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Courses

The Spring 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 Spring 2014 Class Schedule.  You can view it on-line at www.bakersfieldcollege.edu

Course materials and assignments

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.

Fees

Although the Levan gift covers most of our startup and overhead expenses, we must charge fees in order to recover our direct instructional costs and any special materials or transportation costs associated with a course.

Refunds

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.

Parking

Parking permits are required for parking on campus. You have two choices for purchasing permits.
  1. Purchase permits for $5.00 per day at one of the parking pass dispensers in the student/public parking lots. See the campus map for dispenser locations.
  2. 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. The procedure for this follows:
  1. Log onto the website: www.thepermitstore.com to register for your parking permit.
  2. In response to "Enter your Parking Destination", type Bakersfield College and click the "Submit" button.
  3. Click the "Bakersfield College" button in the search results list.
  4. Click the "Apply" button in the list of options.
  5. Click on the "I Agree" box and type in your e-mail address and password (password must contain only letters and numbers with at least 7 characters minimum). Click the "Continue" button.
  6. Enter personal information requested. Under "Purchasing As", choose "Levan Institute Student".
  7. You will then see the following statement: "This institution offers preapproved permits.
    Please complete the following:"
    For Student ID, enter 123456789. Fill in the other information requested. Then enter your last name in the next box and click the "Continue" button.
  8. Click on the "Buy" button next to the Levan Institute parking permit option.
  9. Enter all requested vehicle information; then click the "Add This Vehicle" button.
  10. Review your permit and vehicle information, select payment type from the drop down menu and then click the "Continue" button.
  11. Enter your payment information (credit card number, etc.) and then click the "Finish" button.
While your permit application is being approved, a temporary parking permit will be available for immediate parking privileges in the student lots. Please print the temporary permit and place it on the dash of your vehicle. Your regular parking permit will arrive via mail within 5-7 business days.

Contacts

Website: www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/levaninstitute 
Email: mvalenzu@bakersfieldcollege.edu
Phone: 661-395-4431
Mail: Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning, Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA. 93305

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Spring 2014 Course Offerings

Art

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, February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13
Meeting Times: 2-4 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Seats available: 0

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, March 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1
Meeting Times: 2-4 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, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20
Meeting Times: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
CERAMICS - A BEGINNING COURSE
Seats available: 0

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: Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Meeting Times: 4-7 p.m.
Fees:$140
Location: Room 104 Spindt Hall, Bakersfield High School, 1241 G Street
Instructor:
PINE NEEDLE AND GOURD ART
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

Take a step back in time to learn traditional Native American pine needle weaving in this hands-on class. You will become acquainted with materials and methods used in creating, dying, and embellishing, pieces of natural beauty that can be used as decoration or as gifts. Materials can be purchased from the instructor.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Materials can be purchased from instructor
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$30
Location: Fine Arts (FA) 8, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Bakersfield

LETTERS TO THE SOLDIERS: BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE AND WORLD WAR II
Seats available: 16

What happened in Bakersfield and at Bakersfield College during World War II? How did the war change the college? Hear about the close relationship between Grace Bird, the college leader, and her students who became servicemen, to all whom she wrote letters throughout the war - and see some of those letters and the responses to Miss Bird. These and other fascinating tales of the war years will be related by historian and archivist Jerry Ludeke.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Monday, May 5, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$10
Location: Levinson (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Cooking

CLASSICAL CUISINE
Seats available: 0

In this class you will have a great time while you learn the basics of classical cuisine and how to implement those techniques in your everyday cooking. Classical cuisine, a refined presentation of superb ingredients, is the foundation upon which all western cuisines are built. This class will explore international cuisine and recipes from around the world. Your instructor is an executive chef who is expert is all aspects of classical and contemporary cuisine. All supplies and materials are included in the course fee. Class limited to 16 students.

