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Winter 2013

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Follow your path. Discover your passion. Enrich your life.

winter2013 Features Travel Cheap, 5

small world 3 L  anguage & culture 5 travel

Build Your Website, 7 Become a Voice-Over Artist, 9 Altered Books, 13 Mosaics, 14 Farm Shares, 18

business 6 Computers

Sustainable Flower Garden, 19 Art of Fermented Foods, 21 K-12 Educator Training, 26

9 Careers 9 Money

creative 10 Visual Arts 15 Music 16 DAnce 17 Writing

BVSD Lifelong Learning provides opportunities for enrichment and discovery through a community of learners and instructors. Our instructors are


professionals in the community with knowledge to share. We strive for educational excellence and serve the whole family by providing high-quality

18 House & Garden

offerings for the BVSD community and beyond.

20 Food & Drink

of a diverse population and strengthening the bond

22 Fun & Games

Lifelong Learning is committed to meeting the needs between community members and the schools.

22 Health & Fitness 23 Family & Relationships

Lifelong Learning Staff Dr. Melinda Groom | Director/Community School Program Angela Weigner | Lifelong Learning Manager Ivy Lee | Registrar

teens 25 academic prep 26 driver’s ed

Shere Holleman | Programmer Ivy Lee, Marla Riley | Catalog Editors Mary Lynch | Catalog Designer

720.561.5968 / 6500 E. Arapahoe Ave., Boulder Office Hours: Mon — Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm Register anytime at

The Lifelong Learning catalog is produced by the BVSD Community School Program and is printed on recycled paper using soy inks.


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French for Travelers

small world Language & Culture Beginning Italian for Travelers Buongiorno! Learn Italian from a native speaker in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. This class will cover basic grammar, pronunciation and provide useful tips for travelers. Learn how to order in a restaurant, how to buy train tickets, how to ask for directions and much more. This is an interactive class; everyone will have the opportunity to participate and learn at their own speed. No previous Italian experience is required. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Francesca Giongo is a native of Rome and has been teaching Italian for the past eight years. She holds a BS from the University of Pisa, Italy, as well as an MS from Colorado State University. > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 12 – Mar 19 $135 / Southern Hills Middle / 6 sessions

Join us and begin to experience the beauty of the French language and culture. This course gives you a foundation in basic grammar and vocabulary with an emphasis on conversation skills. Very interactive, the class allows you to learn fast through repetitions and practice in a relaxed environment. Different aspects of the French culture will be discussed at each class and tips for those who are going to travel there will be given. This class is for people with little or no previous French experience. A $5 materials fee (includes MP3 recordings) is payable to the instructor at class. u Sophie Rose, MA in law from Caen University in France, has been teaching French for 10 years. A native French speaker, she enjoys sharing her language and her extensive knowledge of France. > Wed 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 30 – Mar 13* $135 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 27.

Spanish for Busy Adults Level 1 These easy-to-follow Spanish classes are created for the busy life of the working adult. You will be speaking and understanding Spanish in a surprisingly short time. Level 1 is for people with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Students will learn practical vocabulary and conversational skills, and how to put together sentences in the present tense for business, travel, and everyday conversation. Oral repetitions will help you master correct pronunciation of everyday phrases. There are no prerequisites for this class. An $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Carla Abbot is the owner of Spanish for You, Inc. She is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, and has taught Spanish to adults for the past 16 years and is known for her comfortable teaching style and enthusiastic approach to learning. A > Wed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm / Jan 23 – Mar 6* $105 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions

Japanese Conversation and Culture This course is structured as a fun and easy introduction to the language and culture of Japan. The focus will be on learning the spoken language, useful cultural knowledge, and exploring ideas on successful forays into modern Japan. Class will be customized to meet the needs of the students. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at class. u Nana Mizushima began learning Japanese as a first language, lived in Japan for 10 years, and has a wealth of experiences which include attending Japanese public school, working for a Japanese company, managing the information section of a bi-national commission in Tokyo, and raising children in Japan. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 24 – Mar 7* $135 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 21.

*No class on Feb 27. B > Wed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm / Apr 3 – May 8 $105 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions

Beginning German This class offers a comprehensive introduction to the German language, including basic grammar and conversational skills. An interactive class environment with an emphasis on group learning will facilitate your learning experience. The instructor will address vocabulary pertinent to travel in German-speaking countries. Please purchase the book German Grammar, 4th Edition, Schaums Outline, available at the Boulder Bookstore for $17. u Susanne Kortals, a native speaker of German, has more than 25 years experience teaching German in the classroom and on an individual basis. > Thurs 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 31 – Mar 7 $145 / New Vista High / 6 sessions

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small world Language & culture


Spanish for Busy Adults Level 2 Level 2 is a class for people with some basic knowledge of Spanish. You will increase your vocabulary and conversational skills, learn the future tense, and when to use the verbs “ser” and “estar.” An $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Carla Abbott (see Spanish for Busy Adults Level 1) > Wed 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 23 – Mar 6* $105 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 27.

Fundamentals of Spanish Level 2 Incorporate your particular language need or specific area of interest into the structures learned in Fundamentals of Spanish Level 1. Students will become familiar with strategies that enable them to advance their Spanish knowledge on their own through continued study and authentic interaction. Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish through a combination of in-class and at-home activities. A $10 fee for handouts is payable to the instructor at class. u John Beckwith (see Fundamentals of Spanish Level 1) > Wed 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm / Jan 23 – Mar 6* $155 / Monarch High / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 27.

From Spanish to Portuguese

Spanish for Busy Adults Level 3 In Level 3, after a basic review of Spanish 1 & 2, you will learn and practice the past tense, enhance your vocabulary, and expand your conversational skills and your understanding of the language from a native speaker. There are no prerequisites for this class. An $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. Optional CDs will be available for purchase. u Carla Abbott (see Spanish for Busy Adults Level 1) > Wed 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Apr 3 – May 8 $105 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions

Fundamentals of Spanish Level 1 Have you always wanted to learn Spanish for business, travel, or simply to speak with your neighbors? Did you try to learn but found classes tedious, anxiety provoking, or difficult? Here’s your chance to experience success at learning a language. These classes offer practical vocabulary and conversational skills utilizing a variety of non-threatening, creative methods. You will be surprised at how much fun a Spanish class can be. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u John Beckwith first learned Spanish by doing business and living in Mexico. He followed up with a BA in Spanish and a MA in Education and has shared the fun of Spanish with all levels of students for 10 years. > Mon 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm / Jan 28 – Mar 11* $155 / Monarch High / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 18.


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

Speak Spanish? Then why not try Portuguese! Perhaps you’ll travel in Latin America and want to include Brazil, or take a trip to Spain and go to Portugal, too. Or maybe you’d just like to sing along to your favorite samba tunes. Spanish and Portuguese are distinct, but closely related, languages. If you already have at least an intermediate knowledge of Spanish (whether you are a native Spanish speaker or you learned Spanish as a second language), then you have the advantage of easily learning a little Portuguese via “shortcuts.” We will be looking at and practicing the similarities and differences between the two languages, from the viewpoint of a Spanish speaker. A $2 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Jala Pfaff studied in Mexico and Spain and has traveled in Costa Rica, Cuba, and Guatemala, as well as many other countries. She has taught college-level Spanish for more than 20 years. > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 29 – Mar 12* $145 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 12.

Reading and Discussing Literature in Spanish Read and discuss (in Spanish) entertaining and enlightening small pieces of literature written in the original from varying countries and writers. We will look at short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from longer pieces of fiction. The primary point of the discussion is to make sure everyone understands the literal meaning in the texts. We then proceed to talk about opinions, reactions, items of cultural and/or political interest, etc. We use only very basic literary theory terminology. Through their literature, you will learn more about the different Spanish-speaking cultures, and you will enjoy thought-provoking, lively discussions. You may enroll in this course as often as you like; the reading material is different each time. A $3 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Jala Pfaff (see From Spanish to Portuguese) > Mon 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 4 – Mar 18* $145 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 18.

this year I’ll try ... exploring the world!

Copyright © Ron Stern


Fly Cheap, Stay Cheap, Travel Cheap

Become a Travel Writer

Learn the secrets of traveling in grand style on a limited budget. Discover how to obtain great deals on airfares, accommodations, cruises, entertainment, and creative lodging ideas—all for a fraction of the usual cost. The Internet can be a great tool if you know where to find the best websites to save you money. During class, learn airline tips and secrets, how to fly within Europe for only $99, ways to cruise exotic ports for weeks at the same price as a typical seven-day cruise, and how to stay in a country home or castle for free anywhere in the world. Part of this expanded class will include tips for packing wisely, avoiding unnecessary bag fees, and travel safety. Materials fee of $15 includes a companion book, Fly Cheap, Stay Cheap, Travel Cheap.

If you have the wanderlust but not the money to pay for it, consider becoming a travel writer. Travel writers stay in the best hotels, eat the finest food, and experience VIP treatment for free. Learn the secrets of travel writing, how to get started with local online publications, and how to use the Internet to find out about free trips. Learn how to build a media contact list, obtain assignments, approach airlines for free airfare, conduct interviews, create a portfolio, and take photos that sell. Discover advanced techniques for writing product reviews and how to obtain apparel, gear, and accessories without paying a cent. Gain inside information on how to get started in this exciting career. An optional materials fee of $25 is payable to the instructor for three booklets — How to Be a Travel Writer (2) and Travel and Tourism Contacts.

