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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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Computer Basics

Class/Workshop

If you have never worked with computers or are new to using Microsoft Windows, join us for this easy-paced introductory class. Course covers the basics of using a mouse, opening and using programs, saving and printing your documents, and survival skills for the new computer user. Class is applicable to Windows Vista/7/8/10. Class is held in a computer lab, but feel free to bring your laptop if you'd like.

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• Wed 9/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Excel for the Home User

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Whether it's your budget or your CD collection, Microsoft Excel has the tools to help you get organized and efficient--fast. Class covers creating workbooks, sorting and filtering data, basic formulas, and the many practical applications Excel can be used for outside of work. This class is designed for home users, volunteers, nonprofits, or anyone wanting to get started with Excel. Class serves as an excellent foundation for Excel 2016--Level 1.

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• Wed 9/26/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Swing Dance

Class/Workshop, Swing

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.

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• Wed 9/26/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Introduction to Graphic Concepts with Adobe

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Whether you do your own desktop publishing or work with an outside printer, webmaster, or marketing firm, it helps to understand the basics of graphic concepts. Gain hands-on experience with various graphic file formats, raster and vector graphics, TrueType and open fonts, preparing files for print, formatting text, adjusting photos, and more. You'll also receive an introduction to color management and valuable tricks for working with both PC and Macintosh. Prerequisite: basic experience using a graphics program such as Publisher, PageMaker, Quark, or the Adobe Creative Suite.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 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 9/27/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere! You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Songwriting from Nothing

Class/Workshop

If you love great music, don't miss this chance to create your own memorable songs. Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to join composer and songwriter David Kappele in this fun, interactive course. Learn how to write compelling lyrics, create brand-new melodies, use harmony to convey emotion in your songs, and craft audio tracks of your songs with or without a band. All students will leave class with an original song and equipped with the tools to write many more.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Starting a Nonprofit

Class/Workshop

Are you thinking of starting a nonprofit? Join us for an information-packed overview of nonprofit start-up essentials such as applying for 501(c)3 status, developing mission and vision statements, board development, and much more. Instructor Virginia Lang has been serving as a coach, trainer, facilitator, and consultant to nonprofit organizations for over 25 years. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 9/28/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera

Class/Workshop

This hands-on class begins with the essentials of digital photography: image resolution, picture formats, zoom, flash settings, deciphering menu options, and configuring your camera's settings. You'll then learn how to set up and frame a shot while taking pictures around WCC's campus to be reviewed in class. Instructors Gary Meader and Al Sanders have many years of experience teaching photography and computer classes. Bring your digital camera, manual, charging cord, and extra batteries. Familiarity with Windows is strongly recommended. Lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM.

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• Sat 9/29/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Sat 9/29/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM

Market Research: Exploring the Viability of Your Business Idea

Class/Workshop, Business

Research provides insight into the reality behind the dream. It offers clarity and can save time and money in starting a business. Join us and learn how to gain a better understanding of various industries and potential niches. This workshop covers what and how to research including 38 sources of information and 21 topics to explore. Instructor Maya Sullivan helps people find viable business ideas that ignite their passion through her seminars and book, Dare to Be Your Own Boss.

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• Sat 9/29/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How Sweet It Is with Jay S. Nahani

Class/Workshop

Did you know that September is National Honey Month? This class provides a sweet opportunity to dive into key ingredients for writing success. We will play with words and flavors as we generate new material, experience sensory writing, and discover the multiple possibilities that can stem from a simple prompt (like: Honey). A writing + life coach and a seasoned editor, Jay S. Nahani has had poetry and prose published in anthologies throughout the West Coast of the US and Canada. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Sun 9/30/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Accounting Principles for Non-Accountants

Class/Workshop

Accounting skills are not only valuable for accountants--basic accounting principles are a necessity for every small business owner and bookkeeper. In this lecture course, you will learn the principles of double entry bookkeeping, debits and credits, assets and liabilities, equity accounts, making and using journal entries, financial statements, and much more.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dare to Draw I

Class/Workshop

This is a perfect class for anyone who would like to try drawing for the first time or those wanting a refresher in basic skills. Instructor Katherine Taylor will lead you through various exercises to train the eye, hand, and imagination to work as a team. Your drawing skills will improve right before your eyes. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to class.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Excel 2016--Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join us for this introductory class designed for professionals to learn the basics of Microsoft Excel 2016. Class will cover formatting, editing, modifying your spreadsheets, and more. By course end, you'll be able to create and develop well-designed spreadsheets using expressions, formulas, and functions. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session. Prerequisite: basic familiarity with Excel or completion of Excel for the Home User.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful clay art--such as bowls, cups, and jars. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Instructor Jennifer Anable welcomes both beginning and experienced students. Final class session is one hour to get feedback on your finished pottery or finish glazing. Up to five pounds of clay and glazes are included.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Windows 10

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Explore Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 10! Learn to efficiently use the interface to find what you need quickly; how to customize the layout; use the start screen, tiles, and apps; view photos; and more. Instructor Dawn Groves will also share tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this operating system so you can walk away confident in your new skills. Students must be comfortable using a mouse and keyboard, and have some familiarity with Windows.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Restore Gut Health with a Low FODMAP Diet

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

If you have been struggling with chronic digestive symptoms, a low-FODMAP diet could dramatically improve your quality of life. Join Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Selva Wohlgemuth as she explains how and why the low-FODMAP diet can help you. Find out how to implement the diet and how to adapt it for your specific needs. A low-FODMAP meal will be served including oven-roasted chicken legs, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a harvest kale salad.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome to Medicare

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

Have you received notices that you'll be eligible for Medicare soon? Are you receiving mail about Medicare supplemental options? This course is for those new to Medicare, or soon to enroll, who want to understand the many benefits available. Learn about health benefits, drug coverage, and how to supplement your coverage. Medicare and You booklet and other materials provided. Presented by the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) of Whatcom County; SHIBA does not sell or endorse insurance products. Sections A, B, and C contain the same information.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 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. Textbook is included in course fee. Bring a calculator to class.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere. You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Class/Workshop

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 oils. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to provide step-by-step instruction in how to paint in a loose style, as well as give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Take Great Photos with Your iPhone

Class/Workshop, Photography

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 10/2/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Beginning Yoga: An Introductory Workshop

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Join Susan D'Onofrio for this free info-session and find out what our Beginning Yoga class is all about. Learn how yoga can help reduce stress, increase flexibility and strength, and enhance your overall sense of wellbeing. Susan will guide you through simple breathing exercises and poses, discuss different styles of yoga, and address common misconceptions and concerns, including what to wear and how fit a person must be. (Almost anybody can do yoga, as you will see). Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Pre-registration required.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Getting Started with Photoshop

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

In this introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC, you'll learn the fundamentals of this powerful image editing program. We'll cover menus, tools, and palettes as well as discuss layers, selections, and masking. By course end, you'll have mastered the basics and be ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Class is applicable to earlier versions of Photoshop CS.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Google Essentials

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

The Google universe is vast--learn how to navigate it. In this lecture workshop, explore tips and techniques to leverage Google's most popular features. Learn how to use Google's search to get specific answers to your questions, optimize your Chrome web browser to run quicker while exploring tools that will help you surf the web safer, discover how Google maps can get you where you need to go, and explore lesser-known features to make planning a trip much easier. You'll leave class equipped to make Google work for you.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Managing a Diverse Workforce I: Self-Examination

Class/Workshop, Business

The demographics of the United States are rapidly changing. As an organizational leader, manager, or supervisor, are you prepared to manage a diverse workforce? 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.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Explore the world of American Sign Language. This fun class will be practical and enlightening as you begin to sign and gain an understanding of Deaf culture and community. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will use hands-on activities and games to create an exciting and entertaining experience for all who enroll. Dawn has over two decades of ASL teaching experience and especially enjoys teaching beginners.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Website Fundamentals Using WordPress

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

This demo/lecture class is the first step in the series for the Certificate in WordPress Web Design. We'll explore the differences between Dreamweaver and WordPress, WordPress.org and WordPress.com, and other blogging platforms. Course also provides an overview of essential web design, website usability studies, desktop vs. mobile layout, and much more.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workplace Violence: Have a Plan

Class/Workshop, Business

Sadly, workplace violence causes a significant number of deaths and injuries throughout the country each year. Workplace violence can include physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening, disruptive behavior at the work site. This course, designed for both managers and employees, covers intellectual and physical components with an emphasis on strategy, intelligence, awareness, and avoidance. Instructor Robert Ellsworth, corrections deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, has been teaching self-defense and workplace violence preparedness for over 20 years.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Writing Children's Books with Rebecca Van Slyke

Class/Workshop

Have you ever wanted to write a children's book, but weren't sure where to start? We'll look at requirements for children's books, the process of publication, share our work in a friendly critique-group style, and talk about revision. Come find out what it takes to be a successful children's writer. Feel free to bring a current manuscript. Rebecca Van Slyke is an author and illustrator with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Etsy Essentials

Class/Workshop, Business

If you're looking to channel your passion for crafting and artful creation into a business, or you would like to supplement your income by selling vintage items and crafting supplies, then Etsy is for you. Get prepared for the busy holiday selling season ahead--learn how to launch a store, price items, manage your Etsy "shop," write listings, ship your wares, and navigate social networking as a promotional tool. We'll also explore marketing ideas and photography tips to maximize your listings. Learn how to successfully launch your own Etsy business, and discover many tips for selling success.

