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Kennewick Community Education offers wide variety of classes

KENNEWICK -- A variety of classes from how to recane a chair seat to growing orchids to faux finishes are being offered through Kennewick Community Education.

Registration deadline is two working days prior to the class start date.

Sign up by calling 222-5080 or go to www.kennewickcommunityed.org.

Registrations also can be completed at 200 S. Dayton St. from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Here's the line up through March:

Jan. 29-Feb. 12 -- Learn how to cane a chair seat in just seven steps. Patience and creativity are the only skills required. Find an old chair, purchase a kit at the first class or, if you want to learn how but don't need a chair or stool to keep, the instructor has chairs in need of seats.

The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southridge High School, Room D125. Class fee is $45. Plus pay instructor a supply fee (based on individual needs to a maximum of $30).

Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 -- Are you drowning in clutter and piles? Learn the essential principles for getting a handle on the situation and experience hands-on practice for de-cluttering and organizing your space. Handouts provided.

The class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kamiakin High School, Room 525. Cost is $25.

Feb. 6 and 20 -- The class on de-cluttering and organizing is repeated.

The class is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the KCE office, 200 S. Dayton, Kennewick. Cost is $25.

Feb. 4 and 11 -- Learn the basics of orchid care: Light, temperature, humidity, watering and fertilizer. If you can grow an African violet, you can be successful with orchids. The two sessions will cover the kind of orchid you can grow; websites for beginner and advanced growers; orchid sources and information on the local orchid club. There will be examples of blooming plants and supplies. Question and answer time is included in each session.

The class runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Southridge High School, Room B104. Cost is $19.

Feb. 11 -- Learn how thermal imaging can save you money. Until now the only way to spot trouble in the home was with a visual inspection that meant tearing into walls, floor or ceilings. This new technology allows you to identify missing insulation, water damage and hot electrical issues before they become a major disaster.

The class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Southridge High School, Room B120. Cost is $15.

Feb. 17 -- Selling your home? Learn proven ways to present your home in its most attractive light by removing distractions and adding just the right touches. Information on what home improvement projects bring the most for your resale dollar is included.

The class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Southridge High School, Room B103. Cost is $15.

Feb. 24 -- Buying a home? Save time and money and reduce your risks by learning the options available to you. Hear from speakers in the real estate field including a home inspector.

The class runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Southridge High School, Room B103. Cost is $15.

March 3 -- Learn how to minimize your watering needs and provide an attractive yard for backyard wildlife. You can even draw butterflies and birds to your apartment windowsill with the right plants and amenities.

The class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Cost is $15.

March 7 -- Enjoy learning and practicing faux painting techniques such as ragging on, ragging off, color washing and marbleizing. For a list of supplies go to the KCE home page and scroll down to "supply list" on the left and click on "Faux Finishes."

The class runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes a 30-minute break. Bring a lunch. It will be held at Southridge High School, Room D124. Cost is $24, plus pay instructor $15 supply fee.

March 18 and 25 -- Have you always wondered if that "treasure" is really an antique? Learn general information about buying and selling antiques and collectibles, area shopping opportunities, how to determine authenticity and more. A free valuation of some of your own treasures is included.

The class runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Southridge High School, Room B105.

Cost is $25.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricity herald.com.