It’s not too late to join many others who are part of Lighthouse for Learning/Community Education. The classes below begin in October. To view the complete catalog or register online, go to www.wisd.org. Students may also mail in registrations to the WISD administration building or stop by at 411 N. Gibson St. Call 972-923-4631 or mcobb@wisd.org for additional information.

Introduction to Excel

This class is for anyone who wants to learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Excel. You will learn how to understand spreadsheets, enter data and save workbooks, modify worksheets and workbooks. You will also be provided with the tools to create and edit charts and graphs, work with formulas and use templates, styles and auto formats. Four classes.

Instructor: Randy Ahlfinger

Mondays & Thursdays, 6-8

Oct. 10-21

Cost: $50

Mosaic Trivet

Join us for a fun and unique evening of mosaics. We will be making lovely mosaic trivets using broken stained glass in a wide assortment of colors. This class is great for beginners. We will cover lots of mosaic tips and techniques including nipping glass and grouting. Warning: Once you’ve mosaic’ed you’ll be hooked. Class will be held at Mosaic Madness, 211 S. College St., downtown Waxahachie.

Instructor: Claire Conn

Thursday, 5-8

Oct. 10

Cost: $45 includes all materials

Oh The Places You Can Go!

Are you getting ready for a fall or holiday trip or planning ahead for spring? Join this experienced traveler as you make plans for your next trip. There are so many places to go and so little time and money. We will discuss how to decide where you want to go, when to go, and how to get there. Learn tricks and apps to plan transportation, things to do, places to stay and where to eat.

Instructor: Candace Ahlfinger

Thursday, 6-7:30

Oct. 10

Cost: $16

Cooking – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

In this fast-paced world we are constantly trying to find ways 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

Thursday, 6-8

Oct. 10

Cost: $18

Introduction to Ceramics

In this class you will be exposed to the entire ceramic process through the direction of this experienced and talented instructor. We will start with the most ancient of hand-building techniques (pinch, coil and slab) then proceed to the potter’s wheel. We will discuss the basics of making sculptural and functional pieces and you will definitely get your hands dirty. In the latter classes we will discuss firing, decoration and glazing. Students will likely return to pick up finished work after the third session. Clay is a challenging and therapeutic art form and always a fun time. Maximum 10 students. Three classes

Instructor: Mary German, WHS Art

Thursdays, 6-8

Oct. 10-24

Cost: $38 + $12 supply fee paid to instructor

Google Docs Basics & Tips

How to utilize free Google services to be productive, stay connected and save important information utilizing the free cloud-based storage. Learn how it all works and why you can trust “the cloud.”

Instructor: Jennifer Hamby

Monday, 6-8

Oct. 14

Cost: $18

Texas Pecans – Tree Planting and Care

Who in the south doesn’t love pecans in just about everything. If you would like to grow your own this class will teach you what pecan trees will grow best in our area, how to plant both bare root or container grown trees, proper care after planting and how to control any possible pests.

Instructor: Sheila Cloonen

Monday, 6-7:30

Oct. 14

Cost. $14

Basics of Photography

Join this practical photography course for the beginner. You will learn the most 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 basic fundamentals of photography with the first two nights in a classroom setting. The last class you will meet downtown Waxahachie and enjoy hands on learning as your instructor guides you. Three classes.

Instructor: Shawna Mathis, Shawna Mathis Photography

Mondays, 6:30-7:30

Oct. 14, Oct. 21 (classroom), Oct. 28 (field)

Cost: $28

Do Well Be Well – Diabetes Awareness

Join this class and learn nutrition and cooking tips if you have diabetes, care for someone who does or for preventative measures. There will be handouts, giveaways, recipe demonstrations and samplings. These interactive classes are research-based information. Five classes.

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

Mondays, 6-8

Oct. 14-Nov. 11

Cost: $25

Beginning Drawing – Kids

This class will teach you a drawing system to draw using a proven method of looking at objects or pictures breaking it down into simple elements. We will learn to draw a bird, a lion, a horse and still life using this method. Class is appropriate for age 7 and older. Four classes.

Instructor: Daniel Smith, WHS Art

Mondays, 6-7

Oct. 14-Nov. 4

Cost: $25 + $5 supply fee pay to instructor

Dutch Oven Cooking

Learn to cook outdoors in a Dutch oven. Get ready for camping, fishing, hunting season or family gatherings. You will learn how to properly use equipment and prepare a variety of

dishes such as cakes, cobblers, biscuits and more. The novice cook to the expert can benefit from this class. Please bring a lawn chair. Class will be held on the west side of the campus outside the Billy Bates Career & Technical Education Center. Minimum six students needed – bring your friends. Two classes.

