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Life & Leisure Courses: For the Joy of Learning

Research shows there are many benefits to lifelong learning. As you learn new information or a skill, you're also meeting new people and exploring new ideas. Topics include:

  • Arts
  • Computers & Technology
  • Do It Yourself
  • Healthy Living
  • Home & Leisure
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Safety & Driver Training

For current course offerings, check out the Continuing Education Life & Leisure catalog or search online!


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Learn about herbal and holistic options, including essential oils, that enhance wellness and balance in our lives.

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Discover your artistic talents with drawing, painting, and other hand and fiber art craft classes.

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Explore the outdoors with classes in gardening, animals, mushrooms, hiking and more .



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Continuing Education Course Supply Lists

Taking a class soon? Want to know what to bring? Check below for the course, location and supply list links to find out.

  • Cake Decorating, September 30-October 21, Rice Lake
    • Location: Rice Lake High School
      Instructor: Fay Olson
      Class number: 64931
      • The basic decorating set plus one 8" straight and one 12" angled spatulas or:
        • Box of disposable bags  
        • 4 standard couplers  
        • 8" straight spatula 
        • 12" angled spatula  
        • Flat flower nail  
        • Scissors
      • A deluxe set of tips or:
        • #1 and #8 writing tips
        • #17 and #21 open star tips  
        • #101 and 104 petal tips  
        • #352 Leaf tip
        • #79-or- 80-or-81 flower tip  
        • #233 grass tip
        • #47 basket weave tip
        • Set of 4 or 8 color paste colors
  • Mary Lee's Tote, October 5, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward
      Instructor: Krystal Guthman
      Class number: 64644
      • Fabric:
        • Qty 10 - 2.5” coordinating strips 42” long each
        • ½ yard of coordinating fabric for lining
        • ½ yard of fabric for pockets
        • ½ yard of fabric for handle
        • 1 ¾” yards of Pellon fusible fleece (987F)
        • 6" x 13" Pellon (71F)
      • Thread (matching fabric)
      • Sewing machine
      • ¾” magnetic snap (can purchase from instructor in class for $1)
      • Scissors
      • Pins
      • Cutting board
      • Rotary cutter
      • Ruler
      • Pencil
  • Drawing the Garden's Harvest, October 7 & 8, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class numbers: 64489,64490
      Note: The instructor will have some items available to use and to purchase during class, including cut mats that fit the paper sizes on the supply list.
      • 6” x 6” canvas, painted black
      • Various vegetables and fruits (3 of them the same size, such as 3 apples or 3 oranges)
      • Knife and small cutting board
      • #2 Pencil
      • Ruler
      • Viewfinder (8" x 10" piece of mat board with 1" x 1.25" opening in center)
      • Pen and notebook
      • Any size sketchbook or drawing paper cut to 5" x 7" or 6" x 9" 
      • Ultra-thin odorless black or brown permanent drawing pen (ex. Micron)
      • Eraser
      • Pencil sharpener
      • Newspapers
      • Paper towels
      • Colored pencils
      • Watercolor pencils
      • Smooth (hot-pressed) watercolor paper
      • Watercolor brushes
      • Container for water
      • Bag lunch, drink
      • Optional supplies:
        • Small pan of watercolors and brush for making watercolor washes (optional)
        • Camera (to photograph instructor demos)
        • Smock
        • Covered drink container
  • Pastels: Paint Fall Landscapes, October 23 & 24, Cable
    • Location: Cable Natural History Museum
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class numbers: 64487, 64488
      Note: The instructor will have some items available to use and to purchase during class, including cut mats that fit the paper sizes on the supply list.
      • Color photos of fall landscapes (preferably photos you’ve taken yourself)
      • Table easel or heavy box to lean drawing board against
      • Masonite drawing board (several inches larger than your paper size)
      • Composition window (6" x 9" piece of cardboard or mat board with 2 ¾" x 4" opening in center)
      • Large set (96) of hard pastels such as Nu-Pastels
      • Small sketchbook
