhaven Village Inn.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boomer Brain Power

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

During this class, you'll learn how to retain and maintain mental acuity, memory retention, and more. We'll focus on the body-brain link and how enhancing this connection helps reduce stress, maintain balance, and increase physical and mental agility. By course end, you'll have gained easy processes for accessing greater brain potential--with ease.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Classes/Clinics, Photography

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. In this class we'll explore importing and cataloging images, as well as processing them to bring out their full potential. We'll take a close look at the Library and Develop modules, and output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print. We'll also discuss how Lightroom integrates with other programs, such as Photoshop. This class is lecture/demo, but if you have Lightroom installed on your laptop, feel free to bring it to class.

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• Tue 3/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art of Photography

Photography,Class/Workshop

Whether you use film or digital, learning the basics of photography will enhance the quality of your photos. Instructor Al Sanders will demystify the image-making process as you learn to manipulate aperture and shutter speed to produce perfect exposures. Also explore principles of lighting, composition, color, and more. While the emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. $30 textbook is included in course fee and provided at first session.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Ballroom dancing is timeless and romantic. Learn the basic steps of the foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, and nightclub slow dancing--a perfect style for a crowded dance floor. Instructor Janice Shepherd will have you gliding across the dance floor in no time. Partners recommended, but not required or guaranteed. Class fee is for one person. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs - Couples Rate

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Register for this package to get our couples rate on Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs! Please contact our office at 383-3200 or comed@whatcom.ctc.edu with partner information.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Woven Wall Hangings

Class/Workshop, Textiles

Warm up your décor with a stylish DIY woven wall hanging! Fiber artist Emiko Peterson-Yoon will teach you how to build your own frame loom--to re-use on more projects!--and weave a wall hanging. You'll learn basic techniques, including plain weaving and how to make tassels or fringe on your piece. Bring a pair of scissors, hammer, extra fine Sharpie, and a few different colors of synthetic or natural yarn (light, medium, or bulky). Materials fee of $28 for additional materials payable to instructor at first session.

Information:

• Wed 3/7/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

French for Beginners

Class/Workshop

Bonjour! In this enjoyable and intensive class, learn basic conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, shopping, making hotel reservations, asking for directions, and more. You'll also learn essential principles of pronunciation and grammar. Instructor Katia Paroczi invites you to join in this introduction to the language and culture of contemporary France. Recommendations for optional texts will be discussed in class.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop,Ceramics/Pottery

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful art--such as bowls, cups, and jars--in clay. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Artist Gene Lewis welcomes beginning and experienced students.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QuickBooks--Level 1

Class/Workshop

In this hands-on beginning course, you will learn the fundamentals of using QuickBooks 2016 Desktop for Windows. Course covers how to properly set up a QuickBooks file, set up the chart of accounts and items, create and use customers and vendors, enter invoices and receive payments, and enter and pay bills, along with using and reconciling bank accounts. Prerequisite: familiarity with Windows. Course does not apply to QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks for Mac. Textbook with 180-day QuickBooks trial software, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Preparing for the SAT

Class/Workshop

Attention high school juniors and seniors! This course will help you navigate and succeed with all three sections of the SAT: writing, critical reading, and math. Learn important test-taking strategies as you review common trouble areas such as word problems, ratios, geometry, data analysis, linear equations, probability, improving and correcting sentences, developing reading techniques, and preparedness for the SAT essay. SAT textbooks, included in course fee, will be provided at first session. Please arrive 10 minutes early to first session; bring a calculator to class.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Introduction to Adobe Acrobat

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join instructor Dawn Groves to learn the basics of Adobe Acrobat Pro. You'll learn what a Portable Document Format (PDF) is and discover the difference between Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Class also covers the menus and panels, working with pages, combining PDFs, creating PDFs from other programs, how to print to PDF format, and how to create portfolios. Basic computer skills and familiarity with Windows required.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Writing to Inspire with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

If you've ever read a story of hope, struggle and triumph, or the fulfillment of a promise that resonated with you, you know what it feels like to be touched by inspirational writing. Through moving examples and exercises, we'll explore and practice ways to create writing that can inspire others, raise spirits, and connect with hearts. Roby Blecker has been writing for Guideposts for 20 years.

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• Wed 3/7/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Artist's Toolbox: Color Theory

Class/Workshop, Painting

Join Maria Monks for this vital two-day workshop geared toward painters of any medium. You'll gain insights on how color works, basic color theory, how to choose a color scheme, and how to mix colors to get exactly what you want. Infuse your paintings with this essential knowledge. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Getting Started with InDesign

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Learn to create professional looking newsletters, flyers, posters, and PDF files for the web or commercial printing using InDesign CC. Course will cover the latest techniques for working with text and graphics to create multiple page layouts. Class is applicable to earlier versions of InDesign. Prerequisite: Experience with creating, saving, and editing text using either the PC or Macintosh platform. Previous experience with an Adobe application is recommended.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

French for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This interactive class is designed for students with little or no experience in French, or for those who want a quick French pick-me-up before an upcoming trip. We'll study pronunciation; greetings; and basic vocabulary for money, time, days of the week, numbers, making reservations, eating out, asking questions about basic needs, and asking for directions. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Tunisian Crochet for Beginners

