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Non-credit courses in topics ranging from personal finance to youth sports will be offered this winter by the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Department of Community Education.

“We have a lot of exciting new classes for our winter session,” said Memorie Dickson, program coordinator. The new offerings include Drawing Workshop, Basic Jewelry Making and Repair, Cake Decorating, Healthy Cooking, Personal Finance Basics, Networking, Physics of the Impossible, Criticism Management, and A New Approach to the Understanding and Treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome.

“We are also offering a Youth Sports Seminar Series for the first time,” Dickson added. “The series is designed for parents, coaches, and other adults involved in youth sports.” Topics in the series include Multi-Sport Participation or Single Sport Specialization in Young Athletes: Which is Best for Performance and Health; Proper Guidelines for Safe and Effective Youth Weight Training: How Much is Too Much, How Early is Too Early; and Preventing Throwing Injuries in Youth Baseball.

Back on the slate are some of the program’s most popular classes, including How to Take Better Photographs, Beginner Sewing, Zumba, Krazy for Coupons, the Japanese Cooking Series, and the AARP Driver Safety Program. Other classes being offered include Foundations of Dynamic Character Design and Introduction to Drawing Life with Force.

For detailed information about courses, including dates, times and fees, visit the UAM website at and click on “Community Education” under “Campus Resources.” Space is limited in many classes so early registration is encouraged. Interested students my register online, call (870) 460-1327, or email Memorie Dickson at [email protected]