March 31, 2020
 
 

Courses - Tuesday AM
 
 
14. FIND YOUR ANCESTORS
Exploring records to learn about your ancestors—who they were, where they lived, what they did—has never been easier or more exciting. The Austin Genealogical Society encourages and supports such searches, using methods old and new. Each session is presented by a member of the society, covering a variety of topics. Beginners and experienced researchers are welcome. Please bring $3 to the first class for copies. Limit 20.

Inez Eppright, Coordinator
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Faith Lutheran Church,
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
 
 
15. FRENCH INTERMEDIATE
This course is conducted entirely in French. Our textbook, Encore une Fois, guides students in reading
comprehension of Petit Nicolas stories, vocabulary building and review, grammar review, and  pronunciation. For the spring, 2020 course, we will start with chapter 1 of the textbook. Limit 25.

Betty Clough
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 225
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
 

16. SPANISH MID-BEGINNER LEVEL 2A
Are you ready to start learning the two major past tenses? In this class, you’ll watch an episode per week of a light-hearted BBC online program for Spanish learners, expand your vocabulary and gain experience through lots of listening, some speaking and some grammar (mostly verbs and pronouns). Before taking this class, you should have learned the formation of the present tense of regular and irregular verbs (although you probably can’t use them well yet). Other basics you should be familiar with are the subject pronouns, gender/number agreement, possessive adjectives, some prepositions, etc. A $2 fee covers handouts. Note: 1-week delayed start; course extends one week. Limit 20.

Jann Randle
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 18
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest Avenue (78705)
(near 29th and N. Lamar)
 

17. CANCELED THE SECRET OF TRUE HAPPINESS
Happiness is a state of mind that requires a strong value system, along with certain practices, skills and attitudes. This course will provide participants with some of the best knowledge currently available on such topics as spirituality, love, faith, service, prayer, meditation, marriage and family life, positive thinking, mirth and gratitude, all of which contribute to a happier state of mind and a more peaceful life. Our instructor is the author of the book, The Secret of True Happiness, published in January, as well as other books on world religions, meditation and the afterlife. 6 classes. Limit 30.

Farnaz Masumian
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Unity Church of Austin
5501 W. Hwy 290 Service Road (78735)
 
18. EARLY ART AROUND THE WORLD
This course examines works of art from around the world from prehistory to the early Middle Ages, focusing on some historically prominent periods and regions. We'll look at evidence of the beginnings of human artistic creativity and study the art of early civilizations in the Near East, Egypt, Indus Valley and China. We will see that throughout the centuries imposing tombs structures served to express veneration of leaders, as in prehistoric times, Egyptian times, or early Japan. Architecture also served to express the powers of rulers and embodied the fervor of worshippers in Christian Europe and Buddhist India. Prehistoric Venus figurines, images of Greek gods, Buddha or Christ in Western art will illustrate similarities and differences among representations of religious symbols or deities in human form. Exploring some of the many ways people have given visual expression to human concerns, we come to a better understanding of the arts of diverse cultures and develop a more critical perspective for our own art traditions. Limit 25.
 
Sigrid Knudsen, PhD
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 201
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
 

19. EMOTION AND MEANING IN THE ARTS—MUSIC
In this ongoing seminar exploring how the arts affect us and why they matter, the subject this term is music. Acknowledging the mystery at the heart of this most elusive art, Beethoven himself once confessed, “I don’t know what music is.” So what, then, is music? How does it work? Why do we enjoy it? What roles do lyrics, librettos and programs play? How does music relate to the other arts? These and other questions will occupy us as we enjoy some of the world’s greatest music, primarily Western art music such as classical music but also more popular music. All musical selections will be played in class before discussion, and most will be provided beforehand. An email address is a must for receiving assignments, as is access to a streaming service such as Apple Music, Spotify or YouTube. No formal musical background is necessary. Limit 24.

Joseph Longino, PhD
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 203
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
 
 
 20. MEN AND WOMEN FITNESS AND NUTRITION FUN!
Join this class for an energizing total body workout with muscular strength training to promote cardiovascular health and to improve your balance. Maintain your independence and a healthy lifestyle incorporating proper nutrition with a variety of physical activities. This expert on senior fitness and community resources offers a 90-minute workout with flexibility stretching, deep breathing to increase mind-body relaxation and endurance exercises to keep our bones strong. EXERCISE, EXERCISE for a healthier, happier lifestyle! Please bring water and hand weights. Limit 20.

Rusty Cribbs
10:00—11:30 A.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
 

21. ROMANCE AND ART OF BOBBIN LACE
Ever wonder how laces such as Belgian, Swiss, or Chantilly are made? You will learn the basic techniques of weaving lace using bobbins, which may lead to using other threads, yarn, and/or wire to create your own designs. Bring a box of straight pins, scissors, pin cushion and “cover cloth” (a large cloth table napkin or any piece of fabric about 18 inches square). Bring $5 to the first class for aterials. Limit 12.

Karen Hickman
10:30 A.M.—12:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Feb. 11
Pegasus Senior Living (formerly Brookdale)
12429 Scofield Farms Drive (78758)