Expand Hobbies and Horizons Through MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies this Fall


WEST WINDSOR, N.J.- The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer County Community College is the ideal place to learn how to take better digital photos, gain some helpful tips on personal finance, and get into better physical shape in the water or the workout room. Sessions begin in September and continue throughout the year. Courses may be as short as one session or continue for several months. Most classes are held evenings and weekends on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

New this year is the "MCCC Book Group." Three books will be discussed: Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver on Sept. 28; The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri on Oct. 26; and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd on Nov. 30. Participants will receive a reader's guide one month prior to each session.

Courses in writing include overcoming the fear of writing (Sept. 12-Oct. 3), nonfiction (Oct. 17-Dec. 12), creative writing (Oct. 18-Nov. 15), writing critiques (Sept. 11- Oct. 23), and creating narratives for family photos (Sept. 20-Oct. 11). Courses in personal finance include tips for first-time homebuyers in three sessions (Sept. 14-28), a stock options workshop (Oct. 9-30), and an advanced stock options workshop (Nov. 13 and 20). "Smart Women Finish Rich" will be held Nov. 1.

For language lovers, courses include three levels of conversational Spanish, and beginning French, Italian and Arabic. New this year is "Introduction to Gaelic" from Sept. 27-Nov. 15. Basic Sign Language will be offered in seven sessions from Sept. 11-Oct. 30. Beginning Mandarin Chinese is offered Sept. 11-Oct. 16.

"Retire With Attitude" is a new series that commences on Sept. 12 with topics such as financial strategies, life planning, retirement jobs, and volunteering. The Culinary Center at Mercer opens its doors to the community for a wide variety of noncredit courses that cover soup to nuts cooking, as well as specialty classes in low-fat cooking, Italian foods, organic baking, and cooking for beginners. Classes begin Sept 16. Most classes are one session; some are presented as part of a series. (Discounts available when registering for full series.) In "Dinner Party" on Oct. 14, participants will learn the secrets of hosting a successful dinner party through hands-on preparation. Come hungry, bring your friends, and be ready to enjoy.

In the arts, beginners will learn basic wet and dry techniques in "Foundations of Watercolor" Oct. 14-Nov. 18. An "Oil Painting" class meets Sunday afternoons Sept. 10 to Oct. 15. "Intro to 35mm Photography and Digital Photography" will be held Sept. 13-Oct. 25, while "Digital Camera Basics" will be held Sept. 20-Oct. 11 and Nov. 2-16. An advanced class in digital photography called "Enhancing Digital Photos" takes place Oct 16 to 30.

Among courses in the areas of health and wellness are: the "Feldenkrais Method" Sept. 16, "Hands-on Healing for Relief of Chronic Pain" Sept. 30, and "Hypnosis: Theory and Practice" Nov. 1-Dec. 2, and "Reiki Level I" Nov. 4 and 5. Two acting courses for adults will be held: "So You Want to Be an Actor" on Sept. 26 and "On Camera Acting for Adults" from Oct. 10-Nov. 14. Three workshops on wine will be offered: "Wine Appreciation" Sept. 13-Oct. 4, "Wine of Spain and Portugal" Oct. 18-Oct. 25, and "Champagne and Other Sparklers" Nov. 1.

In the realm of fitness and recreation, courses run the gamut from nutritional concepts to running techniques, aerobic kickboxing, pilates, power toning, t'ai chi and more. Personal trainers will benefit from learning business and selling skills, and advanced weight training classes. Aquatics classes are held in Mercer's Olympic-size pool and include water aerobics and beginner and advanced swimming for adults.

Horticulture classes commence on Sept. 9 with "Caring for Your Houseplants," and continue with "Deer Resistant Plants and Techniques" on Oct. 14, "Fall Gardening Activities" on Nov. 11, and "Holiday Greens" on Dec. 2.

For more information on these and other noncredit options, call (609) 570-3311 or view the noncredit course bulletin for fall on the Mercer website at www.mccc.edu.





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