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Enriching the Business of Life

CBIZ's philosophy of "lifelong learning" - sustaining personal growth, expanding horizons, and making new friends is well represented in this varied array of continuing education courses focusing on applied arts, music, history, pets, fitness, culinary and home and garden. There are no tests and no academic requirements. Informal class sessions encourage comments, questions, and lively discussions.

Check out our Life & Leisure Classes below. Call (319) 208-5375 to register.

Retirement 

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Retirement Preparedness Series 2/3/2015
Arts
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Pastel Drawing - Adult 1/27/2015
Potters Wheel 101 2/9/2015
Potter Wheel 102 2/11/2015
Pottery 4/1/2015
Stained Glass 3/10/2015
Stained Glass 3/12/2015
Advanced Photography 4/21/2015
Digital Photography for the Ultra Confused 3/25/2015
Automotive
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Autobody Restoration I  6/1/2015
Autobody Restoration II 6/2/2015
Youth
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Super Sitter  2/16/2015
Leisure
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Soccer for Spectators 3/26/2015
Learn to Knit a Sweater (Beginner) 1/24/2015
Winter Knitting Retreat (All Levels) 2/21/2015
Knitting Home Décor (Beginner and Intermediate) 3/7/2015
History
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Day Trip to Cedar Rapids: National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library 3/28/2015
Henry County Women of Impact 4/29/2015
Henry County Historical Markers 5/13/2015
Healthy Eating
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Fructose Malabsorption 1/13/2015
Building Winter Immunity 1/15/2015
Intuitive Eating 1/27/2015
Healthy Eating for Healthy Families 1/27/2015
Weight Loss Management 1/22/2015
Weight Loss Management 2/17/2015
Dietary Intervention for Autism and ADHD 2/5/2015
Healthy Eating & Food Tasting for Adults 2/24/2015
Save Time, Save Money Eating Healthy 3/3/2015
Gluten-Free and Allergy-Free Made Easy 3/9/2015
Enjoy Healthy Food That Taste Great 5/13/2015
Creative Decorating Series Part I

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Cake Decorating Buttercream Basics 2/2/2015
Cookie Bouquet Centerpieces 4/13/2015
General Interest
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 Certified Wedding and Event Planning  2/3/2015
Opera Appreciation I 3/30/2015
 Pinterest Party  4/11/2015
Gardening
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 Growing Blue Ribbon Vegetables 1/29/2015
 "Black Gold" Composting 5/6/2015 
Garden Basics 2/24/2015
Garden Basics 2/26/2015
Grow Garden Grow 3/12/2015
Grow Garden Grow 3/26/2015
Small Garden Spaces 3/24/2015
The Dirt on Composting 4/21/2015
Edible Landscapes 4/21/2015

Retirement Preparedness Series

Learn How to Thrive In Retirement with Proven Techniques to Secure Your Lifestyle.

Retired or getting close to retiring? This course teaches fundamental principles to help your money last. Learn to better manage and control your investments, get information on basic tax reduction strategies, increase your monthly income while protecting your life of savings from investment mistakes and avoid unnecessary taxes, fees and retirement risks.

8 hours, 4 sessions / $99 / Curtis Cloke

#48078   RiverPark Place, Burlington        Room 111
             Tuesday, February 3-24                6 - 8pm

Pastel Drawing-Adult

This class is designed for beginners and advanced students. Beginners will be drawing fruit and shapes with shading. In this 6-week course, you advance at your own pace. Advanced students will include drawing a still life with pastels. There will be several still lifes available, from simple to advanced. Come try your hand at something new or improve your skills and have fun.

12 hours, 6 sessions / $59 / Fran Thomaston

#48094   Art Center of Burlington                           
               Tuesdays, January 27 - March 3         6 - 8pm

Potters Wheel 101

Learn basics of throwing on the wheel in these five sessions. One wheel per student gives you access. You may practice at other specified times. Limit six students.

