Get active with outdoor, home repair classes at Pellissippi State

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Spring officially starts less than one month from now, so why not get a jump-start on heading outdoors? Enroll now in one (or more) of the non-credit classes at Pellissippi State Community College.

Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division has a great selection of courses for springtime. Classes take place at the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, unless otherwise noted. Here are just a few you can choose from:

  • Flyfish 101—Feb. 25 or April 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; March 24 or May 19 (Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; $79 per single/$69 for each additional family member registering simultaneously

This is an introductory course geared to those who have never fly-fished or those who want a better understanding of the basics. Topics covered include fly rod and reel; line, leader and tippet; types of flies; rigging an outfit; finding fish; casting (demonstration, weather permitting). Instructor Marshall Hall is a guide, custom rod maker and member of the Foothills Craft Guild and Custom Rod Makers Guild.

  • Landscaping Made Easy and Fun—Feb. 28-March 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $79

This is a basic course covering the principles of landscape design for home enhancement. Topics include choosing and installing the proper plants; mulching, fertilizing, watering and trimming; and learning about the different varieties of flowering shrubs, small trees, flowers and grass. Instructor Valarie Huffman, owner of Instant Flower Gardens, is a landscape professional with extensive experience in East Tennessee landscaping.

  • DIY Home Improvement and Repairs for Women—March 10, 9-11 a.m.; $29

Learn how to do basic home repairs from someone who has done them herself. Instructor Lynda Tutko will show students how to complete many repairs without the assistance of a professional, as well as cover home improvements that can be completed with basic skills. Attendees will learn how to save money by using skills taught during class.

  • Simple Home Repairs—March 15, 6-8 p.m., Blount County Campus; $29

Completing home repairs may be easier than you think. Instructor Art Gall will share skills that build confidence in tackling projects. Learn how to troubleshoot problems and make repairs to electrical outlets and switches, leaking toilets and faucets, and more. Students also will learn how to install or make adjustments to door locks and deadbolts.

Full class descriptions, along with a schedule of all courses offered by BCS, are available at

For additional information or to register, call BCS at (865) 539-7167.