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• Tue 10/2/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Seeing the World Through Poetry with Jeremy Voigt: "See that I see"

Class/Workshop, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Poetry is often described as a way of seeing the world, and this class will focus on this notion exclusively. We will read poems by Robert Francis (title comes from his poem, "Summons"), Robert Frost, Jack Gilbert, Jane Kenyon, Spencer Reece, and others to discuss how poets use image and form to help us see the world more clearly. We will read, discuss, and write original poems.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Ins and Outs of Insurance

Class/Workshop

Like many things in life, insurance is complicated and necessary. Ryan Castle, an insurance attorney and former educator, will clear up some of the confusion and show you how you can be an informed insurance consumer. Learn how to shop between different health, auto, and homeowners insurance, including differences between insurance companies, how to research their quality, and the different types of insurance coverages and exclusions. Ryan will also cover basic terminology, what to expect from the claims process, and understanding your rights and legal options as a consumer.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Buying the Right iPhone or iPad for You

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Do you need help determining which iPad or iPhone model is appropriate for you? Instructor Brian Lawrence will cover topics such as determining how much capacity you actually need, considerations for choosing a carrier, the pros and cons of iPads that connect only to WiFi networks and those that also connect to cellular networks, differences between iPad mini and iPad, and much more. Bring your questions and leave class with a better idea of which iPad or iPhone will best meet your needs. Pre-registration is required.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Experience Watercolors I

Class/Workshop, Painting

Discover how delightful painting can be in this beginning class. Step-by-step exercises and individual instruction will demystify the painting process as you learn to apply watercolor techniques while expressing your own artistic ideas. With over 30 years' experience teaching students of all levels, artist Meredith Moench will gently guide you through an exploration of your inner artist.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Introduction to Filmmaking

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Develop your technical and creative skills as a digital videographer and learn how to create professional looking footage. Join local movie-maker and videographer Michael Barone to learn basic skills and techniques including video formatting, shooting methods, camera control, movement and composition, sound, light, and how to shoot with editing in mind. Class will also include hands-on video editing in a computer lab setting. Bring your camcorder or a DSLR camera capable of capturing video, manual, and extra batteries or charger to each session. Prerequisite: working knowledge of your camera and basic computer skills.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art of 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 our emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Textbook, provided at first session, included in course fee.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Excel 2016--Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join us for this introductory class designed for professionals to learn the basics of Microsoft Excel 2016. Class will cover formatting, editing, modifying your spreadsheets, and more. By course end, you'll be able to create and develop well-designed spreadsheets using expressions, formulas, and functions. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session. Prerequisite: basic familiarity with Excel or completion of Excel for the Home User.

Information:

• Wed 10/3/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Accounting Principles for Non-Accountants

Class/Workshop

Accounting skills are not only valuable for accountants--basic accounting principles are a necessity for every small business owner and bookkeeper. In this lecture course, you will learn the principles of double entry bookkeeping, debits and credits, assets and liabilities, equity accounts, making and using journal entries, financial statements, and much more.

Information:

• Wed 10/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Swing Dance

Class/Workshop, Swing

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.

Information:

• Wed 10/3/18 at 7:00 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 10/4/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

Information:

• Thu 10/4/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

Information:

• Thu 10/4/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Songwriting from Nothing

Class/Workshop

If you love great music, don't miss this chance to create your own memorable songs. Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to join composer and songwriter David Kappele in this fun, interactive course. Learn how to write compelling lyrics, create brand-new melodies, use harmony to convey emotion in your songs, and craft audio tracks of your songs with or without a band. All students will leave class with an original song and equipped with the tools to write many more.

Information:

• Thu 10/4/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere! You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

Information:

• Thu 10/4/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Leadership Series: Maximize Your Management Style & Strengths

Class/Workshop, Business

Discover your core personality type and learn how to get the most out of your personal management style. We'll explore the principles for maximizing your strengths as well as managing your "non-strengths" in this revealing workshop. Leave class with an in-depth 20+ page personality/management profile that matches your managing style. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Explore the world of American Sign Language. This fun class will be practical and enlightening as you begin to sign and gain an understanding of Deaf culture and community. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will use hands-on activities and games to create an exciting and entertaining experience for all who enroll. Dawn has over two decades of ASL teaching experience and especially enjoys teaching beginners.

Information:

• Thu 10/4/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Getting Started with Photoshop

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

In this introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC, you'll learn the fundamentals of this powerful image editing program. We'll cover menus, tools, and palettes as well as discuss layers, selections, and masking. By course end, you'll have mastered the basics and be ready to take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Class is applicable to earlier versions of Photoshop CS.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Copyediting for Yourself & Others with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing. Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is. Begin the development of an "editor's eye," whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, or blogs, or helping others with their writing. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor and has been helping others perfect their craft for over 27 years.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/4/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drawing Skills for Painters

Class/Workshop

At last, a basic drawing class specifically designed to prepare you for painting. Learn to see the way a painter sees through the practice of specific drawing exercises. Whether you are a beginner or already dabbling in paint, this class will help lessen later struggles. Artist Meredith Moench has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years.

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• Fri 10/5/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Grant Writing--Level I

Class/Workshop, Business

Take the mystery out of grant writing in this content-rich course 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. Instructor Virginia Lang has written, reviewed, and administered hundreds of successful grants over the past 25 years. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 10/5/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.

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• Fri 10/5/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace

Business, Class/Workshop

Frustrated by your staff or team? Confused by your coworkers? Increasingly navigating a work environment with up to five generational cohorts? Explore the challenges and opportunities of hiring, training, managing, and working alongside those from 18 to 80 years old. We will examine generational norms, individual assumptions, and effective communication tools to maximize learning, productivity, and cohesive teams. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 10/5/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Are You Ready to Be An Entrepreneur?

Business, Class/Workshop

Every business person needs two fundamental things to become an entrepreneur: a product or service that someone will pay for and personal attributes consistent with success. This workshop explores the "Lean Start-Up Method" of business planning, which can accelerate the development of your business idea and lead you to a viable market solution quickly. You'll receive the Entrepreneurial Traits Online Assessment and Personal Report that identifies the attributes that successful entrepreneurs possess. Upon registration, you'll receive a registration key to take the online assessment. Upon completion of this 10-minute assessment, you'll receive your results; please bring results with you to class. This course is offered in partnership with SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Businesses.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Experiment with Paint

Class/Workshop

Have you ever wanted to see the range of things you can do with paint? From learning about watercolor paints to thick layers of glossy acrylics, we will try it all! We will pour, brush, scoop, squeegee, and soak, creating unpredictable and surprising results. Even if you only plan to paint in a traditional way in the future, this will show you ways to use your materials that you never dreamt of before. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. $35 materials fee payable to instructor at class. Bring your own canvas to paint on; sizes can range from 12"x16" to 18"x20".

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Grow a Homestead-Style Food Garden

Class/Workshop

Interested in planting a sustainable food garden for greater self-reliance? Join Susan Colleen Browne, Whatcom County "modern homesteader" and author of the new homesteading memoir Little Farm Homegrown for a fun and practical class focusing on backyard farming essentials for fall. We'll explore crops and native plantings best suited for our area, working with nature for a chemical-free garden, creating your food-raising timeline, and cool-season garden activities, including harvesting and storing your crops. Develop a homesteader mindset, eat from your garden nearly year-round, and discover the joys of simpler living.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 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. Thirty-minute lunch break provided.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Self-Defense for Women

Class/Workshop

Empower yourself with a personal safety program you can use the rest of your life. This course provides intellectual and physical components with emphasis on strategy, intelligence, awareness, and avoidance. Learn observation skills to recognize early warning signs of danger, simple and effective physical techniques to disable an attacker long enough to escape, and more. Real-world scenarios will give you a chance to practice what you learn. Robert Ellsworth, corrections deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, has been teaching self-defense for over 20 years. Thirty-minute lunch break provided. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothes.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

People interested in spiritual practices often believe their choices largely consist of prayer and meditation. However, another practice which is accessible to everyone is the simple act of writing. This workshop encourages participants to choose a kind of writing which resonates with them and to view that writing as spiritual when it is done in order to touch the inner life of the individual. Examples of both inspirational and spiritual writing are provided to inspire classroom exercises. Roby Blecker is a certified spiritual director and has written for Guideposts for almost 20 years. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Sat 10/6/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 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. Textbook is included in course fee. Bring a calculator to class.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Dare to Draw I

Class/Workshop

This is a perfect class for anyone who would like to try drawing for the first time or those wanting a refresher in basic skills. Instructor Katherine Taylor will lead you through various exercises to train the eye, hand, and imagination to work as a team. Your drawing skills will improve right before your eyes. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to class.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful clay art--such as bowls, cups, and jars. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Instructor Jennifer Anable welcomes both beginning and experienced students. Final class session is one hour to get feedback on your finished pottery or finish glazing. Up to five pounds of clay and glazes are included.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Emergency Preparedness "Grab & Go" Binder with Cloud Backup

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Do you know where all your vital documents are if disaster strikes? Learn how to simplify, organize, and electronically back up all your important documents in a "grab-and-go" binder. We'll cover which paperwork is crucial to have in the event of a natural disaster or medical emergency, and how to convert everything to electronic documents, then back them up to the Cloud. Includes preparation tips, local evacuation routes, "Go Bags and Bins," and much more. Get a plan in place for you and those you love.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Getting to Know Your Mac--Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join instructor Brian Lawrence for an in-depth overview of the Mac's operating system (OS X) and standard applications. He'll highlight time-saving tips for macOS, Photos, iTunes and other applications including Mail, Safari, Contacts, and Calendar. Bringing your laptop (or iMac) is encouraged, but not required.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

QuickBooks--Level 1

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

In this hands-on beginning course, learn the fundamentals of using QuickBooks 2018 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 received payments, enter and pay bills, and use and reconcile bank accounts. Prerequisite: familiarity with Windows. Course does not apply to QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks for Mac. Textbook with 140-day QuickBooks trial software, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Windows 10: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

You've explored Windows 10, now it's time to take your knowledge to the next level. Join instructor Dawn Groves and delve deeper into the Windows 10 operating system--discover basic security tips, learn how to backup your work, customize a second second desktop, and explore Window's newest search engine, Edge.

