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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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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.

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Join us for a new class starting at the end of this month - Beginning Russian Language! We’re so excited to be offering it!

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Chickens are wonderful creatures who come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, who provide fresh eggs daily and contribute to the well-being of your backyard, your garden, and your mental health. Learn about the many varieties of chicken breeds and which are suitable for your needs, how and where to get chickens, plus much more in our upcoming class Backyard Chicken Keeping.

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We have two sessions of Two-Step: Beginning coming up. One is on April 22 and the next is on June 1. One of the great things about two-step is that you can always add more twists and turns and make the dance more intricate. Instructor Johnny Bryant will make you feel comfortable out on the Texas dance floors. Find out why his students have called him “an extraordinarily good teacher”. One student wrote, “Class was really fun and informative, and a great skill builder. The instructor had a good sense of humor. He was very delightful.” Join us in just a couple weeks for the first session!

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President Bill Powers is sponsoring a screening of the April 10 Civil Rights Summit remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush on the UT Main Mall.

A large screen will be set up on the south steps of the Tower (Main Building) and students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to watch a live stream of these historic addresses. 

Details on the Obama screening

Details on the Bush screening

Source: utaustin