12.5 hours, 5 sessions / $59 / Lillian Rubin

#48099   Art Center of Burlington                           
               Mondays, Feb 9 - Mar 9            6:30 - 9pm

Potters Wheel 102

For those who have taken the basic class. Learn to handle more clay and make larger and more functional items. Work at your own pace. Limit six students.

12.5 hours, 5 sessions / $59 / Lillian Rubin

#48100   Art Center of Burlington                           
               Wednesdays, Feb 11 - Mar 11       6:30 - 9pm

Pottery

Students will learn hand building and the use of slump molds to create pots, figures and Gnome houses. There is also the opportunity to learn the use of the potters wheel. Form, color and texture will be stressed. Works will be fired in our new electric kiln.

15 hours, 6 sessions / $59 / Lillian Rubin

#48101   Art Center of Burlington                           
               Wednesdays, April 1 - May 6          7 - 9:30pm

Stained Glass

This class is geared towards both beginners and advanced students. Beginners learn copper-foil methods of constructing glass panels, while advanced students choose from larger panels, boxes, kaleidoscopes, and panel lamps. A beginner’s supply kit is available for approximately $80, payable at the first class.

24 hrs, 8 sessions / $75 + supplies / Pat Latty

#48095   Pat Latty’s Studio, 8 miles N. of Burlington
               Tuesdays, Mar 10 - Apr 28                    1:30 - 4:30pm

#48096   Pat Latty’s Studio, 8 miles N. of Burlington
               Thursdays, Mar 12 - Apr 30                   6:30 - 9:30pm

Advanced Photography

For the serious advanced photographer who wants to learn MANUAL camera function, lighting, and an intro to basic portraiture. This four-session course details the technical manual functions of the camera, different types of lighting and their values, and basic portraiture/composition, and how they impact your photograph. The course relies on specific assignments and kindly in-class critiques. Each student MUST HAVE A CAMERA WITH MANUAL APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED AND ISO. After the first session, classes will be in a professional photography studio, and outdoors, weather permitting.

8 hours, 4 sessions /  $45 / Randy Fox

#48097   Art Center of Burlington                           
             Tuesdays, April 21 - May 12           7 - 9pm

Digital Photography for the Ultra Confused

This class is not for the cell phone photographer, just those with a digital camera. Are you getting better photos but still shooting in the auto setting mode? Students need a camera, the manual for that camera, access to a computer and email capability. Students will be expected to spend 2-3 hours per week at home working on the topics covered in class.

12 hours, 6 sessions / $69 / Rod Gerst

#47936   RiverPark Place, Burlington               Room 110
               Wednesdays, March 25 - April 29      6 - 8pm

Autobody Restoration I

These courses offer an opportunity to gain skills in autobody repair and restoration. You’ll work on projects in a lab type environment. Participants will need to supply their own projects and materials for the class. Enrollment is limited so all participants benefit from personal attention by our expert instructor with ample time on equipment. With this one-on-one approach, no matter what level of skill you have, you will increase your restoration expertise. You’ll learn proper methods of:
          • Dent & Rust repair
          • Painting technique

36 hours, 9 sessions / $185 / Tim Weaver

#48029   SCC West Burlington Campus           Room 324
               Mondays, June 1 - July 27                 5 - 9pm

Autobody Restoration II

These courses offer an opportunity to gain skills in autobody repair and restoration. You’ll work on projects in a lab type environment. Participants will need to supply their own projects and materials for the class. Enrollment is limited so all participants benefit from personal attention by our expert instructor with ample time on equipment. With this one-on-one approach, no matter what level of skill you have, you will increase your restoration expertise. You’ll gain advanced skills in:
          • Panel replacement & fabrication
          • Painting techniques

36 hours, 9 sessions / $185 / Tim Weaver

#48030   SCC West Burlington Campus         Room 324
               Tuesdays, June 2 - July 28               5 - 9pm

Super Sitter

This class is designed to give boys and girls, aged 11 years and older, the knowledge and experience to be super babysitters. Safety, first aid, positive guidance and play activities will be emphasized.

