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Hillary Thalmann, “Larval Fish Biology” instructor

Winter is often imagined to be a quiet, dreary season. Fortunately, the team at Oregon Coast Community College never got that memo.

This term, the college is offering a wide selection of lively, entertaining and engaging community education courses — available to one and all.

Get fired up about public speaking and being on stage, with a brand-new improv course. Then, settle back down with a relaxing experience in Zen meditation.

Learn how to play the penny whistle or perform an Irish jig, or examine one of the more sobering chapters of life in the new “End of Life: Nuts and Bolts” workshop.

Explore the biology of local fishes with the new “Larval Fish Biology” course, taught at Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. Then, discover the beauty of full-grown fish with the return of the popular Gyotaku fish-printing class.

The winter term is filled with lots of new and returning classes to keep the rainy season fun and informative — from managing finances, to mastering photography, to learning the ins and outs of fly tying.

Students of all ages can get their creative juices flowing with painting, mosaics and writing courses, along with many more.

Descriptions of all classes are available at oregoncoastcc.org/communityed and registration is also available online. Participants can register by phone at 541-996-6222 or in person by visiting the college’s Lincoln City campus at 3788 SE High School Drive.

• If you have expertise and passion about a particular subject you would like to share in a future community education class, go to oregoncoastcc.org/community ed, and click the link for instructors at the top of the pag.

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