ACC’s Community Education March courses include fly fishing, Excel, more

Alpena Community College Community Education presents two upcoming courses, Beginning Excel, and Introductory and Intermediate Concepts of Fly Fishing, among others offered in March.

∫ Beginning Excel is offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 6, 13 and 20 at ACC’s BTC 207.

Cathy Abraham will teach the basics of creating spreadsheets using Excel. Create and format simple spreadsheets and calculate data using basic formulas and functions. Learn about entering, selecting, moving and copying data, saving and basic nomenclature. Basic computer usage and knowledge is required for this course.

The fee is $60 per person. Registration is required. Call 989-358-7271.

∫ Introductory and Intermediate Concepts of Fly Fishing with Bob Baughman and Ron Young will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2 and 9, with most courses in ACC’s CTR 106 from 6 to 7 p.m., and the gym from 7 to 9 p.m. On March 19, the course will be at CTR 104.

Learn or improve skills with flies and fly rods in this five-week session designed for beginners through intermediate anglers. This course will start with the basics covering fish, habitat, food sources, equipment, flies, accessories, knots, casting and more. It will conclude with an optional field trip to practice and apply skills on the lake and stream. Each participant will receive a fly box and flies and accessories. Equipment is not needed for classroom sessions, but necessary for field trips. The participants and instructors will collectively schedule one or two Saturdays to fill both a still-water setting (a lake) and a moving water setting (a stream). Field trips are optional but provide valuable hands-on practice with instructors, and have been well-received in previous classes.

Baughman and Young share an odd obsession with this sport. Baughman has chased fish with a fly rod from saltwater to fresh for more than 30 years. Young jumped into fly fishing with both feet after retirement, garnering significant experience, and he’s never looked back. Both men are engineers by degree, and there is not a technical aspect of the sport they don’t enjoy exploring. They have a laid-back, easy-going style that takes out the “techno-speak.” They will introduce beginners to all things fly fishing, and help intermediate anglers polish up on their skills.

The class limit is 15, and the fee is $75 per person. Registration is required.

∫ On Wednesday, March 13, join Chef Jimmy Chen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Chinese Cooking.

He will guide participants in creating egg rolls and fried rice with the unique and rich flavors only obtained when prepared with proper high-quality traditional ingredients, seasonings, and techniques. This class is imited to 10 students. The fee is $25, and registration is required.

∫ On Monday, March 18, Mexican-Tex-Mex Cuisine with Cathy Gutierrez-Abraham will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn hands-on and share a delicious ethnic meal, learning techniques from a Mexican cook. Prepare and dine on tostadas, arroz and frijoles (Spanish rice and beans). Bring place setting, towel, chef’s knife, and apron. This class is limited to 10. The fee is $25, and registration is required.

∫ On Thursday, March 21, create a needle-felted Easter bunny at The Velveteen Rabbit with Sheila Robbins, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn to create an adorable alpaca wool bunny while learning the creative art of needle-felting. This class is limited to 8, and the fee is $40 (includes materials). Registration is required.

Advance registration is required for all these classes, and should be done at least one week prior to each class. For more information, or to register with a debit or credit card, call 989-358-7271. For the full schedule, or to download a CE class schedule, visit www.alpenavolunteercenter.org or follow the links on ACC’s website at www.alpenacc.edu.

Community Education courses are for people of all ages with an interest in learning and having fun. Classes are short-term, low-cost, and non-credit on a wide variety of topics including recreational, informational and professional skills development.

The spring schedule brings many new courses in cooking, arts and crafts, other creative offerings, health and wellness, fly fishing, golf lessons, candy-making workshops, computer and photography classes.

Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.