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Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard – NEW

Join us for a hands-on course focused on creating a beautiful rain garden that protects the environment, provides habitat for wildlife and improves your property. You will learn what a rain garden is and how your rain garden will help to keep storm water on site, and improve water quality while creating a beautiful landscape feature. At the end of the four-week class, you will leave with the skills to design and install your own rain garden—just in time for spring planting.

Mondays * 3/9/20-3/30/20 * 6-8 pm * $115 (member) $135 (non-member) * Patty Hoch-Melluish & Anna Kornoelje * Rm: LT-303

Discover the No Sugar Way of Life & Ditch the Sugar for Good! – NEW

Really, you can ditch sugar and get off the diet rollercoaster and we’re here to show you how. You’ll learn to spot the hidden sugars that are hijacking your health, and how even a “healthy diet” can contain sugars that can zap your energy and focus. Did you know that sugar consumption has been linked to more than just a bulging belly? Discover how sugar impacts your skin, your liver, your heart, and even your brain health. You’ll find out how your hormones can drive your desire to consume sugary foods and why artificial sweeteners may not be the best alternative. Plus, we’ll share simple hacks that will help you kick your sugar cravings, reduce inflammation, and boost your metabolism for good.

Thursday * 3/26/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Jamie Keissling * Rm: LT-304

Tips, Tools & Techniques for Terrific Speeches and Presentations – NEW

Public speaking is the number one fear for most people…and we’d rather do almost anything else than present in front of a group! Yet, if you desire success at work or simply have a goal to stand up and make a toast at your best friend’s wedding, you need to have presentation skills. We’ll share expert tips on everything from how to overcome excessive nervousness to the best way to handle a mistake—from the easiest way to design your presentation to ways to add enthusiasm and energy to any presentation. We’re here to help you build confidence in your public speaking skills; don’t miss this chance to overcome your fears and become the powerful and dynamic speaker you were born to be!

Tuesdays * 4/14/20-4/21/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Laura Culver * Rm: LT-304

Cannabis: A Conversation for the Curious – NEW

In recent years we have seen the expansion of the availability of both medical and recreational cannabis across the United States and, like many of us, you may be curious about what cannabis is and isn’t. Michigan legalized both medical and recreational use of marijuana and the 2018 Farm Bill made growing hemp legal across the U.S. The cannabis industry in our community puzzles many, and in this class we will share information and provide resources to help take away some of the mystery. Join us to explore a brief history of marijuana and its use, what the plant is and how it interacts with the human body, and what the new law means for the business of marijuana and the impact on communities like ours.  Bring your questions and be prepared to embrace your cannabis curiosity. NOTE: No medical or legal advice will be provided; this workshop is for information only.

Monday * 4/13/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Cindi Shell * Rm: LT-304

Murder Most Foul: A Century of Sensational Murders in Battle Creek – NEW

Join us to learn tales of murder and mayhem in the late 19th through 20th centuries in Battle Creek and surrounding areas. Stories of infamous, and some relatively unknown, homicides range from high society love triangles to lethal barroom brawls. These stories caught the attention of the public as they were sensationalized in the press, which breathlessly followed every sordid detail through the trial to final sentencing or acquittal. Join us for this fascinating class that looks at Battle Creek’s history in a new light.

Monday * 4/20/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Jody Owens * Rm: LT-304

Book Lovers: Rare Book Collecting

Do you love books? Have you ever thought about, or started, collecting books, and wondered what to do next? In this class you’ll join the owner of Sheldon Fine Books to explore what to collect and where to find it, how to tell a first edition from a reprint, how to build an author collection, and get the best price from dealers. You’ll learn the four most important points of book collecting, how to understand pricing, the rarity of certain books and collecting with an eye on future value. You are welcome to bring up to three of your books to class for an assessment of value by the instructor.

Tuesday * 4/21/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Julie Moore * Rm: LT-303

Downsizing: It Can Be Harder Than You Think! – NEW

Most of us acquire items over a lifetime, but when it is time to move into a smaller home or relocate, deciding what to keep and what to toss can be overwhelming. In this class we will discuss how to start the downsizing process: what to keep, donate, sell or throw away. Plus, you will be surprised to learn about the top 10 items your kids won’t want. Let us help you make the process of downsizing a little bit easier!

Monday * 4/27/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Delma Smith * Rm: LT-304

Your Body, Your Style: Dressing to Flatter Your Body Type – NEW

Pounds don’t count, but proportion does—you can look great at any size and we’ll show you how! Do you have broad shoulders, saddlebags, thin legs, a large or small bust? Join us to learn great tips on selecting clothing styles for your figure type and lifestyle. We’ll also cover how you can use clothing color to flatter your figure and your face, and explore the hottest new accessories for the upcoming season and discover the easiest way to give a classic outfit a trendy twist. Remember, you can look great every day when what’s in your closet is your friend!

Tuesday * 5/5/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Laura Culver * Rm: LT-304

In Your Dreams: Dream Interpretation Basics

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average American gets six hours and 40 minutes of sleep a night; isn’t it ironic that at night, when you let go of reality, your dreams try to awaken you to what you are overlooking in your life? Join us to learn how to remember and document your dreams. Then we’ll look at the meaning of your dreams and how you can use the information your subconscious presents to you during your sleeping hours to improve your health, relationships and career, and deepen your spirituality. Dreams are the language of the soul; what are yours telling you?

Wednesday * 5/6/20 * 6-8 pm * $35 (member) $45 (non-member) * Carli Ray * Rm: LT-304

Facing Forgiveness: Love Yourself More – NEW

Forgiveness is offered as relief for things that may be going wrong in our lives, yet sometimes the thought of forgiving those who wronged us makes us cringe or resist. In this class, you will receive practical direction and heartfelt guidance in the use of 12 basic concepts related to how we perceive situations and the words of others, and how we can let go of the fear and self-judgment that is holding us back. Discover a new strategy for facing forgiveness and gaining closure. Join us to experience and practice some simple and powerful shifts in your habitual thought patterns and learn to achieve and enjoy greater happiness in your life. NOTE: The class will use the book “Love is Letting Go of Fear” by Gerald Jampolsky (eISBN 978-1-58761-363-0). You may bring your own copy, or your instructor will have copies available for purchase in the first class session for $6 each.

Tuesdays * 5/12/20-5/19/20 * 6-9 pm * $45 (member) $55 (non-member) * Jewel Shelden * Rm: LT-304

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