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Whatcom Community College

237 W. Kellogg Rd., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-383-3000

Website:
www.whatcom.ctc.edu

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Featured Event

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

Other Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media Marketing Series--How to Use Facebook Groups for Business

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Business, Social Media

Join instructor Jean Ryan and discover how you can utilize Facebook Groups as a powerful marketing tool for your business. Groups will help you promote products and services, find new customers, and connect with existing customers by building a unique online community. In class you'll learn how to setup your group page, curate content, and explore tools to help you target your customer, customize your group, and more.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Art of Floral Design: Level I

Class/Workshop

Discover the art of floral design! Cheryl Jackson, owner of Courtyard Gardens in Everson, will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements as you learn the tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. You'll leave the first class with a stunning centerpiece--a retail value of $25. All materials for the first class will be supplied. Each remaining session will yield take-home results; supply list for subsequent projects will be discussed at first class. (Students should budget $10-15 per class session for subsequent projects.) Please bring a sharp knife. Class is offered fall and spring.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 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

Sign Language For Fun: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Continue your exploration into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) as you expand your signing skills. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will teach conversational skills to students who have completed the beginning class or have some experience with ASL.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Peruvian Adventure

Class/Workshop

Journey to Peru, where you'll discover the country's scenic, historic, and cultural highlights. Spend an evening with avid traveler and professional travel consultant Blake Lieberman as he covers how to travel to this fascinating country, including where to go, when to visit, and what to expect. You'll gain an understanding of the diverse landscapes of Peru, from the high Altiplano to the depths of the Amazon rain forest, and how you can explore this popular South American destination.

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• Wed 10/24/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Writer's Toolbox with Roby Blecker: Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood

Class/Workshop

Where you place your characters in time and space can have great effect on your fiction and can also be the spark that hooks readers into your story. Look at how to create mood by showing, rather than telling, and examine the differences between mainstream fiction, genre fiction, and historical fiction in terms of their impact on your piece. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Wed 10/24/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Writing Effective Reports & Designing Professional Documents

Class/Workshop, Business

Would you like to streamline the process of writing reports? Do you want to increase the effectiveness of your professional documents? In this interactive workshop, you'll gain strategies for writing reports that achieve results. We'll also cover document design, organization, and sentence-level clarity. Instructor Margi Fox teaches professional and technical writing at WWU. She's presented numerous business writing workshops to businesses and nonprofits.

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• Wed 10/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 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 10/24/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 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 10/24/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 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 10/24/18 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

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 10/24/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 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

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

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 10/25/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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 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

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.

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• 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.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 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 10/25/18 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.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 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 10/25/18 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.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

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

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Continue your exploration into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) as you expand your signing skills. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will teach conversational skills to students who have completed the beginning class or have some experience with ASL.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. Whether you are planning a trip to this exquisite country or would like to learn more about the language, Kanami invites you to join this course on basic conversational Japanese. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Leadership Series: Transforming Workplace Conflict

Class/Workshop

This dynamic workshop is for anyone who works with others including managers or team members--anyone facing a difficult conflict conversation! Conflict coach Mark Warren tackles this challenging topic by covering questions such as: How do breakdowns happen? How do you have the tough conversations? How do you create safety for yourself and others? Learn how conflict can be transformed into trust and accountability, and leave class with new skills you can implement immediately. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 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 10/26/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 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.

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• Fri 10/26/18 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.

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• Fri 10/26/18 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 10/26/18 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

A Holiday Platter to Keep or Gift

Class/Workshop, Holiday, Ceramics/Pottery

Add a little handmade glamour to your table this year with your very own ceramic holiday platter. Under local artist Rachel Simpson's guidance, you'll spend the first session learning how to build your own platter from clay and add design elements. The second session will be two hours learning how to apply glaze to your fired platter. All skill levels welcome. Finished platters will be ready for pick up by November 9--just in time for all your holiday celebrations. All materials included. Ages 10 and up are welcome to register with an adult.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

All About Felting

Class/Workshop

Learn the basics of wet and needle felting in this fun workshop. We'll discuss fibers best suited for felting projects, how to prepare the fiber, and use hand cards and a drum carder to explore fiber blending and color. You'll complete at least five different projects, including felt beads, felted soap, and a three-dimensional figure. You'll even take home a tote bag containing a foam block, wet felting tools, felting needles, and fiber to continue your new hobby. $60 materials fee payable to instructor at class. Thirty-minute lunch break included.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Astronomy: A Beginner's Exploration

Class/Workshop

Prepare to be amazed by the universe. We'll start with an introduction to astronomy before venturing into the space beyond our solar system and taking a look at some of the most awe-inspiring places within the Milky Way galaxy. Then we'll come back closer to home and explore places and phenomena within our solar system that will have you scratching your head in wonder.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Astronomy: Our Amazing Universe

Class/Workshop

Boldly go into our solar system in this fascinating tour of our amazing universe. We'll begin by looking at the structure of the sun, working our way to the colder areas of our home system as we examine each planet and major moons until we finally stop at interstellar space. Finally, we'll take a big leap and explore some of the most amazing places and phenomena within the only universe we know.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Create Home Decor with Polymer Clay

Class/Workshop

Add to your basic polymer clay skills with this fun Saturday workshop. You will learn more advanced design techniques to create a covered light switch plate and a design-covered glass bowl. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to get a bit messy. Ages 12 and up registered with a guardian are welcome to attend. Prerequisite: Jewelry-Making with Polymer Clay or basic experience working with polymer clay. All materials included.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ghosts of the Pacific Northwest

Class/Workshop

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

Poetry as Memoir with Barbara Bloom

Class/Workshop, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

When we think of memoir, we tend to think of prose accounts, but for centuries poets have been telling their life stories through poems. In this workshop, we'll explore how you can write about important moments in your life in poems. We'll look at some examples of memoir poems, and then, through lively and playful writing exercises, begin to craft our own memoirs in verse. Barbara Bloom has an MA in creative writing from San Francisco University and has taught creative writing for over 30 years. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

African Cooking With Assefa Kebede

Class/Workshop

Assefa Kebede, former owner and chef at Vancouver BC's award-winning Nyala African Cuisine, demonstrates favorite recipes including chicken tajine, a North African dish with chicken, dried fruit, nuts, and spices cooked in an earthenware pot; and from his native Ethiopia, engudie wat (split peas with mushrooms); and injera, the distinctive sourdough flatbread that accompanies all Ethiopian meals.

