Special Interest Classes


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No. 105 History of the Holocaust (HS RM C308)

Mondays, January 14th

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

INSTRUCTOR: Hallie Leach

R $60; NR-$65; GC $55

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. 307 JOYFUL LIVING (HS RM C318)

Wednesday, March 13th

7:30-9:00pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Crooks, RN, certified wellness coach

R $10; NR-$12; GC $8

This class is for anyone feeling burned out, exhausted and trapped on the hamster wheel of life. Discover some simple steps and lifestyle changes that can boost your enthusiasm and joy. Through discussion and self-assessment worksheets you will leave with a plan for more joyful living.



No. 207 Plant-Based Nutrition (HS RM C301)

Tuesdays, January 15th

6:30-8:30 PM (3-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Registered Dietitian, M J Costello

R $30; NR; $35; GC $25

Three weekly sessions are geared toward learning the basics of plant-based diets, and the sorting of fact from fiction as it relates to optimal nutrition.

Science proves that a more plant-based diet helps prevent, treat, and/or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, certain lifestyle Cancers , Obesity and overall physical and mental well-being.

Week 1: Reality Check: Basic Nutrition Education

Week 2: Health Risk Reduction through Nutrition

Week 3: Practical Application, What Do I Eat?

Plant-based diets are becoming more popular for profound advantages to health, environment and animals.


No. 303 FOOD FOR HEALTH (HS RM C318)

Wednesday, March 20th

7:30-9:00pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Laura Crooks, RN, certified wellness coach

R $10; NR-$12; GC $8

This class will summarize recent findings on food and nutrition; how it affects your body, mind and mood. Are carbs good or bad? Is fat a friend or foe? Are there benefits to eating organic? And what is intermittent fasting? There is no right way to eat…but most of us can clean up our eating and reap health benefits.


No. 106 BODY LANGUAGE FOR DATING (HS RM C318)

Monday, January 14th

7:00-8:30 pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Tan

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

Did you know that up to 93% of our communication is nonverbal? Many people haven't considered the impact that body language can have, however, learning the proper body language skills can give you an edge in any social situation, including dating. There will be opportunities to practice body language skills during this class. Feel free to bring a pen/pencil and paper to take notes if you wish. The subjects covered will be: Body language fundamentals; How to know if someone is attracted to you; How to show attractive body language; & BONUS: Body language for social media/dating profile pictures.

Lauren Tan, M.Ed., Pittsburgh’s Body Language Expert (www.bodycipherpro.com). Her educational background includes psychology, counseling, body language, and lie detection. She loves helping people uncover their interaction superpowers and seeing them use those skills to reach their personal and professional goals.


No. 116 BODY LANGUAGE FOR DATING (HS RM C318)

Monday, February 11th

7:00-8:30 pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Tan

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

Did you know that up to 93% of our communication is nonverbal? Many people haven't considered the impact that body language can have, however, learning the proper body language skills can give you an edge in any social situation, including dating. There will be opportunities to practice body language skills during this class. Feel free to bring a pen/pencil and paper to take notes if you wish. The subjects covered will be: Body language fundamentals; How to know if someone is attracted to you; How to show attractive body language; & BONUS: Body language for social media/dating profile pictures.

Lauren Tan, M.Ed., Pittsburgh’s Body Language Expert (www.bodycipherpro.com). Her educational background includes psychology, counseling, body language, and lie detection. She loves helping people uncover their interaction superpowers and seeing them use those skills to reach their personal and professional goals.


No. 306 CREATING A POSITIVE MINDSET: VISUALIZE IT, OBTAIN IT! (HS RM C-301)

DATE: Wednesday, February 20th & 27th

6:30-8:30 pm (2-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Denise Galloni

R $20; NR; $24; GC $17

Do you look at a glass as half full or half empty? Changing your mindset will help you lead a more positive life. In this class we will discuss positivity versus negativity and how this can affect your day and your mindset. We will look at how to visualize your goals and how to create positive habits. In the second class, you will create your own vision board with pictures, positive statements and words. A $5 fee can be paid to the instructor on the first class to cover all the materials needed to create your vision board.


No. 310 NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS: DON’T STAND AND EAT APPETIZERS (HS RM C-301)

DATE: Wednesday, January 16th

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

INSTRUCTOR: Denise Galloni

R $40; NR; $48; GC $34

Do you have trouble finding the right place to network? Are you the person standing in the corner eating the cheese and crackers because you are intimidated to talk to people? In this class we will discuss how to find networking opportunities that are right for you and your business.

