Lighthouse for Learning Fall/Holiday Registration Under Way

graphic with a lighthouse describing Lighthouse for Learning classes begin on October 1

The opportunity to learn through the Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning Community Education Program is here again. Registration has begun, and classes start Thursday, Oct. 1. The courses listed below start in October. Hundreds of online learning classes are also available. Please contact the WISD Community Education Office at (972) 923-4614 or email Melissa Cobb for more information. View the complete catalog and register online.

*All safety protocols will be followed. All individuals will be required to wear face coverings, be subject to screening through symptom screening, social distancing will be followed, and class size limits.

 

Facebook 101 for Small Business Owners

In this class, you will learn the basics of Facebook and how to increase customer engagement with your business through the social media platform. Learn how to utilize social media to do promotions to increase sales and social media subscribers. You will learn how to interact with Facebook and Instagram.

Instructor: Jennifer Hamby

Oct. 5

7 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $12.00

 

Advanced Facebook for Small Business Owners

Continue your path to utilizing social media to increase sales. Learn marketing, online aesthetics, and interactive techniques to use for your business.

Instructor: Jennifer Hamby

Oct. 19

7 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $12.00

 

Instagram 101 for Small Business Owners

Join this class, and you will learn the basics of Instagram and how to increase customer engagement with your business through the social media platform. Learn how to utilize social media to do promotions to increase sales and social media subscribers. You will learn how to interact with Instagram and Facebook.

Instructor: Jennifer Hamby

Oct. 12 

7 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $12.00

 

Advanced Instagram for Small Business Owners

Continue your path to utilizing social media to increase sales. Learn marketing, online aesthetics, and interactive techniques to use for your business.

Instructor: Jennifer Hamby

Oct. 26

7 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $12.00

 

Friends & Family CPR

Friends and Family CPR/AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use and how to relieve choking of an adult, child, and infant. Upon successful completion, the participant would be issued a Friends & Family Heartsaver CPR/AED completion card.

Instructor: Kris Rencher

Oct. 19

6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $45.00

 

Conversational Spanish I A

Would you like to learn the basics of Spanish to communicate in the workplace? Do you have a trip planned? Are your children learning Spanish in school? This course is for adults who have no previous conversational knowledge of Spanish- or who have not had Spanish -language training in many years. Join this class, and you will learn to engage in conversational Spanish as you build your language skills.

Instructor: Rosa Robles

Mondays | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 5 – Nov. 30 (no class Nov. 23) | eight classes

Cost: $72.00 + workbook purchased by first class

 

Conversational Spanish 1 B

Would you like to learn the basics of Spanish to communicate in the workplace? Do you have a trip planned? Are your children learning Spanish in school? This course is for adults who have no previous conversational knowledge of Spanish- or who have not had Spanish -language training in many years. Join this class, and you will learn to engage in conversational Spanish as you build your language skills.

Instructor: Rosa Robles

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 1 – Nov. 19 | eight classes

Cost: $72.00 + workbook purchased by first class

 

Basics of Photography

Join this practical photography course for the beginner. You will learn the essential functions of your camera, gain confidence in putting new functions into action, and get the swing of basic photographic terminology. Topics covered will be most relevant for DSLR cameras, not point and shoot. In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of photography with the first two nights in a classroom setting. In the last class, you will meet downtown Waxahachie and enjoy hands-on learning as your instructor guides you! 

Instructor: Shawna Mathis, Shawna Mathis Photography

Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5, Oct. 12 in the classroom, Oct. 19 in the field | three classes

Cost: $28.00

 

Metal Detecting Basics

What’s the big deal about metal detecting? This class is designed for those new to the hobby or those who want to learn more about it before taking the plunge. General treasure machines will be introduced and demonstrated. Then, we will move outside and locate some targets. If you have a detector, bring it!

Instructor: Bob Turner

Oct. 5

Monday 6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $18.00

 

Qi Gong

This class is beneficial for all fitness levels. Tai Chi is one of the oldest forms of group exercise. It is a link of unchanging movements that have passed through the centuries of tradition. Qi Gong is a variation of Tai Chi that focuses on stability and balance. Both increase flexibility and gently improves strength and cardiovascular fitness. Students who attended this class previously can perfect what they have already learned. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in and athletic shoes. 

