Longview Non-Credit

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MCC-Longview
Business Building, Room 101
500 SW Longview Rd.
Lee's Summit, MO 64081

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Phone: 816.604.2030


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These noncredit online classes offer flexibility and convenience. Classes run for six weeks, and consist of 12 lessons.

 
 

Find a class for fun or for your own enrichment

 

MCC-Longview's Community Education Department offers a wide variety of fun and educational classes for the everyone.

Class schedules are published three times a year; in the Spring and Fall for non-credit classes and once in the summer for our College for Kids programs. It can be picked up at a number of locations around Lee's Summit and Eastern Jackson County. You can also download the brochure here.

All of our non-credit classes are open to students of all ages and academic levels. These classes can enhance your career or provide personal growth and satisfaction.

 

Basic Drawing

Are you tired of living on the left side of your brain? Even with no artistic
experience, you can develop new skills
and a new way of seeing the world.  Learn the fundamental concepts in drawing, such as perspective, line/contour drawing and value (light and shadow). This is your opportunity to explore a skill in a non-threatening environment taught by a professional art instructor. A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Nancy Morrison
Dates: Thursday, February 27, March 6, 13, 20 
Time:6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $59

 

The Wonderful World of Watercolors!

You will be introduced to basic materials and learn different techniques that make watercolor such a versatile medium. Experiment with techniques such as washes, various wet and dry brush methods, color layering and blending. Color theory and composition will be included. No previous painting or drawing experience is required. This class is perfect for beginners. A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Nancy Morrison
Dates: Thursday, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $59

 

Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting”

You’ve seen it on TV! Now you have the opportunity to learn this exciting “wet-on-wet” painting technique by attending classes taught by a certified Bob Ross instructor. If you have never painted before or have painted for years, this class is for you. This is an experience guaranteed to enrich your life. What a feeling of accomplishment you’ll have when you leave the class with a completed, ready-to-hang painting! The supply fee is $35 -- to be paid to the instructor.

Instructor: Jean Libby
Section A:                     
Date: Thursday, March 27           
Time: 6-9:30 p.m.  
Fee: $29
 
Section B:
Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 6-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $29               

 

Oil and Acrylic Painting

Paint like the artist you’ve always dreamed of being. Whether a beginner or an advanced painter, you will learn techniques to enrich your painting experience. You’ll learn tips about using light source, shadows and glazing that will help you form your own personal style. Enjoy the process and join the fun.  Let the artist in you arise! A supply list will be sent approximately one week before class begins.

Instructor: Julie Hudspeth
Dates: Tuesday, February 11, 18, 25 and March 4
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

Art as a Therapeutic Technique

Everyone possesses the seeds of creativity. Step away from the outside world of stress and into a world of peace, joy and acceptance through painting! This class is not one that teaches you how to paint an object in front of you, but rather teaches you to connect to your inner self and unlock your heart for self expression. Learn to free yourself of doubt, stress and judgment and harness the beauty of your own unique creative style. We’ll explore mixed-media and acrylic painting, while learning new techniques along the way!
A materials list will be provided.

Instructor: Amy Richardson
Date: Tuesday, April 15, 22, 29 and May 6
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

East Coast Swing

Learn the rhythms of Swing Dancing! In this class we will learn the upbeat and
energetic East Coast Swing and the West Coast Swing -- possibly the most
versatile dance of all! The tempo varies greatly, and can be used to enjoy various types of music including modern pop or country!

Instructor: Karen House
Date: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10
Time: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Fee: $64 per person

 

Salsa Club Dancing

This upbeat class will get you moving! There are a few great Salsa clubs in KC, and it’s time for you to join the fun! We will learn the basics of Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. We will even go out dancing as a class -- no extra charge!

Instructor: Karen House
Date: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10
Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m.  
Fee: $64 per person

 

Belly Dance for Beginners

Belly dance is for everyone! It knows no age, size, or background. The class
will include upper and lower body moves, isolation, traveling steps, veil and more. A solid foundation of basic moves plus information on diverse styles and props will spark your interest in this exciting and fun way to exercise.

