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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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Fall Class Registration

Date:Fall Class Registration September, 1
Time:TBA
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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.

Sketching

Date:Sketching September, 15
Time:8:30 - 10:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Ernesto Almada
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d shine the light on one of our older classes, but one of our newest instructors. The Sketching class has a new teacher and his name is Ernesto Almada. While he may be a new instructor here, neither art, nor teaching is new to him. Ernesto is an Art major and has spent 33 years in the school district as a bilingual tutor. During that time he worked with an after school program. During that time he taught young students art skill, but teaching adults would be no different. He had several students who earned awards in local art shows. Classes will start with a foundation in basic shapes and then use those shapes to learn shading before moving on to more complete objects, 3D, still life, then finally portraits. There will be no tracing or copying of other people’s works. He wants people to show their own creativity. Students need to bring their own pencils (from 9H to 9B – The HB scale ranges from 9H, a hard pencil that leaves fine, light marks, to 9B, a soft pencil which a high ratio of graphite that leaves bold, dark marks.), or even just a #2 to start, a sharpener, as well as a sketch pad. The size of the sketchpad will depend upon a student’s personal preference. So make your mark in the world and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That’s what they make erasers for.

Excel Class

Date:Excel Class January, 26
Time:10:00 - 11:00 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:TBA
Location:Game Room
Description:The class is on hiatus until the new year. Look for an Excel class!

Womens Bible Study

Date:Womens Bible Study September, 13
Time:10:00 - 11:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rosetta Love
Location:Game Room
Description: 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 10:30 - 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 January, 26
Time:9:00 - 10:30 am
Length:8 weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Steve Micklas
Location:Parlor
Description: The class is on hiatus for now but will return next year. Until then to let you know about the class 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 September, 16
Time:12:30 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Group Led
Location:Game Room
Description:Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing. - William Faulkner The Creative Writing, or Writing for Fun class, is our only student led classes. The class brings in assigned projects and presents them to the class. The class then gives helpful feedback and discussion. Styles of writing varies from class to class, 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. Classes are on Thursdays from 12:30 - 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 September, 15
Time:12:15 - 2:00 pm
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Janette Miksik
Location:Game Room
Description: 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 12:15 pm. 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!

Watercolor

Date:Watercolor September, 14
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.

Italian

Date:Italian January, 24
Time:9:00 - 10:00 am
Length:8
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Rita Sicilliano
Location:Game Room
Description:The class is on hiatus until the new year. When is comes back here are some things to know...Italian is taught by Margherita Sicilliano. Margherita, who also goes by the names Margo or Rita, and is from the old country. Born 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, Rita 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!

Navigating the Next Chapter - Making the Most of Life

Date:Navigating the Next Chapter - Making the Most of Life September, 15
Time:10:00 - 11:30 am
Length:8 Weeks
Cost:$8 members
$8 non-members
Instructor:Janet Egan
Location:Game Room
Description: This month we’d shine the light on our newest class, Navigating the Next Chapter: Making the Most of Life. The class focuses on how to adjust to retirement. Specifically, how to live your best life at this time. This is not just a Covid thing, but for anytime. For this session, the class is divided into: Getting to Know Each Other, Finding Fun/Leisure, Life Balance, Working Life, Changes, Giving and Receiving, Resource Day, ad Summary and Action Plan. Each session may change depending on the needs of the students. The class is taught by Janet Egan, a retired San Bernardino County Social Worker. This class is second nature to her as she had a career of doing trainings. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am. The session is just about over, but will start up again in the new year.