LIFE Academy

If you qualify for the LIFE DISCOUNT (62 and over in Grand Traverse County), you must call NMC-EES at 995-1700 to register and receive the discount.

A Cultural Immersion: Captivating China — 2017-10-05 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 9:30 am-noon, University Center Rm. 204. Experience China's heritage and traditions by immersing yourself in one of the world's oldest continuous cultures and fastest growing powers in the modern world. Explore the inner balance and peace gained through the simple, yet elegant, practice of calligraphy. Hear the sing-song flow of the Chinese language as you learn a few simple words and phrases. Then take a virtual photographic journey through several temples. Observe how they are a celebration of art, history and education. Lastly, understand the importance of food as you enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088681
Aquatic Insects and Water Quality — 2017-09-21 thru 2017-10-05$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 212. There are some incredible insects and other invertebrates that spend much of their life in water before emerging to the land or air. Learn the natural history of these insects and how the quantity and quality of aquatic life equates to the health of a body of water. In this hands-on course, join the staff of the Grass River Natural Area and work with the tools and techniques used to measure water quality by looking at our local fauna. Run chemical and physical field tests and evaluate your results to determine the levels of oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature, and nutrients. First class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden and Bellaire (directions provided at the first class.) This course qualifies for credit toward the Northern Naturalist certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082028
Birds Up Close — 2017-11-15 thru 2017-11-15$45 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 6:30-9 pm, Health & Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan's birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using NMC's incredible collection of over 100 specimens, you'll examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls, and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084347
Chair Yoga — 2017-10-13 thru 2017-12-15$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-2 pm, (no class Nov. 24) Dennos Museum Janis Rm. Be the best version of yourself--come explore your potential with yoga! Enjoy the benefits of the essential elements of yoga in seated position. Yoga improves flexibility, posture, balance, and spiritual and mental wellness. Practice a variety of yoga poses and discover the rewards of gentle stretches, postures, and relaxation through breathing and meditation. All levels and abilities are welcome. Meets in Dennos Museum Janis Room.

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085985
Christianity in America — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-01$55 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 215. From the earliest roots, jump a few centuries and investigate the spread of Christianity in the United States. How did those formative first years transition to what we have today? Explore the early settlement, the remarkable variety and vitality, the astounding growth of denominations like Methodists, Baptists, and Pentecostals. Look at ethnic divisions, the sociology of denominations, culture wars, and the present status.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087519
Come Sail Away with the MHA — 2017-09-07 thru 2017-09-07$169 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 4-7 p.m. Join experienced captain and crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and sail west Grand Traverse Bay! This unique small class will set sail on the 39-foot Champion, a custom-built cutter. Learn about sailing from the experts. Tie knots, take the helm, and hoist the sails while exploring Grand Traverse Bay. In the 1800s Michigan used sailing to drive its economy. Learn maritime history and traditions while sailing the beautiful waters of the bay and supporting Traverse City’s Maritime Heritage Alliance.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 237791842
Defeating Dizziness: Build Your Balance — 2017-09-26 thru 2017-10-31$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 2-3 pm, at Fit For You Health Club (1226 S. Garfield Ave.) From your foot to your inner ear, your ability to balance can be strengthened in three specific systems. Join FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers' experts to learn about these systems and the common issues that affect balance, including vision, hearing, strength, medications, viruses, vestibular problems and more. Practice vestibular exercises to strengthen the messages the inner ear sends to the brain, somatosensory exercises to improve the nerve pathways from our muscles and joints to the brain, and discover how our visual system can over- or under-function in complex environments. Don't wait for a fall to occur to start building your balance! Classes include 45 minutes of exercise and 15 of lecture, Q and A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084375
Dragonflies and Damselflies — 2017-09-12 thru 2017-09-26$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 212. Finding dragonflies and damselflies with binoculars and cameras is becoming as popular and enjoyable as birding. These colorfully patterned insects of the order Odonata are a delight to find and can be indicators of habitat and biodiversity. Join the staff of Grass River Natural Area in exploring the identification, collection, natural history, and photography of dragonflies and damselflies. We will learn in the classroom for the first session, then put our knowledge to work in the field with nets and binoculars at Grass River Natural Area near Alden and Bellaire for the remaining classes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082001
End of the American Dream: From a Middle Class Nation to Haves and Have-Nots — 2017-11-02 thru 2017-11-02$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-3:30 pm, University Center Rm. 204. Historically, the American promise was about opportunity for all. There were big differences in wealth, but Abe Lincoln's Log Cabin myth held more than a little truth. What's more, American society has been marked by dominance of a large, stable middle class which has set the tone for cultural and political values. However, over the past 40 years a set of changes in society and the economy and government policy have worked together to a) shrink the middle class b) weaken the lower-middle and lower class, and c) set the upper-middle and upper classes off into a separate realm. What's worse is the divisions may be permanent. Join Phil Mikesell as he highlights how America may be moving away from a land of equal opportunity and toward a system of stratification based on 'inherited meritocracy.'