6 hours, 2 sessions / $59 / Kylee Virgin

#48072   RiverPark Place, Burlington            Room 103
               Mondays, February 16 & 23            5 - 8pm

Soccer for Spectators

Part one of the “Sports for Spectators” series. Have you ever sat at a soccer match and wandered “how was that off sides” or “why doesn’t he/she blow the whistle”? Come spend three hours with an experienced local, 15-year IHSAA soccer official, learn some of the fundamentals of the game, what an official looks for when blowing or not blowing the whistle, and the techniques of game management. Get answers to your all your soccer questions.

3 hours, 1 session / $15 / Ted Schneider

#48076   RiverPark Place, Burlington        Room 111
               Thursday, March 26                    5:30 - 8:30pm

Learn to Knit a Sweater (Beginner)

Want to learn how to knit a sweater? Making a child’s sweater is one of the best ways to expand your skills. Beginner sweater patterns will be featured. Tips and techniques will include sweater construction, reading patterns, and finishing techniques.  Participants must be comfortable with knitting and purling.

8 hours, 2 sessions /$29 + supply fee paid to instructor / Sue Prochazka

#48057   SCC Keokuk Campus                Room Annex
               Saturdays, Jan 24 & Feb 7        9am - 1pm

Winter Knitting Retreat (All Levels)

Winter and knitting go together like hot chocolate and a warm blanket. Relax, learn, and connect with fellow knitters in a beautiful setting. Featured patterns for making shawls, wraps and blankets will be available.  Get help with an unfinished project, knitting technique or mastering a stitch. Yarn tasting, knitting magazines, and door prizes!

8 hours, 1 session / $65 / Sue Prochazka

#48065   Wilson Lake Park                                   
               Saturday, February 21                   9 - 5pm

Knitting Home Decor (Beginner and Intermediate)

Add knitted items to your home décor and learn new knitting skills at the same time. Handmade placemats, runners, pillows and rugs are just some of the items included in the pattern selection.  Participants will learn stitch designs, tips, and techniques for home accents. Participants can choose between beginner and intermediate patterns. Material fee paid to instructor.

4 hours, 1 session / $29 + supply fee paid to instructor / Sue Prochazka

 #48056  SCC West Burlington Campus     Room 451
               Saturday, March 7                        9am - 1pm

Day Trip to Cedar Rapids: National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

Vitáme Vás. Explore Czech and Slovak culture and history with a trip to Cedar Rapids, home of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Czech Village. Your trip will include museum exhibits, a guided tour of the Sleger Immigrant House, admission to all museum films, and visit to the Skala Bartizal Library. A walk through the through Czech Village will conclude our day. Káva a Kolãce (coffee and sweet pastry) and lunch will be provided. Your guide, a frequent traveler to the Czech Republic and second generation Czech American, will share perspectives of her own Czech heritage. (Sign up early, space limited)

10 hours, 1 session / $89 / Sue Prochazka

#48021   Pick up in Keokuk & Mt. Pleasant
               Saturday, March 28                                  8am - 6pm 

Henry County Women of Impact

Throughout the history of Henry County, Women have played an important role. The lives and stories of several women will be discussed. Among them: Carolyn Campbell Pendray, Belle Babb Mansfield, Annie Packer, Harriet Ketcham, Lizzie Arrowsmith and Martha McClure. A PowerPoint presentation will be shown and handouts provided.

2 hours, 1 session / $15 / Pat White

#47934   SCC Mt. Pleasant Center             Room 201
              Wednesday, April 29                     6 - 8pm

Henry County Historical Markers

There are dozens of historic sites around Henry County marked with boulders, plaques and signage. This class will discuss those sites, to include Civil War monuments, DAR markers, National Register sites and others. A PowerPoint presentation will be shown and handouts provided.