Instructor: Utahna Green

Thursdays 7 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 1 -22 | four classes

Cost: $30.00

 

Beginning Tennis- Adults

This class is designed for newcomers to tennis or for people who have not played in a while and need a refresher in skills. The class will focus on tennis, the forehand, backhand, serve, volley, and point simulation. This will be a fun and engaging class that gives you the skills to be able to play “the greatest game in the world!” Classes taught WHS Campus Tennis Courts 3001 US Highway 287 Bypass. Max 10 students.

Instructor: Nicholas Tanner, Head Tennis Coach

Mondays 6 – 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 | six classes

Cost: $50.00

 

Cowboys, Cattle & the Camera

From early tintypes and ferrotypes to modern photography, the image has always been “proof of existence.” We will look at the history of photography from the 1850s forward with a focus on western culture in the United States.

Instructor: David Smith

Oct. 8

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $16.00

 

Basic Dog Obedience

Dog owners will learn basic commands which will enhance the pet-owner bond, using positive reinforcement. This course will also cover behavioral problems. Owners will need to bring their pet with a standard buckle collar and 4’-6’ leash. Please bring vaccination certificates for pets as well as training treats. Bring your pet for the first class so the training can begin! Limit 10 students.

Instructor: Shanda Vance, M.S., CDT Dog Obedience Trainer/ Animal Behavior Specialist

Thursdays 6 – 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 - 29 | five classes

Cost: $38.00

 

Beginner’s Yoga

This Beginner Yoga workshop is for all fitness levels. If you have always wanted to try yoga or enhance your practice, this course will teach you the foundations and give you tools to practice yoga that fits your lifestyle, fitness goals, and needs. You will learn body awareness, breathing techniques, and basic poses. Yoga helps increase strength, flexibility, and balance. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move in. Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water.

Instructor: Laurie Donelson, Half Moon Yoga

Mondays 6 – 7:30 p.m. | four classes

Oct. 5 – 26

Cost: $30.00

 

Historical Walk to Wellness

Join this class and get fit through walking! This class is designed for all levels of walkers. You will walk each class with a Local Celebrity Community Leader who will guide your walk and share great stories and fun things happening in our town! Please meet each night at the Ellis County Museum located at 201 S. College Street, Downtown Waxahachie.

Instructors: Amber Caverly & Janet Magee – Waxahachie Chamber Board Members

Tues/Thurs. 6 – 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 – 22 | six classes

Cost: $25.00

 

Beginning Crochet

Join this beginning class as you learn to crochet! You will learn how to make a beanie hat with a PomPom on top. Learn the basic stitches, foundation, and double crochet to make this beautiful beanie hat. Please bring a size J hook and one skein of yarn. Have fun as you learn to crochet!

Instructor: Virginia Ramos

Mondays 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 5 – Nov. 2 | five classes

Cost: $50.00

 

Basics of Brush Pen Calligraphy

Join this class and learn the basics of hand-lettering. We will review basic strokes, how to create thick and thin lines with your pen, and you will learn tips and tricks for keeping lines straight and letters even. You will practice letters, words, quotes. Workbook and pen included in the cost.

Instructor: Sara Clements

Oct. 26  

6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $42.00, includes supplies

  

Fall Fun Cupcakes- for Kids–Ages 5-12

Fall fun-filled cupcakes will be an assortment of all things Fall ... Back to School, Pumpkins, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! The class will be taught in the WHS Culinary Arts Room.

Instructor: Kathy Parker

Oct. 26

6 – 7 p.m.

Cost: $37.00

 

Etsy Selling Basics

Do you craft? Or have a passion for vintage? Have you ever thought about turning that into a way to make extra money or even turn it into a full-time job? This course will give you the bare-bones information about selling on one of the most popular platforms today, Etsy. Do you need a tax ID? A business name? How do you set up a profile? These are just a few of the questions we will answer to get you going. It isn’t as hard as you think!

