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Noncredit Courses

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Sparkling Wine Comparison | $35

If you have ever been curious as to whether that expensive bottle of bubbly is truly worth it, now you can find out! In this class, members will sample French Champagne along with other sparkling white wines such as Italian Prosecco and Spanish Cava at different price points. There will definitely be some lively discussions among your fellow classmates. So join us for a wine exploration that just might change your mind about cost versus quality when it comes to your wine budget. Some wine tasting experience would be beneficial but not mandatory.
#63786, Truax-Early Learning Center, 1/31, Tuesday, 6-8 PM

Holiday Cookie Exchange | $38

Enjoy some community holiday camaraderie and baking. Several varieties of holiday cookies will be made by the group. All ingredients are provided, all you need is a handy container to bring your delicious assorted treats home.
#34287, Truax-Main Building, 12/1, Thursday, 6-8 PM

Holiday Truffles | $45

Homemade truffles are easy and quick to make and perfect to have on hand for the holidays. The key is using a good quality, dark chocolate for tempering. We'll make a variety of truffle flavors that you can take home and enjoy.
#34307, Truax-Main Building, 12/6, Tuesday, 6-8:30 PM
#34288, Truax-Main Building, 12/7, Wednesday, 6-8:30 PM

Edible Holiday Decorations | $45

Elevate your holiday desserts with make ahead decorations.  Use these decorations for cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and many other baked goods. You will be learning how to work primarily with royal icing and we will touch on fondant.
#34291, Truax-Main Building, 11/30, Wednesday, 6-9 PM

New Holiday Dinner Traditions | $70

For many of us, the holidays are custom-bound, but if you’re looking for a few new food ideas, grab your apron (or your favorite ugly holiday sweater) and join us as we dig into a few new dishes that could become seasonal favorites.  Seafood is traditional in Italy for the holidays, so we’ll start our meal off with an unusual appetizer based on salt cod, plus a new addition to your Charcuterie board.  Then, a twist on turkey, a delicious, easy side dish and a dessert that’s been one of the instructor’s favorites for years!
#34220, Truax-Main Building, 12/5, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM

Royal Icing Cookie Decorating | $55

Learn how to frost and decorate cookies with royal icing.  De-mystify the different frosting consistencies and when and how they are used to produce stunning cookies.  Learn different methods to create textures all with royal icing along with make-ahead ways to embellish cookies quickly.
#63825, Truax-Main Building , 3/8, Wednesday, 6-9 PM

Wines of Italy | $35

Take a wine tasting tour through Italy where you will learn about the rich and historic traditions of some of the country’s finest wine regions, including Venice, Chianti, Umbria, Sicily, and more. You will taste red and white wine varietals, compare notes, and engage in a lively discussion with your fellow classmates. Please join us for a wine exploration of this great land that promises to be a fun introduction to a famous and noteworthy region. Some wine tasting experience would be beneficial but is not necessary.
#63474, Truax-Early Learning Center, 2/14, Tuesday, 6-8 PM

Red Wine Camparison Tasting | $35

If you have ever been curious as to whether that $40 bottle is truly worth it, now you can find out!  In this class, members will sample one type of red wine grape varietal, for example: Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon at different price points.  There will definitely be some lively discussions among your fellow classmates. So, join us for a wine exploration that just might change your mind about cost versus quality when it comes to your wine budget.  Some wine tasting experience would be beneficial but not mandatory. Must be age 21 or over to register.
#63627, Truax-Early Learning Center, 3/7, Tuesday, 6-8 PM

White Wine Camparison Tasting | $35

If you have ever been curious as to whether that $40 bottle is truly worth it, now you can find out!  In this class, members will sample one type of white wine grape varietal, for example: Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc at different price points.  There will definitely be some lively discussions among your fellow classmates. So, join us for a wine exploration that just might change your mind about cost versus quality when it comes to your wine budget.  Some wine tasting experience would be beneficial but not mandatory. Must be age 21 or over to register.
#63628, Truax-Early Learning Center, 4/11, Tuesday, 6-8 PM

Mediterranean Cuisine | $66

For almost 50 years, the Mediterranean diet has been the standard bearer for healthy eating, mostly because it’s so darned good!  In this class, we’ll explore easy ways to add the ingredients and flavors of the Levant to your table.  Make your own falafel and accompaniments, braise chicken thighs with lemon and olives, grill beef and serve with the world’s best garlic sauce.  We’ll also construct a grain bowl with slow roasted salmon and more.
#63716, Truax-Main Building, 3/6, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM

Genealogy Intro | $125

Learn how to begin researching your family tree. Use family group sheets and pedigree charts as tools to build your tree. Find out how to identify clues in various records so you can go back through the generations of your family history. Explore different record types (vital, baptism, probate, burial, census, immigration, naturalization, military, and newspaper) to make the story of your family come to life.
#63601, Truax-Health Building, 2/2-3/9, Thursday, 6-8 PM

Genealogy Intermediate | $125

You’ve started to research your family tree. You’ve filled in all of the information you know, and you’ve talked to all the relatives and studied all of the family documents. Where do you go from there? How do you fill in the spots in your family tree with the records that are available? In this intermediate class we will explore how census records can build a framework for your tree. We’ll talk about cemeteries and what they can tell you about your ancestors other than just birth and death dates. We’ll find documents that are tied to the immigration process and learn what they can reveal. Find out how many of your ancestors served in the military and possibly find out what battles they fought in. Continue digging deeper into your family history.
#63602, Truax-Health Building, 3/23-4/27, Thursday, 6-8 PM

Math History 1 - Ancient & Old | $85

This class covers Ancient Greek, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Babylonian, Egyptian, American, Middle Age Europe, and Renaissance Mathematics, including Geometry, Algebra, Number Theory, Astronomy up to and including the development of Calculus.
#63663, Truax-Main Building, 3/21-4/11, Tuesday, 6-8 PM

Math History 2 - Modern & Abstract | $85

This class covers the development and abstraction of mathematics since the development of Calculus including, Group Theory, Analysis, Complex Numbers, Topology, Modern Algebra, and the Abstraction and Application of Mathematics, including math of the 20th century. Math History 1 is required.
#63664, Truax-Main Building, 4/18-5/9, Tuesday, 6-8 PM

Every Night is Grill Night | $66

Don’t wait until the weekend to haul out the BBQ… we’ll explore some easy and fast recipes for you to try the next time you want to cook outside.  Plus, we’ll show you some big batch techniques so that you can cook ahead and have some outdoor flavor on your dinner table even on a rainy day.  Our menu will include cedar plank salmon, spatchcocked chicken, big flank steak, grilled eggplant relish, and grilled veggies.
#63717, Truax-Main Building, 4/20, Thursday, 5:30-8:30 PM

A Night of Mexican Cuisine | $66

Taco night at your place will never be the same!  This class will explore some of the easy ways to upgrade what you wrap your tortillas around.  Think carne asada, cochinita pibil and chicken tinga.  We’ll cook up a big batch of homemade beans, cilantro-lime rice and quick pickled red onions.  Round things out with homemade green and red salsas, and finish the meal off with a creamy flan for dessert.
#63714, Truax-Main Building, 5/1, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM

Big Easy Made Easy | $65

Bring The Big Easy into your home with this hands-on class, inspired by some of the classic restaurants in a city just full of them.  Skip the beer batter and learn the secrets of deep frying seafood the New Orleans way.  Make Big Easy night your favorite meal of the week with a big batch of red beans and rice, then finish the evening with classic Bananas Foster.
#63718, Truax-Main Building, 2/6, Monday, 5:30-8:30 PM

Midwest Pizza Tour | $66

Regional pizza variations abound, but we’ll concentrate on two versions that are common in our neck of the woods, the Detroit thick crust pan pizza, and the Chicago thin bar pie.  Each of these well-loved ‘zas are easy to replicate at home with a little planning and know how.  We’ll go over the right kind of sauce, cheese and toppings, and serve them up with an easy Caesar salad to boot.
#63719, Truax-Main Building, 1/30, Monday, 5:30-7:30 PM

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Hiroko Yamada
Faculty, Madison College
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Photoshop Elements for the Digital Photographer | $99

Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to do everything from quick fixes to detailed enhancements that greatly improve the look of your digital images. This course will take you from a novice to an accomplished user.

Lose Weight and Keep It Off | $100

Discover how to establish a healthy approach to weight loss and weight management. By the end of this course, you'll know how to set effective goals for eating, exercise, and many other elements that affect your weight, and be on your way to losing weight and keeping it off for good.

Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success | $115

Learn how to build a solid foundation for your relationship that will last far beyond "I do." Through this course, you will gain key strategies for maintaining your relationship and great tips to help keep the love alive.