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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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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

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Our summer classes are now open for registration on our website, www.informalclasses.org!  If you’ve had trouble getting into our Spanish and French courses, or if you’ve been waiting on the waitlist for HTML, beginning digital photography, or Modern Buddhism 101, now is your chance to get into the classes!  Plus, with all the new classes we’re offering this summer, you’re sure to discover something brand new to excite you. Visit our website at www.informalclasses.org to view a full list of classes.

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Go over everything you need to think about before you book your summer vacation and leave class with an outline of how to get started planning your next trip. Be Your Own Travel Agent will take place on April 22. Register on our website!

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Dr. Blessing Anyatonwu is a health advocate, speaker and health care professional who believes prevention is the best medicine. She works with clients that are tired of being told that drugs are the only answer to their health problems and who are looking for healthier options. She has taught several classes for us, many of them focusing on nutrition. Her upcoming class, Stress and Stress Management, focuses on helpful stress management strategies, including eating the right foods to help your stress levels and forming a personalized stress management plan. Read below for a preview of our instructor highlight with Dr. Anyatonwu and be sure to read the full article on our blog.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Blessing Anyatonwu:
They will learn new ways to fit healthy living and long term lifestyle change into their busy lives! Most people think that it is difficult to eat healthy with a hectic schedule but it can be done without the guilt of dieting.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
BA:
Helping them come up with ways to create a healthier lifestyle on their terms. I help students come up with ways to eat and live healthier (while managing stress) without sticking to strict diets and guilt.

IC: Please tell us a little about your background.
BA:
I have a holistic health practice where I provide nutritional counseling and chiropractic care.  I use my knowledge of the human body to tailor nutritional expertise to the needs of my clients. Whether they are looking to reduce inflammation and pain in their joints, maintain their weight or increase their energy naturally.

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?
BA:
When I work with students it exposes me to new perspectives and struggles that come with long term lifestyle change (eating healthy, exercise and stress management). It allows me to better understand where they are coming from and work with them to come up with creative ways to live healthier.

Blessing’s class, Stress and Stress Management, takes place on Saturday, March 8.

Sign up for Dog Obedience on our website!

Sign up for Dog Obedience on our website!

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Our new instructor Alley Lyles received her Masters of Science from Columbia University and currently works as a Principal Business Consultant at Dell Computers. Her upcoming course, Digital Marketing Strategy, explores what, why, and how of major current approaches, including online listening and monitoring, search engine optimization, search ads, email marketing, and participating in social media. Read more about Alley and her upcoming class in our instructor highlight below. 

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?
Alley Lyles:
Students can expect an introduction into the ever-changing field of Digital Marketing. Together, we will explore the promotion of products and/or brands via one or more forms of electronic media. For example, advertising mediums that might be used as part of the digital marketing strategy of a business could include promotional efforts made via the Internet, social media, mobile phones, electronic billboards, as well as digital television and radio channels. 

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?
AL:
I am most excited to open a dialog with the students and “current events” in digital marketing and strategy which can range from the Amazon Prime delivery via drone lunch or the recent (and failed) Snapchat acquisition.

IC: Please tell us about your background.
AL:
Recently, I graduated from Columbia University with my master’s. During the length of the program, I did digital strategy for Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Media and Entertainment. In tandem, I was the Digital Media Strategist for Untapped Cities, a small digital magazine with hubs in San Francisco, Paris and NYC. Additionally, I served as a consultant to Silicon Alley start-ups. Currently, I am a Business Consultant for Dell Computers.

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?
AL:
As an instructor, I am a proponent of open-dialog. By encouraging students of a variety of backgrounds to voice their opinions, every one in the class (including myself) hears a different perspective on the field.

Be sure to register for Alley’s upcoming course on our website, www.informalclasses.org.

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Adobe InDesign is your best bet when you need to create periodical publications, posters, and print media. And you don’t have to be a graphic designer or a production artist to use it! Learn to produce a variety of single-page and multi-page documents in our upcoming course, Adobe InDesign. You’ll set and format type, work with paragraph styles, and much more with guidance from our veteran instructor, Greg Hervey. Our student Julia Barnard took Greg’s class this past summer and wrote to us: “Class was amazing. I learned a ton and Greg made class fun and made an intimidating class understandable. I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn. It was fulfilling both personally and professionally and I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Thanks, UT (and Greg!)!”  Find out why his students call his class “excellent,” “superb,” and “awesome!” Class starts March 17.