Want to learn something new this summer without straying far from home? In addition to an extensive class lineup in the Salt Lake valley, Lifelong Learning at The University of Utah offers four classes tailored specifically to Park City residents.

Park City area classes kick off with Introduction to Digital Photography beginning on June 15, 2009. Find out what mega-pixel counts, white balance, shutter speed, lens opening, digital zoom, and other digital camera terms mean and how to use them to your advantage. This class will also cover traditional photographic imaging skills such as use of shutter speeds and lens openings, composition, and portraiture, so you can spend more time making great images and less time fixing them in your computer.

New for summer 2009, Outdoor Photography: Boot and Shoot provides an excuse to visit and capture some of the area’s most scenic spots. Taught by Jackie Lehle, a freelance nature and outdoor portrait photographer and an avid hiker, this hands-on class allows students to discover new places while honing their photography skills under the watchful eye of the instructor.

Beginning on July 17, The Personal Essay is an intensive, three-week class that covers the basics of writing and selling first-person narratives such as Newsweek's 'My Turn' and the New York Times' 'Modern Love'. You will learn how to decide which story to tell, how to shape it so it makes a universal point, and how to find resonance in everyday events. This class is open to writers of all levels of experience who are confident with basic sentence structure and composition.

Lifelong Learning’s Theta Healing Workshop rounds out the summer lineup beginning on July 31, 2009. This experiential, three-day workshop teaches students how to step into their strength and take control of thoughts, beliefs, emotions and their personal worlds. By connecting and holding a deeply relaxed state of consciousness, students will learn how to trust, connect to their natural abilities and make positive life changes.

Lifelong Learning at The University of Utah provides high-quality evening and weekend classes that challenge, inform, entertain and generally enhance the lives of adults through learning and social interaction. For a complete list of classes or to register, visit www.lifelong.utah.edu or call (801) 587-LIFE (5433).