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COMMUNITY EDUCATION

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Spring 2018 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 & Writing

Recreation, Fitness & Health / Online Courses

 


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:  6 weeks, Wednesdays, March 7 - April 18 (No class March 21
Time:   6 - 8 p.m.
Instructor:  Brian Duram, Duram Photography
Fee:   $79 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Basic Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is 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, Tuesdays, February 6 - March 13
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Ward, Bruce Ward Photos
Fee:  $79 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Advanced Adobe Lightroom

This course will provide a more advanced look at Adobe Lightroom focusing on advanced editing
techniques in the Develop Module. Learn how to do all of your photo editing in Lightroom without the need to use more complicated programs. Students in this class should already know how to transfer photos from their camera to the computer and into Lightroom, and how to do basic editing in Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom has revolutionized the way that people are working with photos. Learn to be a leader in the revolution with this advanced class.

Class length: 6 weeks, Thursdays, February 8 - March 15
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Bruce Ward, Bruce Ward Photos
Fee: $79 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. 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 as well as low light
photography. This class is designed for the point and shoot – shoot in automatic photographer.

Class length:  3 weeks, Wednesdays, February 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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Basic Scenic & Nature Photography

This class is hands on and will provide the amateur photographer with helpful tips for improving scenic and nature photography, such as best lenses, composition and settings. This class will require the student to walk approximately one mile per class session.

Class length:  3 weeks, Tuesdays, April 10 - 24
Time:   6 - 8 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.

Class length:  2 weeks, Saturdays, February 17 & 24
Time:   8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Yvonne Marcotte, Digital Scrapbooking
Fee:   $69 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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BUSINESS & FINANCE


Comfortable Retirement Planning

Whether approaching retirement or currently in retirement, it is essential to understand current opportunities to build, manage, protect and transition all your assets for a comfortable retirement. This class will discuss methods and strategies for income growth and help you know how you are doing in all phases of the economy as well as how to adapt to potential changes.

Class length: 3 weeks, Tuesdays, February 20 - March 6
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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Editing, Revising, and Polishing Written Communication

Emails, proposals, letters, reports, narratives, applications, blogs, memos… There are so many different forms of written communication we use on a regular basis for both our professional and personal lives. In order to combat miscommunication and misunderstanding in your writing, editing
and revision skills are extremely valuable. In this course, we will focus on types of writing you use most often, whatever they may be.  After establishing your purpose for writing, we will walk through the basics of revision and editing—checking for grammatical errors, but also for “bigger picture” ideas such as clarity and organization.

Class length: 5 weeks, Tuesdays, February 13 - March 13
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sydney Martin, English Department, Wichita State University
Fee: $69 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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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, February 1 - 22
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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How to Finance a College Education

WSU is offering a FREE financial aid planning seminar. Whether you are a high school student, a parent planning your child’s education, or an adult returning to college for an undergraduate or graduate degree, this is your opportunity to learn what types of financial assistance are available and how to qualify. WSU staff will remain on-site following the presentation to answer questions. Reservations are required; call 316-978-3731.

Class length: 1 morning, Saturday, February 10
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Staff, WSU Office of Financial Aid
Fee: No charge; reservation required
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Navigating to 90 & Beyond

This class will provide participants with financial knowledge to plan for retirement. Topics that will be covered include financial strategies, legal documents (wills, probate, revocable and non-revocable trusts, medical directives, durable powers of attorney, and do not resuscitate orders) and medical
expense planning (Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, VA Benefits and long term care).

Class length: 1 morning, Saturday, February 17
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m..
Instructor: Stana Martin, Owner & President, Mrs. LTC
Fee: $39 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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CAREER & TECHNOLOGY

 
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.

