Landscape Photography

GardenLandscape Photography on Mondays, June 3 to June 17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The class will meet in the Sullins Administration Building in room B203 on the ANC Blytheville campus. The fee is $49.

Ever see beautiful outdoor scenery and think that would make a great picture? This class is intended to help improve your landscape imagery. Learn pointers, hints and tips essential to every landscape picture you take. Learn to apply these tips judiciously to help improve your picture-taking. With this knowledge scenic shots from your trips will have more impact than ever before!

Award-winning Photojournalist and Cinematographer H. Woflgang Porter will take away the mysteries of using your digital camera. In the fun course Digital Cameras De-Mystified, students will learn basic camera controls, how to better expose and compose photos, the differences in recording media used by today’s popular digital cameras and how to download/store your precious images.

Students will need to bring to class a digital camera and its manual, recording media, computer connection cable, one small portable USB Drive 2GB or larger, one charged camera battery (rechargeable or disposable as appropriate), one camera bag, one or more camera lenses, one tripod.

To register, call Lena Ellington, Department of Community Education of Arkansas Northeastern College at (870) 762-3167 or email

May 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Makeover Beauty Tips

Make-Over Beauty Tips will meet on Monday, April 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Merle Norman Studio/Me and My Sister, 321 West Main. The class is $10.

Give a change to your look with a makeover by Lori Hixson. Come with your friends for a girls’ night out to get all the latest information on beauty regimens that will keep your skin looking fresh and young. Learn make-up tips that will make you look and feel great! Ms. Lori is owner/operator of the Merle Norman Studio on downtown Main Street in Blytheville.

To register please call Lena Ellington at 870.762.3167 or email

April 4, 2013 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Pressure Cooker Canning and Waterbath Canning

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ANC Home Food Preservation Classes will will meet in the Statehouse Hall Governors Ballroom kitchen on the ANC Blytheville campus. Debbie Baker will instruct the classes and Pam Pruett will assist.
Want to save money on your grocery expenses? Have access to homegrown vegetables and fruits? If your answers are yes, then we have the classes for you. Friday, April 12th is the Home Food Preservation: Reducing the Risk for Pressure Canning Low Acidic Foods class and on Friday, May 10th is the Home Food Preservation: Reducing the risk of Water Bath Canning of Acidic Foods class. Both classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preregistration is required for each class along with a $10.00 fee per class for supplies (less than 6 enrolled may increase cost slightly). Each participant will learn through hands on experience and will take home some canned products prepared in class.
Debbie Baker, Clay County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent and Canning Specialist, will conduct the classes Pamela Pruett, Mississippi County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent will assist Mrs. Baker. Deadlines for preregistration are April 4th for the Pressure Canning Class held April 12th and May 1st for the Water Bath Canning Class held May 10th.
Safety has long been the main concern when it comes to home food preservation. Food poisoning can occur if proper procedures and supplies are not used during the process. Here are a few basic tips to get you started.
First, be sure to use a recipe that has been tested for safety. Many recipes have been passed down through generations and while no one may have had food poisoning from it yet, it simply is not safe. One resource for recipes that have been tested for safety would be the National Center for Home Food Preservation housed at the University of Georgia. Visit their website at for recipes, step by step food preservation instructions and tips for success. The Ball Blue Book is another resource for recipes and can be found at many retailers in the community.
It is also important to leave the recipes just the way they are. Adding or removing ingredients can alter the acidity levels and therefore cause an unsafe product. Altering the amount of acid in a recipe is not recommended. When recipes call for vinegar, you can safely substitute bottled lemon juice for the vinegar. However, this does not work vice versa. Lemon juice cannot be replaced by vinegar as this will decrease the acidity level and potentially cause an unsafe product.
Use only the recommended materials and make sure that they are in good condition. The jars should be free of nicks and cracks. They should also be the type of jar that you will find in the canning section at the store. These jars, such as Ball or Kerr brand come with two-piece lids including the flat and ring. Old mayo jars and others of that nature should not be used. If used in a pressure canner they could crack or even explode under the pressure. Jars specifically made for home food preservation can withstand the pressure and heat. The jar rings should not be bent and should be free of rust. While the rings can be reused if in good condition, the flats can only be used one time. Each and every canned item should have a new flat.
Be sure to know which method (and which equipment) to use before you begin to insure a safe product. Most people seem to be fearful of using a pressure canner and opt to water bath can their foods. However, it comes down to one main point: Follow the directions/procedures step by step! Many pressure canners come with directions for use. It is also important to understand that high acid foods may be processed in a water bath canner and low acid foods such as green beans and potatoes must be processed in a pressure canner. Low acid foods are not safe to eat if processed in a water bath canner.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
To reserve your or for more information contact Lena Ellington, Arkansas Northeastern College Department of Community Education, 870-762-3167, email or call the Mississippi County Cooperative Extension Service, 870-762-2075.