Instructor: Murrie Wainscott

Mondays, 6-8:30

Oct. 14 & Oct. 21

Cost: $18 + $10 supply fee pay to instructor

Crochet Club

This class is for anyone. If you love to crochet or would love to learn advanced techniques to gain the confidence to tackle those projects you have been putting off, this is the class for you. Share patterns and ideas with others who love the art of crochet. Participants need to bring yarn, crochet hook and a project they want to work on. If you do not have a project in mind, instructor will have a selection to choose from. Five classes.

Instructor: Virginia Ramos

Mondays, 6-8

Oct. 14-Nov. 11

Cost: $50

Customer Service Training

Getting and keeping customers is necessary to making a business a success. Learn how to make your customers feel important and wanting to return. Learn special tips useful during the hectic holiday season.

Instructor: Candace Ahlfinger

Thursday, 6-7:30

Oct. 17

Cost: $15

Kokodama & Hydroponics

As gardeners, we are always looking for new ways to display plants and you will see the uniqueness of Kokodama, which means clay (koke) ball (dama). The inspiration for this concept lies in Japanese bonsai technology for processing moss. With its natural appearance and materials, the Kokodama is a counterpart to the usual plastic hanging pot. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil. Let’s explore how you can grow insect-free lettuce andherbs in your garage all winter with easy to acquire materials.

Instructor: Susan Gilliland

Thursday, 6-7:30

Oct. 17

Cost: $14

Beginning Farmer/Rancher 

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

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

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-8

Oct. 17-29

Cost: $22

Cake Decorating for Special Occasions & Holidays

Surprise family and friends with a personally decorated cake for special occasions. Learn basic cake baking and decorating skills, use of decorating equipment as well as making borders and flowers. You will also learn special techniques for holiday cakes. Students will be asked to bring baked items each week, please bring 8-inch round or 9x13 cake first class. Instructor will supply all decorating supplies and frosting. Students supply cake and board. Four classes.

Instructor: Susan Howard

Mondays, 6:30-8

Oct. 21-Nov. 11

Cost: $34 + $15 supply fee pay to instructor

Friends & Family CPR

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

Instructor: Kris Rencher

Monday, 6-8

Oct. 21

Cost: $45

Amateur Floral Design

Learn the basics of floral design as you create centerpieces and arrangements for those special places you want a floral accent. Get ready for fall and the holiday season as Kelli shares her ideas and tricks that will make the amateur floral designer look like a pro. You will take home a floral piece of your own. Please bring a container or vase and flowers of your choice, clippers or scissors.

Instructor: Kelli Desmond, Flying Pig Bakery

Monday, 6-7:30

Oct. 21

Cost: $15 

Ghastly Goodies for Kids–Ages 5-12

It’s getting close to Halloween so come scare up some delicious ghastly goodies in our cooking laboratory. Monster munch, monster toast and spider sandwiches. Yucky sounding but yummy tasting. This class taught in the WHS Culinary Arts Room.

Instructor: Kathy Parker

Thursday, 6-7

Oct. 24

Cost: $32

QuickBooks – Level 3-Running Your Financial Statements

Learn how to identify and run the financial statements in QuickBooks. A quick guide to learn the types of financial statements generated in QuickBooks, how to run them, and how to quickly identify potential errors within the statements. Two classes.

Instructor: Carolyn Duvall

Thursdays, 6-8

Oct. 24 & Nov. 14

Cost: $25

Advanced Excel Tips and Tricks

In this class we will be working with several advanced capabilities of Excel and will learn some tips and tricks along the way. We will cover pivot tables, conditional functions, data 

lookup functions and conditional formatting. We will review ways to protect and secure spreadsheets and how to write macros to improve your productivity. Two classes.

Instructor: Randy Ahlfinger

Monday & Thursday, 6-8

Oct. 24 & Nov. 4

Cost: $34

Gardening Alternatives: Container, Square Foot

Come hear about raised bed gardening, square foot gardening and container gardening in Ellis County. Our soils require special techniques for successful fall and spring vegetable gardens. We’re here to help.

Instructor: Joan Brammer and Susan Hall

Thursday, 6-7:30

Oct. 24

Cost: $14

Inspirational Fall Garden

Decorate your front entrance with a beautiful fall garden in containers. Your instructors will guide, demonstrate and answer questions as you put your container or containers together. You will have fun creating a fresh fall “curb appeal” for your home. Please bring your pots and plants. Soil will be provided.

Instructor: Mattie Thompson and Jesika Lopez

Monday, 6-7:30

Oct. 28

Cost: $14

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 cost.

Instructor: Sara Clements

Monday, 6-8

Oct. 28

Cost: $42 includes supplies

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