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Courses

The Fall 2014 courses offered by the Institute are primarily designed to address the interests of those 55 and older, but they are open to all adults. They vary in length and subject and are outside the "credit" sphere of the college, and are not offered under the supervision of Bakersfield College instructional departments.

In addition to the courses offered through the Institute, you may wish to consider the hundreds of regular BC classes that can be taken for credit or, with instructor permission, audited. Some of these are short term, one unit classes. Consult the BC Fall 2014 Class Schedule.  You can view it on-line at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu

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A few courses will include required or suggested books and/or other materials, sometimes expected to be brought to the first class session. In addition, some instructors may have reading assignments for that session. Therefore, after you register, you should go to www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/levaninstitute and look up your course to see if there is such an assignment, or if materials/books are necessary.  You can purchase your books or materials at the BC Bookstore or from any other source you wish.

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Fees may be refunded until one week before the beginning of a course. Exceptions to this include courses for which transportation or other reservations, as well as materials purchases, must be made well in advance. An example of this is Classical Cuisine II.

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  1. Purchase a permit on-line for the whole term for a flat $10 fee. The Levan Institute office cannot assist you with this procedure since it is not responsible for issuing these permits. Parking permit fees are not refundable. To do this, go to https://www.permitsales.net/BAKCOLLEGE  and follow the directions. You will be asked to enter your last name and a student ID. This ID should have been emailed to you by the Levan Institute office. If you do not receive it within two days after registering and paying for your class or classes, call the office at 661-395-4431 or email at mvalenzu@bakersfieldcollege.edu.

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Phone: 661-395-4431
Mail: Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA. 93305

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Fall 2014 Course Offerings

Art

ANCIENT WONDERS OF PRE-MACHU PICCHU PERU
Seats available: 13

Pre-Inca sites and artifacts will be shown and discussed based on the personal visits and photography of the instructor. These artifacts represent highly sophisticated cultures now lost to us except through these remains. We will "visit" the 3000 year old Chavin de Huantar temples, the Chimu' desert kingdom at Chan Chan, the pottery portraits of the Moche culture, the huge desert drawings at Nazca that can only be seen from the air, and examples of colorful Nazca pottery as well as brilliant weavings from burial sites in Paracus.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Monday, October 6, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$15
Location: Room 103, Weill Institute, 2100 Chester Ave.
Instructor:
MACHU PICCHU - A CLOSE LOOK
Seats available: 11

Machu Picchu, one of the world's most beautiful, mysterious, and interesting places, has since its discovery in the early 1900's, drawn considerable world attention and is currently one of the most visited locales by tourists. It is remotely located high in the Peruvian mountains. Never discovered by the Spanish, it was an Inca community that has not been much disturbed since its abandonment in the 16th century. This two-hour presentation of Professor Naso's own photograhy will show in detail the many features of this famous monument that include pathways, a bridge, temples, a tower, a palace, residences, burial sites, fountains, crafts, locales, baths, and a punishment place. Its cultural background will be discussed extensively. The architecture is varied and unforgettable. Visitors are transported to a fascinating past and a lost culture.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Monday, October 20, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$15
Location: Room 103, Weill Institute, 2100 Chester Ave.
Instructor:
WATERCOLOR PAINTING: AN INTRODUCTION
Seats available: 0

This is a class designed to inspire your creativity by using basic watercolor painting techniques. It includes color theory and design concepts.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: One watercolor round brush, size 8 and 10 or 12, an "oval wash" or "mop" brush, and a soft synthetic or natural brush; white plastic palette with lid; slightly textured 140 lb watercolor paper (cold press); water container; sponge; roll of paper towels. Watercolor paint: cobalt blue or cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, lemon yellow, cobalt yellow, cadmium red, magenta red, green, violet, burnt sienna, raw sienna, and ivory black.
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
Meeting Times: 1-3 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Seats available: 6