Class/Workshop, Folk Art/Crafts, Textiles

Tunisian crochet--considered a cross between crochet and knitting--holds multiple loops on the hook, creating a distinctive fabric that appears woven. Learn the basic stitches, increasing, decreasing, joining yarn and changing color, how to read a pattern, and how to seam. You'll leave class equipped to make scarves, hats, blankets, and more! Knowledge of traditional crochet is helpful, but not essential. $11 supply fee payable to instructor at first class.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Guitar: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Join us for a high-strumming adventure as you learn how to play the guitar! You'll practice beginning guitar chords and learn to play some popular songs. Instructor Tom Hodge is a Bellingham singer/songwriter who loves teaching beginners. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring an acoustic guitar to class.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish I: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Learn basic conversational skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. You'll acquire listening and speaking skills while practicing greetings, introductions, numbers, and other common words and phrases. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

An easy instrument to master, the music that comes out of this reasonably priced little powerhouse brings smiles and foot-tapping to audiences anytime and anywhere! Join Whatcom County's most exuberant "uke" player Tom Hodge as he gets you started. By course end, you'll be playing your favorite tunes with confidence. Bring your ukulele to class. If you need to buy a ukulele, call Tom Hodge at (360) 393-6391.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Build on your basic French skills in this conversation-based class. In practical, real-life contexts, you'll learn how to use two past tenses (passé composé, imparfait) while increasing your vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Italian for Beginners I

Class/Workshop

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Do you love all things Italian and would enjoy exploring the language and culture? If so, this is the perfect class for you! Instructor Katia Paroczi will introduce you to the language and culture of contemporary Italy. Learn the principles of pronunciation, basic grammar and conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, asking for and understanding directions, purchasing tickets, making hotel reservations, numbers, and more. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Writing Fiction That Sells with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Are you working on a novel or collection of short stories? Join Brenda Wilbee for seven weeks of fiction-focused instruction, discussion, and guided critique! We'll explore fiction's foundation, anatomy of fiction, the fictional world, tools of the trade, literary devices, common errors, and editing. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer (fiction and nonfiction); she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers find their voice for many years.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop,Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class will review and build on the essential Pilates movements from our beginning classes, incorporating more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone the arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat, medium Pilates ball, small towel, and water bottle.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Classes/Clinics, Photography

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. In this class we'll explore importing and cataloging images, as well as processing them to bring out their full potential. We'll take a close look at the Library and Develop modules, and output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print. We'll also discuss how Lightroom integrates with other programs, such as Photoshop. This class is lecture/demo, but if you have Lightroom installed on your laptop, feel free to bring it to class.

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Painting from Photographs

Class/Workshop, Photography, Painting

Discover a simple yet magical technique of painting using a favorite photograph as your inspiration. Tracing the projected image of your photograph onto a canvas and then applying non-toxic acrylics, you'll create your very own painting. At course end, you'll leave amazed at your finished work of art and the fun you had creating it. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Thu 3/8/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop, Ceramics/Pottery

Nurture your creative spirit in this introductory course designed for curious individuals and led by artist Deb McCunn. Drawing on objects that inspire you, you'll follow guided projects such as serving dishes from slabs, a vase or animal from pinching and coils, and more. Or, you're welcome to work with the instructor to set your own goals for personalized hand-built projects. All materials included. Both new and returning students are encouraged to enroll.

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• Fri 3/9/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Experience Opaque Watercolors

Class/Workshop, Painting

With its brilliant color, water-based opaque watercolor ("gouache") is ideal for exploring color and creative approaches to ordinary subject matter. Less technical than traditional watercolor, gouache is an easy medium for beginning painters to learn. Instructor Meredith Moench is a practicing artist with experience in all paint mediums. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Fri 3/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Drawing the Figure in Motion

Class/Workshop

In the spirit of Toulouse Lautrec who drew cancan dancers and circus performers while in the act of motion, Trish Harding has designed specific drawing exercises that will challenge you to capture movement and dynamics through gestural expression from life. Leave the stiff and inhibited line behind, and prepare to be amazed at what you are capable of in this engaging and joyful drawing class. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Fri 3/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

An Artist's Business Guide

Class/Workshop, Business

Artist Trish Harding will walk you through the steps of the business side of your art making. Geared toward all artists in any medium (2D and 3D), class covers selecting a cohesive body of work and writing a captivating artist statement and succinct resume. Also learn tips to ID, document, and catalogue your work; explore venue options from coffee shops to gallery competitions to juried shows; and learn fiscal aspects including pricing guidelines, completing sales transactions, and more.

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• Fri 3/9/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grant Writing--Level I

Class/Workshop

This content-rich course is designed to dramatically improve your grant writing skills. In this three-part workshop, you'll learn how to research potential funders, analyze their requirements, and assemble the components of grant proposals essential to receiving funding. You'll also gain the tools to write a compelling narrative, create a project budget, and provide accurate reporting so that funders say "yes" again and again. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 3/9/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

10 Traits for Entrepreneurial Success

Class/Workshop, Business

Inner characteristics--not outward persona--are what help an individual be successful. You can learn to be profitably self-employed provided you are passionate about your business and acquire the attributes necessary to achieve your dream. We'll explore ten traits and strengths that help entrepreneurs, including financial realism, passion, prudent decision-making, and more.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Art History Through Cinema: Johannes Vermeer

Class/Workshop, Painting, Film, Art Talk

Johannes Vermeer is known as 'the master of Dutch light.' Vermeer's ordinary subject matter were made extraordinary with his use of color and creation of light and shadow. Join us for a look at Vermeer's art--its significance and its place among his contemporaries--after which we'll view the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). Afterwards, we'll have an open discussion on the film and our understanding of the artist and his art. Event location: Heiner 208.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Creative Dreaming: An Introduction

Class/Workshop

Unleash the creativity and healing power of your dreams. We'll cover how to suggest positive changes to your dreams, "redreaming" while awake, and discover how quickly your dreams will respond. Increase the powerful connection between your self-confidence in dreams and the new confidence you see and feel in your waking life. No need to remember your dreams to fully participate. Notes: Bring a notebook and pen.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Energy Types: Personality, Chakras, and Balance

