Prepare Your Home for the Holidays with SUU Community Education

Published: September 02, 2022 | Author: Susie Knudsen | Read Time: 3 minutes

Woman posing in front of a floral arrangmentCedar City, UT - Make time for what matters most this fall with Southern Utah University’s Community Education classes. Choose from six classes including Flower Arranging, Holiday Meal Preparation, Social Dancing, Landscape Photography, Night Sky Photography and American Sign Language to connect with friends and learn something new. Classes begin in September and run through December 14.

Prepare for the holiday entertaining in your home with two new classes in the fall schedule lineup. The Flower Arranging class on Oct. 13 is taught by Shelly Lambing and covers elements of design, floral care and allows you to incorporate the beauty of the season by creating a flower arrangement to take home.

“When planning a simple dinner party or celebrating a festive occasion, usually there’s a theme and color scheme the entertainer wants to create,” said Lambing. “This is where well-designed floral arrangements can help tie themes together from simple and casual to elegant and sophisticated.”

While feeling festive, learn how to plan and prepare for your next turkey dinner on Nov. 9 at the Cooking for the Holidays class with Southwest Tech’s Chef Drew Nehrenz. Find out how to plan, purchase and execute a big holiday meal. Learn about brining a turkey, yummy rubs for roasts, and tasty side dishes to impress all your guests this season. Get ready to feed your loved ones in this fun class.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with a partner, spend your Friday nights this fall learning to swing dance beginning Oct. 14 with instructors David and Carol Van Wagoner. Taught in a routine format for easy recall on the dance floor, you’ll also learn extra steps to keep your partner twisting and turning. You might also try learning American Sign Language in the beginner class starting September 20.

“Fall is a time of year when we enjoy gathering as family and friends and celebrating getting back to learning,” said Melynda Thorpe, executive director of SUU Community & Professional Development. “Our fall lineup is thoughtfully designed to help you make new friends and enjoy learning something new with old friends and loved ones in active and festive classes.”

Two returning photography classes are back by popular demand and taught by Shawn and Corinne Severn. The Landscape Photography class on Sept. 13 will take your skills to the next level by teaching techniques that use natural light and rules of composition to capture eye-catching photography. In the Night Sky Photography class on Oct. 1 you will learn the camera settings for your DSLR camera to capture beautiful nighttime images, become familiar with the types of compositions to maximize the night sky and acquire the skills to select the best direction and time of night to photograph stars.

The Beginner American Sign Language (ASL) class starts on Sept. 20 is an eight-week long class that will introduce you to the language and culture of the deaf population. You’ll learn from Larry Laskowski, who has over 30 years of experience teaching ASL classes.

SUU’s Community Education program offers classes, workshops and events for the purpose of generating fun, cultural and educational opportunities for those who love to learn. While increasing participant knowledge, programs provide non-credit experiences for community members wishing to develop new hobbies, skills and areas of personal interest.

To register for classes visit or call SUU Community Education at (435) 865-8259.

This photo is courtesy of SUU Community & Professional Development:

Photo_Floral.jpg - “Floral Arranging instructor Shelly Lambing will teach elements of design and floral care starting Oct. 13.”

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