Special Interest Classes


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No. 406 BUDDHISM THROUGH FILM (HS Room C304)

Thursdays, April 30th

5:30 - 7:00 PM (5-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Judith Amtzis

R $38; NR $42; GC $33 

During the five weeks of this course we will watch three films, most likely the following: Little Buddha (Bernardo Bertolucci), Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis), and Kundun (Martin Scorsese). We will first discuss how to watch films with a Buddhist perspective, and then look at the teachings embedded in the three films mentioned. The quality of the acting and cinematography in the films will not specifically be considered, except as it enhances or impedes the message the film is presenting.

The instructor, Judith Amtzis, lived and worked for many years in Nepal and India, where she had the good fortune to study with several of the most highly regarded and influential Buddhist teachers of the 20th century. She taught at the Cornell Nepal Study Program and the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Institute, both located in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has translated and edited many books and teachings on Buddhist topics.

 

No. 402 Journaling Our Adventures (HS RM C302)

Thursdays, April 23rd

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (6-weeks)

Instructor: Mia McPherson

R $30; NR $36; GC $26 

We all have our favorite stories that we like to tell, memorable events to recount, and even sage advice that deserves to be passed along for generations to come. It’s time to write it down! In this class, we’ll begin the process of journaling—or writing down your thoughts and experiences—using thought-provoking writing prompts. Then we’ll develop select journal entries into short stories that can be shared with family and friends, posted publicly in a blog, or simply used for your own personal writing therapy and entertainment.

 

No. 205 Improve Your English - Community ESL (HS Room C321)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 21st

7:00 pm-9:00 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Meghan Oswalt

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/meghanoswalt)

R $60; NR $65; GC $55

This course is designed for speakers of other languages who want their English to be more fluent. We will focus on practical skills that students want and need to be successful, making their everyday lives here easier. Each session will cover specific speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, using authentic materials from the real world.

 

No. 109 NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD EM – BASICS AND BEYOND (HS RM C307)

Mondays, April 20th

7:00-8:30 pm   (6-weeks)                          

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Finberg

R $38; NR $42; GC $33

No class: 5/25

Have fun with chips and cards in hand while you learn and practice NLH. Learn basic and advanced strategies that improve your odds of winning tournaments or cash.  Players of all levels will benefit. Handouts of key points included.

 

No. 108 INTRODUCTION TO HAND TOOL WOODWORKING (HS RM E308)

Mondays, April 20th                                

6:30-9:30 pm (6-weeks)

R $68; NR $72; GC $64                 

INSTRUCTOR: Matt Kollar

No Class: 5/25

This course is an introduction to hand tool woodworking for those power tool woodworkers who would like to add some hand tool techniques to their repertoire.  The course will cover the preparation and use of planes, chisels, scrapers, saws and will include an introduction to hand cut dovetails. The course is limited to 12 participants.  The instructor will discuss the materials and tools required in the first session.

 

No. 110 HISTORY OF THE HOLOCAUST (HS RM C308)

Mondays, April 20th

7:00-8:30 PM (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Hallie Leach

R $50; NR-$55; GC $45

No class: 5/25

Have you ever wondered how Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party came to power? How did the Holocaust evolve? In this course, we will delve into the History of the Holocaust from the beginnings of Christian anti- Judaism through modern antisemitism. 

 

No. 302 Speaking with Confidence (HS Room C308)

Day: Wednesdays, April 22nd

6:30 pm-9:00 pm (6-weeks)

Instructor: Victor Herbert

R: $55; NR: $60; GC: $50

Description: Why does speaking to a group cause such anxiety? Learn how to channel that feeling into a strength and to develop your own unique personal speaking style.  Practice with others in a friendly and supportive atmosphere in both formal and informal settings. 

 

No. 111 MASTERING BODY LANGUAGE (HS RM C304)

DATE: Mondays, May 4th

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (3-weeks)

Instructor: Lauren Tan

R $18; NR $22; GC $15 

Have you ever wondered what your body language said? Or what someone else’s body language means? In this class, Lauren will teach you the body language skills that are the most teachable, research-based, and applicable to daily life. These skills will span the areas of first impression, presence, charisma, leadership, and perceptiveness. There will also be opportunities to practice some of the skills in this class.

Lauren Tan, M.Ed., is a Certified Body Language Consultant (www.bodycipherpro.com). Her educational background includes psychology, counseling, life coaching, body language, and lie detection. She loves teaching people how to interact and seeing them use those skills to reach their personal and professional goals. 

 

No. 403 SPRING SCRAPBOOKING (HSRM C314)

DATE: Thursdays, April 23rd

7:00 - 9:00 pm (6-weeks)

Instructor: Victoria Collier

R $45; NR $50; GC $41 

Enjoy learning and developing scrapbooking techniques in order to create scrapbook pages. You will be able to take your cherished pictures and create a pictorial history preserving your memories for future generations. No experience needed.  Participants will be contacted before the first class and asked to bring in theme related scrapbooking materials each week. Scissors, glue, tape, markers, etc will be provided.

 

No. 206 PREPARING YOUR ESTATE PLAN (HS RM C302)

DATE: Tuesdays, April 21st 

6:30-8:00 pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Towell

R $12; NR; $15; GC $10

This workshop will teach participants the basics of estate planning.  You will learn ways to make things easier on heirs and future generations by understanding what planning should be done now.  Topics include account registration, beneficiary designation, wills, trusts, tax information, life insurance, and "Transfer on Death" agreements.  A Financial Advisor and Estate Planning Attorney will provide instruction and be available to answer questions after the sessions as well.

 

No. 112 COUNTDOWN TO RETIREMENT (FROM SOCIAL SECURITY TO MEDICARE) (HS RM C302)

Mondays, May 4th 

6:30-8:00 pm (4-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Eric Towell

R $28; NR; $30; GC $26

No class: 5/25

This workshop will help participants understand how to work their plan for retirement.  We will discuss the considerations/tradeoffs when developing a withdrawal strategy‑ working longer, spending less and delaying social security.  We will review ways to maximize Social Security benefit amounts for the individual and spouse based on age, life expectancy, employment and need.  This course is perfect for those investors who are approaching retirement or who have just recently retired.

  

No. 207 ADDRESSING ANXIETY (HS RM C301)

Tuesdays, April 21st  

6:00-8:00 pm (6-weeks)                                                

INSTRUCTOR: Dennis McAteer

R $50; NR $55; GC $45

Serenity‑the antidote to minimizing our daily anxieties‑ is achievable through meditation, cognitive self‑analysis, and perceptual approaches. The resulting state of presence to our world will become more comforting and rewarding. The techniques include music, sensory deprivation, and the study of cognitive counseling modalities.

 

No. 405 BALLROOM BEGINNING (HS RM D204)                                    

Thursdays, April 23rd 

7:00-9:00 pm (6-weeks)          

INSTRUCTOR:  Ruth Sanders  

R $42; N $45; GC $39

Tired of not knowing what to do on the dance floor?  Stop jumping around and learn to dance. This course is an introduction to the social side of ballroom dance.  Students will learn the basic patterns and proper techniques in a fun and easy going atmosphere while developing self-confidence on the dance floor.  The class will cover the most commonly used dances: foxtrot, swing, cha-cha, waltz and others. Let’s dance.