May 07, 2021
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
10:00 A.M.—Noon Friday, Starts Feb. 14
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
8134 Mesa Drive (78759)

You may knit or crochet, or both, in this class. Whether new to neddlework 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 teachig knittind and crocjheting for more than 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 Feb. 14
United Christian Church
3500 W. Parmer Lane (78727) (West of MoPac)
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 producea 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 Feb. 14
Unity Church of the Hills
9905 Anderson Mill Road (78750)
We will use the book, Simply Strings: A Modern Approach to a Traditional Quilt Block by Rana Heredia for our text for this class. Each week the instructor will demonstrate a different technique from the book. Students must purchase the book and each student can determine which quilt they would like to make. The students can work on their own chosen design at home or bring a sewing machine to class to use to work on their independent project. The instructor will be available to assist students as they progress. 7 Classes. Limit 16.

Susan Tennison
10:00—Noon Friday, Starts Starts Feb. 14
Christ Lutheran Church
300 East Monroe Street (78704)
67. MOSAICS 101
If you are new to mosaics or simply want to learn more, this class is for you. We will cover the basics of designing, tile cutting, assembling, and grouting/sealing. At the end of the class you will have created a beautiful and interesting work that you can use or display with pride. The first class meeting includes demonstration of basic process, examples of projects, and discussion of tools and materials. There will be additional costs for your project, plus a $10 fee for provided materials. Please contact instructor at if you need more information before the first class. 7 classes. Limit 24.

Kathy Ortiz
10:00 A.M—12:30 P.M. Friday, Starts Feb. 14
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)

This is a continuation of the fall Beginner 2 course, in which we studied the past tense verbs and pronoun use. We will use present and past tenses and move on to commands and the compound tenses. Be prepared to speak a lot in small groups, play games, read children’s books and do written
homework this semester. We’ll also use Spanish online resources. 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 Feb. 14
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 Feb. 14
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
Do you watch How the Universe Works onthe Science Channel? Have you read popular books on modernphysics, such as those by Brian Greene or Paul Davies? Do youunderstand jokes about Schrodinger’s cat? Have you evercontemplated free will, determinism, and predestination? Do you
have any idea why Stephen Hawking cared whether information islost in black holes? If you answered “yes” to ANY of these questions, you may enjoy this class. Not an introductory physics course, it will focus mainly on the philosophical implications of quantum mechanics, with additional material from cosmology, chaos theory, thermodynamics, economics, and other areas as time permits. Limit 24.

Linda Fugate
10:00—11:30 A.M. Friday, Starts Feb. 14
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)

Flying Saucers! Monster Bugs! Killer Robots! All these and more await you in this class about iconic sci-fi films produced in the 50s and early 60s. Using video, sound clips, photos, and graphics, we will review many classic sci-fi films of this period. The political, social, and scientific factors that influenced and shaped these ground-breaking films will be discussed in a fun and informal setting. Welcome to the Golden Age of science fiction film making, an era that inspired many of today’s best sci-fi movies. Limit 25.

Michael Hendrickson
10:00—Noon Friday, Starts Feb. 14
The Village at the Triangle
4517 Triangle Avenue (78751)