December 07, 2019
 
 

Courses - Tuesday AM
 
 
15. WHAT TO DO AND KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
This class will help you think and talk about final matters with more comfort and ease. You’ll learn from subject-matter experts who welcome questions and have nothing to sell. To prepare you for making informed choices, we’ll discuss prices at local funeral homes and cemeteries; prepaid funeral contracts; hospice care; organ, tissue, and whole body donation. You’ll be invited to participate in relaxed, small group discussions to help you incorporate your end-of-life values and priorities into healthcare directives specifying what interventions you would or would not want should you be unable to speak for yourself. Completion of advance directives requires some reading and thoughtful consideration between several class sessions. Please bring $10 to first class session for extensive handouts. Limit 20.
 
Nancy Walker, Coordinator
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Genesis Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
 
 
16. INTERMEDIATE FRENCH
This is the course for those with some background in French who want to expand their vocabulary; improve pronunciation, reading and listening comprehension; and learn to communicate in French. Limit 25.
 
Betty Clough
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 225
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
 
 
17. SPANISH BEGINNER 1B
Episodes from an interactive online video course give the class a story to talk about and suggest new vocabulary and situations to practice speaking. You should already be familiar with the subject pronouns, and the present tense of regular verbs, as well as some basic nouns, adjectives and prepositions. Goals for the course include expanding vocabulary, improving listening comprehension and speaking skills, and learning more present tense verbs, along with direct commands. Please bring $2 to the first class for handouts. Note: No class meeting on Oct.29. The last class will be rescheduled for Nov.12. Limit 20.
 
Jann Randle
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest Avenue (78705)
(near 29th and N. Lamar)
 
 
18. 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 Sept. 10
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, Community Room
9508 Great Hills Trail (78759)
 
 
19. 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 recent book, The Secret of True Happiness, as well as other books on world religions, meditation and the afterlife. 6 classes. Limit 30.
 
Farnaz Masumian
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Unity Church of Austin
5501 W. Hwy 290 Service Road (78735)
 
 
20. EMOTION AND MEANING IN THE ARTS—VISUAL AND VERBAL ARTS
In this ongoing seminar exploring how the arts affect us and why they matter, the course this term will compare and contrast the visual and verbal arts. If a picture is worth a thousand words, it is also true that short stories and poems are verbal pictures that concisely depict people, scenes, and actions. Whereas artists use paintbrush, chisel, or camera to create their images, authors paint with words. What these otherwise diverse arts have in common is that their “meanings” are often emotional appeals to the heart rather than messages addressed to the head. In-depth discussion will focus on specific works ranging widely among periods of fine art and literature. Genres will include paintings, photographs, sculptures, lyric poems and short stories. Registrants must provide an email address because all works for discussion will be provided by email. The instructor has taught literature in college; published poetry and criticism of the arts, including photography; and curated art exhibitions for a museum of which he was a trustee. Limit 18.
 
Joseph Longino, PhD
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 203
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
 
21. EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN ARTISTS IN LATIN AMERICA
Come discover some of Latin America's women artists! You are probably already familiar with Frida Kahlo, and perhaps you have heard of Gabriela Mistral or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz--and their work will be included. But have you seen, heard, or read the work of Lola Alvarez Bravo, Violeta Parra, Elena Poniatowska, or Marjorie Agosín, to name a few of our artists? The goal is to introduce you to creative women in Latin America beyond those who might be known, even popular, in the United States. The course features twentieth-century artists in several countries, including Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Panama, and the United States. Art forms include painting, photography, textiles, folk art and craft, music, film, and literature. Connections will be made to the broader aesthetic and historical contexts of the works under consideration, including, when relevant, suggestions for experi-encing the arts while traveling in Latin America. This course is taught in English. Please bring $5 for course materials. Limit 30.
 
Catharine E. Wall
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Westover Hills Church of Christ, Room 201
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
  
 
22. 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 improve balance. Maintain your independence and a healthy lifestyle of proper nutrition with a variety of physical activities including TEXERCISE, yoga and T’ai Chi. This expert on senior fitness and community resources offers a 90-minute class with flexibility stretching, deep breathing to increase mind-body relaxation and endurance exercises to keep our bones strong. Wear exercise clothing/shoes and bring your hand weights and water. Limit 20.
 
Rusty Cribbs
10:00—11:30 A.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
 
 
23. 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 materials. Limit 12.
 
Karen Hickman
10:30 A.M.—12:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 10
Pegasus Senior Living (formerly Brookdale)
12429 Scofield Farms Drive (78758)