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A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls

Does a fear of falling limit your activities? This nationally recognized program, developed at Boston University, is designed to reduce fears, increase activity and discuss risk factors. Along with light exercise and stretching to increase strength and balance, you will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increased activity, and make changes to reduce your risk of falling. Enrollment is limited to 20.

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AKIM - A Modern Handwriting

Learn an artistic script called AKIM, created by German artist Hans Joachim Burgert, (1928-2009). AKIM is distinguished by the lengthened aspect of key letters and can be quite fun to learn and use. Pens may be purchased in class for $3 each, and a paper fee of $2 is payable at the first class. Class size is limited to 18.

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Beginning Ukulele

Let us introduce you to the ukulele – a great way to accompany yourself or others in sing-alongs. You will learn at least four basic chords that will enable you to play hundreds of songs. Handouts will be included. You’ll need a ukulele tuned to G, C, E, A, as well as an electric tuner and a music stand. Join our fun and melodic group! 16 students maximum.

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Boundaries of Consciousness

Have you ever wondered about the periods of time when your awareness has become altered? It does happen! During the course of six weeks, we will discuss six changes in consciousness: brain trauma/comas; meditation and relaxation; hypnosis; drugs/anesthesia; sleep; and near-death experiences.

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Breads of the World: Banned Buns

Legend tells of buns being developed to enable poor people to buy bread with dignity, sparing them the humiliation of buying only a slice or two. Just about every country has their unique buns. Our journey will explore the bun culture of countries whose people could be banned from entering our country. There’s a $6 fee for the ingredients and the toppings to be slathered on these buns. Class size limited to 24.

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Colorizing Your World

Explore the psychology of color through personality tests, the meanings of colors in diverse cultures and in marketing. The instructor will use specific examples from popular culture to illuminate which colors motivate people and will discuss synesthesia – the blending of two senses. Class activities and discussions will be reinforced by six short Great Courses® lectures: “How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals.”

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Come Fly with Me through Film

Take a summer vacation via three movies filmed in different countries – see a new country and culture each week through the lens of a Hollywood-produced movie. Drinks and popcorn are included (please bring $5 to the first class to help defray costs).

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Computer Workshop

During this workshop, ample class time will be allocated for your computer questions. Ongoing topics include Microsoft® Windows, accessories, email, editing, Microsoft® Office applications and best practices. We’ll also discuss computer security, preventive maintenance, improving your internet experience, saving/printing your work and digital photography. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

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Continuing Zen Painting: Summer Flowers

Starting with purple asters, we’ll paint a colorful flower a week on notecard stock or small rice paper sheets. Previous experience in Oriental painting is a prerequisite for taking this class. A paper fee of $2 is payable at the first session; students are invited to bring paints and practice materials with them. Class size is limited to 24.

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Conversational French

Interact and polish your French conversation skills. The instructor will ask questions to spark discussion, as well as hand out questions for students to ask each other in groups of two. Grammar will be covered as needed. Previous knowledge of French is required. Maximum enrollment of 10.

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Eating for Better Health

This class will focus on healthy eating plans to enhance well-being, and to prevent – and in some cases, to reverse – disease. One component is weight loss, if needed. Learn more about the Mediterranean Diet. The class will refer to the 2016 book by Dr. Don Colbert Let Food Be Your Medicine. (ISBN: 9781617955884) Enrollment limited to 20.

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Editorials

In this class, students bring editorials of their choice from local, national, or international newspapers and magazines for discussion. Maximum enrollment is 20.

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Fold for Fun

Astound your friends, relatives and grandchildren with simple projects created from just a piece of paper. Using traditional origami and other techniques, you’ll learn to make cards, mobiles, toys, and decorations you can enjoy every day. A $5 fee covers all materials. Enrollment maximum is 15.

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Greatest Artists of the Renaissance

Discuss the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, from 1400 to 1520, including sculptors, painters, woodcarvers and architects. Dr. William Kloss presents from the Great Courses® and class participation is encouraged. Attendance limited to 20.

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History vs. Hollywood, Part III

This series will enlighten students about the characteristics of “historical” movies. By showing excerpts of six great films, each depicting larger-than-life characters from the 12th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Dr. Venable will compare and contrast the films with the actual facts of the time period, of the featured personages, and of the historical events.

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Indian Cooking

This class introduces Indian spices and flavor profiles, and examines how to prepare healthy meals using Indian spices. Attendance is limited to 15, and a fee of $15 will be collected at the first class to cover ingredients and food to share.

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It's Tough Being a Woman: The Book of Esther

This video series about the Bible’s Book of Esther will also include a 30-minute teaching segment, reading, and discussion time. At the end of the session, the class will watch “One Night with the King,” a movie about Esther and King Xerxes of Persia. The study guide can be purchased online (Beth Moore Life Studies) for $20. The book is optional; each class will include handouts. Maximum of 30 students.

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Japanese Internment Camps of WW II

From 1942 -1946, some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were expelled from their homes and confined in desolate camps, often referred to as “internment camps." This course will explore life in the camps and the basic causes of how this came about. Note: this 3-week class will be held on June 6, 13 and 20.

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Journey to Asia's Sacred Places

Go on a visual pilgrimage to legendary sacred places and Buddhist icons in Asia – Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bali, Cambodia, Java, and Central Tibet. Explore the living traditions, ancient civilizations, and universal Buddhist ideals of compassion and inner peace. These PBS/WGBH films – The Yatra Trilogy by John Bush – are a “dazzling glimpse of a sacred world.” If you’ve been to these areas, join this class to share your stories!

