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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. Register online or call (319) 208-5375.

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Knitting Fall Retreat 11/12/2016
Learn to Knit: Scarves 101 10/8/2016
Stained Glass 10/4/2016
Stained Glass 10/6/2016
Potters Wheel 101 10/10/2016
Potters Wheel 102 10/12/2016
Raku Pottery 9/20/2016
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Hunter Safety 8/15/2016
Birdwatching Basics 9/14/2016
Essential Oils 101: Understanding the Basics 10/18/2016
Essential Oils Usage from Ancient Times to Today 11/15/2016
Get Published: How to Publish a Book 11/8/2016
Meditation 101 9/6/2016
Meditation 101 1/24/2017
Healthy Eating
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Intuitive Eating 9/13/2016
Healthy At Every Size 10/11/2016
Phytocemicals in Whole Foods 10/25/2016
Save Time, Save Monday Eating Healthy 11/3/2016
Gluten-Free & Allergy -Free Made Easy 9/13/2016
First Foods: Pregnancy to Toddlers 11/17/2016
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Introduction to Digital Photography 9/14/2016
Advanced Photography 1/10/2017
Lightroom for Digital Photographers 10/18/2016
Photography Lighting 1/11/2017
Photoshop Elements Basics 11/3/2016
Portrait Photography 9/6/2016
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A Smart Girl's Guide to Money by American Girl 11/29/2016

 Knitting Fall Retreat 
(Level: All)
Relax, learn, and connect with fellow knitters in a beautiful fall setting.  "Holiday Handmade" will be our theme with featured patterns for all levels.  Featured patterns will include gift ideas for the holidays.  Need help with an unfinished project, knitting technique or particular stitch?  Trouble shooting and instruction will also be available.  Yarn tasting, knitting magazines, and door prizes!  Lunch is provided.

#55801           8 Hours, 1 Sessions                        $65
                      Lee County Conservation Center      Sue Prochazka
                      Sat, Nov 12                                    9 AM - 5 PM

Learn to Knit: Scarves 101
(Level: Beginner)
Scarves are a great way to learn basic knitting techniques.  Warmth, comfort, and style make scarves a great first project.  No experience necessary!  Participants will learn about yarns, needles, and reading basic patterns from start to finish.

#55762               4 Hours, 1 Session                       $29
                         SCC Keokuk                                Sue Prochazka
                         Sat, Oct 8                                     9 AM - 1 PM
                         $29, plus supply fee paid to instructor

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.

#55772               21 Hours, 7 Sessions                    $89
                         Pat Latty's Studio                          Pat Latty
                         Tuesdays, Oct 4 - Nov 15               1:30 - 4:30 PM

#55773              21 Hours, 7 Sessions                      $89
                        Pat Latty's Studio                            Pat Latty
                        Thursdays, Oct 6 - Nov 17                6:30 - 9:30 PM

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.  Limited to six students.

#55766             12.5 Hours, 5 Sessions                    $65
                        Art Center of Burlington                    Lillian Rubin
                        Mondays, Oct 10 - Nov 7                 6:30 - 9:30 PM

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.

#55769             12.5 Hours, 5 Sessions                     $65
                        Art Center of Burlington                     Lillian Rubin
                        Wednesdays, Oct 12 - Nov 9             6:30 - 9 PM

Raku Pottery
Due to popular demand, this class has been extended to four sessions.  Make clay pieces (pots, boxes, bells, vases) during the first two sessions.  Then move to the new Ceramics Park 10 miles north of Burlington for glazing and the all-day firing (come when you can) on the last day.  Glazing in typical black and white or Raku reds and greens - reducing in pine needles, resulting in iridescent color accented by smoke.  Amazing results!  Minimum age is 16, but 14 and 15-year olds will be acceptable if a parent is also enrolled.

#55770         10 Hours, 4 Sessions                           $59
                    Art Center of Burlington                        Lillian Rubin
                    Mon & Tue, Sep 20 - Oct 4                   7 - 9:30 PM
                    Glazing Oct 3. Firing all day Oct 4.

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 Hunter Safety
Offered by the DNR, this class will include all forms of hunter safety, hunter ethics, survival in the wild, and live firing on a supervised gun range. This class is mandatory for all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1967, who want to purchase a hunting license. Certification in this class is also acceptable in all states for big game hunting. You must be 11 years of age or older to enroll and cannot receive a license until age 12. You must have a Social Security Number to register and to receive a certificate upon completion. Class size is limited; advance registration is required.