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

This class, based on instructor Maureen Kelly's book "Energy Types," will make you aware of the personality characteristics that make us unique and how the application of specific energy practices and modalities can support these traits for optimum health. Join Maureen and learn how to utilize this knowledge to celebrate strengths and reestablish equilibrium--emotionally as well as physically--through breath work, yoga, sound, and acupressure. Optional materials will be available for purchase in class.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

First Time France

Class/Workshop

Professional travel consultant Blake Lieberman will discuss basic trip planning, including where and when to go, how to travel in France, and how to visit without busting your budget. You'll gain a basic sense of France's geography to help you decide just where you want to go as Blake leads you through an exploration of Paris and the cultural, historic, and scenic areas beyond the City of Lights.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Master the Journey of Change

Class/Workshop

Change affects everyone differently, yet change is a predictable process with definite and timely steps. How you approach this process will determine how change affects you. Join this informative workshop on how you can take control of your life during times of transition, including how to use fear as a tool, increase your energy, optimize your own abilities and direction, and more. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Photoshop Elements--Introduction

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Photography

Take your first step in learning the basics of editing a digital photograph using the Quick Edit and Full (or Expert) Edit features in Photoshop Elements (versions 4-14). Course includes an overview of the software's tools: resizing, printing, and saving images; quickly fixing contrast and color problems; an explanation of resolution and picture formats; and a brief introduction to layers. Familiarity with Windows is strongly recommended. 30-minute lunch break provided.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Portrait Painting

Class/Workshop

A good portrait gives the viewer an intimate look at who that person is through the lens of the artist. Join artist Trish Harding for easel-to-easel instruction in this welcoming workshop as you paint a portrait using a photo of your choice in either oils or acrylics, and learn how to capture the likeness and essence of your subject. Bring a sack lunch. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Adventures in Eco-Poetry with Kevin Murphy

Class/Workshop

Eco-poetry is poetry that bears witness to the interrelatedness and interdependence of all elements of the natural world, including human society. Using this perspective, we'll give voice to, and celebrate, non-human intelligence to create poetry that is surprising, lively, and expansive. With new exercises and handouts, this class is for both those who took Kevin's earlier eco-poetry class and those who did not. Kevin Murphy is "poet-in-residence" for the Chuckanut Radio Hour and a 2017 winner of a Bellingham Mayor's Arts Award.

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• Sat 3/10/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Art of Floral Design - Level I

Class/Workshop, Design

Cheryl Jackson, owner of Courtyard Gardens in Everson, will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements as you learn the tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. You'll leave the first class with a stunning centerpiece. All materials for the first class will be supplied. Each remaining session will yield take-home results; supply list for subsequent projects will be discussed at first class. Please bring a sharp knife or pruners.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Deep Space, Deep Sea: Creativity and Exploratory Writing with Geoffrey Bankowski

Class/Workshop

Join us for this dynamic course made up of individualized creativity workshops rooted in concentrated, exploratory writing exercises: list making, free association, word play, and extended descriptive exploration. Fascinated with the many applications and benefits of creativity, Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan and has taught writing for more than 20 years.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and has been performing in a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

QuickBooks--Level 1

Class/Workshop

In this hands-on beginning course, you will learn the fundamentals of using QuickBooks 2016 Desktop for Windows. Course covers how to properly set up a QuickBooks file, set up the chart of accounts and items, create and use customers and vendors, enter invoices and receive payments, and enter and pay bills, along with using and reconciling bank accounts. Prerequisite: familiarity with Windows. Course does not apply to QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks for Mac. Textbook with 180-day QuickBooks trial software, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop

Improve your balance, energy level, and health with classical Tai Chi practice. Enjoy learning gentle, graceful movements that will enrich your life. Ralph Perona has been practicing and studying Tai Chi and related arts for over 20 years and welcomes both beginners and continuing students. Wear comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothes. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple. Class does not meet February 19.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Elder Care Options--Help When You Need It

Class/Workshop

Some day you may find yourself needing care or caring for a loved one. Debbie Gann, director of Home Attendant Care, uses her 25+ years' experience to explain the support options available and discuss transportation, nutritional and medical services, in-home care, and the costs and role of Medicare, Medicaid, and other funding options. The first night will focus on developing a team of support services to allow individuals to remain in their own homes, while the second class will review alternative living situations and how to make a smooth transition for everyone involved.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

¿Hablas español? If you are planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, then join this dynamic class to learn how to converse with ease. You'll learn to introduce yourself, greet others, and practice arranging travel, ordering food, and asking for directions. Each class will include useful sayings and travel tips. Come prepared to laugh and play language games that foster confidence to speak en español!

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Travel Photography: Capturing Unforgettable Moments

Class/Workshop, Photography

Learn how to see the world like a photographer, discover the best camera and lens choices for travel, how to compose your shot, use light creatively, and tips for shooting architecture, museums, environmental portraits, and more. We'll take pictures around Whatcom's campus for practice, so dress for the weather. Class is designed for digital camera users, either SLR or point-and-shoot cameras. Bring your camera, manual, and an extra battery. Prerequisite: a beginning camera class or solid knowledge of your camera's functions.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Outlook Essentials: Effective Email Management

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Microsoft Outlook is used primarily as an email application, but it has many additional features including calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, a journal, and web browsing. Learn how to utilize these features, including email and calendar options, appointments and meetings, what "events" are and how to set them up, and more. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Embroidery Hoop Art

Class/Workshop

Learn the art of freehand embroidery with instructor Emiko Peterson-Yoon. Emiko will discuss basic color theory and teach you how to craft a unique freehand embroidery hoop art piece using a variety of stitch types. Leave class with your own completed project, and the skills to create many more in the future. Class is suitable for beginning and experienced students.

