July offers something for everyone through community education

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
Photo of older students ready for class.

Casper College Community Education is offering something for everyone during July.

Classes to be offered in July include “Relief Printing,” “QGIS Map Making,” “Advanced Long-Range Reloading,” “Reflexology and E-Oils Wellness,” “Greek Stuffed Veggies,” “Historic Trails West,” and more.

“Community education offers a wealth of learning opportunities, unlocking new experiences that bring joy and intellectual stimulation and help us flourish as individuals,” said Zhanna Gallegos, community education coordinator at Casper College.

For those interested in relief printing, instructor Rachel Savage will present the relief printmaking tools and techniques achievable without a full studio in “Relief Printing,” to be held Mondays and Wednesdays, July 8 through 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. According to Gallegos, students will dive into linoleum block carving, experiment with paper types, and grasp the distinctions between printmaking ink and acrylic paint. In addition, students will discover locally available printing materials and how to repurpose household items into printmaking tools. All supplies will be provided, and the class is suitable for all levels.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9 through 18, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., students will discover QGIS, Quantum Geographic Information System, a free and open-source mapping and analysis software in the class “QGIS Map Making.” According to Gallegos, instructor Steve Cowley will teach the program’s basics through hands-on exercises that take students through spatial data creation, editing, analysis, and visualization. Through exploration of this user-friendly and powerful tool, participants will enhance their analytical and cartographic skills. Basic computer skills and the ability to use a mouse and keyboard are required for this class.

Toyon Wiggs will teach the art of loading cartridges for long-distance shooting in the class “Advanced Long-range Reloading” on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Topics to be covered include measuring the rifle’s chamber with a specific projectile, annealing, brass preparation, cleaning, primer pocket reaming, resizing cases, and more. The class will finish with load development methods using a chronograph. Tools, reloading components, and an instruction manual are provided. Attendees are asked to bring bullets, 10-20 once-fired brass, and a rifle with its firing pins removed. For those having difficulty removing the pins, the instructor will help at the beginning of class. “Advanced Long-range Reloading” is open to those 18 or older, and ID is required. Basic reloading knowledge is essential, according to the instructor. To verify that proper equipment is available for the choice of ammunition, please call 307-268-3401.

A class that will offer the best of reflexology and essential oils will be held on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Reflexology and E-Oils Wellness” will teach participants how … “reflexology and aromatherapy can aid in relieving pain and swelling, recovering from stroke or injury, and reducing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress,” said instructor Laura Johnson. The respiratory system and its effects on a person’s overall well-being will also be discussed. All supplies are provided for this class.

If you enjoy Greek cuisine, then the “Greek Stuffed Veggies” class is for you. During the class, learn the tips and techniques for stuffing bell peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini with traditional Greek ingredients. Instructor Greg Kapeles will provide guidance as students discover authentic Greek dishes to complete a delicious meal. All supplies are provided, and the class will be held on Wednesday, July 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Finally, for those who want to know more about the historic Oregon and California Trails, “Historic Trails West” will feature a ride on an authentic wagon of the period. As you and your classmates ride along, you will be immersed in the history of these important trails used by pioneers, gold rushers, Mormons, and Pony Express riders during the 19th century. The National Historical Trails Interpretive Center staff will provide all the colorful details to make this a not-to-miss adventure. This fun class is kid-friendly and kids 10 and older are welcome to come along with an adult. Prepare for fun and adventure on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Community education offers noncredit courses for personal enrichment and lifelong learning for people 16 and older. To sign up or learn more about personal enrichment workshops and classes offered in July, visit caspercollege.augusoft.net or call 307-268-3401.

Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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