December 07, 2019
Courses - Friday AM
 Course Schedule - 8 week courses unless otherwise noted
Research has shown that there’s nothing more effective for keeping aging brains alert and active than making music with other people. So why not learn to play acoustic guitar with like-minded folks? Students will learn basic guitar techniques, including tuning the guitar, chords to accompany songs, basic strum patterns for variety, bass runs (individual notes played between chords), playing scales, melody on bass strings (flat picking), and melody on treble strings (fingerpicking). Students will use these techniques to play and sing songs. Reading music is NOT TAUGHT in this course. A tablature notation will be introduced to show how the songs are played. An instruction book is available on the instructor’s website: The website also has audio to help you learn. The book consists of a pdf file for each chapter. You can print them yourself, or, if desired, printed copies are available for $15. Each student must provide his/her own guitar. If you need help selecting a guitar, email instructor ahead of time at: or read these notes: The instructor has 30 years’ experience teaching this course at a community school. Limit 15.
Ray Voith
9:30—11:30 A.M. Friday, Starts Sept. 13
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
8134 Mesa Drive (78759)
The object of this course is to get your family/personal stories on paper. Studies have shown that most family stories fade beyond two generations. Our lives are filled with stories – funny, poignant, sad, spiritual, meaningful. And you have stories only you can write. Most of us have wished we could ask about our families but there’s no one left to ask. Leave that written legacy for others and save them that frustration. They will thank you for it. There is no instruction, but we will discuss stories and the process of writing – don’t worry, it’s painless. Each member should expect to write one story each week and read it in class. Listening to the stories of others frequently sparks memories of our own so we add to our list of stories to write. At the end of the semester, we will produce a class book to which you are encouraged to contribute your stories. For more info call Gayle Opie at 512-704-6558. Limit 12.
Gayle Opie, Facilitator
9:45 A.M.—12:15 P.M. Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Overture Arboretum
10600 Jollyville Road (78759)
Do you find it easier to work on creative projects in a fun, supportive, and inspiring group? If so, this class is for you. Open to all previous Mosaics 101 students as well as anyone with a portable project to complete that is suitable for a group setting. No specific instruction will be provided though expertise will be shared. Stained glass, polymer clay, fiber, mixed-media, and collage artists are all welcome, as well as quilters, beaders, painters, knitters, or origami creators. Celebrate and share your creativity! Please contact instructor at if you have questions. 7 Classes. Limit 24.
Kathy Ortiz
10:00 A.M—12:30 P.M. Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
In this course we will try different hand techniques. Little Red Seventeen is a pattern for a small (10” x 12”) hexagonal quilt. We will use English paper piecing, applique, embroidery and hand quilting to finish this quilt mostly by hand. Each student will be required to purchase the pattern and will have the option of purchasing a kit. Join us for the fun of doing handwork. 7 Classes. Limit 16.
Susan Tennison
10:00—Noon Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Christ Lutheran Church
300 East Monroe Street (78704)
If you are acquainted with the basics of Spanish and know common verbs in the present tense, join us to learn a lot more. We’ll first review pronunciation and pronoun use (all kinds), then tackle the past tenses and commands. Be prepared to speak a lot in small groups, play games, and do written homework this semester. We’ll also use Spanish videos. Bring a notebook and a good Spanish-English dictionary to each class. With more (new) worksheets, there will be a $3 fee for handouts for the course. Limit 25.
Julie P. Sanford
10:00—Noon Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 225
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
Join us for an intimate look at the minute creatures that rule the world. Of all the animal species on our planet, 4 out of 5 are insects! They are a major component of terrestrial ecosystems; include important pollinators, pests and recyclers; and are some of the most fascinating beings on Earth. We will explore this delightful fauna through colorful slideshow presentations, focusing on basic identification, behaviors, lifestyles and associations. One session will be a field trip, and we sometimes go outside to explore the area around our meeting place. Limit 20.
Valerie Bugh
10:00—Noon Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
Most people want to write but never find the time or don't think they have it in them. This class will prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if you have a point of view on anything, you can write. Please bring a notebook and a few fast writing pens. No other supplies needed. Please do not wear scented products such as perfumes, aftershave lotion, or heavy creams. Limit 25.
Jan Marquart, LCSW
10:00—Noon Friday, Starts Sept. 13
11279 Taylor Draper Lane (78759)
You may knit or crochet, or
both, in this class. Whether new to needlework or experienced, learn at your own pace. Bring practice yarn and needles or hook to the first class. The instructor, an accomplished artist, has been teaching knitting and crocheting for over 20 years. Call the instructor at 512-259-1146 with any questions about the class. Limit 15.
Pat Tittizer
9:30—11:30 A.M. Friday, Starts Sept. 13
United Christian Church
3500 W. Parmer Lane (78727) (West of MoPac)
Learn how to dance this popular style that does not require partners. This course will help students develop better coordination and prepare for dancing in social venues and other ongoing classes in the Austin area. We’ll learn beginner dances posted on Some dance experience will be helpful but is not required. Instructor will provide links to step sheets and demo videos on the Internet. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe, low-heel shoes.
Limit 25.
Linda Fugate
10:30—11:30 A.M. Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
82. Course Cancelled  YIN YOGA
Yin yoga is a floor-based form of practice designed to balance the yin (passive) with the yang (active) parts of our lives. Yin-style yoga, derived from Taoist teachings, works well in conjunction with acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine practices. This class emphasizes stillness; poses are held passively for several minutes at a time, creating deep stretches in the joints and connective tissue. The typical result is enhanced flexibility and a profound sense of well-being. Bring a yoga mat and (optional but recommended) a small (3'x5') blanket, and wear loose, comfortable clothing. The instructor has studied yoga for over 30 years and taught since 2013. Limit 25.
Cynthia Cooper
11:00—Noon Friday, Starts Sept. 13
Corazón Latino Dance Studio
500 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 400 (78745)