A > Mon, Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 11 – 13 $59 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions B > Sat 9:00 am - 1:30 pm / Mar 9 $59 / Monarch High / 1 session

The Easy Way

A > Sat 9:00 am - 1:30 pm / Jan 19 $65 / Monarch High / 1 session B > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 28 – Mar 7 $65 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions

Ron Stern is the travel columnist for the San Diego Community Newspaper Network and editor-inchief of He has published hundreds of articles in places like the Chicago Tribune, Shape Magazine, and the Orlando Sun-Sentinel. Ron’s websites include:, Ronsternimages. com,, and u

also see Ron’s class “Secrets to Great Travel Photos” on page 15

don’t miss: CPR and First Aid Training — Adult & Child These trainings meet OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs and combine lecture, interactive video demonstrations, and hands-on training with mannequins. Learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies. An Adult CPR section will address breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, while a Child CPR section will deal with these emergencies in children under 12. Trainings are planned in February and March / $89 / For more information >

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business Computers WordPress Would you like to build a sophisticated blog or website with ease? WordPress has become one of the world’s most popular Web design tools because it’s free, easy to use, and it produces professional results. In this course, you will learn to set up a website domain name and hosting service, install WordPress and select themes, create pages and posts, organize a blog, add images and videos, and change your site’s look and feel. We will also discuss content ideas and management, working with plug-ins, creating WordPress menus, search engine optimization and marketing, setting up Google Analytics, Paypal/Square/Google payment processing, sidebar advertising, copyright, privacy, reuse-plagiarism, and mobile website considerations. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to confidently use WordPress and create a blog and/ or website for personal or business use. u Thomas B. Cross is the creator of unique marketing communications and an avid social media expert focusing primarily on Twitter, a CrossTalk blog, LinkedIn, and CrossPinPoints (online marketing communications solution). He posts daily to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and assists businesses in maximizing their social media messages. > Mon 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 28 – Feb 11 $125 / New Vista High / 3 sessions

Apple iPad The Basics and More New and basic users are only scratching the surface of the iPad’s capabilities. In this class, we cover basics of the interface and setup, a wide variety of uses, applicable Apps, managing Internet connections, synching, troubleshooting, and products to expand the capabilities of your iPad use. u BJ Strass brings a rich background with 30+ years of Apple product experience. As an Apple employee, BJ served in Business Consultant, Trainer and Technician positions. BJ is currently the owner of MacEducator, an independent Apple products training and tech support company. > Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 24 – Jan 31 $115 / Arapahoe Campus / 2 sessions

Beginner Computer Classes > see page 8

Explore the creative possibilities that Photoshop has to offer. In this hands-on class for beginners, students receive practical lessons in color corrections, combining two or more images, and better black-and-white conversions from color. Learn how to retouch images and understand how to get better prints and Web images. Mysteries like layers, resolution, masking, filters, and adjustment layers will be explained so that you can take your images to the next level. No “geek speak” will be used and you will get all of your questions answered in clear, understandable language. u Bill Guy is a professional photographer and Photoshop Certified Expert with more than 20 years of experience in both film and digital photography. As a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he is a popular and sought-after Photoshop teacher in Northern Colorado. Bill has taught at The Center for Fine Art Photography and the Fort Collins Digital Workshop. > Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 5 – Feb 26 $145 / Arapahoe Campus / 4 sessions

Beyond Basic Photoshop If you have a good grasp of the basics of Photoshop and want to learn how to use its more creative tools, this class is designed for you. Explore some of the tools and tips that will allow you to use Photoshop as the powerful image creation program that it is. Some of the topics covered will go from easy to “wow!” We will learn how to put together compositions that blend images, text for posters, or just creative expression. Also covered will be how to retouch an image of a person so that they look natural, and tools to make more creative images. Other topics will include HDR (High Dynamic Range) creations that have a real world look and how to blend these images for both color and black-and-white creations. Take your Photoshop skills to the next level in this hands-on class! u Bill Guy (see Photoshop) > Tue 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Mar 19 – Apr 9* $135 / Arapahoe Campus / 3 sessions *No class on Mar 26.

Social Media for Business Making Sense of It All B2B, B2C, P2P, SEO, SEM and others are ingredients in the social network marketing world. In this two-session course, you will gain information that will help demystify Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, and other social media concepts. You will also learn about the financial benefits to you personally and your business professionally. We will discuss more than 50 real-life case studies, how Search Engines work, the key customer service/ support benefits of Twitter, and the top reasons to use LinkedIn. Leave class knowing how to increase revenues and market share, and how to reduce customer support costs. This course has been updated with 60 new topics and 200+ slides. u Thomas B. Cross (see WordPress) > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 28 – Mar 7 $65 / New Vista High / 2 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

this year I’ll try ... building Dreamweaver Website Design Dreamweaver is the industry-leading Web design and production tool. Using version CS6, we will cover everything you need to know to build and maintain a website from the ground up, including: Dreamweaver interface basics; site definitions; HTML; text formatting; links; image use; templates; and publishing. Experience with Windows is required for this class. HTML and graphics experience is helpful but not required. Students are encouraged to bring their own content and graphics for use in class. u Jen Spolnik is a freelance Web and graphic designer. She formerly has worked in International Studies at CU and as Web Content Manager at Naropa University, as well as taught English at Anhui University in China.


my website!

> Tue, Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Mar 5 – Mar 14 $185 / Arapahoe Campus / 4 sessions

QuickBooks Professional 2012 Tired of keeping shoeboxes full of receipts? This is the class for you! QuickBooks can help you more easily manage your business accounting. Learn to set up this program with simple forms (for checks, paychecks, bills, estimates, invoices, and receiving payments). You will then be able to generate the reports that you need to stay on top of things. We will also go over routine monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting tasks. This class will be tailored as closely as possible to the needs of the participants. Bring all of your questions and laptops, if you wish. u Diana Baranauskas, owner of PC Obedience, has 20 years of experience teaching all levels of students, from the nervous novice to the accomplished operator. She is known for her patience and humor. > Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 13 – Mar 6 $175 / New Vista High / 4 sessions

Boosting your Website Traffic An Online Class Acquire the basic skills to boost your Website traffic, including how to analyze your visitor traffic, how to use search engine optimization to get greater visibility and exposure in Google searches, and how to redesign your Website copy to increase your visitors and results. No experience necessary, but if you are at an advanced level, your instructor is an SEO expert and can answer your toughest questions as well. u Dan Belhassen is an expert in eMarketing. He does writing, training, and consulting all over North America on the topic. He does a range of eMarketing for his clients, including email promotions, website development, search engine optimization, and online advertising. Dan spends about 3 hours each day researching eMarketing and is a popular instructor on the topic. > Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 12:00 am - 11:59 pm / Mar 4 – Mar 29 $195 / Online / 26 sessions

Build and Launch Your Website Learn the essential principles of building and maintaining a website and then plan, build, and launch your own website. Using Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, you will learn to manage a site, work with text and images, structure Web pages, create links between pages, and upload your site to the Internet. The class will emphasize Web design practices that will make your website accessible, easy to update, and search-engine friendly. You will also learn how to format images for the Web, obtain a domain name and Web host, and submit your site to search engines. Experience with Windows, including the ability to organize files and folders, is required. Experience with HTML and graphics is helpful but not essential. This class is suitable for those who have some Dreamweaver experience but who have not been able to use the program to get a website up and running. Greg VanHoosier-Carey, Ph.D., is a former professor of communication specializing in media design. He has been teaching Web design to college students, adult learners, and corporate professionals since 1995 and has been using and teaching Dreamweaver since the program first came out in 1997. He is the owner of Meeting of the Minds Academics, a local academic coaching, tutoring, and admissions consulting business. u

> Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm / Feb 2 – Feb 16 $235 / Monarch High / 3 sessions

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business computers


Beginning Excel 2010 Is your desktop or computer cluttered with information from your personal life or work? It’s time to learn how you can use Excel and the power of spreadsheets to help organize and make sense of it all. In this class, you will learn how to create a new spreadsheet, and how to decipher an existing one. Learn the difference between a formula and a value, how Excel calculates, and how to edit text and values so you can create reports that are accurate and easy to read. You will also build graphs and learn to analyze and find information in a database. You’ll find that managing information can be easy and even interesting! This class is for beginners, but those of you who have some spreadsheet skills will pick up shortcuts while you “fill in the blanks.” Mac and Open Office users are welcome with their laptops. u Diana Baranauskas (see QuickBooks) A > Thu, Tue 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 7 – Feb 21* $175 / New Vista High / 4 sessions

*No class on Feb 14. B > Tue, Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 26 – Mar 12* $175 / Monarch High / 4 sessions

*No class on Mar 5.

Intro to Windows Learn all the basics of using computers with the Windows 7 operating system. (The differences between Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 will be discussed in class.) We will start with an overview of the hardware and accessories, including the mouse, keyboard, and desktop. Then we will learn about files, folders, windows, menus, shortcuts, starting and switching applications, organizing the hard drive, and accessing the Internet. You will gain basic skills needed in today’s computerdependent world. No computer experience is required. Bring your laptop if you like, but it’s not necessary. u Diana Baranauskas (see QuickBooks) > Tue, Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 22 – Jan 29 $145 / New Vista High / 3 sessions

Computer Hygiene

Gmail 101 Like a lot of people, you probably have a Gmail account. Maybe you’re comfortable with getting emails and answering them, but can you make your messages look special, use the spellcheck function, and attach files? Can you find the attachments you downloaded without opening the original email? Do you know how to find that particular email you were looking for that has somehow disappeared? This one-night class will teach you how to use Gmail to make your email life easier. We’ll start with the basics and then move on to automatic signatures, “out of office” auto-responses, creating contacts and groups, how to set up your Gmail account in Outlook, Mozilla, or Live Mail, and other topics including Tasks and using the Calendar. u Diana Baranauskas (see QuickBooks) > Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 30 $55 / New Vista High / 1 session

Microsoft Word 2010 For Everyone This class is designed to make beginners proficient and non-beginners efficient. The tips, tricks, and shortcuts we cover will make this class worthwhile for most users. We start by learning to create, format, print, save and retrieve documents. Then you will learn how to move around a document, how to change fonts and insert symbols, set margins, and insert page breaks. Then we will move on to some of the finer points of Microsoft Word including hyperlinks, tabs and indents, numbered and bulleted lists, borders and shading, headers and footers, page numbering, comments, tables and graphics. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Windows or proficiency using a Mac. This class will be taught on PCs, and while the software is similar to Macintosh Word, the differences between the two will be pointed out. Open Office user? Yes, you can take this class with your laptop. u Diana Baranauskas (see QuickBooks) > Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 11 – Mar 18* $195 / Monarch High / 5 sessions *No class on Feb 18.