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, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fees:$155
Location: Urners, 4110 Wible Road, Bakersfield, 93313
Instructor:

Cosmetics

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SOAPMAKING
Seats available: 0

Learn to make beautifully colored and richly aromatic soaps. Give homemade gifts to your friends and family. Discover the ingredients, chemistry, and safety involved in making these personal products. Then get ready for some hands-on work in a chemistry laboratory. A discussion of the cleaning process will be very enlightening to all. Everyone will be going home with a handful of finished bars of soap. The course fee includes handouts and supplies for the products you 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, February 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; March 1, 9-11 a.m.
Meeting Times: See meeting dates
Fees:$35
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 12, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LOTIONS AND SALTS
Seats available: 1 -- Requires online payment.

Pamper yourself with home crafted and economical body products. Make body lotions and bath salts in the chemistry laboratory. Learn how both the skin responds to these products and how to adjust the qualities of water to obtain the moisturizing, exfoliating, or therapeutic effect desired. Course fee includes handouts and supplies for the products you will make and take home. 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, March 22 & 29
Meeting Times: 9 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$35
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 12, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Computer Software

COMPUTERS AND EMAIL: THE BARE ESSENTIALS
Seats available: 0

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, March 1
Meeting Times: 9 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$15
Location: Library (L) 148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
COMPUTERS AND THE INTERNET: THE BARE ESSENTIALS
Seats available: 0

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: Thursdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$60
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, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$60
Location: Levinson Hall (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA 101-SECTION 1
Seats available: 0

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 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other sites to keep in touch with friends and family. We'll discuss each site, privacy and ethical issues, and you'll get to log in and try them for yourself in a computer lab under the guidance of the instructor.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$30
Location: Business (B) 11, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA 101-SECTION 2
Seats available: 3 -- Requires online payment.

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 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other sites to keep in touch with friends and family. We'll discuss each site, privacy and ethical issues, and you'll get to log in and try them for yourself in a computer lab under the guidance of the instructor.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$30
Location: Business (B) 11, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS-Section 1
Seats available: 5

So you know how to use Facebook and Twitter, but are you using them in the best way possible to build and promote your business or organization? In this class you will learn best practices for reaching and engaging your audience quickly. This class is ideal for small business owners and people involved in clubs, groups, and nonprofits. We will discuss case studies as well as deomgraphics of various social media platforms.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Meeting Times: 3:30-5 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Room 101, Larry E. Reider Center, 2000 K Street
Instructor:
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS-Section 2
Seats available: 4 -- Requires online payment.

So you know how to use Facebook and Twitter, but are you using them in the best way possible to build and promote your business or organization? In this class you will learn best practices for reaching and engaging your audience quickly. This class is ideal for small business owners and people involved in clubs, groups, and nonprofits. We will discuss case studies as well as deomgraphics of various social media platforms.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$30
Location: Business (B) 11, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Economics and Personal Finance

BOOMER RETIREMENT PLANNING - SECTION 1
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

This class is about strategies on how to have a successful financial retirement. Topics will include: managing investments, Medicare, Social Security, insurance, and income planning. This fun course will make complex issues easy to understand and implement.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Room 1A, City Centre Building, 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield
Instructor:
BOOMER RETIREMENT PLANNING - SECTION 2
Seats available: 20

This class is about strategies on how to have a successful financial retirement. Topics will include: managing investments, Medicare, Social Security, insurance, and income planning. This fun course will make complex issues easy to understand and implement.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Saturdays, February 8, 15, 22
Meeting Times: 9 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$25
Location: Language Arts (LA) 109, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
ESTATES, WILLS, AND TRUSTS
Seats available: 33

What you need to know about estates, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and administration of a deceased person's estate or trust.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$15
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, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 19
Meeting Times: 1-2 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Kern River Golf course Driving Range
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, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 19
Meeting Times: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Kern River Golf course Driving Range
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, February 12, 19, 26, March 5, 19
Meeting Times: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Kern River Golf Course Driving Range
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI - SECTION 1
Seats available: 1 -- Requires online payment.

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.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Monday & Wednesday, February 24, 26, March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19
Meeting Times: 3-4 p.m.
Fees:$40
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI - SECTION 2
Seats available: 8

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.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Monday & Wednesday, April 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14
Meeting Times: 3-4 p.m.
Fees:$40
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LET'S GO FISHING
Seats available: 1 -- Requires online payment.

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: Tueday, February 18, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$15
Location: Humanities (H) 20, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LINE DANCING-BEGINNING
Seats available: 0

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, January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
Meeting Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$30
Location: Gym 202, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LINE DANCING - BEGINNING PLUS
Seats available: 5

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, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 24
Meeting Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$30
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, February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Meeting Times: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$35
Location: Room 204, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street
Instructor:
HEALING MOVEMENT: QI GONG
Seats available: 0

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, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12
Meeting Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Room 204, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street
Instructor:
MEDITATION
Seats available: 25

Meditation can be a very powerful tool. This class will offer very simple and practical methods for beginning a mediatation practice or for enhancing the one you already have. We will discuss misconceptions about what meditation is or should be.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Bring a thick cushion/pillow or yoga bolster
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Meeting Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
Fees:$50
Location: Room 204, Larry E. Reider Center, 2000 K Street
Instructor:

Gardening and Landscaping

CREATING A BEAUTIFUL HOME GARDEN
Seats available: 8

Have the best yard on the block. Learn how to add to the beauty of your garden, creating color year round. Learn and understand the do's and don'ts of landscape design, installation, and maintenance that make a great yard. In the second session you will learn more about beautifying your garden while eating healthier by creating an edible landscape. You will learn planting choices and methods that produce both beauty and food 365 days a year. Course fee includes required supplies and materials.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Thursdays, March 27, April 3
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$30
Location: Science and Engineering (SE) 48, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
HEARST CASTLE AND GARDEN TOUR
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

Travel to a time of yesteryear and tour Hearst Castle and garden on the Central Coast. Join the Country Garden radio hosts, Lindsay Ono, the Plant Professor and Dale Edwards, the Sultan of Sod, as they entertain your questions about gardening on the bus ride to the coast. Visit California's castle built by William Randolf Hearst and the beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Hearst Castle entrance fee, lunch, and snacks will be included. Maybe we will have time for a stop at a Paso Robles Winery, too.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Meeting Times: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees:$110
Location: Meet at Haley Street parking lot, 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: Thursdays, February 20, 27, March 6, 13
Meeting Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fees:$40
Location: Language Arts (LA) 116, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Photography

BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY-USE OF DIGITAL CAMERAS-Section 1
Seats available: 5

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, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Meeting Times: 2-4 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Language Arts (LA) 111, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY-USE OF DIGITAL CAMERAS - Section 2
Seats available: 0

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, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Language Arts (LA) 111, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
INTRODUCTION TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
Seats available: 1 -- Requires online payment.

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: Fridays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Meeting Times: 9-11 a.m.
Fees:$70
Location: Library (L) 148, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LIGHTING AND PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP
Seats available: 2 -- Requires online payment.

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: Mondays, February 3, 10
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Language Arts (LA), 110, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Psychology

STRATEGIES FOR A BETTER MEMORY
Seats available: 4 -- Requires online payment.

The goals of this workshop is to help you develop good memory habits and to teach you techniques to improve your memory. The course targets the four most common memory complaints that people experience in daily life: 1. Forgetting names and faces 2. Forgetting to do things in the future (like keeping an appointment, passing on a phone message, or forgetting why you walked into a room) 3. Forgetting where you put things (like your keys, glasses, or wallet) 4. Knowing something you cannot immediately recall or "tip of the tongue" memory challenges. The techniques in the course include strategies like organization, association and imagery to make information more memorable. Many research studies, including those conducted by Gary Small, M.D. and his colleagues at UCLA, have shown that these strategies are effective in improving memory in older adults with normal, age-related memory challenges. Also, the benefits of memory training can last well beyond the actual course---studies show that those benefits can last from six months to five years.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Friday & Saturday, March 28 & 29
Meeting Times: 10 a.m.-Noon
Fees:$75
Location: Room 203, Larry E. Reider Center, 2000 K Street, Bakersfield
Instructor:

Religion

RELIGION IN THE AFTERLIFE
Seats available: 7

In the last few years many books on the afterlife have surfaced. It is the instructor's opinion that a few of these, such as the instructor's The Afterlife Unveiled, show what spirits-humans who have survived death-may tell us about their world through mediums. Further, it is his position that all the evidence suggests they are closer to The Source - which some call God. And that closeness, far from freeing them from religion, inspires in them a better religion than anything we know. This course is about his view of the religion they practice-and the one he predicts we'll be practicing, if we want to, in a few short years. More importantly, he feels it will inspire in many of us a sense of life's importance here and now. It is his opinion that life on Earth is a great gift, and that we should not waste our time drifitng aimlessly from distraction to distraction, or hemmed in by a religious orthodoxy that stifles and suffocates us. We have our souls to build, he says, and the spirits show us, both by example and instruction, how to go about it.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials:
Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18
Meeting Times: 7-8:30 p.m.
Fees:$25
Location: Humanities (H) 20, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Robotics Workshop

ROBOTICS WORKSHOP
Seats available: 21

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: Thursdays, January 23-May 15, 2014
Meeting Times: 6-9 p.m.
Fees:$20
Location: Science & Engineering (SE) 45, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Sociology

LAUGHING AND HUMOR IN SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
Seats available: 16

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: Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$40
Location: Language Arts (LA) 109, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
LIVES OF WOMEN
Seats available: 7

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: Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Meeting Times: 6-8 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Language Arts (LA) 109, Bakersfield College
Instructor:

Wine

WINE 303: THE WINES OF ITALY
Seats available: 1 -- Requires online payment.

This is an advanced wine appreciation class, focusing on the Italian varietals and how they compare with their California counterparts. Wines from Northern, Central, and Southern Italy will be compared and tasted.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Wine tasting included in the course fee.
Meeting Dates: Mondays, January 27, February 3, 10
Meeting Times: 6-7:15 p.m.
Fees:$60
Location: Levinson (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
WINE 404: WINES OF THE WORLD
Seats available: 0

This class complements the French Connection and Wines of Italy classes, providing an introduction to other wine-producing areas around the world, including Germany and Austria, The Iberian Peninsula, Australia and New Zealand, South America, and other areas, such as South Africa and Canada.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: Wine tasting, usually 6 wines per session, included in the course fee.
Meeting Dates: Mondays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24
Meeting Times: 6-7:15 p.m.
Fees:$90
Location: Levinson (LEV) 40, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
EXPLORING CALIFORNIA'S WINERIES AND VINEYARDS
Seats available: 0

Explore California's rich history by touring diverse wine regions around the state. This trip will offer adventures that allow you to discover what makes each region special, such as terrain, microclimates, varietal plantings, and the local history associated with the area as well as the wine. You will learn about the techniques that California winemakers use in making different varieties. You will meet the grape growers, vintners, winemakers, and winery owners in special, behind-the-scenes tours, and you will find that winemaking is both a science and an art. The tour will include opportunities to taste, try, pair, and match wines with foods, and you will be exposed to many types of wines to help you expand your palate. Whether you are just beginning to learn or consider yourself a wine expert, the tour will help you appreciate and grow your knowledge of this exciting part of California's heritage. Course fee includes wine tasting, lunch, snacks, water, and transportation.

Course Prerequisites: None
Required Materials: None
Meeting Dates: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Meeting Times: 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Fees:$99
Location: TBA
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: Wednesdays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Meeting Times: 6-7:30 p.m.
Fees:$45
Location: Humanities (H) 13, Bakersfield College
Instructor:
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