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• Mon 10/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Design for Non-Designers

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 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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• Tue 10/9/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Fundamentals of Gmail & Google Calendar

Class/Workshop

If you're new to, or are interested in exploring Gmail and Google Calendar, this class is for you. Join instructor Chris Powell to learn how to navigate and customize both applications to suit your personal needs. In Gmail you'll learn how to compose and send messages, read and reply to what you receive, and use the search function to quickly access messages in your archive. Working with Google Calendar, you'll learn how to create events and appointments, share your calendar and invite others to your events, and use sub-calendars to color-coordinate and categorize your week.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Seeing the World Through Poetry with Jeremy Voigt: How to Get Out of a Poem

Class/Workshop, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Robert Frost said, "anyone can start a poem, it takes a poet to end one." In this class we will look at model poems, look at drafts of participant poems, and work on original poems with a focus on how to end the poem in both a satisfying way and the way the poem itself demands.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Social Media Marketing Series--Introduction to Social Media Marketing Strategies

Class/Workshop, Business, Social Media

Your unique product or service is almost ready to launch and now you are preparing to tell the world…but wait. First you must create a consistent and compelling marketing image and strategy to use across all of your web-based communities. Join this enlightening workshop where we'll discuss real-world successes and failures in branding, including effective social media platforms, legal concerns, and even some design basics. Bring your laptop or tablet; we'll be highlighting web tools and resources.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

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.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Night Photography

Class/Workshop, Photography

Discover a whole new world of photography that begins when the sun goes down. We'll explore using long exposures to photograph night scenes and star trails, plus explore "painting" with light, using flashlights and flashes. We'll meet in a classroom, then head out to shoot at Taylor Dock. Bring your DSLR, extra batteries, tripod, shutter release (if you have one), camera manual, and flash. Dress for the weather--class meets rain or shine. Prerequisite: beginning camera class or solid knowledge of your camera's functions.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Portuguese Knitting

Class/Workshop

If you are new to knitting or want to learn an easy and gentle knitting style instead of English or Continental, then join Janice Shepherd to learn the art of Portuguese knitting. 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. Bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles (straight or circular) and one skein of #4 worsted yarn.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Weight Control with Hypnosis: Level I

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

Join certified hypnotherapist Leigh Mcdiarmid and learn how to use hypnosis to reprogram your mind and body for long-term positive changes, helping you establish new healthy habits. We'll focus on developing self-compassion and acceptance, as well as bringing mindfulness to our relationship with our bodies, emotions, and the food that nourishes us. Hypnosis sessions in class and recordings at home will support our new habits. $20 fee for hypnosis CD payable to instructor at first class; bring a pillow and mat/blanket to aid relaxation (optional).

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WordPress--Level 1

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

WordPress is a content management system associated most often with blogs but can also be used for designing websites. Course includes an introduction to the WordPress file architecture, the WordPress dashboard, and simple blog post publication. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session. This class assumes no experience in blog development and starts at square one. Familiarity with folder/file management, email, websites, and Word is highly recommended.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Take Great Photos with Your iPhone

Class/Workshop, Photography

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 10/9/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Class/Workshop

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 oils. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to provide step-by-step instruction in how to paint in a loose style, as well as give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Managing a Diverse Workforce I: Self-Examination

Class/Workshop, Business

The demographics of the United States are rapidly changing. As an organizational leader, manager, or supervisor, are you prepared to manage a diverse workforce? 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.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Explore the world of American Sign Language. This fun class will be practical and enlightening as you begin to sign and gain an understanding of Deaf culture and community. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will use hands-on activities and games to create an exciting and entertaining experience for all who enroll. Dawn has over two decades of ASL teaching experience and especially enjoys teaching beginners.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Writing Children's Books with Rebecca Van Slyke

Class/Workshop

Have you ever wanted to write a children's book, but weren't sure where to start? We'll look at requirements for children's books, the process of publication, share our work in a friendly critique-group style, and talk about revision. Come find out what it takes to be a successful children's writer. Feel free to bring a current manuscript. Rebecca Van Slyke is an author and illustrator with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere. You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

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• Tue 10/9/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Swing Dance

Class/Workshop, Swing

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.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Experience Watercolors I

Class/Workshop, Painting

Discover how delightful painting can be in this beginning class. Step-by-step exercises and individual instruction will demystify the painting process as you learn to apply watercolor techniques while expressing your own artistic ideas. With over 30 years' experience teaching students of all levels, artist Meredith Moench will gently guide you through an exploration of your inner artist.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Art of 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 our emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Textbook, provided at first session, included in course fee.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Filmmaking

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Develop your technical and creative skills as a digital videographer and learn how to create professional looking footage. Join local movie-maker and videographer Michael Barone to learn basic skills and techniques including video formatting, shooting methods, camera control, movement and composition, sound, light, and how to shoot with editing in mind. Class will also include hands-on video editing in a computer lab setting. Bring your camcorder or a DSLR camera capable of capturing video, manual, and extra batteries or charger to each session. Prerequisite: working knowledge of your camera and basic computer skills.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Resilience Rx

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

One of the biggest challenges of coping with stress and life transitions is taking care of yourself. With a growing awareness of the role of wellness in the face of adversity, mindfulness-based self-care strategies are critical to achieving a meaningful life balance. In this workshop, Lynda Cheldelin Fell explains ten self-care techniques, the evidence-based science behind why they work, and how to implement them in everyday life. You'll learn experiential exercises that relieve stress, process emotions, and help cope with adversity by keeping your mind and body healthy.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Writer's Toolbox with Roby Blecker: Building Strong Characters

Class/Workshop

Explore the creation and handling of protagonists, antagonists, minor characters, and a "chorus"--any or all of which can figure in your fiction. Work with descriptions, motivation, concealing and revealing, and the ways in which your choices affect the overall piece. Bring examples of characters you've created or want to create to class. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Wake Up with Sumi-e!

Class/Workshop

Ease into your Wednesday morning by learning Sumi-e--a 2,000 year-old Japanese art form using a brush and black ink. Artist Stephanie Britt will teach you the fundamentals of Sumi-e, including the four treasures (your tools) and the four gentlemen (subjects you learn to paint first). Embark on a meditative painting journey where the emphasis is not perfection, but rather the beauty of each brush stroke.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Getting to Know Your Mac--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join instructor Brian Lawrence to further explore the Mac's operating system (OS X) and standard applications. He'll highlight more time-saving tips for macOS, Photos, iTunes and other applications including Mail, Safari, Contacts, and Calendar. Also learn how to run Windows on your Mac if you have a few Windows-only programs that you just cannot live without. Bringing your laptop (or iMac) is encouraged, but not required.

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• Wed 10/10/18 at 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Creative Dreaming

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Get a road map to your creativity--and increase your imagination, confidence, and well-being, both in dreams and when awake. Join instructor Jenny Davidow and learn how to understand dreams while actually shaping and influencing them to be more creative, enjoyable, and "lucid." Discover how to use your imagination as a powerful tool for change and experience greater freedom in your nightly dreams. Increase self-confidence in dreams, and feel greater confidence in your waking life! No need to remember your dreams to fully participate.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

WordPress--Level 1

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

WordPress is a content management system associated most often with blogs but can also be used for designing websites. Course includes an introduction to the WordPress file architecture, the WordPress dashboard, and simple blog post publication. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session. This class assumes no experience in blog development and starts at square one. Familiarity with folder/file management, email, websites, and Word is highly recommended.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Leadership Series: Five Habits of Dynamic Leaders

Class/Workshop, Business

An effective leader is able to keep a team focused on the vision, motivate employees to do their best, and get things done. Join other managers, supervisors, and leaders and discover how to bring your best self to your leadership role. You'll learn five habits that, when cultivated over time, will inspire you to lead from a place of integrity, influence, and vision. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Traveling in Costa Rica

Class/Workshop

Beaches, mountains, rainforests, wildlife…Costa Rica is a tourist's dream! Costa Rican native and tropical biologist Andres Quesada will take you on a tour of Costa Rica's diverse regions and his favorite places to visit. He'll discuss the local ecosystems, wildlife, history, and culture, along with tips on how to travel safely. Whether you're seeking to backpack for a month or simply relax at a resort for a week, Andres can help you design a travel plan that suits your interests and timeline.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome to Advance Care Planning

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Advance care planning allows you to communicate your medical care wishes when you cannot communicate for yourself. Join certified facilitators from the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) to explore the importance of advance care planning, key terminology, choices you may have, and key next steps, such as filling out an advanced directive and designating a health care agent. You'll come away with the knowledge on how to start this important step and make sure your health care choices are known.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Design for Non-Designers

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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 10/11/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Copyediting for Yourself & Others with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing. Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is. Begin the development of an "editor's eye," whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, or blogs, or helping others with their writing. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor and has been helping others perfect their craft for over 27 years.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/11/18 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. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Explore the world of American Sign Language. This fun class will be practical and enlightening as you begin to sign and gain an understanding of Deaf culture and community. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will use hands-on activities and games to create an exciting and entertaining experience for all who enroll. Dawn has over two decades of ASL teaching experience and especially enjoys teaching beginners.

