In less than one month, Butler Community College on the Marion Campus, is hosting a “Fun Class Day” for the community.
Amy Kjellin, director, Butler of the Flint Hills, said the event is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, with many of the classes new this year.
In conjunction with the free classes, she said, “Big Trucks —Big Fun,” is also back this year from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marion High School Football Stadium parking lot.
In the previous three years, the event was called “Free Class Day,” she said, but with cuts being made across all aspects of Butler Community College, the name was changed.
“On the BCC campus,” she said, “they are not doing a free class day because of the costs involved with marketing.”
It was one area, Kjellin said, that BCC officials said they could save money.
However, because the event is free, other than her time, this year’s event is moving forward.
“We renamed it ‘Fun Class Day’ and in keeping interest high, several of the classes are new, but many of the teachers will be the same,” she said.
Fun Class Day list
The following is a list of the classes available at this year’s Free Class Day along with a brief description, Kjellin said. Classes will be at 410 N. Second St., Marion.
• KW’s Workout for Kids and Parents is being taught by Karen Williams, certified fitness instructor. The class offers parents, grandparents and children a morning workout.
• Financial Planning for Women is being taught by Coleen Koop and focuses on helping women understand the need to know more about financial planning.
• Beautiful Dogs will help participants with grooming tips by a professional dog groomer.
• Quilting with the Half-Square Triangle & Other Piecing Techniques will be taught by Carol Riggs and explore quilting techniques for beginners and experienced quilters.
• Computer Safety and Maintenance will offer answers to “upgrading” your computer or if a virus is waiting to infect it and how to know what is safe or should be avoided.
• Native American Flint-Knapping, always a favorite, is being taught by Gary Schuler, who will demonstrate the art of Flint Knapping.
• Visiting Civil War Battlefields and Prisons presented by Max Terman will share information about the research going into the sequel of Hiram’s Honor.
Other classes include baking bread primer, meeting a police dog, KPERS-Papers, projects using yarn, digital scrapbooking, Zumba, basic car care for women, canning from the garden, card-making for any occasion, rug making, laying ceramic tile and more.
For those who haven’t been to one of these classes before, Kjellin said she believes it is worth looking into.
“I am hoping the community will rally around this Fun Class Day and mark their calendars (April 6),” she said.
Of its strategic priorities, Kjellin said, BCC considers being a vital part of its community as in the top four of what it stands for.
“That is why we are continuing to have a class day. It might not mean people come and take college Algebra at night, but it is being a part of our community.”
For more information about Fun Class Day, call Kjellin at 620-382-2183.