Classes

Spring 2020 Classroom Schedule

(* indicates new class  –  B indicates basement)

8:30 – 11:00, Dining Room
Coffee and Conversation   
Come have a cup of coffee or tea and visit with other members. It’s a great way to relax before your next class.     

Creative Writing
Mary Garrison, Carol Alpin & Debbie Whittemore, Room B-109, 9:00-10:50
Our class will offer advice about writing both poetry and prose and review all the steps of the writing process from composing that first rough draft to editing its final copy. Please join us as we create and then share our compositions with our supportive fellow writers. You may attend our two-hour block or either hour that suits your schedule.

Yoga for Older Adults
Debbie Cooper, Basement Meeting Area, 9:00-9:50
Our senior adult yoga is designed for students who cannot or prefer not to lie on the floor. After warm-up activities, we will slowly move from one pose to another, paying particular attention not to overstretch our bodies or make ourselves uncomfortable.

Zumba Gold
Suzanne Hyman, Room B-108, 9:00-9:50

Zumba® Gold introduces easy-to-follow choreography featuring Latin and international music and dance movements. This very fun class focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Come ready to sweat a little and prepare to leave feeling strong! Please wear comfortable clothes and supportive/ exercise shoes.  

*Shepherd Singers
Richard McLeod, Room B-120, 9:00-9:50

All you must do to join this class is like to sing and be able to carry a tune. This class is not restricted to those with a great voice or musical training.  We’ll do  a lot of unison and two-part singing of familiar tunes that are fun to sing. We may even show off in a concert!

The Art Studio
Self-directed, Room B-117, 9:00-11:50

We will provide the room; you provide the talent!  If you are looking for somewhere to paint/draw, share ideas and techniques with fellow artists, then this is the place for you!  It is a great way to practice your skills and enjoy the fellowship of other artists.  Please bring your own  supplies – no oils – acrylics and watercolors, only.

Ukulele 1 : Newbies
Deb Murphy, Room B-119, 11:00-11:50
This class is only for those who started in the fall and want to continue to learn basic chords.

Ukulele 2 : Good Foundations
Deb Murphy, Room B-119, 9:00-9:50
This class is for those who need to build basic skills and feel they need more practice with chords.

Ukulele 3:  Good Vibrations
Deb Murphy, Room B-119, 10:00-10:50
This class is for intermediates who already know the 3 basic chords for keys C, D, G, and F.

Tai Chi
Robin Anderson, Basement Meeting Area, 10:00-10:50
Learn about and experience Tai Chi for relaxation and enhanced health.  Tai  Chi consists of slow, gentle, turning and stretching movements designed to improve and maintain good balance and circulation. You will learn a short set of Tai Chi movements, along with exercises that improve mobility, flexibility, and balance. Wear flat shoes and comfortable clothing that allows movement. This class is for both beginning and continuing participants.

*Keeping in Touch with a Personal Touch
Dr. Susan Raybourne, Room B-123, 10:00 – 11:50
Hands-on greeting card making for major holidays and life events with a focus on upcycling. Learn to use design elements from old cards, paint chips, and found materials. This class will extend into the 11:00 hour for those who  desire to continue creating.

*Taking Aim: Hollywood Conquers the West
Larry Brown, Room B-108, 10:00-10:50

If you love western movies, come ride along as we watch video samplings from some of Hollywood’s greatest. Go behind the scenes and learn how the great filmmakers crafted and projected their visions onto the big screen. The course will be big on entertainment, but also strong in its exploration of the Western as a distinctively American film genre. Larry is a long-time film buff.

*Sherman’s Campaign and Lincoln’s Assassination  Pat McNeely
Pat McNeely, Room B-114, 10:00-10:50
Join Pat as she answers some lingering Civil War questions. Why didn’t Gen. Sherman burn Savannah and Charleston? Who really burned Columbia? Did John Wilkes Booth act alone when he assassinated Pres. Lincoln? And is it possible that Booth escaped?

*Beginning French
Liz Knight, Room B-118, 10:00-10:50

Learn pronunciation, basic conversational exchanges, and culture in a helpful environment. We can practice in class!

*Something Different
Frances Broom, Room B-116, 11:00-11:50

This class will feature a different topic each week.  From the works of literature, history, and geography, etc., topics will include biographies and autobiographies, detective fiction, non-fiction, storytelling, and even some poetry. Class participation will be welcomed.

*Current Events with an Historical Twist
Dr. Jessica Kross, Room B-114, 11:00-11:50

We will look at an event or two of the day in historical detail. The class will help choose the topics.

*Astronomical Adventures
Bob Carroll, Room B-108, 11:00-11:50

One of the most popular teachers at Lexington High School will lead us on nine adventures in astronomy, including discovering a “sense of scale,” some historical astronomy, the modern solar system model (poor Pluto), what’s beyond the solar system, the stars, and becoming a star gazer. Astronomical apps you will love will be introduced. Inquiry and weird questions are welcome.

*Conversations about Short Fiction
Carol McAlpin, Room B-109, 11:00-11:50

Please join us as we read and discuss nine short stories, a different one every week, some perhaps familiar, others less so. In each of these narratives, the main character faces a moral or spiritual dilemma that reveals his faith or lack thereof. Each story, I hope, will start a lively discussion and a variety of reader responses.

Fiction Writing    
Debbie Whittemore, B-109, 1:15
2:15
This class is for fiction writing. We will discuss all aspects of fiction writing and read works in progress for critical feedback.

Let’s Speak Spanish
Carol McAlpin, Room B-109, 1:15-2:15

Please join us as we read and discuss nine short stories, a different one every week, some perhaps familiar, others less so. In each of these narratives, the main character faces a moral or spiritual dilemma that reveals his faith or lack thereof. Each story, I hope, will start a lively discussion and a variety of reader responses.

Dabbling in French
Liz Knight, Room B-123, 1:15-2:15

Practice conversing using selected dialogues, then you and your fellow students will create your own scenes from the examples provided. We’ll work on pronunciation and ease in speaking.

Let’s Play Mah-Jongg
No Instructor, B-121, 1:15-3:15

Enjoy playing mah-jongg?  Come sharpen your skills, maybe meet some new friends, and laugh a little.  Players at all levels are encouraged to join in.                     

                                                          

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