Feb. 23, 2011
GETTYSBURG – Learn something new, try a different skill or update an old one with any number of personal enrichment classes offered by through the HACC-Gettysburg Campus at the campus and other sites in the Adams-Gettysburg area.
HACC-Gettysburg Campus,
731 Old Harrisburg Road
If you are interested in the paranormal, take advantage of one or more of the courses taught by Jonathan Williams, founder, president and director of the International Museum of Spiritual Investigations in Gettysburg. The lineup includes:
“Classifications of Spiritual Activity,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at a cost of $25. When investigating a haunted location, what are the keys to look for? Students will learn the classifications, legends, and characteristics of a haunting or spiritual encounter.
“Equipment and Techniques Used in an Investigation,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at a cost of $25. Students will learn about the tools and techniques necessary to gain the most evidence and experience in an investigation.
Additional general interest courses include:
“Cultural Literacy,” 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at a cost of $35. Based on “The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy” by E.D. Hirsch, this class will help you identify the core body of knowledge no literate person should be without. It also will help you find out more about what we know and make sense of what we read, hear and learn.
“Landlord and Tenant Law,” 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19, at a cost of $35. Whether you collect or pay rent, this class is for you. Topics range from creation of landlord/tenant relationships; terms, deposits, rules and regulations; and rights and duties, rent, disputes and termination of the relationship.
“Getting Paid to Talk,” 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, March 21, at a cost of $45. This exciting class explores numerous aspects of voice-acting work for television, film, radio, books-on-tape, documentaries, and the Internet. The class will cover the basics, including how to prepare the all-important demo. Class participants will record a commercial script under the direction of a producer.
“Marketing Your Work on Amazon,” 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, March 23-April 6, at a cost of $65. In this new course, you will learn how to promote your work on Amazon with various selling programs, sponsored blogs, lists, reviews, new merchandise, used merchandise and more. Learn which tools are effective, and how to make money off the website.
“Basics of Photographic Lighting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 7-28, at a cost of $95. This class teaches some of the techniques employed by photojournalists and portrait photographers to take great photos of people. We’ll discuss filters, lighting techniques, including fill-flash, light modifiers, and basic studio lighting. Note: We recommend first taking a basic photography class if you are not comfortable with your camera’s controls and basic lighting principles.
“Conversational Spanish II,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 22-May 10, at a cost of $139. Textbook information, if required, will be in your confirmation letter and should be available for purchase through the college bookstore or online.
“Writing Historical Fiction,” 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 24-April 7, at a cost of $65. In this new course, students will learn how to create a setting and get both the people and language right for the time period. Discover the differences between historical fiction and narrative fiction, and the basics of novel writing.
For those with an artistic streak, the opportunities include:
“Watercolor Painting,” 1-3:30 p.m. Mondays, March 7-April 11, at a cost of $135. This class will teach you the basics, including materials and techniques. Experiment with a variety of approaches through demonstration and individual instruction.
 “Temari Balls,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9-30, at a cost of $85. Temari is a traditional Japanese needlework craft dating to at least the 8th century. Originally made by mothers and grandmothers for children, the balls transcended from play toys into art objects. In this new class, you’ll learn how to create a unique ornament using simple and inexpensive materials.
“Wire Techniques in Basketry,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at a cost of $59. This new class is a workshop that introduces contemporary basketry using different gauge wires to create a three-dimensional form. Students will be encouraged to enhance their baskets using beads or found objects. Class size is limited, so register early.
For history buffs, topics span many different eras:
“Pennsylvania Heroes of World War II,” 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at a cost of $29. Of the 464 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded during World War II, 35 were awarded to 35 Pennsylvania citizens – the most awarded to any state. Join us as we explore their stories behind the highest awards for valor in action against an enemy force.
“Battle of Cedar Mountain,” 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at a cost of $125. On Aug. 9, 1862, Confederate forces led by Stonewall Jackson encountered Union forces commanded by Jackson’s old nemesis, Nathaniel Banks. Although Banks and his men were outnumbered almost two to one, Banks came very close to defeating Jackson. Few have ever heard of Mitchell Station Road, the Gate, or the Cedars, and yet Cedar Mountain has been described as “…unsurpassed for ferocity by any other engagement of the war.”
East Berlin Area Community Center
405 North Ave.
Three courses are offered in March at the community center:
 “Dreams and Their Meanings,” 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at a cost of $25. This course covers the fascinating realm of dreams, their purpose and meaning in our lives. We all dream whether or not we remember when waking. Learn how to remember your dreams, how to interpret and analyze your dreams, and how to keep and use a dream journal.
“October Mourning: Spanish Flu,” 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at a cost of $25. Learn about the world’s worst natural disaster and how it killed hundreds of citizens in Adams County and 50 million worldwide in fall 1918. You’ll hear stories of how residents fought the flu, and how it rampaged through the population, killing more people at one time than any other time in the county’s history – except the Battle of Gettysburg.
“Adams County’s Hidden Treasures,” 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at a cost of $25. Adams County is known for the Gettysburg Battlefield, but it also has many fascinating, beautiful, scenic and interesting places. Find out about The Adams County Fruit Belt, Michaux State Forest, Appalachian Trail, the statue of Mary Jameson, old stone and wooden bridges, early churches and other landmarks.
“Dummies Guide to Home Repairs,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 2-April 6, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School at a cost of $119. Learn “how-to” techniques in basic household repairs and improvements, such as plumbing, electrical tasks, installing security devices or finding studs in walls. Course includes a review of electrical and hand tools, tool safety, and a chance to explore your own home repair issues.
“Piano for Adults, Part I,” 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9-April 13, at Emory H. Markle Intermediate School at a cost of $95. Adults without any piano experience can find enjoyment in creating music – all it takes is desire and time. You’ll learn note reading, rhythms, key signatures, as well as basic songs. Note: You should have a piano or keyboard for practice outside of class. Additional fee for book.
“Conversational Spanish I,” 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 1-April 19, at South Western High School at a cost of $139. Classes are conversational in nature and for beginners. Textbook information, if required, will be in your confirmation letter and should be available for purchase through the college bookstore or online.
HACC offers a variety of noncredit courses with something for most everyone. Go to www.hacc.edu and click on Noncredit Courses. There you’ll find a list of what’s offered and when at all of HACC’s five campuses, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Gettysburg, Lebanon and York and auxiliary sites. The link leads you to the Shopping Cart where you can enroll. Users receive an e-mail confirming enrollment. For more information, call continuing education office at HACC-Gettysburg Campus at 717-338-1010.
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