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Astronomy: Beginning Observational Astronomy/Atmospheric Optics

If you have an interest in the night (or daytime) sky, this class will allow you to better understand what you see. You will explore some concepts of celestial mechanics, types of objects to view day or night, and equipment that can be used to enjoy the sky. This class will help you enjoy the sky without special equipment, use the equipment you already have, or select equipment to buy if you want to take your interest to the next level. The class is updated to include information on astronomical events coming within the current year. Bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone if available.

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Beginning Wine Making

Discover the winemaking process, wine styles, testing and adjusting the must and equipment needed for home winemaking. The winemaking process as it relates to a wine kit will be stressed. Topics such as racking, topping, sulfiting and sanitizing will be covered in-depth and a wine kit will be made. All major steps will be demonstrated including bottling and corking.

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Braided Rugs

Turn your old clothes, sheets, and fabric scraps into an heirloom treasure as you learn to braid a beautiful rag rug. Please bring your own fabric, a measuring tape, and sharp cloth-cutting scissors (or a rotary cutter and cutting mat, if you already have them).

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Creative Digital Photography

Would you like to take creative pictures beyond what a cell phone can do, but need some help with some basic photo concepts? We’ve got the class for you! Learn some of the do’s and don’ts, as well as basic composition and lighting. Explore settings your camera allows you to maximize your creative potential. Discussion will involve a variety of cameras from cell phones, point and shoots, DSLRs and new mirrorless cameras. We will shoot photos as a group and share the results. Bring your camera equipment, including tripods and manuals, if available.

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Cricut 101

Get the most out of your Cricut! Join Jewel in this interactive class to learn how to use your Cricut machine (includes Cricut Explore Air, Explore Air 2, and Cricut Maker; does NOT include Expression machines). You will learn how to navigate and use Cricut Design Space while creating a personalized vinyl decal for a tumbler. If you have a Cricut, bring your machine to the class! We will use the campus computer lab to practice in Design Space and create your project. Don’t have a Cricut? Come and learn what it can all do! Jewel will bring her Cricut so you can create a decal too. Bring your own tumbler to apply your decal. All other supplies will be provided and are included in the cost of the class.

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Cricut Crafts - Wood Earrings

Create earrings using your Cricut machine. In this class, you will learn to make wood earrings using iron-on vinyl and how to fashion leather earrings at home. Leave class with a new pair of wood earrings, as well as several blank sets so you can continue creating at home! The skills you take away from class will allow you to create other wood projects such as banners, gifts, wall art, and more. Bring your Cricut to class if you have one.

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Crochet - Bunny Basket

Learn the art of crochet basketry with this super cute bunny. In this class you will learn how to single crochet with two strands, increase, decrease, and how to create a braided handle. Materials needed: Students will need to bring their own Size N (9mm) crochet hook. $10.00 Yarn Kit included in the price of this class.

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Crochet - Daisy

Celebrate Springtime with this cute flower as you learn to crochet! In this class you will learn how to chain, single crochet in the round, and how to increase and decrease stitches. Materials needed: Students will need to bring their own Size J (6mm) crochet hook, stuffing material, and any buttons, beads, or other embellishments they want to use to decorate their finished flower. $7.00 Yarn Kit included in the price of this class.

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Genealogy - Climbing Your Family Tree

Tracking your family's history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several web sites. You'll discover, in simple terms, where to look, who to contact and how to make your family history come alive. With the digitization of historical records, it is now possible to do much of this research from the comfort of your home.

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Guitar for Beginners

Build basic guitar skills with the help of hand-on exercises. This course will give the students an in-depth overview of guitar maintenance. Also, an overview of chord changes for various songs in the categories of country, rock and roll, folk, and contemporary music. Also includes how to read tabulator guitar music.

