For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — UW-Marshfield/Wood County Continuing Education has a number of upcoming gardening, nutrition, and cooking classes.
UW-Extension Wood County horticulture educator Jeremy Erickson will lead “Growing Microgreens” Feb. 23 from 6-7:30 p.m. Taste microgreens, and learn step-by-step instructions for planting and care. Receive a tray of microgreens to harvest and take home.
Erickson will also teach “Basic Vegetable Seed Starting” April 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Class includes a seed starting demo, a free packet of seeds, and a take-home kit.
Consuming certain foods and avoiding others can help prevent cancer and chronic diseases. UW-Extension educator Sarah Siegel presents “Eating a Colorful Diet” Feb. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. Discover how a variety of colorful foods will lead to long-term healthy behaviors.
Transform everyday ingredients into a variety of soups in “Soup’s On” — 6-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 — with instructor Jean Doty. Learn how to make stock and broth to add to homemade soups. Samples will be available, and each participant will receive a light meal, including a bowl of soup, bread, and dessert.
UW-Marshfield/Wood County Continuing Education is also organizing a day-trip to see “Grease” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on April 8.
The cost is $125 and includes round-trip transportation via deluxe coach bus, an exclusive behind-the-scenes and backstage tour, gourmet lunch, and performance. The bus leaves UW-Marshfield/Wood County at 6:15 a.m. and returns around 7:30 p.m.
Dance, music, fitness courses
Multiple classes for ballroom dance are being offered for dancers of any ability level. Both singles and doubles are welcome. A clean pair of shoes is required for dancing. Classes meet on Mondays from March 6 – April 3. Dave and Karen Goggin will be dance instructors. They have over 30 years of combined professional teaching experience in ballroom and Latin dancing. The courses cost $59 per person.
Music lessons, including beginning and intermediate guitar, bass guitar, and five-string banjo, begin the week of March 6 and will run for six weeks. Dale Dickerson, guitar and banjo instructor, has been playing string instruments for 45 years. The cost is $49 per person.
There are also several yoga classes being offered in March and April. Total Body Boot Camp is a workout mix of cardio and strength training. Yoga Toning contains a combination of basic yoga and weight training to increase strength, flexibility, and balance. The cost is $39 to take one course, or enrolling in both costs $65.
Anti-Aging Yoga aims to increase strength, balance, and flexibility: all things that tend to diminish as people age. Cost is $19 per person. Fitness instructor Rebecca Bauer has been teaching group exercise courses, including yoga, body sculpting, cardio classes, boxercise, step aerobics, and dance, for over 10 years.
Youth ages 11 and up interested in babysitting can register for the UW-Marshfield/Wood County’s upcoming Babysitter Training courses March 4, April 8, and May 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students will acquire American Red Cross certifications.
Taught by an American Red Cross instructor, this course covers the basics of babysitting, including feeding, diapering, discipline issues, identifying safety hazards, and caring for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, cuts, burns, bee stings, etc. Students will also learn how to find and interview for babysitting jobs.
The course is $99 and includes a babysitter training handbook, emergency reference guide, course certificate, and training CD-ROM.
Brain Awareness Week
In honor of Brain Awareness Week March 10-16, Continuing Education is offering two brain-boosting classes taught by Dr. Jeffrey C. Amundson. Amundson, a member of the Department of Psychology at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, has done research on how the brain works and has worked with tests of concussion for athletes at all levels, including the NFL, and is developing a test for traumatic brain injuries in veterans.
Brain Awareness Week is an annual global campaign developed by The Dana Foundation to educate the public about how brain research can benefit people affected by issues such as Alzheimer’s, concussions, or others.
Amundson will highlight the brain with two classes open to the public.
Brain Basics, held March 10, will explore the amazing feats of the brain, its different parts, and their functions. The Aging Brain, held March 12, will discuss how aging can change how the brain works. The course will offer ideas on how to maintain a healthy brain.
Preregistration for all classes is required, and the registration deadline for the Chanhassen trip is March 3. Register online at marshfield.uwc.edu/ce or by calling the Continuing Education office at 715-389-6520.