CMEC Highlights

The Central Montana Education Center is getting ready for winter the best way we know how—with classes to help keep you active, your stomachs full and your minds energized. Our Winter 2017 classes are starting this next week. Please contact Central Montana Education Center with any questions or to register at 535-9022, and watch for our blue flyer in businesses downtown.

Here are our classes starting soon, so don’t miss your chance on getting into these great classes:


Short Story and Beginning Novels, Part 1 – Discover how to write a compelling story with equally compelling characters. Explore basic elements of fiction writing, developing your voice as a writer, and advancing your knowledge on story structure. Thursdays, Feb. 16 – Mar. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Conversational Spanish, Level 2 – Together we will learn the next stage of dialogue, helping to make conversation smooth and understandable. Learn additional words, phrases and expressions from native Spanish-speaking instructor. Great for travel or just for fun. Tuesdays, Feb. 21 – Mar. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Pie Making – Join us for a fun evening learning more about the many delicious forms of pie making. We will learn three different crusts and some basic and more elaborate fillings. Celebrate “Pi Day” early. Thursday, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m.

Cooking with Pulse Crops – Pulses, which include chickpeas/garbanzo beans, dry peas and lentils, are increasingly being recognized for their role in promoting good health. Researchers report that regular consumption of pulses may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Learn how pulses are versatile, easy-to-prepare ingredients that can be used in entrees, salads, breads and desserts. Thursday, Mar. 2, 6-8 p.m.

Prenatal Yoga Workshop – New dates and times. Yoga is ideal exercise for mothers-to-be. Explore warm ups, safe postures and meditations for any trimester of pregnancy. Benefits: fitness and flexibility, increases circulation, works your cardiovascular system, helps breath control and balances mind, reducing stress and anxiety. All fitness levels welcome. Saturdays, Mar. 11–18, 10-11:20 a.m.

Geocache for Beginners and Families – Geocaching is a fun outdoor recreational activity in which you use a GPS receiver to hide and seek containers called geocaches at specific locations around the world. Make family trips more exciting by searching for these together. We will have a variety of GPS units to borrow or you can bring your own. Saturday, Mar. 4, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Suicide Prevention – Montana currently has the highest suicide rate in the U.S. During the first night, information will be provided on signs and symptoms of individuals who may be at risk and how to help. Depression looks different for children, adolescents, and adults. Knowing those differences and being able to recognize them may save a life. The second night, a panel of professionals in the medical and mental health fields will speak to and take questions from the participants. Instructor: Rick Wright. Tuesday and Thursday, Mar. 14 and 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Energy and Flexibility Yoga – Release physical tension and feel energized through a combination of yoga postures geared towards increasing flexibility and restoring energy. For a new or returning student of yoga that needs an opportunity to stretch, restore, and increase flexibility. This is an excellent addition to any workout schedule. Saturdays, Mar. 18 and Mar. 25, 8:30-9:40 a.m.

Introduction to Grant Writing – Grant writers use clear, specific language to focus the reader’s attention to persuade the reader to fund their proposal. The writing process can become easier with practice and awareness of a few common missteps. Start by identifying need, and focus through the basic process for success. Monday and Wednesday, Mar. 20 and 22, 6-8 p.m.

Bacon, bacon, bacon – Everyone loves bacon, so come join us for this bacon extravaganza. We will create an assortment of bacon dishes such as bacon bread, bacon pops, bacon jam and other tasty concoctions. Delicious and decadent. Tuesday, Mar. 21, 6-8 p.m.

Kitchen and Bath Design – As Montana’s only luxury custom kitchen and bath design specialist with nearly 40-years experience, Jeana Noel will walk you through the steps of remodeling or designing your new kitchen and bathroom. Save time and money and avoid costly mistakes by attending this top-rated seminar. Saturday, Mar. 25. Kitchen: 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. / Bath: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

CPR/First Aid Combo classes – All classes are on Saturdays in February and March from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. unless taking only First Aid or only CPR. Feb. 18, Mar. 4, or Mar. 18.


Summer Driver Education registration scheduled

Students from the Central Montana area interested in enrolling in Summer Driver Education for June 2017, and a parent or legal guardian, are asked to attend registration on Monday, Feb. 13 at 5:45 p.m. at the Fergus High School Cafeteria. There will be a short informational program followed by registration.

Students must be at least fourteen and a half years old when the session begins, so those born on or before Dec. 1, 2002 are eligible to enroll. The June session is scheduled from June 1 through June 30 with classes held Monday through Friday and driving scheduled Monday through Saturday. There is a registration fee for all participants.

For questions, contact the Central Montana Education Center by calling 535-9022.



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