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We provide fun, educational, and dynamic informal classes including photography, dancing, art, fitness and more! Try a variety of classes with us without an intimidating time commitment.

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Instructor Eileen “Ike” West, MA, has taught grant writing workshops for both non-profit organizations and state agencies over the years, and has been teaching through Informal Classes for over 20 years. Her next session of Grant Writing I, which will take place on May 17th, will be as informative and eye-opening as usual. Her students always have fantastic feedback about Ike and her classes.  “This class was worthy of my money. Informal Classes is lucky to have Ike West.” Another student, Docia Craft wrote, “Invigorating, informative, inspiring. Grant writing is a skill set that will empower communities to unite for the good of all.” If grant writing is in your future at your organization, take advantage of Ike’s expertise and sign up!

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Fitness and health are not synonyms. There has been a recent explosion in empirical research on connections between diet and the systemic inflammation that characterizes chronic disease. How can changing your eating habits combat your chronic illness? Learn more about it from Deirdre Earls, a registered nurse who has combated her disabling disease with an imperfect diet. It is possible! Learn more at her class, Let Food Be Your Medicine, on May 14.

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Understand both the music and culture behind salsa dancing in our upcoming new class! You will learn the basic steps of the dance as well as experience live performances of the percussion instruments so your ear will be as expert as your feet. Class starts on May 6 - register on our website!

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Do you want other people to say “yes” to anything you ask them?  If you do, Successful Marketing 101 is the course for you. Learn to utilize the six principles of the science of compliance dramatically increase your chances of getting a “yes” to any proposal you make. Instructor Maurizio Basso has trained hundreds of sales and marketing professionals to achieve new levels of performance during his career.  His past Informal Classes students have called his class “very useful and informative! Maurizio is a dynamic and inspiring presenter. Information was easy to understand. I would love to see more presentations from him.” Another student wrote, “Best small investment of my time and money in the last 15 years.” Register on our website. This two-session course starts May 13.

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Learn the basics of sewing on your own sewing machine with the guidance of a talented, experienced sewer, Carlyne Wormley. Carlyne’s “wonderful class” will give you step-by-step instruction on working your machine, selecting patterns, pattern placement, and more, plus you will focus on your own project, creating a caftan. A student from her last class wrote that the “student to teacher ratio was my favorite part. There was plenty of one-on-one time.” Come learn (or re-learn) the basics of sewing in this fun class starting May 5.

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Another one of our new classes this summer is Origami for Beginners. We are excited to have Ryan Fan teaching it for us. Ryan is a self-taught origami enthusiast who has been teaching for over ten years. He will teach you basic folding techniques and how to read an origami diagram. Learn to make beautiful, fun pieces of art each class session!

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We are pleased to be offering Table Tennis this year in conjunction with the Austin Table Tennis Club! Learn the basics of the sport and get access to the club for extra fun over the span of the course. Find out more on our website, www.informalclasses.org.

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Instructor Scott Campbell will walk you through all the decisions that you have to make leading up to claiming social security. Our student Neill Weller wrote that the class is “a must for people of all ages, not only those approaching retirement.  Very important info for 20/30/40 somethings.” You have to consider many aspects of claiming before you make your decision.  Gain the knowledge you need to tackle this important task with confidence. Get your plan started on May 12th.

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The book you have inside you can open doors to a whole new life, but first you have to write it. No more excuses - write it now with help from Ginie Sayles! Stop being intimidated by the writing process and follow her easy process to take you from start to finish in three weeks or less. Previous students have called Ginie both motivational and passionate - let her passion guide you to finish your book. Another student wrote, “I loved the motiviation-overcoming-fear section. I am sure this covers 90% of what stops us.” Tackle your fears and learn how to complete your book in Write Your Book in Three Weeks or Less on May 1.

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If you’re considering a trip to northern England, take advantage of Anglophile Joy Owen’s extensive travel expertise in planning your trip! Learn how northern England is different from the rest of the country and why you should not miss out on its beauty! England - The North Country takes place on May 10.