December 07, 2019
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. Limit 30. 6 Classes.
Andrea V. Comsudi, Attorney and Counselor at Law
9:30—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
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 Sept. 11
Unity Church of Austin
5501 W. Hwy. 290 Service Road (78735)
By now we are at the transition from A2 to B1 level, having covered almost all the basic standard grammar once. For the fall semester we will tackle the subjunctive (grammar wise), while we keep reading together and trying to speak more as we go. It is strongly recommended to work a little at home to reinforce what we’ve touched on in class. Please contact me if you have any questions: . Please bring $3 to the first class for copies. Limit 20.
Henrike Belz
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Crestview United Methodist Church
1300 Morrow Street (78757)
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 Sept. 11
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (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.
Glenda Bell and Marilyn Ross, Coordinators
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Highland Park Baptist Church, Room 203
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
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 to the first class for handouts. Limit 30.
John Marostica
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Northwest Recreation Center
2913 Northland Drive (78757)
With nearly 1.4 billion people, India hosts all the major world religions. Three of the world’s largest five religions originated in India. This enormous diversity of religious practice is as ancient as Indian society itself. But as times change, the traditions within each religion are changing, as are the relationships among religion, civic life, and politics. This seminar will examine some highlights of this diverse, complex, and exciting aspect of Indian society. The class is more a journalistic overview of the topic than a scholarly discussion of theology or a deep dive into any of the faiths discussed. Among the topics of the six lectures: the religious landscape in Indian society in terms of diversity and demo-graphics; the major ‘native’ or home-grown Indian religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism; the practice of Islam and Christianity in India; the influences of Zoroastrianism and Judaism; and the current religious landscape in Indian society and politics, including inter-faith relationships, effects of Hindu nationalism on the society, and challenges and issues of individual faiths. Limit 50. 6 Classes.
Anand Kruttiventi
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 18
The Village at the Triangle
4517 Triangle Avenue (78751)
With more than 400 different species possible in Travis County, it is a great place to take up bird watching. This course with 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 to the first class for handouts for the course. Note: 1-week delayed start. 7 classes. Limit 25.
Jane Tillman
10:00 – Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 18
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, Upper Room
9508 Great Hills Trail (78759)
41. Course Cancelled  BASIC QUILTING
This course is for first-time quilters, those with little quilting experience and those who wish to refresh their skills. Discussions will include an introduction to quilting tools and how to use them, fabric selection, how to achieve accurate sewing and its importance, pressing techniques, and quilting instruction resources. Each week a completed basic quilt patch will be presented, along with explanation of how the patch was constructed. Students will then machine-sew that patch in class. Then they will be given a block pattern in which that patch design is used, so they can sew the block at home and bring it to the next class for show and tell. If the student does not have a portable sewing machine to bring to class, he/she may construct all the patches and blocks outside of class. Supplies: Quilting tools—9 ½” x 9 ½” quilting ruler, 18” x 24” rotary cutting mat, and a rotary cutter (approximate cost $50). Contact for tool-buying suggestions and a list of other needed miscellaneous sewing supplies, e.g., scissors, fabric, thread, ripper, pins. Limit 12.
Joyce Gullett
10:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Unity Church of the Hills
9905 Anderson Mill Road (78750)
Both exercise and meditation, this course for all levels of fitness is ideally suited for those desiring the experience and benefits of meditation without sitting still. The simple movements of Sheng Zhen in Motion 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 suppler and more 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. Prior experience with Sheng Zhen Meditation, T’ai Chi or Qigong is highly desirable. Limit 20.
Sheila Wojcik, PhD, LMT
10:00—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Bethany United Methodist Church,
Lighthouse Assembly Room
10010 Anderson Mill Road (78750)
Learn to play alto (or soprano) recorder with other beginning students. Being able to create beauty with a musical instrument, especially playing in groups, is a fulfilling social and communal experience that can lift your spirits. Low physical demand means you can do it all your life. For this class, you should already know at least some rudiments of reading music (from playing piano, singing in choir, or being in junior high band 40 years ago, for example), but do not have to have played any wind instrument. By the end of the course, you will be able to produce a beautiful sound, know all the basic fingerings, and play simple duets with other students. You will need to have these materials, and bring them to each class:
• An alto recorder (plastic preferred; Yamaha or Aulos recommended. Easily available on Amazon or through a music store). If you want to play soprano recorder instead, please contact instructor.
• A music stand (also available online or at stores)
• The Recorder Guide instruction book, by Kulbach and Nitka. Available online used, typically between $5-15 (about $25 new).
Instructor also has several copies that can be purchased for $8 each while supply lasts. This course can be preparation for joining the Recorder Consort group, also offered through LLI. Limit 8.
Susan Richter
10:00—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Christ Lutheran Church
300 East Monroe Street (78704)
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. (This course is repeated on Wednesday P.M.) Limit 24.
Chris Cybulski
10:00—11:30 A.M. Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Lamar Senior Activity Center
2874 Shoal Crest (near 29th and N. Lamar) (78705)
Please consider the identical course (Course 52) at Overture Arboretum on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 pm.
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. Limit 25.
Zareen Shah
11:00—Noon Wednesday, Starts Sept. 11
Corazón Latino Dance Studio
500 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 400 (78745)