Classes

Winter 2020

(* 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.     

Writing Life Stories
Mary Garrison, Carol Alpin & Debbie Whittemore, Room B-109, 9:00-10:50
Do you have a memory, a story or a poem that needs to be recorded? 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 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.

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, 9:00-10:00
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.

*Start 2020 Right with Richland Library
Various Librarians, Room B-116, 10:00-10:50

Let us show you all the great offerings available to you for free with your library card. You will become acquainted with Overdrive for borrowing ebooks and audiobooks, Freegal for downloading music, Flipster for reading your favorite magazines, Creativebug for arts and crafts instructional videos, movie programming, and much more.

*Mix It Up! A Mixed Media Workshop
Edith Hines, Room B-123, 10:00 – 10:50
Bring your adventurous spirit along with your paints (no oils), papers, pens and pencils for a mixed media experience. No stress – just fun. We will paint a variety of papers, layer textures and use common household materialsto create small, colorful collages. Drawing experience is not required. A suggested materials list will be provided at the first meeting.

*Theology in Stone: English Cathedrals, Plus One
Dr. Carol McGinnis Kay, Room B-108, 10:00-10:50

Dr. Kay, Professor of English Emerita, USC, takes another look at one of her favorite topics—English cathedrals. She explores how the cathedrals were designed and built and what the colors and shapes were intended to teach the medieval worshiper. We visit such familiar cathedrals as Canterbury and St. Paul’s, as well as such lesser-known places as the Escombe Village Saxon church. We conclude with a look at two different ways of reconstruction after natural and manmade disasters at Coventry, York, and St. Bride’s in London. This frames a final consideration of the current restoration controversies for Notre Dame in Paris.

*The Remarkable Twentieth Century
Frances Broom, Room B-120, 10:00-10:50

Decade by decade travel with us as we explore the events of the Twentieth Century. Our Century! We will be looking at the politics, the inventions/ discoveries, the arts, sports and much more. Most of all we will meet many of the people who played a prominent role in these events. 

*Detectives, Hoaxes, and Ghosts
Pat McNeely, Room B-114, 11:00-11:50
Although overlooked by most historians, the time that Edgar Allan Poe spent in South Carolina had a profound impact on his literary career. The first detective stories in the English-speaking world and Poe’s first science fiction stories were set on Sullivan’s Island and in Charleston. Join Pat McNeely who is still looking for the pirates’ gold and a glimpse of the ghost of Annabel Lee, one of many apparitions believed to appear in South Carolina, including Columbia.

*From Slavery to Civil Rights: S.C.’s Long Struggle for Racial Justice
Lewis Burke, Room B-116, 11:00-11:50

Lewis Burke, Professor Emeritus, USC School of Law, surveys this important struggle from the arrival of the first slaves to the recent Mother Emmanuel massacre. He will cover Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and school desegregation. Included will be such landmark events as the first legal case ever undertaken by the NAACP, as well as the blinding of Isaac Woodward in Lexington County, which may be considered the first step in the civil rights movement nationally.

Mr. Sullivan’s Really Big Show: Part 2
Arnold Breman, Room B-108, 11:00-11:50

Ed Sullivan was a man who couldn’t sing, dance, or spin a plate, yet he entertained 50 million viewers each week.  The most popular variety show of all time reflected Sullivan’s eclectic tastes and enthusiasm for all things entertaining. Arnold will continue to present a fascinating and engaging history of this show including stories, photos, and videos of some of the more than 10,000 performers showcased every Sunday night.

*Moses, Titan of the Bible    
Rabbi Sanford Marcus, B-120, 11:00-11:50

Rabbi Marcus will present the portrait of a career unparalleled in the Hebrew Bible, with insights from archaeology and biblical commentaries. Analyze Moses’ relationship with God, his people, and adversities that were encountered.

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

Madame Liz Knight will lead us in improving our French pronunciation and conversation. We will also learn a little French culture and history.   

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

For those of you who are already halfway through our workbook and know enough nouns and verbs to articulate basic information, this class will emphasize Spanish conversation. We still welcome anyone else who has some knowledge of Spanish and who is willing to review what we have already covered. Believe it or not, the Spanish that you studied in high school or college, with a little practice, can return! The purchase of a workbook. Basic Spanish (premium second edition) is required.

Adventure Travel
Dr. Warner Montgomery, Room B-118, 1:15-2:15

Join Warner as he shares stories, anecdotes, and audiovisuals of some of his many travels.

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.                     

Thursday Art Studio
Room B-117, 9:00-Noon

You will work on your own, sharing tips, tricks, and techniques to improve your painting skills. There’s plenty of time to paint, get critiques, and have fun. Please bring your own painting supplies.

                                                          

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