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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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Don’t be intimidated by all the decisions that go into starting a business.  Realize your dream with help and guidance from small business consultant Regina Anaejinou. Previous student Reem Rashash told us,

"This class was incredible! I learned so much in such a short time."

Learn everything you need to start your business:

  • What’s the best legal structure?
  • Do I need to charge tax?
  • How do I build a website and attract customers?
  • What is a business plan?

You will leave this class with a solid plan for a fully functional business.  Don’t miss out!  Build Your Business from scratch starts on September 3rd.  Register online.

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We have four different kinds of swimming classes this fall, including beginning, front crawl, breaststroke and butterfly, which is the newest addition to our classes. Our beginning class, meant for adults who have never learned to swim, will get you comfortable in that water and start you on the path to swimming with confidence. Continue on in one of the other three classes, or start off learning one of the other strokes if you know how to swim but want to work on and perfect your form. These classes teach swimming using the Shaw Method, which is an Alexander Technique-based approach to swimming. It encourages keeping your body properly aligned while swimming, breathing with ease, plus other tenets that maximize your body’s productivity while reducing any discomfort. Learn more on the course pages and don’t miss your chance to register.

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Study French and broaden your appreciation of the culture and language!  Class starts September 2nd - register online.image

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Brush up on your Spanish pronunciation, grammar and conversation skills in Spanish, Conversational: Beginner II. Topics covered include conjugation of verbs, reflexive pronouns, direct and indirect pronouns and more. Instructor Martha Randall always has students raving about her - come see what all the fuss is about! If you’re interested in registering, don’t put it off. This class usually sells out. Register on the website - class starts September 3rd.

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Improve your relationship with your dog. Remove the stress that comes with bad behavior and get more enjoyment out of your life with Fido.  Registration is open now for two fall sessions of Dog Obedience.

September course
October course

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Instructor Matt Valentine aims for all of his students to gain the confidence to set their cameras to “manual” and shoot anything after taking his class, Photography: Digital SLR.  With his guidance, you will get the most out of your interchangeable-lens digital camera and take your photography skills to the next level! But don’t just take our word for it. Previous student Susan Rieff told us, “This class was excellent!  It certainly exceeded my expectations.  I enjoyed Matt Valentine’s approach to teaching - very accessible, responded well to students of widely varying expertise.” Matt is a professional photographer and UT lecturer, ready to share his expertise and passion with you. His next class starts on September 2nd. Sign up on our website.

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Don’t miss Beginning Rowing and Paddling for All Ages!  Sign up and receive six lessons, plus six months of access to Texas Rowing Center.  Register now!

Our fall courses are now open for registration!  Click to our website, www.informalclasses.org to sign up for art or dance classes, beekeeping or knitting, Buddhism or astrology, and so much more!

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  • What is the history of the stock market and why was it invented?
  • Do stocks even have a place in your portfolio?
  • How do you analyze stocks using fundamentals, ratios and charts?
  • How do you open a brokerage account and execute stock trades? 

Get answers to these questions and more in our upcoming class, Introduction to the Stock Market, taught by investment adviser Sara Glakas. After taking the class, previous student Billy Linley enthused, “Great for beginners! Sara was absolutely amazing. She showed great knowledge of the subject matter and effectively communicated the material.” Sign up for Sara’s next class on our website and bring your questions to class so you can feel confident pursuing your goals on the stock market.

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Examine the role played by religion in various critical points in a person’s life. Psychology of Religion through the Lifespan is presented by psychologist and UT instructor Dr. Wendy Domjan. Dr. Domjan considers both the psychological processes involved in religious belief and practice at each of the six points and also the ways in which religion influences psychological functioning. Don’t miss the chance to take a class from this engaging, thought-provoking celebrated UT professor. Class starts on July 1 - register on our website!