LIFE Academy

Adults of all ages are welcome in LIFE Academy classes!
If you qualify for the LIFE DISCOUNT (62 and over in Grand Traverse County), please call NMC-EES at 995-1700 to register and receive the discount
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Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis—2018-10-17 through 2018-10-24$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Weds, 6-8 pm. University Center Rm 207. Ow, my ankle hurts! My heel throbs with every step! Do you have persistent inflammation or pain in your ankle or heel? You may suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis without medications, injections or surgery. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises and treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 39. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312805864
Animal Tracking--Mammals of Northern Michigan—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-10$75—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 10 am - noon and Sat, 10 am - 3 pm (field trip). NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. The landscape is full of life telling a story of activity beyond the human world. Learn to read these stories through observation skills and insights into the habitats and behaviors of animals through their tracks and signs. The first session is in a science classroom; the last day is a field trip experience to try your tracking skills. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day two from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; details and location provided in class. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796625
Course ClosedBirds Up Close—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$45—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6:30-9 pm, NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigans birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using NMCs incredible collection of over 100 specimens, you will 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796793
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga—2018-09-21 through 2018-12-14$125—Face to FaceView Details

12 Fri, 1-2 pm, Dennos Museum Center. 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 the Dennos Museum. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796821
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerDefeating Dizziness: Build Your Balance—2018-09-25 through 2018-10-30$69—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues, 2-3 pm, Phys Ed Bldg Rm 120. 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: 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. Do not wait for a fall to occur to start building your balance! Classes include 45 minutes of exercise and 15 of lecture, Q & A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806172
Entertaining with Magic—2018-10-18 through 2018-11-15$99—Face to FaceView Details

5 Thurs, 10 am - noon, University Center Rm 213. Would you like to learn how to perform magic and entertain with nothing more than a deck of cards? Dr. Larry Phillips will help you learn this new skill. Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion you will learn to put together and perform a basic close-up magic routine. The material taught in this course is all audience tested, professional magic from Dr. Phillips performing repertory, including several well-guarded personally developed routines and effects. No Pick-A-Card, Any Card stuff here! The routines taught are impressive and visual magic using a standard deck of playing cards. This course is a great way to either investigate a new hobby or revive an old interest.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806666
Environmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview—2018-12-10 through 2018-12-17$85—Face to FaceView Details

Mon, Weds, Mon, 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 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796797
Everyone Is an Artist—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 212. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, instructor of NMCs popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, has developed a creativity kit that will engage seasoned artists and those who have never even considered themselves to be creative or artistic. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and receive hands-on instruction with the kit; using it as both a journal and sketchbook that will grow your ability to be present and enrich your world view. 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+ (when accompanied by an enrolled adult).

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807769
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)—2018-11-05 through 2018-12-21$89—Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week of exercise classes from which to choose! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =313032848
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)—2018-11-05 through 2018-12-21$129—Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week of exercise classes from which to choose! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =313032837
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)—2018-11-05 through 2018-12-21$179—Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility --nand our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week of exercise classes from which to choose! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =313032834
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga—2018-09-18 through 2018-12-11$139—Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues, 10:15-11:30 am, Phys 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796816
Course ClosedGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes—2018-10-04 through 2018-10-04$125—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 8 am - 5 pm, Meet University Center parking lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. 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 will travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people know how to 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. Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot (if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire, arrive there at 9 a.m.)

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312795485
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGreat Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2018 -- Part 1—2018-09-26 through 2018-10-17$59—Face to FaceView Details

4 Weds, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm 215. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2018 topics include the waning of Pax Americana?, Russias foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africas fragile democracy and Global health: progress and challenges. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851526
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2018 -- Part 2—2018-10-24 through 2018-11-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

4 Weds, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2018 topics include the waning of Pax Americana?, Russias foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africas fragile democracy and Global health: progress and challenges. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses 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 =312851531
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGreat Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2018 -- Parts 1 & 2—2018-09-26 through 2018-11-14$109—Face to FaceView Details

