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Spring 2015 Community Enrichment Series

 

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ARTS AND CRAFTS

 

Basic Enameling
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 & 14 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Create your unique jewelry and learn enameling techniques including the importance of counter enameling, differences in mesh size, and using glass stringers, twisters and millefiori. Students will complete 2-3 projects. The class will meet at the instructor’s studio in Brandon; a map will be mailed with the confirmation.

A $40 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Basic Glass Fusion – Dichroic Cabochons
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesdays, April 21 & 28 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In this basic glass fusion class, students will create glass cabochons with sheet glass and dichroic glass. Glass stringers and frit and twisties will also be used. Students will fill a 4x4 tray with pieces to be fired in the kiln. The instructor will give the student ideas on how these cabochons can be used in a variety of jewelry techniques including PMC, polymer clay or glue-on bails, which will be provided to finish your pieces in class, or you can explore other options on your own. This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Brandon, where you will have the use of the instructor’s tools and equipment.

A $40 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Fine Silver Jewelry Making with Precious Metal Clay 3 - Dichroic Glass
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $60
Dates: Tuesdays, May 5 & 12 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This fun, fast-paced class will inspire your creative spirit and take you to the next level as you create a one-of-a-kind pendant using precious metal clay and dichroic cabochon. You will learn advanced techniques in PMC including embedding dichroic glass cabochons and fine silver wire along with learning how to incorporate dichroic glass cabochons into precious metal clay. This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Brandon, where you will have the use of the instructor’s tools and equipment.

A $50 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Laura Tarbutton is an exhibiting member of the MS Craftman’s Guild and has been involved in arts and crafts all her life, but creating jewelry is her first love. Laura teaches PMC and beading classes in her studio. She has also taught at national bead shows and presents classes and workshops with Gem and Mineral Society chapters. Laura is a member of the Precious Metal Clay Guild and a Level II certified instructor.  


“NEW!” Beginning Ceramic Handbuilding Class
Instructor: Sam Clark
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class meetings)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This new class will involve shaping clay into functional objects such as a textured box, coffee mug, and hanging planter. The focus will be on making the objects, and each piece will be bisque fired to take home.

There will be a $25 fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting for the bag of clay each student will use. If students want their work glazed, there will be an extra glazing fee of $30, payable to the instructor.

Sam Clark is ceramic workshop manager for The Mustard Seed, a non-profit Christian organization where mentally challenged adults produce unique ceramic art. He has a master of fine arts degree in sequential art from Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor of art degree in graphic design with a minor in drawing from Delta State University.


Beginning Photography
Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $ 175
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
OR
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

This is THE photography class for beginners. You will learn how to operate your digital or film camera and compose better photographs. We will cover all of the basic principles of photography in this four week course. Topics will include exposure (F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO), camera controls, basic composition, lighting, picking the right equipment, digital photography and more.

Ron Blaylock is the owner of Blaylock Fine Art Photography in Fondren. His editorial and advertising work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications, including the Washington Post, Real Simple Magazine, Living Blues, and Mississippi Magazine. His fine art photography has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art and is in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art.


Bob Ross Painting Class: Landscape
Instructor: Michael Hughes
Cost: $60
Date: Saturday, April 18 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Using the Bob Ross wet-on-wet method of oil painting, you will be introduced to the proper technique of prepping the canvas, various brushes and knives, and application of the medium, and will complete a painting by the end of the class. This class will meet at Hobby Lobby on Lakeland Drive in Flowood.

There is a $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets. All materials and tools are provided.

Michael Hughes is a certified Landscape (BRI); Wildlife (BRWI); and Floral (BRFI) instructor and is an internationally recognized Bob Ross® Artist.


 Botanical Drawing: Capturing Nature in Art
Instructor: Dain Hayes
Cost: $75
Date: Mondays, April 6 - April 27 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Would you like to capture the natural beauty of plants and flowers with paper and pencil? This introductory class on botanical drawing will help you develop that unique skill. Each week the instructor will focus on different topics, which will include drawing leaves, stems, bark, and flowers. A list of supplies will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Instructor Dain Hayes grew up in an artistic atmosphere where she was inspired by her graphic artist father who carefully nurtured her natural talent. Throughout high school, Dain took art lessons winning the Gold Key award in her senior year. She has also trained under noted artist Bob Pennebaker. Dain has taught children’s art classes and continues to paint in various genres including portraits and murals. Her murals now grace several areas at Millsaps College and Wesley Biblical Seminary.


Calligraphy – the Art of Beautiful Writing
Instructor: Betsy Greener
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Learn everything you need to know to become skilled in calligraphy. The instructor will provide lots of individual attention and step-by-step instructions. Using the flexible pointed pen as your instrument, you will learn Copperplate script calligraphy, which is much admired for its fluidity and beauty. Calligraphy can be both a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the spirit. In our technological age, the appreciation for the art of calligraphy has grown incredibly; it is a fun hobby, a great business and a creative art. Opportunities for beautiful lettering are vast - this class will include a discussion of the many ways to use calligraphy, both for personal satisfaction and as a lucrative source of income. Calligraphy is an art form in which patience and attention to detail are more important than artistic talent – you don’t have to be an “artist” to be good at calligraphy!

There is a $35 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Calligraphy – The Graceful Flourish (Advanced Class)
Instructor: Betsy Greener
Cost: $125
Dates: Mondays, April 6-20 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This is an advanced calligraphy class for students who have previous experience with the pointed pen. Flourishing is an expressive and ornate non-lettering calligraphic art form with limitless possibilities. Elegant designs that appear complex and labor intensive are demystified throughout this class. Beginning with a blank piece of paper, the student will be guided through the process of creating these fascinating flourishes. We will explore the essential strokes of off-hand flourishing as well as ways of adding depth and color to these beautiful designs. This is an excellent course for those who are new to flourishing or for anyone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of flourishing. A supply list will be sent with the confirmation.

