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Events and Travel

Please join Brittany Hughes from Desoto State Park to learn how to create a one-of-kind Long Leaf Pine Basket. Participants will learn basic coiling, which includes learning several kinds of stiches, how to feed in pine needles and how to shape and end a basket.

Instructor: Brittany Hughes
Date: Friday, April 16
Time and Location: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Oak Hill Pavilion
Cost: $35
Participant cap: 35

Health and Wellness

One of the fastest growing sports in the country, Pickleball is a sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. A pickleball paddle is smaller than a tennis racquet, but larger than a ping-pong paddle and uses a ball similar to a whiffle ball. Instructor Mark Price will cover the unique rules and scoring system, along with hands-on instructions on how to play. Participants will practice serving, drop shots, smashes, spins and volleys. All classes will have both practice time as well as play time. The social and health benefits for this sport are immeasurable and the number one rule is to have FUN!

Prerequisite: Participants need to be physically mobile and have a measure of hand-eye coordination.

Materials: Proper court shoes, pickleball paddle (we have extras), and clothing that allows for free range of motion.

Instructor: Mark Price
Course Dates: March 3- April 7
Time and Location: Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Pickle ball courts
Cost: $60
Participant cap: 16

One of the fastest growing sports in the country, Pickleball is a sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. A pickleball paddle is smaller than a tennis racquet, but larger than a ping-pong paddle and uses a ball similar to a whiffle ball. Instructor Mark Price will cover the unique rules and scoring system, along with hands-on instructions on how to play. Participants will practice serving, drop shots, smashes, spins and volleys. All classes will have both practice time as well as play time. The social and health benefits for this sport are immeasurable and the number one rule is to have FUN!

Prerequisite: Participants need to be physically mobile and have a measure of hand-eye coordination.

Materials: Proper court shoes, pickleball paddle (we have extras), and clothing that allows for free range of motion.

Instructor: Mark Price
Course Dates: April 21-May 26
Time and Location: Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Pickle ball courts
Cost: $60
Participant cap: 16

History

Join Georgia Backroads magazine editor Dan Roper for another foray into Georgia history and natural history. This course will explore the Civil War, Trail of Tears, William Bartram’s travels through Georgia, John Muir’s odyssey through the state, and interesting tidbits illustrating why we are fortunate to reside in Northwest Georgia.

Instructor: Dan Roper
Couse dates: March 2-April 6
Time and Location: Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Oak Hill Pavilion
Cost: $80
Participant cap: 40

Memories are some of the most important things we collect in this life. What we have done, what we have seen and experienced, and the epiphanies we have gathered shape who we are and, in turn, shape others we encounter. This course will help you identify these moments and shape them into a cohesive narrative that you can share with others or simply keep for yourself. Using a combination of recorded reflection, auditory and visual stimulus, select reading of excerpts from well-crafted memoirs, and guided writing prompts, we will begin weaving your story.

Instructor: Melissa Mullins
Course Dates: March 4-April 22
Times and Location: Thursdays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Oak Hill Pavilion
Cost: $80
Participant cap: 35

This course will examine the ways in which Buddhist Philosophy arises out of and informs meditation practice and experience. Beginning with the life of narrative of historical Buddha, we will trace the development of Buddhist philosophy and meditative practice through the insights of several key scriptures, including the Heart Sutra, the Lotus Sutra, the Statements of the Middle Way and the Path of the Enlightened Ones. The course will also provide basic instructions in meditation.

Instructor: Jeff Lidke
Course Dates: March 3-April 21
Time and Location: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Oak Hill Pavilion
Cost: $80
Participant cap: 35

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