Continuing Education

Enrich Your Life with These Diverse Offerings

Edited By Colleen Weinkam

The Story of Ruth Lyons

6:30 p.m.,
Sept. 1

Join author Michael Banks as he discusses the life and career of local broadcaster and philanthropist Ruth Lyons. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Northside Branch Library, 4219 Hamilton Ave., Northside. Free. www.cincinnatilibrary.org.

Home Brewing: The Art of Making Your Own Beer

10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 12

Discover the basics of extract brewing and mini-mash brewing through a close look at each step in the process: necessary equipment, sanitation, brew day, fermentation and bottling. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale. $10 (free to volunteers). (513) 221-0981 or www.civicgardencenter.org.

Military History Lecture: Returning to Vietnam

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 15

Mike Philipps served in the Vietnam War as a military intelligence officer. As a reporter for The Kentucky Post, he returned with photographer Mel Grier to prepare a series regarding his experiences and reflections. The two present their findings. Northern Kentucky University, Business-Education-Psychology Center, Highland Heights. Free. No reservations required. (859) 572-5461 or mayb@nku.edu.

Communiversity Online Courses

Classes start Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11

Learn computer applications, web page design, writing and publishing, digital photography, languages, accounting, business administration, graphic design and more. Communiversity. Most classes are $99. Enroll at www.ed2go.com/uc.

Digital Photography: Level 1

6:30 p.m. to 7:55 p.m.,
Thursdays, Sept. 24-Oct. 29

Become familiar with digital terminology and basic photo editing, take pictures at campus photo shoots, and attend critiques.Communiversity, University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton. $119, plus the fee for a digital file, as well as developing or printing costs at optional weekly shoots. Call (513) 556-6932 to register, or visit uc.edu/ce/commu/.

Spanish for Beginners

6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
Tuesdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 24

Focus on the fundamentals, learn basic structures and useful expressions, and then put them into practice. Communiversity, University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton. $149, plus the text Spanish Now! Level 1 with CDs. Call (513) 556-6932 to register, or visit uc.edu/ce/commu/.

Putting Your Garden to Bed

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 30

This class will discuss the seasonal cycles of the garden, with an emphasis on building healthy soil, including the use of green manure crops and composting. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale. $10 (free to volunteers). (513) 221-0981 or www.civicgardencenter.org.

Guts and Glory: Critiquing Your Own Fiction Writing

6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.,
Mondays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2

Experience how a workshop functions, how to critique a piece of work, and how to filter and use the feedback you receive. Communiversity, University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton. $99, plus the paperback The Best American Short Stories 2005. Call (513) 556-6932 to register, or visit uc.edu/ce/commu/.

Art History – Prehistoric Through Contemporary

3:35 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
Mondays, Oct. 5-Dec. 4 (no class on Veterans Day, Thanksgiving or the day after Thanksgiving)

Explore such masters as Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Stella, Van Gogh, Matisse, Degas, Renoir, Corot, Gainsborough, El Greco, Rubens, Titian and others from the Cincinnati Art Museum. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. $80 (fee for quarter). Call (513) 556-9186 or visit www.uc.edu/ce/olli.

Estate Planning

10:35 a.m. to noon, Thursdays,
Oct. 5-Dec. 4 (no class on Thanksgiving)

Obtain an understanding of basic estate planning and more sophisticated techniques of avoiding probate and reducing estate expenses and state and federal taxes. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Cincinnati, Tangeman University Center, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton. $80 (fee for quarter). Call (513) 556-9186 or visit www.uc.edu/ce/olli.

Elder Law: It’s Not Just for Elders Anymore

2:35 p.m. to 4 p.m.,
Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Dec. 4

Learn the about the basics of Medicaid and Veterans Benefits qualifications, why trusts are not just for the rich, the aftermath of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and services offered by the Council on Aging. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. $80 (fee for quarter). Call (513) 556-9186 or visit www.uc.edu/ce/olli.

Overwintering Tender Plants

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7

It’s easy to overwinter your tropical plants. Verse yourself in the dos and don’ts. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale. $10 (free to volunteers). (513) 221-0981 or www.civicgardencenter.org.

