CLASSES - Thursday AM
Fall 2018 Schedule  8 week courses unless otherwise noted
The most populous nation and largest democracy in the world, India seems to the foreign eye chaotic and likely to provoke intense emotions. It has many different peoples, cultures, religions, languages, artistic traditions, types of governance, and political parties. But this tremendous diversity can also be seen as a major aid in the development of its society and governance. The diversity derives from the country’s geography and unique crossroads location, and from a tradition of freedom, individuality and tolerance. Yet the primacy of social units such as family, clan, caste, and religion give it a surprising cohesion as a nation. This course provides both a personal and data-based view of India’s character, history, geography, languages, and arts. Our instructor is a native of India, who has settled in Austin after a business management career spanning 35 years, 6 countries and 3 continents. Please bring $4 for handouts to the first class. Limit 40. 6 Classes.
Anand Kruttiventi
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 13
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
This course is for students who have some familiarity (not mastery) with most Spanish verb forms but need review and practice. We will read short passages from novels, review fundamentals of grammar, and work on extending vocabulary for common activities. You can repeat this class as many times as you like. There is much to learn! Please bring $4 for handouts to the first class. Limit 20.
Odilia Leal-McBride
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 13
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. Limit 25.  CLOSED CLASS 
Betty Clough
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 13
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
Class sessions will follow the 2018 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 2018 ($30) at the website
For a summary of the individual chapters, please go to For the first class, we will cover Chapter 1, “The Waning of Pax America.” Please be prepared to discuss it. It is preferable for all sides of an issue to be covered from different perspectives. Please do not be concerned if you do not agree with the solutions offered in each chapter. 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 as long as one is not disagreeable. Participation in class discussions is strongly encouraged. Sometimes, original solutions are arrived at this way. However, if one prefers 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 20.
Raúl Reza Vásquez
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept 13
St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th Street (78701)
This introduction to nuclear science assumes that attendees have forgotten most of what they may have learned in high school chemistry. It will cover a variety of topics including the structure of atoms, radioactivity, ionizing radiation, and biological effects of radiation. Nuclear power generation, the control of chain reactions and the safety of nuclear reactors are also covered. We will discuss nuclear accidents such as Fukushima and Chernobyl and learn why nuclear reactors are not like atomic bombs. Our instructor is a retired Professor of Nuclear Physics, who has enjoyed teaching the subject to students at many levels, from Boy Scouts to graduate students. Limit 20. 6 Weeks.
Ezra Lippincott, PhD
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 13
Berkeley United Methodist Church
2407 Berkeley Drive (78745)
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, Susan Richter 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. 13
Genesis Presbyterian Church
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
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 2018. 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. Limit 20. CLOSED CLASS
Gail Radke
10:00—Noon Thursday, Starts Sept. 13
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest (near 29th and North Lamar) (78705)
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