Life Skills

*NEW* AIR FRYER CLASS

Join Jo Dee Jeans, from Ippy’s Restaurant, as we prep, plan and prepare food in an air fryer. Come learn tips for using your air fryer for amazing results and you'll learn the basics of cooking from scratch in your new favorite kitchen appliance. Registration Deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
6:00 pmEssig Center13+$13 / PersonRegister Here!


*NEW* PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION & LIGHTING 

Come learn the principles of composition and lighting. Part classroom and part practical, where feedback will be given on students photos. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2024 

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Saturday, January 20, 2024 
3:00 pm - 5:00 pmEssig Center16+$75 / PersonRegister Here!


*NEW* ASTRONOMY 101 WORKSHOP

So you want to be an amateur astronomer? This presentation will introduce you to the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society and all the club offers. You will be introduced to the basics of astronomy and the equipment you would need to observe objects in the sky such as planets, moons, comets, meteors and beyond. We will include a deeper look into the planets and moons of our own solar system.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
6:00 pmEssig CenterAllFREERegister Here!


*NEW* BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP

Join the Moonshine Beekeepers Association’s special presentation on honeybees and beekeeping. Enjoy a honey tasting from Windy Gap Aviary while you learn bee basics. There will also be all natural honey and skin care products for purchase after the presentation.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmEssig CenterAllFREERegister Here!


*NEW* CRICUT FOR BEGINNERS

This class will introduce new cricut users to the cricut machine and cricut design space. Ideal for new users as well as those considering purchasing a cricut machine. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024 
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmEssig Center18+$25 / PersonRegister Here!


*NEW* BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CONTAINER GARDENING

Come learn gardening basics, container selection and learn about soil types. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmEssig Center18+FREERegister Here!


*NEW* BIRDWATCHING AT WAID

Join the Roanoke Valley Bird Club on a bird walk at Waid Park. Migration is underway and birds are coming back from the South to raise their young. Come out to see them as some continue as far North as Canada. Bring binoculars if you have them and enjoy a relaxing morning while we see what we can find.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024 
9:00 am - 11:00 amWaid ParkAllFREERegister Here!


RAIN BARREL BUILDING WORKSHOP 

If you would like to join staff from Blue Ridge Water Conservation to harvest rainwater for your garden and landscaping then this is an opportunity for you to construct your very own rain barrel. This old idea is making a big splash! Please have the proper transportation to take the barrel home as they are approximately 53 gallons, measuring 42 inches high and 24 inches in diameter. Registration Deadline: One week prior to workshop

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Thursday, March 7, 2024 
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Thursday, April 4, 2024 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmEssig Center18+$60 / Rain BarrelRegister Here!


TUMBLER STYLE COMPOSTER BUILDING CLASSES

Join staff from the Blue Ridge Water Conservation and learn how to develop compost used as a soil amendment to grow plants by constructing your own tumbler style composter. Please bring your own power drill, drill bits and a Phillips head drill bit for wood screws. Remember to have adequate transportation to haul your finished project home. It will be 3'5" deep by 31" wide and 4'6" high. Registration Deadline: One week prior to workshop

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Thursday, March 28, 2024 
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Thursday, April 25, 2024 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmEssig Center18+$100 / ComposterRegister Here!


*NEW* 5 SMART INVESTING PRINCIPLES

Whether you are retired or a recent graduate and entering the workforce, investing in your future is crucial. Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” If you want to learn more about the components of investing, why not ask an experienced advisor. Derek Layman, owner of Layman Financial, has been an advisor since 2011. He will explain what he takes into consideration before making recommendations to his clients. He will describe what investments are most suitable for clients in various stages of life. Registration Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmEssig Center18+FREERegister Here!


*NEW* MONEY MATTERS

Frank Clark said, “Many folks think they aren’t good at earning money, when what the don’t know is how to use it.” Money is important. Money provides the means to have the essentials in life. It also affords us the opportunity to thrive and enjoy life. Consequently, doesn’t it stand to reason that the management of money is equally important, if not more important? The recent increase in inflation tightened the budgets for many families. If you want to learn how to make your money go further, join this budgeting seminar with Derek Layman, owner of Layman Financial. Registration Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2024 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024 
6:00 pm - 7:00 pmEssig Center18+FREERegister Here!


*NEW* ESTATE PLANNING 101

Estate Planning 101, hosted by Sarah Bidwell from Wills on Wheels, will cover the basics of estate planning and answer common questions such as: What is the difference between a will and a living will; Who needs a will; What is power of attorney; and more! Choose the month that suits you best to register for this free workshop. Registration Deadline: One week prior to the workshop

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January 31, 2024 
February 28, 2024 
or March 27, 2024

5:30 pm

Essig Center

18+

FREE

Register Here!