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Community Education Courses

Community Education Courses

Fall 2014

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Outdoor Adventure-

Field Touring Old Highway 108-Sierra Village to Clark Fork – Ross Carkeet (Partnership with High Sierra Institute/HSI)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

$35.00 class fee

Spend a relaxing field day touring some of the old and abandoned portions of Highway 108 between Sierra Village and Clark Fork on the Sonora Pass Highway. These hidden and forgotten roadways lend themselves to intriguing tidbits on local history, lore and natural science. We will travel by car caravan approximately 35 miles making stops to examine such features as an early 1900's artistic roadside fountain, the namesake spring for the community of Cold Springs, abandoned grades of the historic Sugar Pine railroad, the historic site of the early 1900's Cow Creek Ranger Station, and old bonsai Jeffrey Pines encased in granitic rock along the narrow and winding Patterson Grade above Donnell Reservoir.


Beginning Water Color Painting- Marrianne Blazzard

Fridays, October 10-November 14, 2014


CC: Maple 102

$60.00 class fee

Explore beginning watercolor painting. Learn basic techniques and tips for creating watercolor landscapes, still life's, and more.

Beginning Handmade Jewelry- Marrianne Blazzard

Saturday, September 27, 2014


CC: Maple 104

$25.00 class fee + $15.00 material fee

Now you can make basic jewelry you enjoy wearing for a fraction of the cost to buy it ready-made. Learn the basic techniques for twisting wire and create a pair of earrings and bracelet in one hour!

The Lost Art of Calligraphy- Marrianne Blazzard

Fridays, September 26-October 31, 2014


CC: Maple 104

$60.00 class fee

Discover the beautiful lost art of calligraphy. Learn several styles for adding that grateful touch to framing, cards, special invitations or documents and crafts. Styles include: Italic Chancery, Blackletter, Roman, Bookhand Foundational, Uncial and Copperplate. Also learn an easy fun way to Illuminate your monogram!

Drawing & Design for fun and relaxation (de-stress) - Marrianne Blazzard

Friday, November 7 and November 14, 2014


CC: Maple 102

$30.00 class fee

In today's busy world there is a way to find peace and relaxation to unwind and let your creative energies flow. People of all skill levels can be successful, no artistic talent required or pre-requisite for this fun class. Learn to create beautiful artwork with repetitive designs. This is a fun and detailed style of artwork for framing, greeting cards bookmarks, or any application you wish. Find geometric patterns and designs in nature and all around us. Let your imagination flow and stress dissolve as you create personalized and one-of-a kind drawings. Improve your confidence, focus, and personal expression.

Drawing: Colored Pencil- Marrianne Blazzard

Saturday, October 11, 18 and 25, 2014


CC: Maple 102

$30.00 class fee

Colored pencils are a fun and portable art medium. You will focus on basics of color theory and color application. Learn to mix and blend colors and to use pencils to create tone and hue. You will cover a variety of techniques and work on a variety of still-life objects or from photographs. All levels welcomed.

Self Help

Creative Art Therapy for Expression and Healing- Brian Jensen

Saturday, October 11, 2014


CC: Aspen 1

$35.00 class fee

We often lose contact with our inner wisdom from the fast pace of our everyday lives. Creativity is the key to reestablishing a relationship with one's inner wisdom (Carl Jung) and also bringing balance to an often task-oriented lifestyle. Through a series of creative arts, learn methods of expressing yourself while reconnecting to who you are. Whether you're a beginner, seeking self-enhancement and growth, want to work with others, or are a professional, this course can be informative, reinvigorating, and fun for all. No art experience necessary.

Retirement Planning for Baby Boomers- Bob Vance

Session 1- Monday's, September 15-October 20, 2014 6:30pm-8:00pm Located at CC: Sugar Pine 115

Session 2- Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Located at 14570 Mono Way, Sonora

Session 3- Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Located at 14570 Mono Way, Sonora

$35.00 class + $10.00 material fee

Baby Boomers are facing a very different and much more difficult retirement than their parent's generation. In this class, we will explore those challenges in detail. Students will be learning how to plan for retirement and understand the principles of good money management, cash flow management and "rock solid" investing. We will be learning how to build a diversified portfolio that works in both good times and bad. The class will cover the basics of estate planning, passing on a legacy and how different insurances can protect assets from erosion or government taxation. Time will be devoted to understanding the basics of taxation and how poor tax planning can hurt your retirement. Health care and Medicare will be explored as well as secrets for the timing of taking Social Security which can be a huge way to increase one's retirement income. Using the information learned, students will be able to construct their own financial plan and roadmap that will help them navigate the future with confidence.


