Nashville Community Education

Fix-It Classes at Nashville Community Education

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Recently, there was an article written on the website Route Fifty. The article talked about a clinic that opened up in Washington, D.C. and other cities called “Fix-It Clinics.” Residents carried in items that needed to be repaired, and this helped families save and stopped things from going to the dump and waste. 

We wanted to share with you our traditional and nontraditional “Fix-it” classes that Nashville Community Education is offering this fall. 


Our sewing classes have always been very popular, and one of the classes that can fill up quickly. Sewing is great because it’s an opportunity to learn basic sewing skills. Students eventually can handle fixing clothing items, household products, and create clothing items on their own. 

Register: Beginning Sewing/ Intermediate Sewing/Intermediate Sewing Project

Picture Framing:

If you need to replace a frame around some of your favorite pictures and art pieces, this class is perfect. Students learn everything from materials selection, mat cutting, and framing methods. No need to throw away pictures or let them sit and pile up at home. 

Register: Picture Framing

T-Shirt Quilting: 

This class is a great way to stop those old t-shirts from going to waste. T-shirt Quilting allow students to bring up to ten to twelve of their favorite memorable t-shirts and create a quilt for your home or as a gift.  

Register: T-shirt Quilting

From Seed to Table Gardening:

From Seed to Table is an excellent class to learn what to do with the seeds you have at home and preserving techniques. Students also learn how to create and maintain a garden! 

Register: From Seed to Table Gardening


We have two canning classes happening this fall Canning Basics and Advanced Canning. These are two excellent classes that help reduce food waste. Canning Basics teaches you how to can jams and jellies, and the basics of non-fermented pickling and Advanced Canning teaches students about pressure canning. 

Register: Canning Basics/Advanced Canning

Eat Smart at Home:

Another way to avoid food waste is with our Eat Smart at Home class. This class teaches students how to use and make healthy food choices and make meals using items they already have in their pantry and fridge. 

Register: Eat Smart at Home

Remember classes for fall 2019 starts on September 3rd. Get registered by heading to our website, call the office 615-298-8050, or stop by the office at 4805 Park Ave. Suite 123. 

If the class has a wait list, sign up for the wait list!

Opportunity Now Internship Comes to an End

Opportunity Now


Hello, my name is Maha, and I am an Intern at Nashville Community Education. Sadly, my Internship is coming to an end. The past five weeks have been very informing and fun. I've had the experience to work in an office. I've learned a lot from my supervisors on how offices work. I had the chance to answer phones, send emails, and organize. This internship gave me an opportunity to consider office work in the future.

My supervisors were really fun and sweet. They always answered any question I had. I worked with Josh mostly and he was really patient and sweet. He taught me how to do invoices, send surveys, and answer phones. I also worked with Lakeithea on taking pictures and she was also very sweet and easy to work with. I also worked with Imelda on the schedule for new classes and she explained everything I had to do very well. I rarely worked with Imelda but, when I did I enjoyed it. Mary Beth was also very friendly and always in a good mood. I had an amazing experience working with all of them.

I took a class about two weeks ago with Shukri and, it was a lot of fun. We learned about sun printing and how it works. I learned new things in that class. Overall, my time here was amazing and I hope to come by again in the future.


Hi, my name is  Shukri and I am the social media and communication intern for Nashville Community Education. My internship has come to an end and I'm truly going to miss working here. I've had the chance to do social media posts, post classes on event sites, blog posts,  interviews, and help Lakeithea with other things.

 My supervisors were fun and nice people to work with. They were always polite and asked us if we needed anything or if we were doing fine. I mostly worked with Lakeithea and she was amazing. She taught many skills that I can really use in the future. She even told me about her personal fashion business because I am looking to go into the fashion industry as one of my career choices. I helped Josh like once or twice, and I enjoyed it. I haven't worked with Imelda, but we had conversations and she's a sweet person. Mary Beth would give us assignments now and then, and would always ask it in the politest way possible. I enjoyed working with everyone in this office and I think anyone who does this position for Opportunity NOW will not regret it.

