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Winter 2015 Community Enrichment Series

 

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ARTS AND CRAFTS

 

Beginning Knitting I
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Knitting is the art of creating fabric from thread and two needles. Begun out of the necessity of creating clothing for protection from the elements, knitting has evolved into a creative hobby that produces not only practical but fashionable garments and accessories. In this beginner class instructor Donna Peyton will teach students basic knitting techniques such as casting on, knitting, purling, decreasing stitches, binding off, and seaming. Projects completed will include a washcloth, a hat, and fingerless mitts. A list of supplies will be sent with the class confirmation.

 

Beginning Knitting II
Instructor: Donna Peyton
Cost: $70
Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 – March 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This class is a continuation of the part I class. Students will learn cable and lace stitches and knitting in the round. Projects included in this class are two scarves, a hat, and a cowl. A list of supplies will be sent with the class 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. 
 

 


 

Calligraphy – the Art of Beautiful Writing
Instructor: Betsy Greener
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (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!

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


Calligraphy – The Graceful Flourish (Advanced Class)
Instructor: Betsy Greener
Cost: $150
Dates: Wednesdays, January 28 – February 18 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

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

 


 

Beginning Photography
Instructor: Ron Blaylock
Cost: $ 175
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
OR
Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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

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

 


Bob Ross® Painting Class: Landscape 
Instructor: Michael Hughes
Cost: $60
Date: Saturday, February 21 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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. This class will meet at Hobby Lobby on Lakeland Drive in Flowood.

Please note: There is a $20 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets.

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, and wildlife painting.

 


 

Botanical Drawing: Capturing Nature in Art
Instructor: Dain Hayes
Cost: $75
Date: Mondays, January 26 – February 16 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

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

 


 

Floral Design
Instructors: Tom & Nancy McIntyre
Cost: $50
Dates: Tuesdays, February 24 & March 3 (2 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to make your own floral arrangements? Learn the basics of floral design and have fun at the same time! This is a hands-on course to learn floral decorating for your home or friends.  Bring a pen, paper, knife, scissors and your desire to create something original! Enrollment is limited.

Please note: There is a $30 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting. The materials fee will cover lovely arrangements that you will create and take home to enjoy. The class will meet at A Daisy A Day in Highland Village.

Tom and Nancy McIntyre have been in the floral business in Jackson for more than 25 years. They have taught numerous floral design classes for the Millsaps College Enrichment Series.

 


 

Intro to Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $100
Dates: Wednesdays, January 28 – February 18 (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!

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

 

Intermediate Mosaics
Instructor: Teresa Haygood
Cost: $100
Dates: Mondays, February 2 – February 23 (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.

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

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

 


 

Loop 2 Loop Easy Crochet
Instructor: Regina Powell
Cost: $70
Dates: Mondays, January 26 – February 16 (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.

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

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
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
OR
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (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.

Please note: There is a $50 materials fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

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

 


 

Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Keisi D. V. Ward
Cost: $90
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – March 3 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

In a fun relaxed atmosphere, students will learn the basic steps to sketch/draw faces using various drawing techniques. The instructor 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 6 weeks program! A list of supplies will be mailed with the 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 has 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.

 


 

Pottery/Sculpture
Instructor: Tom Morrison
Cost: $150
Dates: Wednesdays, January 28 – February 25 (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.

Please note: There is a $40 glazing fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.  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 31 – February 21 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

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

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

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

 


 

Waste Not Want Not: Recycling Clothing
Instructor: Shon McCarthy Simmons
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, January 29 – February 26 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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

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

 


Watercolor Painting
Instructor: Laurel Schoolar
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – March 3 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

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

 


 

DANCE

 

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
Instructors: Mike and Lisa Day
Cost: $100 per person
Dates: Mondays, January 26 – February 16 (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 social dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, and Single Step Swing. Class participants are required to wear shoes with leather soles. Singles and couples are welcome.