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• Thu 10/11/18 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 10/11/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere! You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Songwriting from Nothing

Class/Workshop

If you love great music, don't miss this chance to create your own memorable songs. Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to join composer and songwriter David Kappele in this fun, interactive course. Learn how to write compelling lyrics, create brand-new melodies, use harmony to convey emotion in your songs, and craft audio tracks of your songs with or without a band. All students will leave class with an original song and equipped with the tools to write many more.

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• Thu 10/11/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drawing Skills for Painters

Class/Workshop

At last, a basic drawing class specifically designed to prepare you for painting. Learn to see the way a painter sees through the practice of specific drawing exercises. Whether you are a beginner or already dabbling in paint, this class will help lessen later struggles. Artist Meredith Moench has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 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.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Grant Writing--Level I

Class/Workshop, Business

Take the mystery out of grant writing in this content-rich course 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. Instructor Virginia Lang has written, reviewed, and administered hundreds of successful grants over the past 25 years. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop

Nurture your creative spirit in this 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 10/12/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Best Practices for Supporting Employee Resilience During Grief

Class/Workshop, Business

When an employee faces loss and grief, staff morale and productivity can take a hit. This interactive workshop will help human resource administrators, supervisors, and managers gain strategic insights; build confidence on navigating and balancing the needs of bereaved staff; and learn effective tools to foster a safe work environment, maintain office productivity, and minimize workflow disruption. A staff education section will also be included in handouts. Lynda Cheldelin Fell is CEO of AlyBlue Media, a national healing facilitator, executive director of the National Grief & Hope Convention, and creator of the award-winning Grief Diaries series. Lynda's book, How to Help the Newly Bereaved, is included in course fee. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Applied Project Management Fundamentals

Business, Class/Workshop

Learn practical project management knowledge and vital skill sets that you will immediately be able to apply in your daily work. You will develop the fundamentals of implementing standard processes and best practices to be successful in completing your projects. This course is your first step in preparing to take the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management exam. Final session on 10/26 is 8:30 AM - 5 PM with 30-minute lunch break. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided each session. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Fri 10/12/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and the Journey of Reading

Class/Workshop

Steeped in history, myth, and symbolism, Tarot has intrigued many for centuries. Join Nora Abelite, M.Ed, who has over 30 years' experience with the Tarot, and learn the history, artwork, and symbolism behind these cards, along with an introduction to reading. Informative to both beginners and readers seeking to learn more, this workshop will be a fun exploration of a centuries-old pastime. Come learn the story of Tarot and begin learning how to read the stories found in the cards. Please bring a deck of Rider-Waite Tarot cards to class.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Talking It Out: Navigating Tough Conversations

Class/Workshop, Relationships

Do you find yourself avoiding family members or friends with opposing views about politics, the planet, or other topics core to your beliefs? Are the conversations you're having causing damage to your relationships? There are ways to set ground rules, build bridges of understanding, and find calm in chaotic times. Trained facilitator Monique Stefens invites you to join her for an exploration of values, beliefs, and communication with research from biology, psychology, and philosophy. Learn how to build skills for internal and external harmony, with some humor along the way.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Portrait Painting

Class/Workshop

Portrait painting is more than just painting the likeness of a person--it's also about capturing their essence. 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.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Photoshop Elements--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Take your next step in editing digital photographs! In this intermediate class, discover how to work with layers for risk-free image editing and enhancing. You'll learn how to transform the look of an image without damaging the original and how to re-edit the image at any time. Prerequisite: Photoshop Elements--Introduction or familiarity with Photoshop Elements.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Other Voices, Other Rooms: Writing the Persona Poem with Barbara Bloom

Class/Workshop

Writing from the perspective of another person (or any other living thing) can be both freeing and insightful, not to mention fun! In this generative workshop, we'll look at various persona poems and play with writing from a variety of voices and viewpoints. Appropriate for writers at all levels. Barbara Bloom has an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing for over 30 years. One hour lunch break.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fall and Winter in the Garden

Class/Workshop, Gardening

The cool weather is coming and it's time to think about fall and winter gardening maintenance to get your landscape through the rest of the year in tip-top shape. Join us for a discussion on timely gardening tasks, such as planting bulbs for spring color, end-of-season perennial care, soil building and mulching, winterizing tender plants, adding new plants to the landscape, and much more. Save time in spring by learning how to take care of your yard now.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Crowdfunding Your Idea

Class/Workshop, Business

Crowdfunding (often seen as a Kickstarter) has become a new method for entrepreneurs to launch products to the market, start new business ventures, fund important initiatives, or raise money for themselves or others. This class will introduce the basics of crowdfunding, help you gain an understanding of the different platforms that are available, and provide detailed advice on what to do (and not do) to create a successful outcome in your campaign. Instructor Lara Merriam-Smith has run and been involved in multiple campaigns for many years. Course will focus on crowdfunding for entrepreneurs and businesses.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Creative Abstract Photography

Class/Workshop

Discover the art of abstract photography! This style allows you to tap into your imagination using colors, patterns, and textures to create images and stunning works of art. You'll learn a variety of techniques and how to use your camera as a creative tool while working with a combination of fun materials provided by instructor Carol Sheppard. Walk away with multiple works of abstract art--perfect for holiday card making and gift-giving! Bring a camera capable of manual settings and the ability to take close-up photos. Tripod, cable release, and flash are optional.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Sat 10/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 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. Textbook is included in course fee. Bring a calculator to class.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful clay art--such as bowls, cups, and jars. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Instructor Jennifer Anable welcomes both beginning and experienced students. Final class session is one hour to get feedback on your finished pottery or finish glazing. Up to five pounds of clay and glazes are included.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Dare to Draw I

Class/Workshop

This is a perfect class for anyone who would like to try drawing for the first time or those wanting a refresher in basic skills. Instructor Katherine Taylor will lead you through various exercises to train the eye, hand, and imagination to work as a team. Your drawing skills will improve right before your eyes. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to class.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 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. By course end, you'll see why OneNote is one program you can't live without! Familiarity with Windows required.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch--Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

What do all of these devices have in common? iOS! Join instructor Brian Lawrence for an exploration of iOS's features and the basics of activation, navigation, home screen personalization, the buttons and switches on the device itself, and the basics of iCloud. We'll also cover several "native" apps including browsing the web, email, viewing photos, using Maps, editing your Calendar, and more! Prerequisites: Have an Apple ID (also referred to as an iTunes account) or create one prior to class by going to https://appleid.apple.com.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

Hybrid Nonfiction: The Lyric Essay with J.R. Lara

Class/Workshop

"There is nothing poetry is called upon to do that prose is not." -Suzanne Paola. Is a poem still a poem if it's written in paragraphs? What if an essay rhymes? In this generative course we'll push the boundaries of prose and poetry, and see what writing can do. Writing exercises, craft discussions, developing our knowledge of poetics and language structure, and progress toward a final collection of work. J.R. Lara is an award-winning poet and essayist. She is an MFA candidate at WWU and editor at Psaltery & Lyre.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Finding the Right Career for You

Class/Workshop

When it comes to your career, do you feel like a left-handed person in a right-handed job? Are you trying to decide on an educational program that matches your strengths? Are you restless to find meaningful work that resonates with your heart? Join us to discover your "core wiring" and explore finding a great "fit" to experience your life callings. You will be guided by one of the top career coaches in the Northwest--Mark Warren, The Calling Coach.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Excel 2016--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

If you've completed Excel 2016--Level 1, then you're ready to explore additional features. This class will focus on using range names, creating more advanced formulas and functions, managing data in lists and tables, conditional formatting, presenting data visually with charts, and creating PivotTables. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Elder Care Options: Help When You Need It

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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. We'll discuss how to develop a team of support services to allow individuals to remain in their own homes, as well as review alternative living situations and how to make a smooth transition for everyone involved.

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• Mon 10/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Seeing the World Through Poetry with Jeremy Voigt: Risk Assessment

Class/Workshop, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Spencer Reece once told me "all poems must take risks." He meant risks of image, form, and content. This class will focus on the poems students need to write, delving into risky personal content (safely), as well as messing about with formal technique (play is also a form of risk!).

