Courses - Wednesday AM
   Course Schedule - 8 week courses unless otherwise noted
We will begin with what is contained in an Estate Plan including a Last Will and Testament, Medical Power of Attorney, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Directive to Physician, HIPAA Release, and, if necessary, a Trust agreement. Then, we navigate through the Probate process from the filing of an Application to the closing of the Estate, as well as what happens if you or a loved one passes away without a valid Will. We review how real and personal property and various other assets pass upon a death. We will then cover what it means to be incapacitated and how the Guardian-ship Application and Appointment process works. Along the way, we will discuss typical costs to hire an Attorney to assist you in preparing the various planning documents and court proceedings. We conclude with a review of Federal Trust, Estate and Gift taxes. 6 Classes. Limit 30.
Andrea V. Comsudi, Attorney and Counselor at Law
9:30—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
8134 Mesa Drive (78759)
The object of this course is to get your family/personal stories on paper. Studies have shown that most family stories fade beyond two gen-erations. Our lives are filled with stories—funny, poignant, sad, spiritual, meaningful. You have stories only you can write. Most of us have wished we could ask about our families but there’s no one left to ask. Leave that written legacy for others and save them that frustration. They will thank you for it. There is no instruction, but we will discuss stories and the process of writing – don’t worry, it’s painless. Each member should expect to write one story each week to bring and read in class. Listening to the stories of others frequently sparks memories of our own so we add to our list of stories to write. At the end of the semester, we will produce a class book to which you are encouraged to contribute your stories. Need more info? Call the instructor 512-704-6558. Leave a message for return call. Limit 12.
Gayle Opie
9:45 A.M.—12:15 P.M. Wednesday Starts Feb. 13
Unity Church of Austin
5501 W. Hwy. 290 Service Road (78735)
With more than 400 different species possible in Travis County, it is a great place to take up bird watching. This course with PowerPoint slideshows and time for Q&A is suitable for new, casual and “new to Austin” birders. Topics include the well-equipped birder, basic identification, behavior and vocalizations, migration, attracting birds, where to go birdwatching and conservation challenges. The focus will be on charismatic species that are fairly easily seen or heard like owls, hummingbirds, raptors, purple martins, chimney swifts, expected backyard birds, ducks and water birds. One session will be a field trip, and we may also step outside our meeting place to check for birds. An experienced teacher and avid birder, our instructor has taught for Travis Audubon, the Native Plant Society, Austin’s Wildlife Habitat Steward Program and many local groups. She gardens for birds with 75 species on her yard list. Please bring $1 for handouts for the course. Note: 1-week delayed start.
7 classes. Limit 26.
Jane Tillman
10:00 – Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 20
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church Upper Room
9508 Great Hills Trail (78759)
Learn how plate tectonics controls the distribution of earthquakes, volcanoes, and Andean-type mountain ranges; about predicting the next big quake; behavior of rivers and deltas; why New Orleans is doomed and the Tower of Pisa leans. We will explore fossil fuels, fracking, groundwater, caves, climate cycles, global warming, and other fascinating phenomena.
Limit 25.
Earle F. McBride
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
Our story begins in 1718 when San Antonio de Valero opened as a mud-hut mission. We learn of the Canary Islanders who were San Antonio’s first civilian settlers and the arrival of the East Texas missions. We find out about the origin of the Governor’s Palace and the development of La Villita. We talk about movers and shakers––Mavericks, Mengers, Brackenridges, and Guenthers. We remember the 1836 “Battle of the Alamo” and the saga of the ladies’ “Second Battle of the Alamo.” Newlyweds Lt. Ike and Mamie Eisenhower were at Fort Sam Houston along with General John J. Pershing, Geronimo, and Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. We discuss the Japanese Tea Garden, the Witte, the Art Museum in the old Brewery, and the McNay. San Antonio created its amazing River Walk, moved a hotel along the streets of downtown, built Hemisfair and the Institute of Texan Cultures. Today, the Alamo is about to get dressed up. 6 Classes. Limit 50.