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• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Modern Quilting

Class/Workshop, Textiles

Learn how to quilt a cozy covering just in time for the fall weather. Using one of her original designs, instructor Jess Flegel will guide you through measuring and cutting, piecing, basting, quilting, and binding. Learn what makes a quilt "modern," color and pattern selection, and tips for creating your own original quilts. By course end, you'll have assembled a simple quilt top, basted it, and have the skills to add the finishing touches. Bring your sewing machine to class and visit whatcomcommunityed.com for supply list. Prerequisite: basic sewing skills and working knowledge of your sewing machine. This class offered fall quarter only.

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• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 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 10/29/18 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.

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• Mon 10/29/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 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 10/29/18 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 10/29/18 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 10/29/18 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.

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• Mon 10/29/18 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 10/30/18 at 6:00 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 10/30/18 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 10/30/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 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 10/30/18 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.

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• 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.

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

Getting Started with InDesign

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Google Docs & Drive: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Dive deeper into Google Docs and Drive with instructor Chris Powell! Learn tips to enhance Docs' online creation and work with templates to make your documents more eye-catching - you'll also discover how you can collaborate in real time with other users and publish your document to the web. In Drive, learn strategies for backing up your files successfully, organizing your file structure, and explore how to maintain your files and deleted items.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Continue your exploration into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) as you expand your signing skills. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will teach conversational skills to students who have completed the beginning class or have some experience with ASL.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Social Media Marketing Series--Cultivating Customer Service with Twitter

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Social Media

Discover the power of Twitter and learn how to drive traffic to your website and build your customer base. Twitter is used by successful businesses worldwide to promote business, quickly communicate with customers, and monitor customer service. In this workshop you'll learn how to set up a Twitter account and leave class with a collection of resources, and a step-by-step approach to utilize Twitter for your business. If you own a laptop or tablet, you are encouraged to bring it to class.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Weight Control with Hypnosis: Level II

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Continue to use hypnosis as a tool for dealing with the inevitable challenges in maintaining a healthy weight and general sense of well-being. Topics include using hypnosis to help with stressors and focusing on activities that increase our willpower, energy, restorative sleep patterns, and ability to relax. Prerequisite: Level I course. $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 10/30/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WordPress--Level 3

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

This class covers videos, plug-ins, widgets, and added content for downloads such as zipped files. We'll also discuss security, RSS, Google Analytics, and optimizing the website for speed. Class text is the same book used in the introductory and Level 2 courses. Prerequisite: WordPress--Level 2.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work In Progress Guided Critique Group: Fiction and Nonfiction with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Bring your work in progress. Class includes 30 minutes of instruction (triggered by the previous week's issues), followed by two hours of reading and constructive criticism. You'll have the opportunity to read your own stories or articles as well as listen to and comment on everyone else's. Be surprised by how quickly you learn what works and what doesn't, and how strangers can polish your prose! Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer; she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers for 30 years.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Class/Workshop

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

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• Wed 10/31/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 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.

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• Wed 10/31/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 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 10/31/18 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.

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• Wed 10/31/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 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.

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• Thu 11/1/18 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 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• Thu 11/1/18 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.

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• Thu 11/1/18 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.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Continue your exploration into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) as you expand your signing skills. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will teach conversational skills to students who have completed the beginning class or have some experience with ASL.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. Whether you are planning a trip to this exquisite country or would like to learn more about the language, Kanami invites you to join this course on basic conversational Japanese. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

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

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Getting Started with InDesign

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Estate Planning 101

Class/Workshop

No matter your age or income level, estate planning is crucial for managing your assets, healthcare decisions, and providing for your loved ones. This course covers basic estate planning documents, including powers of attorney, wills, trusts, and community property agreements. Using real-world examples, we will discuss what these documents accomplish and how they are used. Instructor David Neubeck is a local attorney who specializes in elder law and estate planning for clients of all ages.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Fermentation and Sprouting for Health

Class/Workshop, Food/Tasting

Andy Walton discusses how sprouting and fermenting grains, nuts, and seeds can maximize their nutritional benefits and digestibility. Learn how these processes reduce anti-nutrients that interfere with digestion and contribute to inflammation in the digestive tract. Andy will demonstrate these techniques and will serve samples of sunflower seed hummus and whole oat groat oatmeal with almonds. You will leave with recipes and a guide to soaking, sprouting, and fermenting.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Harmony & Orchestration: Writing Unforgettable Songs

Class/Workshop

Enhance your inner songwriter with this course designed to build on your existing skills, and learn how to write truly unforgettable songs. You'll begin by writing instrumental backgrounds, bass lines, and hooks to strengthen your song. Then we'll move on to advanced harmonic studies, such as the use of extended chords and how to deviate from I-IV-V chord progressions, and how to write counterpoint or harmony lines for sung melodies. Prerequisite: Songwriting for Nothing or some songwriting experience.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