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

 


 

Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness!
Instructor: Sandra Plunkett
Cost: $80
Dates: Mondays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.

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

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

 


 

Zumba®
Instructor: Ashleigh Risher
Cost: $60
Dates: Wednesdays, January 28 – March 4 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

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

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

 


 

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

 

Pilgrimage Primer: What To Know Before You Go
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $100
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 27 – February 5 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

Have you ever gone on a pilgrimage tour and felt that you were missing something? Did you come away wishing you knew more about the history of the city in general and about its architecture specifically? Did you wish that someone had told you of other sites to see while there and maybe even a good restaurant or two?

Well, wish no more. In this class, that is precisely what we will be doing. In addition to learning more about the architectural history of Natchez, Vicksburg, Columbus, and Holly Springs, we will end each class with a brief version of “The Truth Sleuth” to arm you with the knowledge of little known facts such as what a “petticoat mirror” really is or why these old houses don’t have closets. You’ll come away from this class with enough information to feel like an insider.

 

Belhaven: A Brief Architectural History
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Tuesday, February 10 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p. m.

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

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

 

The Mississippi Architecture of Albert Hays Town
Instructor: Todd Sanders
Cost: $40
Dates: Thursday, February 12 (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: Tuesday, February 17 (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.

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.

 


 

Researching Your Mississippi Civil War Ancestor
Instructor: Jeff Giambrone
Cost: $75
Dates: Thursdays, January 29 – February 19 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This class will cover the basics on researching the military service of Mississippians who served in the Union or Confederate armies during the Civil War. Among the topics to be covered will be locating and understanding Civil War service records, pensions, and burial information. The class will also explain how to research an ancestor's Civil War unit to find out which battles they may have participated in, and how to research post-war participation in veteran's organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic and the United Confederate Veterans.

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. 

 


  

HEALTH AND FITNESS

 

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

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

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

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

 


 

T'ai Chi (Taiji)
Instructor: Mike Chadwick
Cost: $140
Date: Thursdays, January 29 – March 19 (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.

 


   

HOME AND GARDEN

 

Garden Design 2015
Instructor: Rick Griffin
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – March 17 (8 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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

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

 


 

Spring Planting for Summer Herbs and Veggies
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, February 10 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This one-shot money-saving class will cover all the basics of easy-to-plant summer vegetables and herbs in raised beds and containers. It includes details on soil preparation, composting, fertilizers, pest prevention or control, and dozens of beautiful, dependable plants that are as pretty to watch grow as they are good to eat!


Lawn Care
Instructor: Felder Rushing
Cost: $40
Date: Tuesday, February 17 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

Felder Rushing is author of 18 gardening books including Growing Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs in Mississippi, and he is also the host of a popular NPR-affiliate radio program. He wrote the forward to the most popular lawn care manual in the South. Splitting his time between his celebrated Mississippi cottage garden and a small village in northern England, he grows and enjoys using a huge variety of culinary herbs and “designer” vegetables in his own gardens as well as consulting with golf course superintendents and home gardeners who want a beautiful lawn without all the fuss, chemicals, equipment, and required time.

 


  

LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Talking Your Way Through the French-Speaking World
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Mondays, January 26 – February 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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

 

Talking Your Way Through the Spanish-Speaking World
Instructor: Robert Kahn
Cost: $99
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 24 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

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 Art and Science of Writing Biographies and Memoirs
Instructor: James Dickerson
Cost: $100
Date: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 24 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

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

 


 

To Tell the Truth: Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Ellen Ann Fentress
Cost: $105
Date: Mondays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

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

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

 


 

Writing and Selling Short Stories Part I
Instructor: John Floyd
Cost: $100
Date: Mondays, January 26 – March 9 (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 27 – March 10 (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, Grit, The Saturday Evening Post, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. A Derringer Award winner and three-time Pushcart prize nominee, John is the author of five books: Rainbow’s End (2006), Midnight (2008), Clockwork (2010), Deception (2013), and Fifty Mysteries (2014).