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• Mon 3/12/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Take Great Photos with Your iPhone

Class/Workshop

You always have your iPhone with you, so why not learn to use its camera and software to its fullest potential? Instructor Mark Turner will share composition and lighting tips to improve your usual point-and-click phone photos. Also learn how to enhance your photos using apps like SnapSeed and Camera+. Mark Turner is a local professional photographer who has taught throughout the Northwest. Bring your charged iPhone to class.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sea Treasures Transformed into Mixed-Media

Class/Workshop, Mixed Media

Learn how to transform a blank canvas into a creative work of art showcasing the beauty and treasures of the sea! Instructor Rachel Simpson will teach you valuable painting and mixed-media techniques, including how to create effects such as antiquing, apply texture and layers, and add found objects to your painting. You will take home your very own painting and learn the skills to create even more. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Media Marketing Series--Timesaving Tools

Class/Workshop, Social Media

Now that you are using various social media platforms to market your business, you need tools that will save you time, help you perform your daily tasks more efficiently, and make your job easier. Join Dr. Jean Layton and learn about cutting edge tools like FlipBoard, Hootsuite, If This Then That, and Crowdfire. You'll also create a strategy in class that will help amplify your social media presence, boost your productivity, and increase your effectiveness.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Introduction to Online Security

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join instructor Chris Powell and learn how to navigate the waters of online security. In this workshop, you'll explore the elements of a strong password, the difference between a virus and malware, how to identify "phishing" emails, and gain valuable tips to keep your information private. Chris will also recommend software for keeping your computer safe and provide strategies for protecting your mobile phone.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Italian for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This condensed introduction to Italian is for students with little or no experience in Italian who would like to communicate better while travelling in Italy. We'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, time, numbers, days of the week, asking important questions for situations such as buying tickets for transportation, ordering in a restaurant, shopping at markets, and more. Also gain some important insights about Italian culture and etiquette.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Anyone can do yoga, regardless of tight hamstrings, stiff shoulders, or bad knees! Offered in a nurturing environment, this heart-centered yoga will help increase flexibility, improve strength, and create a greater sense of balance and harmony. We'll explore basic yoga postures that can be adapted to meet your needs, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques. Instructor Susan D'Onofrio has over 30 years' teaching experience and regards yoga as a journey for learning about ourselves. Bring a yoga mat, a dense blanket or thick towel, and two yoga blocks. Class does not meet February 20.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bollywood Dance Blast!

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Throw some spice into your workout in this Bollywood-inspired dance fitness class! Set to some of the hottest music from around the world, Bollywood dance moves blend classical and folk-style Indian dance with Western dance styles. You'll follow along with instructor Riya Paranthan--a trained Bharatnatyam dancer--and learn choreographed dance steps, burn calories, and have a blast doing it! Notes: Class does not meet February 20. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Boomer Brain Power

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

During this class, you'll learn how to retain and maintain mental acuity, memory retention, and more. We'll focus on the body-brain link and how enhancing this connection helps reduce stress, maintain balance, and increase physical and mental agility. By course end, you'll have gained easy processes for accessing greater brain potential--with ease.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice with Joel Gillman

Classes/Clinics, writing

Create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life--a meaningful practice which will be useful, motivating, and inspiring. Through experiential learning in this intensive course, you'll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Class can facilitate and catalyze progress on any project you wish; be prepared to do out-of-class writing and to have your writing habits challenged. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of "tapping in" for 24 years. Class is held at Fairhaven Village Inn.

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• Tue 3/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs - Couples Rate

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Register for this package to get our couples rate on Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs! Please contact our office at 383-3200 or comed@whatcom.ctc.edu with partner information.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

Ballroom dancing is timeless and romantic. Learn the basic steps of the foxtrot, waltz, rhumba, and nightclub slow dancing--a perfect style for a crowded dance floor. Instructor Janice Shepherd will have you gliding across the dance floor in no time. Partners recommended, but not required or guaranteed. Class fee is for one person. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

The Art of Photography

Photography,Class/Workshop

Whether you use film or digital, learning the basics of photography will enhance the quality of your photos. Instructor Al Sanders will demystify the image-making process as you learn to manipulate aperture and shutter speed to produce perfect exposures. Also explore principles of lighting, composition, color, and more. While the emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. $30 textbook is included in course fee and provided at first session.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

French for Beginners

Class/Workshop

Bonjour! In this enjoyable and intensive class, learn basic conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, shopping, making hotel reservations, asking for directions, and more. You'll also learn essential principles of pronunciation and grammar. Instructor Katia Paroczi invites you to join in this introduction to the language and culture of contemporary France. Recommendations for optional texts will be discussed in class.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

QuickBooks--Level 1

Class/Workshop

In this hands-on beginning course, you will learn the fundamentals of using QuickBooks 2016 Desktop for Windows. Course covers how to properly set up a QuickBooks file, set up the chart of accounts and items, create and use customers and vendors, enter invoices and receive payments, and enter and pay bills, along with using and reconciling bank accounts. Prerequisite: familiarity with Windows. Course does not apply to QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks for Mac. Textbook with 180-day QuickBooks trial software, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop,Ceramics/Pottery

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful art--such as bowls, cups, and jars--in clay. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Artist Gene Lewis welcomes beginning and experienced students.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Modern Quilting

