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Spring 2014 Community Enrichment Series


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Watercolor Painting
Tuesdays, April 8 - May 13 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 

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.

Spring/Summer Oil Painting - Offered Only Once A Year!
Tuesdays, May 13 - July 1 (8 class mtgs.)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Cost: $160

These classes are designed for anyone interested in learning to paint in oils or for those wishing to improve their existing painting skills. Students will broaden both their technical and creative skills. There will be information and instruction at every class, and students will be encouraged to work at their own pace. Subjects to be covered include still life, interior, floral and landscape. Quality composition and use of color will be emphasized. Anyone who wishes to paint with acrylic paints instead of oils is welcome to do so.

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.

Beginning Photography
Same class taught at two different times.

Session I
Mondays, April 7 - 28 (4 class mtgs.)
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.; Cost: $175

Session II
Mondays, April 7 - 28 (4 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $175

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.

Digital Photo Editing

Tuesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 8 (2 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $95

Learn to successfully edit pictures to create sensational photo memories. Professional fine art photographer, Ron Blaylock will lead participants through the steps to correct, enhance, and experiment with their own digital photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements software.

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.

Botanical Drawing: Capturing Nature in Art
Mondays, April 7 – 28 (4 class mtgs.)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Cost: $75 (plus supplies; a supply list will be sent with the confirmation.)

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. Participants will also use colored pencils to bring a lifelike quality to their drawings.

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.

Intro to Mosaics
Wednesdays, April 9 – 30 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $30 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

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!

Intermediate Mosaics
Mondays, April 14 - May 12 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets)

In this class, students will learn to advance their skill at mosaic design by creating a larger 3-dimensional project. Students that 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.

Teresa Haygood discovered her passion for mosaics somewhat accidently.   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 in 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.

Basic Glass Fusion – Dichroic Cabochons
Tuesday, May 13  & Thursday, May 15 (2 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost $50 (plus $45 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

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. Instructor Laura Tarbutton 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.

Fine Silver Jewelry Making with Precious Metal Clay 3 - Dichroic Glass
Tuesday, May 20 &  Thursday, May 22 (2 class mtgs.)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $70 (plus $75 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

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.

Laura Tarbutton has been involved in arts and crafts all her life, but creating jewelry is her first love. Laura teaches PMC and beading classes at local craft stores and 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.

Knitting a Vest
Tuesdays, April 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $50 (plus supplies)

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
Tuesdays, May 6 - 27 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $50 (plus supplies)

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.

Creating Your Own Art Fabric
Tuesdays, April 8 - May 13 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor on the first night of the class.)

Using acrylic and latex paints, participants will learn to create their own art fabrics from plain white fabric. Many different effects will be covered including tie-dye, shattering, sun prints, rust dying and whole-cloth painting. You will learn how to use familiar household supplies and objects to make one-of-a-kind fabrics that can then be used in a variety of ways, from clothing to quilts to home decor. This class will be held off campus at the instructor's studio. Additional studio time will be available at no cost with prior notice.

Rhonda Blasingame is an award-winning art quilter and mixed media fiber artist and teaches fiber classes around the south. She is an exhibiting member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi and co-owns Bottletree Studios with Anne Campbell.

Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing
Tuesdays, April 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $35 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

Learn everything you need to know to become skilled in calligraphy. Instructor Betsy Greener 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!

Calligraphy – The Graceful Flourish (Advanced Class)
Wednesdays, April 9 – 30 (4 class mtgs.)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cost: $150

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. 

Wednesdays, April 9 – May 7 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $150 (plus $40 glazing fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

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.

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

Oil Painting
Saturdays, April 12 – May 3 (4 class mtgs.)
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.; Cost: $150 

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: http://www.thomasmorrisonstudio.com/.

Paint & Antique Furniture Like A Pro
The same class will be held at 2 different times.

Session I:
Thursdays, May 15 – June 5 (4 class mtgs.)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Cost $150 (plus $50 supply fee payable to instructor at the first class meeting)

Session II:
Thursdays, May 15 – June 5 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost $150 (plus $50 supply fee payable to instructor at the first class meeting)

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 and bring a hair dryer.

Please note: This class will be held off-campus at Back In Time Antiques in Madison. A map will be sent with the confirmation.

Latresa Enns comes from a long line of artists and entrepreneurs.  She has been finishing and restoring wood furniture for 32 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.

Bob Ross® Painting Classes
The same class will be held at 2 different times.

Saturday, April 12 or Saturday, June 14 (1 class mtg.)
3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Cost $60 (You may rent the instructor’s supplies for $20 or you may bring your own supplies.)