Myra Hargrave McIlvain
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Northwest Recreation Center Classroom 2
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
This course is called a workshop because it is designed to teach more about how to do genealogical research than about what to research. Topics will be more about how to find the information you need as opposed to sharing what was found. “Brick walls” are all about not being able to find that one piece of information you need. We will learn about programs, internet sites and tools that can help you with your brick walls. You will hear from some great presenters and get to spend 8 weeks networking with other genealogists, learning and exchanging ideas. The instructor is the organizer for AustinGenSIG, an active member of both Austin and Williamson County Genealogical Societies, and an experienced presenter. Please bring $3 for handouts. Limit 35.
John Marostica
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Northwest Recreation Center Classroom 1
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
You wish you knew your ancestors’ stories. If you don’t write your family stories, your grandchildren will also have to wish. Here’s an opportunity to dip into your memory and write your stories to share and save for the younger generations of your family. Don’t let your stories be lost! We write them at home, read them to the class, and can contribute them to the Class Book. This is not a class on how to write. No instruction is given, but we learn from each other. Limit 30.
Richard Robertson, Coordinator
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
This class is designed for students who can at least form basic sentences and communicate some in German. Writing, listening, and speaking will be given equal attention, while grammar will be deepened and expanded. This spring we will continue to form more complex sentence structures and apply those to our writing. Brief exploration of German culture and history will be intertwined with the lessons. The class is taught by a native German speaker. Please bring $3 to first class for course materials. Limit 20.
Henrike Belz
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Crestview United Methodist Church
1300 Morrow Street (78757)
Both exercise and meditation, this class for all levels of fitness is ideally suited for those desiring the experience and benefits of meditation without sitting still. The simple movements of Heaven Nature can improve health, balance emotions, open the heart, and elevate the spirit, allowing you to experience the sacredness of the body. You will become physically strengthened, with a more supple and flexible spine. This flexibility does not develop from pushing the body’s limits but rather from letting go, from allowing the Qi (the universal energy) to take over from the will. Through the practice, Qi flows through the body, gradually doing its work of opening the heart, releasing the suppleness and compassion of the original, true human heart—a heart full of compassion and grace. The movements of Heaven Nature are practiced standing, wearing loose comfortable clothing, either barefooted or wearing light, flat shoes. Limit 20.
Sheila Wojcik, PhD, LMT
10:00—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Bethany United Methodist Church,
Lighthouse Assembly Room
10010 Anderson Mill Road (78750)
No matter what your age, you need to be well informed about investments and financial planning. This course offers an easy way to learn how to save, invest and work toward your financial goals. Whether you are just starting out or want to learn something new, the workshop will give you real-world strategies that are easy to follow. In this workshop you’ll learn:
• Key features of bonds, stocks and mutual funds
• Steps you can take to prepare for retirement
• How insurance can help protect against unexpected life events
• Basics of estate planning
A detailed workbook will be provided. Our instructor is a registered financial advisor and experienced presenter. Limit 24.
Chris Cybulski
10:00—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest (near 29th and N. Lamar) (78705)
Ideal for beginner and intermediate levels, this is a holistic, eclectic approach to traditional yoga, designed to provide stress relief through pranic breathing techniques, flexibility of joints and spine through simple and safe postures, and an enhanced mind-body connection through better awareness of breath. You’ll feel the difference! Bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Note: 2-week delayed start; course extends 2 weeks. Limit 25.
Zareen Shah
11:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 27
Corazón Latino Dance Studio
500 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 400 (78745)
43. LINE DANCE 101
This course is for beginners or for those who wish to continue at this level. We will do easy ultra-beginner dances in the first half of class, then progress to some syncopation and higher-level beginner dances. You will learn basic steps: scissor steps, coasters, sailor steps, jazz box, triple steps. Wear comfortable clothes and secure shoes. Limit 40.
Pat Watson
10:30—Noon Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)