Class/Workshop

Instructor Jess Flegel will guide you through measuring and cutting, piecing, basting, quilting, and binding. Learn what makes a quilt "modern," color and pattern selection, and helpful tips for creating your own original quilts. By course end, you'll have assembled a simple quilt top, basted your quilt, and have the skills to add the finishing touches. Bring your sewing machine to class and visit whatcomcommunityed.com for supply list. Prerequisite: basic sewing skills and working knowledge of your sewing machine.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Outlook Essentials: Effective Email Management

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Microsoft Outlook is used primarily as an email application, but it has many additional features including calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking, a journal, and web browsing. Learn how to utilize these features, including email and calendar options, appointments and meetings, what "events" are and how to set them up, and more. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

¿Hablas español? If you are planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, then join this dynamic class to learn how to converse with ease. You'll learn to introduce yourself, greet others, and practice arranging travel, ordering food, and asking for directions. Each class will include useful sayings and travel tips. Come prepared to laugh and play language games that foster confidence to speak en español!

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elder Care Options--Help When You Need It

Class/Workshop

Some day you may find yourself needing care or caring for a loved one. Debbie Gann, director of Home Attendant Care, uses her 25+ years' experience to explain the support options available and discuss transportation, nutritional and medical services, in-home care, and the costs and role of Medicare, Medicaid, and other funding options. The first night will focus on developing a team of support services to allow individuals to remain in their own homes, while the second class will review alternative living situations and how to make a smooth transition for everyone involved.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Writing to Inspire with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

If you've ever read a story of hope, struggle and triumph, or the fulfillment of a promise that resonated with you, you know what it feels like to be touched by inspirational writing. Through moving examples and exercises, we'll explore and practice ways to create writing that can inspire others, raise spirits, and connect with hearts. Roby Blecker has been writing for Guideposts for 20 years.

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• Wed 3/14/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

French for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This interactive class is designed for students with little or no experience in French, or for those who want a quick French pick-me-up before an upcoming trip. We'll study pronunciation; greetings; and basic vocabulary for money, time, days of the week, numbers, making reservations, eating out, asking questions about basic needs, and asking for directions. No textbook required.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Tunisian Crochet for Beginners

Class/Workshop, Folk Art/Crafts, Textiles

Tunisian crochet--considered a cross between crochet and knitting--holds multiple loops on the hook, creating a distinctive fabric that appears woven. Learn the basic stitches, increasing, decreasing, joining yarn and changing color, how to read a pattern, and how to seam. You'll leave class equipped to make scarves, hats, blankets, and more! Knowledge of traditional crochet is helpful, but not essential. $11 supply fee payable to instructor at first class.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Experience Ireland: Along the Atlantic Coast

Class/Workshop

Spend an evening with Susan Colleen Browne, author of four novels set in the west of Ireland, and explore Ireland's scenic Atlantic coastline as you visit world-famous sites and those off the beaten track. Discover Ireland's traditional heritage meandering along village lanes, as well as experience lively Irish city life, and receive helpful travel tips.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Leadership Series: Enhance Your Professional Image: Making Your Best Impression

Class/Workshop

Your professional image can make the difference between advancing or stalling your career. Boost your confidence while learning how to make the most of every networking opportunity, interview, and meeting. Gain listening and speaking techniques, tips for reading body language and conversing easily, and the unspoken rules of etiquette that allow you to fit in anywhere. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Artist's Toolbox: Composition

Class/Workshop

Composition, the arrangement of visual elements in a work of art, is a fundamental tool for artists. Discover essential steps for "building" a painting, including focal points, center of interest, direction lines, basic elements of design, along with ideas on how to make your paintings cohesive and attract--and keep--a viewer's attention. Basic painting experience required. Supply list: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Unleashing Innovation in Meetings

Class/Workshop, Business

Molly Ware will discuss practical strategies you can use immediately to unleash innovation in meetings. You'll leave with the tools to facilitate dynamic meetings that leave participants feeling energized and ready to take on complex challenges together. Notes: Feel free to bring a sack lunch. Prior to class, please take this brief survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/V566CVM

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Creative Article: Quickest Way To Publication with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

This three-part workshop on writing the creative article includes exploration of twelve article types, seven blueprints for structure, and fictional techniques that enliven nonfiction. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer (fiction and nonfiction); she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers find their voice for many years.

Information:

• Thu 3/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

An easy instrument to master, the music that comes out of this reasonably priced little powerhouse brings smiles and foot-tapping to audiences anytime and anywhere! Join Whatcom County's most exuberant "uke" player Tom Hodge as he gets you started. By course end, you'll be playing your favorite tunes with confidence. Bring your ukulele to class. If you need to buy a ukulele, call Tom Hodge at (360) 393-6391.

Information:

• Thu 3/15/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish I: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Learn basic conversational skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. You'll acquire listening and speaking skills while practicing greetings, introductions, numbers, and other common words and phrases. No textbook required.

Information:

• Thu 3/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Guitar: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Join us for a high-strumming adventure as you learn how to play the guitar! You'll practice beginning guitar chords and learn to play some popular songs. Instructor Tom Hodge is a Bellingham singer/songwriter who loves teaching beginners. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring an acoustic guitar to class.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Build on your basic French skills in this conversation-based class. In practical, real-life contexts, you'll learn how to use two past tenses (passé composé, imparfait) while increasing your vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission.

Information:

• Thu 3/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Italian for Beginners I

Class/Workshop

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Do you love all things Italian and would enjoy exploring the language and culture? If so, this is the perfect class for you! Instructor Katia Paroczi will introduce you to the language and culture of contemporary Italy. Learn the principles of pronunciation, basic grammar and conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, asking for and understanding directions, purchasing tickets, making hotel reservations, numbers, and more. No textbook required.

