CLASSES - Tuesday PM
Fall 2018 Schedule 8 week courses unless otherwise noted
You may knit or crochet, or both, in this class. Whether new to needlework or experienced, learn at your own pace. Bring practice yarn and needles or hook to the first class. The instructor, an accomplished artist, has taught knitting and crocheting for more than 20 years. Call Pat Tittizer at 512-259-1146 with questions about the class. Limit 15. CLOSED CLASS
Pat Tittizer
1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Tuesday - Crocheting
2:00 - 4:00 P.M. Tuesday - Knitting
Starts Tuesday, Sept. 11
Brookdale Parmer Lane Assisted Living
12429 Scofield Farms Drive (78758)
We will review (a) Islam’s basic beliefs and values and relate them to other religions, (b) the five pillars of Islam practiced by Moslems, (c) sources of Islamic laws and sharia, (d) caliphate and the socio-economic development of the Islamic state, and (e) Islamic history. We will view and discuss Mustapha al-Akkad’s film The Message starring Anthony Quinn, the documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet by Alexander Kronemer and Michael Wolfe, and Islam: Empire of Faith by Robert Gardner. Our main reference is Karen Armstrong’s national bestseller, Islam: A Short History. Limit 20.
Mahassen Ahmad, PhD
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Bethany United Methodist Church
10010 Anderson Mill Rd (78750)
This class will focus on portrayals of seniors in film comedies, either in starring roles or featured supporting roles. Titles include Bernie, Enchanted April, Harold and Maude, Travels with My Aunt, Ladies in Lavender, Moonstruck, Murder by Death, and Quartet. Michael Sirmons is a retired Professor of English and avid film buff who studied cinema history in college. He picked personal favorites that are shorter films to allow time for discussion after the viewing. Limit 16.  CLOSED CLASS.
Michael Sirmons
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
Traveling to India? Meeting Indian friends or coworkers? Cooking or ordering Indian food? Exploring Bollywood movies? This course will introduce you to the basics of Hindi conversation. Most Indians know some English but may not be able to converse fluently. With knowledge of basic Hindi, a traveler can combine it with English to communicate. You’ll be introduced to Hindi in the context of Indian history and culture. You’ll become familiar with the Hindi alphabet, learn Hindi sentence structure, and practice basic vocabulary related to spices and foods, hotel, travel, and shopping. We will watch Bollywood movie clips, read a restaurant menu, and learn some classic Indian recipes to try at home. The students will decide whether the class visits an Indian restaurant to spend the last session practicing Hindi conversation in a relaxed and delicious setting. Our instructor is an experienced presenter, teacher, and retired engineer. Please bring $5 to first class for handouts. Limit 15.
Rana Singh, PhD
1:00—3:00 P. M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Westover Hills Church of Christ
8332 Mesa Drive (78759)
This course covers the period from prehistoric man to the fall of the Roman Empire. Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine, Persia, Greece, and Rome will all be included but not ancient India or China. Famous individuals like Hammurabi, Tutankhamun, Cyrus the Great, Alexander the Great, Homer, Pericles, Cicero, Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Constantine will take their turns in the limelight. No previous knowledge of history is necessary, and no textbooks will be required. Just come and learn about this fascinating period, remnants of which still survive in institutions today. Please bring $3 to the first class for handouts. Limit 20.
No class meeting on Sept. 25th. Course extends one week.  CLOSED CLASS
John Dahmus, PhD
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Unity Church of Austin
5501 West US Hwy 290 Service Road (78735)
Journaling is more than a way to record life experiences. It can help you get to know yourself better and provide a way to cope with stress, heal emotional wounds and solve problems. It’s an excellent means of exploring the truths revealed in our dreams. Research shows that people who journal about personal challenges and painful events have better health outcomes than those who do not engage in such self-reflection. Participants will learn several journaling techniques so they can find one or more that suit them. They will also learn guidelines to follow to maintain a successful journaling practice, including steps to maintain privacy. Participants will be asked to bring a blank notebook and two pens or pencils. A laptop may also be used. There will be journaling exercises in each class. Students will be instructed to journal between classes using designated techniques. We will not read journal entries but will share at the beginning of each class about how the journaling process went. No writing experience necessary. Note one-week delayed start. 6 Classes. Limit 15.
Sheila Allee
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 18
Unity Church of the Hills
9905 Anderson Mill Road (78750)
For more than 800 years, beginning in the High Middle Ages, members of the Habsburg family played dominant roles on the world’s political and cultural stage. Dukes, kings and emperors, the Habsburgs were generous patrons and collectors of the arts, using the visual arts as a tool to celebrate their family and to establish a visual manifestation of the legitimacy of their dynasty. Strong female Regents, like Margaret of Austria (1480-1530) also made important contributions to the artistic culture. Masterworks by artists like Titian, Durer, Velazquez, Rubens, Bruegel, and Bosch assembled in the great museums of Madrid and Vienna, as well as many other works dispersed throughout the world are monuments to the Habsburgs’ passionate involvement with both the fine and the applied arts. The focus will be on the arts, but the development of the Habsburg collections will be followed within the historical context of the 15th to the 17th century. Limit 20. CLASS CLOSED
Sigrid Knudsen, PhD
1:00—3:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church
9508 Great Hills Trail (78759)
Reading Victorian poets from the Brownings and Tennyson through Arnold and the Rossettis to Hardy, Housman, Hopkins and Yeats, we'll discuss the ways in which these poets contributed to the ongoing development of poetry and how they reflected their times. Poems will be available online. Limit 20.
Linda Ringer Leff
1:30—3:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
Join us to practice speaking in French about current events, culture, readings and/or movie excerpts shared in class. The course is designed for those with some proficiency in the language, but enthusiastic intermediate students are welcome, too. Limit 15.
Note two-week delayed start. Course extends two weeks.
Mireille Seewann
2:00—4:00 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 25
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
A disillusioned and dilapidated Kennedy liberal considers the current state of the American republic and wonders if we will destroy the nation even before we ruin the planet. Readings and videos from contemporary authors such as Stevenson (Just Mercy), Hochschild (Strangers in Their Own Land), Wise (Under the Affluence), Rothstein (The Color of Law), Dayen (Chain of Title), Oliver (Last Week Tonight) will illustrate the difficulties increasingly encountered by a majority of our citizens as they strive to negotiate the workplace, the marketplace, medical care, housing, racial and gender bias, and the justice system. And in our discussions we will try to figure out if we are hearing the beginnings of that 'great sucking sound' which is inexorably pulling us down into the Third World.
Limit 25.   CLASS CLOSED
Jerry Buttrey
1:30—3:30 P.M. Tuesday, Starts Sept. 11
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)

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