Surf the Internet Like a Twenty-Something

Are you worried about viruses? Trojans? Spyware? Is your computer not working up to par? There are steps that you can take to keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently. Your Windows computer comes preloaded with utility programs that will keep it running as happily as possible. Discover how to use them. Learn about the files that can be safely deleted and then discover your Scan Disk, Disk Defragmenter, and Back Up programs. Stop listening to your brother-in-law and find safe downloads that will make your computer thank you! Basic Windows experience required. Feel free to bring your laptop. u Diana Baranauskas (see QuickBooks)

Searching on the Internet will be the focus of this geared-for-everyone class. Learn the tricks that will help you find information faster than, yes, an “Internet generation” kid. Let a modern librarian take you into the Internet age with confidence. If you thought you could use the Internet effectively, you’ll be astonished at how much better you will surf! u With a Master’s degree in Information and Teaching Technology and many years of practical computer education and librarianship, Cheyne Keith will bring both the technophobic student and the normally competent surfer way forward in their data and information finding skills.

> Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 23 $55 / Monarch High / 1 session

> Tue, Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 29 – Jan 31 $75 / Arapahoe Campus / 2 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013


this year I’ll try ... voice-overs! Become a Voice-Over Artist


TV, Radio, and Multi-Media: A Five-Week Intensive

You’re On the Air

Advertisers are always looking for that right voice and unique read as a “voice logo” for their products or services. This five-week intensive course will teach participants the basics of what it takes to be a voice-over artist. We will focus on copy interpretation, mic technique, the audition process, when and how to make a demo, union vs. non-union work, the types of work available for the voice-over professional, and how the industry has changed over the past 20 years. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor in class. Students will receive either a CD of their recorded work from class, or an mp3 sent to their individual email address for review and practice. u Brent Brace has been a voice actor, director, and educator in Los Angeles for more than two decades. His expertise covers TV and radio, movie trailers, documentaries, and industrial and telecom productions. He has coached actors from top L.A. voice-over talent agencies and taught at UCLA and Cal Poly, among others. He now works nationally from his studio in Denver.

An Introduction to Voice-Overs With such notable talent as Morgan Freeman, Glenn Close, and Alec Baldwin lending their voices to commercials, films, and videos, one would think that it would be next to impossible to break into this field. Not so. Learn about an exciting new way to get around the competition and actually turn voice-overs into a thriving full- or part-time business. We will discuss the numerous opportunities and income potential in this field, voice-over technique, and the allimportant demo and how to produce it. You’ll step up to the microphone to do some practice recording, and best of all, hear the results! u Lisa Foster’s broadcasting and voice career spans 15 years. Lisa has done numerous voiceover projects for local and national companies, including CD games and comedy bits, and has made several TV appearances. You may have heard her on air representing Crest Toothpaste, Olay, and much more! > Wed 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 27 $59 / New Vista High / 1 session


Saving for Your Child’s Education — Without Going Broke

Wills and Estates Learn what estate planning is, and more importantly, what it is not. An introductory discussion will be held on wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, as well as the myths and realities of probate. Living wills and medical powers of attorney will also be included in this course. There will be time for questions. u Kurt Hofgard, J.D., C.L.U., Ch.F.C., holds a BA with honors from Stanford and graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College with honors. He is a partner at Hofgard and Associates, PC, a law firm specializing in estate planning. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Mar 7 – Mar 14 $69 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions

> Sat 10:00 am - 12:30 pm / Feb 9 – Mar 16* $195 / Southern Hills Middle / 5 sessions *No class on Mar 2.

Today, the average total cost for a college education is $100,000. Are you prepared? We will look at the most effective (and tax-friendly) ways that parents can build an education savings plan. We will also address some common questions: What expenses can the funds be used for if my child lives at home while attending college? What if my child decides not to go to college? Are there other educational uses for the money besides attending college? Come with your questions! u Bill DeWandeler is a licensed financial advisor and he earned the AAMS® designation from the Denver-based College of Financial Planning. Bill works closely with families in the area, managing their financial affairs, and has extensive experience with education savings plans. > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 5 – Feb 12 $59 / Monarch High / 2 sessions

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business money


Becoming a Smart Home Buyer Whether you are buying a starter home, or are an experienced buyer purchasing your dream home, learn about ways to minimize costs and risks during your next real estate transaction. Buying a home is likely the biggest financial decision you will ever make—don’t just leave everything to your real estate agent! Educate yourself about the steps, options, and dynamics at play. This workshop will cover lending, property search tools, screening considerations, types of representation that are available, real estate commissions, offers, and the closing process. u Tommy Lorden is Managing Broker of Buyers’ Slice Realty, LLC. Trained as an attorney, Tommy transitioned to real estate shortly after moving to Colorado in 2007. Tommy is married with four children and loves to fly fish. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Mar 14 – Mar 21 $69 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions

Debt Happens Everything You Need to Know to Get Out of Debt Learn how to live debt free. First, we will focus on the five major methods of debt relief, when each is appropriate, and the effect of each on your credit report. Then, we will cover how to settle debts with credit card companies for a fraction of what is owed, how to accelerate the timeline for becoming debt free, and when filing bankruptcy makes sense. We will also review eight mistakes to avoid when getting out of debt, effective budgeting for rapid debt reduction, and the credit counseling nonprofit myth. Finally, we will focus on breaking the cycle of debt and learning to live debt-free! A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor in class. u Stephen Craig, JD, is a practicing bankruptcy attorney and professional debt negotiator who has counseled thousands of individuals and small businesses on their options for debt relief since 1994. Visit his website at > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 5 $49 / New Vista High / 1 session


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

Retirement Plans for Small Business Owners and the Self-Employed Learn strategies to jump start your retirement savings if you are a small business owner with a few employees, a self-employed consultant, or someone who does consulting on the side in addition to their regular job. After a brief review, this class will cover IRA’s, Roth IRA’s, 401(k) plans, Roth 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, 457 plans, SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs, Single-person and Owner-only 401(k) plans, and defined benefit plans. In addition, we will review the new disclosure laws relating to 401(k) plans. These retirement plans offer savings opportunities of $150,000 or more per year and this class will help you understand which is the best retirement plan for your unique situation using specific examples. u Robert Pyle received his MBA in Finance from CU Boulder and he received the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) professional designations. He is a frequent contributor to the Boulder County Business Report and has appeared on 9News. Robert founded Diversified Asset Management, Inc. in 1996. His goal is to provide personalized, comprehensive wealth management services to individuals and families. > Mon 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 28 – Feb 11 $89 / Arapahoe Campus / 3 sessions

The ABCs of Conservative Investing A Non-Wall Street Approach Would you like to find a simple and easy to understand financial plan that honors a more conservative point of view? The “ABCs of Conservative Investing” is ideally suited for anyone who worries about their ability to outlive their retirement income and would like financial security and peace of mind. First, you will identify the level of risk taking that you are comfortable with and how to analyze if your current investments are fully in line with this or not. Then, learn how to properly go about reallocating your retirement money, if appropriate, so that you will have the ideal amount of money available for sunny and rainy day events in your life, and invested money for growth. Leave class with a financial plan that makes you feel empowered and secure. A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor for a book and DVD. u Paul Kleinman has helped to bring financial security and peace of mind to over 900 families in Colorado and Wyoming over the last nine years. He is an independent financial advisor licensed by the State of Colorado. The company that he founded, Rocky Mountain Financial Network, is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and enjoys its highest A+ rating. > Tue 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 22 – Feb 5 $89 / Casey Middle / 3 sessions

Painting in the Spirit of Nature

creative Visual Arts Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t Uncover the drawing talent that lies right below the tips of your fingers! The ability to draw is common to everyone, not just the “gifted.” What enables one to draw well is the ability to see well. Learn to see the basic abstract elements of shape, then discover how to turn these abstractions into drawings. In the process, we will cover positive and negative space, contour drawing, composition, and design. Be prepared to have fun and be surprised at what you draw. Email the instructor at: for a supply list. u Chuck Ceraso, an artist with 25 years of teaching experience, studied at Notre Dame, the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, and with Henry Hensche. > Sat 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm / Jan 19 $95 / Chuck Ceraso’s Studio / 1 session

There are many ways to capture the spirit of nature through drawing and painting. We will focus on freeing, abstract techniques using watercolor, ink, and pencil. Explore creative expression using texture, color, composition, and form inspired by images and objects from nature. If you would like to expand your experience of watercolor, break free in this experimental class. If your current technique is more realistic, these techniques will inspire and open you up to a new level of expression. Allow nature to be a springboard for creativity. For a materials list, email the instructor at sholleman707@ Purchase optional shared materials for $10, payable to the instructor. u Shere Holleman (see Beginning Drawing Like the Old Masters) > Tue 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Mar 5 – Apr 2* $149 / Casey Middle / 4 sessions *No class on Mar 26.

Seeing and Painting Light Keys Monet is famous for his series paintings like the haystacks, poplars, water lilies, the Seine, and cathedrals. He showed us how they look at different times of day and in different weather conditions. He referred to each time frame and condition as the umbrella of light within which everything sits. By careful observation, he was able to bring out the specific colors created by the particular light of the moment. In this two-part class, you will learn the way of seeing that makes this color observation possible. You will paint a simple still life each day under different lighting in order to see how the color changes. u Chuck Ceraso (see Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t) > Sat, Sun 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm / Mar 9 – Mar 10 $159 / Chuck Ceraso’s Studio / 2 sessions

Beginning Watercolor

Beginning Drawing Like the Old Masters Enhance your observational skills and eye-hand coordination as you learn to draw. We will focus on some of the basic elements of visual art including line, shape, form, composition, and value. Beginning with basic pencil exercises, we will explore still life, free-form drawing, and objects from nature. The focus will be on learning to see well so that drawings become more accurate representations of life. There will be scheduled time for students to choose their own subject matter. u Shere Holleman, BFA, M.Ed., began drawing at age four and never stopped. She has taught art for more than 15 years and made a living as an artist in Los Angeles doing architectural drawings and watercolor constructions. She believes that a classical training in drawing is an essential foundation for the visual arts.

Experience Jim Pedersen’s beginning watercolor series and learn everything you need to know to get started in this exciting medium. This structured class provides a solid technical foundation in watercolor. Jim’s “follow-along” demonstrations include wet-in-wet painting, gradation, layering, color theory, correction techniques, and “right-brain” painting philosophy. Previous experience with mixing color and using paint is helpful but not required. A complete supply package is available from Jim for $91. Please call or email him to reserve one at 303.449.6324 or If you prefer to bring your own supplies, please visit for a supply list. u Jim Pedersen, an award-winning painter whose work has been featured in Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, and Watercolor Magazine, has been teaching art for 35 years. > Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / Jan 22 – Mar 12 $195 / 1040 Dellwood Ave Studios / 8 sessions

> Tue 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 29 – Feb 26* $135 / Casey Middle / 4 sessions *No class on Feb 12.

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Beginning Painting with Acrylics Learn the basics of color theory and color mixing as you explore the world of acrylic painting. Techniques for light and shadow, dimension, and perspective will be covered as you work with images that interest you. We will focus on what motivates us to create art and how to foster creative energies while facing the inner critic that inevitably comes up in art-making. Then we will apply these skills to a long-term painting done on canvas. Students will be encouraged to write about their painting process and share their insight with others. u Michelle Fox is an Art Therapist with more than 20 years of painting experience. She brings a knowledge of painting technique and color theory along with an understanding of the fundamental process of creating art. Michelle uses a mindfulness approach to teaching and focuses on students’ strengths and each one’s own unique process. A > Tue 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 29 – Feb 26 $149 / Monarch High / 5 sessions B > Wed 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Mar 6 – Apr 10* $149 / Southern Hills Middle / 5 sessions

*No class on Mar 27.

Creative Journaling and Collage Explore your creative expression. Learn creative journaling and art processes to enhance self-exploration and self-understanding. You will learn journaling tools that will add texture and color to your writing. You will also work with collage and choose images that will result in deeper writing and artistic voice. Through collage, you will create a set of cards that combine images, words, and intuition into finished works of art. Linking these two processes together is a gentle, playful leap into discovery of your inner self. A $25 materials fee for a workbook, collage cards, sleeves, and special glue, is payable to the instructor at class. u Rosemary Lohndorf is a former principal and awardwinning elementary school teacher, and has taught children and adults for more than 30 years. She has been an avid journal writer for many years, and is now a certified Journal to the Self® instructor. Laura Lyon has been a teacher of children and adults for 38 years, and has been a collage artist for decades, creating illustrated Journals, Vision Boards, and SoulCollage® cards. She is a certified SoulCollage® Facilitator, and loves sharing her expertise of the SoulCollage® process. > Wed 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 23 – Feb 27 $165 / New Vista High / 6 sessions

From Black-and-White to Color Painting Color Relative to the Gray Scale Do you have an historical black-and-white photograph that you would like to turn into a watercolor painting? That’s exactly what we will learn to do in this hands-on class. The instructor will demonstrate this approach using watercolor, letting colors mix on the paper, as you learn how to relate colors to the gray scale. You will learn about the value and intensity of color. Bring your own photos to class or the instructor will have some available for you. Class is limited to 10 students so there will be lots of time for individual help. Bring a sack lunch. Please email the Lifelong Learning Registrar for a supply list at u Alice Carol is an award-winning artist. She has taught for Foothills Art Center in Golden, at East Boulder Senior Center, and at the Lafayette Library. Alice is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society. > Thu 10:30 am - 2:30 pm / Jan 24 – Feb 28 $175 / Lafayette Public Library / 6 sessions

Foundations in Oil Painting Have you ever wanted to learn to oil paint but thought you had no talent? No such thing! This class is designed to give people the fundamental tools and skills to paint in oils from life. Working from still life and the figure, we will learn how to translate what we see into convincing and successful renditions through a step-by-step understanding of oil paint and how to use it. As our mastery develops, spontaneous play becomes part of our repertoire. One-on-one attention is given in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Email the instructor with any questions about the supply list at u Jordan Wolfson is a contemporary artist who has taught painting for more than 20 years. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad and his artwork is found within many public and private collections. Jordan received his MFA from Yale University Art School and he is the recipient of numerous awards. > Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm / Feb 2 – Feb 9 $179 / Jordan’s Studio / 2 sessions

Modern Fused Glass Jewelry Create your own miniature pieces of wearable modern art in the form of glass. Learn the art of fused glass as you create several (at least 10) fused glass pendants and an additional piece of jewelry of your choice (set of earrings or bracelet). We will cover glass cutting, design and layering techniques, varieties of fusible glass, and kiln firing schedules. A materials fee of $45 is payable to the instructor for all of the required materials and tool use. u Erinn Diekman is a Boulder glass artist finding daily inspiration in the beautiful and vibrant colors within the landscapes of Colorado. She received her BA in Fine Art and Art Education from Purdue University. Erinn has been working with glass for nearly 10 years, teaching art classes and creating art in her studio. > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Mar 14 – Mar 21 $85 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

Altered Books Find your voice in the fun and empowering process of altered book making. Bring a book to this class that you would like to “deconstruct.” It may have special significance to your life or just be an attractive item for art making. You will learn techniques for altering using materials to transform the book into your own unique story. Paint, draw, glue, rip, staple, tape, and re-write to explore the narrative of your life. A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor in class. u Michelle Fox (see Beginning Painting with Acrylics) > Wed 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 23 – Feb 13 / $149 / Casey Middle / 4 sessions

Fused Glass Vases and Candle Votives Come learn the art of fused glass while creating beautiful and unique candleholders and vases. You will make four small votives (appropriate for tea lights) and a larger vase, about 4” to 5” high. Topics will include glass cutting, design and layering concepts, varieties of fusible glass and kiln-firing schedules, including fusing and slumping processes. A materials fee of $45 is payable to the instructor for all of the required materials, project firings, and tool use. u Erinn Diekman (see Modern Fused Glass Jewelry) > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Apr 18 – Apr 25 $85 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions

Introduction to Silversmithing This class provides a unique opportunity to anyone wishing to explore and develop necessary technical skills for making sterling silver jewelry. Participants will be introduced to a variety of metalsmithing tools such as: flexshafts, polishing equipment, soldering torches, hammers, and much more. Session A focuses on pendants; Session B focuses on ring making. A materials fee of $25 is payable to Boulder School of Metals. All tools are provided. Please bring a sack lunch. u Shelly Bohin, BFA, owner and founder of Boulder School of Metals, has more than 25 years of experience in the jewelry making field. Shelly worked for several notable jewelers and went on to design and produce her own distinct line of jewelry, which is shown in contemporary jewelry galleries throughout the U.S. A > Pendants

Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm / Jan 26 $115 / Boulder School of Metals / 1 session B > Rings

Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm / Mar 9 $115 / Boulder School of Metals / 1 session

Leather Structures for Bookbinding Learn to create hand-made leather-bound books with a master bookbinder. This introductory course will familiarize students with basic bookbinding techniques, materials, and the history of bookbinding. Students will make several different structures including: a leather spine book with hard covers, a leather wrap-around book, and a fold-up wearable purse book. Leather will be provided for a materials fee of $50 (payable to instructor on the first day of class). u Brenda Gallagher is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist living in Longmont. She began binding books in 1999, and it changed her life forever! She has studied with many renowned book artists and is a student of the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, CO where she studies fine leather binding. She is Vice President of the Book Arts League in Boulder. > Tue, Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Mar 12 – Mar 21 $149 / Southern Hills Middle / 4 sessions

The Art of the Handmade Book Simple Bookbinding Techniques For beginning students (or even experienced bookbinders who want a refresher in the basics), this intensive bookbinding class will introduce you to the history, tools, and techniques of hand bookbinding. Students will become familiar with a variety of bookbinding materials, supplies, and resources. Beginning with simple book structures such as pamphlets and accordion books, we will move on to more advanced stitching techniques including Japanese Stab Binding and a multi-signature hardcover binding. A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor in class. u Brenda Gallagher (see Leather Structures for Bookbinding) > Tue, Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 19 – Feb 28 $149 / New Vista High / 4 sessions

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creative visual arts

Beginning Knitting


Woodcarving For Beginning and Continuing Students Receive step-by-step instruction from a master carver. European chip carving, relief carving, and carving in the round will all be covered. The focus will be on individual projects with technical aid given by the instructor. Learn how to sharpen tools, what types of wood to use, and most importantly, the safety techniques that should be employed. A $5 materials fee for wood and tool use is payable to the instructor at the first class. u Joseph Sikora was trained in Bavaria, Germany, where he worked as a professional woodcarver for many years. Joseph is a member of the Colorado Woodcarvers Club and the National Association of Woodcarvers. A > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 21 – Apr 11* $135 / Monarch High / 6 sessions

Knitting is an ancient craft practiced by women (and some men) for centuries. Once a necessity, knitting has developed into beautiful wearable art. Discover the joy of knitting for yourself and others as we create beautiful projects with needles and yarn. We will learn basic knitting techniques to get you started such as casting on and off, knitting and pearling, and how to determine yarn to needle size. We will also learn gauging, how to read a pattern, blocking, and finishing your work. Projects range from a scarf to fingerless mittens. u Eileen Christofferson, BA, has been knitting for more than 40 years. She uses a variety of yarns and needles and often creates her own patterns. Eileen has been commissioned to knit pieces for everyone from babies to the elderly and has taught knitting to students ages 10-60. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm / Jan 24 – Mar 7* $115 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Feb 21.

*No class on Mar 28 and April 4. B > Mon 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 25 – Apr 8* $135 / Casey Middle / 6 sessions

*No class on Mar 25.


this year I’ll try ... something creative!

Learn to Crochet Crochet is back in style! We see it in everything from sweaters to curtains. It’s a craft that is easy and fun. In this class, we will explore the many things you can make with just a few basic stitches. In the first class, you will learn how to make a chain stitch (the foundation for every project) and single crochet. Then, we will explore double and triple crocheting as well as a slip stitch and how to turn our work for rows or crochet in-the-round for hats. We will also cover how to determine yarn to hook size, add yarn, determine gauge, and read a pattern to make a beautiful scarf or hat. In the last class, we will learn the importance of blocking our work. A $10 materials fee for what you need to get started is payable to the instructor in class. u Eileen Christofferson (see Beginning Knitting) > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 5 – Mar 5 $95 / Southern Hills Middle / 5 sessions

Mosaics 101 Learn the craft of mosaics during a one-day workshop at the instructor’s delightful studio in Prospect New Town. Create your own keepsake picture frame or 8”x 8” wall art. Using a variety of materials provided by the instructor, learn simple techniques of cutting, gluing, and grouting fine china, art glass, half marbles and tile. In the morning, we’ll cut and glue. During our lunch break, students may visit Prospect’s fabulous restaurants and shops, then return at 2 p.m. to finish the grouting and go home with your work of art! A materials fee of $50 is payable to the instructor in class. Susan Wechsler, MFA, teaches and works in her beautiful Longmont studio. She is an avid collector of antique china, stained glass, figurines, tiles, and other discarded treasures which she uses to create her unique, inspiring mosaics. u

> Sat 9 am - 3 pm / Feb 9 / $79 / Half Measures Drive / 1 session


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

Music Vocal Empowerment

Copyright © Ron Stern

Free your Voice, Free Your Self

Secrets to Great Travel Photos Have you always wanted to take great travel photos like the pros but didn’t know where to start? In this class, you will learn how to use creative settings on your camera to freeze or slow down action, how to control depth of field, the creative use of lighting, fill flash, and how to create a beautiful, full-color photo book in a week’s time. During the second half of the class, you will go outside to practice what you have learned. Bring your digital camera to class. A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Ron Stern is the travel columnist for the San Diego Community Newspaper Network and editor-in-chief of He has published hundreds of articles in places like the Chicago Tribune, Shape Magazine, and the Orlando Sun-Sentinel. Ron’s websites include:,,, and

Cultivate the joy of singing as you build awareness of your voice as your “self” and your body as your “instrument.” In each class, you will learn freeing vocal warm-ups, simple improvisations, and group songs. Through vocal exercises, you will learn how to use your breath to support your voice, how to project with a fuller sound, and how the voice and body work together. You will expand your vocal range and your ability to make different qualities of sound. Most importantly, you will learn how to let go and get out of your own way, so you can have fun singing! All levels are welcome. No experience necessary. u Eve received her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance and advanced certification in Voice Movement Therapy. Eve finds inspiration and joy in improvisation with voice, piano, and a capella group singing. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 21 – Apr 11* $135 / Southern Hills Middle / 6 sessions *No class on Mar 7 & 28.

A > Sat 9:00 am - 1:30 pm / Feb 2 $65 / Southern Hills Middle / 1 session B > Sat 9:00 am - 1:30 pm / Feb 16 $65 / Monarch High / 1 session

Beginning Digital Photography This class will unravel the mysteries of digital photography and help you create photos limited only by your imagination. You will learn how to take great shots of people, pets and scenery. We will examine the digital camera’s functions and how to make them work for you. Included are all types of cameras from the point-and-shoot to the DSLR. We will cover exposure, color, and camera settings as you learn how to turn your snap shots into Great Shots. Bring your digital camera and manual to class. u Bill Guy is a professional photographer and Photoshop Certified Expert with more than 20 years of experience in both film and digital photography. As a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he is a popular and sought-after Photoshop teacher in Northern Colorado. Bill has taught at The Center for Fine Art Photography and the Fort Collins Digital Workshop. > Wed 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 30 – Feb 13 $95 / Arapahoe Campus / 3 sessions

Guitar for Beginners Level 1 The Basics Launch yourself into the relaxing and rewarding world of music making. Come with a guitar and little or no knowledge of how to play. Walk away with basic picking and strumming techniques. You will learn how to make sense of and play from a songbook of your favorite artist, learn to avoid the pitfalls and confusion inherent in “how to play guitar” books, and have a clear picture of the guitar styles that you might like to pursue. The emphasis will be on the fun and enjoyment of music. u Doug Richards, BA in Music from CU, plays the guitar and fiddle in a variety of professional music ensembles. His deep love of American roots music is reflected in his teaching and music composition. > Wed 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 30 – Feb 20 $95 / New Vista High / 4 sessions

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this year I’ll try ... swing!

Dance Beginning Ballroom Dance for Couples

Learn four different dances in this fun, structured class with an emphasis on technique and fundamentals. Explore the elegant waltz, the graceful foxtrot, the sensual rhumba, and the lively swing. The first week will focus on correct posture, dance frame, basics in leading and following, four directions of movement, five basic foot positions, resistance techniques, and body mechanics. Each person will dance with their own partner only, so you won’t be dancing with strangers. The course fee is $79 per person. u Christian Thierens, a.k.a., The Dancing Giant, was introduced to Latin American and Ballroom dance at the late age of 23. In 1990, Christian accepted a position as an instructor at a dance studio in southern California. He soon developed a reputation as a top quality instructor and occasionally competed and performed with his students. Christian loves to teach people of all ages and backgrounds about the rewards, both physical and emotional, associated with dancing.

Beginning Swing in Louisville

> Tue 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 29 – Mar 5* $79 / Community Montessori / 5 sessions *No class on Feb 19.

Come learn and dance to the upbeat rhythms of the 40’s and 50’s swing music. In this class you will explore the East Coast style of swing. Be ready to learn simple and challenging fun moves like the pretzel and the straight jacket. Show off at your next company outing or just have fun on the dance floor. Partner signups are encouraged but not required. u Pat Connelly (see Beginning Ballroom in Louisville)

Beginning Ballroom in Louisville

> Thu 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm / Mar 14 – Apr 18* $89 / Fireside Elementary / 5 sessions *No class on Mar 28.

Have you ever wanted to ask somebody to dance but can’t because you don’t know how? Or, have you been asked to dance but have to decline for the same reason? This ballroom class will teach you how to dance the waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, and other ballroom classics you’ve always wanted to learn. Classes are beginner friendly and fun. Partner signups are encouraged but not required. u Pat Connelly spent five years studying dance in New York and continued her graduate study at CU in theater and dance. She has been teaching dance and choreographing dance production for more than 25 years. > Thu 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm / Mar 14 – Apr 18* $89 / Fireside Elementary / 5 sessions *No class on Mar 28.

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Introduction to Salsa Dancing Have you ever wanted to learn Salsa dancing? Salsa is a passionate and sensual Latin dance with origins and roots in Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York City, and Los Angeles. It is one of the most popular social dances in the world, and its popularity is growing every year. This class will have you dancing salsa in no time! In a friendly, relaxed environment, we will learn the basics of salsa music, rhythm, footwork, embrace, and timing. We will practice the most common Salsa moves, and learn how to dance both in partners and solo. After this class, you’ll be ready to dance confidently in the many Salsa clubs throughout Colorado. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Wear comfortable, non-marking shoes (NOT Salsa shoes) to class. u Jason Barry is an avid Latin dancer and teacher. He has been dancing Salsa for nearly four years, and has danced with social groups and performance companies in Colorado. His performance team, Bachata Xtasy, recently performed in Denver, at The San Francisco Bachata Festival, and at Idaho’s Salsa and Bachata Festival. In 2011, he traveled to Havana, Cuba, for intensive training in Cuban casino Salsa. He teaches dance for Ritmos Latinos at CU Boulder. > Wed 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 6 – Mar 13 $125 / BCSIS / 6 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013


Speed Reading

Intermediate Copyediting

Imagine reading two, three, or even four times faster and remembering it! Speed Reading is a proven system that will double (as a start) your reading speed, comprehension, and retention. The benefit is that you’ll zip through everything from books, technical documents and reports to emails, magazines and course books, and remember what you read. Students of all ages leave this class with the power to save time, increase retention and enjoy reading more. If you can read, you can read faster. Join the ranks of five U.S. presidents and numerous Fortune 500 CEOs who save hours every day using this system. A materials fee of $17 is payable to the instructor for a 75-page comprehensive workbook. u Elizabeth Gold, To the Point Training and Development (, increases the success of individuals and organizations through employee performance and skill development. In addition to speed reading, her focus includes management/leadership training, team alignment and customer service excellence.

Increase Speed, Comprehension, and Retention

On Track to Master the Craft Having learned the basics of copyediting, you’re ready for the next level. In this comprehensive course in intermediate copyediting, we will edit nonfiction and reference texts that present challenges in substance, grammar, syntax, usage, and punctuation. You will learn to style notes, references, and bibliographies; edit and typemark tables, figures, captions, and lists; expand your knowledge of style issues and style manuals; and create more extensive style sheets. (This course covers material presented in Alice’s previous classes, including The Discerning Eye: Honing Your Copyediting Skills.) Students should have a command of basic copyediting techniques or have completed the six-session class (With a Fine-Toothed Comb) offered in Fall 2012. A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Alice Levine, a guest lecturer at the Denver Publishing Institute, began her forty-year career as a proofreader. Alice has mentored many proofreaders and copy editors in a publishing career that includes editing nonfiction, academic, and museum publications, as well as conducting workshops for businesses and organizations. > Wed 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 23 – Feb 20 $149 / New Vista High / 5 sessions

An Abundance of Errrors A Career in Proofreading OOPS!! You’ve noticed the numerous misspellings, typos (including the one above), and errors in punctuation and grammar in newspapers, books, magazines, advertisements, résumés, legal documents, business correspondence, and online media. You also know that spell-checking programs don’t catch all the errors. If you have a passion for correctness and are an astute and careful reader, consider a career as a proofreader. In this entertaining and informative four-session course, you will be introduced to professional proofreading marks, become familiar with resources that proofreaders use, hone your skills on challenging exercises, and learn about opportunities for employment or a freelance career as a proofreader. (This course covers material presented in Alice’s previous classes, including An Eye for Detail and The Finishing Touch.) A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor in class. u Alice Levine (see Intermediate Copyediting) > Wed 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 27 – Mar 20 $95 / New Vista High / 4 sessions

> Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 21 – Mar 7 $115 / Monarch High / 3 sessions

Life Writing This creative and interactive writer’s workshop focuses on the art and science of the personal essay. Information will be provided about writing techniques, structure and voice — and there will be fun in-class writing prompts and inspiring take-home assignments. If you’re interested in finally getting around to doing some life-inspired writing (serious, humorous or whatever) this course may be ideal for you. Why not give it a try? There’s no time like the write time! u Ellen Mahoney is a local freelance writer. She has taught writing at the University of Colorado for a number of years, and enjoys the writing process and working with students. > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 5 – Feb 26 $135 / Southern Hills / 4 sessions

FOOD & DRINK • Fermented Foods • Flash Feasts • Ravioli Revival • Knife Skills > pages 20 & 21

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this year I’ll try ... organic gardening!


life&home House & Garden Fundamentals of Interior Design Would you like to explore Interior Design? In this course, students will be introduced to the basic elements and principles of good interior design. Emphasis will be on the ability to analyze and evaluate any interior space. Focusing on residential design, students will develop an awareness of basic space planning, color, lighting, material schemes, furniture selection, and art and accessories. Students may work on a Design Project of their own. u Cynthia Peacock is a professional designer with a background in Hospitality and Residential Interior Design. Interior design is her third career and she has practiced for 20 years in locations worldwide. Currently, she is a design consultant and specializes in color. Cynthia enjoys sharing her knowledge with all who are interested in design, art, and culture. > Tue 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 29 – Feb 26 $175 / New Vista High / 5 sessions

Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Would you like to grow your own vegetables but don’t know where to start? In this class, you will receive step-by-step instructions from garden planning to food preservation. Beginning with soil preparation, site considerations, and growing your own seedlings, you will plan a garden customized to meet your needs. Then we will discuss planting, position, and pest management. Finally, you will learn what to harvest when and how to preserve the bounty for the winter months. Practice a holistic style of garden management that encourages diversity and returns as much to the earth as is harvested. A materials fee of $7 is payable to the instructor for comprehensive handouts. u Shere Holleman, M.Ed., has been gardening for more than 20 years. She decided to become more self-reliant by growing some of her own food two years ago and now produces hundreds of pounds of organic vegetables from her backyard garden. Shere is currently working on her Master Gardener certification. > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Feb 28 – Mar 14 $75 / Casey Middle / 3 sessions

Farm Shares 101 Do you enjoy fresh produce picked just hours before you take it home? Or peaches, pears, and cherries from the western slope? Would you like to eat meat raised humanely on local farms? You can get all of these products and more by joining a CSA program (also called a farm share). And you’ll get to know your farmer to boot. This class will teach you all about farm shares—how to decide if they fit your lifestyle, what to look for when selecting one, and how to handle the variety of foods that joining one will bring. You will also learn some of the risks and benefits of joining a CSA and discuss some prominent Boulder County CSAs. There will be an optional field trip (costing an additional $10) to a local CSA farm. Dan Moore has been a proponent of farm shares since he first joined one five years ago. As part of his search to find the right CSA, he built an online directory of Colorado farm shares, interviewing farmers and other CSA members, and helping others find the right local food solution. Local food and sustainability have interested him for a decade. u

> Wed 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Feb 6 – Feb 9 $49 / Southern Hills Middle / 2 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

The Art and Science of Composting An Introduction to Alternative Methods There’s more to composting than the old pile of kitchen scraps and leaves sitting in the corner of your yard. This course explores numerous techniques to transform regular household food and yard waste into healthy compost, diverting waste from the landfill and creating an essential amendment for your garden. Anyone, including those with limited space, can take advantage of these techniques! And for those with a pile in their backyard, we will explore ways to bring life to that pile and get it working for you. Be prepared for hands-on experiments in and out of class, supported by studies into the science of soil and compost. We will learn about active and passive compost heaps, sheet mulching, worm composting, bokashi, and compost tea, as well as other, lesser known composting methods. u Kipp Nash has spent much of his adult life exploring organic gardening and farming. Most notably, Kipp founded, owned, and operated Community Roots, a unique neighborhood-based organic farm located in Boulder from 2006-2010. Community Roots was featured in numerous local and national publications and documentaries and provided a model for future neighborhood agriculture programs. > Sat 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / Feb 9 – Feb 23 $135 / Southern Hills Middle / 3 sessions

Green Cleaning Create Your Own Environmentally Friendly Soaps Before you start your spring cleaning, or even your next cleaning, consider this: how are your cleaning habits affecting your environment? Household soaps and cleaners frequently leech into our water table and can be devastating to local flora and fauna, as well as to your health. In this course, we will discuss the history and science behind soap and everyday cleansing compounds and components while taking a holistic look at their positive and negative effects. After covering the basics, we will create our own take-home soaps and household cleaners, with take-home recipes. Your soaps and cleaners are sure to be a hit among friends and family, and they make great gifts, too! No matter how often you clean, this course will help you and those you love become cleaner “cleaners.” A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor in class. u Chris Hallden holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Science from the University of Central Florida. He formerly worked within his community as an outreach science educator for the Orlando Science Center and as an energy specialist for Orange County. My personal Credo: Through my life and work I intend to improve the world in which we live, however small or large the difference makes.

The Sustainable Flower Garden Presented by Lauren Springer Ogden Sustainable gardening means creating a garden that is in tune with its climate, conditions, plant selection, and practices that minimize the use of scarce resources. It also means choosing plants and growing them in ways that nurture our aesthetic spirit as well as the web of life around us. In class, you’ll explore the rich palette of flowering plants that need little if any water, soil amendments, or fertilizers; attract pollinators and beneficial wildlife; and require little effort to keep them happy and beautiful. Lauren Springer Ogden is author of The Undaunted Garden and co-author of Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens and PlantDriven Design. She is a popular instructor and nationally known garden designer. In her Fort Collins garden she pioneers new plants and design concepts. u

> Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Mar 16 $49 / New Vista High / 1 session

> Tue 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 5 – Feb 12 $59 / Arapahoe Campus / 2 sessions

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Food & Drink Eat Your Greens If you think “eating more vegetables” means a bigger pile of broccoli on your plate, be ready for a surprise. We’ll make and taste a variety of vegetable-rich dishes, both with and without meat, and learn the secrets for wonderful-tasting vegetables. You’ll soon be eating them abundantly and with relish. This class covers the basics of buying, storing, and prepping winter greens and vegetables, plus the fun part of seasoning, cooking for best flavor, and weaving into soups, grains, skillets, and more. As we cook together, discover the fun, creative side of cooking, time- and money-saving tricks, and how wholesome everyday meal making can be manageable for everyone. Whether you’re cooking for one or a family, a beginner or expert, enjoy new recipes, new ingredients, new flavors, seasonal cooking know-how, and good company. Tastings will be included. A materials fee of $45 is payable to the instructor in class. u Mary Collette Rogers has been a healthy eating coach, speaker, cooking instructor, and author for more than 20 years, having taught classes in venues from Wild Oats Markets, Whole Foods and corporate wellness programs, to in-home cooking get-togethers, fitness centers and local farms. Her classes consistently receive high ratings and enthusiastic responses. She happily shares her years of experience and knowledge about making delicious wholesome meals.

Recipe-Free Vegetarian Cooking from Within Learn to use your senses to cook with what is on hand, what is growing seasonally, or for specific dietary limitations. In this three-part creative cooking class, you will tap into your intuition and experience the joy of listening to your body. Our bodies tell us what foods they need if we slow down, listen to them, and cook from within. You will find that this creative cooking process is therapeutic as you experience the true healing nature of high quality food, cooked with love. Chef Lauren will start each class with a demo of a cooking method and then the students will have the opportunity to apply the method to their choice of ingredients, oil, spices, and salt. We will work with grains, beans, sauces, and vegetables. This class will be plant-based and gluten-free. Come join the fun. It is not about the final dish, it is about the process! A $35 materials fee is payable to the instructor in class. u Lauren Gennett is a personal chef and faculty member of the International Academy of Natural Cookery’s professional personal chef training. As a vegan for more than 18 years, Lauren loves bringing delicious, healthful vegan cuisine into the world. Lauren’s favorite part about being a teacher is watching the transformation of students’ confidence as they discover that they can create dishes without following recipes. > Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 30 – Feb 13 $135 / Arapahoe Campus / 3 sessions

A > Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 30 – Feb 20 $145 / Monarch High / 4 sessions B > Thu 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 31 – Mar 7* $145 / Arapahoe Campus / 4 sessions

*No class on Feb 14 & 21.

Knife Skills Seminar Mastering the use of knives speeds up preparation time and makes for a safer and tastier cooking experience. We will prepare a scrumptious meal as we learn the chef’s techniques. Bring your own knives, cutting board, and an appetite, and learn to cut and cook like a professional. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor in class. u Cheyne Keith began cooking professionally at age 15 and has worked at more than 26 restaurants, from pizza joints to fancy French bistros. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, he has worked in Manhattan, Seattle, Copenhagen, and Colorado. > Sat 9:30 am - 12:00 pm / Feb 2 $59 / Southern Hills Middle / 1 session

Vietnamese Pho and Thai Curry Taste Bud Explosion Vietnamese pho soup is Hanoi’s specialty — simultaneously subtle and bold. Throw on your chef’s hat and become a “pho master!” Complex, individual, and learnable, Thai curry is another dish with infinite varieties, and they all taste great! Perhaps you recall that curry you ate in Bangkok? We will bring it to life. Never been there? This hands-on class will airlift you to Bangkok’s ancient streets. So roll up your sleeves and free your inner chef. Your curry life will never be the same. A materials fee of $20 is payable to the instructor in class. u Cheyne Keith (see Knife Skills Seminar) > Tue, Thu 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Jan 22 – Jan 24 $89 / Southern Hills Middle / 2 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

The Art of Fermented Foods Sauerkraut, kimchi, and homemade ginger ale—come learn the basics of home fermenting including a unique process for turning cabbage into a probiotic superfood! We will start with the basics, transitioning from sauerkraut to fermented sweet potatoes (the grand slam of probiotic superfoods), to kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and homemade carbonated beverages. All supplies are included in the $25 materials fee and students will take home the delicious fermented treats prepared each week. Taylor White, BA from Naropa, has spent the past decade navigating the ins and outs of the modern organic lifestyle. He views home fermenting as a natural extension of bringing past wisdom into modern application, bridging the gap of food availability, cost of probiotics, and ancient techniques for food enhancement. u

> Wed 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 23 – Feb 6 $89 / Southern Hills Middle / 3 sessions

Euro Classics Updated A Technique-based Experience All the fancy restaurants in Boulder are doing it — so can you! Become a modern chef, steal the best from “Continental Cuisine,” and make it your own. Our learning will be deeply technique- and ingredient-based... haute cuisine at its best. Week one, we will start preparing stocks and update chicken fricassee in tarragon wine sauces. Week two continues with stocks, as we defy the imagination with updated, light duck and chicken a l’orange. In week three, we will morph our reduced stocks into Frasca-quality sauces for osso buco with five-star polenta. Our final week will continue with sauces as we share the chef’s secrets to professionally prepare the ever-challenging creme brulee. Be assured, four weeks of professional learning with a passionate teacher can change your culinary life! A materials fee of $40 is payable to the instructor in class. u Cheyne Keith (see Knife Skills Seminar) > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 5 – Feb 26 $145 / Monarch High / 4 sessions

Ravioli Revival Making Ricotta, Puttanesca, and Fresh Pasta In the epicurean world, nothing beats fresh pasta with fresh cheese in a bed of lively puttanesca sauce. Get ready for a full-on learning experience as this very “hands-on” class runs riot on your taste buds. We will learn to make amazing, fresh pasta, creamy ricotta, and professional puttanesca sauce. You will also (finally) learn to use that pasta machine you received as a wedding or holiday gift! This class aims to provide you with simple, lifelong techniques — in one night. A materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor in class. u Cheyne Keith (see Knife Skills Seminar) > Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 7 $59 / Monarch High / 1 session


this year I’ll try ... making kimchi! Flash Fast Feasts A La Minute Cooking, Pro-Style

Who has enough time these days? After this class, you will! This class is designed for Front Range foodies who would benefit from hard-to-acquire tricks of the trade, and experienced, passionate, and budget-minded chefs. Each week we will create a feast based on transferable culinary techniques used by the pros. Week one, we will explore the cuisine of North Africa including saffron couscous, harissa relish, Tangiers roasted chicken, and lamb. (Chef Cheyne has been there, and can share his knowledge). Week two, experience the unexpected taste of Pibil sauce chicken from the Aztec world. Based on ground achiote, lime, and tequila, this is the south-of-the-border equivalent of high French cuisine! Easy? No. Learnable? Yes! Week three, we will be transported to France as we prepare paillards and scallopinis. Tender slices of hotseared meats or tofu with pan sauces. Tricks of the culinary trade will get you there. These preparations lend themselves to artistry. Cook fast — enjoy life more! A materials fee of $30 is payable to the instructor in class. u Cheyne Keith (see Knife Skills Seminar) > Thu 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 21 – Mar 14* $119 / Southern Hills Middle / 3 sessions *No class on Mar 7.

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Health & Fitness

Fun & Games

Yoga of the Brain Tuesday Night Ladies Texas Hold ‘em 101

Priming the Neural Pathways for Health and Well-being

Learn to hold your own at the poker table while enjoying a fun “girlz nite out.” Texas Hold ‘em is the most popular poker game in the U.S., and this class will teach you the basics and secret benefits of the game. You will learn the language (e.g., “blinds”, “all-in”, and “chip bully”) and a variety of strategies, while practicing your newly learned “bluffing” skills. Come learn how Texas Hold ‘em helps you stay young, smart, stress-free, connected with others, patient, wise, and in good health (laughter keeps us well). During each class you will learn and practice the skills which will end in a full “tournament”-style game at the final class. We play with poker chips, not money. Essential snacks and cheat sheets will be provided! A $5 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u Roz Bard learned to play Texas Hold ‘em New Year’s Eve of 2007 and has been playing ever since. She has experienced all of the benefits mentioned above including getting to know her competitive edge. She plays because it is FUN. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. > Tue 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Mar 5 – Mar 19 $89 / Casey Middle / 3 sessions

Learn applicable and practical tools to reduce stress and increase energy while creating balance. This experiential curriculum teaches the most recent Neuroscience research on empowering your brain in the context of proven and clinically-tested, empirically-informed ancient yoga practices. It is open to all levels of practice, experience, and fitness. This course incorporates yoga postures, hand gestures, conscious breathing techniques, and mindful meditation practices in an easy and fun platform. You will realize the potency of yoga practice and mindful meditation for bringing the brain into balance and harmony. We will also explore our autonomic nervous system through embodied awareness to empower our brains through our sensory organs, calming the limbic system, and resolving stress and pain. Bring a yoga mat and towel to class. u Shanti Medina, CPT CYT, is the owner of Energize training systems. These empowering physical fitness and visualization techniques include mind/body mapping, neuromuscular re-patterning, core integration, and neuroplasticity. She guides her clients and students to resolve trauma, imbalances, injuries, and disease in the body, mind and spirit. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Mar 7 – Mar 21 $65 / New Vista High / 3 sessions

Tai Chi The Sublime Exercise Tai Chi is one of the great, inspired creations of antiquity. It comes to us from a world that is, in many ways, the complete opposite of modern America: ancient China. Tai Chi can be the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life. It’s a healthy form of light exercise, a moving meditation, a deep-breathing exercise, and a basic selfdefense method. The beautiful, relaxed, and flowing movements work to calm the mind, relieve stress, increase joint mobility, strengthen circulation, improve balance, and mitigate many common ailments. Tai Chi is easy to learn and practice. It just takes patience, regular class attendance, and home practice time. Above all, it’s fun! u Craig Rice has been a student and practitioner of Tai Chi since the 1960s and a teacher since the 1990s. He has studied under several teachers over the years, most notably Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. For more information about Craig visit his website at > Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 am / Jan 26 – Mar 16* $125 / Southern Hills Middle / 7 sessions *No class on Mar 2.


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Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

Family & Relationships The Seven Priorities that Will Positively Change Your Life In order to set goals for the New Year, we need to prioritize. Lack of priorities can be the #1 killer of achievement, accomplishment, happiness, and success. It’s said that “we don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan.” The 21st Century is a cascade of change, distractions, stressors, and events that can make us lose our focus and priorities very easily. To live the life you truly want, you must take charge of your goals and dreams and take action on your priorities. But which priorities? In this class, you’ll identify your priorities and create personal action plans for each. Don’t let the chaos of today’s many constant distractions keep you from what’s truly important. u Kim Wolinski, MSW (a.k.a. Dr. DeClutter) is an internationally known author, speaker, stress expert for more than 30 years, and professional organizer for more than 11. She offers simple yet powerful ways to make immediate and lifelong changes to take your life back. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 17 – Jan 24 $65 / Monarch High / 2 sessions

Burn Your House Down! 10 Keys to Organize Anything Got clutter? If clutter and disorganization “trance” you out, you’re not alone. Is your clutter affecting your health, wealth, energy, mood, and self-esteem? The Mayo Clinic puts the “lack of being organized” in the top three things we need to do to get and stay well. Got paper piles? 80% of the paper you have you’ll never look at again, but which papers are these? Paper pile stress includes bills, receipts, kids’ school papers, art and parent-teacher paperwork, magazines, photos, memorabilia, and more—all screaming for attention. Laugh and learn how to get started decluttering, reorganizing your home, and taming those paper tigers for good. A materials fee of $5 is payable to the instructor in class for the Important Documents File List and eGuide. u Kim Wolinski (see The Seven Priorities that Will Positively Change Your Life) > Wed 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Feb 6 – Feb 13 $65 / Casey Middle / 2 sessions

Parent is a Verb This is a class for parents and/or grandparents who are battling with uncooperative, disrespectful, “out of control,” “crossing the line” children from ages 11 to 99! Are you struggling to parent more effectively? Do fear and worry keep you from following through and being consistent? Are you doing the same thing and expecting different results? Do you feel you need more “tools” in your parenting toolbox? Learn alternative strategies and practical solutions to family problems, such as: choices and consequences, setting boundaries and limits, letting go, fear and worry, blame, enabling, change, guilt, denial, anger, parents’ rights, drugs, and alcohol. u Suzanne Rodgers was a Certified Trainer and State Representative for ToughLove International for ten years and a Certified Trainer, State and National Representative for StandUp Parenting for four years. She does public presentations regionally and nationally and has helped thousands of parents with their children of all ages. > Wed 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Feb 6 – Feb 20 $89 / Monarch High / 3 sessions

High School Parents’ Guide to the PSAT, SAT 1, SAT 2, and ACT For parents of high school students who feel overwhelmed by the many standardized tests their student is facing, this class draws out a map of what each test covers, which test their student should take, and when, in a student’s high school years, each test should be taken. An analysis of both a PSAT and SAT score sheet is included in this twohour standardized test overview. u Blair Tyse worked as an aerospace engineer on satellites and the Space Station for many years until her desire to empower teens led her to create a holistic approach to SAT prep in 1994. She has helped more than 1500 students on the SAT since. > Thu 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Jan 31 $49 / Casey Middle / 1 session

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Mindfulness Skills for Academic Success and Test Anxiety Reduce anxiety and improve test scores. In this course, students are introduced to mindfulness as a technique for enhancing academic success and working with test anxiety which may be encountered with CSAPs, SATs, ACTs, or final exams. Recent scientific research has shown the effectiveness of mindfulness in strengthening concentration and working with stressful emotions. Students will learn and practice mindfulness over the course of four sessions so that the practices become familiar. That way, when facing stress or text anxiety, mindfulness can be an available mental tool for maintaining focus and calm. A variety of mindfulness meditation strategies will be introduced. Because practicing these techniques is essential for desired results, brief home practice assignments will be encouraged. u Rosa Bridges has practiced mindfulness meditation since 2009 and has sat 120 days of silent retreat. She has taken a number of trainings in service of facilitating secular mindfulness such as UMass Medical School Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Practicum, the Mind Body Awareness Project, and courses with the Mindsight Institute and the Ojai Foundation. Rosa has her own business, Restorative Mindfulness, LLC and will start an MSW program in 2013 focusing on mindfulness for mental health.

SAT Preparation Covering both verbal and math skills, this class will help students to maximize their performance on the SAT. The verbal review will teach students how to answer sentence completion and sentence error questions quickly and correctly when the vocabulary is familiar and how to guess effectively when much of the vocabulary is unknown. Methods for improving reading speed and techniques for locating pertinent information in reading passages will be covered. One entire class period will focus on the SAT essay. Math concepts and skills will be reviewed. Instructors will discuss different reasoning processes. Strategies for maximizing test scores will be developed through practicing on actual SAT tests. Students must spend time out of class doing assigned work to achieve the greatest benefit from this course. The course fee includes a book and a CD. Please bring a pocket folder to the first class. > Visit for meeting details

SAT Prep Small Group Intensive Does your child work better in a small group setting? Small group tutoring and individualized instruction will allow students to master tested skills in this intensive  course. Students will learn the strategies best suited to each of the three SAT sub-tests (Writing, Critical Reading, and Math) and put them to work using problems drawn from real tests. For the verbal sections of the test, the emphasis is on essay-writing, passage-based reading, sentence-completion questions, and improving the structure of sentences and paragraphs. Students will complete a diagnostic test for the math portion of the SAT  that will help them identify specific math topics that may need extra strengthening. There will be a comprehensive review and final preparation for the exam at the last class, targeting areas where students need the most reinforcement. Stress reduction and relaxation tips are given throughout the course, and feedback on assigned homework and practice tests will be available both online and by phone outside of class time. Class is limited to eight students. > Visit for meeting details

A > Wed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm / Feb 6 – Feb 27 $65 / Fairview High / 4 sessions B > Wed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm / Mar 6 – Apr 3* $65 / Monarch High / 4 sessions

*No class on Mar 27.

Family & Relationships

High School Parents’ Guide to the PSAT, SAT 1, SAT 2, and ACT > see details on previous page


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

SAT Prep Confidence Course This course helps to prepare students for one of life’s most important performance events, the SAT test. Students will gain test-taking confidence by learning timing skills and information retention for the Reading section, relevant grammar rules and persuasive essay-writing strategies for the Writing section, and techniques that both deepen their concept understanding and improve accuracy on the Math section. Students will learn how to guess when they don’t know the vocabulary on the Sentence Completions and how to read faster and more accurately on the Reading Passages. In the Writing section, students will review important grammar rules necessary for the Sentence Correction and Error Identification portions. The equivalent of one class period will be spent on practicing the SAT essay. In the Math section, students will review important Geometry, Arithmetic, and Algebra skills and learn strategies that will improve accuracy and increase speed.  For maximum score improvement, solid out-of-class work is essential and expected. > Visit for meeting details

ACT Prep Covering the English, Math, Science and Reading sections, this course provides the student with practice tests, instruction and test-taking strategies. Classes one through four cover a different subject area each night, and the fifth class consists of a review and final preparation for the exam. Boulder Valley High School Juniors take the ACT in the spring. Seniors who would like to improve their test score are advised to re-take the test in the fall.

Driver’s Ed Classroom Training Teach your teen to drive by the experts – Colorado police officers! The 30 hours of classroom training, required by the State of Colorado, is taught by Police Officers. Your teen will learn the rules of the road exclusively from State Police Academy driving instructors, School Resource Officers, and police officers who have received honors as the best traffic investigators. Approved by the State Department of Motor Vehicles, the completely interactive curriculum will focus on the rules and regulations of driving through interesting lectures with group discussions, games, and small group activities. Students will learn about basic car maintenance, how to change a tire, and what to expect on a traffic stop. Prepare them for a lifetime of safe driving with Driving School instructors who have the ‘reallife” advantage. Students must be 14-1/2 years old on the first day of class. The permit test will be administered on the last day of class and students must be within 30 days of their 15th birthday to take the test. If they are not within 30 days of their 15th birthday, they may arrange with the instructor to take the test at a later date. This class does not include the six hours of behind-the-wheel driving. u Driving School instructors consist of Colorado State Certified Academy Instructors, School Resource Officers, and police officers who have received honors as the best traffic investigators. > Visit for meeting details

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FREE End Distracted Driving — Keeping Your Kids Safe Are you worried when your teen drives or is a passenger in a car with another teen driving? What chances does your teen take when driving alone or with other teens? Texting and cell phones, eating, changing CDs, and applying make-up while driving all increase the odds of a crash dramatically. Explore the misconceptions about distracted driving in an engaging presentation with your teens. Provide your teen with the resources to decide whether his or her driving behaviors need to change, the skills to speak up as a passenger when a driver is driving unsafely, and the rules for driving safely for everyone in the family, including mom and dad. u Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson are the parents of 21-year-old Casey Feldman who was killed by a distracted driver and has become a national symbol of the toll of distracted driving. They have worked with the USDOT and regional traffic safety organizations, legislators and law enforcement, creating public service announcements, establishing and have spoken with thousands of teens and parents about pedestrian safety and distracted driving issues. > Mon 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Jan 28 / FREE / New Vista High / 1 session

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K-12 Educator Training Don’t wait until your Colorado license is up for renewal! Take your 15 credit hours through BVSD Lifelong Learning. K-12 Educators get CDE credit for these online and classroom courses and they also count towards salary steps. For the online courses, there is an additional fee of $40 for graduate credit from the University of South Dakota.

Online Programs Students with Aspergers > Mar 4 – 29 / $145 / 26 sessions

Online Learning and Teaching > Mar 4 – 29 / $145 / 26 sessions

Generational Learning Styles > Apr 1 – 26 / $145 / 26 sessions

Social Media and Online Tools > Apr 1 – 26 / $145 / 26 sessions For more information visit:

Spanish for Educators Level 1 The focus of Beginning Spanish for Educators Level 1 is the acquisition of basic language structures and vocabulary. Students’ ability to communicate the intended message orally will be emphasized over grammatical accuracy. The course will employ kinesthetic learning strategies that reflect first-language acquisition, which makes retention automatic and allows students to connect their Spanish directly to the spatial/social world instead of to the English translation. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u John Beckwith first learned Spanish by doing business and living in Mexico. He followed up with a BA in Spanish and a MA in Education and has shared the fun of Spanish with all levels of students for 10 years. > Mon 6 - 8 pm / Jan 28 – Mar 11 (no class Feb 18) / $195 / Monarch High / 6 sessions

Spanish for Educators Level 2 This Level 2 class allows each student to incorporate his or her particular language need or specific area of interest into the structures learned in Beginning Spanish for Educators. Students will become familiar with strategies that enable them to advance their Spanish knowledge on their own through continued study and authentic interaction. Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish through a combination of in-class and at-home activities. A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at class. u John Beckwith (see Spanish for Educators Level 1) > Wed 6 - 8 pm / Jan 23 – Mar 6 (no class Feb 27) / $195 / Monarch High / 6 sessions


Lifelong Learning / Winter 2013

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