Kentucky Native Plant Series: Sedges of Kentucky

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 10

Learn the different types of sedges (part of the large plant family Cyperaceae), their characteristics, terminology and habitats. Northern Kentucky University, Natural Science Center, Highland Heights. $65. Visit www.nkuconnections.nku.edu or call (859) 572-5600 for reservations.

Give Sorrow Words: The Journey Through Grief

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,
Mondays, Oct. 12-Nov. 9

Explore ways of coping with grief through literature, journaling, music and support in a group environment. The Institute for Learning in Retirement, Miami University, 501 E. High St., Oxford. $60 for semester membership; membership required for any class registration. To become a member, call (513) 529-8600 or visit www.muohio.edu/lll/ilr.

Fall Discoveries

3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays,
Oct. 15-Nov. 12

Walk the trails of Miami University’s Natural Areas and witness first-hand the delights of autumn. The Institute for Learning in Retirement, Miami University, 501 E. High St., Oxford. $60 for semester membership; membership required for any class registration. To become a member, call (513) 529-8600 or visit www.muohio.edu/lll/ilr.

Books by the Banks: Cincinnati USA Book Festival

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 17

Meet more than 80 regional and national authors, purchase their books and have them signed, and participate in author readings and panel discussions. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., downtown. Free. www.booksbythebanks.org.

The Life & Times of Mark Twain

2 p.m., Oct. 18

Dr. Leland Person, University of Cincinnati English professor, discusses the life and times of Mark Twain, as well as the events that influenced him to write The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Huenefeld Tower Room, Main Library, 800 Vine St., downtown. Free. (513) 369-6945 or www.cincinnatilibrary.org.

Garlic, Onions and Their Edible Relatives

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 21

Immerse yourself in the history and cultural needs of garlic and onions and try some tasty examples. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road, Avondale. $10 (free to volunteers). (513) 221-0981 or www.civicgardencenter.org.

InventorFest: Inventing is for Everyone

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24

Learn more about the invention process — everything from patenting to marketing — while getting to know some of the inventors behind them at the same time. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Huenefeld Tower Room, Main Library, 800 Vine St., downtown. Free. (513) 369-6900 or www.cincinnatilibrary.org.

Cake Decorating Basics

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mondays, Oct. 26-Dec. 7

Learn how to ice and border cakes; torte a cake with fruit filling; make basic flowers; work with chocolate, including molds, ribbons and flowers; write with icing; and learn basket weave and piping. Live Oaks, 5956 Buckwheat Road, Milford. $99. Call (513) 771-8881 to register.

Gourmet/International Cooking

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays,
Oct. 29-Dec. 10

Create elegant dinners, basic sauces, classic cream soups and popular seafood, poultry and beef entrées. Scarlet Oaks, 3254 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville. $220. Call (513) 771-8881 to register.

Nonprofit Laws

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 31

Learn about laws pertaining to nonprofits through an in-depth overview of nonprofit tax-exempt status, corporate governance, conflicts of interest, and staff and financial operations. Northern Kentucky University, Founders Hall, Highland Heights. $250. Call (859) 572-6500 for reservations.

Stargazing 101

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 4

Study the constellations, learn to use a planisphere to find constellations at any time and, if the weather is clear, go outside to find many of the brighter constellations. Communiversity, The Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place, Mount Lookout. $18, plus $3 (optional) for star chart. Call (513) 556-6932 to register, or visit uc.edu/ce/commu/.

Military History Lecture: Piracy — Then and Now

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Nov. 11

Dr. Stephen Morillo, the history chair at Wabash College, takes a look at the social, cultural and institutional history of warfare and warrior elites, focusing on the period between 1000 and 1800. Northern Kentucky University, Business-Education-Psychology Center, Highland Heights. Free. No reservations required. (859) 572-5461 or mayb@nku.edu.

Holiday Cardmaking, Scrapbooking and Stamping

9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 14

Make cards, learn to scrapbook and stamp, and take home four completed holiday projects, including step-by-step instructions for each. Communiversity, University of Cincinnati, 2600 Clifton Ave., Clifton. $29, plus $20 for project supplies. Call (513) 556-6932 to register, or visit uc.edu/ce/commu/.

Visit programs’ web sites for a complete catalog of fall course/event offerings.