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Art in the Afternoon Workshops  

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All in Good Taste

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In the Garden

Music, Dance, and Movement

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Art in the Afternoon Workshops

Color Mixing in the Abstract

Color is exciting and can express emotions from the fiery oranges and reds to the cool and calm greens and blues. Take your first step into acrylics and watch your painting take shape as you learn to mix any color you can imagine using a simple palette of the three primary colors - red, blue, yellow - and white for tinting and shading.

Following your instructors directions, you will put down lines with painters tape to make up an abstract painting.(If you are feeling adventuresome, you are free to create your own composition.) With the design in place, now comes the exciting part- playing with paint. How many different shades of greens can you mix – reds, blues, browns, blacks? At the end of this workshop, take home your own unique abstract painting.

Meet Your Instructor...Angie Faber earned her B.A. in Art Education from VSU. An art teacher at Valdosta Middle School, Angie was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013. Her favorite painting medium is watercolor and her favorite art style is pen and ink. Angie has taught both a portrait class for VSU's Camp Discovery and a watercolor class for Learning in Retirement. In her spare time, Angie enjoys gardening and thrift store shopping.

Light afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Dates:  Sat, Mar 15

Time:  12:30 - 4:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center for Continuing Education

Fee:  $69 before Mar 7, $85 after Mar 7 (supplies provided)

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Watercolor Landscape

Have you always wanted to try painting with soft, beautiful watercolors? Practice wash techniques, layering and mixing colors, and adding textures to create a beautiful landscape painting in one afternoon. You may follow your instructor's color scheme or try a different combination for the sky. Add trees in silhouette and then add textures and details to create your own work of art.

Meet Your Instructor...Angie Faber earned her B.A. in Art Education from VSU. An art teacher at Valdosta Middle School, Angie was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2012-2013. Her favorite painting medium is watercolor and her favorite art style is pen and ink. Angie has taught both a portrait class for VSU's Camp Discovery and a watercolor class for Learning in Retirement. In her spare time, Angie enjoys gardening and thrift store shopping

Light afternoon refreshments will be provided.

Dates:  Sat, May 3

Time:  12:30 - 4:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Apr 25, $85 after Apr 25 (supplies provided)

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Creative Explorations

Painting in Oils

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

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

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

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

Dates:  5 Wednesdays, Feb 26 - Mar 26

Time:  6 - 8:15 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $89 before Feb 19, $105 after Feb 19

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Drawing with Pastels

Pastel is a medium of pure pigment with many possibilities for creating beautiful works of art. The colors created by pastel drawing are brilliant. Explore a wide range of effects, from crisp lines and moody shadows to soft edges and feathery textures. Practice pastel drawing skills - different strokes, layering, blending, smudging, and more - as you draw from still life setups.

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

Special note: Supplies are not included. Click here for a list of supplies.

Dates:  5 Thurs, Apr 3 - May 1

Time:  6 - 8:15 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $89 before Mar 27, $105 after Mar 27

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Viking Knit Bracelet

It’s like magic! Using one simple wire “stitch” around a dowel, we will create a flexible chain and fashion it into a bracelet. Students will receive a “VK Kit” to keep. Tools and materials are included. Register early!

Meet Your Instructor...Lou Schneider, owner of Rosebud Jewelry and Crafts, has been designing and making bead and wirework jewelry for over 30 years. Lou's motto is "there's no such thing as too much jewelry!"

Class is limited to 10 participants. Register early.

Dates:  Mon, Feb 10

Time:  12 - 4 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Feb 3, $85 after Feb 3

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The Art of Origami

The ancient Japanese art of origami has long fascinated both the young and old. Discover Japanese culture as you learn to make beautiful 3D origami flowers. These lovely flowers can be combined to make an ornament ball. Tools and materials will be provided.

Meet Your Instructor...Ai Kataoka is a Japanese outreach coordinator for Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasian Institute. Ai arrived at VSU in August 2013 and, through the Office of International Programs, will spend the next two years introducing people across our state to Japanese culture.

Dates:  Mon, Mar 31

Time:  6 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $25 before Mar 24, $35 after Mar 24 (supplies provided)

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Kirigami Creations

Kirigami is the Japanese art of paper folding and cutting. Explore Japanese culture as you learn the basics of folding washi (Japanese paper) and cutting patterns such as cherry blossoms, stars, and more complex figures to make a beautiful lamp shade. Tools and materials are provided.