Instructor: Jamie Drumwright

Oct. 8

6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $25.00

 

Basic Photography for Etsy Beginners

If you talk to experienced online sellers, you will find that the number one thing you need to have optimized to sell your goods is your pictures. People can’t touch and hold your beautiful item, the pictures have to sell it, and surprisingly, you don’t need expensive equipment to make great pictures. In this course, we will teach simple techniques to take pictures that will help sell your beautiful handmade or other items.

Instructor: Jamie Drumwright

Oct. 22

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20.00

 

Fall Preview Class for Spring Birding 101

Join this class if you plan to sign up for the spring class, or anyone who wants to come along on outdoor learning experience to identify birds. We will be meeting in the parking area near the first set of restrooms and the hike and bike trail in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie. Bring binoculars if possible, as it is difficult to see many birds without them. We will go through some pointers and suggestions for finding and viewing birds in the park and helping with identification strategies. Be prepared to walk a couple of miles on a good trail. We will wrap up at dusk. 

Instructor: Susan Kosoris

Oct. 6

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $16.00

 

Beginning Farmer/Rancher 

If you are a landowner or have newly acquired a farm or ranchland, and seek information for the best way to utilize your property, join this experienced instructor for advice. You will cover topics: soils, soil fertility, soil testing, pasture management, basic livestock productions, and pond management. This class will be held at the Ellis County Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Office 701 S. I-35E, Suite 3 in Waxahachie.

Instructor: Mark Arnold, County Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Tuesdays 6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 6 – 27 | four classes

Cost: $22.00

 

Cooking – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker A

In this fast-paced world, we are continually trying to save time in the kitchen and still prevent growing waistlines. The electric pressure cooker is the answer to our cry for “help” by making it possible to create nutritious, flavor-packed meals in minutes. Like many others, you may have questions about the electric pressure cooker: “Is it safe?” “How do I use it?” “Is it really worth the money?” Electric pressure cookers are among the newest lines of kitchen appliances. But, what are they, how do they work, what foods can you cook in one, and are they really safe? We will answer these questions and more as we explore the ins and outs of “instacooking” through this hands-on learning class. Healthy taste testing included!

Instructor: Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent - Family & Community Health

Oct. 1

6 – 8 p.m. 

Cost: $18.00      

 

Air Fryer Cooking Class

With new technologies come new ways to cook healthier. Air fryers, a relatively new appliance on the market, offer a means to prepare crispy, hot food without traditional frying's added fat. This hands-on class will allow you to practice with different air fryer models and prepare your healthy recipes.

Instructor: Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health

Oct. 15

6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $18.00

 

Cooking for Food Allergies – Gluten, Dairy, Nut Free

A food allergy can be life-threatening. But having food allergies does not mean you have to sacrifice your love of food! This class will discuss alternatives and substitutes that can be used in various recipes. The focus will be placed on how to enjoy food with gluten, dairy, and nut allergies. Recipe books and recipe demonstrations will be included in this class.

Instructor: Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health

Oct. 29

6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $18.00

 

Mediterranean Cooking with Garden Herbs

If you are looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet blends the basics of healthy eating with the Mediterranean's traditional flavors and cooking methods. This diet also emphasizes the use of herbs and spices to make dishes flavorful. In this class, you will learn the Mediterranean diet basics and tips for starting or maintaining your own herb garden. The class will include recipe demonstrations and helpful garden instruction.

Instructor: Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health

6 – 8 p.m.

Oct. 19

Cost: $18.00

 

Cooking for Food Allergies – Gluten, Dairy, Nut Free

A food allergy can be life-threatening. But having food allergies does not mean you have to sacrifice your love of food! This class will discuss alternatives and substitutes that can be used in various recipes. The focus will be placed on how to enjoy food with gluten, dairy, and nut allergies. Recipe books and recipe demonstrations will be included in this class.

Instructor: Liz Espie, Ellis County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health

Oct. 29

6 – 8 p.m.

Cost: $18.00

 

Mommy & Me Cake Decorating

It’s the perfect time for Mom & Daughter or Mom & Son bonding! Learn some basic cake decorating skills and easy ways to make cute cupcakes for the next birthday. 

Bring one dozen cupcakes to each class.

Instructor: Susan Howard

Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m.

October 5 & Oct. 12 | two classes

Cost: $17.00 per student + $15.00 supply fee (shared) pay to instructor