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Community Education Classes for Teens & Adults

New classes may be posted throughout the year. Please check back to see additional classes as they are added.

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Creative Watercolor for Adults

Instructor: Carol Alvarado
Dates: August 8, 9, 10
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $60

Course Description: Join this fun and relaxing art class! Students will draw and paint landscape, floral, and still life projects with confidence. Supplies: $20 to instructor on first day (3 lessons)


Lizards of the White Sands

Instructor: Clay Noss
Dates: August 10
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: FREE

Course Description: The lizards of the White Sands have changed color & characteristics to adapt to the environment. Learn about their life-cycles and other amazing attributes from Clay Noss, a biologist and graduate student at the U. of CA, Berkeley. (NSF grant)

Bring at least 32 oz of water, wear sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat. Small snack optional


Jazz Ensemble

Instructor: Daniel Rodriguez
Dates: August 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31-No Rehearsal; November 7, 14. Concert date to be determined.
Time: Tuesdays; 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $100

Course Description: Recommended instrumentation: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Drums, Bass, Keyboard, and Guitar.

Instructor is Daniel Rodriguez, a professional trumpet player who performs with Windy City, a Chicago tribute band and symphonies and operas in El Paso, Las Cruces & Juarez.

Must be able to read music.


Rowland Hazard III & The La Luz Pottery Factory

Instructor: Pete Eidenbach, Author & Anthropologist
Dates: September 15; Friday
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $25

Course Description: Ages 17 and up. After visiting the Tularosa Basin, Rowland Hazard III, opened the La Luz Clay Products Co. in 1930 and built an industrial scale, downdraft pottery kiln. In 1979, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tularosa Basin Historical Society now owns and preserves the ‘Pottery.’


Office Skills & Computer Basics

Instructor: Various NMSU-A Instructors
Dates: Oct 2 – Nov 9 (Mondays/Thursdays)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $150

Course Description: Adults 18 & up. Applying & interviewing for an office position; Telephone techniques, e-mail etiquette, customer service, records management, appropriate dress; word processing and spreadsheet software; file and folder management


Let’s Talk ‘Breaking Bad’

Instructor: Beth Grundhoffer, NMSU-A Instructor
Dates: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Mondays)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $15

Course Description: Ages: 18 & up. A discussion of themes and issues in the AMC series ‘Breaking Bad’ filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bryan Cranston, who played the main character stated that Albuquerque became a very important character in the show. Come join with other fans to discuss ‘Breaking Bad!’


Carl Jung and the Psychology of Religion

Instructor: John Ely, Ph.D.
Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 (Tuesdays)
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $80

Course Description: Ages 18 and up. This is a continuition of the ‘Comparative Religions’ series. Carl Jung, the psychologist and gnostic, once said, ‘To gain an understanding of religious matters, probably all that is left us today is the psychological approach.’ We will investigate Jung’s views on the psychology of religion, as a solution to the plight of ‘modern man in search of a soul.’


The Rhodes Tour and Lecture

Instructor: Pete Eidenbach, Author & Anthropologist
Dates: October 20, 21 (Lecture / Tour)
Time: Friday 7-8:30 pm Lecture
Saturday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm Tour
Cost: $25

Course Description: Adult 18 & older. All registrations and required documentation must be received in Continuing Ed office by September 27. Gene Rhodes dubbed the Tularosa Basin, ‘The Land of Enchantment’ in 1912. He wrote his experiences as a working cowboy in poems, some 60 short stories, and 6 novels published between 1900 and 1934. A sampling of his prose illustrates the last of the western frontier as seen first-hand by one of the region’s ‘hired man on horseback.’


The History of New Mexico Maps Part I: From Antiquity to the 20th Century

Instructor: Pete Eidenbach, Author & Anthropologist
Dates: October 6
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $40

Course Description: Ages 17 and up. Fee includes Part II lecture Nov 10. Ancient Rome was the first society to build and map vehicular road networks. When the Spanish began to explore and conquer the Southwest in the 16th century, maps of the region began to appear sporadically. Railroads, which encouraged westward settlement, extended the expansion of road networks from coast to coast.


The History of New Mexico Maps Part II: The Impact of the Bicycle and Automobile on New Mexico’s Roads and Maps

Instructor: Pete Eidenbach, Author & Anthropologist
Dates: November 10
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: NMSU-A
Cost: $30 (FREE if you also attended part I on October 6)

Course Description: Ages 17 and up. The invention of the bicycle and then the automobile radically transformed long-distance travel and the landscape, which folks traversed. During the 20th century, the short-lived era of the free, mass-produced ‘road map,’ our country transformed from a rural farm- and ranch-land into a gridded suburban shopping mall. Explore this unique era through its most ubiquitous icon—the free oil company road map, which has disappeared, pre-figuring the demise of its source, the private, gasoline engine automobile.


Gold Prospecting in Otero County

Instructor: The Gold Prospectors of New Mexico
Dates: November 1 and 4 (Lecture / Field Trip)
Time: Wednesday 6:30-8:30 pm Lecture at NMSU-A Saturday 8:30 a.m. – ? Field Trip
Cost: $15. (Kit Fee $15 to instructor or bring your own)

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