By Beth Howard/Around & About editor

Eastern’s Division of Community and Workforce Education will offer 16 new community education courses during the fall semester. The courses are scheduled in computer training, personal and professional development, do-it yourself, arts and crafts and recreation. Many of the classes meet only once, while others will meet over a period of several weeks. Most of the classes are held in the Perkins Building, located on Kit Carson Drive, and parking is free.

Despite a few exceptions, costs range from $10 to $99 and pre-registration, which began Aug. 16, is urged for all classes.

The new classes include Henna Body Art, Intermediate Guitar and Banjo and digital photography, among many others.

Computer training courses cover many major software programs, such as Excel, Power Point and Front Page. Several classes for computer novices and senior citizens are offered.

Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Certification Training will be offered again. Participants will become certified as a professional end-user of Microsoft Office 2000, which includes Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.

Personal development courses include language courses, Self Hypnosis, Dealing with Death and Dying, and many others.

The Professional development classes include several related to writing: A Guide to Self-Publication, Short Story and Novel Critique, Writing a Novel That Sells and Creating a Novel from Scratch. The teacher, Michael Garret, a Writer’s Digest School instructor, has written dozens of short stories and is the author of “Keeper,” a movie-optioned suspense thriller.

Other professional development courses include ACT test prep, GRE Test Prep, Bookkeeping for Business and online real estate continuing education courses.

Do-it Yourself classes include Debt-free living and Advanced Stock Picking, among a variety of others. Arts and Crafts classes include book binding, stained glass, glass etching, wood carving, oil painting and many more.

If you are just looking for a little fun you can check out the Recreation classes, such as Yoga, Couples Massage, Belly Dancing, Scuba Diving and Social Dance.

To register, or for more information, call (859) 622-1228. O’Donnell Scholarships are available for those over age 65.