Spring/Fall Classes

***Please note multiday tours do not follow the standard cancellation policy.

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Ballroom and Swing Dance - $50/$75 a couple

In the mood to do something fun that is also good for you? This class will get your feet moving to the beat of a wide variety of music. No dance experience needed, just come prepared to have fun! Participants will start with the basics and work their way up to more flashy and complicated moves. Leading and following techniques are stressed throughout the course. Beginners, singles, and couples are welcome.

With Mike, starting March 29 from 6-7:15pm


Binding Memories: Handmade Japanese Stab Bound Book - $35

Do you save concert ticket stubs, old postcards, fortune cookie fortunes and other little bits and pieces to remind you of good thoughts, and good times? How about spending an afternoon learning how to make your very own hand bound Memory Book to keep all those precious tidbits? Using a Japanese Stab Binding technique you will create a handmade book for old photos, important quotes, drawings on pub napkins, postcards, ticket stubs, and other mementos using vintage fabric, ribbon or cord, beads, buttons and assorted papers. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop for creating an 8” by 12” memory book complete with a unique button and bead closure. Bring a few mementos you might like to include in your book.

With Susan Koen, April 6 from 1-4pm


Take a Walk! Make a Book - $35

Do you pick up interesting objects, smashed bottle caps, and feathers when out for a walk? After you pick them up and put them in your pocket, what happens to them? They end up in a pile on the end of the mantle or on top of the dryer don’t they? Or do you have a stash of birthday cards, old buttons, gum wrappers, plastic army men and Cracker Jack charms? How about using them to make a unique one of a kind Hand Bound Book? You will learn how to include them in the binding or closure of a handmade book as well how to make pockets and room for thick objects in the interior of your book. Book boards, fabric, binding cord, assorted papers, and other needed materials are included in the cost of the workshop to complete a unique handmade book. Bring a few walk finds you might like to include in the making of your book. You will have the option of doing either a Stick Bound or a Japanese Stab Bound Book.

With Susan Koen, May 11 from 1-4pm

The Green Book in Cape Girardeau, $69

On the heels of the controversial, award-winning film, “Green Book” join local historian Dr. Frank Nickell for this fantastic tour featuring stories collected from historians, travelers, and business owners who experienced first-hand what it was like to “travel while Black” during a contentious time in our nation’s history. After a short presentation, jump on our shuttle and follow the route to learn of challenges and dangers Black Americans faced as they traveled throughout the country during the middle of the 20th century, and how many used Victor H. Green’s guidebook to find hotels and restaurants that welcomed Black Americans at a time when segregation was rampant. Stops will be made at “Green Book” locations throughout Cape Girardeau…including a house still owned by the same family members today. This is an experience you will not want to miss!

With Dr. Frank Nickell May 18 from 1:30-4 pm


Niagara Falls & Toronto: - $750 (based on double occupancy)

  • July 21-27 (7 days, 6 nights)
  • Motorcoach transportation
  • 6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in the Niagara Falls area
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • A visit to Casa Loma; Canada’s most magnificent castle
  • A Journey to the Falls on a “HORNBLOWER NIAGARA CRUISE”
  • ***Please note multiday tours do not follow the standard cancellation policy.

San Antonio, Padre Island, & The Gulf of Mexico: - $750 (based on double occupancy)

  • November 30 – December 7 (8 days, 7 nights)
  • Motorcoach transportation
  • 7 nights lodging including 5 consecutive nights in the San Antonio area
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • See the Gulf of Mexico at PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE!
  • Admission to the TEXAS STATE AQUARIUM in Corpus Christi, TX
  • San Antonio’s famous RIVERWALK CRUISE
  • Admission to the famous ALAMO and IMAX Theater presentation: “ALAMO…The Price of Freedom
  • Admission to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR & Tour of the LBJ RANCH
  • ***Please note multiday tours do not follow the standard cancellation policy.Admission to the NATIONAL 

Writing Children's Books $35

From purple elephants to ghost-hunting teens, you can imagine and design your children's picture book or chapter book or chapter books for children and young adults. This workshop will introduce you - the new and experienced writer to the market, history, story and character-building and the world of publishing.

Workshop attendees should bring ideas and be prepared to discuss and get feedback and support. After the three hour workshop, attendees will continue to receive support from instructor.
With Sandra Deannza Newsome April 23 from 6-9 pm

Writing for Children's Magazines $35

Children are voracious readers when in the world of multiple types of technology. Children are eager learners and love bright and colorful magazines filled with short,  interesting stories. Whether you are interested in writing articles on specific types of subjects or specific types of publications, or if you are interested in writing everything for every publiation, you will learn the basics of article writing, writing for children, choosing topics and publications, proofreading and editing your piece, how to write a query letter, working with an editor, preparing for and submitting your piece for publication.

Workshop attendees will submit a list of article ideas, publications they are interested in submitting and will later submit a first and second draft of an article with a query letter to various publications with the intention of publishing.

with Sandra Deannza Newsome April 25 from 6-9

A discount will be applied if there is a registration for both writing courses.

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Economic and Business Engagement Center, 920 Broadway, Room 302
Continuing Education
One University Plaza, MS 0130
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701