Registration is open for the following continuing education classes available at Lower Columbia College.
Classes are open to all community members. Previous attendance at LCC is not necessary.
To register, call 360-442-2840 or visit the school’s website at lowercolumbia.edu/ce.
Course proposals for new courses and instructors are being accepted. Anyone with ideas or an interest in teaching is asked to call Mary Harris at 360-442-2602.
Aquatic Fitness: 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-March 22 (no class Jan. 15 or Feb. 19); water exercise reduces the impact on joints, creating a good environment for people with arthritis, back problems, foot and leg injuries, and knee problems; also good for pregnant women; $69.
Metal Art: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8-March 19 (No class Jan. 15 or Feb. 19); review safety and welding techniques and develop an understanding of different materials and how to manipulate them; explore different forms of metal sculptures and produce a work of art by class end; previous welding experience preferred; work at own pace; $99.
NIA (Non-Impact Aerobic) Functional Fitness: 7-8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12 (first session), and Feb. 14-March 21 (second session); a form of fusion fitness combining classic movement forms which encompasses martial arts, healing arts, yoga and the dance arts; suitable for all ages; $59.
Painting Techniques: 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 8-March 19 (No class Jan. 15 or Feb. 19); gain control of the art of painting; take painting from palette layout to finished works through the investigation of tools, material handling, color mixing and traditional techniques; class designed for people who are embarking on painting as well as those with experience who want to refine their skills and techniques; acrylics preferred, but students who work in oils are encouraged to use that medium; $99.
Pilates Core Challenge: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12 (first session, no class Jan. 15), and Feb. 14-March 21 (second session, no class Feb. 19); exercises that emphasize the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness; focus on six principles incorporating centering, control, flow, breath, precision and concentration; $60.
Filmmaking and Animation: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27; learn how to plan, film and edit media for production in live action, stop-motion and digital animation; use state-of-the art equipment including video cameras, lighting, green screens and software to create short films; work with instructor to discover methods for promoting films including options to submit films to local, regional, national and international film festivals; course explores advance methods and provides access to open-source alternatives to fit any product budget; repeat the course as often as necessary to learn new skills; $99.
Yoga for Strength and Flexibility: 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13 (first session) or Feb. 15-March 22 (second session); class will flow between strength and flexibility in each class; Tuesday class offers optional added challenge of hand weights to help strengthen the muscles; Thursday class emphasizes flexibility with more extensive stretches and holding postures; build body awareness, develop strength, test balance and extend flexibility; $59.
Zumba Fitness: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13 (first session), and Feb. 15-March 22 (second session); high energy dance moves combined with traditional exercises such as lunges, squats and arm curls; upbeat music like the merengue, salsa and mambo alternated between slow and fast; $59.
Beginner Barre: noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14 (first session), and Feb. 16-March 23 (second session); in-depth introduction to the practices of barre; class focuses on strengthening and toning the body by training small movements that isolate muscles followed by a stretching session; concepts and terminology from barre, but also foundations in yoga, Pilates and weight training; no prior experience needed; $59.
Parent and Teen Chemistry Lab: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 14; no prior science training expected; learn molecular concepts of chemistry and use modern instrumentation to understand and analyze chemical behavior; starting with chemicals people smell and eat in regular lives, investigate the molecular composition and investigate the properties of the chemicals; adult and teen must register and participate; $29.
Thinking Inside the Box: 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 10-March 7; investigate artistic imagery contained within a box or other enclosed structure; learn ideas for finding and creating visual elements, as well as techniques for construction; $79.
Computer Basics — Be a Computer Rock Star: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 1 (session one), and Feb. 8-March 1 (session two); learn the basics of Windows and Google while learning technology to make life simpler; learn how to search the web, use Facebook, create favorites, download software and use tabbed browsing; master the ability to create, save and open simple documents and files; one-on-one direct instruction and open lab time provided $45.
Mixed Media Drawing: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan 11-March 8; create finished products such as gift boxes, greeting cards and more; work with dry- and water-based representational and abstract imagery with pen and ink, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, pastels, glass paints and unconventional tools; for experienced and non-experienced students; $79.
VIP Makeover — Hypnosis Slim Weight Reduction Program: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 11-March 1; series of workshops to reduce weight, increase energy levels, reduce stress, sleep better and feel better; course uses self-hypnosis, meditation, guided imagery and other tools and techniques; each successive weekly class builds on the previous classes; $69.
Discover the World of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD): 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Feb. 6-27; designed to prepare students with the drafting and design skills needed to compete in the rapidly changing global workplace; students will learn the fundamental commands and concepts in AutoCAD, consisting of the five main components of CAD (drawing setup and file management, drawing creation tools, editing and modification tools, annotation and dimensioning tools, and output methods); $275.
Better Bones and Balance: 7 and 8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 12-April 11 (No class Feb. 19, April 2 or April 4); designed to improve balance and strength to help slow rate of bone loss; appropriate for all ages; bring a pair of indoor shoes, a mat and hand weights (3, 4 or 5 pounds); class focuses on strength, cardio, balance and flexibility; class meets at Youth & Family Link, 907 Douglas St., Longview; $49.
Power of Movement — Chair Exercises (formerly Better Bones and Balance Basic): 11-11:50 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 12-April 11 (No class Feb. 19, April 2 or April 4); for people who have not exercised in a while or who have been released from a medical injury; some standing and lots of chair exercising; class meets at Youth & Family Link gym; $49.
Low Impact Aerobics: 10:15-11:05 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 15-April 12 (no class April 5); increase stamina, flexibility and cardio endurance; movements are gentle on the joints and easy to follow; from beginning to advanced levels of intensity; work at own pace; $20; if registering for this class and are taking Better Bones and Balance, the cost is $14.
Basic Cooking Series (Eating Well, the KISS Principle): 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 20-March 13 (first session) and Nov. 1-Dec. 8 (second session); course focuses on cooking flavorful, healthy meals on a budget by maintaining a short list of kitchen essentials; participants will be introduces to the use for a single meat source to create several meals using food staples in the kitchen such as rice, beans, celery, carrots, onion, salt, pepper and herbs; $29.
LeMay, America's Car Museum: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 10; based in Tacoma, the 165,000-square-foot building contains a collection of automotive artifacts and 250 automobiles spanning more than 100 yeas of automotive history plus approximately another 100 vehicles on exhibit loan from private collections; transportation to and from Tacoma and admission to the museum included in cost; meals and other activities are responsibility of participant; $45.