This is a course for students who have taken a basic watercolor class, or have some experience with the watercolor medium. Materials: An "oval wash" or "mop" brush for getting large amounts of water and/or paint onto your paper surface quickly; white plastic palettes with lids; watercolor paper slightly textured (cold press) 140 lb.; water plastic container (not glass!); sea sponge and a roll of paper towels. Watercolor paint: cobalt blue, cerulean blue, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, magenta, phthalo green, green light, olive green, burnt sienna, raw sienna, ivory black.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: See materials under description
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Meeting Times: 1-3 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
SKETCHING
Seats available: 0

This is a class for anyone who wants to learn to use a pencil creatively. It is for complete beginners as well as for those with some experience in drawing. Drawing is mostly about achieving hand-eye coordination. It's really not that difficult, and in this class you will learn exercises that will help you refine and practice it. Regardless of your level of competence or experience, drawing is both pleasant and relaxing, and will train the eye to see your surroundings and understand them better.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Set of sketching pencils, eraser, small sketch pad, drawing board, drawing pad 14x17, and pencil sharpener.
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16
Meeting Times: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
CERAMICS - A BEGINNING COURSE
Seats available: 1 -- Requires online payment.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create with clay? This beginning ceramics course will introduce you to various hand building techniques such as pinch, slab, and coil. Create sculptural objects out of clay as well as functional pieces while learning various glazing and decorating techniques. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to learn about using the potter's wheel. Join this class for what is sure to be a great clay experience! Course fee includes all materials.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Course includes all tools and materials
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Meeting Times: 3:30-6 p.m.
Fees:$165
Location: Room 104 Spindt Hall, Bakersfield High School, 1241 G Street
Instructor:
THE POTTER'S WHEEL
Seats available: 0

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make pottery-vases and bowls-on the potter's wheel? This is your chance! Throwing on the wheel is an amazing feat and you will learn this skill in this class. Course fee includes all materials. Class limited to 16 students.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Materials included
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Meeting Times: 3:30-6 p.m.
Fees:$150
Location: Spindt Hall 104, BHS, 1241 G Street, 93301
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO MOSAIC ART
Seats available: 0

This is a fun class that exposes you to the ancient world of mosaic art. It includes materials selection, adhesive choices, method choice, and grouting techniques. You will learn how to create a piece of mosaic artwork and have fun doing it. You will have an opportunity to create a variety of 2 dimensional as well as 3 dimensional pieces and explore cutting techniques, adhesive choices, design layouts, and grouting selections. Purchase materials from the instructor, $25.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Purchase from instructor.
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 7
Meeting Times: 6:30-9 p.m.
Fees:$65
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Astronomy

THE STARS OF THE FOUR SEASONS
Seats available: 0

Learn about the evening sky in the state of the art Bakersfield College Planetarium. Under the guidance of astronomer and Planetarium Director Dr. Nick Strobel, you will become familiar with the constellations of the evening sky in each of the four seasons through the use of the Planetarium's Goto Chronos projector. You also will learn how we discover the properties of the stars.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Meeting Times: 7-8 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Math & Science (MS) 112 Planetarium, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Bakersfield

DESSERT WITH THE DEAD
Seats available: 0

Looking for "living history?" Take a stroll through Bakersfield's Historic Union Cemetery, where pioneer names are engraved on marble tombstones, and the remains of heroes and hooligans rest beneath the grass. As Halloween approaches and the dead get restless, maybe even the ghost of the city's namesake, Col. Baker, will join us on this walking, lamplight guided tour. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the cemetery's Heritage Pavilion. Dessert will be served, with General Manager Dave Hepburn discussing the cemetery's history and restoration. Historian John Codd and volunteers will lead the tour through the Pioneer Section. Dianne Hardisty is the event host. Participants are urged to dress warmly and bring flashlights.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$10
Location: Pioneer Section, Historic Union Cemetery, 730 E. Potomac Ave., 93305
Instructor:

