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Spring 2015 ASUMH Community Education Classes


Just Announced! New ASUMH Community Education Course

From Garden to Table Gardening Series

Have you ever started seeds for gardening but they rotted before they ever got started, or didn't know what to do with the produce when there was an abundance? From Garden to Table, presented by Amber Middlebrooks, will take you from starting indoor seeds to canning and preservation basics to preparing for fall and winter after the harvest. Each class in the series is $20 per person or take the whole series for $100 and receive $20 discount. A $5 supply fee will be payable to the instructor. Location TBA

Saturday,  April  18th 2-4 PM

 Starting Seeds Indoors

  • Selecting seeds and seed starter mix
  • What, when, and how to plant
  • Container options

 Starting Seeds Outdoors

  • Soil and bed preparation
  • What, when, and how to plant
  • Frost protection options

 Saturday, May 2nd 2-4 PM

 Transplanting Outdoors

  • What, when, and how to transplant

 Garden Layout Options

  • Companion planting
  • Succession planting
  • Crop rotation


Saturday, May 16th 2-4 PM

 Caring for plants

  • Thinning, pruning, & supports
  • Weed control and mulch
  • Watering options
  • Pest control

 Early Harvest

  • What and when to harvest
  • Recipes & storage options

 Saturday, May 30th 2-4 PM


  • How to create a compost pile or bin
  • What to add to compost
  • When and how to use on plants

 Early Harvest

  • What and when to harvest
  • Recipes & storage options

 Saturday, June  13th 2-4 PM

 Main Harvest

  • What and when to harvest
  • Recipes & storage options
  • Intro to canning

 Saturday, June  27th 2-4 PM

 Preparing for Fall/Winter

  • Choose which beds/locations will grow or remain fallow
  • Select vegetables to grow
  • What, when, and how to plant
  • Using cover crops

Birding Basics for Bewildered Beginners   Cooper Park   Saturday, March 28, 2015; rain date, Sunday, March 29. 9:00 am until 11:00 am.  Gaston's Nature Trail Saturday, April 4, 2015; rain date, Sunday, April 5. 9:00 am until 11:00 am   Instructors Karla Bouck and Wendy Johnson Learn proper use of binoculars to increase your viewing pleasure. Get tips for bird identification from local experts. And listen to some bird behavior facts that make our feathered friends so fascinating to watch! FREE

Pottery - Tuesdays, March 31-Apr 14, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor Liz Gamelin 
This is a three week hand-building class, covering the basics of pottery making. Each session is three hours long. Session One: Intro to clay Pinch pots and coil pots Session Two: Simple slabs and slab construction, Session Three:  Glazing, and if time allows, taking a turn on the potter's wheel. Class Fee $75, supply Fee $45.

Genealogy 101 - Thursdays, Mar. 19-Apr. 30, 6:00pm-8:00pm,   Instructor Vicki Roberts  F207 Research your family's history. This class uses web-based search engines such as For the beginning researcher or for those that are seeking clues to their family's past.

Concealed Handgun License Course - Saturdays,  Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May. 16, June 20  8am-2:30pm,  Instructor Dan Hall ORACCR Upon completion of this one-day course, you will have a completed package ready to send to the Arkansas State Police to procure a concealed handgun permit. $75

Essential Oils - Monday and Tuesday, Mar.  30 and 31  6pm-8pm, Instructor Tammy Tenison  ORACCR Come learn about essential oils in this fun, interactive class. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications. Students will learn history and science behind essential oils, as well as practical application for everyday health and household uses with hands-on "make & take" projects each class session. $35 class fee, $20 supply fee

Beginning Fly Fishing - Thursdays, Mar. 19-Apr. 9, 6:00pm-8:00pm Instructors John Berry and Lori Sloas   D105 - a local husband/wife team of professional guides with over twenty-five years of experience in guiding and fly fishing instruction. Structured for the beginner or novice angler, the class is designed to develop confidence on stream and covers all of the basic skills necessary for success. Learn basic fly casting, equipment selection, water safety, reading the water, stream entomology, fly selection, knot tying and fishing techniques. $75   CLASS IS FULL

Microsoft Office Excel - Mondays, Apr. 13-May 18, 6:00pm-8:00p.m.
Instructor Cindy Isbell  D101
Learn to use Microsoft Excel and cover the basic tools and methods used to create worksheets and workbooks for home or office. For beginning to intermediate levels. $60

Beginning Computers for Seniors - Fridays, Apr 17-May 22, 1pm-3pm Instructor Don Blair  F207 - Learn the basic functions of a computer, how to use a mouse and keyboard, learn about files and folders, email, Facebook and the internet.   $50

Water Color Painting - Tuesdays, Apr 7-May 12  6pm-8pm  Instructor Duane Hada   Vada Sheid Community Development Center  Learn professional tips and techniques to create your own masterpiece in watercolor. Hada is a working artist and passionate outdoorsman who loves the Ozarks. He holds a BSE in Art from the University of Central Arkansas and has taught numerous courses and workshops at local colleges and universities in both art and fly-fishing.  Hada's award-winning art is on display at Rivertown Gallery on the square in Mountain Home. $75

Beginning Guitar -Mondays, March 30 - May 4  6pm-7pm or 7pm-8pm or 8pm-9pm Vada Sheid Community Development Center, ORACCR Instructor Tony Esposito Learn basic guitar techniques, rhythms and music. Max of 3 students per session. $75

Beginning Photoshop -TBA Instructor Linda Clark  LOCATION TBA Taught by professional designer and photographer Linda Clark. A beginners class to learn how to use the most powerful photo editing software on the planet. Learn how to make your photos look professional. Some of the things you will learn: Photo taking basics, Adjusting light colors, cropping, sharpening, Taking out backgrounds, Sizing photos, Portrait work on faces, skin tones, eyes, etc. and liquify.  Must be familiar with Photoshop CS5 or CS6 Learn basic Photoshop techniques. $85

Healing Essential Oils of the Bible- Tuesdays, Apr. 7-28, 6pm-8pm  Instructor Tammy Tennison  ORACCR There are 1,035 references to essential oils, aromatic oil-producing plants, and their applications in the Bible, including at least 33 species. We will learn what they are, God's purpose for these oils, what it means to anoint with oil, how these oils can help our bodies heal, and how the oils are used today. (Optional book "Healing Oils of the Bible" by David Stewart PhD) $35 class fee, $20 supply fee

 ASUMH Kids College information will be coming soon. Please check our website often for more information.





How to Register


On-line, at the sign up page

In Person, at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home, AR 72653.


Over the phone by calling 870-508-6280


By Mail, please mail checks to ASUMH, Department of Community Education, 1600 S. College St., Mountain Home, AR 72653. Please indicate which class you would like and list your phone number.


Visa, MasterCard and Discover are all accepted forms of credit/debit cards. If paying with cash, please have exact amount. All checks must be made payable to ASUMH. 



Please check this page often for class additions and updates.

Community Education Course Proposal

The Community Education Office of Arkansas State University - Mountain Home welcomes ideas for classes of interest to the local community.   If you have a suggestion for a community education class that you would like to teach, please complete the Community Education Course Proposal form and submit a short course description, a personal bio, a sample presentation and sample handouts for review.  Please contact Sarah Sikes at 870.508.6105 for more information.



To register for seated classes please call 870-508-6280 or stop by the first floor at The Sheid. To register for ed2go and Web CE please click on links above.

Please mail check for seated classes to:

Department of Community Education
1600 S. College St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653