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Advanced Ancestry.com

Use Ancestry.com on a deeper level. This hands-on, computer-based course will teach you how to upload photos and documents, connect existing family trees, use the AncestryApp, DNA networking, accessing international records, understanding of sources/databases, advanced search and explore the 'green leaf' a lot further. You must be a current paid Ancestry.com subscriber in order to see all documents and enroll in the class. Please bring the following information with you: Ancestry.com login/password, names, birth/death rates and birth/death locations on the first day of class. Your instructor is Mariano Salazar.

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An Introduction to Norway, Land of the Midnight Sun, and Electric Cars!

Did you know that Norway has the second longest coastline in the world? That Norway is a young country, at 114 years old? That Norway leads the world in electric car ownership? A third of new cars sold there last year were electric. And that the world's top chess player, is a Norwegian? This class is perfect for anyone planning to travel to Norway, or for those curious about this modern, Viking society. The course will offer basic language phrases, travel tips, culture tips, food information, and a brief overview about Norway´s system and economy; a look at immigration, and the latest news. Instructor Berit Mason is half Norwegian, and has visited her family there, no less than 25 times. You will learn about how Norwegians celebrate "Jul" Christmas, what they do on holidays, and other fun facts about those people who are "born on skis".

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Beginning African American Genealogy

Do you and your family want to research your African American ancestors? Have you hit roadblocks in your research due to lack of online resources? Many African Americans find it difficult to trace their ancestors earlier than the 1870’s. Mariano Salazar will show you how to overcome these hurdles. You will gain an understanding of the online resources available including: Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedman’s Bank records, census records, DNA genealogy websites and more. Please open a free account with www.familysearch.org prior to the start of class.

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Collette Tours - The Best of Eastern Canada

A cultural and historical experience awaits you in Eastern Canada. Visit the 2nd largest French-speaking city in the world - Montreal, Quebec then enjoy a memorable cruise through the 1,000 islands. Your tour concludes with the awe-inspiring Niagra Falls in Toronto. Enjoy 7 nights, 10 meals, airfare, transfers and insurance. Travel dates are in June 2020. Join us for a slideshow presentation from Collette Vacations Representative Mike Sprutte. For a FREE informational brochure, please call (210) 407-0140 option 3.

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Confluence Park Tour

Located near the confluence of San Pedro Creek and the San Antonio River, Confluence Park is one of our community’s newest treasures. Join this walking tour to better appreciate the effective combination of award-winning architectural design and landscape architecture highlighted by an impressive palette of native Texas plants. Enjoy seeing how thoughtful, unique design can effectively serve education and create a community gathering place. Meet at 310 W. Mitchell, near the parking lot. Bruce Martin, certified professional tour guide, will lead this tour. No discount.

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Dog Grooming

Learn how to properly bathe and brush your dog's coat, clean ears, brush teeth and clip nails. Instructor Linda Weniger will also teach you about the different tools to use on different coats of hair. You will leave class knowing just what you need in order to have your pooch looking like he or she has been to the doggie spa. Take this chance to learn from a professional; you will be glad you did. Do not bring your dog to class.

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Dog Manners 101

Are you having trouble getting Rover to stay off the furniture? Is Spot digging up your yard? Learn techniques to keep paws off of you as well as your new chair. Learn to avoid frustration with proven techniques that manage unwanted behaviors. You will be able to teach your pet manners in a safe, rewarding way. Linda Weniger has been working successfully with Rovers and Spots for over 40 years. Do not bring your dog to this class.

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Dog Obedience

Do not be taken for a walk anymore! Come learn all the proper techniques for training your dog using positive reinforcement. A basic skill will be taught each week such as the heel, sit, stay, come and down commands. Learn the tricks to solving behavior problems. Dogs DO attend all sessions. Trainer Linda Weniger has over 40 years experience in all-breed training. Please bring proof of current vaccinations to first class. Registration fee is for one dog and adult.

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Doggie Obstacle Course

Bring Fido to have fun, exercise and spend social time with others participating in numerous obstacles. Your dog will learn how to walk over different textures, jumps/hurdles, tunnels, weaves, crawls, jump throughs, hula hoops and more. You will learn ideas on how to construct simple obstacles in your own home and yard. Join instructor Linda Weniger in this fun-packed evening with your pet. Please bring proof of current vaccinations. Registration fee is for one dog and one person.

