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Local Senior Citizens Invited to Participate in UM Communiversity

Variety of non-credit enrichment classes available this fall

OXFORD— Local seniors who would like to try their hand at a new hobby or learn a new skill are invited to check out the University of Mississippi’s fall Communiversity schedule that is packed with a variety of classes that anyone in the community can try out.

Senior citizens can take advantage of the special discount for people ages 55 and over.

“There are no tests, papers, or grades,” UM Communiversity Coordinator Sandra Sulton said. “These classes are for those who want to have fun and learn something new.”

If you are still trying to figure out your iPhone or iPad, a special course for senior adults will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5-6:30 p.m. at UM’s Weir Hall.  The course, “iPhone, iPad, iWhat?” is designed to help users feel comfortable with basic settings and navigation of your devices. The cost is $45

“We have a lot of grandparents enroll in this class so that they can communicate with their grandkids through their cell phones,” Sulton said. “They want to learn to take photos and send them and to keep in contact via their phones, computers, and iPads.”

The opportunity to learn more about computers and computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint will be offered on September 13, 15, and 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the computer labs in Weir Hall. The cost for all three sessions is $85.

“Digital Photography Basics” will be offered by award-winning UM Photographer Robert Jordan Thursday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 15. The cost is $85.

Topics in this class include efficient use of manual modes, quick-shooting techniques for more professional-looking shots, and most importantly, how to have fun with your camera. The instructor will touch on post-production editing and enhancing images, as well as hardware options for archiving, and printing.

If sewing has always been a hobby you wanted to explore there are two classes being offered this fall by Oxford artist Andi Bedsworth.  Learn more about the basics of using your sewing machine with “Sewing 101: Introduction to Using a Machine” that is offered from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in Lamar Hall Room 133. The cost is $59.

“I’ll show you what all the buttons and knobs on your sewing machine are for,” Bedsworth said.  “You’ll learn how to sew in zippers and button holes, thread your machine, change out your bobbin, and all those little things that may be intimidating when you take your machine out of the box.”

Bedsworth’s next course in the series, “Sewing: Basics and Beyond,” will take place on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, and Nov. 1. The cost is $145 for all five sessions and will show you how to use patterns, make simple garments, and upgrade your sewing skills.

Ann Saxon from Oxford’s Knit1 store will offer the “Knitting for Beginners” class on Oct 20, 27, and Nov. 3, 10, and 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Lamar Hall. This class will cover beginning knit and purl stitches, how to cast on and bind off, and increasing and decreasing. The cost is $45.

New this year are the “Happy Holiday Hour” lecture and learn classes held during the noon hour for those who want to explore new decorating ideas for this holiday season, but are short on time. The classes will cost $10 each.

Kicking off the series on Wednesday, Oct. 26 will be tutorials for taking the perfect Christmas card photo with UM Director of Photography Robert Jordan. If you have always wanted to have a Christmas tree like the ones you see on Pinterest, stop by on Wednesday, Nov. 16 for the,”Tips for Trimming Your Tree” class.

On Nov. 30, Whitney Pullen from Oxford Floral will show you how to transform your mailbox into a festive decoration that your whole neighborhood will enjoy.

The final holiday hour class will be, “Designing a Christmas Tree for the Birds.” This class will show you what beautiful elements to use in decorating a tree that can later be moved outside for the birds to enjoy. This will be taught on Dec. 14.

The fall Communiversity class schedule is full of many more great classes including the popular CPR certification and Safe Sitter courses, public speaking, and Personal Safety taught by the University Police Department.

Register online or call, 662-915-7158.