NEISD - Community Education
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Beginning Genealogy

Focusing on beginning research in genealogy, we'll exchange information and share ways to research your family tree. A computer is helpful, but not necessary to bring to class. To get started, it's helpful to know family names (maiden for women), dates of birth and death of grandparents and greatgrands. Being a member of Ancestry.com would be great but not necessary. (Max 20)

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Beyond the Surface: Facades and Walls in Ibero America

Learn to see anew with this brief survey of the influences and development of architectural styles, surface treatments, and decorative elements found in North and South America. Each class presentation will be illustrated and there will be ample time for class questions and discussion.

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Brain Gamez

Think of this class as stretch yoga for the brain. This is a fast-paced, non-competitive, cooperative class that engages long- and short-term memory and out-of-the-box thinking. Put away your sudoku but bring your paper and pen/pencil.

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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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Cutting the Cord

What is ‘cutting the cord’? It’s swapping your PayTV for online video or program streaming for one simple reason: to save money. Together, we’ll explore this idea of freedom from paid TV services and consider different ways to access this new visual world.

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Easier Than Roman Script

This class will explore a Roman script with variations, called NEULAND. This class will introduce students to calligraphy, the art of beautiful lettering, and we will create products like short poems on stationery, bookmarks and place cards. A paper fee of $3 is required, and the pens needed will be available for purchase. (Max 16)

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Living, Learning and Loving with Dementia

This class will define dementia and identify early signs. You will receive pertinent information on local, state and national dementia resources. We will give special attention to new patients and discuss how to help families cope as the condition advances.

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Moving Out of That Too-Big House

Are you contemplating a home sale and a move, or helping a loved one to do so? This 3-week class will talk about the current "hot" real estate market; what you need to know about inspections, repairs and upgrades; and tips on decluttering, downsizing and planning a less-stressful move.

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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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Puerto Rico: A Cursory Look at its Past, Present and Future

Gain a basic understanding of Puerto Rico's history, culture, socio-economic, political, and religious framework, vis-á-vis its territorial relationship with the U.S. At the end of the three weeks, you should feel better informed when hearing Puerto Rico mentioned in the news or in a social setting, especially one where Puerto Ricans are present.

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Spanish Films for Fun

This class is for students that have a good level of understanding of the Spanish language and who also want to expand their skills in the language. Complete films will be presented from the ?Golden Age? of Mexican cinema. Most films selected for this class have English subtitles. Estela will introduce, discuss and give information concerning each film. She is a native of Mexico and has ample knowledge of Mexican culture.

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Stretch and Strength

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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The Shakespeare Authorship Controversy

For three weeks, we’ll consider the controversies that swirl around Shakespeare authorship. We explore legitimate questions about whether the plays and poems traditionally ascribed to the Stratford man were written by him. Several alternative candidates are proposed, and evidence for and against each will be presented. A PBS video, “Last Will. & Testament,” will be shown.

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Zen Daisies

Three weeks of painting daisies in the Zen mindful style will unearth untold variations for notecards and envelopes. A paper fee of $3 will be collected at the first class. A suitable brush is needed, or may be purchased ($12) in class. (Max 22)

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