Saturday, March 15 or May 17 (1 class mtg.)
3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Cost $60 (You may rent the instructor’s supplies for $20 or you may bring your own supplies.)

Using the Bob Ross® wet-on-wet technique, these classes are specifically suited to beginners.  Students will be instructed in the basic application of oil paint to a canvas, will be introduced to different types of brushes, and will complete a painting by the end of the class.   Classes will meet at Hobby Lobby on Lakeland Drive in Flowood. 

Before becoming a certified Bob Ross® instructor, Michael Hughes was an ICU nurse at UMC. He received his B.S.N. from the University of the State of New York.  He has earned Bob Ross® certifications in floral, landscape, oceanscape and wildlife painting.

Beginning Basketry
Thursdays, May 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $40 materials fee)

Basket weaving is one of the oldest crafts known to man.  Evidence of baskets that were made thousands of years ago have been found, and this art continues to thrive throughout the world today.  In this class you will create a unique basket using natural materials that you collect yourself during the class field trip.  There will be a small list of supplies included with the registration confirmation.

Linda Mann has been making baskets for many years. In 1978 she earned an exhibiting membership in the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and began teaching classes for the Guild, selling her work, and participating in the annual Chimneyville Crafts Festival and other events.  She served as executive director of the Guild from 1993 until 1995, and her career includes over twenty years in the Mississippi tourism industry.  She is now a Fellow Exhibiting Member of the Crafsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and is always happy to share the satisfying art of basketry.



Ronald Reagan As a Man of Ideas
Tuesdays, April 8 - 29 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $90

Even his detractors grudgingly admit that his was the most significant presidency of the last 50 years (NYTs), yet more than three decades after the end of his presidency people can still reasonably ask, "Was he really that smart or was he just lucky?" The theory motivating, though not necessarily the conclusion reached in this class, was that he did know what he was doing and that his philosophy of politics and society, and not his smooth delivery and attractive personality, were the foundation of his success.

We will look at his early career as a so-so actor and skilled union leader, his conversion from being a Roosevelt Liberal to a Goldwater Conservative, his early writings and speech making that launched his career in politics, the development of his ideas and philosophy, his governorship of California and the pragmatic approach to governance that he developed there, the tumultuous campaigns that led to his winning of the presidency in 1980, and finally the policies he pursued in that office throughout the 1980s. Because of the role played by Mississippi in his career, we will have guest speakers who will be able to shed light on aspects of his career and character that are often overlooked in most accounts.

Our focus will be on the underlying philosophy of government and politics that guided his actions in politics. We will ask what we can learn from his career about how the challenges we currently face can be met and how and whether his approach to politics could be applied to today's political scene.

Though students will be able to follow the lectures and discussions in this course without any outside reading, the following books are recommended: In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan and The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan.

Michael Reinhard received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2004. He teaches political science classes at Millsaps College.

Jackson's North State Street - An Architectural History
Monday, April 7 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $40

Join Todd Sanders as he discusses the architectural history of what was Jackson’s premier residential street from the 1840s until the 1920s.  We will look at photographs of many long gone houses and institutional and religious structures as well as photographs of those that have survived.  In so doing, we will try to understand what happened to this once beautiful thoroughfare that caused it to decline from one of the greatest streets in Mississippi to just another busy traffic artery.

Mississippi's Antebellum Architecture: More Than Just Big, White Columns
Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 8 - April 17 (4 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $80

This class will cover the architecture of Mississippi from its earliest manmade structures through the architecture of the Antebellum Period and ending with the buildings constructed right after the end of the war. While this class will cover the great mansions, churches, courthouses and other grand public buildings that most architecture aficionados are familiar with, much time will be spent going deeper into the architecture of this period to discuss buildings that are often ignored like schools, industrial buildings, and commercial buildings, as well as the houses of the middle class. It will be discovered that the architecture of Mississippi before the war was much more vibrant, varied and complicated than the "Moonlight and Magnolias" myth would have one believe. Also equally complicated is the struggle to preserve what survives and to document what is gone.

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.

Basic Military Research
Thursdays, April 3 - May 1  (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $100

Would you like to know more about a relative or friend’s military service?  This class will cover how to do basic research on someone who served in the military, covering the period from the American Revolution to the Vietnam War.  The Civil War and World Wars I and II will be discussed in detail.

Jeff T. Giambrone is a native of Bolton, Mississippi, and has a B.A. in history from Mississippi State University and an M.A. in history from Mississippi College. He worked as a historian at the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg for 9 years, and as a historian at Communication Arts Company in Jackson for 7 years. Jeff is currently employed as a Historic Resources Specialist by the Mississippi Department of Archives & History in Jackson. He has published four books: Beneath Torn and Tattered Flags: A Regimental History of the 38th Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A, Vicksburg and the War (co-authored with Gordon Cotton), An Illustrated Guide to the Vicksburg Campaign & National Military Park, and Remembering Mississippi's Confederates.