Class length: 6 weeks, Mondays, March 26 - April 30
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Lana Johnson, Instructor of Computers
Fee: $139 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Introduction to Social Media

Social Media is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to stay in touch with friends and family, stay up-to-date with current events, and advertise yourself to prospective  employers.  Throughout  this six week course, you will learn how to effectively and successfully use a variety  of social media platforms for personal and professional purposes. We will cover everything from how to set up a Facebook page to understanding hashtags to blogging platforms and style. It is strongly suggested that you bring a laptop or another digital device.

Class length: 6 weeks, Wednesdays, February 7 - March 14
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Krystal Iseminger, Instructional Designer, Media Resources Center, Wichita State University
Fee: $79 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Marketing with Social Media

Social Media is one the most essential marketing tools for your business and professional life. Throughout this six week course, you will learn how to effectively and successfully use a variety of social media platforms for professional purposes. We will cover everything from how to understand and utilize hashtags effectively to marketing your business and message through Instagram. It is strongly suggested that you bring a laptop or another digital
device.

Class length:  6 weeks, Wednesdays, April 11 - May 16
Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Caleb Wilson, Social Media Manager, and Torie Wynn, Senior Instructional Designer, Media Resources Center, Wichita State University
Fee:  $79 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Planning & Conducting Successful Meetings

Learn what qualities make up effective and enjoyable meetings. Anyone who leads or participates in business, non-profit, church or civic club meetings will benefit from the information presented. Participants will improve their facilitation skills, learn how to implement non-traditional meeting styles within their organizations, and learn how to get more out of the meetings they attend.

Class length: 3 weeks, Mondays, February 5 - 19
Time: 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Instructor: Cynthia Gardner-Meerian
Fee: $49 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals

Improve your technical presentation skills through peer feedback and instructor evaluations. Each student will have an opportunity to present a 10-15 minute speech in each of the following areas: technical presentations for a technical audience, technical presentations for a non-technical
audience, and technical presentations to promote a product, procedure, or service. The first night will cover the essentials of presentations as well as components of technical presentations. Come prepared the first night of class to present a 5-7 minute speech introducing yourself to the class.

Class length: 4 weeks, Mondays, March 5 - 26
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Instructor: Cynthia Gardner-Meerian
Fee: $89 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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CULINARY

Cooking on a Budget

Everyone is busy and life just doesn’t seem to be slowing down. This course will help you plan and prepare budget friendly and nutritional meals. We will explore money saving ideas to make meals more affordable as we find different ways to use the food we purchase. During each class you will not only prepare and taste different foods but you will also prepare a dish to take home and put in the freezer for later use.

Class length: 3 weeks, Tuesdays, April 3 - 17
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, KS

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Food & Wine Pairing with Good Life Guy

While you can eat most anything with whatever wine you like, a little bit of knowledge and practical experience will go a long way to enhance your enjoyment. Each class will feature at least 6 wines to try with different small food items. 

CLASS-1 The Cause and Effect of Wine and Food Pairing. We will review the basic aromas of wine, the primary tasting mechanisms and how our olfactory and gustatory system interprets the things we smell and taste. We’ll discuss cooking techniques, experiment with several different food items, spices, herbs and seasonings and their interaction with wines both white and red. Your nose and palate will leave this class tuned and ready for the next
two classes. 

CLASS-2 This class will focus on white wine and the foods that are enhanced by them. You will taste several different white wines and pair them with small bites selected by Guy.  From bone dry high acid whites to soft plush off-dry wines, we will explore the effects of different grape varieties, winemaker
technique, the use of oak and how they work in concert to form an agreeable pairing.

CLASS-3 While similar to the white wine class, our focus will be on noble red grapes that make red wine perfect for an array of food items. From rich savory reds with integrated oak nuance, to soft plush red blends we will taste and explore in an effort to find the perfect match. You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 3 weeks, Mondays, January 29 - February 12
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Bower, Founding Chairman, Wichita Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food
Fee: $84 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Napa & Sonoma American Viticultural Areas (AVA's) Overview

This 2-class series will show you the diversity and characteristics of the top AVA’s in both Napa and Sonoma. While you may have visited or at least know of Napa and Sonoma, you may not have a good understanding as to why both wine growing regions are unique. Geographical, soil and climate differences are just part of the equation. You’ll learn more and taste wine from various sub-appellations in each of the classes. Each class will feature an in-depth presentation and lecture followed by a tasting of at least 6 wines from each region. You must be at least 21 years of age
to enroll.