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Social Media Marketing Series--Marketing Your Business with Facebook

Class/Workshop, Business, Computers/Technology

With over one billion customers, Facebook is the largest social network your business can't afford to ignore. Your customers, suppliers, competitors, future partners, and employees are all using Facebook and you should be, too. Join Jean Ryan as she guides you through setting up a Facebook page; creating posts that engage customers, promote your business, and gain likes; and keeping customers engaged with the 4-1-1 rule. Additionally, you'll explore paid Facebook advertising and what you need to know before spending money.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WordPress--Level 2

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

A continuation of WordPress--Level 1, this class covers WordPress themes with an introduction to HTML, PHP, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). We'll also explore picture galleries, static pages, added navigation, categories, tags, and user permissions (administrators, editors, writers). Class text is the same book used in the introductory course. Prerequisite: WordPress--Level 1.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gmail & Google Calendar: Beyond the Basics

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

Dig deeper into Gmail and Google Calendar's capabilities in this advanced class. Learn how to categorize your Gmail messages with labels, streamline your inbox with filters, and explore strategies to protect your email security. In Calendar, you'll see how you can set up recurring appointments, learn the difference between events and tasks, and discover how you can publish a calendar on the web for others to view.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Managing a Diverse Workforce II: Organizational Examination

Class/Workshop, Business

This session prepares leaders by looking at their organizations in a non-judgmental, gracious, and affirming environment. We'll explore topics such as structural and institutional racism, ten aspects of racial minority culture, creating an inclusive culture that leverages the strength of diversity, and understanding diversity and inclusion as an organization development intervention.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. We'll discuss importing, cataloging, and processing images to their full potential; explore the Library and Develop modules; output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print; and 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 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

European Camping

Class/Workshop

Discover the ease and affordability of camping in Europe! With a campground outside of nearly every major city in Europe, camping is an easy, inexpensive, and rewarding way to see Europe. Instructor Kathy Thurber has been camping and long distance walking in Europe for the past 14 years, and will discuss the practicalities of what to pack, the costs, means of transportation, and how to create your own personal planning guide. Find out how you can see Europe's major sights on a budget.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

eBay 1--The Basics of Selling

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Whether you simply want to clear the closet, desire additional part-time income, or want a serious eBay business, this class is your foundation. Learn how to set up an eBay Seller account, create successful listings, upload pictures, and accept online payments with PayPal. Course covers how to determine shipping costs, where to get FREE shipping supplies, how to print shipping labels from your home computer, and how to get FREE home pickup. Also included are selling tips, tricks, and the traps to avoid. Optional eBooks available for purchase after class. The class is taught by Kevin Boyd, a multi-award winning instructor and published author from Seattle.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Weight Control with Hypnosis: Level I

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

Join certified hypnotherapist Leigh Mcdiarmid and learn how to use hypnosis to reprogram your mind and body for long-term positive changes, helping you establish new healthy habits. We'll focus on developing self-compassion and acceptance, as well as bringing mindfulness to our relationship with our bodies, emotions, and the food that nourishes us. Hypnosis sessions in class and recordings at home will support our new habits. $20 fee for hypnosis CD payable to instructor at first class; bring a pillow and mat/blanket to aid relaxation (optional).

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Portuguese Knitting

Class/Workshop

If you are new to knitting or want to learn an easy and gentle knitting style instead of English or Continental, then join Janice Shepherd to learn the art of Portuguese knitting. 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. Bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles (straight or circular) and one skein of #4 worsted yarn.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Design for Non-Designers

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 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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• Tue 10/16/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

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.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Class/Workshop

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 oils. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to provide step-by-step instruction in how to paint in a loose style, as well as give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Explore the world of American Sign Language. This fun class will be practical and enlightening as you begin to sign and gain an understanding of Deaf culture and community. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will use hands-on activities and games to create an exciting and entertaining experience for all who enroll. Dawn has over two decades of ASL teaching experience and especially enjoys teaching beginners.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Writing Children's Books with Rebecca Van Slyke

Class/Workshop

Have you ever wanted to write a children's book, but weren't sure where to start? We'll look at requirements for children's books, the process of publication, share our work in a friendly critique-group style, and talk about revision. Come find out what it takes to be a successful children's writer. Feel free to bring a current manuscript. Rebecca Van Slyke is an author and illustrator with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere. You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

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• Tue 10/16/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Swing Dance

Class/Workshop, Swing

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.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Experience Watercolors I

Class/Workshop, Painting

Discover how delightful painting can be in this beginning class. Step-by-step exercises and individual instruction will demystify the painting process as you learn to apply watercolor techniques while expressing your own artistic ideas. With over 30 years' experience teaching students of all levels, artist Meredith Moench will gently guide you through an exploration of your inner artist.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Introduction to Filmmaking

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Develop your technical and creative skills as a digital videographer and learn how to create professional looking footage. Join local movie-maker and videographer Michael Barone to learn basic skills and techniques including video formatting, shooting methods, camera control, movement and composition, sound, light, and how to shoot with editing in mind. Class will also include hands-on video editing in a computer lab setting. Bring your camcorder or a DSLR camera capable of capturing video, manual, and extra batteries or charger to each session. Prerequisite: working knowledge of your camera and basic computer skills.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art of 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 our emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Textbook, provided at first session, included in course fee.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Wake Up with Sumi-e!

Class/Workshop

Ease into your Wednesday morning by learning Sumi-e--a 2,000 year-old Japanese art form using a brush and black ink. Artist Stephanie Britt will teach you the fundamentals of Sumi-e, including the four treasures (your tools) and the four gentlemen (subjects you learn to paint first). Embark on a meditative painting journey where the emphasis is not perfection, but rather the beauty of each brush stroke.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

eBay 2--Advanced Selling Strategies

Class/Workshop, Business

Discover if your item will sell or not in just one minute. Learn insider tips and strategies that draw the most bids, maximize sales, and beat your competition. Course covers how to find a profitable niche, what to sell and avoid selling, plus find reputable suppliers. Includes eBay research, marketing and photography tips, and how to sell antiques, collectibles and large items you don't want to ship.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Paint Like an Impressionist

Class/Workshop, Painting

Using a palette knife (no brushes!), learn to paint with oils and capture the play of light on objects and scenery just like Monet, Renoir, and other artists of the Impressionist movement. Instructor Maria Monks will discuss composition, design, color, and light while gently guiding you in your own work using still life and photographs. While some drawing skills are useful, Maria invites both beginners and advanced painters.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Elder Care Options: Help When You Need It

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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. We'll discuss how to develop a team of support services to allow individuals to remain in their own homes, as well as review alternative living situations and how to make a smooth transition for everyone involved.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Excel 2016--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

If you've completed Excel 2016--Level 1, then you're ready to explore additional features. This class will focus on using range names, creating more advanced formulas and functions, managing data in lists and tables, conditional formatting, presenting data visually with charts, and creating PivotTables. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Writer's Toolbox with Roby Blecker: Writing Compelling Dialogue

Class/Workshop

Very few works of fiction contain only one character, and how characters interact with one another often requires them to use direct speech. Explore the differences between realism and reality in characters' voices, vocabulary choices, avoiding "info-dump" while still conveying information, and the power of character silences. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Tiny Homes 101

Class/Workshop

Are you looking for an alternative to rising rents and soaring home prices in Whatcom County, or just curious about the tiny house phenomenon? Join realtor and former tiny home dweller, Sam Grello, for an overview of the types of tiny houses; cost differences between building or purchasing a tiny house, including loan options; zoning and regulations; and the realities of living a tiny home life. Come with your questions and be prepared for a robust discussion on how to pursue the dream of living small.

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• Wed 10/17/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Create a Website for Fun, Profit & Business

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Business

No programming required! Discover easy-to-use, drag and drop design tools that can build your personal or professional website in 60 minutes. We'll cover SEO (search engine optimization), social media marketing, how to optimize your site for smart phones, the tips and traps of website design, and how to create money generating affiliate websites. Optional eBooks available for purchase in class. Kevin Boyd is a multi award-winning instructor and published author from Seattle.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:30 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. You'll glean simple and immediately applicable concepts to manage how your body endures time spent at your computer and discuss ways to apply these concepts to your office space at work or home. You'll also 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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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Experimental Landscape Painting

Class/Workshop, Painting

Come create a landscape painting that arises from a meaningful process of discovery and experimentation in this engaging class with local artist Christen Mattix. Focusing more on your unique expression as it relates to a sense of place rather than technique, you'll work from photos, memory, or your imagination to make a landscape painting expressing your personal vision. Christen will cover topics such as realism and abstraction, new processes in painting, and the influence of cinema on landscape painting. Watercolor, acrylics, oils, or mixed media are welcome. Prerequisite: drawing experience.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WordPress--Level 2

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

A continuation of WordPress--Level 1, this class covers WordPress themes with an introduction to HTML, PHP, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). We'll also explore picture galleries, static pages, added navigation, categories, tags, and user permissions (administrators, editors, writers). Class text is the same book used in the introductory course. Prerequisite: WordPress--Level 1.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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, and an introduction into building forms and portfolios. Basic computer skills and familiarity with Windows required.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Leadership Series: Develop Your Time Management Skills

