The opportunity to learn through the Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning Program is available, with the classes below set to begin in October. Classes also are available via the Internet.

The complete catalogue may be viewed online at or by picking one up at the Waxahachie ISD administration building, 411 N. Gibson St.

For more information, call the community education office at (972) 923-4631, ext. 142.


Learn the aspects of PowerPoint as you have fun creating a presentation for a fictitious business. Students will receive worksheets to take home.

Instructor: Daniel Mansell

Thursdays, Oct. 4 and 11

6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $15

Introduction to Quickbooks

Basic Quickbooks techniques and applications for the beginner. The class will cover basic accounting terminology used by Quickbooks, navigating methods. User/company defaults, enter credit card and checking data and reconciling the accounts, general overview of reporting and how the data can be used. Introduction to computers or basic knowledge of Microsoft operating systems needed prior to taking this class.

Instructor: Marcia Hantsche, CPA

Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, 25

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Progressive Double Two Step

Join Lou Ann Ramey as you gain confidence on the dance floor. You will learn such steps as 3-step, 2-step, progressive and waltz. Leather or slick-soled shoes preferred. No partner required.

Instructor: Lou Ann Ramey, formerly with Dallas Fun Ed

Mondays, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5

7-8 p.m.

Cost: $18

Waxahachie -

The City

Join this class and learn what’s great about living in Waxahachie! This class targets the newcomer to Waxahachie but also is for the long-term resident interested in the city. The class will focus on the city, the history, the events, the organizations and the culture. A study for those interested in knowing about our city and what is available. The course will be an exciting presentation taught by two interesting residents who are involved in the city and are members of the Ellis County Museum board of directors.

Instructors: David Smith and Don Simpson

Monday, Oct. 29

6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $10

Becoming A Mystery Shopper

Spy, actor, reporter; live all three roles as a mystery shopper. Businesses hire mystery shoppers to find out what’s going on. Explore hotels, restaurants, car dealerships and more. Enjoy free meals, good pay, and a flexible schedule. Find out what you can earn, where to get assignments, how to complete forms, and the free perks that go with this fun and interesting livelihood.

Instructor: Ellen Hopkins

Monday, Oct. 22

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $25

Cake Decorating

Surprise family and friends with a personally decorated cake for special occasions. Learn basic cake baking and decorating skills, use of decorating equipment as well as making borders and flowers. Students will be asked to bring baked items each week; bring one dozen cupcakes first class.

Instructor: Susan Howard

Mondays, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12

6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $24 plus $8 supply fee paid to instructor

Beginning Knitting

If you have always wanted to try knitting, here’s your chance. This class is also for you if you have knitted in the past and need to refresh your skills. This class is designed for you to learn the basics and get started. Learn to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Bring size 9 US (5.5mm) straight knitting needles and one skein of yarn. Limit seven students.

Instructor: Karen Kelly

Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $32

Learn to Draw

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of drawing? If you learn the basics you can draw anything. Join Emily Oliver and learn some tricks and then apply your new drawing skills to create your own work of art. Bring a spiral sketchbook, No. 4 or No. 6B pencil and magic rub eraser is recommended but not required.

Instructor: Emily Oliver

Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $75

Intermediate Crochet

Learn how to crochet a delicate doily or coaster size is optional. This beautiful design is called rainbow star. The star and pineapple pattern is intricate looking, but simple to make. You will need size 10 crochet cotton (one large ball any color) and one steel crochet hook size 4.

Instructor: Edith O’Brien

Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $24

Stamp-a-Stack of Greeting Cards

Enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own greeting cards. Participants will use rubber stamps and embellishments to create 12 greeting cards (three cards each of four designs) suitable for all occasions. Learn basic rubber-stamping techniques and bring out the artist in you. Registration deadline Oct. 11.

Instructor: Billinelle Currie

Thursday, Oct. 25

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $8 plus $6 supply fee paid to instructor

Zumba - Fitness Program

Join this fun and easy to do workout program. Zumba combines high energy and motivating Latin and international music to help you achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is a “feel-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind. The routines features aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow pace to help sculpt the body.

Instructor: Ann Montgomery

Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25

6-7 p.m.

Cost: $25

Identity Theft - Who are You Really?

How do you protect yourself from this fast growing crime? What steps should you take if you become a victim of identity theft? Join us for this informative seminar and learn how to protect yourself and learn what new tactics thieves are using and how to avoid them. Join this experienced field-training officer who has extensive training in criminal investigation and identity theft.

Instructor: Brad Doughty of the Waxahachie Police Department, administrative and internal affairs sergeant

Thursday, Oct. 18

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Intermediate Guitar

This course is designed for the beginner/intermediate level guitarist. Students choosing to enroll should have at least six months of guitar playing experience. Topics discussed in class will include reading music notation, technical studies. Students should also have experience reading music in the first position on the guitar.

Instructor: Stacy Arnold

Monday, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12

5-6 p.m.

Cost: $40

“Ag 101”

Designed for New or Small Acreage Landowners, Session B

Ag 101 is also offered later in October and early November. Students may choose either session A or session B.

Instructor: Mark Arnold, county extension agent, agriculture and natural resources

Mondays, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $20

The Lazy Gardener

This class is designed for the lazy gardener in all of us. Learn how to have beautiful gardens around your home with minimum care. This class will include a variety of plant ideas to make growing and maintaining different types of gardens with little effort, water and expertise. Bring photos or drawings of your yard and problem areas and find the pathway to that beautiful landscape you have always wanted.

Instructor: DeAnn Bell

Thursday, Oct. 4

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Rainwater Harvesting

Students will learn the basics of rainwater harvesting, collection systems and materials needed, landscaping and gardening with rainwater in mind.

Instructors: Pam Daniels

Monday, Oct. 8

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Care and Propagation of Houseplants

Learn how to care for your houseplants and learn how to divide and have more for yourself and friends. Learn how houseplants can improve your home’s air and learn the other benefits of having plants around your home.

Instructor: Diane Hopkins

Monday, Oct. 15

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Native Plants

Learn what plants are native and how easy these plants adapt to your garden. Native plants are becoming more popular in our gardens. Learnn why and how these plants can enhance your garden.

Instructor: Bill Abbott

Monday, Oct. 15

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10


Xeriscaping - it’s more than just cactus. Come and learn how to plant a beautiful bed with more than cactus or yucca. Low use of water and still have a beautiful yard.

Instructor: James Bell, Urban Farmers

Monday, Oct. 22

6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Stained Glass Windchime

Learn how to cut, drill and solder glass to make a beautiful stained glass windchime. Great for holiday gift giving. No prior experience is necessary. Supply fee covers glass, metals and chemicals.

Instructor: Peggy Donathan

Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25

6-8 p.m.

Cost: $32 plus $25 supply fee paid to instructor first class

Holiday Table D/cor A

Adorn your holiday tables with elegance. Join Debbie Barnard in her home as she shares her special talents of creating beautiful table d/cor. You will enjoy the foods Debbie uses to create lovely holiday buffets.

Instructor: Debbie Barnard

Monday, Oct. 29

6:30-8 p.m.

Cost: $8 and $8 supply fee paid to the instructor