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Winter 2016 Community Enrichment Series


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Beginning Photography
Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $ 175
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
FULL -- Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (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: Oceanscape
Instructor: Michael Hughes
Cost: $60 (plus $20 supply fee payable to the instructor at the class meeting)
Date: Friday, March 11 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 2:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Using the Bob Ross® wet-on-wet technique, 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. This class will meet at Hobby Lobby on Lakeland Drive in Flowood.

Michael Hughes is a certified Bob Ross® instructor in floral, landscape, and wildlife painting.


FULL -- Calligraphy – the Art of Beautiful Writing
Instructor: Betsy Greener
Cost: $100 (plus $35 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (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! Limited to 15.

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.


***NEW*** Exciting and New Guide to Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Keisi D.V. Ward
Cost: $90 (plus supplies)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – March 1 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The instructor will create a fun/relaxed atmosphere to teach students the basic steps and details on how to sketch/draw faces using various drawing techniques. The lecturer will share art experiences, useful portrait tips, and provide one-on-one assistance to students. In turn, students will be able to tap into their artistic abilities and utilize methods in order to draw a wonderful facial portrait of their favorite friend or loved one by the end of the six weeks program! A supply list will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Keisi D.V. Ward is an artist and photographer. As a young child, her father, Rev. Earl W. Ward, Sr., noticed she inherited his natural drawing abilities and provided her with the skills to be proficient in her craft. She studied art as an avocation since high school. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Jackson State University and a Bachelor of Science in Management/Health Care Administration from Fisk University. She is the Chief of the Division of Health Planning and Resource Development at the Mississippi State Department of Health.


Intro to Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $125 (plus $40 supply fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Wednesdays, January 27 – February 17 (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! 


Intermediate Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $125 (plus $40 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Mondays, February 1 – February 22 (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.

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: $50 (plus supplies)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (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: $50 (plus supplies)
Dates: Tuesdays, March 1 – March 22 (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 Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild, she has taught knitting and spinning classes for several years. She currently edits and contributes patterns to the Defarge series of knitting books by Cooperative Press.


Loop 2 Loop Easy Crochet
Instructor: Regina Powell
Cost: $70 (plus $5 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Mondays, January 25 – February 15 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Crochet is the process of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other materials. In this class you will learn key terms and the basic skills of crocheting while creating rectangles that can be crocheted together to make a blanket or afghan. 

Regina Powell is a native Mississippian. Ever since she learned to crochet in the sixth grade from her math teacher, she has loved teaching and making /selling crocheted items. The Southern Needle in Ridgeland opened in August 2013 with her assistance, and she is a member of Stitchin Sisters at First Baptist Church of Madison. Her crocheted items have been entered in local arts and crafts fairs.


Paint & Antique Furniture Like A Pro
Instructor: Latresa Enns
Cost: $150 (plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
FULL -- Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (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.


***NEW*** Furniture Refinishing
Instructor: Latresa Enns
Cost: $200 (plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Saturdays, January 30 – February 13 (3 class mtgs. – the last two Saturdays are only partial days)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This is a hands-on class. You will learn to refinish a piece of furniture, working with your own piece or a piece in the studio. This class will cover stripping different types of surfaces, preparation, minor repairs, sanding, application of stains and final finishes including oils, wax or various sealers. You may bring any small/medium piece of furniture you can carry. Furniture may be stored at studio. Class will be held at instructor’s studio in Madison.


***NEW*** Advanced Furniture Antiquing
Instructor: Latresa Enns
Cost: $150 (plus $70 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Mondays, February 22 – March 14 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Paint & Antique class or prior extensive painting experience.

Do you love exquisite Old World Furniture? Learn advanced painting techniques that will make your old or new furniture look like it came from the early periods with beautiful old pictures, Raised relief, Faux rattan, Chinoiserie, and gold leaf. You will learn easy modern techniques for some beautiful historic looking period pieces of furniture. 

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.


Instructor: Tom Morrison
Cost: $150 (plus $40 glazing fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Wednesdays, January 27 – February 24 (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, January 30 – February 20 (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.


Viking Knit
Instructor: Laura Tarbutton
Cost: $45 (plus $25 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 2 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Viking Knit is an ancient wire-weaving technique. It is created from thin wire that is “woven” together. Learn this fun and easy technique to create bracelets and necklaces. We will learn the steps of Viking knitting the first class and complete a bracelet in the second class. All supplies will be provided.

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. 