WordPress--Level 3

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

This class covers videos, plug-ins, widgets, and added content for downloads such as zipped files. We'll also discuss security, RSS, Google Analytics, and optimizing the website for speed. Class text is the same book used in the introductory and Level 2 courses. Prerequisite: WordPress--Level 2.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Creative Article: Quickest Way To Publication with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Writing articles for publication works out your writing muscle, builds your portfolio and platform, and pays the bills. This three-part workshop includes exploration of article types, blueprints for structure, leads and conclusions, titles, and fictional techniques that enliven nonfiction--with time built in to share your work in progress. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer; she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers for 30 years after getting her start in a class just like this.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Principles of Interviewing--Hiring Loyal Employees

Class/Workshop, Business

Whether you're an employee or employer, a new manager or a seasoned professional who makes hiring decisions, this workshop offers something for everyone. Join us for an interactive, discussion-based workshop to help you screen, interview, and hire the right employee for the right position. You will learn about many tools and strategies to increase productivity, improve customer service, and create a work culture that attracts and keeps great talent. Diane M. Blietz, Owner/Consultant of DMB Communication Strategies, provides businesses and individuals professional communication services, strategies, and tools they need to grow their businesses and achieve their goals. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Threads and Themes: Discovering the Why of Your Memoir with Geoffrey Bankowski

Class/Workshop

The first draft of memoir writing and personal essays requires detailed, vivid storytelling. Rarely do these stories cohere on their own, however. It's a skill of its own to step back and assess what you've written, to look for emergent patterns, threads, and themes that can then be more fully explored and developed. This course will provide guidelines and techniques to thoughtfully assess your important stories and begin shaping a larger, more complex work. Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA from the University of Michigan and has taught writing for over 20 years.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Applied Quality Management Fundamentals

Business, Class/Workshop

Earning the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, terminology, and processes of effective quality management to consistently deliver high quality products and services. In this course, you'll acquire a practical and robust quality management toolkit that includes: process improvement techniques; mapping, measuring, and quantifying process performance; problem-solving techniques; variance analysis; root cause analysis; and identifying and eliminating errors or defects. Through this Lean Six Sigma training, you'll be equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to daily tasks that result in enhanced quality, decreased waste, and better cycle times. Dr. Bill Warner is an expert on Lean Six Sigma who will prepare you to pass the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. Final session on 11/16 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 11/2/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Applied Quality Management Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Business

Earning the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, terminology, and processes of effective quality management to consistently deliver high quality products and services. In this course, you'll acquire a practical and robust quality management toolkit that includes: process improvement techniques; mapping, measuring, and quantifying process performance; problem-solving techniques; variance analysis; root cause analysis; and identifying and eliminating errors or defects. Through this Lean Six Sigma training, you'll be equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to daily tasks that result in enhanced quality, decreased waste, and better cycle times. Dr. Bill Warner is an expert on Lean Six Sigma who will prepare you to pass the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. Final session on 11/16 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 11/2/18 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 11/2/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 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.

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• 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.

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• Fri 11/2/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Art History Through Cinema: Jackson Pollock

Class/Workshop, Film

Jackson Pollock's radical abstract paintings are praised as both a genius of Abstract Expressionism and disparaged as a mess of paint on canvas. Yet his influence on the art world cannot be denied. Join us for a look at Pollock's art--its significance and its place among his contemporaries--along with a viewing of the movie Pollock (2000). Afterwards, we'll have an open discussion on the film and our understanding of the artist and his art.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Chakra Yoga

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

Join Maureen Kelly, CYT, for a gentle Vinyasa-style Yoga class with an exploration of the body's chakras, or centers of energy. Maureen will provide an overview of the chakras, while integrating yoga poses with several energy-enhancing approaches such as acupressure, sound, qigong, and a closing mediation. As you journey through the chakras in this workshop, you will learn how to open yourself to areas of the body in need of emotional or physical balance, and learn how to establish a road to equilibrium. Beginners welcome; bring a yoga mat.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

De-stressing with Acupressure

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Come and learn an easy and clinically effective way to tap away your stress, anxiety, and triggers. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a popular acupressure technique often referred to as "acupressure for the emotions," is appropriate for all ages and works quickly to neutralize your nervous system's hard-wiring for all types of triggers. In clinical medical tests, EFT has been shown to be over 90% effective in treating anxiety, stress, and even PTSD. Discover how EFT can be used for yourself, others, and even pets.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

New York, New York: Understanding The Big 5 Publishers with Spencer Ellsworth

Class/Workshop

New York corporate publishers--Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster--have an overwhelming presence in book publishing, but how exactly? Are they gatekeepers or tastemakers? Why do they buy and promote what they do? Is it better to be indie, small-press, or "Big Time" New York? Come get your questions answered. Spencer Ellsworth, former agent, freelance editor, and author of the Starfire Trilogy from Tor Books, demystifies the big New York publishing industry.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pepper Spray for Self-Defense

Class/Workshop

Pepper spray is a widespread self-defense product used by both law enforcement and private citizens, but do you understand how to properly and safely use it for self-defense? In this informative class, Robert Ellsworth, corrections deputy for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, will cover how to select an appropriate spray for your purposes, and how to retrieve and deploy your pepper spray in a compromised position, all while using real-world scenarios to give you a chance to practice in a safe environment. Bring a sack lunch and wear comfortable clothes. Real pepper spray will not be used in class.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Peril-Less Paris

Class/Workshop

Stroll the banks of the River Seine, lose yourself among the art treasures in the City of Light, and embark on a visit to Paris you'll never forget. Chuck and Dee Robinson have spent months in Paris and invite you to come learn how to make the most of your first or next visit. Discover both famous and obsure sights to visit, places to stay and eat, information on the arts and culture, day trips to take, and how to navigate Paris with ease. Come with your questions and leave ready to experience the best of Paris.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Writing a Business Plan

Class/Workshop, Business

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

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A Holiday Platter to Keep or Gift