If you are unsure of what to say when meeting someone or spend time talking to someone about your business only to find out they are not your target audience, this class is for you. In this class you will learn how to deliver a concise one minute commercial for your target audience. You will receive tips on what to prepare before you enter the event and follow up suggestions.

Other networking items such as your social media profiles, business card etiquette and how to follow up with a lead will be discussed. Bring your commercial, business card and questions to this class.


No. 304 PRACTICAL FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAW ENFORCEMENT (HS RM C316)

Wednesdays, January 16th

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

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Werner

R $45; NR $50; GC $40

Your instructor is a recently retired FBI Special Agent with over 20 years in federal criminal law enforcement. Anyone interested in how federal criminal laws are investigated, enforced, and presented for prosecution, and practical aspects of how Special Agents adhere to the Constitution to enforce the laws of the United States, is encouraged to sign up and participate in this class. Because many of the class topics will be the same ones presented to new Agents at the FBI Academy, this course may also be of interest to those considering careers in federal law enforcement.

This will be an interactive presentation with questions and discussion encouraged. A portion of each class will be dedicated to answering questions and general class discussion of current events and federal law enforcement in general, as dictated by the interests of the class.

Topics for lecture and class discussion will include: history of the FBI, the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments as the basis of federal law enforcement; the role, authority and investigative methods of federal agents; settled case law (such as Miranda) which affects federal law enforcement; and discussion of some completed FBI investigations in Western Pennsylvania.


No. 312 INTRODUCTION INTO LAW (HS RM C-303)

Wednesday, January 16th

6:00-7:30 pm (4-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Daryl Sanchez

R $30; NR $35; GC $25

Objective: This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of law and its development. Presented with the general public in mind, participants will discuss how laws are created generally and formed through the political process with a wide range of discussions on the socio-economic implications of law. Theoretical legal concepts will be presented with real world examples and individual participation will be encouraged. Topics may include (but are not limited to) constitutional rights, consumer protections, healthcare advocacy and regulations. No prior knowledge of law is required.

Week one - Law as a foundation of society

Week two – Law: creation and conflict

Week three – Government entities and the citizens

Week four – individual rights/responsibilities


No. 412 CONTEMPORARY LEGAL ISSUES (HS RM C-308)

Thursdays, January 17th

6:00-7:30 pm (4-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Daryl Sanchez

R $30; NR $35; GC $25

No class: 1/24

Offered as an adjunct to Introduction into Law (but may be taken separately), this course is designed to analyze and discuss controversies associated with contemporary legal issue in a receptive and academic environment. Maintaining a strong view toward respecting diversity of opinion, discussions are presented from a legal perspective and necessarily include how other factors in public policy making influence law and lawmakers.

Week one – The US Supreme Court and the Judicial System

Week two – History/relevance of significant US Supreme Court Decisions

Week three – Politics and the court system

Week four - Constitutional questions and the private citizen


No. 203 THE CONVERSATION (HS RM C321)

Tuesday, January 15th

6:00-7:30 pm (1-night)

INSTRUCTOR: Naomi Herman, MSW

R $12; NR $15; GC $10

Tips for starting a conversation with loved ones about end of life decisions. This class is for anyone 18 or older who wants to share "what matters" rather than "what's the matter". This is a difficult topic that everyone will have to face. Talking about it in a nonjudgmental, non - crisis mode will make a world of difference for those who have to make life altering decisions for another person.


No. 302 ITALIAN BEGINNING (HS RM C321)

Wednesdays, January 16th

6:30-9:00 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Lino Amatangelo

R $85; NR $90; GC $80

This class will be a guide to mastering the fundamentals of the Italian language and an understanding of the people's culture--All the while having fun with doing so.


No. 108 ITALIAN INTERMEDIATE (HS RM C321)

Mondays, January 14th

6:30-9:00 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Lino Amatangelo

R $85; NR $90; GC $80

This will be a conversational class with forays into Italian history, culture and travel. An emphasis will be placed on enjoying the experience and speaking Italian. Perfection not expected. (We will also explore and elaborate on personal interests and requirements).


No. 405 BEGINNING RUSSIAN (HS RM C-318)

Thursdays, January 17th

7:00-9:00 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Tatiana Kudryashova, PhD.

R $68; NR $72; GC $64

No class: 1/24

Encounter the Russian Language and culture without traveling! This course is designed for beginners to

learn the fundamentals of both oral and written Russian from a native speaker. Here, we will focus on oral, reading, listening, pronunciation skills, and Russian Culture in a 10 Week structure.


