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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 California writer Bobbie Christensen’s 10-step method for how to complete a book in our upcoming class, Writing Your 1st Book (or 7th). Bobbie’s plan will have you completing your book, fiction or non-fiction, in only six weeks.  Plus, discuss the four basic elements that every good book needs.  And don’t miss Bobbie’s follow-up class, Publishing Your 1st Book (or 7th).  In this class, Bobbie teaches you how to sell your work to a publisher and how to self-publish and ePublish.

Learn about our boxing class from the man himself, Richard Lord! Our next session of Boxing starts on September 23rd.

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Get comfortable using FileMaker Pro in this beginning class. If you’re just starting in the program or have used it a little and have never had formal training, this is the class for you. Instructor George Perry, a certified FileMaker developer and UT grad, has worked as a FileMaker developer for over 15 years and has taught many FileMaker Pro classes. If you’ve already taken Using FileMaker: Basics and Beyond, check out our new fall class, Using FileMaker: Basics and Beyond II.

Learn the essentials of human survival in the outdoors! Build a fire, learn navigation skills, practice tying knots and much more. Survival in the Wilderness takes place on September 20th. Register here.

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After a year hiatus, we are very excited to have Elisse Newey back teaching genealogy! If you have started researching your family tree and have gotten bogged down or stuck, or if you want to research and just don’t know where to start, take this class so Elisse can get you on the right track. There are only a couple of spaces left in the class! Register now!

Explore the best ideas of positive psychology and happiness research over the past 20 years. Learn about and practice the components of happiness and participate in a few fun classroom exercises and optional “happiness experiments” in between class sessions. Register on our website.

Explore the best ideas of positive psychology and happiness research over the past 20 years. Learn about and practice the components of happiness and participate in a few fun classroom exercises and optional “happiness experiments” in between class sessions. Register on our website.

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One of our 55 new classes coming up this fall is Introduction to Working in MS Office, taught by recent Austin transplant Angela Tarah. Increase your knowledge of the Office nuts and bolts and gain confidence in working in the associated programs, especially in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This two-session class meets on Saturdays in September, starting on the 20th. Register online!

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We only have a few spots left in the Native Plant Gardening (NPG) Certificate Series. Learn about responsible, sustainable gardening amidst the beauty of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The series starts on September 20th. You can sign up for the series as a whole or take individual courses - but sign up for the series to receive a discount!

Courses in the series include:

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Singer/songwriter Jane Gillman has taught several different classes for us over the past couple of years. This fall will bring a return of GarageBand for Songwriters: Home Recording on your iPad and Mac, plus Guitar: Beginners and Guitar: Advanced Beginners, which are new classes for us! We are excited to have Jane expanding her offerings. Learn a bit more about Jane and her GarageBand class below, and look out for more information about her coming guitar classes.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Jane Gillman: We mix it up in class.  I start out with explanations and demonstrations, and then students get hands-on experience on their own computers and iPads.  From week to week I give out small project assignments, which students have a chance share with each other during class time. Students walk away with the know-how to:
• Record and overdub
• Edit and Arrange
• Create samples and loops
• Play “Smart” Instruments…even without musical ability
• Add on low-cost gear to enhance your sound
• Share and collaborate with other musicians

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
JG: The Ah-ha moments! The idea of a GarageBand workshop for iPad/Mac originally came from conversations with music makers of all kinds who have one thing in common: technology is not second nature. I love showing people that they don’t need to be an expert to create and record music digitally.

IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background in your field?
JG: I made my first trip into a recording studio at 16.  Since that turning point of a day, I’ve recorded in studios in Austin, Nashville, New York, DC …  I’ve released 7 albums as a singer/songwriter, have produced albums for others, and have sat in on many other artists’ sessions.

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?
JG: I’ve learned that teaching is equal parts talking and listening.  I’ve learned so much from my students from their questions, their ideas, and from the projects they have created.

Learn to quilt! If you have basic sewing knowledge under your belt and want to dive into the creative, colorful world of quilting, learn in our upcoming Beginning Quilting class! Class starts on September 18. Register online.