8 Weds, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm 215. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2018 topics include the waning of Pax Americana?, Russias foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africas fragile democracy and Global health: progress and challenges. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses 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 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851535
History of the Anishinabek—2018-10-18 through 2018-10-25$69—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 209. 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 =312851477
Identifying Fall Mushrooms—2018-10-03 through 2018-10-03$49—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6-8:30 pm, University Center Rm 209. Participants must take Wild Mushroom Identification Basics prior to taking this course. In the fall, the forests of Northern Michigan deliver many choice edible and medicinal mushrooms. Join certified mushroom expert Jim Moses for a fascinating experience and learn the basic rules for safe mushroom hunting. Discover the difference between a Chicken and a Hen of the Woods. Learn to identify Yellow Feet, Black Trumpets, Turkey Tail, and Charga along with 15 other genera. You will get important information on the biology and ecology of mushrooms, as well as tips and tricks for cooking and preserving the edible varieties. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796184
Immigrations -- Emigrations—2018-10-25 through 2018-11-01$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1- 3 pm, University Center Rm 214. will certainly see immigration as an important issue. Who should we let in and under what status? How many? Who should we keep out? How did your ancestors get here? Who is helped most by immigration: the host country? We will look at the current and recent global migration and the immigration policies of the U.S. and other countries. Discussion by the participants is the mainstay of the course. Your opinions and educated vote are important. Instructor Fred Curow will send pre-course reading material to registered participants.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851520
Inspired Echoes from Sacred Spaces—2018-10-11 through 2018-10-18$59—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm 204. Have you ever wanted to hear the pipe organ in the Washington National Cathedral or a small ensemble singing in a chapel in the old medieval city of Carcassonne, France? Perhaps you have imagined hearing poetry along the Thames in London, or wanting to experience arts presentations in Chartres Cathedral, the incredible Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Prado, the Louvre or any of a number of internationally famous sacred spaces. Come along with Dave Parrish and Lyn Salathiel as they take you on a joyous, multi-dimensional journey into arts experiences presented in some of their favorite sacred spaces.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807388
Integrated Therapies: Living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-08$49—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 213. Be more than just a bystander in the care and treatment of your acute or chronic pain! Join certified reflexologist, Leslie Friend, to begin to understand the pain you experience and learn techniques from a variety of disciplines to manage the effects of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. Trigger points in reflexology, essential oils in aromatherapy, breathing techniques known as pranayama and other resources for self-help will give you the tools you need to take back control of your body and life. You will develop a 30-day plan and follow up with the instructor via phone or email if desired. Make your own bath salts to help you detox and relax.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806166
Into The Wilderness—2018-10-16 through 2018-10-17$99—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 10 am - noon and Weds, 9 am - 4 pm. University Center Rm. 209 - first class only. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores 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 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796622
Introduction to Eastern Religions—2018-10-01 through 2018-10-10$99—Face to FaceView Details

2 Mon and Weds, 6-8 pm. NMC Main Campus Beckett Bldg Rm 146. Looking to gain an understanding of Eastern Religions? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Hinduism, Buddhism and Chinese religion. Spur your interest in world religion and the variety of traditions in this 4-session introductory series. Learn to think critically and apply tools and techniques to understand these faiths and their common threads. Recognize the importance of studying comparative religion as it relates to the modern world and current events.

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851483
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerJack Segal's Diplomacy Series: American Foreign Policy Part II—2018-09-25 through 2018-11-06$115—Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23 & Nov. 6, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 207. Explore linkages between the history of our policies since 1945 and present-day issues with Jack Segal, retired US diplomat. He traces the events and decisions that have driven US policy since the end of WWII and the effects on recent presidential administrations. This is the much-anticipated sequel to the Diplomacy Series that Jack taught this past winter. Due to its popularity, registration is available only for the 4-class series (not individual classes).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851508
Course ClosedLake Michigan Shoreline Habitats-A One Day On-the-Road Adventure—2018-10-09 through 2018-10-09$125—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 9 am - 4 pm. Meet University Center Parking Lot at 8 am. Experience up-close some of the habitats along the Lake Michigan shoreline. With Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) as your classroom, learn how the habitats were formed, who lives there, their unique geology, and environmental threats that affect all of the Lake Michigan shoreline -- invasive species, development, and climate change. Travel by van to several places to explore habitats, unique spots, and issues. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park (you may prefer to meet the group at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.). Includes lunch, transportation, and all-day teacher/guide. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Wear hiking shoes for short walks along the beach or through the woods.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796617
Learn to See as an Artist--Part II—2018-10-03 through 2018-11-07$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Weds, 3:30-5:30, University Center Rm 212. 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 have 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 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807761
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws—2018-10-03 through 2018-11-07$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 212. 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 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807758
Let's Talk Elections—2018-10-23 through 2018-10-23$39—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1:30 - 4 pm, University Center Rm 216. It is just two weeks until the midterm elections. With that in mind, this course will do two things: look at the matter of elections in America -- from who votes to shifting patterns of partisanship to considering some proposals to increase voting. It will also consider the 2018 midterms and statewide races. What do the polls and other techniques say about the likely outcomes, and how reliable can they be?