Cooking

CLASSICAL CUISINE
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

In this class you will have a great time while you learn classical cuisine and how to implement it in your everyday cooking. Classical cuisine, a refined presentation of superb ingredients, is the foundation upon which all western cuisines are built. This is a continuation of the class from last term in which the participants will refine their skills as well as learn how to prepare sauces with different proteins. Course fee includes all materials. Class limited to 18 students. Students should have their own set of knives and a chef's jacket.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Students should have their own set of knifes and a chef's jacket. Other materials are included in the course fee.
Meeting Dates: Saturdays, September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25, November 1(location on this date TBA)
Meeting Times: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fees:$160
Location: Urners, 4110 Wible Road, Bakersfield, 93313
Instructor:
FUNDAMENTALS OF BAKING DESSERTS AND PASTRIES
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

This will be a very enjoyable class in which you will learn from an expert pastry chef how to make such tasty items as chocolate decadent cake, cream puffs, crème brulee, tea cakes, ganache, chiffon cakes, and other delectable desserts and pastries. Course fee includes all materials. Class limited to 12 students.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Course fee includes all materials
Meeting Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11
Meeting Times: 9 a.m.-12 Noon
Fees:$175
Location: Family and Consumer Education (FACE) 31, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Cosmetics

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SOAPMAKING
Seats available: 0

Learn to make beautifully colored and richly aromatic bars of home crafted soap. Give homemade gifts to your friends and family! Discover the history of soap making, the modern ingredients, as well as the chemistry and the safety involved in making this personal care product. Then get ready for some hands-on work in a chemistry laboratory! Groups of students will make the soap, cut it into bars then everyone will be going home with a handful of finished bars of soap. Course fee includes handouts and supplies for the products you will make and take home. IMPORTANT: Bring an apron and wear durable, protective shoes. Sandals are not allowed in the chemistry laboratory.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Apron and durable, protective shoes. Other materials included in course fee.
Meeting Dates: Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; October 25, 9-11 a.m.
Meeting Times: See meeting dates
Fees:$40
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 12, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LOTIONS AND SALTS
Seats available: 0

Learn about your skin and how to slow the aging and wrinkling process in Bakersfield's desert climate. Be that home crafter with supple skin, who saves money and who gives the most wonderful, high quality gifts to lucky friends! Groups of students will make 'customized' lotions, creams, bars, scrubs, and more. This is a hands-on class and you will be going home with many full sized samples of your lotions and potions. Course fee includes handouts and supplies for the products you will make and take home. INPORTANT: BRING AN APRON AND WEAR DURABLE, PROTECTIVE SHOES. SANDALS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Apron and durable, protective shoes. Other materials included in course fee.
Meeting Dates: Saturday, November 8 & 15, 2014
Meeting Times: 9 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$40
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 12, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Computer Software

COMPUTERS AND EMAIL: THE VERY BARE ESSENTIALS
Seats available: 12

Want to use e-mail to communicate with relatives and friends? This class will take you from zero to hero in one 3 hour session. The class is designed for people who are new to e-mail and need to learn the basics. It will teach you how to get an e-mail account, set it up, send e-mails, open e-mails, reply and forward e-mails and even send attachments! E-mail safety will also be discussed. A basic understanding of how to use a mouse is all that is needed!

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Flash drive (any size - small and cheap is fine!)
Meeting Dates: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Meeting Times: 8 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$25
Location: Humanities (H)52, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET: THE BARE ESSENTIALS
Seats available: 12

Want to use a computer, but don't know how to get started? This is the class to get you going. The class is designed for people who are new to computers and need to learn the basics. It will teach you the basic computer vocabulary, such as what is an operating system, an application, a file, a disk, and the Internet. It also will show you how to use a mouse, tabs, menus, and file systems, as well as introduce to the wonders of the Internet.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Flash Drive (any size). Bring it with you to your first class.
Meeting Dates: Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$65
Location: Library(L)148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
iPAD ESSENTIALS - THE BASICS AND BEYOND
Seats available: 0

Learn from an expert how to take advantage of all that Apple's iPad has to offer. The class will begin with the basics of iPad--then we'll delve into the many fun and productive tasks you can accomplish with this powerful tablet computer. An iPad (iPad 2 or greater for best experience) or iPad mini is required to take full advantage of the course. No other materials are necessary. (Note: The original iPad is unable to run a few of the most recent software offerings from Apple.)