2 hours, 1 session / $15 / Pat White

#47935   SCC Mt. Pleasant Center              Room 201
                Wednesday, May 13                     6 - 8pm

Fructose Malabsorption

Fructose Malabsorption is being diagnosed more and more frequently. Come and uncover general information about the condition and about how to shop once you’ve been diagnosed. Hy-Vee registered dietitian Michelle Kuster will provide food lists and amounts of fructose to eat per day for an elimination diet that makes managing fructose malabsorption easier - you don’t need to eliminate fruits and certain vegetables forever! Basic information on a low - FODMAP diet to manage other aspects of IBS will also be discussed.

1 hour, 1 session / $25 / Michelle Kuster

#47876   RiverPark Place, Burlington          Room 111
              Tuesday, January 13                     6 - 7pm

Building Winter Immunity

Tired of being sick? Afraid you’ll catch the next bug at the office? This is a specialized nutritional class on building your immune system through nutrition, super foods and herbs. Learn specific foods that will build your immune system and learn what weakens your immune system making you susceptible to illness. As we are in the heart of cooler season, we find that our immune systems are stretched thin.  So this is the best time to get started on taking care of your health.

2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#48066   SCC Mt. Pleasant Center               Room 102
               Thursday, January 15                     6 - 8pm

Intuitive Eating

Tired of dieting? Join Michelle Kuster, RD, LD, Burlington Hy-Vee registered dietitian, for an informative class on a different approach - Intuitive Eating. Intuitive Eating is for anyone who’s dieted without success. Since 95% of people who lose weight gain it back, this class is for just about everyone! Intuitive eating focuses on 10 principles to stop dieting and allow your body to settle at its natural weight. We’ll discuss quitting diets, getting in touch with internal signals of hunger and fullness, making peace with food and your body, emotional eating and promoting eating satisfaction.

1 hour, 1 session / $25 / Michelle Kuster

#47877   RiverPark Place, Burlington           Room 111
               Tuesday, January 27                      6 - 7pm

Healthy Eating for Healthy Families

Want to eat healthy but not sure where to start? Improve your family’s health and well-being by integrating healthy eating into your daily life. Learn why the food you eat matters. We cover the nutrients you need to function well and how to get them from delicious whole foods. We will also cover where to purchase whole foods and how to make it affordable for your family.

 2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#48053   SCC Fort Madison Center              Room 101
               Tuesday, January 27                      6 - 8pm

Weight Loss Management

Want to lose weight but not sure where to start? Having trouble losing weight-no matter what you do? This class focuses on the improved health benefits of weight loss, exercise, improved nutrition, and long term weight management.  In addition, this class will discuss why people have trouble losing weight and keeping it off.

2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#48069   RiverPark Place, Burlington           Room 111
               Thursday, January 22                    6 - 8pm

#48068   SCC Ft. Madison Center               Room 101
               Tuesday, February 17                   6 - 8pm

Dietary Intervention for Autism and ADHD

The road to recovery begins with diet.  Choosing foods to add and remove from the diet is the first step to improving the health and well being of children with autism and ADHD. Explore the many healing food options when cooking daily for family and children with autism and ADHD. You will learn about the critical connection between nutrients you feed your child and the impact food has on the symptoms. The instructor conducts classes nationally in dietary intervention for autism.

2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#47995   RiverPark Place, Burlington          Room 111
               Thursday, February 5                    6 - 8pm

Healthy Eating and Food Tasting for Adults

This class is designed for people over the age of 55 who want to learn more about how nutrition and lifestyle changes can promote better health. This class will focus on targeted nutrition for older adults including heart and bone healthy foods as well as supportive physical activities. In addition, food sampling will be included.  Join us to discover how you can make small changes can make a BIG difference in your health.