Class length: 2 weeks, Thursdays, March 1 & 8
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Bower, Founding Chairman, Wichita Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food
Fee: $69 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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Mixology

Ever wondered what shaken, stirred, wet, dry, muddled, rocks, neat lingo really means? Do you love cocktails, but feel a bit overwhelmed by all the gadgets, recipes, and ingredient choices? If you said yes, this is the class for you. In this 2 week course, students will learn the practical tips and tricks of
bartending, while using simple ingredients and equipment you probably already have in your kitchen. Once we have mastered the basics, students will be introduced to the art of mixology and explore the creation of popular flavor combinations like Sangria, Margarita, the Moscow Mule, and Bloody Mary. You
must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 2 weeks, Thursdays, March 1 & 8
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Tricia Thomas, Mixologist
Fee: $79 per person
Location: WSU South, 4501 E 47th St S, Wichita

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Sampling Craft Beer

Entertaining and educational for all levels, this course provides valuable information on all aspects of the beer industry. Whether you are just beginning your exploration with craft beer, are an experienced homebrewer or an active member within the beer industry, we have something for you! Learn the basics of evaluating beer by appearance and how it smells and tastes with an expanded beer
vocabulary. Each class will consist of a brief lecture followed by a tasting of different beers from around the globe and sensory palate training. You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 4 weeks, Wednesdays, April 4 - 25
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Rob Miller, Goebel Liquor
Fee: $119 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver

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DAY TRIPS
 

Experience Historic St. Joe, MO

Our visit to St. Joe begins with a tour of the Walter Cronkite Memorial at Missouri Western State University. The next stop will be the historic Patee Museum and Jesse James House. We round out our day with a visit to the St. Joseph Museum Complex, where you will be able to pick and choose
among four museums to visit including the St. Joseph Museum, The Doll Museum, the Glore Psychiatric Museum and the Black Archives Museum. Guide: Beccy Tanner, History
Reporter, Wichita Eagle.

Tour length:  1 day, Saturday, April 28
6:00 a.m. – Depart MX
9:00 a.m. – Arrive Atchison – Paolucci’s – breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Depart Atchison
10:30 a.m. – Arrive St. Joe – Walter Cronkite Memorial
11:30 a.m. – Depart Walter Cronkite Memorial
11:45 a.m. - Arrive Patee Museum & Jesse James House
1:45 p.m. – Depart Patee Museum & Jesse James House
2:00 p.m. – Arrive St. Joseph Museums
4:15 p.m. – Depart St. Joseph Museums
4:30 p.m. – Arrive Frederick Inn Steakhouse - dinner
5:30 p.m. – Depart St. Joe
9:00 p.m. – Arrive MX
Fee:  $129 per person, includes transportation, admissions, breakfast & dinner

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Following Coronado's Footsteps

From Lyons to Lindsborg, we will retrace the Spanish Conquistador’s path as he searched for the Seven Cities of Gold in 1541. We will see the 26-foot tall granite cross that was erected in 1950 in honor of Juan de Padilla.  We will tour the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons. From there, we will head to Lindsborg where we will tour the Old Mill in Lindsborg and eat at the famed Swedish Crown
restaurant.Guide: Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH:  1 day, Saturday, June 23
8:00 a.m. – Depart Metropolitan Complex
8:30 a.m. – Arrive Breadbasket, 219 N Main St., Newton, KS
9:30 a.m. – Depart Breadbasket
10:45 a.m. – Arrive Padilla Cross (4 miles west of Lyons on Hwy 56)
11:30 a.m. – Depart Padilla Cross
11:45 a.m. – Arrive Coronado Quivera Museum, 105 W Lyons, Lyons, KS
1:45 p.m. – Depart Coronado Quivera Museum
2:45 p.m. – Arrive Old Mill Museum, 120 E Mill St, Lindsborg, KS
4:15 p.m. – Depart Old Mill Museum
4:30 p.m. – Arrive The Swedish Crown Restaurant, 121 N Main St., Lindsborg, KS
5:30 p.m. – Depart The Swedish Crown Restaurant
6:45 p.m. – Arrive Metropolitan Complex
Fee:  $99 per person, includes transportation, admissions, breakfast & dinner

