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Basic Sewing- Machine Mastery

Learn to love and/or troubleshoot your sewing machine through this very basic sewing machine class. You will learn how to thread your machine, wind the bobbin, adjust the tension, learn the functions and how to operate your machine safely. Upon completion of this class, you will have the knowledge and confidence needed to use your sewing machine and start on your first sewing project. You instructor, Lori Nease, is a fashion designer, with a degree in fashion design and pattern making. She has 35+ years of sewing experience and 10 years as a sewing instructor. Be your machine and make sure it is in good working condition for this class! Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Basic Sewing- Make Your Own Apron!

Learn sewing techniques and vocabulary as you create an apron of your design. You will learn how to read pattern instructions and what the symbols mean. You will gain an understanding of fabric layouts with a lot of tips and tricks to cutting, pinning and ironing as well as sewing techniques. Gain the confidence to create personalized apron gifts for any occasion or holiday that will be treasured by the receiver! Bring your machine and make sure it is in good working condition and you are confident in threading your machine and loading the bobbin. Instructor, Lori Nease. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Crochet for All Levels

Whether you want to learn to crochet or you want to sharpen your skills, this is a great place to learn crochet or improve your craft. Gilberta Turner has been crocheting since childhood and she can teach you a way to enjoy this skill for a lifetime. You will learn the basics or pick up some advanced techniques as you get expert guidance from this experienced crocheter. Obtain a supply list by visiting https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Do-it-Yourself Landscaping

Before you spend big bucks to hire a landscape designer or architect, there are many things you can do concerning the design of beds around your house and yard. Dr. Tom Harris (who is not a landscape architect) will show you how to do most of the design process yourself. He will help you get started drafting your plan and offer tips on selecting and planting the right varieties.

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Fall Gardening...Get Ready!

It's been said that spring gardening is just practice for fall gardening. Flowers, grass, trees, shrubs and veggies all do well with fall planting. Find out how to prepare beds, select the right variety of plants, plant them, water them and fertilize them so that you will be surrounded by beauty, and all grown by you. Instructor is Dr. Tom Harris.

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Family Fairy Gardening

Grownups grab your little ones (ages 5-12) and bring them to an afternoon of fairy gardening! Adults and kids alike will have fun choosing their container, picking their plants and fairies and customizing their fairy gardens by using their imagination. Bring your own container (10x10x4 is best) or purchase one from the instructor and come prepared to get a little dirty! A $30 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, covers all materials for your fairy garden. Tuition and supply fee is for one fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez owns Whimsical Fairy Gardens and has been gardening for over 20 years.

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Gardening in Texas

If you have recently moved to this area, you're very quickly going to find that most of those plants you brought from "back home" won't grow here. Gardening here is like gardening in the desert and Dr. Tom Harris will show you how to adapt. He will discuss soils, plants, fertilizers, plant problems, composting, pruning, turf grass and xeriscaping.

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Haircuts for Your Plants

Pruning is one of those gardening tasks that most people just cannot or will not do. The truth is, however, that plants actually need some pruning to help them bloom, set fruit and/or generally prosper. Plants will respond according to how they are pruned. Dr. Tom Harris will also teach you what not to do and will show you how to sharpen your pruning shears. Bring a pair to class and see how to keep them razor sharp.

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Not That Kind of Drip - This Kind of Drip...Irrigation

Drip irrigation isn't rocket science and it is not all that expensive. All you need is a pair of scissors, some tubing and a few small parts and you are all set. You can build enough in one morning to do all your beds. The neat thing about drip irrigation is that it always puts the water where it's needed and, if you purchase a battery-powered timer, when it's needed. Dr. Tom Harris will show you how to design, build and install your own drip system.

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Organic Gardening - Does it Really Make a Difference?

The use of organic and natural materials for fertilization and disease and insect control is increasing. Reducing or eliminating use of chemical pesticides or controlling insects and diseases leads to a cleaner environment and a healthier food supply. Some organic processes will include planting only healthy, disease resistant varieties; controlling insects using biological controls and natural products; rotating garden areas; encouraging natural insect predators, composting, mulching, pollination and watering. Instructor is Dr. Tom Harris.

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Square Foot Gardening and Beyond

It is as perfect as gardening gets and if that sounds like your kind of gardening, then join us for tips on this exciting gardening system. The class covers Square Foot Gardening and then goes beyond to include gardening in Texas. We will cover gardening from start to finish including location, construction, soil, planting, drip irrigation and harvesting. Dr. Tom Harris' latest book "Drip Line Gardening" will be available for purchase at the end of class.

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The Art of Home Organization

Are you tired of the clutter? Covered up in stuff? Buying organizing solutions that just don't solve the problem? Discover the real problem behind the chaos and how to get your home in order once and for all. Instructor Brandi Norton is president and chief organizing officer of Neatly Nesting.

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Whimsical Fairy Gardening

Fairy gardening has been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years. These whimsical container gardens offer a mini, planted playspace with endless opportunity for customization and imagination. Learn the basics from plant-picking to maintaining your fairy garden and come prepared to get a little dirty! Bring your own container (10x10x4 is best) or purchase one from the instructor. A $30 supply fee, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class, covers all materials for your fairy garden. Marianne Rodriguez owns Whimsical Fairy Gardens and has been gardening for over 20 years.

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