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SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING FOR BOOMERS                                NO. ALP502
After being told for years that Social Security is going broke, baby boomers are realizing that it will soon be their turn to collect. The decisions you make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime. This informative seminar covers the basics of Social Security and reveals strategies for maximizing your benefits, including: factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits; when it makes sense to delay benefits—and when it does not; why you should always check your earnings record for accuracy; how to estimate your benefits; how to coordinate benefits with your spouse; how to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits; and how to coordinate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income.

Course Numbers, Dates, and Times:

NO. ALP502A: Tuesday, January 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
NO. ALP502B: Thursday, January 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
NO. ALP502C: Thursday, February 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
NO. ALP502D: Wednesday, February 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: USI, University Center East, Room 2218
Registration Fee: $19 for an individual or $24 for two registering together

PASSPORT TO RETIREMENT®                                                      NO. ALP501
Preparing for retirement is one of the most important concerns we have today. Retirement costs are rising, the future of Social Security is uncertain, and many people have not accumulated the savings they will need to enjoy the retirement lifestyle they deserve. Join investment professionals for this introduction to the concepts and practices that will help make retirement possible and comfortable. You’ll learn how to get the most from guaranteed investments, tax-free income, and estate planning. For those already retired or planning to retire in the next 10 years, the seminar takes a conservative approach to wise money management in addition to identifying lifestyle issues facing mature Americans. The registration fee includes an in-depth workbook with valuable exercises and worksheets.

Course Numbers, Dates, and Times:
NO. ALP501A: Three Saturdays, February 1, 8, and 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
NO. ALP501B: Three Tuesdays, February 11, 18, and March 4, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
NO. ALP501C: Three Thursdays, March 6, 13, and 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: USI University Center East, Room 2220
Registration Fee: $89 for an individual OR for two registering together and sharing materials. The fee is reduced to $69 for registering at least one week before the start of the class

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USING YOUR IPAD                                                                         NO. ALP450
In this introductory course, come learn about iOS 7, built-in apps, iCloud, the App Store, and more. During this three session, hands-on, course we will explore how you can get the most out of your device as well as address many of the common questions associated with the iPad. Attendees are responsible for providing their own activated device.

Dates and Time: Three Wednesdays, February 5, March 5, and April 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration Fee: $63

PAINTING WINTER LANDSCAPES                                                  NO. ALP414
Painting with user-friendly acrylics, Kelly Gilbert will lead you through the landscape painting process. Learn how to deal with: layering of winter colors, successfully handling of snowy landscapes, developing a center of interest, creating depth, using overlapping perspective color harmony. Supply list will be sent with confirmation. Estimated cost of supplies $100.

Dates and Time: Six Thursdays, February 6–March 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration Fee: $107

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GOING PAPER-LESS AND MANAGING EMAIL                                 NO. ALP424
Join us to learn how to organize the information you need to keep from paper and email using Evernote and other tech solutions. Bring along your laptop, tablet, or smartphone and start clearing your inbox.

Date and Time: Thursday, February 6, 6 to 8p.m.
Location: USI University Center, Room 2205
Registration Fee: $40

GETTING STARTED ON DRUM SET                                                 NO. ALP420
Professional drummer Gregg Martin will introduce students to all the instruments that make up a modern day drum set. In his studio at The Guitar Lab, participants will view demonstrations of proper technique and producing a good tone from drums and cymbals. Students will learn basic rhythms, hand/feet coordination, beats and fills for the drum set. The class will culminate with students playing along with recorded music, which will include rock and popular styles. Enrollment limited to 4. 

Dates and Time: Six Thursdays, February 13–March 20, 7 to 8 p.m.  
Location: The Guitar Lab, 1010 S. Weinbach Ave., Evansville
Registration Fee: $95 includes pair of drumsticks and materials

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ASTRONOMY 101                                                                           NO. ALP407
Join others as you learn many interesting things about our sun, the planets, stars, and many other things in the universe. Everyone will have at least two opportunities to look at the many celestial objects through powerful telescopes during observing nights.  Participants will see Jupiter and four of its moons, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies millions of light years away! The two observing nights will take place at the Wahnsiedler Observatory located just 40 minutes away near Lynnville, IN.
Dates and Time:  Seven Wednesdays, February 19-April 9, 6:45 to 8 p.m. 
Location: USI, David L. Rice Library, Room 0034
Registration Fee: $93

PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS                                                    NO. ALP422
Do you want to take better photos of your family, friends, pets, landscapes, and vacations? Do you have a camera but you have no idea what most of the buttons do? Do you want to learn how to compose you images and see light in a new way? Let Rhonda Gassman help you! Learn about camera settings, composition, exposure, lighting and more!  Bring your camera to class.

Date and Time: Saturday, February 22, 1 to 5 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration Fee: $48

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RUG HOOKED PIN CUSHION                                                          NO. ALP200
Students will learn how to hook a small mat with wool fabric and then turn it into a special pincushion. Students will be taught rug hooking and sewing techniques using your own kit, which includes a rug hook, and all other wool fabric and materials, some of which are recycled. This workshop is fun, fast and informative. Come away with a completed project in just three hours.

