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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

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, March 26-June 7 (no class April 2-5 and May 28); 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.

Pilates Core Challenge: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 26-May 2 (first session, no class no class April 2 and 4), and My 7-June 13 (second session, no class May 28); 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.

Zumba Fitness: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27-May 1 (first session), and May 3-June 7 (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.

NIA (Non-Impact Aerobic) Functional Fitness: 7-8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 2-May 2 (first session), and May 7-June 13 (second session; no class Thursday, May 28); 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.

Beginner Barre: noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, April 4-May 11 (first session), and May 16-June 22 (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 with no prior experience in any of those areas needed; $59.

College of Collage: 5-7 p.m. Mondays, April 9-June 11; learn techniques for determining subject matter, learn how to integrate a variety of materials and personalize imagery; learn about adhesives, surfaces and combinations of drawing and painting materials used in collage; $89.

Metal Art: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 9-June 11 (No class Monday, May 28); 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.

Parent and Teen Chemistry Lab: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 9-May 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.

Filmmaking and Animation: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 10-May 29 or 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 12-May 31 (special class for sixth- to 10th-graders); learn how to plan, film and edit media for production in live action, stop-motion and digital animation productions; 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 production budget; repeat course as often as necessary to learn new skills; $99.

Painting Techniques: 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 11-June 6; 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; $115.

Drawing Outdoors: 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 12-June 7; course focuses on development and refinement of time-tested drawing basics; investigate and learn techniques of light and shadow,perspective, proportion, visual measuring and texture; visit several outdoor locations, including spots around LCC campus and the city; $89.

Geology of the Pacific Northwest: 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, April 12-May 24; examine the geologic forces that shape the landscape and the forces that have acted throughout the depth of geologic time; specific focus given to nearby volcanoes and the hazard of earthquakes; examine local geology as reveled in the rock record; instructor Morgan Salisbury received a doctorate in geology from Oregon State University and has conducted research on volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest as well as in Bolivia, South America: $89.

Know Your Soil —Steps to Successful Gardening: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12; learn how to test soil and explore ways to improve the foundation of a garden; $29.

Beginner Barre: noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, April 14-May 11 (first session), and May 16-June 22 (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.

Vegetable Gardening: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 14; for beginners and experienced gardeners; get tips on growing food, timelines for planting and learn what warm and cold weather crops are most successful;  $45.

Better Bones and Balance: 7 and 8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, April 16-June 6 (no class May 28); 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 safe for people with osteoporosis and osteopenia; 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, April 16-June 6 (no class May 28); 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, April 19-June 7; 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; $25; if registering for this class and are taking Better Bones and Balance, the cost is $20.

Astoria Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 28; enjoy coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more in Astoria at the 36th anniversary of the festival; registration fee includes transportation and admission to the festival; food and beverage purchases not included; $35.

Attracting Birds and Pollinators to Your Garden: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28; learn how to select and place bird houses, bird feeders and bird baths along with plans and plantings that attract beneficial pollinators to the yard; $45.

Perennials and Roses — Bringing Beauty to Your Landscape and Table, Care, Maintenance, Pruning, Dividing: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 5; fill the garden landscape with roses and perennials that can be enjoyed in the yard as well as cut for arrangements in the home; learn care, maintenance and pruning techniques as well as how to divide and transplant perennials; $45.

Growing Herbs: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 10; learn how to grow herbs that have multiple uses in the home and garden, among them rosemary, oregano, tarragon, chives and basil; $45.

Oregon Historical Society Museum: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19; the Oregon Historical Society is private museum, library and educational institution located in downtown Portland. For more than a century, it has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films and oral histories. Browse the bird photography exhibit featuring the works of William L. Finley and Herman T. Bohlman; learn how Portland became known as the Rose City; visit the Oregon My Oregon floor and more; transportation and entrance to the museum included in fee: $35.

Drying and Preserving: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 2; learn how to dry and preserve herbs, including freezing and making herbal butters and vinegars; $45.

Cooking with Herbs and Spices: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7; experiment using small amounts of herbs; learn to enhance the flavor of dishes; $29.

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 9; dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families construct creations in the sand; transportation to and from Cannon Beach provided; $30.

Creating With Herbs: 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 16; explore how different smells affect the emotional state and make a pice of art work; grind lavender blossoms to make an herbal salt; decorate grapevine wreaths with herbs and glitter; $45.



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