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  • Lighthouse for Learning Fall Classes
    The opportunity to learn through the Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning Community Education Program is available. The classes listed below begin in October.  On-line learning is also available.  The complete catalog may be viewed online or to register for classes go the Waxahachie ISD website atwww.wisd.org.  Please contact the WISD Community Education Office at 972-923-4631 or mcobb@wisd.org.  You may also visit the WISD Administration Building for class or registration
    information at 411 N. Gibson Street.
    Kids in the Kitchen – Halloween Cupcake Creations Ages 5-12
    Students will be creating deliciously cute creatures around a Halloween theme in the Marvin Cooking Room.
    Instructor:  Kathy Parker
    Monday Oct. 24
    5 -6:30
    Cost: $28
    Learn to Play the Guitar- Kids Only ages 8-15
    For kids only – learn the fundamentals of  the guitar including playing chords and reading music.  Please bring a quality guitar, guitar picks, spiral notebook and pencil as you  learn to play.  Your child can develop a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.  Join Melinda, experienced  teacher and musical artist, in her studio.  Classes will be taught at Melinda’s Studio of Music  211 D. Ferris Avenue.
    Instructor:  Melinda Fontenot
    Thursdays  7 -8
    Oct. 20 – Dec. 15  eight classes
    Cost $58
    Learn to Play the Guitar – Adults Only
    Wishing you’d stayed with those music lessons or learned to play when you were young?  It’s never too late to learn to strum the guitar to your favorite songs! Join the growing group of adults who have taken up guitar.  You will learn basic chords and strumming styles and practical music theory. Please bring a guitar, guitar picks, spiral notebook and pencil. Join Melinda, experienced teacher and musical artist, in her studio.  Classes will be taught at Melinda’s Studio of Music 211 D. Ferris Ave.
    Instructor:  Melinda Fontenot
    Mondays  7-8
    Oct. 17 – Dec. 12  nine classes
    Cost:  $65
    “Ag 101” – Designed for New or Small Acreage Landowners
    Join this experienced instructor as you cover topics: soils and soil fertility, soil testing,  pasture management, basic livestock productions and pond management. This class will be taught at the Texas Agri Life Extension Service Office at 701 S. I-35 East.
    Instructor:  Mark Arnold, County Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources
    Tuesdays  Oct. 4 – Oct. 25  four classes
    6- 8
    Cost:  $22
    Backyard Chickens
    Before you start your backyard flock, come learn some tips on how to successfully manage backyard chickens.  We’ll discuss city ordinances, neighborhood associations, neighbors as well as housing, predators, sanitation and raising or obtaining laying hens.
    Instructor:  Ginger Cole
    Monday Oct. 10
    Cost:  $12
    Vegetable Gardening 101
    Learn how and when to start your own vegetable garden.  Includes creating the space, adding all the necessary amendments for our Ellis County’s soil, planting, caring for and finally harvesting your bounty.
    Instructor:  Melinda and James Kocian
    Monday, Oct. 3
    Cost:  $12
    Turf Grasses for Ellis County
    Do you have questions about your grass and how to care for it year round?  Join this class as you cover the following topics:  Turf grass selections for Ellis Co., Preparing the soil for planting, Spring and Summer lawn care,  Proper watering in dry times,  Disease control in lawns,  Weed control in lawns.  There will be a question and answer session and handouts will be given on each topic.
    Instructor: Jim Tachias
    Monday, Oct. 17
    Cost:  $12
    Gifts from the Garden-Jams, Jellies & More
    Have you ever tasted Strawberry-Lavender Jam or Cranberry-Sage Jelly; how about Rose Infused Sugar or vinegars infused with fruits and herbs?
     Learn how easy it is to make your own blends of flowers, fruits and herbs to create unique gifts for your family and friends.
    You will take home some treats!
    Instructor: Arlene Hamilton
    Monday, Oct. 24
    Cost:  $12 + $5 supply fee pay to instructor
    Care of House Plants
    Have your plants been enjoying the outdoors this summer? 
    Now is the time to prepare them for the move indoors.  This class will cover basics about getting house plants ready for the move. 
    It will include how and when to repot as well as suggestions for best growth and pest management in the home.
    Instructor:  Nancy Fenton
    Thursday, Oct. 6
    6 -7:30
    Cost:  $12
    Beginning Drawing – Sight Size Method
    Would you like to learn to draw?  Join this class and learn using the sight size method. When properly done, sight-size drawing can result in extremely accurate and realistic drawings.  Art supplies will be provided first class- purchase from instructor $15-$20 range. You may also purchase on your own: rane of drawing pencils from 2b-6b, a kneaded eraser, a blending stump also referred to as a tortilion and good drawing paper any size.
    Instructor:  Daniel Smith
    Thursdays   Oct. 6 – Oct. 27   4 classes
    6 -7:30
    Cost:  $30 + supplies
    Stamping Christmas Cards
    Get in the Christmas spirit by creating handmade Christmas Cards for those special people on your card list!  Participants will make 12 Christmas Cards (3 cards each of four designs) using rubber stamps and embellishments.  This class is appropriate for all levels of rubber stampers. Limit 16
    Registration deadline Oct. 10
    Instructor:  Billinelle Currie
    Monday Oct. 17
    6 -8
    Cost: $10 + $8 supply fee pay to instructor
    Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Training
    Students master the necessary skills for the administration of CPR and First Aid skills. 
    An American Heart Association certification (valid for 2 years) will be given upon course completion.  Students learn how to recognize a life threatening emergency, correct procedures for providing basic life support and what to do in the case of choking or airway obstruction. 
    This course is not designed for healthcare professionals.
    Instructor:  Randall Chase
    Mondays  Oct. 10 & Oct. 17
    Cost: $52
    This class is perfect for that timid person who just doesn’t think they are “artsy “enough to create a mosaic masterpiece.  Learn how to cut and score glass to create various shapes and patterns.  You will create your very own mosaic piece. Start thinking of your fall and holiday special projects for you to keep or for gift giving. Class taught at Mosaic Madness 211 S. College Street.
    Instructor: Cassie Ortiz
    Mondays Oct. 17 & Oct. 24
    Cost:  $26
    Dutch Oven Cooking
    Learn to cook outdoors in a Dutch Oven.  Get ready for camping, fishing, hunting season or family gatherings.  You will learn how to properly use equipment and prepare a variety of dishes such as cakes, cobblers, biscuits and more. 
    The novice cook to the expert can benefit from this class.  
    Please bring a lawn chair.  Class will be held at the Ron Appleton Agriscience building at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy.
    Instructor:  Murrie Wainscott
    Monday  Oct. 3 & Oct. 10
    Cost:  $22 + 10 supply fee pay to instructor
    Do It Yourself Holiday Decorating
    Join Interior Designer, Sacha Whitehead as you gather ideas and tricks to decorate your home for the holidays at minimal cost.
    Instructor:  Sacha Whitehead , Interior Designer
    Monday  Oct. 3
    Cost: $12.

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