Courses

Current Class Offerings

Below is a listing of class offerings for the 2022 Spring Quarter. 

Registration opens at 12:00 AM ET on March 14, 2022.
Registration closes at 11:00 PM ET on March 27, 2022.


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Mondays


The ABCs of Tea NEW (S22-01)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [IN PERSON]
Do you know your ABCs?  Probably the ones that go with the little song you learned in school, but do you know the ABCs of Tea?   In this course, you will learn some interesting, little known, and obscure facts about the world of tea.  Believe it or not, each letter of the alphabet relates in some way or another to tea.   We will journey from Assamica to Zavarka and all the letters in between--savoring and sipping while expanding your knowledge of this second most popular beverage in the world.  So, get ready to learn about tea with a new set of ABCs! ... [ more ]


Buddhism Past and Present: An Introduction to the Origins and Development of Modern Buddhism NEW (S22-02)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [VIA ZOOM]
An introduction to the origin and development of the East Asian Buddhist spiritual tradition.  Beginning with the life of Buddha in India, Buddhism's cultural and social adaptations to China and Japan will be explored.  Contemporary popular, political, and spiritual Buddhism will also be discussed ... [ more ]


Intermediate Card Crafting ONGOING (S22-03)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM [IN PERSON]
This in-person class will provide/continue the instruction of paper crafting skills leading to the construction of greeting cards. In most classes two (2) different designs are presented with the making of two (2) cards per design resulting in four (4) cards per class.  Twenty-two cards will be made from 11 designs with several bonus card options.  The styles/designs/techniques to be made are as follows:  Fancy folds including Flap Fold, Waterfall, W-Fold; Negative Space, the Picture Frame, and Slimline cards.  A variety of All Occasion Cards will be constructed with heavy emphasis on Masculine/Guy cards.  At this time I have plans for 5 of 11 cards to be masculine.  I have worked all requests from last Fall 2021 into the cards we’ll be making. Also, each class will include new embellishment techniques appropriate to the cards constructed/made.  The instructor provides all materials except adhesives; the Class Store will be available again to purchase these as needed.  There is a class fee of $50 to cover the cost of materials.  A basic supply list is provided to all new students ... [ more ]


Growing Christianity NEW (S22-04)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM [IN PERSON]
It may be one of the biggest turnarounds in history.  Paul went from Christianity's main persecutor to its most zealous champion.  He almost single-handedly spread this "new" religion across the Eastern Roman Empire. What does it take to change the hearts and minds of people?  In today's divided political and cultural climate, that might be a question worth exploring ... [ more ]


Inventions and Innovations, A to Z NEW (S22-05)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [VIA ZOOM]
From Aeolian wind harps to Ziploc™ bags, we will review many varied inventions and innovations – sometimes their development history, or how they work, or how they’re made, etc.  Topic areas include aircraft, home products, autonomous vehicles, building systems, civil engineering, architecture… and much more. Note: This class consists primarily of presentation and discussion of Youtube™ content ... [ more ]


The Reality of Dreams NEW (S22-06)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
Biology, Chemistry, Religion, Psychology and Physics all combine to give us a glimpse of this reality.  Carl Jung concluded that God directly communicated to humans through dreams.  Are dream images universal or unique?  What do those dreams mean to us?  If Jung is correct, is this the only way we might perceive God?  One need not have attend the "Nature of Reality" to understand this class ... [ more ]


Deep Space and the Cosmos REPEAT (S22-07)

Mondays, April 4 - May 16, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:45 PM [IN PERSON]
This course explores deep space beyond our solar system.  Learn about our galaxy, the Milky Way, other galaxies in the expanding Universe and the Big Bang Theory.  Other topics include lifecycle of the stars, quasars, supernovae, red giants, black holes, and gravitational waves.  Also learn about the Hubble Telescope and the new James Webb Space Telescope ... [ more ]