#54700      11.5 Hours, 5 Sessions            $7
                  SCC WB, 607                          Steve Kerschner
                  Aug 15 - 25                              6:30 - 9 PM
                 Class meets Aug 15, 18, 20, 22 & 25
                 Shooting Range Aug 20                                       

Birdwatching Basics
Can you tell the difference between a blue jay and a bluebird?  The trees, fields, and waters of Southeastern Iowa are filled with over 300 different kinds of birds just waiting to be noticed.  This class will cover the basics tips and techniques of bird identification, and consists of 2 classroom meetings with 2 field trips to local parks.  Class will be beneficial for those with beginning to intermediate birding skills.

#55672        8 Hours, 4 Session                        $39
                   SCC CBIZ, 111                            Don Weiss
                  Wed & Sat, Sep 14 - Oct 5            6 - 8 PM

Essential Oils 101: Understanding the Basics
True aromatherapy requires the use of high-quality aromatic essential oils.  You will learn what goes into producing a high-quality essential oil and what to look for on labels.  You will learn how essential oils can enhance your health and why our sense of smell is also our healing sense.  You will be able to experience several oils and learn how each one can be used.

#55640       8 Hours, 2 Sessions                      $15
                  SCC CBIZ, 111                             Mary Ann Hunter
                 Tue, Oct 18                                   6:30 - 8:30 PM

Essential Oils Usage from Ancient Times to Today
Lean how essential oils have been used through the ages.  Experience the aroma of some rare oils used thousands of years ago.  Gain an understanding of how ancient knowledge is still valid in today's world and how we can use them to enhance our health.

#55774       2 Hours, 1 Sessions                       $15
                  SCC CBIZ, 111                              Mary Ann Hunter
                  Tue, Nov 15                                  6:30  - 8:30 PM

Get Published: how to Publish a Book
Getting a book published can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do.  This course will explore what you need to transition from a completed manuscript or nonfiction book idea to book publication, including traditional avenues, options in self-publication, and even e-book applications.

#55724      2 Hours, 1 Session                         $25
                SCC CBIZ, 112                               Tara Dowd
                Tue, Nov 8                                      2 - 4 PM

Meditation 101
Learn the basics of meditation through simple relaxation techniques.  This class will guide you through deep breathing exercises, body relaxation, and methods on how to clear your mind.  There is no shape, size, or age requirement.  Please wear comfortable cloths.  There will be gentle stretching.

#55772     1.5 Hours, 1 Session                       $15
                SCC CBIZ, 103                               Carolyn Evans
                Tue, Sep 6                                      6 - 7:30 PM

#55778      1.5 Hours, 1 Session                       $15
                 SCC CBIZ, 103                              Carolyn Evans
                 Tue, Jan 24                                    6 - 7:30 PM

 Intuitive Eating
The diet and weight loss industry rakes in $60 billion annually, yet 95% of people who lose weight gain it back.  It's time we blame the process of dieting, not ourselves.  Join dietitian Michelle Kuster for an informative series on a different approach - Intuitive Eating.  This class focuses the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating, including quitting diets, eating based on hunger and fullness cues, making peace with food and your body, emotional eating, eating satisfaction and more.  Rediscover the pleasure of eating through a guided mindful eating exercise in class.

#55791       1.5 Hours, 1 Session                     $35
                  SCC CBIZ, 103                             Michelle Kuster
                  Tuesday, Sep 13                           6 - 8 PM

Healthy at Every Size
Health At Every Size (HAES) is an innovative approach to whole-person health.  Although weight loss is purported as the means to good health, Michelle Kuster, HAES-practicing dietitian, acknowledges that good health can be best realized independent from consideration of size.  This approach supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.  Basic components include respect for body diversity, compassionate self-care, finding joy in movement, mindful eating driven by hunger and fullness cues and valuing past life experiences to provide opportunities for growth.

#55792       1 Hour, 1 Session                        $15
                  SCC CBIZ, 111                           Michelle Kuster
                  Tuesday, Oct 11                         6 - 7 PM

Phytochemicals in Whole Foods
If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it!  What about lycopene, quercetin, anthocyanins and zeaxanthin?  Don't base your diet off of the vocabulary of a second grader!  Phytochemicals (phyto=plant) are plant substances that have beneficial effects on our health, often identifiable by a pigment or aroma in fruits and vegetables.  Lycopene from red produce like tomato's and watermelon may reduce the incidence of several types of cancer.  Multivitamins and supplements can't compete with Mother Nature.  Dietitian Michelle Kuster will share the research behind phytochemicals and how to enjoy eating more whole foods to reap the benefits.

#55791        1 Hour, 1 Session                         $15
                   SCC CBIZ, 103                            Michelle Kuster
                  Tuesday, Oct 25                           6 - 7 PM

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 foods on the cheap.  Join us for time and money saving strategies that can bring healthy meals to your table.

#55796         2 Hours, 1 Session                    $25
                   SCC Mt Pleasant, 201                Tara Dowd
                   Thursday, Nov 3                         6 - 8 PM

Gluten-Free & 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.