***NEW*** Introduction to Latin Dancing
Instructors: Mike and Lisa Day
Cost: $90 per person
Dates: Mondays, January 25 – February 15 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This four week course, which will be taught at Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center in Pearl, teaches the basics of six of the most popular Latin dances: Cha Cha, Rumba, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Samba. Class participants should wear shoes with leather soles. Rubber soled or backless shoes are not recommended. No partner required. 

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.

***NEW*** Irish Céilí Dancing
Instructors: Margaret Cupples and members of Jackson Irish Dancers
Cost: $40 per person (*Plus an annual JID membership, if not already a member. Memberships are payable to JID.)
Dates: Mondays, January 25 – February 29 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Céilí dancing is traditional Irish social dancing, but you don’t have to be Irish or even a great dancer to enjoy it! If you’ve seen Irish dancing at CelticFest Mississippi or elsewhere and wanted to give it a try, this class is for you. You don’t need a partner, and beginners are welcome. Join us for this six-week class series, which is a fun family activity (ages 16 and up) and a great way to meet some new people in a relaxed environment … not to mention that it’s great aerobic exercise that’s much more fun than going to the gym! Classes will be held at the Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland. 

Participants should bring water to drink, and wear clean, smooth-soled shoes and comfortable clothing. Irish dancing is fun for all experience levels from novice to expert; but it’s also high-energy and can be high-impact. As with any new fitness activity, you are encouraged to check with your doctor before beginning if you have any special health concerns. 

About Jackson Irish Dancers: Since 1998, Jackson Irish Dancers has brought classes, performances, and Irish dance events to Mississippi and beyond. We perform, teach and sometimes even compete from Ireland to Dallas and from New Orleans to Memphis – and especially right here at home. We’re not focused on competition like many Irish dancing schools; instead, we do this for the craic – in Irish, the good fun of it all. These classes are taught by founding members of JID – Margaret Cupples, Kacy Hellings and Alex McCord, with help from other experienced dancers. More information is available at www.jacksonirishdancers.org.

*A JID membership is $25/year for family memberships and $15/year for individual memberships. JID will provide membership forms and the required release form so the forms can be completed and brought to the first class meeting (if information is not already on file with JID).




Jackson’s North State Street – An Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday – January 26 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This class will cover 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.

Belhaven: A Brief Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Thursday, January 28 (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 this, arguably Jackson’s most revered historic neighborhood, 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.


Jackson Houses by Hays Town
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, February 2 (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
Dates: Thursday, February 4 (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.


The Architect of Jackson’s old Capitol – William Nichols and his work in Mississippi’s Capitol City and Beyond
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, February 9 (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.


***NEW*** Mississippi in the Civil War
Instructor: Jeff Giambrone
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, January 28 – February 25 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mississippi in the Civil War explores the causes, course, and consequences of the conflict on the state of Mississippi in the years 1861-1865. This course will briefly summarize and present the major events and battles in which Mississippians participated, and discuss life for civilians on the home front. In addition, this course will set forth the major political issues that set the stage for secession, and how Mississippians reacted to these issues in the years leading up to the outbreak of war.

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.




Boxers Rebellion® - Hybrid Kickboxing®
Instructor: Jeremy Gordon and Staff
Cost: $150
Date: Wednesdays, January 27 – March 30 (10 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Boxers Rebellion®, a cutting edge modern fighting arts organization led by founder, Master Instructor Sifu Jeremy Gordon, introduces Hybrid Kickboxing® and Jeet June Do. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation of Martial Arts 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.

The Master Instructor is Sifu Jeremy Gordon, who will be assisted by Boxers Rebellion® Staff. 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 a second generation Bruce Lee student under Grandmaster Joe Lewis who also promoted him to Black Belt. He holds Blackbelt (Dan ranking) or certification in the following: Jido Kwan Taekwondo, Hapkido, crime prevention, self-defense, 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.


T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $140
Date: Thursdays, January 28 – March 17 (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 15 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. 


Yoga for Everyone
Instructor: Sally Holly
Cost: $140
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – April 12 (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.




FULL -- To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $105
Date: Mondays, January 25 – February 29 (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 but 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, The Atlantic, Oxford American and other literary journals, as well as on Mississippi Public Radio. The producer-director of the documentary film Eyes on Mississippi, she is an M.F.A. graduate of Bennington College.


Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Mondays, January 25 – March 7 (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, January 26 – March 8 (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’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. A Derringer Award winner and Edgar Award nominee, John is the author of six books: Rainbow’s End, Midnight, Clockwork, Deception, Fifty Mysteries, and Dreamland (coming in 2016).




Basics of Investing
Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $70
Date: Mondays, January 25 – February 22 (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 Morgan Keegan.


Developing Your Own Fashion Line: Start to Finish
Instructor: Shon McCarthy Simmons
Cost: $100
Dates: Wednesdays, January 27 – February 24 (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.


Introduction to Social Media and Content Strategy
Instructor: Sophie Wolf
Cost: $50
Date: Tuesday, January 26 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

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 platforms work for your specific needs. The course will also include a discussion about larger content strategy as it relates to social media as part of a business strategic plan.

Sophie Wolf, Marketing Coordinator at Millsaps College, 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.


***NEW*** Leadership and Team Building: How to Inspire Others Through Leadership
Instructor: Jennifer L. Smith
Cost: $100 (plus $10 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 16 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In this new class, Jenni Smith explores the concepts of leadership and team-building using open discussion and interactive exercises. The four-session course uses both theoretical and practical approaches to solidify effective team-building and leadership techniques while concentrating on four major areas: Introduction to Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Challenges, and Becoming a Great Leader.

Jennifer L. Smith earned her B.S. in Sociology/Administration of Justice at Mississippi College and her Master of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has taught Leadership and Team Building at the University of Massachusetts as part of the Civic Initiative Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Jenni has held various other nonprofit and assessment positions both in Mississippi and Massachusetts. She currently lives in Jackson.


Power Communication for Executives
Instructor: Linda Berry
Cost: $200
Date: Saturday, January 30 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 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.


Exploring Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – March 1 (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 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 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, January 28 (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, February 4 – February 18 (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, February 25 (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. 




FULL -- Adult Group Piano for Beginners Part I
Instructor: Christy Jenkins Turner
Cost: $100 (plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Mondays, January 25 – February 29 (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?

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 Guitar
Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $90 (plus guitar and a $12 materials fee payable to the instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Thursdays, February 4 – February 25 (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.) 

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.


FULL -- Beginning Harmonica
Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
Cost: $90 (plus harmonica)
Date: Mondays, February 1 – February 22 (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.


The Mojo Triangle
Instructor: James L. Dickerson
Cost: $125
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

At long last—the truth about the birth of the blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country and jazz!!

Draw a straight line from New Orleans to Nashville, then over to Memphis and back down to New Orleans, following the curves of the Mississippi River, and you have a geographical area named Mojo Triangle, a phrase coined by James L. Dickerson in the early 2000’s. It is an area in which most of America’s original roots music was created: country, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll. How did this music come about and what non-musical influences played prominent roles? This class, which will be based on lectures on the history of the music and selected recordings, will explain the Mojo Triangle. The instructor will demonstrate how Native Americans, slaves from Africa, and European immigrants built America’s music culture. Major areas covered include the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Natchez, Jackson, the Natchez Trace, and Muscle Shoals.

Greenville native James L. Dickerson is the publisher of Sartoris Literary Group, one of the few American–owned book publishers left, and the author of more than 30 books.




***NEW*** Jump Starting Your Career with Volunteerism
Instructor: Jean Farish
Cost: $75 (plus a $10 workbook fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Saturdays, January 30 – February 13 (3 class meetings)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This new course will provide an overview of the concept of volunteerism, necessary skills and ethical implications to become an effective volunteer, and how to transfer volunteer skills to the workplace. Students who are interested in volunteering and/or required to engage in service learning activities will learn skills to become competent and effective in various work environments.

Jean Farish, Ph.D., CRC, earned the B.A. degree at Tougaloo College, her M.S. at Jackson State University and her Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At JSU, she has served as department chair and professor for School, Community and Rehabilitation Counseling. She has specialized in community engagement and volunteerism and is a transformational educator (Rehabilitation Counselor Education).


FULL -- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Instructor: Kathy Woodliff, L.P.C. MBSR Instructor
Cost: $200
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – March 15 (8 class mtgs. plus a half-day retreat to be assigned)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mindfulness is a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you—consciously and systematically working with your stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well-being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week class plus a half-day retreat to be assigned. The class structure includes psycho-education, formal and informal meditation and simple movement practices, and a teacher-led discussion and inquiry. Daily home practices and homework will be assigned.