  • Seats available: Approximately 30. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088725
Environmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview — 2017-12-11 thru 2017-12-18$79 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon and Wed, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 209. How is the environment in Northern Michigan changing? What are the most pressing ecological issues facing our region? Explore issues pertinent to our forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, and the human population. Sessions cover natural history, regional ecology, environmental management and sustainability. Gain a stronger sense of place, new insights, and practical knowledge in this up-to-date overview. This course is open to all and is a core course towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084351
Everyone Is an Artist — 2017-11-14 thru 2017-11-14$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm. 07. Art isn't just for 'artists!' Discover your inner artist and find magic in each day. Elizabeth Abeel, instructor of NMC's popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, shares a tool she has created to help develop your inner artist and enhance your view of the world. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and get a hands-on start in class. The creativity tool kit is included in the cost ($25). This class is ideal for those who have taken Learn to See or as a great introduction for anyone--no previous art training or experience required. Open to adults and youth age 12 and over (when accompanied by an enrolled adult.)

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086543
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerFall Wildflowers — 2017-08-21 thru 2017-09-11$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Mondays, 9 am - Noon. Venture into Leelanau County's Krumweide Forest Reserve and other locations to examine common fall wildflowers of northern Michigan, with a special focus on genera within the aster family. Learn how to ID wildflowers while examining the ecological communities that species prefer. Gain understanding of the special adaptations that allow different flowers to thrive in northern environments. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray, a hat, water, and a magnifying lens to see identifying characteristics of the flowers. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. The first session meets at Krumweide Forest Reserve, on Wheeler Rd. near Glen Arbor, map at leelanauconservancy.org/natural-areas-map/

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142835493
Feldenkrais — 2017-09-14 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50), Engage your brain's plasticity to improve comfort and mobility! Join Alice Brydges to experience a revolutionary approach to improving human function through somatic movement (conscious focus on the internal experience of movement.) The Feldenkrais Method employs a variety of user-friendly movement lessons and a gentle hands-on approach that engages your brain's neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out! Join us Thursday, Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m., for a FREE drop-in class!

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084382
Feldenkrais — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-12-14$79 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50), Engage your brain's plasticity to improve comfort and mobility! Join Alice Brydges to experience a revolutionary approach to improving human function through somatic movement (conscious focus on the internal experience of movement.) The Feldenkrais Method employs a variety of user-friendly movement lessons and a gentle hands-on approach that engages your brain's neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out! Join us Thursday, Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m., for a FREE drop-in class!

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084385
Finding Common Ground — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-10-26$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6:30-8:30 pm, University Center Rm. 204. 'What unites us is far greater than what divides us,' spoke John F. Kennedy. We are living in divisive times. People are feeling politically polarized, individually isolated, and frightened by feelings of uncertainty. It is difficult to start a conversation with your neighbors and friends when you are not sure 'what side they are on!' The truth is, we share more in common than that which we perceive divides us. Join acclaimed storyteller and narrative consultant, Jenifer Strauss, to engage in a series of gentle and exploratory prompts based on common experiences. Use storytelling and deep listening to find common ground. Come with curiosity and leave with stories that help you feel connected and heard.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088729
Forever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week) — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-10-27$89 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks Starting Sept 11, various times. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239113681
Forever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week) — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-10-27$129 — Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239118935
Forever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week) — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-10-27$179 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239118977
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$89 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 48. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119040
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$129 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 48. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119126
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$179 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119224
Gentle Yoga — 2017-09-12 thru 2017-12-12$159 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 10:15-11:30 am, Ed. Rm. 120. Find out why so many have found that yoga improves flexibility, strength, posture, and balance, as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Gentle Yoga is designed for people of any level of physical ability who prefer a more mindful, gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing for movement.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085981
Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-10-03$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 8 a.m.-4 pm, meet at University Center Parking Lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Who were the people and what were their lives like? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several ghost towns. Glen Haven is an example of what these logging villages were like in their heyday. Discover what happened to the towns and the people who lived there. We'll travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people find. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. Includes lunch and transportation. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081102
Global Issues 2017 -- Part 1 — 2017-09-27 thru 2017-10-18$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Go beyond the headlines of today's issues in this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. Topics for 2017 include the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security. The impartial materials provide thought-provoking analyses in a written guide complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088707
Global Issues 2017 -- Part 2 — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-15$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Go beyond the headlines of today's issues in this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. Topics for 2017 include the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security. The impartial materials provide thought-provoking analyses in a written guide complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088713
Global Issues 2017 -- Parts 1 & 2 — 2017-09-27 thru 2017-11-15$109 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Go beyond the headlines of today's issues in this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. Topics for 2017 include the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security. The impartial materials provide thought-provoking analyses in a written guide complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088717
Guide to Tree Identification — 2017-10-12 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Enhance your hiking, landscaping, and outdoor adventures by learning to identify the beautiful trees and woody shrubs of northern Michigan and their invasive counterparts. Discover their roles in the eco-system and learn plant classification, tree identification, and nomenclature in the classroom. Then take to the woods at the 2nd class for a leisurely 3-hour guided field walk. Put your new knowledge to work learning unique physical characteristics, habitats, and growing conditions. Recommended book, 'Trees of Michigan: Field Guide' by Stan Tekiela (or any Michigan/Midwest tree guide), can be found at most bookstores (approx. $13) or online. 2nd class meets at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area (4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082969
History of the Anishnabek — 2017-09-27 thru 2017-10-04$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. The history of our region gets its roots from the Odawa Anishinabek who settled here many, many years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport, or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The tribe is one of the three recognized tribes of Odawa peoples in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the 3 Fires people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088700
Course ClosedInsects and Bugs--Essential Understanding for the Naturalist — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-09-25$89 — Face to FaceView Details

