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Basic Holiday Wreath Making

Learn how to make basic wreaths for the holidays. You will need wire cutters, 22-gauge wire, and floral tape. Both design and practical tips will be shared. Each week, the instructor will email what wreath and materials to buy for the next class. (Max 10)

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Battle of the Alamo: The Rest of the Story

The story of this iconic battle is well-known, so we will focus on people and events rarely found in the history books. We will also separate myth from historical reality. The instructor has been a student of this battle for 25+ years and has served as a docent at the Alamo.

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Churchill

This Great Courses® lecture series by Prof. J. Rufus Fears looks at Churchill as a multifaceted, and often controversial, man of his times. In his life, Churchill was a successful politician, a visionary statesman, a brilliant orator, a soldier and military strategist, an author who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, a landscape painter, and a man of strong family ties - with an American mother!

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Coming to America

Immigration is a widely-discussed topic today, and this class aims to provide some context, as it is an overview of immigration to America from the 1500s to today. We will look at who came, where they came from, why they came, what the people who were already here thought and what laws and policies evolved to deal with the newcomers. Some videos will be used to help tell this important story.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

This hands-on class is based on the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. The instructor will guide you through activities that will call on the strengths of the right hemisphere of the brain to counteract left-brain emphasis prevalent in American life. Bring a 9 x 12 spiral-bound drawing pad, eraser and #2 pencil. There will be a $2 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class for the cost of objects to draw. to draw.

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Finding the Truth in Political Ads

Politicians are sold to us using the same techniques used to sell laundry soap. Just in time for the coming political season, learn how we all are manipulated using propaganda hidden in slick political ads, how to spot and overcome the deception, and how to find the actual facts for yourself. (Max 25)

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iPad Adventures

Let's dig into the use of our iPads! This interactive class is not for beginners; some basic knowledge of the iPad is required. Some of the adventures we'll go on together will constellate around email, entertainment and communication. Please bring your iPad with you. (Max 20)

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Juggling

Juggling is a great party trick, but did you know that studies at Oxford 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. (Max 10)

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Military Grand Strategy through the Ages

This course examines key strategic decisions that changed the course of history, as interpreted by Prof. John Lewis Gaddis in his new book On Grand Strategy (ISBN 978-1 594203510). Course format will feature lectures, several DVD selections from various sources, and class discussion. Major events covered include the battle of Salamis, the Roman Legionaries under Augustus, the British victory over the Spanish Armada, and wars in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Mughal India, 1526-1828

In 1536, an Islamic army from Central Asia invaded India and established the Mughal Empire, ruling much of the sub-continent for more than 300 years. We will explore the challenges and legacy of this Muslim rule over predominantly Hindu India. We will also study the cultural richness that resulted from the mixing of religions and traditions, which produced such jewels as the Taj Mahal. Finally, we will consider the coming of Europeans which resulted in the British conquest of the Mughal Empire.

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Online Dating for Seniors

Online dating is fun, scary, safe... and knowledge is power! Have you thought about trying it? Know why you are interested and what you are looking for. Friendship> Casual dating? Romance? Marriage? Safety first; we'll learn to protect against scammers. The most popular senior sites have made the process easy. This class will answer you questions, overcome your fears, and help you find companionship in the 21st century!

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Planning for the Inevitable: A Guide for Baby Boomers

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. (The 2nd 6-week class is a repeat of the first; sign up for just one.)

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Shakespeare: Quirky and Smirky

Mistaken identities, cross-dressing, sarcasm, puns, irony, wit... Shakespeare uses them all (and more) to create his comedies, histories, and tragedies. Join us for a short exploration of the art and power of humor, a la the Bard.

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The Twilight Years

This class will review the "retirement years." Specifically, the class will cover: research/clinical issues of psychological and physical 'dis'-abilities; getting your financial life together; legal issues and documents; parenting grown children and grandchildren; and conquering the fears associated with death. Several specialists in these areas will teach and lead informed discussions.

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Three Disasters, Three Triumphs

Enjoy six talks about some of the peaks and valleys of French history. The three disasters: Napoleon in 1812, Mr. Maginot in 1940, and the empire-ending battle of Dien Ben Rhu. The three triumphs: Pasteur and his legacy, The Louvre, and ten French inventors. What went on? Alors, raconte ce qui s'est passe! (Max 20)

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What's Happening to the Mall?

The retail landscape is changing dramatically. Formerly successful retail business models struggle to survive as newer business models experience striking success. Amazon, digital marketing, and an internet where you can buy anything from anywhere (and get it in two days) have changed retailing's rules. We'll cover the history of U.S. retailing since the end of WWII, its current status, and where it could be heading. Who will be the winners and losers? (Max 30)

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