Courses - Tuesday AM
 
 
 
14. FITNESS FOR MEN AND WOMEN!
This is an energizing total body workout with muscular strength training to promote cardio-vascular health and improve flexibility and balance, to maintain your independence and healthy lifestyle. Join this expert on senior fitness and community resources for up to 120 minutes of physical activities that also can help prevent falls. Practice deep breathing to increase mind-body relaxation techniques as we build strong bones with endurance exercises. Includes Yoga, T’ai Chi and TEXERCISE. Bring your hand weights and water, and wear exercise shoes/clothing. Limit 20.
 
Rusty Cribbs
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
 
 
15. 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. Expect to pay $3 to the coordinator for copies. Limit 20.
 
Inez Eppright, Coordinator
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church [Community Room]
9508 Great Hills Trail (78759)
 
 
16. ADVANCED SPANISH —WRITING, READING AND CONVERSATION
This course is designed to encourage intermediate and higher-level students to read, think, write and communicate in Spanish, using short stories, online Spanish-language news and cultural publications, and in-class sharing opportunities. Each student will select one Spanish-speaking country to research and report on that country’s current news or culture. We will read and discuss selected articles and stories from the textbook, Album by Joy Renjilian-Burgy and Rebecca M. Valette, 3rd Ed. (available used locally and online). Limit 15.
 
Jorge A. Hidrobo, PhD
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 West 15th Street (78701)
 
17. SPANISH FOR BEGINNERS 2B
This is a continuation of the Beginner 2 course from the fall. We will continue to use verbs in the present and past tenses and explore other tenses, while practicing more basic grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and everyday conversations. You will need a notebook and a good Spanish-English dictionary. Please bring $3 to class for handouts. Limit 20.
 
Odilia Leal-McBride, PhD
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
 
 
18. 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 Feb. 12
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
 
 
19. CONFIESO QUE HE VIVIDO—AN INTRODUCTION TO PABLO NERUDA
Discover the poetry of Pablo Neruda! This course explores the life and art of Latin America's best known and most widely translated poet. We will study exemplary poems from five of Neruda's books and contextualize each one within both his oeuvre and 20th century poetry as a whole. Discussions and readings will be supplemented with handouts, a feature-length film, clips from other films, music, and other interdisciplinary materials to offer keys to understanding the breadth, depth, and reach of Neruda's work. This course is taught in Spanish; LLI Advanced Spanish or equivalent is required. All poems will be available in quality bilingual editions. Please bring $5 for course materials. Limit 30.
 
Catharine E. Wall
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Westover Hills Church of Christ
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
 
20. EMOTION AND MEANING IN THE ARTS—CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
In this ongoing seminar exploring how the arts affect us and why they matter, the subject this term is stories for very smart children of all ages. Because many classics of children’s literature now seem dated and boring, modern authors such as A. A. Milne, Maurice Sendak, Arnold Lobel, Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Charles Schulz, and Bill Watterson will be featured. The twin objects of the course are to have fun and to figure out why we’re laughing and crying, with reference to language and illustration, realism and fantasy, and character and plot. Most works to be discussed will be provided via email by the instructor, although for longer works only excerpts will be provided and discussed. However, the instructor cannot rule out the need to purchase books (totaling less than $20.) The first class meeting will discuss Chapters I of Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, both illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. The instructor has read books to his own children, taught literature in college, published poetry and art criticism, and curated exhibitions for a museum of which he was a trustee. Limit 18.
 
Joseph Longino, PhD
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Westover Hills Church of Christ
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
 
 
21. AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION, LIFE AFTER DEATH, AND NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
Participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice various meditation techniques such as mantra meditation, meta-meditation, single-object meditation, breath awareness meditation, mindfulness of the present moment, mindfulness of the presence of God, and contemplation on religious texts as an approach to meditation. They will also be introduced to conceptions of the afterlife in Islam, Zoroastrianism, and the Bahá’í Faith. The last lecture will explore the phenom-enon of near-death experience and how the features of such experiences align with conceptions of the afterlife in these three religions. 6 classes. Limit 30.
 
Farnaz Masumian
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Unity Church of Austin
5501 W. Hwy. 290 Service Road (78735)
 
 
22. SPANISH BEGINNER 1A
This class is for true beginners. If you already have a pretty good grasp of the present tense, this class is not for you! You will use the first 7 episodes from an entertaining online BBC series at home to give us something to talk about in class as you learn pronunciation, basic sentence patterns and the present tense of regular and a few important irregular verbs. You’ll acquire some basic vocabulary used for getting around in a city, ordering food and drink, talking about family, numbers and dates, descriptive adjectives such as color, size, etc. No textbook; $2 for handouts. Limit 24.
 
Jann Randle
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest Avenue (78705) (29th/Lamar)
 
 
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 class for materials. Limit 12.
 
Karen Hickman
10:30 A.M.—12:30 P.M. Tuesday, Feb. 12
Brookdale Parmer Lane Assisted Living
12429 Scofield Farms Drive (78758)
 
 
24. GETTING YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW—WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
If you feel a bit squirmy about end-of-life issues, this class will help you think and talk about final matters with more comfort and ease. The information you’ll receive will help you make informed choices. Along the way, we’ll discuss prices at local funeral homes and cemeteries, prepaid funeral contracts; hospice care; organ, tissue, and whole body donation; and a whole lot more. You’ll be invited to participate in relaxed, small- group discussions that will help you incorporate your end-of-life values and priorities into an advance directive. You’ll learn from subject matter experts who welcome questions and won’t try to sell you a product, a pre-need policy, or a point of view. Please bring $10 to first class session for extensive handouts.
Limit 20.
 
Nancy Walker, Coordinator
10:00—Noon Tuesday, Starts Feb. 12
Genesis Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)