Wednesdays, April 9 – May 14 (6 class mtgs.)
6:15 - 7:15 p.m.; Cost: $60

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.

Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness! 
Mondays, April 7 – May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
7:15 – 8:15 p.m.: Cost: $80

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.

Summer Yoga
Tuesdays, July 1 - September 16 (12 class mtgs.)
6:15 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $140

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)
Thursdays, April 10 – May 29 (8 class mtgs.)
6:15 - 7:45 p.m.; Cost: $140

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 14 years. He studied the Yang Family Style Taiji under Michael Bishop, John Symonds Vanderwell, and Rusty Williard. He studies 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. 

liveRIGHTnow Tabatas
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 7 - May 14 (12 class mtgs.)
12:00  - 1:00 p.m.; Cost: $120

Do you want to get ready for the summer by burning a little body fat and toning up your muscles while also improving your cardio? Tabatas are a form of high intensity interval training developed by Japanese researcher Dr. Izumi Tabata.  They are specifically designed to burn calories, increase endurance and boost your metabolism.  Terry's Tabatas class incorporates strength training, core work and plyometrics to deliver a highly intense and challenging 30 minute workout that will challenge both moderate and extremely fit individuals.  Participants are encouraged to wear shoes suitable for running or cross training and bring a yoga mat. No other equipment is needed.    

Terry Sullivan is owner of liveRIGHTnow, LLC which offers personal training, group classes, weight loss coaching and special events centered around exercise and healthy living.  He has been working with clients in the Jackson area for three years and also teaches classes at Butterfly Yoga Studio in Fondren.  In addition to an M.B.A. from SUNY Buffalo, Terry is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  

Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing™
Wednesdays, April 9 – June 11(10 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $150

Boxers Rebellion®, a cutting edge modern fighting arts organization led by founder, Master Instructor Jeremy Gordon, introduces Hybrid Kickboxing™. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation for self-defense as it pertains to the modern world. No martial arts background 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. This class will be held off campus at Mississippi Basketball & Athletics.

The Master Instructor is Jeremy Gordon, who will be assisted by Coach Curtis Davis and Coach Roscoe N. Forch.  Gordon has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years and is the founder of Hybrid Kickboxing™. He is a second generation Bruce Lee student in the art of Jeet Kune Do and was taught by his protégé Ted Wong. He is an instructor in the art of Jeet Kune Do and is also a second generation Bruce Lee student 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) or certification in the following: Jido Kwan Taekwondo, Hapkido, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Pressure Points and Control Tactics (PPCT) instructor, Defensive Tactics instructor for Law Enforcement, and is a certified law enforcement officer.  Jeremy graduated from Jackson State University with a bachelor of science degree. 



Landscape Design
Tuesdays, April 8 – May 27 (8 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Cost: $150

The first part of this course offers the fundamental skills in the design of residential landscapes.  You will learn about the use of the elements of color, form, texture, and pattern in planning outdoor site amenities.  Examples include parking areas, walks, gates, entrances, patios, wood decks, pools, and other garden structures. The second part of the class will involve participants bringing examples of their own site problems to discuss. Each participant will present his/her problem to the class, and instructor Rick Griffin will present possible design plan solutions.  The last class meeting will be a field trip to Rick’s garden.

How to Use Art in Your Landscape
Thursday, April 10 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost $40

Landscape art can come in many forms.  It can be two dimensional on the ground or on a wall.  It can also be three dimensional as a free standing sculpture. In this class, we will explore different forms and examples that the instructor has used and even some ideas he would like to use.  Keep in mind these art ideas will always be frugal.

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 101 and Beyond
Monday, April 7 (1 class mtg.)
6:00-8:00 p.m.; Cost $40

Only a very few gardeners actually love doing all the things a lawn needs to look perfect, and that’s just for a few days. What to do?  This one-night class will save you time, effort, and money by covering EVERYTHING you need to know about having a really nice lawn – mowing, fertilizing, weed control, watering, etc. - or how to be happy with a passable “meadow lawn” that won’t irritate the neighbors. We’ll also look at trendy ways to redesign your lawn to be smaller yet still attractive, plus ideas on using mulches and groundcovers to reduce lawn maintenance and still look “Southern Living” nice.

