December 07, 2019

Courses - Thursday AM
53. Guten Morgen!—German Beginner 1
This course is for true beginners in the German language. No prior experience requested. Whether you want to explore the German language for the very first time or think it might be good to start from scratch, this class is for you. Our instructor is a native speaker and experienced teacher. Please bring $3 to the first class for course handouts. Limit 20.
Henrike Belz 
9:30—11:00 A.M. Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
Crestview United Methodist Church
1300 Morrow Street (78757)
Learn to play the age-old game of Mah Jongg, which quickly is becoming the most popular game played by both women and men of all ages. It is a great social game to enjoy with friends or you can play competitively at tournaments. Mah Jongg is similar to Rummy, using tiles instead of cards; players learn to make runs and sets. Your teacher is a Master Mah Jongg player, ranking in national and local tournaments. She’ll teach you National Mah Jongg rules and social/tournament strategy. Each student will need to purchase the National Mah Jongg League, Inc. Official Standard Hands and Rules Card 2019. Cards are available on the National Mah Jongg League website or Amazon. The price is $8 for a standard card or $9 for the large print. Note: no class on Oct. 24; 7 classes. Limit 20.
Gail Radke
9:45—11:45 A.M. Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest (near 29th /N.Lamar) (78705)
Intermediate and advanced students will practice reading and speaking, using online Spanish-language news and social/cultural publications. Each will choose one country to follow in online periodicals (from a list provided by instructor), and in class we’ll share and discuss the social, political and other cultural aspects of the articles. We’ll increase our vocabularies and fine-tune grammar while gaining insight into the different countries. Please bring a notebook for keeping vocabulary, worksheets, and notes. Our instructor is a native speaker and experienced instructor of Spanish. Limit 20.
Jorge A. Hidrobo, PhD
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
Emphasizing vocabulary development, pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension and conversation, this course is for students who have completed Beginning French 1 or those who have some knowledge of basic French. Note new room assignment. Limit 30.
Betty Clough
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 134
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
Class sessions will follow the 2019 edition of Great Decisions. It contains eight chapters on eight different issues, one for each class session. The text chapters will be followed sequentially. Find more information and order a copy of Great Decisions 2019 ($30) at the website ( )
For a summary of the individual chapters, please go to ( ). Please be prepared to discuss Chapter 1 during the first class. Don’t be concerned if you disagree with the solutions offered in each chapter, as it is preferable for all sides of an issue to be covered from different perspectives. The only rules are that one can disagree with the book or with statements made by others in the class, provided verifiable facts and logic are followed, and one is not disagreeable. Participation in class discussions is strongly encouraged. Sometimes, original solutions are arrived at this way. However, if you prefer to listen to the class discussions only without necessarily participating, please let the instructor know, preferably by text at 512-577-5140 or by email at, or at the first class meeting. Limit 22.
Raúl Reza Vásquez
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th Street (78701)
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 Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
The Village at the Triangle
4517 Triangle Avenue (78751)
This course is for those who already read music and have some previous experience playing one or more sizes of recorder. A "consort" is an ensemble of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders. We learn and play music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods to the present. If you enjoy playing recorder music and would like to be part of a consort, then this group is for you. To register as a new member, please first contact the group facilitator at 512-825-4252 or She will provide more information about what's needed for the course.
Limit 20.
Susan Richter
10:15—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 12
Genesis Presbyterian Church
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
We will continue to learn about the cases (Accusative and Dative) and their different applications, as well as working on verb conjugation through different times while enhancing our vocabulary. The class may be split into two groups to accommodate a range of advancement among students who have attended two or more classes before. Please contact me if you have any questions, at . Please bring $3 to the first class for course materials. Limit 20.
Henrike Belz
11:15 A.M.–1:15 P.M. Thursday
Starts Sept. 12
Crestview United Methodist Church
1300 Morrow Street (78757)