April 4, 2013 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Rag Rug Making

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“Making Rag Rugs” will meet on Monday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The class will meet in the Adams/Vines Gallery. Registration fee is $50 and includes the cost of the student’s loom.

Join Dru Duncan and loom a cozy rag rug for your home. During the early settlement of north America, it was fairly common that itinerant weavers would travel the frontier with their looms and lodge with families while they did their weaving. Even through the 1930’s it was common that household rags were taken to rug weavers to use for weaving rugs. Students will receive a loom and instruction. Bring to class scissors and several yards of fabric strips, 1 ½ inches wide. The loom will make a rug about 25” x 35”. This is a great project for kids too.

To register, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery, (870) 762-3167 or email

April 4, 2013 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

Crafty Girlz

crafty girlz2“Crafty Girlz” will meet on Mondays, April 1 through April 15, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This hands-on workshop will meet in the Community Room of the Blytheville Public Library. The class is 3 sessions and the fee is $35 for supplies. Crafty Girlz is sponsored by the Mississippi County Library System in cooperation with ANC.

Join the fun of creating a spring wreath and topiary in our craft class. For Easter, enjoy making a bunny-door-decoration. Becky Barnes, owner and operator of Designs by Becky of Lake City, will instruct the class. If you are a girl crafter, this is the class for you. Make the world cuter . . . one craft at a time!

To register or for more information, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery at (870) 762-3167 or email

March 6, 2013 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

DHaynesInstant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People will meet Monday, March 4, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The class will meet in the Music Room in the Sullins Administration Building on the Blytheville campus. The registration fee is $50 paid to ANC and a $25 materials fee for workbook and CD to be collected by the instructor, David Haynes.

Anyone wanting to learn the secrets and magical shortcuts of professional piano players would benefit from this class. In just one enjoyable evening, the student will learn all the chords that are needed to play any song, any style, and any key. If you can find middle C and know the meaning of Every Good Boy Does Fine, you already know enough to enroll in this workshop. If not send a self-addressed envelope for a free pamphlet to Music Masters, 90 Molly Lane, Ringgold, GA 30736. Then register with confidence.

To register or for more information, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery, at (870) 762-3167 or email

February 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm Leave a comment

Ballroom Dancing

jkittanyBallroom Dancing for ages 14 and older will meet on Mondays, March 4 to April 29, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The class will meet in the Adams/Vines Recital Hall on the Blytheville campus. Registration fee is $95 for 8 sessions.

Learn the Swing, Cha-Cha Hustle, Waltz and Rumba from native Blythevillian Jimmy Kittany who has over 30 years of experience teaching ballroom dancing. He received his training from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and taught there for over twelve years. If you are tired of going to social functions and missing out on the fun or just looking for a new way to exercise this class is for you. Get ready to have lots of FUN and be prepared for any occasion!

To register, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery at 870.762.3167 or email to

February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am Leave a comment

Old Testament Literature

Carolyn PooleOld Testament Literature meets on Tuesdays, March 5 to 26, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Blytheville Library. The class is sponsored by the Mississippi County Library System and in cooperation with ANC. Carolyn Poole, a student of Hebrew history, will instruct the class.
Registration fee is $5.

The Old Testament, or Tanakh, was written in ancient Israel over 1,000 years by many authors. This course studies the Hebrew Bible as an expression of the religious life and thought of Israel and a foundational document of Western civilization. The class will bring the abstract of the Old Testament into what one can see, feel, touch, taste and smell. Join Ms. Carolyn as she examines the Book of many books.

To register, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery, Department of Community Education of Arkansas Northeastern College at (870) 762-3167 or email:

February 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Native American Folklore and Medicine Bag

Native American Folklore and Medicine Bag will meet Thursday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Blytheville Public Library. The class is sponsored by the Mississippi County Library System and in cooperation with ANC. The fee is $5. This class is fun for all ages and designed for boy scouts and girl scouts for earning merit badges
Come and learn from a former colonial Williamsburg living history interpreter, John Holt, about Native American Indian folklore and medicine bags. Traditionally, medicine bags held special protection medicines or healing herbs. Students will enjoy learning folklore as they handcraft their own medicine bag from leather, decorated with glass and metal beads and fill with herbs. All supplies are provided. This class is fun for all ages.

To register, call Lena Ellington or Lorrie Towery (870) 762-3167 or email

February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

ANC Guitar and Piano Classes

guitarBeginning Guitar Class meets, Thursdays, February 7 – March 14, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Adams/Vines Gallery. Fee is $38 for 6 sessions.

Adult Piano class meets, Tuesdays, February 19 – April 30, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Piano Lab in the Sullins Administration Building. Fee is $55 for 10 sessions.

Children’s Piano class meets, Tuedays, February 19 – April 30, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Piano Lab in the Sullins Administration Building.
Fee is $ 55 for 10 sessions.

To enroll or more information call 870.762.3167 or email

January 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

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