Rare 20th Century Composers NEW (S22-08)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
Most of us have heard the music of Copland, Debussy, or even Shostavkovich.  If the names are not familiar, the music is.  Yet, there are a number of composers from the 20th Century who produced beautiful, accessible music and were even influential in their day, yet history seems to have forgotten them.  Some were innovators of orchestral music, reinvigorating the form.  Others reflected the ever-changing times that the 20th Century brought.  Let's rediscover their music and its place in recent history ... [ more ]


Ready, Set, Action! When Estate Planning & Movies Collide NEW (S22-09)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
This class will cover basic estate planning topics, including power of attorney documents, trusts, wills, and living wills.  I will be presenting movie clips to help illustrate what can go right and wrong in estate planning.  Each class will highlight a different document or topic.  I encourage discussion in class about what is being taught.  However direct legal advice will not be given ... [ more ]


Prayer in Our Lives NEW (S22-10)

Mondays, April 4 - May 9, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
This class, taught by an Orthodox Christian priest, will look at different types of prayer and at the mystery of how prayer works.  And why sometimes it does not seem to work?

Some of the types of prayer that will be looked at are:  praying for others, praying for oneself, having a disciplined daily time of prayer, praying through the day, and striving towards unceasing prayer (especially by the use of the ancient Jesus Prayer).  Class members (and their insights) from all spiritual traditions - or none at all - are welcome ... [ more ]


Tuesdays


Introductory Watercolor (Class 1) NEW (S22-11)

Tuesdays, April 5 - April 19, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM [IN PERSON]
Beginner and intermediate students will learn the basic principles of Fine Art.  Participants will be painting poppies with step by step, one on one instruction to develop skillful use of art supplies.  Participants will also build basic knowledge of composition (by drawing shapes and forms), the use of color and values of perspective.  Participants will be critiqued with positive reinforcement and build confidence while enjoying fellowship in the class. ... [ more ]


Introductory Watercolor (Class 2) NEW (S22-12)

Tuesdays, April 26 - May 10, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM [IN PERSON]
Beginner and intermediate students will learn the basic principles of Fine Art.  Participants will be painting poppies with step by step, one on one instruction to develop skillful use of art supplies.  Participants will also build basic knowledge of composition (by drawing shapes and forms), the use of color and values of perspective.  Participants will be critiqued with positive reinforcement and build confidence while enjoying fellowship in the class. ... [ more ]


Hollywood Movies Part 3 - 1960s and 1970s NEW (S22-13)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [IN PERSON]
New Hollywood began in the late 1960s with the financial success of Easy Rider and Bonnie & Clyde.  In the decade that followed, audiences experienced a creative output from Hollywood like never before.  In this class we’ll be taking a look at just how that happened through the directors, actors, producers and pivotal cultural events of the era.

Part 1 and 2 not necessary to take Part 3 ... [ more ]


Cyber Security for Seniors NEW (S22-14)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [IN PERSON]
Cyber Security for Seniors is a six-week course designed to teach you the basics of cyber security and to inform you of some of the tricks and schemes used to attempt to trick us out of our hard-earned money or steal our identity to commit fraud.

We will be using videos, PowerPoints, current events, and most of all, your questions to make this as interesting a class as possible ... [ more ]


Selected Topics in United States History NEW (S22-15)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
Topics for six weeks:

The Electoral College, William Henry Harrison, The Mexican-American War, Jim Crow, Woodrow Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles, and The "Three Rs" of the New Deal's "3 Rs." ... [ more ]


Methods of Relaxation NEW (S22-16)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
Learn, understand, and practice various techniques of relaxation including deep breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation, visualization, movement to relax, yoga, and fine motor relaxation.  Recognize and know how one might achieve higher levels of relaxation using the various techniques introduced.  Participants will be encouraged to develop a positive attitude toward learning relaxation techniques and their relationship to increasing levels of peace in one’s life both during times of stress and to proactively manage stressors more effectively ... [ more ]


Loneliness: The Human Signal We Need to Hear NEW (S22-17)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
In his seminal research book, ‘Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection’, Dr. John Cacioppo writes, “…loneliness itself is not a disease; feeling lonely from time to time is like feeling hungry or thirsty from time to time. It is part of being human.  The trick is to heed these signals in ways that bring long-term satisfaction.”