 I had the chance to take Cyanotype Sun Printing with Maha and it was great. David was a great and fun teacher. He really knows how to teach what he does and taught us more about sun printing. Overall, my five weeks here have been amazing and I don't regret applying for this position.

Welcome NCE Opportunity Now Summer Interns


I’m Shukri Jama, one of the new NCE intern from the Opportunity Now Program. I currently attend East Nashville Magnet High School as a rising senior. I heard of the opportunity now from a friend and wanted to do medical or office work. I thought about how I would want my summer to be fun and go on vacations but I realized what a great opportunity it would be. I want to be prepared for college and my future career. The main thing I want to get out of this experience is being more social and interactive with others. I feel like the social media and communication internship will help me very well with that.

 My first day at this internship didn’t start as expected. I got lost and couldn’t find the entrance. Eventually, I called Mary Beth and she led me inside. It wasn’t bad, I actually enjoyed it. The people here are really nice and it’s a small office. It’s quiet and peaceful and a great thinking environment. Mary Beth introduced me to Josh, Lakeithea, and Imelda. With the looks of it, I’m sure I’ll enjoy this internship. Lakeithea told me what I’ll be working on as a social media communication intern and it sounds great. I hope to enjoy it and get a great experience out of it.

Opportunity Now

Hi! I am Maha Oskar, one of the most recent NCE Intern with the Opportunity Now Program. I currently attend East Nashville Magnet High School and I am a rising senior. With this program, I wish to improve on professional and communication skills. I hope to gain more knowledge of office work. I really enjoyed training week with my employment coach, Mrs. Patton. I met many new people who were friendly and supportive.

On my first day at work, I was expecting to see a lot of Interns and office desks separated all over the room. I was also expecting it to be a strict workspace. I first met Mrs. Harding, she greeted me and my co-worker with a big smile and was very friendly. I then met Josh and Lakeithea and they were also very friendly and kind. The office was quite small and simple which was not what I expected. I then was shown my desk and where I would be most of the time. Mrs. Harding then explained all the rules and requirements throughout the program. We then got a tour around the school and all the classrooms where some classes will be held. Everyone was really kind and patient.

My first day overall was calm and easy. Everyone was nicer than expected. The working environment was wonderful. I believe I will have a great six weeks working with NCE.

Nashville Community Education Spring 2019 Highlights

As our spring 2019 session comes to a close we want to highlight some awesome things that happened this session.

We welcomed many new classes and partnerships including our Partnership with Metro Nashville Business Assistance Office, Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Metro Arts Commission.


Laura from Crème Catering who hosts our Seasonal Cooking Class with Nashville Farmer’s Market came on-board and welcomed two new classes, Anti-Inflammatory Comfort Foods Series and a Knife Skills class that was a huge hit.


Amanda Scott, who has been teaching our Essential Oils class for several sessions introduced new classes, Green Cleaning with Essential Oils and Essential Oils for Emotions. In these two classes, students were able to learn healthy alternatives and also make products in class to help them get started on their new journey.


We had a fun Cookie Decorating Basics class----YUMMM!! Hope the students enjoyed decorating these cookies as much as they enjoyed eating them.

And students in our Mandarin Chinese class celebrated Lunar New Year and their instructor, Winnie gave all of her students their own Chinese New Year red pocket, “Lucky Money.”

Lucky Money

Oh, let’s not forget we got to see costume and vintage jewelry and learn all about Leather Craft and make handmade leather bags, who would’ve thought it would be that much work!!!

Leather handcraft

Making Comics class had a comic exchange party thanks to the sponsors (Wakeup Comics).

Imelda, our Program Director wrote a blog post for the spring program in Spanish!!! -Read it here!

