Courses - Monday AM
 
 Course Schedule - 8 Week Courses Unless Otherwise Noted 
 
 
1. CHAIR YOGA—BEGINNING PRACTICE
Students use straight-backed chairs for support as they move in gentle, modified yoga movements. The class consists of seated poses and modified standing poses using chairs as needed for stability. No floorwork exercises. Increased flexibility, strength, and range of motion can result from gentle movement through simple poses. Students should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Limit 35.
 
Linda Gibson
9:30—10:30 A.M. Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall
3003 Northland Drive (78757)
 
2. HIKING AUSTIN TRAILS
Start the week with a hike. Join us to experience trails in and around Austin. We will begin on Lady Bird Lake and then explore other venues. We will hike for about two hours at a steady pace, going three to four miles each hike. One hiking spot has an entrance fee. A hiking schedule with detailed information will be emailed to each registrant prior to the beginning of the class with the subject “LLI Fall Hiking Class.” 6 classes. Limit 30.
 
Hubbard Helm
9:30—11:30 A.M. Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Meet near the entrance to the Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park.
 
 
3. TATTING—AN ELEGANT, INEXPENSIVE HANDICRAFT
Tatting produces durable, beautiful lace for edgings, collars, bookmarks, ornaments, even jewelry. Once you learn the basic technique of constructing knots and loops, it is fun, economical and portable. Websites such as www.tattedtreasures.com provide many examples and inspiration. Beginners should call the instructor at 512-345-1256 regarding materials.
Limit 12.
 
Jo Saunders
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)

 
4. INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN
For students who have had Italian before and are able to use basic grammar and verb forms, this course focuses on improving your ability to communicate by expanding your vocabulary, reading skills, and comprehension. The instructor is a native speaker of Italian and an experienced language teacher. She will advise about level readiness and textbook at the first class meeting. Please bring $3 to cover cost of copies. Limit 20.
 
Tina Polo
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
9508 Great Hills Trail (78759)
 
 
5. TED TALKS DISCUSSION GROUP (Repeated on Thursday P.M.)
Does a wide range of viewpoints stimulate you? Then TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talks is for you! With its agenda to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation, TED is a non-profit global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. Usually in the form of short, audio/visual presen-tations (20 minutes or less), TED Talks cover a variety of topics, from science to business to global issues. We will view 2-3 TED Talks per week outside of class (web access/internet connection required) then gather in class to discuss these ideas. NOTE: TED Talks are not shown in the class. In preparation for the first class, participants should view the following three TED Talks (approximately 36 minutes total.) Go to www.ted.com/talks and search for these presenters and titles: Bryan Stevenson, “We Need to Talk about an Injustice” (23:41); Kaitlyn Sadtler, “How We Could Teach Our Bodies to Heal Faster” (4:57); and Bill T. Jones, “The Dancer, the Singer, the Cellist, and a Moment of Creative Magic” (6:26). For specific questions, please email the facilitator, Michelle d’Arcy, at tedlliaustin@gmail.com . Limit 20.
 
Michelle d’Arcy
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 11
St. Luke United Methodist Church
1306 West Lynn Street (78703)
 
6. SPANISH UPPER LEVEL—CONVERSATION/BOOK CLUB
This course is conducted entirely in Spanish, and it is designed for persons with some proficiency in the language. During the first hour, the students present informally on any topic followed by a short discussion, a basic grammar review and discussion of an advanced grammar topic. During the second hour the professor guides a discussion based on the preassigned readings for the week. Questions based on the reading are then discussed, bringing to the surface grammatical and idiomatic phrases for consideration. Note: This course is integrated with an ongoing year-long Spanish program. Attempts are made to have a new project coincide with the LLI term. Limit 30.
 
Mary Fischer
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Genesis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
 
 
7. THE REGIONS AND HISTORY OF SPAIN
This 6-week course introduces Spain, a country made up of patrias chicas or historical regions. We'll examine several of these regions, looking at their histories, languages, customs, food and art. Regions and themes: Roman Spain—institutions, administration, commerce, urban and rural life; Basque Country—whalers, explorers and saints; Asturias—the mountainous North, where the Christian “Reconquest” began; Galicia—green Celtic land of rain and pilgrims; Catalonia—a Mediterranean economic power with its own national identity and language; Castilla y León—nucleus of the Castilian state and cradle of the Castilian language; and Andalusia—Roman Baetica invaded by Muslim Africans in 711 CE; Muslim conquest and kingdoms; Christian and Muslim art and architecture. Instructor David Wise made his first trip to Spain in 1971 and his tenth in 2015. Cost of texts and handouts will not exceed $10. 6 Classes. Limit 45.
 
David Wise, PhD
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
 
8. T’AI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS—BEGINNING PRACTICE
The first six movements of the form are a gentle, easy-to-learn t’ai chi introduction. This t’ai chi form was designed by a physician for people who are older, who have joint problems. Students can expect to enhance balance, build strength and improve coordination. The class consists of warm-ups, t’ai chi practice, and instruction on safe movement. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and flexible-soled shoes. Limit 35.
 
Linda Gibson
10:30—11:30 A.M. Monday, Starts Feb. 11
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall
3003 Northland Drive (78757)