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Personal Enrichment

12 Advanced Digital Photography

Mr Matt Wince
Silver Oaks, Wince Photographic


Take your digital photography to the next level. Learn to shoot better portraits, night photos and nature pictures. Also create macro photos, focus stacking, use HDR imaging and time lapse. I will show how to do basic to advanced photo editing such as perspective, exposure and manipulating images.

13 Basic Spanish

James Thornton, Retired

This course assumes no previous knowledge of Spanish. The course will teach some greetings, basic questions, basic counting, days of the week, some conversational expressions, etc. There will be games and activities to make learning fun. Handouts for the class material.

14 Beginning Acrylic Painting

Allen Holloway
Figge Art Museum


Students will need Liquitex brand acrylic paint in 2 oz tubes: titanium white, ultramarine blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, ivory black, burnt umber, raw umber, and alizeran crimson. Clear glazing fluid. Brushes needed: #8 Winsor and Newton synthetic round (pointed), #6 Grumbacher Academy hog bristle fan (stiff hair, not soft), #8 Simply Simmons hog hair filbert (rounded top), a container for water (coffee can or large cottage cheese tub), foam plates and a 16x20 professional grade stretched canvas.

Bookmaking 101: One-O-Fun

Ms Jennifer Petersen

Whether you’ve never made a book before or have, this class is for you. We’ll take non-traditional materials to make various books and texts.

16 Bow Tie Wreath Quilt

Margaret Estes-Sylvester
Jam Patched Designs


Learn to make a traditional bow tie quilt block using modern piecing methods. Set the blocks together creating a nontraditional design of interlocking circles. Blocks use a background color and either a single print or several prints. Supplies needed: sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat, ruler, fabrics, and sewing kit.

17 Climate Change Captured

Dr Stephen Hager
Augustana College


Students will explore climate change in the classroom by studying the evidence for and consequences of global warming; in the field using simple photographic techniques to monitor habitat effects at a local nature preserve; and through reflection photography that captures thoughts and emotions that stem from classroom and field experiences. You will need to bring a digital camera (DLSR or mirrorless) with manual settings for exposure (such as ISO and M, A, S, and P modes) and depth of field; all students will be taught how to use these functions. There will be a field trip on the third Sunday to a local nature preserve; light hiking for about 1 mile to take outdoor photographs.
Website: https://sites.google.com/augustana.edu/sbh-naturestudies/climate-change-biology/communiversity

18 Frida Ole: The Life and Art of Frida Kahlo

Gloria Burlingame
Figge Art Museum


“Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who focused on self-portraits with strong autobiographical elements.”- UNM Art Museum. We’ll take a look at Kahlo’s life, discuss her work, and become inspired to create pieces of our own in oil pastel and water color. (A $3.00 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. An apron or paint shirt is recommended.)

19 History of International Cemeteries

Minda Powers-Douglas
Author, founder-editor of TheCemeteryClub.com


Learn how global cultures honor and celebrate their dead. We’ll explore places such as Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. We’ll also explore the cemeteries of Paris, London, Tokyo and more. Death rituals and ceremonies will also be discussed.

20 How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

Kera Linn
Registered Dietitian


How Not to Die examines the fifteen top causes of death in America’s heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives. By following Dr. Greger’s advice, all of it backed up by peer-reviewed scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer. This book is written by Michael Gregor, internationally-recognized physician and lecturer, and the class is taught by registered dietitian Kera Linn, RD, LDN. Required text: How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Gregor ISBN: 978-1447282440

21 Intro to Digital Photography

Ron Chappell
St Ambrose University


Through class discussion and handouts, we explore the digital camera and apply the well established rules of recording light and composition to this newest of photographic mediums. Bring your camera and the booklet it shipped with to de-mystify all the numbers, scales and settings to allow you to record the best images possible. Your camera wants to communicate with you; I will teach you how. Digital cameras can be as manual or automatic as you want, in discussion expect to learn how. Cameras need not be feared; each is friendlier than you think. Come join us.

22 Knitting

Belinda Holbrook

A beginning, advanced-beginning knitting course for new knitters or those who have put down their needles for a while. Learn to cast on, knit, and purl. Bring straight needles size 9 or 11 and a skein of light-colored acrylic yarn. Additional supplies will be needed as projects are selected.

23 Labyrinths for...you choose.

Mrs Dolores Sierra
Independent Veriditas trained labyrinth facilitator


Come learn about an ancient tool for finding solace, meditating, and relieving stress. Learn the history, designs and construction of labyrinths. We will walk a labyrinth and make your own finger labyrinth. This is a tool used in many groups, including at-risk children, cancer patients, grief groups, as well as individuals.

23a A Lifestyle Course for Nutritional Healing

Jacqueline Dolan, MSN

With the myriad of conflicting health information out there, it can be difficult to distinguish fact from myth. This course will focus on positive holistic lifestyle changes that are supported by scientific literature. We will discuss the effects of nutrition and exercise on our minds and bodies, including gastric reflux, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and many others.

24 Mediation and Community Conflict Management

Dr Jessica Gosnell, St. Ambrose University
Dr. Mara Adams
Bill Peiffer


Everyone has conflict in their lives, but not everyone feels comfortable facing it. Learning some basic communication skills can set you at ease in addressing interpersonal challenges and make you an asset in strengthening your professional and personal communication.

25 Mindfulness Meditation

Mr. Evan Harris
Tapas Yoga Shala


An ancient practice ideally suited for modern times, mindfulness meditation is sweeping Western culture. This accessible course will introduce the basic theory and practice of mindfulness meditation. Expect lecture, media, and periods of practice, as well as materials for home practice for the duration of the course. Research has shown that regular meditation practice can relieve stress, enhance well-being, and strengthen relationships and life satisfaction. All levels of practice and experience are welcome.

25a The Shamanic Journey: Let's Go Down the Tunnel Together!

Rev Kathleen Collins

This is an experiential class in which we learn to meet up with a spirit animal and spiritual teachers, through the sound of drumming, for the purpose of asking questions about our lives! There can be deep spiritual awakenings, as well as healing and FUN! Information about shamanism in today's world is explored. Please bring an eye cover, blanket to sit on, as well as a notebook and pen.

26 T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Scott Caulpetzer
Great River T’ai Chi Ch’uan


T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a system of Chinese Kung-fu. These slow motion, rounded, balanced movements are practiced by people of all ages around the world for self-defense and to achieve physical, mental and spiritual well being. Wear loose-fitting clothes for this moving meditation.

27 The Psychology of Humor

Dr William Hampes
Black Hawk College


The class will discuss the theories of why something is funny, the different forms humor may take, how humor is measured, the relationships between styles of humor and personality traits, the personalities of professional comedians, and humor as exemplified in the personality and life of Abraham Lincoln.

28 Yoga for Life

Kelly Harris
Tapas Yoga Shala


Yoga is a safe and accessible way for people from all walks of life to improve range of motion, relieve stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This beginner level course addresses a variety of yoga poses and breathing techniques for enhanced wellness.

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