Class/Workshop, Holiday, Ceramics/Pottery

Add a little handmade glamour to your table this year with your very own ceramic holiday platter. Under local artist Rachel Simpson's guidance, you'll spend the first session learning how to build your own platter from clay and add design elements. The second session will be two hours learning how to apply glaze to your fired platter. All skill levels welcome. Finished platters will be ready for pick up by November 9--just in time for all your holiday celebrations. All materials included. Ages 10 and up are welcome to register with an adult.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Introduction to Modern Quilting

Class/Workshop, Textiles

Learn how to quilt a cozy covering just in time for the fall weather. Using one of her original designs, instructor Jess Flegel will guide you through measuring and cutting, piecing, basting, quilting, and binding. Learn what makes a quilt "modern," color and pattern selection, and tips for creating your own original quilts. By course end, you'll have assembled a simple quilt top, basted it, and have the skills to add the finishing touches. Bring your sewing machine to class and visit whatcomcommunityed.com for supply list. Prerequisite: basic sewing skills and working knowledge of your sewing machine. This class offered fall quarter only.

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• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Calypso Kitchen: Caribbean Soups and Sauces

Class/Workshop, Food/Tasting

Sarah Chan, native of Trinidad, creates sancoche soup, a hearty and warming Trinidad specialty that uses split peas, taro leaves, root vegetables, corn, dumplings, coconut milk, and lots of fresh herbs. Sarah will also make eggplant fritters, along with spicy mango chutney and tomato choka chutney to go with them. All recipes are gluten-free and guaranteed delicious.

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• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Dare to Draw II

Class/Workshop, Drawings/Works on Paper

Continue to amaze all with your artistic talents. This course is designed for anyone with basic drawing skills or those wanting a continuation of Katherine Taylor's Dare to Draw I. Enhance your ability to create spatial illusion, increase your understanding of perspective, and develop more confidence. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to the first class. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 11/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Outlook Essentials: Effective Email Management

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Microsoft Outlook is used primarily as an email application, but it has many additional features. Learn how to utilize these features, including email and calendar options, appointments and meetings, what "events" are and how to set them up, and so much more. Come explore the many features of Outlook and discover how to make them work for you. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Mon 11/5/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 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 11/5/18 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 11/5/18 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 11/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 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.

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• Mon 11/5/18 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 11/6/18 at 6:00 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 11/6/18 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graphic Production Capstone

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Apply the skills developed over the last six weeks in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Using all three programs in a single workflow, you'll create an integrated project designed to highlight the strengths of each application. Your final project will emphasize the requirements for print and screen-based projects to prepare your content for use in both environments. Prerequisite: completion of each class in the Graphic Production Certificate series.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Online Security

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Chris will demonstrate how password managers can make your online life much more secure and how two-factor authentication apps can quickly and easily log you into secure websites. You'll learn which extensions and add-ons can make your web browser safer to use online, and Chris will share strategies for safely using your laptop and mobile devices at work and while traveling abroad.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Online Security

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Chris will demonstrate how password managers can make your online life much more secure and how two-factor authentication apps can quickly and easily log you into secure websites. You'll learn which extensions and add-ons can make your web browser safer to use online, and Chris will share strategies for safely using your laptop and mobile devices at work and while traveling abroad.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saltwater Fishing Techniques & Strategies

Class/Workshop

Increase your catch with this in-depth saltwater fishing class. Starting with basics and moving to advanced concepts, experienced fisherman Mark Stockton will share proven techniques for success in trolling, jigging, and mooching for salmon, halibut, lingcod, and bottomfish. Shrimping and beach fishing will be discussed along with properly rigged setups, equipment, and recipes. A fisherman for nearly 50 years, Mark Stockton has 31+ years of experience in saltwater fishing and has won multiple fishing derbies. Prior fishing experience strongly recommended. Course offered fall and spring only.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Social Media Marketing Series - How to Integrate Blogging Into Your Social Media Strategy

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Social Media

If you're not using a blog as a marketing tool, you should be. Blogging creates brand awareness, increases the domain authority for your business, helps boost your SEO results, aids in promoting and sharing your content, and connects you to your customers in a more meaningful way. In this class, learn the basics of blogging for your business, and how your blog can be used as a tool to complement and promote your social media marketing efforts.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

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

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

WordPress--Level 3

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

This class covers videos, plug-ins, widgets, and added content for downloads such as zipped files. We'll also discuss security, RSS, Google Analytics, and optimizing the website for speed. Class text is the same book used in the introductory and Level 2 courses. Prerequisite: WordPress--Level 2.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Work In Progress Guided Critique Group: Fiction and Nonfiction with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Bring your work in progress. Class includes 30 minutes of instruction (triggered by the previous week's issues), followed by two hours of reading and constructive criticism. You'll have the opportunity to read your own stories or articles as well as listen to and comment on everyone else's. Be surprised by how quickly you learn what works and what doesn't, and how strangers can polish your prose! Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer; she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers for 30 years.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Weight Control with Hypnosis: Level II

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Continue to use hypnosis as a tool for dealing with the inevitable challenges in maintaining a healthy weight and general sense of well-being. Topics include using hypnosis to help with stressors and focusing on activities that increase our willpower, energy, restorative sleep patterns, and ability to relax. Prerequisite: Level I course. $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 11/6/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Tue 11/6/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Sign Language For Fun: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Continue your exploration into the world of American Sign Language (ASL) as you expand your signing skills. Instructor Dawn Stoyanoff will teach conversational skills to students who have completed the beginning class or have some experience with ASL.

