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421 N Main St
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7433
(509) 963-1712

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Explore Your Passions in Life and Leisure Classes

CWU’s Office of Continuing Education is launching a variety of new public programs for adult learners to explore their interests and continue their education. The spring lineup of life and leisure courses includes fly-fishing trips, knitting, painting and digital photography classes, water aerobics, and winery tours.

Digital Photography I is designed to give a deeper understanding of the controls and functions of a digital SLR and full-feature point-and-shoot camera. It also teaches visual composition and strategies for taking better photos, and digital editing techniques. The class is made up of three two-hour sessions April 4, 11, and 18. Cost is $75 per person or $65 for groups of two or more.

Digital Photography II builds on the skills learned in the first series. Students will expand their understanding of their cameras while learning how to use the most fundamental, yet overlooked, element of photography: light. Digital printmaking will be explored, and students will learn how to take their images from the computer to fine art prints. By the end of the course, students will have created small portfolios of their best images. The class is made up of three two-hour sessions June 6, 13, and 20. Cost is $75 per person or $65 for groups of two or more.

Fly Fishing 101 is a four-hour course that begins in the classroom at Troutwater Outfitters and ends on the banks of the Yakima River. Anglers will learn all the basics of fly-fishing, including different methods, equipment, casting techniques, and the aquatic insects that trout prey on. Sign up for April 4 or June 20. The cost is $85 per person.

The Fly Fishing Guided Trip leaves the troubles of hauling a boat to an expert while you practice your newly acquired skills. Troutwater Outfitters will bring the flies, rods and reels, and lunch. Trips are scheduled April 11 and June 27. The cost is $325 per boat (two people per boat).

The Fly Tying and Microbrews class teaches anglers how to tie flies while enjoying a handcrafted microbrew from the Iron Horse Brewery. All equipment, material, and microbrews are included. Participants must be 21 or older and show valid ID. Class is from 6-8 p.m. May 13. Cost is $49 per person, or $39 for groups of two or more.

The Water Wellness Workout course incorporates a variety of exercise routines designed to improve daily activity and muscle tone. Classes are 9-9:50 a.m. Monday-Thursday from March 31-June 11 at the CWU Aquatics Center. Cost is $75 per quarter.

A Guided Wine Tasting Tour of the Wahluke Slope is planned June 27. This warm south slope above the Columbia River is home to more than 20 vineyards and at least three wine production facilities. Tour participants will meet viticulturists, visit a crush facility, and taste the end product. Lunch is included. Pick up locations offered in Ellensburg and Yakima. Cost is $85 per person or $75 for groups of two or more.

Brushes and Brews combines painting and beer for a creative evening at the Goodey Gallery in Ellensburg. Participants will take home their instructor-directed painting at the end of the night. All materials and beverages are provided. Must be 21 and have valid ID. The class is 6-9 p.m. June 18. Cost is $49 per person or $39 for groups of two or more.

Knitting Know-How focuses on the fiber art of knitting. With step-by-step instruction, students will create hats and scarfs and gain skills to make other items. The class sets the foundation for more complex projects such as lacework and Afghans, and teaches students how to navigate pattern sites and how different fibers react to knitting. The class meets from 6:30-8 p.m. all five Thursdays in April. Cost is $55 per person or $45 for groups of two or more.

Next Level Knitting is an intermediate class that features step-by-step lessons on complex projects such as lacework, blankets, sweaters, and socks. Students will learn about swatches, gussets, and beadwork and will be given the foundation to make many small, detailed projects. The class meets 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday from May 7-June 4. Cost is $55 per person or $45 for two or more.

In addition to its life and leisure classes, Continuing Education offers:

  • career and workforce courses designed to meet professional development, career-changing or advancement needs
  • programs for educators, including K-12 workshops, seminars and online courses
  • and academic programs in various fields that can lead to certificates and bachelor and master degrees.

Whether the goal is to gain knowledge for a career, discover a new field, maintain a licensure, or experience personal growth, Continuing Education offers something for every adult learner. There are three ways to register: online at; by phone at 509-963-1712; or in person in Barge Hall, room 204.

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