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851500
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29—2018-11-16 through 2018-11-16$29—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am - 2:30 pm, 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. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session choices one week before they are mailed to the community.

  • Seats available: Approximately 187. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794599
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39—2018-11-16 through 2018-11-16$39—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am - 2:30 pm, 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. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session choices one week before they are mailed to the community.

  • Seats available: Approximately 164. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794594
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLIFE Lunch - Sail with the Coopers - Experience a Couple's 18-month Voyage—2018-09-28 through 2018-09-28$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm 215. Join David and Lisa Cooper as they take you on a recap of their 18-month sailing adventure living aboard Virginia Dare, a 40-foot Swedish built Hallberg-Rassy. You will sail the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco, stopping at large and small ports along the eastern U.S. and in the Bahamas. Enjoy marine wildlife, view vessels of all sizes and shapes, and be entertained by the highs (and a few lows) of the Coopers journey. Get an inside scoop on the technology they used, how they provisioned and how they best prepared to live at sea. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794391
LIFE Lunch - TC's Historic Oakwood Cemetery—2018-10-26 through 2018-10-26$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm 215. Just in time for Halloween, Cemetery Sexton Branden Morgan will fill you in with more than ghost stories. Established in 1853, Oakwood Cemetery on Eighth Street was Traverse Citys first cemetery -- learn about its original location, the renown locals buried there, plus much more. Do not be afraid to ask Branden about his personal (and spooky) experiences working at the cemetery for 20+ years. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794398
Low Back Pain and Sciatica—2018-10-03 through 2018-10-10$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Weds, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm 215. If you are suffering with low back or sciatica pain and looking for natural ways to heal without medications, injections and surgery, this is for you! Learn easy-to-do self-treatment, how to determine what type of back pain you have, and what is causing your back to hurt. Also learn the #1 biggest mistake back pain sufferers make.

  • Seats available: Approximately 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312805860
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness—2018-09-18 through 2018-10-09$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues, 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807377
Mah Jongg Madness—2018-11-05 through 2018-11-26$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 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 =312807380
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMeet the Beetles - Up Close—2018-09-10 through 2018-09-10$89—Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., 1-3 pm AND 1 Sat., Noon-4 pm. University Center Rm. 213. Beetles are the most abundant insect on the planet. Northern Naturalist students and others will enjoy examining these specimens up-close as you learn fascinating characteristics of these creatures. Learn to use a taxonomy key and build understanding of anatomy, life history, relationships to other insects, habitats and roles in the ecosystem. Includes two in-class learning sessions and a beetle hunting field trip on the last day. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312795497
Michigan in Crisis?—2018-10-04 through 2018-10-11$59—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 214. Grab this opportunity to learn and participate in discussions leading up to the important November 6th election(s). History suggests that Michiganders have many state issues to examine as we approach the midterm elections. Instructor Fred Curow will introduce and provide information on topics such as infrastructure, education, tax structure, social services, term limits, gerrymandering, medical and recreational marijuana and confidence in government. Bulk of this course is devoted to participant discussion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851512
Opera Notes: Seductive Women - Samson and Delila - Aida—2018-10-05 through 2018-10-05$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm 214. Can Dalila discover Samsons secret? Will Amneris win Radames away from Aida in the popular Verdi classic? Find out in this informative and fun discussion session

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807783
Opera Notes: Women Like That! La Traviata - Anna Lecouvreur—2018-12-14 through 2018-12-14$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm. University Center Rm 214. What is up with Diana Damraus Violetta in this new production of La Traviata? Unravel Anna Lecouvreurs confusing plot for Anna Netrebkos MET debut in the title role.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851469
Opera Notes: Women of Strength and Mystery - Fanciulla del West and Marni—2018-10-26 through 2018-10-26$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm, University Center 214. Uncover the mystery of Marnie based on the Hitchcock movie as depicted in this new opera by Muhly. Can the Girl of the Golden West find love in this Puccini western?