Class/Workshop, Business

Effectively managing your time, actions, and priorities is key to being an effective and productive manager. You'll learn techniques to prioritize tasks, manage time, delegate tasks/projects while empowering your team, as well as explore project management principles. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Social Security Made Simple

Class/Workshop

Deciding how and when to claim Social Security retirement benefits can be complicated. This course will help you understand what options you have in claiming Social Security and the pros and cons of each claiming strategy relative to your unique financial situation. You'll learn Social Security basics--including recent changes to claiming options--as well as the top strategies for maximizing your payout. Instructor Devin Wolf, CFP®, helps his clients integrate Social Security into their comprehensive wealth management plan.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 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. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. We'll discuss importing, cataloging, and processing images to their full potential; explore the Library and Develop modules; output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print; and 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 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Copyediting for Yourself & Others with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing. Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is. Begin the development of an "editor's eye," whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, or blogs, or helping others with their writing. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor and has been helping others perfect their craft for over 27 years.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/18/18 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. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 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 10/18/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Songwriting from Nothing

Class/Workshop

If you love great music, don't miss this chance to create your own memorable songs. Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to join composer and songwriter David Kappele in this fun, interactive course. Learn how to write compelling lyrics, create brand-new melodies, use harmony to convey emotion in your songs, and craft audio tracks of your songs with or without a band. All students will leave class with an original song and equipped with the tools to write many more.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Experience the incredible benefits of Pilates in a lighthearted, pressure-free atmosphere! You'll improve core strength, posture, muscle tone, and flexibility with attention to form and proper body alignment. Instructors Charlotte Stickles and Hannah Andersen offer a variety of exercises and modifications for both new and returning students as they delve into the principles of the Pilates method. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/18/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Drawing Skills for Painters

Class/Workshop

At last, a basic drawing class specifically designed to prepare you for painting. Learn to see the way a painter sees through the practice of specific drawing exercises. Whether you are a beginner or already dabbling in paint, this class will help lessen later struggles. Artist Meredith Moench has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years.

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• Fri 10/19/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Grant Writing--Level I

Class/Workshop, Business

Take the mystery out of grant writing in this content-rich course 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. Instructor Virginia Lang has written, reviewed, and administered hundreds of successful grants over the past 25 years. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Fri 10/19/18 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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.

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• Fri 10/19/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Applied Project Management Fundamentals

Business, Class/Workshop

Learn practical project management knowledge and vital skill sets that you will immediately be able to apply in your daily work. You will develop the fundamentals of implementing standard processes and best practices to be successful in completing your projects. This course is your first step in preparing to take the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management exam. Final session on 10/26 is 8:30 AM - 5 PM with 30-minute lunch break. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided each session. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Fri 10/19/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop

Nurture your creative spirit in this 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 10/19/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM

Clearing Clutter to Navigate Life's Changes

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Change is a normal part of life. When you are weathering major change, whether you consider it positive or negative, planned or unplanned, it can be discombobulating. It can also be an opportunity to make fresh choices and establish new directions. Join instructor Carolyn Koehnline, journal therapist and clutter coach, who will share clutter-clearing perspectives and practices, and brief, effective writing processes to help you say goodbye to the chapter that's ending, and make space and set intention for the chapter that's emerging.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Home Defense Basics

Class/Workshop

Do you know what to do (or what you should not do) if an intruder enters your home? 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 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

It Takes All Types: An MBTI® Approach to Peaceful Communication

Class/Workshop

If there was a tool that could affirm your own innate strengths, as well as streamline communication with family, friends, and coworkers, would you want to find out more? Join Maureen Kelly, consultant for 30+ years in the many uses of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), to explore your own personality type, and how we see reality, make decisions, and more. As you become more familiar with your own strengths and behaviors, you can better understand the behavior and choices of others, leading to enhanced communication with others in your life.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jewelry-Making with Polymer Clay

Class/Workshop, Jewelry/Gems

Make beautiful and unique jewelry to gift or keep with polymer clay. You'll learn the basics of working with polymer clay, including how to create various shapes and designs and how to integrate different colors. Leave with a pair of earrings crafted by you and the know-how to make gorgeous patterns that form the base for everything from jewelry to switch plates. Ages 12 and up registered with a guardian are welcome to attend. All materials included.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

PetSaver® CPR, First Aid, & Pet Care Certificate Course

Class/Workshop, Animals

This certification course is designed for all pet owners and pet professionals including veterinary staff, boarders, groomers, trainers, and pet-sitters. Learn over 50 wellness care skills including canine and feline CPR; assessing bleeding, shock, and choking; applying a bandage and splint; and performing a 10-second snout-to-tail health assessment. Also learn dental care, preventive care, senior care, and more. Class fee includes a 42-page PetSaver® manual ($25 value) and PetSaver® Certificate, valid for two years. Certified veterinary technician Annette Lanker has over 10 years' experience in small animal medicine, working with everything from mice to elephants. Thirty-minute lunch break provided.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Photoshop Elements--Level 3

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop, Photography

Explore a variety of techniques to alter and enhance photos using selections to make composites of multiple images, create new backgrounds for portraits, and more. Topics also include restoring old photographs; giving new photos an antique look; and tips, tricks, and shortcuts that will allow you to have fun with your digital images while helping to speed up your workflow. Photoshop Elements--Introduction and Level 2 or equivalent experience strongly recommended.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Starting Your Own Business

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Business

If you are starting a new business or need help with your existing business, this class is a must. Seasoned local professionals will teach you the fundamentals of planning for success. Course covers financing, recordkeeping, accounting, taxes, legal considerations, business insurance, and more. This course is offered in partnership with SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Businesses. Lunch break from 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Open Road: Writing Poems of Travel and Reflection

Class/Workshop, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

When we step outside our usual surroundings and routines, we can see things freshly, as if for the first time. In this workshop, we will consider how other poets have recorded their travel experiences, and work on exploring our own travel narratives in a variety of poetic styles and approaches. Appropriate for writers at all levels. Barbara Bloom has an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing for over 30 years.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Walking in Wales

Class/Workshop

As the days begin to dim, start planning for the warmer season and the chance to experience the footpaths of Wales. Instructor and seasoned Wales walker Cheryl Jackson will give you tips on traveling by foot in the U.K., packing light, and using B&Bs and pubs along the way. You'll learn an easy walk perfect for beginners with opportunities for experienced hikers to explore even more, which begins in Chester and follows a 200-year-old canal connecting the River Dee to medieval towns steeped in history and scenic beauty.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Examining Bias in Society (and What We Can Do About It)

Class/Workshop

Join Kimberly Harris, M.Ed., to learn about racial bias through the lens of a 2016 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man and the recent interpersonal bias incidences at Yale, Starbucks, and Fresh Kitchen. Understanding what racial bias is and how it works through current events will allow us to examine our own personal biases, learn de-biasing tools and resources for further growth and exploration, and be advocates of diversity and inclusion. Kimberly has a background in education and social justice activism, and is known for her ability to cultivate thoughtful conversation and offer practical insights.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Understanding iCloud

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Have you heard of iCloud but aren't sure what the hype is all about? iCloud, a free service from Apple, allows you to do everything from syncing your contacts, calendar, and photos between all of your devices (iPhone, iPad, laptop/desktop) to backing up your iPhone/iPad in the event of loss or damage. Join instructor Brian Lawrence to understand what iCloud has to offer and why everyone should be using at least some of its features.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 5:45 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. Textbook is included in course fee. Bring a calculator to class.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful clay art--such as bowls, cups, and jars. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Instructor Jennifer Anable welcomes both beginning and experienced students. Final class session is one hour to get feedback on your finished pottery or finish glazing. Up to five pounds of clay and glazes are included.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dare to Draw I

Class/Workshop

This is a perfect class for anyone who would like to try drawing for the first time or those wanting a refresher in basic skills. Instructor Katherine Taylor will lead you through various exercises to train the eye, hand, and imagination to work as a team. Your drawing skills will improve right before your eyes. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to class.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Hybrid Nonfiction: The Lyric Essay with J.R. Lara

Class/Workshop

"There is nothing poetry is called upon to do that prose is not." -Suzanne Paola. Is a poem still a poem if it's written in paragraphs? What if an essay rhymes? In this generative course we'll push the boundaries of prose and poetry, and see what writing can do. Writing exercises, craft discussions, developing our knowledge of poetics and language structure, and progress toward a final collection of work. J.R. Lara is an award-winning poet and essayist. She is an MFA candidate at WWU and editor at Psaltery & Lyre.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. We'll discuss importing, cataloging, and processing images to their full potential; explore the Library and Develop modules; output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print; and 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 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Portuguese Knitting

Class/Workshop

If you are new to knitting or want to learn an easy and gentle knitting style instead of English or Continental, then join Janice Shepherd to learn the art of Portuguese knitting. 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. Bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles (straight or circular) and one skein of #4 worsted yarn.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Weight Control with Hypnosis: Level I

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

Join certified hypnotherapist Leigh Mcdiarmid and learn how to use hypnosis to reprogram your mind and body for long-term positive changes, helping you establish new healthy habits. We'll focus on developing self-compassion and acceptance, as well as bringing mindfulness to our relationship with our bodies, emotions, and the food that nourishes us. Hypnosis sessions in class and recordings at home will support our new habits. $20 fee for hypnosis CD payable to instructor at first class; bring a pillow and mat/blanket to aid relaxation (optional).

