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August 2020
Rudy Medina

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As we open our doors and welcome back most of our volunteers to the center, we’d like to give special kudos to another volunteer who has been here during the shutdown. Rudy, has been coming in to help out with the Walmart Food Program, helping to set up, organizes, and distribute the food. However, before he does that he come in and helps us to spruce up the outside. He cleans up the outside, sweeping, blowing, and watering the garden. He also and makes sure the birds are fed. He has our unofficial groundskeeper this since before the shutdown. Originally from Puebla, Mexico, he came up to the United States for a job back in 2002, where he worked for UPS, Sketchers, and Star Refrigeration, before retiring last year. He still has two homes in Mexico and goes back every year for vacation, where he also volunteers his time as a groundskeeper at local plaza and parks. Rudy is married to Mary (aka: Cuca), and has two sons and two granddaughters. Thanks Rudy for making sure our members come to a clean environment.


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Fall Class Registration

Date:Fall Class Registration September, 1
Time:TBA
Length:
Cost: members
non-members
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Location:Game Room
Description:All classes are on hiatus until the center is allowed to re-open. Please continue to check back for further information.

Microsoft Excel

Date:Microsoft Excel April, 23
Time:10:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:gameroom
Description:This session, the computer class will be focusing on one topic. One that has been asked for over and over, Microsoft’s Excel. Excel is an application that lets you create, view, and edit spreadsheets. That means it's used to create grids of text, numbers and formulas specifying calculations and use charts, graphs or histograms. That's extremely valuable for many businesses, which use it to record expenditures and income, plan budgets, chart data and succinctly present fiscal results. However, what if you’re not running a business or an accountant? It can also be used to track monthly household expenses to help you save money, you can create a calendar, use it to plan events or projects, or to set and plan out goals. This is just a small amount of things one can do with Excel. The class will be taught by the Highland Senior Center’s very own Mimi Dodson. Mimi is our bookkeeper, with over 20 years of experience in spreadsheet software of one brand or another. Classes are tentatively set to begin on April 23 (after tax season), and will be on Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am., so if you’d like to learn Excel, make sure to sign up at the University Registration.

Sketching

Date:Sketching April, 22
Time:8:30 - 10:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Robert Placencia
Location:Game Room
Description: Are you a doodler? Or maybe you're a bit sketchy. For our Sketching Class you're perfect. The class is taught by Robert Placencia. He took classes in college, and used to assist in his oil painting class. Although his media is more in oil paintings, sketching is a big part of that so it's a perfect fit. He has been teaching the class for nearly 3+ years now. Robert has been involved in art for over 40 years, having taken art classes in high school and college. He enjoys many mediums including sketching, charcoal, and oil painting. He has even received awards for some of his works. The class will begin with portraits, as it provides the basic foundation that can later be applied to still life and scenery. Students need to bring their own pencils (4H to 6B preferred), a sharpener, as well as a sketch pad. Do not bring writing paper. The size of the sketchpad will depend upon a students personal preference although Robert prefers the large size. The Sketching class will be on Wednesdays, in the Gameroom, and will run for 8 weeks. Cost is $8.

Intermediate Computers

Date:Intermediate Computers June, 26
Time:10:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:Game Room
Description:The normal computer classes will be taking a break this session. Look for them to come back for the Summer Session.

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study April, 20
Time:10:00 - 11:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rosetta Love
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on Women’s Bible Study, and it is good. By Women’s Bible Study we don’t mean one of those gender specific Bibles. It should be more accurately titled as Bible Study for Women. The class is taught by Rosetta Love. Each 8 week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. Rosetta has also taught it at her church. Each eight week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. Classes are on Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and the session runs six weeks. Students will need to bring their own bible, but it doesn’t matter which translation it is. Students also buy a book that is directly related to the book they are discussing that session. There are other handouts provided by Rosetta.

Magic

Date:Magic April, 20
Time:9:00 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Steve Micklas
Location:Parlor
Description: This month we'd like to introduce you to the mysterious and mystical world of our Magic Class. There you'll be taught by Stephen Micklas, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Come learn basic magic, including misdirection, card magic, and close up magic (coin manipulation). Students learn inexpensive tricks that Grandparents can do, to amaze their friends, family and, of course, Grandkids. Students are only required to bring a deck of cards and maybe some rope or string. Most of the tricks students learn can be done with things found around the house. Stephen will bring in most of the other props needed. You just need to bring a 3 ring binder for notes and handouts. For those interested in magic you just need to remember a few things. Magic is a bit of misdirection and a lot of acting. If you are going to be a member of the class you will be taught a lot of secrets. Remember, that a Magician never reveals his secrets. You also need to practice to do it well. So if you'd like to amaze your family and friends, sign up. For you who already know a card trick or two Stephen is ready to show our Seniors that you can teach an old dog, new tricks.