In this era of COVID19 where few of us have not been touched by loneliness, this class will cover the implications of loneliness for individual and societal health and well-being, the impact of social media, the role of faith and spirituality, evolutionary and neurological reasons for loneliness, and how to find and restore real, meaningful human connection for overall happiness.

We will rediscover our own unique resilience and learn many of the simple changes we can make now to change our lives and improve our well-being ... [ more ]


Basic Computer Skills NEW (S22-18)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [VIA ZOOM]
This class will focus on basic computer topics: file maintenance, how to work better and safer online, and explore social media sites.  You will learn to organize your favorite websites, how to delete your browsing history and how to browse privately.  You will explore sites that will help the creative side of you (Pinterest, Etsy) and the shopping/selling side (eBay, Craig’s List) as well as many others.  You will learn basic image editing, screenshots, and importing graphics into your documents ... [ more ]


Exploring Mars NEW (S22-19)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
Mars has long been an object of human interest. With the advent of modern astronomy in the 17th century to the space flights of today, Mars has repeatedly been an object of study and considered to be a possible abode of life.  This course will cover the history of Mars exploration from ancient times to the present with a focus on 19th and 20th Century developments ... [ more ]


Sleep Management NEW (S22-20)

Tuesdays, April 5 - May 10, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
Sleep is more important than you think! Join this six-session series to learn topics that can help you with sleep management: 1) sleep basics; 2) stress and positivity (our attitude helps with sleep); 3) how sleep relates to everyday tasks; 4) nutrition’s role with sleep; 5) physical activities' role with sleep; 6) practical and helpful sleep tips for a better night’s sleep ... [ more ]


Wednesdays


Cleveland Sports Highlights (and Lowlights) NEW (S22-21)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [IN PERSON]
We will look at the 1948 Cleveland Indians, the 1964 Cleveland Browns.  The 1976 Miracle at Richfield and much much more.  We will view rare video footage and share stories and memories.  I plan on bringing in a few retired Cleveland athletes and some sports authors.  Prizes and a few surprises! ... [ more ]


Nicholas and Alexandra: The Lost Tsar and Tsarina of Russia NEW (S22-22)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [VIA ZOOM]
Nicholas and Alexandra have been called saints, innocent victims, or even the cause of the Russian revolution.  What really happened?  Did their love end the empire?  Discover their passions, their strengths, their weaknesses and newly released information and clues to the missing jewels.  Do you have one in your closet? ... [ more ]


Basic Drawing 101 NEW (S22-23)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [IN PERSON]
This class is a foundation class that builds on 2D shapes.  It provides proportional measuring and value shading which results in an accurate drawing of all subject areas.  Focus Areas will be: Accuracy, Basic Shading, Tone and Value Control, and Using an Artistic Eye ... [ more ]


Cinemagic - The Art of the Film Composer NEW (S22-24)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [VIA ZOOM]
Music has the power to open the frame of reference to a story or film and reveal its inner life in a way that cannot be articulated in any other fashion.  Music can create that dramatic, tense or even humorous moment in a film.  This class will review the progression of film music from the original synchronization of Film and Sound through the Golden Age of Film to the contemporary masters.  Composers such as Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams are just a few of those to be reviewed in this class.  Film clip excerpts will be used to present the music ... [ more ]


Creativity With Color NEW (S22-25)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
If you love working with colors and textures, this class is for you!  Each week we will explore one hue in-depth using a variety of art mediums to create 6 collages of color.  Starting with Red the 1st week, we’ll explore the color wheel and create a 5x7 artwork using a mixed media approach for each one.  Travel through the full spectrum to make a rainbow of artworks that will be completed by the end of our six weeks together.  No art experience is necessary.  All are welcome!  Please bring these basic supplies to the first class: pencil, pen, scissors, glue stick, color pencils and color markers ... [ more ]