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

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.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 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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• Tue 10/23/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Class/Workshop

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 oils. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to provide step-by-step instruction in how to paint in a loose style, as well as give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Writing Children's Books with Rebecca Van Slyke

Class/Workshop

Have you ever wanted to write a children's book, but weren't sure where to start? We'll look at requirements for children's books, the process of publication, share our work in a friendly critique-group style, and talk about revision. Come find out what it takes to be a successful children's writer. Feel free to bring a current manuscript. Rebecca Van Slyke is an author and illustrator with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Exploring Google Docs and Drive

Class/Workshop

While Google's "clean screen" layout leaves Google Docs looking deceptively simple, you'll be amazed at how much you can do with this application. Learn how to create a simple text document, apply basic formatting, discover helpful add-ons, and share your document with others. Then, explore Google Drive and learn about data file sizes, the fundamentals of cloud storage, how to navigate the Drive environment, upload files to Drive's cloud storage, share your documents, and more.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Getting Started with Illustrator

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WordPress--Level 2

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

A continuation of WordPress--Level 1, this class covers WordPress themes with an introduction to HTML, PHP, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). We'll also explore picture galleries, static pages, added navigation, categories, tags, and user permissions (administrators, editors, writers). Class text is the same book used in the introductory course. Prerequisite: WordPress--Level 1.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Managing a Diverse Workforce II: Organizational Examination

Class/Workshop, Business

This session prepares leaders by looking at their organizations in a non-judgmental, gracious, and affirming environment. We'll explore topics such as structural and institutional racism, ten aspects of racial minority culture, creating an inclusive culture that leverages the strength of diversity, and understanding diversity and inclusion as an organization development intervention.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Seeing the World Through Poetry with Jeremy Voigt: The Violence Within / The Violence Without

Class/Workshop

This class takes its premise from the Wallace Stevens quote: "the nobility of poetry is a violence from within that protects us from a violence without. It is the imagination pressing back against the pressure of reality." We will write several poems, based on models, that use the wrestling of imagination and reality as their central premise both in terms of form and content.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Selling Your First Product on Amazon

Business, Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Are you curious about selling on Amazon, but don't know where to start? Join WCC business faculty and seasoned Amazon seller, David Evraets, and learn how to successfully sell on America's largest online marketplace. Explore setting up and navigating your seller account, and discover how the pros use keywords, images, titles, and other criteria to make it to the top of the search screen. We'll also discuss listing best practices, identify the Amazon A9 algorithm components and how they rate your product, and learn tips and tricks that will help you become a successful seller on Amazon.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Paint Like an Impressionist

Class/Workshop, Painting

Using a palette knife (no brushes!), learn to paint with oils and capture the play of light on objects and scenery just like Monet, Renoir, and other artists of the Impressionist movement. Instructor Maria Monks will discuss composition, design, color, and light while gently guiding you in your own work using still life and photographs. While some drawing skills are useful, Maria invites both beginners and advanced painters.

Information:

• Wed 10/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience Watercolors I

Class/Workshop, Painting

Discover how delightful painting can be in this beginning class. Step-by-step exercises and individual instruction will demystify the painting process as you learn to apply watercolor techniques while expressing your own artistic ideas. With over 30 years' experience teaching students of all levels, artist Meredith Moench will gently guide you through an exploration of your inner artist.

Information:

• Wed 10/24/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Art of 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 our emphasis is on digital cameras, film users are also welcome. Bring a camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed. Textbook, provided at first session, included in course fee.

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• Wed 10/24/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Filmmaking

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Develop your technical and creative skills as a digital videographer and learn how to create professional looking footage. Join local movie-maker and videographer Michael Barone to learn basic skills and techniques including video formatting, shooting methods, camera control, movement and composition, sound, light, and how to shoot with editing in mind. Class will also include hands-on video editing in a computer lab setting. Bring your camcorder or a DSLR camera capable of capturing video, manual, and extra batteries or charger to each session. Prerequisite: working knowledge of your camera and basic computer skills.

Information:

• Wed 10/24/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wake Up with Sumi-e!

Class/Workshop

Ease into your Wednesday morning by learning Sumi-e--a 2,000 year-old Japanese art form using a brush and black ink. Artist Stephanie Britt will teach you the fundamentals of Sumi-e, including the four treasures (your tools) and the four gentlemen (subjects you learn to paint first). Embark on a meditative painting journey where the emphasis is not perfection, but rather the beauty of each brush stroke.

Information:

• Wed 10/24/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 10/25/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. We'll discuss importing, cataloging, and processing images to their full potential; explore the Library and Develop modules; output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print; and 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 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Copyediting for Yourself & Others with Roby Blecker

Class/Workshop

The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing. Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is. Begin the development of an "editor's eye," whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, or blogs, or helping others with their writing. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor and has been helping others perfect their craft for over 27 years.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 10/25/18 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. Class does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 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 10/25/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Landscape Design

Class/Workshop, Design, Gardening

Autumn is the perfect time for landscape planning. This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful landscape. Garden design expert Debra Olberg will provide a practical, step-by-step guide for drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space. Course begins at WCC on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM - 1 PM with a short classroom session, then an exploration field trip to local public gardens for inspiration. The remaining four sessions meet at WCC on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 PM. Bring a ruler and pencil to classroom sessions.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM6:30 PM8:30 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

Information:

• Thu 10/25/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Experimental Landscape Painting

Class/Workshop, Painting

Come create a landscape painting that arises from a meaningful process of discovery and experimentation in this engaging class with local artist Christen Mattix. Focusing more on your unique expression as it relates to a sense of place rather than technique, you'll work from photos, memory, or your imagination to make a landscape painting expressing your personal vision. Christen will cover topics such as realism and abstraction, new processes in painting, and the influence of cinema on landscape painting. Watercolor, acrylics, oils, or mixed media are welcome. Prerequisite: drawing experience.

Information:

• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Getting Started with Illustrator

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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.

Information:

• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Drawing Skills for Painters

Class/Workshop

At last, a basic drawing class specifically designed to prepare you for painting. Learn to see the way a painter sees through the practice of specific drawing exercises. Whether you are a beginner or already dabbling in paint, this class will help lessen later struggles. Artist Meredith Moench has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years.

Information:

• Fri 10/26/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 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.

Information:

• Fri 10/26/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop

Nurture your creative spirit in this 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.

Information:

• Fri 10/26/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Applied Project Management Fundamentals

Business, Class/Workshop

Learn practical project management knowledge and vital skill sets that you will immediately be able to apply in your daily work. You will develop the fundamentals of implementing standard processes and best practices to be successful in completing your projects. This course is your first step in preparing to take the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management exam. Final session on 10/26 is 8:30 AM - 5 PM with 30-minute lunch break. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided each session. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Fri 10/26/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Ghosts of the Pacific Northwest

Talks/Lectures

Whatcom County is no stranger to ghostly phenomena, many steeped in rich traditions and legends. 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. You might even want to join one...if you dare.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hybrid Nonfiction: The Lyric Essay with J.R. Lara

Class/Workshop

"There is nothing poetry is called upon to do that prose is not." -Suzanne Paola. Is a poem still a poem if it's written in paragraphs? What if an essay rhymes? In this generative course we'll push the boundaries of prose and poetry, and see what writing can do. Writing exercises, craft discussions, developing our knowledge of poetics and language structure, and progress toward a final collection of work. J.R. Lara is an award-winning poet and essayist. She is an MFA candidate at WWU and editor at Psaltery & Lyre.

Information:

• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 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. Textbook is included in course fee. Bring a calculator to class.

Information:

• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful clay art--such as bowls, cups, and jars. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Instructor Jennifer Anable welcomes both beginning and experienced students. Final class session is one hour to get feedback on your finished pottery or finish glazing. Up to five pounds of clay and glazes are included.

Information:

• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Dare to Draw I

Class/Workshop

This is a perfect class for anyone who would like to try drawing for the first time or those wanting a refresher in basic skills. Instructor Katherine Taylor will lead you through various exercises to train the eye, hand, and imagination to work as a team. Your drawing skills will improve right before your eyes. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to class.

Information:

• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Dynamic Approach to Oil Painting

Class/Workshop

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 oils. Artist Sheila Steinborn invites beginners and advanced artists alike, structuring her class to provide step-by-step instruction in how to paint in a loose style, as well as give individualized feedback to all. Class size is limited, so register early.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an essential workflow tool for many photographers, allowing you to organize, process, and show your work with ease. We'll discuss importing, cataloging, and processing images to their full potential; explore the Library and Develop modules; output modules such as Book, Slideshow, and Print; and 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.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Portuguese Knitting

Class/Workshop

If you are new to knitting or want to learn an easy and gentle knitting style instead of English or Continental, then join Janice Shepherd to learn the art of Portuguese knitting. 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. Bring a pair of size 8 knitting needles (straight or circular) and one skein of #4 worsted yarn.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 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:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

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.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

Information:

• Tue 10/30/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Wake Up with Sumi-e!

