Sign up for Learning in our Neighborhood classes


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Registration is under way for East Mississippi Community College's Learning in Our Neighborhood, or LION program, which provides adult residents the opportunity to take noncredit courses about a wide range of topics.


Classes run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 15. Most classes meet once a week for six weeks at locations throughout Columbus. Enrollees pay a nominal $35 fee to cover registration costs, which entitles them to take up to three classes per term. Additional classes cost $10 each.


"A lot of people who took some of the classes last semester said they had a really positive experience and they are happy that EMCC is offering this program," said EMCC English instructor Marilyn Ford, who heads the program.



New this semester are three classes that will only meet once. These include a Medicare Seminar Oct. 3, a complete overview of Medicare Health Insurance ($10);


Christmas Ornament Painting Nov. 10, taught by EMCC Art instructor Cindy Buob ($10);and Grassroots Candles Nov. 21, where participants learn to make their own holiday candle. Cost for the latter class is $10, plus $25 for materials.


One special class offered is titled "The Columbus Bicentennial and the History of the Upper Tombigbee Valley," taught by Rufus Ward, along with Carolyn Kaye and Gary Lancaster Tuesdays at 4 p.m. The class that explores the beginnings of Columbus takes place at the Stephen D. Lee Home and Historical Society Museum in Columbus and is cohosted by the Lee Foundation and Columbus and Lowndes County Historical Society. It is limited to 25 participants, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Classes are taught by volunteers knowledgeable in their respective fields.


"The classes are a great way for people to keep their minds and bodies active and stay connected to the community," Ford said. "One of our main purposes of the program is to provide residents an opportunity to be lifelong learners."


Email [email protected] for more information or to sign up for classes.



Class offerings


  • History of Christmas Carols; Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas


  • Yoga


  • iPhone Pointers


  • "The Tempest," A Renaissance Drama


  • The Columbus Bicentennial and the History of the Upper Tombigbee (limited to 25)


  • Medicinal Herbs


  • Your Great Transformation, Life habits for Healthy Living


  • Knitting


  • Stretch, Breathe, Relax


  • Adult Ballet


  • Wine Appreciation (Must be 21 to register. There is a $50 fee to enroll in this class to cover cost of the wine, cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.)


  • Journalism and Radio Broadcast


    One-time classes include the Medicare Seminar, Christmas Ornament Painting and Grassroots Candles candle-making.




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