Instructor: Ziva Maihima
Date: Thursday, March 20, 27, 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

Learn to Fly Fish (fly casting)

In the classic movie, A River Runs Through It, Norman says, “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.” Indeed, the movie paints a vivid picture of the joy and serenity of this sport that attracts both males and females of all ages. The focus of this class will be casting instruction and practice. Bring your own fly rod and reel (waders optional) to practice your casting technique. In addition, the instructor will cover theory, equipment, basic knots, finding fish and reading the water. Fishing season is upon us.
Be ready to enjoy!

Instructor: Jerry Enyeart
Date: Saturday,  April 26
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Fee: $24

 

Golf

Let’s start with the basics! Most of the course will concentrate on swing
instruction -- from set-up (grip, alignment and posture) to follow through. Basic
chipping techniques, personal swing analysis, drills and correcting problems will be included. We’ll offer tips on how to increase your enjoyment of the game. You are responsible for golf balls for the driving range. Clubs are available at no charge.

Instructor: Don Gibbs
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 29, Mary 6, 13, 20, 27 and June 3
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $69

 

Bicycle Repair and Safety

Spring is on its way, and it’s time to dust off the bike and prepare to pedal! But there’s more to bicycling than just the enjoyment of riding. It’s important to learn basic repair including how to change a tire, fix a flat, replace the chain and more. We’ll also talk about safety, sharing the road and tools of the trade.

Instructor: Drew Robinson
Date: Thursday, April 10
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Hooked on Crochet

Learn how to crochet! A simple chain stitch is the foundation upon which anyone can learn to create all kinds of amazing items. The first session will focus on learning how to make a chain foundation, followed by the single crochet and double crochet stitches. By the end of the first session, you will be on your way! The second session will build on these stitches and teach the elements of reading any crochet pattern. By the end of the second session, you will be able to make a granny square. Learning these basics will provide the foundation needed to be able to make scarves, hats, bags and other accessories. Please bring a size G crochet hook and a small amount of yarn -- two colors.

Instructor: Judy Foglio
Date: Monday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 12
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $29

 

T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Want a special gift for a graduate, friend or family member? If you have 6 to 24
t-shirts, you can design and make a keepsake quilt for someone to cherish. You will cut the t-shirts to make the blocks in the first session. In the second session, you will sew the blocks together to form the quilt top. The completed quilt top can either be hand-tied or machine-quilted. You must supply your own t-shirts. This project requires you to spend extra time working on your quilt outside the class time. Anticipate spending 6 to 10 hours preparing your quilt blocks before coming to the second class session.

Instructor: Judy Foglio
Date: Monday, February 3, 17, 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $49

 

Travel Free & Make Money Doing It

Do the words “free travel” pique your interest? How about “career opportunities”? This unique class will offer you a wealth of information in just one evening: how to take free vacations, find fascinating jobs in the travel industry (teaching English, guiding tours, writing articles, shooting photos, driving, etc.), start your own travel-related business, mystery shop, find the best travel web sites, maximize frequent flyer miles, negotiate effectively, pack lightly and much more. This class is offered only once a year. Don’t miss it! Your instructor, Gina Henry-Cook, has over 25 years of travel experience to more than 80 countries and 40 states. Free Vacations book, by Gina Henry-Cook, will be available for $15 -- pay instructor. 

Instructor: Gina Henry-Cook
Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 6-9:30 p.m.
Fee: $29

 


Beginning Guitar Instruction

If you have ever wanted to learn to play guitar, this is your opportunity! We will begin with getting acquainted with the parts of the guitar and learning the names of strings and frets. You will learn basic music skills, but you will not be expected to read music. We will work on drills and scales, chords and rhythms. At the end of the course, you will apply chords to songs, and you may provide a song of your own. This beginning course will provide a foundation for further study of the guitar. Bring your acoustic guitar and prepare to enjoy the experience. Ages 12 & up!

Instructor: Vance Brison
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $99


Music for Alzheimer's

Research clearly shows that music is effective in decreasing agitation and other negative symptoms in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Music often acts as a bridge to help access lost memories, and yet there is not enough music in most care centers. Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce fear and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Music can provide a way to connect and interact with others even after verbal communication has become difficult. Join us as we discuss this very timely topic.

Instructor: Janalea Hoffman
Date: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 6-8p.m.
Fee: $19

 

From Sea to Shining Sea: Choosing a Cruise

If you’ve considered taking a cruise vacation only to come down with cold feet around booking time, you’re not alone. There are a dazzling array of decisions that need to be made, including the cruise line, the ship’s itinerary, the ship’s “vibe” and whether or not you want to splurge on that private balcony. The great thing is that once you’ve made these informed decisions, the actual cruise will be a piece of cake!

Instructor: Mark Comfort
Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

How to Have Credibility at a Moment’s Notice

Are you one of the few people who possess that unique style, charisma, chutzpa and flare for the dramatic?  No? Learn how to get people to listen to you, take you seriously and take appropriate action. You can say what you have to say well, whenever you have to--on the phone, one-to-one and in group situations. Don’t miss this workshop!

Instructor: Garrett Gardner, founder and president of FULL VOICE
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 9 a.m-1 p.m.
Fee: $99

 

CPR/First Aid

This comprehensive course covers adult CPR and first aid featuring hands-on
practice and real-life scenarios. You will also receive training in using an  Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. You will learn how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults as well as how to apply basic precautions to reduce the risk of disease transmission during and after providing care. Take-home materials will help you retain skills and serve as reference tools in an emergency. American Red Cross CPR certification is valid for two years following the class.

Instructor: Joe Gilman
Date: Saturday, February 15
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fee: $74

 

Pet First Aid

Your pet is a cherished member of the family and relies on you to provide care and protection. What will you do if an emergency occurs? Pet First Aid, an American Red Cross course, presents symptoms and care for ailments and emergencies, instructions for creating a pet first-aid kit and tips for maintaining your pet’s health and well-being. You will receive a book with DVD and a student first-aid kit for use in class. You will practice on dog/cat mannequins (specify dog or cat when enrolling) and receive practical pet health tips and lifetime American Red Cross certification.

Instructor: Joe Gilman
Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fee: $70 includes $16 book

 

Tai Chi for Health

The gentle movements of Tai Chi have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and to improve coordination and balance. The program helps improve flexibility and muscle strength, increase heart/lung activity, align posture and integrate the mind and body. Tai Chi creates a sense of well-being while facilitating mind/body awareness and reducing stress.

Instructor: Nina Chen
Dates: Wednesday, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Fee: $49

 

Nutrition from the Cells Up

Keeping our cells healthy is not difficult; it is simply a matter of living the five truths of the Healthy Cell Concept. The AIM Healthy Cell Concept recognizes that health starts with the basic unit of the body, the cell. Just as we must have a strong foundation to support a home, so we must have “strong” cells to support good health -- the foundation of our lives. We will be covering the basic principles that can provide the most important steps toward maintaining and improving our daily health, which are:  cell food, cell exercise, cell environment, cell protection, and a healthy mental attitude. By taking just a few simple steps toward following these basic principles, you too can develop healthy habits that will be with you for a lifetime.

Instructor: Renee Grainger
Dates: Wednesday, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $54

 

Introduction to the Paleo Way of Eating

Why does the conventional American diet make us sick? Eat the way our Paleolithic “hunter-gatherer” ancestors ate before the inventions of agriculture and avoid the common “diseases of civilization” such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and more. Join Caleb Summers from EVOLVE, Personal Paleo Chef, for this informative session that will give you an overview of the Paleo way of eating.

Instructor: Caleb Summers
Date: Tuesday, March 4
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Tai Chi for Arthritis

This is an easy, effective and safe exercise program based on a form of Tai Chi and supported by the Arthritis Foundation of America. The program helps improve flexibility and muscle strength, increase heart/lung activity, align posture, improve balance and integrate the mind and body.

Instructor: Nina Chen
Dates: Wednesday, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 196
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Fee: $49

 

Hatha Yoga: Beginning and Intermediate

Increase your flexibility and decrease the stress in your life through yoga.  This class includes Hatha Yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga or exercise mat and block, as well as water.  

Instructor: Jan Sumner
Dates: Tuesday, February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22,
Time: 6-7 p.m.Fee: $74

 

Benefits of Meditation

This class is designed to introduce various meditation techniques using the breath, visualization, affirmation, music and silence. Potential benefits from meditation include stress reduction, greater clarity, relaxation, increased energy and overall peace of mind. Your instructor, Jan Sumner, has practiced meditation for over 15 years and is certified through Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA.

Instructor: Jan Sumner
Dates: Thursday, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 6-7 p.m.Fee: $19

 

Travel Photography

Going on a trip of a lifetime? Taking a weekend break at the lake? Whether you are in your own backyard or backpacking across Europe, a travel photography class can open up a whole new world to you. Which lenses do I take? What types of shots do I look for? People or things? We go over approach, equipment and technical tips in our journey through the quest to create the “postcard image.” Please bring your camera to class, whether it is a phone camera, point-and-shoot or SLR.  In the first session, we learn, and then we practice and review our work in the second session.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence,
Date: Thursday, March 27
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $39

 

Introduction To Photoshop Elements 10

Learn to use the powerful tools and capabilities of Photoshop Elements.
Topics discussed will include tool usage, cropping, removing dust/scratches,
adjusting colors, converting images to black and white, use of more than 100 filters and combinations, introduction to the powerful layers tool, adding text
and more!

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Dates: Thursday, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $69

 

Organizing Photos on Your Computer

You have hundreds (maybe thousands!) of photos in your camera. What do you do with them? Let’s talk about the basic work flow from shooting your photos to downloading and organizing them.  You’ll learn how to organize photo files on your computer, how to edit and delete (separating the good from the bad), how to name them for easy access and how to create folders for storage. Your life just got easier!

Instructor: Mark Lozano
Dates: Monday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 14
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $44

Creatively Capturing the Moment

Starting with some basic concepts such as the relationship of aperture/shutter speed/ISO settings, we will explore depth of field, various lens types, composition techniques, an overview of Photoshop as an image editing tool and more. A major part of the class will be frequent shooting assignments. The final session will cover matting and framing and allow you to mount your favorite image. SLR camera required.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Dates: Thursday, February 6, 13, 20
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $54

 

Creatively Fine Tuning the Moment

This is a continuation of the Creatively Capturing the Moment class. We’ll have a more in depth discussion about composition and technique, the use of flash and we’ll also experiment with studio lighting set ups. Time will be given to discuss business opportunities using your photography skills. Prerequisite: Creatively Capturing the Moment class or instructor’s discretion.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Dates: Thursday, March 6, 13, 20
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $59

 

Photographing People: Yes, it’s different!

Photographing people can be fun, exciting – and complicated! This class makes taking beautiful pictures of adults, children and babies simple. Don’t be nervous if you’re new to digital photography because we’ll start with the basic principles you need to know in order to become a people photographer. You’ll discover the best way to shoot faces, fix common close-up problems and use digital photo editing techniques to retouch your photos. We’ll also learn how to organize groups, which angles to use and which to avoid.

Instructor: Mark Lozano
Dates: Monday, March 3 and Wednesday March 5
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $39

 

Lighting for Photography

Lighting makes all the difference in the quality of your photography! You will be introduced to the use of basic lighting techniques using on-camera flash, studio strobe flash and light reflectors. We’ll also discuss white balance and the color temperature of your photos.

Instructor: Mark Lozano  
Dates: Tuesday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 10
Time:6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $39

 

Photographing Your Children: Birth Through High School

Photographing your own children is difficult.  Often it gets easier OR harder as they get older.  Don’t miss a thing as we cover posing, preparation, clothing choices, lighting, hints, tips and tricks to getting the right pose, the best expression and appropriate lighting for the situation -- both indoor and outdoor.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Date: Thursday, May 1
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $39

 

Selling Your Photography

Learn what editors are looking for and how to find and approach them to sell
your work. If you possess basic photography and writing skills, this class will help you to see your work in print and to earn dollars. We will also discuss working with stock agencies and the sale of your work at art fairs.

Instructor: Debra Lawrence
Date: Thursday, Feb 27
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $39

 

Introduction To Digital Photography

We will explore the common functions of a digital camera and how to use it. We will also discuss the camera/computer relationship, considerations in scanning, printing, image editing and e-mailing. Bring your camera, instruction book and associated equipment to class.

Instructor: Mark Lozano
Dates: Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fee: $44

 

Beginning Spanish – Level 1

A new approach with new materials! The innovative program, 10 Minutes a Day, is easy to use and will have you speaking Spanish immediately. Using  labels, flash cards, games and more, you will learn over 300 vocabulary words, including numbers, colors and verbs. This class is designed for those with no prior knowledge of Spanish.        
Bring a 3-ring notebook and index cards.  

Instructor: Karen Lange
Dates: Tuesday, January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 4
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.    Fee: $79, includes book  

 

Beginning Spanish – Level 2

Continuing with the program, 10 Minutes a Day, you will practice more advanced communication skills encountered in typical day-to-day situations. We will also practice the most important words used by travelers such as introducing yourself, getting around the area and ordering food in a restaurant.
Prerequisite: Spanish – Level 1 or equivalent.

Instructor: Karen Lange
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $59, no book provided
Fee: $79, includes book

 

Sign Language I

Learn sign language to communicate with the hearing impaired. You will learn the manual alphabet, basic signs and some deaf culture. Emphasis is on
individual application.

Instructor: Debra Swinger
Dates: Thursday, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

Sign Language II

A continuation of our Sign Language I class to take your skills to the next level. Prerequisite: Sign Language I or
equivalent.

Instructor: Debra Swinger
Dates: Thursday, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

Beginning French I

Paris -- City of Lights. Considering visiting this beautiful city or do you just want to learn something new? Join us in a simple approach to learn basic communication phrases and vocabulary for that trip of a lifetime! You’ll be able to order from a menu, ask questions, get directions, use numbers and a calendar, go shopping and much more. In addition, we’ll share cultural insights to help you really enjoy your trip. This class is designed for those with no prior knowledge of the language.

Instructor: Angela Shepard-Coats
Dates: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $79, includes book

 

Beginning Chinese

Acquire basic skills to speak, read, write and understand Mandarin Chinese. We will practice how to engage in everyday conversation appropriate for social situations and travel. This class is designed for those without prior knowledge of the language.

Instructor: Susie Walden
Dates: Monday, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $59, no book provided
Fee: $79, includes book

 

Beginning Japanese

This course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. You’ll learn useful conversational phrases and vocabulary words particular to traveling in Japan. Practice drills, interactive exercises and dialogues and gain cultural knowledge.

Instructor: Eriko Otsuka Wehmeyer
Dates: Monday, March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

Foreign Accent Modification

If English is not your first language, but you have intermediate skills in speaking, reading and writing, this course is for you. The focus is on making you clearly understood in business and social circles.

Instructor: Sara Butler
Dates: Monday, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $64

 

Learn How to Play the Native American Flute

Come join us for a fun and easy class where you will learn the basic techniques to play a Native American flute. Be amazed at how quickly you can learn to make music and how soothing it can be when used as a meditative tool. The flute has a powerful voice. The natural wood gives it a wonderful organic sound -- great for playing indoors or outdoors. Receive your own beautiful 6-hole Navajo Pine flute in the key of A. No musical experience necessary to learn this type of flute. This class is designed for adults although youth can register if an adult also takes the class.

Instructor: Janalea Hoffman
Date: Monday, April 7
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $70 includes flute

 

Learn to Play the Native American Flute (cont.)

Instructor: Janalea Hoffman
Dates: Monday, April 14 and 21
Time: 6-7.30 p.m.
Fee: $24

 

Sacred Circle Dance

Come join us! The dances use simple music, lyrics and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. No musical or dance experience is necessary -- participation, not presentation, is the focus. No special attire is required, although comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is best. Participants join hands forming a circle. Teaching of the steps for each dance is done with a compassionate heart, and the focus is on moving with the music. Most dance sequences are short and repeated many times so learning is usually quick and easy. The mood of the dances is infinitely variable, evoking feelings of love, joy, compassion and a sense of unity. The experience is designed to integrate body, mind and spirit, and allows the participants to go deeper within themselves for spiritual renewal or inner problem solving.

Instructor: Janalea Hoffman
Date: Wednesday, April 23
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Beginning Beekeeping

Certified beekeepers will share the background, bee anatomy, equipment and products involved with beekeeping. You will learn how to get started in becoming a beekeeper, how to manage hives safely, methods of pest management and tools and equipment used in the apiary. In addition, you will learn how to retrieve and process honey from hives.

Instructors: Jolie Winer & Cecil Sweeney, Heartland Honey
Dates: Thursday, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Fee: $49

 

Urban Chicken Keeping

Discover the joys and benefits of backyard chicken keeping in this educational new workshop! We’ll cover fundamentals like different breeds, what to look for in a coop, care for your backyard flock, how to raise  baby chicks, health issues, city regulations and the thrill of bringing fresh eggs to your table!

Instructor: Barb McKinney
Date: Thursday, March 27
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $29

 

Spillers, Thrillers, & Fillers - Container Gardening Basics

Tired of the same old plant combinations in your garden containers? Load up on creatively fresh ideas to break out of the ordinary for spring. We’ll discuss plant selections, and you will plant a container garden to take home. Supply fee (varies with selection) paid to the instructor. You may bring your own pot or container.

Instructor: MCC-Longview Staff
Date: Thursday, March 27
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Herb Gardening

Fresh, home-grown herbs are fragrant and flavorful -- and they add a unique touch to those special recipes. We’ll talk about selecting herbs and companion plants, and you will plant a container to take home.  

Instructor: MCC-Longview Staff
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Astronomy Session 1:

 Lecture Discussion Topics:
•    The New Solar System
•    How to Use a Monthly Star Map
Monthly Celestial Events:
•    Cassini Mission Titan Flyby
•    Summer Solstice on Mars
•    Mercury at Perihelion
•    Moon at Apogee: 406232 km
•    Mercury at Inferior Conjunction
•    Neptune in Conjunction with Sun
•    Moon at Perigee: 360439 km
•    Mercury 2.9°S of Moon

Instructor: Bob Riddle
Date: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Astronomy Session 2:

Lecture Discussion Topics:
•    Let’s Go To Mars
•    Ask a Telescope to Take a Picture For You
•    March Star Map
Monthly Celestial Events:
•    Cassini Mission Titan Flyby
•    Moon at Apogee: 405367 km
•    Mercury at Greatest West Elongation: 27.6°W
•    Mercury at Aphelion
•    March Equinox
•    Venus at Greatest West Elongation: 46.6°W
•    Moon at Perigee: 365706 km
•    Moon at Descending Node


Instructor: Bob Riddle

Date: Wednesday, March 5
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $19
 
 

Astronomy Session 3:

 Lecture Discussion Topics:
•    Daylight Saving Time
•    April Star Map
•    The Planisphere: A Map for all Seasons
•    Tales Along the Ecliptic
•    Eclipses
Monthly Celestial Events:
    Cassini Mission Titan Flyby
    Mars at Opposition
**Total Lunar Eclipse**
    Annular Solar Eclipse
    Lyrid Meteor shower

Instructor: Bob Riddle

Date: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Buying and Selling on Ebay  

Online auctions match buyers and sellers in a global marketplace for almost anything. If you’ve ever dreamed of working from home or just earning extra income by buying and selling goods online, our instructor will guide you every step of the way. Learn to create titles that get noticed, craft advertising copy that sells items quickly and for top dollar, and upload photos of your items. You’ll also learn how to conduct financial transactions, accept credit card payments, and pack and ship any item hassle-free. If you’re a buyer, you’ll learn how to value almost any item up for auction, get the best possible price, protect yourself against fraud, and compete effectively against other bidders.

Instructor: Mario Lozoya
Date: Monday, March 24
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Fee: $34


Social Media Networking and Marketing

You’ve played around on Facebook and even started a LinkedIn profile, but now what? Learn about leveraging these tools to help network with other professionals in your industry and make connections that will help you succeed. This class will focus on using several social media sites to build a networking and marketing plan for your small business or for personal use.

Instructor: Mike Ekey
Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $29

 

Computer Essentials – Just the Basics

If you have never worked with computers or are a very new user, join us for this easy-paced introductory class. We will cover the basics of using the mouse, opening and using programs, saving and printing your documents and survival skills for the new computer user.

Instructor: Mario Lozoya
Date: Monday April 14, 16, 21, 23
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $65

 

Introduction to MS-Office 2010

MS-Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are the most commonly used computer applications today. Learn to create, format, enhance, save and print your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations using Microsoft Office 2010.
Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Instructor: Teresa Wedel
Location: MCC-Longview
Sec. A:                     
Dates: February 4, 6, 11, 13
Time: 6-8 p.m.        
Fee: $65
 
Section B:
Dates: April 1, 3, 8, 10
Time: 6-8 p.m.                 
Fee - $65                

 

Introduction to MS-Excel 2010

Discover the basic functions and features of this powerful spreadsheet program. Learn the Excel menu system and tool bars, how to enter and edit data, enter a formula into a worksheet and adjust column widths.

Instructor:  Teresa Wedel
Sec. A:                
Date: March 11 and 13
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $59
 
 
Section B:
Date: May 6 and 8
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $59



Introduction to MS-Word 2010
 
Learn the basics of this user-friendly word processing package for computers. You will focus on the menu system and tool bar, as well as create and edit
documents.  
Prerequisite: Keyboard and mouse skills.

Instructor:  Teresa Wedel
Sec. A: 
Dates: February 25 and 27
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $59    
 
Sec. B:
Dates: April 22 and 24
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $59

 

How To Get the Most Out Of Craigslist

Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, discussion forums and more. Craigslist is updated daily by people just like you and has become one of the most popular sites on the internet. With caution, Craigslist can be an excellent site for searching for employment or finding just about anything. We’ll assist you in understanding the basics of using Craigslist and help you avoid common pitfalls.

Instructor: Mario Lozoya
Date: Monday, April 7
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $29

 

Get the Most from Your iPad

Join your instructor, Adam Burns, for an exploration of your iPad’s many features. We’ll cover browsing the web; viewing your photos (via albums, events, faces, or places), e-mail, watching movies, Netflix, or TV, playing music, reading/buying books, using Google maps, editing your calendar, syncing with your computer and much more! Also, learn how to install additional free and iPad specific applications via Apple’s App Store. Bring your iPad, USB cable,
and laptop (optional) to class.

Instructor: Adams Burns
Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Fee: $29

 

Facebook I

Learn how to create your online profile and make connections with friends, family and others on one of the largest social networking sites in the world.We will cover the basics of this fun and easy online program and show you step-by-step how to post comments, photos, blogs and much more to stay connected and have fun.

Instructor: Mike Ekey
Date: Monday, February 10
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.Fee: $29
 
 
 

Shooting Back in Time:  The Union Station Massacre

Pretty Boy Floyd hardly knew the criminal he was trying to liberate from lawmen that fateful morning in June of 1933 when he and a couple of associates perpetrated a wholesale slaughter outside the Kansas City Union Station. The carnage shocked the nation and gave rise to the formation of the modern FBI as we know it today. Prior to that time, FBI agents did not carry weapons, and their jurisdiction was so limited that they had to rely on local (and often corrupt) policemen to assist them with their enforcement duties. Mr. O’Malley provides the backdrop preceding the firestorm, explains the role KC’s mob played in facilitating the action and gives a full accounting of the players involved in the Massacre. If you’ve ever wondered about the true story behind those bullet holes at Union Station, this presentation provides the answers.   

Instructor: Terence O'Malley
Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Nelly Don: A Stitch in Time

If you think June Cleaver you should think Nelly Don. This fascinating woman is generally credited with having invented the housedress. From 1916 to 1978, Nelly Don produced 75 million dresses, making her the largest dress manufacturer of the 20th century.  During her peak years, every fifteen seconds a woman somewhere in the world purchased a Nelly Don. Discover the story of this young woman of Irish heritage who started a dress making empire from her living room. Along the way she had an affair with U.S. Senator James A. Reed and bore his child, she was kidnapped and rescued by the Mafia, she fought unions, made most of the women’s service uniforms during WWII and was a pioneer in employees’ rights and benefits. Her legacy is her dresses known for quality, flair and affordability.  Nelly Don:  Just Try One On!

Instructor: Terence O'Malley
Date: Thursday, April 3
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Black Hand Strawman:  The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City

Unbeknownst to many, Kansas City had one of the most effective organized crime systems in the United States.  Terence O’Malley explores the deeply rooted Sicilian customs of the Black Hand that gripped KC’s Little Italy until Prohibition when sugarhouses for boozemaking sprung up and forced rival factions to join together and form a cohesive criminal unit. Thereafter, Kansas City’s Mob joined forces with Tom Pendergast’s political Machine under whose sponsorship Harry Truman became president. Even after the Pendergast political machine collapsed in 1939, the Mafia flourished in Kansas drawing unwanted national attention many times. The Outfit (as KC’s Mafia was called) reached its zenith in the late 1970s and early 1980s as it controlled the skim from casinos in Las Vegas.

 

Instructor: Terence O'Malley
Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Tom & Harry:  The Boss and the President

Terence O’Malley presents the complex relationship between Harry Truman and Tom Pendergast, boss of the powerful political Machine that controlled Kansas City politics in the 1920s and 1930s. Mr. O’Malley goes in-depth into the history of Harry Truman’s participation in the crime ridden political Machine.  Truman never apologized for his association with the Machine, which catapulted him onto the national stage as a U.S. Senator from Missouri in 1934. In 1940, Harry Truman was facing likely defeat while Tom Pendergast was serving time at the U.S. Federal Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS. For those interested in what Tom Pendergast and his Machine were truly all about and how Truman’s participation benefited the Machine, this is a wonderfully insightful and entertaining program.

Instructor: Terence O'Malley
Date: Thursday, February 6

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.Fee: $19

 

Aging with Dignity: Exploring Long-Term Care

As medical science progresses and Baby Boomers age, there are an increasing number of people who will need long-term care services before they die. This class will cover the intricacies of what Medicare will pay, when Medicaid will pay, when private insurance is appropriate and all the other options people should consider when planning for their own care or care of an aging family member. Long-term care does NOT have to be a nursing home. Know your choices, learn the costs, and be prepared to age with dignity.

Instructor: Stana Martin
Date: Thursday, April 24

Time: 6-8 p.m.Fee: $19

 

Basic Estate Planning and Wills    

Determine the appropriate estate plan for you. Topics will include: the probate process, beneficiaries, executors and guardians, property titles, powers of attorney, and non-probate transfers.

Instructor: Molly Nail
Date: Tuesday, February 25
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Living Trusts

How much do you know about trusts?  Is a living trust right for you? We will discuss avoiding probate, managing your assets during incapacity, providing for beneficiaries, minimizing taxes, and more.

Instructor: Gayle Evans
Date: Tuesday, March 4
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Planning for a Child With Special Needs

Parents of children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities devote
countless hours to caring for their special needs. We want to help you understand the planning your child may need during all stages of life. We’ll cover Social Security, determining eligibility and why it’s important. Find out about a special needs trust and protecting assets for your children. Guardianship will be discussed, as well as the importance of creating a blueprint for providing care after parents are gone. We will review how planning for your child with special needs is different both legally and financially.

Instructor: Scott Adams, CFP
Date: Tuesday, April 22
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $19

 

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement

More than 1,000 satisfied attendees since 1995!
Highly recommended for adults of all ages.
Topics include:
  * Minimizing taxes
  * Maximizing retirement plan distribution options
  * Structuring investments for growth
  * Creating a secure retirement income plan
  * And much more!

Instructor:  Rob Overton, Financial Planner,
Financial Professionals, Inc.
Dates: Thursday, January 16, 23, 30
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fee:  $49/single, includes workbook;
         $69/couple, one workbook
(Fee includes optional private consultation.)

 

 

 

Planning for Aging Well Seminar
Date: Saturday, March 29
Time: 9 a.m. - Noon
Fee: $29
Invest just three hours to learn financial, health and legal strategies that will ground you in making wise choices for moving forward -- whether you are planning for yourself or facing the need to help your parents age well.
 
Estate Planning 101
Complete your legal checklist while learning about basic documents to protect you and the ones you love.  Learn the difference between a will and a trust, hear why everyone needs a Durable Power of Attorney for health care, plan to have your legal affairs
in order before a crisis occurs and enjoy peace of
 mind today by planning for tomorrow.
Presenter: Aaron L. Love, attorney and
estate planning expert

Aging With Dignity: Long-term Care Planning
Baby Boomers are aging, and the cost of medical care is not going to decrease.  Learn how to plan for long-term care needs (for both you and your loved ones) from a nationally recognized speaker. Topics include Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits and insurance products.
Presenter:  Stana Martin, long-term care specialist

Financial Planning: Maximizing Your Retirement Income
Your financial picture changes significantly when you reach retirement.  Strategies that have served you well during your working years may not be appropriate for retirement. Whether you are planning for yourself or for your aging loved ones, you need the right tools to help you maximize retirement income.  Learn how to manage your finances to ensure a secure future.
Presenter: Stephen Stricklin, Founder and President, Wise Wealth, LLC


Personal Organization
Making sure all of your important papers are accessible and in order doesn’t need to be difficult. Learn how to identify all your important documents and assets including fast-growing digital items. Identify a plan and tools to get your items all in one spot, labeled and organized where others can easily access them when necessary.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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