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Headstones and History

The Irish have always loved a good story, and in a prairie town begun by Irish settlers, a few of those good stories are sure to be found at the local cemetery. Instructor Natalie Butterfield will draw on insider knowledge, with family going back 140 years here, to share “the stories behind the stones” at the historic O’Neill Cemetery. Besides answering general questions like “What’s with those concrete tree trunks?”, you will hear tales of heroism, hilarity, and undying love. Meet men who risked their lives in dedication to duty, like William Froelich, the remarkable Kearns brothers, and hear of a blood feud that lasted beyond the grave. Learn of the saintly Monsignor, Michael Cassidy, and of the Angel of Corregidor, along with rebels, renegades, and ordinary people enduring extraordinary events. You will gain a deeper knowledge of these fascinating personalities and their circumstances, in a way that must be experienced to be understood. This class will meet the first night at the O’Neill Extended Campus, for a discussion and presentation, and will conclude with a walking tour of the cemetery on the second night of the class.

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Houseplant Basics

Growing indoor plants can be a challenge, but with a solid understanding of their cultural requirements, you can have healthy and beautiful indoor plants. You will learn the basics – soils, light, humidity, watering, lighting, repotting, propagating, fertilizing, and containers. Join us for an informative class and leave with the start to or addition to your houseplant collection!

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Introduction to Birding

Watching and studying birds has become a hobby or passion for over 45 million people! It can be a low-cost pastime or serious study pursuit. Birding is fun, rewarding, and offers the chance to meet friendly and interesting people while exploring the great outdoors. This two-part class consists of a 3-hour classroom component including the following topics: birding nomenclature, identification techniques and resources, birding etiquette and attire, field guide and equipment recommendations. On the second day the class will travel to locations in and near O’Neill to view birds and practice identification. Bring binoculars and or a spotting scope if you have them. If you have a bird field guide, bring that too. Recommended (not required) field guide – National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America 7th edition – available for about $22.

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Macrame Hearts

Learn the art of macrame as you make some cute hearts, perfect for giving to loved ones. Using lark’s head, square, and berry knots, you will create a couple of different projects. This class will give you a strong foundation for exploring more complex macrame patterns. $10 Materials kit included in the price of this class.

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Macrame Plant Hanger

In this class you will learn several variations on basic lark’s head and square knots to create a lovely macrame plant hanger. Please bring a small terracotta pot that measures approximately 4.5” tall x 5” wide. $10 Materials kit included in the price of this class.

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Painted Wooden Easter Bunny - Holiday

Let’s grab some friends and get together to paint an adorable Easter bunny! Students in 2nd – 8th grade will explore some basic drawing and painting skills before they create their own unique bunny on wood using paints. These would make great gifts for Easter but may be just too cute to give away! All the supplies will be provided. Kids will be using paints so dress appropriately.

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Science Projects for Kids

Fun experiments and cool facts! This class will be broken up into two one-hour sessions. Class one will focus on what a science experiment is and how to create one. Students will choose a simple project to conduct at home. Class two will focus on putting the results of our experiments together and following up on questions. After our projects are complete, the students will have an opportunity to display and explain them to friends and family on Sat., Oct 16 from 2-2:30 pm. Ages 8+.

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Science Projects for Kids - Astronomy

Discover the wonders of the sky and the planets in our solar system! Learn to identify different constellations, planets, comets, black holes and more! Class size is limited so sign up today! Ages 8+.

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Science Projects for Kids - Discovering DNA

DNA is found in every cell in the body and is passed down from parent to child. In this class, students will develop a better understand of what DNA is and its purpose. They will also have an opportunity to extract the DNA from a strawberry. Ages 8+.

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Wood Pallet Spring Decorations

Get into the spirit by making a simple and attractive spring decoration for your home. Using wood pallets, paint and a little creativity, you can create a Easter Bunny/Easter Cross that will show your readiness for spring to begin. In this fun and interactive class, the instructor will walk you through the planning and construction stages, and you will assemble and paint your spring project in class.

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