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Community Education Workshop Series

Community Education workshops are open to the general public regardless of educational background. These classes are self-supporting, and the fees collected from Community Education cover all instructional, administrative, and overhead cost of the program.

Community Education workshops are non-credit and do not carry credit applicable toward an Ohio University degree or transfer to other institutions. Classes are scheduled year round.

Floral arranging? Crocheting? Macramé? Terrariums? Leather Accessories for Guys & Gals? Do any of these interest you? Are there any types of workshops you would like to see offered at OHIO Chillicothe? Please give us your feedback!


SUMMER 2022 

FALL 2022



Saturday, July 16 | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Beginner Bread Basket

Join instructor, Melodee Caudill, for this beginner basket weaving class! Students will learn the wooden base lay out of basket weaving, continuing with the weaving and rim placement, to create a beautiful Bread Basket. There will be several accent color choices available to match your home decor. This basket will complement your table and can be dressed up or down for any event! 

Instructor: Melodee Caudill

Max. Enrollment: 12

Cost: $60




Monday, July 18 | 6 pm to 8 pm

Summer Tiki Mixology Class

Registration opens: May 17

Do you Tiki?  The classic style and culture of Tiki is bright, bold, and entertaining.  Its roots begin during the years of prohibition, span multiple countries, and remain one of the most talked about styles of cocktail creating.  In this class you will learn how to create two classic Tiki Cocktails and also about the history and future of the style of Tiki.  Each participant will also receive their own ceramic Tiki mug to create your favorite cocktail at home.

Instructor: Tara Gillum | Owner of Steiner's Speakeasy

Max. Enrollment: 30

Cost: $50



Tuesday, July 19 | 6 pm to 8 pm
Summer Tiki Mixology Class   
Do you Tiki? The classic style and culture of Tiki is bright, bold, and entertaining. Its roots begin during the years of prohibition, span multiple countries, and remain one of the most talked about styles of cocktail creating. In this class you will learn how to create two classic Tiki Cocktails and also about the history and future of the style of Tiki. Each participant will also receive their own ceramic Tiki mug to create your favorite cocktail at home.

Instructor: Tara Gillum | Owner of Steiner's Speakeasy
Max. Enrollment: 30

Cost: $50




4-Day Workshop

  • Thursday, September 8
  • Thursday, September 15 
  • Thursday, September 22
  • Thursday, September 29

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

Beginner's Crochet

Beginner's Crochet will take you from the very basics of picking the best yarn to completing your first project! Whether you want to pick up a new hobby, have a refresher course, or make cute accessories for yourself and friends, get started here! We will cover a few basic stitches, pattern reading, tips and tricks, plus more! Pick the object you would like to complete and get hands-on help through every step. *Depending on the pattern you choose you may be required to buy additional yarn. Registration includes: 2 crochet hooks, 2 skeins of yarn, stitch markers, and a yarn needle. 

Instructor: Madison Andre | Owner of Andre's Bakery

Max. Enrollment: 15

Cost: $65




Saturday, September 10 | 11 am to 1 pm

Intro to Bullet Journaling

Join Cassandra for an introduction to bullet journaling! Part planner, diary, notebook, and art therapy, bullet journals offer a way for us to organize our life, be ourselves, meet our goals, decrease stress, and keep everything in one place!  No matter what you need, bullet journaling is perfect for you. You can make your journal into anything that you want and that is what makes them so great. 

In this workshop you’ll receive a bullet journal and materials to help you get started. You'll learn how to set up your journal, how to create monthly spreads, how to design trackers, and how to make the most of this new hobby. With a bullet journal you can track your health habits, take notes, doodle, make art, log workouts, make lists, keep a gratitude log, plan trips, create budget or savings trackers, and much more!

No experience or skills required. All materials will be provided. 

Instructor: Cassandra Sharp | Owner of All About That Breath

Max. Enrollment: 15

Cost: $45



Iris Folding

Tuesday, September 13 | 6 pm to 8 pm

Iris Paper Folding

The class provides all necessary materials and instruction to make a framed 5 x 7 picture.  A variety of templates will be available for participants to select their choice of picture.  Holiday, OSU and OU to give an example.  This is a medium skill set involving paper cutting, folding and taping to a numbered template. 

Instructor: Susan Shea 

Max. Enrollment: 15

Cost: $28



Plant Hanger

Saturday, September 17 | 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

Beginner Macramé Plant Hanger

Join Woven With Wildflowers for a beginner's course in macramé where you will create a stunning vintage-inspired plant hanger of your very own.

