Every three months or so, Oregon Coast Community College rolls out a fresh lineup of community education classes — noncredit classes designed more for entertainment and personal enrichment than anything else. These classes are open to anyone in the county and taught by local residents excited to share their skills and passions in an eclectic variety of disciplines.
OCCC’s Spring term kicks off March 30. Some of the classes in the Spring lineup are old favorites – acoustic guitar with Richard Paris, Zen meditation with Joe Armenio and birding on the Oregon coast with Laura Doyle and Caren Willoughby.
Scattered throughout the new edition of “Catch the Wave,” the noncredit course schedule being mailed to all county residences this week, are a number of brand-new courses and workshops, along with some newly revamped classes freshened up for the new term. Among these changes is the college’s popular astronomy series, which helps people with dusty old telescopes hidden away in closets learn to reassemble them and put them to use. The series will be offered at OCCC’s South County Center in Waldport for the first time this spring, as instructor Sifan Kahale heads south for everything from the very basics to showing off some amazing telescope automation and astrophotography skills that anyone willing to invest in some new equipment can take advantage of.
Other highlights: a one-day course on basic car care for roadside emergencies, a range of fitness and aqua fitness courses, a one-day “Create Your Own Mandala” course and an eight-week course titled “Terrorism: Past and Present.”
Whether community members are looking to learn new skills, seeking a fun way to reduce stress or curious about science and history — there’s something for everyone in the spring listings.
Registration for any of these courses – and the many more not listed here that are also on offer this Spring at Oregon Coast Community College – can be done online, at oregoncoastcc.org/communityed. Registration assistance and additional information can be obtained by calling Tonia Anderson or Shirley Hill at OCCC’s North County Center in Lincoln City at 541-996-6222.