No. 204 HOW to SAVE and PAY for COLLEGE WITHOUT GOING BROKE (HS RM C-304)

Tuesday, February 19th

7:00-9:00 pm (1-Night)

INSTRUCTOR: Gregory A. Phillips

R $15; NR $20; GC $10

This college funding workshop will benefit parents with children of any age. Learn the six steps to maximize college funding, the four ways to pay for college, how college financial aid works, ten options to save for college with their pros and cons, four costliest mistakes parents make, and budget strategies to pay the least amount possible for college bills


No. 404 HOW to SAVE and PAY for COLLEGE WITHOUT GOING BROKE (HS RM C-304)

Thursday, March 28th

7:00-9:00 pm (1-Night)

INSTRUCTOR: Gregory A. Phillips

R $15; NR $20; GC $10

This college funding workshop will benefit parents with children of any age. Learn the six steps to maximize college funding, the four ways to pay for college, how college financial aid works, ten options to save for college with their pros and cons, four costliest mistakes parents make, and budget strategies to pay the least amount possible for college bills.


No. 308 WORLD GEOGRAPHY (HS RM C302)

Wednesdays, February 6th

7:00-8:00 pm (5-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Sue Watson

R $32; NR $35; GC $29

The goal of this basic geography class is to help you to see the world like a geographer. We will take a look at maps and the importance of location, data resources and historic events. Topics may include, but are not limited to the development of civilization, human migration, quality of life indicators, governance and poverty. We will look at the interconnectedness of global issues and the interrelationship between the human and physical systems.

Because we will utilize technology, the first class will be optional and dedicated to just basic technology use. Chromebooks (laptops) will be available each class. Please consider attending the initial class to expand your comfort with this device and use of shared spaces.


No. 107 CREATIVE WRITING (HS RM C-301)

Mondays, January 14th

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

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Bagian

Fee: Res.‑$45; Nonres.‑$50; G.C.‑$40

Interested in working on that poem, short story, or novel that you’ve been putting off? In this creative writing class we will discuss literary excerpts, learn about writing styles and techniques you can use, and workshop the materials you create. The emphasis of the class will be placed on the workshop portion to enable you to produce tangible material and receive feedback on your work throughout the course.


No. 109 INTRODUCTION TO FILM EDITING (HS RM F307)

Mondays, January 14th

7:00 – 9:00 pm (8 - weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Jon Lefkovitz

R $75; NR $80; GC $70

Ever notice a "cut" while watching a movie? That magic moment when one shot instantly switches to another in order to tell a story? Learn the basics of film editing from professional editor Jon Lefkovitz. By the end of this 8-week course, you'll have edited your own short film with professional editing software. All you need is creativity, curiosity, and a cellphone (for shooting footage). Ready? Don't sweat it...just edit!


No. 407 BALLROOM DANCING (HS RM D-204)

Thursdays, January 17th

7:00-9:00 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Ruth Saunders

R $70; N $75; GC $65

No class: 1/24

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.


No. 110 BRIDGE CLASS – BEGINNING (HS Library; 3rd Level)

Mondays, January 14th

7:00-9:00 pm (10-Weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Don Averbach (Limit 16)

R $60; NR $65; GC $55

Bridge for the beginner. This is for those people desiring to learn this fascinating game. No experience necessary.


No. 408 BRIDGE CLASS – INTERMEDIATE (HS Library; 3rd Level)

Thursdays, January 17th

7:00-9:00 pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Don Averbach (Limit 16)

R $60; NR $65; GC $55

No class: 1/24

Bridge for the Intermediate. This is for those people who have experience and who desire to refine and develop their skills.


No. 201 PREPARING YOUR ESTATE PLAN (HS RM C318)

DATE: Tuesday, January 15th

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

INSTRUCTOR: Nolan Patouillet

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. 115 COUNTDOWN TO RETIREMENT: MAKING YOUR MONEY LAST (HS RM C302)

DATE: Mondays, January 14th

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

INSTRUCTOR: Nolan Patouillet

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

This workshop will help participants understand how to work their plan for retirement. We will examine how to budget for retirement expenses, potential sources of retirement income and possible risks such as long term care and health care costs. We will discuss the considerations/tradeoffs when developing a withdrawal strategy‑ working longer, spending less and delaying social security. This course is perfect for those investors who are approaching retirement or who have just recently retired.

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