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Juggling

Juggling is a great party trick, but did you know that studies at Oxford University have shown that mastering this skill enhances the brain connections that process and store visual information? So... let’s juggle and become smarter! There’s a $5 fee for bean bags. Maximum enrollment is 14.

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Lace: Tatting Frivolite

Tatting’s best definition: a hole surrounded by thread. Create elegant lace, a beautiful doily, a decorative Christmas ball, or more, while learning this 250-year-old art. A video will be used to support your hands-on experience and the instructor’s guidance. A $14 materials fee is payable to the instructor. Attending the first two sessions is critical. Class size is limited to 14.

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Lost Kingdom of the Mayas

Discussions will be enhanced by an assortment of excerpts and short films from National Geographic, Nova, and the History Channel, on topics that include the Dawn of the Maya, the Lost Kingdom of the Maya, Lords of the Jungle, Palenque, Bonampak, Cracking the Maya Code - Tools of Archaeology, Masacre Maya, The Quest for the Lost Maya and The Explorers.

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Mental Illness, Creativity and Spirituality

This informative look at mental illness will use a person’s own creativity and spirituality to explore topics such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and depression-induced pseudo-dementia. The class will be a fun delve into how using creativity and spirituality to approach and/or manage mental illness can produce new insights. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

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Mindful Living

We will discuss and practice a variety of ways – including meditation – to help improve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. We will learn to let go of fears, worries and regrets by freeing ourselves from the enslavement of our minds. Topics will include self-mastery, stress management, and living peacefully and in harmony with the way things are. Eckhart Tolle’s books are often cited.

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Planning for the Inevitable

So much can happen in a moment - a fall or illness - that suddenly requires quick actions involving finances, legal authority, a new living arrangement, or a home sale. The solution: have a plan. This class will cover senior living options, family-focused resources for care management, legal and financial issues, and downsizing/selling a home and setting up a new home.

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Poetry Appreciation

A class for poetry lovers! We will read and discuss the works of great American and British poets. The poet’s style, imagery, and themes will be discussed in an informal gathering, emphasizing shared insight. Poets will include Dickenson, Poe, Frost, Langston Hughes, Tennyson, Dylan Thomas, and D.H. Lawrence, as well as some contemporary poets. Since songs are poems too, music will be included. Limited to 20 students.

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Socrates Café

Inspired by the book Socrates Café by Christopher Phillips, this class discusses and delves into philosophical and life questions (e.g. what is truth?). It is not a lecture class on philosophy; students are encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives on the question of the day.

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Spain: Moor Invasion and the Age of Isabelle and Ferdinand

Explore the rise and fall of Islamic culture in Spain, led by British historian Bettany Hughes (Acorn Media 2008), and Prof. Teofilo Ruiz (The Other 1492, Univ. of California/Teaching Co.). Their lectures will illustrate how Spain developed, transformed, and then undertook the conquest of the Americas. Limited to 30 students.

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Storytelling – Tell Rather than Read

This class will encourage you to tell stories rather than simply reading them! Where to find engaging stories, how to learn them, and who to tell them to will be covered. The class will also include opportunities to listen to local storytellers. Class limited to 20.

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Strength and Stretch

Are you interested in being fit and flexible? This class is for you! We will focus on dynamic and static stretching while integrating strength, balance, core and coordination exercises into the mix. Class will take place primarily on a floor mat; we will be standing, sitting, on all fours, and lying prone, supine, and on our sides at times. Don’t forget your yoga mat. Let’s strrrreeetch!

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Swing Dancing

This class is for the beginner to intermediate dancer. We will move to a variety of current popular tunes as well as to some old classics. You’ll learn the basics, plus underarm turns, back passes, various timings and more. No dance experience is required – and no partner is needed. No kidding!

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The 21st Century Genderbread Person

Have you been curious about today’s Genderbread person? Learn about the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation in the LGBTQ community, where every aspect of each person exists along a fluid spectrum.

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The Aging Brain

Growing older may be inevitable, but mental decline is not. Find out what science has to say about how our brains change over time. This course will utilize the respected Great Courses® series led by Dr. Thad Polk, along with additional materials from the instructor and class discussion.

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Three Secrets to a Lifestyle of Wellness

Aging well requires a lifestyle of good habits and often, more balance among our current lifestyle choices. In this class, we’ll discuss the steps you can take to live a healthy lifestyle, including being aware of what you consume, how you relax, and how your movement supports each day.

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What's Going On?

This discussion class will be led in turn by Anita Beizer, Janet Alyn, Maxine Cohen, or Mel Kanninen, who will select a topic and provide background materials. The aim is to become better informed and to have an opportunity to vent about what could be a watershed time in our nation's history. Class enrollment is limited to 20.

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Wonders of the National Parks

Our National Parks offer profound lessons for anyone who loves history, geology and nature. This course provides in-depth insights, intriguing perspectives, and little-known facts about these treasured places that you won’t find simply by driving or hiking through them. This Great Courses® journey is led by Ford Cochran, currently the Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions.

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You Can If You Think You Can

Overcome adversity and follow your dreams because … you can if you think you can! Choose your “dream goals,” value your accomplishments, and believe in yourself. Then, take charge of your attitude and take charge of your life. This class will discuss this process, as well as the seven strategies of resiliency, which can help folks of all ages to rebound from adversity, failure and disappointment. Maximum enrollment is 25.

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