Information:

• Thu 3/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Painting from Photographs

Class/Workshop, Photography, Painting

Discover a simple yet magical technique of painting using a favorite photograph as your inspiration. Tracing the projected image of your photograph onto a canvas and then applying non-toxic acrylics, you'll create your very own painting. At course end, you'll leave amazed at your finished work of art and the fun you had creating it. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop,Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class will review and build on the essential Pilates movements from our beginning classes, incorporating more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone the arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat, medium Pilates ball, small towel, and water bottle.

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• Thu 3/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Experience Opaque Watercolors

Class/Workshop, Painting

With its brilliant color, water-based opaque watercolor ("gouache") is ideal for exploring color and creative approaches to ordinary subject matter. Less technical than traditional watercolor, gouache is an easy medium for beginning painters to learn. Instructor Meredith Moench is a practicing artist with experience in all paint mediums. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

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• Fri 3/16/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workplace Harassment Training for Supervisors

Class/Workshop

Since supervisors are the first line of defense and the primary source of liability for workplace harassment, training for supervisors and managers is imperative. Join us for this workshop geared toward supervisors and managers, and learn what you can and must do to prevent or eliminate illegal workplace harassment and protect your employer from claims and lawsuits.

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• Fri 3/16/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Drawing the Figure in Motion

Class/Workshop

In the spirit of Toulouse Lautrec who drew cancan dancers and circus performers while in the act of motion, Trish Harding has designed specific drawing exercises that will challenge you to capture movement and dynamics through gestural expression from life. Leave the stiff and inhibited line behind, and prepare to be amazed at what you are capable of in this engaging and joyful drawing class. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

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• Fri 3/16/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Grant Writing--Level I

Class/Workshop

This content-rich course is designed to dramatically improve your grant writing skills. In this three-part workshop, you'll learn how to research potential funders, analyze their requirements, and assemble the components of grant proposals essential to receiving funding. You'll also gain the tools to write a compelling narrative, create a project budget, and provide accurate reporting so that funders say "yes" again and again. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 3/16/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

An Artist's Business Guide

Class/Workshop, Business

Artist Trish Harding will walk you through the steps of the business side of your art making. Geared toward all artists in any medium (2D and 3D), class covers selecting a cohesive body of work and writing a captivating artist statement and succinct resume. Also learn tips to ID, document, and catalogue your work; explore venue options from coffee shops to gallery competitions to juried shows; and learn fiscal aspects including pricing guidelines, completing sales transactions, and more.

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• Fri 3/16/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

British Footpaths: Saint Swithun's Way

Class/Workshop

Explore Winchester, England's capital until the 14th century, and visit the most famous battle of the English Civil War as you learn about this charming walk. Saint Swithun's Way crosses through the heart of England's countryside with thatched cottages, well-tended flower gardens, and quiet hedgerow-lined lanes. Learn how to walk independently, find friendly B & Bs, and travel at such a reasonable price you'll want to return again and again.

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• Sat 3/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Freezing Time: Intro to High-Speed Photography

Class/Workshop, Photography

Join local photographer Carol Sheppard for this advanced photography course, and learn the skills needed to stop time with your camera lens, capture images of fast moving objects, and create incredible works of high-speed photographic art. Bring a camera capable of manual settings, and a tripod (if you have one), cable release, and flash are optional but recommended. Prerequisite: thorough knowledge of your camera's operation.

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• Sat 3/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Warm Up with Writing with Jay S. Nahani

Class/Workshop

People say the best way to survive Pacific Northwest winters is to escape to sunnier climes. What if we could warm up simply by coming together to write? Bring a writing project idea, or be inspired by thoughtfully selected prompts, and see what unfolds in a welcoming, supportive setting. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Sat 3/17/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Massage for Headaches

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

This class will introduce massage treatment for the two most common types of headaches--tension and migraine. You'll learn which people are prone to these headaches and treatment protocols for each type. Massage techniques explored in this class include acupressure points, trigger points, myofascial release, manual lymph drainage, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy. Notes: Please bring a set of sheets to class. This class is intended for licensed healthcare professionals; credentials will be verified prior to class.

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• Sun 3/18/18 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Organize Your Work with OneNote

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Increase your productivity with Microsoft OneNote, a free digital notebook for capturing and storing important information at work or home. OneNote will save, organize, search, and share your saved notes, websites, emails, voice recordings, images, and more. Learn to create notebooks--both personal and shared--with a variety of elements such as text, pictures, and audio. Familiarity with Windows required.

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• Mon 3/19/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

¿Hablas español? If you are planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, then join this dynamic class to learn how to converse with ease. You'll learn to introduce yourself, greet others, and practice arranging travel, ordering food, and asking for directions. Each class will include useful sayings and travel tips. Come prepared to laugh and play language games that foster confidence to speak en español!

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• Mon 3/19/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Embroidery Hoop Art

Class/Workshop

Learn the art of freehand embroidery with instructor Emiko Peterson-Yoon. Emiko will discuss basic color theory and teach you how to craft a unique freehand embroidery hoop art piece using a variety of stitch types. Leave class with your own completed project, and the skills to create many more in the future. Class is suitable for beginning and experienced students.

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• Mon 3/19/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Art of Floral Design - Level I

Class/Workshop, Design

Cheryl Jackson, owner of Courtyard Gardens in Everson, will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements as you learn the tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. You'll leave the first class with a stunning centerpiece. All materials for the first class will be supplied. Each remaining session will yield take-home results; supply list for subsequent projects will be discussed at first class. Please bring a sharp knife or pruners.

