November 23, 2020
 
 
 Courses - Monday AM
 
 Course Schedule - 8 week courses unless otherwise noted 
 
 
1. CHAIR YOGA—BEGINNING PRACTICE
Students use straightbacked 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. 10
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall
3003 Northland Drive (78757)
 

2. 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. 10
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
 

3. 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 instructor guides a discussion based on the preassigned readings for the week. Questions based on the reading are then discussed, bringing attention to grammatical and idiomatic phrases. 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. 10
Genesis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
 
 
4. BEGINNING BRIDGE
This course is for people who have never played bridge, or those who may have played some in the past but want a refresher or update. We will use the book Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction by Audrey Grant, available on Amazon or other places. In class you will play example hands from the book, and for each example hand, explanations of techniques for bidding and play are given. It is recommended that you obtain a copy. Limit 20.

Jack Graham
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 10
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
 

5. TAO TE CHING—FROM ANCIENT CHINA TO TODAY
This course focuses on uncovering the mysteries of the ancient Chinese text, Tao te Ching, one of the most important sources for Eastern philosophy. It is also one of the most widely translated books in the world. Legend has it that Tao te Ching was originally written for Chinese kings over two illennia ago as advice on how to live and lead wisely, but its popularity today attests to the depth of its insights, as relevant for people in the modern world as they were for ancient royalty. Through reading, lecture, and discussion we will explore themes such as wu-wei, or non-ego-based action, the interconnection of all beings, living in harmony with natural cycles, non-intrusive leadership,  compassion, humility, and the problems with war. Our instructor is a retired English professor who has studied the Tao for more than 20 years and given many workshops on this ancient Chinese text. Limit 15.

Sharon Shelton Colangelo, PhD
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 10
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest (near 29th/N. Lamar) (78705)
 
  
6. EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE
Are we alone in the universe? We will explore the essential steps that lead to humans dominating this planet. The first steps involve an astronomical exploration of our universe. Is there anything special about our galaxy, our star, the sun, or the planet we inhabit? Chemistry and biology dominate the next steps. How did life arise on our planet? Could this process occur elsewhere in the galaxy? Does intelligence arise as a natural consequence of a rich, threatening environment? Is our galaxy sterile, feral, fallow or filled? Finally, what about UFOs? Our instructor is a retired Senior Research Scientist, now an amateur astronomer, still affiliated with UT’s McDonald Observatory.
6 Classes. Limit 50.

G. Fritz Benedict
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 10
The Village at the Triangle
4517 Triangle Avenue (78751)
 

7. 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 and 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. 10
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Eaton Hall
3003 Northland Drive (78757)
 
 
 8. LATIN AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE IN THE 1920s (Taught in English)
Expand your knowledge of modernism and the avantgarde into Latin American art and literature of the 1920s. After a brief introduction to the avant-garde in Europe and Latin America in general, we will focus on Mexico, Argentina, and Peru—the countries featured in an exhibition at the Blanton Museum, The Avant-Garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s (16 February-17 May 2020). This course both dovetails with that show and provides an expanded literary backdrop to it. Topics include manifestos and magazines, art and literary "isms" (both imported and native), and—a hallmark of the avantgarde aesthetic—verbal-visual experimentation. Among the many works we will read or view are lesser-known writings by the internationally renowned Diego Rivera and Jorge Luis Borges. In addition, participants are encouraged to see the Blanton show as soon as possible after it opens and bring works or information of interest to our attention for consideration in class; a group visit to the Blanton will also be organized. Please bring $5 for course materials. Limit 30.

Catharine E. Wall
10:00—Noon Monday, Starts Feb. 10
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 201
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)