Kathy Woodliff, L.P.C., has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for 20 years and is the founder of the McClean Fletcher Grief Support Center. She completed the Teacher Development Intensive in Mindfulness Stress Reduction through UMass Center for Mindfulness and MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine. She has also completed a four year long distance Education for Ministry program from the School of Theology of the University of the South.


Understanding Your Dreams : A Brief Introduction
Instructor: Karen Mori Bonner
Cost: $45.00 (plus $5 supply fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Date: Saturday, March 12 (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!

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.


Unwrapping Your Spiritual Gift of Intuition
Instructor: Duann Kier
Cost: $55 (plus $15 materials fee payable to instructor at class meeting)
Date: Saturday, January 30 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Do you know you already possess the spiritual gift of intuition? Why does everyone possess this gift? What will energize your own intuitive potential? What is the simplest way your intuition works and in what environment can you most easily develop it? How do you determine the significance of the messages you receive? What are your major vulnerabilities and temptations as you develop your gift? Come learn how to find spiritual inspiration from your gift of intuition! (Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Assessment Instrument.)

Pursuing Peace of Mind
Instructor: Duann Kier
Cost: $55 (plus $10 materials fee payable to instructor at class meeting)
Date: Saturday, February 20 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever been in a situation where everyone seems to be stressed out but you? How about a situation where everyone else seems to be perfectly fine but you feel like you’re about to go off the deep end? Is stress really that individualized? How can we pursue peace of mind in the midst of daily stresses that affect everyone differently? Come learn strategies to maintain balance in your life no matter what stresses you out or the others around you. (Using the Stress Defense Inventory Assessment Instrument.)

Communicating to Connect with Others
Instructor: Duann Kier
Cost: $55 (plus $5 materials fee payable to instructor at class meeting)
Date: Saturday, March 12 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Why is it so easy to connect with some people and so incredibly difficult to connect with others? Are there ways to communicate with almost anyone? How can you make yourself heard? Is it possible to prevent or at least minimize most misunderstandings? Come learn how to speak in a language that almost anyone can understand! (Using My B.E.S.T. Profile Assessment Instrument.)

Duann Kier is a self-employed teacher, author, humorist and spiritual intuitive. She earned her BA in English from Mississippi College and a master of religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has previously worked at Coastal Carolina Community College and the Center for Personal and Professional Development in North Carolina. 




ACT Test Prep Course
Instructor: Leonard Blanton
Cost: $70
Date: Saturday, January 30 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 2 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, June 4 (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 26 years. He retired as an interconnection specialist after 36 years with BellSouth.


Backyard Astronomy
Instructor: Jim Waltman
Cost: $100 (plus $5 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting)
Date: Tuesdays, January 26 – February 23 (5 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 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.


Beginning Magic
Instructor: Robert Day
Cost: $50
Dates: Thursdays, January 28 & February 4 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Would you like to be the life of the party? Would you like to be able to break the ice at your next business meeting? Join this beginning magic class, and learn to dazzle your friends. Magic is an art, and instructor Robert Day will offer an insight into magic as well as exposing you to beginning theory. He will teach secrets to master beginning magic tricks and sleights of hand. Please bring a deck of Bicycle playing cards, a Sharpie pen, and four quarters. All other supplies will be furnished by the instructor.

Robert Day is a self-taught magician who has headlined in Branson, MO, and performed in comedy clubs all over the U.S. In 1995, he was ranked #2 in the nation by the Society of American Magicians.


***NEW*** Big Easy Photo Tour and Workshop
Instructors: Mark Howell and John Durr Wise
Cost: $225 (plus $25 materials fee payable to instructor at first meeting)
Dates: Friday, March 18 through Sunday March 20 (with critique session Saturday, March 26 at Millsaps College)
Time: Depart 11:20 a.m. 
Amtrack Station (optional) 
300 W. Capital Street, Jackson, MS

Ready to stop taking pictures and start taking photographs? Then, join photographers, Mark Howell and John Wise, for an inspiring photographic weekend touring the South’s most eclectic city. Arriving in New Orleans by train on Friday, students will spend the weekend learning the ins-and-outs of their digital camera with an experienced instructor by their side. Specifically designed for novice digital photographers, this hands-on workshop is intentionally small - only 15 students - to ensure students receive plenty of “learn by doing” assistance from our instructors to help overcome the frustrating and sometimes intimidating challenges of using today’s digital SLR cameras. Participants will also get to try their hand at medium or large format photography using the instructor’s personal collections of vintage cameras to shoot, develop, and print their own contact prints on site. The good times are sure to roll this Spring in New Orleans.  Guests or spouses are welcome to travel along.