Betsy Greener is a wedding/special events calligrapher in the Jackson area. She holds the bachelor of business administration degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


Intro to Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $100
Dates: Wednesdays, April 8-29 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own mosaic? This class will teach you everything you need to know to make beautiful mosaics for the home and garden. We will learn the process of mosaic design, including how to cut and shape glass, how to choose proper adhesives, and techniques to grout the final project. Students will make both an indoor and an outdoor mosaic that they can take home at the end of the class. Come join in the fun and experience the joy of creating through this ancient art form!

There is a $30 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Intermediate Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood Cost: $100
Dates: Mondays, April 13 - May 4 (4 class mtgs.) Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In this class, students will learn to advance their skill at mosaic design by creating a larger 3-dimensional project. Students who register for this class will be required to bring their own mosaic nippers and glass cutters. They should have previous experience with cutting and shaping glass, a fundamental knowledge of mosaic design, and experience with finishing techniques such as grouting the final project. The goals of this 4 part class will be to advance beginners to the next level of mosaic creation and build confidence to design and create independently.

There is a $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Teresa Haygood discovered her passion for mosaics somewhat accidentally. After collecting leftover stained glass bits for several years, she decided to put them to use and made her first mosaic in the summer of 1998. It was love at first creation! She continued to hone her craft in this ancient art form, and in the fall of 2004, she was admitted to the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi. Teresa has participated in the Chimneyville Arts Festival from 2004 to present and enjoys teaching this beautiful art form to others.  


 Knitting a Vest
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In this class students will learn garment construction and complete a vest. Students will need to know the basics of knitting: casting on, binding off, knit and purl stitches and decreasing. A list of supplies will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Knitting a Sock
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70
Dates: Tuesdays, May 5-26 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In this class, Students will learn to knit a top down sock. Techniques covered in this class are turning a heel, picking up stitches, and gusset shaping. Students should already know knit and purl stitches, decreasing, and how to knit in the round. A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Donna Peyton is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. After living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Auburn, Alabama, Donna moved to the Metro Jackson area in 2001. She has been knitting since 1993 and spinning her own yarn since 2009. A member of The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and the Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, she has taught knitting classes for several years.


 “NEW!” Mixed Media Workshop
Instructor: William Goodman
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 – 28 (4 class mtgs)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

In this new class, students will learn the basics of creating a mixed media painting in a workshop format. With the first canvas, they will create a paint background, then transfer ink from retro magazine images onto canvas. Collage techniques and composition will also be taught with a second canvas. Students must bring two canvases (11 x 14 or 16 x 20) with them to the class. At the end of the workshop, they will have the basics for diving into the world of creating mixed media artwork.

William Goodman has been creating mixed media and abstract paintings, collages, and murals since 1999. He has shown at exhibits and galleries in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C.; LaJolla, CA; Little Rock, AR; Atlanta; New Orleans; and Jackson. He is best known for his mixed-media pieces, which infuse elements of photography, collage, abstract imagery and graphic design.  


 Paint & Antique Furniture Like A Pro
Instructor: Latresa Enns
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
OR
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7-28 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Learn the proper way to paint and antique furniture and cabinets at a fraction of the cost. In addition to learning antiquing concepts, you will learn different ways to achieve an antique finish on several types of surfaces. You will learn how to make your own chalk and milk paints, and you will also learn where to buy local products without a professional license. When you finish this course, you will be able to antique your furniture or kitchen cabinets with confidence for under $100.00. Wear old clothes.

This class will be held at the instructor’s studio in Madison, and there will be a $50 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Latresa Enns comes from a long line of artists and entrepreneurs. She has been finishing and restoring wood furniture for 35 years. Her earliest painting experience involved working for her parents in their construction and painting business where she learned to paint and wallpaper as well as learning different painting techniques. In 2005 she decided to further her career by taking professional decorative painting courses, and she also started her own business.


Pottery/Sculpture
Instructor: Tom Morrison
Cost: $150
Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 - May 6 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In this class you will be introduced to slab building and other hand building techniques. You will make your own forms, draw out surface designs, learn about and apply ceramic glazes, and take home fired ceramic artwork of your own design.

A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation, and there will be a $40 glazing fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Please note: This class will be held off-campus at Wishbone Studios. A map will be sent with the confirmation.

Oil Painting
Instructor: Tom Morrison
Cost: $150
Dates: Saturdays, April 18 - May 9 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Basic elements of design and composition along with techniques for applying charcoal, graphite, and oil paint to canvas will be taught in this class. Color mixing and layering to create a multitude of effects will also be covered. A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Please note: This class will be held off-campus at Wishbone Studios. A map will be sent with the confirmation.

Thomas Clinton Morrison earned a B.S. in radio, television, and film with a minor in art from the University of Southern Mississippi. Tom has a M.F.A. from the Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and he completed a fellowship at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, where he learned advanced techniques in Raku firing, wheel-throwing, and high fired porcelain. He owns and operates Wishbone Studios, a pottery studio in Jackson. Visit his website: www.thomasmorrisonstudio.com.


Waste Not Want Not: Recycling Clothing
Instructor: Shon McCarthy Simmons
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, April 9 – May 7 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

You can recyle clothing to make desirable wardrobe pieces! There is a niche in the fashion industry that sells upcycled items, and you can become a part of that industry.
Among the topics included will be finding valuable fabrics and deconstructing material to utilize fabric. Students should bring an item they would like to recreate to the first class.

Shon McCarthy Simmons, fashion designer and art teacher, earned her B.A. from Millsaps College and her M.A.T. from Jackson State University. She has been a guest speaker in Parsons The New School of Design’s marketing class. She currently designs and has thirteen years of experience as an independent fashion designer and has conducted her own PR/marketing. There have been articles about her work in Vogue online, Elle, Lucky Magazine, Glamour, and The Wall Street Journal. She has sold her previous line in stores such as Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, LaBon Marche (Paris), Harvey Nicol (Saudi Arabia), and Fred Segal. She has also had celebrity clients as well.


Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Laurel Schoolar
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Watercolors are rich translucent paints that create beautiful and exciting results. This course is for beginning as well as more experienced students. In this class you will learn different painting techniques and sharpen your creative and technical skills by painting still life and landscape. Composition and use of color will be stressed. A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Laurel Schoolar holds a B.F.A. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has taught drawing and watercolor painting classes, and her works have been exhibited throughout the Southeast.


DANCE

“NEW!” Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Traditions
Instructor: Igor Iwanek
Cost: $90
Dates: Wednesdays, May 20-June 17 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15-7:15 p.m.

This high energy course will be a cross between a dance class and a world music class. We will not only explore the intoxicating rhythms of Latin music, learn to understand and perform them with a set of musical sticks called “claves,” but we will also explore the basics of such dances as Mambo and Cha Cha. If you are a beginner dancer, that will be a great introduction to the world of Latin dances. If you are a seasoned dancer, your understanding of the intricacies of Latin music itself will increase greatly.

Igor Iwanek is a composer and pianist who recently moved from Boston, MA to Mississippi. He has taught for the last 13 years at institutions such as Boston University and MIT as well as music schools all over New England. Igor's music earned many awards and was recognized at important international competitions. He has earned a doctorate in music composition from Boston University.


“NEW!” Introduction to Swing Dancing
Instructors: Mike and Lisa Day
Cost: $80 per person
Dates: Mondays, April 6-27 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Originating from the 1920s’ “Charleston,” Single Step Swing or Single Lindy, is one of the first styles of swing dancing. This four week course, which will be taught at Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center in Pearl, teaches the basic steps and styling of the Single Step Swing. Class participants are required to wear shoes with leather soles. Singles and couples are welcome.

Mississippi’s most experienced group class instructors, Mike and Lisa Day, teach at Dance Connection, central Mississippi’s largest and most popular social/ballroom dance studio. Please visit their website: www.msdanceconnection.com.


Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness!
Instructor: Sandra Plunkett
Cost: $80
Dates: Mondays, April 6 - May 11 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

The dictionary's definition of line dancing is “a type of country and western dancing in which dancers line up in a row without partners and follow a choreographed pattern of steps to music.” It's so much more than that! Learn to line dance to all types of music and beats, from cha cha to swing to waltz to something a little funky. While you are having fun line dancing, you are also promoting your cardiovascular health, getting a low intensity aerobic workout, and improving your memory. You’ll also make new friends, which is great for your mental and social health. Wear shoes comfortable for dancing. Each student will receive a packet of dance steps along with a CD of the songs that we will be dancing to.

Sandra Plunkett was hooked after taking her first line dance class 20 years ago; and she still is! She competed and performed with the line dance team, Southern Style, for several years; has taken classes with instructors from all over the world; has choreographed dances and routines; teaches private parties; and currently teaches at Dance Unlimited. Sandra holds a B.S. in accounting and works with her husband at their construction company. She reads and gardens when she isn't on the dance floor.


Zumba®
Instructor: Ashleigh Risher
Cost: $60
Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 - May 13 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic and international rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: we want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked on working out!

Ashleigh Risher has four fitness certifications, three of them being Zumba®. She has been teaching Zumba® in the Jackson area for nearly seven years. She first taught at Fitness Lady and most recently at Salsa Mississippi Dance Studio. She is passionate about fitness and dance and is looking forward to sharing that passion with her students. 


 HERITAGE AND HISTORY

 

 Military Medicine During the American Civil War
Instructor: William Hanigan
Cost: $70
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14 - 23 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

These lectures will offer a comprehensive review of military medicine during the American Civil War. Responses of the Union and Confederate medical services to military operations and political conditions will emphasize the interrelationships of military and civil medical care and the requirements of total warfare in the mid-19th century. Specific topics include prewar military medicine and civil medical education, military medical administration, military medical training and personnel, voluntary organizations, changes in evacuation and hospitalization, medical/surgical theory and practice, POW care, postwar changes in civil medical care, and pensions.

William Hanigan is a retired neurosurgeon who writes and lectures extensively on the development of military medicine from 1840 to 1939. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and taught at the University of Illinois and University of Mississippi medical schools. He holds an M.D. from the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine and M.S. and Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from Loyola-Chicago. He has recently published articles on military medical care in East Africa, Salonika, and North Russia, and aviation medicine during World War I. He is co-founder of the section on history of the Association of Neurological Surgeons and the U.S. branch of the Western Front Association.


 Belhaven: A Brief Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, April 7 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.

Most people who live in or near Jackson, from lifetime residents to recent arrivals, are familiar with the Belhaven neighborhood. As with any place, Belhaven means different things to different people. To longtime Jacksonians it means fond memories of family and friends; of who lived where and what parties happened here or there; where they went to school or church, and so on. To more recent arrivals, Belhaven means beautiful tree lined streets and stately old houses and possibly the university located near its center.

In this class, we will examine the built environment of one of Jackson’s most revered historic neighborhoods, focusing on the rich variety of architectural styles found there. We will discuss the defining characteristics of these various styles as well as what time period these styles were most popular. We will also touch briefly on why and how Belhaven developed and how it has remained a vibrant neighborhood. We will also discuss the role that historic preservation has played in the neighborhood.

The Mississippi Architecture of Albert Hays Town
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Thursday, April 9 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.

Many people who are familiar with the architect Albert Hays Town know about the elegant houses he designed in the last quarter of the 20th century based on the historic vernacular architecture of his native Louisiana. These houses were built all over Louisiana and into neighboring states including Mississippi. But did you know that he actually began his architecture career in Mississippi during the 1920s working for one of Mississippi’s greatest architects, N.W. Overstreet? And did you know that his first brush with fame as an architect came with his and Mr. Overstreet’s design for a very modern school building constructed in the 1930s?
In this class, we will look at Mr. Town’s earliest designs which reflect the modern architecture of the day. We will also examine how his involvement with the Historic American Buildings Survey during the Great Depression, where he helped to document many antebellum houses in Natchez, influenced his architectural style shown in the many houses for which he is so well known. We will end our discussion of Mr. Town’s architecture by looking at many of the great Mississippi houses he designed in the 1980s and 90s.

