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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Animal Tracking--Mammals of Northern Michigan—2019-03-15 through 2019-03-16$75—Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice, Fri., March 15, 10 a.m.-noon and Sat., March 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (field trip), 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 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330332062
Behind the Screen--The Network that Runs Your Cellphone! —2019-01-29 through 2019-01-31$45—Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 205. Explore the science and network behind your mobile phone. Discover an intangible public resource selling for $500 billion, fascinating challenges of fraud and security, clever engineering, and occasional Byzantine complexity. In pivotal places you will find a risqué actress and a man from Petoskey. Get ready to dust off your high school physics and get a glimpse of the next cellular network. Fair warning: this is not a how-to-use-your-phone course --it is all about learning how it works!

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333307376
Birding by Ear —2019-04-26 through 2019-04-27$49—Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice: Fri., April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219 and Sat., April 27, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip) in Empire at NPS Headquarters (directions provided at 1st class). Add a new dimension to your enjoyment of local birds by learning to recognize them by their songs. Begin this spring adventure in the classroom as naturalist, Alice VanZoeren shares photos, recordings, and tips about how to listen to distinguish one bird song from another. For session two, you will need your walking shoes as you head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to listen and look for returning spring migrants (field trip meets 8-10:30 a.m.) This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpooling will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330363259
Birding by Ear -- A Sequel—2019-05-10 through 2019-05-11$49—Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice: Fri., May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219 and Sat., May 11, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip). Once you have been introduced to over a dozen local birds in the previous class, you are ready to fly a little further. Learn to identify more birds by behaviors, sight, and song through a media-enhanced classroom session and field trip. The classroom portion prepares you for a Leelanau County outdoor morning (8-10:30 a.m.) birding experience to apply what you have learned. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpools will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330523981
Course ClosedBirds Up Close—2019-02-20 through 2019-02-20$45—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 117. 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 the incredible NMC 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 =330145249
Building Balance and Defeating Dizziness—2019-04-09 through 2019-05-14$69—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., 2-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. 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 and A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331124806
Course ClosedButterflies of the Grand Traverse Bay Region —2019-03-14 through 2019-03-14$55—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. Learn to recognize local butterflies, their caterpillars, host plants and habitats that support them. Explore how changing environmental factors can greatly influence the abundance of butterflies in sensitive habitats. Gardening and landscaping practices that welcome butterflies will be discussed. Class sessions will feature preserved specimens and hundreds of photographs. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330306771
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga—2019-01-11 through 2019-03-22$109—Face to FaceView Details

11 Fri., 1-1:45 p.m. 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 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330567217
Chair Yoga—2019-04-12 through 2019-06-28$109—Face to FaceView Details

11 Fri., 1-1:45 p.m. (no class April 19), 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 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330575551
Entertaining with Magic—2019-03-14 through 2019-04-18$99—Face to FaceView Details

5 Thurs., 6-8 p.m. (no class March 28), University Center Rm. 218. 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 investigate a new hobby or revive an old interest.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333306357
Everyone Is an Artist—2019-03-14 through 2019-03-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., 6-8 p.m., 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 the 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 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333319971
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerFeldenkrais—2019-01-03 through 2019-03-21$139—Face to FaceView Details

12 Thurs., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brains 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 brains neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and to increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out!

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =331137538
Feldenkrais—2019-04-04 through 2019-06-13$119—Face to FaceView Details

10 Thurs., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (no class April 25), at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brains 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 brains neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and to increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out!

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =331145103
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)—2019-01-07 through 2019-03-22$119—Face to FaceView Details

11 weeks, attend 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Jan. 7-11) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328938803
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)—2019-01-07 through 2019-03-22$159—Face to FaceView Details

11 weeks, attend 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Jan. 7-11) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 41. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328938799
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)—2019-01-07 through 2019-03-22$195—Face to FaceView Details

11 weeks, attend 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Jan. 7-11) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 44. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =328939006
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)—2019-04-01 through 2019-05-31$109—Face to FaceView Details

9 weeks, attend 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (April 1-5) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328940876
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)—2019-04-01 through 2019-05-31$149—Face to FaceView Details

9 weeks, attend 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (April 1-5) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =328942584
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)—2019-04-01 through 2019-05-31$189—Face to FaceView Details

9 weeks, attend 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (April 1-5) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328943956
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga—2019-01-08 through 2019-03-19$129—Face to FaceView Details

11 Tues., 10:15-11:30 a.m., 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330550866
Gentle Yoga—2019-04-09 through 2019-06-25$139—Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues., 10:15-11:30 a.m., 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330557902
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 1—2019-02-20 through 2019-03-13$59—Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, India and Its Neighbors, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitcs, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 9-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333367841
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 2—2019-03-20 through 2019-04-24$59—Face to FaceView Details

5 Wed., 3-5 p.m. (no class March 27), University Center Rm. 214. 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. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, India and Its Neighbors, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitcs, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 9-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333379811
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Parts 1 & 2—2019-02-20 through 2019-04-24$109—Face to FaceView Details

9 Wed., 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, India and Its Neighbors, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitcs, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 9-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to the first class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334942278
Happy Healthy Hips and Lower Back —2019-04-30 through 2019-05-07$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Tues., 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint constructed for movement in many directions, including rotation; did you know that its ability to move freely is intimately connected with the overall condition of your lower back? Unfortunately many movement patterns that we develop contradict or interfere with these natural movements. Using specific movement lessons, learn better, more efficient ways to move your lower back and hips in order to recover mobility and avoid injury and pain. Discover a fuller, more comfortable range of motion in your hips, pelvis and lower back. Develop smoother, more coordinated movement through your core and increase ease when sitting, standing and walking. Build better alignment and overall posture.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331114735
How to Avoid a Knee Replacement—2019-01-30 through 2019-01-30$39—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. Got knee pain? Want to get rid of it without medications, injections or surgery? Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways to diminish knee pain and heal the ligaments, muscles and joints affecting the knee--EVEN if you have been told that surgery is the only answer! Find out the #1 biggest mistake knee pain sufferers make. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331097218
Images of Women in the Bible —2019-02-28 through 2019-03-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., 10 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 219. The image of women in the Bible has been filtered through both the Patriarchal society in which the texts were written and ongoing interpretation through the centuries. Take a fresh look beyond the texts to discover the voices of women. From Miriam to Mary of Magdala, you will explore the settings, stories, and lives of real people with something to say.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333320021
Is Nuclear War Inevitable? —2019-03-12 through 2019-03-12$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. In the 1950s and 60s theorists like Bernard Brodie and Herman Kahn debated what a nuclear war would be like. Kahns book, On Thermonuclear War, argued that all out nuclear war was not the only possibility and that an outcome of only 50 million dead was possible and better than 100 million dead. With the Pentagon planning new types of small nukes, it is time to consider what may result. Recommended text: The Doomsday Machine, by Daniel Ellsberg (available from Amazon in paperback after Dec. 8, 2018). Instructor Jack Segal represented the State Department in nuclear arms control negotiations with the USSR from the mid-1980s through the 90s.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333353037
Israel/Palestine Documentary & Lecture Series Part 1: Killing the Dream —2019-02-12 through 2019-02-12$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Twenty-five years since the signing of the Oslo Agreement, and the two sides seem farther than ever from settling their conflict. How did the secret talks leading to the Agreement happen; how did they overcome the key obstacles and what caused their eventual failure? In this Part I of the class, Jack Segal will lead a discussion of the events that led up to the Oslo Agreement. Then, you will watch the HBO documentary, The Oslo Diaries. Jack Segal was Political/Military Counselor at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1988-1991. His duties included regular visits to Gaza and frequent contacts with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333354101
Israel/Palestine Documentary & Lecture Series Part 2: Since Failure of Oslo Agre—2019-02-26 through 2019-02-26$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Twenty-five years since the signing of the Oslo Agreement, and the two sides seem farther than ever from settling their conflict. Review the events that doomed the Oslo Agreement and the numerous attempts to revive it. Jack Segal will explain how the Palestinian and Israeli societies have changed. Then, discuss how the Trump Administration has redefined the rules of the game.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333379845
Journal-Keeping in Nature —2019-02-21 through 2019-02-21$49—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. Deepen your experience of the out-of-doors by keeping a journal. Add insights to your observations and wisdom to your wandering. Join author Karen Anderson for a discussion of journal keeping in nature--with tips, prompts, and sample writings from famous naturalists including Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, Aldo Leopold, and Terry Tempest Williams. Create an original personal record of your outdoor experiences that you can turn to and return to for a lifetime. Bring a notebook and a favorite writing implement. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330232557
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws—2019-01-22 through 2019-02-26$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333318598
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws—2019-04-16 through 2019-05-21$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. 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 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333318809
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29—2019-05-10 through 2019-05-10$29—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 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. To order the convenient box lunch, choose the $39 option; or choose the $29 option and bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Low-income registration is $15, with lunch it is $10 additional. Session topics will be available at the end of April 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 in April.

  • Seats available: Approximately 191. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334913779
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39—2019-05-10 through 2019-05-10$39—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 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. To order the convenient box lunch, choose the $39 option; or choose the $29 option and bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Low-income registration is $15, with lunch it is $10 additional. Session topics will be available at the end of April 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 in April.

  • Seats available: Approximately 161. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330037177
LIFE Lunch - Air Force One - 30000 ft with the Commander in Chief—2019-04-12 through 2019-04-12$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Hungry to learn? Attend a LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Bring your lunch and we will provide riveting topics and together we will enjoy the lunch-and-learns. Beverages and dessert are provided. Join CMSgt Rose White Hutchinson, retired Chief and Traverse City native to hear about her fascinating life as a steward aboard Air Force One under Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush. Rose will share her behind the scenes stories - from the presidents; favorite meals, to the countries they visited (like Beirut, Grenada and Panama) to what it was like to be a part of Operation Desert Shield (1990) and Desert Storm (1991). You will be amazed at the pictures and treasures she brings to show while enjoying her charismatic story telling. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 54. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =344548442
LIFE Lunch - A Sweet Journey into the Origins of Chocolate—2019-02-15 through 2019-02-15$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Bring your lunch and we will provide riveting topics and together we will enjoy the lunch-and-learns. Beverages and dessert are provided. In celebration of Valentines Day, explore the origins of the worlds most favorite treat - CHOCOLATE - with Jody Hayden of Grocers Daughter Chocolate in Empire. Jody will guide you through the cacao farms of Ecuador with fun stories and photos. She will share experiences from her many visits to the small scale farming families who grow cacao for scrumptious treats at Grocers Daughter Chocolate. Learn about their unique trading model and, of course, enjoy a sampling of chocolate. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334996596
LIFE Lunch - Yoga, Yoga Everywhere—2019-03-15 through 2019-03-15$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Bring your lunch and we will provide riveting topics and together we will enjoy the lunch-and-learns. Join Libby Robold, for whom yoga is a career and a lifestyle, on a journey into understanding the Yoga Wave of today. There are so many expressions of this ancient art surfacing on every corner, in gyms, at work, everywhere! How can you figure out what the styles mean and which one is right for you? Libby has taught yoga to many populations, including severely emotionally disturbed children, physical therapy patients, nuns, Interlochen pianists and dancers, businesses, physicians and nurses, pre-school, elementary and high school students, church gatherings, even weddings, athletes and more. Garner new information as Libby shines a bright light on another side of yoga that you may not know. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 52. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =335548064
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness—2019-04-01 through 2019-04-22$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon., 1-4 p.m., 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 =333307342
Course ClosedMichigan Mammals Up Close —2019-02-13 through 2019-02-13$55—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the bears head to their dens this winter, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan mammals in the comfort of the lab using NMCs collection. Examine specimens up close and in your hands. We will check out hair, teeth, feet and wings to see how they make various mammals well suited for their environments. You will dissect an owls pellet and find out what it ate. You will learn to identify several species of smaller mammals, some of which you may never have seen before. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330134394
Miller Creek Snowshoe Adventure —2019-02-01 through 2019-02-01$29—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 1-3 p.m., Meet at trailhead behind Aldi Food (3123 West S. Airport Rd., TC). Get off the couch for a morning of meaningful exploration and hearty exercise. Following a brief discussion, head to the woods to discover the easy-access nature reserve and enjoy the company of like-minded people. Your 1.6 mile trek brings you close to the geologic shoreline of Lake Algonquin where you will learn a bit of history. Meet at the trailhead behind Aldi Food Market (3123 South Airport Dr., TC). Bring your own snowshoes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =330087439
No More Pain in the Neck!—2019-04-16 through 2019-04-23$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Tues., 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Every day we perform a myriad of tasks that put stress and strain on the muscles of our neck, shoulders and upper back: sitting at a computer, driving a car, talking on the phone -- even reading in bed! The culprit is not the task itself, but rather the way in which we perform it, using poor posture and faulty movement habits. Join Alice Brydges, movement therapist, and learn simple, effective lessons that will help ease muscular tension, and allow you to recognize when a faulty movement pattern has taken over. The end result? Walk away with movement skills and strategies that will enable you to perform daily tasks with more comfort, ease, fluidity and... no more pain in the neck! We will be both sitting in chairs and lying on the floor. Bring a blanket or mat on which to lie, as well as an additional blanket or beach towel that can be used as a head support.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331104294
Opera Notes: High Cs Carmen and La Fille de Regiment —2019-02-01 through 2019-02-01$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Will Carmens love cause happiness or destruction? How will Marie in love affect the Regiment? Contrast Bizets classic masterpiece to Donizettis comic bel canto opera. Enrich, enliven and expand your New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre by attending insightful opera briefings beforehand. Through story, song and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage, enhancing the opera experience. Operas will be shown on a date following the class; purchase your own opera tickets and check show times directly from the State Theatre: www.stateandbijou.org.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333319990
Opera Notes: Nun of Those Valkyries? Die Walkure and Dialogue des Carmelites —2019-03-29 through 2019-05-08$25—Face to FaceView Details

2 days, Fri. March 29 and Wed. May 8, 1-2:15 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Unravel this second work of Wagners famous Ring Cycle which has its roots in Norse Mythology and the Poetic Edda. How might Director Lepages mechanical set help or hinder Christine Goerkes Brunnhilde? A story of faith and martyrdom with a historical basis during the French Revolution is examined in the Poulenc opera starring Isabel Leonard and Karita Matilla. Class meets twice so the lectures are as close as possible to each opera being shown.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =327580165
Course ClosedPresident Trump's Foreign Policy —2019-01-29 through 2019-01-29$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. After two years in office, the Presidents foreign policy has begun to emerge more clearly. We will look at the most dangerous threats the U.S. faces and the topics that are being neglected. The focus will include relations with China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, the EU/NATO and our trade policies. Read President Trumps UN speech on September 25, 2018 (available online at no charge).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333320838
Quantum Spirituality: What Is the Matter? —2019-04-16 through 2019-04-16$35—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. What is quantum spirituality and how does it matter to YOUR life? Join Kennith James Scott to study the boundaries of physics and our current understanding of what makes the material world material. On the edges of scientific exploration, using the most sophisticated equipment, scientists are finding phenomena that challenge our mental model of reality. What if our mental model of reality is the only barrier between us and spirit?

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333320075
Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain—2019-02-13 through 2019-02-13$39—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. Attention shoulder pain sufferers! Do you suffer from persistent shoulder pain? Have you been told that you have a rotator cuff tear? If you are looking for a natural solution to shoulder pain and want to avoid medications, injections and surgery, then this class is for you! Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your shoulder. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330613306
Course ClosedSpring Wildflowers - Intro to Botany—2019-04-29 through 2019-05-13$99—Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center Rm. 216. Join this exploration of spring-blooming wildflowers. Learn the parts of a plant, traits of common wildflower families, the common and scientific names of spring wildflowers along with the natural history of the communities that we visit. You will leave with the information and understanding needed to identify common spring wildflowers by sight. After the first day, be prepared for 2-3 mile hikes by bringing sturdy shoes, bug spray, hat, water, a sack lunch, and a magnifying lens to more easily see characteristics of flowers. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330521823
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerSupport Group for Mental Illness —2019-01-14 through 2019-03-18$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Mon., 6-7:30 p.m. at The Porch (747 E. 8th St.) You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. The support group 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =333305759
Support Group for Mental Illness —2019-04-01 through 2019-06-10$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Mon., 6-7:30 p.m. at The Porch (747 E. 8th St.) You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. The support group 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 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =333305947
The Free Press: An Insider's View —2019-04-10 through 2019-04-24$99—Face to FaceView Details

3 Wed., 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 217. Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...(First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). Explore the First Amendment and five areas of freedom of expression with Johnston Mitchell, who has worked in journalism, and as a media consultant for political reform in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, and the U.S. Discuss the evolution of the First Amendment and explore key Supreme Court cases. Culminate with the viewing of a moderated film (title and date to be announced) in honor of World Free Press Day on May 3, 2019. Leave with an understanding of how you can develop your own initiatives and become part of a growing body of citizen journalists world wide in the age of social media.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333379833
The People Problem —2019-02-14 through 2019-03-21$89—Face to FaceView Details

6 Thurs., 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. When you and I were born, the population of the world was in the range of two billion. Today, we are over 7.6 billion and growing by 83 million every year. Join the discussion as the course explores global population growth and its influence on resources, access to food and fresh water, transportation, trade, jobs, income, health, education and other topics. What will the future hold? A population data sheet from the Population Reference Bureau will be included as part of our study and discussion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333368998
Understanding Northern Michigan Rivers —2019-04-12 through 2019-04-26$99—Face to FaceView Details

3 Fri., 1-4 p.m. (April 19 field trip meets Noon-5 p.m.), University Center Rm. 06. While the bays and Great Lakes define our region, these bodies of fresh water depend upon a complex system of rivers and streams to supply them. Gain important understanding of the vital role that rivers play in maintaining water quality. Explore the riparian environment as you learn about stream ecology, sampling methods and testing protocols in the classroom on day one. Then put your newly acquired skills to work as you participate in a stream-side sampling expedition on day two from Noon-5 p.m. We end by analyzing the collected data and the story it tells on day three. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330352208
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief—2019-01-16 through 2019-03-20$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Wed., 4-6 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. 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 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333306213
Course ClosedWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2019-03-20 through 2019-03-20$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center, changed to 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 =330342906
Course ClosedWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2019-03-21 through 2019-03-21$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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 =339827592
Course ClosedWild Mushrooms of Spring—2019-05-15 through 2019-05-15$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Spring is a wonderful time to forage for wild mushrooms. Join mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg as you learn about the fungi of spring. From early Red Cups to the Oysters and Chanterelles of summer, gain understanding of species and their defining characteristics and traits. Enjoy discussions of habitat, culinary and medicinal uses, and environment benefits along with tips and tricks for hunting the ever-popular Morels. Participants must have taken the Wild Mushroom Identification Basics class or have instructor permission prior to enrolling in this class. Naturalist Certificate students will receive elective credit.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334521438
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerFeldenkrais—2019-01-03 through 2019-03-21$139—Face to FaceView Details

12 Thurs., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brains 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 brains neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and to increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out!

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =331137538
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (1-2 hrs week)—2019-01-07 through 2019-03-22$119—Face to FaceView Details

11 weeks, attend 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Jan. 7-11) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328938803
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (3-4 hrs week)—2019-01-07 through 2019-03-22$159—Face to FaceView Details

11 weeks, attend 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Jan. 7-11) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 41. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328938799
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerForever Fit - Session 1 (5-6 hrs week)—2019-01-07 through 2019-03-22$195—Face to FaceView Details

11 weeks, attend 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (Jan. 7-11) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 44. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =328939006
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGentle Yoga—2019-01-08 through 2019-03-19$129—Face to FaceView Details

11 Tues., 10:15-11:30 a.m., 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 4. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330550866
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga—2019-01-11 through 2019-03-22$109—Face to FaceView Details

11 Fri., 1-1:45 p.m. 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 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330567217
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerSupport Group for Mental Illness —2019-01-14 through 2019-03-18$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Mon., 6-7:30 p.m. at The Porch (747 E. 8th St.) You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. The support group 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =333305759
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerUnderstanding Your Grief—2019-01-16 through 2019-03-20$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Wed., 4-6 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. 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 7. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333306213
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws—2019-01-22 through 2019-02-26$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. 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 17. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333318598
Behind the Screen--The Network that Runs Your Cellphone! —2019-01-29 through 2019-01-31$45—Face to FaceView Details

Tues. and Thurs., 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 205. Explore the science and network behind your mobile phone. Discover an intangible public resource selling for $500 billion, fascinating challenges of fraud and security, clever engineering, and occasional Byzantine complexity. In pivotal places you will find a risqué actress and a man from Petoskey. Get ready to dust off your high school physics and get a glimpse of the next cellular network. Fair warning: this is not a how-to-use-your-phone course --it is all about learning how it works!

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333307376
Course ClosedPresident Trump's Foreign Policy —2019-01-29 through 2019-01-29$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. After two years in office, the Presidents foreign policy has begun to emerge more clearly. We will look at the most dangerous threats the U.S. faces and the topics that are being neglected. The focus will include relations with China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, the EU/NATO and our trade policies. Read President Trumps UN speech on September 25, 2018 (available online at no charge).

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333320838
How to Avoid a Knee Replacement—2019-01-30 through 2019-01-30$39—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 209. Got knee pain? Want to get rid of it without medications, injections or surgery? Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways to diminish knee pain and heal the ligaments, muscles and joints affecting the knee--EVEN if you have been told that surgery is the only answer! Find out the #1 biggest mistake knee pain sufferers make. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331097218
Miller Creek Snowshoe Adventure —2019-02-01 through 2019-02-01$29—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 1-3 p.m., Meet at trailhead behind Aldi Food (3123 West S. Airport Rd., TC). Get off the couch for a morning of meaningful exploration and hearty exercise. Following a brief discussion, head to the woods to discover the easy-access nature reserve and enjoy the company of like-minded people. Your 1.6 mile trek brings you close to the geologic shoreline of Lake Algonquin where you will learn a bit of history. Meet at the trailhead behind Aldi Food Market (3123 South Airport Dr., TC). Bring your own snowshoes. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =330087439
Opera Notes: High Cs Carmen and La Fille de Regiment —2019-02-01 through 2019-02-01$25—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. Will Carmens love cause happiness or destruction? How will Marie in love affect the Regiment? Contrast Bizets classic masterpiece to Donizettis comic bel canto opera. Enrich, enliven and expand your New York Metropolitan Opera HD simulcasts at the State Theatre by attending insightful opera briefings beforehand. Through story, song and video you will become familiar with the tales on and off stage, enhancing the opera experience. Operas will be shown on a date following the class; purchase your own opera tickets and check show times directly from the State Theatre: www.stateandbijou.org.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333319990
Israel/Palestine Documentary & Lecture Series Part 1: Killing the Dream —2019-02-12 through 2019-02-12$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Twenty-five years since the signing of the Oslo Agreement, and the two sides seem farther than ever from settling their conflict. How did the secret talks leading to the Agreement happen; how did they overcome the key obstacles and what caused their eventual failure? In this Part I of the class, Jack Segal will lead a discussion of the events that led up to the Oslo Agreement. Then, you will watch the HBO documentary, The Oslo Diaries. Jack Segal was Political/Military Counselor at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv from 1988-1991. His duties included regular visits to Gaza and frequent contacts with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333354101
Course ClosedMichigan Mammals Up Close —2019-02-13 through 2019-02-13$55—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. When the bears head to their dens this winter, explore the fascinating adaptations of Michigan mammals in the comfort of the lab using NMCs collection. Examine specimens up close and in your hands. We will check out hair, teeth, feet and wings to see how they make various mammals well suited for their environments. You will dissect an owls pellet and find out what it ate. You will learn to identify several species of smaller mammals, some of which you may never have seen before. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330134394
Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain—2019-02-13 through 2019-02-13$39—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. Attention shoulder pain sufferers! Do you suffer from persistent shoulder pain? Have you been told that you have a rotator cuff tear? If you are looking for a natural solution to shoulder pain and want to avoid medications, injections and surgery, then this class is for you! Join Dr. Andrew Gorecki, physical therapist and owner of Superior Physical Therapy, to learn natural ways of healing your shoulder. Try easy to do self-treatment, learn how to determine the cause, and discover three easy exercises or treatments to relieve pain.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330613306
The People Problem —2019-02-14 through 2019-03-21$89—Face to FaceView Details

6 Thurs., 2-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 218. When you and I were born, the population of the world was in the range of two billion. Today, we are over 7.6 billion and growing by 83 million every year. Join the discussion as the course explores global population growth and its influence on resources, access to food and fresh water, transportation, trade, jobs, income, health, education and other topics. What will the future hold? A population data sheet from the Population Reference Bureau will be included as part of our study and discussion.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333368998
LIFE Lunch - A Sweet Journey into the Origins of Chocolate—2019-02-15 through 2019-02-15$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215/217. Bring your lunch and we will provide riveting topics and together we will enjoy the lunch-and-learns. Beverages and dessert are provided. In celebration of Valentines Day, explore the origins of the worlds most favorite treat - CHOCOLATE - with Jody Hayden of Grocers Daughter Chocolate in Empire. Jody will guide you through the cacao farms of Ecuador with fun stories and photos. She will share experiences from her many visits to the small scale farming families who grow cacao for scrumptious treats at Grocers Daughter Chocolate. Learn about their unique trading model and, of course, enjoy a sampling of chocolate. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334996596
Course ClosedBirds Up Close—2019-02-20 through 2019-02-20$45—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-9 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 117. 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 the incredible NMC 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 =330145249
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 1—2019-02-20 through 2019-03-13$59—Face to FaceView Details

4 Wed., 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, India and Its Neighbors, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitcs, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 9-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333367841
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Parts 1 & 2—2019-02-20 through 2019-04-24$109—Face to FaceView Details

9 Wed., 3-5 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, India and Its Neighbors, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitcs, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 9-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to the first class.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334942278
Journal-Keeping in Nature —2019-02-21 through 2019-02-21$49—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 213. Deepen your experience of the out-of-doors by keeping a journal. Add insights to your observations and wisdom to your wandering. Join author Karen Anderson for a discussion of journal keeping in nature--with tips, prompts, and sample writings from famous naturalists including Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, Aldo Leopold, and Terry Tempest Williams. Create an original personal record of your outdoor experiences that you can turn to and return to for a lifetime. Bring a notebook and a favorite writing implement. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330232557
Israel/Palestine Documentary & Lecture Series Part 2: Since Failure of Oslo Agre—2019-02-26 through 2019-02-26$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 07. Twenty-five years since the signing of the Oslo Agreement, and the two sides seem farther than ever from settling their conflict. Review the events that doomed the Oslo Agreement and the numerous attempts to revive it. Jack Segal will explain how the Palestinian and Israeli societies have changed. Then, discuss how the Trump Administration has redefined the rules of the game.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333379845
Images of Women in the Bible —2019-02-28 through 2019-03-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

3 Thurs., 10 a.m.-noon, University Center Rm. 219. The image of women in the Bible has been filtered through both the Patriarchal society in which the texts were written and ongoing interpretation through the centuries. Take a fresh look beyond the texts to discover the voices of women. From Miriam to Mary of Magdala, you will explore the settings, stories, and lives of real people with something to say.

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333320021
Is Nuclear War Inevitable? —2019-03-12 through 2019-03-12$49—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 1-4 p.m., University Center Rm. 207. In the 1950s and 60s theorists like Bernard Brodie and Herman Kahn debated what a nuclear war would be like. Kahns book, On Thermonuclear War, argued that all out nuclear war was not the only possibility and that an outcome of only 50 million dead was possible and better than 100 million dead. With the Pentagon planning new types of small nukes, it is time to consider what may result. Recommended text: The Doomsday Machine, by Daniel Ellsberg (available from Amazon in paperback after Dec. 8, 2018). Instructor Jack Segal represented the State Department in nuclear arms control negotiations with the USSR from the mid-1980s through the 90s.

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333353037
Everyone Is an Artist—2019-03-14 through 2019-03-14$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., 6-8 p.m., 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 the 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 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333319971
Entertaining with Magic—2019-03-14 through 2019-04-18$99—Face to FaceView Details

5 Thurs., 6-8 p.m. (no class March 28), University Center Rm. 218. 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 investigate a new hobby or revive an old interest.

  • Seats available: Approximately 23. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333306357
Course ClosedButterflies of the Grand Traverse Bay Region —2019-03-14 through 2019-03-14$55—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs., 6-8:30 p.m., Health and Science Bldg. Rm. 115. Learn to recognize local butterflies, their caterpillars, host plants and habitats that support them. Explore how changing environmental factors can greatly influence the abundance of butterflies in sensitive habitats. Gardening and landscaping practices that welcome butterflies will be discussed. Class sessions will feature preserved specimens and hundreds of photographs. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330306771
Animal Tracking--Mammals of Northern Michigan—2019-03-15 through 2019-03-16$75—Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice, Fri., March 15, 10 a.m.-noon and Sat., March 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (field trip), 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 11. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330332062
LIFE Lunch - Yoga, Yoga Everywhere—2019-03-15 through 2019-03-15$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Bring your lunch and we will provide riveting topics and together we will enjoy the lunch-and-learns. Join Libby Robold, for whom yoga is a career and a lifestyle, on a journey into understanding the Yoga Wave of today. There are so many expressions of this ancient art surfacing on every corner, in gyms, at work, everywhere! How can you figure out what the styles mean and which one is right for you? Libby has taught yoga to many populations, including severely emotionally disturbed children, physical therapy patients, nuns, Interlochen pianists and dancers, businesses, physicians and nurses, pre-school, elementary and high school students, church gatherings, even weddings, athletes and more. Garner new information as Libby shines a bright light on another side of yoga that you may not know. Bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert are provided. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 52. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =335548064
Great Decisions in US Foreign Policy 2019 -- Part 2—2019-03-20 through 2019-04-24$59—Face to FaceView Details

5 Wed., 3-5 p.m. (no class March 27), University Center Rm. 214. 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. 2019 topics include: Refugees and Global Migration, The Middle East-Regional Disorder, Nuclear Negotiations--Back to the Future, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Decoding U.S./China Trade, India and Its Neighbors, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitcs, The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested, and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. The guide materials provide thought-provoking analyses complemented by updates and video segments. Register for the 9-week series or either segment. Briefing books (texts) are available in the EES office for $20. Please read the first topic prior to session one.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333379811
Course ClosedWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2019-03-20 through 2019-03-20$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center, changed to 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 =330342906
Course ClosedWild Mushroom Identification Basics—2019-03-21 through 2019-03-21$59—Face to FaceView Details

Thurs, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 214. 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 =339827592
Opera Notes: Nun of Those Valkyries? Die Walkure and Dialogue des Carmelites —2019-03-29 through 2019-05-08$25—Face to FaceView Details

2 days, Fri. March 29 and Wed. May 8, 1-2:15 pm, University Center Rm. 214. Unravel this second work of Wagners famous Ring Cycle which has its roots in Norse Mythology and the Poetic Edda. How might Director Lepages mechanical set help or hinder Christine Goerkes Brunnhilde? A story of faith and martyrdom with a historical basis during the French Revolution is examined in the Poulenc opera starring Isabel Leonard and Karita Matilla. Class meets twice so the lectures are as close as possible to each opera being shown.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =327580165
Forever Fit - Session 2 (1-2 hrs week)—2019-04-01 through 2019-05-31$109—Face to FaceView Details

9 weeks, attend 1-2 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (April 1-5) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 47. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328940876
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week)—2019-04-01 through 2019-05-31$149—Face to FaceView Details

9 weeks, attend 3-4 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (April 1-5) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =328942584
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week)—2019-04-01 through 2019-05-31$189—Face to FaceView Details

9 weeks, attend 5-6 hours a week, NMC Main Campus, Phys. Ed. Bldg. Try before you buy! We are so sure you will love the Forever Fit classes, you are invited to try as many classes as you want the first week (April 1-5) for FREE! Designed for all ages and fitness levels. For less than $6 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 and you choose. The Forever Fit winter and spring packages each have 19+ hours a week of exercise classes for you! Schedule is subject to small changes.

  • Seats available: Approximately 50. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =328943956
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness—2019-04-01 through 2019-04-22$79—Face to FaceView Details

4 Mon., 1-4 p.m., 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 =333307342
Support Group for Mental Illness —2019-04-01 through 2019-06-10$1—Face to FaceView Details

10 Mon., 6-7:30 p.m. at The Porch (747 E. 8th St.) You are not alone on this journey. Join a compassionate group of friends and find immediate support in caring for a loved one with mental illness. Share and listen to each other in a safe and confidential space in this peer-led group for family members of individuals living with mental illness. Understand local resources that are available to you and your family. Learn communication skills that will benefit your relationship with your entire family. Discover how to advocate for services. NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) is the nations largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions affected by mental illness. Meets at The Porch, 747 E. 8th St. The support group 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 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =333305947
Feldenkrais—2019-04-04 through 2019-06-13$119—Face to FaceView Details

10 Thurs., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (no class April 25), at Yoga For Health Education (1200 W. 11th St. Suite 211, 2nd floor Bldg. 50). Engage your brains 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 brains neuroplastic abilities to bring about improvements in flexibility and coordination, and to increase ease and range of motion. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your curiosity to explore from the inside out!

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  — Maps
  • Course ID =331145103
Gentle Yoga—2019-04-09 through 2019-06-25$139—Face to FaceView Details

12 Tues., 10:15-11:30 a.m., 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.

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330557902
Building Balance and Defeating Dizziness—2019-04-09 through 2019-05-14$69—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., 2-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 204. 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 and A.

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331124806
The Free Press: An Insider's View —2019-04-10 through 2019-04-24$99—Face to FaceView Details

3 Wed., 6-8 p.m., University Center Rm. 217. Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...(First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). Explore the First Amendment and five areas of freedom of expression with Johnston Mitchell, who has worked in journalism, and as a media consultant for political reform in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, and the U.S. Discuss the evolution of the First Amendment and explore key Supreme Court cases. Culminate with the viewing of a moderated film (title and date to be announced) in honor of World Free Press Day on May 3, 2019. Leave with an understanding of how you can develop your own initiatives and become part of a growing body of citizen journalists world wide in the age of social media.

  • Seats available: Approximately 20. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333379833
Chair Yoga—2019-04-12 through 2019-06-28$109—Face to FaceView Details

11 Fri., 1-1:45 p.m. (no class April 19), 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 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  — Maps
  • Course ID =330575551
Understanding Northern Michigan Rivers —2019-04-12 through 2019-04-26$99—Face to FaceView Details

3 Fri., 1-4 p.m. (April 19 field trip meets Noon-5 p.m.), University Center Rm. 06. While the bays and Great Lakes define our region, these bodies of fresh water depend upon a complex system of rivers and streams to supply them. Gain important understanding of the vital role that rivers play in maintaining water quality. Explore the riparian environment as you learn about stream ecology, sampling methods and testing protocols in the classroom on day one. Then put your newly acquired skills to work as you participate in a stream-side sampling expedition on day two from Noon-5 p.m. We end by analyzing the collected data and the story it tells on day three. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330352208
LIFE Lunch - Air Force One - 30000 ft with the Commander in Chief—2019-04-12 through 2019-04-12$10—Face to FaceView Details

Fri, Noon-1:30 pm, University Center Rm. 215. Hungry to learn? Attend a LIFE Lunch and discover interesting people, places and ideas. Bring your lunch and we will provide riveting topics and together we will enjoy the lunch-and-learns. Beverages and dessert are provided. Join CMSgt Rose White Hutchinson, retired Chief and Traverse City native to hear about her fascinating life as a steward aboard Air Force One under Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush. Rose will share her behind the scenes stories - from the presidents; favorite meals, to the countries they visited (like Beirut, Grenada and Panama) to what it was like to be a part of Operation Desert Shield (1990) and Desert Storm (1991). You will be amazed at the pictures and treasures she brings to show while enjoying her charismatic story telling. Pre-registration is required.

  • Seats available: Approximately 54. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =344548442
Learn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws—2019-04-16 through 2019-05-21$129—Face to FaceView Details

6 Tues., 3:30-5:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. 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 24. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333318809
Quantum Spirituality: What Is the Matter? —2019-04-16 through 2019-04-16$35—Face to FaceView Details

Tues., 6-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. What is quantum spirituality and how does it matter to YOUR life? Join Kennith James Scott to study the boundaries of physics and our current understanding of what makes the material world material. On the edges of scientific exploration, using the most sophisticated equipment, scientists are finding phenomena that challenge our mental model of reality. What if our mental model of reality is the only barrier between us and spirit?

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =333320075
No More Pain in the Neck!—2019-04-16 through 2019-04-23$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Tues., 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. Every day we perform a myriad of tasks that put stress and strain on the muscles of our neck, shoulders and upper back: sitting at a computer, driving a car, talking on the phone -- even reading in bed! The culprit is not the task itself, but rather the way in which we perform it, using poor posture and faulty movement habits. Join Alice Brydges, movement therapist, and learn simple, effective lessons that will help ease muscular tension, and allow you to recognize when a faulty movement pattern has taken over. The end result? Walk away with movement skills and strategies that will enable you to perform daily tasks with more comfort, ease, fluidity and... no more pain in the neck! We will be both sitting in chairs and lying on the floor. Bring a blanket or mat on which to lie, as well as an additional blanket or beach towel that can be used as a head support.

  • Seats available: Approximately 12. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331104294
Birding by Ear —2019-04-26 through 2019-04-27$49—Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice: Fri., April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219 and Sat., April 27, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip) in Empire at NPS Headquarters (directions provided at 1st class). Add a new dimension to your enjoyment of local birds by learning to recognize them by their songs. Begin this spring adventure in the classroom as naturalist, Alice VanZoeren shares photos, recordings, and tips about how to listen to distinguish one bird song from another. For session two, you will need your walking shoes as you head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to listen and look for returning spring migrants (field trip meets 8-10:30 a.m.) This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpooling will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330363259
Course ClosedSpring Wildflowers - Intro to Botany—2019-04-29 through 2019-05-13$99—Face to FaceView Details

3 Mon., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center Rm. 216. Join this exploration of spring-blooming wildflowers. Learn the parts of a plant, traits of common wildflower families, the common and scientific names of spring wildflowers along with the natural history of the communities that we visit. You will leave with the information and understanding needed to identify common spring wildflowers by sight. After the first day, be prepared for 2-3 mile hikes by bringing sturdy shoes, bug spray, hat, water, a sack lunch, and a magnifying lens to more easily see characteristics of flowers. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330521823
Happy Healthy Hips and Lower Back —2019-04-30 through 2019-05-07$49—Face to FaceView Details

2 Tues., 1-3 p.m., University Center Rm. 213. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint constructed for movement in many directions, including rotation; did you know that its ability to move freely is intimately connected with the overall condition of your lower back? Unfortunately many movement patterns that we develop contradict or interfere with these natural movements. Using specific movement lessons, learn better, more efficient ways to move your lower back and hips in order to recover mobility and avoid injury and pain. Discover a fuller, more comfortable range of motion in your hips, pelvis and lower back. Develop smoother, more coordinated movement through your core and increase ease when sitting, standing and walking. Build better alignment and overall posture.

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =331114735
Birding by Ear -- A Sequel—2019-05-10 through 2019-05-11$49—Face to FaceView Details

Class meets twice: Fri., May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219 and Sat., May 11, 8-10:30 a.m. (field trip). Once you have been introduced to over a dozen local birds in the previous class, you are ready to fly a little further. Learn to identify more birds by behaviors, sight, and song through a media-enhanced classroom session and field trip. The classroom portion prepares you for a Leelanau County outdoor morning (8-10:30 a.m.) birding experience to apply what you have learned. This course qualifies towards the Naturalist Certificate. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The morning field trip details and carpools will be arranged at the first session.

  • Seats available: Approximately 6. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330523981
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39—2019-05-10 through 2019-05-10$39—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 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. To order the convenient box lunch, choose the $39 option; or choose the $29 option and bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Low-income registration is $15, with lunch it is $10 additional. Session topics will be available at the end of April 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 in April.

  • Seats available: Approximately 161. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =330037177
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29—2019-05-10 through 2019-05-10$29—Face to FaceView Details

Fri., 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 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. To order the convenient box lunch, choose the $39 option; or choose the $29 option and bring your own lunch for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. Low-income registration is $15, with lunch it is $10 additional. Session topics will be available at the end of April 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 in April.

  • Seats available: Approximately 191. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334913779
Course ClosedWild Mushrooms of Spring—2019-05-15 through 2019-05-15$59—Face to FaceView Details

Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 219. Spring is a wonderful time to forage for wild mushrooms. Join mushroom experts Jim Moses and Linda Grigg as you learn about the fungi of spring. From early Red Cups to the Oysters and Chanterelles of summer, gain understanding of species and their defining characteristics and traits. Enjoy discussions of habitat, culinary and medicinal uses, and environment benefits along with tips and tricks for hunting the ever-popular Morels. Participants must have taken the Wild Mushroom Identification Basics class or have instructor permission prior to enrolling in this class. Naturalist Certificate students will receive elective credit.

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  — Maps
  • Course ID =334521438
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