Upcoming events

    • Sat, October 03, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sat, October 24, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Location will be sent once registered.
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    Foraging for Herbs - Important notice:  

    Saturday, October 17 postponed  -  RAIN DATE:  Saturday, Oct. 24

    Still some spaces open, register today. 

    Time:  3:00 -5:00 pm and Place:  Location will be emailed once you are registered.

    Cost:  $30.00 per session.

    Sierra Bigham, Certified Herbalist, Wild Harvester, and owner of Bear Earth Herbals, will lead a walk in the woods to forage for herbs.  Sierra will help you to find herbs, learn how to preserve them, and to know what their beneficial qualities are. 

    REGISTRATION OPENS  SEPT 8TH -  If you are registering more than one person, each person will need to be registered.  

    Please call 231-348-6613 or email mnolan@ncmich.edu for more information or to register. CCE brings workshops, conferences, as well as innovative learning opportunities created from input from our community.  Please Note: Due to Covid ONLY those registered may attend.  Thank you for understanding.

     


    • Mon, October 12, 2020
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    • Mon, November 16, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    This course provides an introduction to Buddhist philosophy through the lens of the landscapes, history, and culture that inspired it. Students will trace the emergence of Buddhism in northern India and examine the role that the geography and culture of the Himalayas have played in its evolution. The class will explore the representation of mountains in Eastern mythology, as well as the art, literature, and ethnogeography of the Himalayan region. Through slide-illustrated lectures, readings, and open discussion, students will gain intimate knowledge of a region that is held sacred to five of the world's great religions.


    • Mon, October 12, 2020
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    • Mon, October 26, 2020
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    • 3 sessions
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    Journaling has become productivity's new darling. We'll explore beyond the hype and learn how and why journaling can be a fulfilling practice. We'll explore how different types of journals meet different needs, as well as how journaling can help with goal setting, becoming unblocked, time management, creativity, and searching for inner peace. Let's make a record of the incredible adventures of our lives.


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    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Fantasy, like youth, is wasted on the young. J.R.R. Tolkien was 40 when he wrote "The Hobbit," about a 50-year old's adventure. His best-known heroes, Bilbo and Frodo, are not teenage chosen ones or lost royal young-lings: they are middle-aged yeomen doing their best--which still comes up short. As an academic, Tolkien insisted that children have, as a rule, less need than older people" of what "fairy stories offer." Now that you're old enough to get more out of them, it's time to revisit (or finally meet, if you haven't yet) Tolkien's masterpieces. As a baseline, this course will assume a casual reader's familiarity with "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." If you haven't read them yet, there's still time before the term starts.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Many of us think of World War II as having taken place primarily in the places where the forces of the United States and Great Britain fought. We know very little about World War II campaigns in Eastern Europe despite the fact that the vast preponderance of fighting happened there. This lecture series focuses on the specific events of the Eastern European campaign and the decisions that led to victory. We will carefully examine the pros and cons of the major decisions, the factors in play, and why the final outcome was what it turned out to be. We will examine Operation Barbarossa, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the amazing recovery and resilience shown by the Soviets. We will also discuss additional topics, including the role played by Soviet women.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    World War II, with the devastation it unleashed on all dimensions of life, set the stage for the second half of the 20th century. Nuclear war became a real threat and affected the geopolitical balance of power and the nature of international conflict. In the 1940's the center of the Western art world shifted from Paris to New York. The relative economic stability of the United States was a major factor in the shifting of the center of art to New York and helps explain the predominance of American artists in world art markets. The art produced often shocked the public and reflected a challenge to old values as modernism and the avant-garde prevailed. The later 20th century saw the production of art that reflects artists' reactions to a social, political, cultural, and psychologically changing world as they challenged the very nature of Art itself!