Instructor: Woven with Wildflowers (Carrie Bowdle & Sydney Newsome)

Max. Enrollment: 20

Cost: $45




Saturday, September 24 | 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Henna 101

Learn about an enduring tradition, timeless art of henna body art and wonderful artistry of beautiful patterns which comes with practice and control. This course allows students to get in touch with their creative side, and learn the methods required when usingnatural henna paste to achieve beautiful, flowing pieces of body artwork.

You’ll leave this course with:

  • Basic flow & simple patterns- on paper
  • Henna preparation – how to mix henna, how to make henna applicator
  • Techniques and practical henna application
  • Henna aftercare
  • Each student will receive a custom henna design
  • Understanding of history of henna
  • Understanding of henna safety.Instructor: Alisha Suleiman

Max. Enrollment: 15

Cost: $45




Saturday, October 8 | 11 am to 12:30 pm

Needle Felted Pumpkins

Join Cassandra for a Fall inspired fiber arts class as she guides you in making your own needled felted pumpkin to take home. Learn how to use special needles along with hand dyed wool roving to create unique shapes with this therapeutic activity.  All supplies for needle felting will be provided.

Instructor: Cassandra Sharp | Owner of All About That Breath

Max. Enrollment: 15

Cost: $35




Wednesday, October 12 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Intro to Genealogy

Genealogy is the study of families, family history, and the tracing of lineages. This course covers the fundamentals of finding ancestors/relatives and building a family tree. Participants will gain an understanding of how to kickstart your family history research through learning how to access historical records, such as: census and other public records, newspaper archives, computer databases (Family Search and Ancestry), military records, etc. 

*Registration includes a Genealogy workbook and free guided visits to the library of the Ross County Genealogical Society.

Instructor: Ross County Genealogical Staff

Max. Enrollment: 30

Cost: $45


Paul Hixon has a BSEE from Ohio University. He worked as a civilian program manager in the U.S. Navy in Washington DC, retiring in 2006 as the Director of Communications Systems for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition. He started family research in the 1970s using the National Archives and court records. He currently is the President of the Ross County Genealogical Society.

Susan Byers Schwartz holds a master’s degree in Education from Ohio University. She taught Ohio History, English, and Spanish in junior high and high schools in the area. Susan retired after 30 years of service working for the five-county Paint Valley ADAMH Board as Associate Director. She has been researching her family history for over 20 years.

Johnda Scott has been involved with volunteering at the Ross County Genealogical Society and researching her family’s genealogy since 1989. She is currently the webmaster for the RCGS website. She is a graduate of Zane Trace High School and attended OU-C before accepting a position at the VA Medical Center where she retired in 2005 after 36 years. Other interests when not doing genealogy includes attending her nieces and nephews sporting events.

Carol Cottrill is a lifelong resident of Ross County. She is a graduate of Chillicothe High School and enjoyed a 45-year long career at Mead/Glatfelter. She was active with her children’s 4H, scouting, and school sports and now enjoys watching her grandchildren play. A lifelong hobby of gardening led to training as a Master Gardener and later a coordinator for that program in Ross County. She has sifted through family history for almost 50 years and encouraged others to record their own story. She has extensively used DNA to assist other family members in finding their roots.

Karen Cydrus received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ohio University, Class of 1980.  She was raised in Ross County and graduated from Huntington High School, Class of 1972. She started researching in genealogy in the 1980’s when her children took Genealogy as 4-H projects.  That research has continued into the computer age, where information is more readily available. Three grandchildren have taken genealogy projects with 2 being state award winners. Currently, she is a 20-year member of Ross County Genealogical Society.  Since becoming a member, the titles of Librarian and Treasurer have been added.  She is also a member of The Ohio Genealogical Society for 9 years. Currently, Karen is a Trustee with that organization for 8 years.




Saturday, November 5 | 12 pm to 2 pm

Jump Into Fall Candle Making

Grab some friends and join us for a beginner level candle making class! Emma Martin, owner and operator of B & E Candle Co. and second-generation candle maker, will be giving some history on candles and their relation to the autumn season, the best scents for cozy Fall candles, and how to make your very own scented soy wax candles! You will receive hands-on experience to using candle dye, pouring 4 miniature candles, 1 tray of wax bark with over 20 scents to choose from!

Instructor: Emma Martin | Owner of B&E Candle Co.

Max. Enrollment: 15

Cost: $45