Gardening and Plants for Small Places 
Tuesday, April 22 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $40

This informal class will focus on practical elements of small-space design and planting, and includes creating or enhancing “people” spaces with all-year comfort and privacy, plus vertical gardening, raised bed and container gardening, water gardening, fire pits, and of course lots of great low maintenance plants and fun gardening tips.

Felder Rushing, who gardens around both his celebrated Mississippi cottage and a farmhouse in northern England, is a much sought-after lawn consultant who wrote the forward to the South’s best selling lawn care manual. The author of 18 books, host of a popular NPR-affiliate radio program, and longtime columnist is without doubt the most laid-back yet passionate garden expert around. His classes are straightforward, both practical and philosophical, and illustrated with highly evocative photography.



Talking Your Way Through the Spanish Speaking World
Mondays, April 7 - May 5 (5 class mtgs.)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Cost: $99

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. 

Talking Your Way Through the French Speaking World
Tuesdays, April 8 - May 6 ( 5 class mtgs.)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Cost: $99

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. Presently, he is Senior Consultant for International Education at the college.

The Jane Austen Book Club: Lady Susan, Jane Austen's Bad Girl
Tuesday, April 22 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $40

The seventh meeting of the Jane Austen Book Club will look at Jane Austen’s short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, the first of Austen’s novels to be completed but the last to be published. Lady Susan Vernon is unique among Austen’s heroines—older and widowed, she is scheming and manipulative as she plots to acquire husbands for both herself and her daughter. Join Carolyn Brown, Regional Coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and Susan Allen Ford, professor of English at Delta State University and editor of Persuasions, the scholarly journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America, as they examine this intelligent, self-seeking and often witty heroine, who has few parallels in literature. 

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 Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers and College Language Journal, the book A Daring Life:  A Biography of Eudora Welty, and a biography of Margaret Walker to be published later this year.

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, Ford 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 is currently at work on a book about Austen.

The Mystery of Margaret Walker Alexander
Tuesday, March 18 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $40

Author Margaret Walker Alexander has been described as “the most famous person nobody knows.” It is a shocking misperception of a woman who was an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, educator, and activist as well as friend and mentor to many of our most prominent twentieth century African American writers. She lived and taught in Jackson for thirty years, and her papers at Jackson State University, housed in the Center that bears her name, are “the nation’s second largest collection of a modern black female author’s papers.” Join us in learning about the life and work of this very important woman writer whose name--on a library, street sign, and center--is a familiar marker in our city.

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. Her publications include articles in Notes on Mississippi Writers and College Language Journal, and the books A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty and the forthcoming Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker, to be published by University Press of Mississippi in 2014.

How to Sell What You Write
Tuesdays, April 8 -  May 6 (5 class mtgs.)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Cost: $150

This course is designed to help writers and would-be writers sell what they write to editors. It is suitable for unpublished writers and professionals who want to sell books and magazine articles to national publications. The instructor will provide one-on-one evaluations of nonfiction book proposals, magazine query letters, synopses and first chapters of novels.

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.

To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Mondays, April 7 - May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $105

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 also will develop sharper eyes as readers and stronger everyday skills as writers.

Ellen Ann Fentress's essays have been featured in The New York Times, Oxford American, Wilson Quarterly and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Radio. She is an M.F.A. graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Mondays, April 7 – May 19 (7 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Cost: $100

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
Tuesdays, April 8 – May 20 (7 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.; Cost: $100

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, Grit, The Saturday Evening Post, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. A Derringer Award winner and three-time Pushcart prize nominee, John has published four books: Rainbow’s End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), and Deception (2013). 



Basics of Investing
Mondays, April 7 – May 5 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $70

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 Morgan Keegan.

Exploring Entrepreneurship
Tuesdays, April 8 – May 13 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $150

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 twenty-five 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 lead by Joe Donovan and are taught in partnership with Mississippi Center for Nonprofits.

Serving Your Community: Board Service 101
Thursday, April 10 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $25

Have you considered serving on a community, church, or hospital board? Board service is a great way to be involved in your community and also for personal/professional development.   You will also 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
Thursdays, April 17 - May 1 (3 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $75

Board members have a responsibility to their community to provide high quality service to their chosen organization. Most often board members see their responsibilities fulfilled by attending meetings and organizations lose when this is the case. 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
Thursday, May 8 (1 class mtg.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost $25

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. 



Adult Group Piano for Beginners Part I
Mondays, April 7 – May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

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?

Adult Group Piano for Beginners Part II
Mondays, April 7 - May 12 (6 class mtgs.)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

This class is a continuation of adult group piano for beginners. It is also appropriate for students with a minimal background in piano. Continue to experience the joy of music making and fulfill that life-long dream of playing the piano. Further your ability to read written music, perform elementary-level pieces, and gain more experience at the piano. Enjoy interacting with others and making music together in a comfortable, group setting.