Deadline to register for the class is March 4th. A digital camera is required. Accommodations and travel expenses are the students responsibility. For complete trip details, call 601-974-1130. 

J Durr Wise has thirty years experience as Fine Art, Portrait, and Vintage Photographer and photography workshop instructor. 

Mark Howell has twenty years experience as professional Commercial, Editorial, and Fine Art Photographer and photography workshop instructor.

***NEW*** Common Crimes and Misdemeanors
Instructor: Bruce McKinley
Cost: $75
Date: Thursdays, January 28 – February 18 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

For most people, being a victim of, witness to, or being charged with a misdemeanor such as a traffic ticket, DUI, possession, simple assault or another “lesser crime” is probably the first and only time the average citizen is exposed to our criminal justice system. The process involved can be intimidating, time consuming, costly to defend, and carry substantial fines and costs if convicted. Many have possible jail time associated with them. This course will explain the basics in layman’s terms of what some of the more common misdemeanors are, the elements of each, and potential penalties involved. The course will also touch on procedure and the protections afforded by the Constitution for any person charged with a crime.
Please note: The information presented and the materials provided are for the sole purpose to inform. Neither should be considered legal advice or used to advise others.

William Bruce McKinley is a Madison County, MS Justice Court Judge and a practicing attorney in Ridgeland. He is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is also a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitrator. 


Dance for Parkinson’s
Instructor: Krista Bower, Melissa Lea, Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $100 per couple
Date: Mondays, January 25 – May 2 (skipping March 7 and March 28) (13 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dance for Parkinson’s is a fun and interactive social activity for individuals with movement related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease that uses music and dance to improve motor behavior. The program is offered one evening a week, is led by professional dance instructors, and participation of caregivers is encouraged.

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, 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. 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 owner and director of the Yazoo City School of Dance, where she teaches students of all ages. In 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 since September of 2013. Melissa Lea is Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Student Support and associate professor of psychology at Millsaps. Phoebe Pearigen has been involved in dance most of her life. She received her BA in Dance and Business Administration and an MFA in dance from Southern Methodist University. A community volunteer, she currently serves on the USA IBC Board of Directors.


***NEW*** French Wines and Culture
Instructors: Patsy Ricks and Ellen Steeby
Cost: $140.00 (plus $40 materials fee payable to instructor at first class meeting)
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – March 1 (6 class mtgs.)
Time 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This course will introduce you to both red and white French wines from several regions. You will learn how wine is made and the importance of the terroir; how to read the label; how to evaluate the aroma and taste of each wine; and how to select a wine to accompany different classic French dishes.

Along this virtual 6-weeks journey you will learn about the history and culture of each region as well as how to pronounce the wines and order from a menu like a Frenchman!

This class is for persons 21 and older.

Instructors Ellen Steeby and Patsy Ricks have spent a lifetime traveling and enjoying wines and foods. Ellen is a former French and Spanish teacher, and Patsy is a former Latin and Italian teacher. Both Ellen and Patsy love to learn and love to teach.


Garden Design 2016
Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $120
Dates: Tuesdays, January 26 – March 1 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This totally new 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. This class will meet at Latitudes, 1491 Canton Mart Square, Jackson.

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.


***NEW*** The Topic of Religion – Great Books Study
Instructor: Ray Kimble
Cost: $80
Dates: Tuesdays, January 19 – March 8 (8 mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Religion is a passion for some of us and of interest to most of us. This discussion group aims for an even-handed survey of literary approaches to religion. Authors we will read include E.M. Forster, Katherine Ann Porter, Dostoievski, Isak Dinesen, Andre Gide, and T.S. Eliot.  We will use the Great Books Shared Inquiry discussion method, which provides an effective format for selecting appropriate questions for examination, maintaining a proper flow, and keeping the discussion focused. Ideally the group members should be willing to take turns as leaders so that the leadership responsibility can be shared. Information about Shared Inquiry discussions may be obtained at www.greatbooks.org under the heading “What is Shared Inquiry?”

Ray Kimble is a retired psychiatrist who worked in private practice for many years and then for nineteen years at the VA Hospital in Jackson, MS. He did his medical training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and received additional training at the Maudsley Hospital in London, England. He has longtime interests in psychotherapy, philosophy, religion, and literature.



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.