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Shakespeare's compositional power was in his ability to confer greater mental scope on any aspect of the human imagination. In 1609, 154 of his poems were published as Shakespeare's Sonnets. They dealt with three main subjects: the "fair youth, " the dark lady" and "the other poet." We will examine one quarter to one third of the sonnets, reading them aloud in class while discussing their structure and both apparent and hidden meanings.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    The achievements of the great Persian Empires live on in the minds of Iranians today--but in reality they are a people faced with an uncertain future. They exist in the midst of a hostile world, burdened by economic sanctions and torn by internal political strife. Iran, a country rich with natural resources and steeped in a proud heritage, underwent a traumatic transition from a major regional power governed by a Western-backed Shah to an isolated Islamic semi-theocracy determined to champion the oppressed Shi'a masses in a Sunni Muslim world. Iran's religious and political leaders cast themselves as heroes on one hand, but they have managed to earn the animosity of almost every state in the region. Join us for an in-depth look at what makes Iran tick, its colorful and fascinating history, its gregarious people, the foreign influences on the country, and why it presents a vexing problem to its neighbors and to today's world leaders.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Great movies rely on a masterful cinematic narrative, that often originates with a short story. In this course we will read the little-known short stories that inspired directors, Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen Spielberg's productions of three Hollywood classics: "A Face in the Crowd" (1957), "Rear Window" (1954), and "The Minority Report" (2002). After reading each short story, class members will view the movie adaptation at home and come prepared to discuss and compare the literary and cinematic narratives in class. A copy of the short story will be provided every two weeks and should be read before watching the film adaptations at home. Film clips will be shared as part of the class presentation. More specific instructions for finding and viewing the film at home will be provided after registration is complete.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    We are certainly living in a most uncertain time. Most of us weathered good times and bad times throughout our lives, but this time seems particularly challenging, especially for the older adult population. This class will provide tools and information to help keep us mentally and physically healthy as the status of the world changes every day. Students will learn how to maintain the best quality of life and why flexibility and adaptation are key elements to staying social, staying strong, and staying sane.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    How would it feel to have your home free of clutter? In today's world we are bombarded with information and stuff! There is clutter everywhere: on our phones and computers, desktops and countertops, bedrooms and basements, closets, and cupboards. We crave being free of the clutter and fantasize about being organized but it feels impossible. Marla Dee is here to change that. As a professional organizer for 20 years, Marla has seen the pain! With contagious enthusiasm and stories from real clients, Marla shares her belief that living organized is a skill anyone can learn. Her Clear & Simple Systems teach where to start, what to do and how to keep it up. If you are ready for a change, come get everything you need to make it happen.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    This course will provide a background in basic genetics from DNA to RNA to proteins. The goal is to give students the tools to understand genes, genetic predispositions and gene editing. We will discuss the ethical, legal and social issues raised by this revolution.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Paper piles and overloaded files are taking over American homes, everything from the kitchen counter to the stuffed boxes in the basement. Come get the expert SYSTEMS that make getting through the paper, old and new, possible. You can overcome the paper pain and create simple systems to stay on top of all that keeps coming in. Marla Dee has been a professional organizer for 20 years specializing in paper organization.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    The popular view of Hinduism is that of a complex, confusing mix of rituals, festivals, and customs combined with thousands of gods and goddesses. Yet, it is also the source for deep philosophical insight and practices, such as yoga and meditation. This picture masks the underlying unity and appeal of the ancient ideas of the Vedic seers seeking answers to fundamental questions: Who am I? What is this creation? What or who is God? These questions are addressed in the study of Vedanta--the Bhagavad Gita along with the Upanishads. This course will introduce Hinduism through these most sacred texts and the relevance of their messages in day to day life. It will cover the basic tenets of Hinduism -- dharma (ethical living) karma theory (destiny/free will), karma yoga (path to spiritual/emotional maturity) and reincarnation.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    This class will explore the U.S. Constitution and civil rights, focusing on issues relating to race, gender, and sexual orientation. We will begin with a review of the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1789, as well as the three amendments to the Constitution adopted in the wake of the Civil War (13, 14, 15). The bulk of our discussion will center on a number of Supreme Court cases in their historical context, addressing equal protection of the law and due process.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Learning to play the ukulele is fun and easy. This versatile instrument can be played in any style from rock and roll to gospel, old classics to new songs. This course is for soprano, alto, and tenor C-tuned ukuleles. We will learn the various parts of the ukulele and their functions, how to play 12 ukulele chords, and how to strum simple songs. Music is provided.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Known also as Copperplate, English Round Hand, or Engravers Script, this style of pointed pen calligraphy evolved from the French Ronde hand in the seventeenth century. Neat, legible and swift in execution, this writing style is perfect for special cards and invitations, or for adding a special touch to everyday journal entries or lists.

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    • Thu, October 15, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Distracting thoughts and rumination can lead to excessive worry, irritability, self-doubt, and other negative emotions. No matter the cause of anxiety -- the pandemic, current events, temperament, illness, life transition -- writing helps re-center us and calm our minds. Putting pen to paper, we can unload persistent thoughts onto the page, providing distance and a new perspective.


    • Thu, October 15, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    While the course will cover the historical Charlemagne, the emphasis will be on Charlemagne in literature, myth, and legend. It is the second part of a three-part survey of the Three Great Matters of European literature and culture: Britain, France, and Rome.


    • Thu, October 15, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Have you ever wondered what makes for good mental and emotional health and how to re-create meaning at this stage in your life? Do you worry about your children and grandchildren and how you might understand and help them if they have problems? This class is all about developing positive mental balance, enriching your life, understanding yourself and others, addressing problems, and increasing fun and purpose.


    • Thu, October 15, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    We live in a society that is defined and molded by the energy we use--and we use a lot of it--yet most people have little understanding of where it comes from (a plug in the wall? a hose at the gas station?) and how it is used. This class sits at the intersection of science and public policy. It will provide the background you need to understand where energy comes from, how it is used, what the future might hold, how and why the decisions about energy made by legislators will affect our lives. Since this class was last offered, things have changed considerably in the energy world: there are now more people working in solar energy than in coal, for example, and a number of countries have pledged to eliminate coal and nuclear plants altogether. Utah is once again in the middle of serious discussions about whether to accept radioactive waste from elsewhere (Estonia most recently), and making reserves of coal, uranium, tar sands, and oil shale available for extraction has strongly impacted the state's wild country, including being a large part of the rationale for drastically reducing the size of Bears Ears and Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monuments. Take this class to learn answers to some questions, like is "Clean Coal" part of our future or is it an oxymoron? How about wind and solar? What is the grid, and why should I care? Is nuclear energy safe? We will also learn about some important questions for which no comfortable answer has yet emerged.

    • Thu, October 15, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Learn the language of warmth and passion. We'll cover the basic conversational skills you'll need to travel in Italy while learning about the people, art, and culture of this fabulous country. This class is designed to be repeated as often as you wish.


    • Sat, October 17, 2020
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    • Sat, October 24, 2020
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    • 2 sessions
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    Don't wait for a special occasion to create a beautifully decorated cake that's sure to impress your friends and family! Create an eye-popping 3-layer cake and learn basic techniques such as: stacking, applying the buttercream crumb coat, and getting smooth sides on the final buttercream layer. You will learn and practice two designs that use the same tools. In the first class, we will review the supply list, two designs, and how to bake delicious cakes. Your homework will be to purchase supplies and bake cakes utilizing provided recipes or your favorite confection. In the second class, you will decorate baked cakes with live instruction to help you along the way. We'll also discuss transporting and (if needed) freezing your cake, and how to best slice and serve your sweet confection.


    • Tue, October 20, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • NCMC Rm 536 and Zoom
    • 2
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    The demand for advice concerning all aspects of cottage planning is increasing as families plan for the continued ownership, management, and use of the family cottage by both the present and future generations.  This session will include a discussion of considerations and possible solutions to successionchallenges in order to try and preserve family harmony and actually keep the family cottage in the family. 

    The session is presented by:  Stefan J. Scholl and Bradley C. Martin

    Stefan Scholl, PC

    Stefan has been practicing law in Petoskey for over twenty-five years, specializing in real estate law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, corporate and business law and general civil litigation. 

    Bradley C. Martin

    Bradley has been in practice for six years, specializing in estate planning and probate and trust administration. He is also experienced in real estate law, business law, landlord tenant, and general civil litigation. 


    • Tue, October 20, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 5 sessions
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    Learn to reduce stress, anxiety, and traumas, and increase well-being and happiness through Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Explore calm abiding meditation (shamatha), The Four Noble Truths, developing compassion (tonglen practice), the 12 Wisdoms, and fundamentals of Buddhist view according to the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. No previous meditation experience is required.


    • Thu, October 22, 2020
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    • Thu, November 05, 2020
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    • 3 sessions
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    Personal information is in high demand. That's why we face threats, from Cambridge Analytica to Facebook to email phishing scams. These scams are stealing people's personal information and threatening their life savings. This course will take a challenging topic and simplify the types of threats and what experts say are the best offensive and defensive practices when using the Internet, empowering you with knowledge and tactics.


    • Thu, October 22, 2020
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    • Thu, November 12, 2020
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    • 4 sessions
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    Discover the basics of color theory. You will learn why color value and temperature are so important. You'll create a 12-hue color wheel, learn tinting and toning, how to take the guesswork out of color matching, and how color harmonies unify and change the mood of a painting. This class is perfect for students working in oil, acrylic and watercolor, and also those in any discipline wanting to fine tune their understanding and use of color.

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    • Sat, October 24, 2020
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    • Sat, November 21, 2020
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    • 5 sessions
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    Are you yearning to make a quilt for the first time, or want to renew your love of quilting? Learn the foundations of choosing fabrics, quilt designs, and cutting and piecing precisely to achieve great results. You'll create a mini quilt top incorporating a nine patch block, flying geese block, half square triangles, and an hour glass block. Then you'll make a quilt sandwich, quilt it, and bind it. You'll leave ready to show the world what you've created! Please come prepared with a sewing machine.

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    • Tue, October 27, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • NCMC room 536 or Zoom
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    The class will cover the basics in Estate Planning; Trust, Wills, Financial Power of Attorneys, Health Care Power Attorney, and Transfer on Death deeds or Lady Bird Deeds.  The class will also address how proper Estate Planning can protect family assets should a nursing home and Medicaid come into the picture.

    Terri Winegarden

    Attorney Terri Winegarden has worked for the John Ternes Law Firm and later Ternes Elder Law Firm, PLLC since 2011, now Winegarden Elder Law PLLC. She took over the practice after John passed away in 2014. She shares John’s passion for serving the elderly. Her practice specializes in Elder Law and Disability issues particularly Medicaid planning, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Probate, and Veteran’s Benefits.

    • Tue, October 27, 2020
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    • Tue, December 01, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Come learn about the magic and culture of the East and a language spoken in more than 58 countries - Arabic! Have you always thought learning it must be like rocket science? Well, think again. Learning through a unique teaching method from our native Arabic-speaking instructor you will be able to write, read and even google many basic words (after the first 15 minutes of class!) in Arabic. Come join this condensed language course to develop your Arabic basic language skills - Fast!


    • Tue, October 27, 2020
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    • Tue, December 08, 2020
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    • 7 sessions
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    Look behind the curtain of the formulaic, but eternally popular genre: the Mystery Story. Learn about the constructions, tropes, types and methods that make the modern whodunit. Designed for both writers and fans of the mystery genre, class will include assignments and activities on plot, character web, record keeping, suspense, tension and conflict. Refine your work as you're asked the questions: Did you hide the clue well enough? Does the audience care about the victim? Is the suspense tight enough? By the end of the course, if the crime is writing a mystery story, the "Whodunit" will be you!


    • Tue, October 27, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 4 sessions
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    • Wed, October 28, 2020
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    • Wed, December 09, 2020
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    • 7 sessions
    • Online
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