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• Tue 11/6/18 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.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience Watercolors II

Class/Workshop

Continue your watercolor painting experience as you further develop your artistic skills and ideas. Under the gentle guidance of instructor Meredith Moench, you will gain the confidence to complete high-quality, finished watercolor paintings. Any student who has had basic watercolor painting experience is invited to enroll. Class does not meet November 21.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Photography: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop

Would you like to take your photography skills to the next level? Join us and discover easy-to-master techniques that will greatly enhance your photos. Through weekly assignments and critiques, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of composition, lighting, and camera operations that are essential to great picture taking. Instructor Gary Meader, drawing on 30 years of experience, will guide you through the exciting world of photography. Bring a 35mm camera, film or digital, with adjustable aperture and shutter speed capability. This course offered fall and spring quarters only. Prerequisite: The Art of Photography, or instructor permission. Class does not meet November 21.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Outlook Essentials: Effective Email Management

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Microsoft Outlook is used primarily as an email application, but it has many additional features. Learn how to utilize these features, including email and calendar options, appointments and meetings, what "events" are and how to set them up, and so much more. Come explore the many features of Outlook and discover how to make them work for you. Textbook, included in course fee, will be provided at first session.

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• Wed 11/7/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 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

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 11/8/18 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.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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 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.

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• Thu 11/8/18 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 11/8/18 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 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 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 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.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

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

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Harmony & Orchestration: Writing Unforgettable Songs

Class/Workshop

Enhance your inner songwriter with this course designed to build on your existing skills, and learn how to write truly unforgettable songs. You'll begin by writing instrumental backgrounds, bass lines, and hooks to strengthen your song. Then we'll move on to advanced harmonic studies, such as the use of extended chords and how to deviate from I-IV-V chord progressions, and how to write counterpoint or harmony lines for sung melodies. Prerequisite: Songwriting for Nothing or some songwriting experience.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Estate Planning 101

Class/Workshop

No matter your age or income level, estate planning is crucial for managing your assets, healthcare decisions, and providing for your loved ones. This course covers basic estate planning documents, including powers of attorney, wills, trusts, and community property agreements. Using real-world examples, we will discuss what these documents accomplish and how they are used. Instructor David Neubeck is a local attorney who specializes in elder law and estate planning for clients of all ages.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Threads and Themes: Discovering the Why of Your Memoir with Geoffrey Bankowski

Class/Workshop

The first draft of memoir writing and personal essays requires detailed, vivid storytelling. Rarely do these stories cohere on their own, however. It's a skill of its own to step back and assess what you've written, to look for emergent patterns, threads, and themes that can then be more fully explored and developed. This course will provide guidelines and techniques to thoughtfully assess your important stories and begin shaping a larger, more complex work. Geoffrey Bankowski has an MFA from the University of Michigan and has taught writing for over 20 years.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

The Creative Article: Quickest Way To Publication with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Writing articles for publication works out your writing muscle, builds your portfolio and platform, and pays the bills. This three-part workshop includes exploration of article types, blueprints for structure, leads and conclusions, titles, and fictional techniques that enliven nonfiction--with time built in to share your work in progress. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer; she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers for 30 years after getting her start in a class just like this.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 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.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. Whether you are planning a trip to this exquisite country or would like to learn more about the language, Kanami invites you to join this course on basic conversational Japanese. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

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

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• Thu 11/8/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Applied Quality Management Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Business

Earning the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, terminology, and processes of effective quality management to consistently deliver high quality products and services. In this course, you'll acquire a practical and robust quality management toolkit that includes: process improvement techniques; mapping, measuring, and quantifying process performance; problem-solving techniques; variance analysis; root cause analysis; and identifying and eliminating errors or defects. Through this Lean Six Sigma training, you'll be equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to daily tasks that result in enhanced quality, decreased waste, and better cycle times. Dr. Bill Warner is an expert on Lean Six Sigma who will prepare you to pass the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. Final session on 11/16 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 11/9/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Applied Quality Management Fundamentals

Business, Class/Workshop

Earning the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, terminology, and processes of effective quality management to consistently deliver high quality products and services. In this course, you'll acquire a practical and robust quality management toolkit that includes: process improvement techniques; mapping, measuring, and quantifying process performance; problem-solving techniques; variance analysis; root cause analysis; and identifying and eliminating errors or defects. Through this Lean Six Sigma training, you'll be equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to daily tasks that result in enhanced quality, decreased waste, and better cycle times. Dr. Bill Warner is an expert on Lean Six Sigma who will prepare you to pass the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. Final session on 11/16 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 11/9/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 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 11/9/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

November Birds in Whatcom County

Class/Workshop, Nature

Come find out what flies in the Whatcom skies. Join Ken Salzman on a walk around Semiahmoo Spit to view and discuss identification and behavior of a variety of Whatcom County birds in late fall, including seabirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and passerines. Ken is a past board member of the North Cascades and Sacramento Audubon societies and has been an avid birder and bird photographer for over 35 years. Bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one, and dress for the weather. Class meets at the Maritime Museum parking lot.

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• Sat 11/10/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

On Roasting Turkey

Class/Workshop, Food/Tasting

Make the most of your organic heirloom turkey with tips and techniques from an expert. Prepare and cook a 14-lb. bird to crispy-skinned, moist-flesh perfection in an hour and a half. With turkey accompanied by seared Brussels sprouts, fluffy mashed potatoes, mushroom barley dressing, and pumpkin pie, we'll enjoy a full-on feast.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Photoshop--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Continue your exploration of Photoshop as you work with advanced layer techniques and learn how to use curves for image enhancement. Class will also include an introduction to Photoshop's powerful brushes panel. Prerequisite: Getting Started with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

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

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Social Media Marketing Series--Timesaving Tools

Business, Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Social Media

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

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Word 2016--Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Weight Control with Hypnosis: Level II

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Continue to use hypnosis as a tool for dealing with the inevitable challenges in maintaining a healthy weight and general sense of well-being. Topics include using hypnosis to help with stressors and focusing on activities that increase our willpower, energy, restorative sleep patterns, and ability to relax. Prerequisite: Level I course. $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 11/13/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Work In Progress Guided Critique Group: Fiction and Nonfiction with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Bring your work in progress. Class includes 30 minutes of instruction (triggered by the previous week's issues), followed by two hours of reading and constructive criticism. You'll have the opportunity to read your own stories or articles as well as listen to and comment on everyone else's. Be surprised by how quickly you learn what works and what doesn't, and how strangers can polish your prose! Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer; she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers for 30 years.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 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 11/13/18 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 11/13/18 at 7:00 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.