1st two Mondays, 9 am - Noon, 3rd Monday, 10 am - 3 pm. The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day three. Last class meets 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872653
Into The Wilderness — 2017-09-19 thru 2017-09-20$105 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues,Wed, 10 am-noon, University Center Rm. 209 AND Sept. 20, 9 am-4 pm (field trip) at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's 71,000 acres have been set aside as 'wilderness' by the US Congress. Join park expert, Kerry Kelly, to explore first-hand what the wilderness designation means for this national treasure. The first day is a 2-hour classroom discussion; the second class is a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guided tour of two areas within the designated 'wilderness,' including morning and afternoon walks with different habitats and natural features. Cost includes lunch at a nearby restaurant. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082010
Learn to See as an Artist--Part II — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 3:30-5:30 pm, University Center Rm. 07. Continue to enhance your ability to access the creative right side of your brain and improve your drawing skills by building on the concepts you've learned in Learn to See as an Artist Sees. This course explores the light and shadow or values in specific detail which ties the previously learned four basic perceptions together. A material fee (approximately $28) is payable to the instructor at the second class. Prerequisite: Learn to See as an Artist Sees.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086538
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm. 07. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do, and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086532
Leonard Bernsteins World — 2017-09-28 thru 2017-10-05$59 — Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. Leonard Bernstein was one of the most colorful and multi-talented American musicians of the 20th century. His creative work as a conductor, concert pianist, writer and teacher has left an enduring mark of excellence on the concert stage, the world of musical theater, and arts education for all ages. Join Lyn Salathiel and Dave Parrish as they investigate the people, events and experiences leading to Bernstein's amazing accomplishments.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086004
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics will be available at the end of October at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. Register now to receive first choice of sessions when the topics are published.

  • Seats available: Approximately 222. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080865
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics will be available at the end of October at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. Register now to receive first choice of sessions when the topics are published.

  • Seats available: Approximately 221. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080907
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch and Learn -- GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873722
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch and Learn -- GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure. This option includes a buffet lunch. Beverages provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 145819425
LIFE Lunch - October: Garbag Bag Suitcase--A Foster Care Survivor's Guide — 2017-10-20 thru 2017-10-20$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm. 215/217. Shenandoah Chefalo started life as a child with neglectful, drug and alcohol addicted parents. She mastered packing all of her belongings in minutes, changed multiple schools, faced hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough and requested to be placed into foster care. Shen became part of the 3 percent of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate. Despite her numerous achievements in life, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect. Award-winning author of her memoir, 'Garbage Bag Suitcase,' Shen is relentless to find grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080837
LIFE Lunch Sept.: Mind Full or Mindful? Discover the Joy of Mindfulness Practice — 2017-09-29 thru 2017-09-29$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm. 215/217. In our busy world, forms of mindfulness are not used as a spiritual practice but as mind-training techniques to help us focus our attention/awareness to be happier, more productive and compassionate. Research confirms that these practices can help us slow down and flourish in a multitasking and multimedia culture. Kristy McDonald has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. She traveled to Thailand in 2015 on a sabbatical for three months to learn new mindfulness, meditation and body-mind connection techniques. Join her to learn about some of the research on mindfulness, how to incorporate mindfulness into your life and how to create a personal mindfulness practice. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080347
Mah Jongg Madness — 2017-09-18 thru 2017-10-09$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg--a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085994
Mah Jongg Madness — 2017-11-06 thru 2017-11-27$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg--a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086505
Native Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk — 2017-10-19 thru 2017-10-19$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 p.m. at Trailhead of Cedar Run Creek Natural Area 4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). Experience a leisurely 3-hour guided walk, on level ground, in the woods with ISA certified arborist, Bo Burke. Become familiar with the majestic and varied trees and shrubs of northern Michigan. Learn their unique physical characteristics, their habitat, and growing conditions. With your newfound knowledge, you'll be ready to practice tree identification and skills on future nature walks. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Dress to walk outdoors.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082979
Opera Notes: Exterminating Angel and Tosca — 2017-11-16 thru 2017-11-16$25 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Join the fall opera briefings and you'll get even more out of the wonderful New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre. Through story, song, and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage enriching the opera experience. Purchase your own opera tickets directly from the State Theatre. A dinner party where the guests can't leave? Unravel the surreal plot and music behind Thomas Ades' modern opera. When Kristine Opolais' Tosca visits Bryn Terfel's Baron Scarpia, will they make a deal? What is new and improved about the MET's 2017 Tosca?

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087494
Opera Notes: Norma and Die Zauberflote — 2017-10-06 thru 2017-10-06$25 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Join the fall opera briefings and you'll get even more out of the wonderful New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre. Through story, song, and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage enriching the opera experience. Purchase your own opera tickets directly from the State Theatre. Find out which Druid priestess wins the love of the Roman conqueror and how the loser gets revenge in this Bellini bel canto classic. Does Mozart's masterpiece reveal Freemasonry secrets? Is the Queen of the Night the power behind the flute's magic? Learn how Disney's Lion King director Julie Taymor stages this Mozart favorite.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086552
President Trumps Middle East Strategy — 2017-10-10 thru 2017-10-10$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. With his speech in Riyadh in May 2017, the president shifted the US firmly into the Saudi camp and in opposition to Iran. That move has far-reaching implications for US policy in the Middle East, for Iranian internal politics, for Israel and other US allies, and for the Saudis themselves. How the US policy in the region is likely to evolve will be explored in a three-hour discussion/lecture.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088670
Russia Goes to the Polls — 2017-11-07 thru 2017-11-07$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. Russia will hold a Presidential election in 2018 that promises to be a referendum on President Putin's policies. What issues are involved, whether the election will be 'democratic', and what we can expect from the process will be reviewed. This course coincides with the November 16, 2017, International Affairs Forum lecture with John R. Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Russia 2008-2012.