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851464
Our Broken Politics—2018-10-09 through 2018-10-09$39—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1:30-4 pm, University Center Rm 214. Among the few things that Americans can agree on these days is that the political system is seriously broken. Incivility, gridlock, inattention to pressing policy needs--the list goes on. Yet many of us can recall a time--not all that long ago--when politics and government worked tolerably well. At one time American democracy was the gold standard for popular governance. Not so any more. This course lays out the dimension of dysfunction, examines some of the prominent analyses of the problem, and explores a few of the proposals to remedy the gridlock.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851495
The Constitution—2018-10-24 through 2018-10-24$35—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 9 am - noon, University Center Rm 215. What an opportune time to actually look at the constitution! Join lawyer and historian, Allen Horstman, to examine the countrys founding document. What are the issues? What does the Constitution say -- or not say? Look at recent high court decisions and some of the issues that lie ahead. If available, bring a copy of the constitution.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312852024
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerToward Two Americas—2018-09-27 through 2018-09-27$39—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1:30-4 pm. University Center Rm 216. Are we concerned about a divided America? Contemporary political polarization dominates the daily news and much of our conversation. Deep political division, however, is only one element of an increasingly divided America. Behind politics, there is an even more serious slide toward Two Americas. The broader division is seen in social and economic patterns and threatens to lead to a country very different from what we have known. We will examine the ways this departs from our vision for America and present some possible responses to the issue.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851487
Understanding Northern Michigan Wetlands—2018-10-08 through 2018-10-15$85—Face to FaceView Details

2 Mon, 1-3 pm and 1 Weds, 1-5 pm, University Center Rm 209. Wetlands are vital to water quality, global biomass productivity, biodiversity, and provide buffers from flooding and shoreline erosion. Learn how to identify and differentiate the complex wetlands of northern Michigan; discover important plants and explore their role in a variety of wetland functions, and enjoy a wetland exploration field trip where we will identify types of wetlands and flagship species. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Field trip is Oct. 10, 1-5 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796192
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief—2018-09-12 through 2018-11-14$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Weds, 4-6 pm, University Center Rm 214. When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your complex and painful thoughts and feelings. Munson Hospice is offering this FREE 10-session program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Munson Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Recovery Specialist. Explore and understand ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions that help in the healing process. The 10-week workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806661
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2018-09-19 through 2018-09-19$59—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6:30-8:30 pm, University Center Rm 219. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796179
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2018-09-20 through 2018-09-20$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6:30-8:30 pm, University Center Rm 219. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =321026717
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMeet the Beetles - Up Close—2018-09-10 through 2018-09-10$89—Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., 1-3 pm AND 1 Sat., Noon-4 pm. University Center Rm. 213. Beetles are the most abundant insect on the planet. Northern Naturalist students and others will enjoy examining these specimens up-close as you learn fascinating characteristics of these creatures. Learn to use a taxonomy key and build understanding of anatomy, life history, relationships to other insects, habitats and roles in the ecosystem. Includes two in-class learning sessions and a beetle hunting field trip on the last day. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312795497
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief—2018-09-12 through 2018-11-14$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Weds, 4-6 pm, University Center Rm 214. When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your complex and painful thoughts and feelings. Munson Hospice is offering this FREE 10-session program with Sharon A. Neumann, compassionate facilitator and Munson Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Recovery Specialist. Explore and understand ten touchstones that are essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions that help in the healing process. The 10-week workshop is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.nmc.edu/ees and use Discount Code: FREE or call (231) 995-1700.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806661
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga—2018-09-18 through 2018-12-11$139—Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues, 10:15-11:30 am, Phys 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796816
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerMah Jongg Madness—2018-09-18 through 2018-10-09$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues, 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807377
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2018-09-19 through 2018-09-19$59—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6:30-8:30 pm, University Center Rm 219. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796179
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2018-09-20 through 2018-09-20$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6:30-8:30 pm, University Center Rm 219. Join local mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg to jump start or refresh your mushroom identification skills. Discover the fascinating history and function of fungi, its life-cycle, habitat identification, collection procedures, and observation skills. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate and is a prerequisite for the seasonal mushroom courses held throughout the year.

