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Passport to Retirement

At a time when 78 million baby boomers are approaching retirement age this 2-day workshop will review information needed to assess costs associated with retirement, determine sources of retirement income, improve investment potential, reduce financial risk, and promote estate preservation. The content provides insight on fighting the effects of inflation, avoiding unnecessary taxes, and addressing the high cost of long-term care expenses. Students will receive a 135-page workbook that will serve as a reference tool to use for years to come. 6 hours. $50

65679 TTh 2/26–2/28 6–9 p.m. CEC 6-108 February 19 registration deadline
65680 TTh 3/19–3/21 6–9 p.m. OCC March 12 registration deadline

Gardening

Landscapes You Can Eat!

Join Durham's Bountiful Backyards for an in-depth look at how YOU can grow abundant, delicious, and beautiful gardens on both the home and neighborhood scales! Learn fundamental natural gardening techniques for producing food, medicine, tea, and beauty by creating ideal gardening conditions at minimal cost. This course covers basic forest ecology; building soil; composting; growing vegetables, fruits, and edible mushrooms; basic garden design; and all the how-to's for the intensive production of useful crops on a small scale. Students gain hands-on experience and develop knowledge and practical skills alongside their peers. The course also includes local field trips on two Saturdays from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 24 hours. $100

65693 T 1/22–4/2 6–7:30 p.m. CEC 6-109 January 15 registration deadline