  • Seats available: Approximately 26. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088676
Sleeping Bear Dunes -- The Big Story — 2017-09-21 thru 2017-10-05$89 — Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs, Sept. 21 & 28, 10 am-noon, University Center Rm. 209 AND Oct. 5, 1-5 pm (field trip). Habitats, creatures, plant life, challenges--want to know more about the Lake Michigan shoreline and the 71,000 acres of national parkland in our backyard? Explore the habitats from dunes, forests, and meadows to wetlands and rivers and the issues facing each, as well as the birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and plants. The first two sessions are in the classroom. The last day is a longer guided field experience (1-5 p.m.) in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park with carpools arranged at the 2nd class (cost does not include vehicle entrance fee.) This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082953
The Life Story--A Sequel — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-11-13$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 2:30-4 pm, University Center Rm. 208. You have enjoyed Life Story writing and you are ready for more. Now continue (or renew) your writing in this experience designed to motivate new writing and enhance your skills. Focusing on the craft of good story writing, we will work with the writer's challenges in creating a sense of place, vivid characterizations, crossing the not-so-fine line between fact and fiction and more. The class is designed for those who have taken a previous life story writing class. Bring pen, 3-ring binder, and paper.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087507
The Untold Story of Boot Lake — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-09$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 10:30 am-noon, Scholars Hall, Rm. 32 (first class only). Journey back to the summer of 1876 as you explore local Native American lore relating to the Old Indian Trail and the mystery of Boot Lake. Classroom session and a field trip also explore the local 'pointer' trees and steles (inscribed concrete slabs) marking the Old Indian Trail between Traverse City and Cadillac. Gain understanding of Native American life in the 1880s and who used these trails. A short hike is part of each session. Oct. 2 meets in Scholars Hall on Main Campus; Oct. 9 meets in University Center (2200 Dendrinos Dr., TC).

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081042
Tips and Tricks for Nearly Free Travel — 2017-11-01 thru 2017-11-01$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 7-9 pm, University Center Rm. 212. What if you could travel the world at a fraction of the price it costs your fellow travelers? Strategically using specific credit cards for everyday expenses, you can build points for free airfare and hotel stays. Learn how to make a hobby of seeing the world without breaking the bank. If you have a credit score of 700 or higher, you can implement these strategies to maximize your points without fees or 'catches.' Join the fun while learning these important travel tips.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088692
War Against NorthKorea? — 2017-09-26 thru 2017-09-26$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. Are we on a collision course with the world's most isolated country? Can North Korea's drive to obtain a nuclear strike capability against the US be stopped? What options exist to prevent a ruinous conflict on the Korean Peninsula and nuclear blackmail by Kim Jong Un?

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088664
Writing Your Life Stories — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-23$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 2-4:30 pm, University Center Rm. 208. Have you had the urge to put your stories on paper? Whether for family and friends or as a gift to yourself, take time to capture pieces of your journey in writing. As a beginning or experienced writer, you will find content by working with memories, photographs, letters, and a variety of writing techniques to help you vividly portray the people, places and events that have influenced your life. Bring writing materials, a 3-ring binder, and your enthusiasm.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087500
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerFall Wildflowers — 2017-08-21 thru 2017-09-11$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Mondays, 9 am - Noon. Venture into Leelanau County's Krumweide Forest Reserve and other locations to examine common fall wildflowers of northern Michigan, with a special focus on genera within the aster family. Learn how to ID wildflowers while examining the ecological communities that species prefer. Gain understanding of the special adaptations that allow different flowers to thrive in northern environments. Wear sturdy shoes and bring bug spray, a hat, water, and a magnifying lens to see identifying characteristics of the flowers. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. The first session meets at Krumweide Forest Reserve, on Wheeler Rd. near Glen Arbor, map at leelanauconservancy.org/natural-areas-map/

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142835493
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch and Learn -- GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure. Bring a sack lunch. Beverages provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142873722
LIFE Luncheon Fridays — 2017-08-25 thru 2017-08-25$19 — Face to FaceView Details

Friday, Noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch and Learn -- GROWING UP UNDER HITLER AND SURVIVING THE WAR--MEET MARLIS MANN Growing up under Hitler, surviving the war, taking to the skies--this is a story of one woman's marvelous journey to romance and long-term happiness. In 1937 banners of National Socialism had already begun to decorate Germany, and Marlis Mann's childhood was a world of war as bombs fell and thousands of fellow citizens lost their homes and their lives. Then everything changed. Discover how Marlis first heard strains of American jazz from an American army encampment, and how she joined the new post-war German airlines, which provided her an opportunity of adventure. This option includes a buffet lunch. Beverages provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 145819425
Come Sail Away with the MHA — 2017-09-07 thru 2017-09-07$169 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 4-7 p.m. Join experienced captain and crew members of the Maritime Heritage Alliance (MHA) and sail west Grand Traverse Bay! This unique small class will set sail on the 39-foot Champion, a custom-built cutter. Learn about sailing from the experts. Tie knots, take the helm, and hoist the sails while exploring Grand Traverse Bay. In the 1800s Michigan used sailing to drive its economy. Learn maritime history and traditions while sailing the beautiful waters of the bay and supporting Traverse City’s Maritime Heritage Alliance.