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =321026717
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga—2018-09-21 through 2018-12-14$125—Face to FaceView Details

12 Fri, 1-2 pm, Dennos Museum Center. 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 the Dennos Museum. Increase the benefits of this class by also enrolling in Mid-Day Meditation which precedes it at 12:15 p.m

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796821
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerDefeating Dizziness: Build Your Balance—2018-09-25 through 2018-10-30$69—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues, 2-3 pm, Phys Ed Bldg Rm 120. 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: 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. Do not wait for a fall to occur to start building your balance! Classes include 45 minutes of exercise and 15 of lecture, Q & A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806172
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerJack Segal's Diplomacy Series: American Foreign Policy Part II—2018-09-25 through 2018-11-06$115—Face to FaceView Details

4 Tues, Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23 & Nov. 6, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 207. Explore linkages between the history of our policies since 1945 and present-day issues with Jack Segal, retired US diplomat. He traces the events and decisions that have driven US policy since the end of WWII and the effects on recent presidential administrations. This is the much-anticipated sequel to the Diplomacy Series that Jack taught this past winter. Due to its popularity, registration is available only for the 4-class series (not individual classes).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851508
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGreat Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2018 -- Part 1—2018-09-26 through 2018-10-17$59—Face to FaceView Details

4 Weds, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm 215. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2018 topics include the waning of Pax Americana?, Russias foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africas fragile democracy and Global health: progress and challenges. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851526
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGreat Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2018 -- Parts 1 & 2—2018-09-26 through 2018-11-14$109—Face to FaceView Details

8 Weds, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm 215. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2018 topics include the waning of Pax Americana?, Russias foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africas fragile democracy and Global health: progress and challenges. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses 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 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851535
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerToward Two Americas—2018-09-27 through 2018-09-27$39—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 1:30-4 pm. University Center Rm 216. Are we concerned about a divided America? Contemporary political polarization dominates the daily news and much of our conversation. Deep political division, however, is only one element of an increasingly divided America. Behind politics, there is an even more serious slide toward Two Americas. The broader division is seen in social and economic patterns and threatens to lead to a country very different from what we have known. We will examine the ways this departs from our vision for America and present some possible responses to the issue.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851487
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLIFE Lunch - Sail with the Coopers - Experience a Couple's 18-month Voyage—2018-09-28 through 2018-09-28$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm 215. Join David and Lisa Cooper as they take you on a recap of their 18-month sailing adventure living aboard Virginia Dare, a 40-foot Swedish built Hallberg-Rassy. You will sail the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean and the Sea of Abaco, stopping at large and small ports along the eastern U.S. and in the Bahamas. Enjoy marine wildlife, view vessels of all sizes and shapes, and be entertained by the highs (and a few lows) of the Coopers journey. Get an inside scoop on the technology they used, how they provisioned and how they best prepared to live at sea. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794391
Introduction to Eastern Religions—2018-10-01 through 2018-10-10$99—Face to FaceView Details

2 Mon and Weds, 6-8 pm. NMC Main Campus Beckett Bldg Rm 146. Looking to gain an understanding of Eastern Religions? Join Sarah Montgomery-Richards, an educator in Comparative Religion with an M.A in Interfaith Action, to explore the basics of Hinduism, Buddhism and Chinese religion. Spur your interest in world religion and the variety of traditions in this 4-session introductory series. Learn to think critically and apply tools and techniques to understand these faiths and their common threads. Recognize the importance of studying comparative religion as it relates to the modern world and current events.

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851483
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws—2018-10-03 through 2018-11-07$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Wed, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 212. 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 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807758
Learn to See as an Artist--Part II—2018-10-03 through 2018-11-07$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Weds, 3:30-5:30, University Center Rm 212. 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 have 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 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807761
Low Back Pain and Sciatica—2018-10-03 through 2018-10-10$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Weds, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm 215. If you are suffering with low back or sciatica pain and looking for natural ways to heal without medications, injections and surgery, this is for you! Learn easy-to-do self-treatment, how to determine what type of back pain you have, and what is causing your back to hurt. Also learn the #1 biggest mistake back pain sufferers make.

  • Seats available: Approximately 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312805860
Identifying Fall Mushrooms—2018-10-03 through 2018-10-03$49—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6-8:30 pm, University Center Rm 209. Participants must take Wild Mushroom Identification Basics prior to taking this course. In the fall, the forests of Northern Michigan deliver many choice edible and medicinal mushrooms. Join certified mushroom expert Jim Moses for a fascinating experience and learn the basic rules for safe mushroom hunting. Discover the difference between a Chicken and a Hen of the Woods. Learn to identify Yellow Feet, Black Trumpets, Turkey Tail, and Charga along with 15 other genera. You will get important information on the biology and ecology of mushrooms, as well as tips and tricks for cooking and preserving the edible varieties. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796184
Course ClosedGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes—2018-10-04 through 2018-10-04$125—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 8 am - 5 pm, Meet University Center parking lot. Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. 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 will travel to several ghost towns exploring areas of the park very few people know how to 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. Transportation leaves at 8 a.m. from the University Center Parking Lot (if joining the group at SBDNL Visitor Center in Empire, arrive there at 9 a.m.)

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312795485
Michigan in Crisis?—2018-10-04 through 2018-10-11$59—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 214. Grab this opportunity to learn and participate in discussions leading up to the important November 6th election(s). History suggests that Michiganders have many state issues to examine as we approach the midterm elections. Instructor Fred Curow will introduce and provide information on topics such as infrastructure, education, tax structure, social services, term limits, gerrymandering, medical and recreational marijuana and confidence in government. Bulk of this course is devoted to participant discussion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851512
Opera Notes: Seductive Women - Samson and Delila - Aida—2018-10-05 through 2018-10-05$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm 214. Can Dalila discover Samsons secret? Will Amneris win Radames away from Aida in the popular Verdi classic? Find out in this informative and fun discussion session

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807783
Understanding Northern Michigan Wetlands—2018-10-08 through 2018-10-15$85—Face to FaceView Details

2 Mon, 1-3 pm and 1 Weds, 1-5 pm, University Center Rm 209. Wetlands are vital to water quality, global biomass productivity, biodiversity, and provide buffers from flooding and shoreline erosion. Learn how to identify and differentiate the complex wetlands of northern Michigan; discover important plants and explore their role in a variety of wetland functions, and enjoy a wetland exploration field trip where we will identify types of wetlands and flagship species. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Field trip is Oct. 10, 1-5 p.m.

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796192
Our Broken Politics—2018-10-09 through 2018-10-09$39—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1:30-4 pm, University Center Rm 214. Among the few things that Americans can agree on these days is that the political system is seriously broken. Incivility, gridlock, inattention to pressing policy needs--the list goes on. Yet many of us can recall a time--not all that long ago--when politics and government worked tolerably well. At one time American democracy was the gold standard for popular governance. Not so any more. This course lays out the dimension of dysfunction, examines some of the prominent analyses of the problem, and explores a few of the proposals to remedy the gridlock.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851495
Course ClosedLake Michigan Shoreline Habitats-A One Day On-the-Road Adventure—2018-10-09 through 2018-10-09$125—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 9 am - 4 pm. Meet University Center Parking Lot at 8 am. Experience up-close some of the habitats along the Lake Michigan shoreline. With Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL) as your classroom, learn how the habitats were formed, who lives there, their unique geology, and environmental threats that affect all of the Lake Michigan shoreline -- invasive species, development, and climate change. Travel by van to several places to explore habitats, unique spots, and issues. The park adventure begins at the National Lakeshore Visitor Center. Van transportation is provided from the University Center to Empire and throughout the park (you may prefer to meet the group at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m.). Includes lunch, transportation, and all-day teacher/guide. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Wear hiking shoes for short walks along the beach or through the woods.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796617
Inspired Echoes from Sacred Spaces—2018-10-11 through 2018-10-18$59—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1-3 pm, University Center Rm 204. Have you ever wanted to hear the pipe organ in the Washington National Cathedral or a small ensemble singing in a chapel in the old medieval city of Carcassonne, France? Perhaps you have imagined hearing poetry along the Thames in London, or wanting to experience arts presentations in Chartres Cathedral, the incredible Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the Prado, the Louvre or any of a number of internationally famous sacred spaces. Come along with Dave Parrish and Lyn Salathiel as they take you on a joyous, multi-dimensional journey into arts experiences presented in some of their favorite sacred spaces.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807388
Into The Wilderness—2018-10-16 through 2018-10-17$99—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 10 am - noon and Weds, 9 am - 4 pm. University Center Rm. 209 - first class only. What is wilderness? Over one-third of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores 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 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796622
Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis—2018-10-17 through 2018-10-24$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Weds, 6-8 pm. University Center Rm 207. Ow, my ankle hurts! My heel throbs with every step! Do you have persistent inflammation or pain in your ankle or heel? You may suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis without medications, injections or surgery. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises and treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 39. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312805864
History of the Anishinabek—2018-10-18 through 2018-10-25$69—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1-4 pm, University Center Rm 209. 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 =312851477
Entertaining with Magic—2018-10-18 through 2018-11-15$99—Face to FaceView Details

5 Thurs, 10 am - noon, University Center Rm 213. Would you like to learn how to perform magic and entertain with nothing more than a deck of cards? Dr. Larry Phillips will help you learn this new skill. Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion you will learn to put together and perform a basic close-up magic routine. The material taught in this course is all audience tested, professional magic from Dr. Phillips performing repertory, including several well-guarded personally developed routines and effects. No Pick-A-Card, Any Card stuff here! The routines taught are impressive and visual magic using a standard deck of playing cards. This course is a great way to either investigate a new hobby or revive an old interest.

  • Seats available: Approximately 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806666
Let's Talk Elections—2018-10-23 through 2018-10-23$39—Face to FaceView Details

Tues, 1:30 - 4 pm, University Center Rm 216. It is just two weeks until the midterm elections. With that in mind, this course will do two things: look at the matter of elections in America -- from who votes to shifting patterns of partisanship to considering some proposals to increase voting. It will also consider the 2018 midterms and statewide races. What do the polls and other techniques say about the likely outcomes, and how reliable can they be?

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851500
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2018 -- Part 2—2018-10-24 through 2018-11-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

4 Weds, 3-5 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Prepare to discuss the world! Join this lively discussion group that explores eight significant global concerns. Great Decisions briefing books, published by the Foreign Policy Association, are the primary resource. 2018 topics include the waning of Pax Americana?, Russias foreign policy, China and America: the new geopolitical equation, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, U.S. global engagement and the military, South Africas fragile democracy and Global health: progress and challenges. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses 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 =312851531
The Constitution—2018-10-24 through 2018-10-24$35—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 9 am - noon, University Center Rm 215. What an opportune time to actually look at the constitution! Join lawyer and historian, Allen Horstman, to examine the countrys founding document. What are the issues? What does the Constitution say -- or not say? Look at recent high court decisions and some of the issues that lie ahead. If available, bring a copy of the constitution.

  • Seats available: Approximately 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312852024
Immigrations -- Emigrations—2018-10-25 through 2018-11-01$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Thurs, 1- 3 pm, University Center Rm 214. will certainly see immigration as an important issue. Who should we let in and under what status? How many? Who should we keep out? How did your ancestors get here? Who is helped most by immigration: the host country? We will look at the current and recent global migration and the immigration policies of the U.S. and other countries. Discussion by the participants is the mainstay of the course. Your opinions and educated vote are important. Instructor Fred Curow will send pre-course reading material to registered participants.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851520
LIFE Lunch - TC's Historic Oakwood Cemetery—2018-10-26 through 2018-10-26$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm 215. Just in time for Halloween, Cemetery Sexton Branden Morgan will fill you in with more than ghost stories. Established in 1853, Oakwood Cemetery on Eighth Street was Traverse Citys first cemetery -- learn about its original location, the renown locals buried there, plus much more. Do not be afraid to ask Branden about his personal (and spooky) experiences working at the cemetery for 20+ years. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794398
Opera Notes: Women of Strength and Mystery - Fanciulla del West and Marni—2018-10-26 through 2018-10-26$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm, University Center 214. Uncover the mystery of Marnie based on the Hitchcock movie as depicted in this new opera by Muhly. Can the Girl of the Golden West find love in this Puccini western?

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851464
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)—2018-11-05 through 2018-12-21$89—Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week of exercise classes from which to choose! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =313032848
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)—2018-11-05 through 2018-12-21$129—Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility -- and our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week of exercise classes from which to choose! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 49. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =313032837
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)—2018-11-05 through 2018-12-21$179—Face to FaceView Details

7 weeks, 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, PE Bldg. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, for less than $5 an hour (best price around), we will help you achieve your fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise recommends some form of physical activity daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over the course of a week, activity should include aerobics, resistance training, core strengthening and overall flexibility --nand our classes offer these and more! Sign up for the number of hours per week you wish to participate, then attend the days and times that you choose. Schedule is subject to small changes. The Forever Fit package has 20 hours a week of exercise classes from which to choose! Start or continue your fitness journey at NMC.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =313032834
Mah Jongg Madness—2018-11-05 through 2018-11-26$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 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 =312807380
Animal Tracking--Mammals of Northern Michigan—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-10$75—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 10 am - noon and Sat, 10 am - 3 pm (field trip). NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. The landscape is full of life telling a story of activity beyond the human world. Learn to read these stories through observation skills and insights into the habitats and behaviors of animals through their tracks and signs. The first session is in a science classroom; the last day is a field trip experience to try your tracking skills. Bring a sack lunch and dress to be outside on day two from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; details and location provided in class. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 9. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796625
Integrated Therapies: Living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain—2018-11-08 through 2018-11-08$49—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 213. Be more than just a bystander in the care and treatment of your acute or chronic pain! Join certified reflexologist, Leslie Friend, to begin to understand the pain you experience and learn techniques from a variety of disciplines to manage the effects of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. Trigger points in reflexology, essential oils in aromatherapy, breathing techniques known as pranayama and other resources for self-help will give you the tools you need to take back control of your body and life. You will develop a 30-day plan and follow up with the instructor via phone or email if desired. Make your own bath salts to help you detox and relax.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312806166
Course ClosedBirds Up Close—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$45—Face to FaceView Details

Weds, 6:30-9 pm, NMC Health and Science Bldg Rm 115. When the robins head south and the chickadees huddle in the evergreens, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigans birds in the comfort of the science lab. Using NMCs incredible collection of over 100 specimens, you will 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: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796793
Everyone Is an Artist—2018-11-14 through 2018-11-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed, 6-8 pm, University Center Rm 212. Discover your inner artist and the magic found in each day as you learn to see like an artist. Elizabeth (Betsy) Abeel, instructor of NMCs popular Learn to See as an Artist Sees course, has developed a creativity kit that will engage seasoned artists and those who have never even considered themselves to be creative or artistic. Learn the philosophy behind the concept and receive hands-on instruction with the kit; using it as both a journal and sketchbook that will grow your ability to be present and enrich your world view. 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+ (when accompanied by an enrolled adult).

  • Seats available: Approximately 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312807769
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39—2018-11-16 through 2018-11-16$39—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am - 2:30 pm, 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. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session choices one week before they are mailed to the community.

  • Seats available: Approximately 164. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794594
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29—2018-11-16 through 2018-11-16$29—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am - 2:30 pm, 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. Register now for this sellout event, and you will receive session choices one week before they are mailed to the community.

  • Seats available: Approximately 187. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312794599
Environmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview—2018-12-10 through 2018-12-17$85—Face to FaceView Details

Mon, Weds, Mon, 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 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312796797
Opera Notes: Women Like That! La Traviata - Anna Lecouvreur—2018-12-14 through 2018-12-14$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 1-3 pm. University Center Rm 214. What is up with Diana Damraus Violetta in this new production of La Traviata? Unravel Anna Lecouvreurs confusing plot for Anna Netrebkos MET debut in the title role.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =312851469
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