Learn golf, sound investing, dulcimer and more at Pellissippi State

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Greet spring’s arrival by learning something new in one of the many non-credit classes offered at Pellissippi State Community College. The Business and Community Services Division boasts options that range from sports-related and music classes to financial workshops, genealogy research, and writing courses.

Classes beginning soon include the following:

“Street Hip Hop” – Mondays, March 18-April 22, 5-6 p.m.; $65. Learn several styles of this dance, such as popping, waving, isolations and breakdancing. Hip hop provides great exercise and is not as difficult as one might think. Instructor Wojciech “V” Wiktor is an experienced choreographer and dance instructor.

“Rules of the Road for Sound Investing” – Tuesdays, March 19-April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Blount County Campus); $65. This class gives students a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing, while also providing tips on identifying and avoiding the most common investment mistakes.

“Beyond Basic Genealogy” – Thursdays, March 21-April 25, 6:30-9 p.m.; $75. Instructor Sam Maner, local author of several genealogical publications and previous Ancestry.com worker, shares his years of genealogy expertise with class participants. Field trips include visits to the health department and a local cemetery.

“An Introduction to Golf” – March 25-28, April 8-11 or May 6-9, 6-7 p.m.; Target Golf, 5311 W. Beaver Creek Dr., Knoxville; $65, plus $10 facility fee paid to instructor at first class. This four-hour class over four consecutive days provides consistent practice in the basic mechanics of golf. Students will also learn course etiquette and golf cart operation, and they will play a hole.

“Making Money Writing and Selling Articles and Short Stories to Magazines” – Mondays, March 25-April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $99. The emphasis of this class is getting written material published. Topics include best query practices, copyright protection and manuscript preparation.

“Tennessee Estate Planning – It’s Not Just Having a Will!” – Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 26-28, April 16-18 or May 21-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $49. Students will learn about the legal documents needed to plan for disability or death, as well as a brief overview of state and federal death taxes.

“Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer (I)” – Tuesdays, March 26-May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $95, plus $30 material fee paid to instructor at first class. No musical experience is needed for this popular nine-week class. Dulcimers required at first class. Instructor can provide sources, including inexpensive cardboard-body dulcimers. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Intermediate Appalachian Dulcimer (III)” – Thursdays, March 28-May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.; $95, plus approximate $40 material fee paid to instructor at first class. Students who have already completed “Novice Appalachian Dulcimer (II)” can continue to develop their skills with instructor Rudy Ryan. Limited to first 12 registrants.

“Introduction to Scuba Diving” – April 6-7, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Ski/Scuba Center, 2543 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville; $212, plus $87.25 course material fee paid to instructor at first class. This weekend course introduces the fundamentals, as well as covers training needed for qualifying dives for SSI certification. All equipment is provided. Students must pick up a book and DVD for home study about three days before class.

“’Hablando Español’ (Talking Spanish)” – Mondays, May 6-June 10, 7-9 p.m.; Blount County Campus; $110, includes book. Designed for those with little or no prior instruction in the Spanish language, this course provides a fundamental understanding in speaking, reading and writing basic Spanish.

“Living Single: Financial Strategies for Women” – Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m.; $35. This three-hour workshop is specifically for single women who wish to create a sound financial roadmap. Topics include the basics on investments, savings, debt reduction, insurance and planning for the unexpected.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. For information on additional classes or to register, call (865) 539-7167 or visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs. The BCS website lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.