#55728       2 Hours, 1 Session                      $25
                 SCC CBIZ, 111                            Tara Dowd
                 Tuesday, Sep 13                         6 - 8 PM

First Foods: Pregnancy to Toddlers
Navigating through evidence-based research, this course will explore important nutritional recommendations for preconception, pregnancy, and infant and toddler feeding.  In addition, it will also address food planning strategies for babies and toddlers - healthy meal and snack ideas - to embrace healthy living and eating post-delivery.  Learn why early nutrition is the key to preventing many childhood conditions such as obesity and obesity later in life, as well as resources for deeper exploration of topics of interest.

#55729       2 Hours, 1 Session                         $25
                  SCC Mt. Pleasant, 201                   Tara Dowd
                  Thursday, Nov 17                           6 - 8 PM

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Introduction to Digital Photography
This is a beginner’s level class. This class will cover many of the features and settings to today’s digital cameras, as well as what can be done with the pictures you take. You will learn the basics of photography such as exposure and composition with a goal of improving your picture taking skills. We will cover the use of natural lighting, but we will not be covering the use of flash in this class. 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 some of the topics covered in class.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate

#55706         12 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $69
                     SCC CBIZ, 112                          Rod Gerst
                     Wednesdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19    6 - 8 PM

Advanced Photography
For the serious advanced photographer who wants to learn MANUAL camera function, lighting, and an intro to the 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 aperature, shutter speed and ISO.  After the first session, classes will be in a professional photography studio, and outdoors, weather permitting.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#55709           8 Hours, 4 Sessions                   $45
                     SCC CBIZ, 112                           Randy Fox
                     Tuesdays, Jan 10 - 31                 7 - 9 PM

Lightroom for Digital Photographers
Work with key features in Lightroom to create professional-looking images.  Explore working with colors, color settings, image adjustments, noise reduction and other essential image techniques. Make working with Lightroom more efficient by exploring some essential tips and tricks. Class will focus primarily on the Library and Develop modules. Class textbook included in course fee. This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#55677            15 Hours, 5 Sessions                   $179
                      SCC CBIZ, 112                             Phil Pool
                      Tuesdays, Oct 18 - Nov 15           6 - 9 PM

Photography Lighting
This course is a comprehensive introduction to lighting techniques for photography. Through a combination of outdoor and professional studio shooting, the student will learn how to use natural lighting and common studio lighting equipment to create noteworthy photographs.  Students will learn to use and arrange a variety of lights and light modifiers such as umbrellas, soft boxes, and reflectors to create classic styles such as Rembrandt, broad and short, and low-key and high-key lighting.  Each student must have a camera with manual aperature, shutter speed and ISO.  This class is part of the Photography Series.

#55676            12 Hours, 4 Sessions                   $69
                       SCC CBIZ, 112                            Phil Pool
                       Wednesdays, Jan 11 - Feb 1         6 - 9 PM

Photoshop Elements Basics
This is a beginning level class, and will introduce students to photo editing software and tools used to improve the photographers we take.  Learn how to get your photos out of the camera and onto  your computer to crop, resize, and straighten images, remove red-eye, and adjust contrast and exposure so you are ready to get great-looking prints of your photos.  This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#55708            12 Hours, 6 Sessions                   $69
                       SCC CBIZ, 110                            Rod Gerst
                       Thursdays, Nov 3 - Dec 15          6 - 8 PM

Portrait Photography
This class will cover photographing people in both studio and environmental settings. You will learn composition, studio and natural lighting, posing, and other techniques to start taking portraits instead of snapshots. Class will include time in a professional studio as well as outdoor shooting, and will be taught by Phil Pool, owner of Omni Photography. Students must have a DSLR camera with manual settings. Some familiarity with Photoshop or Lightroom will also be helpful. This class is part of the Photography Certificate.

#55176          12 Hours, 4 Sessions                  $69
                    SCC CBIZ, 112                           Phil Pool
                    Tuesdays, Sep 6 - 27                  6 - 9 PM

 A Smart Girl's Guide to Money by American Girl
This class is for girls age 9 -13 and based on a book from the American Girl.  Money, it's great to have, fun to spend, and hard to keep.  This class will explore how to make money, with over 101 moneymaking ideas to start a small business!  Learn how to start a money making business, budget, use credit wisely, save money, and spend wisely using a variety of fun games, quizzes, and online tools to create business cards, flyers, and other materials.  A fun and interactive class with book included.

#55806        4 Hours, 2 Sessions                     $37
                   SCC CBIZ, 110                            J. Clover, MBA
                   Tuesday, Nov 29 & Dec 6             5:30 - 7:30 PM




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