Creative Writing

Date:Creative Writing April, 22
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Group Led
Location:Game Room
Description: Creative writing is just that. You being creative. Love to write poetry? Short stories? Or are you waiting to write the next “War and Peace?” Or maybe you have never authored anything before, but know you have a story just waiting to be told. Then this class is for you. This is a group led class, which means that all of the writers help out. There is the critiquing of each other’s stories, but in a helpful way. Your creativity is not structured and put into a certain form. Not everybody can write a haiku or sonnet, but soon you fill find a way to tell your story in a way that best fits your style. Join the fun on Wednesdays in the Game Room from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Sessions are 8 weeks in length, with classes held quarterly. Cost is only $8 for members and non-members.

Brain Fitness

Date:Brain Fitness April, 22
Time:1:00 - 3:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Janette Miksik
Location:Sun Room
Description:Quite sure we could all use a little better Brain Fitness. Your brain may not be a muscle but you need to keep it active to keep it healthy. Some of our members take advantage of our university classes, but learning is only a part of exercising your brain. To help you out we offer this Brain Fitness class. The class promotes brain health through fitness, nutrition, cognitive exercises and activities to boost memory skills and stimulate the brain. Adults are living longer and longer, and we need to promote mental as well as physical health. The group does crosswords, puzzles, trivia, and encourages active discussion. Everything is designed to get those synapses firing. If you want to sharpen your skills and learn new things this group is for you . The group meets on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the game room and is always full, so make a mental note to show up at registration to ensure your spot. If you forget to register, you really need to get fit!

Conversational French

Date:Conversational French April, 21
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:CiCi Tenney
Location:Game Room
Description: Parlez-vous francais? Would you like to ? We're not talking about speaking with a Charles Boyer 'Come with me to the Casbah' accent. We're talking true French. If so you're in luck, our Conversational French class will enable you to chat like a Parisian. Your instructeur, Cynthia 'CiCi' Tenny will help you to learn to understand, speak, and read French in an enjoyable way usable in 'everyday' situations. The class is a mixture of beginners and intermediate students alike. For those who already have learned a little French, this will be a fun refresher experience.

Watercolor

Date:Watercolor April, 21
Time:9:00 - 11:00 AM
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Avon Hall
Location:Game Room
Description:Not only is this one of our oldest classes, but is also one of the oldest art forms going back to paleolithic times. Watercolor is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolor refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork. Working with watercolors is difficult because with paint, it stays put. However, with watercolor, the paper and absorption changes the outline and appearance as it dries. Additionally, you have to be careful as colors can run into each other as they are absorbed, changing the shape and color of objects. If you mess up with paint you can paint over or scrape off the paint but in watercolor you might be able to partially correct a mistake by re-wetting and blotting making errors costly. To help you with this is Avon Hall, our Watercolor instructor. While Avon has no formal instruction as an art teacher, but does have lots of experience in art. While in the Air Force, and stationed in France 50 years ago, he took some art classes in oil painting and drawing. He did not take up watercolor until eight years ago, when he heard that we had a class and he was curious about it. Avon has won several prizes for his art, and has even sold some.

Spanish

Date:Spanish April, 23
Time:1:30 - 2:30 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:Game Room
Description:This class is designed to teach students conversational Spanish. The class will enable you to carry on limited conversation at first just to get you started. Then as you progress, so will the levels. As for what to bring, just bring a writing instrument and paper. Books might come later. We hope to see you there, or as you will soon be saying, Esperamos verte ahí.

Italian

Date:Italian April, 24
Time:9:00 - 10:00 am
Length:8
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rita Sicilliano
Location:Game Room
Description:Italian is taught by Margherita Sicilliano. Margherita, who also goes by the names Margo or Rita, and is from the old country. Born in Caserta, Italy, she was actually born in the Italian Royal Palace (the Reggia di Caserta). Her mom was touring the palace when she went into labor. Not many people can say that they were born in a royal palace, much less a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Raised and educated in Italy, she was still in college when she came with her family to the United States. She continued with her education getting a Bachelor's Degree. She then went back to Italy to get her Master's Degree. Her teaching experience spans 42 years and includes teaching high school French, Spanish, and Italian in New York, as well as French and Spanish Advanced Placement classes at the local Aquinas High School. After retiring some friends told her about the center. She took a trip here and discovered a fellow Italian, Virginia Kautzman, and the two became friends. Margo also found out about our University Language classes, and decided to get back into teaching. She approached us about teaching here, and after offering a choice between Italian and German, everyone decided that Italian would be perfect. Now it is the only Italian class being offered in the area. Student’s need to bring only a pencil and paper to class. There is a work book students can purchase through Amazon for $16, but it is not necessary. The class is open to absolute beginners and those who wish to keep up their Italian. A presto! See you soon!