Meet Your Instructor...Ai Kataoka is a Japanese outreach coordinator for Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasian Institute. Ai arrived at VSU in August 2013 and, through the Office of International Programs, will spend the next two years introducing people across our state to Japanese culture.

Dates:  Mon, Apr 7

Time:  6 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $25 before Mar 31, $35 after Mar 31

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Money Matters

Personal Finance 101

Gain fundamental knowledge on financial topics that matter most to you and learn about your options as you move toward your financial goals.

Meet Your Instructor...Mike Meeks is a financial advisor for Edward Jones.

Bring Balance to Your Budget - Find out how to sharpen your spending and saving strategy. Learn about the basics of budgeting and the importance of managing credit and debt.

Dates:  Mon, Mar 24

Time:  6 - 7 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $15

A Woman's Guide to Money Matters - From a woman's point of view, we will discuss paying for a child's education expenses and preparing for and living in retirement. Learn what you can do now to help address your financial goals and create a strategy for the future.

Dates:  Mon, Mar 24

Time:  7:15 - 8:15 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $15

*Take both for $25!

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Personal Finance 102

Gain fundamental knowledge on financial topics that matter most to you and learn about your options as you move toward your financial goals.

Retirement by Design - Discover how you can translate your vision for retirement into tangible goals. Learn investment strategies to help design the retirement you want. Find out how you can add flexibility to your strategy to help you handle unexpected events and how to keep your strategy on track.

Rules of the Road - Explore how you can move toward your financial goals with 10 rules of the road to investing. These rules will help you learn the fundamental concepts of investing and potential strategies to help you build wealth.

Meet Your Instructor...Mike Meeks is a financial advisor for Edward Jones.

Dates:  Thurs, Apr 3

Time:  6 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $25

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Financial Fraud - What You Need to Know

Financial fraud can strike anyone at any age and it is the third most commonly substantiated type of crime against seniors. Fighting financial fraud starts with education and communication between family members and their financial professionals. Learn how to recognize possible issues, prevent fraudulent activity, and protect yourself or a loved one if fraud occurs.

Meet Your Instructor...Mike Meeks is a financial advisor for Edward Jones.

Dates:  Thurs, Apr 17

Time:  6 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $19

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All in Good Taste

Japanese Onigiri and Makizushi

Sushi is a Japanese food made of cooked, vinegared rice combined with other ingredients. Sushi is presented in many different forms and with a wide variety of ingredients. The one ingredient all sushi have in common is the vinegared rice. Onigiri is not a type of sushi; it is made with plain (sometimes lightly salted) rice.

Join us for an evening of fun as you learn about Japanese culture while making onigiri (Japaniese rice balls) - a staple of the Japanese bento box - and makizushi (rolled sushi).

Meet Your Instructor...Ai Kataoka is a Japanese outreach coordinator for Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and Laurasian Institute. Beginning this past August, Ai will be based in Valdosta and will spend the next two years introducing people across our state to Japanese culture.

Dates:  Mon, Feb 24

Time:  6 - 8:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $29 before Feb 17, $39 after Feb 17

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Beginners Guide to Coffee Cupping

Can’t start the day without a cup of coffee? Join us at The Beanery Roasting Company for a coffee cupping adventure and get all the coffee you can drink! Coffee cupping has many of the same steps and goals as wine tasting. Explore coffees from three different countries and learn to “cup” each one to discover its unique aroma, flavor, acidity, and aftertaste. Share your observations and thoughts with your fellow adventurers and discover nuances in coffee you may have missed. You will never look at coffee the same way again!

Check out these 10 Fun Facts About Coffee!

Meet Your Instructor...Ellen Stevens, owner of The Beanery Roasting Company located here in Valdosta, enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of all things coffee. Ellen is also an instructor of Economics in VSU's Department of Marketing and Economics.

Class is limited to 12 participants. Register early to guarantee your spot.

Dates:  Sat, Mar 1

Time:  9 - 11 AM

Location:  The Beanery Roasting Company, 1009 Williams Street

Fee: $15 before Feb 21, $25 after Feb 21

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Lets Talk Wine - Viva South America!