Granite- Roger Putnam

Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:00 am-11:00 am

Saturday, November 8, 2014 Field Trip time TBD

CC: Buckeye 3

$40.00 class fee

Our mountain range, The Sierra Nevada, owes much of its striking landscapes to the rock it is composed of: granite. Our lives in the foothills have been shaped by granite since the gold rush. This two session course will spend a day in the classroom learning about the fundamental concepts of granite and spend the second day on a field trip to check out the granite of Yosemite Valley.

Volcanoes of Tuolumne County- Roger Putnam

Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00am-12:00pm

Saturday, September 7, 2014 Field trip time TBD

CC: Buckeye 3

$40.00 class fee

Tuolumne County owes much of its distinctive landscape to comparatively recent volcanism. This two session course will spend a day in the classroom learning about the fundamental concepts of volcanology and spend the second day on a field trip to check out the volcanic features of our community.

Observational Astronomy- Wayne Christensen

Saturday, September 20, 2014


CC: Fir 3

$20.00 class fee

Class will begin with a classroom tour of our solar system, galaxy and the cosmos beyond. We will then retire to the campus observatory to view Saturn, globular star clusters, open star clusters and planetary nebulae through our new computer controlled 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.


Introduction to Digital Photography- Kevin R eilly

Wednesdays, October 1-November 5, 2014


CC: Maple 102

$55.00 class fee

Learn how to take great photographs with your digital camera. Gain familiarity with photographic terms and phrases. Realize the potential of your artistic talents. Be exposed to valuable knowledge concerning photo editing software programs and find out how to print your photographs on anything from a mug to your personal photo book.

Oral Traditions

Oral History- Cynthia Restivo

Tuesdays, November 4 – December 16, 2014


CC: Sugar Pine 126

$35.00 class fee

Learn the nuts and bolts of using oral history interviews to uncover the past. You know lots of people that have fascinating stories and have lived through significant historical events – learn how to capture those stories digitally as a legacy for their families or to be archived for future historians.

Storytelling- Cynthia Restivo

Tuesdays, September 23-October 28, 2014


CC: Sugar Pine 126

$35.00 class fee

Share the power of storytelling! Calling all teachers, parents, grandparents, docents, forest interpreters, and clergy that want to know more. Take your storytelling to the next level in a supportive environment whether you are a novice or experienced teller. We will examine story selection, how to capture and keep your audience's attention, telling for different ages and stages, character development, embodying the story, descriptive language and getting at the bones of the story. Each teller will develop a folktale and a personal/memoir story for telling.

Kids Fun

Kids in the Kitchen – Culinary Arts Instructor

Saturday, September 20, 2014


CC: Culinary Kitchen, Manzanita

$25.00 class fee + $10 Material fee *

Children will have the opportunity to work with a professional chef. The students will prepare individual pizzas and a small French bread and bake an assortment of cookies. Get your chef hats and bring an appetite! Class size is limited to 12 students, ages 8-12.

Clay Class- Marrianne Blazzard

Saturday, November 1, 8 and 15, 2014


CC: Maple 102

$25.00 class + $15 Material fee *

Come play in the clay with us! Prepare to get your hands dirty! We will learn how to build a pinch pot, coil pot, roll a slab piece of pottery to texturize, & decorate a personalized clay tile. The final day we will paint our creations with acrylic paint. Recommended ages 8-14.


Bread Baking- Culinary Arts Instructor

Saturday, October 18, 2014


CC: Culinary Kitchen, Manzanita

$25.00 class fee+ $10 Material fee *

Learn the delightful whimsical nature of various versatile batters and doughs and how it's sometimes well enough to leave something alone. Class is limited to 12 students.

