BURLEY — The following classes are scheduled for the CSI Mini-Cassia Center:

Computer Basics Windows 10

T, Th • Feb 6 – Mar 1 •9 to 9:50 a.m.

MC Center A25 - Instructor: Shirley Stauffer

Fee: $50

Learn about your computer in an easy-paced, stress-free environment. We will learn everything from how to turn your computer on, setting up an e-mail account, navigating the Internet, and the basics of computer software that came pre-installed on your PC. This class will focus on basic vocabulary terms, using plain English, with no intimidating technical language.

February Food Science!

W, Th • Feb 7 – Feb 28 • 1 to 4:00 p.m.

MC Center A14 - Instructor: Dr. Rick Parker

Fee: $25 per session or $80.00 for entire month session

Learn how to make and preserve your own healthy and wholesome foods, and some sweet and delicious treats, too! All under the guidance of Dr. Richard Parker. Every week will feature a new topic including Out-of-Season Jam and Jelly Making, Baking Breads Cakes & Cookies, Dehydrating & Preserving Fruits and Vegetables, The Art of Taffy Pulling, and Jerky, Seasoning & Marinades. Each session will cost $25 with a discounted rate for the whole series package.

Out-of-Season Jam and Jelly Making

W • Feb 7 • 1 to 4:00 p.m.

MC Center A14 - Instructor: Dr. Rick Parker

Fee: $25

Jams, marmalades, preserves, and conserves are fruit products preserved by sugar. These products differ in gel consistency, ingredients and how the fruit is prepared. Learn to make berry jams out-of-season and how to use juice to make grape jelly and apple-cinnamon jelly.

They are easy to make at home. This workshop is a great starting point for beginners or refresher for those with some experience. This is a hands-on class, and supply costs are included in the class fee. Students will take home a jar of their own homemade jam and jelly!

Leavening Agents

W • Feb 14 • 1 to 4:00 p.m.

MC Center A14 - Instructor: Dr. Rick Parker

Fee: $25

Leavening plays a crucial role in baking. It is a concept that when well understood, can lead you to resolve why your baked goods turned out the way they did. It also allows you to design and adapt recipes. Investigate the use of different leavening agents like baking soda and vinegar, baking powder, and yeast to leaven breads, cakes and cookies. Leavening agents main function, as their name states, is to leaven baked goods. Whether it’s a crusty loaf of bread or a tender angel food cake, leavening agents can also tenderize and provide a finer crumb structure. Also, if using baking soda, this leavening agent adds flavor (think baking soda biscuits).

Preserving Garden Produce and Jerky with Dehydration with Dr. Rick Parker

W, Th • Feb 21 & 22 • 1 to 4:00 p.m.

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MC Center A14 - Instructor: Dr. Rick Parker

Fee: $25

The class will be conducted using demonstration and hands-on activities. Various types of dehydrators will be available to compare. Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods can be sampled. Learn to make jerky from ground meat and from sliced meat. Also learn how to make your own dry mix and marinade for seasoning jerky. Some produce will be prepared and placed in the dehydrators and in the freeze dryer. If attendees are interested in dehydrating or freeze drying some of their own produce they should contact Dr. Parker before the class. This will be a two-day course!

Vinegar Taffy

W • Feb 28 • 1 to 4:00 p.m.

MC Center A14 - Instructor: Dr. Rick Parker

Fee: $25

Sugar is the culinary chameleon in most beloved confections. Its shape-shifting properties are coaxed by the application of heat. At low temperatures, it dissolves into liquid to make syrup; add heat and it progresses through the candy stages from thread to hard crack. Add a little too much heat and it burns into pure charcoal. Learn what’s happening at the molecular level in the candy stages during an old fashioned taffy pull, which is fun for all ages! Watch as you become a confectioner and pull a sugar mixture into taffy. Each guest will pull, cut, and wrap taffy.

Beginning ASL – American Sign Language

T, Th • Feb 13 – Apr 05 • 5 – 6:30 p.m.

MC Center A22 - Instructor: Kathy Marker

Fee: $45.00 Ages: All Ages; families welcome

Learn American Sign Language. Come learn to speak with your hands. As you are introduced to basic sign language and fingerspelling, you will develop powerful skills and understanding that will enable you to communicate with others who may be deaf or hearing impaired. Plus, it’s just plain fun as a new mode of expression! ASL (less commonly known as American) is the dominant sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada and Mexico. Contact the Mini-Cassia Center to find out if you are eligible for family discounts.

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