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Hidden Treasures in the Kansas Flint Hills

Join us as we travel the Flint Hills Scenic Byway to some of Kansas’ most beautiful, unique and rarely seen Flint Hill sites. Our first stop will be the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. We will then head into Council Grove where we will have brunch at the historic Hays House Restaurant and stop at the Chase County Courthouse. From there it’s on to Volland, Kansas where we will explore the stone arch cellars and shells of barns and houses that pioneering families created more than 150 years ago. Our last stop will be at the Trail Days Café and Museum where we will dine on Old World and Early American cuisine in the historical Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home. Guide:  Beccy Tanner, History Reporter, Wichita Eagle

TOUR LENGTH:  1 day, Saturday, May 19
7:00 a.m. – Depart Metropolitan Complex
8:30 a.m. – Arrive Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, 2480 KS Highway 177, Strong City, KS
10:30 a.m. – Depart Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
11:00 a.m. – Arrive Hays House, 112 W Main St., Council Grove, KS
12:00 p.m. – Depart Hays House
12:30 p.m. – Arrive Chase County Court House, 300 Pearl St, Cottonwood Falls, KS
1:30 p.m. – Depart Chase County Court House
3:00 p.m. – Arrive Stone Arches – 24098 Volland Road, Alma, KS
5:00 p.m. – Depart Stone Arches
6:00 p.m. – Arrive Trail Days Café – 803 W Main St, Council Grove
7:00 p.m. – Depart Trail Days Café
8:30 p.m. – Arrive Metropolitan Complex
Fee:  $119 per person, includes transportation, admissions, lunch & dinner

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Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

We will travel to Springfield, MO to visit the NEW Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, which showcases more than 35,000 live fish, mammals, reptiles and birds. This immersive wildlife museum will bring you eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled.  Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium consists of an all-new 1.5-million-gallon aquarium where you will encounter over 800 species of sharks, rays,  jellies, eels, sport fish and more. Don’t miss
your opportunity to experience this unique museum that combines fun, adventure and education all under one roof.

TOUR LENGTH:  1 day, Friday, April 20
6:00 a.m. - Depart MX
9:00 a.m. - Arrive Jimmy’s Egg, 3103 N Broadway, Pittsburg, KS - breakfast
10:15 a.m. – Depart Jimmy’s Egg
12:15 p.m. - Arrive at Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, 500 W Sunshine St., Springfield. MO
4:15 p.m. – Depart Museum and Aquarium
6:15 p.m. - Arrive Lyons Twin Mansions, 742 & 750 S. National, Fort Scott, KS – dinner
7:15 p.m. – Depart Lyons Twin Mansions
10:15 p.m. - Arrive MX
Fee:  $139 per person, includes transportation, admissions, breakfast & dinner

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Sea Monsters, Mosasaurs and Plesiosaurs, Oh My!

During the Age of Dinosaurs, Kansas was underwater near the center of a vast inland sea that covered the middle of Northern America. The fossils of the creatures left behind provide a fascinating look at prehistoric life. This trip will provide you an opportunity to time travel back to the Cretaceous Period for a glimpse of life in that ancient ocean. Our first stop will be Castle Rock, designated as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. We will then visit the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays, KS where you will have the opportunity to see one of the best collections of flying retiles in the world, some of the most complete mosasaurs and plesiosaurs in any museum, and the unique “Fish within a Fish” fossil.  Guide: Mike Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology, Sternberg Museum of Natural
History.