Fresh Pasta and Sauces- Culinary Arts Instructor

Saturday, November 8, 2014


CC: Culinary Kitchen, Manzanita

$25.00 class fee + $20 Material Fee*

Enjoy the art of making a few different types of pastas. You will have the opportunity to learn basic pastas and sauces that you will be able to use for future dinners that are simple and complete. Class is limited to 12 students.

Dutch -Oven Cooking – Gary House

Saturday, October 4 and 11, 2014


Stanislaus Culinary Arts Institute, Oakdale, CA

$49.00 class fee + $20 Material fee*

Learn the lost art of Dutch oven camp cooking with Gary House, the host of This is an all hands-on cooking class where we will cover everything you need to know about the care, cooking and maintenance of Dutch ovens. Several recipes will be cooked by the class from simple breads and desserts to a full course meal.


Ukulele- Peg Reza

First Session- Thursday's, September 25-October 30, 2014

Second Session- Thursday's, November 6-December 11, 2014

Final Performance- December 18, 2014


CC: Maple 102

$95.00 class fee

Ukulele classes will start at the beginning level and advance as students progress with varying levels of chords, ease of chord-transition, strum patterns and styles. Lessons include dynamics, musician etiquette in a setting with group play & group support. Intermediate players are welcome to join the class for musical interaction, support and new instruction.


Beginning Guitar- Mike Gianelli

Thursdays, October 2-November 13, 2014

7:00pm 8:00pm

CC: Sequoia 1

$100.00 class fee

Learn to play guitar like a master with Mike Gianelli. Learning everything you need to know such as theory, song building, scales, chords, timing and rhythm.

Foreign Language

French- Chantal Plummer

Fridays, September 26-December 19, 2014


CC: Oak Pavilion room 12

$130.00 class fee

In this French class, Chantal will guide you step-by-step through some of the basic and intermediate language skills you would need for a first trip to France. She will give you plenty of in-class practice including situational role playing and dialogue practice. You will learn to use standard phrases and French sentence patterns so they become second nature. Pre-requisites: French 101, 102 or some knowledge in French.

Food Preservation

Preserving for the Future- Bambi Porter

Session 1: Thursday, September 11, 18 and 25

Session 2: Thursday, October 16, 23 and 30

Session 3: Thursday, November 6, 13 and 20


Stanislaus Culinary Arts Institute, Oakdale, CA

$40.00 class fee +$ 25.00 Material fee*

Come join us in learning how to properly preserve fruits, vegetables and more. This class is designed for those who have been curious about canning and preserving but were more than a little nervous to try it on their own. Master Food Preserver, Bambi Porter, will cover the many mysteries of canning and preserving.


Square Dancing- Scot Byars

Wednesdays, October 1-November 19, 2014


CC: Alder 5

$40.00 class fee

Learn to Square Dance in eight fun-filled sessions with national caller Scot Byars. The course will teach basic and mainstream square dancing, an American folk dance which is great exercise and so simple even folks who say they have two left feet easily learn. Individuals or couples welcome.

Beginning Swing Dancing- Jim and Ilene Tassano

Wednesdays, September 28-November 12, 2014


CC: Alder 5

$60.00 class fee

Swing is the most popular and useful dance in Tuolumne county. You will be out dancing in eight weeks to 40's, 50's, Big Band, country-western and popular music. Join the other dancers at events like concert in the Pines, Columbia Street dance and events at the Willow Creek Lounge in Black Oak Casino. This course if for first –time dancers and anyone wanting to have fun, get exercise, and learn single and triple rhythm East Coast Swing. Optional field trips will be encouraged to help you get out and dance.

Beginning Ballroom Dancing- Jim and Ilene Tassano

Wednesdays, September 28-November 12, 2014


CC: Alder 5

$60.00 class fee

Dancing is alive in Tuolumne County! Join the fun at dance events like Concert in the Pines, Columbia Street dance and events at the Willow Creek Lounge in Black Oak Casino. First time dancers will learn four popular ballroom dances: waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha and rumba. Optional field trips will be encouraged to help you get out and dance.