Fall 2022 Classses

(* indicates new class  –  B indicates basement)

9:00 – 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.     

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.

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.

*Being There When You Cannot Be There
Mike Ward, Room B-114, 9:00-9:50

Many folks nowadays attend virtual get-togethers. Zooming, Skyping, or FaceTiming with friends and family has turned into the “new normal.” Learn how to navigate and use these apps so you can visit with friends and attend meetings and classes without having, or causing, so many headaches.

*Ukulele Class – Jukebox Favorites
John Finch, Room B-119, 9:00-9:50

This class assumes that you have some experience playing the ukulele but are searching for a fun approach using animated music. The selection emphasis will be on uplifting songs of hope. The playlist features mostly familiar, singable, playable songs (golden oldies). Music tab will be projected, so all you need is your ukulele and tuner. Non-musician observers are welcome.

*Ukulele for Beginners
John Finch, Room B-119, 10:00-10:50

This class is suitable for those who have not played a ukulele, know fewer than 5 chords, or have played fewer than 10 songs. You are welcome to switch classes or attend both classes as needed. If you have a ukulele and tuner, bring them with you. If you don’t have a ukulele yet, come and find out how to buy one. Engaging in playing music can increase your well-being.

Tai Chi
Robin Anderson, B-108, 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.

Yoga for Older Adults
Leesa Thomas, Basement Meeting Area, 10:00-10:50
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. We hope to improve our range of motion and flexibility. Notice the time has changed to 10:00 – 10:50.

*Sharing Short Fiction
Carol Alpin, Room B-116, 10:00-10:50
Every week, we will read and discuss another prizewinning story, each depicting its own geographical terrain with its own unique voice and style. How does a story by Nadine Gordimer (a South African writer) differ from one by William Faulkner? Regardless of their very different perspectives, do they share any common themes and personal struggles? Fine narratives, regardless of their origins, often teach us something about ourselves. I look forward to our lively discussions and welcome the variety of our reader responses.

*South Carolina and the Mexican War
Dr. Jack Meyer, Room B-109, 10:00-10:50

Dr. Meyer will discuss the Texas revolution and the background to the United States war with Mexico, 1846-1848.  He will then cover South Carolina’s role, the genesis of the Palmetto Regiment, and its experiences in Scott’s army.  He will close with the role of these Mexican War veterans in the Civil War.

*The Arts of War
Dr. Richard McLeod, Room B-114, 10:00-10:50
This class is not at all about war, but about the music, visual art, dance, literature, and theatre in the communities of our ancestors who stayed home. We’ll discuss how those arts were impacted by the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War One, and World War Two.

*A History of the Muslim Middle East
Dr. Ken Perkins, Room B-109, 11:00-11:50

This course examines the history of the Middle East from the beginnings of the Islamic era (7th century CE) to modern times. While its framework is historical, it will also venture into the fields of geography, religious studies, politics, cultural studies, and social organization. There will be PowerPoint presentations of the people, places, and events discussed

*Something Different (Continued from Spring Session)
Frances Broom, Room B-114, 11:00-11:50

Subjects will include:  The 7 New Wonders of the World, The Gilded Age, The History of Halloween and much more.  Class participation is encouraged.

*Think First to Prevent Falls
Lara Peck, Room B-120, 11:00-11:50

Falls are not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about your risk factors for falls and how to prevent them when you are home and out and about in the community. Topics will include home safety, nutrition, physical activity, medications, how to get up from a fall, etc. Classes will be led by injury prevention and health care professionals from Prisma Health.

Ruth Marcus, Room B-121, 11:00-11:50

This game is played with tiles of Chinese characters and symbols. It is easy to learn and fun to play, involving some skill and strategy, plus a lot of luck and chance. By the end of the class you will be “hooked” on mah-jongg.

Let’s PLay Mah-Jongg
No Instructor, Room 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.

Games, Games, Games
No Instructor, Room B-123, 1:15-3:
Gather after lunch for fun and fellowship. You can play a board game, card game, dominos, etc., whatever the group would like. Remember to bring your game!


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