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• Mon 3/19/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and has been performing in a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. No hard heeled shoes are permitted other than leather-soled heels.

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• Mon 3/19/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

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• Tue 3/20/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Anyone can do yoga, regardless of tight hamstrings, stiff shoulders, or bad knees! Offered in a nurturing environment, this heart-centered yoga will help increase flexibility, improve strength, and create a greater sense of balance and harmony. We'll explore basic yoga postures that can be adapted to meet your needs, breath awareness, and relaxation techniques. Instructor Susan D'Onofrio has over 30 years' teaching experience and regards yoga as a journey for learning about ourselves. Bring a yoga mat, a dense blanket or thick towel, and two yoga blocks. Class does not meet February 20.

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• Tue 3/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Bollywood Dance Blast!

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Throw some spice into your workout in this Bollywood-inspired dance fitness class! Set to some of the hottest music from around the world, Bollywood dance moves blend classical and folk-style Indian dance with Western dance styles. You'll follow along with instructor Riya Paranthan--a trained Bharatnatyam dancer--and learn choreographed dance steps, burn calories, and have a blast doing it! Notes: Class does not meet February 20. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.

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• Tue 3/20/18 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice with Joel Gillman

Classes/Clinics, writing

Create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life--a meaningful practice which will be useful, motivating, and inspiring. Through experiential learning in this intensive course, you'll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Class can facilitate and catalyze progress on any project you wish; be prepared to do out-of-class writing and to have your writing habits challenged. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of "tapping in" for 24 years. Class is held at Fairhaven Village Inn.

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• Tue 3/20/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Boomer Brain Power

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

During this class, you'll learn how to retain and maintain mental acuity, memory retention, and more. We'll focus on the body-brain link and how enhancing this connection helps reduce stress, maintain balance, and increase physical and mental agility. By course end, you'll have gained easy processes for accessing greater brain potential--with ease.

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• Tue 3/20/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Italian for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This condensed introduction to Italian is for students with little or no experience in Italian who would like to communicate better while travelling in Italy. We'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, time, numbers, days of the week, asking important questions for situations such as buying tickets for transportation, ordering in a restaurant, shopping at markets, and more. Also gain some important insights about Italian culture and etiquette.

Information:

• Tue 3/20/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Introduction to Modern Quilting

Class/Workshop

Instructor Jess Flegel will guide you through measuring and cutting, piecing, basting, quilting, and binding. Learn what makes a quilt "modern," color and pattern selection, and helpful tips for creating your own original quilts. By course end, you'll have assembled a simple quilt top, basted your quilt, and have the skills to add the finishing touches. Bring your sewing machine to class and visit whatcomcommunityed.com for supply list. Prerequisite: basic sewing skills and working knowledge of your sewing machine.

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• Wed 3/21/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

¿Hablas español? If you are planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country, then join this dynamic class to learn how to converse with ease. You'll learn to introduce yourself, greet others, and practice arranging travel, ordering food, and asking for directions. Each class will include useful sayings and travel tips. Come prepared to laugh and play language games that foster confidence to speak en español!

Information:

• Wed 3/21/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Writing to Inspire with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

If you've ever read a story of hope, struggle and triumph, or the fulfillment of a promise that resonated with you, you know what it feels like to be touched by inspirational writing. Through moving examples and exercises, we'll explore and practice ways to create writing that can inspire others, raise spirits, and connect with hearts. Roby Blecker has been writing for Guideposts for 20 years.

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• Wed 3/21/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Art of Photography

Photography,Class/Workshop

Whether you use film or digital, learning the basics of photography will enhance the quality of your photos. Instructor Al Sanders will demystify the image-making process as you learn to manipulate aperture and shutter speed to produce perfect exposures. Also explore principles of lighting, composition, color, and more. While the emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. $30 textbook is included in course fee and provided at first session.

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• Wed 3/21/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

French for Beginners

Class/Workshop

Bonjour! In this enjoyable and intensive class, learn basic conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, shopping, making hotel reservations, asking for directions, and more. You'll also learn essential principles of pronunciation and grammar. Instructor Katia Paroczi invites you to join in this introduction to the language and culture of contemporary France. Recommendations for optional texts will be discussed in class.

Information:

• Wed 3/21/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Iyengar Yoga

Class/Workshop

This class draws on the wisdom and tradition of Iyengar Yoga, a style of yoga that emphasizes alignment. Emphasis is placed on gently building strength, inviting flexibility, and nourishing a sense of inner quiet. New and continuing students welcome. Bring a mat and several blankets; props are available if you don't have your own. Class is held at the YWCA on the corner of N. Forest and Maple.

Information:

• Wed 3/21/18 at 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Guitar: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Join us for a high-strumming adventure as you learn how to play the guitar! You'll practice beginning guitar chords and learn to play some popular songs. Instructor Tom Hodge is a Bellingham singer/songwriter who loves teaching beginners. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring an acoustic guitar to class.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish I: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Learn basic conversational skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. You'll acquire listening and speaking skills while practicing greetings, introductions, numbers, and other common words and phrases. No textbook required.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

An easy instrument to master, the music that comes out of this reasonably priced little powerhouse brings smiles and foot-tapping to audiences anytime and anywhere! Join Whatcom County's most exuberant "uke" player Tom Hodge as he gets you started. By course end, you'll be playing your favorite tunes with confidence. Bring your ukulele to class. If you need to buy a ukulele, call Tom Hodge at (360) 393-6391.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Build on your basic French skills in this conversation-based class. In practical, real-life contexts, you'll learn how to use two past tenses (passé composé, imparfait) while increasing your vocabulary, fluency, and confidence. Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Italian for Beginners I