Mississippi Plantation Houses
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, April 14 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.

If you say “Mississippi plantation house” to most people, they immediately think of the large white columned mansions found in Natchez, Vicksburg, Columbus and other towns and cities located around the state. The fact is the houses that they are envisioning aren’t plantation houses at all but rather town houses or suburban villas, definitely not located on a plantation. While many were built as a residence for a planter, or a man who made his money from growing cotton, many more of these were built by men who made their fortunes in other pursuits. So, having said that, what do we mean when we say plantation house? Contrary to what some believe, “antebellum” does not mean “big white columns” and “plantation house” is not an architectural style.

In this class, we will be looking at those houses actually built as the main residence on a functioning plantation. Many of these were large, grand and elegantly furnished on a par with the town houses and suburban villas mentioned earlier. However, many more were much smaller, simpler structures reflecting the reality of life on a working cotton plantation. We will discuss the various vernacular architectural forms and architectural styles displayed in plantation houses across the state from the earliest years of statehood to those houses built well after the end of the Civil War and into the 20th century. In fact, some of the grandest plantation houses in Mississippi were built in the Delta in the early 1900’s.

“NEW!” The Mississippi Architecture of William Nichols
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Date: Thursday, April 23 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

While everyone in Jackson, indeed throughout the entire state, is familiar with his greatest works, the Old Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and the Lyceum at Ole Miss, most know nothing more about this very interesting man whose architecture made such an impact on this city and state. In this class we will discuss the early work of Mr. Nichols or Captain Nichols as he was often called, when he first arrived in North Carolina in 1800, then moved west with the nation to Alabama, and his brief sojourn in New Orleans. Nichols’ most productive years were in Mississippi when he was responsible for the design and construction of many of the state’s finest buildings in the Greek Revival Style. Instructor Todd Sanders had the great honor and privilege of working on the new biography of William Nichols written by Paul Kapp and published by University Press of Mississippi in February 2015.

Todd Sanders has a B.A. in history and a master’s degree in architectural history from Mississippi State University. He has worked as an architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History since 1999. 


HEALTH AND FITNESS

 

Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing®
Instructor: Jeremy Gordon
Cost: $150
Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 - June 10 (10 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Boxers Rebellion®, a cutting edge modern fighting arts organization led by founder, master instructor Jeremy Gordon, introduces Hybrid Kickboxing® and Jeet Kune Do. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation for self-defense as it pertains to the modern world. No martial arts background is required. You will learn the basic self-defense tactics to stop an attacker and also gain insight into the basic philosophies, theories, concepts, and principles of Hybrid Kickboxing®. All Boxers Rebellion® courses improve a practitioner's physical attributes, or "bio-motor abilities," which include strength, power, speed, balance, flexibility, agility, endurance, and coordination.

The master instructor is Jeremy Gordon, who will be assisted by the Boxers Rebellion® members and staff. Gordon has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years and is the founder of Hybrid Kickboxing®. A second generation Bruce Lee student in the art of Jeet Kune Do and taught by his protégé Ted Wong, Gordon is an instructor in the art of Jeet Kune Do and studied under grandmaster Joe Lewis who also promoted him to black belt and owns the only authorized Joe Lewis fighting systems training center in Mississippi. He holds blackbelt (dan ranking), license, or certification in the following: Jido Kwan Taekwondo, Hapkido, Shorin-ryu Karate, pressure points and control tactics (ppct) instructor, defensive tactics.


Yoga for Everyone
Instructor: Sally Holly
Cost: $140
Dates: Tuesdays, April 27 - July 14 (12 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Restore, awaken and renew the body, mind and spirit. This yoga class is a blend of postures designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and release stress. You will be introduced to techniques in breath awareness while combining movement and alignment principles to emphasize flexibility and injury prevention. This class will enable the more advanced student to be challenged, while encouraging those new to yoga or looking for a gentler class to participate at his/her own level. Modifications will be given according to the student’s needs. Standing, seated, mild backbends, balancing, and relaxation poses will be introduced in a positive and nurturing way. Home practice will be encouraged and supported with personalized guidance.

Please note: Bring a yoga sticky mat and a firm blanket. Mats and blankets can be purchased from local merchants or online. Please come to class on an empty stomach and wear comfortable clothes.

Sally Holly has been teaching fitness classes since 1981 at health clubs in and around Mississippi. Her certification list is extensive, and she has studied yoga for many years with various teachers. In addition to her other certifications, Sally is a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher. Sally’s teaching style mixes fun with vast experience and knowledge while offering encouragement and inspiration to her students.


T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $140
Date: Thursdays, April 9 - May 28 (8 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

This course is designed to be an introduction to the Yang Short Form, which is one of the world’s most popular forms of exercise. Participants will learn about and practice Yang Style T'ai Chi with an emphasis on health, stress management, relief from arthritic pain, increased balance, and full range of motion. Qigong (or warm-up exercises), Wu Ji (a standing form of meditation), an introduction to the Yang Short Form, and closing exercises will be taught. New students are welcome.

Mike Chadwick, a University of Mississippi graduate, has been studying Tai Ji for 16 years. He studied the Yang Family Style Taiji under Michael Bishop, John Symonds Vanderwell, and Rusty Williard. He studied the Chen Family Style Taiji under Stanley Graham and actively practices both styles of Taiji at this time. Additionally, he has trained in Dragon Claw Kung Fu and Tai-Kwan-Do. Chadwick also teaches the 108-posture Yang Long Form and the Chen Essential 48 Posture Form.


  HOME AND GARDEN

 

Garden Design 2015
Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 26 (8 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

This garden design class will offer the latest techniques and ideas for making your garden a usable, inviting place. The emphasis is on making your landscape low maintenance while incorporating affordable innovations in outdoor furniture, art, and outdoor lighting. Rick will discuss his favorite slap, kick, and abuse plants along with the plants he does not like and why. Other topics will include finding the top priority areas in the garden, keeping gardening affordable, controlling pesky bugs, and making all of your garden totally usable.