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 holds a master of music degree from the University of North  Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor of music degree from Millsaps College.  Additional piano and theory studies include the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Beginning Harmonica
Mondays, April 14 - May 5 (4 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $90 (plus harmonica)

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 http://www.scottalbertjohnson.com/.

Beginning Guitar 
Same class offered at 2 different times.

Session I
Thursdays, March 20 - April 10 (4 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $90 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor the first night of class)

Session II
Thursdays, April 17 – May 8 (4 class mtgs.)
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $90 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor the first night of class)

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.)

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. 



ACT Test Prep Course
Same class offered at 2 different times.

Session I
Saturday, April 5 (1 class mtg.)
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Cost: $70

Session II
Saturday, June 7 (1 class mtg.)
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Cost: $70

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.

Basics of Bird Watching Part II (Part I is not a prerequisite)
Thursdays, April 10 – May 22 (6 class mtgs.; class will not meet 4/19)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost $100

In this spring follow up to the fall Basics of Bird Watching, we will learn about how birds are classified into families, how they act, and where they can be found. We’ll learn to identify the tricky group known as wood warblers, by taking several evening bird walks.  We will look into the various smartphone applications and how to properly use them. We’ll talk about some of the many birding hot spots Mississippi has to offer and cap the class off with a field trip.

Chris King worked for 20 years in the veterinary industry, and he has been an avid birder since childhood. He has  worked extensively with the Audubon Birds of Prey Center for seven years where he served as the director of raptor rescues for Volusia County, Florida.

***NEW*** All Things Wine - An Open Forum
Thursdays, April 17 – May 8 (4 class mtgs.)
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.; Cost $100 (plus $25 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.)

Please come and join wine instructor John Malanchak in an open forum to share questions, answers, and experiences regarding “All Things Wine.”  This is not a structured class or lecture, but a group discussion on a wide range of topics such as wine and food pairing, wine and travel experiences, sensory evaluation of wine, or whatever wine topics you wish.  During each of our four meetings, we will taste three different wines from around the world.  Only persons 21 and over will be admitted to this class.

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

Backyard Astronomy
Tuesdays, April 8 – May 13 (6 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Cost: $100 (plus $5 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)

Astronomy is one of the most challenging, beautiful, and rewarding hobbies! This is your chance to learn about the subject in non-pressured, 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. 

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.

What Does It Mean to Be a Southerner Today?
Mondays, April 7 - 21 (3 class mtgs.)
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $60

As people living in Mississippi today, how do we interpret the changing world of the South? This class offers an introduction to Southern Studies, examining how and why we study the American South. We will examine Southern traditions, roles, folklore, mythology and stereotypes as we construct our own working definition of what it means to be a Southerner.

Nell Linton Knox has a B.A. in English from Millsaps College and a M.A. in southern studies from the University of Mississippi. She has worked as an intern with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and the creators of the Mississippi, Believe It! Campaign at the Cirlot Agency.

Improvisational Acting
Mondays, April 7 - 28 (4 class mtgs.)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $75

Enjoy studying the best kind of acting for stage and film!  Gain the knowledge and skills to effectively try out for film and stage roles. In improvisational acting, no scripts are needed.  Learn the best acting techniques and have fun doing it!

Jim Fraiser is a veteran of stage and screen and has successfully auditioned and been cast in speaking roles in nine movies and several TV series, including My Dog Skip, Blind Vengeance and the recent As I Lay Dying. He is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild and longtime acting instructor and stage director.  He has also written fifteen books.

Spirituality, Romance and Relationships
Thursdays, April 10 – May 8 (5 class mtgs.)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.; Cost: $75

This course will examine the neuroscience and therapeutic understandings of the most highly valued personal experiences in the human journey. Many “common sense” beliefs will be challenged and alternatives with new possibilities, but outside of traditional “comfort zones,” will be presented. We will look at newer understandings of male/female sex differences in brain morphology, hormones and downstream neurochemistry that may profoundly affect courting and mating. We will examine the difference between spirituality and religion; and, the powerful influence each has on sexuality and sexual behavior. We also will look at current cultural and psychosocial factors that are increasingly playing a major role in these phenomena. Finally, we will crystal ball project the future of romance and religion into a world of virtual reality, cyborg technology, and indefinitely extended life.

Bob Nevels is a clinical and medical psychologist in private practice in Ridgeland, where he is associated with The Counseling Center. Bob has practiced, supervised, and taught psychology and marriage and family therapy for over thirty 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; he has presented at international and national conferences.