TOUR LENGTH:  1 day, Saturday, March 24
6:30 a.m. – Depart MX
7:45 a.m. – Breakfast at the Iron Skillet in Salina
8:45 a.m. – Depart Salina
10:45 a.m. – Bathroom break at Ogallah
11:00 a.m. – Depart Ogallah
11:30 a.m. – Arrive Castle Rock – Quinter, KS
12:15 a.m. – Depart Castle Rock
1:15 p.m. – Arrive at Gutierriz – lunch – 1106 E 27th St, Hays, KS
2:15 p.m. – Depart Gutierriz
2:30 p.m. – Arrive at Sternberg Museum – 3000 Sternberg Dr, Hays, KS
4:30 p.m. – Depart Sternberg Museum
6:45 p.m. – Arrive MX
Fee:  $119 per person, includes transportation, admissions, breakfast & lunch

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HISTORY & CURRENT EVENTS

Diversity and Food in Kansas

Germans go for bierocks, Czechs eat kaloches, what do the rest of us eat? In the late 19th century, Kansas was filled with pockets of diversity as Swedes, Volga Germans, Italians, Irish and African Americans settled the state in communities often resembling their villages back home. This is a class on how food has defined who we are as Kansans. We will look at the history, and the characters who helped spread the word about good food, and places to go. Through festivals, fund-raisers and potlucks, this is a class for Kansas foodaholics.

Class length: 4 weeks, Thursdays, February 22 - March 15
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Beccy Tanner, Wichita Eagle
Fee: $69 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Great Decisions 2018

Join our weekly conversations as we engage in an exciting and intellectually stimulating discussion of challenging current global issues and their implications for America today and in the future. Lectures, readings, and expert commentators provided in video programs developed by the Foreign Policy Association will provide context for our lively discussions.  Topics include the waning of Pax Americana, Russia’s foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, Media & foreign
policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africa’s fragile democracy, and Global health: Progress and challenges.

Class length: 10 weeks, Thursdays, February 1 - April 12 (No Class March 22)
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. John Dreifort, Professor of History, Wichita State University and Executive Secretary of the Wichita Committee on Foreign Policy
Fee: $147 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Wichita

Explore historic downtown Wichita. Once the rowdy center of a western cattle town, the area transitioned into an ever changing commercial and financial hub. Our tour will begin and end at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, where local historians will guide us through the museum. Afterwards we will explore historical sites along Douglas Avenue in the heart of downtown Wichita. The tour includes lunch at the AVI Restaurant and Chophouse located inside the historic Drury
Broadview Hotel.

9:00 AM – Meet at Sedgwick County Historical Museum
9 – 10:30 – Tour Museum
10:30 – Noon Walking Tour
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch AVI
1:00 – 1:15 Walk back to Museum

Tour length: 1 morning, Saturday, April 28
Time: 9 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Jay Price, Department Chair & Professor of History, Wichita State University
Fee: $40 per person

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Quirky Kansas

Join us as we continue to explore the quirkier, unique sides of Kansas. Topics include places to go, eat and hang out, famous Kansans and festivals, and unique places you don’t want to miss. After 34 years as a reporter at The Wichita Eagle, Beccy Tanner has discovered there are still many stories to tell.

Class length: 6 weeks,Wednesdays, February 7 - March 14
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Beccy Tanner, Wichita Eagle
Fee: $89 per person
Location: WSU West, 3801 N. Walker Ave.(East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd.)

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Survey of the Life and Work of Frank Lloyd Wright

During Frank Lloyd Wright’s 70 years of work, architecture and building techniques radically changed. We will explore Wright’s ideas relative to these changes as we look at his body of work and discuss his continued influence on architecture today. Classes will include an in depth tour of the Frank Lloyd
Wright designed Allen House and WSU’s own Corbin Education Center.