Rick Griffin is a landscape architect in private practice. He received his bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Mississippi State University, where he was named the first outstanding alumnus in the School of Landscape Architecture. His work has been featured in Southern Living, Mississippi, Family Circle, and Delta magazines. His hobbies include painting and gardening. Rick is also an owner of Latitudes Design Center, a unique home furnishing and accessories store in Jackson.


Lawn Care
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Monday, April 6 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This one-shot class will cover all the basics of lawn care including designing or redesigning your landscape for an attractive but lower-maintenance lawn, choosing the right grass for you, planting, mowing, fertilizing, mower selection and care, and pest prevention or control. It can save you much time and money!

Container and Raised Bed Kitchen Gardening
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, April 21 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

How to select and grow knock-out flowers, "designer" vegetables, and practical culinary herbs in all sorts of containers will be covered in this class. You will also learn practical tips on container selection, homemade potting soil, mixing and matching beautiful plants, container garden care, and great indoor plants for a touch of the tropics indoors all winter.

Southern Cottage Gardening
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Monday, April 20 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

This class focuses on carving out a small area of your landscape for an attractive garden filled with all kinds of flowers, edible herbs, and vegetables. By focusing on tried-and-true plants and techniques specific to Mississippi conditions and busy lifestyles, this approach will work anywhere in your yard.

Horticulturist Felder Rushing gardens both in a celebrated Mississippi cottage garden and a small plot in England. He writes a twice-weekly newspaper column, hosts a popular NPR gardening show, and wrote 18 garden books including Slow Gardening, Gardening Southern Style, Can't Miss Container Gardening, Passalong Plants, and the forward to the South's best-selling lawn care book. His presentations are lively and humorous, but packed with practical information, easy-to-follow tips, and stunning photography. 


LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

 

The Art and Science of Writing Biographies and Memoirs
Instructor: James Dickerson
Cost: $100
Date: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 5 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This course will offer instruction on how to write a proposal for a biography or memoir that will attract the attention of publishers. It will also offer suggestions on how to structure biographies and memoirs, how to research them, and how to undertake the writing of the book.

James L. Dickerson, award-winning author of more than 30 published books and more than 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles, is the founder of Sartoris Literary Group, a traditional book publisher. He is a former staff writer with The Commercial Appeal and a contributor to various magazines, including Good Housekeeping and BookPage. He has written and published ten biographies.


How to Edit What You Write
Instructor: Gerard Helferich
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, April 9 - May 14 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Published authors will tell you that most of their time and effort is spent not in writing but in revising. In this hands-on class, writers of fiction and nonfiction will learn how to go from first draft to finished manuscript. Each session will focus on a specific topic— conciseness, precision, style, overwriting, structure, and voice--and will include time for editing. We will also analyze the work of past and present masters of the craft. At the end of the course, students will have a list of six questions to consider as they review their future work.

Gerard Helferich is the author of four critically praised books, including High Cotton: Four Seasons in the Mississippi Delta, which won the Authors Award for Nonfiction from the Mississippi Library Association. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he publishes reviews in the Wall Street Journal. He is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has presented workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference. Before turning to writing in 2002, he was an editor and publisher for 25 years at companies such as Doubleday, Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley. For more information, please visit gerardhelferich.com.


 “NEW!” The Jane Austen Book Club: Meet “The Watsons”
Instructors: Carolyn Brown and Susan Allen Ford
Cost: $40
Date: Wednesday, April 15 (1 class mtg)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

In 1804, after Jane Austen had written drafts of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey, but before any of her novels had been published, she began The Watsons. This new novel, focusing on a family whose clergyman father is dying, was abandoned after about forty pages. Join Carolyn Brown, Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and Susan Allen Ford, Professor of English at Delta State University and Editor of Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line, JASNA’s scholarly journals, to talk about the characters Austen created and the themes she explored, where the novel might have gone, why she might have stopped work on it, how she might have repurposed it in her later fiction, and what use other writers have made of it.

Note: The text is available in several editions: it’s part of a Penguin edition that includes Lady Susan and part of the Oxford World Classic’s edition of Northanger Abbey.

Dr. Carolyn J. Brown earned her Master’s and Ph.D. at UNC-Greensboro and has taught at UNC-Greensboro, Elon University, and Millsaps College. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers, College Language Journal, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, as well as the books A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty (2012) and Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker (2014).

Dr. Susan Allen Ford is on the faculty of the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University, where she teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, particularly in composition and British literature. Since 2006, she has served as editor of the journals of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line. She is the author of many articles on Jane Austen and her contemporaries, and she is currently at work on a book about Austen.


Spanish at Noon
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Mondays, April 6 - May 4 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Spanish is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. In this class you will develop basic language skills for travel, business, and enjoyment. This course covers the vocabulary needed to deal with everyday situations wherever Spanish is spoken. In addition, various aspects of daily life in the Hispanic world will be discussed by the instructor, Dr. Robert Kahn.

French at Noon
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 5 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

If you plan to go to France, Quebec, or any place else where French is spoken, for business or pleasure, this course is a must! Come join us and learn basic pronunciation and practical conversational French. In addition, various aspects of daily life in French-speaking countries will be discussed.

Robert Kahn, Ph.D., taught Spanish and French for many years at Millsaps College.


To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $105
Date: Mondays, April 6 - May 11 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

In this class, participants will explore nonfiction forms, including memoir, personal essay, humor, and criticism. We'll look at ways to generate potential topics and explore narrative writing basics. Not only will participants write two major pieces, they will also develop sharper eyes as readers and stronger everyday skills as writers.

Ellen Ann Fentress's essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Oxford American and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. A Bennington M.F.A., she is also writer-producer of the documentary film Eyes on Mississippi.


Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Mondays, April 6 - May 18 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This introductory course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for beginning writers as well as for established writers who want to hone their skills. The course will cover two areas: writing (first four sessions) and marketing (next three sessions). The overall course goal is to create a short story suitable for submission to a publication.

Writing and Selling Short Stories Part II
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 19 (7 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This follow-up course in how to write short fiction and get it published is intended for writers who have already completed the introductory course “Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I.” The class will cover advanced writing and marketing techniques, narrative structure, and the analysis of both literary and commercial short fiction. The overall course goal is to submit a previously written short story to a publication and to create and submit another by the end of the class.

Please note: Prerequisites for this class are a completed or nearly-completed short story to bring to the first class session and having completed Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I.

John Floyd’s work has appeared in more than 200 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. A Derringer Award winner and three-time Pushcart prize nominee, John is the author of five books: Rainbow’s End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), Deception (2013), and Fifty Mysteries (2014). 


  MONEY AND BUSINESS

 

Basics of Investing
Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $70
Date: Mondays, April 6 - May 4 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Learn about ways to grow financially. Mark Maxwell will attempt to demystify stocks, bonds, annuities, mutual funds, options, timing, markets, taxation, tax shelter, and qualified plans. Using the internet for research and investing and point and figure stock charting will also be covered

Please note: The material presented in this course is intended to inform but not to advise.

Mark Maxwell has a B.S. in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, is an investment broker, and works in all areas of investments, including stocks, bonds, and retirement planning. He began his career with J.C. Bradford & Company as an investment broker in 1993 and is now associated with Raymond James.


Developing Your Own Fashion Line: Start to Finish
Instructor: Shon McCarthy Simmons
Cost: $100
Dates: Wednesdays, April 8 - May 6 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Have you ever thought about starting your own fashion or accessory line? This class will take you from the first step of making and/or manufacturing your product to effective marketing as you learn to develop your own brand. You should bring your dream, concept, or design to the first day of class.

Shon McCarthy Simmons, fashion designer and art teacher, earned her B.A. from Millsaps College and her M.A.T. from Jackson State University. She has been a guest speaker in Parsons The New School of Design’s marketing class. She currently designs and has thirteen years of experience as an independent fashion designer and has conducted her own PR/marketing. Articles about her work have appeared in Vogue online, Elle, Lucky Magazine, Glamour, and The Wall Street Journal. She has sold her previous line in stores such as Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, LaBon Marche (Paris), Harvey Nicol (Saudi Arabia), and Fred Segal. She has also had celebrity clients as well. 


“NEW!” Introduction to Social Media and Content Strategy
Instructor: Sophie Wolf
Cost: $50 per session
Date: Tuesday, April 7 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
OR
Date: Saturday, April 18 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Are you new to a position in social media or feel like your business needs to get in the “social media game” to keep up? This introductory course will cover all the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms for businesses. Is every platform right for you and your company? We’ll discuss best practices and how to strategize resources to make social platfoms work for your specific needs. The course will also include a discussion about larager content strategy as it relates to social media as part of a business strategic plan.

Sophie Wolf, marketing coordinator at Millsaps, earned a bachelor of liberal arts in journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi and a graduate certificate in the Millsaps Business Advantage Program. She has worked at the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the editor of Find It In Fondren magazine, and has done freelance work in Mississippi and nationally.


Interviewing Skills for Success
Instructor: Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson
Cost: $40
Date: Saturday, April 18 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

In this course, students will become familiar with techniques that will promote them as the best candidate every time. Students will learn the best strategies for the various types of interviews. Body language and its effect on the interview will also be discussed. Bring a current copy of your resume or curriculum vitae. Business attire is optional.

Writing for the Internet and Social Media
Instructor: Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson
Cost: $40
Date: Saturday, April 11 (1class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

In this new course, students will learn about content development, audience focus and content organization to create websites, blogs, and social media pages. The most important tenets of good writing online will be discussed. Students should bring an electronic device, such as a laptop or tablet, with them to class.

Self-Publishing
Instructor: Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson
Cost: $50
Date: Saturday, April 25 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Do you have a wonderful idea for a book? Have you written a collection of poetry? Self-publishing just may be your answer. However, the process of self-publishing can be both confusing and overwhelming. This three hour class is designed to assist people, who desire to complete much of the self-publishing process themselves. Using Createspace, which is affiliated with Amazon, this class takes students through the process step-by-step. There is a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor when the class meets.

Please note: Students should have basic computer skills.

Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson, M.A., has taught professional development and communication skills courses since 2005. Currently a doctoral student, she is a self-published author, image consultant, and English instructor. Her diverse background and experience include numerous publications.


Exploring Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Providing a survey of the basic concepts of starting a business, this course covers the personal origins for motivation for entrepreneurship and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the entrepreneur. Guest speakers who have successfully started their own businesses will talk about their experiences. The class will conclude with students assessing their own potential and developing an idea for a new business.

Joe Donovan, Director of Entrepreneurial Development at Millsaps College, earned his B.B.A. from Thomas More College and his M.B.A. from Millsaps College. An active entrepreneur, Mr. Donovan, has 25 years of progressive senior management experience, serving in the last 18 years as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and CFO/Vice President of Finance for three multi-state organizations with gross sales exceeding $65 million annually. He is also the executive director of the MS Center for Nonprofits

The following classes will be led by Joe Donovan and are taught in partnership with Mississippi Center for Nonprofits.

Serving Your Community: Board Service 101
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $25
Date: Thursday, April 9 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Have you considered serving on a community, church, or hospital board? Board service is a great way to be involved in your community as well as an avenue for achieving personal/professional development. You will learn the legal and fiduciary responsibilities that are required of board members. Discover the pros and cons of board service to find out if it’s the right fit for you.

Becoming a Better Board Volunteer: A Serious Look at Board Service
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, April 16-30 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Board members have a responsibility to their community to provide high quality service to their chosen organization. Best practices of board roles and responsibilities, recruitment and orientation, strategic planning, and fundraising will be covered. This course will help strengthen the individual board member and in turn increase the effectiveness of community board oversight.