      • Pen and notebook
      • #2 pencil, a water-soluble pencil (and brush) or 3 gray-tone markers (light, medium and dark)
      • Pencil sharpener
      • Beige masking tape 
      • Paper towels
      • Old newspapers
      • Nitrile or latex gloves
      • Any type of pastel paper cut to 5" x 7" or 6" x 9" (Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art sanded pastel paper or suede mat board)
      • Optional supplies:
        • Smock
        • Camera for taking photos of instructor demos
        • Small jar of odorless paint thinner for use with sanded pastel paper
        • Small, flat brush (if you bring paint thinner)
        • Jar of acrylic ground for pastel
        • Small pan of watercolor and brush to use with the acrylic ground for pastel
        • Set of pastel pencils
        • Set of medium pastels such as Rembrandt and/or soft pastels such as Sennelier
        • Bag lunch, drink, covered drink container (optional)
  • Stuffed Liberty Kitty, October 26, Hayward
    • Location: WITC-Hayward
      Instructor: Krystal Guthman
      Class number: 64645
      • Fabric (1 fat quarter for cat plus scraps of contrasting fabric for ears and collar)
      • Thread (matching fabric)
      • Toy stuffing
      • Sand (optional if you want to use your cat as a door stopper)
      • Scissors
      • Pins
      • Pencil
      • Sewing machine
      • Needle for hand sewing
      • 8”x11” fusible piece of fleece
      • 1 charm
      • 1 jump ring
  • Pastels: Winter Scenes, November 4, Cable
    • Location: Cable UCC Church
      Instructor: Diana Randolph
      Class numbers: 64486
      Note: The instructor will have some items available to use and to purchase during class, including cut mats that fit the paper sizes on the supply list.
      • Color photos of winter landscapes with strong contrasts of sunlight and shadows
      • Table easel or heavy box to lean drawing board against
      • Masonite drawing board (several inches larger than your paper size)
      • Composition window (6" x 9" piece of cardboard or mat board with 2 ¾" x 4" opening in center)
      • Large set (96) of hard pastels such as Nu-Pastels
      • Small sketchbook
      • Pen and notebook
      • #2 pencil, a water-soluble pencil (and brush) or 3 gray-tone markers (light, medium and dark)
      • Pencil sharpener
      • Beige masking tape 
      • Paper towels
      • Old newspapers
      • Nitrile or latex gloves
      • Any type of pastel paper cut to 5" x 7" or 6" x 9" (Canson Mi-Teintes, La Carte, U-Art sanded pastel paper or suede mat board)
      • Optional supplies:
        • Smock
        • Camera for taking photos of instructor demos
        • Small jar of odorless paint thinner for use with sanded pastel paper
        • Small, flat brush (if you bring paint thinner)
        • Jar of acrylic ground for pastel
        • Small pan of watercolor and brush to use with the acrylic ground for pastel
        • Set of pastel pencils
        • Set of medium pastels such as Rembrandt and/or soft pastels such as Sennelier
        • Bag lunch, drink, covered drink container (optional)
  • Mandala Dot Painting (Beginner), November 6-27, Webinar
    • Location: Webinar
      Instructor: Maria Clark
      Class number: 64594
      • 6” x 6” canvas, painted black
      • Paint (acrylic craft paint in black, white and 4 colors of your choice. Good choices include FolkArt, Anita’s, Martha Stewart, DecoArt Americana and store brands such as CraftSmart lines.)
      • Paper towels 
      • 10-15 cotton swabs
      • 5-6 round wooden toothpicks
      • #2 round pencil
      • Water dish – can be a recycled plastic tub from yogurt, margarine, etc.
      • Paint palette (can be a plastic lid or plate)
      • Ruler
      • Chalk pencil or kid’s chalk
      • Compass
  • Mandala Dot Painting, December 2, Webinar
    • Location: Webinar
      Instructor: Maria Clark
      Class number: 64757
      • 3 new #2 pencils
      • Pencil with blunt flat end
      • 10 round double-pointed toothpicks
      • Pencil sharpener
      • Plastic food container (for water)
      • Blow dryer (optional)
      • Christmas ornament (2.5”, a clear glass ornament is perfect)
      • Black 8.5" x 11" cardstock, cut into smaller pieces for practice
      • Paint (craft acrylic paint, enamel or multi-surface in red, green, white or gold or 4 colors of your choice)
      • Paint palette (can be a plastic lid or plate)
      • Fine point Sharpie
      • Paper towels or an old rag
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