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Beginning Acoustic Guitar
Learn to play the guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! In these lessons, you’ll build basic guitar skills step-by-step with the help of hands-on exercises, and your skilled instructor. 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. Learn in a relaxed and fun environment.
Tuesdays • 9/29-11/17 • 6-8 pm • $115 • Paul Freeburn • Rm: O-109

American Sign Language: ASL Level 1 POPULAR!
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. This book is NOT available at KCC’s Bookstore.
Thursdays • 10/1/20-11/19/20 • 6-8 pm • $115 • Valoree Boyer • Rm: LT-304

Murder Most Foul: A Century of Sensational Murders in Battle Creek
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.
Thursdays • 10/1-10/8 • 6-8 pm • $30 • Jody Owens • Rm: LT-303

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 • 10/6-10/13 • 6-8 pm • $30 • Laura Culver • 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 roller coaster 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.
Monday • 10/12 • 6-8 pm • $25 • Jaime Kiessling • Rm: LT-304

Empathy: Why it Matters, and How to Get It NEW!
What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your emotional life? Empathy is that skill. Join us and discover how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity – to connect with them more deeply and effectively. With
insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions,
we’ll explore: why empathy is not a mystical phenomenon but a natural,
innate ability that we can strengthen and develop; how to identify and
regulate our emotions and boundaries; the process of shifting into the
perspective of others; how to provide support in a sensitive and healthy
way; insights for navigating our hyper-connected social landscape; and
ways to expand our empathy to our community, society, and the natural
world. Empathy is the skill that builds bridges – a skill that not only creates
connection, but that helps us to be more effective in all areas of our lives.
Wednesday • 10/14 • 6-8:30 pm • $30 • Tina Ritchie • Rm: LT-304

Understanding Poetry: Explore the Sonnet NEW!
Explore the incredible range and power of the verse form that has inspired poets across the centuries and discover the powerful feelings, insights, and experiences that can be concentrated into a mere fourteen lines of poetry. You’ll learn about form and structure, plus we’ll read and share fun, uplifting verse. You can even connect with your inner poet as you try your hand at writing a sonnet and get feedback from your classmates and instructor, a professor of English and literature at KCC. From the Renaissance to the present, the sonnet has given poets a superb vehicle for private contemplation, introspection, and the expression of passionate feelings and thoughts. Join us to explore and connect with other poets and discover resources for this versatile and enduring form of poetry.
Monday • 10/19 • 6-8:30 pm • $35 •
Ron Davis • Rm: LT-303

Fashion Essentials: The Perfectly “You” You NEW!
Do you have a lot of clothes, yet feel like you have nothing to wear? Is your closet full, but you can’t find anything you want to put on? Do you shop and select items you never use? Then this class is for you! Join us to discover how to build a wardrobe around basic colors; receive guidance about what looks good on you; learn how to organize your clothes and your closet for easy mix and match outfits, and discuss fashion blog recommendations that will give you current fashion ideas. This class is a real-life discussion to help you learn about fashion ideas and feel good in clothes you love! Wear an outfit to class that you like and bring a few other pieces you’d like to learn how to style. We will definitely have fun!
Monday • 10/26 • 6-8:30 pm • $25 • Laura Culver • Rm: LT-303

Victorian Death Customs NEW!
Death customs vary widely across cultures and history, but Victorian era customs were definitely interesting and sometimes even down right creepy! Join us to learn about Victorian personifications of Death as we cover everything from banshees to black dogs including strange deaths from poisoned stockings and gloves; the role of undertakers and grave diggers; typical headstones and their symbols; the many uses of crape; the custom of wakes and watches; photographing the dead; society’s expectations for widows and widowers; and why some of the dearly departed returned as ghosts. Your instructor is excited by this fascinating topic…and she promises not to scare you too much!
Thursday • 10/29 • 6-9 pm • $25 • Jody Owens • Rm: LT-303

Staging to Live: Making a House Your Home
Do you watch makeover shows and wish your home could be transformed in such a small amount of time? Discover the latest home decorating phenomenon – staging to live. Learn how to redecorate your home using your existing furnishings. Find out how to make your rooms look larger while emphasizing their architectural strengths. Do some “shopping” in other rooms to make the most of every space. Whatever the problem or challenge, staging to live respects your taste and possessions while
creating a beautiful home that fits your unique lifestyle. Join an award-winning home staging professional to learn a variety of tips and tricks that you can apply to any room in your house to make it home sweet home.
Wednesday • 11/4 • 6-8:30 pm • $35 • Carole Morgan • Rm: LT-303

Yotox: Yoga for Your Face NEW!
Really! We saw it first in O Magazine, and now we’re ready to bring it to
you. Yotox incorporates yoga poses, acupressure, and breathing exercises that will bring tone and lift to your facial and neck muscles. Like the muscles in other parts of your body, your face muscles absorb and store a lot of stress and tension. If you’re ready to have “vacation face” all the time, then you won’t want to miss this chance to discover easy ways to look more relaxed and younger; and it doesn’t involve needles, plastic or poison!
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Monday • 12/7/20 • 6-7 pm • $20 • Kathy Haulman • Rm: O-109

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