Courses - Wednesday PM
  Course Schedule - 8 week courses unless otherwise noted
This studio is open to all levels of painting with acrylics. Please note that there will be only a facilitator (not a teacher). Fellow artists are very willing to help and to share their painting skills. It is a fun time to come paint and create! If you have any questions, please feel free to call the facilitator at 512-774-8796. Limit 15.
Kaye Labaj, Facilitator
12:45—3:15 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Belmont Village Senior Living West Lake Hills
4310 Bee Cave Road (78746)
How many times have you considered entering a yoga class but reconsidered because you felt you weren’t flexible or young enough to participate, or just simply did not have the confidence? If you breathe, you can do yoga! This course emphasizes breath, mobility and stability. It should help you feel more vital and confident, keeping you “present”, quieting the mind and linking breath with movement. This is not a beginner class but rather a gentle Hatha practice for those who are familiar with some yoga poses. Please bring your props: a mat, 2 blocks, an 8’ yoga strap, and a yoga blanket or large towel. Wear comfortable clothing and don’t forget your water bottle. Limit 18.
Nancy Goldman
1:00—2:15 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Ascension Lutheran Church
6420 Hart Lane (78731)
One of the most frightening aspects of aging, especially for those fortunate enough to enter their 8th, 9th, or 10th decades of life, is the threat of deteriorating mental faculties. This course examines the underlying biology explaining changes to our brain with aging. In the 21st century, research on the neurobiology of the brain has exploded. We will explore what is now known about prenatal development, postnatal development to peak condition, and slow decline of brain function with time. We’ll then consider what can be done to delay the onset of the symptoms of mental aging in light of what is now known about the brain’s capacity to compensate for effects of aging. Finally, we’ll look at future interventions aimed at restoring function to the brain, so that brain health might keep pace with longer bodily health. Our instructor is a retired researcher who received his B.S. in biochemistry and completed all the classwork for a Ph.D. in neurophysiology before transferring to psychology, where he earned a PhD in Cognitive Development. Limit 16.
Art Souther, PhD
1:30—3:30 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Genesis Presbyterian Church, Narthex
1507 Wilshire Boulevard (78722)
If you have had Italian Beginners 1 and wish to continue to improve grammar, vocabulary and conversational skills, this is the course for you. The instructor is a native speaker of Italian and an experienced language teacher. She will advise about level readiness and textbook at the first class meeting. Please bring $2 to cover cost of copies. Note: to enroll in this BEGINNERS 2 class, some knowledge—one or two semesters—of Italian is required. Limit 25.
Tina Polo
1:00—3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
Happiness is a state of mind that requires a strong value system, along with certain prac-tices, 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 after-life. Limit 30.  7 Classes.
Farnaz Masumian
1:00—3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Unity Church of Austin
5501 W. Hwy 290 Service Road, (78735)
Continuing with the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, Rev. 2nd edition, we’ll discuss “How Far She Went” for the first class. Please bring text to class. Limit 25.
Linda Ringer Leff
1:30—3:30 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Highland Park Baptist Church
5206 Balcones Drive (78731)
In Sri Ramaswami's book Yoga for the Three Stages of Life, he states that when one is young practicing yoga āsanas as an art and exercise is appropriate. However, as one gets older, one seeks to maintain reasonable mobility using a more modest āsana practice and puts more focus on Yoga breathing practices (prāṇāyāma), meditation, and the study of Yoga philosophy. This course will follow that approach—practice of āsanas, prāṇāyāma, and meditation, interspersed with discussions of the history and philosophy of Yoga based on selections from the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita. The course is designed so that by the last session, you will have developed a yoga practice that you can use in your own daily routine. It is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced Yoga enthusiasts. Please bring a Yoga mat, a cushion to sit on and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Our instructor is a Registered Yoga Teacher (300+ hrs) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Limit 18.
James Maxwell
1:00-3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue (78757)
If one were to sum up the totality of Celtic Christianity with one word, the word would be “wholeness.” A Wholeness – a worldview – that informs the entirety of life. A Wholeness found in her history, liturgy and practical theology. In our fragmented world, this Wholeness speaks to all of us. The course will serve as an introductory class for those new to Celtic Christianity and a refresher for those who have previously taken the course. This time we will dig deeper into the antecedents of Celtic Christianity (both “pagan” and Christian) while exploring her contribution to Roman Catholicism and then to Protestantism. The course will also offer suggestions on how we might apply Celtic Christianity to our own faith traditions. Limit 20.
Frank Mills
1:00—3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Starts Feb. 13
Northwest Recreation Center, Classroom 1
2913 Northland Drive (78757)