Date and Time: Sunday, February 23, 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House, 402 North Street, New Harmony, IN
Registration Fee: $65, includes materials

HOME MANAGEMENT 101                                                               NO. ALP425
Learn how to manage kids’ activities, cleaning schedules, menu planning and more! You’ll leave with a home management binder designed to keep you on track. Supplies will be provided.

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: USI University Center, Room 2205
Registration Fee: $72

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NEEDLE FELTED WOOL IPHONE CASE                                           NO. ALP201
Create your own freehand needle felted design with wool fibers and needle-felting tool on a hand stitched soft wool case for your iPhone or android phone.
Students will receive their own kit (includes a special felting tool) and needle felting instructions, as well as design tips. If you are a first time needle felter, you will not feel intimidated by this fun project. Take home a finished case in just three hours. Please register by March 1.

Date and Time: Sunday, March 9, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House, 402 North Street, New Harmony, IN
Registration Fee: $65, includes materials

TOO MUCH STUFF                                                                           NO. ALP426
Learn basic organizing principles as well as which systems are best for you. You’ll simplify your life, eliminate the junk drawer, and achieve lasting order.

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 12, 6 to 8p.m.
Location: USI University Center, Room 2205
Registration Fee: $40

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UPCYCLED QUILT BLOCK IPAD PURSE                                           NO. ALP202
In this beginning to intermediate sewing class you will be making a long handled cloth bag that has a central design using a ooak vintage quilt block that is machine quilted and padded. Size is perfect for your ipad. Students will receive all the materials needed for the workshop, but students must bring their own portable sewing machine. If you don’t have your own machine, please contact the instructor. We will have lots of fun in this class using the old to create the new, and pick up many sewing tips and tricks. Walk away with a finished project!

Date and Time: Sunday, March 23, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House, 402 North Street, New Harmony, IN
Registration Fee: $65, includes materials

PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDAMENTALS II                                              NO. ALP423
Do you know the basics of photography, but want to understand it better? Would you like to take better action shots, compose landscapes and have fun with depth of field? We will also learn about camera settings and functions in this fun class, which is geared toward DSLR cameras and lenses. It will be helpful to bring your camera to class.

Dates and Time: Six Thursdays, March 27-May 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Innovation Pointe, Second Floor Classroom, 318 Main Street, downtown Evansville
Registration Fee: $110

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LIVING DEBT FREE IN THE 21ST CENTURY                                  NO. ALP404
Learn a three-step system for successfully managing your debts and expenses. The workshop is designed for Middle Class Americans who want to build real wealth and become financially independent by eliminating debt. Learn a linear math system that will eliminate all of your consumer debt in one to four years, and then your mortgage in another three to five years. Then you can live 100% on cash, never needing credit again. You can do this with your current income! No second job or living like a hermit. Learn specific powerful and proven strategies that work…every single time. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments (principal and interest only for mortgage) and during class develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle. We will also look at some simple money management techniques that will help insure that you achieve your personal financial goals. Finally, we will uncover numerous strategies for spending your money more efficiently, thereby putting more money back in your pocket. Note: Please bring a pocket calculator to class. Suggested textbook available from the instructor for $39.

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 8, 6:15 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: USI Rice Library, Room 0026
Registration Fee: $46

BLOCK PRINTING                                                                           NO. ALP203
Learn block printmaking basics and create a block print on 12 blank greeting cards. Bring your own simple 4"x4.5" design sketch or choose from a sample designs. Class supplies are provided. Take home the cards as well as the finished block to make more.

Date and Time: Sunday, April 13, 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House, 402 North Street, New Harmony, IN
Registration Fee: $50

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INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY                                                   NO. ALP402
Did you ever wonder who your ancestors were and where they came from, but did not know where to start looking? Have you ever considered finding and preserving your family history for future generations? Learn the basics of beginning genealogy and find out where and how to start researching and growing your own family tree!

Dates and Time: Two Tuesdays, April 15 and 22, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: USI University Center, Room 2206
Registration Fee: $39

PAPER EVERYWHERE                                                                     NO. ALP427
Prepare to conquer the paper monsters in your home: medical records, magazines, bills, and more. You'll learn to set up an action file, use your filing cabinet effectively, and how best to store valuable papers. Bring a box or bag full of papers and get started. Supplies provided.

Dates and Time: Tuesday, April 22, 6 to 8p.m.
Registration Fee: $72
Location: USI University Center, Room 2205

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DRAWING WITH NATURE                                                             NO. ALP204
This course is for the beginner and experienced alike. Students will learn how to select and compose a landscape, drawing with leaves, sticks, weeds, and other natural materials. Participants will need to bring the following materials: 16X20 drawing pad, India ink, and a drawing board. It is suggested that participants wear a hat and old clothing or an apron to protect their clothing from ink spills and the outdoors.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Sarah Campbell Blaffer Potter’s House, 402 North Street, New Harmony, IN
Registration Fee: $50


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