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

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

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

Dates:  Wed, Apr 16 Session full, please see additional date information below

Time:  6 - 8:30 PM

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

Fee: $39 before Apr 9, $49 after Apr 9

Additional session added - don't miss out!

Dates:  Wed, Apr 23  

Time:  6 - 8:30 PM

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

Fee: $39

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

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Homebrewing 101:  Making Your Own Beer

What could be better than drinking an ice cold beer with your friends? Telling them that you made the beer, of course! Actively participate in the art of home brewing as you learn the skills and techniques to brew in your own kitchen. You will learn:

  • How malt, hops and yeast affect beer flavor.

  • What basic equipment is necessary to home brew.

  • How to properly sanitize, use and store equipment.

  • How to set up the brewing area.

  • The difference between basic beer styles.

  • How to brew a basic extract recipe.

  • How to properly bottle your home brewed beer.

Meet Your Instructor...Keith Warburg is founder of South Georgia Homebrewers, a growing association of men and women across the region with a passion for quality beer. Social Media and Web Content Manager for VSU and a creative professional by trade, Keith enjoys designing recipes, label and bottle making, and naming batches of beer. You will brew “Crooked Beak Pale Ale,” one of Keith's own recipes. Each participant will take home a 6-pack.

Class is limited to 8 participants so register early to guarantee your spot.

Dates and Times:  2 Sat, March 8, 9 AM - 12 Noon, and March 22, 9 - 11 AM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Feb 28, $85 after Feb 28

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The Pleasure of a Pint - A Good Tasting Beer

In the words of poet John Ciardi, “Fermentation and civilization are inseparable.” To the beer aficionado, truer words have rarely been spoken. Join us for a celebration of craft beers and discover why all beers are not created equal. Learn about the role that the beer-making process and ingredients have in forming the aromas and flavors of beer and how to taste and rate 8 different types of beer from lightest to darkest.

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

Class is limited to 15 participants so register early.

Dates:  Wed, Feb 12

Time:  6 - 8 PM

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

Fee: $39 before Feb 5, $49 after Feb 5

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Self-Improvement

Massage for Two - Hands and Feet

Put your hectic life on pause and discover the joy of massage! Learn basic foot and hand massage techniques you can use with your partner, friend, or family member to help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Even a short massage session incorporated into your weekly routine can create wonderful, soothing experiences you will appreciate for years to come.

Meet Your Instructor...Gayle Primm is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. A retired nurse, Gayle enjoys sharing her knowledge to help promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Please wear comfortable clothing. Couples and any other pairs of friends are welcome.

Dates:  Thurs, Mar 27

Time:  6 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $39 (per couple) before Mar 20, $49 (per couple) after Mar 20

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Self Discovery:  Presenting a Message of Peace

Discover the value of inner peace and self-knowledge in both your personal and professional life. You will be introduced to the idea of peace as a fundamental human need and discover that the experience of peace is already inside you. Through discussions, fun quizzes, and short videos, explore your understanding of what personal peace means to you.

Meet Your Instructor...Julie Bowland, Professor of Art and VSU’s Fine Arts Gallery Director, is a volunteer with the charitable foundation Words of Peace Global. Inspired by international speaker Prem Rawat’s vision that peace is a fundamental need for all people, Julie has been practicing inner peace for 35 years and enjoys sharing a message of peace with anyone who is interested.

Dates:  3 Thurs, Feb 27 - March 13

Time:  6 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $29 before Feb 20, $39 after Feb 20

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Conversational Spanish for Beginners

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

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

Dates:  6 Thurs, Mar 13 - Apr 24 (no class Apr 10)

Time:  6 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $89 before Mar 6, $105 after Mar 6

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In the Garden

Creative Container Gardening

Don’t let lack of ground space, poor soil, or other excuses keep you from enjoying the pleasures of gardening. You can create beautiful and special gardens for any situation with containers.

Plants in pots are popping up everywhere - in window boxes, on rooftops, balconies and front porches, along streets and walkways. From simple to elaborate, the possibilities are limitless. Join us for a look at how to grow both ornamental and edible plants in containers and learn how to know to create and maintain a healthy and beautiful container garden.