  • Seats available: Approximately 2. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 237791842
Course ClosedInsects and Bugs--Essential Understanding for the Naturalist — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-09-25$89 — Face to FaceView Details

1st two Mondays, 9 am - Noon, 3rd Monday, 10 am - 3 pm. The largest segment of the animal kingdom provides excellent fodder for the naturalist in you. Explore the world of Arthropods and gain expanded knowledge to share with others. Learn to differentiate between arthropods and other kinds of animals, and practice collection techniques. Leave with a better understanding of insect ecology and the important role each plays in the natural world. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day three. Last class meets 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 142872653
Forever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week) — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-10-27$89 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks Starting Sept 11, various times. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239113681
Forever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week) — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-10-27$129 — Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239118935
Forever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week) — 2017-09-11 thru 2017-10-27$179 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239118977
Gentle Yoga — 2017-09-12 thru 2017-12-12$159 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 10:15-11:30 am, Ed. Rm. 120. Find out why so many have found that yoga improves flexibility, strength, posture, and balance, as well as physical and spiritual wellness. Gentle Yoga is designed for people of any level of physical ability who prefer a more mindful, gentle practice. Wear comfortable clothing for movement.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085981
Dragonflies and Damselflies — 2017-09-12 thru 2017-09-26$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 212. Finding dragonflies and damselflies with binoculars and cameras is becoming as popular and enjoyable as birding. These colorfully patterned insects of the order Odonata are a delight to find and can be indicators of habitat and biodiversity. Join the staff of Grass River Natural Area in exploring the identification, collection, natural history, and photography of dragonflies and damselflies. We will learn in the classroom for the first session, then put our knowledge to work in the field with nets and binoculars at Grass River Natural Area near Alden and Bellaire for the remaining classes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082001
Feldenkrais — 2017-09-14 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50), Engage your brain's plasticity to improve comfort and mobility! Join Alice Brydges to experience a revolutionary approach to improving human function through somatic movement (conscious focus on the internal experience of movement.) The Feldenkrais Method employs a variety of user-friendly movement lessons and a gentle hands-on approach that engages your brain's neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out! Join us Thursday, Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m., for a FREE drop-in class!

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084382
Mah Jongg Madness — 2017-09-18 thru 2017-10-09$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg--a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085994
Into The Wilderness — 2017-09-19 thru 2017-09-20$105 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues,Wed, 10 am-noon, University Center Rm. 209 AND Sept. 20, 9 am-4 pm (field trip) at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore's 71,000 acres have been set aside as 'wilderness' by the US Congress. Join park expert, Kerry Kelly, to explore first-hand what the wilderness designation means for this national treasure. The first day is a 2-hour classroom discussion; the second class is a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. guided tour of two areas within the designated 'wilderness,' including morning and afternoon walks with different habitats and natural features. Cost includes lunch at a nearby restaurant. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082010
Sleeping Bear Dunes -- The Big Story — 2017-09-21 thru 2017-10-05$89 — Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs, Sept. 21 & 28, 10 am-noon, University Center Rm. 209 AND Oct. 5, 1-5 pm (field trip). Habitats, creatures, plant life, challenges--want to know more about the Lake Michigan shoreline and the 71,000 acres of national parkland in our backyard? Explore the habitats from dunes, forests, and meadows to wetlands and rivers and the issues facing each, as well as the birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and plants. The first two sessions are in the classroom. The last day is a longer guided field experience (1-5 p.m.) in the Sleeping Bear Dunes Park with carpools arranged at the 2nd class (cost does not include vehicle entrance fee.) This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082953
Aquatic Insects and Water Quality — 2017-09-21 thru 2017-10-05$89 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 212. There are some incredible insects and other invertebrates that spend much of their life in water before emerging to the land or air. Learn the natural history of these insects and how the quantity and quality of aquatic life equates to the health of a body of water. In this hands-on course, join the staff of the Grass River Natural Area and work with the tools and techniques used to measure water quality by looking at our local fauna. Run chemical and physical field tests and evaluate your results to determine the levels of oxygen, turbidity, pH, temperature, and nutrients. First class meets in the classroom, the next two meet at Grass River Natural Area near Alden and Bellaire (directions provided at the first class.) This course qualifies for credit toward the Northern Naturalist certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082028
Defeating Dizziness: Build Your Balance — 2017-09-26 thru 2017-10-31$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 2-3 pm, at Fit For You Health Club (1226 S. Garfield Ave.) From your foot to your inner ear, your ability to balance can be strengthened in three specific systems. Join FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers' experts to learn about these systems and the common issues that affect balance, including vision, hearing, strength, medications, viruses, vestibular problems and more. Practice vestibular exercises to strengthen the messages the inner ear sends to the brain, somatosensory exercises to improve the nerve pathways from our muscles and joints to the brain, and discover how our visual system can over- or under-function in complex environments. Don't wait for a fall to occur to start building your balance! Classes include 45 minutes of exercise and 15 of lecture, Q and A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084375
War Against NorthKorea? — 2017-09-26 thru 2017-09-26$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. Are we on a collision course with the world's most isolated country? Can North Korea's drive to obtain a nuclear strike capability against the US be stopped? What options exist to prevent a ruinous conflict on the Korean Peninsula and nuclear blackmail by Kim Jong Un?

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088664
History of the Anishnabek — 2017-09-27 thru 2017-10-04$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. The history of our region gets its roots from the Odawa Anishinabek who settled here many, many years before Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Northport, or other towns were established. But what do we know of these people and their influences on the region? Join JoAnne Cook, former Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Tribal Council member, as she shares the history of the Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region. The tribe is one of the three recognized tribes of Odawa peoples in Michigan. JoAnne believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinabek way of life and highlights her learning of the 3 Fires people. Learn about the native culture with teaching, philosophy and stories, and discover cultural changes that have evolved over time.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088700
Global Issues 2017 -- Part 1 — 2017-09-27 thru 2017-10-18$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Go beyond the headlines of today's issues in this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. Topics for 2017 include the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security. The impartial materials provide thought-provoking analyses in a written guide complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088707
Global Issues 2017 -- Parts 1 & 2 — 2017-09-27 thru 2017-11-15$109 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Go beyond the headlines of today's issues in this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. Topics for 2017 include the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security. The impartial materials provide thought-provoking analyses in a written guide complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088717
Leonard Bernsteins World — 2017-09-28 thru 2017-10-05$59 — Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs., 1-3:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. Leonard Bernstein was one of the most colorful and multi-talented American musicians of the 20th century. His creative work as a conductor, concert pianist, writer and teacher has left an enduring mark of excellence on the concert stage, the world of musical theater, and arts education for all ages. Join Lyn Salathiel and Dave Parrish as they investigate the people, events and experiences leading to Bernstein's amazing accomplishments.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086004
LIFE Lunch Sept.: Mind Full or Mindful? Discover the Joy of Mindfulness Practice — 2017-09-29 thru 2017-09-29$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm. 215/217. In our busy world, forms of mindfulness are not used as a spiritual practice but as mind-training techniques to help us focus our attention/awareness to be happier, more productive and compassionate. Research confirms that these practices can help us slow down and flourish in a multitasking and multimedia culture. Kristy McDonald has been practicing meditation for over 15 years. She traveled to Thailand in 2015 on a sabbatical for three months to learn new mindfulness, meditation and body-mind connection techniques. Join her to learn about some of the research on mindfulness, how to incorporate mindfulness into your life and how to create a personal mindfulness practice. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080347
The Untold Story of Boot Lake — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-09$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 10:30 am-noon, Scholars Hall, Rm. 32 (first class only). Journey back to the summer of 1876 as you explore local Native American lore relating to the Old Indian Trail and the mystery of Boot Lake. Classroom session and a field trip also explore the local 'pointer' trees and steles (inscribed concrete slabs) marking the Old Indian Trail between Traverse City and Cadillac. Gain understanding of Native American life in the 1880s and who used these trails. A short hike is part of each session. Oct. 2 meets in Scholars Hall on Main Campus; Oct. 9 meets in University Center (2200 Dendrinos Dr., TC).

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081042
Writing Your Life Stories — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-23$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 2-4:30 pm, University Center Rm. 208. Have you had the urge to put your stories on paper? Whether for family and friends or as a gift to yourself, take time to capture pieces of your journey in writing. As a beginning or experienced writer, you will find content by working with memories, photographs, letters, and a variety of writing techniques to help you vividly portray the people, places and events that have influenced your life. Bring writing materials, a 3-ring binder, and your enthusiasm.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087500
Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-10-03$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 8 a.m.-4 pm, meet at University Center Parking Lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Who were the people and what were their lives like? Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to several ghost towns. Glen Haven is an example of what these logging villages were like in their heyday. Discover what happened to the towns and the people who lived there. We'll travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people find. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park then back to the University Center at 5 p.m. Includes lunch and transportation. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081102
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm. 07. Drawing has very little to do with natural talent and everything to do with learning how to see the way an artist sees. Learn why you draw the way you do, and discover a step-by-step method that teaches accessing the right side of the brain. Yes, you can learn to draw! Bring an inexpensive 11 x 14 inch drawing pad, two pencils, and a kneaded eraser.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086532
Learn to See as an Artist--Part II — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 3:30-5:30 pm, University Center Rm. 07. Continue to enhance your ability to access the creative right side of your brain and improve your drawing skills by building on the concepts you've learned in Learn to See as an Artist Sees. This course explores the light and shadow or values in specific detail which ties the previously learned four basic perceptions together. A material fee (approximately $28) is payable to the instructor at the second class. Prerequisite: Learn to See as an Artist Sees.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086538
A Cultural Immersion: Captivating China — 2017-10-05 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 9:30 am-noon, University Center Rm. 204. Experience China's heritage and traditions by immersing yourself in one of the world's oldest continuous cultures and fastest growing powers in the modern world. Explore the inner balance and peace gained through the simple, yet elegant, practice of calligraphy. Hear the sing-song flow of the Chinese language as you learn a few simple words and phrases. Then take a virtual photographic journey through several temples. Observe how they are a celebration of art, history and education. Lastly, understand the importance of food as you enjoy a traditional tea ceremony.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088681
Opera Notes: Norma and Die Zauberflote — 2017-10-06 thru 2017-10-06$25 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Join the fall opera briefings and you'll get even more out of the wonderful New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre. Through story, song, and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage enriching the opera experience. Purchase your own opera tickets directly from the State Theatre. Find out which Druid priestess wins the love of the Roman conqueror and how the loser gets revenge in this Bellini bel canto classic. Does Mozart's masterpiece reveal Freemasonry secrets? Is the Queen of the Night the power behind the flute's magic? Learn how Disney's Lion King director Julie Taymor stages this Mozart favorite.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086552
President Trumps Middle East Strategy — 2017-10-10 thru 2017-10-10$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. With his speech in Riyadh in May 2017, the president shifted the US firmly into the Saudi camp and in opposition to Iran. That move has far-reaching implications for US policy in the Middle East, for Iranian internal politics, for Israel and other US allies, and for the Saudis themselves. How the US policy in the region is likely to evolve will be explored in a three-hour discussion/lecture.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088670
Guide to Tree Identification — 2017-10-12 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Enhance your hiking, landscaping, and outdoor adventures by learning to identify the beautiful trees and woody shrubs of northern Michigan and their invasive counterparts. Discover their roles in the eco-system and learn plant classification, tree identification, and nomenclature in the classroom. Then take to the woods at the 2nd class for a leisurely 3-hour guided field walk. Put your new knowledge to work learning unique physical characteristics, habitats, and growing conditions. Recommended book, 'Trees of Michigan: Field Guide' by Stan Tekiela (or any Michigan/Midwest tree guide), can be found at most bookstores (approx. $13) or online. 2nd class meets at Cedar Run Creek Natural Area (4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082969
Chair Yoga — 2017-10-13 thru 2017-12-15$99 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-2 pm, (no class Nov. 24) Dennos Museum Janis Rm. Be the best version of yourself--come explore your potential with yoga! Enjoy the benefits of the essential elements of yoga in seated position. Yoga improves flexibility, posture, balance, and spiritual and mental wellness. Practice a variety of yoga poses and discover the rewards of gentle stretches, postures, and relaxation through breathing and meditation. All levels and abilities are welcome. Meets in Dennos Museum Janis Room.

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085985
Native Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk — 2017-10-19 thru 2017-10-19$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-4 p.m. at Trailhead of Cedar Run Creek Natural Area 4300 Cedar Lake Rd., TC). Experience a leisurely 3-hour guided walk, on level ground, in the woods with ISA certified arborist, Bo Burke. Become familiar with the majestic and varied trees and shrubs of northern Michigan. Learn their unique physical characteristics, their habitat, and growing conditions. With your newfound knowledge, you'll be ready to practice tree identification and skills on future nature walks. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Dress to walk outdoors.

  • Seats available: Approximately 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082979
LIFE Lunch - October: Garbag Bag Suitcase--A Foster Care Survivor's Guide — 2017-10-20 thru 2017-10-20$10 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm. 215/217. Shenandoah Chefalo started life as a child with neglectful, drug and alcohol addicted parents. She mastered packing all of her belongings in minutes, changed multiple schools, faced hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough and requested to be placed into foster care. Shen became part of the 3 percent of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate. Despite her numerous achievements in life, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect. Award-winning author of her memoir, 'Garbage Bag Suitcase,' Shen is relentless to find grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080837
Christianity in America — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-01$55 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 215. From the earliest roots, jump a few centuries and investigate the spread of Christianity in the United States. How did those formative first years transition to what we have today? Explore the early settlement, the remarkable variety and vitality, the astounding growth of denominations like Methodists, Baptists, and Pentecostals. Look at ethnic divisions, the sociology of denominations, culture wars, and the present status.

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087519
Global Issues 2017 -- Part 2 — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-15$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Prepare to discuss the world! Go beyond the headlines of today's issues in this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. Topics for 2017 include the future of Europe, trade and politics, conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in transition, U.S. foreign policy and petroleum, Latin America's political pendulum, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security. The impartial materials provide thought-provoking analyses in a written guide complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 8-week series or either 4-week segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088713
Feldenkrais — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-12-14$79 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50), Engage your brain's plasticity to improve comfort and mobility! Join Alice Brydges to experience a revolutionary approach to improving human function through somatic movement (conscious focus on the internal experience of movement.) The Feldenkrais Method employs a variety of user-friendly movement lessons and a gentle hands-on approach that engages your brain's neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out! Join us Thursday, Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m., for a FREE drop-in class!

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084385
Finding Common Ground — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-10-26$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6:30-8:30 pm, University Center Rm. 204. 'What unites us is far greater than what divides us,' spoke John F. Kennedy. We are living in divisive times. People are feeling politically polarized, individually isolated, and frightened by feelings of uncertainty. It is difficult to start a conversation with your neighbors and friends when you are not sure 'what side they are on!' The truth is, we share more in common than that which we perceive divides us. Join acclaimed storyteller and narrative consultant, Jenifer Strauss, to engage in a series of gentle and exploratory prompts based on common experiences. Use storytelling and deep listening to find common ground. Come with curiosity and leave with stories that help you feel connected and heard.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088729
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$89 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 48. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119040
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$129 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 48. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119126
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$179 — Face to FaceView Details

7 Weeks, various times, PE Bldg. Try before you buy! We're so sure you'll love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Sept. 11-15)--for FREE! There are 24 exercise options per week, various styles available include: Total Barre™, Halo® HIIT, Yoga for 50+, Gentle Pilates, Aerobics, and Weight Strengthening. You sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate in class, then attend the days and times you want.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119224
The Life Story--A Sequel — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-11-13$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 2:30-4 pm, University Center Rm. 208. You have enjoyed Life Story writing and you are ready for more. Now continue (or renew) your writing in this experience designed to motivate new writing and enhance your skills. Focusing on the craft of good story writing, we will work with the writer's challenges in creating a sense of place, vivid characterizations, crossing the not-so-fine line between fact and fiction and more. The class is designed for those who have taken a previous life story writing class. Bring pen, 3-ring binder, and paper.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087507
Tips and Tricks for Nearly Free Travel — 2017-11-01 thru 2017-11-01$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 7-9 pm, University Center Rm. 212. What if you could travel the world at a fraction of the price it costs your fellow travelers? Strategically using specific credit cards for everyday expenses, you can build points for free airfare and hotel stays. Learn how to make a hobby of seeing the world without breaking the bank. If you have a credit score of 700 or higher, you can implement these strategies to maximize your points without fees or 'catches.' Join the fun while learning these important travel tips.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088692
End of the American Dream: From a Middle Class Nation to Haves and Have-Nots — 2017-11-02 thru 2017-11-02$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-3:30 pm, University Center Rm. 204. Historically, the American promise was about opportunity for all. There were big differences in wealth, but Abe Lincoln's Log Cabin myth held more than a little truth. What's more, American society has been marked by dominance of a large, stable middle class which has set the tone for cultural and political values. However, over the past 40 years a set of changes in society and the economy and government policy have worked together to a) shrink the middle class b) weaken the lower-middle and lower class, and c) set the upper-middle and upper classes off into a separate realm. What's worse is the divisions may be permanent. Join Phil Mikesell as he highlights how America may be moving away from a land of equal opportunity and toward a system of stratification based on 'inherited meritocracy.'

  • Seats available: Approximately 30. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088725
Mah Jongg Madness — 2017-11-06 thru 2017-11-27$69 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Are you looking for a new mental challenge? Learn the ancient Chinese game of Mah Jongg--a game of skill coupled with wit and fortune. Examine a brief history of the game, the tiles and cards used, and rules set by the National Mah Jongg League. Experience actual playing time to apply what you learn. Mastery of the game takes practice and patience, and your effort will be repaid many times over by the enjoyment derived.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086505
Russia Goes to the Polls — 2017-11-07 thru 2017-11-07$49 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 204. Russia will hold a Presidential election in 2018 that promises to be a referendum on President Putin's policies. What issues are involved, whether the election will be 'democratic', and what we can expect from the process will be reviewed. This course coincides with the November 16, 2017, International Affairs Forum lecture with John R. Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Russia 2008-2012.

  • Seats available: Approximately 26. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088676
Everyone Is an Artist — 2017-11-14 thru 2017-11-14$59 — Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm. 07. Art isn't just for 'artists!' Discover your inner artist and find magic in each day. Elizabeth Abeel, instructor of NMC's popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, shares a tool she has created to help develop your inner artist and enhance your view of the world. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and get a hands-on start in class. The creativity tool kit is included in the cost ($25). This class is ideal for those who have taken Learn to See or as a great introduction for anyone--no previous art training or experience required. Open to adults and youth age 12 and over (when accompanied by an enrolled adult.)

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086543
Birds Up Close — 2017-11-15 thru 2017-11-15$45 — Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 6:30-9 pm, Health & Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan's birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using NMC's incredible collection of over 100 specimens, you'll examine a broad variety of birds up-close and in your hands. Compare different groups like ducks, hawks, songbirds, owls, and woodpeckers to see how they are well suited for their environments. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084347
Opera Notes: Exterminating Angel and Tosca — 2017-11-16 thru 2017-11-16$25 — Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Join the fall opera briefings and you'll get even more out of the wonderful New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre. Through story, song, and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage enriching the opera experience. Purchase your own opera tickets directly from the State Theatre. A dinner party where the guests can't leave? Unravel the surreal plot and music behind Thomas Ades' modern opera. When Kristine Opolais' Tosca visits Bryn Terfel's Baron Scarpia, will they make a deal? What is new and improved about the MET's 2017 Tosca?

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087494
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics will be available at the end of October at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. Register now to receive first choice of sessions when the topics are published.

  • Seats available: Approximately 221. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080907
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Session topics will be available at the end of October at www.nmc.edu/ees and by mail. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. Register now to receive first choice of sessions when the topics are published.

  • Seats available: Approximately 222. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080865
Environmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview — 2017-12-11 thru 2017-12-18$79 — Face to FaceView Details

Mon and Wed, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm. 209. How is the environment in Northern Michigan changing? What are the most pressing ecological issues facing our region? Explore issues pertinent to our forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, and the human population. Sessions cover natural history, regional ecology, environmental management and sustainability. Gain a stronger sense of place, new insights, and practical knowledge in this up-to-date overview. This course is open to all and is a core course towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084351
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