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September 2016
Joy Pritchard

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This month we’d like to give thanks to Joy Pritchard. Joy is our Friday afternoon receptionist, and has been for several years. Every Friday she can be found helping us out by answering the phones, taking in money, writing receipts, and answering questions. When not helping out at the front desk she has also worked our booth at the Citrus Harvest Festival and modeled for us at our Fashion Show and Salad Luncheon. A member for 4 years, she first heard about us following a stroke. She became housebound and her daughters though she should get out of the house. She said they physically put her in the car, brought her down here, and signed her up. She has been here ever since. She started out taking Brain Fitness, Magic, and Hula class to help get her mind and body back on track. One day, the director, Penny Lilburn asked her to volunteer. Joy was hesitant but soon decided that it would help in her recovery. Working the front desk has really helped. In fact she has taken computer classes and is now taking the writing class as well to help with her skills and mental exercises. Originally from Big Spring Texas, in the pan handle, she read history books about California as a child and bugged her dad so much that he decided at it was a good idea and move out here. The rest is history! Once out here she used to own an auto mechanic stop, running things behind the scenes, while her husbands did the greasy work. Joy has also managed to raise 2 daughters, who gave her 2 grandkids. Thanks Joy for turning something unfortunate, into something fortunate for us.


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Bible Study

Date:Bible Study August, 26
Time:10:00 to 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8.00 members
$10.00 non-members
Instructor:Al LeBrun and Tracy Johnson
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on a class with a timeless message, Bible Study. The class is taught by Al LeBrun and Tracy Johnson who are both with the Immanuel Baptist Church. Together Al and Tracy have a combined 79 years of Bible Study experience. Both are graduates of Bible College and have served as Pastors or Associate Pastors. They both now minsters at Immanuel Baptist Church where they not only teach Bible study there, but Al serves as the Minister of Senior Adults and Tracy serves as the Minister of Evangelical Discipleship. This session the two will be focusing on the Gospel According to John. Classes are on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00am and will run for 8 weeks beginning August 26th.

Computer Lab Upgrade

Date:Computer Lab Upgrade July, 6
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Description: Thanks to SB County Supervisor James Ramos, we received funds to help us in updating our computer lab. Our computers were over 12 years old. That might not seem like much, but computer years are like dog years, only worse. They are considered ancient, but no more. We received a grant and have purchased new all-in-one computers. All are internet ready, and have the latest software. Two will have Windows 7, for those who like the old style, while the rest have Windows 8, and will be updated to Windows 10 when available. The Cyber Seniors class will get first crack at them when they start up on July 9th for their 4 week summer session, followed by the Computer Class in the fall. Get prepared to go online and explore the world.

Summer Registration

Date:Summer Registration June, 30
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Location:Game Room
Description:For those of you who are attending summer school, (by choice - not retention!), most of the classes will continue but their length will be abbreviated. Good news for French and Bible Study, those students will be getting a full summer break. All other students need to keep those pencils sharpened. Classes start the week of July 5th and are only 4 weeks in duration. This means you’ll still get a mini-summer vacation. Registration for late Summer Session will take place August 18th, when all the classes will be back with their regular 10-12 week schedules.

Sketching

Date:Sketching August, 24
Time:8:30 - 10:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Robert Placencia
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d like to welcome back a familiar class that’s been on hiatus. It’s a bit sketchy, but we never erased it from our memory. The Sketching art class will be starting up in September and will again be taught by Robert Placensia. 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 (#2 preferred), a sharpener, as well as a sketch pad. The size of the sketchpad will depend upon a students personal preference. Classes will be on Wednesdays beginning September 9th and last for 8 weeks. The class will be held in the Game Room from 8:30 - 10:30 am. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Computers

Date:Computers August, 25
Time:9 - 10 am / 10 - 11:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Kim Scarcella
Location:Game Room
Description: As technology and computers evolve, so do our computer classes. Starting in March, the beginning class will be “Computer Desk Top 101.” Its still for those just starting out on computers, or those who aren’t quite comfortable to do a Ctrl-Alt-Del. This class time will include some internet time. The “Intermediate Computers” class is for those who know the basics, and are looking to use that new found knowledge is some of the many programs available. This class will include internet time. Students can use one of our desktops, or, if they have a laptop, encourage to bring that for use. Kim Scarcella is the instructor who will take students through Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Our desktops have Windows 7 & 8.1, and we will be slowly phasing them over to Windows 10, now that Microsoft is phasing out the older operating systems.

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study August, 22
Time:10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 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 12 week session the class goes over a different book in the Bible. Classes are on Mondays from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Student’s 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 August, 22
Time:9 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 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 and family. Students are only required to bring a deck of cards and maybe some rope or string. Most 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 you can teach an old dog, new tricks.

Back To School Registration

Date:Back To School Registration February, 26
Time:9 - 11 am
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Description: Sharpen your pencils and pick an apple for the teacher. After a short Christmas break it’s time to head back to school. If you have a desire to learn, the Highland Senior Center’s winter Back to School registration is set for Friday, February 26th. It begins at 9:00 a.m and runs until 11:00 a.m. Numbers are handed out before registration begins and people are called back according to when they arrived, so it’s first come, first served. So if you want to ensure a seat make sure not to be tardy. No prior registrations are allowed. If you try, you may just end up in detention cleaning the chalkboard erasers! Winter classes begin March 7th.

Creative Writing

Date:Creative Writing August, 24
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:Sue Herbert
Location:Game Room
Description:“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they\\\'ll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter This month we’d like to shine the light on one of our longest running classes, Creative Writing, The class is taught by Sue Herbert. Sue earned a BA in English Literature at Cal Berkley, and took a post grad writing class as Columbia, so she knows her stuff. She also has experience as a teacher, having received her credential from the Univ. of Redlands. Following that she taught at a local elementary school, as well as having taught in overseas. Sue wants students to have fun and to make them feel comfortable. She believes that everyone has a story and she wants to help you bring that out. Classes will be broken up into various styles such as a memoir, humor, essays, poetry, etc. You will write about what you know, but if the assignment doesn’t please you. Write something else. Class wills start back up on Wednesday, August 24th, and run 8 weeks. The cost is only $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Summer School

Date:Summer School July, 5
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Description: For those of you who are attending summer school, (by choice - not retention!), most of the classes will continue but their length will be abbreviated. Good news for French and Bible Study, those students will be getting a full summer break. All other students need to keep those pencils sharpened. Classes start the week of July 5th and are only 4 weeks in duration. This means you’ll still get a mini-summer vacation. Registration for late Summer Session will take place August 18th, when all the classes will be back with their regular 10-12 week schedules.

Brain Fitness

Date:Brain Fitness August, 24
Time:1:00 - 3:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:No Fee members
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Instructor:Member Based Instruction
Location:Sun Room
Description:This month we’d like to shine the lite on an exercise class. However, it’s not physical fitness, but rather mental fitness. In fact, it’s the Brain Fitness class. You’re 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 have a “Brain Fitness” class. The class promotes brain health through fitness, nutrition, and cognitive exercises to boost memory skills, and different activities to 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, discussions, as well as other activities. Everything designed to get those synapses working. The class is taught by various students, who take turns coming up with lesson plans. That in itself is a brain fitness activity! 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 August, 23
Time:1:00 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$10 non-members
Instructor:CiCi Tenney
Location:Game Room
Description: Parlez-vous français? 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 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 for every day situation. The French you learn will be usable from day one! 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.