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Genealogy: DNA Basics

Are you curious about researching your DNA, but you aren’t quite sure of how to get started? Join Mariano Salazar as he explains the basics about DNA, compares advantages and disadvantages of DNA research and reviews various DNA websites. With so many services on the internet and in commercial ads, you will be sure to leave with a better understanding of DNA research.

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Genealogy: The Basics

Find out about your ancestors. Learn how to use computer and printed resources ranging from genealogical software and databases to the San Antonio Public and Mormon Family History libraries. When you complete this course, we will have endeavored to find the basics of your family tree for at least five generations and you will have a working knowledge of how to continue researching your family. A $10 supply fee is payable to instructor Earline Long-Zlotkowski at the first class.

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Genealogy: Top Websites for Research

Are you starting or continuing your family tree research and have become overwhelmed with the number of genealogy websites? Let Mariano Salazar do the driving for you on visiting the top paid and free genealogy websites, while you sit back and enjoy the ride. You will discover the benefits on what each website could do in aiding your research. Lastly, you will learn how to access some of the paid subscriptions for free by using your local library services.

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Ghost Signs Tour

Ghost signs can be found throughout the world with the United States having many surviving examples. Most often ghost signs are advertisements painted on brick buildings that have survived the business or product being promoted. Discover ghost signs in downtown San Antonio and enjoy these relics of yesteryear before they disappear. Bruce Martin, certified professional tour guide, will lead this tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring your camera and meet on Main Plaza, at the front doors of San Fernando Cathedral, near the corner of Main and Commerce. No discount.

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Golf for Women, Beginning

Take a swing at golf and learn the fundamentals of putting, chipping, iron play and woods. Loaner clubs are available or you can bring your own set of clubs. Golf balls will be furnished. Lessons are provided by the Director of Instruction, Rob Myers II and the R II M Golf staff. No discount.

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Golf for Women, Intermediate

The class is designed for golfers who have played before and want to refresh skills or maximize performance. If you have clubs, bring them. If you do not, loaners are available. Golf balls will be furnished. Lessons are provided by the Director of Instruction for R II M Golf, Rob Myers II and the R II M Golf staff. No discount.

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Golf, Beginning

Golf has been one of the fastest-growing sports for the past 10 years. Take a swing at learning the necessary fundamentals such as proper grip, rules of play, scoring, etiquette, stance, swing and more. Learn about a hobby that you could enjoy for a lifetime. Loaner clubs are available or you can bring your own set of clubs. Golf balls will be furnished. Lessons are provided by Director of Instruction for R II M Golf, Rob Myers II and the R II M Golf staff. No discount.

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Golf, Intermediate

Become a better golfer by continuing to work on your game and improving your techniques. Designed for golfers who have played before, this class will teach you how to get out of trouble, shape your shots, manage your game and maximize performance. Loaner clubs are available or you can bring your own set of clubs. Golf balls will be furnished. Lessons are provided by Director of Instruction for R II M Golf, Rob Myers II and the R II M Golf staff. No discount.

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Grooming with Electric Clippers

Learn to groom your dog at home with professional trainer Linda Weniger. She will teach you what tools to purchase (clipper blades, combs, brushes, etc.) and how to use them properly. Learn how to groom your dog safely from start to finish. Not only will it help your wallet but also your dog will feel less stress being groomed at home. Do not bring your dog to this class.

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Guided Kayak Nature Tour

Come and learn about all the wildlife that calls the San Antonio River home in this two-hour tour! Your instructor, Sarah Neal of Mission Adventure Tours, will guide you down a two mile, gentle flatwater paddle where wildlife will be spotted and discussed. You will see many different species of turtles, waterfowl, wading birds and birds of prey. Bring a waterproof camera to take your own wildlife photos. Instruction provided by Mission Adventure Tours. No discount.

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Historic Cemeteries Tour

Join this spirited visit to San Antonio's historic eastside cemeteries for an unforgettable experience. Learn tragic, humorous and inspiring stories about famous and less well-known cemetery residents. You will gain a better understanding of cemetery history and architecture during this comfortable, two-hour walking tour through a lovely, but often overlooked historic treasure. Wear comfortable clothes and meet at the southeast corner of Monumental and Paso Hondo. Bruce Martin, certified professional tour guide, will be waiting for you. No discount.