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• 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.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 6:00 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 11/13/18 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 11/14/18 at 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Writer's Toolbox with Roby Blecker: Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller

Class/Workshop

In this sixth class of The Writer's Toolbox Series we'll explore voice, choosing point of view, natural length, natural style, your own individual tone, and following or breaking rules. Then we'll put it all together. Prerequisite: one or more of the preceding workshops in The Writer's Toolbox Series to register for this final class. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Wed 11/14/18 at 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Photography: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop

Would you like to take your photography skills to the next level? Join us and discover easy-to-master techniques that will greatly enhance your photos. Through weekly assignments and critiques, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of composition, lighting, and camera operations that are essential to great picture taking. Instructor Gary Meader, drawing on 30 years of experience, will guide you through the exciting world of photography. Bring a 35mm camera, film or digital, with adjustable aperture and shutter speed capability. This course offered fall and spring quarters only. Prerequisite: The Art of Photography, or instructor permission. Class does not meet November 21.

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• Wed 11/14/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Photoshop--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Continue your exploration of Photoshop as you work with advanced layer techniques and learn how to use curves for image enhancement. Class will also include an introduction to Photoshop's powerful brushes panel. Prerequisite: Getting Started with Photoshop or equivalent knowledge.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Spanish for Travelers

Class/Workshop

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

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Word 2016--Level 1

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

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

Information:

• Thu 11/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

The Creative Article: Quickest Way To Publication with Brenda Wilbee

Class/Workshop

Writing articles for publication works out your writing muscle, builds your portfolio and platform, and pays the bills. This three-part workshop includes exploration of article types, blueprints for structure, leads and conclusions, titles, and fictional techniques that enliven nonfiction--with time built in to share your work in progress. Brenda Wilbee is an award-winning novelist and feature writer; she holds an MA in Professional Writing and has been helping writers for 30 years after getting her start in a class just like this.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Ballroom Dancing: The ABCs

Class/Workshop, Ballroom

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

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Japanese for Travelers

Class/Workshop

Learn the beauty of the Japanese language with Kanami Fujita as your guide. Whether you are planning a trip to this exquisite country or would like to learn more about the language, Kanami invites you to join this course on basic conversational Japanese. You'll study pronunciation and basic survival vocabulary such as greetings, ordering food, time, numbers, purchasing transportation tickets, shopping, and expressing general needs. Along with basic Japanese phrases, you will learn the customs and etiquette essential to Japanese culture. No textbook required.

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• Thu 11/15/18 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.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 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 11/15/18 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.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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 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.

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• Thu 11/15/18 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 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.

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• 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.

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• 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.

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• Thu 11/15/18 at 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

Applied Quality Management Fundamentals

Business, Class/Workshop

Earning the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, terminology, and processes of effective quality management to consistently deliver high quality products and services. In this course, you'll acquire a practical and robust quality management toolkit that includes: process improvement techniques; mapping, measuring, and quantifying process performance; problem-solving techniques; variance analysis; root cause analysis; and identifying and eliminating errors or defects. Through this Lean Six Sigma training, you'll be equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to daily tasks that result in enhanced quality, decreased waste, and better cycle times. Dr. Bill Warner is an expert on Lean Six Sigma who will prepare you to pass the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. Final session on 11/16 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 11/16/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Applied Quality Management Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology, Business

Earning the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, principles, terminology, and processes of effective quality management to consistently deliver high quality products and services. In this course, you'll acquire a practical and robust quality management toolkit that includes: process improvement techniques; mapping, measuring, and quantifying process performance; problem-solving techniques; variance analysis; root cause analysis; and identifying and eliminating errors or defects. Through this Lean Six Sigma training, you'll be equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to daily tasks that result in enhanced quality, decreased waste, and better cycle times. Dr. Bill Warner is an expert on Lean Six Sigma who will prepare you to pass the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification. Final session on 11/16 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 11/16/18 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Holiday Ornaments in Clay

Class/Workshop, Holiday, Ceramics/Pottery

Break out your creativity and have fun making a set of 4-6 holiday ornaments in this ceramic workshop. Learn how to use molds to make shapes such as stars and hearts, or learn how to create your own shape out of clay, applying underglaze to add a dash of color and shine. Your ornaments will be stained and fired in the kiln, ready for pickup November 26--just in time for the winter holidays and decorations or handmade gifts. Please bring sketch paper, pencil, eraser, and a ruler to class. All other materials included. Ages 10 and up are welcome to register with an adult.

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• Sat 11/17/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Dare to Draw II

Class/Workshop, Drawings/Works on Paper

Continue to amaze all with your artistic talents. This course is designed for anyone with basic drawing skills or those wanting a continuation of Katherine Taylor's Dare to Draw I. Enhance your ability to create spatial illusion, increase your understanding of perspective, and develop more confidence. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to the first class. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 11/19/18 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 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

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

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 11/20/18 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 11/20/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Tue 11/20/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 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 11/22/18 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.

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• 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

Dare to Draw II

Class/Workshop, Drawings/Works on Paper

Continue to amaze all with your artistic talents. This course is designed for anyone with basic drawing skills or those wanting a continuation of Katherine Taylor's Dare to Draw I. Enhance your ability to create spatial illusion, increase your understanding of perspective, and develop more confidence. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to the first class. Class does not meet November 12.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Certificate in Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Business

As a bookkeeper for one or several companies in Washington state, there are certain fundamental areas you need to understand beyond data entry. In this detailed lecture series, we'll cover the rules and regulations governing payroll, payroll taxes, business and occupation taxes, sales and use taxes, federal business income taxes--including frequently misunderstood business deductions and how to produce proper financial reports for internal and external use. Recommended: successful completion of the Certificate in QuickBooks Accounting.