Class/Workshop

Are you planning a trip to Italy? Do you love all things Italian and would enjoy exploring the language and culture? If so, this is the perfect class for you! Instructor Katia Paroczi will introduce you to the language and culture of contemporary Italy. Learn the principles of pronunciation, basic grammar and conversational skills such as greetings, ordering food, asking for and understanding directions, purchasing tickets, making hotel reservations, numbers, and more. No textbook required.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Painting from Photographs

Class/Workshop, Photography, Painting

Discover a simple yet magical technique of painting using a favorite photograph as your inspiration. Tracing the projected image of your photograph onto a canvas and then applying non-toxic acrylics, you'll create your very own painting. At course end, you'll leave amazed at your finished work of art and the fun you had creating it. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Tunisian Crochet for Beginners

Class/Workshop, Folk Art/Crafts, Textiles

Tunisian crochet--considered a cross between crochet and knitting--holds multiple loops on the hook, creating a distinctive fabric that appears woven. Learn the basic stitches, increasing, decreasing, joining yarn and changing color, how to read a pattern, and how to seam. You'll leave class equipped to make scarves, hats, blankets, and more! Knowledge of traditional crochet is helpful, but not essential. $11 supply fee payable to instructor at first class.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

French for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This interactive class is designed for students with little or no experience in French, or for those who want a quick French pick-me-up before an upcoming trip. We'll study pronunciation; greetings; and basic vocabulary for money, time, days of the week, numbers, making reservations, eating out, asking questions about basic needs, and asking for directions. No textbook required.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

The Artist's Toolbox: Composition

Class/Workshop

Composition, the arrangement of visual elements in a work of art, is a fundamental tool for artists. Discover essential steps for "building" a painting, including focal points, center of interest, direction lines, basic elements of design, along with ideas on how to make your paintings cohesive and attract--and keep--a viewer's attention. Basic painting experience required. Supply list: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Creative Article: Quickest Way To Publication with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

This three-part workshop on writing the creative article includes exploration of twelve article types, seven blueprints for structure, and fictional techniques that enliven nonfiction. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer (fiction and nonfiction); she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers find their voice for many years.

Information:

• Thu 3/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drawing the Figure in Motion

Class/Workshop

In the spirit of Toulouse Lautrec who drew cancan dancers and circus performers while in the act of motion, Trish Harding has designed specific drawing exercises that will challenge you to capture movement and dynamics through gestural expression from life. Leave the stiff and inhibited line behind, and prepare to be amazed at what you are capable of in this engaging and joyful drawing class. Supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist.

Information:

• Fri 3/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

An Artist's Business Guide

Class/Workshop, Business

Artist Trish Harding will walk you through the steps of the business side of your art making. Geared toward all artists in any medium (2D and 3D), class covers selecting a cohesive body of work and writing a captivating artist statement and succinct resume. Also learn tips to ID, document, and catalogue your work; explore venue options from coffee shops to gallery competitions to juried shows; and learn fiscal aspects including pricing guidelines, completing sales transactions, and more.

Information:

• Fri 3/23/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Experience Opaque Watercolors

Class/Workshop, Painting

With its brilliant color, water-based opaque watercolor ("gouache") is ideal for exploring color and creative approaches to ordinary subject matter. Less technical than traditional watercolor, gouache is an easy medium for beginning painters to learn. Instructor Meredith Moench is a practicing artist with experience in all paint mediums. Please see supply list at: www.whatcom.ctc.edu/supplylist

Information:

• Fri 3/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

WCD 2018 Native Plant Sale and Expo

Green/Environmental, Community Event, Gardening, Education, For the Family, Nature

Spring is Coming! Get your garden on with native plants from the Whatcom Conservation District’s 2018 Native Plant Sale and Expo. Since the beginning, 25 years ago, hundreds of thousands of native plants have been sold and planted in Whatcom’s landscape. The plant sale is the place to kick start your spring gardening. Whether a native plant enthusiast, back yard gardener, farmer, landscape professional, conservationist, or just looking for a fun event to kick off your spring, the WCD Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo is the place to be. Come and check out the Mobile Watershed Explorer and pick up a free native plant for the kids. Local nurseries, vendors, and community groups will be there to provide even more plant purchasing and fun activities. As always, we strive to create a fun atmosphere and speedy check-out line.

Information:

• Sat 3/24/18 at 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice with Joel Gillman

Classes/Clinics, writing

Create and sustain a writing practice within the context of a busy life--a meaningful practice which will be useful, motivating, and inspiring. Through experiential learning in this intensive course, you'll tap into the empowering aspects of writing. Class can facilitate and catalyze progress on any project you wish; be prepared to do out-of-class writing and to have your writing habits challenged. Joel Gillman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch in Los Angeles, maintains a thousand-word-a-day blog, and has been showing middle school students ways of "tapping in" for 24 years. Class is held at Fairhaven Village Inn.

Information:

• Tue 3/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Italian for Travelers

Class/Workshop

This condensed introduction to Italian is for students with little or no experience in Italian who would like to communicate better while travelling in Italy. We'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, time, numbers, days of the week, asking important questions for situations such as buying tickets for transportation, ordering in a restaurant, shopping at markets, and more. Also gain some important insights about Italian culture and etiquette.

Information:

• Tue 3/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Creative Article: Quickest Way To Publication with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

This three-part workshop on writing the creative article includes exploration of twelve article types, seven blueprints for structure, and fictional techniques that enliven nonfiction. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer (fiction and nonfiction); she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers find their voice for many years.

Information:

• Thu 3/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM