LIFE Academy

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

Call (231) 995-1700 to registerA Cultural Immersion: Captivating China — 2017-10-05 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088681
Course ClosedBirds Up Close — 2017-11-15 thru 2017-11-15$45 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084347
Course ClosedBirds Up Close — 2017-11-29 thru 2017-11-29$45 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 247319545
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga — 2017-10-13 thru 2017-12-15$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085985
Christianity in America — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-01$55 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087519
End of the American Dream: From a Middle Class Nation to Haves and Have-Nots — 2017-11-02 thru 2017-11-02$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

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

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084351
Everyone Is an Artist — 2017-11-14 thru 2017-11-14$59 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086543
Feldenkrais — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-12-14$79 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084385
Finding Common Ground — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-10-26$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

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

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119040
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$129 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119126
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$179 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119224
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-10-03$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081102
Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-10-25$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 245275254
Global Issues 2017 -- Part 2 — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-15$59 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088713
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGuide to Tree Identification — 2017-10-12 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082969
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See as an Artist--Part II — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086538
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086532
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. SESSION TOPICS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! CALL 995-1700 TO RECEIVE A COPY. THEN NOTIFY US OF WHICH SESSIONS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

  • Seats available: Approximately 165. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080865
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. SESSION TOPICS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! CALL 995-1700 TO RECEIVE A COPY. THEN NOTIFY US OF WHICH SESSIONS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

  • Seats available: Approximately 150. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080907
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLIFE Lunch - October: Garbage Bag Suitcase--A Foster Care Survivor's Guide — 2017-10-20 thru 2017-10-20$10 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080837
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness — 2017-11-06 thru 2017-11-27$69 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086505
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNative Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk — 2017-10-19 thru 2017-10-19$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082979
Opera Notes: Exterminating Angel and Tosca — 2017-11-16 thru 2017-11-16$25 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087494
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerOpera Notes: Norma and Die Zauberflote — 2017-10-06 thru 2017-10-06$25 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086552
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerPresident Trumps Middle East Strategy — 2017-10-10 thru 2017-10-10$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088670
Russia Goes to the Polls — 2017-11-07 thru 2017-11-07$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088676
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerThe Untold Story of Boot Lake — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-09$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081042
Course ClosedTips and Tricks for Nearly Free Travel — 2017-11-01 thru 2017-11-01$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088692
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWar Against North Korea? — 2017-10-24 thru 2017-10-24$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 249107043
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWriting Your Life Stories — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-23$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087500
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerThe Untold Story of Boot Lake — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-09$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081042
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWriting Your Life Stories — 2017-10-02 thru 2017-10-23$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 15. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087500
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGhost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-10-03$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239081102
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See As an Artist Sees--and You Can Draw as an Artist Draws — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086532
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLearn to See as an Artist--Part II — 2017-10-03 thru 2017-11-07$129 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086538
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerA Cultural Immersion: Captivating China — 2017-10-05 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088681
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerOpera Notes: Norma and Die Zauberflote — 2017-10-06 thru 2017-10-06$25 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 3. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086552
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerPresident Trumps Middle East Strategy — 2017-10-10 thru 2017-10-10$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088670
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerGuide to Tree Identification — 2017-10-12 thru 2017-10-19$69 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082969
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerChair Yoga — 2017-10-13 thru 2017-12-15$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 13. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239085985
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerNative Trees and Shrubs: A Guided Walk — 2017-10-19 thru 2017-10-19$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239082979
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerLIFE Lunch - October: Garbage Bag Suitcase--A Foster Care Survivor's Guide — 2017-10-20 thru 2017-10-20$10 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 19. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080837
Call (231) 995-1700 to registerWar Against North Korea? — 2017-10-24 thru 2017-10-24$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 21. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 249107043
Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-10-25$99 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 5. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 245275254
Christianity in America — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-01$55 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 14. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087519
Global Issues 2017 -- Part 2 — 2017-10-25 thru 2017-11-15$59 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 8. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088713
Feldenkrais — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-12-14$79 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 16. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Other  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084385
Finding Common Ground — 2017-10-26 thru 2017-10-26$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

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

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 34. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119040
Forever Fit - Session 2 (3-4 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$129 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 43. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119126
Forever Fit - Session 2 (5-6 hrs week) — 2017-10-30 thru 2017-12-15$179 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 46. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239119224
Course ClosedTips and Tricks for Nearly Free Travel — 2017-11-01 thru 2017-11-01$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088692
End of the American Dream: From a Middle Class Nation to Haves and Have-Nots — 2017-11-02 thru 2017-11-02$39 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 18. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088725
Course ClosedMah Jongg Madness — 2017-11-06 thru 2017-11-27$69 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086505
Russia Goes to the Polls — 2017-11-07 thru 2017-11-07$49 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 1. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239088676
Everyone Is an Artist — 2017-11-14 thru 2017-11-14$59 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 22. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239086543
Course ClosedBirds Up Close — 2017-11-15 thru 2017-11-15$45 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084347
Opera Notes: Exterminating Angel and Tosca — 2017-11-16 thru 2017-11-16$25 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: Approximately 10. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239087494
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $39 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$39 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. SESSION TOPICS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! CALL 995-1700 TO RECEIVE A COPY. THEN NOTIFY US OF WHICH SESSIONS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

  • Seats available: Approximately 150. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080907
Lifelong Learning Campus Day for Age 50+ $29 — 2017-11-17 thru 2017-11-17$29 — Face to FaceView Details

Fri, 9:45 am-2:30 pm, NMC University Center. Create your own learning day! Select three sessions from over 40 unique options about the ever-changing world in which we live--from regional issues to area attractions, tech skills, wellness, travel, the arts, and more. Hear from community experts and NMC faculty. Order the convenient box lunch or bring your favorite brown bag for the get-acquainted lunch break. Beverages are provided. This popular event has sold out the last four times it was held. SESSION TOPICS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! CALL 995-1700 TO RECEIVE A COPY. THEN NOTIFY US OF WHICH SESSIONS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.

  • Seats available: Approximately 165. This will be confirmed at checkout.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239080865
Course ClosedBirds Up Close — 2017-11-29 thru 2017-11-29$45 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: Main campus  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 247319545
Course ClosedEnvironmental Studies--A Northern Michigan Overview — 2017-12-11 thru 2017-12-18$79 — Face to FaceView Details

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

  • Seats available: 0. Call to be placed on waiting list.
  • Location: University Center  —  Maps
  • Course ID = 239084351
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