 


   

MONEY AND BUSINESS

 

An Introduction to Effective Grant Writing
Instructor: Kenneth Wheatley
Cost: $125
Dates: Mondays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This course will teach students how to effectively write grant proposals that will increase their funding success. The instructor will take participants step-by-step through the five major components of any grant proposal. Students will learn how to correctly utilize national, state, and local level statistics to define the project's problem; write measurable goals and objectives that address today's increased emphasis on outcomes; conceptualize that project's methodology; prepare a basic evaluation plan for the project; develop effective grant budgets and write effective grant budget narratives. This course will prepare participants for writing the most challenging of all grant proposals - federal grant proposals.

Please note: Please bring a laptop to class, and there will be a $25 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Kenneth Wheatley is president and CEO of Project Solutions, Inc., which offers grant writing, grant writing training, grants administration, and project development services. He holds the master of public policy and administration degree and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Mississippi State University. His professional experience includes work with DREAM, Inc., MS Division of Public Safety Planning and consulting activities with JSU and MS Center for Nonprofits.

 


 

Basics of Investing
Instructor: Mark Maxwell
Cost: $70
Date: Mondays, January 26 – February 23 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

 


 

Developing Your Own Fashion Line: Start to Finish
Instructor: Shon McCarthy Simmons
Cost: $100
Dates: Wednesdays, January 28 – February 25 (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.

 


 

How Not to Be A Starving Artist
Instructor: Tracie James Wade
Cost: $50
Dates: Saturday, February 7 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Are you a visual artist, dancer, writer, singer, musician or any other type of creative artist? Do you love your art form? Do you want to learn how to make money with your art form? Then this is the class for you! This workshop will bring the business world to you, the artist, and help you develop an effective plan for making a living with your art form.

Please note: There is a $10 materials fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets.

Tracie James-Wade is a sales and marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience working with businesses and nonprofits. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an M.B.A., as well as extensive experience as a trainer and instructor.

 


 

Exploring Entrepreneurship
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $150
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – March 3 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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

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

  


 

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

Serving Your Community: Board Service 101
Instructor: Joe Donovan
Cost: $25
Date: Thursday, January 29 (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 5 - 19 (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 26 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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

  


 

MUSIC

 

Beginning Guitar
Instructor: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $90
Dates: Thursdays, January 29 – February 19 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

 


 

Adult Group Piano for Beginners Part I
Instructor: Christy Jenkins Turner
Cost : $100
Date: Mondays, January 26 – March 2 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

 


 

Beginning Harmonica
Instructor: Scott Albert Johnson
Cost: $90 (plus harmonica)
Date: Mondays, January 26 – February 16 (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.

  


 

Music and Mysticism
Instructor: Igor Iwanek
Cost: $90
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Music is a universal language people have used ever since the inception of humanity to connect with their emotions in order to try to come closer to the divine, to make the mysteries of living more intelligible. Music has always been present in almost every culture as a vital part of ritual. We'll learn about African, Central Asian, and Pan-American rites that deeply relied on music. We'll understand the principles that underline various forms of chanting across the globe, from the approach of medieval monks to the overtone chants of Mongolian nomads. We'll study the Greek philosophers' approach to music and find out why it was esteemed (unlike today) as one of the main subjects worthy of study at school. We'll pay a musical visit to various cultures that use music in the practice of "Remembering God". We'll also experience first hand how famous composers drew from these mystical experiences to create music of freshness and deep spiritual significance. All that will be accompanied by stimulating readings on the topic.

 

Orchestra, Color, Instrumental Personalities and Music
Instructor: Igor Iwanek
Cost: $90
Dates: Thursdays, January 29 – February 19 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Have you ever been to a instrumental petting zoo and left overwhelmed with excitement? Do you know what a mouth organ, hurdy-gurdy or a harmonium is? Have you ever wondered about the myriad of timbres musical instruments produce? ... or how the clarinet of Benny Goodman sounds different from that of a Tchaikovsky symphony?
With the help of classical, jazz and folk music we'll get to know the sounds and musical personalities of various instruments. By exploring and understanding the palette of musical colors we'll prepare you for hearing the Bravo IV concert of Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (happening on 2/21 - right after the end of our session) with "new ears" and greater depth.

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

 


    

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream
Instructors: Charlotte & Luke Lundemo
Cost: $90
Dates: Mondays, January 26 – February 23 ( 5 Class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

In this class we look squarely at the state of the world — where we are, how we got here, and where we want to go. These are extraordinary times, full of amazing opportunities to solve our toughest challenges, including social and economic injustices. Based on insight from indigenous Amazon cultures, we learn how we are living out a dream based on our hidden assumptions. Seeing these hidden assumptions gives us the power to dream new realities.

Luke and Charlotte Lundemo lived for a time with the Achuar Tribe deep in the Amazon rainforest. The Achuar are a dream culture and inspired this program. Luke and Charlotte have been trained by the Pachamama Alliance to present this information and have been doing that to groups around Mississippi and Louisiana. The class includes powerful and well produced videos and many interactive exercises.

 


 

Make a Vision Board for 2015
Instructor: Beverly Keaton
Cost: $50
Date: Saturday, January 31 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Creating vision boards is a “Living Out Loud” kind of self expression. Get lost in your creativity while focusing on what you want for yourself for 2015 and claim it with images, words and color. No need to figure out what to put on your vision board ahead of time (unless you want to!). It will all unfold as we spend the afternoon playing with magazines, scissors, glue and a big poster board. By using the medium of collage, we simply “see, cut and paste.” Yes, it really is that easy and the results can be astounding!

Please note: There is a $10 supply fee that is payable to the instructor when the class meets.

 

Creative Art Journaling
Instructor: Beverly Keaton
Cost: $80
Date: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 10 (3 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Quietly express yourself with Art Journaling. Gain inspiration to fill your art journal with reflections, observations, dreams and more by using color, collage, writing, drawing and/or painting. You pick the mediums that most appeal to you. Worried about not being an artist? Not required for this class. Plenty of guidance provided. Experiment and play freely in your art journal to enhance creativity, connect with yourself, and minimize stress. Supplies are provided, including the journal.

Please note: There is a $15 supply fee that is payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

Beverly Keaton is passionate about empowering women to practice creative self-expression. She is a Millsaps graduate who is certified as a life coach and intuitive painting facilitator. Learn more about her at www.tiparts.com.

 


 

Organize Your Life: The Full Length Course
Instructor: Gretchen Cook
Cost: $125
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – February 17 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This is the year you were going to get organized, isn’t it? It’s not too late! As participants in this workshop will learn, organization has more to do with how you think than how many shelves you have in your closet or how many tabs you have in your DayTimer. With a little practice and the right thinking tools, anyone can learn how to become more organized, resulting in less stress in daily living. This four-week class will equip you with principles you can put to work immediately to conquer areas of chaos in your life. By meeting weekly for four weeks and completing homework assignments, participants will learn and employ organizational principles in their lives. The objective is to create an opportunity for real behavioral change during a month-long adventure into great organization. This class will meet at the instructor’s office. A map will be sent with the confirmation.

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

Gretchen W. Cook, a former academic library director and publisher of Parents & Kids Magazine, developed methods to assist coworkers in organizing work areas, processes, and projects. These same skills can be applied to any setting from home to church to work. 
 