Class/Workshop

Ease into your Wednesday morning by learning Sumi-e--a 2,000 year-old Japanese art form using a brush and black ink. Artist Stephanie Britt will teach you the fundamentals of Sumi-e, including the four treasures (your tools) and the four gentlemen (subjects you learn to paint first). Embark on a meditative painting journey where the emphasis is not perfection, but rather the beauty of each brush stroke.

Information:

• Wed 10/31/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Experience Watercolors I

Class/Workshop, Painting

Discover how delightful painting can be in this beginning class. Step-by-step exercises and individual instruction will demystify the painting process as you learn to apply watercolor techniques while expressing your own artistic ideas. With over 30 years' experience teaching students of all levels, artist Meredith Moench will gently guide you through an exploration of your inner artist.

Information:

• Wed 10/31/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Paint Like an Impressionist

Class/Workshop, Painting

Using a palette knife (no brushes!), learn to paint with oils and capture the play of light on objects and scenery just like Monet, Renoir, and other artists of the Impressionist movement. Instructor Maria Monks will discuss composition, design, color, and light while gently guiding you in your own work using still life and photographs. While some drawing skills are useful, Maria invites both beginners and advanced painters.

Information:

• Wed 10/31/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experimental Landscape Painting

Class/Workshop, Painting

Come create a landscape painting that arises from a meaningful process of discovery and experimentation in this engaging class with local artist Christen Mattix. Focusing more on your unique expression as it relates to a sense of place rather than technique, you'll work from photos, memory, or your imagination to make a landscape painting expressing your personal vision. Christen will cover topics such as realism and abstraction, new processes in painting, and the influence of cinema on landscape painting. Watercolor, acrylics, oils, or mixed media are welcome. Prerequisite: drawing experience.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 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.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 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.

Information:

• Fri 11/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Drawing Skills for Painters

Class/Workshop

At last, a basic drawing class specifically designed to prepare you for painting. Learn to see the way a painter sees through the practice of specific drawing exercises. Whether you are a beginner or already dabbling in paint, this class will help lessen later struggles. Artist Meredith Moench has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years.

Information:

• Fri 11/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Exploring Clay: Introduction to Hand-Built Ceramics

Class/Workshop

Nurture your creative spirit in this 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.

Information:

• Fri 11/2/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Hybrid Nonfiction: The Lyric Essay with J.R. Lara

Class/Workshop

"There is nothing poetry is called upon to do that prose is not." -Suzanne Paola. Is a poem still a poem if it's written in paragraphs? What if an essay rhymes? In this generative course we'll push the boundaries of prose and poetry, and see what writing can do. Writing exercises, craft discussions, developing our knowledge of poetics and language structure, and progress toward a final collection of work. J.R. Lara is an award-winning poet and essayist. She is an MFA candidate at WWU and editor at Psaltery & Lyre.

Information:

• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Introduction to the Potter's Wheel

Class/Workshop

Join us in Whatcom's beautiful Roe Studio and learn to use the potter's wheel to create unique designs and useful clay art--such as bowls, cups, and jars. Explore the basic skills of centering, throwing, trimming, and glazing pottery to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Instructor Jennifer Anable welcomes both beginning and experienced students. Final class session is one hour to get feedback on your finished pottery or finish glazing. Up to five pounds of clay and glazes are included.

Information:

• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

Information:

• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

Information:

• Tue 11/6/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

Information:

• Tue 11/6/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

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.

Information:

• Tue 11/6/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 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:

• Tue 11/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wake Up with Sumi-e!

Class/Workshop

Ease into your Wednesday morning by learning Sumi-e--a 2,000 year-old Japanese art form using a brush and black ink. Artist Stephanie Britt will teach you the fundamentals of Sumi-e, including the four treasures (your tools) and the four gentlemen (subjects you learn to paint first). Embark on a meditative painting journey where the emphasis is not perfection, but rather the beauty of each brush stroke.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Paint Like an Impressionist

Class/Workshop, Painting

Using a palette knife (no brushes!), learn to paint with oils and capture the play of light on objects and scenery just like Monet, Renoir, and other artists of the Impressionist movement. Instructor Maria Monks will discuss composition, design, color, and light while gently guiding you in your own work using still life and photographs. While some drawing skills are useful, Maria invites both beginners and advanced painters.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experimental Landscape Painting

Class/Workshop, Painting

Come create a landscape painting that arises from a meaningful process of discovery and experimentation in this engaging class with local artist Christen Mattix. Focusing more on your unique expression as it relates to a sense of place rather than technique, you'll work from photos, memory, or your imagination to make a landscape painting expressing your personal vision. Christen will cover topics such as realism and abstraction, new processes in painting, and the influence of cinema on landscape painting. Watercolor, acrylics, oils, or mixed media are welcome. Prerequisite: drawing experience.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 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.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Drawing Skills for Painters

Class/Workshop

At last, a basic drawing class specifically designed to prepare you for painting. Learn to see the way a painter sees through the practice of specific drawing exercises. Whether you are a beginner or already dabbling in paint, this class will help lessen later struggles. Artist Meredith Moench has taught drawing and painting for over 30 years.

Information:

• Fri 11/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 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:

• Tue 11/13/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Tai Chi for Health & Vitality

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

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.

Information:

• Tue 11/13/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

Information:

• Tue 11/13/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

Information:

• Tue 11/13/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Advanced Conversational French

Class/Workshop

Ce cours aborde de nombreux sujets divertissants, dans une ambiance conviviale. Le but: permettre aux participants de développer leurs compétences communicatives et grammaticales. Prérequis: une forte volonté de parler français pendant 2 heures. Prerequisite: Intermediate Conversational French or instructor's permission.

Information:

• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wake Up with Sumi-e!

Class/Workshop

Ease into your Wednesday morning by learning Sumi-e--a 2,000 year-old Japanese art form using a brush and black ink. Artist Stephanie Britt will teach you the fundamentals of Sumi-e, including the four treasures (your tools) and the four gentlemen (subjects you learn to paint first). Embark on a meditative painting journey where the emphasis is not perfection, but rather the beauty of each brush stroke.

Information:

• Wed 11/14/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 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.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Intermediate Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class is designed to build your French language skills through a flexible program that's customized to meet the needs of the participants. Depending on needs, we'll cover pronouns, pronominal verbs, future and conditional verb forms, vocabulary in context…and play French Bananagrams. Required book: Le Petit Nicolas et les copains (Goscinny & Sempé). Prerequisite: Basic Conversational French or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ukulele: Beginning

Class/Workshop

Everyone can learn to play the ukulele--including you. 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. This class is for ages 13 and older. Bring your ukulele to class.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Experimental Landscape Painting

Class/Workshop, Painting

Come create a landscape painting that arises from a meaningful process of discovery and experimentation in this engaging class with local artist Christen Mattix. Focusing more on your unique expression as it relates to a sense of place rather than technique, you'll work from photos, memory, or your imagination to make a landscape painting expressing your personal vision. Christen will cover topics such as realism and abstraction, new processes in painting, and the influence of cinema on landscape painting. Watercolor, acrylics, oils, or mixed media are welcome. Prerequisite: drawing experience.

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/19/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/19/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

Information:

• Tue 11/20/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 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:

• Tue 11/20/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

Information:

• Tue 11/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/22/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/22/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 PM

Basic Conversational French

Class/Workshop

This conversation-based class helps you build a useful set of vocabulary, practice the present tense and learn the passé composé. (This is not a class for true beginners.) Prerequisite: French for Beginners or instructor's permission. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Belly Dance Fitness

Class/Workshop, World Dance

Discover the many benefits of Middle Eastern dancing as you exercise your body and learn new skills. Increase your strength and flexibility, burn calories, and enjoy moving to the music! Instructor Rachel Carter has been belly dancing for eleven years and performing with a dance troupe and as a soloist for the past seven. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beginning Yoga

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

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, two yoga blocks, and an 8-foot yoga strap.

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Italian for Beginners II

Class/Workshop

Expand your knowledge of Italian language, grammar, and vocabulary while continuing to explore authentic cultural themes of today's Italy. Topics will include shopping for food, talking about family, traveling by train and by plane, and much more. This course is designed for those who have completed a beginning Italian course or have prior background in conversational Italian.

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 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:

• Tue 12/4/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Spanish II: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you've completed Spanish I, or have Spanish language experience, then welcome to Spanish II. This course is an expansion on Spanish I: Beginning with a focus on strengthening skills and acquiring some new ones. We will devote time to vocabulary acquisition through conversation, working with new verb tenses, and exploring culturally relevant topics in Spanish. Join us! No textbook required. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish III: Advanced Beginning

Class/Workshop

If you have taken Spanish II: Beyond Beginning, or have prior experience and want to broaden your knowledge of grammar and increase speaking ability, it's time for the next step! Using interesting readings in Spanish, we'll move at a steady pace through everyday topics, with exercises in listening, speaking, and writing. No textbook required. Instructor Shirley King, Ph.D., has a doctorate in Spanish literature and has taught in universities internationally. ¡Bienvenido! Please join us! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Italiano Per Avanzati!

Class/Workshop

Un corso d'italiano a livello avanzato per amanti della lingua e della cultura italiana. Puo partecipare al corso chi abbia una conoscenza fondamentale della grammatica italiana e chi sia in grado di esprimersi spontaneamente in italiano. Ciao e a presto! Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 7:20 PM - 9:00 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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. Class does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM