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COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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Fall 2017 Community Education Classes

These classes are open to everyone in the community, and they do not count for college credit. What does that mean for you? No tests. No homework. No pressure! Just learning for FUN! What are your interests? Click topics below for class descriptions and details.

Arts & Crafts / Business & Finance / Career & Technology

Culinary / Day Trips / History & Current Events  / Home/ DIY

Languages & Literatures

Recreation, Fitness & Health


ARTS & CRAFTS

 

Adobe Photoshop:  A Practical Approach to Shooting, Editing and Finalizing Photos

This course is designed for photographers with basic to intermediate level photography skills. In this course you will learn to shoot and then creatively finalize your images. Topics to be covered include: camera functions, basic color correcting, cropping and retouching,
and finalizing your images using some advanced techniques with layering.  Students will have the opportunity to shoot on location and apply techniques learned in class to create amazing and one of a kind works of art.

Class length:  4 weeks, Wednesdays, September 6 - 27
Time:   6 - 8 p.m.
Instructor: Brian Duram, Duram Photography
Fee:   $69 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Basic Adobe Lightroom

This course will introduce you to Adobe Lightroom, an image management and editing program. In this course you will learn how to use this popular computer program to import, edit, organize, store, and print your photos. Lightroom is perfect for such tasks as cropping, white balance, exposure, black and white conversion, spot removal, red eye corrections, etc. Adobe Lightroom has revolutionized the way that people are working with photos. Join the revolution with this introductory class.

Class length:  6 weeks, Thursdays, September 14 - October 19
Time:   7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Ward, Bruce Ward Photos
Fee:   $79 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Basic Digital Photography

Learn the basics of digital photography and how to use your digital camera or smartphone. You’ll explore what all the buttons do and simple composition techniques and low light photography.
This class is designed for the point and shoot —shoot in automatic photographer.

Class length:  3 weeks, Wednesdays, October 4 - 18
Time:   7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Brian Duram, Duram Photography
Fee:   $49 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Photographic Lighting:  Tips & Techniques

This course will offer you a hands on approach to portrait and product photography. Simple to advance lighting techniques, posing and positioning will be taught. You will also learn how to use hot lights and strobes for portraits as well as how to paint with light at night.

Class length:  3 weeks, Thursdays, September 7 - 21
Time:   7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Brian Duram, Duram Photography
Fee:   $49 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Digital Scrapbooking

Are you looking for a fun, convenient, and cost effective way to preserve and share your family’s history and document important milestones and events? If so, digital scrapbooking is for you. Unlike traditional scrapbooking which requires a significant investment in specialty papers and other
scrapbooking supplies, digital scrapbooking allows you to scrapbook anytime, anywhere. Computer
and scrapbooking software will be provided during in class training. So grab those boxes of photos
gathering dust in the closet and let’s get started!

Class length:  3 weeks, Saturdays, OSeptember 9 & 16
Time:   8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Yvonne Marcotte, Digital Scrapbooker
Fee:   $69 per person
Location:  WSU South, 200 W Greenway, Suite 15A, Derby

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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Grant Writing for the Not-for-Profit Community

Understand the “must haves” in every fundable concept. Learn how and where to find grant makers interested in you, the grant seeker and your idea. Learn how to create a proposal capable of securing funds for your department or organization. This class will help beginners hone the skills needed to begin the research and prepare fundable proposals.

Class length: 4 weeks, Thursdays, September 7 - 28
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Robert Hull, Co-Founder and past president of the Kansas Professional Grant Association
Fee: $119 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Searching for Scholarships

Are you looking for money in all the wrong places?  Learn how to find and apply for scholarships through a variety of sources. This session covers when students and/or families should begin searching and applying for available scholarships, different types of criteria for scholarships, how to develop an impressive application for scholarships, WSU invitational, general and departmental scholarships, how to search the Web and how to avoid scholarship scams. We’ll also cover federal financial aid and other solutions that can make college more affordable. Much of the information covered is intended for new or prospective college students. This presentation provides information and does not provide individual assistance.

Class length: 1 morning, Saturday, September 23
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: WSU Staff, Financial Aid
Fee: FREE - reservation required
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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The Essentials of Investing

Understand the fundamentals and selection process of various investments such as stocks, bonds,
mutual funds, exchanged traded funds, closed end funds and annuities and learn how to diversify
and complement the most important investments in your life. Increase your knowledge of retirement
plan options, your portfolio, and what problems to avoid.

Class length: 3 weeks, Tuesdays, October 3 - 17
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Brian Martz, CFP, CIMA
Fee: $49 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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The Predictable Income Puzzle, Fitting All the Pieces Together

It’s never too early or too late to plan for retirement.  A good plan will help you preserve your capital,
grow your assets and create an income stream that will sustain your lifestyle in your retirement years.
In this class you will learn about the various types of predictable income such as annuities, Social Security, and pensions. Topics to be discussed include: the difference between variable, fixed, immediate and indexed annuities, specifically, how they work, how the different fees are applied, and how the different riders work; the different types of Social Security benefits, retirement, spousal, survivor, disability and when to take the benefits; and the pension methods companies use to determine employee benefits, including the difference between distribution choices available.

Class length: 1 week, Thursday, October 26
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: William Wagner III, CFP, CRPC, MBA
Fee: $39 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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CAREER & TECHNOLOGY


Introduction to Social Media

Social media is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to stay in touch with friends and family and remain up-to-date with current events. Throughout this 6-week course, you will be introduced to a variety of social media platforms for personal and professional purposes. We will cover introductory information from how to set up a Facebook page to understanding hashtags to controlling your privacy settings. It is strongly suggested that you bring a laptop or tablet.

Class length: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, September 6 - October 11
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Torie Wynn, Senior Instructional Designer, Media Resources Center, Wichita State University
Fee: $79 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Marketing with Social Media

Social media is a critical piece of your marketing toolkit.  Whether you’re looking to grow your small business, bring new value to your employer, or rebrand your professional image, this 6-week course will teach you how to use a variety of social media tools and strategies to achieve your goals. We will discuss topics like how to get started without an audience, preparing for a crisis, social media’s effect on SEO, social media ads, and more. It is strongly suggested that you bring a laptop or tablet.

Class length: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, October 25 - December 6 (No class 11/22)
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Caleb Wilson, Social Media Manager, Media Resources Center, Wichita State University
Fee: $79 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Introduction to Microsoft Office

Learn the basic functionality of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook in this overview course. You will learn how to create, edit, and format documents using Microsoft Word.  You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in class as you work with tables, document styles and layout pages. You will also learn how to utilize Microsoft Excel at home and at work. In this session you will
learn how to enter, navigate, modify, move, copy, format and print data. You will then use this new knowledge to create images, charts and diagrams. You will learn how to create and edit slides, and use drawing tools, clip art, charts, and graphs, while adding transitions, animation, and sound using Microsoft PowerPoint. The class will conclude with a presentation on Microsoft Outlook. In this session you will learn how to set up and manage email, calendars and contacts in Outlook. This application will help you stay organized and assist you in communicating with friends, family and associates in a quick and easy manner.

Class length: 8 weeks, Monday, September 11 - October 30
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Lana Johnson, Instructor of Computers
Fee: $139 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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CULINARY

Beer Tasting 2

This class is designed for individuals who previously attended “Beer Tasting.” Throughout this class you will have the opportunity to sample beers from all over the world. The instructor will provide
a more in-depth look at the brewing process of those beers and show you how you can use your sensory system to identify off flavors that can appear in beer. You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 4 weeks, Wednesdays, September 20 - October 18 (No class 10/4)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Rob Miller, Owner, Goebel Liquor
Fee: $119 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Culinary Essentials:  What Every Cook Needs to Know

Join us for this participatory class where you will learn the basics of food safety, preparation and storage as you prepare healthy and tasty dishes. Week 1: We will focus on kitchen safety basics including food and knife safety and sanitation.  Week 2: The focus is on sauces. You will learn how to correctly prepare the five “mother” sauces known as béchamel, tomato, hollandaise, velouté and espagnole. Week 3: You will prepare delicious soups as well as learn how to fix common mistakes
when preparing them. Week 4 is Healthy Alternatives. We will spend time talking about affordable options for preparing healthy yet tasty meals.

Class length: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, September 12 - October 3
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Instructor:  Lexie Dill, Culinary Arts Teacher, Derby High School
Fee: $89 per person
Location:  Derby High School, 920 N Rock Road, Derby

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Wine Tasting & Enjoyment

This class is a casual overview for the novice or experienced enthusiast. Attendees will learn the basics of taste, how to recognize and describe varietal characteristics, and to identify personal likes and dislikes. Learn about wines from different regions, and winemaker techniques that impact wine production. Each class will consist of a brief introductory lecture followed by a tasting of different wines. You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 4 weeks, Mondays, September 11 - October 9 (No class 10/2)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Bower, Founding Chairman, Wichita Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food
Fee: $106 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Luxury Wines Worth the Money

WSU wine educator and sommelier, Guy Bower, will present two classes on luxury wine. The first class will focus on white wines and the second class on reds. You will learn about each wine’s special growing region or vineyard, production method and pedigree as well as what makes an expensive wine so pricey, all while sampling wines that may be slightly above your everyday wine budget. Take one class or take both classes at a discounted rate. You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

PRESTIGE WHITE WINE
Wines that will surprise and please you with their depth of flavor, finesse and quality. From rich and creamy to aromatic old world blends and crisp palate cleansing varieties, you’ll taste some of the best wines available.

Class length: 1 week, Monday, October 23
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

OPULENT RED WINE
Wines from top growing regions around the world with the best grapes, vineyard practices and winemaker care. This class will enhance your high-end wine knowledge and spoil your taste buds.

Class length:  1 week, Monday, October 30
Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Bower, Founding Chairman, Wichita Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food
Fee: $45 per week, per person or both classes for $79 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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DAY TRIPS

Home on the Range  

From 1854 to 1929, an estimated 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were placed in homes throughout the United States and Canada during the Orphan Train Movement. We will be visiting the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia to learn about the orphan trains and the children and agents who rode them.  We will then travel to Smith Center to see the restored Home on the Range cabin, where the lyrics to the Kansas state song “Home on the Range” were written by Dr. Brewster Higley VI in 1872. After lunch, it’s on to Lebanon and a stop at the Geographical Center of the 48 contiguous states. Our final stop will be Cawker City where you will visit the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

Tour length:  1 day, Saturday, October 14

7:00 a.m. – Depart Metropolitan Complex
8:15 a.m. – Arrive Salina – Iron Skillet (Breakfast)
9:15 a.m. – Depart Salina
10:00 a.m. – Arrive Orphan Train Complex (Concordia)
11:30 a.m. – Depart Orphan Train Complex
1:00 p.m. – Arrive Home on the Range Cabin (Athol)
1:45 p.m. – Depart Home on the Range Cabin
2:00 p.m. – Lunch at Las Conteras (Smith Center)
3:00 p.m. – Depart Las Conteras
3:30 p.m. – Arrive Geographic Center Marker
4:00 p.m. – Depart Geographic Center Marker
4:30 p.m. – Arrive Cawker City Ball of Twine
5:00 p.m. – Depart Cawker City Ball of Twine
8:45 p.m. – Arrive Metropolitan Complex
Fee:  $119 per person, includes transportation, admissions, breakfast & lunch

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Bleeding Kansas

Join us as we explore civil war historical sites in Lecompton and Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1857, Constitution Hall in Lecompton became a meeting place for a constitutional convention. The participants drafted a pro-slavery constitution which played a role in the Bleeding Kansas crisis. We will tour the hall, territorial capital museum and the old Lecompton Jail. Then it’s on to Fort Leavenworth for a tour of the historic fort, military museum and buffalo soldier monument. We will drive past the Rookery, which was constructed between 1827 -29 and is the oldest building in Kansas, and was once home to General Douglas MacArthur. Our last stop will be the CW Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, which features carousels from 1850 – 1950. Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter,
Wichita Eagle

Tour length:  1 day, Saturday, October 28
6:45 a.m. - Depart Metropolitan Complex
9:00 a.m. -  Arrive Le Compton – Territorial Capital Museum
                                                     Constitution Hall
                                                     Old LeCompton Jail
11:45 a.m. - Depart for lunch – United Methodist Church (Le Compton)
12 – 1 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Depart LeCompton
2:00 p.m. - Arrive Leavenworth – Historic Fort
                                                     Military Museum
                                                     Buffalo Soldier Monument
5:00 p.m. - Depart Leavenworth
5:45 p.m. - Arrive Lawrence – Dinner
6:45 p.m. - Depart Lawrence
9:00 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex
Fee:  $129 per person, includes transportation, admissions, lunch & dinner

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Lead Type, Bullets and Brazen Nerve

Join us as we explore Kansas journalism past and present.  Our day begins at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex where we will board a luxury motor coach and travel to the NEW Wichita Eagle Building in Old Town.  After a tour and refreshments, it’s on to the Historic Old Cowtown Museum to visit a replica of the Eagle’s first building. We will then travel to Olpe, KS for lunch at the world-famous Chicken House, listed by kansastravel.org as one of Kansas’ most memorable restaurants. After lunch we will travel to Emporia, where we will be met by local historian Roger Heineken, and tour area historical sites associated with William Allen White, renowned American newspaper editor and author. Sites that will be visited include Red Rocks White’s home; the Emporia Gazette and Printing Museum; White Memorial Park and Peter Pan Park.Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH:  1 day, Friday, November 3
7:45 a.m. –  Depart Metropolitan Complex
8:00 a.m. –  Arrive at the Wichita Eagle
8:45 a.m. –  Depart Wichita Eagle
9:00 a.m. –  Arrive Cowtown
10:00 a.m. –  Depart Cowtown
11:45 a.m. –  Arrive Chicken House – Olpie
12:45 p.m. –  Depart Chicken House
1:15 p.m. –  Arrive Emporia State Memorial Union
                    Walt Mason House
                    College of Emporia Campus
                    Emporia Gazette Building
                    White Memorial Park
                    Peter Pan Park
                    All Veterans Memorial
                    Red Rocks State Historic Site
3:30 p.m. -  Depart Emporia
5:00 p.m. - Arrive Metropolitan Complex
Fee:  $99, includes transportation, admissions & lunch

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Journey to Christmas Past

Travel back in time as we visit Christmas past with a trip to Kansas City. After a stop for brunch (included) in Ottawa, we will proceed to Overland Park to experience the holidays 1950’s style at the All-Electric House on display at the Johnson County Museum. During our guided tour, see first-hand how Christmas was celebrated in 1954. The house will be decorated with Christmas décor from yesteryear including an aluminum Christmas tree complete with tinsel and a color wheel. Underneath the tree will be some of the must have Christmas gifts from that time period.

It’s then on to the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. The Museum houses one of the largest collections of antique toys and fine-scale miniatures in the world. Rediscover your childhood as you see many of the games, dolls and other toys you unwrapped on Christmas morning. A highlight of our guided tour will be a viewing of the Coleman House, the museum’s nine-foot-tall dollhouse, which will be decorated out for the holiday season.

We will then explore Christmas on the frontier and learn about Christmas traditions from the 1860’s as we take a guided tour of the fully restored John Wornall House, one of four remaining antebellum houses in the Kansas City area. The house, built in 1858, was used as a field hospital for both the Union and Confederate forces after the Battle of Westport.

Finally, no trip to Kansas City would be complete without dinner (included) at the Country Club Plaza and a driving tour of the world famous Plaza Lights.

TOUR LENGTH:  1 day, Saturday, December 2
7:45 a.m. –  Depart Metropolitan Complex
10:00 a.m. –  Brunch, Kansas Buffet, Ottawa, Kansas
11:00 a.m. –  Depart Ottawa
12:00 p.m. –  Arrive at The 1950s All-Electric House, Overland Park, KS
1:00 p.m. –  Depart Electric House
1:30 p.m. –  Arrive at National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, Kansas City, MO
3:00 p.m. –  Depart Museum
3:15 p.m. –  Arrive at John Wornall House, Kansas City, MO
4:15 p.m. -  Depart John Wornall House
4:30 p.m. - Arrive at Tomfooleries Restaurant, Kansas City, MO
5:30 p.m. - Depart Tomfooleries
5:30 p.m. - Tour the Kansas City Plaza Lights
6:15 p.m. - Depart Plaza Lights
9:15 p.m. - Arrive at WSU Metropolitan Complex
Fee:  $129, includes transportation, admissions, brunch & dinner

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HISTORY & CURRENT EVENTS

How Did We Get to This Point?  Explaining the World of Our Time

Join us as we discuss the emergence of certain values that explain the rise of a global dominance
of Western ideas, institutions, technology, and culture over the past five centuries. What was it that
allowed these aspects to develop, and what does the future hold for them in the next millennium? In a
contemporary world of intolerance, strife, and rapid change, is the legacy of such values worth defending?  Or, has there been a loss of faith in the civilization that we inherited from our ancestors? Documentary videos, informal lectures, and class discussion will form the core of the course.

Class length: 10 weeks, Thursdays, September 7 - November 9
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. John Dreifort, Professor of History, Wichita State University & Executive SEcretary of the Wichita Committee on Foreign Policy
Fee: $147 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Starting the Search for Your Family History

Online resources have made finding your ancestors easier than ever! Discover many FREE tools beyond Ancestry.com and Family Search that are available, and learn the best search strategies
for accurate results. We will start with basic vital information, then cover topics such as research
organization, expanding genealogical context, preservation methods for family treasures, and
obscure resources that break down brick walls. Basic computer knowledge is required.

Class length: 2 weeks, Saturdays, October 7 & 14
Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Robyn Belt, Branch Manager, Wichita Public Library
Fee: $54 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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The Beatles' Story

Learn the history of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from Liverpool to London and beyond. This course
focuses on the key figures, events and music in Beatles’ history. It also explores the band’s breakup
and post-breakup periods. In addition, some of the most influential biographies on the band are
examined for bias and credibility. Finally, the class will explore the differing versions of the band’s
story which have existed over the decades.

Class length: 2 weeks, Tuesdays, September 12 & 19
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Erin Weber, American History Professor, Newman University, Author of "The Beatles and the Historians:  An Analysis of Writing About the Fab Bour
Fee: $49 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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HOME/DIY

What the Cluck?  Raising Backyard Chickens

Have you ever wanted to have fresh eggs daily?  If so, you’ve probably thought about raising
chickens in your backyard. The question is how do you get started? This class will cover the basics of raising backyard chickens. Topics include: city regulations, breeds, food, shelter and most important maintaining a happy, healthy brood of chickens.

Class length: 1 morning, Saturday, September 9
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: James Brewster & Jody Hall, Local Backyard Chicken Expert
Fee: $39 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Basic Principles of Landscape Design

Learn the basic principles of landscape design applied at a residential scale. Topics include: basic
design principles, the development of design objectives, conceptual design and planting design
including Xeriscaping and Edible Landscaping.

Class length: 4 weeks, Thursdays, September 5 - 26
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Kurt Kuiras, Professional Landscaper
Fee: $69 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Creating Organized & Functional Space

Do you struggle with a disorganized and cluttered space, and/or keeping your everyday life organized? Join Professional Organizer, Kristen Townsend, as she discusses the psychology behind clutter and the simple steps you can take to start reducing clutter and creating a more tranquil space. You will
leave this class with resources, impactful home organizational tips, and a personalized plan to create more space in your home and in your life!

Class length: 1 evening, Thursday, September 14
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee: $39 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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The Organized Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s an activity hub that handles everything from cooking to homework to visiting with family and friends. Learn how to declutter, organize, and maintain this space to save time and frustration every single day!

Class length: 1 evening, Thursday, October 12
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee: $39 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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8 Simple Steps to Downsizing

Learn how to navigate the home downsizing process as we cover 8 simple steps from deciding
when to downsize all the way through the move and estate sale. Gain organizational strategies
and tips on reducing stress during this major life transition.

Class length: 1 evening, Thursday, September 21
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee: $39 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Floral Arranging

Learn to create unique, personalized, one of a kind floral arrangements that will add color and pizazz to your home décor. Each week you will make one new arrangement using a variety of fresh and silk materials. Weeks 1 and 2: You will work with fresh flowers to create beautiful vase and centerpiece arrangements. Weeks 3 and 4: You will be working with silks to construct a fall swag and a winter/
Christmas wreath. You will select and purchase silk flowers in your choice of colors, as well
as ribbon, Christmas bulbs and any other fun elements that you want to incorporate into your
designs. A supply list will be provided for each week.

Class length: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, October 24 - November 14
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Tisha Tucker, Perfect Petals
Fee: $59 per person
Location:  Location:  WSU South, 200 W Greenway, Suite 15A, Derby 

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Home Repairs and Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

Do you want to save time and money on home repairs? Learn from experienced craftsmen how
to take care of your home, no matter you or your homes age. Learn how to patch and repair drywall,
fix a leaking faucet, caulk and weatherproof your home, paint like a pro, and handle minor plumbing
and electrical repairs yourself.

DRYWALL PATCHING & PAINTING
In this class you will get hands-on practice patching a hole in drywall. You will also learn
techniques to make painting walls in your home easier.

Class length:  1 week, Tuesday, September 12
Time:  6:30 - 8 p.m.

CAULKING & WEATHERPROOFING
Learn how to prepare your home for winter weather. In the class you will learn how to weatherproof your home by properly caulking cracks and performing other home maintenance techniques that will keep weather out of your home and help you save on your energy bills.

Class length:  1 week, Tuesday, September 19
Time:  6:30 - 8 p.m.

ELECTRICAL/PLUMBING
Learn the basic structure of electrical and plumbing systems in your home and how to perform basic repairs. You will get hands-on practice with replacing an electrical receptacle.

Class length: 1 week, Tuesday, September 26
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Instructor: Phil Davis, Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Co-Founder of The Best Home Guys
Fee: $29 per week, per person or all 3 classes for $69 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Great Plants for a Prairie-Style Garden

Prairie-Style Gardening is a trend for the 21st century: think of The Lurie Garden in the Millennium Park in Chicago, the famous Hi-Line Garden in New York City and The Piet Oudolf Entry Border in the Toronto Botanical Garden. These type of gardens attract butterflies, bees and insects while saving the prairie plant communities for the future. Water usage is decreased as is weeding while presenting stunning colors, the swaying motions of grasses and striking architectural forms. In this class you will learn how prairie-style gardening can be done in a small garden setting. Plant materials that are available to us in this area as well as the planting techniques and examples of such gardens will be
presented.

Class length: 2 weeks, Mondays, September 11 & 18
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Knight, Master Gardener
Fee: $49 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Prairie-Style Gardening:  Great Plant Combos for a Kansas Garden

Prairie plants suitable for traditional landscape gardens and the use of grasses, sedges and rushes in these traditional gardens will be discussed. Possible combinations of prairie plants and grasses with more traditional garden plants, and how these can be introduced appropriately into your
garden, will be discussed and many examples shown.

Class length: 2 weeks, Mondays, October 16 & 23
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Laura Knight, Master Gardener
Fee: $49 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Stepping Into The Seasons

The final 3 months of the year are the busiest time for several reasons. This leaves many without the time to consider seasonal décor or frustrated because transitioning from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas is a task.  In this class learn the easiest ways to navigate from black cats & witches to pilgrims & turkeys to all the glam & glitz of Christmas.

Class length:  1 week, Tuesday, September 26
Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Annette Shankle, Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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LANGUAGES, LITERATURE & WRITING

Beginning language classes enable participants to gain a working knowledge of the chosen language. Instructors provide students with intense practice in both speaking and understanding the language. Basic vocabulary, frequently used expressions, and customs and cultures of the country will also be explored. We also offer some intermediate language classes for those who have previously studied the language. The instructor will continue to provide students with intensive practice in both speaking and understanding the specified language.

American Sign Language (ASL)

Participants will be introduced to the basic receptive and expressive skills of ASL, including signs, conversation strategies, facial expression, and much more! We will reinforce what is learned through fun interactive activities, as well as explore and gain knowledge about the history of Deaf Culture and ASL.

Class length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, September 6 - November 29 (No class 11/22)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Kimberly Smith, Staff Interpreter, Wichita State University
Fee: $149 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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French for Travelers

Class length:  12 weeks, Wednesdays, September 6 - November 29 (No class 11/22)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Brigitte Roussel, Asociate Professor/Director of Foreign Language Teacher Education,  Wichita State University
Fee:  $149 per person, includes text
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Intermediate French

Class length:  12 weeks, Thursdays, September 7 - November 30 (No class 11/23)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Brigitte Roussel, Asociate Professor/Director of Foreign Language Teacher Education,  Wichita State University
Fee:  $129 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Conversational Korean

Class length:  12 weeks, Tuesdays, September 5 - November 21 (No class 11/24)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Jeniffer Kang, Instructor of Korean
Fee:  $149 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Spanish for Travelers

Class length:  12 weeks, Tuesdays, September 5 - November 21
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Mary Williams, Instructor of Spanish
Fee:  $149 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Intermediate Spanish

Class length:  12 weeks, Thursdays, August 31 - November 16
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Mary Williams, Instructor of Spanish
Fee:  $129 per person, includes text
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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RECREATION, FITNESS & HEALTH

Beginner Ukulele Christmas Carols and Holiday Songs

Learning ukulele is easy when you already know the songs. Make your days merry and bright by learning holiday standards in a supportive environment in which everyone sings and plays together. Our final class may also include some caroling! For brand-new to beginning players. Requires a soprano ukulele (it’s the little one) and a clip-on tuner (such as a Snark or Intellitouch).

Class length:  6 weeks, Tuesdays, November 7 - December 12
Time:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Seth Bate, Ukulele Instructor
Fee:  $89 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Beginning Contemporary Dance

This is a beginning dance course exploring both classical modern dance technique and contemporary
dance forms. It is a great way to get exercise while also becoming more in touch with your body and
self-expression. The course will also involve historic information regarding the dance techniques explored.  Traditional dance clothing can be worn but is not required. Typically modern dance is done with bare feet. All you need are clothes you can comfortably move in, an open mind, and a desire to feel good by expressing yourself through movement!

Class length:  10 weeks, Tuesdays, September 5 - November 14 (No class 10/17)
Time:  6 - 7:15 p.m.
Instructor: Cheyla Clawson, School of Performing Arts, Wichita State University
Fee:  $99 per person
Location:  Heskett Center, 1845 Fairmount

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Korean Dance

Experience how fun and easy Korean dance can be.  Join us as we learn traditional Korean dance skills that are steeped in the culture, traditions and history of the Korean people. The class will
focus on expression through movement, both structured and creative. You will develop greater
control, flexibility and strength of breathing as you learn the Korean basic dance style called “Gibon” and the traditional Korean fan dance.  You will also learn to dance to Arirang, a popular form of Korean folk song.

Class length:  8 weeks, Mondays, September 11 - October 30
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Jeniffer Kang, Instructor of Korean Dance
Fee:  $99 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Learn How to Drone

Interested in flying drones? This course is for the beginner as well as the intermediate who is looking
to learn more about the booming drone industry.  We will cover the current state of the technology,
practical uses, regulations, and the future of the industry. This course will give you hands-on training
and provide you all of the principles you’ll need to know in order to operate drones in a manner that’s
SAFE, LEGAL, and FUN.

Class length:  8 weeks, Wednesdays, September 6 - October 25
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Alex Martens, Wichita Drone Club
Fee:  $99 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Qi Gong

Qi Gong (Chi Gung) is a Chinese practice blending mental focus, body movement, and breathing. Participants will practice a popular modern form, Zhi Neng Gong, to enhance inner awareness, circulation, and immune function.

Class length:  6 weeks, Wednesdays, October 18 - November 29 (No class 11/22)
Time:  7 - 8 p.m.
Instructor: David Larsen, Certified Instructor
Fee:  $59 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Purposeful and flowing, a slow motion choreography based on martial arts movement, T'ai Chi Ch'uan integrates mind and body while teaching balance, grace and flexibility. Practiced with awareness and without strain or force, it is a no-impact exercise that can be practiced anywhere, anytime and without special equipment or clothing. Ideal for adults of all ages.

Class length:  4 weeks, Saturdays, October 21 - November 11
Time:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: David Larsen, Certified Instructor
Fee:  $69 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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The Art of Fly Fishing 101

Fly Fishing 101 is a course for the beginner, as well as the intermediate, interested in learning more about the art of fly fishing. This course will cover all aspects of the sport from the history of fly fishing to the equipment needed to get started in the sport. Topics covered during this course will include: fish, entomology, water, conservation and etiquette. Participants have the opportunity to learn about both wet and dry flies. Students will receive information about how to buy that first fly rod and reel and how
to maintain fly fishing equipment that they already own. Participants will also get hands on training on how to tie fly fishing knots used while on the water as well as how to rig a fly rod for fishing different types of flies. All equipment will be provided.

Class length:  6 weeks, Wednesdays, September 13 - October 18
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Rick Brown, Education Chairman, Flatland Fly Fishers Club
Fee:  $74 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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The Art of Fly Fishing 102

Learn more about the art of casting a fly rod.  This course will cover the basic casts needed to get
started in the sport. Topics covered during this course will include becoming proficient with the overhead and roll casts. Students will receive hands on instruction on these casts. The course will provide the equipment you will need.

Class length:  6 weeks, Mondays, September 11 - October 16
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Rick Brown, Education Chairman, Flatland Fly Fishers Club
Fee:  $84 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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