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• Mon 11/26/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

40 Tech Tips & Tricks for Mac Users

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join tech expert Chris Powell and learn one valuable Mac tech tip every three minutes! In this fast-paced class, you will learn ways to streamline your desktop; better organize your files; customize your desktop's look and feel; protect your computer from spyware, malware, and viruses; make your startup time quicker; learn keyboard shortcuts to quickly access computer resources; and so much more. Note: this is for Mac desktops only, iPhone and iPad tips will not be included.

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• Tue 11/27/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Word 2016--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Are you a Microsoft Word user who isn't taking advantage of the incredible power of Word Styles? Step up to the next level with styles, themes and templates; and discover long document features such as Table of Contents, cover pages, and indices. We'll also learn to use the powerful mail merge function. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session. Word 2016--Level 1 or equivalent knowledge recommended.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 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 11/27/18 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

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

Certificate in Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Business

As a bookkeeper for one or several companies in Washington state, there are certain fundamental areas you need to understand beyond data entry. In this detailed lecture series, we'll cover the rules and regulations governing payroll, payroll taxes, business and occupation taxes, sales and use taxes, federal business income taxes--including frequently misunderstood business deductions and how to produce proper financial reports for internal and external use. Recommended: successful completion of the Certificate in QuickBooks Accounting.

Information:

• Wed 11/28/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Photography: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop

Would you like to take your photography skills to the next level? Join us and discover easy-to-master techniques that will greatly enhance your photos. Through weekly assignments and critiques, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of composition, lighting, and camera operations that are essential to great picture taking. Instructor Gary Meader, drawing on 30 years of experience, will guide you through the exciting world of photography. Bring a 35mm camera, film or digital, with adjustable aperture and shutter speed capability. This course offered fall and spring quarters only. Prerequisite: The Art of Photography, or instructor permission. Class does not meet November 21.

Information:

• Wed 11/28/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Word 2016--Level 2

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Are you a Microsoft Word user who isn't taking advantage of the incredible power of Word Styles? Step up to the next level with styles, themes and templates; and discover long document features such as Table of Contents, cover pages, and indices. We'll also learn to use the powerful mail merge function. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session. Word 2016--Level 1 or equivalent knowledge recommended.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 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.

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• 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.

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• Thu 11/29/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:10 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 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.

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• Thu 11/29/18 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 11/29/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Beautiful Holiday Wreaths

Class/Workshop, Holiday

'Tis the season to create festive holiday ambiance for your doors and entryways with stunning, one-of-a-kind arrangements. Don't miss this workshop, jam-packed with inspiring design and decorating ideas that will bring out the artist in you. You'll leave class with a beautiful wreath to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Floral design instructor Cheryl Jackson asks that you bring a knife, pruners, and a few evergreen or holly clippings from your yard to share; all other materials provided.

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• Sat 12/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Introduction to Marketing

Class/Workshop, Business

Join SCORE for an introduction to marketing and understand how all of its elements support each other to make your company irresistible to your customers. Using this foundation, you'll understand what will be required to market your business and develop marketing strategies for success. This workshop covers the big picture of traditional marketing with an emphasis on creating marketing strategies and understanding the "why" of those strategies. Recent developments and trends in internet/online marketing all draw on the traditional concepts that will be covered in this workshop. Knowing the principals of marketing will help you understand how to deploy the new tools and tactics more effectively. This course is offered in partnership with SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Businesses.

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• Sat 12/1/18 at 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mosaics in Glass: Holiday-Style

Class/Workshop, Holiday

With the holidays fast approaching, take the time out to make something unique this season for your home or to give as a gift--all while learning a new skill. We'll use pre-cut shapes, such as stars or trees, and add glass mosaics, making a one-of-a-kind piece you can hang on a wall or door. Materials fee of $20 payable to instructor at first class.

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• Sat 12/1/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Writing the Body Whole with Jay S. Nahani

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

"Your body is the ground metaphor of your life, the expression of your existence…" Gabrielle Roth's quote informs the framework of this course as we write "from the inside out, not the outside in." Pens and journals are the only tools required to spelunk in our own crevices to discover what is calling to be written about. A writing + life coach, Jay S. Nahani's background in social work and expressive arts naturally lends itself to this topic. Come feel shifts occur simply by showing up. One hour lunch break provided.

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• Sun 12/2/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Certificate in Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Business

As a bookkeeper for one or several companies in Washington state, there are certain fundamental areas you need to understand beyond data entry. In this detailed lecture series, we'll cover the rules and regulations governing payroll, payroll taxes, business and occupation taxes, sales and use taxes, federal business income taxes--including frequently misunderstood business deductions and how to produce proper financial reports for internal and external use. Recommended: successful completion of the Certificate in QuickBooks Accounting.

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• Mon 12/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dare to Draw II

Class/Workshop, Drawings/Works on Paper

Continue to amaze all with your artistic talents. This course is designed for anyone with basic drawing skills or those wanting a continuation of Katherine Taylor's Dare to Draw I. Enhance your ability to create spatial illusion, increase your understanding of perspective, and develop more confidence. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to the first class. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 12/3/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

40 Tech Tips & Tricks for Windows Users

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Join tech expert Chris Powell and learn one valuable Windows tech tip every three minutes. In this fast-paced class, you will learn ways to streamline your desktop; better organize your files; customize your desktop's look and feel; protect your computer from spyware, malware, and viruses; make your startup time quicker; learn keyboard shortcuts to quickly access computer resources; and so much more. Learn to work smarter with your Windows PC.