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: All students will require their own iPad to attend this class.
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$65
Location: Levinson Hall (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO WEBSITE CREATION
Seats available: 12

Creating your own website is really easy, and in this class you will learn how to do it. You will be exposed to free and low-cost online tools you can use to build a basic personal web site. We'll talk about things like registering a domain name, how to get search engines to notice you, and other tips and tricks related to running a website. And we'll do all this without any complex programming. Before taking this class, you should be comfortable using a computer and browsing web sites.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Flash (thumb) drive with pictures, text and other content you will want to use on your web site.
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30
Meeting Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Room 105, Weill Institute, 2100 Chester Ave.
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA 101-SECTION 1
Seats available: 8

What is social media and where do I start? This class is for the social media novice - someone familiar with computers and email, but wants to learn to use various social media platforms to keep in touch with friends and family. We'll discuss Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We'll talk about privacy and ethical issues, go over where to do what in each platform, and you'll get to log in and try them for yourself in a computer lab under the guidance of the instructor. Note: When you register for this class, please include your email address so that you can receive communications from the instructor. If you are not familiar with the use of computers, we recommend that you take the INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER before you take this class.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Library (L) 148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA 101-SECTION 2
Seats available: 10

What is social media and where do I start? This class is for the social media novice - someone familiar with computers and email, but wants to learn to use various social media platforms to keep in touch with friends and family. We'll discuss Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We'll talk about privacy and ethical issues, go over where to do what in each platform, and you'll get to log in and try them for yourself in a computer lab under the guidance of the instructor. Note: When you register for this class, please include your email address so that you can receive communications from the instructor. If you are not familiar with the use of computers, we recommend that you take the INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS FOR THE ABSOLUTE BEGINNER before you take this class.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Library(L)148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Seats available: 13

Learn to use various social media platforms to build and promote your organization or business. You will learn best practices for reaching and engaging your audience, which platforms are right for you, and how to do it without spending all your valuable time on-line. This class is ideal for people involved in clubs, groups, and non-profits as well as small business owners who already are familiar with social media for personal use. We will discuss case studies as well as the demographics of various social media platforms.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Mondays, October 20, 27, November 3,10
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Library(L)148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, CHILDREN & DIGITAL RESPONSIBILITY
Seats available: 20

This workshop is about helping grandparents, parents, and other caregivers understand the impact of digital media on children's lives now and in the future. It is not a parenting class but a place to start a conversation about raising a generation of "digital natives." You will get information about current issues related to social media use and starting points for family discussions regarding expectation for media and technology use in your homes. In addition, you will be provided with a variety of resources about the digital world and how kids engage in it for both personal and educational purposes. NOTE: When you register for this class, please include your email address so that you can receive communications from the instructor.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 30, October 7, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$20
Location: Room 618, Bakersfield Christian High School, 12775 Stockdale Hwy, 93314
Instructor:

Economics and Personal Finance

BOOMER RETIREMENT PLANNING - SECTION 1
Seats available: 33

Learn strategies on how to have a successful financial retirement. Topics include Social Security, building a portfolio, managing investments, life and long term care insurance, and income planning. This fun course makes complex issues easy to understand and implement.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Room 1B, City Centre Building, 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield
Instructor:
BOOMER RETIREMENT PLANNING - SECTION 2
Seats available: 34