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Kayaking 101

Get outside and enjoy the waterways of San Antonio! Learn kayak terminology, river terminology, proper paddling techniques, how to self-rescue, river signals, how to plan a trip and how to select the appropriate kayaking gear for your needs. This class is taught at Acequia Recreation Area and concludes with a scenic paddle. A $10 supply fee, which covers all rental gear, is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Instruction provided by Mission Adventure Tours. No discount.

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King William District Social Paddle

Are you looking for a fun date idea or a new activity to do with friends? Join Mission Adventure Tours on a social kayaking paddle trip. During this trip, you will paddle around the King William District section of the San Antonio River. This is an up and back trip. Extend the fun and stay after to join the group at a local restaurant for food and beverages of your choice. You must be 21+ to attend this class. Food and beverage is not included. No discount.

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San Antonio Mission Bike Tour

The Mission Bike Tour is the best way to experience the San Antonio Missions. This trip truly feels like an adventure. You will bike down the Mission Reach trail of the San Antonio River and talk about the history of the San Antonio River. Imagine the life of indigenous people and Spanish settlers as you learn about the deep and rich history of the San Antonio Missions. The tour stops at Mission San Jose, Mission Espada and Mission San Juan where you can spend a little time exploring and photographing the missions and take a guided tour provided by a park ranger at Mission San Jose. Then you will end back at the same spot you started. Join Mission Adventure Tours in this fun-filled trip. A bike, bike lock, helmet and bike basket are included. No discount.

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San Antonio Missions Guided Walking Tour

Put on your walking shoes and enjoy a unique walking tour of the world-famous San Antonio Missions. In this three-hour tour you will be shuttled from Espada Park by Mission Adventure Tours to Mission Espada, Mission San Juan, Mission San Jose and Mission Conception. You will enjoy a guided walking tour tailored specifically to each mission. No discount.

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San Pedro Creek Culture Park Tour

Visit this exciting downtown enhancement and gain insight into the beautiful public artwork, handsome creekway redesign and substantial habitat restoration. This will be a comfortable walk along the fully accessible, initial phase of San Pedro Creek Park, which opened less than a year ago. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the southwest corner of Houston and Camaron. Bruce Martin, certified professional tour guide, will lead this tour. No discount.

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Service Dog vs. Therapy Dog: What's the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a "service dog" and a "therapy dog"? In this class, you will learn important aspects of each, know critical commands, temperament of the dog in each role, ADA rules and legal ramifications. Let Linda Weniger help you what to look for in a good therapy organization.

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The Secrets of "Travel Hacking"

Learn how to earn hundreds of thousands of airline frequent flyer miles and hotel reward points without ever stepping foot on a plane or paying for a hotel and redeem them for high-value trips. Instructor Gina Henry will show you her easy beginner strategy then graduate you to more advanced strategies that earn you 1 million+ reward points a year. All the major reward programs will be detailed. Tuition includes Gina’s 50-page book that includes all the resources you need to put this practical information to use. Gina’s book “The Secrets of Travel Hacking: Free Air, Hotels and Cash Back” will be available to purchase for an additional $15.

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Use Your Skill & Talent to Travel FREE!

If you are working a 9-5 job and want more time and money to travel or are one of the 75-million baby boomers retiring and pursuing their travel dream, this class will show you how to use your talent, skill and life experience to travel free. Instructor Gina Henry will show you how she has afforded to travel free the past 25 years to 93 countries and all 50 states. If you are near retirement, retired, re-tooling or changing careers, a student, or anyone who likes the idea of making additional income to support their travel dream and keep their retirement money in the bank, this class is for you. Learn over 200 ways to travel free, earn FREE airline tickets, hotel nights, cruises, tours, car rentals, vacation meals and more in the USA and worldwide! Gina’s book "Free Vacations: Travel Free and Get Paid to Do It” will be available to purchase for an additional $15.

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Using Ancestry.com

Start tracing your family history using Ancestry.com. This hands-on, computer-based course is for those new to the website or who have come to a roadblock and need direction on how to further research and create family trees. Your experienced instructor, Mariano Salazar, will show you how to use the search function, how to manipulate the 'green leaf' and how to build a tree. You must be a current paid Ancestry.com subscriber in order to see all documents and enroll in the class. Please bring the following information with you: Ancestry.com login/password, names, birth/death dates and birth/death locations on the first day of class.

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