Meet Your Instructor...VSU Horticulturalist Bobby Flowers, a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, has over 30 years of experience in horticulture. Bobby’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and golfing, but his passion is gardening and he most enjoys creating color beds.

Dates:  Tues, Mar 18

Time:  6 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $15 before Mar 11, $20 after Feb 19

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Neo-Metric Gardening

Explore what’s new in gardening for 2014. Squares and rectangles and boxes are out! Say goodbye to neat, clean lines and let your garden explode with colors and textures. Break up your garden into fractions and dimensions. Play with new shapes and broken lines. Go wild by incorporating wild plants and flowers.

Meet Your Instructor...VSU Horticulturalist Bobby Flowers, a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, has over 30 years of experience in horticulture. Bobby’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and golfing, but his passion is gardening and he most enjoys creating color beds.

Dates: Tues, Mar 4

Time:  6 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $15 before Feb 15, $20 after Feb 15

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Glass Garden Art

Give your garden zip by thinking beyond plants and flowers! Add some beautiful garden art made from recycled glass vases, dishes, cups, bowls, and more to create sparkling garden totems and bird baths and feeders.

During the first session, learn what types of glass pieces work best for a variety of designs and begin planning your own design. Bring your glass pieces to the second session to learn how to assemble them. It is recommended you bring extra pieces in case of breakage or other unforeseen problems. The special glue required will be provided.

Meet Your Instructor...Carol Jennings, current President of VSU Continuing Education's Learning in Retirement program, is an avid gardener and glass garden art maker.

Dates:  2 Thurs, Mar 20 & 27

Time:  Mar 20/6 - 7 PM & Mar 27/6 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $25 before Mar 13, $35 after Mar 13

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Raising Backyard Chickens

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

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

Dates:  Sat, Mar 22

Time:  10 AM - 12 Noon

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $15 before Mar 14, $25 after Mar 14

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Music, Dance, and Movement

Belly Dance for Beginners

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

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

Dates:  6 Thurs, Mar 6 - Apr 10

Time:  6 - 7 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

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

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African Dance

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

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

Dates:  6 Tues, Apr 15 - May 20

Time:  6:30 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Apr 8, $85 after Apr 8

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Ballroom 101

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

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

Dates:  6 Thurs, Apr 17 - May 22

Time:  6:30 - 8 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Apr 10, $85 after Apr 10

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

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Zumba Gold Toning

Want to get in on the fun in a Zumba® dance aerobics class, but worried you won't be able to keep up? Try Zumba® Gold Toning! No matter what your ability level or age, you can get your heart pumping without stressing joints and muscles. Zumba® Gold Toning combines exciting Latin dance moves with hand weights for a fun way to sculpt and tone your body while getting a great aerobic workout.

What are you waiting for? Join the party and get your Zumba® on! Please bring two 1 - 2 lb hand weights, a towel, and water bottle to class. (Instructor recommends 2 lb weights.)

Meet Your Instructor...Pat Hester is a certified personal trainer, Zumba® Gold, and Zumba® Gold Toning instructor. Pat moved to Valdosta from Florida in 2005, looking for a change in retirement lifestyle. She found it here and has made sharing her enthusiasm for Zumba® an important part of her life.

Dates:  6 Mon/Wed, Feb 17 - Mar 26

Time:  6:30 - 7:15 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Feb, $85 after Feb

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Guitar for Beginners

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

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

Dates:  5 Wed, Feb 19 - Mar 26 (No class Mar 19)

Time:  6 - 7:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $69 before Feb 12, $85 after Feb 12

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Technology

iPad Basics for New Users

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

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

  • Navigating your iPad

  • Using settings options

  • Creating and syncing your iTunes account

  • Backing up and restoring data

  • Using the App Store

  • Product safety and proper cleaning methods

  • Enhancing battery life

  • Reviewing iPad limitations

  • Tips & tricks

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

2 Sessions Available:

Session A

Dates:  Mon, Feb 24

Time:  6 - 8:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $29 before Feb 12, $39 after Feb 12

Session B

Dates:  Mon, Apr 7

Time:  6 - 8:30 PM

Location:  Regional Center of Continuing Education

Fee: $29 before Mar 31, $39 after Mar 31

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