We learned how fun HEMA can be through our Beginning HEMA: German Longsword class

Lakeithea, our Community Engagement Coordinator interviewed our instructor, Thomas Dowd about Understanding Heart Disease. Students learned about applying Makeup, we embraced Podcasting and we loved creating in journaling in Creative Personal Journal.

What an awesome session and we are looking forward to returning for the summer starting May 28th!

Singles Empowerment Day According to 372WN

Recently the team was reading through the new issue of 372WN and came across the article by Hannah Herner called “Singles Empowerment Day.”  Well we thought it was a pretty great article Hannah and we also very much agree, with number 10 “LEARN SOMETHING NEW.”

Life-long learning is one of our favorite topics, for obvious reasons and I wanted to share some awesome classes we having upcoming up. Come alone or come with a friend and spend the month of February giving yourself a little extra care and love by learning something new!

1.     Green Cleaning with Essential Oils

Essential oils naturally have deodorizing and disinfecting properties. The use of all-natural essential oil cleaners utilizes these powerful properties without worry of toxins and chemicals. In addition to learning more about essential oils for home use, students will make four different cleaning products that can be used as a natural alternative to commercial products.

2.     What’s Your Number?

The ancient Enneagram tool is gaining popularity and you may be wondering - why is everyone talking about this? What is this thing? This workshop serves to explain the Enneagram tool - where it originated, what it is, how to use it, and why it matters. You will learn your number (and your wing numbers, if any), a detailed description of your number and how it can benefit you in your life and relationships 

3.     Reiki Self-healing

In order to help others, we must first help ourselves. Beginning Reiki (ray key), a Japanese healing art, focuses on harnessing energy to perform healing techniques on your body and mind. Reiki has been shown to be effective in helping to reduce stress, pain management, soothing emotional turmoil and improving mood.

4.     Relief Printing Basics

Would you like to learn how to print your own cards using traditional techniques? Explore the basics of relief printmaking! Using hand tools to carve your own soft blocks, participants will learn a simple and satisfying process to create and print their own one-color designs, along with basic registration practices, ink techniques, and ways to continue exploring printmaking. Come prepared with ideas or improvise on the spot, and leave with cards and your own printmaking block!

5.     Basketry: Weaving with Paper

Weaving can be a mixed media adventure! Explore acrylic painting techniques then cut your painting into weaving strips. Use those strips to weave a square basket perfect for cocktail napkins or other storage.

6.     Master Meal Planning

Do you want to meal plan, but are unsure of where to start?  Learn a tried-and-true method to help you perfect your process of meal planning from grocery store to dinner table. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Lindsey Joe, will share tips and tools for saving time and money while eating healthier. 

Thanks Hannah for including Nashville Community Education in your #SinglesEmpowermentDay

Unconscious Bias and Your Relationships

Megan Johnson Rox

What's perception have to do with it? All good communication and relationships start with an accurate perception – a perception about what the person meant by their words &/or actions, i.e., the meaning of the message. How do you know if your perception of someone's words or behavior is accurate or not? It becomes clear pretty quickly when you get angry, hurt, annoyed, aggravated, offended, insulted, etc. at their words/behavior. It's safe to say that someone you are in a relationship with, whether it's a friendship or romantic relationship, is not intentionally being hurtful or malicious, and did not mean to hurt, or anger you, unless, of course, you don't choose friends/significant others wisely, or you allow yourself to be surrounded by negative, unhealthy people.

Because our perceptions are frequently incorrect, you need to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Haha. Seriously, checking your perception is necessary to have good communication and good relationships. It also helps you see that your perception of others (and the entire world around you), is just that – a perception and not the “truth” or the only way of seeing/understanding something. There are other possible ways of perceiving someone’s message and behavior and it all depends on …… YOU! Yep, it’s you who makes meaning from someone’s words, non-verbal and behavior, not them.

But, as you know, we communicate with more than just the words coming out of our mouths. In fact, a large percentage of the meaning of a message comes from the non-verbal.

Good, accurate communication is when the meaning that the person sending the message intended to send is understood by the listener/viewer exactly as the sender meant. If the meaning of messages came strictly from words, we wouldn’t have as much of a problem with miscommunications. But, as you know, we communicate with more than just the words coming out of our mouths. In fact, a large percentage of the meaning of a message comes from the non-verbal. This probably isn’t a surprise to you if you’ve ever had a miscommunication when communicating through text or computer/social media when they couldn’t use non-verbal’s to communicate what they were really trying to say. Thanks to whoever invented emoji’s, which helps a little? We pick up on someone’s emotion behind the words and focus on that more than their words. Ever asked your friend/significant other if everything’s ok and they say, “Fine” but the tone of their voice says otherwise? 

Our perception of all of this involves many things that we’re not aware of. It’s unconscious. The definition of bias, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, is “an inclination of … outlook especially: a personal … judgment”. That is what perception essentially is: your outlook and judgment. So, when I talk about unconscious bias, I’m referring to our perception and everything that affects our perception… our beliefs, values, past experiences, etc.…

In this workshop, your perception and what affects it will be brought from the subconscious depths of your mind to the forefront. You will also learn how your perception affects your relationships. When you are aware of what is controlling how you view the world and others, you can take control of it. And this is the most empowering feeling! You will start to see your communication and relationships change for the better when you become aware of your perception and not let it unconsciously control your reactions to others and the world around you.

Written by instructor: Megan Johnson Rox

Register for Megan’s upcoming class: Unconscious Bias and Your Relationships.

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I just wrote a FB post about this too...

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3 Things That Can Help You Decompress Your Stress


Checklist= adopt a Qigong practice, get your Reiki on, teach somebody something you love :)

1) Allow yourself to explore the ancient practice of Qigong.

Some have referred to Qigong as "medicinal movement" (see Dr. Mercola's article using this term here ). If you have a hard time settling your mind, when you add your desire to meditate to good posture and proper breathing, you find that the mind will settle on its own. That's just getting started in a Qigong practice; there are so many physical and mental/emotional benefits to be gained from Eastern healing exercises like Qigong, Yoga and Tai Chi- and positive results are shown over and again in medical research. Most Qigong movement classes are inexpensive, and you don't have to buy a lot of equipment to begin; once you get going, even 5-15 minutes a day can produce dramatic stress relief, so why not give it a try?

I am excited to announce that I am being given the opportunity to teach a free mini Qigong course for three weeks on Wednesday evenings at the Madison Community Center in January. This class is only a short term commitment and is coming up fast- come out and bring a friend to experience this with you.

If you are unable to find room in your busy schedule for this class, don't fret- more chances are available- check out the newest classes offered at Nashville Community Education. Registration for their Spring Session is now open online, or you may call them at: 615-298-8050. The dynamic staff at NCE is dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning and continues to expand their reach throughout the city. I know of two great energy healing classes that are being presented among their super interesting course selections during the spring 2019 session at the Cohn Adult Learning Center and in Madison. Look on page 14 *hint, hint*.

2) Make self-healing part of your "Ideal" life. Allow yourself to consider that self-care is healthcare.

Reiki Natural Healing can be a simple and powerful part of a self-care routine and it is easy to learn.

We all have the capacity to do healing work, whether the aim is to become a professional healer, or to use our super powers informally to help the people around us, our pets or ourselves. It isn't even hard, once you allow yourself the possibility. The only requirements for beginning Reiki training are a sincere desire to learn it and an open Heart/Mind. Like many of the Eastern Healing Arts, the first thing a student learns is to heal him or herself.

What is Reiki like? Here's a perspective on what Reiki is like:

Carla Trujillo, Sedona based Reiki Master/Teacher

The Reiki Ideals form the ethical backbone for Reiki practitioners worldwide. There are many variations translated from the Japanese, but the actual origin of these principles remains debatable and hence, a mystery. Their meaning taken together is a powerful practice of self-healing. William Lee Rand, a well-known Reiki Master has written an article on the possible origins of these principles, if you would like to read it here. The first level of Reiki training usually includes memorizing these precepts and using them as part of a healing meditation, but, I like to encourage students to personalize them, once they begin to understand the intent behind them. Words spoken from the truth in your very own Heart are always more powerful. The guidance from these values is not meant to suggest that we can eliminate anger, worry, cruelty, or ingratitude- these are all emotions that are very natural for each of us. The trick to happy living, or to be more content with life's circumstances, is to learn how to "touch and release"- acknowledge when these emotions come up, but don't get hooked in for too long.


3) Use some of your time to teach somebody something you love to do. Allow yourself to trust in the value of the things you share and believe in.

As Booker T. Washington once said, "Living is the art of Loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

There are at least two reasons why I love teaching:

1) It helps me deepen my learning and practice. I probably learn more from my students than they do from me in many ways.

2) I love seeing other people be as profoundly affected by these healing practices as I was from the beginning and continue to be every day.

For the past 5 years, I have had the wonderful privilege of being able to share the practices of Qigong movement and Reiki Natural Healing. Volunteering at Fifty Forward and teaching for Nashville Community Education has given me great opportunities. I am so grateful for both organizations and their outreach to serve the best and highest good for the whole community of Nashville, Tennessee. If you are interested in teaching or volunteering with either group, click their links to find out how to get involved. You'll be very glad you did.

"When one teaches, two learn." Robert Heinlein

Preview of Making Comics

Students will learn how to plot, plan, and prep an eight page mini comic, on the topic of their choice. Learn how to make daily journal comics, create recipe comics, or tell a short story in this immersive class. No drawing skills necessary - artists of all skill levels are welcome. Materials are provided. A final class on March 7 will meet at Wake Up Comics inside Groove Record Store for a comics and zine exchange!

Note: Open to ages 16+ (no parent necessary) or ages 13+ if a parent registers as well!

Thanks to @wakeupcomics for sponsoring our final class and some materials!

Want to learn more about Visual Storytelling in Making Comics? Read instructor Becca Hillburn latest blog post, Learning How To Tell Stories Visually with Becca Hillburn.

You can also register for the class Making Comics. The class begins 1/24 at Cohn School.

Learning How To Tell Stories Visually with Becca Hillburn

Learn how to turn your story ideas into scripts, your scripts into thumbnail sketches, and your thumbnail sketches into finished comic pages in this six-week course!

If you've always wanted to learn how to make your own comics, or are interested in learning more about visual storytelling, Making Comics is a perfect introductory course designed to get you producing comics. Over six weeks, you'll learn about scripting, planning and designing your characters, environments, and panels, the ins, and outs of the comic production process, traditional inking techniques, and assembling your comic into a printed mini-comic for exchange. For students interested in a deeper dive, there are additional materials for the course from the instructor available online via blog posts and YouTube videos.

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During this class, we’re going to cover the basics of human anatomy for cartooning, an introduction to perspective for constructing backgrounds, and an exploration of traditional inking materials such as technical pens, brush pens, inking nibs, and brushes.

Comic Books

Even if you're already making comics, this class provides an excellent opportunity to meet other comic artists, create comics in a friendly setting, hone your skills, and seek critique. Feel free to work at your own pace in a welcoming environment, or work along with the structure of the class.


Not an artist? Fear not--this class is geared to be useful for beginners as well as more experienced artists. If you need additional help or resources, I’m available via email during the semester, and there’s a Facebook group to facilitate critique and growth during and even after class.

Class ends with a mini comic exchange--every student will get a copy of their classmates' comics, learn a bit about zine and mini comic culture, and find about about further opportunities for creating comics.

The next class Making Comics starts on January 24th.

Comic Books