Learn strategies on how to have a successful financial retirement. Topics include Social Security, building a portfolio, managing investments, life and long term care insurance, and income planning. This fun course makes complex issues easy to understand and implement.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Saturdays, October 18, 25, November 1
Meeting Times: 9 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$25
Location: Humanities (H) 18, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
ESTATES, WILLS, AND TRUSTS - AN INTRODUCTION
Seats available: 28

This is a survey class on estate planning. It will include living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, and probate. The emphasis will be on practical applications.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 2, 9, 23
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Science and Engineering (SE) 56, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Fitness and Health

BEGINNING GOLF-SECTION 1
Seats available: 0

Have fun and learn the fundamentals of the game from a professional. The class includes proper setup; introduction to the golf swing; use of irons and woods; putting, chipping, pitching, and, of course, getting out of the sand. You will come away from this class with knowledge of all shot types as well as lots of hands-on practice. CLASS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Course fee includes range balls. You should have your own golf clubs, but they can be provided if needed.
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Meeting Times: 1-2 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Joses Golf Range, 5101 Stine Road
Instructor:
BEGINNING GOLF-SECTION 2
Seats available: 0

Have fun and learn the fundamentals of the game from a professional. The class includes proper setup; introduction to the golf swing; use of irons and woods; putting, chipping, pitching, and, of course, getting out of the sand. You will come away from this class with knowledge of all shot types as well as lots of hands-on practice. CLASS LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Course fee includes range balls. You should have your own golf clubs, but they can be provided if needed.
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Meeting Times: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Joses Golf Range, 5101 Stine Road
Instructor:
INTERMEDIATE GOLF
Seats available: 0

This class is targeted to the more experience golfer who wishes to improve. Proper swing motion, including weight shift, swing plane, swing path, impact, and extension, as well as putting and chipping will be covered. Class limited to 10 students.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Meeting Times: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Joses Golf Range, 5101 Stine Road
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO BRIDGE
Seats available: 12

An introduction to the game of bridge. This class is for the beginning bridge player who has limited experience. You will learn about basic bidding, play of the hand, and improving your game. Those with some experience will learn No Trump bidding using transfers and Stayman, overcalls, and bidding to game.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Mondays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Meeting Times: 2-4 p.m.
Fees:$65
Location: Levinson Hall (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI - SECTION 1
Seats available: 7

Tai Chi is a form of martial arts in which slow, gentle movements are made in the air. These movements, originally fighting moves, are most commonly practiced by older people who wish to improve their balance, coordination, joint mobility, and blood circulation. Tai Chi also may help to keep the mind active while reducing stress. The class may be repeated so that students can learn more advanced movements and forms. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you have taken Tai Chi previously, you should enroll in this section.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Monday and Wednesday, September 10,15,17,22,24,29,October 1
Meeting Times: 3-4 p.m.
Fees:$39
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI - SECTION 2
Seats available: 20

Tai Chi is a form of martial arts in which slow, gentle movements are made in the air. These movements, originally fighting moves, are most commonly practiced by older people who wish to improve their balance, coordination, joint mobility, and blood circulation. Tai Chi also may help to keep the mind active while reducing stress. The class may be repeated so that students can learn more advanced movements and forms. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. If you have no experience with Tai Chi, you should enroll in this section.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, October 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Meeting Times: 3-4 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
ADVANCED TAI CHI
Seats available: 16

A continuation of the Introduction to Tai Chi class. Must have taken Introduction to Tai Chi at least twice. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Meeting Times: 3-4 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LET'S GO FISHING-Section 1
Seats available: 25

How many times have we heard boomers say they plan to "Go Fishing!" when they retire? For those of us -men and women-who would like to go fishing, but really don't know how to catch a fish, or are tired of coming back empty-handed when we try, this class is just what we need. During this three-hour indoor "fishing boot camp for boomers," outdoor columnist Steve Merlo will demonstrate what equipment to use and how to use it, what bait to use, and how to figure out where the fish are biting. Bring your equipment if you have some, but there will be plenty available at the class for you to use. Learn to have fun with this popular sport, and wow your children and grandchildren with all the fish you catch.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$20
Location: Humanities (H) 18, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LET'S GO FISHING-Section 2
Seats available: 32

How many times have we heard boomers say they plan to "Go Fishing!" when they retire? For those of us -men and women-who would like to go fishing, but really don't know how to catch a fish, or are tired of coming back empty-handed when we try, this class is just what we need. During this three-hour indoor "fishing boot camp for boomers," outdoor columnist Steve Merlo will demonstrate what equipment to use and how to use it, what bait to use, and how to figure out where the fish are biting. Bring your equipment if you have some, but there will be plenty available at the class for you to use. Learn to have fun with this popular sport, and wow your children and grandchildren with all the fish you catch.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$20
Location: Humanities (H) 18, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LIFETIME FITNESS-HOW TO REACH YOUR FITNESS GOAL
Seats available: 21

This is your chance to start working on lifelong fitness and a healthier lifestyle. You will learn the workout routine that best fits your own needs or to modify and improve the workout that you already have. You will be able to do the exercises on your own after the class is completed. Wear exercise clothes and bring a water bottle.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, October 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
Meeting Times: 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Fees:$65
Location: Gymnasium(GYM) 11, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LINE DANCING-BEGINNING
Seats available: 30

Have a great time while learning to do the electric slide, cheater waltz, cha-cha, power jam, New York-New York, and many more line dances.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9
Meeting Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LINE DANCING - BEGINNING PLUS
Seats available: 36

Continue your line dancing fun while learning new dances, including: tush push, good time, slapping leather, boot scoot, mama maria, and many more.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Meeting Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
GENTLE YOGA
Seats available: 0

A gentle yoga class designed to promote increased mobility, flexibility, and balance. Yoga is practiced by people of all ages. Each class is an hour of relaxation and gentle movement. Those taking this class should be able to get up and down from the floor safely. Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring a Yoga mat and Yoga strap.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Yoga mat and yoga strap
Meeting Dates: Mondays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Meeting Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$40
Location: Room 101, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street
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HEALING MOVEMENT: QI GONG
Seats available: 14

Similar to Tai Chi, Qi Gong means cultivating and working with "life energy" (Qi), learning how to improve the health and harmony of the mind and body. Qi Gong is a system of exercise and meditation, both ancient and evolving, that includes posture, movement, self massage, and breathing techniques. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, October 1, 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fees:$60
Location: Room 101, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street
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MEDITATION
Seats available: 24

Research has shown that meditation can help improve memory, sleep, and mental focus as well as reduce stress. This class will offer very simple and practical methods for beginning a meditation practice. We also will discuss misconceptions about what meditation is or should be. The goal is to gradually work up to 15-20 minutes of meditation per session, with the balance of the time used for lecture and discussion. All meditation can be done seated in a chair or on the floor. Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and bring a thick cushion for floor seating.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Bring a thick cushion/pillow or yoga bolster
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
Meeting Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fees:$60
Location: Room 101, Larry E. Reider Center, 2000 K Street
Instructor:
ZUMBA
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

Zumba is a dance fitness program that is Latin-inspired. It involves aerobics and cardio fitness along with four types of dance, and interval training, alternating fast and slow.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, October 2, 7, 9
Meeting Times: 7-8 p.m.
Fees:$55
Location: Activity Room, Rasmusson Center, 115 E. Roberts Lane, 93308
Instructor:

Gardening and Landscaping

LOW WATER GARDENING PANEL AND SEMINAR
Seats available: 7

Learn from a panel of experts about creating a low water use garden. Plants, irrigation, and design will be discussed. Low water gardens do not have to look like the deserts of the Southwest. See examples of plants that are chosen both for their drought resistance and beauty. Learn about irrigation systems that save water and yard work. And learn how to put this all together for the perfect low water garden.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 17 & 24
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Agriculture (AG) 1, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
XERISCAPE - THE LOW WATER GARDEN
Seats available: 4 -- Requires online payment.

This is a class on designing gardens to use less water, including site planning and layout, irrigation, and plant selection.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Meeting Times: 7-8 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Humanities (H) 11, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Genealogy

BEGINNING GENEALOGY AND FAMILY RESEARCH
Seats available: 0

Shaking your family tree & digging your ancestral roots: the process of discovering how you got here. Begin building your family tree and history through research & documentation using the Internet, library resources, public records, family records and interviews. Create a family legacy for future generations.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Wednesday, October 29, November 5, 12, 19
Meeting Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Room 105, Weill Institute, 2100 Chester Ave, 93301
Instructor:

Photography

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY-USE OF DIGITAL CAMERAS-SECTION 1
Seats available: 12

Understanding your digital camera, including how to set up the camera, override the automatic functions to take control of the photography process, and produce interesting content beyond what can be provided by the camera's "point and shoot" capabilities. Composition, utilization and understanding of light, viewpoints and angles, background elements, and choice of lenses or focal lengths - all will be explored.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Bring your cameras and camera manuals.
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
Meeting Times: 2-4 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 48, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY-USE OF DIGITAL CAMERAS - Section 2
Seats available: 12

Understanding your digital camera, including how to set up the camera, override the automatic functions to take control of the photography process, and produce interesting content beyond what can be provided by the camera's "point and shoot" capabilities. Composition, utilization and understanding of light, viewpoints and angles, background elements, and choice of lenses or focal lengths - all will be explored.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Bring your cameras and camera manuals.
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Humanities (H) 2, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
Seats available: 14

Learn to use Photoshop Elements to bring your images to a whole new level for printing or web display. This powerful, yet simple and inexpensive image editing software can be used for a wide range of tasks resulting in transforming your photos into images that "sing." Information on monitor calibration and the best photo printing labs also will included. Students should be familiar with use of computers and Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Course fee includes software costs.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: External flash drive (2GB or larger) with photos stored on it. Bring to first class
Meeting Dates: Friday, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24
Meeting Times: 9:15-11:15 a.m.
Fees:$70
Location: Library (L) 148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE LIGHTROOM
Seats available: 10

For more serious photographers, this course will introduce you to Lightroom, Adobe's powerful file management, archiving and editing program, which is part of Adobe's professional family of digital imaging programs. In this course, you will learn how to use Lightroom to download, transfer and manage files, create a searchable catalog to keep track of your images, use Lightroom's imaging editing features and filters, batch process hundreds or even thousands of images at a time, and process Camera Raw images which utilize tremendous amounts of digital data, resulting in superior image quality and control of your images. BECAUSE THIS IS PROFESSIONAL GRADE SOFTWARE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU POSSESS BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS. YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO DO THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE THIS CLASS; DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN FILES, FOLDERS AND APPLICATIONS; CREATE FOLDERS AND PLACE FILES IN THOSE FOLDERS; LOCATE THE FOLDERS YOU CREATE; CUT, COPY AND PASTE FILES; AND UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COMPUTER HARD DRIVE, REMOVEABLE STORAGE DEVICES AND EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES. THESE ARE CRUCIAL AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS MANDATORY FOR WORKING WITH ADOBE LIGHTROOM, AND THE INSTRUCTOR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COVER THESE SUBJECTS AS PART OF THIS COURSE.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Each student should have an external flash drive (2GB or larger) in order to store computer files. Bring it to class for the first session.
Meeting Dates: Wednesday, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 9, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LIGHTING AND PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP
Seats available: 8

This is a two-session workshop about how to use external speedlights (flash) for digital SLR's. The first session will be dedicated to how to use these versatile and powerful lighting units. The second will involve using strobes with models who will pose for us. It will also include some basic portraiture techniques, such as proper posing and use of lenses and to obtain proper depth of field and perspective. YOU SHOULD HAVE A DIGITAL SLR, A SPEEDLIGHT AND SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE INTRO TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS, OR BE FAMILIAR WITH OPERATION AND CONTROLS OF YOUR CAMERA, BEFORE ENROLLING IN THIS COURSE

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: See class description
Meeting Dates: Monday, September 8 & 15
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Language Arts (LA), 109, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
PLANT AND FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY - IN GARDENS AND THE WILD
Seats available: 14

A beginner's course on making great images of botanical subjects in gardens and nature.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursday, September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Meeting Times: 8:15-9:15 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Humanities (H) 11, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Religion

THE GREAT EMERGENCE: HOW CHRISTIANITY IS CHANGING AND WHY
Seats available: 19

Using Phyllis Tickle's book as the primary guide, we'll explore her read of history. She perceives a five hundred year pattern where shifts in understanding the deep currents of life move human history in unexpected new ways. This three week overview of her work will follow the outline of the book's three sections: The Great Emergence: What Is It? The Great Emergence: How Did It Come To Be? The Great Emergence: Where Is It Going? Phyllis Tickle uses an inter-disciplinary approach in analyzing history. She brings the ways of a sociologist, historian, and theologian to engage the cross-cuts of time. This three week session will offer fresh insights into the current discussions regarding "emergence" Christianity.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursday, October 16, 23, 30
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Humanities (H) 12, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Robotics Workshop

ROBOTICS WORKSHOP
Seats available: 14

Explore the fascinating field of robotics. You will build small robots that sense the world around them and respond to changes in their environment, build robots controlled by mulitprocessors, and even write your own games. You will be able to work at your own pace. Use of a computer is not required but can be used if you bring your own.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursday, August 28-December 11
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$20
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 45, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Sociology

LAUGHING AND MENTAL HEALTH
Seats available: 18

In this class, you will learn about the importance of laughing and humor in various social situations such as family, work, and neighborhood.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, September 16, 23, 30, October 7
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Language Arts (LA) 109, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LIVES OF WOMEN
Seats available: 18

The lives of women in different cultures from childhood to adolescence, marriage, motherhood, and companionship. The impact of religion and the ideals of beauty and correct behavior will be discussed. Films and handouts will be used.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Language Arts (LA) 109, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Wine

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WINE
Seats available: 0

Explore wine in all of its various forms and flavors. This course will help demystify wine for you. You'll learn wine etiquette, how to order wine in a restaurant like a pro, why different regions are better suited to some varietals than others, pairing wine with food. At the last session, students will pair wine and food at a local restaurant, with the cost included in the course fee.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Wine tasting, usually 6 wines per session, and wine and food pairing at the last session included in the course fee.
Meeting Dates: Monday, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6
Meeting Times: 6-7:15 p.m.
Fees:$90
Location: Levinson (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
WINE 202: THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Seats available: 0

We will explore French varietals in California, and how these wines compare with their counterparts in France, including Champagne and sparkling wines, Bordeaux varietals, Burgundy and the Rhone River Valley. A comparison of these wines will be tasted by class members, usually at least six different wines per session. The last class session will provide a culmination of the various wine regions studied.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Wine tasting included in the course fee.
Meeting Dates: Monday, October 13, 20, 27, November 3
Meeting Times: 6-7:15 p.m.
Fees:$80
Location: Levinson (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Writing

ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING BETTER OR AT LEAST, LESS WORSE
Seats available: 0

Writing is conversation, storytelling, a way to thrill family and friends. It can also be agonizing. Improve your writing skills and reduce the pain of doing so at the same time. Herb will provide warm, constructive help with anything from the first chapter of your novel to the church newsletter. For those who have taken the class before, an independent study option of available. This class is limited to 12 students.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Wednesday, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Humanities (H) 2, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
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