MHCC Offers 6 New Enrichment Classes to Delight Just About Anyone

Posted: January 8, 2014

Mt. Hood Community College offers more than 80 community education classes winter term, from pottery to piano to pruning like a pro, and six brand new courses.

Stretch your mind, your body and expand your interests. Chances are, there’s a class that will fuel your passion! Visit for a complete non-credit class listing and online registration.


Dancing for Birth
Instructor Lisa Marie Morgan has enjoyed dancing all over the globe, from traditional Russian folkdances in Moscow to flamenco in Spain to belly dance here in the U.S. Her passion for dance and birth are combined in the unique Dancing For Birth™ classes she teaches. As a birth doula, Morgan uses dance as a vehicle to teach women the stages of labor, pain management techniques and more. She has birthed three babies of her own and loves seeing women empowered by the experience of birth. All men and women are welcome! Classes are held Thursdays, Jan. 16 – March 20, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m., and cost $64 ($54 seniors).

Mat Pilates
This class is designed to improve muscle tone, shape, strength, endurance, flexibility and general mobility. Mat pilates is known to improve emotional balance, mental clarity, boost the immune system and stimulate circulation and blood oxygenation. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 13 – March 19, 5 – 5:50 p.m., and cost $79 ($69 seniors).

How to Write Great Stories
Instructor Ron Heacock has been teaching for several decades. He was a performing songwriter and has shared the stage with several notable artists such as Alan Ginsberg and Pete Seeger. His work has been published in Connotation, PaperTape, LIMN, Nailed, Elohi Gadugi, Cease Cows and The Pitkin Review. He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Goddard College. Classes are held Thursdays, Jan. 16 – March 20, 4 – 6 p.m., and cost $59 ($49 seniors).

MHCC has three new classes that will delight gardeners and mushroom foragers.

  • Vegetable Gardening Done Right, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 3 – 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $69 ($59 seniors).
  • Fall and Winter Gardening, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb, 17 – 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $75 ($65 seniors).
  • Mycelium Under Our feet – How Mushrooms Touch Our Lives, Tuesday, March 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $29 ($19 seniors).

These gardening classes will be taught by Steven Schmidt, who has had a successful career in municipal parks, retail garden centers, wholesale nurseries, commercial and residential landscape maintenance and horticulture contracting. He has owned his own business since1982 and written and published many articles and photographs on horticulture. Since retiring from the nursery business in 2008, he has consulted, taught in community education programs and hosted forest mushroom tours.

For more information about these and dozens of other community education classes, please visit or call 503-491-7572.

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