Fundraising Ethics
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $25
Date: Thursday, May 14 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Fundraising demands integrity and public trust, but sometimes the ethical lines are not clearly drawn. Explore the ethical implications of fundraising for your organization as a professional or as a volunteer. Common dilemmas will be addressed with solutions drawn from the highest professional standards. 


MUSIC

 

Beginning Guitar
Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $90
Dates: Thursdays, March 19 - April 9 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

You can learn to play the guitar! Its simplicity has made it one of the world's most popular musical instruments. In contrast to “concert classical guitar,” which may take a lifetime to master, simple "chord" strumming can be learned in just a few weeks. If you are interested primarily in learning to play casual “living room/campfire” guitar, all you need is a guitar, the desire to learn, and a little practice. This course will teach the basic skills of guitar accompaniment: the most common major, minor, and 7th chords, various strumming patterns, chord groupings, and a representative selection of folk songs. (Reading will not be taught in this course.)

Please note: There is a $12 materials fee that is payable to the instructor the first night of class.

Jimmy Turner has performed extensively throughout the South and Midwest. He has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, and The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Turner has been heard in recital on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and he has served as an adjudicator for the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs. He maintains an active private studio and a busy performing schedule. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Millsaps College and also teaches the Guitar Workshop through the Millsaps College Summer Enrichment Program.


Adult Group Piano for Beginners Part I
Instructor: Christy Jenkins Turner
Cost : $100
Date: Mondays, April 6 - 11 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Experience the joy of music making and fulfill that life-long dream of playing the piano in a supportive atmosphere! In just six meetings, you should begin to be able to read written music, perform elementary-level pieces, know the basics of music theory, and have improved hand coordination. People who continuously learn new things enjoy good memory health, and group piano lessons are proven to relieve stress and stimulate the immune system. Learn the fundamentals of piano playing and improve your health….what more can you ask?

Please note: There is a $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Christy Jenkins Turner is a piano instructor and music educator. She held the position of instructor of music in piano and music theory at Tougaloo College. She has a bachelor of music degree from Millsaps College and a master of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additional piano and theory studies include the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


 Beginning Harmonica
Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
Cost: $90 (plus harmonica)
Date: Mondays, April 27 - May 18 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ever wanted to learn to play the harmonica? The humble "harp" has become an integral part of many genres of contemporary music, from blues to rock, bluegrass to jazz. Whether you want to play songs around the campfire or trade licks with a blues band, now's your chance to get started with an instructional course from one of today's top rising professional players, right here in Jackson. In this beginner’s class, you will learn the rudiments of playing single notes, the differences between melodic and blues playing, the technique of bending notes, and basic songs and phrases.

Scott Albert Johnson was recently named one of the "Hot 100 Harmonica Players" worldwide by the Harmonica Company, a top UK-based harmonica retailer and website. He has shared the stage with such musical legends as Marty Stuart, James Burton, Dorothy Moore, and Mike Mills. Scott was voted "Best Musician" by the readers of the Jackson Free Press in 2009 and 2010. He won a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission for 2013-2014. Read more at www.scottalbertjohnson.com


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

“NEW!” Beginning Meditation
Instructors: Amy Hudson and Bebe Wolfe
Cost: $30
Date: Tuesdays, April 7-21 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Meditation traditions from around the world will be introduced in this class. Psychological and physiological benefits of meditation, heart rate variability in meditation, and practical suggestions for starting a daily meditative practice will be discussed. The class will include lecture/slides, practice and a field trip to a local meditation dojo.

Please note: Participants should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes. Bringing a cushion to sit on (for chair or floor) is optional.

Amy Hudson, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at GV “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

Bebe Wolfe, artist and owner of The Wolfe Studio, earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Portland School of Art in Portland, ME. Her interest in Buddhism and meditation began more than 20 years ago. 


Power Communication for Executives
Instructor: Linda Berry
Cost: $200
Date: Saturday, April 11 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This is a seminar in effective, persuasive communication under performance pressure with major results at stake. Designed for professional, executive, and political officeholders and students wishing to make a difference in their careers, this seminar focuses on private and public speaking, group and one-on-one encounters, and media and press events. The instructor is on call for class members for six months following the seminar. There will be an hour off for lunch on your own.

Linda Tomlinson Berry has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, private industry, and government for 24 years. Her clients have included NASA, the aerospace industry, and international corporations.


Spirituality, Romance, and Relationships
Instructor: Bob Nevels
Cost: $75
Date: Mondays, April 6 - May 4 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This course will examine the neuroscience and therapeutic understandings of the most highly valued personal experiences in the human journey. Discussion topics will include male/female differences, the biochemistry of love and attachment, spirituality and religion and the influence of each on sexual behavior, behaviors/attitudes associated with unhealthy and healthy relationships, marriages or partnerships, and cultural and psychosocial phenomena that are increasingly affecting intimate relationships.

Bob Nevels is a clinical and medical psychologist in private practice in Ridgeland. Bob has practiced, supervised, and taught psychology and marriage and family therapy for over thirty-seven years. He is an associate staff psychologist at University Hospitals and Clinics. His research and theoretical papers have been published in professional journals, textbooks, and popular literature; and he has presented at international and national conferences. 


Understanding Your Dreams: A Brief Introduction
Instructor: Karen Mori Bonner
Cost: $45
Date: Saturday, April 11 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What are these images and stories that come in our sleep? Do they mean anything? Yes! If you want better self-understanding, better relationships, and more inspiration and energy, come learn what your deeper wisdom is showing you in your dreams!

There is a $5 supply fee payable to the instructor at the class.

Karen Mori Bonner, MS, LPC, is a licensed counselor practicing in Ridgeland whose particular interest is in dreams and how understanding them can lead to health and wholeness. With a master's degree in counseling psychology from Mississippi College, she sees individuals in her private practice, facilitates, groups, and leads workshops on dreams. She is also affiliated with Three Oaks Behavioral Health as a group therapist specializing in dream work and journal therapy.


