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Sewing 101

Happy Holidays Series

Carols and Cantata: Singing 101

Even those with little or no experience can learn the basics of good, healthy singing techniques like proper breathing, balanced tone, support, etc. Carolers, wannabe Cantata Choir performers, and anyone else who would simply like to improve his or her singing will find the class beneficial and instructive. By the end of the five weeks, class members will be ready to sing in a small group and/or perform a solo in class. Each participant will receive prepared Christmas sheet music.

DATES: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3
MEETS: 6:00–7:15 p.m. in The Music Building, Room 155
INSTRUCTOR: Davis Jones — Owner/Instructor of Mockingbird Music
FEE: $143 — class fee includes an $8 book fee
NOTES: Think about getting together your caroling group and taking the class as a group. You’ll be the highlight of your neighborhood’s holiday season—and imagine the fun post-caroling party you could have!

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NEW! Merry Mailboxes (Happy Holiday Hour)

Face it—the mailbox is the first look folks get at your holiday flair so let Oxford Floral show you how to do it up right. Besides, it’s pure fun! Whether you’re into a gargantuan arrangement or a more traditional look, in this brown bag workshop Whitney Pullen will show you how to assemble the perfect display to suit your style and personality.

DATE: Wednesday, November 30
MEETS: 12:00-1:00 p.m., UM Depot
INSTRUCTOR: Whitney Pullen — Oxford Floral
FEE: $10
NOTES: How will you "merry" your mailbox? We've got ideas on our Pinterest board.


NEW! A Christmas Tree for the Birds (Happy Holiday Hour)

A Christmas Tree––why not a tree for our furry and feathered friends by using decorations you can easily make at home? You can either decorate an ever green tree outdoors in your yard, or you can decorate a tree in your home , and then later, after the holidays, put it out in your yard. Either way the birds and squirrels will appreciate the winner treats!

DATE: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
TIME: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Mitch Robinson, Conservation Education Manager, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, MS
FEE: $10
NOTES: There will be a Q&A, so if you have a question regarding decorating an evergreen tree, email Communiversity at and your question will be discussed during the class session. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch


NEW! Tips for Trimming Your Tree (Happy Holiday Hour)

Jordan Brown is known for her beautiful decorated Christmas trees. Join us for this brown bag workshop to learn tips and techniques to put together your own unique family tree from start to finish.

DATE: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
TIME: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
INSTRUCTOR: Jordan Brown from Discount Building Supply Store
FEE: $10
NOTES: Participants are encouraged to bring lunch!


NEW! Capturing the Christmas Card Photo (Happy Holiday Hour)

’Tis the season for taking family photos. Capturing the perfect Christmas card photo—especially if your family includes toddlers, teenagers or pets—can prove challenging for even the most patient of Santa’s helpers. If you want a photo beyond the family selfie, join Robert Jordan for this brown bag workshop. From what to wear to camera settings, Robert has rounded up some of his tried-and-true tricks for family photos, kids and babies, and even pets, plus some fun Christmas card photo ideas.

DATE: Wednesday, October 26
MEETS: 12:00-1:00 p.m., HR Training Room, Insight Park, 1st Floor Seminar Room (East)
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Jordan — Robert Jordan has photographed the University of Mississippi in some capacity for 30 years. He currently serves as the Director of Brand Photography Services.
FEE: $10
NOTES: Check out our Pinterest board.

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Wreath Making

Deck your halls with a beautiful, fragrant—handmade—wreath. Join Whitney Pullen of Oxford Floral in an evening of fun and merriment as we gather to create a lush, traditional evergreen wreath using a variety of fresh greens.

DATE: Thursday, December 8
MEETS: 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the University Depot
INSTRUCTOR: Whitney Pullen — Oxford Floral
FEE: $70 — includes greenery/wreath form
NOTES: Bring any ribbon, pinecones, or other decorative items that you would like to include in your wreath to class as well.


Holiday Sweets and Treats

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Holiday Container Gardens

Create bountiful outdoor winter arrangements with a little help from Mother Nature. Textures abound from evergreens like spruce, fir, cedar, juniper, holly, nandina, and magnolia—and in Mississippi there’s no shortage of accent materials—berries, pinecones, rose hips, dried flowers, and sweetgum balls. Even bare branches can bring a structural quality to holiday container gardens. Join Jeff McManus for this fun Lunch ‘n Learn before you start planning your outdoor holiday decorations.

DATE: November 9
MEETS: 12:00 -1:00 p.m. at UM Depot
FEE: $10
NOTES: Find inspiration for your holiday container on our Pinterest board.