 


 

Power Communication for Executives
Instructor: Linda Berry
Cost: $200
Date: Saturday, January 31 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


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

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

 


 

Thresholds and Thin Places: Perspectives on Pilgrimage
Instructor: Rebecca Youngblood
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, February 12 – March 12 (4 class mtgs. The class will not meet February 26)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

In these four sessions, we will explore practices that can enrich any travel, whether to a distant sacred site or back and forth on our daily rounds. We will immerse ourselves in the centuries-old, but ever-new, process of going on pilgrimage. What prompts people to take such journeys? What is gained by doing so? How might the movements of pilgrimage—Intentional Preparation, Mindful Presence, and Purposeful Integration—inform our lives even when we stay at home? The class will include a mini-pilgrimage in the Jackson area.

Rebecca Youngblood is a Millsaps alumna who majored in sociology and loved anthropology and the study of culture. She is also an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. The practice of pilgrimage brings these two streams together, inviting in-person interaction with other peoples and cultures and engagement with their holy places and religious traditions. She has journeyed to Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Angola, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Currently, she directs the Center for Ministry, which is based at Millsaps and offers continuing education and spiritual formation for religious leaders of many denominations across Mississippi.

 


 

Spirituality, Romance, and Relationships
Instructor: Bob Nevels
Cost: $75
Date: Thursdays, January 29 – February 26 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

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

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

 


 

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

 

ACT Test Prep Course
Instructor: Leonard Blanton
Cost: $70
Date: Saturday, December 6 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
OR
Date: Saturday, January 31 (1 class mtg.)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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

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

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

 


 

A Taste of Italy: Italian Wines and Cities
Instructor: Patsy Ricks
Cost: $140
Dates: Tuesdays, January 27 – March 3 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This course will take you on a virtual romantic journey into three iconic Italian cities: Rome, Venice, and Florence. Along your journey you will learn how to taste and appreciate the great Italian wines. Your study will include the history of Italian wines, knowledge of the Italian wine-rating system, the pronunciation and taste of the ancient grape varieties.

You will spend three weeks of this course studying Rome. During these weeks you will learn about the history, culture, food, and art of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Rome.

La Serinissima, the enchanting city of Venice, will be examined in week four. You will study the famous wines of the Veneto along with the history, culture, and food of this lovely city built on the sea.

Florence will be covered in weeks five and six. During week five you will learn about the history, sights, food, and wines of Tuscany. You will spend week six studying the famous Uffizi Galleries, where you will learn about the great works of art and artists displayed in the museum as well as exploring the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David.

Please note: There will be a $40 materials fee payable to the instructor at the first class meeting.

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

 


 

Backyard Astronomy
Instructor: Jim Waltman
Cost: $100
Date: Tuesdays, January 27 – March 3 (6 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


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

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

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

 


 

Wine, Beer, and Spirits
Instructor: John Malanchak
Cost: $100
Dates: Thursdays, January 29 – February 19 (4 class mtgs.)
Time: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

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

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

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

 


 

Beginning Magic
Instructor: Robert Day
Cost: $50
Dates: Thursdays, February 5 & 12 (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. 
 

 


 

Dance for Parkinson’s
Instructor: Krista Bower & Phoebe Pearigen
Cost: $100
Mondays, January 26 – May 4 (13 class mtgs.) The class will not meet March 9 or April 6.
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

  


  

Hispanic Cinema I: The Spanish Civil War
Instructor: David Wood
Cost: $99
Thursdays, January 29 – February 26 (5 class mtgs.)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


The Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) along with its aftermath is a fascinating period of European history often ignored or misunderstood by those living outside Spain. One of the ways to understand it is through contemporary films from Spain, Mexico, and Great Britain. These films, all enjoyable and thought provoking, offer a wide range of historical and personal perspectives on this turbulent period of Spanish history. They exemplify the best in how cinema can portray the polemics of history and politics in Spain. Movies are in English or in Spanish with English subtitles. Come join us for a look into the history, language and culture of the Spanish Civil War as it is represented by some of the best filmmakers working today.

David Wood, Ph.D., teaches courses on language, literature and culture at Millsaps and looks forward to offering other film courses on Spain in the future. He is currently working on a book on José Martínez Ruiz (Azorín). He's traveled widely throughout the Spanish speaking world.