 SPECIAL OFFERINGS

 

ACT Test Prep Course
Instructor: Leonard Blanton
Cost: $70
Date: Saturday, April 11 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
OR
Date: Saturday, June 6 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This test prep course is a fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. The course will assist students in identifying and addressing obstacles to optimum performance, including starting too late, no or incorrect information about the test, fear, fatigue, perfectionism, and/or lack of experience at solving counterintuitive problems. This common sense approach to improving scores includes subject matter connection, time management tips, and ways to build confidence. Students will be allowed two 15 minute breaks and an hour for lunch.

Please note: This course will NOT be a review of the subject matter the tests are designed to measure.

Leonard H. Blanton began working with test prep with his own children and has been giving ACT/SAT workshops for 25 years. He retired as an interconnection specialist after 36 years with BellSouth.


Backyard Astronomy
Instructor: Jim Waltman
Cost: $100
Date: Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Astronomy is one of the most challenging, beautiful, and rewarding hobbies! This is your chance to learn about the subject in nonpressured, instructor-led meetings and through “hands-on” experience. Surveying some of the simpler concepts of astronomy, this intro class also focuses on what can be observed, the tools used, types of observation specialties available, and the strategies for a successful observing session. Resources are identified to continue the learning process and for help along the way. A field trip to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, located in downtown Jackson, is planned toward the end of the course.

Please note: There is a $5 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Retired computer consultant Jim Waltman is a past president and newsletter editor of the Jackson Astronomical Association, a member of the Planetary Society, and a member of the Astronomical League. A former adjunct professor of computer science, he has participated in the workshop for Mississippi astronomy educators at French Camp and has been an award-winning participant in local and regional Star Gatherings. Jim has 30 years experience in amateur astronomy.  


Dance for Parkinson’s
Instructor: Krista Bower & Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $100
Mondays, April 13 - May 4 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Millsaps College offers a program that incorporates music and dance for individuals with movement related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). This program is led by professional dance instructors who have been trained by the founders of Dance for PD™ from the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group. Dance for PD classes are offered in over 100 communities and 9 countries, and we are fortunate to have the program here in Jackson, MS. This fun and interactive activity is designed to help individuals with PD improve their motor coordination and to provide a rich social environment to improve mood and cognition. Participants have described this activity as refreshing, stimulating, and creative, and that it has facilitated friendships among the group. Classes are designed to assist individuals with a diverse range of motor abilities, as instructors teach dance phrases from both seated and standing positions. No prior dance experience is necessary.

This program is offered one evening a week and caregivers are encouraged to participate alongside. Caregivers will not be charged. Please join us in our growing community of friends. Please inquire at leama@millsaps.edu for information about scholarships.

Krista Bower, M.F.A., is a Specialty Instructor of Dance at Belhaven University and is the co-founder / co-director of Front Porch Dance in Jackson, MS. She is also the owner and director of the Yazoo City School of Dance, where she teaches students of all ages. Krista served as the school administrator for the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition Dance School and Teacher Training Program. In August of 2013, Krista participated in a Dance for PD teacher training course, and she has enjoyed co-teaching weekly Dance for Parkinson’s classes at Millsaps College since September of 2013.

Phoebe Pearigen has been involved in dance most of her life. She received her B.A. in Dance and Business Administration and an MFA in dance from Southern Methodist University. She is a community volunteer and currently serves on the USA IBC Board of Directors.  


 “NEW!” Italian for Foodies
Instructor: Patsy Ricks
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, May 12 - June 2 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Want to feel secure in pronouncing all those delicious Italian dishes and wines? Then this course is for you! Each week you will taste and pronounce two different Italian wines as well as learn to pair them with foods. You will learn to navigate authentic Italian menus as well as learn how to prepare famous Italian dishes and engage in some basic Italian conversations. Buon appetito! You must be 21 or older to take this class. A $30 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Instructor Patsy Ricks has spent a lifetime traveling and living in Italy. As owner and operator of Inside Italy Tours, she frequently gives tours in Italy. Patsy is a former Latin and Italian teacher and also teaches the art of authentic Italian cooking and wine tasting.


“NEW!” Red, White and Bleu - Wine and Cheese
Instructor: John Malanchak
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, April 9-30 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Savor a total of 12 cheeses from Europe and the U.S. representing the fresh, bloomy, semi-hard, blue, and hard-style categories. Enjoy 12 carefully selected wines that will make each pairing an unforgettable experience. Learn the different cheese-making processes along with a little history of each region. You must be 21 or older to take this class. There is a $30 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Wine, Beer, and Spirits
Instructor: John Malanchak
Cost: $100
Dates: Saturdays, April 11 - May 2 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

At the end of the last ice age, we abandoned our hunter nomadic ways in favor of the domestication of grapes and cereal grains. Fermentation of these fruits and grains brought about wine and beer. Several thousand years later, we began to separate the soul from these alcoholic beverages and develop spirits. Adventure through time as we discuss the history of wine, beer and spirits. You will also have small tastings of the different beverages, and you must be 21 or older to take this class.

Please note: There is a $25 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

John Malanchak is a geologist, wine instructor and consultant, and the certified sommelier at Joe T's Wine and Spirits in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  


REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS

 

Refunds
A $10 service fee is charged for processing all withdrawals. Refunds will be given up to two working days before a course begins; after that no refunds will be given. If at the last minute you are unable to attend, you may send a friend or colleague in your place–just let us know. Classes are often filled and have waiting lists; therefore, someone who doesn’t show up may deprive someone else of a place in the class.


Cancellation Policy
Classes with insufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation. Students will be notified of a class cancellation by telephone before the first class meeting. Since we must call you during working hours, please supply a phone number where you can be reached during the day or where a message may be left for you. Full refunds of course fees will be given for courses which are cancelled or the registrant may choose an alternate course or receive a credit voucher for future courses. Please allow two or three weeks for refund checks to arrive. Credit card charges will be credited back to the charge card.