Personal Interest

 

Let Food Be Your Medicine: Reclaim Your Health – NEW

Are you so confused that you don’t know which way to turn when it comes to healthy eating? With so many approaches and choices—juicing, vegan, Mediterranean, grass fed, free range, organic, vegetarian—it’s no wonder we’re confused! In this class we’ll explore the difference between organic and non-organic foods, the differences between saturated, unsaturated and hydrogenated fats/oils and why it’s so important to understand them. Plus, we’ll discuss processed foods, GMO foods and how to make sense of ingredient lists and food labels. Finally, we’ll share the basics of healthy eating based on a proven plan that works (and we’re not talking counting calories) and how easy it can be to shop with a focus on your health, even if you have picky eaters in your home.

Wednesday * 3/21/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member)
HOLV CI003-01 * Troy Huggett * Room: LT-304

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Famous Women of Michigan: Women’s History Month Event – NEW

March is National Women’s History Month, so celebrate by learning about some important women leaders from our state. What is the thread connecting the following women? The first U.S. Army dietitian, first licensed aviatrix in America, the bacteriologist who developed the first successful whooping cough vaccine, a conservation-minded geologist, a founder of the Youth for Understanding exchange program, and the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel? These women, and many others, are members of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Join us to discover the stories of these outstanding women and their remarkable achievements.

Monday * 3/26/18 * 6-9 pm * $20 (member) $25 (non-member)
HSTY CA003-01 * Jody Owens * Room: LT-303

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Beginning Acoustic Guitar – NEW

Learn to play the guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these fun and informative lessons, you’ll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, and your skilled instructor. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a guitar player. Learn the basic techniques—chords, rhythm, how to tune the guitar, scales, and music fundamentals—that will give you a solid foundation and be applicable to all styles of guitar music. This class is also great for guitar players needing a refresher and you will learn in a relaxed and fun environment. NOTE: Please bring your acoustic guitar with you to class.

Wednesdays * 4/11/18-5/30/18 * 6-8 pm * $79 (member) $99 (non-member)
PERF CP016-01 * Cory Green * Room: LT-304

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Botanical Beauty: Homemade Facials & Skin Care

Learn to exfoliate, moisturize, and deal with sunspots and other common blemishes using all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. This class will include a demonstration of herbal facials, as well as hands-on experience doing one. You’ll also receive recipes for a facial scrub, a treatment for puffy eyes, a facial toner/mist, and lip balm. Bring a washcloth, face towel, and bandanna or hair tie, and come prepared for a relaxing and informative Saturday of fun and beauty.

Saturday * 4/14/18 * 1-3:30 pm * $39 (member) $45 (non-member)
HOLV CG003-02 * Patti Henderson * Room: LT-304

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American Sign Language: ASL Level 1

Do you know any Deaf people?  Have you seen people sign?  Would you like to learn to communicate with them using American Sign Language (ASL)? ASL is quickly becoming one of the most widely used languages in the United States. Come join us to communicate with your hands, face and body! This 8-week class will introduce you to the basics of ASL, emergency sign language, and the world of Deaf Culture. NOTE: Please bring your text, Signing Illustrated by Mickey Flodin to class the first night; you may purchase a copy at a bookseller website. Search for ISBN 9780399530418.

Wednesdays * 4/25/18-6/13/18 * 6-8 pm * $79 (member) $99 (non-member)
SIGN CA016-01 * Valoree Boyer * Room: LT-203

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The History of American English: Why We Say What We Say – NEW

We speak it every day, but do you know why we use the words the way we do? In this lively introduction to the history of American English your instructor will use examples from our history, linguistic basics, and popular culture to help explain the concepts of language in our daily lives. There are reasons American English is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn, and you’ll love the stories from our past to help you understand why.

Tuesday * 5/1/18-5/7/18 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member)
HSTY CB004-01 * Jody Owens * Room: LT-201

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Infant Massage: The Calming Power of Touch – NEW

Do you have a new addition to your family, or are you expecting a little one soon? This interactive class offers parents and caretakers safe and easy-to-learn massage techniques that reinforce bonding and all-around wellbeing—for both you and your baby! We’ll guide you step-by-step to show simple methods to soothe fretful babies, help them get to sleep, increase attachment, and ease the pain of common ailments such as colic and teething. Massage has been proven to enhance babies’ and toddlers’ brain development, encouraging brighter, happier children–and this beautiful hands-on class will make it abundantly clear how easy it is to learn the “silent” dance of pre-verbal communication with your child. NOTE: Please bring your baby to class. If you are a foster parent, adoptive parent, or a soon-to-be parent we will provide you with a doll to learn these skills. NOTE: No class 5/26/18.

Saturdays * 5/5/18-6/9/18 * 10-11 am * $35 (member) $45 (non-member)
MASG CE005-01 * Rhonda Morgan, CIME, CIIT * Room: LT-304

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For Mother’s Day: Create an At-Home Spa Experience

We all need a little extra pampering when life gets hectic, and in this class you’ll learn how to create your own bath salts and an herbal yogurt mask to melt away the tension of your super-busy days. We’ll even include the Zen experience of creating a simple rock garden and you’ll receive a relaxing mix of music on a CD you can listen to whenever life starts to make your jaw tighten, your nights sleepless, or your kids run from the room when you walk in! Give yourself a little time away and join us in this fun, new class—bring your mom and treat her to a relaxing afternoon in celebration of Mother’s Day!

Saturday * 5/12/18 * 1:30-3:30 pm * $39 (member) $45 (non-member)
CRFT CR002-01 * Carli Ray * Room: LT-201

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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.

Wednesday * 5/23/18 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $30 (non-member)
WRTG CJ003-01 * Julie Moore * Room: LT-203

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