Landmark Cases Part 4 ONGOING (S22-26)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM [VIA ZOOM]
Part 4 of our review of Landmark Cases of the Supreme Court will include the following:
1. New York Times v Sullivan - right to free press;
2. United States v Nixon - Executive privilege and criminal behavior;
3. Shelby v Holder - federal approval for state voting rights law changes;
5. Fulton v City of Philadelphia -adoption v religious objection;
6. Student Athletes of NCAA v Alston - payment for athletes to participate.  Each class stands alone and this session does not depend on prior participation in other classes ... [ more ]


American Icons REPEAT (S22-27)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
This course features six one-man shows, one per class, as a Historic American in our nation’s history.  They include: New York's Archibald Gracie IV – “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic;” Theodore Roosevelt – “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick;” Lawman Wyatt Earp – “Doc Holliday and I: Gunfight at the OK Corral;” Ernest Hemingway – “My Movable Writer’s Life;” Secret Service Agent Clint Hill – “Protecting the Kennedys,” and Abraham Lincoln – “Lincoln on Leadership.” ... [ more ]


Ships, Shipping and Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes NEW (S22-28)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
The Great Lakes are an important part of the history of this region.  This class will cover a small portion of the maritime history of the Great Lakes.  We will start with the top 10 stories that make the Great Lakes an International Story.  From there we will talk about underwater archaeology,  The Battle of Lake Erie, Passenger Boats of the Great Lakes and two different shipwrecks – one that has been extensively studied and one that is still a mystery.  Come and learn more about this important history ... [ more ]


Growing Your Best Self as a Grandparent: Positive Influence, Good Boundaries, Healthy Conflict Management NEW (S22-29)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [VIA ZOOM]
Loads of studies show that Grandparents can have a unique role in sharing values, acting as healthy role models, and extending the positive influence of parents on kids' behavior.  We'll take a look at our own conflict management style and how it impacts our family, positive discipline techniques that kids respond to, and skillful ways to turn sibling squabbles into teachable moments ... [ more ]


Bad Girls Throughout History: Remarkable Women Who Changed the World NEW (S22-30)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [VIA ZOOM]
Meet the women who made history and made their mark on the world.  Revolutionary women who challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all that followed.  From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, women in science, activists, and spies.  The accomplishments of these incredible women who dared to push boundaries vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change ... [ more ]


Potpourri of Plants NEW (S22-31)

Wednesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
We share the Earth with nearly 400,000 plant species.  Plants are used for medicine, food, building material, poisons, fuel, and just plain enjoyment.  In this class, we will examine the stories of an eclectic selection of plants, learning how they live, how they have influenced human history, and the contributions they make to our planet and our lives ... [ more ]


Thursdays


Crafts with Barbara NEW (S22-32)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM [IN PERSON]
Join Barbara Richardson and explore how to sculpt paper into 18 flower and botanical elements found in nature.  You will then learn how to incorporate them into more than four delightful projects.  Forming paper to represent architecture in nature while adding unexpected and surreal touches is visually captivating and challenging.  Cutting, coloring, twisting, winding and bending paper into individual blossoms takes an intense level of concentration and focus leading to serenity in the process.  Come explore the possibilities of paper with us… we promise you will be amazed with your unique creations!!

See Craft Descriptions and class cost in Special Notes ... [ more ]


Introduction to Estate and Long Term Planning REPEAT (S22-34)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 10:15 AM - 11:35 AM [IN PERSON]
Learn the basics of estate planning and elder law in this unique, hands-on course.  Discover how to efficiently pass on your assets to your children or heirs through probate avoidance and asset protection strategies.  The instructor uses real-life examples to explain basic wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advanced directives and other estate planning tools ... [ more ]


Real Estate From the Ground Up REPEAT (S22-35)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
You own it…you rent it…you use it…you invest in it…but how much do you actually know about it?  This class will provide some of the basics about something we all need and use: Land…Real Estate…Real Property.  We will cover title, ownership, rights and interests, its role in everyone’s life and the benefits of the private property system we are afforded here in the United States and how it is used for our basic necessities and as an investment vehicle.  We’ll cover the role of the market in buying and selling, supply and demand, financing and even touch upon the world of a real estate salesperson/broker.  We strongly encourage attendee participation and will provide a forum for personal situations and topics that will directly impact those attending ... [ more ]


Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) REPEAT (S22-36)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [VIA ZOOM]
Google Workspace is a free integrated site of secure "in the cloud" collaboration and productivity apps by Google including: Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Drive, Doc, Forms, Sheets, Photos, Sites and more.  Learn how to use Google apps to organize your life "in the cloud."  If you have an internet device (desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablet, smartphone, etc.) you can use Google Workspace to save bookmarks and passwords "in the cloud."  Create calendar events and share with family and friends, backup and organize photos, save documents in the Google Drive to easily search and find. Example: recipes, photos, retirement files, manuals.  Compatible with Microsoft Office files.  Free storage of 15GB for non-Google file types.

NOTE: It is suggested that you have one device to watch the class and one to use for in-class working with the apps ... [ more ]


JFK II: Evidence of a Medical Cover-Up REPEAT (S22-37)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 12:45 PM - 02:05 PM [IN PERSON]
The existing medical evidence surrounding the assassination of JFK provides virtually irrefutable confirmation of a massive conspiracy and cover-up.  The class will focus, in detail, on this aspect of the tragic event.  Information from eyewitnesses at Parkland Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital (where the autopsy was performed), along with facts from the extensive work and writings of an Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) member, and a physician who has visited the Archives nine times to study the photos and x-rays will be presented.  In addition, remarkable footage from the interviews of a credentialed photo analyst and film experts regarding the Zapruder film will be viewed along with other pertinent documents.  The dissemination of the information will be provided through a PowerPoint presentation and films.

NOTE: If you have taken this class before, there is some new material included in this one ... [ more ]


Mindfulness: The Brain and Body Experience REPEAT (S22-38)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [IN PERSON]
I will start the class with my background and journey to teaching Mindfulness to Judges at the National Judicial Conference in Reno, Nevada.  The ILR class will explore the science and practical aspects of Mindfulness and the use of Meditation in the Mindfulness Movement.  We will practice the use of the breath as the anchor of Mindfulness meditation and mind training.  We will look at some of the Masters of Mindfulness Teaching.  Finally, at the end of lecture and questions, we will engage in a 3-Minute Guided Meditation ... [ more ]


Mysterious Beginnings: Mystery and Detective Fiction Origins (S22-39)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:05 PM [VIA ZOOM]
The mystery story is one of the most popular forms of contemporary fiction.  It began at the end of the 19th century, but has exploded throughout mainstream culture with the 20th century.  Why?  What factors in society contributed to this?  What is it about the mystery story that makes it so irresistible?  Join us for a discussion of these topics as well as contemporary trends and popular authors ... [ more ]


Black Singers Who Crossed the Racial Divide to Become Stars NEW (S22-40)

Thursdays, April 7 - May 12, 2022 | 02:40 PM - 04:00 PM [VIA ZOOM]
In this class, Debbie will introduce some of the most courageous singers in the entertainment business: Black performers who, for the love of their art, overcame the racial divide in America to become household name entertainers.  In a racially divided world, they managed to break the Black / White barrier, if only for a few minutes on stage.  They not only persevered for themselves but opened the doors for future Black entertainers.  In so doing, they changed the course of the entertainment industry forever ... [ more ]


Hitchcock in the Sixties NEW (S22-41)

Thursdays, April 14 - April 28, 2022 | 06:30 PM - 09:10 PM [IN PERSON]
Hitchcock opens the 1960s with Psycho, starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins.  The Bates Motel: 12 rooms, 12 vacancies . . . and 12 showers!  For week two, the master darkens the sky with The Birds, starring Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor.   Not since the Ancient Mariner’s albatross have our feathered friends seemed so ominous.  The series concludes with Marnie, about a charming embezzler (Tippi Hedren) who finally gets caught by her boss (Sean Connery), a man who also loves her.  Each film will be introduced with an original video followed by audience reaction and discussion ... [ more ]





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