The Simmons County Adult Career Education Outreach (ACEO) has announced that two new courses will be permanently added to their current curriculum, beginning in October.
"How To Become A Crazy Cat Lady" and "I Wonder If He's Gay" will both be offered on the first and second Fridays of each month, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The ACEO recommends interested persons should visit the ACEO website (simmons.aceo.org) or stop by the administration office to register. The courses are limited to 100 participants each and both are expected to fill up quickly.
ACEO spokesperson Emily Adams said "both of these new courses are in response to changes in our community. Divorce rates are up and dating is becoming more difficult. We want to serve our community's needs."
The facilitator for "How To Become A Crazy Cat Lady" will be Sheila Harper, who is a crazy cat lady herself. Harper's bio on the ACEO's website states that she already had two cats after her divorce in 2002 from a 20 year marriage. Today she has seven cats and refers to them as "my babies." Over the years, Harper's neighbors realized she'd become a crazy cat lady as they began to see her cats in sweaters, and after she started dressing them up as the seven dwarfs, and herself as Snow White, for Halloween.
Bob Flacid will facilitate "I Wonder If He's Gay", which will focus on teaching men why their neighbors and the community in general question the man's sexual orientation. The course will break out into three groups - one for men who want to keep people guessing, one for men who want to confirm that he is not gay, and one that teaches a man how to leave no question that he is gay.