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A Matter of Balance: Falls Prevention

This award-winning program emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fears of falling and increase activity levels. You will learn how to control your fear of falling, how to make changes to your environment to reduce risks, and exercises for increasing strength and balance. Class will include a visit with a physical therapist/health professional. (Max 20)

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ALIR Initial Course

Initial registration fee.

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ALIR Instructor Course

This is only for ALIR instructors.

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ALIR New Members for Email Use Only

This is for email purposes.

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Basic and Continuing Jewelry Making

This class welcomes continuing and beginning students interested in learning how to put necklaces, bracelets and earrings together. Bring in your old or broken pieces to mend, or be guided through creating a new piece. We’ll learn (and review) basic skills, and share ideas with each other. There is a $5 class fee for materials. Small pliers help! (Max 15)

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Basic Beginning Computer

If you're new to the computer, this class is for you. Students will learn computer basics in a hands-on setting, including how to use a mouse and keyboard. No need for typing skills...and there are NO dumb questions! (Max 20)

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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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Charlemagne

This video course highlights the life of Charlemagne, including background about the fragmentation of the Roman Empire by various Germanic tribes, and a mini-series about Charlemagne, who reunited Europe.

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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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Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the U.S. Constitution

Taught by Hillsdale College faculty, this video course introduces the meaning and history of the U,S. Constitution. We'll examine a number of original source documents from the founding period, including the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence.

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Cooking For Better Health - The Mediterranean Way

The health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet will be discussed as students observe and taste the preparation of a Mediterranean dish each week. A $12 fee for foods/ingredients is due at the first of class. (Max 15)

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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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Digital Photography and Graphic Arts

Areas we'll focus on include: Using your digital camera, organizing your photos and creating fun projects using your photos, including greeting cards, calendars and signs. We'll also learn some fundamentals of PowerPoint® and Publisher®. Basic computer literacy is necessary to get the most from this class. (Max 20)

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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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Editorials

In this long-running class, students bring editorials from local, national, international newspaper and magazine publications for group discussion. (Max 20)

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Film Fighters Against Fascism

Using 2-3 inspiring films set in WWII Europe as discussion springboards, this class will examine important questions such as: What makes an individual or group commit acts of unselfish kindness, even of heroism, during war? Would we have such courage if we lived in an occupied country? Instructor will use personal experiences and research to lead discussions.

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French Films in French

Do you like to watch classic French movies? Want to improve your French language skills? Do both! While the films will have English subtitles, you don't have to use them. We'll choose from "Au Revoir Les Enfants", "Les Intouchables", "Le Roide Coeur", "Amélie", "L'Argent de Poche", "Jules et Jim", and others.

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Gentle Mat Yoga

This class will use gentle yoga poses while practicing breathing techniques to calm body and mind while adding balance and strength. Please bring your own mat, a block and a yoga strap, all readily available at many retailers. The ability to get up and down from the mat is essential. (Max 25)

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History vs Hollywood

In this long-running class, the instructor shows excerpts from "historical" films, and compares and contrasts them with the actual facts of that period, of the personages shown, and of the events portrayed.

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Introduction to Clogging (Percussive Dance)

How does experiencing great exercise, relieving stress and having fun sound? Instructors are part of the fire on the Mountain Cloggers group, but will SLOW DOWN and share basic steps in this fun, easy-paced class. No partner is needed, nor is any dancing experience, and people with two left feet are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that slide. Even if you don't come in with a smile, you'll have one when you leave!

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Introduction to Tai Chi

An introduction to yang style Tai Chi movements to benefit our balance and flexibility. Tai Chi is a slow-moving meditation practice to help us connect mind and body, reduce stress and feel great. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and light tennis shoes.

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John Wayne Classic Westerns

Viewing and discussion of some of the Duke’s classics, perhaps to include: Stagecoach (1939), Angel and the Badman (1948), A Lady Takes a Chance (1943), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Red River (1948), Rio Grande (1948), True Grit (2010 Coen Brothers), and/or The Shootist (1976). (Max 25)

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Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Whether you are revisiting this beloved classic series or viewing it for the first time, these six conversations with respected scholar and master storyteller Joseph Campbell will help us appreciate the adventure of being alive. This class covers marriage, dragons, creation stories, rites of passage, Jung, 12th century troubadours, women as Earth Mother/virgin/goddess, Schopenhauer, Buddha, buffaloes and the importance of ritual.

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Kings, Queens, Two Governors and One Prince

Each of this class's 9 weeks will focus on one of the rulers and shakers of the Judeo-Christian bible: Nebuchadnezzar; Pontius Pilate; Esther and Ahasuerus; Herod the Great, Herod Antipas (and Herodias); Solomon and the Queen of Sheba; David; Ahab and Jezebel; Porcius Festus and Herod Agrippa; and Jesus of Nazareth. Films and teaching videos will be shown, in addition to using reading and study handouts.

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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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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 include self-mastery, stress management, and living peacefully and in harmony with the way things are. Echart Tolle’s books are often cited.

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Mixed Level Ballroom Dancing

This class, for the beginner to intermediate ballroom dancer, will focus on the basics as well as introduce new steps. Dances covered will be Foxtrot, Waltz, Swing, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Merengue and Salsa. You'll not only improve your skills, but also your style! As always, no experience or partner needed.

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Mixed Media

Students interested in exploring various artistic media – watercolor, acrylic, collage, pastels, etc. – are welcome, regardless of previous experience or skill level. Our focus will be on investigating techniques to combine media to enhance your abstract or representational creative works. (Max 20)

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Movies About Screwball Families

The Depression Era of the 1930s and 40s spawned a wonderful genre of movies - screwball comedies - named for their outrageous comedic happenings. In this course, we'll screen some favorites about wacky families, including "Arsenic & Old Lace" and "My Man Godfrey".

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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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Picture This!

Using our smartphones iPads, tablets, MS Excel®, MS Word®, MS Publisher® and the like, we'll learn how to organize our pictures, address books and other important lists. (None of the above devices or software is required.)

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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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Summertime Sing-Along

We will sing all the oldies but goodies. Even if you think you can't sing, come anyway and whistle, hum or just listen. Isn't it time to start singing somewhere other than just in the shower? (Max 20)

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The 21st Century Genderbread Person

Curious about the LGBTQ community? Learn about the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual and romantic attraction. Understand the fluid spectrum that exists rather than the binary constraints that limit our comprehension of this world. You will appreciate the perspective that the instructor and his non-binary grandchild and partner bring.

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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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Theatre in a Circle

Enjoy and explore the fun of Readers Theater through games and exercises. Build imaginative stories and find the creative child within. Rachelle has a B.A. in Theater and is a veteran of the San Antonio stage as an actor and director. Maximum Enrollment: 20

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What's Up Doc? (Or, How to Communicate with Healthcare Providers and Other Matters…)

Sometimes it feels like doctors speak a foreign language or don’t have time for us. We’ll learn ways to better communicate with our healthcare providers, things that they wish we would ask them, how to appeal insurance denials, and how to set up a support network. We’ll also learn about local geriatric and gerontology experts, and how their team approach can change the way we receive healthcare.

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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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