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• Tue 12/4/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Tue 12/4/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 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.

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• Tue 12/4/18 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.

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• Tue 12/4/18 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.

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• Tue 12/4/18 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Anti-Inflammatory Feast

Class/Workshop, Food/Tasting

Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can be both healthful and delicious. Karina makes Southwestern roast chicken with baked yams and braised greens, Chinese chicken and napa cabbage with oranges and toasted almonds, and seasonal fruit salad. The menu reflects current research on inflammation and health, and is in line with the principles of the Paleo Diet, emphasizing fresh vegetables and fruit, and low-inflammatory proteins. Additional recipes and information will be provided.

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• Wed 12/5/18 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Web Marketing with Google Analytics

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Measuring your website or social media impact can be overwhelming. Fortunately, Google Analytics--a tried-and-true (and free) measurement tool--can help you track and increase your web traffic. Google Analytics shows you where visitors are coming from, which features they click, how long they stay, how often they return, and a host of other important metrics. Instructor Dawn Groves will show you how to set up your account, introduce you to understanding the data, and teach you how to better target your audience.

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• Wed 12/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Certificate in Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Class/Workshop, Business

As a bookkeeper for one or several companies in Washington state, there are certain fundamental areas you need to understand beyond data entry. In this detailed lecture series, we'll cover the rules and regulations governing payroll, payroll taxes, business and occupation taxes, sales and use taxes, federal business income taxes--including frequently misunderstood business deductions and how to produce proper financial reports for internal and external use. Recommended: successful completion of the Certificate in QuickBooks Accounting.

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• Wed 12/5/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Photography: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop

Would you like to take your photography skills to the next level? Join us and discover easy-to-master techniques that will greatly enhance your photos. Through weekly assignments and critiques, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of composition, lighting, and camera operations that are essential to great picture taking. Instructor Gary Meader, drawing on 30 years of experience, will guide you through the exciting world of photography. Bring a 35mm camera, film or digital, with adjustable aperture and shutter speed capability. This course offered fall and spring quarters only. Prerequisite: The Art of Photography, or instructor permission. Class does not meet November 21.

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• Wed 12/5/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

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• Thu 12/6/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 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 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 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.

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• Thu 12/6/18 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 12/6/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Microsoft Project 2016

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Microsoft Project is a widely used, robust business tool that can help you organize your tasks and execute your workflow with efficiency and precision. Join seasoned Project expert Bill Warner in this hands-on course and learn the basics of this powerful program for coordinating your projects. Learn how to set up task and resource sheets, create projects from templates, explore scheduling and calendar features, enter and sequence your project tasks, define and assign resources, track progress, set up milestones, integrate multiple projects into a master project and so much more! Leave equipped with the essential tools to make this valuable program effectively work for you and your business. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Fri 12/7/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Capturing Motion Creatively in Photography

Class/Workshop, Photography

Your camera can be used as a tool to produce a variety of effects with motion and movement, from high-speed captures like a bursting balloon or a splash of water, to things on the move such as sports and birds in flight. Join local photographer Carol Sheppard for this advanced photography course, and learn the skills needed to stop time with your camera lens, capture images of fast moving objects, and create incredible works of photographic art. Bring a camera capable of manual settings, and a tripod (if you have one); cable release and flash are optional, but recommended. Prerequisite: thorough knowledge of your camera's operation. Space is limited, register early.

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• Sat 12/8/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Finding Your Second Act

Class/Workshop

What does your "second act" look like? You've spent the first half of your life working full-time and/or raising a family. Now what? A new career, hobby, or passion? As this year winds to a close, join in on this valuable course, reflect on where you have been and, most importantly, discover a clear path on where to go from here. Enjoy fun, thought-provoking exercises with instructor Melanie Cool, Positive Psychology Counselor. Students will need to take a brief online survey prior to class.

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• Sat 12/8/18 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dare to Draw II

Class/Workshop, Drawings/Works on Paper

Continue to amaze all with your artistic talents. This course is designed for anyone with basic drawing skills or those wanting a continuation of Katherine Taylor's Dare to Draw I. Enhance your ability to create spatial illusion, increase your understanding of perspective, and develop more confidence. Bring a #2 pencil and white sketch pad to the first class. Class does not meet November 12.

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• Mon 12/10/18 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome to Medicare

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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• Tue 12/11/18 at 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Photography: Beyond the Basics

Class/Workshop

Would you like to take your photography skills to the next level? Join us and discover easy-to-master techniques that will greatly enhance your photos. Through weekly assignments and critiques, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of composition, lighting, and camera operations that are essential to great picture taking. Instructor Gary Meader, drawing on 30 years of experience, will guide you through the exciting world of photography. Bring a 35mm camera, film or digital, with adjustable aperture and shutter speed capability. This course offered fall and spring quarters only. Prerequisite: The Art of Photography, or instructor permission. Class does not meet November 21.

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• Wed 12/12/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pilates: Beyond Beginning

Class/Workshop

Review and build on the essential Pilates movements learned in our beginning classes. We'll incorporate more exercises to strengthen your core, challenge your balance, and tone arms, legs, and glutes. Bring a thick Pilates mat and water bottle. Section B does not meet November 22.

Information:

• Thu 12/13/18 at 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Microsoft Project 2016

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Microsoft Project is a widely used, robust business tool that can help you organize your tasks and execute your workflow with efficiency and precision. Join seasoned Project expert Bill Warner in this hands-on course and learn the basics of this powerful program for coordinating your projects. Learn how to set up task and resource sheets, create projects from templates, explore scheduling and calendar features, enter and sequence your project tasks, define and assign resources, track progress, set up milestones, integrate multiple projects into a master project and so much more! Leave equipped with the essential tools to make this valuable program effectively work for you and your business. Textbook, included in course fee, provided at first session.

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• Fri 12/14/18 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM