Community Classroom offers new slate for spring

PLAINVIEW – The Community Classroom at Wayland Baptist University has a few new offerings for the spring term for those interested in learning new skills, brushing up on old ones or just expanding their horizons.

The popular Cake Date with Etta classes, featuring longtime cake maker Etta Gilbert, return for the spring after two fall runs with full classrooms. Students have learned the various cake making secrets and a full host of decorating tips and tricks. The January sessions are nearly full but a few spots do remain. The classes are held Mondays beginning January 7 and repeating the 14th, 21st and 28th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $120 and that includes all supplies. Learn skills for making your own celebration creations and enjoy tasty homework.

Another popular returning feature is the Comedy Defensive Driving series, which is held monthly over two nights, from 6-9 p.m. each night. The first session of 2008 runs Jan. 21-22, then repeats Feb. 18-19, March 24-25, April 21-22, May 19-20 and June 16-17. These courses are great for removing traffic tickets or lowering insurance rates, with instructor Bill Anderson providing handy tips for protection on the road while tickling your funny bone. Cost is $30.

The Literary Lunch Bunch series continues as well, with the first spring session held Tuesday, Feb. 26 from noon to 1:15 p.m. Participants bring sack lunches and discuss the reading assignments from previous sessions, facilitated by Micheal Summers, director of church services at Wayland. February’s session will cover the following titles: Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller; Jesus on Leadership by C. Gene Wilkes; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert; A Perfect Union by Catherine Allgor; and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. There is no charge to attend Lunch Bunch.

Other returning classes to be featured, with dates and times to be announced, include the CPR and First Aid course and Quilting: Traditional Handpiecing. Call the Community Classroom for details.

Besides the returning favorites, several new courses are on the lineup for the spring as well.

Easy Upholstery Class: Meets Thursdays from Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join Karla Glowicki, 20-year veteran of the upholstery and sewing design business, on a journey through step-by-step instruction for covering ottomans and small furniture. Cost is $120.

Beginner Sewing Class: Meets Thursdays from Feb. 28 through March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Longtime seamstress Karla Glowicki will provide nuts and bolts instruction in sewing machine use, threading needles, sewing buttons and using single, blanket and hem stitching. Students will create a pincushion, pillowcase, laundry bag and apron during the course and learn valuable household skills. Cost is $90.

Opera: The Human Voice: Meets Mondays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lovers of opera, unite! Join Dr. Shelley Tapp, associate professor of business at Wayland and a self-confessed opera fanatic, on a tour of the human voice in opera. Sessions will focus on the five vocal ranges, and students will listen to arias and discuss the material to enhance learning and enjoyment. Cost is $50.

Besides special classes like these, the Community Classroom continues to offer one-on-one instruction sessions in computer software usage such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Access, along with various other computer skills. The Classroom is also home to a unique program of GED and Citizenship Exam tutoring provided one-on-one by trained volunteers from the community.

To register for any of the classes through the Community Classroom, contact director Debbie Stennett at 291-3650.