Class length: 4 weeks, Mondays, April 2 - 23
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Burt Burngardt, Docent, Allen House
Fee: $89 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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When an Ocean Covered Kansas

Did you know that Kansas was covered by a vast inland sea during the Age of Dinosaurs? The evidence is preserved in the many fossils that have been collected from the Smoky Hill Chalk in western Kansas since 1867. There were giant sea monsters called mosasaurs, flying reptiles like Pteranodon, birds with teeth, huge sharks and more. Kansas fossils are exhibited in museums around the world.  Join us to learn more about the fascinating (and extinct) sea creatures that have been discovered in Kansas, the paleontologists who collected them and the ocean bottom geology of our state.

Class length: 4 weeks, Thursdays, March 1 - 29 (No class March 22)
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Mike Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology, Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Fee: $59 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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HOME/DIY

Basic Principles of Landscape Design

Learn the basic principles of residential landscape design, including basic design principles, development of design objectives, conceptual and planting design including Xeriscaping and edible landscaping.

Class length: 4 weeks, Thursdays, February 1 - 22
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Kurt Huiras, Professional Landscaper
Fee: $69 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Conquer Post-Holiday Kid Clutter

Learn simple, effective organizational strategies that will empower and equip both you AND
your children to cultivate simple habits to help maintain a clutter-free home.

Class length:  1 evening, Thursday, February 8
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Creating Organized and Functional Space

Discover the psychology behind clutter and learn simple steps to start reducing clutter to create a more tranquil space.  Gain resources, impactful home organizational tips and a personalized plan to create more space in your home and life.

Class length:  1 evening, Thursday, February 15
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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Spring 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 decorative floral swag and a spring/summer wreath. You will select and purchase silk flowers in your choice of colors, as well as
ribbon, and other fun elements that you want to incorporate into your designs. A supply list will be provided for each week.

Class length:  4 weeks, Mondays, March 26 - April 16
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Tisha Tucker, Perfect Petals
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  WSU South, 4501 E 47th St S., Wichita

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Learn to Sew and Have Fun Doing It

If you are interested in sewing but not sure where to start, this is the class for you! Taught by an expert sewing instructor, you will learn how to operate and troubleshoot a sewing machine, purchase fabric, and cut and sew your own items. In class projects include constructing a pillowcase and backpack. This class is designed for the absolute beginner or the reluctant sewer with basic sewing skills.

Class length:  3 weeks, Thursdays, February 1 - 15
Time:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Beverly Seyfert, The Sewing Center
Fee:  $109 per person
Location:  The Sewing Center, 2407 W 13th, Wichita

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T-Shirt Quilts 101

Do you have closets or drawers full of t-shirts commemorating special events in your life or the lives of your spouse and children? Can’t bear to part with those reminders of fabulous vacations and
important milestones in the lives of your loved ones? If so, consider preserving those memories as a T-shirt quilt.  In this course you will learn to make a one of a kind quilt that will be treasured for years to come. This is a hands-on technique class where you’ll learn about t-shirt prep, layout options,  construction methods and quilting options. You will also have time in class to practice piecing your quilt together.

Class length:  6 weeks, Thursdays, February 22 - March 29
Time:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Beverly Seyfert, The Sewing Center
Fee:  $139 per person
Location:  The Sewing Center, 2407 W 13th, Wichita

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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, Tuesday, March 6
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:   Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. N. at Oliver

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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, March 1
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Kristen Townsend, Professional Organizer
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. N. at Oliver

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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, March 3
Time:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor:  James Brewster, Local Backyard Chicken Enthusiast
Fee:  $39 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. N. at Oliver

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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, Saturdays, February 3 - April 21
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 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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Conversational Korean

Class length:  12 weeks, Thursdays, February 1 - April 26 (No class 3/22)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Jeniffer Kang, Instructor of Korean
Fee:  $129 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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French III

Class length:  12 weeks, Thursdays, February 1 - April 26 (No class March 22)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Brigitte Roussel, Associate Professor and Director of WSU Foreign Language Teacher Education
Fee:  $129 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N. 