2 hours, 1 session / $29 / Tara Dowd

#48042   SCC Mt. Pleasant Center             Room 102
               Tuesday, February 24                   6 - 8pm

Save Time, Save Money Eating Healthy

Can’t afford to eat healthy? No time to cook? Think again! In the current economy, many of us are living on a budget and looking for ways to reduce food expenses while still enjoying tasty, nutritious meals to fit into our busy schedules. With the right tips and a little planning, it is possible to enjoy healthy food on the cheap. Join us for time and money savings strategies that can bring healthy meals to your table.

2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#48077   RiverPark Place, Burlington          Room 111
               Tuesday, March 3                         6 - 8pm

Gluten-Free and Allergy-Free Made Easy

Have you been diagnosed with a food allergy or food intolerance? Getting tired of cooking meals for a restricted diet? Through the struggles and challenges of dietary restriction, Tara has simplified eating for those on special or restricted diets. Her passion is saving time and money, and this time in the kitchen! Join us for time and money saving secrets making gluten-free and allergy-free cooking easy.

2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#48041   SCC Fort Madison Center            Room 101
                Monday, March 9                         6 - 8pm

Enjoy Healthy Food That Tastes Great

This class will give you tips for making meals that are both healthy and taste great.  This class provides science-based advice for making food choices that promote good health and healthy weight and help prevent disease. Learn about small changes you can make to choose healthier fats, less salt, and less added sugars. In addition, food substitutions, recipe modifications, using spices, herbs, and salt-free seasonings will give you new ways to eat healthy.

2 hours, 1 session / $25 / Tara Dowd

#48043   RiverPark Place, Burlington          Room 111
               Wednesday, May 13                     6 - 8pm

Cake Decorating Buttercream Basics

Learn the basics techniques to decorate cakes with America’s favorite icing-buttercream. Students will receive a recipe and instructions to properly ice and smooth cakes with practice time. Decorating skills will cover writing the coveted ‘Happy Birthday’, the rose, leaves and other figure piping techniques. This is a hands-on course and open to any skill level. The best part, students can eat their final project! Supplies Needed: 2 featherweight decorating bags and couplers or disposable bags, icing spatula, rose nail.  Cake tips: 3,5,12, 16, 21, 47, 67, 104, 2d.

8 hours, 4 sessions / $55 / Jessica Zelkovich

#48017   SCC Keokuk Campus                   Room 301
             Mondays, February 2 - 23               6 - 8pm

Cookie Bouquet Centerpiece

Learn to create a festive Spring cookie bouquet centerpiece, just in time for Spring and Graduation. During the first night, you will learn how to properly weigh a container for presentation and receive a recipe and instructions to bake stable cookies for this project. In the second session, we will come together to practice several techniques to decorate and display our cookies to finalize the products. You’ll be thankful to have a unique dessert for your spring or graduation
party. Supplies: fall cookie cutters, food safe bamboo skewers, 1 bag candy melts, Container supplies (explained first night), 1 batch of cookies for second night, food safe paint brush, fall colors of food coloring (gel), parchment paper. Cake decorating tips: 3.

4 hours, 2 sessions / $39 / Jessica Zelkovich

#48018    SCC Keokuk Campus                  Room 301
               Mondays, April 13 - 20                  6 - 8pm

 Certified Wedding and Event Planning

This course will teach the basic fundamentals of planning, orchestrating and delivering social events from weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and baby showers. Participants will gain application and utilization of business tools, formulas and presentation methods.  This includes role playing, vignettes, and discussions to practice actual business objectives or work setting in the day-to-day of wedding and event planning. Students gain hands on training during this course.  All participants will fulfill all course requirements and prepare for the certification exam through Longevity’s Wedding Planning Institute.

40 hours, 10 session / $1,400 /

#48098   SCC West Burlington Campus       Room 451
             Tuesdays, February 3 - April 14       6 - 10pm
             (No class March 17)

Opera Appreciation I

This class is for those interested in increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of opera. It is designed as an introduction to the subject-no prior knowledge is required. Opera’s covered are Fidelio, Tosca, Don Carlos, Boris Godunov and Don Giovanni.

18 hours, 6 sessions / $39 Forest Morriett

#47918   SCC West Burlington Campus         Room 433
               Mondays March 30 - May 4              6 - 9pm

Pinterest Party

Experience a Pinterest party. Learn ideas for planning a party for a friend or family member using craft and recipe ideas from Pinterest. Sample five of the instructor’s favorite craft projects and party themes. Pinterest parties are a great way to personalize a gathering or birthday party. A Pinterest party planning template will be provided to participants.

18 hours, 6 sessions / $39 / Sue Prochazka

#48064   SCC West Burlington Campus         Room 501
               Saturday, April 11                            9am - 1pm

Growing Blue Ribbon Vegetables

Growing those flavorful, colorful, award winning vegetables in your own garden is easy. Marty takes you through the art of picking the right seeds. You’ll discover “Location, location, location” is more than for house hunting. After the seeds are sowed the plants will appreciate knowing the right tender care you’ll give them. Marty has years of showing Blue Ribbon and Champion vegetables at the local and state fair.

2 hours, 1 session / $15 / Marty Schniker

#48004   SCC Mount Pleasant Center          Room TBD
               Thursday, January 29                     6 - 8pm

“Black Gold” Composting

Learn how to assemble a composting system right in your back yard. Composting is a miraculous natural process in which plant residues, yard wastes, and kitchen scraps go through the decomposition cycle to become an essential component of healthy garden soil. Several methods will be discussed.

2 hours, 1 session / $15 / Carol Gard

#48010   SCC Mount Pleasant Center      Room 201
               Wednesday, May 6                     6 - 7:30pm

Garden Basics

Dreaming of getting out and playing in the dirt? Look through catalogs and learn how to pick out the right plants for you. You will discover what is good soil and how to enhance the richness of your garden.  Realize the tips and tricks to planning a bountiful garden.

2 hours, 1 session / $29 / Chuck Albright

#48005   SCC Mount Pleasant Center          Room 102
               Tuesday, February 24                    6 - 8pm

#48006   SCC West Burlington Campus      Room 218
               Thursday, February 26                  6 - 8pm

Grow Garden Grow

Learn how planting different ones next to each other help each other flourish.  Discover how succession planning can help you create multiple harvest times for some plants. Learn how to attract butterflies and repel pests from your garden.

2 hours, 1 session / $29 / Chuck Albright

#48013   SCC Mount Pleasant Center         Room 102
               Thursday, March 12                      6 - 8pm

#48014   SCC West Burlington                   Campus Greenhouse
               Thursday, March 26                      6 - 8pm

Small Garden Spaces

When creating a small garden, every space is important. Where to put the garden, how large to make it and the choice of plants are a must. Here’s how to take an honest look at your garden site, how to prepare now and what you can hope to plant.

3 hours, 1 session / $29 / Shirley Townsend

#48028   SCC Keokuk Campus                  Room 301
               Tuesday, March 24                       6 - 9pm

The Dirt on Composting

With enthusiasm or with ease, you can reduce yard & kitchen waste by recycling it into nutritious, soil-loosening compost. Dig into heaps of helpful humus how-to’s: nutrients, pH, using compost, and trouble-shooting. Handout and slide program make sure it’s all “clearer than mud!”

3 hours, 1 session / $29 / Shirley Townsend

#48027   SCC Keokuk Campus                         Room 301
               Tuesday, April 21                                6 - 9pm

Edible Landscapes

Edible Landscapes is the practical integration of food plants with a decorative or ornamental setting. Plants such as fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, vegetable, herbs, edible flowers and ornamental plants combine together to create aesthetically pleasing designs. Learn how to incorporate edible plants into your landscape to provide additional health and economic benefits.

2 hours, 1 session / $29 / Tara Dowd

#48007   RiverPark Place, Burlington          Room 111
               Tuesday, April 21                          6 - 8pm

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