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 and click on the shopping cart. Follow LCC continuing ed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCC.ContinuingEd.

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 for details.

Astoria Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27; enjoy coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more in Astoria at the 37th anniversary of the festival; registration fee includes transportation to the festival; admission, food and beverage purchases not included; $35.

Aquatic Fitness: 10:50-11:45 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 6-13 (no class May 27); 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; students benefit by burning calories and building strength as they work against 12 times the resistance of air; classes take place at the Dick Mealy Pool at Mark Morris High School; discounted price for shorter spring session, $49.

Grant Writing Bootcamp: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15; get the tools, skills and resources necessary to research, write and manage successful grant proposals; walk away from the course with a completed letter of interest and a proposal nearly completed; taught by grant writer Allison Shirk with more than 20 years of experience as a professional grant writer and grant-writing instructor who also is the executive director of Spark the Fire Grant Writing Classes; for details, email Mary Harris at mharris@lowercolumbia.edu; $550.

Try-A-Trade: May 17; for students in eighth grade and up; explore different trades careers and training in the LCC auto, diesel, machine and welding labs; students will partner with LCC faculty; build, make and experiment through hands-on activities; lunch provided; free; to register or ask questions, call Brian DelMar at 360-442-2610 or send him an email to bdelmar@lowercolumbia.edu.

A Day at the Pearl: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; visit Portland's Pearl District, home to world-class art galleries, boutique shops and unique dining experiences; transportation to and from provided; dining, shopping and exploring on own or as a group; $30.

Recycled Art Festival:9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 29; the festival features more than 150 artists who create pieces of art using a minimum of 70 percent recycled materials; festival started in 2005; relax, listen to local bands, browse artists' works, buy something and learn how to improve the environment; registration includes transportation to and from the festival in Vancouver; $35.

CDL Training: for Class A and Class B licenses; program has option of a four- or eight-week training course depending on the quarter; training consists of 20 to 40 hours of classroom instruction and 28 to 120 hours of driving and vehicle instruction based on the class of license; training is limited to students who meet the program requirements; for details, call Heidi Hamer at 360-442-2603 or send an email to hhamer@lowercolumbia.edu. Spring starting dates are April 15 and May 20.

Flagger Certification Training: learn professional flagging techniques and proper work zone setup in accordance with standards and guidelines of the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Washington Modifications to the MUTCD, L&I WAC 296-155-305 and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) State Standard Specifications; upon successful completion, receive the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the American Traffics Safety Services Association (ATSSA) flagger cards (accepted in most other states) valid for three years; for details, to register or get dates class is held, call 360-442-2602 or email mharris@lowercolumbia.edu; $75, fee includes textbook and ID cards. Flagger Re-Certification also available.

Online Learning: Ed2go has more than 300 non-credit instructor-facilitated online courses to choose from; through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students, people can learn at their convenience; online continuing education classes begin each month and continue for six weeks; complete any course wherever there is internet access, any time of the day or night; most courses are $115; bundled courses available at a discounted price; visit www.ed2go.com/lccbic or call 360-442-2602.

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