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Italian for Travelers

Class length:  12 weeks, Mondays, February 5 - April 30 (No class 3/19)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Nylas Moser, Instructor of Italian
Fee:  $149 per person, includes text
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Spanish

Class length:  12 weeks, Tuesdays, February 6 - May 1 (No class 3/20)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Mary Williams, Instructor of Spanish
Fee:  $149 per person, includes text
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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Mystery Writing 101

This class is intended to give students a firm base in the genre of mystery writing. Principles of  creative writing like character, setting, plot, and theme will be examined and practiced using the mystery genre as a lens. Ideas like suspense, tension, and narration essential to the genre will be heavily discussed. Finally, adding mystery to other genres like horror, science-fiction, or thriller will be practiced.  Readings will range from the genres roots in Poe and Doyle to the mid-century craze of Agatha Christie and PD James, and into the modern day with writers like Stephen King and Janet Evanovich. Students will write every week and have several longer pieces to be workshopped as a part of class, which will supplement instructor feedback.

Class length:  8 weeks, Mondays, February 5 - April 2 (No class 3/19)
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Daniel Arndt, English Department, Wichita State University
Fee:  $89 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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RECREATION, FITNESS & HEALTH

 

Beginning Comtemporary 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:  8 weeks, Tuesdays, February 6 - April 3 (No class March 20)
Time:  6 - 7 p.m.
Instructor: Cheyla Clawson, Instructor, School of Performing Arts, Wichita State University
Fee:  $89 per person
Location:  Heskett Center, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita

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Beginning Guitar

Learning a musical instrument is a fun and rewarding experience. This course is for beginners who wish to learn the basics of playing guitar. We will cover how to construct chords and melody lines, common chord progressions, and how to read music (notation, tablature, and lead sheets). If you’re new to the guitar and interested in starting your musical journey, then this course is for you. (Acoustic guitar preferred).

Class length:  8 weeks, Mondays, February 5 - April 2 (No class 3/19)
Time:  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Patrick Eilert, Instructor of Guitar
Fee:  $89 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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T’ai Chi Ch’uan

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, February 3 - 24
Time:  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Instructor: David Larsen, Certified T’ai Chi Ch’uan 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 person, interested in learning more about the art of casting a fly rod and the craft of fly tying. 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 ethics as well as hands on instruction in casting and fly tying. Fly rods and tying equipment will be provided.

Class length:  6 weeks, Mondays, February 5 - March 12
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, Tuesdays, February 6 - March 13
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 103

Fly Fishing 103 is a six week course for the beginner interested in learning more about the art of tying
flies. This course will cover the basic tying technique needed to get started and become more proficient in tying your own flies. Topics covered during this course will include both wet and dry flies and how to fish the flies that they have tied. Students will receive instruction on flies for both warm and cold water fish. The course will provide all the fly tying vices and tools as well as the materials you will need.

Class length:  6 weeks, Wednesdays, February 7 - March 14
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Rick Brown, Education Chairman, Flatland Fly Fishers Club
Fee:  $99 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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The Art of Reflexology

Join us as we journey into the art of reflexology. The theory behind this ancient practice is that areas of
the hands, feet and ears correspond to organs and systems of the body. Some people believe that
pressure applied to these areas positively affect a person’s organs, benefits their health and reduces
stress. In this class, you will learn how it works and the formulas for dynamic results. This class is
designed to give instruction that will allow you to work on yourself, friends and family. It does not
certify you as a reflexologist.

Class length:  2 weeks, Thursdays, March 8 & 15
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Janna Akins, Body and Soul Therapeutic Massage
Fee:  $49 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th St. N.

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